Best In Show ~ Dog Themed Party

Best in Show Birthday Party

My daughter has yet to meet a dog without some redeemable quality.  Every dog regardless of pedigree, grooming, or personality is either the cutest, sweetest, or smartest dog on earth.  And if they’re not, well, it’s not their fault and they deserve an extra dose of love and affection. … [Read more...]

Chronicles of Narnia Birthday Party

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At some point over the past year, my son fell in love with Chronicles of Narnia. One day he’ll claim to be Peter Pevensie, the next he begs to officially change his name to Caspian.  I am forever cast as the White Witch and his two sisters willingly play along as Susan & Lucy. When deciding on a theme for his 5th birthday, Narnia was the … [Read more...]

5 Minute Valentine Craft and Free Printable

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We're so excited to be welcoming back our fabulous contributor Julie who's sharing an easy-peasy craft with us today as part of our ongoing Take 5: 5 Minute Crafts series! … [Read more...]

Hosting a Detective Birthday Party Picnic

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One of my favorite things about having an 8 year old is how her interests and tastes have begun to influence mine.  She’s reading cool classic Nancy Drew books (which I never read as a kid), introducing me to music that I totally love, and her favorite colors inspired a room re-do in our house. She has also developed a pretty clear vision for … [Read more...]

It’s “wicked awesome” ~ Ice Cream Chipwich

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I’ve lived on the west coast for the last seven years and it’s taken me about that long to form a west coast orientation in my brain.  I no longer envision the cliff walk  overlooking mansions when people say "Newport" or the rocky shores of Maine when people say "Portland". But every now and then I’ll wax nostalgic on something from childhood … [Read more...]

How to Make an 8 Layer Surprise Cake

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Thank you so much for all of your kind words yesterday about my daughter's Super Science Party! I promised I'd be back today to show you just how I managed to make her 8 Layer Surprise Cake and I never go back on a promise. When dreaming up a birthday cake for my daughter’s science party, I stumbled upon a photo of a wedding cake that looked … [Read more...]

Super Science Party

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When my daughter was 4 ½ her greatly anticipated Christmas gift was a pair of plastic safety goggles and a Mind Blowing Science kit.  Fast-forward a year and a half and a few dozen Steve Spangler episodes on youtube and she’s pretty confident that any opportunity is a good one to test the laws of science. Why limit yourself to a beaker and a test … [Read more...]

Glittered Egg Place Cards

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    Easter has snuck up on me this year.  I know that JoAnn’s has already moved on to its patriotic Memorial Day décor, but I’m still putting away stray hearts from February. Throw in spring break, a special 6 year old birthday celebration, and a week long visit from my in-laws and I’ve realized that our Easter will have a much … [Read more...]

Painting Themed Birthday Party

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There is so much about raising a boy that completely mystifies me, but a few basics that I’ve learned so far are that they have a very unique way of channeling creativity, they love to make messes and they love to destroy. In fact our furniture, floors & baseboards have achieved an authentic distressed look thanks to my son's expertise in … [Read more...]

Mini Boden Inspired Heart Applique T-Shirt

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  I’m not usually a holiday dresser….no pumpkins for Halloween, no holiday sweaters for Christmas but for some reason the Valentine motif sends my heart a flutter. For each of these t-shirts I cut out a paper heart template, traced it on various shades of felt, and then cut and pinned them in place.   Fortunately come … [Read more...]