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So we are planning a week-long family camping trip at the end of June. This will be Hattie’s first time camping. Before she was born, we would go once or twice a year. I actually love to camp, and I think that Hattie will love it. It will be a very long week if she doesn’t like it.
We have been talking about going camping with her for a while. She got a sleeping bag and a play tent for Christmas. I have shown her pictures of camping gear, and I think she is starting to get it.
Last night we made s’mores on the back deck. Hattie has had them before, but I usually just make them in the microwave. That really isn’t the same thing. The Husband lit one of the burners on the grill, and we toasted the marshmallows over that little flame. Hattie loved it, and we tried to explain to her that we will cook our food over a fire when we go camping.
So I love a s’more, and I love to have the marshmallow really toasted or burnt. To me nothing is better than a charred marshmallow with some melted chocolate. I came across this amazing recipe for s’more ice cream that I am dying to try. You actually toast the marshmallows before you add them to the ice cream. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR.
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So a few weeks ago my BFF had her little girl’s first birthday party at my house. I love to have parties at my house, and this one was very special. Here are a few things I need to tell you so it will be easier to follow this post:
BFF’s Husband= Tommy
BFF’s Little Girl= Anna Mae
Jess used to live here, but she lives in Georgia now. She still has family here. So she wanted to have a party here so her family would be able to come.
Jess and Tommy did a fantastic job with the decorations and the planning of the party. I only helped “execute it”. This party was all them. I wanted to share some pictures of the decor and pictures of the party.
There really wasn’t a “theme” for the party, but they used bright primary colors and the number “1″. Tommy designed the invitation to the party using a picture that he had taken of Anna Mae in her first birthday outfit holding a “1″.
They also matted the same picture and had all of the guests sign it at her party.
They also used the same picture to create a tag that hung from the party hat chocolate sucker favors that Jess and I made.
I love to hang things from the balcony that overlooks my foyer. For Hattie’s second birthday, I hung Dora dolls from the balcony. Last year, I had La La Loopsy doll cut outs hanging on fishing line with swivels. I am just obsessed with hanging things from the balcony.
So Jess and Tommy took Anna Mae’s picture each month with a sticker that Tommy designed. They used those pictures to hang from the balcony. They attached a picture to each side of super cute paper. Then, they hung the picture with fishing line and a swivel. So there were 12 separate cards hanging from the balcony with 24 pictures all together. They tied a small bow on each line just to add some color.
Anna Mae’s outfit was a blue and white seer sucker bubble with red rick rack. It was the cutest thing ever! Jess and Tommy made a birthday hat for her that matched her outfit. According to Jess, this was the most engineered birthday hat ever. They made it using a cereal box and red rick rack.
Jess and Tommy made the cutest Happy Birthday bunting that hung behind Anna Mae’s birthday chair. It was beyond cute. Before and after each word, they used a picture of just Anna Mae making a funny face. So the picture was just a black and white cut out of her face with a little party hat on top. The pictures will explain it better than I can!
The smash cake was from a local bakery, and it had a “1″ on it with the same primary colors. There were cupcakes for all of the guests. For Hattie’s first birthday party, my Dad made a three-tiered wooden cupcake stand. So Jess used that stand to display the cupcakes. The cupcakes were on the second and third tiers, and on the top-tier was the “1″ that Anna Mae held in the picture that was used for the invitation. The cupcake stand is so great because it is white, and you can add colored ribbon around the edges. So Tommy hot glued a different ribbon on each tier. Once the party was over, I just peeled off the ribbon.
Jess made some red tissue flowers that hung on the stair rail behind the gift table. She also used them on either side of the cupcake stand. I had an orange chevron paper table runner that we put over a white linen table-cloth on the dining room table. There were also bunches of solid color and polka dot balloons around the dining room.
The party was during lunch time so there was a spread of sandwiches, salads and fruit. We also had a beverage tub of bottled waters and soda. I made my sweet tea that was served from a glass beverage dispenser. Of course, I got a lot of compliments on my sweet tea. This girl knows how to make tea!
The party was absolutely beautiful, but Anna Mae got a bit overwhelmed. I do believe that is very common with first birthday parties. After a meltdown and a nap, she was ready to party! I ended up spreading a plastic table-cloth on the floor of the living room, and that is where Anna Mae smashed her cake. That girl savored every bite of her cake and smashed it good!
HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, ANNA MAE!!
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So I am very excited to be co hosting “Like Me On Facebook Wednesdays”. Every Wednesday the girls from Nap Time Review and Consider Me Inspired host a facebook hop! This is a great opportunity to meet some new folks, make new friends and get some publicity for your blog on facebook.
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So first I want to say, “Happy Mother’s Day, Y’all!” I hope that every Mama, Grandma, Aunt, Sister, Friend and Godmother have a fabulous day! I know that I am planning on being spoiled by my little family, and I am going to enjoy every second of it! I really think we should have a Mother’s Day at least once a month. Who do I need to discuss this idea with?
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I am scheduling co-hosts now. June is already full,
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So I just made myself a super delicious and healthy lunch. I usually don’t have my “own lunch”. I usually pick at whatever Hattie’s having for lunch, or graze on something from the fridge. Today I decided to make my own lunch, sit down and eat it.
I had some leftover grilled eggplant hanging out in the fridge from dinner the other night. I made some quinoa yesterday that I never got around to eating. So I decided to add in some other fresh veggies, fresh mozzarella cheese and some balsamic vinaigrette dressing. It turned out super colorful and very light. We are going to the beach this afternoon so this was the perfect thing to eat before squeezing myself into a swimsuit. I really wish they made moo moo swim dresses. That would be amazing!
Grilled Eggplant Caprese Quinoa
2 cups cooked quinoa
2 slices grilled eggplant, sliced into chunks
1 container cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
1/2 ball fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
3/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette dressing
fresh ground pepper
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Serve.
HAPPY FRIDAY, Y’ALL!
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So this week is National Teacher’s Appreciation week. I wanted to do something nice for Hattie’s three teachers, but I didn’t know what to do. So I went on Pinterest and found some ideas. The ideas that I really liked had to do with coffee and Starbucks cards. Who doesn’t love a Starbucks?
A few months ago I saw a commercial for the app Viggle. Have you ever heard of it? Well, you earn points by watching TV. Then you cash in the points for rewards. Shut the front door…I can get paid to watch tv?! So The Husband and I have been Viggling like crazy. All you do if hold up your smart phone to the tv, and Viggle detects it. You earn one point for every minute you watch. You can also earn points by watching certain commercials, checking into certain shows and playing along live with a tv show. It is really fun, and we are both addicted.
The Husband has more points that I do. A lot of the extra bonus points come from sporting events. So we used some of his points to buy three $5 Starbucks gift cards for Hattie’s teachers.
I found some insulated coffee mugs at the Walmart that were on sale for $4 each. On a piece of green polka dot card stock, I wrote: Thank you a Latte for all that you do! Then, I taped the gift card to it. I made up a gift bag with the coffee mug, and the Starbucks card for each teacher. I used craft gift bags, letter stickers, tissue paper and ribbon for the bags.
So I hope that Hattie’s teachers like the gifts as much as I liked putting them together. I really wasn’t trying to be a cheap skate, but I was ecstatic to find such great deals. But, I do love cute and cheap!
HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK, Y’ALL!
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So my little Hattie takes dance lessons. This is her second year, and she absolutely loves it! Little girls in pink leotards make my heart smile. I started taking dance lessons when I was three, and I continued for about thirteen years. I am so pumped that Hattie likes dance class so much.
For whatever reason, leotards are hard to find and are super expensive. I haven’t quite figured out why, but swimsuits are the exact same way. I have been able to find just basic pink or black leotards for a decent price. But, the super fancy ones are out of my price range.
So I have come up with two ways to make the basic leotards look fancy pants!
I love a monogram! I think that monograms make everything look cute and more expensive! So I have a lady with an embroidery machine on speed dial. One of these days, I am gonna make The Husband buy me my own. He would save so much money.
2. Iron Ons
As much as I love my monogram lady, she can get expensive. I have found some cheap iron on letters at the Walmart. They aren’t quite the same as an embroidered letter, but I think they still look cute.
I found a really cute jeweled ballet shoes iron on at AC Moore. It was super easy to iron on a plain pink leotard. Hattie wears it with her silver tutu! Can you say “tu-tu” cute?!
So I have to admit that I love getting compliments on Hattie’s dance class wardrobe. All of the little girls always look so cute and sweet. By looking at them, you would never know that they run around that dance studio like “midget monkeys on acid”!
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