Friday, April 24, 2015

Pretty Pintastic Party Linkup 51

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We can't believe it's been nearly a year since we started this party!! Thank you for joining our party & being a part of this party's success!!  

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First, let's meet the hosts:
Jamie, Kerry, & Lucy from Coffee With Us 3 Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter 
Here's what your hosts have been up to this week!
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Every week we will have a fabulous co-host! Our co-host this week is Karen from Karen's Up on the Hill.  She blogs about decorating on a budget, sharing some fun DIY projects to get there.   Check out this adorable DIY Patio Table she shared!   diypatiotable Show her some love by following on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook.  

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This is a super relaxed party!
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      This week's Features:     PPP51 Features      PPP19-Features DIY Scented Sidewalk Chalk from Bitz & Giggles Favorite iPhone Apps from Katie Elizabeth Healthy Oatmeal Brownie Parfait from Best of Long Island & Central Florida 6 Ways to Spring Clean Your Mind from This Imperfect Happiness Strawberry Crepes from Golden Brown and Delicious The Best Lemon Bars from The Baking ChocolaTess   If you were featured, grab a featured button!!       
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Daffodil Day 2015 Reeves-Reed Arboretum

Last year we learned about Reeves-Reed Arboretum and all the activities they host year round with a family membership. My favorite event is Daffodil Day so when they announced the date this year I marked the calendar and made sure we were in town for this afternoon of fun.


The Arboretum is beautiful year round, but there's something about seeing the bowl filled with daffodils that just makes me smile. The kids running through the trails, the sun shining, eating lunch on the grass and spending time as a family makes this place and day so special.


This year Mike's Mom was in town so she got to enjoy the day with everyone. It's really perfect for everyone, and the photo ops are amazing!


The activities are always spot on. They make a point to teach the kids about animals, nature and throw in some fun. Eleanor loved making her crazy face cup and then filling it with soil and seeds. Camden's favorite was the flower toss and he did a great job. Eleanor really liked the game "Are you My Mother" where she had to match pictures of animals. They also had a music area set up, crafts and a few other fun things. 


It was a wonderful day and once I know next years date I'll mark it on the calendar. Being a member of Reeves-Reed has allowed us to do and learn so much. We won't be able to make the Camp Out this year (Members sign up starts May 1), but we're excited about some other fun events they have coming up in the future. 

Will I see you around the Arboretum or are you a member of your local one?

Disclosure: I received press passes to attend the event. As always all opinions are my own. 

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Pretty Pintastic Party Linkup 50

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 Welcome to the Pretty Pintastic Party where all posts are pinned; features pinned by all!

50 Parties Wow!! Thank you for joining our party & being a part of this party's success!!  

And THANK YOU FOR PINNING THE FEATURES!

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First, let's meet the hosts:
Jamie, Kerry, & Lucy from Coffee With Us 3 Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter 
Here's what your hosts have been up to this week!

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 Every week we will have a fabulous co-host! Our co-host this week is Tayler from The Morrell Tale.  She blogs about her family life and adventures, her experiences as a teacher, her recipes and so much more.   She recently posted about Healthy Meal Planning as part of her Get Fit Thursday Posts.  Healthy Meal Planning
Show her some love by following on Bloglovin, Instagram, or Twitter.   Now on to the Party!!
This is a super relaxed party!
You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one! We only ask one thing from you!
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      This week's Features:     features50      PPP19-Features If you were featured, grab a featured button!!       Coffee Filter Flowers by One Creative Mommy Spring Green Smoothie by The Palette Muse Painted Guitar Americana Style by Redo It Yourself Inspirations S'mores Truffles by Eat It and Say Yum Homemade Pasta Recipe by Pretty Things & Co. Periodic Elements Family Sign by Casa Watkins  
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           Everyone else grab a button and help us spread the word about our party!!  Thanks!
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

How to Train your Dragon Birthday Party

When it comes to dragons nothing beats Toothless from How to Train your Dragon. Both my kids love the movies so when I asked E what theme she wanted for her 5th birthday it was a no brainer.

We like to host home birthday parties and stay on a budget, but with an RSVP list of 45 people we knew it was going to be a pretty big party so we wanted to keep it simple and special.

We went with a color theme of black, lime green (Toothless eyes) and red. I used a free Evite for the invitations and it really helped me stay organized with RSVPs.

When it came to food we made Dragon (deviled) eggs, a veggie dragon, and the smartest decision was having Chick-fil-a cater. A large tray of nuggets, and some chicken salad ensured kids and adults a delicious and filling lunch!

With all these kids we knew we needed to do some kind of activity so Mike took a pot lid and tons of cardboard and cut out shields for the kids. We used some Duck Tape to make the handle and threw out about 50 markers and told the kids to decorate away. Tip: I was very glad we used Crayola Washable Markers!

After their shields were made we got in a circle and did the "Dragon pokey" and worked on best ways to use our shield (High, low, middle). These activities were perfect for the different ages of kids we had between 3-5 and everyone loved that they had a shield to take home.

As for the cake I would have loved to make a Toothless, but didn't want to deal with black icing so we decided to make the Island of Berk and Sky for Toothless to fly in. I had some bath time toys that worked perfect for decoration. I also used the Duff Tie-Dye cake and the kids loved the rainbow cake.


