Monday, June 11, 2018

Birthday Party Fun!!

Birthday parties are a great boost to any child's self-esteem. Making them feel like a queen or king for the day is one of the best (and most lasting) gifts you can give them. But where and how should you start?
ThemeMany parents feel more comfortable starting with a theme around which they can organize invitations, decorations, games, crafts and food. Both you and your child will enjoy making plans that reflect her interests. I can't wait to share some of mine with you!
Guest List and InvitationsTime to make the lists (make sure you set a limit before you start your list). The invitations can be either store-bought or homemade and should set the mood for the event.  In addition to obvious information like the time, date and directions, include special details like "bring a swimsuit" or "parents should accompany children."
PlaceIf you decide your home or apartment isn't suitable for a children's party, there are several off-site options that come with obvious advantages (including being able to come back to a clean home after the children have been picked up).
DecorationsAtmosphere is everything. Once you've chosen a theme, use a little creativity to set the scene. Kids are naturally imaginative; they'll play along when you use simple household gadgets to transform your home.
EntertainmentDepending on the ages and attention spans of your guests, outside entertainment could be a big hit. But younger children (those under four or five) may be frightened or just plain bored by a performance that goes on longer than 45 minutes.
Organize HelpDon't go it alone. Everything will be much easier if you have help — a spouse, relative, neighbor, babysitter or friends who can assist with activities as well as serving and cleanup. This is especially important if you will be entertaining young guests whose parents drop them off.
Food and CakeFor brief parties, cake and ice cream is really the only refreshment you need. Older guests may actually enjoy preparing the food as much as eating it, so consider substituting cooking for a craft. We always try to tie in food to our theme.  It is important to always make sure your guests have something to eat and drink even for short parties. 
Control ExpensesYou don't need to spend a lot of money to have a successful party. This is a party for your child and her friends — not for other parents. Controlling expenses also means that you should not feel obligated to send home goody bags full of expensive toys. While some stickers or a craft make nice souvenirs, most parents agree that it's time to start saying no to elaborate party favors.
Dealing with SiblingsIt's the birthday kid's big day but that doesn't mean you can ignore her brothers and sisters. While you may want to arrange for siblings to go play at another friend's house, many kids don't want to miss out on the action at home. If that's the case, allow the sibling to invite one special friend. They can either play in another room or help out with the party (as coat-takers, present-collectors, guest-greeters, or waiters).
I look forward to sharing with you a few of the parties over the years we have held for our daughter.  I love party planning. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day

Practicing spelling has never been more fun than with this Valentine printable! Be sure to check out for more spelling activities just like this. 

Thanks to Shannon with for the fabulous fun on Valentines Day.   
If you need the answer sheet drop me a message!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Favorite Part Of the Week

It is a little late but I got to come babysit my little nephew Hunter.  I am so happy to be able to spend some quality time with him. He is such a great little baby and oh so quite.  I honestly could just sit here and watch him sleep all night long. 

I am not sure if I can pin point just one thing that topped my week.  With the little miss under the weather all week we go to spend a little extra time with her and she got an extended winter break.  I also got to watch her at cheer and seen her do her back handspring with out help.  She simply amazes us on a daily basis.  She is so kind, thoughtful and so full of love.

I worked super hard to get things cleaned and decluttered.  I love how clean certain !rooms are becoming in our house.  Who knew that it was so therapeutic to throw stuff out. Lots of garbage but also lots to donate to others.  One mans garbage is another mans treasure.

As sad as it was to say goodbye to the Christmas decorations this year I am happy as that is less clutter lying around. 

I am working on making sure that I write one good thing that has happened each week so that as a family come New Years eve we are able to open up this jar of memories to read out loud as we reminisce about a fantastic year. 

This week it is a total toss up between watching my nephew and seeing Sydney do her back handspring on the tumble track.

How about you??

Saturday, January 6, 2018

How To Make A Vision Board

I’m sure most of you have heard of a vision board, but for those of you that haven’t, a Vision Board is a visual representation of dreams and goals that you would like to actively work to achieve.
There are so many ways to make a vision board and it really is not that complicated, but it is a bit of a process.  
This year is actually going to be my first live vision board. I have journals and digital dream boards but not a live board.  I am going to work on this with my darling daughter and see what we can complete in 2018.
You will need to set a limit as to how long your board is for, sometimes it is hard to see them long term goals.  Spend some time thinking about your goals and dreams.  And then you will need to find picture, words, quotes that will inspire you to complete your goals this year. As you complete your vision board make sure to add some personal touches with lettering, artwork and any other meaningful touches.  
I am excited to do this together with my little mini and can't wait to show you how they turn out.  I look forward to complete them each year as both our goals and dreams will change each year. 
Some ideas to use for your boards
- Words to live by
- Things I will do
- Places I will go
- How I will feel
- Books I will read
- I can't wait to be
- Self Affirmations I am...
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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Three Goals This Month

Through the year I have learned that I am not always good at keeping resolutions. 
So I am taking a different approach this year.  
I am going to just set some goals monthly and maybe a few bigger goals for the year.

Goal number 1, for the month of January I am working on decluttering. I have joined #declutterlikeamother and can't wait to see what I can remove from our house.  I am looking forward to a fresh start to the year and heck might even make a few $$ along the way.  
I plan to make a garbage pile, sell pile and donate pile. It is time to clear the clutter and not going to look back.

Goal number 2, work toward a healthier lifestyle.  I have been doing lots of reading on a low carb / keto diet.  Both the hubby and I are changing the way we have been eating and look forward to some great results.  I will share some of our key receipes as the months go on.  We have started with a cleanse and Keto Coffee and so far so good. Learning how to cut out the sugar is going to be a test for me.  I am not ready to give up my Pepsi just yet.

Goal number three, to focus on spending more time with family.  The kids grow up so quickly. You almost blink and another year is gone.

One of my major goals in 2018 is to clean out the craft room and start to spend more time working on completing albums.  We have been married for almost 10 years and still don't have a book to show our special day.  Our darling daughter is almost 9 years old and still have not started her book.  Scrapbooking has always been a love of mind and I am going to get back at it. Tips and tricks and progress I will share along the way.  

Share with me your monthly goals and progress.  I would loveand good luck this month.  If you want to sign up and join the declutter challenge for this month here is the link.