Crayola Color Bath Dropz

Crayola Color Bath Dropz - Missalaneyus

Ellie was invited to her first “school friend” birthday party a few weeks ago. It was at a paint your own ceramics shop, and in the adorable favors, they gave each kid a few art related items. One of which was a small box of Crayola Bath Dropz. I had never seen them before, but apparently, they have been around for a while.

To use one, you just drop a tablet into your kiddo’s bathtub. Then, it turns the water a vibrant hue. Ellie loved it and got a big kick out of choosing a color to use each night and seeing the shade it would turn the water.

I couldn’t find the exact favor we received online, but was able to locate a container of 45 at Target. This inexpensive item ($3.79) would be a fun stocking stuffer or addition to any gift.

Have you used these before? What did you think?

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Detangler: The Wet Brush

Great detangling brush for wet hair - Missalaneyus

So, Ellie has been lucky enough to inherit my super-tangly hair. (It’s a thing. Trust me.) Brushing her hair elicits a series of shrieks and groans with which I completely sympathize. I’ve been grimacing every time I brush my hair for years, and poor Keegan can hardly take it.

As you can imagine, we both jumped all over our hairdresser when she recommended the wet brush. You guys, it gets tangles out so easily. We snapped up one for Ellie, and I’ve been borrowing hers every day, because it’s so good. FYI, it works on wet hair best (hence the name).

If you have a small person with a natural rats nest, pick this up immediately. It will transform your mornings.

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5 Children’s Books You’ll Both Love

5 Children's Books You'll Both Love - MissalaneyusI am always on the look out for children’s books that Ellie and I will both love. Here are a few recent favorites:

*Admittedly, Ellie is not as in to this one. However, it’s a childhood favorite of mine, so I thought I should still pass it on.

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Lately

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This summer, we’ve been exploring Kansas City like crazy. After months of Saturdays dedicated to dance practice, naps and errands, it’s been fun to revisit favorite adventures. One of the places Ellie most enjoys going is Sea Life Aquarium. It’s small in size, which makes it perfect for little kids with short attention spans. Also, you can touch starfish there, which is a big draw for our 4-year-old.

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This is what pure joy looks like. No photos were taken of the absolute devastation that occurred when we had to leave.

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In addition to all that excitement, we also had family in town overnight in July. Keegan was in heaven hitting the ball around with our nephew, Noah.

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The girls had a blast too. If you can’t tell here, Lucy (in the polka dot pants) was the mother. Ellie and Dylan were her daughters. She was driving them to dance class in the car (chaise lounge) right before this photo was taken.

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This picture is a nice contrast to the one of Ellie in a full princess costume. She is at ease in both, but probably most happy in mud.

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This is one of the many “families” Ellie is constantly creating. The daddy is the green dinosaur. Obviously.

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Science City Union Station

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For years, I had heard great things about Science City, but had sort of written it off as something we’d do with Ellie when she was older. Well, at the ripe old age of 4, we thought she might enjoy it.

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She instantly fell in love, and now, I’m kicking myself that we didn’t come sooner.

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Science City is designed to be interactive. Exhibits are made to be experienced and have information and options for kids of all ages. In fact, I think we could have brought her a year ago. She would have had a blast exploring the space. The good news is we can bring her for many years to come.

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Exhibits covered the science of sound, electricity and water. There were also botany, genetics and animal areas, along with an indoor playground. We were there for about two hours, but could have explored much longer.

Have you been? Which exhibit was your favorite?

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A Mermaid Pirate Birthday Party

A few weeks ago, we held a birthday party at our house for Ellie. If she could, she’d excitedly tell you it was a “Mermaid Pirate Birthday Party.” This was the first year we invited friends from her school. I wasn’t ready for it, but she was, so we took the leap. It was a lot of fun.

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We started by sending the kids outside to play on our swing set. We had bubbles and chalk set out, as well. Over the course of the day, my dad and father-in-law pulled out more chairs for the parents who came. We also had placed a few picnic tables around and spread out picnic baskets.

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At the 30 minute mark, we invited everyone in for cake and ice cream. I ordered the cake from a friend, and it was adorable (and delicious). I also had chocolate chip cookies, goldfish, Swedish fish and berries as well.

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While we were eating, Keegan snuck outside to hide the treasure. Once he was back in, I gave each kid a pirate hat and sent them out to hunt for treasure. We asked each child to find their chest and then, meet back at the swingset (a tip from my mom). Inside each box were a few chocolate gold coins and beaded necklaces. Then, every kid got either an eye patch or a spyglass in their box.

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Once all the buried treasure was discovered, we started in on the pirate ship pinata. It took a softball star (my niece) to break it open, but the kids went crazy over the suckers and smarties.

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After a little more outside time, we headed back in for presents.

I learned a couple of things from this party that I thought I’d pass on to you.

  1. Having a predetermined flow of activities helps keep the party moving and the little ones entertained.
  2. Pinatas and bubbles are perfect entertainment.
  3. For kids this age, it works best to have things they can do with little or no help.
  4. Weather permitting – it’s great to have a mix of inside and outside time.

What are your favorite tricks for children’s parties?

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Lately

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Here is Ellie “flying” baby bear as a kite. She’s never not running (or talking).

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A few weeks ago, we went to Deanna Rose with Ellie. She brought her “baby brother” Sweetie. I’ve thought this doll was a girl for years, but guess I was wrong.

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Ellie had her first formal recital a few weeks ago. She was so brave (and adorable).

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At the end of every school year, Ellie’s daycare puts on a little performance. Here, she is singing her heart out.

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For her birthday, we threw a mermaid/pirate party. There was an epic treasure hunt. I’ll share more about it on the blog this month, but couldn’t resist including this preview here.

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After her birthday party, my niece showed Ellie how to release balloons. I forgot how beautiful that can be.

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Flying with Toddlers: Reusable Stickers

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On our recent family trip to Florida, we were delayed at the airport for a few hours with Ellie. After the initial panic subsided, I headed over to one of the news stand stores and picked up distractions for all three of us. There, I found this gem for Ellie.

As you can imagine, it was a huge hit.

You might not be able to tell here, but there are little reusable stickers (princesses in this case) inside the box. The set also comes with two backgrounds on which you can stick the princesses. From what I can tell, it uses static as the adhesive.

It’s lightweight and small, making it easy to carry on. But more importantly, with a little imagination, it can entertain a toddler for several hours. Pick this one up for your next road trip or flight. You won’t be disappointed.

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