Faith’s Frozen 7th Birthday party!!

Faithy bug is 7 now!! When I asked what kind of party she wanted, she went back and forth between so many things to do, then her last few decisions, I had to prompt her to do something a little more girly…. I had girls to be able to do girly stuff not boy stuff!! I don’t mind doing it, but several of her birthdays haven’t been as girly as I’d hoped, so I really pushed for something else besides TMNT, …. when I suggested Frozen, her eyes lit up and I knew we had hit a jackpot! I played up the theme with Elsa as much as possible with a few things from the other characters, but SHE was going to be the center of it because it’s GIRLY. :) Yay for success. haha

I love this movie just as much as Faith, ok probably not AS much, but it’s one of my favorites.
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Birthday Girl! All she wanted for her birthday, besides clothes, was a Elsa dress up. I searched EVERYWHERE and they were all stinkin’ sold out!! I couldn’t believe it! I kept calling the Disney Store every week when they got their shipments in to see if they finally got some in- much to my dismay they kept telling me they didn’t know when it was going to arrive. I really was starting to fume smoke outta my ears; ridiculous that with a movie as popular as that, they should be stocked up to the wazoo with merchandise! Silly that I got so upset, but man…. unless I wanted to pay over $200 online, I wasn’t gonna get anything. I’m feeling the rage again as I type. hah ;)

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Even though Faith was disappointed about no dress, I did happen to find an Elsa wand :/ better than nothing I guess…

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 For the Food we had:

Ice Shards (melted jolly ranchers, broken)

Snowman Parts/ Carrots with fresh Snow dip (ranch)

Marshmallow Pops (Did you snow the big snow monster’s name is Marshmallow?)

Frozen Grapes

Snow Cap Punch

Jello ‘Ice Cubes’

Ice Cream Cake with Elsa and rock candy ‘trees’

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For the Favors:

Ice Crystal wands (clear rock candy) with tags.

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I loved these giant Snowflakes! Made out of glitter card stock, they were super easy to make and added the perfect touch!

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Because I could barely find anything, I printed and laminated my own characters and stood them up in half styrofoam balls, right along with the signs I made. Worked out great!!

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I bought the standup of the girls online, then made the Olaf one myself.

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I love that my chandelier went perfect with the theme! Some people asked if I got it for the party………… ummm.. I tried not to laugh :)

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Giant glittery snowflake to greet the guests…

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Games:

The girls sung their hearts out and danced to “Let it Go”!

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“Ice Painting” with epsom salt

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“Do you wanna build a snowman?”

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Cold Snowball (like hot potato with a styrofoam “snowball”)

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Photo Op!!

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Then they watched Frozen as they ate their cake and ice cream, waiting for their parents. Fun times, but friend parties are crrrrrazy. :)

 The next day, on her actual birthday, we had a family party that was much less crazy! Such a fun party all weekend long!

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Spencer’s Abominable Snowman 2nd Birthday Party!!

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My sweet little boy is officially a toddler! It’s a busy, crazy stage especially for little boys, as I’ve been finding out, but it’s so much fun too! He is always providing entertainment for us :)

I was thinking of a monster party for the little dude, but I thought maybe a snowman party since it’s winter…… that’s when I put the two together… monster, snowman…. Abominable Snowman!!!! It’s perfect! :) All the possibilities came flowing, specifically yellow (lemon) snow cones! hehe I had so much fun with this theme! Spencer especially liked all the sugar… but wouldn’t eat his own cake! sad :)

Color Scheme: Light blue, yellow and white. I wanted to create a snowy look from the Himalayas where the Abominable Snowman lives with pops of yellow and icy blue.

Invites:

Each snow cone has some party info- “You are being banished to the Himalayas with our little Abominable Snowman who’s turning 2!”

Yeti’s Treats:

“Icicles”- Clear Rock Candy

“Snow Powder”- Homemade Pixie Sticks

“Lemon Snowball Cookies”

“Lemon Heads”

“Yellow Lemonade Snow Cones”

“Snowball” Lemon Birthday Cake

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“Melted Snow”- Water Bottles

 

For the favors I gave them “Snow Balls”- Marshmallow Popcorn Balls with tag saying, “Thanks! Hope you had an abomina’ball’ time!”

 

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Decor:

Painted styrofoam balls in snow cone cups.

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Stringed pom poms, marshmallows and yellow paper circles hanging on clear thread against batting background as well as batting on the table, and pom poms sprinkled all over table.

