Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Construction Birthday Party

Last weekend my boys and I were invited to a very fun construction themed 3rd birthday party. The birthday boy, Vance, loves Tonka Trucks and everything construction so his Mom planned this amazing party themed around what he loves. All the kids {and adults} had a fabulous time. It was too good not to share.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Flower crowns with Jenny Cookies and sugar cookie recipe

I recently had an opportunity to spend an afternoon alone with my first child and only daughter, Chayce. We ate chocolate, made flower crowns and rubbed elbows with the fabulous Jenny Keller of the Jenny Cookies blog.

I first found Jenny's blog a couple years ago by means of her green eye inducing Favorite Things Party. I was instantly hooked! Unlike most bloggers I follow Jenny was local! She lived in the same area that I grew up, threw parties at some of the same places I have and like me, she started doing over the top kid's parties many years ago. During a time, before Pinterest, when we were considered those 'crazy moms' with those 'crazy parties' that have somehow now become commonplace. {Yay for not being crazy anymore! right? right?!}

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

easy {two ingredient} coconut macaroon cookie recipe

I was  twelve when I had my first coconut macaroon. My dad had taken me to Mexico. When traveling with my father you have to be comfortable with the unknown. The taking the long way. The adventure. We didn't simply fly to a resort and experience the cookie cutter Disneyland-esque vacation. Instead we flew to a semi known area and took a bus deep into an even lesser known area.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2nd Kiwi Crate arrived!

Our second Kiwi Crate arrived yesterday and it was another good one!

The theme for this one was 'Interesting Insects'. Fletcher had so much fun creating insects from Model Magic to use as game pieces in the insect tic tac toe. The other project was an easy insect flyer toy that he put together all by himself.

This is a great time to sign up if you've been thinking about it. By clicking this link you can save $10 on your first shipment PLUS they are now running a 30% off special with code: SUMMERFUN


Thursday, April 16, 2015

our first Kiwi Crate arrived! subscription box review

I love online shopping. Gap, Nordstrom, HauteLook, and Amazon boxes and bags are among the many things that arrive at my doorstep. Recently my daughter has been giving me her allowance and birthday money to buy her things on Amazon too, leading to even more items clogging up our mailbox. I love the rush of opening it up and seeing what is waiting for me {opening up the credit card statements on the other hand is not so fun}. This happiness is not felt for one member of my family though. Fletcher, my five year old patiently awaits every box to see if it's addressed to him, which is rarely never is.

I decided to look into options for monthly surprise deliveries for my sweet boy. I checked out many different subscription box options over at My Subscription Addiction and found that Kiwi Crate seemed like the highest quality, most fun and affordable option. Plus they also have options for younger and older children!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

basket ideas for the Easter Bunny

 Easter is one of my very favorite holidays because of our family traditions that we have created, I am big on traditions so I have come up with a few things that we make sure to do every year. 
Chayce's note to the Easter Bunny from 2010, when she was 6.
The night before we leave out all our Easter baskets and paper grass basket filler so that the Bunny can reuse the same ones year after year. We also leave a carrot and a note out for Mr Easter Bunny. Thankfully for the Bunny, Chayce has yet to grill him with a thousand questions like she does to Santa. And yes, she expects hand written responses from Santa. Every. Year. Fingers crossed that she doesn't decide to start quizzing the Bunny too.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Budget friendly kitchen update inspiration

Recently I decided that my house was in a rut. We had focused on updating the kids' rooms with the addition of the last baby (oh, only 19 months ago!) but haven't done much since. When looking over my Pinterest boards for the first time EVER, I noticed a trend - I had pinned the exact same kitchen design over and over in the course of a couple years.