Monday, December 30, 2019

Hot Chocolate Play Dough Playdate


Nothing warms you up and gets you into a festive mood quite like hot chocolate, we teamed up with @lifeofcoco_ to bring you this nifty idea great for a play date or every day. Read below to find out more!

"Play dough is always a huge hit around here and we decided to put a festive spin on it! We took our go-to recipe and added some cocoa powder to create hot cocoa dough and we are sharing that with you today!
Creating these play dough trays happen to be one of my favorite things and I was excited to put together this one for Juliette and one of her friends, Nathaniel!
I included:
hot cocoa play dough
sprinkles
rolling pin
wooden spoon
small Starbucks cups + sticks
chocolate bar cookie cutter
marshmallows (as a tasty treat!)
We invited our good friends over for a morning playdate – and it was no surprise that my princess had to dress up for the occasion! It is rare that we go a day without putting on one of our beloved Little Adventures Dress Up dresses and this morning she chose her Winter Beauty ensemble!
What a fun morning! I will include the play dough recipe down below. Please tag @lifeofcoco_ and @littleadventuresdressups if you try it, we would love to see your creations!
Recipe for coco play dough below.
Hot Chocolate Playdough Recipe (from @lifeofcoco_)
1 Cup flour
1 cup water
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tsp cocoa powder
Brown food coloring
1. Mix together all the ingredients in a 2-quart saucepan
2. Cook over low/medium heat, stirring
3. Continue stirring until the mixture is thickened and begins to gather around the spoon.
4. Remove the dough onto wax paper or a plate to cool."



Our winter beauty dress featured in this post can be found here!


Saturday, December 28, 2019

Winter Woodland Cocoa Picnic


Come take a magical journey with Little Adventures and @frannie_grams as we have a picnic, build a fort, and sip hot cocoa, a sure way to brighten up your little ones day!

"A cool breeze scatters leaves into a soft carpet on the ground. Cold hands graciously cup a warm mug of cocoa brimming with fluffy white marshmallows, as sticky fingers stir the delicious concoction with a peppermint stick. We snuggle up and tell each other stories and relish each other’s precious company while giggling and making messes without so much as a glance to the setting sun fading in the distance - illuminating the sky with rosy, painterly hues. 'Tis a magical woodland cocoa picnic fit for a Renaissance Princess! Here’s how you can setup your very own little adventure.



1. Gather your materials
We searched our local thrift store for textiles and discovered all kinds of luxurious (bargain) treasures! A luxurious selection  of pillows, blankets, and our tent fabric; a large lightweight curtain panel.
For our hot cocoa tray we included peppermint sticks, marshmallows, and butter cookies. We prepped our hot cocoa ahead of time and carefully poured it into a thermos to keep it warm while we were assembling our tent.
For a fresh and festive touch, we foraged for some evergreens. Other fun ideas would be a sprig of juniper berry, boxwood, or holly.
Tip: mix fresh greenery with an artificial decorative sprig for a full, less time intensive bough; rummage through your pre-existing holiday decor for pieces you already own!



2. Choose your location
We found our magical woodland plot by searching for a clearing with two trees spaced out with plenty of room to lounge and play!
Pro Tip: make sure the ground is dry, or use a tarp underneath your spread to protect your textiles (and littles!) from the mud! We learned this the hard way...but thankful everything (including our little adventures dress!) is washable!




3. Construct your tent
We wrapped poly/cotton twine between two trees; tripling the string to make it extra sturdy. Then, we simply spread our large tent fabric over the string to create the triangular tent shape. We placed found branches and rocks on the sides of the tent fabric to weigh it down.



4. Make it cozy
Now comes the fun part! Toss in your blankets, fluff up your pillows, and add cozy decorative touches to make the tent your very own luxurious lounging spot!



5. Savor your Festive Gathering!
Make a good mess, enjoy your sweets and treats, then do it all over again really soon! Memories in the making.       
Some more fun ideas for enjoying your tent could include a read aloud time with your favorite books, a board game, journaling time, or a nature scavenger hunt!"





Want any of the products seen here,? Follow the links below to find them.
Find the Coral Renaissance Dress here!
Find the Cream Flower Headband here!
Find the White Cloak here!


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Cookies for Grandma and Little Red Riding Hood!



