|The Beautiful Bride with new baby neice Mackenlie <3 :)|
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Had fun with my mommy, too! My brothers and I did a picture recreation! Super fun, and funny! She loved it!
So I haven't written in super long between babies being born in the family, finals week, selling those t-shirts to donate and tons of birthdays, I'm running like a crazy woman. BUT I made a cake, had an emergency cake decorating sesh and made cupcakes for two 21st birthday ladies! One of my friends is pregnant so she couldn't drink, but I took her out for virgin daquiries and we had fun nonetheless :)
|The inside with the pudding shot|
Monday, April 22, 2013
Writing super fast (Lil is about to wake up) to let you know that I've decided to print up some t-shirts and wristbands to benefit those injured in the Boston Marathon. It hit really close to home, and I felt the urge to do something for sure. I designed these t-shirts and would LOVE to send a huge check their way. Some people who provided for their families may never work again. Insurance does NOT cover everything and these people are going to live a long struggle. Like the face book Donations for Boston Marathon Victims to donate, order a t-shirt or wristband! 100% of profits will be going to the One Fund Boston by Deval Patrick and Tom Menino. Please reach in your hearts to help from these horrible tragedies!
Monday, April 15, 2013
So in my break time I have been working my butt off at the gym and planning for crafts and fun stuff to come. I'll be posting a summerish craft tutorial, but it goes with the cake so no clues! Today, I want to talk about my favorite handmade stores and such (etsy and facebook pages) I've done LOTS of searching around and am picky with what styles I buy for Lily.
So many bow makers charge frankly too much, or maybe just too much for me. My favorite bow place is Kota's Bowtique (link here). Her bows are beautiful, nicely made, heat sealed edges, many caps to choose from, occasional clays and most importantly- the perfect price! She also posts sales every so often, like yesterday... which of course I could not resist. Buy 5 bows, get 2 free! How awesome?! She's friendly and has great service. Highly suggest you check her out. Also, she offers different sizes, which is important because Lily looks silly with a gigantic bow on her head, but you certainly want it big enough. You can customize every part of the bow and she is willing to work with it! Her bows were the ones around Lily's Easter basket. Thanks Kota's Bowtique! This is one of my favorites we ordered:
Another important bow maker to check out is Mommy Crafts A Lot. Now I started following her ages ago, and now she's an A-list celeb in bow world. She makes YouTube videos (link here) on many different things, but mainly bow techniques... Unfortunately, bow making just was not my cup of tea. But, she also has a facebook page! Here, she not only sells her bows but promotes MANY other makers and has the biggest auctions featuring tons of different stuff. (check her out) If you're not into the types of bows I am, this page will direct you where to go. Tons of different styles and shops, and often getting you a good deal. MCAL's bows are amazing also, but people bid on them for unspeakable prices!
Leading me to my next point- if you auction, be a savvy auctioner. Check the boutique before bidding way higher than they regularly sell for. I know that's the point, but I only have x amount to spend on fun things like bows, and I'm looking for a bargain.
My go to tutu set girl is Bethanie's Boutique (facebook here) or (etsy here). I splurged a bit on Lily's first birthday outfit, and got her a GORGEOUS set to match her theme. The set was a personalized onesie with a tutu and hair piece. It's currently featured as Bethanie's profile picture!! Here is Lily in her set:
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Hi all! Happy Easter! Just wanted to quick post about what I've been up to and Lily's Easter! So I've been super busy the past few days. Wedding dress shopping for my cousin, and baking like crazy on top of the usual holiday bustle. I made a cake for my cousins baby shower, made a generic birthday rosette cake, made egg shaped cookie sandwiches for Easter, am in the process of making my brothers birthday cake and wedding shower cupcakes!! Busy busy time! But it looks like a lot of people viewed the Easter party post so I'm super excited about that! Thank you all for reading and repinning and sharing! I'm so grateful! And also, I'm on my phone which means all of the pictures will be at the bottom. Sorry!!!
