December 13, 2013

homemade gingerbread pancake mix

I saw this blog post today by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.  I'm all done with my shopping but this sweet little gift idea is amazing and there is a free printable provided.

Original post HERE

December 12, 2013

Easy Classroom Christmas Favor

I whipped up these cute, easy and CHEAP classroom favors for my son's class this year. Pencils are a nice alternative to candy. 


Pencils -- Target ($1 bin) 
Cello Bags -- Hawaii Paper Party (size 1" x 8") 
Gingerbread Circle Tags -- Lauren McKinsey (my son loves "gingies")
Twine / Punch -- Any craft store

Each cello bag holds two pencils.  Make sure you get the kind of cello bags where the top folds over and sticks closed, this makes it so much easier.  Then you just punch out the tags and tie around the bags with twine.  Oh and the gingerbread tags are editable so you can add your own child's name or a holiday message.

November 21, 2013

Holiday Photo Cards

Party Box Design is now offering holiday photo cards with your choice of three different paper styles AND lot of fun designs!

November 15, 2013

the sickness has hit...

There's been a lack of posts due to a lot sickies going around.  My son had strep twice and now has a cold.  He was kind enough to share is cold with me and now my hubby has the flu.  Lots of tissues, Lysol and sanitizing going on around here.  Tis the season! 

October 31, 2013

October 29, 2013

Graveyard Pudding Cups by Party Pinching

I saw these adorable and super easy graveyard pudding cups on Pinterest by Party Pinching.  Check them out- super EASY Halloween idea!

Tutorial HERE

October 20, 2013

By the Boardwalk Party {feature}

Since I wasn't really blogging during the summer I haven't had a chance to share an amazing party by Party Box Design. Jess threw her daughter a fabulous By the Boardwalk birthday party.  I was super excited to go to this party BECAUSE it's the first party where I was actually able to person!

Jess (and her hubby) did an incredible job with the set up.  The dessert table (my favorite) was piled high with treats and goodies.  There were stations set up all around the back yard that gave you the feeling of actually being at the boardwalk complete with hot dogs, cotton candy and snow cones.  The birthday girl was a cutie dressed in her matching tutu (I was happy to make this for her)  and swimsuit, it was a swimming pool party too after all.

You can read the full party post HERE

You can also purchase the entire By the Boardwalk party collection via Party Box Design

October 18, 2013

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party

My son's birthday was in late August but we didn't have the big party until September.  We had initially thought we would invite his entire class but rethought that idea real quick.  Maybe if he had more of a chance to get to know them we might have gone for it but school had just started and I wasn't really up for dozens of strangers in my house.  We went for a smaller party with a few kids from his Kindergarten class and the neighborhood.

My son picked Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as his theme, the new turtles not the "old" turtles.  I enlisted the help of my bff over at Party Box Design to help design the party decor.  Jess hand drew a turtle and incorporated that into the invitations and party items.

We held the party in the backyard and rented a TMNT bouncy house (awesome I know).  The party favor/dessert station was set up inside out of the heat and humidity.

Okay so here goes...

"Happy Birthday Duke" handmade party banner by Party Box Design
I spent so much time carefully tying crepe paper turtle masks onto  green lanterns (you know how annoying it is to knot crepe paper without it ripping apart?).  Yea all that hardwork went down the drain as the humidity loosened the crepe paper as soon as I hung them up outside and all the masks fell off before the party.  My son was disappointed with that, so was I.  Oh well...none of our parties have ever gone 100% perfect.

The bouncy house was a lot of fun for the kids and adults but beware the sun can really heat up those tarps which makes it hard on bare feet.

The drink flags were designed by Party Box Design and the chevron straws I purchased from Party Garden.
I made the table and favor station signs myself.  The water bottle labels also came from Party Box Design.
You can't have a ninja turtle party without pizza so of know... we had pizza.
Annnnd the birthday boy in his ninja turtle shirt.  By the way mom and dad both had ninja turtle shirts on too, the "old" turtles.  
The lighting was horrible inside the house but we (and by we I mean Jess and I) did the best we could under the circumstances.  No professional photographer this year.  

