DIY Kids Chalkboard Bookshelf

beckham + belle: diy kids bookshelf

We will have lived in this house three years next month. My daughter is six, so that means that she’s had the same room for about half her life. And half of one’s life seems like a long time to have the same decor so, naturally, she’s been itching for a bedroom makeover. (Let there be no mistake that she is my child). We’re about 80% done with the update (I’ll get pictures up eventually), but if I had to describe the new look in one word? PURPLE.

A key element of her bedroom redesign brainstorming was rethinking her storage. She is a pretty compulsive packrat (again, no mistake that she’s mine) and has accumulated a ton of junk. Good thing she doesn’t read this blog, she’d be sooooo mad that I called her stuff “junk” (but let’s be real, it is).  The shelving that she has had in her room, pictured below, is super cute and has been well used but is are more suited to picture books than the chapter books that she’s so enthusiastically moved on to. So, looking for a more appropriate book shelf, I perused around online … found this one that I liked, and that inspired it, but it wasn’t quite the right fit for the space. With a few tweaks, I think we’ve successfully recreated it to meet our needs!

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Beanie Boo Adoption Party for Girls & Boys

beanie boo adoption party girls party

I guess I should start by telling you how we arrived at the idea of a “Beanie Boo Adoption Party”.  About a month or two before my daughter’s birthday, we sat down with the computer, opened up Pinterest and starting looking for party ideas. Holy Pandora’s box…

ice cream sundae party
Tissue ice cream decorations from Amazon
beanie boo adoption party girls party

Anyway, after a couple of evenings of debating the merits of a My Little Pony party versus an American Girl doll t-shirt decorating party, she went in an entirely different direction and announced that what she wanted, in fact, was a “Beanie Boo – Adoption Party – slash – Ice Cream Sundae Party”.

The ice cream sundae part was the easy part. I ordered pretty much EVERYTHING online, except for the ice cream of course (more details on that later). But I needed to figure out how a “Beanie Boo Adoption” worked. Thankfully, a couple of other bloggers had already pulled off such a party, so I gathered some initial inspiration from them.

Paige over at Paige’s Party Ideas had some great ideas from a Beanie Boo adoption party a friend of hers threw for her six year old daughter. She even incorporated a vet clinic and check-out area (I didn’t go that far!!). I probably borrowed the most ideas from Monograms ‘n Mud – namely, the pink and purple color palette and the craft idea. The craft idea was key because with 20 of my daughter’s most beloved friends coming to the party, I needed to make sure I had a way to keep them busy and out of trouble!!

Our DIY Beanie Boo Adoption Party Plan

The key elements of our Beanie Boo Adoption / Ice Cream Sundae Party were as follows:

The Beanie Boo Adoption

Each child was given a numbered ticket upon arrival to the party. The tickets were simply thin strips of cardstock with heart shaped numbers attached. The number corresponded with a number that I had earlier assigned to each Beanie Boo that we’d purchased. I kept it random, except for rigging it to make sure the birthday girl got her preferred Beanie Boo and I made sure that the three boys who attended got the more masculine looking Beanie Boos.

The Beanie Boo Registration Process.

Most of the kids in attendance are kindergarteners and are learning how to read and write. I thought it would be fun for them to practice their new skills with the Beanie Boo registration cards.



They were asked to fill in their names, the names of their adopted Beanie Boos (found on the tag), the Beanie Boo’s birthday (also on the tag), eye color and fur color. They then signed their names, promising to take good care of their adopted Beanie Boos!


Craft Time – Beanie Boo Party Hats

With registration complete, we moved on to the task of making sure the Beanie Boos were party-ready. I had planned on making the party hats, but then I stumbled across my party hats  during a Target run (update: sold out but these are cute too….and these as well). They were the perfect size and only a few bucks. Done and done.

I also hit Target and Amazon for stickers, sequin tape,  jewels, etc. for the kids to decorate the hats with. Each table was set up with a few bottles of glue and an assortment of hat decorations. Some of them (my daughter included) got pretty creative with it.

Ice Cream Sundaes.

