I consider myself lucky when my close friends allow me to help with their child’s birthday party. As lady Oprah once said, “the more you celebrate your life, there more there is in life to celebrate”. For me growing up and still to this day, I love a good celebration, especially when it is for a special kid. For a second year in a row, my close friend gave me free range on putting together a celebration for her daughter, who also happens to be my daughter’s BFF. Our girls have grown up together in the last couple years despite a 2 year age gap, they simply love being in each other’s company.
The heat index is rising here on the Westcoast and what a better time to share a fun little party I threw earlier this month to welcome the official start of Summer. The kids were finally off of school and it was time to celebrate the season of fun with a little get together with friends. With help from some fellow moms and party lovers, Hello Hoopla and Teeny Wish, the gathering was actually pretty easy to pull off (which was especially important, as I too, was coming off a hectic last month at school).
With the big Royal Wedding just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to share a travel themed bridal shower I threw a couple years ago. You know what is just as exciting as planning and prepping your own wedding?!? For me, it was getting to be involved in my best friend’s big day. I know you think your bff is fabulous, but you haven’t met mine. She is always doing things for others and is one of the most caring, kind and loyal people you will ever meet. So when it was time for her to get married, I wanted to make sure she was spoiled like she deserved.
It is hard to believe Easter is around the corner! It really snuck up on me this year. If you follow along, you know I love an easy holiday cookie recipe I can make with the kids. When I came across Hershey’s seasonal Carrot Cake Kisses, I knew I had to create something using them. These aren’t just any White Chocolate Kisses, but rather, ones filled with a cream filling. Meet my original Carrot Cake Kiss Cookie. This one is kid and Easter Bunny tested and approved!
I don’t know how it happened, but I feel like I blinked and my baby girl was approaching her fourth birthday. It seems like yesterday we were coming home from the hospital, no longer a family of three, but rather a complete family foursome. That being said, part of me is a bit happy to say bye to the “threenager” stage that reared its head often over the last year. Our girl is mighty and knows what she likes and doesn’t like.
Of course, I couldn’t let Valentine’s Day pass without hosting a little party. Since my daughter is almost four, I figured she would enjoy having a couple gal pals over to do some crafts and eat yummy treats. Luckily my friend and fellow blogger, Melissa of Petite Littles Everyday, decided to join in with her girls and help put on the fun afternoon gathering.
With a new year, comes many new celebrations. I am gearing up for Valentine’s Day and my daughter turning four next month, but in the meantime, I thought I would share the details from one of my favorite parties that took place last year. Read on for all the delightful elements from a “Little Ladybug First Birthday”.
When it comes to holiday baking, I like to keep things simple, yet make it seem like I slaved for hours in the kitchen. So I decided to share the recipes we break out year after year that always seem to be crowd pleasers. And even better, many only require a handful of ingredients and thus, perfect for busy families out there.
Doesn’t it seem like each year the holiday season passes by in a flash?!? Well this year, I decided to get started early on all the seasonal fun, in order to make sure we don’t miss anything on our Christmas bucketlist, so to speak. And one of the first things I wanted to do was a host a holiday movie night for my kids and their neighborhood friends.
As a parent of two young children, gone are the days (or should I say nights) out on the town until two in the morning, dancing and drinking with friends. These have been replaced with family movie nights, playing card games and earlier bedtimes, as we all know kids don’t grasp sleeping in the morning after mom and dad have had a night out.