I Used To Wonder Why It Took Parents So Long To Get Out Of The House, Now I Know

I finally got all three of my kids packed up and in the van to head to summer day camp when the sun broke through the clouds. Shit! Damn you Mother Nature! Alexa had told me it was going to be a rainy day, and it had been wicked cloudy all morning. I took these as signs to not put sunscreen on the kids—because what a fucking gift. Applying sunscreen to three squirmy kids bitching about how cold the water will be for lessons is about as much fun as it sounds. But now the sun was out and they would be in the pool first thing for swimming; the right thing to do was to at least put sunscreen on their faces.

As I went back inside, I thought, this is why we are never on time. I was fool for once judging other parents for taking so long to get out of the house. Because here I am, running back into my own house to grab roll-on sunscreen. Sigh…

But this was just the beginning of several more attempts to leave the driveway. Two of my three kids were happy to use the roll-on sunscreen, but my third child decided she would do things her way. As I was putting the van into reverse, she was apparently putting about a quarter cup of sunscreen onto her face via the tube she had in her bag for camp.

“MY EYE! IT HURTS SO BADLY!”

I turn around and see what looks like a child who didn’t just apply sunscreen on her own but tripped and fell face first into a pool of it. My daughter was squeezing her eyes shut while waving her arms around and screaming that her eye stings.

I had already dealt with a meltdown that morning, served breakfast, cleaned up breakfast, packed three lunches with snacks for the day, packed three backpacks, and was told I was the worst because I wouldn’t allow screen time. I finally had three kids out of the door and now I was cursing Mother Nature for her sliver of sun, which of course disappeared a few minutes after said sunscreen delay. I was not in the mood for the stubborn foolishness of a 6-year-old.

“Well. This is what happens when you don’t listen to me. Instead of waiting for your turn with the roll-on stick, you get lotion in your eye.”

I then took baby wipes to her face to get rid of the mess she had made. But she fought that, rubbed her other eye, and started screaming again.

“WILL IT ALWAYS BE LIKE THIS?! OWWWWIE!”

I had zero sympathy.

“I don’t know. But I have a feeling you will be fine. But keep crying. That will wash out your eyes. I will also get a wet cloth.”

I went back inside, realized I had left the coffee pot on, rinsed cereal bowls, because no one wants to deal with hardened Frosted Flakes, found a wash cloth, ran it under water, and took it out to her. I told her to dab her eyes on the way to camp. It wasn’t even 8:30 am, and I was done. I looked at the clock as we finally left and realized that the last ten minutes had been spent in absolute fuckery.

And this was just one day, one attempt to leave, and one of many reasons why it takes so fucking long to finally go anywhere. I gotta say, though, at least we were all out of the house. We were actually in the car and buckled up, which is more than I can say on most days when the delays begin. And there are always delays. If it’s not a day-long project that a child thinks can be started and finished in a matter of minutes, or a request for more time to do whatever thing has to be done right that second, then someone has to poop.

Seriously, what is it about me saying it’s time to go that makes one or all of my children have to go?

And then the socks aren’t right. Shoes disappear. Toothpaste got on the wall behind the toilet. I probably have time to send this email while unloading the dishwasher and putting in my contacts. I am pretty sure I started the dishwasher without any detergent. I better go back in and check.

It never fucking ends.

Did I turn off the oven? Did I lock the back door? OMFG why are all of the lights on? JFC, the dog is still outside. Can someone please shut the door? I don’t know why your sister has that toy. I guess you can bring Optimus Prime—just go outside. No, you don’t need to pack a bag full of Pokemon cards, 17 stuffies, homemade slime, and a change of clothes for your imaginary monkey. Sure, bring the cards. Of course you dropped the cards. I would be happy to help you clean them up. Are you seriously asking me for a snack while I am the only one cleaning up this mess? And why are YOU back in the house?

It’s a miracle that we get anywhere, really. And if we are there on time, then someone give me a high five. And please forgive pre-kid me if I ever judged post-kid you or made you feel bad for being a few minutes late. I was an unknowing asshole, because holy shit, I get it now.

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I Realized Why My Teen Acts Awful Around Me (But Great Around Others)

“He was so helpful today, we got so much done,” my aunt said of my oldest son when I recruited him to help her and her husband move. This was nice to hear because at home he’d been a royal pain in my ass. The truth was, I would have told him he needed to help them regardless, but lately he’d been pressing every button I had (in additional to finding new ones) and I needed some time and space away from him.

If I said anything to him, he interrupted me in a crass tone. If I asked him about his day, I got a shoulder shrug instead of actual words. If I told him I needed help, he fought me on every little request. If I said “up,” he said “down” just for the hell of it.

I was exhausted and trying to get back the relationship I used to have with my son when he was tiny, sweet, and wanted to please me. This new version — the one where he was allergic to listening to me and hated being around me — wasn’t working very well for either of us.

I thought it was his fault because he was being a jerk. He thought it was my fault because I expected him to be “perfect.”

I couldn’t help but notice, as soon as we were around friends or family, my beloved son would return to his old self. He was respectful, he would answer questions, he was able to pull it together for everyone else except for me. And I hated it.

