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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TV, ALT & Snow!

How to Have an Arizona Snow Day via @PagingSupermom

This is going to be a busy week for me. Today I’m headed down to the local NBC studio to appear on Arizona Midday at 12:30 pm — I’m sharing some fun ideas for an AZ Snow Day. Then later this week I get to see the real white stuff up in Salt Lake City, where I’m speaking at ALT Summit. I’ll be sharing tips for how to work with traditional media. It’s been fun to dig through some of my old college notes — I studied public relations and journalism at BYU.

Round Up of Snowy Fun from @PagingSupermom

As for snow, obviously we don’t get much here in Phoenix so we have to MAKE it snow! In fact, snow and ice are such a rarity that a few weeks ago, when the temperature dipped below freezing during the night, my kids brought big chunks of ice found on their outdoor toys and insisted that we bag it up to save. I’m pretty sure it’s still sitting in the freezer. Then we used our shaved ice machine to make snow. That works well, but I realize shaved ice machines might be hard to come by, so here are some other fun ideas to make believe with snow…

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Books Alive: SkippyJon Jones

The easiest way to make Churros! via @PagingSupermom

Our friend Heather from WhipperBerry stopped by today to be part of our Books Alive Summer Reading Series, which means we’re in for a treat. Heather always shares amazing recipes, and this one already has my mouth watering. Take it away Heather…

I am so excited to be here on Paging Supermom today!! I’m a HUGE fan of these talented ladies and I adore this series that they’ve put together this summer.

I, like many moms out there, LOVE to read to my kiddos, but I especially love to read to my kiddos when the book is just as entertaining to me as it is to the little ones. One of our favorite books is SkippyJon Jones! It’s about a precocious little kitten who thinks he’s a Chihuahua! Using his best spanish accent he says,” My ears are too beeg for my head. My head ees too beef for my body. I am not a Siamese Cat… I’m a Chihuahua!!” Donning a Zorro like mask, he heads off to have all kinds of adventures quietly singing… ” My name is Skippitto Friskito. (clap-clap) I fear not a single bandito. (clap-clap) My manners are mellow, I’m sweet like the Jell-o, I get the job done, yes indeed-o. (clap-clap)”

You can’t help but fall in love with sweet Skippito! The best part, I’m just as entertained as my kiddos are. Now, I have a four-year-old, little guy who reminds me soooo much of SkippyJon. One minute he’s a monkey, the next he’s a puppy! We decided, in honor of SkippyJon, we were going to make SkippyJon Jones Churros in a Flashito…

#Skippy JonJones loves Churros and this is such an easy recipe via @PagingSupermom

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How to Cut Perfect Snowflakes

How to Cut Perfect Snowflakes at PagingSupermom.com

My kids love to cut out snowflakes using the good, old method where you fold up paper and cut out a bunch of chunks then open it up to reveal the surprising shape. It’s fun to wonder as you are cutting how the snowflake is going to look, and so exciting as you unfold it!

How to Cut Perfect Snowflakes at PagingSupermom.com

While cutting random snowflakes is a great activity for a wintry day, there have been times as an adult that I’ve wished I knew just where to cut so I can get a perfect snowflake, and then be able to repeat that same snowflake over and over again. Several years ago I made a couple of really beautiful snowflakes, which I quickly folded back up so I could trace a cutting template. I have used this template again and again to make perfect, repeatable snowflakes.

How to Cut Perfect Snowflakes at PagingSupermom.com

Today I’m sharing my method for making perfect snowflakes that can be taped up on a window, strung on a garland or scattered at a party (Go see the Frozen Birthday Party we created with these snowflakes!). I wanted to post this tutorial before Christmas, but Aimée and I ran out of time to shoot the photos. However many of our friends out in Virginia are having a crazy amount of snow days with their kids home from school; so we figured someone might still appreciate us sharing this knowledge. Of course, be sure to pin this post as well so you will have it handy for Christmas next year!

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Let It Snow Printable

Free Printable "Let It Snow" Sign at PagingSupermom.com

OK, we promise to cool it with the decoupage posts for a while… after today! Sorry it’s just that after FINALLY figuring out how to Mod Podge without getting wrinkles we’ve been having all kinds of fun with it. We even brainstormed a Mod Podge sign a month (should we do it???), but we swear no more of these projects for at least the month of January.

Free Printable "Let It Snow" Sign at PagingSupermom.com

We just couldn’t stop, though, without sharing this sparkly Let It Snow sign. We used the matte Mod Podge to glue the sign to the board, but we finished it off with a coat of the glittery Sparkle Mod Podge. We love this stuff because you get a glitter effect without any of the messy side effects of using actual glitter.

Free Printable "Let It Snow" Sign at PagingSupermom.com

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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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