What Does the Fox Say? – Holiday Ideas

Have you seen it yet – the What Does the Fox Say video from Ylvis? My nephews showed it to me a few weeks ago, before they headed off for school. I was half distracted trying to work, thought it was funny, and then sent them off to the bus. Little did I know – my life had just changed. This song has been stuck in my head ever since! And the more times I watch the video, the funnier it gets to me :) If you haven’t yet heard what all the fuss is about – let me show ya:

I love that the singer is so serious, while singing these ridiculous lyrics, in an over-the-top epic video. Flying guys in furry fox suits? Laser lights? What more can you ask for? This is now my little girl’s favorite song too – she was SO excited to see it performed in a choreographed dance routine on last night’s Dancing with the Stars finale. She jumped all over the bed singing and spinning. Which is why, when we had our early family Thanksgiving last weekend, I had to turn our pumpkin pie slices into fox faces…

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Little Mermaid Party Ideas – Lots of Disney Princess Crafts and DIY!

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I love Disney Princesses – I’m sure you’ve guessed that by now. I have a Pirates & Princess party board on Pinterest, that I used when planning Abby and her cousin’s birthday party this summer. I also have a Disney Fun board too, where I collect more princess ideas. We’ve had a Cinderella party, a Disney Princess birthday party, and we’re planning a fun princess tea party for one of these days when I get all of the little girls together.  I love sharing sneak peeks at the new Disney movies – {did you see that they’re making a  new live-action Cinderella movie? So excited!} And another thing I love is creating fun memories for Abby, like our recent The Little Mermaid crafting party.

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Baby Shower Gift Tutorial: DIY Cupcakesies

“Babies are such a nice way to start people.” – Don Herrold… Who doesn’t love baby showers? {Well, ok, besides my mom. She hates playing “party games.” But other than her…} I love any reason to celebrate, and sharing in the excitement of a new mom expecting her first baby is one of the greatest things ever.

Handmade baby shower gift idea: DIY Cupcakesies!

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How to Make Easy Peasy Monkey Cupcakes

These cupcakes were as fun as a barrel of monkeys… Well, that’s probably because they were a tray of monkeys, almost the same thing :) I threw a big double birthday party earlier this summer for the kiddos – my little girl turned 3, and we did a DIY Disney Princess party for her and the little girls, then I created a jungle-themed birthday party for the little boys. {Although of course there was lots of overlap – kids love everything.} I’m just finally getting a chance to show a few of the fun things we did for the jungle theme – so to start, I’ll show you how to make super easy peasy monkey cupcakes. They’re so simple and quick that you can you make them any time – parties, lunches, weeknight desserts – whatever!

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The Secret to Creating Awesome Frozen Cocktails

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“The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass.” – Martin Mull That quote pretty much sums up my approach to summer. I love lazy days, relaxing on the patio in my hammock {I just bought this portable Double Hammock and am in love.} I love watching the kids splash around in the pool while I sip a cool fruity drink, letting the day slip by slowly. Oh wait – that’s what I WOULD love to do if I had more time! And as a super over-scheduled work at home mom, with a toddler of my own, and two wild nephews all day – time is something that is in short supply around here. But, since this site is all about “Smart Solutions for Busy Moms” – I of course have found a couple of short-cuts that help me have a little more time to lounge in the hammock with a drink in hand. Keep reading to learn about the easiest way ever to make frozen cocktails.

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Ice Cream Tastes Like Happiness…

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“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream. And that’s kind of the same thing.” – Unknown… There are a few things in life that truly bring me happiness: My family. My friends. Anything sparkly. And ice cream. Good ice cream brings a smile to your face, no matter what type of day you’ve had. And whether you eat it right out of the carton, or fancy it up with sprinkles and syrups, having the best ingredients and flavor combos is a must.

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How to DIY a Perfect Disney Princess Party on a Budget

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How to host a super simple Princess Party

If you’ve read this site very long, you know how much I LOVE to throw a party. Just in the past few months, we’ve had a Cinderella Princess Party, a Monsters U playdate, and then last weekend we had a HUGE double birthday party for my little girl Abby, {she turned 3} and my nephew who turned 7. It was a super fun time – half of the party was jungle animal themed {stay tuned to see details on that one!} – and the other half was Disney Princess style. But, since we’d just spent a full 7 days up camping in the mountains, I had only a really short time to put it all together. And I’m excited to show you what I found that made it seriously simple to throw a perfect princess birthday party – keep reading to check it out and learn how to make the best birthday ever…

How to DIY a Perfect Disney Princess Party - lots of fun and affordable party ideas!

