Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Becoming Stronger

Yep...that's my Rosie the riveter.  That's my ticket to the gun show right there.


I feel a shift happening in my life.

I was raised to be a good, kind, polite, whatever-you -want  kind of person. And for the most part those are all good things. Until you lose yourself somewhere in between.

I have always wanted people to say " Oh that Emily. She is such a nice person." So I did everything I could  so that no one could ever come back and say anything otherwise.

But I have noticed as  I get older and especially since I had kids.......... I'm tired of it. I'm tired of always not saying something or doing something  solely for the benefit of someone else.  I kinda feel like I've been censoring myself my whole life.

I'm not going to go all out and take the filter completely off ( because I know some of those people  and I don't like them either). But  I've been finding out that  I need to stand up for myself and especially my kids.

There are a few people in our lives that think they can do whatever they want, say whatever they want to me or my family. And normally, I would be very uncomfortable with it but just stand there and smile because I didn't want to be a B. And my hubby hates, with a capital H, confrontation so he will never say anything to anyone to avoid a fight.  So I feel like now, it's up to me. I'm not a doormat anymore and that, my friends, is going to ruffle a lot of feathers.

You know what?  .... Dang it.... I'm stronger than this. This is my life and my family. And to  H with anyone who's in my way now!


( Kelly Clarkson's " Stronger" is now my new official internal theme song..BTW)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Road Trip Map for K

K, being four, is very interested in everything we do ALL THE TIME. It's a million questions for a trip to the grocery store. So I want her to be involved and as aware of what is going on with our trip as she can be. We are going to have our maps/gps to tell us where we are but  I really don't think she gets it by looking at stuff like that yet. She is only starting to realize when she sees the Arch in pictures that , hey, that's where I live.

I started brainstorming about giving her a map or something she could draw on that would be easy for her to understand and not just a regular old fold up map.  She's  awesome at her colors and really starting to always remember her letters and numbers.

I went online and found a site called : EduPlace . They have awesome black and white line drawing maps of the whole country and the world.  So I took the whole USA map and brought it into Photoshop ( but you could use any program for this)  and I traced around only the states we would be driving through. Can you see my excellent tracing skills?



I colored each a different color and put their abbreviations into each one.After I did, that I deleted the layer that the black and white map was on. I blew it up to be a whole 8.5'x 11" sheet size and added the fun border and title .



Now as we pass from state to state, I can tell her and she can fill in the state we are in. Of course the heart is home and the star is Pensacola Beach , FL where we are heading. You could do this with any road trip you are doing. If you have any questions, please ask me.  Happy travels this summer!




Monday
What is the Gunny Sack -Making the world Cuter -Debbie Doo -DIY How Off
DIY Shop - Lines Across My Face -I should be mopping the Floor
Great Fun 4 Kids

Tuesday

How to Nest For Less - Tip Junkie - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia -The Kurtz Corner
Sugar Bee - Romance On A Dime - Chronic Christian Crafter - Funky Polka Dot Giraffe
The Winthrop Chronicles


Wednesday
Oopsey Daisy - Thrifty Home - Someday Crafts - Sew Much Ado
- Junk in Their Trunk  - Southern Lovely


Thursday

My rePurposed Life - Beyond the Picket Fence - Somewhat Simple - Live Laugh Rowe
Loving this Crazy Life -Scrappy Crafty Happy - Fireflies and Jellybeans - The Shabby Cottage
Quality Cheap Home  - The Taylor House
House of Hepworths

Friday


Naptime CraftersStay At Home Nation
Young and CraftyMy Turn(ForUs)
Delicate Construction
Serenity Now
Family Ever After


Saturday



Six Sister's Stuff
Be Different Act Normal


Sunday
Nifty Thrifty Things

Friday, May 25, 2012

Funny Fridays: Mom's New Recipe


(just replace the boys  with my girls.. and this is totally us)



Mom's new recipe

Mom's Brownies Recipe

Remove teddy bear from oven and preheat oven to 375.

Melt 1 cup margarine in saucepan.

Remove teddy bear from oven and tell Jr "no, no."

Add margarine to 2 cups sugar. Take shortening can away from Jr. and clean cupboards.

Measure 1/3 cup cocoa.

Take shortening can away from Jr. again and bathe cat.

Apply antiseptic and bandages to scratches sustained while removing shortening from cat's tail.

Assemble 4 eggs, 2 tsp. vanilla, and 1-1/2 cups sifted flour.

Take smoldering teddy bear from oven and open all doors and windows for ventilation.

