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A Royal Tea Party to Celebrate the New Royal Baby!

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Twinings of London in partnership with the Mom It Forward Influencer Network. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

A Royal Tea Party to Celebrate the New Royal Baby!

There will soon be a new princess born, Princess Kate is pregnant with a baby girl! I can’t imagine a better reason to have a tea party. Pull out your prettiest tea cup, grab your Twinings of London tea, put on a crown and let’s do tea time like a royal! If you’re like me, tea is usually sipped in a quiet space while you unwind, but for once in a while, it’s just as relaxing to invite your fellow mom’s over for a Royal Tea Party!

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My Summer Birthday Party Essentials #TimeforHoodsie

*This is  a sponsored post however as always all opinions are 100% my own*
I love that my kids have summer birthdays, this means our parties are full of barbeques, pools, and ice cream!
 
I have a few birthday party essentials that I have to keep on hand to throw the perfect party;
Water Play: kids have to cool off and what better way during the hot summer months, than to get wet.  We set up water tables, slip and slides, and best of all colored water balloons filled with water colored with food coloring.  The kids love watching the balloons explode all over each other.
Decorations:  We keep the decorations simple yet fun.  I like to tie balloons together to make an arch and scatter balloons around the house.  They work perfectly to create a great birthday theme, plus the kids enjoy popping them at the end of a fun day.
Food:  This is probably the most important for both the adult guests and the kids.  I usually cook out in the summer and include hamburgers, hot dogs, and fun side dishes.  For dessert its usually a delicious themed birthday cake.  However you can’t have cake without ice cream!
  
Have you ever been to a birthday party, where there’s cake but no ice cream?  It’s not complete!  That’s why I always get Hoodsie’s!  
Each Hoodsie cup is the perfect serving size, easy to serve and clean up, and everyone loves them.  I always buy an extra bag or two for the adults, because as soon as I pull out the Hoodsie cups I hear “if there’s any extras I want one” from every adult.  
They remind us adults of our childhood, and the kids just love the yummy ice cream!
What are your Summer Birthday Party Essentials?

5 Ways I Make My Kids Birthdays Extra Special with the New ©2015 MARVEL Avengers Cards from Hallmark!

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SendSmiles #CollectiveBias
My kids birthdays are my favorite days of the year, and I love making these days extra special for my kiddos.  Some times we have birthday parties, some times we just have a family dinner at a fun restaurant, and occasionally we’ll take a trip or go on an extra special outing.  No matter how we choose to celebrate their birthdays, these things rarely fall on the actual day they were born because weekends are easier for outings and parties.  So there are some other fun little treats that I enjoy surprising the kids with on their real birthday.
We start the day with a fun surprise. I like to blow up tons of balloons and cover the floor with them or use streamers and cross them all the way down the stairs so they have to run through them.  Last year we got cans up silly string and they woke up to a silly string fight.  It’s so much fun seeing their smiles as the wake up.

Then I make an extra special breakfast,  Birthday Pancakes.
 
Pour pancake mix onto skillet, then add sprinkles to the pancakes as they cook.  Once they are finished cooking top with syrup, sprinkles, and whip cream.
Add a candle, sing happy birthday, and you have a perfect birthday morning.

After their tummies are full and they are in full birthday mode, I like to give them a special Hallmark birthday card with a note from mommy inside.  I choose hallmark card because they have such an amazing selection.  No matter what my children’s current obsession is, Hallmark always has a card for that!  Plus I can grab them at Walmart along with everything else I need for a birthday celebration.

During Anthony’s recent 10th birthday, his favorite theme was the new Advengers movie so I went over to my local Walmart and of course they had a great selection of ©2015 MARVEL Avengers Birthday Cards
 One had a poster inside, another had stickers, and another popped up. 

 I could just imagine the sparkle in his eyes as he opened it and read Mommy’s message and that’s why I still love giving birthday cards.  I chose the one with the stickers so he could add them to his new sketchbook, but I also grabbed the other two versions for the twins to give him.  While in the hallmark section I was excited to see they had coordinating ©2015 MARVEL Avengers wrapping paper and gift bags too.  I love having everything cohesive and coordinating, so Hallmark made my day!

To make the school day fun, I send cupcakes to school.  We don’t always have parties but by sending a sweet treat to school for them to share with their classmates, their able to have a little celebration in the middle of the school day.
After the school days over and they get off the bus, I have their present hidden somewhere in the house that they have to find.

