Thursday, April 30, 2015

DIY Power Ranger Gloves

It is no secret, we love to dress up. When it comes to costumes, we have Tinkerbell and Elsa costumes coming out of our ears but there is surprisingly few options when it comes to girl super heroes. That is why I was absolutely thrilled when Nerdy With Children contacted me and asked if we wanted to try some of their shirts. I want my girls to be able to play dress up as all of their favorite characters, not just the princesses.

The first thing we did when we got our Power Ranger shirts was to run out and buy matching leggings for them. After running around in the outfits for the day, we decided to make a pair of matching gloves for my older daughter. The gloves were so easy to pull together and are so much fun to wear with the shirt.

To make the gloves you will need: 


  • Long white children's gloves
  • a measuring tape
  • heat transfer in the color you desire
  • a iron

 Measure your gloves from the wrists to the end of the glove. My gloves were about 9 inches. You will want the diamonds to be a third of that length, so my diamonds are 3 inches long. I scaled the diamonds proportionally, so the width was a random number. I used my Cricut to cut out the diamonds from heat transfer, but they are such a simple say you could easily use a pair of scissors. Since the design is the same forwards or backwards, you don't even need to worry about mirroring the image for this heat transfer project.
 I placed the first diamond all the way to one side on the glove, about half a inch under the thumb and then ironed it on. I placed the second diamond close to the first but not touching. I only ironed the first half of it down and then wrapped the rest of it around the side of the glove and then ironed it down, Since you have to flip the project to iron the second part, make sure to not iron the second diamond to you ironing board! Add the third diamond on the back and you have some awesome gloves for saving the world!
 If you have spent much time on my site or Facebook page, you know that we love all things nerdy. Transformers, Power Rangers, He-Man, we have had to much fun introducing our childhood favorites to our kids. We have spent many hours looking for fun shirts and outfits for our kids that go along with out favorite fandoms only to come up empty. That is why I was SO excited to find Nerdy with Children who not only have fun shirts for kids but babies too. They have Power Rangers, Transformers and my personal favorite He-Man and She-Ra. My oldest brother is a huge He-Man fan and his wife flipped when she saw the shirt, I am pretty sure their little boy is going to have one soon.
We have been really impressed with the quality of vibrancy of the shirts and my kids love how soft they are. After we finished our photo shoot, I tried to take the shirts off of my kids and both refused. They love wearing them and they look absolutely adorable!
I love being able to get my kids excited about the things I loved when I was a kid. What is your favorite show from your childhood? 
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spanish Rice in Your Rice Cooker



We eat a lot of Mexican food in our house. My kids both love it and I love making dinners where I don't have to convince them to keep eating. Spanish Rice is a favorite in our house and so I make it often. Dinner time always seems to be the craziest time of the day at our house, so in an effort to simply the dinner routine, I started experimenting with making the Spanish Rice in my rice cooker. I absolutely love it! Throw everything in the rice cooker, stir really well and plug it in and go about fixing the rest of dinner. In 30 minutes (Or however long your rice cooker takes) you will have amazing rice that you didn't have to worry about. For a quick and stress free dinner combine this Rice Cooker Spanish Rice with El Monterey Taquitos.

Rice Cooker Spanish Rice

INGREDIENTS

  • 2½ cups white long grain rice
  • 5 cups water
  • 4 tomato bouillon cubes
  • ¼ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ tsp crushed coriander seed
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

PREPARATION
Dissolve the bouillon cubes in 5 cups water. Combine all the ingredients into a rice cooker and let it cook until the rice has finished cooking. Fluff with a fork.

The only thing that makes this Spanish Rice even better is to top it with a heaping spoonful of fresh Pico De Gallo. This fresh version is my husband's invention and it is one of my favorite snacks. I beg him to make it all the time. 

Pico de Gallo

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • 1½ jalapenos, diced
  • ¼ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION
Dice the tomatoes, onion and jalapenos, and chop the cilantro. Combine in a bowl. Add the lime juice and mix well. Top with salt and pepper.


We love making a meal out of El Monterey Taquitos and Spanish Rice. It is the perfect dinner for a busy night or Cinco De Mayo! You can find a coupon for the Taquitos here. Our favorite are the Chicken and Cheese but we love the Southwest Chicken too.
Check out more amazing Cinco De Mayo Dinner Ideas on the El Monterey Pinterest Page. What are you fixing for dinner this Cindo De Mayo?

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Up Close with Marvel's Avengers

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It was getting close to Halloween a few years ago when I asked my then 4-year-old what she wanted to be for Halloween. Without any hesitation she replied Captain America. I was floored. I had no idea she even knew who Captain America was, let alone knew enough to want to dress up as him. 

We made the Avengers a whole family affair that year. My daughter was Captain America, my husband was Nick Fury and I dressed up like Black Widow. Ever since that Halloween, The Avengers have been a big part of our family, with Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk ranking as my daughter's favorite super heroes.


My daughter has been begging to see the new Avengers movie, MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, coming out this week, but at six years old I don't think she is old enough for it. To ease the disappointment of not being able to see the movie, we gathered everything to dress up as Iron Man, and have been playing with the new Superheroes Assemble App. You can download the app for free from here.