Take telephone away from Billy and assure party on the line the call was a mistake. Call operator and attempt to have direct dialed call removed from bill.

Measure 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 cup nuts and beat all ingredients well.

Let cat out of refrigerator.

Pour mixture into well-greased 9x13-inch pan.

Bake 25 minutes.

Rescue cat and take razor away from Billy. Explain to kids that you have no idea if shaved cats will sunburn. Throw cat outside while there's still time and he's still able to run away.

Frosting

Mix the following in saucepan:

1 cup sugar

1 oz unsweetened chocolate

1/4 cup margarine

Take the darn teddy bear out of the @#$% broiler and throw it away -- far away.

Answer the door and meekly explain to nice policeman that you didn't know Jr had slipped out of the house and was heading for the street. Put Jr in playpen.

Add 1/3 cup milk, dash of salt, and boil, stirring constantly for 2 minutes.

Answer door and apologize to neighbor for Billy having stuck a garden hose in man's front door mail slot. Promise to pay for ruined carpet.

Tie Billy to clothesline.

Remove burned brownies from oven

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

K's Family Poster

At K's preschool , they have a fun thing called " Family of the Month". Each student gets to bring in a poster and talk about their family.  They spotlight  2-3 kids a month so everyone got a chance.  I had seen all the other cute posters the other families had made and they were awesome. All kinds of stickers, printouts and scrapbook supplies were used.

But me being me, I wanted to do something different so I thought..." they are studying their letters in school so why not make a giant letter k?"  It should be easy since K is a mostly straight letter.  I picked out a bunch  of  pictures of our family and other important people to us and K.  Then I took it all into Photoshop to mock it up to see how many picture I would really need and what direction they were going. ( I know,  a little over kill  but that's how I roll when i get something in my head)
Photoshop version above
So there is the mock up and you can see where the actual K is behind the pictures giving me a guide on how many and how I needed to cut them.

And here is what it looked like done. We wrote next to each picture explaining who it was and then K wrote her name and family at the bottom. ( see... it wasn't me with to much caffeine trying to write)


As we brought it in, the kids were pointing at it and saying " k" so it did what i wanted it to do. I'm sure you could to this with any letter, you'd just have to be creative with some of the more curvy ones.

Here are some close ups. I really didn't change much from the mock up.



Now it has a proud place on her bedroom door. And I'm sure we won't get to take it down for a long time.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Things I Love about St.Louis: Grant's Farm

(Third post in the "Things I love about Saint Louis" series)




Grant's Farm
has always been special to me. When I was little and lived in the city, it was the only place I could go ( besides the Zoo) to see animals and especially horses. I love horses. All my old friends reading this right now are going.. yep. If you are going to see horses, Clydesdale are some magnificent horses to see up close.

I may be a little bias because I had the privilege of getting to work here one season during college. It was the best job I ever had. I got to be outside, talk to people all day, and be around animals.  I helped and met people from all over the world. It was a blast.

Grant's Farm is a fun place to take your family to see some animals, do some fun activities and have some free beer. Yes.. I said free beer.   It was originally owned by Ulysses S Grant's in-laws and the property was bought by August Busch Sr.  ( of Anheuser Busch fame ) and was his "80 acre country estate" back when the commute by wagon took a whole day from the brewery downtown.
Grant's Cabin ( Hardscrabble)

They opened it up to the public in 1954  and the rest is history.  You  pay $12 to park, and there are other extras you can pay for once inside like carousel rides, feeding the goats, feeding the camels, and of course food and gift  shop items.Or you can go for free after that...it's up to you.

One of the trams

Your visit starts with a 15 min tram ride ( like a car/train ride) around the property to see some of the wild animals like deer, donkeys, cattle, bison . The kids love this part and on a warm day nothing feels better.

Where are the animals? We didn't see many that day and and what we did see were ffaaarr away.
J and S looking for the animals

They offer Private expeditions in a special van which we have done once. It was pretty cool and definitely a little VIP but it's a little pricey so we've only done it the one time.

After the tram ride is over, then you are at the Tier Garten area where the carousel, goats, elephant show, and  bird shows are. They sell a pass now for $5 which is well worth the price. You get  2 bottles for the goats,  ne carousel ride ( one adult is included to take the child) and one snow cone.  Even thought we don't usually eat the snow cone it's still a heck of a deal.

They giggle and laugh every time they feed the goats
You can feed baby goats with a bottle through a fence or if you don't mind goats up close and personal... you can walk into there little area where  they kinda jump on you and eat your clothes. We haven't gotten to that point yet. Maybe when the girls are older.