One evening as we were driving home from a party — a party where we’d had a great time lighting sparklers, admiring fireflies, and eating fire-roasted hot dogs — I put my hand on is shoulder as we drove home. After a few seconds, he pulled away rolling his eyes.

“Why are you nice to everyone but me,” I asked slapping my hand back on the wheel dramatically. “What did I do that was so awful?”

“I’m tired, Mom,” was all I got in return. Within a few minutes, he was asleep.

I’d had such a lovely evening, but my son’s looming bad attitude weighed on me. Lately, it had been tainting everything from simple family dinners to his relationship with his siblings. They could see I was spending more time and energy trying to keep him calm and happy because it could ruin my day in under two seconds.

Then, I remembered something: When my father-in-law was suffering from cancer, he wife broke down in front of her sisters and me saying, “Why is he so horrible to me, then when someone comes to visit him, he’s so cheery and happy?”

She was sobbing in her hands at the kitchen table, tears dripping onto the floral table cloth. Her sister patted her head and said, “Because he knows he can be his true self with you, he doesn’t have to act. He’s going through something horrible right now and he needs to be able to express himself around someone he knows is going to stick by him.”

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That incident at the kitchen table happened before I became a mother, and until that night in the quiet car with my son, I’d forgotten all about it. But as I drove, it hit me in the right place.

Suddenly, it all made sense. My son held it together for his friends. He was able to keep the mask on in front of family or when we were in public. But around me, he needed to be able to express some of what he was going through and he felt safe enough to do that.

This realization didn’t make me love the way my son was acting any more. I still want to teach my kids there is a certain way you treat people, but I was able to understand a bit better. Once I understood, it took the pressure off our relationship and I no longer felt such a strong need to get him to treat me as he treated everyone else every moment of every day.

Being a child, at any age, can be hard and confusing. It’s easy for us to tell them how good they have it and they should smarten up and treat us with respect at all times, but they don’t have anything else to measure their life thus far against.

We all need a safe person, and a safe place to let it all out and to be ourselves and that’s exactly what my son doing — being himself in his safe place. And I’m happy to be that for him.

And, the truth is, he can pull it together when he needs to. I get compliments about his behavior and how helpful he can be all the time, and that tells a lot about the boy I’ve raised.

So, when he reluctantly takes out the trash after I ask him and tells me I “make him do everything,” I’ll remind myself of all the times people have told me that I have raised a good son and that it’s a privilege to be someone’s “safe place.”  After I take many cleansing deep breaths, of course.

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I Show My Kids Love Through Food And It Needs To Stop

When I was in elementary school, whenever I’d come home from school, there was something in the oven or on the counter — bread, cookies, pie, canned peaches or homemade creme puffs. The house always smelled delicious and the sight of baked goods made me incredibly happy.

My mom was a baker — a good one. So was her mom and grandmother, and on down the line. She never tried to shove her treats down our throat but it provided so much joy I couldn’t wait to learn to bake myself. I wanted to spread some of that goodness around and my baking days started in kindergarten. The first thing I made was a batch of no-bake cookies from a recipe we’d made that day in class. I remember standing over the pan stirring in the oats, chocolate and butter. I put spoonfuls of the muddy mixture of wax paper and watched them harden. I could wait to eat them.

My mom let me have two, then I snuck another three. It felt like love and, since then, I’ve used baking as therapy and a way to de-stress and express myself. But more than that, I’ve used baking — and feeding people — as a way to show my love.

I pour the love I felt as a child into every concoction I slip in my oven and get overly excited for people to try it. I’ve always assumed people can taste the love.

When my parents divorced and we moved from our old farm house into a ranch in a crowded neighborhood in town, my mom stopped baking as much as she used to. She was a single mother to four children and I now know all to well when that happens, something’s gotta give.

I missed her baking terribly. I’d sit in algebra class and daydream about molasses cookies, carrot cake, and the sound of my mom making donuts on Saturday with leftover pizza dough. I thought I was craving the treats my mom used to make, but really, I was craving the comfort and goodness that’s wrapped in between layers of butter and powdered sugar and chocolate chips.

The days when I’d walk in the door after school and see Christmas cookies or an apple crisp on the island cooling felt like being wrapped in a blanket. I’d take a serving (okay, three servings), and each bite felt like love and validation. It was familiar. It was warm. I wasn’t lonely or confused about life then. I was blissfully happy and didn’t occupy my mind with heavy stuff in those days. And so, I correlated those emotions with food. I thought somehow the two were intertwined together.

Then my life changed, my family’s life changed, and I’d walk into a different house after school. There were no treats lining the countertops. And for some reason, I stopped allowing myself to eat comfort baked goods and comfort food.

I know now I deprived myself in an effort to gain control over a situation I had no control over. I was craving the comfort of my old life which had slipped away, and my solution was to strip myself of that pleasure because I knew things would never be the same even if I ate all the foods my mom used to make. Sometimes, when we don’t like who we are or what we are feeling, we don’t allow ourselves certain small pleasures if we can’t have everything we used to have back. The reminder is too huge and painful.

I’ve always been a bit of a food-pusher and it was exacerbated after I had kids. And then some more after I divorced. I was determined to always have something on the counter when they came home as a way of maintaining the status quo in some small way.

