Friday, July 18, 2014

First Birthday Party





 Ashton's party was thrown together in two days. AHHH I am a SUPER indecisive person and I couldn't make a decision for the life of me. Should I whip it up in two days for his actual birthday or just wait until I got back in town, but then that would push me into August.  I know, I've heard it all... "he is one." "he won't remember." "he doesn't care".... yada yada yada but I CARE.  I have SO many rubbermaids in my garage FULL of party stuff ready to go that it would be silly of me not to take a few minutes and throw something together. I knew I would regret it if not. Plus, we all know I LOVE parties.  I have yet to throw one where Jaxon had an opinion, so this time it was fun because he was getting all excited for Ashton and helping me put together the favors.

 Besides sending the last minute invitation via text, the weather not working in my favor and having to switch the location last minute, I would say it went very well. I learned a few things from throwing Jaxon's Party:

1. Don't be a crazy host who is STRESSED out the whole party where you don't even remember it.
2. have someone else take the pictures and you just enjoy the moment and take time to socialize with the guests.
3. don't stress things aren't going perfectly or your child isn't acting the way you imagined it would go.For example- I BOTCHED Ashton's cake the night before the party. It was leaning, the frosting runny, just awful. don't believe me, see for yourself...



And during the whole process I was just laughing and called my guru frosting friend to come bail me out. I added some gum balls and a topper and it ended up better than I originally planned.










Okay now to the party...

I walked past my toy room and saw this print hanging on my wall and decided to have that as my inspiration. It was great to help remind me the reason why I am doing this party and to keep it simple. I pulled from past parties and items in his room for the decor. I served little cups of ice cream displayed in a rubber ducky inflatable tub, and an assortment of baby/kid friendly snacks. I unleashed a bunch of balloons and let the kids go wild with them at the park. Super easy but most importantly FUN!


At the end of the post I will link to past parties all the decorations came from with their tutorials. 















Last minute addition since my cricket machine broke on me the night before :(.  I changed plans and shrunk down images to look like instagram prints on a word document and printed it out on photo paper. 















Dumb mom planned the party during his nap time.









Back off it's my cake....
















At the end of the party giving me lots of cuddles.




When Chase got home that night we opened up his gifts and dug into the cake all over again. The highlight was when we hosed him down. Jax and Ashton were giggling, jumping in puddles, and loving getting drenched by dad.












Fabric banner: tutorial here from Mustache Bash party and Cookies and milk party
Chicken Wire frame with pictures: Tutorial here
Table cloth: Thrift store... it is a bed sheet :)
Cake topper: I made it with skewers and pom pom trim from JoAnn's. The one is from scrapbook numbers and letter kit purchased at Michael's. ( I found it in my stash so not 100% sure that's where it is from)
Gumballs: Orson Gygi
Vintage train: vintage shop in St. George Utah
Let them be little sign: Found Here


TO SEE MORE OF MY PARTIES CLICK ON THE PARTIES TAB ABOVE




Thursday, June 26, 2014

Anne b




I am a fan of all things homemade, but an even BIGGER FAN when it has a good cause behind it. You all must go check out Anne b. You may have recently seen them on Brickyard Buffalo, but I bet you didn't know their is a great project behind these bags.





Meet Sarah... 





My friend Sarah makes these detailed and amazing bags/clutches with a purpose.  
She is practically self-taught because she was frustrated after not finding a bag that fit her needs. (Haven't we all been there?) Eventually that led to designing bags for her friends that fit their personal needs, taste, and style. I can totally relate as I started out just doing parties for my son which then led me to hiring my services out and creating this blog. 

Now fast forward to 2014 and Sarah is ready to make anne b more than just a hobby. All of her products are handcrafted with quality materials and detailing and my favorite part is you get to pick from tons of fun patters and colors. You essentially can even design or find your own print. 
What I love about my bag the most is the leather detail. Who isn't into leather right now, I mean come on! Anne b bags use 100% leather, bold prints, statement lining colors, leather trimmed pockets, and durable brass zippers.  








When you make a pledge, backers will receive a bag from a special collection under her label anne b appropriately called - The MADE Collection.

In staying true to the initial inspiration for this project, she has worked with local LDS and Catholic refugee services to identify skilled seamstresses who will then manufacture the bags and will be employed through donations to this project. I will provide personal training and mentoring for the refugees to ensure quality craftsmanship.  

The remaining funds will go directly to her dream of starting a sewing school called Made. The pledges go to help pay for sewing machines, rental space, sewing tools and materials, and promoting throughout the valley.


The Made Collection





She also makes these adorable cosmetic bags. 





SO HOW DO WE HELP..... ?


head on over and check out her page HERE or by checking out any of her social media listed below

IG @annebsarah
FB /annebdesigns
Twitter @annebdesigns






Sunday, May 25, 2014

It's Grilling Time



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 also delivers grilling perfection – ensuring meat, fish and veggies won’t stick or fall into the grill.

I hate to admit but this is my FIRST time grilling. I usually let my husband work the grill, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was.






 My favorite part is the clean up. This wasn't even half of what was left over after my flank stakes were cooked. I was in the process of cleaning it off and thought... ah wait, I need to document this to show you just how easy it is to clean up! So, imagine double that gunk that would be in my bbq right now. EW! 






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This Miracle Grill Mat is not just for backyard barbecues, it’s perfect for tailgating, picnicking and camping... I think just maybe I can now actually go camping :) 

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With warm weather holidays like July Fourth approaching and Father’s Day just around the corner, Miracle Grill Mat is a great gift for any grilling enthusiast. Order and receive two Miracle Grill Mats and the special bonus gift Miracle Baking Mat – a $40.00 total value – for just $19.95 with free shipping. Plus use my special code for my readers and that is an additional 5 dollars off. BOOM! you're welcome ;)

   
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Happy grilling everyone! 



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