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Science Lab Experiment Birthday Party

Every year when planning my youngest son's birthday party, I try to do something different. Something that doesn't include puppies or dogs. So, when he asked for a science themed birthday party, I was so excited and knew this was going to be awesome!!! I wanted it to be a hands on party full of great fun and of course science experiements. 

I wanted his party to be centered around a science lab and his party guests to be his lab partners. Science experiments would be the main focal point, and hands-on, so we made sure that the food and decor was simple but would make a big impact. Bright green, blue, and orange colors popped set against the black backgrounds. 

We welcomed our lab partners with a printed welcome sign from Lillian Hope Designs. We placed it in a black frame to match the party decor. 

We placed the printable backdrop, also from Lillian Hope Designs, on a stand on top of a table used for the cake and cupcakes. Black tablecloth drapped over the table and round metal pizza pans held the vanillia and chocolate cupcakes.

The science themed chocolate cake was decorated with matching molecules and party colors. The cake was made by Sharon of Sweet and Sassy Cakes of Forney and she always does an amazing job. Just look at the super cute flask on top!

Printable science themed toppers were placed on top of each decorated cupcake and wrapped with a printable cupcake wrapper.

For the table decorations, I placed a plastic black table cloth on top of a black cloth tablecloth to ensure my table underneath is protected from the experiments later. Centerpieces were a mix of glass and plastic science flasks and beakers. I added different amounts of water and food coloring to make different potions inside the glass bottles and placed them on top of round metal pizza pans. Science goggles and a microscope was added to complete the table decor.

Each lab partner had their very own science kit ready for exploring. A metal pan was placed on the table and included protective goggles, lab book, magnifying glass, pencil, crayons, and balloons for completing their experiements later. To keep all their science essentials in one place, we gave each guest a black box for easy storage.

Of course only the top lab partners were given access to the awesome experiements. Each party guest was given a personalized badge and lanyard to allow full access to all the cool things going on at the party.

To top off the party decor, we wrapped water bottles with printable H2O labels perfect for science loving friends.

All our lab partners were treated to a few fun science experiments. We blew up balloons using nothing but a water bottle, vinegar, and baking soda. It was a huge hit!!!

Then we mixed up some ingredients and made elephant toothpaste. They loved the exploding solution and all the fun colors.

What an amazing birthday party this was! It was a first for us but wont be a last. Any time I can incorporate a bit of education in a party, I am all for it.

To create your own fun science lab experiment birthday party, check out these great ideas perfect for your next party.
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Mason Jar Hanging Wall Lantern

Are you wanting to add a bit of a rustic touch to your home decor? We have been slowly updating our home decor style but adding in a touch of rustic farmhouse to our living room and kitchen areas. I am in love with all the amazing farmhouse decor items out there but it's not in our budget at the moment. So, I've been crafting up some awesome decor myself, like this mason jar hanging wall lantern, and I could not be happier. 

Not long ago, my mom created her own Mason Jar Wall Lantern and I loved it. I knew I wanted to create one, or two, for myself and I knew exactly where I would put it in my kitchen. My mom already had some scrap wood when she created hers, so I just had to figure out my own measurements based on where I wanted to hang them. I headed straight to the store to purchase everything I needed.

It was so easy to complete and only took about an afternoon to complete two lanterns. I wasn't sure what I wanted to add to them so I searched pinterest to find some amazing inspiration for lantern fillers, but I am still not sure what I want to put in them. I kind of like them they way they are or maybe ad some greenery to them.

What you need:

  • 1 - 1in x 6in x 32in piece of wood; cut in half (I purchased a 1in x 6in x 6ft and cut down)
  • Wood stain
  • Stain cloth
  • Sandpaper
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Picture Sawtooth hangers
  • Decorative Hooks
  • Mason jar with wire hanger (hanger kit available at craft store; I purchased a mason jar with wire hanger attached)
  • Paper towels for clean up

How to Make:

1. Cut your wood into two 16 inch pieces.
2. Sand edges using sandpaper.

3. Stain wood using cloth. Be sure to stain on all sides. Let dry a few hours and apply a second coat.
4. Let dry at least 3-4 hours if not overnight.

5. Flip pieces of wood onto back and attach saw tooth picture hangers.

6. Flip back to front and attach decorative hooks to front. I measured down about 4 1/2 inches and pre-drilled my holes first, then attached the hooks with accompanying screws.

7. If your jar does not already come with the hanging kit attached, be sure to attach it now and then hang your jar from the hook.

