Monday, June 27, 2011

Garden Party

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 Shiloh's garden birthday party finally arrived!  Seems like I have been planning it forever.  After I decorated the table, I thought, How in the world could this have taken so much time and funds?  It all looks so simple once it's displayed.  It was worth it for my Sweet Sue Girl. :)

 She begged for a pinata this year.  Took forever for the salesperson to find just a regular butterfly at Party City.  So glad we waited ~ it was perfect for our theme!

 Table setting and "garden cake."  This was my first experience painting with acrylic paint, but I wanted the pots to match the color theme. Have no idea if it's water proof or not.  I did line the inside with foil in case it wasn't food safe.  I was going to fill the pot with Dirt Pudding, a recipe from Mark's grandparents, but Shiloh insisted on chocolate cake.  So, I just crumbled chocolate cake, poured melted chocolate frosting over it, and then topped it off with crushed Oreos to make it look more like topsoil.  Made homemade sugar cookie flowers and added gummy worms, too.  FUN!

 After Shiloh's friends arrived, she opened gifts.  Lots of neat art stuff, including a diary that she's "written" in everyday since, Barbies, and a Littlest Pet shop Hospital.

 Doesn't look to happy about turning 6.  Or maybe it's b/c Mama stopped her from eating cake to pose. :)

The girls swim and take turns planting flower seeds into their little pots.

We saved the pinata for last so the girls could dry off before going home.  And Shiloh is first to take a swing.

It took a few rounds, but Shiloh was actually the one to make the final blow that sent candy and trinkets flying!!  All in all a very fun party.  I love you Shiloh!!
Party cleanup:  Mullin actually volunteered the vacuum the kitchen for me! :)  How nice, especially after he already helped so much during the party.  Lincoln was a big helper, too.  Thanks guys!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


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Happy birthday baby big girl!!  Six!  I can't believe it! 

Added to your Zhu Zhu city collection and gave you a stepping stone kit.  It will look great by the bean you planted!

Because you will be having cake for your big party, I let you pick out a Ben & Jerry's to celebrate your day.  Cinnabun, of course!

Aunt Brooke and cousins stopped by ~ more Zhu Zhu pet stuff!

Monday, June 20, 2011

King of the Grill

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 That's the title of the Father's Day card the kids picked out.  They love their daddy's grillin'!!

 Mullin and Lincoln bought him a sunscreen for his new Ford Fiesta.  A must have item for the desert summers!  We also gave him an Amazon gift card to buy books for his beloved Kindle.

 Soft tacos as requested.  The kids were so excited to have MEAT tacos for a change.  It's mostly home made refried beans instead of hamburger.  SO much cheaper and healthier! ;)

Oh, and coconut cream pie for dessert.  The best ever. 

Hope you had a great day, babe!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Perfect Punch for Baby Boy Shower

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Here's what you will need:

  • 64 oz. of Hawaiian Punch (The blue-colored one)
  • 1 bottle of Sprite or gingerale (2 liters)
  • Vanilla ice cream or pineapple sherbet
  • Rubber duckies

* Pour Sprite and punch into punch bowl.  Add scoops of vanilla ice cream.  Float clean rubber duckies on top.  

Tips: The mini rubber duckies that I used had difficulty staying afloat, so I think the larger, regular-sized ones would work better. You can also add a little bit of apple juice to enhance the taste if you go with pineapple sherbet. Blue ice cubes made with the Hawaiian Punch keep the festive drink super cold!

This easy, festive punch worked for me, and it tasted yummy, too!

Update: At a recent friend's baby shower, we used the bigger rubber ducks, and they DO work better!!

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* For the same shower, I made a Baby Boy Diaper Wreath, too. So fun and adorable!!

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*Original photo of punch with mini rubber duckies.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Apal for Babby

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My heart just about melted right out of my chest and seeped out my belly button when I saw this note Shiloh had written and set by her daddy's coffee pot.  So. Stinkin'. CUTE!

Shiloh loves to give her daddy gifts even if they are recycled right from her very own bedroom. :)  She has such a sweet, little spirit--makes my heart feel all squeezed up!!  Well, our apples trees are bursting with ripe, green treats, so I guess she picked one for her daddy to take to work the next day.  What a thoughtful daughter to give daddy such a healthy snack!

Shiloh is also in to writing all her own notes even though she can't quite spell yet.  Oh, and I guess we still need to work on those pesky b's and d's.  I love seeing all these beautiful notes--such treasures.  ;)

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Diaper Wreath

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A very cute and easy gift and decoration for a baby shower!

For the base, I used a sturdy foam circle that I bought at Michael's.

You will also need a pack of diapers - I used white newborn ones.

To secure diapers around the foam wreath, I used rubber bands - I chose a pack with just the natural-colored bands.

Here's what it looks like when the first layer is done.

I overlapped the diapers so none of the green foam could be seen.

Finished product hanging up at the baby shower, which was decorated in a brown/blue theme.

Other helpful hints: I used 10 items to fill the wreath, and I tied all of them to the wreath with thin blue ribbon.  Items used: pacifiers, socks, lovey, rattle, Burt's bees diaper cream, teething ring, onesies, and one of those nose suckers. :)

Before I secured all of the baby items, I wrapped the wreath in brown ribbon with blue polka dots.

A little difficult to see in the pictures, but as a finishing touch, I tied small strips of blue and brown ribbon to the rubber bands at the ends of the diapers.
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I was so excited with the way it turned out.  It totally worked for me!

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