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

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How to Have a Toast Bar

How to Host a Toast Bar via @PagingSupermom

I’ve had this idea to do a Toast Bar for over a year, but I’ve just been waiting for the right event to come along. I was originally thinking a Toast Bar would be perfect for a bridal shower or baby shower, but when I decided to host an open house to show off my new kitchen, I figured a Toast Bar would be perfect.

How to Host a Toast Bar via @PagingSupermom

I wanted to allow guests to make the toast themselves, so the toaster became the centerpiece on the food table, which, of course, means you need a cute toaster! My long-time favorite has been these classic metal toasters from Cuisinart, and luckily they gladly sent over the toasters for this event. Aren’t they pretty?? It also comes in a 2-slice version, but for this party I think the 4-slice is a must.

How to Host a Toast Bar + MUST TRY Cinnamon Toast Spread recipe via @PagingSupermom
My daughter Attalie is so clever, and she thinks I should call this party a “Toast Jam” instead of a “Toast Bar.” Either way I definitely think this needs to be a thing! I mean really, who doesn’t love toast, especially when you have a bunch of breads and spreads to choose from.

How to Host a Toast Bar via @PagingSupermom

How to Host a Toast Bar via @PagingSupermom

Of course toast needs to be eaten fresh and hot, and logistically I didn’t want guests to have to wait forever to use the toaster, so I figured two toasters would be perfect for my crowd. For groups with more than 50 guests you might want to consider additional toasters.

THE CUTEST Toaster from @Cuisinart + how to Host a Toast Bar via @PagingSupermom

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Favorite Tools + Baby Shower Giveaway

Last week we shared an amazing rock star themed baby shower. If you missed it be sure to check out this post.

Cute Printable Rock Star Party Cupcake Toppers - you've also gotta see the paper plate faux records -- the CUTEST! via @PagingSupermom

Want to know what you’ll need (besides printables) to make your party just like mine? The craft store can be overwhelming — filled with a million different tools and gadgets. If you are wondering which ones are really essential, today we’ve got a cheat sheet of our favorite tools and supplies. These are the ones we use over and over whenever we style a birthday party, baby shower or holiday meal.

Want to decorate like a party stylist? Here are the must-have tools via @PagingSupermom

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Kid-Friendly Laptops at Staples

Buy Kid-Friendly Laptops at Staples

When Staples asked if our family would like to test out one of their laptops, we were of course happy to oblige. The timing of their offer was actually quite perfect since we’d been shopping around for a computer for the kids.

Buy Kid-Friendly Laptops at Staples

We love Staples for all our printing needs — both Aimée and I are on a first-name basis with the copy center staff at our neighborhood Staples (Hi Quinn!) Although I have not spent nearly as much time on the Staples website, I was pleased to find that computer shopping through Staples.com was truly easy. Their website has great tools that helped me sort and narrow my search based on the features I know I want, like a touch-screen laptop.

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Print Photos Right From Your Phone

How to Print Photos Right from your Phone at PagingSupermom.com

With all the summer fun your family has been having, I’d be willing to bet you’ve snapped quite a few photos. And if you’re anything like me, your phone is full of fun pictures that may or may not ever be seen again. This week is dedicated to developing the super power of memory keeping, and to kick things off, today I’m sharing tips for turning your phone’s camera roll into real, life photos!

How to Print Photos Right from your Phone at PagingSupermom.com

Did you know you can print photos directly from your smart phone without ever touching a desktop computer? There are several free apps that allow you to upload and order prints on the go.

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Pretty Functional

The Prettiest Humidifer & Important Cleaning and use Facts at PagingSupermom.com #humidifiers #babynursery #tutorials

As I’ve mentioned before, this year’s cold and flu season really took a toll on both Aimée and my families. I felt especially bad for little Modette while she had her cold — such a big cough for such a little body. Since there are really no safe over-the-counter cough medicines for children under two, sadly there is not much parents can do to help when baby has a cold. It is hard not to do *something* though and most pediatricians recommend putting a humidifier in baby’s room.

The Prettiest Humidifers & Learn How to Clean a Humidifier at PagingSupermom.com #humidifiers #babynursery #colds

If you’ve ever purchased a humidifier you know there are loads of options. The biggest consideration is whether to buy a Vaporizer -vs- Humidifier.

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