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I got the cutest Abominable Snowman hat on Etsy! Spence however did not share in my enthusiasm. The fur kept getting in his mouth and would not smile- this was the best I could get :)

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Photo Op:

Everyone got to be an Abominable Snowman :)

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For the games:

“Hunt the Abominable Snowman”

Two sets of cards, one for each team. First one to find all 10 wins!

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“Don’t tamper with the mail”.

Yeti, the Abominable Snowman used to work in a mail room and was banished to the Himalayas when he got caught tampering with some mail. So with this game, I just had a package of prizes that one kid had behind their back and was “tampering” with it while one person tried guessing who it was. If they were caught, they were “banished to the himalayas” and became the guesser. If they didn’t get caught and were the last one picked, they got to open the bag of prizes. I totally just made this up on a whim and they LOVED it!!

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“Monster world, Human world”.

Same rules as “Red light green light” game. When you turn your back, you say “Monster”, and when you turn towards us you say “Human”- don’t let the human see you move :)

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Daddy and son matchy matchy. hah didn’t even realize it til they sat down to open gifts.

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Spence got some great practice unwrapping for his birthday on Christmas Eve, then on Christmas morning.

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Cake time! He was a little hesitant to blow out the candle :)
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Poof :)

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What a fun time we had with our sweet little boy and the friends and family that were able to come!!

Vendors/Credits:

Snow Cone cups- Garnish

Cake Pan- Wilton Sports ball cake pan

Clear Rock Candy- Zurcher’s Party store

Abominable Snowman Hat- HopTo on Etsy

Yeti plush Abominable Snowman- Disney store

All Tags/labels/Invites/Printables/Cake/Cookies/Pixie Stix/Popcorn Balls/Photography- Laura Harper @ My Pookie Designs

Butterfly birthday for our angel!

Yesterday was the birthday of our precious angel Mikayla! She would have been 5 years old! Crazy to think that much time has passed already. It’s always such a bittersweet day. Even though there were bound to be tears, it was a most beautiful day for a most beautiful angel girl. Surrounded by loved ones (physical and in spirit!), remembering and honoring Mikkie’s memory is the best way we can think to celebrate her special day. It was a happy day 5 years ago when our second little miracle came into our lives and she continues to bless our lives even through death. She has changed us in many ways and I thank her so much for that.

I like to take something that reminds me of Mikkie each year and decorate accordingly. This year was butterflies or “flah” as she would call them. We have a video of me swatting flies with the swatter and her laughing hysterically, it warms your heart right up! Also more significance to butter”flahs” is I was going to decorate her room with purple and butterflies, and also I put butterflies in my poem/song for her, they have a beautiful meaning.

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Butterflies adorned practically everything :)
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Gumballs and Kisses

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Tulle pom poms- one of my favorite features, especially the glittery ones :) I could see Mikkie having a hay day with these!

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Matching beautiful bouquet that we took to her grave.

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Ruffled tablecloth skirt- another one of my favorite features.

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Favors for the adults: Butterfly “Kisses” and Mikkie “hugs” :) (if it’s not obvious, bags were filled with hugs&kisses)

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Favors for the Kids: Butterfly bag of gum balls!

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The cake. I really wanted to make Mikkie a special cake and have been longing to try this petal cake out for long time, so I finally got down to it! I LOVE how it turned out!

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Chocolate butterfly

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Birthday Banner

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Cut up some tortillas with butterfly cutter to make these yummy cinnamon chips to go with a tasty coconut/marshmallow fluff dip.

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I thought fortune cookies “glued” together would look like butterflies… kinda… right?! :) It was fun to hear people’s fortunes

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Butterfly pasta salad.

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Butterfly crackers and cheese.

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Mmmmm tasty cake. No doubt Mikkie coulda downed that whole cake by herself! She’s a girl, and that’s chocolate! :)

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Beautiful Birthday for our Beautiful Angel girl! We love you sweet Mikayla!!

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uh uh uh.. Happy Birfday!

I LOVE birthdays!!! Including my own, I don’t wanna be one of those adults that dread their own birthday, they’re supposed to be fun! We all could use a little more of that in our lives, right!?!

 

This whole weekend is full of fun and excitement!

 

My Birthday fun involved:

 

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Excited Shopping Woman

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What more could I want!? :)

We hadn’t been rollerblading for a long time, so it was fun to get out on them again!  If you’re looking for good blades, I recommend these ones, we got them on Amazon. They’re comfy, wheels glide smoothly and they’re good quality. HIS. MINE. A bit pricey but you won’t have to huff and puff like you do with the cheapy Walmart ones.

