Doc McStuffins Birthday Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Doc McStuffins Birthday Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Is your daughter a Doc McStuffins fan?  If so, throw her a Doc McStuffins birthday party and be sure to invite all of Dottie's  toy pals Stuffy, Hallie, Lambie and Chilly! Your birthday girl will sing, dance and play along fueled by these cute and colorful Doc McStuffins birthday party ideas.

What is Doc McStuffins?

Dot McStuffins is an animated Disney Channel series that chronicles the life and adventures of a girl named Dottie “Doc” McStuffins. Dottie decides she wants to become a doctor like her mother. She practices her dream by fixing toys and dolls. When she puts on her stethoscope, toys, dolls, and stuffed animals come to life and she can interact with them. With help from her stuffed animal friends – Stuffy the Dragon, Hallie the Hippo, Lambie the Lamb, and Chilly the Snowman – Doc helps toys recover, or “feel better”, by giving them check-ups and diagnosing their illnesses with an encyclopedia called “The Big Book of Boo Boos”. Each 11-minute episode includes original songs. Continue Reading →

Inside Out Birthday Party Ideas, Decorations & Supplies

Meet the Little Voices Inside Your Head 

Inside Out Birthday Party Ideas, Decorations & Supplies

Inside Out Birthday Party Ideas, Decorations & Supplies

Each and every one of us struggles with party planning because there are so many great ideas for themes, decorations, food, and even questions about who to invite. The folks over at Birthday Express have a fun solution.  They suggest that rather than letting the competing voices in your head make you crazy, put them to good use, just like Riley did in the critically acclaimed Disney Pixar movie “Inside Out!” Continue Reading →

Hard to Find Character Toys and Party Supplies – On Sale!

Tys Toy Box Sale

Looking for hard to find  character toys and party supplies,  this is your day — Ty's toy box is having their biggest sale of the year TODAY thru midnight tomorrow!

Think Yo Yo Gabba, Caillou, Super Why, Olivia, and Wild Kratts and so many more!

The details:

Get 25% off with no minimum order – Just enter coupon code CYBER25 in your shopping cart!

Ty's Toy Box – Cyber Monday 25% Off

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Discount Halloween Costumes – Just $3.99!

Discount Halloween Costumes - Just $3.99!, kids costumes, teen costumes, adults costumes, cheap costumesDo you love Halloween but hate to spend money on costumes?  We hear you!  When I received an email from Shindigz this morning promoting their $3.99 discount costumes, I almost didn't bother opening the link figuring at that price the costumes would be junky leftovers from past seasons so you can imagine my surprise when I actually found costumes I like!  At $3.99, I am 100% sure this Lady Gaga costume will be sold out by tomorrow.  Likewise the Born Bad teen costume can't be beat.  Not only

is it a great deal for Halloween, college gals should consider snapping it up just to add their costume boxes for Greek events & college parties – I don't need to tell you that every year you will attend at least one Angel & Devil theme bash and this she-devil is particularly cute!

Update! New Halloween Coupon from Shindigz!

I just had to share with you today's email!

Save 50% on Halloween Decorations and Costumes. Use promo code WSAEFJ at checkout through 10/19/2012 at 11:59 PM E (certain restrictions apply)

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One Kings Lane Kids Festival!

One Kings Lane Kids Festival!

Attention all moms and dads, or anyone with a special little someone in their life! It is not too late to take advantage of  the One Kings Lane kids festival! You can continue to shop One Kings Lane for children's must-have items in all categories, for all ages – furniture, art, rugs, toys and everything in between – even missing dorm room accessories thru Sunday October 7th. Stock up on items your children need now or stash some away for great holiday gifts and future birthday presents!  Don't forget your nieces and nephews and and all the other kid gifts you buy all year long as well.  Head over to One Kings Lane now before these deals are over!

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Perfect Grandparent Gift – Adorable Musical Dolls

When I was a little girl, my grandmother bought me a very special musical baby doll that we kept in my bedroom at her house. Even as I outgrew my doll phase, I continued to cherish “my baby”.  I don't remember what tune she played but I do remember dragging that doll around with me everywhere.  She helped me feel safe away from home and adoringly accepted the love I bestowed upon her.  When we were cleaning out my grandparents' house, after they passed away, I found my baby doll carefully tucked away in a dresser drawer, almost as if she was waiting for me to return.  My doll was soft and pink and had a beautiful, delicate face and although she had long lost her wiggle, she never lost her magic.  So when I happened upon these adorable Ashton-Drake musical baby dolls, I fell in love all over again.

