Saturday, September 14, 2013

Monster Party Inspiration



I am planning on throwing a Halloween party this year, and after looking through what seems like
 HUNDREDS
 of Halloween theme ideas I have gone back to basics and am going with a
 MONSTER THEME!!
 
There are so many cute ideas, here are a few that I have chosen to incorporate into my party!!
 
Of course I have all of my ideas Pinned on Pinterest and will share the link to that as well!!

This is the cake idea I am going with...I found the pic online, could never get it to save on Pinterest with the original link, so I had to download it to share with my baker...so to whoever came up with it, I APOLOGIZE that I can't link back to you....but I love your cake idea :))

 
I love dry ice!!  I have no doubt the kiddos will think this is pretty awesome!!
(The How To Is Below)
 
 
I don't know what a party is without cute snacks!! :))  These are just too cute not to throw in somewhere!!
 
(the recipe can be found here)
 
 
 
 
 
 
I love this party printable package, pretty sure I will be ordering this set!!
(they can be found here)
 
 
 
Isn't this idea for "Monster Eyeballs" cute??
(I found the inspiration here )

 
I think these Frankenstein Marshmallows would fit right in
 
 
This is a pretty cute craft idea for the kiddos to do at a monster party!!
(the how to can be found here)
 
 
These are super cute for favor/treat bags.  They are really simple to do.  They bags are available at Hobby Lobby as well as the eyes.  It looks like all it would take is a little hot glue and imagination!!
 
Thought this was a super cute idea for a game at a Monster Party!!  I'm sure it would be easy to re create!!
 
 
 
 
These are just some of the cute inspirational ideas I've found!!  You can find my Pinterest page right here!!
 
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Showered With Love Baby Shower



My oldest daughter had the privilege of having a beautiful baby shower thrown in her and her sweet new baby's honor.  The theme was "Showered With Love".  The ladies did an excellent job of putting it together and so much fun was had by all.  Since Miss Avery decided to make her appearance about two weeks early, she was there to enjoy the festivities as well <3





 
This display was on the table where the gifts were placed

 
This display was on one of the guest tables

This display was on another of the guest tables
 
There were two tables with eight chairs per table

 
A "wishing cloud" where each guest could write in permanent marker on a rain drop well wishes for the new baby <3

 
 

 
 
 
 
The silverware was placed into a small glass vase....and then printables taped to the side
 
 
 
 
An assortment of pastries
They went with pastries, a fruit display and pigs in blankets instead of cakes because cakes are so "over done".  Everyone can have cakes, why not be individual and do something different?!
 

 
 
I actually made these myself to help out.  They are very simple to make!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
The sweet little guest of honor <3
 
 
 
 
The printables were purchased through Hostess With the Mostess

                                 HWTM - Showered With Love Baby Girl Shower Printables

















 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A litle Christmas Inspiration and Laughter Go A Long Way!!




This has been an incredibly busy week, month, year!!  Today my daughter and I took some time to enjoy our first day with no kids home (besides sweet little Avery).  Monday my 4 year old granddaughter had to suddenly be hospitalized for an asthma attack, bless her heart.  Her momma and daddy spent the night and the day with her yesterday while she impatiently waited to be released!! <3 She was released yesterday evening, but it was definitely a dramatic start to our "back to school" routine. 

My oldest daughter and I decided to take a small trip to one of our neighboring towns to visit a wonderful place called Jordan's Plant Farm.  http://www.jordansplantfarm.com/

 
We try to make a visit out there at least once a year in the Fall.  Jordan's is a wonderful "Christmas Inspiration and Supplier of all things Christmas Décor related" shopping destination. 
 
They have too many rooms inside to count, each decorated in different Christmas themes.  She and I both particularly loved one and will be planning our Christmas Décor this year around it. 
 
 
Not the best picture ever, but it was a beautiful tree done in red, white , and green with lots of red stripes and polka dots.  This is the theme we will be working with this year!!

 
I want to make one of these little trains to go in front of our tree this year for the grandkids, with a little car for each of them behind it!!
 
 
Afterwards we drove on into Henderson, ate lunch  and then  toured around the downtown area which neither of us have seen in several years, and then headed back home.
 
We had the funniest conversation on the way home and I just have to share it.  We were approaching the road where you turn at that led to Jordan's again.    I jokingly said "let's go to Jordan's and look around!!"
 
Then Jess said "let's go and pretend like we haven't already been there today".
 
You have to understand, we were the ONLY people there yesterday, so we were just a little bit obvious.
 
She said "I'll change shirts, you can have my other shirt, and you can hold Avery and say she's yours and just look at them funny when they say something about us having already been there and deny it."
 