 

I loved my birthday and everyone I got to spend it with!!

I’m curious, does everyone love their birthday like I do or not care very much?

Surprise Minecraft Party

 

 

 

Dear hubby turned 31. Since he was gone to Europe last year for his big 3-0, I didn’t get to do anything big…. not like Europe wasn’t big enough. I didn’t feel too bad for him ;)

Ever heard of Minecraft? Hubby got me sucked into it.. so now him, me and Faith play together some nights… it’s pretty fun to do together :) Yes we are a family of Nerds and proud of it ;) Since this is one of his favorite games I thought it would be fun to throw together a Minecraft party. Of course I started thinking about things the week prior and didn’t do as much as I woulda liked buuuuuut it turned out great to him and he LOVED it! His reaction made it all worth it. :)

 

Birthday breakfast: Banana Pancakes with Coconut Cream syrup and sprinkles :) we ran out of syrup and so I just improvised with a can of coconut milk and it actually turned out super good.
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My gift to him: “All about YOU” basket. I wrote a list of 31 things I love about him, then for most of them I found something at the store to go along with it… i.e. “Style” with AE giftcard, “Know how to have fun” with board game (walking dead happens to be his favorite- the game is as close to the movie I’ll get ;), “good lookin'” with mirror, “Sensitive to my feelings” with tissue, “love to date me” with package of dates, “great cook” with wooden spoons….. etc..  He absolutely loved it, it was so fun to see his face as he made the connections with things :)

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These glasses went with “Joking around together”. Good look eh :)

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“problem solver” with Rubik’s cube (he’s always wanted one) He’s very good at it but I hate the darn thing, so frustrating.

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This shirt was super easy to make with $3 shirt from Wally World, fabric paint and freezer paper. He’s now a proud owner of a Minecraft Creeper shirt. When he put that on, Faith said, “Hey dad, you’re a creeper!” hahah We all laughed cuz that just doesn’t sound right….

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The setup

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Mr. Creeper backdrop and birthday sign Minecraft style

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Just a few known things from the game that I incorporated in the food…. TNT Licorice, “Sticks”

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“Creeper Corn”

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“Bread” pita bread with Carrots and hummus, Potato Salad… I had signs for those too but somehow misplaced them :/.

“Dirt Cube” Fudge. Recipe for another post.

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Foldable paper blocks made a fun, cheap, easy decoration…. THIS site has a lot of Minecraft paper crafts.

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Fun Printables… Even though these signs started bugging me not too long after seeing them online…everywhere, I couldn’t resist to make them for this party :)

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Yes two desserts. On his birthday we had a party with my fam (which was the surprise) and that’s where I made the one on the right (Which I’m doing a separate post for recipe… and a better picture) and the Oreo Ice cream cake I made for Sunday for party with Tim’s family! It was all so very good!

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And of course, a birthday wouldn’t be official without Silly String!! We got him like 3 times hahah

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Happy Birthday Handsome! :)

Faith turns 6!!

This is the year we started a few more birthday traditions. I found a few that I really like that we’re going to keep doing with every birthday!

The night before we blew up a whole bunch of balloons and put them in her room, closed the door and taped streamers across her door.

What a fun way to wake up and start your birthday with!

Sprinkle Waffles! Because waffles are better than pancakes and sprinkles make everything taste/look better! :)

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Miss Faith. I cut out a 6 from cardboard, arranged all my fav. pix of her from last year and taped them on. Using an X-acto knife, I trimmed around the edges. Fun and we can hang this in her room to look at all year!

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Faith Funnies…..

We’ve been recording all the funny things Faith has said and done through her life, I put them into PS and created some little word bubbles to put them in. Super fun to go back and read all these, she is quite the funny little girl :)

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I also taped up a picture from each birthday from when she was born to last year’s 5th bday.

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Window markers made for a fun, colorful birthday sign :)

Faith had requested pizza, chocolate cake and apple juice for her birthday dinner…. May I say how happy I was when I heard my daughter choose Juice over Pop!! Atta girl, I taught her well ;) a

I thought it would be fun to throw a little Disney into the mix with these adorable Minnie cupcakes seeing as we are going to Disneyland!!!

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Make a wish……

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We took some cupcakes to her class at school, I thought it would be fun to personalize them a bit so I made up some toppers to put on.

This is the only picture I got as I was in a hurry (blah), it says “Happy 6th Birthday Faith!” with a fun picture of her.

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Between this and her class singing to her, she felt pretty darn special for her birthday…. she kept telling me all day that this was the best birthday ever! :)