Monthly Archives: December 2012

Marshmallow Snowmen

My kids are crafty. They LOVE doing art projects and sharing them with others. The problem? I’m SO not crafty. I seriously think the last “real” craft I did with my kids was in October 2011, when we made Crayon Hearts. I’m totally not joking.

So when Cami found that Oriental Trading catalog in the mail last month, she totally wanted to buy this kit to make these snowmen ornaments for her friends. You know, this one. And I was all like, “WE CAN TOTALLY MAKE THESE AT HOME! I’M A GOOD MOM! WATCH HOW EASY THIS IS AND WE’LL DO A CRAFT TOGETHER!”

Okay, so really I said, “Cami, I bet we can make those out of marshmallows, markers, glue and sticks. All things we already have at home.”

And really, it was SO EASY. We totally made our own version, which was part of the fun, customizing each and every one specifically to our own wants (and abilities). Hewlett-Packard

Here’s what we did:

  1. We decided who we wanted to make them for – primarily kids who live in our neighborhood so we could walk to deliver them. And then multiplied that number by 3 so we knew how many marshmallows to get out. (math integration baby!)
  2. Pulled the (old) bag of (already stale) big marshmallows out of the cabinet and left that number out on the counter for several days to harden.
  3. Once they were pretty hard, we started decorating. We used colored permanent markers because that’s what we had out that day, but my guess is normal markers could work too. I also wrote the name of each child getting a snowman on the bottom marshmallow at this time as well.
  4. Send the kids to the yard to find skinny sticks and break into about 1-2 inch pieces. Then stick them in as arms. I pushed pretty hard to get them in far so they wouldn’t fall out. I guess you could glue them in too, but let’s be honest, that’s just more work.
  5. Stack ’em up and hot glue those babies together. I was worried the hot glue would melt the marshmallows, but it worked great. (I think super-glue would work too, I’m just scared of it.)

This project seriously cost $1 for us to make – the price of a bag of large marshmallows.

We delivered these to our friends yesterday and the girls had a blast. It was our way of letting our friends know that we were thinking of them this Christmas season. You should try them. They really turned out so cute and it’s totally a craft that any of us can do.

A {Just Dance Disney Party} Christmas Miracle

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So when my girls found out we were getting to review Just Dance 4 they were pretty excited. But when they found out we were getting to review Just Dance Disney Party? Well, that was a whole different level of excitement.

The primary reason for their excitement is that they know EVERY. SINGLE. SONG on the game. There are songs from classic movies like Mary Poppins to new shows like Shake It Up. And I like it because I don’t have to worry about the words to songs being inappropriate for them to be listening to over and over and over…

The game definitely targets kids – I would even say younger kids. Cameran (6) absolutely loved playing the Disney Party version. The moves are easier, more repetitive, and the songs are shorter. And she actually WON several games she played against Adam and Alaina.Cami's turnSpeaking of Alaina: Oh dear, this child, she is CRAZY playing these Just Dance games. And while she loves the music on this Disney version, the time between songs moves a little too slow for her. You have to pick your avatar with each song and you can’t have a profile like in the normal Just Dance games. So high scores aren’t specific to players – just a record of the score by someone, anyone. Regardless, she still had (and continues to have) a blast playing.Hewlett-PackardKnow who else likes the game? This guy.

Hewlett-PackardWhile he normally just stomps his foot and spins around, he totally doesn’t care. And actually, the last time we played, he scored over 3,000 points! Which is pretty amazing for a toddler doing circles and waving his arms around. 🙂 (I know, the video would have been great, but I had to use Alaina’s camera and the sound didn’t pick up well so just wasn’t worth including. Once I find our battery charger I’ll tape him again and post it. You’ll want to come back for that one. 🙂 )

Here’s the thing I love most about Just Dance Disney Party: our entire family plays together. And we have fun. And no one fights. Did you read that?! AND NO ONE FIGHTS.

It’s a Christmas miracle, y’all. A freaking Christmas miracle.