8. Add a candle, flowers, etc. for decoration to complete your lanter.


Football Game Activity Sheet for Kids

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It's almost Game Day!!! We are gearing up for one of our favorite times of the year. Yes, it's almost time for the biggest football game of the year and we are so excited! It's something my husband and I have always celebrated and now that we have two boys, they are now getting involved and just as excited as we are. I am not sure if it's the football, commercials, and the food or if it's just that we can gather around and spend a few hours bonding over the same thing and support and cheer each other on and have a good time.

However, my boys are still a little young to keep their attention focused on one specific thing for longer than an hour. So, keep them busy and help to keep them involved with so much going on around them, I combined a few of their favorite things, like Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers, crayons, and football, and I created this football themed activity sheet to keep them entertained and having fun during the game, commercials, or just when they need a little break.

I love being able to serve my boys Goldfish crackers because it is a snack I can feel good about them eating. It is a positive, wholesome snack food idea that we all love. Plus, with a kitchen full of food for the big game, Goldfish crackers are something they are familiar with, enjoy, and who doesn't love The Snack That Smiles Back®? Plus, do not miss out on the great digital offer on the Cartwheel app from Target for 10% off of bulk Goldfish crackers.

Help keep your kids busy and having fun during the big game with our football themed activity sheet. What kid doesn't love tic-tac-toe?!?! Mine are obsessed and want to play every chance they get. I added a few places to play this favorite game, but I should have added more! They want to play and play and play! Another favorite is the football coloring pieces. I had to print a few out because they loved decorating the football players uniforms and matching them up to the teams playing on the TV.

Supplies needed for your own Game Day football activity:

  • At least 2 different flavors of Goldfish crackers (like Goldfish Cheddar 30 oz. Carton, Xtra Cheddar Flavor Blasted Goldfish 30 oz. Carton, Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar/Pretzel 34 oz. Carton) I purchased the bulk cartons to share, eat, and play.
  • Crayons

Coloring is always fun and always seems to relax my boys. When they get a little overwhelmed with the action going on around them, I pull out their crayons and they get busy coloring. That's why I loved being able to create these for the big game. They love being able to color the football players uniforms how they want and they love to be able to draw themselves into the pictures as well.

I poured our Goldfish crackers into equal bowls, one for each of my boys, and of course for myself as well. Because, we all know I love a good game of Goldfish tic-tac-toe. Each boy had a different flavor to help distinguish between the X's and O'x. (We did smiles vs the non smiling Goldfish crackers because they had to have the exact same flavor.)

When they tire of the tic-tac-toe games and when they have colored their hearts out, they can flip the page over and using their favorite Goldfish crackers play out a game of football! How fun! This had my youngest son head over heels! He LOVES football and could not wait to get started!!! It was his favorite part of the activity sheet and he played with it for what seemed like for hours.

When getting everything ready for our big game party, I headed to Target and picked up our favorite Goldfish crackers. I purchased the Goldfish Cheddar 30 oz. Carton, Xtra Cheddar Flavor Blasted Goldfish 30 oz. Carton, and the Goldfish Mix Xtra Cheddar/Pretzel 34 oz. Carton.
Don't forget to use Cartwheel for 10% off bulk Goldfish crackers.

Right now you can enter to win $5000.00 with your child by creating your own Goldfish Tales Animation Xperience at Plus, visit Pinterest Goldfish The Big Game! Board for more great ideas for the big game. Also, check out for 3 new recipes this year featuring the 3 Goldfish Mix flavors.

I would love to see how you incorporate our Football Themed Activity Sheet and Goldfish crackers for your big game from Target.


18 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts for Kids

{Guest Contributor - Jordan S.} St. Patrick’s Day around our house is the day that the leprechaun comes and plays tricks on the kids. They run around trying to find him and even get a few pieces of his gold. But it’s also a day we like to sit down together and get as creative as possible to make some of our favorite holiday crafts.

If you’re like me and have young kids, you know how tricky it can be to keep their attention on anything for too long. The following craft suggestions may help to keep your youngsters entertained. 

1. How to Catch a Rainbow :: My Life Homemade: A Creative Designs by Toni Blog

Create a fun and sweet gift everyone will love! 

2. 3D Rainbow Craft :: Crafty Morning
This craft is super easy and fun. All you need to start is construction paper in orange, green, yellow, red, white, blue, purple and black. Grab a pair of scissors, tape, and pennies. With this nifty craft trick, you’ll create the illusion of a 3D rainbow and cloud extending to a pot of gold.

3.     Hanging Paper Shamrocks :: Happy Clippings
Here’s one that doubles as a craft for you and the kids as well as a decoration for the house. You can use either construction or scrapbook paper, scissors, glue dots or tape, and ribbon to hang the shamrocks. The look and design of your shamrocks are entirely up to you. 

