Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DIY Tinker Bell Jingle Shoes for My Toddler

For less than 10 bucks I was able to make my toddler her own Tinker Bell costume shoes that make the jingle sound when she walks! She will be wearing the shoes on her second birthday which is going to be a Disney fairies and pirates theme.

If you decide to make your own Tinker Bell shoes, the steps are very easy and materials come handy!

Materials I used and sources:
  • Shoes (Sears clearance for $3.50)
  • Green glitters (Dollar Tree)
  • Elmer's glue
  • Feather boa (Walmart)
  • Needle and white thread
  • 4 pieces bells (15mm) (Walmart)
  • Clear nail polish (get the cheapest one)
  • Hot glue
Steps on how to make the Tinker Bell shoes:
  1. Apply Elmer's glue all over the shoe's shell.
  2. Sprinkle good amount of glitters and let it sit overnight.
  3. Brush nail polish to seal the glitters. This helps the glitter from coming off. Let it dry for a couple hours or more.
How to make jingle pom-poms
  1. Glue two bells together. Make sure you do not glue together the part with slits on it, otherwise the ball inside will stick on the hot glue, This prevents the bell from making the jingle sound.
  2. Wrap and sew the feather boa around the bell forming into ball in your desired size.
 For finishing the project, apply hot glue on the center of the toe cap and attach the pom-pom, and just made yourself a pair of Tinker Bell shoes!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Making Cake out of Dirt

My two little girls have been playing in our backyard every afternoon lately. We have a very nice weather while some part of the country is freezing cold. Anyways, our backyard is clad with dirt. So, whenever they play in the backyard, dirt is their first choice to have fun. Yesterday, my Evie pretended making cake and putting sprinkles on the cake using pebbles. As I was watching her, I was reminded of when I was a little girl like her. I played the same thing, enjoyed making dirt like it's food. I see the joy in her eyes as she was running the dirt through her tiny hands. I am reminded that the simple things in life are the ones that makes you happy, not the ones that can be bought with money.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Not a Fan of Commercials on

My 4 year old preschooler has a lot of favorite shows on Nick Jr.. Lately, she's watching more shows on Nick than Disney. She got more excited when she found out that she can play a game online. Well of course, she got that information from Nick itself. So one day she asked if she can play a game and she got her request. Almost every weekday now, she plays for about 30 minutes to an hour of pre-school games on the website. She loves the games specially that she's playing with her favorite characters. However, I am bothered of the commercial that they play before the game begins. The commercial is about teeth whitening which my pre-schooler cannot relate to. And she watches it as she waits the game to start. How in the world that Nick Jr. chose such commercial for a website that claims to be for pre-schoolers? As a mom, I do not want to implant the commercial's message in my girl's innocent mind.

I decided to send them an email regarding my concern on the said issue. I really hope that they will take action on it. I believe they have other sponsors which advertisements are more appropriate for a pre-school age kid. How about you? As a parent, what are your thoughts on this? Would appreciate your opinions/inputs.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Blast at the Phoenix LEGO KidsFest 2013

Last Saturday was  a fun family time together! Thanks to the Lego Kidsfest 2013 held at the University of Phoenix Stadium. We're very happy to not miss this awesome event. It's not only for the kids, but more for the whole family.

Days before the event, we told Evie that she has a big surprise coming on Saturday. We bought her a Lego Friends shirt to match the occasion. She has been building Lego Friends with her Dada and she's hooked into it.

We had to let her close her eyes on our way to the entrance of the big surprise, which she did, but opening her eyes a few times. The first gigantic thing she (we) saw that is made out of Legos was Hulk. The look on her face was kind of surprise but shy. It was priceless.

Giant Superheroes, Wizards, Movie & TV Characters, Etc...

You will be impressed of the enormous popular movie and TV characters displayed made out of Legos. From DC Comics characters to Star Wars and more. Everyone went crazy with taking pictures with each of them, and the Pritchards were no exception. My husband loves Batman and Star Wars, so we made sure we took pictures of him with her favorites. I am bummed that we forgot to take a picture of and with monstrous Hulk, specially that it's the first ever life-size popular character made of  Legos that Evie saw. But, there is always next time.

Our Favorite Stations

LEGO Model Museum - This is perhaps the most popular. People can't get enough of taking pictures with the life-size models (so are we of course). We also took pictures of the miniature ones like the Lone Ranger setting, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more.

Creation Nation - We love it! My husband built a giraffe and a tree to add to the huge map of the United States. Why a giraffe? Because I suggested it :) But the primary reason is, Evie loves giraffes. Besides, house and buildings are the most common things that people built and contributed to the map. Digging in the bucketful of LEGOs was fun. Fi even did her share of digging and throwing LEGOs on the floor. :)

LEGO Challenge Zone - This is a teamwork activity for the family. We were given 2 minutes to build the tallest tower. Everyone on the table must get involved. Quick and fun. Everybody wins, and most of all the kids get LEGO prizes.

Big Brick Pile - Who doesn't enjoy in a mountain-pile of LEGOs? Me and my daughters had great time in it! Scooping LEGOs and throwing them on the air with Fi, burying Evie in them were simple act of play, but very enjoyable. We made one mistake though. I learned to never ever take off my shoes the next time I engulf myself with bricks of LEGOs. They hurt!!!

