Ball Pit Fun And A Link Up Party

Today I want share how to make your own ball pit. All you need is a pack.n.play and some balls. It is so easy to make, and it will entertain the little guys for a long time. If you don’t have balls, you can buy them at Wal-Mart for really cheap.

We set up the pack.n.play.

We gathered all of the balls.

And it was time to play. Owen looked like he was swimming in balls.

 Elias joined in on the fun!

This is how he felt about the ball pit. I love that smile.

At one point Elias asked to get in the pack.n.play with Owen so I let him. He then proceeded to stick balls in Owen’s mouth. Of course Owen thought that was hilarious. Here is a little video.

And there you have it- a quick, easy, and fun activity.

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I Liked it. I Pinned it. I Did it.

Todays fun topic is Pinterest. Do you like Pinterest?

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I do. I think Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration. Pinterest has helped me plan babyshowers, come up with crafts to do with the kids, and has even helped me decorate different rooms in my home. If I use Pinterest in the right way it can be a lot of fun.

I like being able to gather inspiration from other people and then try to do some of the things I see on there. Because of Pinterest, I’ve done or made things like:

I love the idea of doing the things we see on Pinterest so much that I wanted to share a guest post with you from Jenn. She blogs over at Passenger Seat Perspectives. Jenn has a fun feature on her blog about about actually doing the things you find inspiring on Pinterest. She also has created a great place to link up once you’ve done your projects.

Hi! I’m Jenn from Passenger Seat Perspectives. Here’s a recipe from my link-up called “Like It, Pin It, Do It!” First, a little background: I started this link-up because I am addicted to Pinterest (there! I said it!) and I realized that I could be wasting a whole lot of time if I’m just pinning great ideas and not actually accomplishing them. For this link-up, I just use the picture and link of the project/hairstyle/recipe/craft that inspired me, and I include my own pictures of what I did, with a short description of how I did it and how it turned out. I hope you enjoy this yummy recipe!

Pinspiration:

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Have you ever had fresh-baked scones, from a coffee shop or wherever? If you haven’t, I cannot describe the warm, buttery, crumbly goodness that is a scone, so you may as well just go get one. I saw this recipe for cranberry-orange scones and wondered how hard it could be to recreate them. It turned out to be surprisingly easy! (I won’t post the whole recipe, but be sure to check out the link above to visit TastyKitchen.com.)

I was a little wary, because it said you had to use a pastry cutter to “cut in” the butter at one point (I don’t know about you, but my kitchen lacks those special crafty baker’s tools), but I ended up just using a whisk with strong wire and it worked out just as well. I also didn’t have a zester, so it took a while to get the orange zest, but I think it worked out okay.

Also, I didn’t set the timer right, so I don’t know how long they cooked. But they didn’t burn! These scones must be seriously foolproof.

The scones turned out delicious. They tasted light and buttery and the cranberry and orange were perfect! They were really crumbly fresh from the oven, but I don’t think my husband or I minded scooping up the crumbs to eat those too : ) We refrigerated them and ate them for breakfast – just as delicious!

I was a little light on the zest, but it turned out okay, especially with the delicious frosting (also foolproof) – just fresh-squeezed orange juice and confectioner’s sugar.

The final product was awesome! I loved this. You definitely need to try it!

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If you find yourself completing Pinterest projects be sure to link up with Jenn’s blog so we can continue to share ideas.

One last thing I wanted to share with you. Here are two great blog post about Pinterest. Jessica Turner shares 10 Tips on using Pinterest well, and Todd VanDyke gives a humorous perspective on having another thing to do online.

Also feel free to leave me your Pinterest name so I can follow you. And if you aren’t on Pinterest and need an invitation email me on my contacts page. I would be happy to send you an invite.

Fruit Loop Necklace

Today I thought I would share a fun little snack Elias had- a Fruit Loop Necklace. It is so easy to make! All you have to do is gather your supplies (string, scissors, and cereal), then cut the string to your desired length. Have your child string the cereal into a necklace. And then let your child wear their fun necklace and eat it. It is so simple yet so fun!

I hope this makes for a fun snack time at your house. I know when we did it Elias was one happy boy.

Framed Letters DIY

Oftentimes it looks like a grenade went off in the middle of Owen’s nursery floor. Baby clothes somehow manage to explode on a weekly basis- most of which he doesn’t even fit in anymore. I am usually left cramming baby clothes into an overstuffed drawer when I contemplate throwing them all out the window in hopes that I will never have to see them again.  All that to say, I usually don’t have a lot of time to think about decorating the nursery. But today the unthinkable happened, I had extra energy to gear towards putting Owen’s cute little letters on the wall.

I found this idea on Pinterest and found it to be really easy to do. It was as simple as buying wooden letters and an open frame at Hobby Lobby and then painting them.

After everything was painted, I hung it on Owen’s baby blue wall. I like how it turned out!

P.S. For more DIY’s and fun crafts check out these great link up parties: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Fun Stuff Fridays

5 Things I Like…

1. I like these 15 ways to pull your bangs back.

2. I love this fun photo idea.

 

3. This is a fun idea to do with the kiddos.

 

4.I love Jessica Turner’s (from The Mom Creative) tips on how to use Pinterest well.

5. I love tea parties.

 

p.s. Don’t forget to vote for Pencilled Daydream on the Top 25 funny moms for 2012. Click the icon below. Once on their site, scroll down until you see Owen’s picture, and then click the thumbs up button to vote. You can vote once a day and no registration is required. The contest ends in 5 days. Thank you for voting!!!