How fun is this?! My sister and brother-in-law shared the excitement of finding out the sex of their next child with a Gender Reveal Balloon release (No worries, the balloons weren’t actually released!) They had the ultrasound tech put the results in an envelope and then gave it to me to fill the box with either pink or blue balloons. For 20 minutes, I was the only one who knew what they were having!
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You may remember me posting about his 3 year interview last year. We decided to add a QR Code on the sheet so that anyone could scan the code and be taken to the audio file of his interview. Writing this post has taken so long because I keep on listening to his adorable little voice! You want to see what I mean?
Listen to Jack’s 4 Year Interview right here! (You can hear just how crazy he is about superheroes!)
For his second interview, we kept the questions exactly the same and only changed the format of the page slightly. It’s not easy squeezing in 12 pictures, 20 questions/answers, a title and QR code on one page! Jack looks so big in these pictures, it just breaks my heart. Quite a few of you wanted to know if I could give more detailed instructions on how to add a QR Code to any scrapbook page. Don’t worry, it’s really easy…
How to Add a QR Code to a Yearly Interview
1. Interview and record your kid. I used most of my questions from Reaves, Party of 4, with a few extra superhero ones thrown in for fun. (Don’t forget, you can always buy the original 20 Questions book from Nicole. It’s just lovely!)
Upload audio file to either your website, YouTube or Dropbox. I uploaded to my personal website because it was the easiest and I wanted to have complete control over it but I’m sure there are other options that would work as well.
2. Find a QR generator website. I’ve used QRstuff.com for two years now and haven’t had any problems but I’m betting they’re all essentially the same. Enter information on the website (steps 1& 2 in above picture) and download your code (step 3).
3. All you have to do now is incorporate the code into your page. If you are using some sort of digital editor (I used Photoshop), insert the downloaded jpeg file where ever you see fit. You could also just print out the QR code on a separate paper, cut out, and glue or tape onto an existing scrapbook page.
See? Totally easy. Now you’ll always be able to scan the code with your phone and hear your kid’s sweet little voice!
Like most three year olds, Jack is crazy about Play-Doh. He absolutely loves it and since he’s so engaged, Play-Doh gives me at least 30 minutes to either pick up the house a bit or mindlessly browse Pinterest (take a wild guess at which one of those I usually choose!)
Lately, Jack’s big thing is to make sculptures out of Play-Doh and allow them to dry so that his super proud parents can keep them forever (or accidentally leave them out so Max can chomp on them, leading to the midnight google search: “Is too much Play-Doh poisonous?”)
Play-Doh has been wonderful for Jack’s imagination…not so wonderful for our pocketbook. So in an effort to save some of our hard earned moolah, I’ve taken to making homemade Play-Doh every so often. Now, Jack gets to sculpt until his little heart’s content and I have some left over money to go a-thriftin’ with. It’s a win/win!
There are tons of tutorials out there on making your own Play-Doh, this is how I do mine:
Homemade Kool-Aid Playdoh
Adapted from Musings From a SAHM
2 cups flour
2 cups water
4 tsp cream of tartar
2/3 cup of salt
2 tbsp oil
6 Kool-Aid packs (different colors)
2. Ok, here’s where things get messy…separate the dough into the desired amount of colors and begin to kneed the colors into each segment. I used one packet per segment so that colors would be super vibrant. I also used yellow food dye since the lemonade flavor didn’t color so well. I should warn you that your hands are going to be stained for a day. I wanted to make a small amount of six different colors so that I could store them in the Gerber containers my awesome cousin sent me (Thanks, Erika!). If you’re going to make just one color or want to make larger portions of each color, you could skip out on the blue hands by just mixing the Kool-Aid in the pot you’re cooking the dough in.
Why didn’t I think of included the Kool-Aid dye chart I posted for my playsilks tutorial?! Just think of all the lovely colors of playdoh you could have!
I’m throwing the first of many birthday parties this weekend and since it’s kinda Cracker Jack themed, I’ve been stocking up on red and white supplies. I have no idea what I’m doing with all of it yet but I’m sure inspiration will strike an hour or so before the party (isn’t it crazy how things always work out that way?) I got the baker’s twine (swoon), the polka dot packaging tape and striped ribbon in the holiday discount bin at Micheal’s. The paper everything is sitting on is meant for scrapbooking. I may not be one of you scrapbook crazies but I sure do love your products!
I’ll be making some homemade “Cracker Jack” to give out as favors and I’m still trying to figure out packaging options. I would loooove to find some glassine bags but I’m afraid I’ve backed myself into somewhat of a time crunch. No way I’m going to have time to order them, receive them in the mail and still have time to fill them with popped yumminess. Anyone know where I can possibly get some locally? My back-up plan is to use bags that look similar to these. Jim thinks they’re a perfect fit but I worry that they look too carnival-y. We’ll see, I’ll probably talk more about the grown-up favors later this week.
Tomorrow, I’ll post about the favors for the babies that will be joining us!