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“Give Back” Birthday Party Craft Activity

"Give Back" Birthday Party Craft ProjectToday's mom's have little trouble creating beautiful and festive children's birthday party celebrations but sometimes between our own crazy busy schedules and the quest to throw the this year's most talked about event, we forget to add the little things that make the day especially meaningful.  We think it is important for kids to know how much we love them but equally important for them to understand they are not the center of the universe.  Kids need to learn and develop  a healthy sense of self which includes compassion and caring of others.  What better day to teach this lesson than on the very day they are lavished with gifts.  Teach by example – integrate a “Give back” craft activity into your child's birthday party in addition the the usual birthday fun and party games.  This “Give Back” craft activity would also be a wonderful addition to any classroom holiday party and could even be incorporated into a baby shower.

Our favorite “Give Back” birthday party activity is making easy no sew fleece blankets for local children or seniors in need.  This activity is super simple, appropriate for all ages and sexes and can seamlessly (yes, pun intended) fit into most party themes.   Basically if you can use a scissors and tie a knot you can make this blanket.  All you need is cute fleece fabric, scissors, and a ruler or tape measure. Depending on the age of the children involved you may want to pre-cut 6″ (or 4″) square cut out from each corner.

What to buyThemed Fleece

For a larger adult size blanket use 2 yards of each fabric.   And we think for small children and toddlers you can get away with using even less fabric especially if the blanket is meant more for “shlepping” around as a security blanket rather than for warmth.

We must admit, fleece can be rather pricey, often running between $11 and $15 per yard.  That is why September is a a perfect time to buy fleece.  Both Hancock Fabrics and Joann are a offering select fleece on sale at up to 70% off!!!  Plus we just checked Amazon and their fleece fabric definitely seems more reasonably priced, especially for a craft project.

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Trail of Painted Ponies – The Perfect Gift for Horse Lovers

Trail of Painted Ponies - The Perfect Gift for Horse Lovers

Trail of Painted Ponies – The Perfect Gift for Horse Lovers

Courtesy of  RidingCorner.com

These painted horses are the Riding Corner's new obsession. We love them as collectibles, to give as gifts, to paint ourselves, to add to horse party centerpieces, and even to use as a cornerstone in a campaign to raise awareness and funds for equestrian related causes.

The Trail of Painted Ponies Figurines

Among the globe's most cherished collectibles, The Trail of Panted Ponies classic figurines are created by distinguished artists exclusively for Trail of Painted Ponies[,;.;; each work of art is crafted with exquisite detail into a resin or ceramic figurine that stands approximately 6″ tall.
There have been 202 Painted Ponies figurines in total crafted to date including 28 Holiday Painted Ponies, 9 Exclusive Painted Ponies, 4 Four Seasons Collection Painted Ponies, 1 Masterpiece Collection Pony and 2 Celebrity Collection figurines.
Generally The Trail of Panted Ponies announces their winter release on January 1. The Spring Release is announced on March 1 (except the Spring 2011 Release, which is announced on April1), the Summer Release is announced on June 1, and the Fall Release is announced on September 1. Each release includes four new Painted Ponies, and the Summer Release also includes four new Holiday Ponies. The first number on the bottom of the Painted Pony is the Edition Number. This number will have an “E” after it (example: 1E, 2E, 3E). The second number refers to the number of that particular Painted Pony in reference to the Edition that it was created in. This number will be between 1 and 10,000, since there are 10,000 Painted Ponies in each Edition. Twice a year The Trail of Panted Ponies retires a minimum of six Painted Ponies – or as they prefer to say, “We put them out to pasture.” They make the announcement on February 1 and July 1. When a figurine is retired it is no longer crafted, effectively turning it into a limited edition.
Autographed Editions are also available and were created as a way of giving collectors the opportunity to collect something special. Each is hand-signed and numbered by the artist who created the original Painted Pony, and are available with each new release.

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From Nursery to Dorm Room – Express Your Style

From Nursery to Dorm Room – Express Your Style

Yes, my baby turns 18 today.  It seems like just yesterday I was planning her nursery and now, together, my daughter and I are shopping for her dorm room. Where did we turn for inspiration? Serena & Lily, of course. My daughter picked out  Serena & Lilly's Isabel Set (how perfect since she is an Isabelle) for her bedding in hopes of adding a bit of sunshine to an otherwise drab dorm room.  So that the room does not come across as too “babyish”  she is accessorizing with a mix of modern and vintage touches and random splashes of unexpected color.  I can't wait to see her USC dorm room all put together — check back in August for pictures!

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