Sleeping Beauty Party

 
Our little darling chose Sleeping Beauty as this year’s birthday theme. So for the color palette we chose different shades of pinks, white & gold (especially gold sparkle…a princess just HAS to have her sparkle). We used doilies and tissue paper to make the banners which turned out beautiful and completed the look.   

 For the girls we made them beautiful crowns (tutorial) and gumball necklaces. I got the idea for the fabulous necklace stand from Life Ann Style 

 
For the Knights we picked up chest armor and shield from Dollar Tree and spray painted gold. For the swords I was originally playing around with the idea of making them wood swords but remembered how rough boys are with each other and decided to go with inflatable ones since they would most likely be smacking each other with them lol.

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For our princess we bought this amazing hand-made Aurora Dress from Miquel Zotto, even after letting her play in it most of the day it held up extremely well and is still as beautiful as the day it arrived.

 
We opted for sandals instead of dress shoes but was not disappointed with the pretty pink sandals I got on Zulily.  

Per the request of the birthday girl Josh, myself and my parents also play dress up for the day (yes we are totally kids at heart too). Daddy got to be King Stefan and I was lucky enough to be Queen Leah. So I based our outfits off of the characters.  

  My dad’s outfit was so much fun and was super easy to make in order to make King Hubert’s character come to life.

The gift bags were book bags that we transformed into customized bags for the kiddos.   

We simply used our refurbished buffet table as the gift table and hung the Happy Birthday banner to complete the look.  

Then the birthday girl opened her presents on a pink chair made suitable for a princess. 

   There were so many details it’s hard to fit them into one post, there was a huge inflatable dragon flying above the tables, goblets for the girls, mugs for the boys, adventure coloring books, chicken, roasted potatoes, pinwheels, cake pops, French vanilla pink velvet cake, and other goodies galore.

  

    

At the end of the day we were blessed to have so many friends and family join us to celebrate another wonderful & healthy year.  
 

DIY Sour Cream Crown

We just finished the crowns for our princess’s upcoming birthday party.

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I wanted the crowns to be unique which meant I needed to make them myself (like I really needed the excuse lol).
I entertained the thought of lace crowns for a minute since I loved the ones done by thegirlinspired but in the end I decided I wanted ones shaped more like Aurora’s crown since we are having a Sleeping Beauty themed party.
In order to achieve this look I sketched out a crown on cardstock until I had the shape I desired.

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Then traced it on some sour cream containers (don’t judge but we definitely go through a lot of sour cream in our house and I save the containers because…well you never know when you will need one).
Next I cut the crowns out using my new handy tandy shears that I got from my mother-in-law for Christmas (thank you again Connie…I LOVE these things!!).

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After I gave them a good two coats of Rust-Oleum gold spray-paint (letting them dry fully in between coats) I gave them one coat of Valspar gold glitter spray-paint.

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Now I am just debating whether to attach them to the gold headbands or not. Either way, we are super excited with the results so far.

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Periwinkle shoes

Alyssa decided she wanted to be Periwinkle and her Auntie Tracie agreed to be Tinkerbell for Alyssa’s Neverland birthday party. And Periwinkle can’t go to her party without her special shoes right?!

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All it took was creative thinking, sparkly shoes, 2 white Pom Poms, long lasting craft glue, lots of
Fairy Dust and viola! Fairy shoes fit for Periwinkle or her lovely sister.

Family BBQ

Today we enjoyed Lepik Palooza where we celebrated our house warming, my birthday, Josh’s birthday and our anniversary and I have to say I had a grand time!!! This was the first party that Josh decided that he wanted to be in charge of so I temporarily denied my party OCD instincts and gave him the reigns.
He had the invitations designed 6 months in advance I kept thinking that I created another OCD party monster (I was so proud). But after giving my hubby 3 friendly reminders to get the invitations printed and mailed out at 8, 6 & 4 weeks then me freaking out because he hadn’t mailed out the invitations much less printed them (remember I DID say temporarily) then since I hit my 3 strikes rule I no longer mentioned the invitations…and then about a week before the party my darlin hubby sent me a text that he asked me to forward as the party invite to my family & friends list (I was thinking that we were definitely NOT going to have much of a turn out) but boy was I wrong!
We had about 50 close friends and family show up today to enjoy the day with us. My mom got Lyss a pool that ALL of the kids enjoyed with Beach Balls and Floaties. We hung out and enjoyed our time with our amazing extended family, so thank you ma famille for a wonderful day!!!
I love you all so very much 🙂

Last Day of School

So today is the last day of school and I can only say that it is bitter sweet. Us parents were gathered around lingering just kinda taking in the sight of how much our little ones have grown before our eyes. We stood there watching them cling to each other because they know its their last day together in school.

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March of Dimes

Yesterday was our March of Dimes walk and as usual it was so much fun! This year Josh and I decided to bring Alyssa since she is big enough to make it through the walk now and after all we want our daughter to experience these great events and to help others.
The morning started extra early but in good spirits (well Josh had to use some magic to bring Lyss up to a good mood as she wanted to stay in bed with her teddy bear…she is NOT a morning person lol)

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But after daddy worked his magic and we mention her friend Ari would be there she was ready to go!

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I was so proud of the girls…even though Lyss hikes with us there is usually more distractions on a hike and with the walk they seemed to realize how long we were truly walking. About half way done Lyss & Ari started asking for a piggyback ride…I prolonged them riding it out by telling them as soon as we get to the street they could have a ride (sneaky mommie…we never crossed a street…he he he) but in the last stretch the art of distraction faltered and they realized that they still didn’t get their piggyback ride so I saddled up and started giving Lyss a ride but the moment that Josh offered to give Ari a ride Lyss almost jump off my back and became very protective & kinda got in a “hey that’s MY daddy” attitude (hate to see the jealously when she gets older lol) and even though I offered to carry Ari, Josh just laughed at the girls both wanting him to carry them and offered to carry them both which was pretty darn cute to watch my wonderful hubby be superman and make the girls giggle with delight that they were both getting carried by Lyssa’s awesome, goofball of a dad.

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After we got done with the walk we hung out and let the girls get their faces painted

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Then they play on the bounce house and slide (weird their legs were no longer tired lol)

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And finally Ari & Lyss rode the ponies, which was so cool because this was Ari’s first pony ride…she was SOOOO excited!

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I am looking forward to continuing to raise money for the babies and for next years walk with my family.
For 75 years, the March of Dimes has helped babies get a healthy start in life. March for Babies makes this work possible. The money raised will support programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies, and will fund research to prevent premature birth and birth defects.

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Alyssa Hope (1 Day old)

Celebrating a good friend turning a quarter of a century

Last week we celebrated one of my good friend’s 25th birthday with a surprise party which was her loving hubby’s idea. Paul came to Alasha & I with the idea of throwing a party for the love of his life because she was reaching one of life’s milestone birthday and we immediately volunteered to help. Alasha made the reservation and gave out the invitations and I was in charge of getting the birthday girl to the restaurant and of course making the cake.

So Tracie thought that she and Paul were meeting Alyssa, Josh & I for dinner. And she never suspected otherwise so it was so cool to see the pure surprise when she saw her family and friends all sitting together and everyone yelled SURPRISE! It was truly awesome 🙂 All in all the evening was a success and after good food with good company we had dessert and finally went home after closing down the restaurant.

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Hope you had a wonderful birthday Tracie!