The more we talked about it and thought about how the ladies there would react, the more we laughed.  They have some really sweet ladies working there by the way :))
 
I'm pretty sure we could have had our own episode of Impractical Jokers yesterday had we only been brave enough to try. 
 
Laughter and Shopping is the best medicine there is!!
 
Have a great week my friends!! 
 
 
 








 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Back to School with Kleenex - Supporting Healthy Schools





All across America families are either already in the first week or two of  back to school, or they are  enjoying every last second of their August vacation and anxiously awaiting the 1st day of school at the end of the month.  We have had an incredibly busy but fun summer here in Texas.  One of my grandchildren will be starting Pre-K this week and my other grandchild will be starting 2nd grade next week. 

Preparing for back to school seems to take on a life of it's own when you combine all of the school supply shopping along with the clothing shopping.  One of my grandkids will be wearing uniforms and the other will still be allowed to wear his regular clothes. 

One of the common denominators on both of their school supply lists was a box of Kleenex brand tissues.  Kleenex is always innovative and providing the best in comfort and care for our little ones.  Kleenex Every Day Tissues are now are made with Sneeze Shield, which is thicker and more absorbent and helps keep the wet, yuckiness on the tissue instead of on their hands.  They are also now made in portable, convenient packages which you can easily toss into their backpack.  Having a little grandson in 2nd grade who seems to always have some reason to keep something yucky off of his hands, this is a lifesaver that they make backpack sized ones!!

I was amazed to find out that Kleenex is the only tissue company that participates in the Box Tops For Education program!  So many of my friends were instantly on board about buying the Kleenex brand and excited about using the box tops for their schools.  To date Kleenex has donated $13 Million dollars to schools through the Box Tops For Education program. 

Kleenex has also teamed up with TeachersLists.com in a Nationwide contest for schools to enter to win 250,000 E Box Tops for the school of their choice. The winners will be announced tomorrow!! 

We will definitely be buying the required boxes of Kleenex, and I would bet probably a few more to take to their schools since germs seem to fly around in the fall after school starts.  The box tops can be found on Kleenex 160 count, 210 count every day tissue and the Kleenex brand 112 count Anti Viral Tissue. 
 
Here's wishing everyone a Safe, Happy, and Healthy 2013-2014 School Year!!
 
In the upcoming weeks I will be choosing a local school district to receive a generous donation of 10 boxes of Kleenex Brand Tissues! 
 
 
 
  *I am a Kleenex ambassador. I was compensated for this post, however, all my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.*
 
 


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Monday, June 3, 2013

Happy Summer 2013



We've got lots of big plans and activities scheduled for this summer!!  Look for lots of pics and DIY ideas!!  My two favorite grandkids let me paint their hands and feet red yesterday to make these lobsters!!  I would have loved to have taken photos while I was doing it but it was impossible to do since I had two "littles" with red paint on their hands and feet :))  Come join us while we have a blast this summer!!








 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

T Ball and Hitting Videos



Because I am a TBall MiMi, I have to share some videos and a story behind them.  My grandson has been playing TBall for three years.  This is his best year yet, all the training and practicing over the years is really playing off and his coaches are beyond impressed with his playing skills.  He wanted to hit better, so we looked for some "hitting videos" on Youtube.  I found one that he LOVES, and I will share the link in case you are also searching for something easy for your TBaller to learn from.  Literally OVERNIGHT it changed the way he hits.  The first night after watching this video and practicing he hit three home runs.  He has had a least a home run hit at every game since then!!  Here's the video of  my grandson, and yes, he has his whole fan club hollering for him!!  I get so tickled, look at the opposing teams coach in the right hand side of the screen after he hits the ball!! I also love watching everyone jumping up and down along the fence as they run :))We all love this little boy!!

 
Here's the video from this last Tuesday night, I can't believe I ran out of memory midway through his home run "run"...but you can see him hit anyway!
 
 
 
 
 
Here's the link to the YouTube video:
 
This is one of the best videos I have ever seen and I will be forever grateful to Ken Van Bogaert for making it so easy for the little ones to understand!!
 




Handprints On The Wall


I had to smile this morning as I was cleaning the bathrooms in our home.  For some reason my grandson always puts his little hand on the wall before he gets in the bathtub each night.  He is six.  Because he is six, his hand has usually been in the dirt, catching baseballs, petting dogs, etc...so there is a perfect dirty handprint on the wall.  Every time I wipe one off, a new one will appear in a few days.  I found this poem, describes him pretty well!!  :))





 
MY HANDS
 
These little hands can wave hello
or put smudges on the wall.
They can fold in prayer
throw a kiss or
reach up when I say "so tall".
They will clasp your hand for an autumn stroll,
Or shape a dinosaur from clay.
But most of all, they will stay with you
when I'm grown and far away.





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