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Happy Birthday TWO You!

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Noah turned TWO last Tuesday.

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This past year has brought a lot of changes. He’s so much happier since he had his ear tubes put in last year – and has only had a single ear infection. He started “school” and loves to “go see friends”. He is starting to talk in full sentences, his favorite of which is “Mommy COME ON!”. He absolutely loves playing with his brother (so long as his brother is playing nicely).

We had a small playdate with friends and a family celebration the next day. Since he LOVES Mickey Mouse – it had to be the theme. I wasn’t loving the crazy-over-the-top patterns on the store-bought party stuff, so I made a lot of the decorations.

He said "Need more cake!" #mickeymouse #party #turningtwo

He said “Need more cake!” #mickeymouse #party #turningtwo

These invites I found on Pinterest and easily copied them to suit our party. They didn’t cost anything but postage since I already had paper on hand.

Mickey Mouse Invitation

Evan had a fun time helping me with them. I told him if he wasn’t going to nap he was going to work and he loved using a gluestick and stuffing the invitations in the pockets.

I bought some colored bunting and cups from the dollar store and used the same Mickey silhouette in a smaller size to “theme” them.

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Mickey Mouse Birthday

Cupcake toppers were made with a circle punch…and the same silhouette (I got a lot of mileage out of that one image). Another no cost item since I already had paper.

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I made PB&J for the kids. I think the sandwich cutter was $4.95. I’m pretty sure I’ll use it again in the future.

Mickey Mouse Sandwichesoeeenm

Lastly I made these Mickey Pops. We had Oreo’s but I had to pick up some black candy melts and the mini Oreos. Let me just say I was about to break up with Pinterest over these. They didn’t seem that difficult but I always over-heat my chocolate in the microwave and it becomes difficult to work with. I ended up rigging a double boiler half way thru and it went much more smoothly.

Mickey Mouse Pops


On Tuesday (his actual birthday) we took his school friends donuts to share. Then we stopped by the party store and bought some balloons. He loved them.

2015-04-14 14.40.06copy 2015-04-14 14.39.20 Remind me not to ask these kids to smile since this is the face they make.

2015-04-14 18.41.41 He got a little Mickey plush toy as his gift (and the balloons would have been enough but I had Kohl’s cash).

For his party on Friday I made him this custom shirt to wear.

2015-04-17 10.03.45 I really wanted a shirt with a vintage look to it so I painted it using the freezer paper technique. It cost nothing since he already had the red shirt.

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We blew up balloons and hung out with friends.

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Ate cake.

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Then we got to do it again on Saturday!

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A guitar!

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I think the Evan pouting is going to be a yearly thing on Noah’s birthday.

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Happy Birthday to my baby!

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day with Kids

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A mommy friend recently mentioned that the average Valentine’s spending for a married couple is something like $35. That’s probably about right since we will be spending the holiday at home with carry out because two kids at a restaurant on Valentine’s Day = the least relaxing thing ever. But they sure are cute (this year’s school photos turned out much better than last year’s). Big brother   School picture

Both boys had a Valentine exchange at school so I stocked up on Dollar Store stickers and stamps for their classmates – I got everything for both classes for $5.

I also made some personalized cookies.

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I don’t have as much time to bake as I used to but I like to still make these for special occasions. The most time consuming part is flooding them…

Evan got in on the decorating too. Noah didn’t do any decorating but he did do some taste testing.

"Cookie-ing" for E's party tomorrow

He made my husband a card that was going to be a “surprise” but he didn’t really understand the part about not telling Daddy so it would actually be a surprise and wanted to give it to him the moment he walked thru the door. :) It may be less “romantic” to celebrate with kids but it’s just as much fun.

Here are some other fun ways to celebrate with kids.

Raisin Valentines

Raisin Treat Boxes

Valentine's Day Pink Ombre Cake

Pink Ombre Cake

Toddler Coloring Card with Insert

Toddler Coloring Card

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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The Trimmings

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I shared our Christmas celebration but I here are some of my favorite pretty things from this past season. I realize this would have been more helpful if I’d posted it prior to the holiday but so much was done last minute thanks to all the major construction projects going on around here…so just bookmark this to come back and read early next December. :)

Our Tree

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This is pretty much the same thing as last year. I still love my DIY kraft paper ornaments and surprisingly they survived being stored for a whole year.

