1.12.2009

Kiddo Randomness~

I live with the Destructive Duo: a toddler demolition team! Little Mr. Two is 3 years old, and Little Mr. Three is 21 months. I've shown some of their handiwork before. But if anyone out there knows a magic way to keep a house clean when you've got two whirlwind-wrecking-balls-disguised-as-cute-little-boys that charm you even as they tear your house apart...I'm open to suggestions.


And while we're on the topic of my kiddos, since we were snowed in last Thursday, I decided to take a tip from this lovely lady, and make a special snow day breakfast. The kids loved the novelty of having snowman-shaped pancakes, and it set a fun and creative tone for the rest of the day.


To burn some of that creative energy, I helped the kiddos make their own "stained glass" windows. This is a super easy craft that even older kids enjoy. Just get yourself some clear contact paper. (Easily found at stores such as Target or Walmart). Cut two pieces that are the same size. Take the backing off of the first piece and tape it (sticky side out) to a window. Let the kids rip pieces of colored tissue and place them on the contact paper. Once they are pleased with their creation, remove the back from the second piece of contact paper, and use it to "sandwich" the tissue in between by placing the sticky side down. VOILA! You can also cut these into shapes such as hearts for Valentine's Day and so on. So easy and so fun!
Happy Crafting~

28 comments:

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Love the pancakes! What a great idea. Thanks for tip.

DESIGN BY CATHLEEN said...

Your little pancake man looks delicious! :-)

Cathleen

Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

So easy! I think there is stained glass in my future! And pancakes too!!

Sandy Toes said...

OH my goodness..those pancakes are just too sweet!! The marshmallows top it!!
-sandy toe
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Kasey Hunt said...

Love your ideas. That pancake is awesome.

duchess said...

Good luck. I still can't keep the house clean with 11 & 8 yr olds.
Love the snowman & the stained glass art.
Have a great Monday.

Kellye said...

Hi Wendy!

I love reading your blog because it reminds me of when my girls (6 and 8 now) were little demo toddlers!! Here is what I can say about what I have learned (hindsight is always so much clearer, huh?)... First, you have to subscribe to www.flylady.net. She saved my sanity. It is a daily email thing that is completely free and will keep you on track with everything...cleaning, bills, meals, birthdays you name it. It takes a little while to get your notebook going but once you do its awesome. Ive been carrying mine around with me for 5 years now and couldn't live without it. If you need help with that just email me and I will be happy to help you. And also, please do what you can and forget it. One day those little toddlers will be at school all day and trust me it will take you about an hour to do everything you have to do in that house and you will sit the rest of the day wishing they were home to destroy it. You will look back and miss these days, so enjoy them and have no regrets...keep doing things like those adorable pancakes and forget the toilets.

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Betsy said...

What a great way for them to spend the day. Very cute.

Glitter and Bliss said...

How much fun... Celebrate a snow day with a snowman pancake. Perfect!!

The White Bench said...

Hello there!
I am sorry, I have no secrets to share- if anyone has, PLEEEASE let me know!!! I have a dog, and a muddy garden all winter round- you can imagine...
As for the pancakes recipe, this is a BRILLIANT idea! Thanks for sharing, I'll do them on Sunday!
Monica.

Shannon said...

Cute creative ideas!

Darlene said...

Oh Wendy you do the best things with and for your children. I bet they all had a blast with the pancakes and making the "stained" glass windows! Beautiful!

Gray Matters said...

Love the snowman and the stain glass is a great idea - beautiful color to brighten up a long winter's day.

Stacy said...

Oh nice. Go ahead and make all the so-so moms like myself feel bad. ;) LOL. You rock! What a wonderful mom you are!

~Stacy

Ms. Tee said...

I visited your friend's blog - what a cute snowman idea. :) And I love the stained glass photo with the winter trees behind it. Have a great Monday!

Pretty Organizer said...

Wise mothers never give advice about toddlers because it's a bad omen. I'm sure the minute I tell you how to keep your house clean I'll turn around to find sharpie all over my walls, or curtains or whatever! I have pictures of my real life waiting for the day when I need a tell all post. Marker around the toilet seats, cartoons drawn on my lamp shades, chidren's names carved into my car's paint AND the baseboars... never a dull moment OR enough Magic Erasers! Hang in there!

Angie said...

I have a 1 1/2 year old son running around and into EVERYTHING so I can feel your pain. I can't imagine having 2! The pancakes are so cute and look delish! I can't wait to do art projects like this one when my son is older.

Holly said...

I love those two little demolitionists!! They are so creative, you have to give them that! :)

Cute pancake snow man. That one would even make my oldest smile. I am impressed that you made stained glass with them. Where do you find the energy?

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I am SO going to copy your idea on the snowman pancakes! I can't get over his little scarf of bacon! And thank you Wendy for my congrats on the TCB! I am so excited! :)
Carrie

Susie Harris said...

What CUTE ideas! Thanks for sharing~

Kimm said...

Great ideas for a snowy day! Crafts are big at my house, for mom and kids! And the crafts usually keep the kiddos from fighting, the best part.

Barnes Yard said...

I had a dream once that my house was clean, but then I woke up...
Love the pancakes :)
-Jill

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

Love the adorable pancakes!

Meg said...

Just got some contact paper -- now I can't wait to try this with my own! Thanks!

By the way -- I've nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award -- http://www.musesofmegret.com/2009/01/12/kreativ-award-so-maybe-i-do-still-have-it/

Have a great week!
Megret

Cristin said...

What a fun way to spend the day...
{I love "A Little Loveliness" blog too, those southern gals always do things with such charm!}

Kelli said...

I LOVE your description of your boys...wrecking balls...that charm you even as they tear your house apart. That SO describes my Caleb. Cute craft

oneordinaryday said...

Oh, those pancakes couldn't be cuter. Can't wait to do this for my kiddos. Thanks!

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Your snowman is too cute. I'm featuring you today! Hope you can stop by!
Katie