Easy Paddington Bear Cupcakes

Our trip to Paddington, Paddington Movie Night + Easy Paddington Cupcakes

Paddington was a movie that as soon as I heard about it last year, I was really excited about it. As I remember reading Paddington as a kid myself. Kyle remembers watching the Paddington Bear cartoons as a kid as well. So now that it was coming to the big screen, I was ready to have Lennox love Paddington as well! The movie was a hit, enjoyed by both adults and kids! I knew it would be one that we bought right away. In fact, we bought it the very first week it was out on digital download. You can buy Paddington Digital Download on Amazon now too before it hits the stores! Now that it is coming out on DVD, I wanted to share our trip to Paddington with you as well as some really cute and easy Paddington cupcakes to make for your family movie night!

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While we were in London – the only request that Lennox had, was to bring her back a Paddington bear. So of course, our first full day in London, we had to head over to the Paddington train station and find the statue, take some pictures and buy Lennox her Paddington Bear – straight from the source! 

When you enter into Paddington Station in London, you will find a statue of Paddington waiting to be found after his trip to London from Darkest Peru. He is located on the left platform way in the back of the station. It doesn’t look exactly like the movie, but Paddington really was named after the station in the story book some years ago. Here is that statue.

Paddington Bear Statue at Paddington Station London

The way the movie resembled Paddington Bear waiting in the station, is pretty close, don’t you agree?

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Now that the movie has become a hit, there is a full Paddington Bear store on the upper level near the entrance to the station. It has everything you could imagine from Bears to Books to Rubber Boots – Paddington is everywhere. We picked up a nice Paddington Bear for Lennox, as well as the original chapter book – that we have been working our way through at bedtime each night. They also have this statue outside their store.

Paddington Bear Statue at Paddington Station London

 This weekend we watched Paddington (again!), and decided to make some special treats to go along with the family movie night theme – cupcakes! I was looking for an easy way to make some fun cupcakes for Lennox but at the same time tie in Paddington Bear. And this is how they turned out:Easy Paddington Bear Cupcakes
All I did was take my favorite cake batter (Duffy’s) and make cupcakes. Once cooled I frosted them with Duffy’s Cream Cheese Frosting. I then dipped them into a bowl of rainbow sprinkles. You can only imagine has excited Lennox was about those sprinkles… I then slipped each cupcake into a Paddington cupcake sleeve that you can print out online here and they were ready to serve! Cute and easy!

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If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you really must – it is so great and a family classic. Also, if you are going to have a Paddington family movie night, a Paddington birthday party or any other Paddington themed party, make sure to check out PaddingtonParties.com for lots of awesome decoration ideas, recipes, coloring sheet print-outs and more for free.  

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Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Starz and MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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We Love the Avengers!

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When we found out we were having a baby girl, I think the idea of Barbie’s, Dolls and PINK everything was a little overwhelming for Kyle. I don’t think that when he found out our baby was a girl, he would ever have a little girl who is more girly than Lennox, but at the same time so into Superheroes, Comic Book Characters and sports as Lennox is! I would say that is the best of both worlds right there! 

With the release of MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron approaching, there is a ton of merchandise available at Walmart. From toys, snacks, clothing and craft sets there really is something for everyone in the family. Since I was shopping for a girl, she isn’t as into the action figures, so I searched through the other departments and found some great MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron products.

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 As pictured above I found:

  • Giant Coloring Book
  • Playing Cards
  • Pencils
  • Pencil case
  • Pretend Play Masks
  • “Create it” Foam Activity Kit

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All of these were great hits with Lennox – she just loves her superheroes! The masks were probably the biggest hit with Lennox (and Kyle). It was pretty silly to watch them play together – the serious faces of the masks were making us laugh!

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Lennox even went and found her DIY Captain America shield she made a few months ago! It worked perfectly for this pretend playtime! 

Besides all of the fun toys and kits – there are a number of snacks available too! And the best thing with these snacks is that there is a new MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron phone movie app that will allow you to access movie content and fun photo opps prior to the movie release!

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You can also scan in store signage from Kellogg’s, Hasboro, Dr. Pepper or Marvel to reveal secret content! You can also scan the specially marked Avengers packaging of Kelloggs Fruit Snacks, Doritos, Cheez-Its, and Dr. Pepper, to unlock even more secret content! The app is now available in the iTunes and Google Play store for download.

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DIY Girls Avengers Shirt

Although there is so many Avengers items available at Walmart, it’s really hard to find Superhero themed shirts for girls. So instead of buying a boys shirt, I pulled out my Silhouette machine and some new gold glitter iron-on vinyl to make something just right for Lennox! All little girls have to have a superhero shirt too, right? I am really happy with how it came out and she loved it too. I took the simple Avengers “A” logo and added it to a simple white shirt I found at Walmart. If you are looking to do something similar, try downloading this Avengers logo .svg file. 

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The Bluebonnets are Blooming in Texas!

The bluebonnets are in full bloom this year in Texas. We had a pretty mild winter and a good amount of rain so we have been able to have a full, long season of bluebonnets! If you are unaware of the bluebonnet tradition, you should read this, but the long and short – pretty much every kid gets their picture taken in the bluebonnets at some point if you live in Texas! It’s a Texas Tradition. Lennox loves these flowers and we always have some fun taking pictures!

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 We tried some new places to take pictures this year. My neighbor found a field in Grapevine, that was not as thick, but it was quiet, away from the road and had some great trees surrounding it, for a good backdrop! Here are a few of my favorite pictures from that field.

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She looks so big, but when we found a thick full of Bluebonnets this weekend close to the house, I realized just how big she really is! Hello legs for days – Lennox is getting SO tall!texas-bluebonnets-2015-04 texas-bluebonnets-2015-05 texas-bluebonnets-2015-06 texas-bluebonnets-2015-07

It’s great to look back at her bluebonnet pictures from the years – and watch her grow up with this fun tradition! Here is a quick look back:

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