Bloomia Market: Flower Pop-Up

Bloomia hosted a pop-up flower shop for two days at the City Center in DC and we had to check it out! The park at CityCenter is filled with 40,000 tulips. Entrance is free and tulips are 1$ a piece paid by credit card only.

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The girls had a great time and picked some beautiful flowers to bring in Spring with!njvgdty

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Hyper Kids

Hyper Kids is an indoor play place for kids located in Columbia Maryland. They’re great for ALL ages. They cater to those under two with a special area specifically for 2 and under. Hyper Kids also offers parents a coffee bar as well as free wifi to sit and work on a laptop. Outside food is allowed as well as snacks and drinks to purchase for a reasonable price. A microwave is available also. So the next rainy day pack a lunch and head to Hyper Kids for a day full of fun.

Information:

Hyper Kids requires everyone to wear socks but if you forget they have socks available to purchase for 2$.

Sign your waiver online before arriving for a speedy entry because theres only two tablets available and the line to sign the waiver can be long.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 8pm

Friday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm

Sunday: 11am – 7pm

Admission Fees:

FREE Infants (0-12 mos) with paid sibling
$7 Infants (0-12 mos) w/o sibling (Mon-Thurs)

$9 ages 1-2 (Mon-Thurs)

$11 ages 3-13 (Mon-Thurs)
$12 
Infants (0-12 mos) w/o sibling (Fri-Sun*)

$14 ages 1-2 (Fri-Sun*)

$16 ages 3-13 (Fri-Sun*)
Adults are always FREE (w/ paid child’s admission; 3rd adult will be $5)
UNLIMITED Open Play 7 days a week!

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DIY – TuTu Skirt

How cute is a little girl in a tutu?! With three little girls I’ve made my share of tutus. My girls love tutus for holidays. It adds a bit of drama. Making a tutu is super easy and cheap. My two favorite things for a DIY project lol.

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What you need?

6″ rolls of tulle (each roll is usually 25 yards)- You can use as many colors as you like.

Ribbon
Scissors
2 Pieces of Cardboard

I just wrap the ribbon around the waist and tie a bow to get the measurements for the waist.

You can find a piece of cardboard around the house. Cereal box or any box from one of your many late night online shopping sprees works perfect. Lol. You’re going to cut the box so that you have enough width wise to wrap your tulle around it. The length needs to be 1/2 in longer than the length of your desired tutu. So, the cardboard I used was 12″x 8.5″.

Now cut the tulle. You will need approx 48 strips of tulle for a 15″ tutu. The cardboard makes it easy to cut. Do not just go crazy cutting the tulle. You will have jagged uneven tulle.

Take your first color of tulle and place the end of the tulle at the end of the cardboard (both pieces will be placed together) then wrap it around the cardboard (the side that is the length you want your tutu +1/2″) continue to wrap around your board until the number of times it is fully wrapped around the board equals the number of strips you need. So if I do one color I will make 48 full wraps around the board. If I do two colors I will do 24 full wraps around the board, three colors, 16 full wraps, etc.

Now cut down the side of the cardboard you started the wrapping on by sliding the scissors between the two pieces of cardboard which will allow you to cut straight across the the wrapped layers of tulle with no jagged edges. Now you have a pile of pieces of tulle that are double + 1″ longer than your desired tutu length.

Wrap the tulle around the ribbon. Sometimes I wrap one at a time but if you really want a full tutu you can use three. You can use more or less to get your desired fullness.

Take the 3 layers of tulle, if using multiple colors use one of each, and lay them on top of each other and fold them all in half. Take the folded middle part and side it under the elastic about an inch. Now take the tails of the tulle and pull them over the ribbon and through the loop and gently tighten to form a knot.

DO NOT. I repeat. DO NOT tighten your tulle too much on the ribbon. You will stretch it out. Just tighten it enough to be snug but not crushing. Repeat until your ribbon is full.

Now fluff the tutu and you have the perfect piece to wow for say St. Patrick’s Day!

Shirt and leotard @dreambiglittleco

Bows @sweetpeaandmebows

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Patapsco Park – Cascade Trail

Addalyn hates to hike. She would rather do anything in the whole world before going for a hike lol. When I told her we were going on a hike today she was less than pleased. I assured her it would be a tiny hike to a big waterfall and she reluctantly agreed. We headed to Patapsco State Park. Patapsco has many areas and sooo many different hiking trails and things to keep you busy. We explored the Cascade Trail in the Avalon area today.