Reading Rest Stop - I am so appreciative that the LEGO organizers have thought of this area. It was such a breeze getting a rest with my two girls after all the walking and doing LEGO activities for hours. When we were at the Art Gallery, I tried to create my own art, but Fi became impatient on the stroller. The Reading Rest Stop was located just beside where we were, so I decided to stop doing my art and proceeded to the area that made my little one up and about.

LEGO Art Gallery -  We love the idea that we can express our artistic side using miniature LEGO bricks. My husband made the Batman symbol which took him a little while than expected. It was fun!

My Wish for the Next LEGO KidsFest

  1. LEGO Master Builder at Work - I am pretty sure that LEGO KidsFest will be back in Phoenix. What I want my family to see next time? I want to see an actual LEGO master builder build a life-sized LEGO model. I do not know how long will it take to create one, but it should be something that can be finished within the days they do the event. I do not care if I only see half of it done while my family are there. I just want to see their mastery.
  2. Prizes for Adults -  It's a little disappointing that adults don't get prizes at the LEGO Challenge Zone. Come on LEGO! Adults love prizes too! :)
Overall, the experience was awesome! My family had a great time (my husband had more fun I guess). It was all worth the ticket price and all the walking. Looking forward for another one!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

And the Battle Begins: Baby Bottle Vs Sippy Cup

I have been starting to wean Fi from her baby bottles, but have not been really religious on it. She's got sippy cups that she uses to drink water or juice out of. Yes, as long as it's water or juice, she drinks from it. 

Today, I tried putting milk on those sippy cups. The result? Flunked! She sipped a couple times and shoved it away. She got mad when I kept giving her the cup and telling her to drink her milk. I remember this scene with her big sister when she was Fi's age. I remember Evie throwing the cup on the floor as her expression of defiance against her favorite drink in a container she thought was not the right one.

So now, I am experiencing the replay of a mission I trod 3 years ago. This is another battle indeed and I am IN (whether I like it or not)! :)

Monday, July 8, 2013

Little Monkey in the House

At one year and 1 month old, I am amazed that my Fi already knows how to properly get down from our bed to the floor. Right before she gets into the edge of the bed, she turns around (tummy against the bed) with her body's lower part towards the edge of the bed. Then she slowly drops herself safely.

The other morning, something funny happened. I moved her to our bed when she woke up around three in the morning. So she stayed with us till then. Everybody woke up earlier than her and were up and about in the living room and kitchen. It was already eight o'clock, so I told my husband how surprised I was that Fi was still asleep. But just after I told him about it, when we both turned around to the living room, there was Fi on the floor watching TV with her Ate Evie! We cracked into laughter. At the same time there's that inner pride bubbling, knowing that our little Fi got up all by herself without a fuss. We were wondering though if she clapped her hands after she got down from bed. She usually does it right after she successfully gets down from the bed. Well, it was my way of encouraging her effort and success. I clap my hands whenever she makes herself land on the floor safely.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Fifi Turns 1!

My precious little, "big" Fi turned one last week. How time flies by so fast. That once tiny little pod in my tummy is day by day turning into a person.

 We greeted Fi with a birthday song when she woke up in her crib. Hair's all over the place. Little tears on her eyes (she woke up crying). But after she heard us (Ate Evie, Dada, and Mama) singing to her, that frowning face turned into smiley, and perhaps a little confused of what was going on.

Birthday surprise was prepared in their playroom. She was greeted with a toddler life-sized plush Mickey, Mickey pillow, and wrapped presents. She went with the pillow first, and threw herself on it. Her attention moved on to the huge Mickey Mouse sitting on the princess chair, gave it a big hug, and pinched Mickey's nose. Fi is a big fan of Mickey, so she got special Mickey presents. Her other presents are Bubble Guppies plushes and DVD. Fi likes  Bubble Guppies a lot too!

I made her a birthday cake, full of icings. And yes, her breakfast was indeed filled with sugar. 

Took her to a brunch at Flancers, and immediately proceeded to the Children's Museum in Phoenix. She had a great time. I think her favorite place in the museum was the room with lots of balls in it. She's just fascinated with all the rolling balls in plastic pipes. She waited by the place where the balls end in a bucket and picked up as much as her tiny hands can hold.

We decided to stop by at Baskin' Robbins Ice Cream shop so she could have ice cream, as well as everybody. She's still unsure about ice creams. She likes it, but, don't like it. I know. It's kind of confusing. She likes it because it tastes good, but she doesn't like it because it bites her tongue. You know what I mean. :)

Celebration with Family and Friends

Friends and family members gathered together on Saturday at the Tempe Beach Splash Pad to celebrate her birthday. Was very happy walking around with all the water play. It was very hot, but, the cool water and sunscreen helped neutralized the scorching temperature. Overall, it was a very fun day, specially for the birthday girl.

12-Month Physical Wellness Check-up

Fi keeps growing and growing. Her wellness check-up says it all. She's in the 97th percentile (47.7 cm) of her head circumference, 95th percentile (31") in height, and 60th percentile (21.12 lbs) in weight. She got 3 shots and thankfully she handled it so well.


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