I show my love through food. I reward my kids with food. I try to make everything okay with food. I want them to feel the way I did in elementary school when I’d run to the counter and throw my coat over the chair and cut a brownie and watch TV. That felt like joy and contentment.

I always want them to feel that way so I bake and present them with my gifts, even if they don’t want them.

And I need to stop.

My kids know I love them because I am present and supportive and I make sure they have what they need.

They don’t care about double chocolate chip cookies the way I do. It doesn’t feel like a hug or make them nostalgic and I need to stop thinking if I don’t bake for them or get them fries on the way home from school it means something — I’m not taking anything away from them.

I am the one trying to create something they don’t even need.

I am the one who is trying to emulate a feeling I had during my childhood.

This is their childhood, this is their experience, and the love I have for them isn’t measured by how many mornings I make pancakes or how much frosting I pile onto a cake.

Love isn’t measured by food and I don’t want them thinking love comes in the form of sugar and spice because I know how damaging it can be to depend on something edible for you happiness. We’ve been raised to think food never lets you down and I’ve contributed to that.

I also know the feeling of despair and isolation that comes when you take foods away as punishment.

Love has substance and doesn’t leave an aftertaste.

Love can be found in the kitchen, sure. But the kind of love that matters stems comes from conversations, bonding, cutting up vegetables, and blowing out birthday candles together.

And that’s what I need to start showing my kids instead.

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To Smash The Patriarchy, These Are The Lessons We Should Be Teaching Our Sons

I strongly believe in raising children without gender barriers or gender-based limitations.

At the same time, I also believe that there are certain lessons that I plan to emphasize for my son. And other lessons that I plan to emphasize for my daughter.

The decision to prioritize certain lessons depending on the social position assigned to my children is one that might seem contradictory to my other statement, but it ain’t.

There are plenty of memes on the internet about the things that we intend to teach our sons. But raising sons with good moral principles is much more than an internet joke. It’s a really vital aspect of the fight for equality for all.

That being said, here are a few of the core lessons I plan to emphasize with my son throughout the course of his life.

1. Women are not your emotional “pack mules.”

I’ve met way too many men who treat women as though our only responsibility in life is to serve them. One of the most frustrating aspects of their treatment is being forced to carry their emotional burdens with no reciprocation. When I say this, I’m not referring to loving relationships in which partners equally share each other’s emotional responsibility. I’m talking about the centuries of men leaving women to hold on to the issues they refuse to sort out throughout the course of their lives. It’s not women’s jobs to constantly “support you” or to make you a “better person.” If you’re struggling, get help. Do your own emotional heavy-lifting.

2. Don’t be afraid of counseling.

While we are on the subject of help, I hope to teach my son to be comfortable with seeking mental health resources when needed.

I don’t live in a fairy tale world. There are folks who are much better parents than I am who’ve left their children with emotional baggage. I won’t take it personally if my son decides he needs help later in life.

I believe that mental health counseling is important for everyone in society to try at least once (I say that while acknowledging the wide range of barriers that prevent accessibility to those services).

I’ve met way too many men who try to push through instead of seeking those services to sort out those problems. Their families and loved ones are the ones who end up suffering the consequences of being in connection with a man who isn’t doing the self-work.

We teach women to be in pursuit of emotional stability. But we need to acknowledge that men are not ready “as is” either.

3. Vulnerability isn’t a weakness.

Even without attending counseling, there a lot of lessons about emotions my son can learn on his own. One of the most important is shedding the idea that vulnerability is a weakness. We need to leave the space for menfolk to be vulnerable. Their perceived inability to be vulnerable leaves them to act out in ways that harm themselves and everyone else.

I want him to know it’s OK to cry. There’s nothing wrong with giving your whole heart to someone you love. And most importantly, vulnerability is a key aspect of all life’s joys.

A subset of this lesson will be letting him know that it’s OK to show love to his friends and family regardless of gender. There’s nothing wrong with affection inside of masculinity.

4. Embrace your identity but don’t let it box you in.

Although all men face pressure to be strong as opposed to authentic, for men of color (specifically black men), it’s even more challenging to be their true selves.

I’ve heard horror stories from my father, husband, and brother about the ways the world tried to tell them who they were and how they had to behave as black men. Although the extent of this behavior varied, each of them found themselves going through a period of trying to fit in with the crowd and the emotional and mental health toll was heavier than I could’ve imagined.

Research has shown that a healthy appreciation for racial identity has positive mental health effects for children of color. So I don’t want my son to reject his blackness. But I do want him to understand that should he choose to embrace an alternative depiction of blackness, he’s in good company and he should not feel the pressure to change.

I do not want those boundaries to define him.

5. Your privilege is your superpower.

Again, I give birth to a black son, so while he has privilege, he also has a significant amount of marginalization that isn’t experienced by males of other ethnicities.

He needs to know the importance of standing up for those who are more marginalized than he is. There’s a lot we don’t know about my son’s future identity and there’s a possibility that he will not identify with all the aspects he was assigned a birth. But regardless of how his life turns out, there will still be individuals who are less privileged than he is. And I want to reinforce the importance of him standing up for those less fortunate than he is. I plan to teach him that his privilege is his superpower so he can use it to change the world.

