Wednesday, August 17, 2016

O-Fish-Ally One Birthday Party

We just went through the fastest year of our lives I think in our household. I feel like we just learned we were pregnant with our little guy, and now it has been almost two weeks since we celebrated his birthday. I went with a Goldfish theme once I saw the cute idea for "o-fish-ally one" on Pinterest from a variety of sources.

I went with really simple ideas, and I actually held it at my parents house out of town. I really did not want to drag too much extra items there. I'm sure they appreciated that as well. Although, I am pretty sure they would not have minded at all. I ordered invitations from the Etsy shop called Print Pop Party , and I also ordered the party set. I took a banner from Target, and attached the cupcake toppers to it since I was serving cake.

I made simple goldfish lanterns with a little bit of tape, cardstock and a paper lantern set from Amazon.  

I made a Goldfish bar for the kids, and it was only my kids so they snacked on the goldfish the entire week. :) I bought the all at the Pepperidge Farm outlet, and found flavors I had never seen before. The new family favorite is the saltine flavor.
The cakes were from a delicious bakery in Rehoboth Beach, DE called Pasqualini's. I wish I could order all my cakes there. They were so amazing, delicious, and priced very well.

I ordered a high chair banner from SeacliffeCottage Etsy Shop. I just added simple balloons and tied goldfish that I cut out on my Silhouette Cameo machine to the balloon strings.
The birthday boy wore an outfit from the TutifulBowtique.
She was an amazing person to work with and did an amazing job on the outfit.

 We also ate delicious chocolate covered marshmallow from Crumbtastic.

I had the kids decorate a wooden block set for their brother with sharpies and a set from SpudWoodWorks. It was a great birthday present from them to him.

I made a simple guest sign in sheet that I will frame for Rory's wall in his room. 

Lots of cute ideas, but I kept it sweet and simple. It really was the most stress free party I've done yet. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Wake Up With Breakfast Ideas from Jimmy Dean

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    We are almost in back to school mode in our home as we have a first grader this year, and my husband is a high school teacher. It is great to wake up with breakfast ideas that are healthy and good for everyone. But, we also need a satisfying meal that can hold us all over until lunch. A good breakfast can be put together easily with the help of Jimmy Dean. Jimmy Dean helps your family get a great start to their morning with a variety of tasty and satisfying breakfast offerings that are ready to enjoy in just minutes!
    I shopped at Martin's Food Markets and was able to find a variety of Jimmy Dean options for all of my family members. I picked up the frozen sandwiches and bowls, which are a savory and satisfying meal that are microwavable and ready in less than three minutes. My husband and I enjoy the sandwiches as they are portable, single servings for us as we are always on the go . The bowls have worked out as a great option for our kids. I have even made one bowl and been able to split it between my younger children as part of their healthy breakfast to start their day.

    School being around the corner means that I will be involved with the PTA activities. Currently, I am co-chairperson of the back to school breakfast for the staff at the elementary school. I will be incorporating the Jimmy Dean breakfast sandwiches in the menu for the occasion. I want to be able to serve a warm food option in the display, and thought these would be perfect for the staff. Staff members will be able to enjoy a warm entrée during their first morning back. Then head to their classrooms to get ready for the start of the year.

    You can even make the first day of school breakfast just a little more special for your own family. Use simple school supplies or items around the house to decorate your table. I even used my fluted cake stand to display the delicious Jimmy Dean sandwiches. Using plates or glasses that are normally not for your everyday use make it exciting for the kids. It certainly gets the first day off on the right foot.
    See for yourself how good mornings lead to great days when you start them off with Jimmy Dean.  Right now at Martin's Food Markets when you buy 3 Jimmy Dean products you get $5 off through 8/11.  While supplies last.

    Be sure to check out Jimmy Dean on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, & Twitter for recipes, product information, and other great ideas.

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    A Nursery Into a Big Girl Room - The Beginning

    Well, the time has come to change my daughter's room. It had been seven years since we last painted it in a beautiful gray blue, added wainscotting, and new wood floors. We added a wall decal monogram and name above her crib, and lots of fun clothes and toys. It was one of my favorite rooms in our home. I am going to share the finished product soon, but I thought I would revisit the previous look and talk about what I've done so far.

    Wynn had asked over and over for a pink room. I was dreading the thought of a pink room, but then I realized that it would only be pink for a little less than half of the wall space. We chose Sherwin Williams Impatiens Petal Pink. It took two coats to cover the previously painted blue walls.  We also gave the wainscotting a fresh coat of white paint as well. It was needed after the years it was starting to look very well loved.

    I found ruffle curtains from Target for around $18 per panel. They make the room light and airy. Before, we had black out brown curtains to help our little girl sleep longer. However, now that she is six she could sleep through a parade marching through her room. A few years ago I purchased the pink polka dot comforter from Target.  Wynn requested pink then, and that was as close as I was willing to get at that point.

    I purchased the gold letters spelling out DREAM on clearance from Pottery Barn Kids.  They are on clearance now for only $39.  I grabbed a light up heart from Target's Pillowfort line for $15.  

    I have a few more items I plan on adding before I share the entire reveal. I shared a portion of it on my Instagram page a few weeks ago after we finally painted it. I first have to convince my six year old to keep the room clean for about twenty minutes in the summer so I can snap a few pictures. That may be my only remaining hurdle.