Walking to the carousel
 K has a real fascination with elephants so for th first time we took them to sit through the elephant show.  Our star of the the day was " Bud" the elephant.  He has been there a long time and as well taken care of as he can be. He gave quite a performance. Even S was impressed, look below.


Here's Bud striking his "pose"

A short walk down a path leads you to the Bauernhof area. This was the building that housed August Busch's horses and carriages. Isn't it cool looking? I always feel like I'm somewhere else or some other time when I walk in there. There is always lively polka music playing so it's very festive.



The Bauernhof is also the place to go for some food, snacks and that free beer I was telling you about earlier. Each adult over 21 gets two free samples per day. Or if you go with someone who doesn't want theirs , well, you might get more. They usually have about 6-10 different kinds on tap. And on a hot day,  they taste really good.


The wood and brick work on the inside is just exquistie.
Grant's Farm
A  great place to have a bite to eat and enjoy  being outside



There is something about all the textures and colors I just love.

Exmoor Pony in the paddock

Some of the Busch family still uses them on occasion as the Busch Family Mansion is also on the property. (they show you a view very quickly on the tram tour and when you are feeding the camels on the way to the Bauernhof you can see the side back of it down the road.)
Busch Family Mansion
When you are done at the top of the farm, you jump back on the tram and go back down the hill to the gift shop and exit area. The gift shop really does have some cute things for kids and adults. There are all kinds of price ranges. We can usually get out of there with the kids only for less than $10 if anything at all.   You then cross the bridge again , go back into the parking lot and follow the white horseshoe prints to the Clydesdale stables and breeding barn at the far end of the parking lot.





You then cross the bridge again , go back into the parking lot and follow the white horseshoe prints to the Clydesdale stables and breeding barn at the far end of the parking lot.


The keep a bunch of the young male Clydesdales here that pull the hitch along with a few mares and foals. They are such beautiful horses along with gentle and patient with all of the people constantly taking their picture and staring at them all day.  After you walk through the main barn, you get to walk outside and see some of them in their pastures.  We saw a young one out by himself. After a while he came to the fence and let us pet him.


Grant's Farm


Clydesdale

If someone were coming to Saint Louis for a long weekend, I would definitely send them here. Everyone seems to love it and comes back again and again.



Monday
What is the Gunny Sack -Making the world Cuter -Debbie Doo -DIY How Off
DIY Shop - Lines Across My Face -I should be mopping the Floor
Great Fun 4 Kids

Tuesday

How to Nest For Less - Tip Junkie - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia -The Kurtz Corner
Sugar Bee - Romance On A Dime - Chronic Christian Crafter - Funky Polka Dot Giraffe
The Winthrop Chronicles


Wednesday
Oopsey Daisy - Thrifty Home - Someday Crafts - Sew Much Ado
- Junk in Their Trunk  - Southern Lovely


Thursday

My rePurposed Life - Beyond the Picket Fence - Somewhat Simple - Live Laugh Rowe
Loving this Crazy Life -Scrappy Crafty Happy - Fireflies and Jellybeans - The Shabby Cottage
Quality Cheap Home  - The Taylor House
House of Hepworths

Friday

Naptime CraftersStay At Home Nation
Young and CraftyMy Turn(ForUs)


Saturday


Six Sister's Stuff
Pam's Planning Party


Sunday
Nifty Thrifty Things


Other Fun Blogs

Friday, May 18, 2012

Funny Fridays : The Gracious B****



Jennifer's wedding day was fast approaching. Nothing could dampen her excitement - not even her parent's nasty divorce.
 
Her mother had found the PERFECT dress to wear, and would be the best-dressed mother-of-the-bride ever!
 
A week later, Jennifer was horrified to learn that her father's new, young wife had bought the exact same dress as her mother!
Jennifer asked her father's new young wife to exchange it, but she refused.
"Absolutely not! I look like a million bucks in this dress, and I'm wearing it," she replied.
 
Jennifer told her mother who graciously said, ''Never mind sweetheart. I'll get another dress. After all, it's your special day.''
 
A few days later, they went shopping, and did find another gorgeous dress for her mother.
When they stopped for lunch, Jennifer asked her mother, ''Aren't you going to return the other dress?
You really don't have another occasion where you could wear it."
 
Her mother just smiled and replied, ''Of course I do,dear.....I'm wearing it to the rehearsal dinner the night BEFORE the wedding.''
 
