Kids

5 Killer Strategies to Save Money this Holiday Season

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I was talking to a friend recently, giving some (solicited) financial advice and she noticed how geeked up I got talking about it. She asked why I never write about personal finance since I was clearly such a nut about it. Good question. I do love personal finance…maybe more specifically, I love the game of it. Finding little unknown hacks here and there to save money and optimize finances. It’s so fun! Unfortunately, it’s a little off-subject for this blog. With that said, I think most of our readers shop for the holidays and I think most of our readers are looking to get the most bang for their buck….so, I’m going for it with this post and hoping that this post gives you some fun and actionable ways to save some coin this holiday season! Read More

Hosting a Tea Party Birthday

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My daughter starts talking about her birthday (which occurs at the end of April) shortly after Christmas. She’ll discuss possible themes, debate the guest list and, of course, throw out countless birthday gift suggestions. By February, the theme is generally set and, by mid-April, I realize that, oh crap, I actually have to execute her vision for her birthday party and  I frantically start ordering things online.

After a couple of months of scanning every possible idea on Pinterest, she settled on the idea of a tea party. Read More

Gender Neutral Playroom Reveal (Finally)

With 1 girl and 1 boy, this gender neutral playroom keeps both of them happy!

playroom reveal

It was well over a year ago that I promised that a ‘playroom reveal’ was coming soon. I’m sure most had given up on me. I would have, anyway. But this past week, the stars aligned and I found myself with both the time and energy to finish off some of the unfinished details of the room and to give it a good clean.  I still need to get a shot of the desk/craft area, so will update as soon as I get around to tidying that area.

playroom entrance

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Some “Bunny” is One Birthday Party

My oldest sister gave each of my children nicknames before they were born. For McLaren, she started calling her “Bunny” and it stuck. Coincidently, she loves bunnies and sleeps with her stuffed bunnies every night. So naturally, it seemed fitting to do a Bunny theme for her first birthday… Some “Bunny” is One!

I always keep the kids parties pretty simple and always DIY. We haven’t yet expanded our birthday invites beyond our family… I’m not ready for the full-blown “friend” parties just yet. Maybe once they turn six and really know what’s going on :).

My favorite part of the decor was the balloon installation I made. I didn’t want to tear it down afterwards; in fact, I’m pretty sure I kept it hanging for at least a couple of weeks.

Some "Bunny" is One Party

Some "Bunny" is One Party

Some "Bunny" is One PartySome "Bunny" is One Party Like the decor, I kept the menu pretty simple.  We went with one of our favorite sandwiches that it always a crowd pleaser – homemade chicken salad on fresh, bakery croissants. We had fresh veggies with dip and chips.
Some "Bunny" is One Party Some "Bunny" is One Party

I filled apothecary jars with pastel bunny marshmallows and cotton candy. I also made chocolate covered peeps with cotton candy tails. So easy to make and so much better than “plain” peeps.

Some "Bunny" is One Party

Some "Bunny" is One Party Instead of a birthday hat, I made these floral bunny ears. My second favorite part of the party… though not necessarily a love by McLaren. She only kept them on while she was distracted by her first cake (which was her favorite part).
Some "Bunny" is One Party Some "Bunny" is One Party Some "Bunny" is One Party If you keep up with us, you probably caught on that McLaren is well over one at this point… in fact, she’s about to turn two. So a bit of a delay on the post, but what better timing than right before Easter!? 😉

DIY Wood Square Photo Wall Art

 

DIY Wood Square Photo Art

Kind of a dumb project title, I know … but I wasn’t quite sure what to call these … they’re kind of like pop art, but not quite. I did use wood squares, and added photos … and I did it myself … so “DIY Wood Square Photo Wall Art” works, right?!?!?!

I might also add that my daughter is horrified by the pink one. Her exact words? “Now everyone will know how crazy I am!” Apparently I am not allowed to hang it anywhere in the house….which kind of defeats the purpose of this project. I may just have to replace it. The irony, of course, is that the pink one is actually my favorite – it’s just so….her!

Anyway, this idea was heavily inspired by some nursery art that I saw floating around Pinterest. I can’t find it now, but basically they had used cute animal pictures and mod podged them to brightly colored wood blocks. I just wanted personalized versions, so I whipped these up. Seriously one of the easiest and cheapest projects I’ve done in a long time. Read More