DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Hi makers! It is Michelle from Delicate Construction and I am back with another fun kids craft! This is a great activity to have in your back pocket on those long summer days. Most of us have all these things in our cupboard as we speak and this is a fun way to keep the kids busy but still having a blast! Check out this DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint!

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This paint is so simple to put together, all you need is cornstarch, water and food coloring or liquid water color (both work, sometimes at the school we have more color options when using the watercolors, but at home I use the food coloring and it works great!).

I do a one to one ratio so if I throw in a cup of cornstarch, I put about a cup of water. There is really no science to this, you just want it to be kind of a milky liquid. After it was all mixed, I poured it into a variety of bowls. Old plastic ones are best.

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Lastly, I added colors to each bowl. One thing I should mention is that while both are non toxic, the food coloring mixtures stained hands much more than the water color mixtures. All of it did com out for Avery in the bath that night but I thought it was worth mentioning. 

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Then you pass out some brushes, older ones if you have them, and let them go to town!

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The kids can of course paint the concrete or driveway, but Avery and her friends also had a blast painting a textured wall nearby as well. I love how bright the colors were and how much fun they all had!

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The pictures were great and it was such a fun change up from ordinary paint and brush on paper!

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I hope you and your kids have fun with this idea this summer!! What is one of your favorite summer activities to do with the kids?
 

Pretty in Pink Fashion for Kids

Hey Everyone! It’s Siri from Pumpkin Thieves and Buffalo Wings back to share another fun fashion post for your littles! Today’s fashion tips feature Pretty in Pink Fashion for Kids. 

 
When I found out that I was having a girl, I pretty much immediately swore off pink. I wouldn’t be that mother that dressed her little girl in pink every day! In my almost snobbish efforts to stay away from pink, I ended up with almost an entire wardrobe for my baby with no pink in it. Then, slowly, over her first year, I discovered that pink didn’t have to be “stereotypical.” One piece of clothing at a time,  I discovered that I was falling in love with pink as an essential part of Svea’s wardrobe. 
 
 
Pink can be lively, 
adorable,
classy, 
and tasteful!
 
 
Whether you have boys or girls, there are so many ways to style pink in their outfits!
 
Start with a dress or shirt as the main piece of the outfit.
Then add a bow tie or some tights:
Add a cardigan, some adorable shoes, and/or a belt:
Finish off the look with a handsome pink hat or a sweet headband:
 Have fun styling pink into your little’s daily outfits! I hope these tips help you to incorporate pinks into your kids’ outfits!
 
 
Svea’s outfit: Dress- Carter’s, Flats- Gap, Hair Bow- Sara Ellie Bows,  Tights- Carter’s, Stuffed Pig- Merry Love Joy
 
Siri {Pumpkin Thieves and Buffalo Wings}

Dolly and Me Dresses

A couple of months ago for my daughter’s seventh birthday, she received a very special gift from her Amma (grandma). A fancy big girl doll. One that has different outfits and accessories and she even has pretty hair that can be styled different ways. Many of you with little girls are probably familiar with the Our Generation and American Girl dolls. The only the better than having a fancy big girl doll with cute outfits is being able to *match* said doll. Now that would be extra special, right? That’s where these Dolly and Me Dresses come into play…

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How cute is that?! I cannot tell you the excitement that hit our living room when my daughter discovered new dresses with mini matching dresses! 

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Not to mention the matching hair bows… so cute! This hot pink chevron dress with ruffles is pretty and light, perfect for spring and summer wear! The lace sleeves are an added bonus, don’t you think?

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With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July around the corner, how perfect is this patriotic pillowcase dress? The corkscrew bows and blingy necklace pair perfectly with this dress.

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With summer temps reaching the triple digits in Arizona, I know we will get lots of use out of these adorable dresses this summer.

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Outfit details for Dolly and Me:

Hot Pink Chevron Ruffle Dress (Dolly and Me)

Hot Pink Chevron Hair Bows

Pink Chunky Necklace with Rosettes

Red Zebra with Navy Patriotic Pillowcase Dress (Dolly and Me)

Red, White, and Blue Chunky Necklace with Diamond

Patriotic mini corkscrew bows 

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Three Baby Accessories for Spring

Hi Everyone! It’s Siri from Of Pumpkin Thieves and Buffalo Wings! Just stopping by to share three baby accessories for spring that are my favorites!
 
 
There are lots of fun fashion and baby accessories that become more popular in the spring and summer months, but these might not be your typical “spring accessories.” They’re ones that I’ve found to be just wonderful for my little lady though!
 
1. Glitter Hair Clips by Little Blooms Handmade
Now that my little miss is running, dancing, and tripping all over the place, her bangs that are trying to grow are constantly in her face. These adorable little clips are perfect for keeping her hair out of her face
and staying in place!
 
 
We live in Arizona too, so in the spring when it starts getting pretty hot outside, you don’t want hair on your sweaty forehead. Again, these clips are lifesavers!
 
2. Bright Patterned Onesies
 
Spring is the perfect time to break out the stripes, polka dots, and chevron patterns! Be bold with adorable spring colors and patterns!  Svea’s onesie here is from Carter’s and they have all sorts of adorable spring patterns!
 