Are you traveling for the holidays? If yes, you know how long the car ride can be with little ones in tow, even if you aren't traveling that far! Well, here's an idea from @lifemadewithlove that is creative, exciting, and will give them something to focus on besides "are we there yet?!" Or it could just be for an everyday activity if you're in need of something new and interesting to do. Either way if this is you, read on to find out more!

"Maybe it’s the holidays coming up, but we have been making a lot of cookies!  With the colder weather coming in and the days of us spending all evening outside fading away, we have turned to the indoor activities.  Which for this family has meant lots of book reading, lots of snuggling up, and LOTS of cookies.


No one is complaining about the constant flow of goodies, but I was still looking for a way to really embrace our creativity and put a magical spin on a normal evening.  We sat down to read a handful book one night and after reading Little Red Riding Hood it dawned on me!  I would be so fun to make this story come to life.  I pulled out our Little Adventures red cloaks for the kids and started brainstorming.
 On a night I was already planning on surprising the kids with a trip to Grandmas house, I set our book out and asked who wanted to read a story before we got ready to go?!


We owed and awed as we read the story, searching for the wolf through the pages.  I mentioned that we could make our own batch of cookies to take to Grandmas but that we would have to be careful and try to avoid the wolf ourselves along the way!  With big eyes they got so excited about helping me add all the ingredients and mix everything up!  We made a simple no-bake cookie to keep it quick (which would hold their attention) and to allow for a lot of things they could easily help with!  Not to mention, we LOVE them.  I think they lasted… a few hours maybe?




After letting them set we packed them up in a pretty holiday basket, unfortunately I couldn’t find a real picnic basket, but this ended up being even more festive!  Then the kids grabbed the tin, pulled up their red hoods and prepared for the journey to Grandmas!
The car ride was filled with fake wolf sightings and close calls of getting eaten.  There were a couple near drops, but the cookies stayed safe in the kid’s hands the whole time!  After an adventurous drive and quick check by dad to make sure Grandma hadn’t been eat by the big bad wolf it was time to enjoy some cookies! 
I think they may have tasted even better than normal after avoiding so many close calls and dire situations! It was such a fun way to put a spin on something we do every day, and the kids absolutely loved immersing themselves in a story and playing along."


Get the cloaks featured in this post here!


Thursday, December 19, 2019

Upcycled Princess Notebook

Christmas school holiday is just about here and we've teamed up with @frannie_grams to bring you this awesome project to help entertain the little ones when they start going a little stir crazy!




"We love the opportunity to re-use materials! Here is a fun and creative way to let your little adventurer participate in a fun upcycling project! We upcycled the rectangular cardboard insert that was part of our Little Adventure Dress-up packaging - into Ida's very own enchanting princess notebook.


Materials

  1. Rectangular piece of cardboard (the Little Adventures dress packaging insert is perfect for this!) 
  2. Letter Size paper 
  3. Hole punch
  4.  String
  5. Art Materials; we used crayons, markers, a gluestick, feathers, and lots of sequins!

Step 1
Decorate to your hearts desire!
On the matte (non-shiny) side of the cardboard insert, we made a creative mess and got to decorating! We used crayons and markers for color and sequins and feathers for extra princess pizazz. 
Other fun ideas would be to create an Adventure Log, a nature journal, or a photo album.



Step 2
Make your Book
Fold the cardboard and letter size paper in half. The cardboard will be the book cover, and the letter size paper - the book pages.The pages should fit nicely inside the cardboard 'book cover' . Using a hole punch, carefully punch 3 holes about half an inch from the cardboards folded edge. With the folded letter paper pages on the inside of the carboard cover, use a pen to mark a dot onto the paper from the holes on the outside to give you a guideline on where to punch your holes so that they match up neatly.Using small pieces of string, simply tie a knot through the cover and the pages of your book. 
Try using a ribbon to make things extra fancy!


Step 3
Record All Your Little Adventures!
We added a fuzzy pen to make Ida's princess adventure sketches extra fancy and fun! Depending on the age of your little adventurers, get creative with some fun drawing/writing prompts!  Here are a few examples:
  • Can you draw what you did today?
  • Where do you want to explore?
  • Lets draw 5 animals we see
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • If you can only bring 3 things on your next adventure, what would they be?

There is no limit to creativity! Try tracing found objects, make leaf rubbings, glue miscellaneous paper scraps, use stickers, etc




If you would like any of the products you see in this post follow the links below
Scandinavian Princess can be found here
Scandinavian Princess Cloak can be found here
Scandinavian Princess Soft Crown can be found here