I added the lettered banner this year. I’ve loved this since last year and since I wasn’t making any new ornaments I had time to create these glitter letters from the backing of my 2014 wall calendar.

So much

So shiny and pretty…so much glitter…much to my husband’s dismay.

I found this black and gold paper at Michael’s early in the season and it kind of snowballed a whole black and gold color palette.


I used the FREE printable gift tags from Creative Index…so gorgeous and they matched my paper perfectly. I discovered her blog last year when looking for some printable tags so I’ve used them two years in a row. So it’s definitely one to bookmark.

Ready to wrap with the FREE gift tags from

A mix of this year’s and last year’s tags.

Christmas Cards

Our Christmas cards were SUPER last minute this year…and as a result they were done in a single day. I almost didn’t even do them but my husband loves having a picture of both of the boys and usually keeps a card for himself. So I changed the boys into their “Christmas” pajamas (I love that they weren’t covered in red and green and candy canes). Then I plopped them in front of the tree then just snapped like crazy hoping I’d get at least one useable image.


This one was pretty sweet of them.


And the back…chucking my ornaments across the room.

I designed the card and sent it to Staples then picked it up that same afternoon. I used my Silhouette cutter to add some gold foil stickers to the front. I wanted black envelopes so I ended up hand addressing them all in gold pen…luckily we didn’t have too many to send. 2014-12-17 14.23.01 copy

Maybe I should wait till the last minute every year.

Christmas Gallery

One of my last projects involved all these frames. My in-laws bought a new sofa so they gave us their old sectional since we’d been thinking about getting one for our living room. My artwork was horribly off-center (and if you follow me on instagram you know the whole story) so I replaced it with these frames I found on clearance at Michaels. I’ve been storing these for about a year waiting for the perfect spot to use them.

If you give a girl a new couch, she'll  notice her artwork is off center, and when she notices her artwork is off center she'll have to take it down, and when she takes down the old picture she'll decide she wants something different, and when she decides she wants something different she'll look for inspiration on , and when she looks for inspiration on Pinterest she'll lose 5 hours pinning non-related projects but she'll finally decide on a , and when she decides on a gallery wall she'll lose another 45 minutes arranging and rearranging frames, and as she spends 45 minutes rearranging frames someone will start to cry so she'll just stick things randomly on the wall. :) Just realized my life is the human equivalent of

I got them hung a couple weeks before Christmas but never got around to putting anything in them (or even removing the price stickers and cardboard corners). So ON CHRISTMAS DAY my little brother helped me throw together this seasonal gallery about 15 minutes before everyone arrived for dinner.

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Some 8×10 prints from our Christmas Card photos, the Nativity is from the Silhouette store.


Yep, that’s framed wrapping paper. The words are from the Tinsel app. 20141226_133702_1

More wrapping paper…and simple text. I really like this one I think I might keep it. 20141226_133635_1 copy

Wrapping paper with some gold letters…just like our card. What can I say? I love a theme. 

Eventually I swap these out for something less Christmassy – but since they’re not red and green I think I have some time (knowing me I’ll be changing them out 15 minutes before Evan’s birthday party in June).

Christmas Dinner

Lastly we hosted my whole family for Christmas dinner. It was nice not having to travel and thankfully my parents handled all the cooking. I just contributed some desserts and set the table.

Christmas fake stuff looked pretty convincing :)

I had all our guests fooled that we’d put out the real stuff with these plates and silverware from Smarty Had A Party. The chargers were from Michael’s on super clearance ($0.59) after fall. I spray painted them to be more festive. I didn’t actually have napkins (because I forgot – whoops) these were left over from Evan’s birthday party (tree fold here).

So there it is my last minute Christmas decor…shared 2 minutes before New Years…Enjoy! :)

New Year’s Resolution: Plan Ahead More….hahahahaha! That’s cute.
Revised Resolution: Plan Ahead at least once this year.

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