So first ill talk about the rosette cake. I use a wilton tip 1 and had a crazy easy time with it honestly.. the only tip (not frosting tip, pointer tip, lol) I really have is to be conscious of the sides. Don't worry too much about making the side rosettes the same size as the top rosettes. If they don't fit, they don't fit. Make bigger rosettes for the sides.
Next ill talk about the baby shower cake. I'd say I learned plain old not to use sugar sheets. They're so difficult and frustrated the crap out of me! They don't wrap around the cake as easily as youd think and even someone like me, who always finds a solution, struggled bad! I also purchased the baby mold for the top from a company called winbeckler who I could spend millions on! I didn't have color dust, so I painted the baby's hair with cinnamon. I also put the baby in diamond sugar around the baby which definitely gave the her a nice touch! Surprisingly, this cake has got more comments than any thus far, I think, and its not my favorite.
And last but certainly not least, Lilys basket!!! She found hers in her room and was very pleased!! She had hair bows, pjs, chalk, bubbles, big coloring book, a ball, brobee keychain (yo gabba gabba), shoes, hair elastics, shorts, a little wind up jumping bunny and a rubber duck. Very satisfied! Grandpa also got her some books. I did not give her any candy. She did an egg hunt at Adam's house and made out very well too!
Now I feel people are going kinda crazy with baskets. I don't think big gifts are necessary at all because its not a big gift holiday. Here's a list of basket stuffers for children under 3:
*puffs, yogurt drops, cheerios, cheddar bunnies or their favorite snack in eggs
*a small stuffed animal
*shaker eggs or an egg tambourine
*crayons (the fat ones are great for little hands)
*a large scale coloring book
*wind up toys
*water shoes or flip flops
*anything you truly need to restock on (hair elastics for Lily)
*sun hat or baseball cap
*Melissa and Doug wooden puzzles
*mix up some pinterest baby finger paint if you're feeling brave
*a bathing suit
*Easter rubber duck (dollar store!)
*baby sun block (if you're going with beach theme)
*a soft photo album
See, I think its key to set a budget or an Easter basket size, because you don't need to get too much. We spent about 30$. They probably have plenty of toys and will get overwhelmed if there are too many things to look at. I think that interactive things like coloring and outdoor activities are great because you can prepare for summer! Don't buy something cute but useless, you'll be wasting money! Simplicity is key in everything with kids. You can also put things in the basket that your baby needs anways. They won't know at this age. When buying ask yourself, "Does my child need one of these?", "Will this stimulate a skill or growth?", "Will this be interactive for my child and I?". Those are the worth while presents. I mean how many toys do you have that sing the abcs, count and sing songs in Spanish and English?! Let them do the learning and exploring!
What did you put in your childs basket?! What was their favorite?
Thanks for reading :)
Saturday, March 23, 2013
|The girls checking out their loot|
The egg hunt was first. I felt that while the girls were pumped up to see each other, they'd have the most energy and focus now. Next was lunch, landing right around noon, where we started at eleven. Finally, I set up an Easter themed sensory tub. This was nice because the girls could freely play (and destroy) and also play with other toys without being told to do something specific. You can only ask so much of a baby before they just want to do their own thing, you know? So in the tub I got three or four bags of Easter grass (dollar store), and also added bunny tails, which were last season's snowballs, but this seasons bunny tails! They're like sparkly, large cotton balls. I also put in a chirping chick and hopping bunny from the dollar store, and some rubber ducks that Lil already had, and some empty eggs. The girls loved it and happily threw the grass all over the living room!
So that concluded our party! We had so much fun and I think it was a great success! The idea of one big activity, food and a mellow activity is definitely the way to go with multiple babies. Also, I feel that parties are a lot nicer when you offer healthy food. I chose whole wheat organic pasta to serve because it's a healthy option for babies, alongside the side dish, that mothers can be comfortable with. Nothing is more awkward when you don't want to feed your baby someone's unhealthy food. The adults could have the finger sandwiches and everyone was satisfied and raving. Lily had so much fun with her friends, and we can't wait till we all get together again. This is the friends from last year (the first time we got together), to this year! Almost exactly a year later. Crazy how fast time flies with babies!