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Getting there:
After paying your 4$ (honor system) at the guard shack you will be at the Avalon area. You will drive about 2 minutes and turn left at the end streets splitting. Follow the road past the picnic and playground and drive about a mile and half until you reach a parking area on your
left and the swinging rope bridge on the right. You will find ample parking. You can park at either end of the parking lot but if you want to park close to the closest entrance to the
trail park at the very beginning of the parking lot. You will walk straight up the incline to the falls. (about a 5 minute walk)

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I suggest water shoes as the bottom of the falls are rocky.

 

Be sure to bring toys and tools to dig in all the mud!

 

 

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When you’re all done playing be sure to walk right across the street to the swinging rope bridge.

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Go have an adventure and be sure to come back here and let me know how it was!

How to: Cupcake Decorating Station

We spent our Valentines Day at our homeschool event! I was incharge of the make your own cupcake station. So if you’re looking for a super easy mess free cupcake decorating station? You’ve come to the right place! Kinley being homeschooled means 47 kids between the ages of 6-11.

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I needed to figure out a way for the younger kids to be able to be self sufficient and allow the older kids the chance to be creative. I purchased two packs of party bags, cups, and lids from party city.

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I sorted out the toppings and icing into cups. In each bag I included 3 cups (sprinkles, candy, and icing) along with the spoon to spread the icing.

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It made for a super easy day for me. I didn’t have to stand guard over the topping, no worries over the amount of icing, and the clean up was a breeze.

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Cupcakes and kids. Is there a cuter combination?! This is the face of an 8 year old who stuffs a whole cupcake in their mouth lol.

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Valentine Volcano

We made a super simple volcano for our Monday science experiment. Volcanoes can be time consuming and require lots of prep but this recipe is quick and easy. Bonus – you probably have most of the ingredients!

 

This science experiment works great in a discussion on reactions. We followed this experiment with a discussion with what would happen if you left an ingredient out or changed one. The foam we created was safe to touch as it is simply water, oxygen gas, and soap. So both girls had fun exploring the texture of the foam!

Science behind the Valentine Volcano:

The reaction is summarized by this formula: 2 H2O2  –>  2 H2O + 02.

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) naturally breaks down into water and oxygen.  It’s stored in opaque containers to help slow down this process.  The catalase (yeast) speeds up the reaction.  Dish soap catches the oxygen and makes bigger bubbles and the food coloring makes it look cool.  The girls loved feeling the bottle and how warm it was. The foam and bottle feel warm because the reaction is exothermic–it releases energy as heat.

Ingredients:

  • Soda Bottle
  • Pan to catch the foam
  • 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide *** at least 6%
  • 1 teaspoon Yeast
  • 2 tablespoons of warm water
  • 4-5 drops of food coloring
  • Couple of drops of dish soap
  • Funnel

In our house we of course started by making our soda bottle pretty. Lots of hearts.

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Next, we used our funnel to put one cup of Hydrogen Peroxide into the soda bottle.

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We then added the food coloring and dish soap to the bottle.

In another container we mixed the yeast and warm water and poured that into the the soda bottle.

 

Then, FOAM!

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Fear..

I’ve had to reschedule the Addalyn and Ruby’s check up 3 separate times. On two occasions there was snow and me having Mom brain I may have forgotten once. 🤷‍♀️😂

Today we finally made it in and to say it was nuts is an understatement. We went into this thinking it was just a well child check-up and Ruby wasn’t even amused with that. Addalyn was fine. She was decked out in Doc McStuffins and happy to play with real doctor stuff.

They take the weight and height of each and send us off to the room. Well at the room the nurse tells us that they need shots and it would be better for Kinley to get hers as well so we don’t have to come back. They freaked. They are TERRIFIED of shots. The flood gates opened and Addalyn and Kinley both started hatching out a plan.

They decided that if they put there coats on then they wouldn’t be able to get to them. In comes the nurse with back up because I’m sure she saw the reaction when she SAID shots. They took Ruby first and Addalyn and Kinley sat in a corner crying together. Yes. I said corner.

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It was the saddest thing ever.

There’s nothing like a vaccine appointment to bring your whole day down. A trip to Chick-fil-A and Target to get a toy may have made it a little better though.

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