6. Your body isn’t the standard.

The last core lesson I would like to teach my son is that his body is not the standard. Here’s what I mean when I say this. For the last few 100 years, marginalized people have been mistreated based on their presumed lack of understanding of their anatomy. Again, raising a black son adds more layers of complication to this discussion. But, historically women’s experiences are often overlooked in the medical system.

He needs to know about menstruation and all the things that come with it. Similarly, he will learn that gender, like race, is complicated but a social construct.

There are so many things to learn. I’m excited about the journey. But the above are the core lessons that I believe are important for him to develop and be useful in the fight for change.

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Easter Baskets for Teens

Easy Family Dollar DIY Easter Basket Ideas for Teens. $25 or less with items from Family Dollar and free printable bunny tags. Fun gift ideas for teenager girls and boys!

Easy Family Dollar DIY Easter Basket Ideas for Teens. $25 or less with items from Family Dollar and free printable bunny tags.

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Family Dollar DIY Easter Baskets for Teens

Need some fun new Easter basket ideas for teens? Then you’ll love what I found at Family Dollar for my teenagers! Join me as I walk you through what I found for $25 or less at Family Dollar. Don’t miss my new giant free printable Easter bunny tags to make your gift baskets extra fun!

Family Dollar is full of so many great products and deals, that it’s hard to decide what to choose. I really could spend hours in that store! On my last trip, I spent a lot of time shopping for things I thought teenagers would like and actually use. These Easter basket gift ideas for teen girls and boys will definitely save you time on your next shopping trip to Family Dollar.

Easter Basket Ideas for Teens. $25 or less with items from Family Dollar and free printable bunny tags.

Easter Baskets for Teens that they can actually use!

Watch my video below to see how quick and easy these Easter baskets for teens are to make! I had so much fun finding affordable gifts my kids could actually use and love. Find more Family Dollar deals with their Smart Coupons.

Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Teens. $25 or less with items from Family Dollar and free printable bunny tags.

Smart Reusable Easter Basket Container

I like to choose Easter baskets that can be reused after giving. When I was little, my mom always found the most fun, unusual containers for gifts. I must have gotten that idea from her!

If you’ve never been to your local Family Dollar, then I highly recommend going there today! I found so many fun containers for $1-$3 each, that it was hard to choose which ones I would use for my teen’s Easter baskets.

These cute square caddy containers were only $1 each and come in various colors. New caddy’s are just what my kids need in their bathroom too!

Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Teens - cute caddy from Family Dollar.

What to put in an Easter Basket for Teens

First of all, think technology! My teens fight the most about who has taken who’s phone charger, so I immediately went to the front of Family Dollar to shop their tech products.

Wireless Phone Chargers

I found some great wireless chargers and know my daughter will love this unicorn charger!

Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Teens - wireless chargers from Family Dollar.

 

Adorable Plush Food Pillows

Next I found the cutest super soft, sweet treat food plushies for only $3! How cute are these? They have donuts, hot dogs, pizza and french fry mini plushies. I wanted to get all of them!

Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Teens - cute food plush from Family Dollar.

 

More Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Teens

  • Favorite Snacks – Teen boys (at least mine) are all about the food! So be sure to grab their favorite snacks along with the usual Easter candy.
  • Bath & Beauty Products – Teen girls can never have enough nail polish, make-up or bath products. I really love the hair towel I found for my daughter and need to get one for myself too!
  • Joke Items – I couldn’t pass-up the dollar whoopee cushion for my son!
  • Pens & Journals – You can’t go wrong with scented pens, journals or cute stickers.
  • Jewelry, Shoes and Hair Accessories – I saw a lot of cute flip flops and earrings on my last trip to Family Dollar too!

–> For more great Easter Basket ideas, check out Family Dollar’s weekly deals HERE.

 

Easter Basket Free Printable Tags

I designed some jumbo bunny tags for these Easter Baskets and think they turned out really cute! Download the tags below, then trim with scissors and tape to a colorful paper straw to insert into your gift basket.

Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Teens - Free bunny printable tags from LivingLocurto.com

 

Easy Easter Basket Ideas for Teens - Print Free bunny printable tags from LivingLocurto.com

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Watch Me Make These Easter Baskets

I hope you found lots of fun gift ideas with these items from Family Dollar. Watch my video below to see how quick and easy these Easter baskets for teens are to make! Find even more amazing Family Dollar deals with their Smart Coupons.

 

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Crawfish Boil Cakes (VIDEO)

Easy to make individual Crawfish Boil Cakes no-bake recipe! Simple crawfish boil party ideas. Cute dessert food ideas for kids.

Cute & Easy Crawfish Cakes! Fun Food Idea for a Crawfish Boil by Amy Locurto. LivingLocurto.com

Cute Crawfish Boil Cakes

I had a ton of fun at a Crawfish Boil party this weekend! As you can see, I also had fun making cute crawfish cakes too!

If you’re not from the south, or have friends from Louisiana, then you have probably never been to a crawfish boil. Let me tell you, it’s so much fun when the host dumps a giant pot of steaming hot and spicy crawfish, potatoes and corn onto a long table covered with paper. Then it’s every man, woman and child for themselves!!