Creating a Dream Birthday Party Celebration

Ok, I’ve been known to go a little overboard with parties. I like to put together great music playlists, fun foods for the kids, and loads of themed decorations – even for little pool party get togethers. What can I say? “My name is Meagan, and I like to party.” :) But, all of that work can be crazy-time consuming. Hitting up the craft store, the party supply store, ordering stuff online, going to a bakery, then to the grocery store… That’s a lot of work. But ladies, there’s an easier way – Walmart. Yep, in just one stop I got absolutely EVERYTHING that I needed for this princess party. From food and a specially designed cake to party decor and even gifts, and I did it on a budget too.

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Princess Party DIY Display table

Walmart has a super cool new party section {at select stores} where they’ve partnered with Hallmark and Disney to put together themed “shops” with everything you need to create a dream party for your kids. {If you want to see everything we bought, and where you can find it, check out my Princess Party birthday shopping spree trip.} I bought one package that included all of the party favors above – princess wands, tattoos, sparkly rings, and those little boxes are filled with rolls of princess stickers. So much fun. Then I used a couple of the paper plates we bought, and glued a plastic princess cup in between – and bam! I had a super cute, and super affordable, display table to show off all of the little prizes and favors.


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 Princess Party Games

The girls got to pick one of the pretty princess party favors each time we finished played a game, until they were all gone. If you’re planning your own party too, here are a few ideas you can use for games and activities to keep little girls busy and entertained:

  • Princess Puzzle: Buy a Disney Princess puzzle at Walmart. Then hide the pieces around the house. {We used the toddler type puzzle, where there’s only 10-15 bigger pieces.} Then have the girls work together to find the pieces and put the puzzle together.
  • Freeze: Tell the girls that the evil stepmother is threatening to “freeze” the entire kingdom. Then turn on the music, and let them dance until the evil stepmother {adult} turns the music off. Then they all have to FREEZE!
  • Princess Play Doh: Pick up some basic Play Doh in pretty colors, and some assorted bottles of glitter in the Walmart craft section. Let the girls pick their favorite glitters, and knead them into their doh, making it princessy.

There are also a ton of cute games and crafts you can buy at Walmart – the party section has kits to make your own tiara and a balloon drop, and the toy section has a cute Princess Cupcake game too.

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 More Princess Fun – Decorating Party Hats

I bought a package of the Disney Princess party hats in the Dream Party section, and a roll of Birthday Princess ribbon in the craft department. Then, after we played games and the girls all had their boxes of princess stickers, I let them decorate their own princess hats. How cute are these?

Princess party cups instead of favor bags

 Princess party cups instead of favor bags

Instead of buying those little plastic favor bags {which are super cute, I know} – I bought a big selection of these plastic princess cups. {They’re only .97 cents each, can you believe that? And they even hold up in the dishwasher.} The girls each got to choose their favorite one, and fill ’em up with their favors all day long. They loved them!

Disney Princess Party Movies

 Disney Princess Party Movies

And of course, we had all of our favorite Disney Princess movies playing all day long! I’m such a junkie for princess films :) I also have the Disney Princess game for the Wii, and we let the girls play that for awhile too. It’s super cute watching them pretend to be their favorite princesses.

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It’s time to make a wish…

After all of the fun games, and some time to swim in the pool – it was time for cake and ice cream! That’s my nephew on the left, and Abby blowing out the candles on her Little Mermaid cake from Walmart. And in the background – that’s my brother. Even he got into the Disney Princess party spirit :) We got to customize the cake any way we wanted – so we got a yellow cake with chocolate butter cream filling. Delish, seriously. I think it was the best store-bought cake I’ve ever had!

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What’s a birthday celebration without presents?

We got princess gift bags, pretty wrapping paper, and more princess ribbon to wrap all of Abby’s gifts. And of course – her presents were princess-themed too! I got her this adorable Ariel carriage to match her cake, an Ariel Mermaid Barbie, a huge set of Disney princess dollies, and more – all at Walmart, which means they were a great deal. I definitely had a happy little princess that day…


More info on creating your own Dream Party

If you’re excited to host your own princess party, check out the Hallmark Dream Party site to see more of what’s available, and to get some fun ideas. You can also find inspiration on Twitter – follow @Disney, @DisneyPixar, and @Hallmark on Twitter. And – check out the #DreamParty hashtag on your fave social media sites like Twitter and Instagram, to see how other moms used these great party supplies to create their own awesome parties. {The other themes are Minnie Mouse and Cars, and some of the parties are just way too cool!} And be sure to follow me on Pinterest for loads of cool party boards too!

Visit my Disney Fun board on Pinterest!

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