Race Track Cupcakes

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Ready for Race Day? Follow this tutorial for a Race Track Cupcake Display! Use for any birthdays or any Race Day party to delight your kids. #RaceDayRelief

As you well know by now, Des is a car guy! Scarlet was a bit of a car girl, and I even remember being four-years-old and being THRILLED that my friend Jeremiah gave me a Dukes of Hazzards gift set. He was bashful, maybe because he was late to the party, or maybe because he gave me the gift from behind his back – amid a sea of dolls and pink toys from other kids – but I LOVED it. Really, I think my parents still have it in their basement. So I love to feed Des’ love. I don’t remember four well.

So it’s extra amazing to watch it unfold.

Cassidy helped build this garden racetrack at the end of last winter. It was a bright beacon after the New England cold. In fact, it has survived three seasons now and is still going strong. We worked tirelessly on it in one day and loved the results:

race track

Over the summer, I picked up some extra pool noodles from Walmart, and set up a little racetrack on our deck. The kids helped me make flags and signs and it’s something they still play with. They love to have races:

race track

I think you know by now that I love to indulge the kids’ dreams. Des’ birthday isn’t until June – which is great because I don’t even want to think about the big FIVE and starting kindergarten next year – but I wanted to do something special now. He’s been flourishing in preschool and he got such a bad cold last month, that he missed a lot of fun events. Not cool, fall!

So I got some supplies together to make this awesomeness:

Race Track Cupcakes:

I LOVE it! First, I baked my favorite white cupcakes recipe:

Then I mixed green food coloring with white frosting and used piping to get a “grassy” look:

Then I used chocolate bars and white icing to make road stripes:

The final touch is toy race cars that the kids get to keep after:

I got all of my supplies at Walmart earlier this week. That’s where I picked up cupcakes ingredients, the toy cars in the party supplies aisle, the frosting, and the chocolate. Then I made a pit stop at the Pharmacy for something crucial: Advil!

And seriously, what makes this all possible? It’s not just the getting inspired, but having the stamina to see the project through. For me, it’s fast acting Advil® Film Coated. I simply can’t imagine life without it. Not today!

Not tomorrow.

Aches and pains don’t slow me down – not on race day, and not on any day. As a parent, I’m glad I can rely on the new fast acting, rapid release formula so that I can comfortably play race cars with Des all day, AND make him awesome cupcakes too.

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Looking forward to Race Day? Ty Dillon is driving the #95 car at the Ecoboost 400 in Miami on November 28th!

What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever made for a birthday party? Does Advil power you through some days?

*Among OTC pain relievers.

DIY Pool Noodle Racetrack For Toy Cars.

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Surely, you’ve discovered the wonders of pool noodles and their many uses!

This week I discovered on one rainy, and almost stormy day, that you can make a toy car racetrack out of pool noodles. They can look as professional or as kid-created as you want, depending on how active the kids are in the process. Scarlet wanted to make her own signs and flags (or help her little brother) as well as help with every aspect of this fun party trick.

Des’ toy car obsession isn’t going anywhere, and if anything, is growing stronger. Scarlet picked up the same love for toy cars this year which is a main reason we made them a garden racetrack back in March. It’s still active in the yard!

I know this sounds funny, but we probably always have spare pool noodles lying around the house. Personally, I would love to use red ones, but my kids picked out pink and blue for the racetracks. You’ll need just a few things from around the house:

Pool noodles, of course
A serrated knife, or razor
Toothpicks
Paper and markers
Tweezers or pliers
Cars, of course
Stickers for decoration
A box, chair, wall, etc.

(Once you prop them off the ground, they zoom pretty fast!)

Des’ fourth birthday is Monday. I can’t believe it! I want to smile and sob at the same time. I wanted to make an activity that would entertain him and friends, but also get Scarlet in on the craft and execution part of it.

1. First we got two pool noodles (or however many you want). I was looking for ones with a large diameter to make a “road” wide enough for the cars. Then I fell in love with pool noodles with smaller diameters. So it requires an extra cutting step:

2. Cut the noodles in half. We also used the razor to cut a “road” wide enough for cars. This did not slow them down!

3. Lay the four pieces down side by side, and connect them with toothpicks. You may need to use them all the way down.

4. It’s decoration time! Clearly, I let my kids decide this part but you can easily create graphics or printables for “Start” and “Finish” lines on a computer, rather than hand-drawn. You can make flags with construction paper and toothpicks!

5. Prop your “track” up on a chair, wall, table, box, etc. The higher the prop, the faster the cars zoom down. We have races!

And that’s it! They are waterproof too!

What makes this all possible? It’s not just the getting inspired, but having the stamina and patience to see the project through with my kids. For me, it’s the new fast acting Advil Film Coated. I simply can’t imagine life without it. From aches and pains to stress/sinus headaches, especially during this time of year, it’s the end-all for me. Or I should say, it’s the begin-all. Advil is the difference between staying home inside, or having a great time outside all day! It is FAST ACTING. Needed!

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What’s your favorite Race Day activity or snack? Ty Dillon is driving the #95 car!

*Among OTC pain relievers.
**Among OTC pain relievers.