Sunday, November 1, 2015

Pink Lemonade Birthday Party

For the girls first birthday, we went ALL out!  My inspiration for the theme was these Pink Lemonade decorations I found at Hobby Lobby.  Let me be honest and say I found these decorations back in January...their birthday is in July...so I planned this bash for 6 months.  I don't even think I planned our wedding that far in advance!  On second thought, I probably did.  I LOVE planning parties! 



I just love this saying and it's perfectly fitting for the girls.  When we found out we were having twins, we didn't know what the heck we were going to do.  We were scared...very scared!  But now, I can't imagine it any other way.  They're our little lemons!

 
My DH made this adorable lemonade stand.  He did such a great job - I love it!  I kept it because one day when the girls are older, they can use it as an actual lemonade stand.  We just used 2 wooden crates you can find at any craft store or even Walmart, some lumber we got at Lowe's, paint, stain, and some decorations I got at Hobby Lobby.  I made the pendant banner with a printable package from Etsy shop, Tangering PaperShoppe, and some twine.  I didn't really plan this but it became a "photo booth" if you will at the party.  I noticed all the kids getting their pictures with it.  Perfect!

 
I ordered the invitations from Etsy shop, Babycakes Design Studio
 
 
I did a candy bar with all kinds of pink and yellow candies.  I found most of them from Oriental Trading Company but a few came from Walmart.  I even used the pink Goldfish in the buffet.  I printed food tent cards from the printable package I got off of Etsy.
 

 

 
 
My previous boss made these cookies.  I thought they turned out so adorable and they were delish!
 

I ordered these candy bar wrap from Etsy shop, LilParty Animals.  I had to have her customize the nutrition facts on the back to fit for two birthday girls instead of one.   



I did a pink lemonade serving section.  I had a drink dispenser and used "milk" style bottles with pink and yellow straws from Hobby Lobby and straw flags that I also got from the printable package from TangerinePaper Shoppe.  The lemonade sign came from Hobby Lobby.

 
 
 
 
I also did a cupcake stand.  I ordered the lemonade and pink lemonade cupcakes from a local bakery, ButterSweet Cakes.  If you're even in the area, you must stop by there!
 
 
 
For a snack before (or after) all those sweets, I had a sandwich tray.  My mom found this tray at Sam's Club and it couldn't have been more perfect!
 
 
I made these centerpieces from the printable package, burlap craft items from Hobby Lobby, and tins from the dollar section at Target.
 
 
The birthday guest hats were ordered from VeeVeeDesignes from Etsy.  Most of the birthday budget went to Etsy, can you tell?!?
 
 
Instead of another smash cake like the one we had for their smash cake pics, we did 2 small cupcakes.  I had the cake decorator make them to match everything.  The 1 candles I found at Hobby Lobby.
 
 
  
 
   
 
Here's the cake.  I had sent the decorator a couple pictures of what I wanted and this is what she came up with.  I was happy with it - I just feel like fondant would've made it smoother.  I didn't want fondant though because honestly, I can't stand the taste of it. 
 
 
 
I found this game through Oriental Trading and had to have it!   
 
 
These adorable barefoot sandals came from PatchworkJanes on Etsy.  Love them!  And those baby toes!!


 
The balloons came from Oriental Trading Company.
 
 
I made a banner from scrapbook paper and a pre-made burlap banner at Hobby Lobby.  I also made a banner from the girls' monthly pictures, twine, and clothespins. 
   

I ordered chalkboard posters from Etsy (unfortunately, the shop is no longer open) and printed them for these 8x10 frames I found at Hobby Lobby.  I also found the yellow chevron clipboard frame at Hobby Lobby and used it for one of their smash cake photos. 


After looking at the pictures from the birthday party, I realized Kentley's weight was wrong :( It should've been 17 - oops!

 
 
 
 
And I can't leave out a few photos of my girlies!  Their highchair banners were also made using the printable package from Etsy.  I used a pre-made burlap banner from Hobby Lobby, and added ribbon and tulle.  By the time this picture was taken, they had been beaten and abused by baby feet.

 
 Miss Kentley...


 and Miss Carley...
 
 
Their outfits and hats came from Etsy shop, DoodlesDotsnDimples.
 

Here's one of their smash cake photos (before we brought the cakes out) - the lemon necklaces came from Analeigh and Me Boutique.



Photo Credit to Blue Sky Photography
 
And a HUGE thank you to my wonderful sister for taking the birthday party pictures!  We were running around like crazy so we're so glad we can look back on these!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Halloween Gift Ideas for Teachers

A couple years ago, I made these cute little Halloween treats for my co-workers.  Times have changed now that we have twin 15-month old girls...basically we have no time for anything besides them.  I'm totally ok with that so I'm not complaining!  This year, I decided to make their daycare teachers some cute gifts using free printables from two amazing blogs.  I had about 10 minutes of free time while the girls were playing one evening so I was glad these didn't take long!

First, I made a jar of "Bugs and Kisses" - here's the printable for them.  So cute!!  All you need is 2 jars, ribbon, Hershey Kisses, and plastic spiders.  And of course, the cute Bugs and Kisses printable.  I may or may not have snuck in a kiss or two...or five. 


Then I made these fun "Germs Are Scary" gifts.  I love how they turned out - and so easy!  You can find the printable on eighteen25.com and it's also FREE!