For the favor I wanted to get something that was dragon related. I recently learned about Crayola's 4D Color Alive coloring book and app and knew it was the perfect favor. I purchased both the Mythical Creators one and the Fairies book giving the child a choice. I also made sure to tell the parents to download the free app to make sure they could bring the drawings to life. Everyone loved this idea and I was glad it was such a hit.


It was a great party. Keeping it simple and fun was the key and while we were a full house we loved celebrating with our friends and fellow dragon trainers!
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Friday, April 10, 2015

Pretty Pintastic Party Linkup 49

new-welcome-banner Welcome to the Pretty Pintastic Party where all posts are pinned; features pinned by all!

Thank you for joining our party & being a part of this party's success!!  

And THANK YOU FOR PINNING THE FEATURES!

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First, let's meet the hosts:
Jamie, Kerry, & Lucy from Coffee With Us 3 Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter 
Here's what your hosts have been up to this week!
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 Every week we will have a fabulous co-host! Our co-host this week is Tayler from The Morrell Tale.  She blogs about her family life and adventures, her experiences as a teacher, her recipes and so much more.   She recently posted about her adorable son who is now 9 months. 020
Show her some love by following on Bloglovin, Instagram, or Twitter.   Now on to the Party!!
This is a super relaxed party!
You show up with your fabulous posts and we pin every single one! We only ask one thing from you!
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    This week's Features:     Features 49      PPP19-Features   DIY Gold Leaf Lampshade from Craft Thyme Signs of Spring Handmade Gift Tags from Atta Girl Says 10 Minute DIY Milk & Honey Soap from Happiness Is Homemade Lime Macaroons from A Simple Pantry April Inspirations 2015 from The Organized Dream Gouda Jalapeno Roasted Red Pepper Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Honey & Birch        If you were featured, grab a featured button!!      
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Happy 5th Sweet Girl

It's been 5 years since I became a Mom. All because of this sweet girl, Eleanor. She's the whole hand now or as she say's a handful, and I'm very thankful to have her as my daughter.


As I see her becoming this brave, awesome, caring, independent girl I feel we are doing something right in the world. 

This past year has been a blast. There were parties, play dates, movies, snuggles, dancing, cooking and tons of other fun, but you're also learning to voice your opinion and can be quite sassy at time.

There's no trouble with you making friends and putting yourself out there. You love to take on different roles in life and we love to see who you will be and what you become.


Some of your favorite things:

You love movies. How to Train your Dragon 1 & 2, all the Toy Story movies, Big Hero 6 and Peter Pan all hold special places. TV is Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Doc McStuffins, Paw Patrol and

Games are played often and your favorite is Fastrack. You've also become a graceful loser and are learning that it's okay to let someone else have the win. Don't get me wrong you still like to be the winner, but you're doing a great job on sharing. You also really love the LeapTV. It's been a such a great tool and you got a few new games for your birthday so you've been playing a lot.

Writing is really coming along and you love to sing songs. It's great to hear what you're learning in school and help you figure out what you're forgetting.

When you grow up you want to be a Mommy Dragon Trainer. You enjoy coming into work with me, and the headset tempts you to want to work in an office, but you would rather be working with dragons.

There are times when you get jealous of your brother, but you are an awesome Big Sis. You play with him and help him and often we are all snuggled together on the couch. The bond you share will only grow strong.

You love us, and tell us all the time, and it makes me grateful to have such an amazing daughter. You have your moments where your attitude comes through, but it's part of what makes you who you are.

The best thing about you is you aren't afraid to be you and live your life. You don't know what's going on yet, but if you live with the spirit you have now I know that each year will only be better.

Happy 5th Sweet Girl.
Love Mama
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Surprise 40th Anniversary Party


I realized early this year that my parents would be celebrating a big anniversary, 40 years. I knew we needed to do something special for them so my brother and I put our heads together to see what we could do.

Since their anniversary date was on Easter Sunday is wasn't odd that we would be in town visiting them. It also didn't cause any flags that my Aunt and brother would be around. So the idea of making it a Surprise celebration was totally in our favor.

I enlisted the help of one of my Moms friend who found us the perfect venue, Loblolly Acres. Not only were they the right price, but we were able to ask guests to bring a covered dish in lieu of gifts. Which helped keep us on budget and everyone feel a part of the celebration.

We decided to tell my parents we were going to visit a our friend Denise, but secretly we went to set-up.  I managed to find a lot of photos of Mom and Dad and used double sided frames from Michaels as the centerpieces. I also found their Wedding Album and Ring Pillows to put out. As a guest book I bought a photo matte and asked everyone to sign it. I'll add a then/now photo and frame it for their gift.

In order to keep it a surprise we decided to tell them we were taking them out for dinner. I wouldn't tell them where but we had a reservation, this ensured them they should dress nicely. My brother went back to the house to pick them up and blindfold (toilet paper) so they couldn't see where they were going. Since Loblolly Acres is only a few minuets away they were totally stumped. As they walked in we yelled "SURPRISE"! They where shocked. They had no idea we were doing this, and they were also shocked that we had a lot of friends and family pulled together.


We had a few things lined up. My brother and I both gave a toast, a prayer was read from their Marriage Ceremony and we had them play a flashback game. We asked them the cost of a stamp, who was President, how much did milk and eggs cost, and what was the average price of a car or house. It's crazy how much inflation we've had in 40 years!


Overall it was an amazing success and I was so thankful to have the help from family and friends. We know that life is often too short, and we should live in the moments. The one think I know for sure is after 40 years my parents still have an amazing love for each other and I am thankful that we are able to celebrate.
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