Kids

Beanie Boo Adoption Party for Girls & Boys

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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 (find them on Amazon, or sometimes sold in ‘lots’ on eBay – check here to see if there are any currently for sale, or get them the old fashioned way and go to a toy store!). I kept the number assignments 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.

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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.

Piñata!

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!

Presents!

(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! Looking for another idea for a little girl’s party? Check out 2017’s Tea Party Birthday.

 

Beanie Boo Adoption Kids Party

Blueberry Lemon Waffles

Almost once a week, we have breakfast for dinner. To be honest, it might be my favorite night of the week. Why? Because the kids will actually eat the dinner I make without a fuss and I get to make ONE meal instead of THREE. Plus, I love breakfast foods too.

Last week, I made homemade waffles for the kids and they totally gobbled them up. The two-year old out-ate us all! (Those of you who know him will not be surprised by this.) I was pretty low on groceries, but did have blueberries and lemons on hand (a favorite flavor combo here at B&B…see here and here), so ran with that.

Blueberry-Lemon Waffles



Ingredients

Makes 4-6 waffles, depending on waffle iron size.

2 cups of flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup of milk
2 tbsp melted butter (cooled)
1/2 cup roughly chopped blueberries
2 tsp lemon zest

Directions

Prepare your waffle iron. Heat to medium.

Sift dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix milk, eggs, and melted butter. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients together. Gently fold in blueberries and lemon zest.

Pour batter into waffle maker. Cook until risen, and lightly browned. Repeat.

Top with blueberries, powdered sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. Enjoy!

 

Starting Seeds

When I count my blessings, one that I think of often is the fact that my daughter shares a lot of the same interests as me. I know it may not always be like this, but I’ll enjoy it for as long as it lasts. Whether we’re cooking, crafting, painting, or, in this case, gardening, she is right by my side. The best sidekick I could ever ask for.

This past weekend, we spent some time outside, planting some seeds in trays to start inside, until it’s safe for us to plant them outside. The best part about living in the South is that spring comes pretty early!!

I tend to get a little overzealous, and start gardening a little too early every year.  So I limited us to some hardier crops – mainly spinach and lettuces (arugula is my favorite!). My daughter insisted on planting some flower seeds, so we did that as well…probably too early, but we’ll see!! We repurposed a bottle holder and filled it with organic seed starter mix.  We then dampened the mix a little.

 

Then we dropped in our seeds, covering them with a tiny bit of soil,  and labeled our rows.

It’s so much fun to watch the seeds sprout, and such a good lesson for the kiddos too. I’m putting my daughter in charge of watering this year (responsibility!) Hopefully it will also open her mind up a little to eating a few more greens. We’ll see….

 

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization Ideas

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle Keeping the kids’ playroom clean and organized seems to be a never ending battle. Thank God our nanny is a complete Saint and ensures the kids pick it up at the end of each day – and by the kids doing it, I’m sure I should say she she picks it up. Regardless, clutter gets under my skin and it’s always haunting me at least one place in our house so any one room down is a win.
Picked up or not, keeping a playroom organized is no simple task. The boys are all boy which means there are always armies of action figures, cars, Legos, balls, etc. swarming the house. When the boys “pick up” they often pull the under the rug trick and assume out of sight means out of mind… That is until a couple days later they’re looking for a very specific toy and it’s nowhere to be found because nothing has a “home”.
A couple weekends ago I spent some serious time adding a little sense to their art of picking up with some super easy playroom organization tricks. They certainly don’t keep every toy contained but when they’re on the hunt for that one “ninja turtle bad guy that has that one weapon” I know the first place to check.
Arts & Crafts Organization
 
The boys love doing crafts or “projects” as we often call them. As a result, they have all kinds of markers, coloring books, safety scissors, etc. Their play table was typically a mess (sparing you the before photos) to the point where it wasn’t usable… Which equals markers and coloring books on the carpet. No Bueno.
I actually purchased a pegboard with the intent to use in my own craft space but in typical momma fashion, prioritized the kids’ space first.
This was so simple to put together and get up on the wall! (Not to mention the pegboard only costs about $10 from Home Depot!). I also picked up an inexpensive pack of pegboard hooks from HD as well.
Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Pegboard Wall Organizer

First I cut two 1×2″ boards to the height of the pegboard. (You’ll want to measure your board for this measurement since they can vary.

Using 1″ wood screws and washers, I drilled into the wood through 2 of the top edge holes at every corner.
Attach hanging hardware through the back of the 1×2″s and hang.
I found some hanging storage baskets for under $10 at Homegoods and use them to store markers, flash cards, stamps, etc.
Using a couple hooks and a wooden dowel rod cut down to size, I hung a roll of paper – one of my favorite things about the pegboard!
I hung some metal cans, purchased from the dollar section at Target, to store colored pencils, paintbrushes, etc.
I hung some scissors and added a little personalization (B & G letters from Restoration Hardware Baby & Child) and an arrow from Hobby Lobby.

The pegboard could be filled up a little more, but I’m so happy with the results so far and have already found it to be extremely useful.

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + BelleSimple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + BelleSimple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + BelleSimple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Jar Storage


All those little boxes of Crayola crayons add up quickly, and the boxes, well aren’t the most durable. I purchased a handful of these glass jars from Old Time Pottery for $5 each. I filled them up with crayons and magnets. So simple and colorful!

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Cars, Play Food, and Action Figures, Oh My.
 
These are the items I most often find throw a stray all of the house. In the bathroom, in the pantry, laundry room, you name it. No room left untainted.
I bought these black linen storage boxes in packs of two from Target and found these awesome burlap tags from Michaels (also used in a previous post for DIY Beverage Tags).
I sharpied on some common toy themes and filled them up. These are literally the best. They are always organized. Obsessed.
Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Ball Storage
Okay, this is maaaybe half of the balls we have in his household. The balance are stored in the garage – those that are more for outdoor use.
I found this large galvanized bucket from an antique store so it’s not only functional, it looks really cool.
Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle
Book Storage
My boys are also bookworms. (Yes, they sound to be interested in just about everything… Not sure at what age their interests focus a bit more. Needless to say, we love books, and we have hundreds of them.

I purchase six unfinished wooden crates from Michaels for about $10 each.

Hubs and I stained them Minwax aged walnut and stacked a couple high, and a few across for bookshelves. We chose not to nail them together so we could easily change the placement and configuration. *Note I do not recommended stacking anymore than two high without attaching for fear of them tumbling. They could also be drilled into the wall should you choose to build the stack higher.

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle

(Find the easy no-sew DIY for the “To the Moon & Back” sign here)

Simple, Inexpensive Playroom Organization // Beckham + Belle