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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween 2017

October kicks off the holiday season in my book. I love all the traditions, the food, the clothes, and decor that come with "ber" months. Halloween is one of our favorite holidays -- I love a good family themed costume. I know it won't last forever, so I'm enjoying it for the two or three years that I have left. 

I wanted the kids to wake up to something special and had thought about giving them a cute little Halloween basket. But in reality they don't need a thing and lets get real, #budget. So a spooky Halloween breakfast it was! 

I bought the spider cupcake holders on amazon -- they would look so cute scattered around a food/dessert table at a Halloween party. They are really sturdy and will last for years, so I didn't mind spending the $10. I used store bought chocolate muffins and added some googly eyes to toothpicks. I found the glass beakers/flasks (whatever you want to call them) last year in the Target dollar section. I filled them with Bolthouse Farms' green goddess juice -- which worked perfect for "potion." And lastly, pumpkin spice pancakes topped with a whipped cream ghost.

For lunch: tortilla wrap filled with cheddar cheese (a fun twist on a grilled cheese) and topped with a piece of celery for the stem. Mummy turkey roll ups using edible googly eyes and string cheese. And a cute little clementine pumpkin.

Now for the fun...our costume: The Little Mermaid
I really wanted to be Ursula but I had everything for the "Ariel with legs" costume (this is what Harlow called me)

For me: two years ago I used this same dress and bow to be Wendy and I used a black tank top for the corset. 
Joseph: he already had everything and I used Christmas ribbon for his red sash.
Harlow: she got the mermaid tail for her birthday, already had this purple top, and I bought the wig.
Oliver: he is wearing Harlow's mustard leggings, top, and beanie. I had to buy the felt.
Total spent for 4 costumes = under $15

We had an awesome time and the kids passed out pretty quick -- even with all the sugar they consumed.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This is Three

How old are you? 3
What is your favorite color? Purple
What is your favorite food? Cheese dip
What do you want to be when you grow up? Elsa!
What is your favorite thing to play with? Barbies and my dollhouse
What is your favorite movie? Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
What is your favorite outfit? My Ariel bathing suit (she basically lived in this all summer)
What is your favorite song? Jesus Loves Me
What is your favorite cereal? Rice Krispies
Who is your best friend? Oli (heart melt)
What is your favorite book? Uni the Unicorn
What are you really good at? Picking up my toys (and she is!)
What is your favorite vegetable? Carrots (raw)
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? Vanilla
What do you like to do with your best friends? I like to play

Monday, September 11, 2017

Harlow's Under the Sea Birthday Party

Harlow is a summer girl through and through and with her love of summer comes her love of mermaids. I was so happy when she told me she wanted a mermaid party -- because who didn't love the Little Mermaid growing up? I know she was my favorite! I started planning her big day in July -- planning the decor (on a budget), thinking about the menu, and beginning a few DIYs. I can't imagine if money wasn't an issue. I would be THAT mom who would go CRAZY on the decor and menu. Butttt, this family rolls on a budget, so instead of buying a lot of decor on Etsy or Amazon, I DIY'd a lot of it. And because I do it myself, I start early. I am not a procrastinator and the thought of rushing to make the decor last minute stresses me out! So here are some fun details from her party. 

-I spent most of the budget on balloons ($30) and food of course
-The mermaid tail banner was a DIY and made from cardstock (under $2)
-I found the table runner on Amazon for under $10
-Mermaid stickers for labeling food and goody bags
-Mermaid plates and shell napkins from Meri Meri Party Supplies

I love adding fun candy and kids always love that. Gummy sharks and rock candy ("coral") were fun additions to the Under the Sea theme.

The menu had to reflect the theme. So I made chicken salad sandwiches and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the shape of stars, Annie's white shell pasta to act as sea shells, spinach and artichoke dip as "seaweed dip",  bowl of fruit, and an under the sea punch which was a mix of blue hawaiian punch, sprite, and lemonade. 

The cake and cupcakes were made with a simple funfetti box cake mix with homemade buttercream frosting. I added sugar cones to each cupcake and topped them with a DIY mermaid tail that was attached to a toothpick. For her special cupcake I added a '3' sparkler candle and a mermaid tail. 

And my favorite addition to her party was this photo area. This was my first time making a balloon arch and obviously there's room for improvement but I'm really happy with how it turned out!

For the backdrop: 
-One pack of clear balloons, one pack of lavender, and two packs (two different sizes) of robin blue balloons from Party City
-DIY 'Under the Sea' banner using purple glitter cardstock (two sheets for $4) 
-White tablecloths from the dollar store (I used two $2)

And you can't leave a party without a goody bag. I filled them with glow sticks, party poppers, party blowers, Ariel and Finding Dory tattoos, and a pack of goldfish crackers. 

A few more fun pictures...

This picture is SO SWEET. Meredith was so excited to wear her mermaid costume because she knew Harlow would LOVE it. And she did!! When she walked in wearing it Harlow had the biggest smile on her face. It was adorable.

Harlow and her guests.

Auntie Alison and Uncle Stephen came up from Charlotte.

Daniels family came from Richmond.

And the Crockett's came from Fredericksburg. 

As I was finishing decorating, Harlow looked at me and said "Mom, I'm having so much fun at my party!" and the party hadn't even started yet, haha! So needless to say, it was a success! Tomorrow is her actual birthday and she'll wake up to her big girl bed! Oh, and she's requested cheese dip for dinner. So looks like we'll be going to our favorite Mexican restaurant! 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Daze

Photos by Kelsey Schwenk.