Here’s to a…

happy valentine's day

Okay. So I know I haven’t been here in forever. I could give you all the regular excuses of how I got so busy, life got in the way, blah, blah, blah…
but that doesn’t really matter. And while I can’t say that I promise to be here with a new post everyday, I can say that I want to revive this here little ol’ blog. So, on this day of love, I thought I’d share a little something I whipped up for the little loves in my life.

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This is what Valentine’s Day looks like at our house… getting ready for class parties and sharing treats with our friends. First, we made cupcakes…

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I found all of the cute cupcake stuff in the Valentine section of the local walmart, which makes things super easy for this last minute mama. And Laurel was very happy to help with the sprinkles and putting in the toppers.

While the cupcakes were baking and cooling, I got started making the kids’ Valentines. I designed these cards and printed them on cardstock, cut each one out, and punched a hole in the corner.

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For Spencer’s I tied little bags of chocolates to the cards. The Hershey’s nuggets, aside from being extremely tasty, looked like bars of silver to me… kinda like a pirate’s treasure. Perfect for my little pirate-lovin’ boy.

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For Laurel’s class, we decided to hand out bubbles. I found these cute little bubbles in the wedding section of walmart. The wands even have little hearts on top. So, with a loop and a swoop of some ribbon tied in a bow, we were left with these little darlin’s…

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And, there you go. Our version of Valentine’s Day… cute, quick, and easy. Just how this mama likes it. Now here’s to a day filled with cupcakes, chocolate, bubbles, and the ones you love!


Happy 2nd Birthday, Spencer!

Yesterday my baby boy turned 2. And we celebrated. Toy Story style.

There is just something really special about the 2nd birthday. I felt it when Laurel turned 2 and I’m feeling it with Spencer. It’s almost like a signal of the end of the their baby days. I mean, he’s certainly come a long way from this squirmy little dude…

And he has developed his own little personality. Talking, running, climbing. And he definitely knows what he likes.

He never goes anywhere without Buzz or Woody. Those 2 are just as real to Spencer as his dad and I… and I am completely okay with that. We absolutely love the Toy Story movies and have been known to watch them 3 or 4 times a day when we’re home sick… ahem, Spencer and I, that is. So it was an easy choice to have a Toy Story themed birthday party!

I decorated the house with all things Toy Story. Including the toys we already had, like Woody and Slinky Dog. And paper decorations from a store bought pack. I even framed the invitation I designed. My good buddy, Eric Summers drew Buzz and Woody for me!

We made cupcakes and topped them with Toy Story sprinkles.

Spencer blew out a Buzz Lightyear candle.

And we opened lots of Toy Story themed presents.

But there were other things, too. Like this big ride on John Deere tractor that my mom and dad surprised him with. It was a BIG hit… with all the kids!

After the party was over and everything had calmed down a bit, we brought Spencer over to the growth chart in the hallway. Just like we do on each birthday (and at other random times), we marked how tall Spencer has grown.

And I know it’s cliche, but I still can’t believe it’s been 2 whole years. Sometimes I can look at him and it feels like he was just born and others it feels like he’s been with us forever.

Having a little boy has been such a rewarding experience. He shows me everyday how sweet and silly and loving he is… and how completely different he is from his sister. He makes me smile and laugh out loud. He also scares the bejeebus out of me (I mean, really, the kid has no fear), but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Happiest 2nd Birthday, Spencie Man. I can not wait to see how much you grow and learn over the next year!


A Springtime Apple Treat

Last week I signed up to bring apples for Laurel’s Easter party at school. It was one of the last things on the list. And because I am officially that mom, I couldn’t just bring sliced apples. So, I made these fun little springtime apple treats instead.

You know those moms. The ones who completely overdo and go way above what is required for the sake of being cute or crafty. Yep, I am totally that mom. And I am totally okay with that.

I love doing things like this. Especially when it’s for one of the kids. We get to work together and make something cute that we can share. And I know that one day (all too soon) these things will become just a fun childhood memory. So I will be that mom. For as long as my children will let me.

These are so fun and easy. You can make as many as you need for school parties, birthdays, or just an afternoon snack. It took me right around 2 hours from start to finish to make 16 treats.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
Apples
Peanut butter
Gummi Worms
Large straw
Oreos
Clear plastic punch cups
Saran wrap
Tissue paper
Ribbon
Toothpicks
Paper banners
Stickers
Hot glue

 STEP 1: First, I followed this tutorial and filled each apple with peanut butter and a gummi worm.

STEP 2: Crush the Oreos (about 2 per treat) and place into the bottom of each cup. Place the apple on top.

STEP 3: Wrap each apple and cup in saran wrap so that the edges are on the bottom of the cup.

STEP 4: Using an Exacto knife and a small plate, cut the tissue paper into circles.

STEP 5: Wrap each cup with a tissue paper circle. Hot glue some ribbon all around to keep it in place.

STEP 6: Make this springtime treat even more sweet with fun embellishments. Add flowers, bumble bees or butterflies. The ones I used are scrapbook stickers but you can use whatever you have around or can find at the craft store. Anything is fair game as long as you think it’s cute!

For the flags, I used premade banners, but you can definitely cut your own from scrapbook paper. Just fold the banner in half and hot glue a toothpick in the fold. Stick the toothpick into the apple top (going through the saran wrap) and you’re all done!


Laurel was so excited to take these to the party. She told me that all of her friends and her teachers loved them. So I’d say these were a big hit!


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