This was my husband’s first boil. It was obvious when he got his leg hair singed off after walking by the cooking pots! Luckily he just lost leg hair and not skin. Then I had to giggle when he was surprised that people ate off of the table. Once someone showed him how to get the meat out of the tail, he really liked it and jumped right into the fun. My kids, not so much! ha!

I kept hearing screams from kids who were playing with the live ones and getting pinched. Who knew a crawfish boil was so dangerous?

Fun Food Idea for a Crawfish Boil by Amy Locurto. LivingLocurto.com

Cute Dessert Idea

I love making animals out of cake. Thanks for giving me some great ideas for desserts over on Facebook! Many of you suggested key lime pie or lemon bars as they are desserts that compliment fish.

Then someone suggested cute crab cupcakes made with red icing and candy eyeballs. Those cupcakes inspired me to make these funny crawfish cakes!

Cute & Easy Crawfish Cakes! Fun Food Idea for a Crawfish Boil by Amy Locurto. LivingLocurto.com

How to Make Crawfish Boil Cakes

Since crawfish are more long than round, a cupcake wouldn’t work. I was going to bake brownies and cut them into rectangles. Then I lost track of time and realized I only had about an hour before the party began and I had not even gone food shopping yet! No time to bake anything. So I went to the store in search of ready-made brownies or a cake I could cut up.

Pre-made lady fingers were on sale, so I bought a few packages and figured I could make a crawfish with them. I had no idea if they would work or not. In about 20 minutes I had a huge platter full of funny crawfish cakes! They turned out so cute… everyone loved them!

These cute cakes are a fast and easy party dessert for a crawfish boil!

Cute & Easy Crawfish Cakes! Fun Food Idea for a Crawfish Boil by Amy Locurto. LivingLocurto.com

What you will need:

  • 2 packages of ladyfingers or you could bake brownies or a cake from scratch and cut into rectangles.
  • Candy Eyeballs
  • Twizzlers
  • Red Cake Frosting
  • Scissors

How to make crawfish cakes:

  1. Cut Twizzlers to look like pinching claws. Mine were about 2″ long, I cut into one end and trimmed the edges at an angle.
  2. Put some icing on a lady finger and stick the licorice into the frosting. Add more icing on top of the licorice and cake.
  3. Add another lady finger on top of the frosting to make a sandwich.
  4. Add more frosting to the top and attach two candy eyeballs.

That’s it and so easy!! I hope you have fun making these crawfish cakes.

Have you ever been to a crawfish boil?

Check out my crawfish boil dessert video tutorial below and please subscribe to my Youtube Channel for more fun and simple entertaining ideas! Watch the crawfish and corn on the cob tutorial video directly on Youtube here.

Originally Published on April 22, 2013 

Crawfish Boil Cakes

Easy to make individual Crawfish Cakes no-bake recipe! Simple crawfish boil party ideas. Cute dessert food ideas for kids.

  • 2 packages Ladyfingers (12 per pack)
  • 24 Candy Eyeballs
  • 1 package Twizzlers
  • 1 cup Red Cake Frosting
  1. Cut Twizzlers to look like pinching claws. Mine were about 2″ long, I cut into one end and trimmed the edges at an angle.
  2. Put some frosting on a lady finger and stick the licorice into the icing. Add more icing on top of the licorice and cake.

  3. Add another lady finger on top of the icing to make a sandwich.
  4. Add icing to the top and attach two candy eyeballs.

 

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BEST Toy Story Party Ideas

If your kids want to have a Toy Story Party, you’ll enjoy these fun Disney birthday party ideas featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang! Amazing cakes, free printables and games.

Toy Story Party Ideas for kids. Fun Disney birthday party ideas featuring Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang! Amazing cakes, free printables and games.

The Best Toy Story Party Ideas

Toy Story is one of my favorite Disney movies and I can’t wait for Toy Story 4! A Toy Story Birthday Party is a classic party idea that works wonderful for little boys or little girls.

We love anything Disney related in our home! I’ve hosted a Frozen birthday party, made Mickey and Minnie Mouse cookies, and Minnie Mouse Cookie Pops, but have always wanted to throw a Toy Story Party!

Adorable Toy Story Party Ideas

Here are some amazing party ideas if you love Toy Story too. Find cute Woody, Buzz Light Year and the gang themed cakes, cookies, cupcakes, free party printables, party favors, crafts and kid games!

Originally published  June 23, 2010

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More fun party ideas:

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Toy Story Party ideas! Disney Birthday Party Ideas for kids. Cute Woody, Buzz Light Year and the gang themed cakes, cookies, cupcakes, free party printables, party favors, crafts and kid games! LivingLocurto.com

Toy Story Party Decorations

First, you need to think about who to invite. These free printable Toy Story Party Invitations are perfect your party!

Toy Story Birthday Party Ideas - Free Printable Party Inviations

 

Of course you’ll need to get cute plates, cups and napkins. This Toy Story 3 Party Pack is really fun!

Toy Story Party Ideas with Free Printables- Toy Story Party Pack Plates

 

Decorate with a fun Toy Story Pinata!

BEST Toy Story Party Ideas. Buzz Lightyear pinata

Get some decorating ideas from this adorable Vintage Toy party featured on Hostess with the Mostess.

