Last Minute Ideas – Astronaut Birthday Party

astronaut birthday party - last minute ideas - coloring station

This post contains affiliate links. All photos courtesy of Becca Rillo Photography - she's an amazing Los Angeles Wedding photographer. You need her. Every child of ours has an amazing first birthday party.  It's a chance for our family to see how much they've grown, and a chance for us to go all out and have our family & friends over.  Aubrey's first birthday was never shared on here (but you can catch all the details here), Luke's was an awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle theme (perfect for summer!) and Ryan's theme had us stumped. Of course it was already the first week of November … [Read more...]

15 Gifts for Kids under $25

15 gifts for kids under $25

This post contains affiliate links | Inexpensive Christmas gifts ideas for kids There are so many times where I really try my best to plan ahead and stock up on presents for kids at a great deal.  But, life happens and I fall short.  I want to make it easy for you and provide a list of great gifts for kids under $25.  (in full disclosure, the pricing at the time of this post was under $25.  Prices might fluctuate a bit if you're reading this later)  I'll be separating it from ages birth - 6 months, 6 months -18 months, and 2-4 years old.  Would love for you to comment with some of your … [Read more...]

How To Create A Diaper Cake TuTu

how to create a diaper cake tutu

For my sister's baby shower {click here to see my recap!} my cousin and I split up some different creative projects to use as decor for the baby shower.  While the theme of the shower was Sweet Pea and used gold, shades of pink, and green, the nursery is along the lines of lavender, gray and white.  For another friend's baby shower I created the  diaper cake and a tutu for her daughter to wear after.  I wanted to do the same for my sis, so I used varying shades of purple tulle. Custom onesie from Etsy. Not sure the seller because my cousin purchased it. Here are the items you'll … [Read more...]

Keeping the Kids Entertained – Our #DisneySide party

DisneySide Minnie Bow-tique Nail Salon

Do you remember your first Super Bowl Party? I don't remember the exact one, but I do remember going, as a kid, and just being bored.  We paid attention to commercials, enjoyed the food, and lived for the football squares to win some dollars.  Each year, same thing. So with our first Super Bowl Party, we wanted to keep it small, but fun for the kids.  We invited some families from church, and I let them know it WOULD be kid friendly!  We received a super awesome#DisneySide box for activities with the kids and I had fun throwing together a small themed party for them.  I had so much fun … [Read more...]

Griffith Park Birthday Party – Unicorn Theme

griffith Park Birthday Party

Before we moved into this current house, Jon and I didn't have the space to entertain for Aubrey's parties. Before each birthday, we'd sit and try and come up with ideas for where to have the party.  Since we didn't know when we'd actually have a house with a big yard, we sometimes talked about future birthdays (when she's older and they turn into more of a kid's party than an entertain-the-adults party) and heading to the beach, Chuck E. Cheese, or other cool, different places. Last month, my little sis turned 5 and my dad & stepmom (well, probably more my stepmom) threw her a unicorn … [Read more...]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party First Birthday – the details

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Ideas - TMNT birthday

This post contains affiliate links. If you click through to purchase any of the items, a small commission is sent to me. It's a way to help cover the costs of running my blog. Thank you! I left the theme for Luke's first birthday up to my husband.  His choice? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  With having two small kids, a full time job, and enough side jobs to create another full time one, I didn't put as much planning into this as my daughter's first birthday. I wanted this to be a more mellow event, with emphasis on fun.  We brainstormed a few ideas and I was able to pull everything off … [Read more...]