I ordered the cupcakes from Publix and then iced them myself.  I made turtle cupcake toppers and added lime green sixlets and "ooze" to the cupcakes.  The baking cups came from Party Garden and Sweet Party Shop.
As I've mentioned before the party favors are always my favorite.  Each child picked out a green turtle goody bag.  I purchased the turtle mask and mouth template from Clearly Candace on Etsy.

I also whipped up Toxic Ooze (not really toxic of course) and I found the recipe via Our Best Bites.  

I made two types of cookies, sugar cookies with turtle heads and then chocolate covered oreos.  They needed a bag of course so I also bought the chevron bags from Party Garden.  The cute cookie stickers are from Party Box Design.
Cowabunga Candy and tassels (I made the tassel garland...oh my...y'all that make those for a living, I tip my hat to you).
Feeling Smitten created custom unique ooze bath pops for the party and they turned out SOOOO cute!  They were a big hit and of course Party Box Design created custom bath pop tags for them.  Take a bath Ninja!
I painted wooden peg dolls to add to the dessert/favor table.
It was hot, humid, sweaty kids everywhere but it was a blast, especially for the birthday boy!

October 14, 2013

glitter slime monsters

Check out these super cute glitter slime monsters via The 36th Avenue fun for kids!

October 11, 2013

halloween simple stamp kit gift {repost}

 I'm re-posting this Halloween post from last's so cute and really an inexpensive yet thoughtful gift.

I found this fun little Halloween gift/favor idea from Jacks & Kate.  So simple and fun...this will be for my son's teacher.  You can find the full tutorial HERE.

October 9, 2013

free halloween printables

A complete set of Halloween party printables...and free?!?  Get out of here!

Go get some!

Summer, First Grade, Disney

I know I's been ages since I've posted.

We had a relaxing summer and my son has been in first grade a little over a month now.  He still doesn't like doing homework but then again who does?  I don't think he's ever going to be that kid that loves school.  He's doing really well and we're so proud of him but he'd much rather be playing with Legos.  His teacher seems nice, this is her first year at the school and first year teaching I believe.  He hasn't had too many complaints besides the homework and still only one recess.  :)

In September we spent an amazing week at Disney World and Legoland.  It was my first time there so it was exciting for me and my son and the hubsters too.  Somehow we managed to see all four major parks in three days and drove down to Legoland for an additional day.  We saw the Fireworks show at the Magic Kingdom, had breakfast with Lilo and Stitch at the Polynesian Resort and of course rode countless rides and sweated buckets.  Even though it was September it was still quite humid and even rainy on days but we made the best of it.  Precious memories that made every cent spent worth it!

I still need to share pictures of my son's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles birthday party...coming soon I promise!

June 4, 2013

School is done...bring on summer

Well my boy finished Kindergarten with flying colors...we're so proud of him.  He actually missed the last two days of school because he was sick and then he was kind enough to share the sickness with me.  :)  We plan to enjoy the summer together and try to keep cool in the heat and humidity. 

I've decided to take a break from this blog for the summer- I've been so bad about blogging anyway.  I want to focus on spending time with my son, enjoying the south and working on some health issues.


May 10, 2013


Well the school year is winding down here.  My son is out at the end of the month and we're expecting a hot and humid summer here in South Carolina.  I guess that's the norm and no one is sugar coating it for us.  :)  The teachers appreciated all of their gifts last week. 

We also received the best news ever last week.  When we moved down here my son was labeled a non reader.  He was receiving a lot of extra help at school and we also hired a tutor to work with him.  She has been the biggest blessing, she knew exactly how to work with him.  I am so proud of him and how far he has come.  I was hoping he would be at grade level when he had is final reading test with his teacher but am so happy to say he is now reading at a first grade level.  In just 4 months... non reader to first grade- amazing!