( Oh Snap!)
 
Women are Angels. And when someone breaks our wings...We simply continue to fly ...On a broomstick.....We are flexible like that.

I'd like to thank the academy....uh... I mean Janice



Say what?

Janice over at Janice's Footsteps was kind enough to nominate me for the  Kreativ Blogger Award. Yippee. How cool is that? My first bloggy award. I'm pretty excited about that. Thank you so much, Janice. You are always reading and always leaving me great comments. I'm happy to pay it forward.(1)Thank You

According to the Kreativ blogger rules, accepting the award includes the following:
1. Thanking the blogger who nominated me to receive the award and providing a link back to their blog
2. Sharing 10 things about yourself that bloggers might find interesting!
3. Nominate 6 other bloggers to receive the award and inform them.


(2) 10 Things about me
So...wow... 10 things. I haven't even gotten my about me page up yet so I'll have to leave some things for that ( wink wink). I can give out all the good stuff, right?

So here are ten random things about me:

1. I'm pretty lactose intolerant. But I still eat ice cream because I love it. It's a very one sided relationship.

2. My favorite day of the week is Saturday. But Thursday is Friday-eve ( right, Tasha?) so it's a close second.

3. I can not play any musical instrument. But I wish I could play the guitar, ukelele,piano or violin.  I'll be softly pushing my daughters towards one  of those.

4. I've never been on TV that I know of and I'm not sure if I want to be.

5. I'm a night owl but I love the early morning. go figure.

6. I used to have two ear piercing per ear in high school and college. Man, I'm glad I didn't do more.

7. I've never really had a nickname except Em. Not real exciting.

8. Never smoked  a thing ( except second hand, yucky)

9. I'm not too much into hard rock. There are a few I like but not many.

10. I wouldn't mind seeing a ghost but it has to be a friendly, not ugly or scary one.



(3) 6 Great/Creative Blogs


Now I get to nominate 6 other blogging ladies who blogs I enjoy...how do I choose? ( I would also like to say that I lllloooooovvveeee all of my new bloggy friends and followers. Please don't be mad {timidly}.)
Erin @ My Very Educated Mother - always cooking, crafting, blogging, teaching , being a mom. She's a one woman do-everythinger.  Did I mention she's  has a degree in writing? So I'm not sure if that last word will bother her or not  :)

Megan @ Life, Love, and Lily at the Pendleton House -with her 40 before 40, she is accomplishing everything she wants to while creating, blogging and being a wife and mom.

Michelle @ Callia's Corner - She has so many great tips that are real and easy to do. And she just seems like a good friend to have around. We go to the library and  farmer's markets together ( ok not really but  we could)

Melanie @ Whimiscal Creations - Her clay sculptures are to die for. Every single one of them is cute.  I'm about ready to commission my whole family in clay.

Katie @ Katie Evans Photography - She has a clean  vibrant style of photography that speaks to me. And she pays it forward by helping the rest of us take better pictures. Meeting her is now on my to do list.

Katie @ Quality Cheap Home - She is so sweet and talented. She hosts a great linky party. She also has such a wide variety of craft, DIY, and transformations that there is something for everybody and you can't get bored.

I  hope everyone has a great weekend and if you want to pass this award on, I hope you do. It's really fun to tell each other  what a good job we are doing.



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

10 reasons you should love the Library

A small sample of one trip to the library

We love the library. I'm a huge reader and I hope I'm getting my girls to be the same. We go to the library every week. Yep... every week.  I'll give you ten  good reasons why you need to go to the library today if not tomorrow.

1. Books are never old or tired of.
We check out at least 20 books for them every time we go. Sometimes they will pick out ones we have read before but for the most part , they are always new. I ask K what she wants to read about, look it up and bam, there we go.  They do have their own books that we own and love getting new ones but we could never keep up with how much they like new books.

2. It's Free
To me, it's the thrill of getting new things for free! Where else can you do this? Uh...no where. Ok... maybe your mom's house but it's not nice to always take her stuff. You don't live there anymore remember?

3. 1000s of DVDs
The DVD collection for the kids is reason enough to go. There are hundreds, if not thousands of kids movies and shows on DVD and we can watch them all.  When they get sick of one, we go get another one. We canceled our mail-to -home DVD service and this has been so much better. They may not have the newest stuff but that's what Redbox , Netflix or Best buy is for.