 
3. Play Blankets by A Pretty Life Shop 
 
A lot of people have asked if that blankets in my shop are swaddle blankets or toddler blankets. 
The answer is both! I call them play blankets because they are roomy, soft, and compact, able to be used for swaddling, nap time, or playtime. I’ve found them to be perfect for my little lady to play outside on! Right now while the weather is so lovely, our play blankets are perfect to bring a snack outside and picnic on or play with some toys on. 
 
 
Every blanket is sewn and hand-stitched with love.  There are several patterns to choose from with lovely spring colors and more coming soon!
 
 
Go on! 
Get yourself and your little ones dressed up in those cute spring patterns with glitter clips in hair and armed with blankets for playing.  Enjoy the fresh air, the flowers blooming, and fun that childhood brings to it all. 
 
Thanks for reading!

Watercolor Vase

Hi Mine for the Making lovelies! Michelle here from Delicate Construction and today I have a super fun Mother’s Day gift idea! Also, if you paired this with your teacher’s favorite gift card, it would be equally as awesome for teacher appreciation. To top it off, this pretty Watercolor Vase is a $5 project!
 

So, I was strolling around Target and noticed a whole new section… a craft section! Wahoo! There was so much fun stuff in there but my eyes zoomed in on these vases that almost have a ceramic look and feel to them- I had to have one.

I brought it home and knew that it would be a fun art project for my daughter, Avery. So I set her up with paper, water, napkins and her watercolors. I love the way this type of surface absorbs the watercolors instantly so there is literally no dry time!
 

Avery got to work and I did what I always do when Avery is painting, clean up the kitchen or other quick task. Because that’s #momlife, am I right?

 

I love when Avery paints things for me because kids have a way of always creating something beautiful. Especially when you set them up for success with the right materials. The way the watercolors started melting into each other was awesome. This wasn’t even a messy project either which was an added bonus.

 

The final product is something I am in love with and I would certainly be thrilled to receive on Mother’s Day filled with fresh flowers or even paper ones! This one would be a keeper for sure…

Didn’t it turn out so cute? Get yourself to Target’s craft section and grab a couple of vases for your kids to make for Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation or for grandparents! Stop by Delicate Construction for more kid-friendly ideas!
 

Non-Candy Egg Fillers for Under $10

Hi Mine for the Making lovelies! Michelle again from Delicate Construction and today I thought I would share how I filled all of the plastic eggs I needed for Avery’s egg hunt for under $10! If that wasn’t cool enough, what if I told you there was no candy involved?! I got your attention now right? Check out these Non-Candy Egg Fillers for Under $10! 
 

My biggest secret? My favorite place, and I am sure yours as well, the Target One Spot! The dollar store would also be a great option but basically I was looking for anything that had multiple items in the package for a dollar. I found lots of great things like small rings, erasers, pens, tape, hair clips and stickers in all of her favorite characters.

 

When it came to filling the eggs, I just broke everything up into singles and got to work! Things like the erasers I put a few at a time in but the barrettes and such were just one per egg.

 

The stickers I cut into strips and maneuvered around all of the character so I could get about 4 strips from each sheet.

Once they were all cut, I just rolled them up and stuck them in their own egg as well! Super simple and this one got a huge bang for the buck!
 

I can’t wait until Sunday when Avery gets to go on her hunt! She is going to have a blast! Bonus points that I won’t have to have extra candy in the house tempting her or me!

Hope you have a Happy Easter!

Michelle {Delicate Construction}

Classic Little Kid Style

Hello there!

It’s Siri again from Pumpkin Thieves and Buffalo Wings back with another fashion post this month for your littles!
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Check out these tips on how to achieve a classic little kid style! We’re talking scraped-knee, playing outside, just-excited-about-life style!
 
 
For this look my favorite part is always the Osh Kosh B’Gosh overalls. Overalls are such a little kid classic and Osh Kosh has so many adorable varieties to choose from…for girls AND boys!
 
For Svea’s look, I went with a layered overall dress (aka a jumperall). I complimented it with a simple white onesie from H&M.
 
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The next part of the classic kid style is the hair! For little guys, a cute comb over is always to die for
and as with Svea’s look here, pigtails are always a winner on a little lady.
 
 
I added a little navy felt hairbow clip to compliment Svea’s outfit from Half Pint Kids.
 
 
The final touch to this classic little kid style is the shoes. Freshly Picked moccasins are definitely my favorite since they can match anything, always look adorable on Svea, and are very comfy on her little feet as she explores outside. For this outfit, I chose stone suede moccs and added some stockings from Carter’s. Everything turned out so cute!
 
 
She wore this outfit to church and exploring around our garden area outside. Perfect for playing, moving, and just being little.
 
Thanks for reading everyone! Hope you all have fun with your littles!
Follow me on Instagram to see more of Svea’s daily fashion: @aprettylifeshop.
 

February Baby Fashion

Hello Everyone!
 