Toy Story Party Ideas- vintage toy birthday party

 

Toy Story Party Food

I highly recommend you start planning your Toy Story Party with the food. There are so many great party food ideas you could try. Here are some of my favorite Toy Story party recipes.

Toy Story Birthday Cakes

Want to make your own Toy Story Cake? This is a simple, adorable Toy Story cake with Woody and the gang by Beth Kruse.

BEST Toy Story Party Ideas. Easy to make Toy Story Birthday Party Cake

 

I am in love Bakerella’s Toy Story Cake Pops!! Aren’t these the cutest?

Toy Story Party Ideas - Pig Cake Pops

Toy Story Party Ideas - Mr. Potato Head Cake Pops

 

I love these Green Alien Cupcakes and Jessie’s Cowboy Hat treats as well.

Toy Story Party Ideas alien cupcakes    Toy Story Party Ideas - Jessie's Cookie Hat

 

Woody Cowboy Hat Cupcakes made with just a few ingredients like a Pringles Chip, Gumdrop and a Twizzler would be so cute!

Toy Story Birthday Party Ideas - Cute Woody Cowboy hat cupcakes

 

Check out this easy to make Spaceship Pizza that Jamie from Mommas Fabulous Playground made!

Toy Story Party Ideas - Buzz Lightyear Rocket Pizza

 

Simple Toy Story Army Man Cupcakes! Pipe green icing for the grass add a toy soldier on top. Use this frosting tip -> for making grass.

Toy Story Party ideas - Simple Toy Story Army Man Cupcakes! Pipe green icing for the grass add a toy soldier on top.

 

Terri at Crafty Working Mommy made cute cupcakes for her daughter’s party!

Toy Story Party Ideas Cute Pig and Alien cupcakes

 

Toy Story Party Favor Ideas

This inspiration for Toy Story cookies by Laurie from Whimsy Cookie Co. would be fun for party favors.

Toy Story Party Ideas - Buzz Light Year Sugar Cookie

 

Toy Story 3 alien party hats and Buzz party favor boxes are too cute!

Toy Story 3 alien party hats   Buzz party favor boxes
This Toy Story 12 Pack of Pez is perfect for party favors!

Pez Candy Toy Story Party Favors

 

Toy Story Free Printable Pencil Toppers make great party favors for kids!

Toy Story Free Printable Pencil Toppers make great party favors for kids!

Toy Story Party Games & Activities

Play a game of Pin the Tail on Bullseye! This free printable game of Woody’s horse is super cute!

toy-story-bullseye-printable

 

 

Make crafts with these Free Printables by Disney. I love the Squeeze Toy Aliens and Woody Marionette

free toy story party crafts  toy story woody marionette printable

 

Decorate and craft with this Free Printable Toy Story Fun Book and 3D Buzz Light Year.

free toy story party crafts   free toy story party crafts - Buzz Printable

 

For a fun Toy Story Birthday Party Cctivity, print some Toy Story 3 coloring pages at Cartoon Jr.

For a fun Toy Story Birthday Party Cctivity, print some Toy Story 3 coloring pages

Toy Story 4 Movie Trailer

I hope you enjoyed all of these fun Toy Story Party ideas! Visit my Shop for more fun ideas and printables and don’t miss the new Toy Story 4 movie trailer!

Disney’s Frozen Summer Party Ideas

Frozen in Summer Birthday Party Ideas! Disney’s Olaf finally gets to enjoy the beach. Fun food ideas, cupcakes, printables and games for the beach or a pool party. LivingLocurto.com

 

Toy Story Party ideas! Disney Birthday Party Ideas for kids. Cute Woody, Buzz Light Year and the gang themed cakes, cookies, cupcakes, free party printables, party favors, crafts and kid games! LivingLocurto.com

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Recycled Bottle Cat Container

Making a recycled bottle cat container is an easy craft and a lot of fun! Learn how to repurpose shampoo bottles by turning them into cute kitty cat containers.

Recycled bottle cat container. Fun and simple craft! Easy repurposed shampoo bottles turned into cute kitty cat containers.

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Easy Recycled Bottle Cat Container

Recycled Bottle Cat Containers make a cute, and best of all FREE craft! I came up with this fun idea after doing a little spring cleaning.

My cat is not feeling well and living in my bathroom right now, which means I’m constantly cleaning that room for him. I found a bunch of old shampoo bottles that I started to trash, but decided to turn them into cat containers instead. I guess my cat inspired me!

Recycled bottle cat containers are a fun and simple craft! Easy repurposed shampoo bottles turned into cute kitty cat containers. #craft #cat

Start Fresh This Spring

Spring is the perfect time to clear out your old bathroom products and start fresh! I’m writing on behalf of CVS to let you know they are having an amazing offer on various Suave products.  Now is the perfect time to buy new products for the entire family! I got all of these great Suave products for less than $15.

Recycled bottle cat container. Fun and simple craft! Easy repurposed shampoo bottles turned into cute kitty cat containers.

Here’s what I got at CVS:

  • Suave Ocean Breeze Body Wash for my daughter who loves body wash. This contains mineral-rich sea algae extract, and is infused with Vitamin E, which can help condition her dry skin.
  • Suave Keratin Smoothing Shampoo & Conditioner for me! Did you know your hair’s natural keratin protein depletes over time, leading to frizzy and unmanageable hair. This helps restore and tame unruly strands for smoother silky hair.

