• Nemo party hats DIY
    DIY,  Family,  Kid Friendly,  Parenting

    Nemo & a 2nd birthday party.

    Turning two way before I am ready
    Our Little Miss as a bubba

    Our Little Ms turned 2 recently.  How the hell did that happen so quickly?!  Not that long ago she was our little bub, with no hair and no teeth (for a loooooong time!).  Now she is running around having conversations with everyone and being way too smart for us.

    We decided to have a little party for her – family and some little friends.  And me, being me, kept thinking I had at least a month to sort it out.  Then we realised we had a week and two days.  Gah.  Amazing how time slips away when there is a new little one in the house.

    Somehow I was stumped as to what theme to have for her decorations.  Just a colour? Music? Hmmmm.  Then, when she was watching ‘Finding Nemo’ for the one hundred and eleventh time, it hit me!  Finally.   So ‘Finding Nemo’ it was.  Thank goodness for Pinterest.  So many great ideas – check out my boards to see what I mean!

    So the goal was not to spend too much and not to get too stressed out.  Hmmmm!  Via Pinterest I found a great site that had invitation templates, decoration templates and ideas, name tags etc.  It also has ideas for games, face painting etc and covers all sorts of themes.  We used their invitation template and printed off some of the decoration prints and stuck them to our party bags.  I found blue and orange party bags going super cheap at Spotlight.  Speaking of the party bags, I added these free activity sheets to some balloons and treats.  

    DIY Nemo Party Bags

    We decorated the house with crepe paper and some Nemos that our Little Miss’ super clever Godmother whipped up for us, using this tutorial.  Yup, she is much more crafty (and patient) than me!

    Nemo party decoration DIY

    This link had some easy, printable Nemo party hats – easy to cut out, and staple together.Nemo party hats DIY

     So these were some easy, DIY and cheap decorations and ideas I found via Pinterest.  And best of all, Ms 2 had a great time!  She loved the decorations, and hats and party food – I put a drop or two of blue food dye in a jug of lemonade and bam! Ocean blue drink.  Mostly though, she had a ball running around with her little cousins and friends all afternoon.  Best part of the day.

    What successes have you had with birthday parties?  Do you go all out, or pared back?

     

  • DIY library book shelves
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    DIY Reading Corner for Ms 2.

    DIY library book shelves So we all love Pinterest, right?  Well, here is a little DIY project we recently completed, inspired by Pinterest.  And when I say we completed, I mean I had the idea, I pinned some inspiration and sourced the products and the Mister actually did the DIY part.  With the help of Ms 2.

    I’ve been wanting to set up a reading corner for her for some time.  With her resisting the big bed though, her room has been rather crowded with the cot in there as well.  However, we’ve had a win in that department and the cot is gone – hurrah!  So now we had space to do a bit more.  When she was born, we were gifted with a beautiful vintage, child size armchair.  It was given to us by my mother’s cousin, and it was her chair when she was a small child.  It is gorgeous and perfect for a reading nook.  So I knew I wanted that in the corner and then saw some super simple book shelf ideas on Pinterest.  Ikea spice racks.  Awesome.  Simple.  And cheap!  $2.99 each, and are solid untreated wood.  So you can go ahead and paint/stain them any colour you want!

    DIY toddler reading corner

    We used a good old spray paint – a lovely bright yellow.  The Mister applied two coats and attached them to the wall.  Apparently, we need to use some different wall mounts, in case too much weight is placed on them (ie our 8 month old pulling the) so we are going to change those asap, but otherwise, it turned out just as I had wanted!

     

    DIY Library book shelves toddler vintage chair

     

    The first night, Ms 2 spent quite some time rearranging the books on the shelves and also decided that it meant we were going to read ALL of the books on the shelves at bedtime.  Ahhh, no.

    I have also spied her sitting on the chair and reading a book to her dolly – melt!  So there you go, a simple, quick and cheap little DIY project that actually worked.  Love Pinterest!  Are you on Pinterest?  Have you completed any projects or recipes that you have pinned?  Or do you just love to pin and dream?!  Leave your pinterest profile in the comments, and I’ll follow you!