Archive for 2019

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?