Go ahead and use up and recycle those half-empty bottles with this fun cat container craft. Then head over to CVS for some great values. Right now get 2 for $6 + Buy 2 and get $2 ExtraBucks rewards with your CVS card.

Recycled bottle cat container is a simple craft! Easy repurposed shampoo bottles turned into cute kitty cat containers.

 

How to Make a Recycled Bottle Cat Container

Now that you’ve cleaned out old bottles of shampoo, lotion and body wash. It’s time to make some cute cat containers.

Recycled bottle cat container is a simple craft! Easy repurposed shampoo bottles turned into cute kitty cat containers.

 

I think these easy Recycled Bottle Cat Containers would be fun for a kid’s birthday party activity. Just have pre-cut bottles cut and let kids draw their own cat faces on the bottles with a sharpie.

What you’ll need:

  • Shampoo, lotion or body wash bottles (Remove labels with nail polish remover)
  • Sharpie
  • Exacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Sand paper (optional)

Recycled bottle cat container is a simple craft! Easy repurposed shampoo bottles turned into cute kitty cat containers.

  1. Start by drawing a line for the head and ears with your sharpie on the front of the bottle.
  2. On the back, draw the cat’s tail.
  3. Carefully begin cutting out the cat’s ears and move towards the back towards the tail.
  4. Cut as much of the bottle away from the tail with the blade, then use scissors to shape everything nice and neat. If the edges are too rough or sharp, sand down with sandpaper.
  5. Wash out any extra product from the bottle and clean any pen marks.
  6. Draw a cat face and you’re done.

Recycled bottle cat container is a simple craft! Easy repurposed shampoo bottles turned into cute kitty cat containers.

 

What Should You Do With Your Cat Container?

Here are some fun ideas for how to use your new kitty cat containers:

  • Hang in shower to hold razors or face cleaner
  • Use as a planter
  • Hang on a wall for decor
  • Pencil holders
  • To store headphone and phone chargers

I hope this project inspired you to start fresh and try something new. Don’t miss the great deals for Suave at CVS!

Recycled bottle cat container is a simple craft! Easy repurposed shampoo bottles turned into cute kitty cat containers.

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Kindness Matters More Than Test Scores — So Don’t Raise An A**hole

You bought your little darling flashcards. Your bought your little darling ABC Mouse. You bought your little darling LeapFrog and CodeyBot and then said fuck it, and threw all of it out because Wooden Toys Are Better for the Imagination And Yield Higher Test Scores (this may be bullshit, but you drank the hippie Kool-Aid and bought that Waldorf rainbow thingie).

You bought your little darling’s way into the best preschool and then packed up all your shit and moved into a different school district so your little darling could attend the best kindergarten. But in the middle of this academic rat race, which started with playing Goodnight Moon and Mozart over headphones strapped to your pregnant belly, you forgot one important lesson. You forgot to teach your little darling to be kind.

Because here’s the truth of children: unless you model kind behavior, they will grow up to be assholes.

While you’re flashcardin’ it up at home, little darling was plowing over kids at the playground. While you were ABC Mousin’ and LeapFroggin’ and CodeyBottin’, your special one was stealing the other kids’ shovels and pails, then screaming and refusing to give them back. Those wooden toys were great for bashing people over the head. And preschool today? Forget soft skills like cooperation and independence; it’s all about those letters and numbers, because kindergarten is all about reading, writing, and arithmetic.

Then there’s soccer and baseball and lacrosse and dance and cheerleading and whateverthefuckyour kid does to race ahead of all the other kids early on, because you gotta get that leg up for the college scholarship early — you know Tiger Woods, man.

Guess what? No one gives a shit that your third grader can do algebra. When you tell me that, I roll my fucking eyes. Because your third grader just punched the shit out of my third grader, and all the equations in the world won’t fix the fact that you’re raising a bully.

When you raise a bully, when you raise a kid who runs over others in pursuit of success, who pushes in the lunch line, who doesn’t take turns, who gossips and teases and spreads meanness, you’re contributing to the toxic world we live in. You also set your precious wittle baby up for failure. Because the day will come when they fuck with the wrong person. And it will knock them on their ass. No one likes an asshole. Assholes blame the world for their problems. Assholes can’t hold down consistent relationships. Assholes turn on you, mom and dad.

My kids can’t spell worth shit. But when I take them to Target alone, I have to choke back tears because they refuse to get a Lego minifigure unless I buy one for their absent brothers, too. That’s the type of kid I want to raise. In twenty years, no one will remember that my seven-year-old was a creative speller. But they’ll sure as hell know the groundwork we laid: talk about things, not people. Include everyone when you play, even little kids people overlook. Offer a hand when someone falls. If they’re crying, ask why. Apologize when you’re wrong, and mean it.

An old friend, at a time when we were still sorting out our footing with each other, had a son who won the Kindness Award for his whole fifth grade. “I’d rather him get that than have perfect math scores,” she said, and I could hear the pride in her voice. I knew, in that moment, that I wanted to be this woman’s friend again more than anything. Because she valued something important.