After the Beanie Boo adoption, the kids were fired up for ice cream. I made the mistake of having all of the sundae fixings set out at the start of the party. Bowls of gummy worms, gummy bears, swedish fish, M & Ms, and sprinkles sat out for the taking. I had to shoo the kids away several times from this table!

If I were doing it again, I’d definitely wait till after craft time to set out the sundae toppings. I found waffle bowls on Amazon, which made the sundaes extra special. Three cartons of ice cream – vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry – were more than enough for this sized party. The most expedient way to serve 20 kids ice cream seemed to be to take everyone’s order, fill up the waffle bowls and then bring them out all at once.


Believe it or not, this was our first party having a piñata and, let me tell you, we’ve been missing out. It was so much fun. It was a little stressful making sure the kids didn’t whack each other in the head, but they had a blast!! And it kept them occupied for 20-25 minutes. The piñata was also from Amazon and it was the perfect size for the crowd!


(Optional) Our Beanie Boo Adoption party was 2 hours long so there was just enough time for my daughter to open up her presents before parents started arriving for pick-up.

I don’t usually blog about my kids’ birthday parties because they always erupt into chaos and picture-taking is out of the question. But this Beanie Boo Adoption themed party actually worked as planned and the kids were occupied/entertained for most of the time so I could get some shots. Highly recommend!


Beanie Boo Adoption Kids Party

The Leprechaun’s Zucchini Brownies

Like many kids, mine struggle with green food phobia. It’s super frustrating and something that I hope they grow out of very soon, but for now I’m reduced to trickery to get them to eat their greens. My daughter is a holiday fanatic (doesn’t matter what holiday, so long as we are decorating for it and having a treat or two), and so I thought I’d take advantage of the most green holiday of the year to sneak some veggies into this particular treat: zucchini brownies. It worked!! The kids must have assumed that the specks of zucchini were some sort of leprechaun dust or something. I didn’t ask. They ate them up.
The Leprechaun’s Zucchini Brownies
1 13×9 pan of brownies
For the brownies
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1/3 cup apple sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
For the icing (not so healthy)
1/2 cup of butter
2 1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp half and half
Mix together the wet ingredients first – the eggs, sugar, vanilla and apple sauce. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
Incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined. Then gently mix in the shredded zucchini and the chocolate chips.
Spread batter in a greased 9×12 dish and bake for 35 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
Using a circle cutter, cut brownies into circles and set aside.
Start on your icing. Blend butter with powdered sugar and cocoa powder, then stir in your vanilla and half and half until smooth.
Top brownie circles with icing and green sprinkles. Enjoy!


Super Simple Kid’s DIY 2×4 Wooden Step Stool

DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
Our bathrooms step stools up to this point have been either lime green or Mickey Mouse themed, both plastic of course, and both eye sores.
I made this little wooden step stool out of a 2×4 and a 1×4- so quick and easy – and much better looking.
*Thanks for those that called out that a 1″ x 4″ was used for the top of the steps! Sorry for the original misprint!*
I cut my wood into 9 pieces, measuring as below:
1, 2 x 4 x 12″
2, 2 x 4 x 13 1/2″
2, 2 x 4 x 6 5/8″
4, 1 x 4 x 15″
*2 x 4 x 12″ not pictured in below photo*
Measure and cut as you go for accuracy. 
I used wood glue, a nail gun, and a couple of wood screws to assemble and had a step stool within minutes!
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
The two 2 x 4 x 13 1/2″ will be the base of stool.
Glue and attach two of the 1 x 4 x 15″ boards at one end of the parallel 4 x 13 1/2″ boards as shown below.
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
Next, insert the 4 x 12″ board halfway between the baseboards. Glue & drill wood screws in to attach.
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
Stack the 4 x 6 5/8″ boards at either end of the bases, again glueing and using a wood screw to attach – this is the height of the next “step”.
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s! Line up the balance two 1 x 4 x 15″ boards, and nail to the top step.
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
 Finish the stool with stain (I used Rust-oleum Kona Stain)…
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
 And stencil (using a Silhouette machine and vinyl) for added character :).
DIY Easy Kid's Step Stool - Made with 2x4s!
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