Peacock Craft

The theme this week was BIRDS- which is funny because I actually hate birds- like they freak me out and seem mean- but I did the theme anyway! We had a fun week learning about birds, looking at birds on our walks, out of windows, and playing pretend with birds!

This craft is simple and fun. Handprint art is always a big go to for us. The sensory aspect is fun for kids too. It is a good opportunity to discuss the feeling of the paint- cold, wet, squishy, smooth, etc.

Supplies!
Squishy paint!

What you will need::

  • Card stock or plain white paper
  • Blue, teal, green, gold (other other colors of your choice)
  • Blue paper (ours was glitter paper)
  • Yellow paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black Sharpie or marker

I always lay down a table cloth from the Dollar Store and a paper plate for the paint. It make the mess easier to clean up.

Place one hand in the blue paint and place on the paper then replace the hand next to the handprint. Next use the teal colored paint to do the same thing but with the other hand. After use your fingers to dot the green and the gold around.

Blue paint, teal paint, finger dots of green and gold

Take the blue paper and cut out the peacock body to the size of your handprints. I did this free hand/cutting, it is not perfect. Then use sharpie to make the eyes. I used yellow paper and cut a small heart shape for the beak. Glue that on to the peacock body. I suggest waiting a hot minute for the paint to dry before you glue the body on to the ‘feathers’. After it has dried a bit glue the body to it! Once fully dry cut out the peacock- you could leave it as is, but I think it looks cuter cut out. That is it! You have your beautiful bird!

Simple eyes
Heart nose
Looking so cute!
Cute out the peacock!
Final product
Mommy take my picture!!

You could use more colors, different colors, add glitter or feathers, there is a lot you could do to make it your own.

If you make it tag me on instagram at @millieandmommie or @play.color.create I would LOVE to see your projects!

Check out our others posts on Nature walk with tree craft and handmade cards!

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Handmade Cards

With teacher appreciation week, Mother’s Day, birthdays, and Father’s Day coming up it seems like we are in need of a card every other week! I decided we should make our own cards to give! It is a super simple craft and makes a real personal touch when sending someone a card!

All you need is paint, paintbrush (or hands), paper, and card stock. Painting Hack: I always lay down a Dollar Store table cloth so the mess is easy to clean up! I used colored construction paper to paint on. I put a few dots of different color paint on the paper then let Millie brush away. We made one with pinks and purples and one with greens a blues. You can do any colors you want! It is endless.

Once the paint dries all we did was cut out designs. I did hearts for Teacher Appreciation and Mother’s Day, and stars for our Uncle and for Father’s Day! Cut out whatever shape, Letter, or design you want and glue it onto the card stock that is folded in half like a card. I did all of ours where it opens like a book, but you could do it opening bottom to top too!

We made hearts!
You can do anything you want!

After the glue dried we wrote our notes on the inside. Simple as that. Millie had a blast making it and I know her teachers and our family will love the personal touch of her art work!

Perfect for Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation, Father’s Day, birthdays, and more
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Cinco de Mayo Cactus Handprint Art

We love doing art projects. Now that Millie isn’t going to Mother’s Day Out since quarantine I’ve been trying to do art most days even if it is watercolors on a coloring book. With Cinco de Mayo in a few days I thought this was a fun project! It is so simple but turns out so cute!

We did mommy and me handprints. You can do just their handprint, just kids, just yours, whatever you want! I thought doing a family one would be fun too!

All you need is paper- card stock is better but not necessary – green paint, a color for the flowers paint, and a Sharpie! That is it!

Start by putting some paint on a paper plate – easy clean up. Press your hand into the paint and place it gently on the paper. If you have a smaller child they will need a lot of help with this!

Next use fingers to make the extra green marks on the cactus. Then pick a flower color and use your fingerprints to make flowers using 3 dots.

You will need to let it dry. Once it is dry use your sharpie and make some cactus needles! Simple as that!

Supplies:

Paper

Green Paint

Purple, Pink, Yellow, or blue paint

Black Sharpie

Supplies
Put paint on paper plate and press your hand into it
Make sure you spread the paint all over
Full disclosure- we had to do this twice because the first time she smacked her hand down over and over on the paper!
Use fingers to add the green knobs and the flowers on the cactus— then let dry
Once it is dry add the needles with black sharpie and you’re done!

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Be A Little “Egg-stra” This Easter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of HERSHEY® for SheSpeaks. All opinions are 100% mine.

