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Entries in inspiration (112)

Wednesday
Jul182012

Rocket Ship Party

I couldn't NOT share this party by Hello My Sweet featured on one of my favorite party blogs Spaceships and Laserbeams. The details are crazy amazing.

Please go check out all the details on this party, more photos, and even how they made some of the amazing details. Huge thanks to Hello My Sweet (check out their store) and Spaceships and Laserbeams for the awesome inspiration!

Tuesday
Jul102012

Zap! Zoom! Pow! A fun new app!

While recently reading Somerset Memories I found an article about an app called Halftone. Once the boys caught a glimpse of it they new they wanted to try it out!

From the Halftone site:

Halftone turns your photos into unique, vintage comics that friends and family will love! More than a simple “photo filter” app, Halftone makes it easy to add paper styles, captions, speech balloons, graphic stamps, and fonts (including built-in comic fonts). Your final image can be sent via e-mail, uploaded directly to Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, and Flickr, shared with apps like Instagram, Camera+, and Color Splash, printed, and even sent as a real, physical postcard through the mail!

Basically it allows you to turn your photos into a comic! The boys made some of themselves but I made one too

I love a fun phone app find!

Monday
Jul092012

Sometimes Parties Don't Go As Planned

I thought I'd write a little post since I talked about my boy's sleepover on Facebook. We had planned to have 4 boys plus my 2 over for a sleepover with all kinds of amazing sleepover activities and of course a midnight snack bar. However, things change.

We had planned on moving beforehand and were supposed to be settled in by then. Things changed and we were in the new house but just barely. There was nothing there. So we brought a few things over so that we could sleep there since that was the address on the invite. Then we realized that no one had RSVP'd except for one boy. I didn't want to plan a million activities for 6 kids when we may have none. So I bought decorations and got snacks last minute. We picked out some things to put together a few goodie bags. 

1 boy did come and my boy decided that to make it more of a special sleepover we'd go to a pizza place with an arcade and then to the movies (yes we did have the other boys' parents permission). So we did. We saw BRAVE which they all liked and then came home for late ice cream cupcakes.

We did end up doing a few activities and I had my camera BUT forgot my memory card so iPhone photos it is.

Our birthday table set up

After the movie we came home and had a glow party. We put glow sticks into white balloons, had glow necklaces and glasses from the dollar section at Target

In the morning - a part of the party my son was most excited - cereal lol! We don't ever buy cereal so he was super excited to buy several different types to choose from along with some cinnamon rolls on his birthday party morning.

Then we went swimming at 8am and made light sabers out of pool noodles.

In the end he loved his little sleepover. His Harry Potter party last year was a bit more involved so having it a little easier this year may have just been what we needed. Just some more proof that we aren't perfect over here either ;)

Tuesday
Jul032012

Book Report

It's not often that we find a new book series that they boys are REALLY into. They are more of the World Records, Gross Facts, or Animal Non-fiction type of readers (with some Star Wars thrown in). Yes they like the "usual" Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Rick Riordan series but I was so excited to find something new that I thought we'd share it with you!

The Carole Marsh Mysteries - Real Kids, Real Places

We first bought these two for our travels The Mystery in Hawaii and Disney World

 

Here's what my 9 year old has to say about the books:

I like Carole Marsh Mysteries because they are fun to read. They have mystery and real information about the place where the story is. It's also cool because you can apply to be a character in an upcoming book. The characters in the books are based on real kids. I've read the mystery of Hawaii and Disney World but I want to read more of the series. I especially want to read The Mystery in Hollywood, The Mystery in New York, and The Mystery at Area 51. I think the books are good for boys and girls!

He really has been talking about them quite a bit! He's got his brother interested now too. The suggested age is 8 and up and that's probably right on. He is an advanced reader so these are pretty easy for him but who doesn't like a quick entertaining read?!

Thursday
Jun282012

Room Inspiration

I love a good room makeover (especially right now since we are in the middle of moving) so I thought I'd share this amazing room from Jennifer Johner at Dearest Someday

I really love all the details

Especially that group of wood and sticks collected on a family vacation - what a GREAT idea!

Be sure to stop by her blog post to see a lot more photos and details. Thanks so much for the inspiration Jennifer!

I'm putting together a 4th of July/Independence day craft roundup to share later today or tomorrow so if you've seen a craft/activity that we'd love link me up here or by email! info@allfortheboys.com

Wednesday
Jun202012

DIY Lego Key Holder

I keep coming across this and meaning to share it but now that I needed to buy a new key ring I finally remembered to post it.

A DIY Lego Key Holder from Minieco

Genius!

Thursday
Jun072012

Popsicles!

My name is Alison and I blog over on 'this homemade life...' . When Allison asked if I might be interested in coming over for a little guest post, while she soaks up the Hawaiian sun, I jumped at the chance. Not only do Allison and I have our name in common, but being a mama to boys as well. I love scrolling through this site for all kinds of ideas and inspiration to keep my fellas busy and inspired. Now, onto popsicles! On hot summer days there is nothing we love more than water balloon fights and popsicles. These strawberry popsicles come together easily and are a great way to cool off on a warm afternoon. With yogurt, maple syrup and fruit, we've even been known to enjoy them for breakfast.

strawberry yogurt swirl popsicles

Strawberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicles adapted from Ice Pops 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries hulled and sliced in half 1/2 cup maple syrup 1 3/4 cup whole milk greek yogurt, plain 3/4 cup whole milk In a saucepan, combine the strawberries and 1/4 cup of the maple syrup. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has reduced and thickened to a syrup consistency. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. In a 4 cup measuring cup, stir together yogurt, milk and remaining maple syrup. Add the cooled strawberry mixture. Gently swirl to combine, leaving large streaks.

strawberry yogurt swirl popsicles

Pour into popsicle molds. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

strawberry yogurt swirl popsicles

A few of our favorite popsicle molds...

Ring Pops Rocket Ship Molds Groovy Ice Pop Molds Ice Pop Makers

Thursday
May312012

Summertime Schedules

We are leaving on a jet plane (to HAWAII!!) but I never want to leave you without inspiration so I've asked some bloggers to fill in for me while I'm gone. Up first is The Happy Family Movement!

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School is out and summer is HERE!! That means hot days filled with bike riding in the cul-de-sac, swimming at the pool, checking things off our summer bucket list, and nights filled with baseball games and more swimming!

As summer was approaching, I was SO excited. But I was also a little nervous. There always seems to be SO many things that need to be done (that comes with raising three kids and running multiple businesses, I suppose!). But I want to make sure we actually ENJOY our summer and take full advantage of it. Come August, we’ll have two kids in school full time and our littlest will be in preschool part time. But for the next 2 ½ months, they are ALL OURS!

In a moment of mom panic, I wrote down a little daily schedule. It’s nothing crazy, but hopefully it will help us keep on task this summer, getting stuff done and having fun! So far, it’s working well, but we’re only a week in. Here’s our summer schedule:

 

Morning:

Eat breakfast, do the dishes, clean the kitchen

Play outside/swimming lessons

Early lunch at 11:30 am

 

Afternoon:

Do chores: put away laundry, pick up the house

Reading time for Max & Ava/work on reading with Lia

Quiet time for the kids/prep dinner/answer email

Swimming!!

Cook dinner while the kids play in the backyard or in their rooms

Early dinner at 4:30 pm (with SO many baseball games, early meals just work better)

 

Evening:

Head to the baseball fields/go swimming/play in the cul-de-sac

Night:

Kids go to bed
We work!

 

How’s your summer going? What does your typical day look like? What are you doing to make sure you don’t let summer pass you by?