We are settled into our house...the screen porch is done and our fence is installed.  The house is for the most part done- finally!  We're enjoying it a lot and it definitely feels like home.  I do miss some things about the PNW but every day I'm liking it a bit more here.  We've met a lot of nice people and families, became members at church and are exploring all of the cool things the south has to offer. 

Have a great weekend!  It's supposed to be 86 this weekend...woot! 

April 21, 2013

Teacher Appreciation {5 days of Gifts}

Teacher Appreciation week is in two weeks and I wanted to get a jump on things. I usually don't go this crazy but there are so many cute ideas out there (Pinterest) that I had to do something for each day.  School was very difficult for my son this year especially with moving across the country.  He is attending the best school in the district which means it has very high standards.  While it was a very hard transition- it's also been a blessing.  He is getting excellent help with his reading that I don't think we've could have gotten anywhere else in the area.  He has made HUGE strides and we are so proud of him.  So what better way to thank his teachers then with a few small tokens for their help?!

I found all these ideas on Pinterest and will link to each of the original sources.

 "Thank for Helping Me Swim through the School Year"

 Attach the tag to a bag of goldfish crackers.  Very inexpensive!

"Thank You for Quenching my Thirst for Knowledge"

Purchase a tumbler and fill it with lemonade or tea packets from Crystal Light.

Jar of Hershey Kisses

You'll need a 3/4" punch to cut out the circles for the bottom of the kisses.  Attach the circles using a glue dot...a little tedious but super cute!

Framed Teacher Quotes

Print off and place inside of a 8x10 frame.

Washi Tape Initial

Purchase the initials at any craft store and cover with washi tape.  Seal the letter with Modge Podge.  So fun!

April 4, 2013

Pantry Makeover

I know... I know...we just moved into this house, how could it all ready need a makeover??  Well I'll tell you.  We've been in the house for about two months now.  The unpacking process was SO TEDIOUS, you get so tired you just start putting items away and the organization?  Screw that- it just goes out the window.

Here is the before...those wire shelves are a real stinker aren't they? I know it's bad.

Here's the clean out...frightening...

I made a trip to WalMart to pick up some foam retrospect I probably didn't need it in addition to the liner but I used it anyway.  I also picked up a few baskets.

Now everything goes back in ... in a much more dignified manner.

I'm not one of those people that needs to label every container.  Labels are cute- but I can see everything in the basket I don't really need a label.  I've seen pinterest pantries that are decked out in see through containers and chalkboard labels but...I was going for cheap and easy.  :)

Much better eh?

February 19, 2013

lowcountry living

Well we made it to the south- I know it's been a LONG time since I blogged.  We made it down fairly easily and then we got hit with the sickness and we still have it!!  I have been to the doctors three times in the span of one month.  It started as an upper respiratory infection and now is totally sinus.  My husband is recovering from bronchitis and my son had sinusitis and currently is at home with a cough and drippy nose.  Really it's been crazy with the sickness- I think we were all just reinfecting each other.  I feel like (or at least hoping) that we are on the mend.

We are settling into our new house.  All the boxes are unpacked and everything is put away but moving a three bedroom single story into a 5 bedroom two story...uh yea...the house still feels empty!  lol!  Pretty much our old house except for the kitchen fits in our upstairs.  We ordered new furniture for our downstairs and that should be arriving next week.  I hope to post some pictures soon but as you know it takes time to finish the rooms like you want and even then they are always a work in progress.

My son started at his new school and is having a tough go of it.  He has made a lot of improvements in such a short time but they are a lot further along down here as far as reading goes.  We are working hard to catch him up but he's not terribly enthralled with school at this point.  Each day is a pep talk.  It's hard as a mom seeing your kiddos struggle, it's been really hard on me.  For goodness sakes I used to be a teacher!  It's totally different though working with a classroom of kids and working with your own.  We'll get there...slowly and maybe a little painfully...

Once we are healthy again we'll have more of an opportunity to enjoy our new state and see friends! 

Have a great week and I hope to post pictures soon.
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