Saturday, April 19, 2014

Barnyard Birthday Bash/ DIY Birthday Milestone Poster

Birthday Milestone Poster made on PicMonkey
A lot has happened since I last blogged so I thought I would do a little catch up post today.  Well my little man turned one in October and he was blessed with an awesome birthday party at Hunt Club Farm.  Yeah I know he will not remember any of it.  But he will have plenty of pics and will know for sure how important that day was to a lot of folks.  Well I must confess I went a little bit overboard with planning his first shindig.  I started by making invitations on Picmonkey.
I was kinda set on having a Barnyard Birthday Bash so I was psyched when I found this great deal for a party on the farm for up to 40 people for $199.  Hunt Club Farm is awesome.  They included admissions to the petting farm, inflatable moon bounce, a nice sized room for the party and a gift for the birthday boy.  I was very pleased with how his party turned out.  We chowed down on chili with all of the fixins, fried chicken, mini pumpkin pies, cupcakes, candy apples, apple cider, mini glass bottle martinelli's for the kids and classic Cokes.  I drove my husband crazy with the task of finding a vintage wooden high chair for the birthday boy to have his smash cake in.  We finally found one for $25 on Craig's List the day before the party.  I found tons of party favors at the Dollar tree; Cowboy Hats, mustaches, bandanas etc.  The dollar bins at Michael's were gold mines as well.  They had barnyard activity placemats and barn favor boxes.


The birthday boy!



One last tip....making a Birthday Milestone Poster is a breeze with the help of PicMonkey.  Can't you tell I love PicMonkey.  Here's a simple DIY:

 First save a template of a chalkboard.  Here's one.
Then go to PicMonkey and edit the picture.  It's pretty easy from there on.   It's just trial and error.  Just gather up some fun facts about the birthday boy or girl and plug them in.  Save and go on over to OfficeMax and request an engineer print.  You can even download the file and send it online.  After that glue it on a foam board. I used a convenient glue stick and it worked out well.  That's all folks!  

Nosefrida.....This SnotSucker is the Truth!!!!


The Nosefrida SnotSucker Nasal Aspirator


Ok, I'm gonna get right to it.  The Nosefrida is the TRUTH!  It is the most effective, most "awesomly" awesome and totally GROSS baby care product!!!  It's ingenious, excellent.....every accolade available should be given to whomever came up with this invention.  I'm so serious...it's a lifesaver!!!  Last week my toddler had his first experience with seasonal allergies.  It was bad.  His red crusty eyes and nose weren't the end to his symptoms.  He was hacking up a storm and wheezing.  So I rushed my little one to the E.R., worried he was having an asthma attack.  Thank God they said his "wheezing" was actually snot hanging out in his throat (layman's terms of course).  I was so relieved but also frustrated because he can't blow his nose yet and that bulb syringe was of no help.  So my husband went on a hunt for this product we heard about a while back.  The Nosefrida SnotSucker Nasal Aspirator does just what the name implies.  With help from a brave mommy or daddy it sucks the snot up a long tube.  I'm not gonna lie my 18 month old did not like it.  I had to hold him down as I put one end against his nostril and I sucked from the other end.  Gross I know... but it was so great to see all of that gross mucous slide up the tube.  No worries, there is a filter that prevents mucous and bacterial transfer!!  So go out and add this product to your baby care product arsenal!!  This is going to be my go to gift for baby showers!  It's that great!!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Giant Luau Cupcake

July has been jam packed with baking and I just realized I haven't shared the deets.  Last week I finally got a chance to use my giant cupcake silicone pan.  Wow...I have truly been missing out on the ease of working with silicone.  The cake released very easily and I even made a "wrapper" out of candy melts for the bottom.  Here's a peek!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer Fun For The Kids

Well another school year has come and gone already! My how time flies!!! Preparations are being made for the 2nd Annual Welcome to Summer Party in less than two weeks.  As usual I am busy planning activities to keep the kiddos busy this summer.  Here are some ideas I have come across while on Pinterest.
 Have a Glow in the Dark Party.
Heather over at "Sit a Spell", had an awesome Glow in the dark party!!!  What a fun idea for the summertime!  This is a must do on my list this summer for sure!


This game is Synchronized Snack Toss over at Parents.com.  All kids like to play with their food so this is a guarantee hit!


Counting Coconuts has a great idea!  Freeze toys in a block of ice and let kids get everything out.


My kiddos love reading and actually look forward to their weekly trips to the library.  Rebecca over at Simple As That, has a downloadable summer reading log.  My kids also decided to have a Summer Reading Club for extra fun and fellowship!


Help raise funds for childhood cancer. Host a Lemonade stand.

Lemonade stands have always been a fun summer money maker for kids.  Why not encourage the kids to host a stand for a good cause.  On July 19th we will participate with Anthem LemonAid and host a LemonAid stand and raise funds for childhood cancer.  Pinterest has some awesome DIYs for stands too!!
Check out my Summer Fun For The Kids Pinterest Page, for some other great ideas!!



Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bet on Your Baby Luvs Giveaway!!!!!!! Ends 6/10/13


             "We’re proud to announce the arrival of Bet on Your Baby, Saturdays 8/7c on ABC, in partnership with Luvs!

Every parent thinks they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it?  

Bet on Your Baby is a new show where parents play fun games with their toddlers, and try to “bet” on what baby will do next! If they guess correctly, the family wins $5,000 in college tuition money, and the chance to play for $50,000! 

All of these heartwarming and hilarious games are played in a toy-filled room called the Baby Dome. Do you think that you could predict what baby will do next?  "

I am pleased to announce another awesome giveaway to my readers.  Partners Hub and ABC are giving away a Three Coupon Pack for Luvs Super Absorbent Jumbo Pack.  

Luvs® Super Absorbent diapers give your baby the protection they need at the low price you’re looking for—complete with a money back guarantee. New Luvs® Super Absorbent Jumbo Packs have an everyday low price of $6.97 at Walmart!"



Take the quiz to see if you would survive the Baby Dome, and watch videos of the cutest contestants on TV in the Game Gallery!
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Chick-fil-A #FreshMade Giveaway!!!!


Great news readers!!!! My sponsor is giving away 2 Chick-fil-A salad coupons to one of my lucky readers. Who doesn't love Chick-fil-A by the way?! Chick-fil-A has introduced 3 premium salads and an improved wrap all under 430 calories. This is really great since bikini season is upon us!! So "Take your taste buds to greener pastures" and enter today. Giveaway ends May 24, 2013. Disclosure: This giveaway is being brought to you by Chick-fil-A and Partners Hub.  Enter giveaway via Rafflecopter below.

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