Easter is one of my favorite holidays and every year I usually make a kids dessert.  This year I have decided to do something “Egg-stra”. I am making a two-in-one dessert: decorated REESE’S Peanut Butter Eggs and rice cereal nests.  Both are super simple and adorable.  

Decorating the eggs is so much fun for everyone.  Think of decorating Christmas cookies, but on delicious REESE’S Eggs!  For this, all you need is REESE’S Eggs and icing. I bought everything I needed at Walmart and you can even use Walmart Grocery Pickup

The kids really liked to decorate and wound up eating a lot more of the icing than I anticipated! Lol! Having a variety of colors is fun too!  You could even add sprinkles or something else to make it even more Sp-egg-tacular! 

For the rice cereal nests you need:

3 cups Rice Cereal

2 ½ cups mini marshmallows

2 TBSP Butter

Melt the butter in a pot on medium-low heat. 

Once melted, add the marshmallows.  Stir, stir, stir. Once the marshmallows have melted in, remove from heat and add your rice cereal.  Stir it in. Let it cool off for about 3-4 minutes. 

Get a muffin tin and spray with cooking spray so they won’t get stuck.  Fill the tins and press down in the middle- making a nest shape. Let them cool to set up completely. 

After they are fully cooled, use a small spatula to pop them out.  Place on a decorative plate and add the decorated REESE’S Eggs to the middle!!  Super cute and fun. The kids loved these. They were a big hit!  

You could even put Cadbury Eggs inside the nests or use green food coloring to make the nest green! There are some fun ideas to make it different ways! 

We are a family who LOVES peanut butter, so using our favorite REESE’S Peanut Butter Eggs was a no-brainer.

This recipe is easy and fun to get the kids involved too!  They all love to decorate the eggs,then lick off all the icing and eat the eggs! 

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Tell me- do you make a special Easter dessert?!


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Frisco Staycation

The past weekend the wonderful people at AC Hotels Frisco and Visit Frisco had us for a staycation. The original plan was Trevor and I were going to have a night away before this baby comes! We were going to have a nice evening- just the two of us- enjoying what Frisco has to offer. Plans changed and Millie came along too. As a very pregnant mom of a two year old I can say I wasn’t overly thrilled, but I was excited at the fact I didn’t have to leave her for 18 hrs.

We drove up to Frisco from Dallas- this is like a 35+ min drive. In the DFW area I think you kind of stay in your bubble. We live in Dallas, so we don’t travel out of our Dallas bubble often. I was thrilled when Visit Frisco and AC Hotel Frisco offered us the opportunity to do a staycation and see what Frisco has to offer!

We checked into the new AC Hotel Frisco- wow- it is new, modern, clean, and sleek. We were super impressed. As a family who likes to travel- we stay in a lot of hotels and we know what we like. We liked this hotel. Millie ran into the room and immediately took her shoes off and got comfortable. After getting settled we headed down to their lounge for a cocktail (water for me) and some tapas. The food, drinks, and service did not disappoint. The lounge is swanky and felt comfortable. After we were done we headed over to the Star Frisco.

If you don’t know what The Star is- it is the Dallas Cowboys practice center. It has bars, restaurants, shops, and office spaces. They call it Jerry World here. (Jerry Jones is the owner of the Cowboys- hence Jerry World) It was decorated for the holidays we bright blue lights on the trees (Dallas Cowboys colors). We headed to Tupelo Honey for dinner.

Tupelo Honey is a southern restaurant. It’s famous for their chicken and we can see why. I got the fried chicken biscuit and my husband got their Chimichurri chicken. We both loved our meals. Millie got mac-n-cheese and roasted carrots which she seemed to love too!

After dinner we headed back to the hotel because it was WAY past bedtime- for Millie and me! We got cozy in our beds and called it a night.

In the morning we snuggled in bed, watched the iPad, and ate our leftover cookies from the night before. There is nothing I love more than just being present with my little family. I am so happy Millie came with us. We had a wonderful time as a family of three- something that is going to change in less than 5 weeks. I want to soak up as much time as I can with having one kid. I cannot wait for our second, but I know for a while it is going to be a huge adjustment for all of us.

I cannot thank Visit Frisco and AC Hotel Frisco enough for the wonderful stay, food, drinks, goodies, and experience we had. All the hotel employees were so friendly and helpful. The hotel is one we would chose again and again. The three of us enjoyed our time and it is a memory we will have forever. I am so glad plans changed and it wasn’t a night away, but a night together.

If you come to the DFW area check out AC Hotels and Visit Frisco!

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