4. It's a place to go
You just have to get out of the house because...it's been raining/it's too hot/you've been sick/ the kids are driving you crazy.... just pick a reason. My other stay at home mommies can relate. I pack up the kids and we drive over to the library for 30-45 minutes. It take about that long before S starting singing loudly or rearranging the book shelves in a not so nice kinda way. It's time away from home and  a break for mommy. We even go to other branches  that I call "  New  libraries" K thinks it's pretty cool when we go to a " new library" Like, how did you find this, mom?

5. The CDs
You may have to wait a while but you can listen to a whole brand new cd and decide if you even like it enough to buy it. It has seriously saved me tons. Again, for free.

6. Summer Reading Club
 ah... the summer reading club. You have a certain number of books to read and then you get a prize. Last year we got a bag, a bouncy ball, a book, and some food coupons.  When we were little it was a pizza card from Pizza Hut. You got your own personal pan pizza!!!! Oh, the sheer kid bliss of it all. That was reason enough for me. In a house of three kids, nothing was ever your own. But this little pizza was mine, all mine.

7. You can donate your old books/magazines
Yes, they will take your new and gently used books and even magazines and sell them to benefit the library. There is usually a table or box right when you are walking in the doors. (This is true for the Saint Louis county branches. I'm not sure about others.)

8. Your family tree could be there
I'm a family tree junkie ( you just haven't witnessed it...yet) I love learning new things about old relatives and sharing it with my family. At the Main Saint Louis County and  Main Saint Louis City Branch, they have a whole section/ wing/ level dedicated to genealogy. It's completely fascinating.

9. Activities for kids
There are craft days, read out loud days, and movie days. A lot of this is for kids older than mine but I can't wait to take them when they can both enjoy it.

10. E-Books
Now you can get on your kindle, nook or IPad some really great books that you don't have pay for. There is still a limit on how long you can keep them but you can just re-request it and there you go. I plan on taking out a few for our upcoming vacation.

K reading one of my horse books in her pjs.

I'm sure I could think of more but that will have to be part two.  For my Saint Louis peeps....here are some links to get you started:

Saint Louis County Library
Saint Louis City Library
Jefferson County Library
Kirkwood Library
Saint Charles City-County Library

And if you want to boggle your mind... The Library of Congress. I would love to go there some day.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Meet Louie



This is Louie.

He's 13 and always looking for that love connection. He's not picky, boy or girl dogs don't matter to him.  I blame my husband for not getting him neutered before we met ( I know, I know..I'm not happy about it either but what's done is done and will never happen again in this house)

I thought Louie could show you  his online profile:


Name: Louis P
Age :13 studly years old
Breed: Rat Terrier

Born: Somewhere in Arkansas
Lives Currently: Saint Louis, MO

Family : Yes, mom, dad, 2 sisters and 1 brother, Charlie in heaven. And I have two cousins, Finn and Zoey (both dogs)


Other than appearance, what is the first thing that people notice about you?
 I whine alot and  never stop moving around

What are your three BEST life skills?

-Peeing on anything I see
-Humping anything with four legs
-Throwing up on the floor just to annoy my mom

What’s the most important thing you’re looking for in another dog?
 That they hold still while I smell and hump them ( I know...it's so wrong)

The 4 things your friends say you are…
-Good with Kids
-Needy

-Way too friendly
-
Fierce guard dog

What are 5 things you “can’t live without?”
- Food that my sisters drop on the floor
- My bed
- My sisters
- My mom yelling at me
- My backyard

What are you most passionate about?
I would say annoying my mom is my passion in life. I do anything I can to tick her off most of the time but she loves me... I know she does.


How do you typically spend your leisure time? Licking myself, Barking at the noises in my head, and lately... sleeping alot


If you have any other questions for Louie, He would be glad to answer them.  Just give me a shout.


This is the first in the Meet the Family Series. Stay tuned for more.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mom

Me and  Mom on my Christening day-1978
You held me
You brushed my hair
You fed me
You rocked me
You helped me get dressed
You made things for me
You made me smile
You played with me
You listened to all of my questions
You thought all my drawings were good
You taught me things
You cooked for me
You made birthdays fun
You made vacations fun
You cleaned my room
You helped me with a million projects
You told me I was pretty
You told me he wouldn't be my only boyfriend
You told me that some girls are just mean
You told me to call when I got there
You told me to call if I needed a ride
You told me to wait
You told me you'd miss me
You told me I looked beautiful that day
You told me that she was just as beautiful as me
You held her
You rocked her
You told me I was doing good
You played with her
You helped me with her
You told me that she was also just as cute as she #1 and me
You still help me whenever I need you
You did more than I ever imagined as a mom
You are a strong person
You are what I am growing up to be
You are my mom and I love you.

