Draw Your Own Story Gift Book

Color-your-own storybooks make a great gift idea for kid's to give someone they love.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comA few months ago I was browsing a super cute local boutique, Oh Hello Friend in Fullerton, when I came across this adorable book!  I was shopping for my mother-in-law’s birthday and thought this would be the perfect gift for my boys to give her.  These books come with the story already and then you illustrate it.  This draw your own story gift book is so cool.

These books come with the story and the kid's illustrate it.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comNot only is the story really cute but they were great prompts for the boys to draw from.  I had both boys work on the book which was great because you can see the different skill level from each boy.  This book is great for kids who love to draw and have a good attention span.  My five year old was pretty good, but my 8 year old was over it pretty quick.  So keep that in mind if you are trying to decide if this is something your kids would be down for.

Illustrate your own gift books.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comGrandma LOVED this gift.  We all passed it around and looked at all the drawings.  The draw your own story gift books come in a few different titles but I think this “Grandma is a Superhero” book would make a great mother’s day gift.  If you are local, you can pick one up at Oh Hello Friend.  Online find Grandma is a Superhero here.

Personalized Travel Bags for Your Kids

reusable kids travel bagAre you as in love with these personalized travel bags as I am?  I don’t mean to pat myself on the back, but I’m really excited with how they turned out.  My crafts have a 50/50 chance of coming out great or failing miserably.  And I embrace it.  But I really like these.  And I am super happy to announce that I am doing a little blogging over at King’s Hawaiian Bread.  Head on over there to see my travel tips for keeping kids entertained and what to pack in these personalized bags for that long car ride.

personalized travel bags for kidsI’m sure you are looking at these and thinking, “where are the names?  You said this was personalized.”  Great observation.  But I have been on long car trips before and I know that some sketchy humans can be found in rest stops and tiny coffee shops in the middle of nowhere.  I’d prefer that they don’t know my kid’s names.  Instead, I chose to personalize them with images that go along with words that we associate with each kid.  My oldest son said the word “bicycle” very early in his talking life and has remained a fact that the family talks about.  My youngest son said “banana” a lot.  Maybe not quite as advanced as “bicycle” but still super cute.

DIY bags for kids travel itemsAll you need is a blank canvas tote from your local craft store.  I bought a 3-pack for about $10 and I’m sure you can find a coupon to use to get them even cheaper.

polka dotted painted bagFirst start out by painting a pattern on the bag.  For the polka dots I simply used a pencil eraser and paint.

paint around the tapeFor the other bag I decided to tape off a geometric pattern and color each area a different color.

print and cut iron on transfersOnce the paint is dry, you will need to prepare your iron on transfers.  Just follow the directions on the iron on transfer package.  But remember, if you are using any words, print the reverse image so that the words come out correctly.  I always print out two in case something happens to the first one.  And I really hate having to stop in the middle of a project to go print another one.  I know my skills and weaknesses, you may not have to print two.  And for that I am super jealous.  Cut out around the image.

iron on shapesAnd then iron them on.  Again, follow the directions on the transfer paper.  If you iron on the paint, it may melt a bit and then smear on the canvas bag.  Not that that happened (do NOT look closely at the polka dot bag…).  Let it cool and then peel off the backing.

personalized travel bags for kids diyThere you have it.  Personalized travel bags for your kids.

inside travel bag for kidsHead over to the King’s Hawaiian blog to see what I packed in the bags and tips for making your road trip enjoyable.

diy kids personalized travel bagsIf you had to pick an image to represent your kids, what would it be?

*This post was not sponsored by Kings Hawaiian Bread.  The sponsored content that I am doing for them will only be found on their blog.  The DIY portion of the post was created for my readers.  Isn’t getting a DIY post so much better than me just putting up a link to go read my blog post over there though?

 

 

Holiday Family Fun by Tops Malibu

Many of you probably already know Tops Malibu, but I fell in love with some of their holiday items and wanted to share them with you.  Although you can make your own surprise balls, The Tops Malibu Surprize Ball is total quality.  From the way it is made to the fun surprises inside, these balls make awesome presents!  These are perfect for your family holiday get togethers, a fun acitivity for your kids to do and would make an adorable teacher’s gift.  While it may be too late for you to order these Thanksgiving Surprize Balls, they have Christmas themed ones available too, including some that look like little gift packages!  Perfect for stuffing stockings!  (The Deluxe Thanksgiving Surprize Ball is shown, $15).

I asked my friend Desi, of Dez and Tam, to take some photos of these awesome products because I knew my photography skills would not be able to capture the greatness!  Especially of the Wish Papers, approx. $8, shown above.  Read on to find out more about both products.

Isn’t his son the absolute cutest!  And who doesn’t like surprises? (ok, well me but that is only because I am so Type A).  I love these question prompts found inside.  What a great way to get the conversation flowing around the dinner table.  And what is even better, Tops Malibu can customize the contents and messages in the Surprize Balls.  Looking for an interesting way to gift someone with a check?  Or what about a super exciting way to tell people you are expecting a child?  Gender reveal?  Secret Santa pal?  The possibilities are endless!!

The Wish Paper is one of my favorite products from Tops Malibu.  Each package contains about 10 sheets of wish paper.

Make a wish.

And watch it float into the atmosphere.  (And THIS is exactly why I knew I couldn’t do the picture taking.  How RAD is that photo!!!)

So much fun for the kids!

And don’t forget to check out their other amazing products like the 32″ Grande Surprize Cornucopia, the Poof Balls, and their crazy big assortment of sparklers of all kinds.  They carry such an assortment of unique and fun items that are begging to come to your next party.

A HUGE thank you to Dez and Tam for shooting this for me.  As usual, I am in awe of their skill!  If you are in Orange County have you booked your holiday family photo with them yet?

Sharon

all images by Dez and Tam

*I received these items for free from Tops Malibu for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.