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I can’t believe that my little boy was born 8 years ago today!!!  Time goes by so fast!!  In honor of his birthday I wanted to do a little throw back to his 4th party — Dinosaur Train.  My son was a HUGE fan of the PBS Series, Dinosaur Train.  I admit, I went a little crazy.

Dinosaur Train

I painted Buddy and the Conductor on large foam core boards so that everyone could have their photos made with the characters.  Don’t worry, I didn’t free hand them, I drew the outlines with my trusty projector 🙂

The Cake & Tablescape


For the tablescape I used just a plain green table cloth and an elevated platform for the ‘Cake’.  I admit, this could have been better, I should have draw in the tracks and added trees, etc. from my son’s train table.   I used various Train toys my son already had, including a Dinosaur Train, train and the Dinosaur Train characters.  I also attached balloons to train engine back in the corner.

Note:  The little cups with ranch and carrot and celery sticks….PERFECT for 4 year olds!!

The cake itself was so much fun to make and decorate.  I got the Nordic Ware Train Cake Pan  It makes little pieces, almost like cupcakes instead of a full out cake.


It was so much fun decorating each little car with candy and frosting.  My son loved helping.  I used M&M’s, Peppermints, Gumdrops, skittles, Kisses, Sweet Tarts and so many other kinds of candy.  I then used black licorice to make the tracks. (They didn’t look the best, this is definitely something I would do differently)

And Finally….Something to Do

To keep the kids entertained, I created a Dinosaur Train ride.  I made my front porch into Pteranodon Station and gave everyone tickets to ride the “train” .  I hooked up a small trailer to our UTV and called it the Dinosaur Train.  Next, I took my trusty projector and made MANY dinosaur posters and placed them all about my property.  I let my son pick out all the types of dinosaurs he wanted to see and picked up a coloring book of dinosaurs at the dollar store to use with my projector.

Pteranadon Station

I also picked up some of the extra large plastic Easter eggs on clearance after Easter (see the pink one in the corner  of the porch above) and put white vinyl circle stickers all over them so they looked more like “Dinosaur” eggs. Instead of goodie bags,  I put fun swag in each one of them and there were enough that each child could find an egg! It made the party more interactive and also something 4 year olds could do.

Happy Birthday Buddy!!!

Hey Chirpers, welcome back!

I’ve wanted to try one of those giant rulers to use as a growth chart for a while. I thought my Dad’s 65th birthday would be a great time to try.  He’s very handy and crafty so I thought he’d really like it.Ruler3

I’ve seen them all over the interwebs and I wanted to try my hand at them.   I didn’t want to do all the measuring to make sure I got it all right, so I looked on and many people offer kits to make these, usually made with vinyl decals.  I have a Silhouette Cameo, as you all know, and I thought for sure, I can find a template and cut them myself.

Low and behold I found the following site:

Check out her other projects, too…..CUTE!!!

She provides terrific instructions for how to make it as well.


  • Pine Board 1″ X 8″ X 6′ (I went with the more expensive $19 board because it didn’t require sanding)
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Old Tshirt (for staining)
  • Brush
  • Vinyl (I used the Paper Studio brand from Hobby Lobby)
  • Decorative stones
  • Power Grip (To glue down the stones)


First I stained the board using a light stain.  You could use any color you like, but I thought since you’ll probably want to write the children’s heights on there — you’ll want to be able to see the writing.  The board didn’t need sanding and I used an old t-shirt to apply the stain.

Next I cut out the vinyl — using my Silhouette Cameo and the download file from the link above.  I also cut out all the kids names to run down the side — you could really do anything you’d like to personalize it!


After using transfer paper — you want to make sure that things are straight as possible.  Then I laid down the polyurethane gently over the top using a short paint brush.  This will ensure that the stickers don’t peel up over time!  My 5 year old son (big Red) wanted to help, so each time I laid down a section — He pulled off the transfer paper.  He was so slow and methodical about it.  It was so sweet.  After we got it all laid down he picked up some glass stones and put them between each name — he even picked each one of the colors himself.  He was so sweet and so loves helping.  I love the way it turned out.


I wanted to do something for with the kids for a birthday present so we made a Red Birds painting.   The kids did everything but the tree and the bird details.

redbirds painting

Then I let them have free reign on their cards.  They did a great job.

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I think they did an amazing job.  Stickers and painting!!!! 🙂

Little red turned 3 in February and she wanted a Minnie Mouse party.  So I gave her one.  Complete with Minnie Mouse Lollies, Minnie Mouse oreo balls, Minnie Mouse rice krispie treats.  My friend @rachel helped me and brought over her chocolate bow mold.  It made everything so cute.

Here’s some pics:

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