S, Grandma, Me and K



Friday, May 11, 2012

Funny Fridays: New Hat


An old lady was standing at the railing of the cruise ship holding her hat on tight, so that it would not blow off in the wind.

A gentleman approached her and said: "Pardon me, ma'am. I don't want to be rude, but did you know that your dress is blowing up in this high wind?"

"Yes, I know," said the lady, "I need both hands to hold onto this hat." "But, ma'am, you must know that your privates are exposed!"said the gentleman in earnest.

The woman looked down, then back up at the man and replied, "Sir, anything you see down there is 85 years old. I just bought this hat yesterday!"

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Caillou Party for S

My little baby, S, turned 2 last week.  I swing between thinking ...man...she can't be that old already.. ..to...she's already 2 ?  I don't want her  to not be my baby any more. But as all moms say, they'll always be my babies.

I asked S , a few weeks ago what kind of party she wanted and showed her a catalog of birthday supplies that I got. She immediately pointed to Caillou.  For those that don't know, Caillou is a show about a bald little 4 year old boy, his mom, dad, sister Rosie and cat, Gilbert. Caillou is always learning how to be a good boy and  grow up. We watch the episodes that are on the  Sprout channel which is an off shoot of PBS. There are other episodes I've seen where Caillou is much more whiny and a pain but they are never on Sprout and I don't know why. As always , we have a tight budget so I knew I was doing everything myself.

So I started with the invitations...




I grabbed some clip art off  the internet and then made this file in Photoshop.( I can send you the file if you want. I haven't figured out how to make it downloadable here) Then I sent it to Walgreens and had it printed as 4x6s. So $2 for all the invites. Score!

Caillou is always wearing yellow, red and blue. A nice easy color combination to do and available everywhere. Since I did the colored circles on the invitations , I went and cut out, using my handy dandy circle cutter from Micheals, a whole bunch of red, yellow and blue paper circles. The pack of colored printer paper was $4 at Walmart.


I also bought a tiny  6" tall Caillou plush/plastic doll at ToysRUs. I figured it was double duty decoration and toy when the party was over.




  The dessert portion of the party was cupcakes and ice cream.  So I made vanilla cupcakes with chocolate butter cream icing and chocolate cupcakes with vanilla cream cheese icing.  The cupcake recipe was from Tidy Mom. And they really were very good. The chocolate butter cream recipe was from the back of the C&H powdered sugar box. Very tasty. And the cream cheese icing recipe was from the  Betty Crocker (everyone has it ) binder cookbook. I used a cupcake holder that my mom always lets be borrow.
I know...the tape is tacky butCaillou had to hold the sign




To go with my primary color/Caillou, theme I also bought some M&Ms. After I was done icing the cupcakes, I sat there, picked out the red, yellow, and blue candy and put them on the cupcakes to match the paper circles. I also cut up the box that  the Caillou toy came in , taped the images to toothpicks and added them to the cupcakes for more fun.


I went to the party store by our house and got a bunch of balloons in red, blue and yellow. Some even had a 2 on them. When I was at Trader Joes, I also picked up some gorgeous yellow sunflowers to go with my theme.

I went downstairs and started slapping the circles as randomly as I could on the walls. I  really liked how fun everything looked and how easy and cheap it was.



S loved everything. She loved playing with her friends, opening her presents, and eating her M and M's. She had quite a haul.  I can't wait to see what next year's party theme will be.

S, K, and the banner  Grandpa made.

Yea..sugar and candy!
Mmm...Chocolate





Monday
What is the Gunny Sack -Making the world Cuter -Debbie Doo -DIY How Off
DIY Shop - Lines Across My Face -I should be mopping the Floor


Tuesday
How to Nest For Less - Tip Junkie - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia -The Kurtz Corner
Sugar Bee - Romance On A Dime - Chronic Christian Crafter - Funky Polka Dot Giraffe
The Winthrop Chronicles


Wednesday
Oopsey Daisy - Thrifty Home - Someday Crafts


Thursday
My rePurposed Life - Beyond the Picket Fence - Somewhat Simple - Live Laugh Rowe
Loving this Crazy Life -Scrappy Crafty Happy - Fireflies and Jellybeans - The Shabby Cottage


Friday
Naptime CraftersStay At Home Nation
Young and Crafty




Saturday


Six Sister's Stuff




Sunday
Nifty Thrifty Things


Other Fun Blogs

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