4.     Lucky Charm Noodle Necklace :: All Kids Network
This cute little craft serves double duty by giving your little ones something to wear for the holiday. All it requires is macaroni, green food coloring, scissors, pencil, hole punch, yarn, wax paper, construction paper, and a zippered bag.

5.     Handprint Pot of Gold :: B-Inspired Mama
Let’s face it. All kids enjoy crafts, and parents all love to have a little reminder of how tiny their kids used to be. This craft gives you the perfect way to transform your child’s handprint into a treasurable project. Gather together scissors, washable paints in various rainbow colors, glue, white paint pen, construction paper in white and black, paint brush, water, paper towels, and foil wrappers for gold coins.

6.     Leprechaun Hat Treats :: Sun Scholars
If you have a preschooler or kindergartener who wants to celebrate with their friends in school, this little treat is the most adorable way to do so. Remember to talk to your child’s teacher ahead of time to ensure there are no allergies before putting these treat cups together. You will need to gather a few supplies ahead of time, such as clear plastic cups, M&Ms both brown and green, paper, gold and yellow, gold glitter, glue, icing glue, and sugar cookies. Everyone will be in awe at how cute these treats are, and you’ll love how simple they are to make.

7.     Holiday Potato Stamper :: Momtastic
You don’t need expensive or fancy equipment to make a St. Patrick’s Day card. All you need is a potato and some paint and paper. Within a few minutes, you can carve a fun design into a potato and have your little ones stamp away.

8.     St.Patrick’s Day Rainbow Paper Mobile :: Craft
This bold and bright decoration makes your home décor pop. This is an easy project for preschool and school-aged children to make together, with supervision, of course. You will find they love tearing pieces of paper to make the project, so that makes it really fun for you, too.

9. Leprechaun Hat :: Classic Play
Paper leprechaun hats make a fun and festive item for any St. Paddy’s Day party. Your little tykes will love to have a party of their own, and these hats will make the perfect decoration and costume. To make them, you will need to gather up some supplies like glue, scissors, cereal bowls, tape, glue stick, and green construction paper.

10.     Pot of Gold Game :: Lizard & Ladybug
Here’s a simple and fun game to print up and make for you and the kids to play this St. Patrick’s Day. You will have to do some prep ahead of time, like painting clothespins in rainbow colors. But, once you get it all ready to go, the kids will love it and, better yet, they will learn to count in the process.

11.  Leprechaun Gold :: A Thrifty Mom
What is one thing that everyone wants to get their hands on? Leprechaun gold, of course. My kids love making this simple and entertaining craft. The best part about it was searching for some stones in the yard. You’ll need a foam brush, newspaper to keep your area clean, gold glitter, and mod podge.

12.  Rainbow Crown :: Small for Big
One thing that kids love doing more than crafts is dressing up. This craft gives you the best of both worlds. All it takes is some printer paper, ink, and staples. Of course, you’ll have to bring your creativity as well. They will love this little crown and probably will be wearing it long after St. Patrick’s Day is over.

13.  A Game of Shenanigans :: Molly Moo Crafts
Create this fun and entertaining little game in no time at all. You can print up the templates and let your little ones color it, or you can take it an extra step further and let them paint it. We chose the coloring route because sometimes my kids get a little crazy with paints.

14.  Popsicle Stick Bracelets :: Momtastic
Young and old will love this craft, I know we did. Gather up a few supplies of your choosing, popsicle sticks, stickers, yarn, tape, or colored paper, it’s really up to how creative you want to be.

15.  Easy Shamrock Craft :: Adventures of The Momma Homemaker
This one may be super simple to make, but that doesn’t mean it is any less cute. Take this opportunity to teach your kids their shapes. You can use hearts or circles, or even ovals; it makes for a great learning opportunity.

16.  Paper Plate Four Leaf Clover :: Housing a Forest
Kids love to give cards to their friends when it’s Valentine’s Day, and they will love this idea especially when they get to make them themselves. Using a few simple crafts, including paper and a template you print up, you can have them learn to write their own names by filling the cards out for friends and family.

17.  St.Patrick’s Day Juice Boxes :: Living Well Mom
A simple but cute trick is to decorate juice boxes for your kids’ St. Patrick’s Day party. All you need is construction paper. Teach your kids how to cut along the lines by helping to create the leprechaun belts.

18.  Sparkle Shamrock Outline Appliqué :: Palmettos and Pigtails
Grab your iron, a plain colored t shirt, permanent markers in different colors, freezer paper, and a piece of cardboard. Once you have everything cut out and in place, your kiddo can go to town with dots of color for this adorable little appliqué. 

Plus, check out our Free St. Patricks Day Printable Gift Tags to add something fun to your kids breakfast! 

Pack their lunches with lots of love this St. Patrick's Day with our Free Printable Lunch Box Love Notes

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