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It's hard to believe it's time for back to school shopping already! I really love this time of year -- I'm a sucker for school supplies in all shapes and sizes! One thing I don't love though is dealing with the crowds at the store. I'd much rather buy online in the ease of my own home! Here is a tried and true list of items your kids are sure to need for back to school.
Teddy bears and a playful picnic atmosphere combine in such a delightful way for this teddy bear picnic joint boy and girl birthday party styled by Catherine, of Smart Party Planning. Planned as a joint 2nd birthday party for kids from a mother’s group, it was a perfect theme for including boys and girls. Imagine the cuteness of six small children sprawled out on a picnic rug, snuggling their cute teddy bears brought with them from home! Almost as cute are the red, white and yellow decorations, treats and thoughtful party favors.
Sam loves to play outside and I’m glad to have him in the fresh air and getting a little sunshine. Of course summertime activities often include some sort of water play but kids can’t be in the water nonstop (ever hear of the superhero, Prune Boy?). When I saw this great outdoor chalkboard idea from Project Denneler I knew I wanted to make it for Sam. OK, I actually wanted Mike to make it for Sam but then I agreed it would really be a wonderful family project. It truly is an easy DIY. The most difficult part would be trying to heft a large sheet of plywood by yourself. Thankfully I didn’t have to.
I LOVE flowers…the colors, the scents. I love picking them, giving them, and especially receiving them from my guys. So of course when I saw this cute flower art project from Blog Me Mom, it caught my attention. Most older boys are less than excited about painting flowers but I figure it’s never too early to teach a little guy how much girls like them; it’s one of those necessary life lessons! Besides, when an art project is simple enough for a toddler to produce such cute results, that’s a win in my book!
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This summer is flying by it seems! We have really enjoyed the sunshine and warm days with lots of outdoor activities. This weekend, we decided to hit the bike trails around our house and have a picnic lunch. Mike, Sam and I were due for a lazy day together after all the festivities of Sam's fifth birthday party. Before we left, I packed a delicious picnic lunch for us to enjoy along the way.
Throwing an incredible budget friendly boy’s vintage comic book super hero birthday party is no easy feat, but Maureen Anders, of Anders Ruff Custom Designs, has some pretty super party planning skills. Don’t let her graphic designer title blind you from her alter party planning ego. This talented momma knows her way around the discount stores. I can totally see her focusing in on hero-worthy party decorations, favors, cupcakes and treat ideas that would excite any super hero. You’ll love all of the high impact details. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for ways Maureen used custom printables to dress up dollar store finds…and even the cake!
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With our busy, fast paced lives, I look forward to our family vacation each year. It's a chance for us to enjoy time together without our normal, daily distractions. It's time for us to re-charge and re-group. I truly look forward to this time together each year.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents.
For as long as I can remember, mosquitoes have loved me. The feeling is definitely not mutual. Mike often jokes that no one needs to worry about mosquitoes when they're with me -- because they all naturally go to me! I don't know what it is but something about me screams "Come! Have a bite!" To make matters worse, I get terrible bites that swell and itch.
Look at this boy’s awesome Modern Camping Birthday Party by Jodie Willis, of Jo’s Studio; you’ll be ready to pack up the party supplies and decorations and head outside! Sleek graphics, paired with rustic décor and hits of green and blue, look fresh on the dessert table. Witty ideas and delicious birthday cakes serve as invitations to a spectacular celebration. Everything was marvelously captured by Lee Bird Photography.