It’s Siri again from Of Pumpkin Thieves and Buffalo Wings back for another fashion guest post! Today I’m going to share a few must-haves for February Baby Fashion!
 
 
February is such a fun month for fashion because bold reds and delicate whites can be styled together 
to create a classic, winning combination!
 
I love getting my little lady’s holiday outfits styled just right and this one was definitely a huge success!
 
I combined three pieces that are just perfect for Valentine’s day….or any day, let’s be honest!
 
1. A Bonnet
 
 
Baby bonnets are so delicate and sweet. They offer just the right touch to an Valentine’s outfit
to give a pop of color and keep your little one’s ears warm too! Svea’s is from Briar Handmade where you can find lots of colors and styles of gorgeous, handmade bonnets for your littles. 
 
 
2. Moccasins
 
 
Leather moccasins are wonderful for giving your little one flexibility for their feet and protection at the same time. Svea’s moccasins are Freshly Picked and they are hands down our favorite brand.  The red compliments her bonnet with this Valentine’s Day outfit and they match so many other outfits as well!
 
 
3. A Lace or Tulle Dress
 
 
Lace and tulle add just the right amount of whimsy to your little lady’s outfit for the day that’s supposed to represent classic love. I chose white coloring for the dress to contrast the bonnet and moccasins. And went with this precious lace dress from The Little Z Boutique. They have all sorts of other lace and tulle dresses as well!
 
 
And of course, Svea finished off her Valentine’s Day outfit by sucking her fingers in the “I Love You” sign like always. :)
 
Don’t be afraid to add those pops of red into your littles Valentine’s Day outfits! Hopefully I provided some fun fashion inspiration! Stop by my blog for more outfits!
 
 
Thanks for reading!
 

Where Does Sugar Hide?

Sugar is an added ingredient in almost all of our foods in one way or another.  There are also natural sugars that are found in fruits and vegetables.  So what do we need to be concerned about and what do we need to look for when shopping and looking for a healthier life style?  Sugar can be dangerous and harmful to our bodies if we at least don’t try using it in moderation. So you are probably asking, Where does sugar hide?

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The sugar in fruit is naturally occurring and is a monosaccharide called fructose, which is a carbohydrate.  This differs from table sugar, which is a disaccharide known as sucrose.  The sugar in fruits contains vitamins, minerals, and has health benefits, compared to the sugar we consume in a candy, crackers, juice, cereal, protein bars, soda, yogurt, etc. Too much sugar can aid in diabetes, obesity, addiction, cancer, raise your cholesterol and is full of empty calories.  

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Shannon {Fitness Food Diva}

 

Three Tips for Drinking More Water

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Friends. I have a confession. I don’t drink nearly enough water. I am a HUGE soda drinker (Diet Coke with ice and a cute straw please!) and I know that it’s time to cut it out of my diet. But guys. It’s really hard for me. So I’ve decided to focus on my soda-kicking goal a little differently. Instead of focusing on cutting soda out, I’m focusing on adding more water in. And I wanted to share these three tips for drinking more water, which has really helped me cut the soda out. 

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1. Add DripDrop to your water.

I have ruined my tongue with soda. It’s true. Water just seems so boring to me now (rude, I know). So I add a packet of DripDrop to my water bottle and it adds a delicious lemon (or berry!) flavor that helps me chug that water a bit faster. Plus, DripDrop has 2-3 times the electrolytes and half the calories as sports drinks, hydrating you 34% better than water. Win-win for me (and you)! Find it in your local CVS Pharmacy in the baby aisle. Use this coupon for $1 off while supplies last (1/25/15-2/29/15). 

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It’s even safe for kids (over one) and my daughter can add the DripDrop packet to her water all on her own. Encouraging health and independence… #momwin. 

2. It’s all about the bottle.

I know, I know. You heard it’s all about the ‘base’… but actually, my friends, it’s all about the bottle. Get yourself a water bottle (and everyone else in your family for that matter) and keep it full and with you all the time. Let me tell you that drinking water is no big thang for my daughter now that she’s got a Frozen water bottle.

Going to the grocery store? Take the water bottle. Running out the door for a playdate? Don’t forget the water bottle. Leaving for work? Grab that water bottle! You are less likely to pull through the drive-thru or stop at a convenience store for a soda or other sugary drink if you have your drink on you already. 

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3. Add fruit to your water.

Not only does adding fruit to your water make it pretty, but it also infuses it with nutrients and yummy flavor. It’s easy to toss in a couple lemon, lime, or cucumber slices! I even love strawberries or raspberries in my water.

I fill up a pitcher of water and ice and fruit each morning and keep it in the fridge to refill my water bottle throughout the day. Then I add some DripDrop to my drink and BAM! I’ve got a pretty, nutritious, hydrating beverage. Soda shmoda, am I right?

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 I’m really hoping that in a few weeks, it’s no big thang and I have soda kicked to the curb. Let’s face it… us busy mommas need to take the time to take care of ourselves too. And one thing we can surely do to be more healthy is drink more water and to encourage our family to do so as well. 

Anyone want to join me in drinking more water?! I hope these three tips help you!