My almost-teen daughter coined a phrase a few months back {well, at least in our house because I have never heard it in. my. life.} "that's so tumblr". I have absolutely no idea what this means. As far as I know Tumblr is a social media site, sort of like what would happen if Pinterest and Instagram had a baby? I obviously have zero clues about this so I'm probably completely butchering the description of what it actually is. If you really need to know, I suggest asking a 11-18 year old girl.

I started making fun of Chayce's new phrase by replying to everything with 'that's so facebook'. She REALLY loves it when I do that. About as much as any thirteen year old girl has ever liked anything her mother does. So, not at all.

Anyway when Chayce decided she wanted to have a pool party for her 13th birthday I knew right away that I was going to plan a 'That's so Tumblr' 13th Birthday Pool Party. I just can't divulge to her that that's what I call it because she really loves it hates it when I say the word 'tumblr'.

She actually despises 90% of what I do. Totally normal, right?

Obviously since I am so well versed in the land of Tumblr, I had to try to research and have put together a 30-something clueless mom's description of  Tumblr inspired.  I'm guessing it is a lot of quotes, string lights, pink and teal, gold, landscape photos, geometric shapes, hand drawn images, donuts, cupcakes and boho touches. I could be completely wrong, though, due to the fact that I am 32 not 13. Check out my inspiration for the party, either way it will be super cute.

Stay tuned to see how it all unfolds! I will be sharing the invitation I custom made plus a free printable fill-in version next.

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As the school year comes to an end, many of us are thinking of ways to say thank you to the (wonderful, patient, kind, and completely out of their mind) teachers that work so hard everyday for the betterment of our kids.

I made a cute little teacher gift printable for a friend who will be having her son's class make finger print hearts around the outside of print and then framing it. I am a huge fan of fingerprint art and created this state fingerprint art canvas with my daughter's six grade class for the school auction a few years ago.



When my beautiful friend and coworker, Krystal, announced to the women at work that she was expecting we were all so ecstatic for her. As part of a 20+ woman team Mama Krystal gets to share her pregnancy with the rest of us. We all feel for her during months of morning sickness, we all love seeing the belly grow, we are all so excited for the happiness that the baby will bring their new family, and we all feel that the baby is our 'Starbucks baby'.

So, when it came time to celebrate the upcoming arrival we all knew that we had to have throw Krystal a baby shower.



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.



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?!}



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.



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.

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