2013 Year in Review

Where has the time gone? I feel like we just started 2013, and just like that: its gone!

I dislike using the phrase, “I’m so busy…” It just seems like an excuse. And being busy is a good thing. But the way my life is now, blogging has taken a back seat. Its makes me sad because I love blogging.  But between a busy toddler, husband, work and family obligations, and a social life…well the blog posts have been few and far between.  Sorry about that. I decided to forgive myself and just post when I can. So thanks to those of you who still read. Glad to have you!

On that note — here’s some of the highlights of posts that I did this year. I have still managed to do some crafting and party throwing this year! (And talked friends into letting me share a few of theirs.)  Here’s my favorites to check out if you missed any:

A simple, colorful polka dot themed 1st birthday

polka+dot+birthday

Ice cream themed baby shower

ice cream baby shower desserts

Little Man’s 1st Birthday Party

little man 1st bday cake

Little Monkey’s 1st Birthday

monkey party dessert table

Cowgirl’s Barnyard Bash

cowgirl party sheriff badges

Tropical Bridal Shower

hawaiian shower banner

Sparkle of my Eye Baby Shower

baby shower table flowers

Punk Rock 1st Birthday

dessert table punk rock party

Bubble Bash 2nd Birthday

bubble birthday donut table

Not too bad for my worst blogging year on the books! haha

Here’s to a wonderful 2014! Wishing you all creative & productive years!

Merry Christmas!

hopefully frontOur 2013 Christmas card

Merry Merry Christmas to all of my readers!

Holiday Traditions

I am all about traditions during the Christmas season. With a 2 year old, we are still in the process of figuring out our family’s traditions.

Here’s a few of the things we did this year to make the season special. I hope these traditions are continued year after year!

Holiday Train

holiday trainThe train in our area is decorated with lights and transports Santa and a choir one weekend in December. They make several stops at different stations and put on a quick concert before heading on to the next station. Its is so much fun.

Cookie Decorating

cookie decoratingI hosted eight 2 year olds and their moms to decorate sugar cookies and ice cream cone Christmas trees. Yes, I am crazy. We had a great time! Mia especially loved decorating (and eating the cookies).  My cookie parties used to be less messy and more productive.  You can see them here and here. But this year’s was more fun. :)

Visiting Santa

santa photoShe loved everything about visiting Santa at our mall, except when she realized I was going to try to leave her on his lap and walk away. I love this picture, and will probably laugh every year when I pull it out of the Christmas box.  Don’t worry, I rescued her and she recovered quickly.

Christmas Lights

holiday lightsWe got together with our friends and got hot cocoa and then walked through a local neighborhood that is very serious about their Christmas lights. She loved it. A few houses had music, and she spent about 20 minutes dancing on the sidewalk in front of this one. I will never forget that moment.

I love this time of year!

DIY Idea: Easy Wreath

If you have some extra time (if you do, please share! ha!) before the holiday…I have a quick DIY for ya.  Seriously the easiest craft I’ve ever attempted.

Lindsay and I set out to make some wreaths. We saw several of this style on Pinterest, and then added some of our own embellishments.  Mine is on the front door; Lindsay’s is over a mirror above her mantle. easy diy wreath

To make this beauty, you need a standard wire wreath frame and burlap ribbon with wire…like this:

diy holiday wreath burlap

There are essentially 2 steps.  You start by wrapping one end of the ribbon around the wire frame. The go around poking through from the back to the front. diy burlap wreath how to

And the fluffing the part you pull through.

burlap wreath christmas how to

Continue poking through and puffing as you work your way around the wreath.

burlap wreathSquish the little puffs of burlap together as you go.

And that is it! Seriously easy!

You can embellish with just about anything…any kind of flowers or berries from the craft store.

Lindsay and I decided to make holy and berries for ours. holy and berries wreath diyWe cut some holy leaves out of felt, stitched them together with embroidery thread, stuffed them with a little fiber-fill.  We attached them with a combo of stitches and hot glue gun, along with some big red “berries” from the craft store.

Ta da!

easy diy wreath how to tutorialMerry, Merry! xoxo

Real Party: Bubble Bash!

bubble bash cover photoThese 2 cuties were born one day apart, down the hall from each other at the same hospital. So of course they had to share a birthday party.

(They actually shared a sort-of birthday party already. Make sure and check it out here. Its fun to see how much they’ve grown!)

My friends Johanna and Lindsay combined efforts to throw a bubble-themed party. All toddlers love bubbles, so the theme was perfect.

bubble birthday partyThe party was held in Lindsay’s backyard. She filled the trees with paper lanterns in different shades of blue.

Several friends chipped into make breakfast casseroles for the mid-morning party. Lindsay served donuts for dessert since the party was in the morning.  Lindsay and I decided we are definitely going to do donuts again. (Yes, I realize I make cupcakes for parties. But the donuts were so yummy and cute and easy!)

bubble birthday donut table

A local donut shop made several of their donuts with aqua icing. So so cute.

donuts cake stands

The donut table was really the star of the show. We raided the cake stands collection of myself and several girlfriends.  Lindsay made some simple banners to hang behind the table with cupcake papers and aqua paper circles.

2nd birthday cakesDrea made little layered cakes for each of them. Aren’t they adorable?

2nd birthday party decorationsA “2″ and the birthdays tots’ initials hung on the fence.

When Lindsay turned on the bubble machine, the kids went nuts!

mia at bubble partyI barely saw this girl the whole time.

bubble party funI had to borrow another cutie to get a picture with me. :)

In addition to the bubble machine, each child got a bubble wand.

bubble party favorsThey were a hit! (There were cute labels on them, but I didn’t get a picture.)

dylanIf you look closely you can see Dylan’s label.

bubble birthday party for boy and girlHappy kiddos!

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Resources:

Bubble wands: Oriental Trading

Paper lanterns:  Jade Time

Invitation and favor labels: Oh Creative One

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