Tuesdays with Jacob

Jacob's Space Mission 5 {an outer space birthday party}

June 5, 2019

This year's party might have been my favorite yet. Although, I'm fairly certain I also said that about his pizza party, dinosaur party, wild things party, ocean party, puppy party, and Mickey Mouse party. Jacob wanted a "rocket ship party" and since we're going to be out of town on his birthday we planned it for one week earlier. I stuck with a loose outer space theme in black, white, and metallics. 

We picked a morning slot at a local play gym Happy Place Kids Gym and invited all his friends, including his classmates which made this years party larger than all of his previous parties. Having a morning party let me serve simple brunch foods like bagels & cream cheese, muffins, donuts, coffee, etc. I ordered a white cake from Publix as usual and added sprinkles, stars, a rocket ship and an astronaut on top to create a space theme. We filled the goody bags with astronaut ice cream, rock candy, moon pies, space alien water guns, and astronaut lollipops. I always pick out a book to match Jacob's theme and have all his guests sign it as a momento from his party - this year's book was If You Decide to Go to The Moon. The little moon cups might be my favorite detail, but it's a toss up with the astronaut ice cream.

Happy Place made the whole process super easy for us. They helped with both set up and clean up and kept things running smoothly. The kids loved playing in the air conditioned gym and there was plenty of space for parents to sit and talk. We learned our lesson two years ago to never plan an outdoor party in June in Florida, and we haven't looked back since. 



We love you to the moon and back!!

Invitation // Prints for Events
space background // Shindigz 
solid balloons, gold moon balloons // Oh Happy Day
rocket balloon, 5 sparkler // Meri Meri
Star Confetti Balloons // Amazon
Silver Moon and star balloons // Amazon
5 balloon // Michaels
White table cloth // Stowey Joey
Rocket cupcake stand, gold candles // Party city  
If You Decide to Go to the Moon // Amazon
Silver cake stand // Amazon 
Disco Balls // Amazon large, medium , small
Black tablecloths // Amazon
Astronaut cake topper // Amazon
Astronaut ice cream // Amazon
Rock candy // Amazon
Light up 5 // Amazon
Space Helmet // Amazon
Astronaut Backpack // Amazon 
Black Goody Bags // Amazon
Ribbon on goody bags // Michaels
Thank you Tags // Pink Paper Trail
Star Garlands // Target
Gold and silver star cupcake toppers, cake toppers, confetti // Glitter Party Co. 
Moon cups // Oriental Trading 
Plates, cups, napkins, striped forks // Cranky Cakes Shop
Five is a Blast tee shirt // Happy Life Parties
Star Dress // Amazon 
NASA Tee Shirt // Amazon 
Cake and all food & drinks // Publix 

Easter Baskets for Little Guys

April 7, 2019

Well, one things for sure... 2019 seems to be stuck on permanent fast forward mode. It's almost Easter and that's really saying something because Easter is super late this year. I've rounded up some of our favorite Easter basket ideas in hopes that you find something perfect for your little guys. SO many Easter and Spring goodies are geared for girls with soft pastels and sweet bunnies and rainbows... so I always love finding hidden gems for boys! We've already had our Spring Break so Jacob has already received and used his swimsuit, cap and sunnies, but he'll have a few of these goodies in his Easter basket, along with little eggs filled with treats, dinosaurs, and army guys! We use a copper wire basket from Nordstrom (sadly not online, but we found it in the kids section on an easter display table last year) and because I know some of you will want to know... these cute bunny jammies are last year Gap and no longer sold. I may shed real tears when we outgrow them! 

2019 Intentions

January 7, 2019

Dusting off the little old blog (It's been a bit huh?) and hoping you all had a cozy, relaxing winter break full of fun and family memories. We took a little social media break to focus on just that but now we're back and ready to put our 2019 goals out there because we're much more likely to get things accomplished if we've got a little bit of accountability. First, I'm calling our 2019 goals intentions and not resolutions because resolutions were made to be broken and then we're left feeling like failures if we don't accomplish them. Instead, I'm calling them intentions. They're things that we intend to do. And if we do, even partially do them, then we've accomplished something. So without further ado here's our 2019 list:  

1. Cook more at home: Like everyone else, we eat fast food and processed food far too much. I'm not saying I'm going to cook every meal at home but I'm aiming for 3-4 nights a week of good, home cooked meals full of fresh ingredients. My 9-5 (7-3 really) is working against me here as I arrive home most afternoons exhausted, but I've got pinterest and a new app called favoreats on my side, so I'm feeling good about this one. 

2. Travel more: We've got our normal spring and summer break trips planned, as well as a few weekend trips here and there, but both of my siblings moved to new cities this year and we're really hoping to make trips to both Seattle and Nashville this year to visit. We've never been to either city and now that hubs has more vacation time we're hoping to make some new family memories! 

3. Practice Photography: And by practice I mean, get my business off the ground - get in more shoots, design a website, build a client base, etc. I've been practicing my photo taking skills on Jacob for a long time and just barely started to photography other people's kids near the end of the year but I'm hoping to really grow the business side of things this year. I'd like to upgrade my equipment and get out of my comfort zone in 2019 too! 

