Sponsored Post: Happy Thanksgiving from Crayola!

November 24, 2013

Like many of you, we have a big week ahead of us as we get ready to receive family and host Thanksgiving at our home here in NC. This will be our first time hosting and prepping a big dinner, which makes me excited (place settings!) and nervous (brining?!) all at once. But already having a giant turkey all snug in the freezer and plans to mix cream cheese into our T-day mashed potatoes gives me some peace of mind.

It’s been a while since I’ve made anything with kids not having to do with a Rainbow Loom, but Thanksgiving break will give us time for fun, seasonal hands-on crafts and activities. Crayola has put together an inspirational slide show of some easy projects. Check it out below!

This post was sponsored by Crayola.

DIY Holiday Card Display

November 21, 2013

DIY Holiday Card Display

My second project for iVillage’s 30 Days of HoliDIY is up today! Visit here for full instructions on making your own holiday card display. This DIY is much less intense than the dollhouse, but still in keeping with a simple, modern aesthetic!

Hot Wheels Car Maker Review + Giveaway

September 26, 2013

Hot Wheels Car Maker

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To end the week, I have a fun giveaway for you. Hot Wheels recently sent us their car maker to try out and I can’t tell you how excited the boys were over creating and designing their own cars. It’s like the perfect collision (eh, accidental pun) of two worlds; cars and crafting!

Hot Wheels Car Maker

The kit comes with enough supplies to make 10 car bodies. Only three chassis were included, but the kids enjoyed switching out the different bodies. Two types of molds output a car shape and a truck, all easily customizable with various decals.

Hot Wheels Car Maker

The process was really simple; insert a plastic stick into the top of the car maker (a purple stick is already placed so the first car is inevitably purple), slide one of the molds into the car maker base, and (get this!) follow the voice instructions because the machine talks. And plays music, which only adds to the drama of the artistic process.

The car maker takes about 7-10 minutes to melt down the plastic stick (all done safely inside the car maker) after which you’re prompted by Mr. Hot Wheels himself to push down the lever. You’ll have to wait another 10 minutes for the plastic to cool down enough to handle, but everything is self-timed and the door at the base will pop open when ready.

Hot Wheels Car Maker

A little tool helps you easily pop the car body off the mold. This part was a tiny bit messy, but overall it was a low-trash/debris project. Obviously the plastic isn’t as durable as its die-cast metal counterparts, BUT you get to add your own stickers — which the boys enjoyed.

Hot Wheels Car Maker

This is definitely a favorite toy of ours. You can purchase directly from the Mattel website, but Mattel was generous enough to offer one lucky reader a kit of their own! To enter, simply leave a comment at the end of this post. Edited: Wanted to add that I just created a Facebook page for Ambrosia Creative. Feel free to leave a second comment/entry for yourself for liking my new Facebook page, thank you!

Giveaway closes October 7, 2013 and I will contact the winner by email. Good luck!

Getting ready for Halloween

September 23, 2013

Monster Plants DIY

It’s a little too early for this stuff, right? But in case you’re one to get a jump-start on Halloween, here’s an easy craft to do with the kids! Instructions are at Hellobee.

Changing Spaces

August 21, 2013

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Didn’t mean for the blog to go dark for so long (almost an entire month, oops!). But within the last few weeks we learned that our landlord sold the house we’re renting so we’ve spent a considerable amount of time searching and finally securing a new place. If you want to drive your kids crazy, drive them all over Charlotte to view house after house after house. Then, milkshakes for dinner would be totally justified.

The house is slowly being overrun with boxes so I won’t be working on any new projects until after the move, but this DIY rocket we made earlier this month is now up at Hellobee!

Cardboard Rockets