The new app, available for both Android and Apple really lets you get into the world of the new movie and have a lot of fun with photo ops and dressing up like the characters. Once you have downloaded it, you can scan signs and Avengers products at Walmart to unlock cool new features and information on the app.


If you don't happen to be at Walmart, you can go to Walmart.com/Avengers and scroll down to the box that says unlock more epic content.


Clicking on the box will bring up images to scan to unlock all of the characters, Once you have unlocked all the characters in the Discover part of the app, you can have a lot of fun!


The Suit Up section of the app is hands down my daughter's favorite part. You take a picture of yourself and add different elements from each character: Hawkeye's Bow, the Hulk's fists and more.


In the Movie section of the app you can watch the trailers and stay up to date on movie information. In the character section, you can read about each character and their attributes.


The 360 section of the app lets you test out the HulkBuster suit and see everything it's capable of. 


The Photo Op section allows you to take pictures with your favorite Avengers characters. My daughter loved taking photos and then running to my phone to see which character I had added into the photo. 


In the wishlist section you can compile your favorite Avengers products. We went all out for Iron Man this time. My daughter loves telling me she is "Iron Man with a little bit of glitter," so for her costume we picked up an Iron Man mask, these awesome gloves that light up, a shirt from the boys section and everything to make a long awesome tutu. 


We used four full spools of tulle in gold and maroon, with an elastic waistband, to make the full-length tutu. With the combination of the tech in the gloves and the tutu, she truly is "Iron Man with a little glitter." 


We've had so much fun playing with this free app. What little kid doesn't want to suit up in the Hulkbuster armor? Which Avenger do you want a photo op with? 
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Printable Farm Play Mat


The traveling with kids fun continues today with this darling Farm Play Mat. This is the perfect printable for your next road trip. Simply print it and bring along the little animals you already have laying around your house and you have an electronic free activity to keep the kids busy. 

You will need: 
  • The Printable found at the end of this post
  • A laminator and laminating Sheets 
  • a binder pouch to keep the creatures in
  • small farm animals 
  • magnet tape for the back of the play mat
  • cookie sheet to play on (I bought mine at the dollar store)


Print the printable on a sturdy card stock, you don't have to, but I laminate them for extra durabilty. . Add a couple of magnets to the back of the play mat to keep it from sliding around on the cookie sheet during play. I used magnetic tape because it lays so flat against the play mat.  You can use an old cookie sheet, but I found that the cookie sheets at the dollar store are actually the perfect size for regular size piece of paper. I bought a dollar cookie sheet and then spray painted it turquoise, while the paint was still wet, I threw pink glitter on the cookie sheet. 

You will want small farm animals to play with on this mat, I found some at my local Kroger. They actually had quite a few different animal play sets in their small toy section. The farm animal set had cows, sheep, horses and a few more varieties of farm animals. 

You can find my Road Trip Sanity Savers here, My Ocean Play Mat here, and my Car Play Mat here.

Have you ever made play mats before?

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Printable Ocean Play Mat


If you liked the Car Play Mat that I shared yesterday, then you are going to love this Ocean Play Mat. This fun play mat is perfect for all of those under the sea creatures. Sized to print on a 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock, you can print this play mat on your home computer for fast fun. 


You will need: 
  • The Printable found at the end of this post
  • A laminator and laminating Sheets 
  • a binder pouch to keep the creatures in
  • ocean creatures
  • magnet tape for the back of the play mat
  • cookie sheet to play on (I bought mine at the dollar store)
Print the printable on a sturdy cardstock and then laminate for increased durability. Add a couple of magnets to the back of the play mat to keep it from sliding around on the cookie sheet during play. You can use an old cookie sheet, but I found that the cookie sheets at the dollar store are actually the perfect size for regular size piece of paper. I bought a dollar cookie sheet and then spray painted it turquoise for a fun touch. 

You will want small ocean creatures to play with on this mat, I found some at my local party story and in the toy section of my local Kroger store. The sets from both stores were very similar and had sharks, dolphins. lobsters and other various sea life. 

Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my traveling with kids series. What do you do to keep your kids entertained in the car? 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Travel Car Play Mat

After my first traveling with kids post, the wheels in my brain kept turning and I ended up begging my graphic designer husband to make a bunch of play mats for the car. This darling play mat prints perfectly on 8.5 x 11 paper so there is no running out to get it printed. 

You will need: 
  • The Print Out found at the end of this post
  • A Laminator and Laminating Sheets 
  • a binder pouch to keep the cars in
  • cars
  • magnet tape for the back of the play mat
  • cookie sheet to play on (I bought mine at the dollar store)


Several years ago, I bought my on laminator and I LOVE it. It made this project so easy and much faster than if I had to keep running to an office supply store to have things laminated. If you don't have a laminator most office supply stores can laminate for you same day. 

My daughter had so much fun testing this play mat out for me. She loved driving the cars all over and making them have stops at the different buildings.  I found a package of cars at the dollar store, but the roads are the perfect size for all of the matchbox cars you have on hand. 
 I used the same cookie sheet as the first post. It is the perfect size for a regular sized piece of paper. This play set is so easy to make! Check back for some more awesome play mats coming this week.

How do you keep your kids entertained in the car?

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