The Tween Years | Twelfth Birthday Party

October 20th, 2014 | Posted in Parenting, Parties & Celebrations

tween birthday party

Over the years, I’ve thrown a lot of birthday parties—twenty as a matter of fact. TWENTY! We’ve come a long way from the garden party I threw Ellie for her first. I remember cutting out an unreasonable amount of little flower shapes out of card stock. My hand was cramped for days. A picture of our daughter was glued into the middle of each and then affixed to a large cut out garden attached to the wall. Continue Reading...

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Happy Friday Links + a Question!

October 17th, 2014 | Posted in Features

painting

How has your week been? Ours has been full of celebration. The weather this week was mostly dreary, but for one of the first times I can remember, it didn’t bring me down. It was actually a bit refreshing. Maybe it just reminded me of Sleepy Hollow, which, is kind of perfect for this time of the year.

I also spent the week painting Ellie’s bedroom. Everything is changing this season. I’m trying to stay positive and bright about it. The changes are all good, it’s just that I have a tendency to hold onto the past. What can I say? I’m a work in progress, much like the half-painted bedroom.

-Yum!

-If you sew, you’ll want to check this out

-Have your heard Karise Eden’s voice? I. am. obsessed! Her story is incredible too. Such a survivor. She took two years after her debut on The Voice Australia to refocus and define success on her own terms and now she’s back with a new album. Hoping it takes off here in the US too.

-SO excited about this! Mari from Small for Big just launched Smallful, a digital download shop. The quality of the printables is crazy good.

-Best books for every state

-for when you need a ‘silly’ break

-Then and now series looks at the kids in the same place but years apart

-these make me smile

Before I go (I’m taking off to take the birthday girl and her friends shopping), a question:

How good are you at asking for advice? I recently accepted I am totally crappy at it. Not sure if it’s a first born thing, a stubborn thing, or a defense mechanism thing, but I rarely ever ask for advice. And according to some research, it might be holding me back. How about you? Do you struggle with it too? Or are you a pro at it? I’d love to hear!

Have a lovely weekend
xx

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13 Days of Halloween | Pumpkin Night Light

October 16th, 2014 | Posted in Halloween

pumpkin night light

Pumpkin Nightlight
Cinderella had a pumpkin, if the stories are true, that turned into a coach after it grew. While that legend is cool, hold your horses, sit tight. More impressive than that, is a pumpkin night light.

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13 Days of Halloween | Baked Apple Surprise

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Cooking, Halloween

these baked stuffed apples are delicious

Baked Apple Surprise
Poison? Rotten bits? You’ll find none of that inside. Instead of a trick, it’s a treat! A delicious surprise.

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Twelve!

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Parenting

photo ©Dave Cooper

Taking a bit of break today from all the Halloween posting (hope you guys aren’t too sick of it yet, because we have 5 more days to go) to talk about a very important day—today! Today, the girl who made me a mama came into this world. She didn’t want to; she was quite content to stay put and no amount of pushing by me or pulling by the docs would make her budge.

I am as awestruck today as I was the day I met her—in awe of her laugh, her spirit, her strength. And her silliness.

We have a birthday eve ritual that the story that night is the story of the day the kids were born. I almost forgot about it until Jonah reminded me. “Hey, you’re supposed to tell Ellie’s story.” So I did. After the story, as everyone set off for bed, Jonah told her, “I wasn’t going to let you get past 10, 11 was an exception, but 12 is unacceptable.” He was joking…sorta.

Twelve. Can it really be twelve years? I suppose I’ll say “Can it really be this number of years” every year. But this year, I feel like we’ve hit a milestone. It’s a good one, no, a great one.

Thank you Ellie for being our daughter. Thank you for being you.

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13 Days of Halloween | Frankenstein Popcorn

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Halloween

this Frankenstein popcorn is tasty and a great party activity for kids

Frankenstein Popcorn
Deep in the bowels of a lab underground, Dr. Frankenstein’s tummy rumbled, not a snack to be found. He screamed to the heavens and BAM! lightning struck. He heard something popping, things running amok. Inside of a cupboard he had yet to open, awaited a tasty concoction, his hunger now broken.

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The Great Pumpkin Round Up!

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Family Ties, Halloween

creative ways to decorate your pumpkins this year

Pumpkins are the quintessential object of fall and Halloween. Thanks to the ingenuity of makers across the world, pumpkins are more than just carved jack o’lanterns for the season, and they’ve become regular masterpieces. Continue Reading...

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13 Days of Halloween | Mad Scientist Costume

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Halloween

easy to make mad scientist costume

Mad Scientist
“Eureka!” the scientist exclaimed. “I’ve done it! It’s true!” Called mad by some, she was really quite shrewd. The potions and discoveries she made were varied. Some gave you twelve toes, others turned your nose hairy.

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