Zubbles of Fun

What could make bubbles more fun!? How about colored bubbles?? The Buddy would love these! The best part is that they are non toxic, stain free and brightly colored. When the dye is exposed to air, water or pressure it disappears giving you hours of fun and hardly any mess!

Zubbles comes in Blazing Blue or Presto Pink! What a fabulous party favor...

This post is not sponsored and 100% my opinion!

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"You know you're a 'Boy Mom' when...

...in order to cut his finger nails, you have to cut Woody's first.

If you have a "You know you're a boy mom when" to share, please feel free to pass it along at pedicurestopuddles@yahoo.com. The great thing about these are that we can all relate, so send them our way :o)

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I hate to do this too you so soon after my break a couple of weeks ago; however I have a new job as of Friday evening as a First Grade Teacher for Frisco ISD! I have been feverishly working to make a blank classroom come alive while counting down to Meet the Teacher night this Friday! YIKES!

I am not sure how long it will be until I can update you with some fun finds, but I am hoping it is sooner rather than later. As always, please feel free to pass on your fun finds, boy stories and parties!!

Thank you for your patience!

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With the beginning of the school year, brings the beginning of sports seasons!

Created by a former college athlete, Cleatskins are an accessory designed to slip over cleated footwear! Seems brilliant to me :o) They are made of Compression Molded Rubber and designed for families involved in soccer, baseball, football, wrestling, rugby, softball, field hockey, golf, and any other sport where protecting your shoes off the field is necessary.

At $19.95 to $24.95, I am considering cleatskin kids as a gift for a little cousin that has EVERY other soccer accessory known to man....BUT Cleatskins! And get this...they are machine washable! In fact, The Hubby needs a pair too.

LIKE Cleatskins on Facebook and receive coupon codes from time to time!
CODE: back2school
for 20% off your entire order!

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Time to Party Thursday: a Chutes and Ladders 2nd Birthday!

I am so excited to share with you The Buddy's birthday party! He is turning 2 and loves nothing more than climbing on everything and sliding on his slides. This had me searching for a party theme that would fit his current personality. Chutes and Ladders is near and dear to my heart as a favorite game growing up and a fabulous theme to portray our little guy! Plus, I haven't seen it done before and I love a challenge :o)

We started with the Invites/logo. I contacted Pen & Paper Flowers to create something for us. She was seriously great to work with and worked hard to capture exactly what I wanted. I would recommend her a thousand times! My favorite part is the working spinner :o)

We then stumbled upon this perfect party location: Celebration Park in Allen, TX
Although I will never plan an August party outside in Texas again, this location was a lot of fun!

Here are the party details:

Cake made by Cakes by Auntie M
Beyond what we were expecting!

It is a family tradition to have cutouts at our parties!
These are to mimick the mover pieces
of a Chutes and Ladders game.

Boxed Lunches were super easy and the kids loved them!

Favors: Chutes and Ladders game per family and personalized bubbles. We also started a tradition last year to choose a book with the party theme for everyone to sign for Cohen's library. It is great to look back at what friends and family wrote.

Snack Buffet

We had a lot of fun!

I couldn't have pulled it off without the help of all our family and friends!! Especially this guy:

And we would do it allllll over again. Especially to see this face:

If you have a party, baby shower, or fun find please pass it on to pedicurestopuddles@yahoo.com

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I try to be aware of ways our family can be more "green" and think ReUsies has a great product to get us in the right direction! ReUsies are reusable snack and sandwich bags that look cool too. There are several designs to choose from and when you buy 4 or More and use code: 4ORMORE you receive FREE shipping!

Sandwich size

Snack size

I think these bags could be useful for lots of things. They run between $6 and $9 each. One Reusie has the potential to eliminate hundreds of plastic bags. ReUsies™ are 100% cotton lined with leak-resistant nylon and are secured with Velcro® closures.

Sounds like a great addition to your Back to School shopping!

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**Note : Time to Party Tuesday will be moved to Thursday this week :o)

Although The Buddy is only promoting to the 2 year old room at school, a shiny new back pack is still in order! New school supplies make me giddy! There is nothing like a brand new pad of paper and a really good inky pen!! Back to packs though...I have my eyes on a  few cool ones. Check em out!

** This preschool designed bag opens across the top rather than on the side for easier opening.

 ** You can choose back pack color and every little detail about your little one!

** Comes with removable insulated lunch bag

** boasts reflective tape accents and made of PVC

AND for more fun, HERE is an awesome FREE printable to add to your cool new back pack!

Happy Shopping and if you're in Texas, TAX FREE weekend is August 20-22 :o)

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Life Improvement Store

Otherwise known as IKEA! I am spoiled and a mere 5 miles from an IKEA store and often forget that many don't live close to one. I was just in the store last week to pick up some cheap affordable frames for the Chutes and Ladders party (more on that soon), but headed back there today with some friends that have never been before. Seeing the store through their eyes was a lot of fun! AND my 2011 IKEA catalog came in the mail yesterday. Have you gotten yours yet? If not, text JOIN to 62345 to get on the list! (if you do not know what IKEA is, STOP what you are doing and go check it out....I will wait for ya)

Although it is difficult to narrow down the best finds at IKEA, my favorite recent purchase was a mini-kitchen for The Buddy. (PAGE 206 of catalog)

Bottom half: $99.00 Top half: $39.00

My favorite things about this kitchen:
  • I love the simple design and that it isn't girly at all!
  • It is created with height adjustable legs! (we currently have the legs off of it to accommodate my little guy but it will grow with him)
  • It's burners light up! The Buddy thinks that is really cool!
As you may know, IKEA items are assemble at your own risk  created for you to assemble at home. This project took us a nap time to put together. He was stoked to play with it when he woke up. He said, "WOW" when he saw it :o)

They even have a lot of great accessories to make this a perfect play area. We bought These:





This would also make a great Christmas gift! Goodness knows it is never too early to plan for Christmas :o)

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Vacay!...well sorta

It is party week, folks! We are eye ball deep into swim lessons, getting ready for company and party planning here at the Nelson house. In light of this, I will be absent this week. I hope that you will forgive me and I will see you first thing next week! :o)

In the meantime, please feel free to pass on your parties, back to school ideas and "You know you're a boy mom when..."feature while I am out and we will reconvene next Monday. Thanks, friends and I will "see" you soon!

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