4. Get outside more: I am so, so, guilty of coming home and crashing on my couch and then never getting back up. We want to get into the habit of getting in our vitamin D on a daily basis - going to our neighborhood pool and playground more, going for walks, meeting up with friends, etc. If you're local and want to help us out with this let us know!

5. Document the little things: I've gotten into a little bit of a rut with the blog - only blogging when something big comes up, or I find a fabulous product to share, and not documenting our day-to-day life which was the goal when I started .... 8 years (and 460 blog posts) ago! I want to be more consistent in my writing this year but also to focus in on the little things that make up our daily life together and not just the big stuff. 

What are your goals for the New Year?

Christmas Cards 2018

December 24, 2018

One of my very favorite parts of the Christmas season is all the happy mail that arrives in our mailboxes. I just adore all the cards with everyone's kids and seeing how much they've all grown! I keep all of our own Christmas cards from past years together in a box and it's so crazy to look back and see how much Jacob has grown and changed from his first Christmas back in 2014. 

We ordered from Tiny Prints this year and it could not have been easier! We first ordered from Tiny Prints back in 2010 when we were putting together the Save the Dates for our wedding, and I've always been impressed with their quality and selection. I browsed their site for days before finally selecting a design. 

The gold stamped foil is what really sold me on the design, but they also have glitter, laser cut and gate fold cards too! I love how the simple design lets Jacob's photo be the star of the show.

There are so many different ways to personalize Tiny Print's card designs. You can add an envelope liner in various prints, (I just love the little trees on ours), and the back of every card has multiple options of different prints, photo configurations, and text designs. We picked a contrasting gold stripe design that perfectly complimented the gold foil on the front of our card. 

Tiny Prints will even address your cards free of charge with their FREE recipient addressing. You simply add all of your addresses to their online address book on your account and every year they are in there ready to go! All of ours were saved in their from last year so it couldn't have been easier and I didn't have to hand write them all!

Many of you will have these beautiful cards arriving in your mailboxes this week, keep your eyes peeled! If you dropped the ball on ordering Christmas cards this year Tiny Prints also has a big selection of New Year's cards.

Christmas Cards: Tiny Prints Brilliantly Joyful

This post was sponsored by Tiny Prints,  but as always all thoughts and opinions are my own and I only endorse products I love!

The gift that keeps on giving

December 17, 2018
Thank you Goldfish Swim School for sponsoring this post!

I know, I know... I just shared a gift guide full of things Jacob is hoping to find under the tree. But I must confess, my favorite things to give at Christmas are not "things" at all. I much prefer giving (and receiving!) experiences. Every year we ask for a zoo membership and tickets to the fair but I thought I would share a few more ideas for both kids and adults! 

For kids: 

Sport lessons: Soccer, basketball, gymanstics, you name it. Kids learn so many important skills through sport. From coordination and balance, to teamwork and sportsmanship. Jacob's been taking swimming lessons at Goldfish Swim School these past few months and a gift of lessons is perfect for the holidays! Even when it's cold outside the pool is heated to a balmy 90 degrees. Students work their way through the levels of the Science of SwimPlay® curriculum learning both safety and swimming skills under the watchful eye of both their teacher and a lifeguard on duty. (No such thing as too many eyes on little ones in the pool!) Everything at Goldfish is designed to delight little ones and the brand new facility in Pembroke Pines is no exception. If you're familiar with Goldfish you'll recognize the cute cabana changing rooms, the surfboard hair drying station, the seating area for parents to watch, and of course the pool and colorful murals surrounding it. Think how much more confident little swimmers will be this summer if they start now! Goldfish Pembroke Pines hosts free family swim events which are a great way to check out the facility!

Movie tickets: So many good movies coming out this year! We can't wait for Toy Story 4 and Dumbo. 

Zoo membership: We go several times a month with our membership and it also gets us a discount at zoos around the country. 

Mini golf vouchers: Such a fun day for the family, you can even include coupons or gift cards to grab ice cream after the course is complete!

Fair tickets: Is there anything more fun that a day at the fair? Don't forget to include ride tickets or wristband vouchers! 

Bowling or Skating tickets: Ice or Roller rink, your choice. You could even wrap a pair of ice skates, roller blades, or a bowling ball to represent the gift. 

For Adults:

Restaurant gift cards: I'm not talking about those restaurants you can find anywhere.... I'm talking about those special unique places you can only find in your city. A special meal out is the perfect gift. 

Tickets to a play/symphony/musical: If you live close to your gift recipient, throw in babysitting coupons too! 

Lessons: Not just for kids! Cooking, golfing, gardening, photography, allowing them to pursue their passions is the ultimate gift. 

Park Passes: For the thrill seekers among us. This works for families too - think Legoland, Disney, etc. 

Camping gear: Our little family of 3 have recently become camping fanatics, but it's also awesome for couples! I think tents, sleeping bags, outdoor cookware, or even a campsite reservation would be such a fun gift. 

Spa Day: I can't think of a single mom that wouldn't want this... Can you???

Hope these give you some good ideas, and get you thinking outside of the box!