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Halloween 2016

November 1, 2016

I thought last year was going to be the last year I would be able to get away with coordinating costumes, but lo and behold, we pulled it off again. The kids went as PJ Masks {a disney junior show, for those of you not currently in the throws of toddlerhood}. It worked out because there are two boy characters and one girl. I found the boys’ costumes for a¬†steal online back in September and stacked on a coupon code. I figured I could DIY something to make Merritt be Owlette fairly simply and off we went.

Hudson likes Catboy and Beckham likes Gekko so it worked out perfectly. I didn’t really get any pictures of the three of them together because it is unseasonably hot right now, but I did manage to take some pictures individually to remember this year, the spunk and all.

Because the weather has been so NOT fall-ish, I opted out of making Merritt wear her owlette costume to school on their fall festival day. She also had quite the cold and I took her to the doctor that morning, so to minimize the effort on my part, I put a mexican dress on her and said she was Frida Kahlo. I was tempted to give her a unibrow but just couldn’t. A couple of days later I remembered she has a flower crown so I decided it would be a missed opportunity if I didn’t make it happen for a picture.

I hope you all had a Happy Halloween!

Fishing Party

October 31, 2016

I can’t believe Hudson is FOUR! Like, it’s so surreal to me that my baby is getting old because didn’t I just have him?? Anyways, this was the first year that he actually knew what was going on without me having to tell him his party was coming up and he was so, so excited. A few months ago, we sat down and talked about what kind of party he wanted to have and fishing was at the top of the list.

If you know me, you know I love a good themed party. The details and the coming together of all the things feeds my creative side tenfold. Links to my sources below.

The decor started with a pack of 10 white paper lanterns, I painted the bottom half red and then cut strips of cardboard {a dr. pepper case} to use as the tops. I hung them all over the house in bunches.

The red fish netting {I cut in half} and the bass balloon?were also purchased on amazon. Other random decor I either had already or purchased locally at TJ Maxx or Walmart.

I filled the top tray of a tackle box with gummy worms and swedish fish, and made cake ball bobbers – which are significantly more difficult than they seem. I purchased the cutest sugar cookies from my friend Carrie {check her out on instagram @thecookiemomstercarrie}, made a simple two-layer sheet cake that I decorated with blue icing, swedish fish and cake ball bobbers, then threw in some goldfish and brownies to round out the intense amount of sugar offered.

I used some of scrap pieces of cedar from the fence we tore down to add a few more textures to the decor by making simple boxes for things to sit up on and add height, and topped the folding table with a wooden desk top I made myself a few years ago. Throw in some chalkboard art and we had quite the setup.

For an activity, I filled a large under bed storage bin with blue water beads?{I only bought that one pack} and threw in a few plastic fish and fishing lures for the kids to find. They were a HUGE hit!

We loved getting to celebrate our big boy this weekend, broken arm and all!

organizing bows

August 11, 2016

I’m completely obsessed with bows for Merritt. Like, possibly to an unhealthy level… but how could you NOT when they are so stinking cute?! We have several favorite shops that ours are from and if you follow me on Instagram, I always try to tag the shops in each photo because I know I’m always curious when I see something cute on someone else. I’ve even ventured to make a few bows myself with some of the scrap fabrics I have on hand, so with that combo, we have so. many. bows.

I had been tossing them in a cute little wooden box and hanging about 12 of them on a little string above the changing pad, but as our collection grew, it became harder and harder to find the right bow and I knew our setup needed some modification.

When you search for bow organization online, you end up with the same ‘ole DIY of an oatmeal can on a pedestal or ribbon hanging with bows clipped all the way down.

Don’t get me wrong, these are great if they fit your style and needs but they did neither for me. I wanted something¬†different.

Insert a tie rack idea.

Except I couldn’t find a wall mounted tie rack like I had pictured in my head so I found the next best thing. I stumbled upon this at Bed Bath and Beyond and it was perfect, except they only had one and I have a whole lot of bows. Thankfully amazon to the rescue and I bought 2 more.

I mounted them all in a row and arranged the bows by color.

Viola!

I can see all my options in a quick glance!

Fourth of July Festivities

July 4, 2016