 
These would make perfect gifts for teachers, grandparents, bosses, or co-workers!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Very important stuff

I am so excited that I have time for a blog post - I know you've been anxiously awaiting for more! haha   As I was logging in to my blogger account, I realized something...I have absolutely nothing to blog about.  My life of fun recipes, craft projects, product reviews, restaurant visits, and just plain exciting, can't-even-stand-it stuff I used to blog about, is no longer existent.  My life revolves around these beautiful, smart, and amazing little girls.  Oh and of course my husband and our dog :)  Those two links really go to show I haven't blogged in umpteen years.  I've never typed that word - umpteen.  I think it should be left for saying and not typing - it looks weird.
 
I've questioned whether or not to post pictures of the girls on here but then I decided it's really no different than Facebook and Lord knows I annoyingly fill my friends' newsfeeds with adorable twin moments.  Sorry guys!  Ok - I'm not really that sorry.  So because I have nothing better to post on my little blog, allow me introduce to you Kentley and Carley! 

We had to do something with Batman for their newborn pics - the photographer made these cute little outfits - love them!! 
Photo taken by Crimsy Photography
 
The blanket in this photo was given to the girls by their Ma-Ma (my mom)
Photo taken by Crimsy Photography
 
 And they got this blanket from their Grandma (hubby's mom)
Photo taken by Crimsy Photography
 
Our first official family photo
Photo taken by Blue Sky Photography

1 year smash cake photos
Photos taken by Blue Sky Photography
 
 
The end!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

35 Before 35

Well hello there, it's only been 392 days since I've last blogged.  I've been a little busy with my ALMOST one year old twins.  Where has the time gone?!?!  I'm still debating on putting their pictures on my blog because there truly are so many crazies out there - no offense!  We shall see.  Any who, today is my birthday!!  I thought no better day than to do my 35 Before 35 Bucket List.  I did a 30 Before 30 List a couple years ago and it went pretty well.  So, here we go!  The first couple are being carried over from that list - better late than never.

35 before 35


1.   Go Camping.  This will be a little harder with the girls.  Maybe we'll just stick with the backyard.

2.   Volunteer at an animal shelter.  This is going to be so hard but I really want to do this.  I may have a backyard full of dogs when I'm done.  But they can keep us company while we camp!

3.   Complete our Insanity workout program again - OR Chalean Extreme.  I can't tell you how many times I've started these and only last a couple days.  Time to buckle down and get serious.

4.   Complete our wedding scrapbook.  Yes, this still hasn't happened yet.  It's only been 4 years almost.  One day.

5.  Road trip with no destination.

6.  Reach goal weight.  I'm only 10 pounds away!!  I am happy to say that I weigh less now than I did when David and I got married.  Woot! Woot!

7.  Horse Races at Remington Park - fancy outfits WITH fancy hats!  And of course, take the girls.

8.  Visit Eureka Springs.

9.  Boudoir Pictures!  I wanted to get these done BEFORE I had kids.  Didn't happen.  But I'm even more excited to have these done.  Tiger stripes and all!  Thanks girls for ruining mommy's abs.  HA - like those ever existed!

10.  Pay off my car.  This is the car I got when I was doing my 30 Before 30 List - it's only fair I include it in this list.

11.   Start going to church.  We've been wanting to start going for a while, but just haven't.  We'd love for the girls to be involved in church while growing up.

12.  Disney World on my 35th Birthday.  The girls will be 4 - is that too young for Disney World?

13.  Become a regular blogger.  I love to blog - it's just hard to find the time anymore.  Maybe just a couple times a week!  This also calls for a blog design update!

14.  Visit a winery.  Yep, it's true.  I've never been to a winery.  I'm so sheltered.

15.  Lasik Eye Surgery.  I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of cleaning my glasses and my eyes getting bloodshot from my contacts!!  However, I have high anxiety and think the worst so I would need some good drugs before they go to poking on my eyes.

16.  Plant a garden with the girls.  This can be vegetables or flowers.  Judging from my past flower gardens, maybe we'll go with veggies.

17.   Complete a Mud Run.  I should probably do this after # 3.

18.  Get a tattoo.  I don't have one.  I really want one to represent my twin girls.  A small one.  That can be covered up if needed.  Preferably on my wrist - I can cover with my watch.  Ok - I've made all the decisions.  Now, I just need to get the courage to actually go get one.  I'm skeered. 

19.  Eat at a restaurant featured on the Food Network.  We love to eat out and trying new places.  But I've yet to eat at a place that's been on that channel. 

20.  Redecorate the girls' bathroom.  I've kinda already started this :)

21.  Redecorate our bedroom.  Our dog sleeps in our bed.  Don't judge.  So therefore, we have to wash the comforter often.  It needs updated.  Yesterday.

22.  Learn a different language.  I took Spanish in high school but I don't remember much.  I actually want to purchase a lesson from Rosetta Stone.  I'm thinking French!

23.  Make a rag quilt.  I have the pattern already.  I bought it 5 years ago.  It's time.

24.  Get caught up on Shutterfly albums.  Yea right... a girl can always dream.

25.  Make homemade salsa. 

26.  Take the girls to the beach

27.   Try oysters.  Not looking forward to this one but I've heard they're good.  Plus, I've had escargot before so I feel like I should give oysters a chance. 

28.  Eat at 20 "new to us" restaurants.  I told you we love to eat.

29.  Take the girls to a Thunder game

30.  Visit Great Wolfe Lodge.

31.  Become more consistent with my skincare routine.  I've got wrinkles, my friends.  Not cool.

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