Sunday, August 24, 2014

Little Princess Baby Shower

What is a baby shower without an actual shower? Uneventful. My sister, mom, and I threw a baby shower for my sister last week and as we set up the decor and food we watched as the sky to the north became darker and darker. Not a drop of rain fell until the shower started and all of the guests had arrived.

The skies then opened and dumped the heaviest rain I have seen in quite some time. Our quickly drenched guests were quick to grab food, presents, and decor, and run for the shelter of the house. Of course it only rained for 10 or 15 minutes but it was more than enough rain to soak EVERYTHING.

Still a fun night spent with friends, and a fun couple of weeks planning the shower. If you are in the process of planning a shower or may have to in the future. Scroll through the pictures for ideas... you never know when you'll need them. Any of these could be adapted for any kind of party.


Use what you have before purchasing anything!

  • Before purchasing any decor items take a look around your home to see what you already have that can be used as decor. Here the vase of faux flowers, tied bedroom quilt, chalkboard and table where already in the home. Pulled out of their individual rooms and placed together it created decor.

  • Twine and clothes pins were used to hang onesies, socks, and little pants that were being given as gifts. The mom to be also brought pieces that she had already purchased and they became part of the decor as well.

  • Once you have done an inventory of what you can already use then head to the store for the extras. 
  • Tissue paper poofs can be made quite easily with any color of tissue paper you like. The pink banner strung in the top few pictures was purchased at Target for $4. You can add words, make your own, or leave it plain. They had similar banners in a variety of colors on the party aisle.

Little Details

  • Add a message to a chalkboard of any size. Greet guests, do a countdown, make a Happy Birthday sign for the birthday child. The sky is the limit. Get creative. You can find quotes that go with your party on the internet.


  • Party planning is complicated enough without trying to be too detailed with the food. Stay as simple as you can and you'll be glad you did. I am still learning this lesson and more often than not try to make some unique thing for a party and it rarely turns out and I'm left with some strange thing.

  • We simple put fresh fruit, m&ms and nuts, cupcakes, brownies, veggies, and chips and salsa all on different kinds of white plates and dishes. It looked great on the table and it didn't take hours to prepare. Still time consuming but not near what it could have been. And most importantly people will eat it when they know what it is. Simple foods for groups are best because you don't have to worry about differing tastes.
  • Decide how much time you will need to set up and then double it. Setting up will always, always, always take longer than you think if you want it done right. If for some odd reason it doesn't you'll have plenty of time to be ready and there is nothing wrong with that.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Make a Kids Quilt from Bed Sheets

 I love the look and feel of homemade quilts but I don't have the know how or time to put together an actual quilt so..... while at the store i came across the most adorable Jake and the Neverland Pirate sheets. (Target) I bought them and when I showed them to my mom she suggested making a blanket out of them. 

So away we went. I ended up using the bottom fitted sheet on the bed. The top sheet I used for the top of the blanket, then found a sandy yellow that I liked at Walmart. You can buy top and bottom sheets separately there.

We came home, ironed both of the top sheets to get the creases out so we'd have a little extra fabric, pinned them together with some batting in between, did a quick edge on the sewing machine, and then tied it with some cream yarn. 

As you can see from the above picture the little guy loves it! It was so much easier that putting together quilt blocks. They had some adorable little girl sheets at Target that would be so cute for a bed spread. There are quite a few options. 

A few pictures of the crew helping tie the quilt/blanket.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

4th of July Star Spangled Brownies

I made these the other day just to see how they would work out… when attending family functions I always want to bring something cool but I never test it out or I find something that far exceeds my ability as a cook/chef so either I become frustrated or I take something that is not that great. After seeing  July 4th treats starting to pop up I thought I'd try these as they are much easier than the red white and blue concoctions I am seeing. Although those look fabulous I have nowhere near the kind of time required to put one of those tasty treats together but…. I can do this.

First- Make a pan of brownies. From scratch… good for you. I used a box. 

Second- Cut out stars. . I had these star shaped post it notes so I did not even have to cut.

Third- Place stars as you would like on your brownies.

Fourth- Dust the top of brownies with white powdered sugar.

Fifth - pull off the stars and you are left with the outline of a star. Not the most technical but still a fun idea for the 4th and something kids can very easily help out with.

Last and the best? Cut, serve, and enjoy!
Have an easy 4th of July treat? I'd love to hear it. I'm always looking for simple!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls from Rhodes Rolls

I have a thing for cinnamon rolls. Always have. I don't know if it is the frosting, the cinnamon sugar, or the combination of the two. But I am always looking for new recipes to try and I'd say this one was a winner. Last Sunday morning I didn't want to take the time to make the actual dough and I had a bag of frozen Rhodes Dinner Rolls in my freezer so I though there must be a way to use them for cinnamon rolls. There is. I found this recipe …. well now I can't find the recipe. I will keep looking and get the link up here. They were quite good and fairly simple as far as cinnamon rolls go. 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Change Your Perspective - Child Photography

Contrary to what some may think there is much more to photography than just the push of a button. Whether you find yourself an amateur, professional, hobbyist, or a parent trying to catch some great pictures of your little ones, change your perspective next time you are taking pictures of a little one.

While there is definitely a need and want for the straight on photos that show where you are and what your child is doing, look a little deeper and you may end up with some great pictures that show you a little more than you realize, and will end up being favorites of yours in the long run.

Little hands trying to figure out how a birthday noise maker works.

Aunt and nephew on a boat for the first time. Heads together for warmth and comfort.

Playing in a park on an old mining train. 

Curiously exploring a carved pumpkin on a first Halloween.

Sidewalk Chalk a favorite summer pastime.

This side shot of a boy playing in balls shows a bit of his personality and his size in relation to the balls.

Playing hide and go seek with cousins at a summer wedding.

Checking out the garden accessories.

Hungrily eyeing a cake…..

Waiting as mom talks to the adults...

Dad's Cowboy hat.. captures sweet little cheeks.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Simple Family Home Evenings: Daniel and the Lions Den Lion Masks

While perusing, (yes perusing… you have to slowly wander so you have time to see what is there and what can be done with it) the Dollar Tree a month or so ago I found a wooden lion mask for a dollar. I immediately picked it up because my little ones loves animals and since we are trying to focus on bible stories for our Family nights I thought it would work perfect for that. So simple.

If your local Dollar Tree does not carry them or is out don't worry a simple paper plate will work just as well. 

Look around the house to see what you have to work with and use that. Yarn, construction paper, noodles, crayons and markers, really anything you can glue down for the mane or just have kids color their plate and cut holes in it for them.

Tell the story of Daniel and then have the kids make their own lion. Good luck!