FLASH GIVEAWAY: OPERA San Antonio's Fantastic Mr. Fox

Earlier this month Chris and I had the opportunity to take the kids on a tour of the newly remodeled Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Not only did we get a peek behind the scenes of the beautiful HEB Performance Hall and the Carlos Alvarez Studio Theater, but we also met the cast of the upcoming Fantastic Mr. Fox, the inaugural performance of the new OPERA San Antonio
I remember field trips to the theatre as a girl (seeing Peter Pan fly across the stage was pure magic), and we love taking our own kids, too. Experiencing live theatre and music fills you with a sense of joy and wonder that the movie theatre just can't compete with. Although taking kids to the opera may sound intimidating, (getting fancied up, sitting still, and being able to follow along), OPERA San Antonio wins in my book by opening with such a family-friendly production. 

We Made It | Pom-Pom Rings

We Made It | Pom Pom Rings

We Made It | Pom Pom Rings

We Made It | Pom Pom Rings

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Along with our paper cup crowns, we also made some pom-pom rings for Eleanor's party earlier this month. I was inspired by this tutorial on Sew-Crafty Kids. We hot glued our pom-poms onto some dollar store rings, although Sew-Crafty Kids has a clever way to make the ring that doesn't require glue (and I'm wishing I had tried!). 

We also used one of these pom-pom makers instead. I can't tell you how much I loved using the pom-pom maker--I've tried making them by hand a number of ways but the maker has changed how I look at pom-poms. And it was much easier for the kids to use themselves, too. You'll definitely be seeing more of them around here!

Looking for more pom-pom party ideas? Check out my roundup of 10 Ways to Throw the Perfect Pom-Pom Party

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We Made It | Paper Cup Crown

We Made It | Paper Cup Crowns

We celebrated Miss Eleanor's 6th birthday earlier this month, and instead of buying party hats we made some out of paper cups and headbands. We found the idea via Pinterest from a Portuguese blog, Estefi Machado. I found both the headbands and cups at the dollar store (the mini pompoms too), so this was a super-affordable party craft! Our crowns were sticking up from the headbands a bit, but I'm sure you could lay them flatter with some fiddling. Fast, fun, and easy crafts are a must for crafting with groups of kids!

What have you been inspired to make lately?

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15 Thrift Store Costume Ideas

15 Thrift Store Costume Ideas
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You might think it's a little early to think about Halloween, but for those of us who like to DIY our costumes, it's high time! To help you along, I've searched high and low for the best costume ideas you can make from thrifted items. Check out my favorite thrift store costume ideas below!

Eric Carle and Gymboree Giveaway (and Free Printables)

Eric Carle & Gymboree Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Gymboree. 

We are a big book family at our house. My kids have been known to fall asleep with piles of books in their beds, and we have bookshelves in almost every room. There are a number of children's book authors that take me straight back to my childhood and that I still love to read with my kids today. Eric Carle is one of them. 

Gymboree has just launched a new line of play and sleepwear using Eric Carle's vibrant illustrations, and we couldn't be more excited! To give you a better look at some of the clothes in action, I'm sharing a video of how we make our love of books a part of everyday. 
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