She didn’t give a fuck if her kids were the smartest. She cared if her kids sat with the lonely one at the lunch table. She wanted her kids to help others, to share their pencils, to comfort the kids who were sad. That’s the mom I want on my side. That’s the kid who grows up to pick up my kid when he makes some stupid mistake; that’s the kid who stands up against racism; that’s the kid who gives money to the homeless and a listening ear to the grieving. That’s the kid, in other words, who makes the world worth living in. The kid who’s kind. 

I don’t believe in much anymore. But there’s a Kurt Vonnegut quote I cling to. It’s a line from the novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. The main character’s preparing a speech to give to newborn twins, and he comes up with this: “Welcome to Earth … On the outside, babies, you’ve got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies — God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

Your kid’s test scores? They’re great. Really. Lovely for you and him. Lovely for your cheerleader who made it to Nationals. But if he’s yelling “Shut up, you’re ugly!” across the classroom, and she’s snarking behind her friends’ backs, they’ll grow up into isolation and sadness. They make the world a worse place to live in.

Because goddamn it, babies, you’ve got to be kind.

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LEGO Movie Cupcakes & Printables

LEGO Cupcakes with free printables from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. A fun dessert idea for a LEGO birthday party or movie night. Colorful candy cups make this an extra awesome treat!

LEGO Cupcakes with free printables from The LEGO Movie 2. A fun dessert idea for a LEGO birthday party. Colorful candy cups make an extra awesome treat!

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Awesome LEGO Cupcakes Celebrating The LEGO Movie 2

I’m so excited to see The LEGO® Movie 2: The Second Part! It will be in theaters starting February 8, and if you have LEGO lovers in your home like I do, you’ll really enjoy these fun LEGO Cupcakes with Free Printables from the LEGO Movie 2!

We laugh so hard at the LEGO movies and will be going to see this new one as soon as it comes out. Hopefully these cute LEGO Cupcakes and printables will inspire you with ideas for a fun movie watching night or upcoming birthday party for your LEGO fan!

LEGO Cupcakes with free printables from The LEGO Movie 2.

LEGO Movie 2

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part reunites the heroes of Bricksburg in an all new action-packed adventure to save their beloved city.

It’s been five years since everything was awesome and the citizens are now facing a huge new threat: LEGO DUPLO® invaders from outer space, wrecking everything faster than it can be rebuilt. The battle to defeat the invaders and restore harmony to the LEGO universe will take Emmet (Chris Pratt), Lucy (Elizabeth Banks), Batman (Will Arnett) and their friends to faraway, unexplored worlds, including a strange galaxy where everything is a musical. It will test their courage, creativity and Master Building skills, and reveal just how special they really are.

 

LEGO Cupcakes with free printables from The LEGO Movie 2. A fun dessert idea for a LEGO birthday party. Colorful candy cups make an extra awesome treat! #LEGO #Partyideas #printables #cupcakes

How to Make Fun LEGO Cupcakes

I will never forget making adorable LEGO Cake Pops many years ago for my son’s 7th birthday party. It’s hard to believe he is sixteen now! His cake pops went wild around the internet and now you see them everywhere! I’m excited to share another cute LEGO dessert idea for you today.

These sweet treats are easy to make with your favorite cupcakes, colorful candies, plastic cups, my new free LEGO Movie printable cupcake toppers and paper straws. (Scroll down to download the printables.)

Adding M&M’s candy into clear plastic cups is an extra cute way to display your LEGO cupcakes on a party table.  I’ve also put candy into plastic champagne flutes before as well. You really can’t go wrong using these fun LEGO Movie 2 character printables as cupcake toppers.

LEGO Cupcakes with free printables from The LEGO Movie 2. A fun dessert idea for a LEGO birthday party.

 

I love Lucy, aka Wyldstyle, voiced by Elizabeth Banks. She’s a tough master builder with the coolest hair around!

LEGO Cupcakes with free printables from The LEGO Movie. Girl Lego Party ideas and dessert for a LEGO birthday party.

 

LEGO Batman

I’m probably most excited about Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, making a comeback in the new movie. He is so funny! I’m often heard laughing the loudest in the entire theater when he comes on screen. (Seriously, you can ask my kids… I laugh loud! ha!)

If you love Batman too, don’t miss these LEGO Batman treat bags I made for his movie.

LEGO Cupcakes with free printables from The LEGO Movie. Batman Party ideas and dessert for a LEGO birthday party.

All of the characters look adorable all together on these LEGO Cupcakes. Now I can’t wait to see the movie!

LEGO Cupcakes with free printables from The LEGO Movie 2. A fun dessert idea for a LEGO birthday party. Colorful candy cups make an extra awesome treat! Living Locurto

 

The LEGO Movie 2 Free Printables

If you want to host a birthday party or have friends over for a movie watching night, make sure to download and print The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part printables below.

You’ll get nine character tags perfect for gift tags, cupcake toppers, or to use for a mini banner featuring:

  • Emmet
  • Lucy
  • Sweet Mayhem
  • Unikitty
  • Benny
  • Rex Dangervest
  • Queen Watevra
  • Batman
  • MetalBeard

The LEGO Movie 2 Free Printables - Cute LEGO Cupcake toppers.

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Watch The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Trailer 

Check out the official trailer below and go see the movie on February 8. Have fun!

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