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February 16, 2015

Easy-to-Make King Cake Pops for Mardi Gras

This weekend, I decided to put a twist on the traditional King Cake for Mardi Gras. Instead of hiding a tiny toy baby inside a cinnamon-y, sprinkle-covered cake, I made these little cake pops. The entire process only took about 10 minutes! So, get your cake pop maker out and check out my post on Momtastic to learn how to make these sweet New Orleans treats.
Celebrate Mardi Gras with King Cake Pops | Shauna Younge
Celebrate Mardi Gras with King Cake Pops | Shauna Younge

Admit, you're totally ready to get into the Mardi Gras spirit! Now, swing by Momtastic to check out my King Cake Pops tutorial.

pics by yours truly

February 12, 2015

The Biggest Little House Favor Printables

Last week, we were treated to an advance performance of The Children's Theatre's The Biggest Little House. The story is based on the book by Djemma Bider, and it's full of sweetness and laughs. We've seen several plays in the large theater at CTC, but none in the intimate Cargill Stage theater. We like to really get into plays, which you already know because of this and this. We read the book, watch the movie, then watch the play if all of those options are available. Then, we discuss which format we liked better and why. I really think plays bring books and movies to life in a way that uniquely interests kids.
Printable DIY Woodland Favor Bags | Shauna Younge | Sweet Tooth
During The Biggest Little House, which is perfect for kids between two and five years old, kids sit on low benches right at the edge of the stage. They're free to laugh, pop bubbles, and enjoy the various characters who live together in a tiny house that is bursting with love. Our girls liked it so much, that I cooked up this little DIY project just in time for Valentine's Day. Just like the holiday, this little play is full of love, love, love.  
Printable DIY Woodland Favor Bags | Shauna Younge | Sweet Tooth

Since the play focuses on a variety of woodland animals living in harmony together, I thought it'd be nice for several different candies to reside peacefully in this favor bag (right before taking residency in my mouth!).

Check out the quick and easy tutorial below. If you haven't already made plans to see The Children's Theater's The Biggest Little House  definitely add it to your to-do list. It's running now through March 15th, and it's perfectly tailored to tykes. Even the adults giggled a time or two. Seriously, what better way to get the kids excited about their upcoming theater date, than by reading the book and crafting up a cute little favor bag or two?

Supplies
this favor template
2.5" x 4" white envelopes
8.5" x 11" paper
washi tape
scissors
candy, candy, candy

Instructions
Download and print this favor bag template in black and white onto a sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper. Tape each envelope into position using washi tape. Unlike transparent tape, washi is less sticky and won't rip your envelopes when you remove them from the paper.

Print the template, this time in color, to transfer the images onto each favor bag. Gently remove each envelope from the paper.

Cut the tops of the envelopes into roof shapes, if you wish, and fill with a variety of small candies.

January 19, 2015

Kiddo's Retro Modern Birthday and Dessert Table

Whew! Kiddo's 6th birthday has come and gone. Now that I'm rested up from all that designing, planning, and crafting, it's the perfect time to share some pics and projects. You know me, I had to DIY some cute stuff and design a dessert table to customize her bash, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money. So, I created an inexpensive photo booth backdrop, a retro modern dessert table backdrop, some milk bottles, and a colorful dance floor for breakdancing.
Retro Modern Dessert Table for a 6th Birthday Party | Shauna Younge (pic: Sydnee Bickett)
The fab Sydnee Bickett captured all of the lovely details, and I'm sharing tutorials for the projects on Momtastic. I also give my 5 Tips to Makeover a Bland Birthday Venue, which helped us save some money. Check that out, and be sure to swing by to learn to make your own:

DIY Retro Diamond Paper Plate Backdrop
DIY Number Outline Birthday Photo Backdrop
DIY Retro Diamond Color Block Bottles
DIY Retro Diamond Paper Plate Dessert Table Backdrop for a 6th Birthday Party | Shauna Younge (pic: Sydnee Bickett)
These little diamond color block milk bottles were another easy, inexpensive DIY. I wrote up the tutorial for Momtastic. Swing by for the how-to.
DIY Retro Modern Color Block Milk Bottles for a 6th Birthday Party and Dessert Table | Shauna Young (pic: Sydnee Bickett)
Retro Modern 6th Birthday Party and Dessert Table | Shauna Young (pic: Sydnee Bickett) 
Retro Modern 6th Birthday Party and Dessert Table | Shauna Young (pic: Sydnee Bickett)
Last year, I made a little cake for her. This year, we had a million (read: 14) kids in attendance, so cupcakes seemed like a more manageable option.
Retro Modern 6th Birthday Party and Dessert Table | Shauna Young (pic: Sydnee Bickett)
Retro Modern 6th Birthday Party and Dessert Table | Shauna Young (pic: Sydnee Bickett)
Retro Modern 6th Birthday Party and Dessert Table | Shauna Young (pic: Sydnee Bickett)
This giant number 6 photo booth backdrop was easy and really inexpensive to make. You've got to check out my tutorial.
 DIY Birthday Number Outline Photo Booth Backdrop | Shauna Younge (pics: Sydnee Bickett)
DIY Birthday Number Outline Photo Booth Backdrop | Shauna Younge (pics: Sydnee Bickett)
DIY Birthday Number Outline Photo Booth Backdrop | Shauna Younge (pics: Sydnee Bickett)
I danced as much as the kids, and this pic of my two girls dancing together makes me so happy!
Retro Modern 6th Birthday Party and Dessert Table | Shauna Younge (pics: Sydnee Bickett)

October 29, 2014

Last-Minute Halloween Idea: DIY Monster Mouth Favors Pt II

It's two days until it's time to hit up the neighbors for sacks full of candy. That's right, friends, Halloween is almost here! You know I'm jazzed about that. Even if you haven't crafted a single Halloween project with your kids, it's not too late to get in on in some spooky fun. I made these DIY Monster Mouth Favors for Momtastic, and they're a breeze.
Last-Minute Halloween Idea: DIY Monster Mouth Favors
Make them with your kids, or surprise them by slipping one in their lunchbox on Friday. They take 5 mins, I promise! Swing by Momtastic to check out the tutorial. You can also see this bad boy in action on my Instagram feed.

And, I know you're thinking, "Why is this project labeled as Part II?" Well, because you might want to check out the DIY Monster Mouth Favors I whipped up last year.

September 15, 2014

DIY S'mores Truffles

You know I love a good bonfire (find proof herehere, and here). But more than that, I love roasted marshmallows. I whipped up these DIY S'mores Truffles for Momtastic, and they're pretty fab. All the roasted goodness in a lunchbox-able size.
DIY S'mores Truffles | Shauna Younge for Momtastic | Sweet Tooth
DIY S'mores Truffles | Shauna Younge for Momtastic | Sweet Tooth
Swing by Momtastic to get the how-to for this delicious tutorial. Mmmm! So, good.
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