Anthony loved that all his presents were wrapped in ©2015 MARVEL Avengers wrapping paper! 

 While they look for their present, I make dinner.  They have a choice of their favorite meal or ice cream for dinner.

 Yes I know, their birthdays are not the days I make them eat healthy.  It’s a day full of cake, ice cream, pancakes, and lots of smiles.

How do you make birthdays extra special? 

 

The Amazing Zhus Magical Meet-Up ~ #TheAmazingZhus #MommyParties

 I received free products in order to host the Cepia, LLC  sponsored Meet-Up.  The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.
 We hosted a Magical Meet-Up!  This meant a house full of 9 little magicians, magical pets, card tricks, magic wands, and of course cupcakes!
The kids were so excited when they saw all the fun stuff that came in our The Amazing Zhus Party Pack, and they definitely had an amazing day with all the magical fun!

 We had the opportunity to try:
Amazing Zhus Stunt Pets Dynamo – known for his signature lightning bolt in his eyes and swirly pattern on his back — better keep a close eye on him or he might vanish in a flash
Amazing Zhus” Stunt Pets Abra – The “first word in magic”  this pink and white performer is much more than her hearts and bows!
Amazing Zhus” Magician Pets The Great Zhu – One look at his classic magician’s hat and you can tell that The Great Zhu is a magician of the highest caliber!
Amazing Zhus” High Dive – The brave Amazing Zhus make the impossible possible! Watch as they free fall a spine-tingling 30 inches from the High Dive into a tiny bucket of water below!
All of the kids at the party loved magic, so they played with the Magician Cards, Magician Shell Game, and giggled about the Fortune Telling Fishes.
The unanimous favorite Amazing Zhus Pet was “The Great Zhu”  each child kept waiting for their turn with Zhu.  He comes with a cool magic wand and follows the wand to wherever you point it!  The kids all thought that was definitely magical!
The other two pets we played with Abra and Dynamo, were also fun.  They ran around the kitchen floor making noises, but they sure are sneaky because we kept finding them under the cabinets or fridge.  The kids loved putting them on them on the rolling ball that came with the High Dive and watching them spin around the floor on that.
The High Dive looked like a lot of fun but it was tricky to put together, the pets didn’t stay on unless you used a good amount of force, so after a few tears, we decided to leave the High Dive fun to the older kids to play with.
 
I’m sure these will be a hit this holiday season, Lilly is already asking for more pets for her collection. “Madame Zhu” looks like one that will likely be under our tree on Christmas morning.The Amazing Zhus pets and accessories are available for presale exclusively at Walmart!

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 I received free products in order to host the Cepia, LLC  sponsored Meet-Up.  The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

Leap Into Gaming with LeapTv by Leap Frog Mommy Party! #LeapTv

I received free products in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.
The kids and I have always loved Leap Frog products and have owned practically their entire toy line over the years.  So we were very excited when I heard we were going to have the opportunity to not only try out the new LeapTV, but also have a party and share the fun with our friends!

The LeapTV isn’t like other game systems,  this system had the kids up moving, jumping, and dancing.  I made sure to stock up on juice, water and snacks because the kids were spending lots of energy!
Set up was a sinch, I debated between having Daddy set up the console before he left, but it ended up being so easy us Mommy’s had it set up in seconds.
 
We received 2 games to go with the LeapTV system, Dance and Learn and Sports!
 
Dance and Learn ~ Offers 9 dance games that build momentum and reading skills.  You can also dance with friends or jam out solo!
Sports ~ Offers 9 active games, bowling, skateboarding, soccer, swimming, karate, baseball rope climbing, weightlifting, and snowboarding! 
Both games were a hit!  “Dance and Learn” was great because the kids had fun watching their own moves on the TV.  “Sports” was a favorite for the boys, they loved that there were so many sports to choose from, however karate and skateboarding seemed to be the most popular choices.
 
 
With winter fast approaching all us Mommies agree that this is going to be an asset for us, to help encourage the kids to get their bodies moving and work off their energy constructively.
 
I definitely think this would be a perfect holiday gift this year,  its educational, easy to set up, and contains endless fun!  Its a winner for sure!
 
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I received free products in order to host the LeapFrog sponsored MommyParty. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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