Family Fun: Bubble Gum Blowing Contest!

How to do a Bubble Gum Blowing contest w/ free printables via @PagingSupermom

Bubble gum contests were sort of a tradition in my family. We would do them on camping trips or at other family gatherings. So since I consider myself a bubble gum contest expert, here’s a little tutorial on how to host a bubble gum contest of your own.

How to do a Bubble Gum Blowing contest w/ free printables via @PagingSupermom

How to do a Bubble Gum Blowing contest w/ free printables via @PagingSupermom

HOW TO HOST A BUBBLE GUM CONTEST

Bubble gum contests are really great family activities since they require very little prep work and both adults and kids will truly have fun with it. Here’s what you need…

  • A bunch of bubble gum (we like Double Bubble)
  • Bubble Meter
  • Ruler
  • Bubble Scoresheet (or just paper) + writing utensil
  • Read moreFamily Fun: Bubble Gum Blowing Contest!

    Books Alive: I Like Myself

    Cream Cheese Cookie recipe via @PagingSupermom

    Hi! It’s Emily from Is This Really My Life. I’m super excited to be participating in Bettijo’s Books Alive series again this summer. Last time I shared one of my favorite Elephant & Piggie books along with a recipe for salted caramel swirl pecan ice cream. Mmm…now I want ice cream…

    This year I had a hard time choosing a book because we are avid book readers in our home and our bookshelves are crammed with favorites. But a few children’s books stand out thanks to engaging illustrations and powerful messages. I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont is definitely one of them.

    "I Like Myself" book and fun recipe to make with your kids via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

    Don’t let the crazy cute illustrations and simple verse fool you—this book teaches one of the most important lessons of all: liking yourself just the way you are.

    One of my favorite sections reads:

    Inside, outside, upside down,
    from head to toe and all around,
    I like it all! It all is me!
    And me is all I want to be.

    And I don’t care in any way
    what someone else may think or say.

    Can I get an AMEN? Though written for children, I feel like this book is applicable to grownups as well.

    "I Like Myself" book and fun recipe to make with your kids via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

    v

    One of the best illustrations features the main character with “purple polka-dotted lips.” That was the inspiration for the recipe I’m sharing today: purple polka-dotted cream cheese sugar cookies.

    "I Like Myself" book and fun recipe to make with your kids via @PagingSupermom #BooksAlive

    Cream Cheese Cookie recipe via @PagingSupermom

    Read moreBooks Alive: I Like Myself

    Tips for Watercoloring with Kids

    Love these tips to simplify doing art with kids @PagingSupermom

    I’ve always loved painting, art, and pretty much all things creative. In my pre-mom days I had these visions of beautiful afternoons spent painting with my future children. After becoming a mom, the reality was I would actually cringe when the kids requested to paint — things just get messy so fast, and as moms we try to avoid messes, right?

    Yet painting was something I really wanted to be able to enjoy with my kids. I still don’t have the nerve to really let the kids loose with acrylics or craft paint, but I have figured out some simple ways to make watercoloring easy to manage with the kids, and I’ve partnered with Munchkin to share them with you all today.

    Love these tips to simplify doing art with kids @PagingSupermom

    Love these @munchkin No-Tip Cups for watercoloring with kids via @PagingSupermom

    One of the biggest problem we would run into while watercoloring is that my kids would frequently — as in nearly every time — knock over their cups of water. Of course the water would run everywhere and often ruin the masterpiece they were working on.

    Love these @munchkin No-Tip Cups for watercoloring with kids via @PagingSupermom

    My friends at Munchkin sent me some of their Miracle toddler cups to try — they have a 360 Miracle Cup that is a replacement for sippy cups (and trust me you will NEVER go back), they also have these No-Tip Toddler Cups, which are clearly an ideal solution for watercoloring… and dinnertime.

    Maybe my family is just incredibly clumsy… I swear, before we got these cups, at least half of our meal times would involve a spill of one kind or another. Even my older kids would frequently knock their cups over. Does this happen to you too?

    Love these @munchkin No-Tip Cups for watercoloring with kids via @PagingSupermom

    Love these @munchkin No-Tip Cups for watercoloring with kids via @PagingSupermom

    Read moreTips for Watercoloring with Kids