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Who am I? I'm a wife to my best friend. I'm 'mama' to two silly boys. I'm a full time mom, a cook, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, an errand runner, and a boo boo kisser. I'm a cake decorator and an aspiring crafter when I find time. Throwing parties are my true passion. I'm loving my life and trying to enjoy every minute with my boys!
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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pops with the Zoku!

Have you heard of the Zoku Quick Pop Maker?  I was just introduced to it a few weeks ago...and I must say that I am already a pop addict!  The Zoku is this nifty little machine that makes yummy popsicles in about 7-10 minutes.  That's right, no more waiting all day for your popsicles to freeze.....talk about instant gratification!  And it's SO super easy.  All you do is store the little machine in the freezer until you're ready to use it.  Then pop in some sticks, pour in your pop liquid, and wait a few minutes for it to freeze.  Easy Peasy!

The thing I love most about the Zoku is the huge variety of ingredients you can use with it.  I've used liquids like lemonade and apple juice, yogurt, and even pudding.  Frozen pudding pops?  Yes please!  The only thing you can't really use is sugar free ingredients, unfortunately.  But most everything else is fair game!  And the mix-ins you can add are endless.  Fruit, chocolate, candies, you name it.

So if you're looking for a cool new kitchen gadget and love yummy frozen treats, the Zoku is for you!  Here's a few of the pops I've made:


Top row:  cookies & cream, white chocolate cherry, mint chocolate chip, chocolate banana pudding
Bottom row:  cherry lemonade, lemonade with raspberries, lavender lemonade, and raspberry vanilla


*This post has not been indorsed by Zoku, and no free products were given in exchange .

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Dinosaur 5th Birthday Party

Ok, I admit it....I wasn't feeling 100% in May, so we opted to let my son have his birthday party at a party place (gasp!).  In all reality, it was a lot of fun and a lot less mess for me to worry about!  I still think I managed to put my own personal touch on it, with some help from a Paper and Cake printable party theme.  Here are the pics-

Decorations

Decorations were probably the hardest thing to accomplish since everything had to be brought from home and we were only allowed 15 minutes to set up.  I used a printable personalized birthday banner from Paper and Cake that turned out super cute.  For the table centerpieces, I used plush dinosaurs and ties balloons in the themed colors (blue, green) onto them.  I also had dishes of dinosaur eggs (robin's eggs from Easter) sitting out.



Food

For food we had pizza, chips and dip, a fruit T-Rex, chocolate dino pops, juice and water.  The watermelon dinosaur was really fun to make, and the birthday boy thought it was awesome!  For the cake, I made a small dinosaur for the birthday boy, and cupcakes for everyone else.



Favors/Misc

The favors were probably my favorite part!  I was able to score sand buckets at Michael's for only a buck, so I used those for the containers.  Inside was a "How do Dinosaurs..." board book, a dinosaur puppet stick, chocolate dino pop, dinosaur plush, dinosaur skeleton, dino crayons, and a mixed cd of dinosaur songs.  The books I found on ebay, the crayons I got from Red Elm Designs on Etsy, and the plushies, skeletons, and puppets I found on Oriental Trading.  I used a silver sharpie marker to write the kids' names on each of their buckets, and I used my Cricut with the dino cartridge to cut out different dinosaurs in red vinyl to put on each bucket.  The kids loved them!

I also have to give a shout out to a great Etsy store, Made Cute Just 4 U, for making the birthday boy's cute shirt! 



So all in all it was a great 5th birthday for my little guy, and everyone had a fantastic time :)