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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Up, Up, and Away

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I remember when the movie "Up" first came out: the hilarious characters, the amazing colors, the heartwarming love story, and above all, the idea that "adventure is out there!" And it ages well, too...my girls love it! The warm summer months had me thinking that a subtle "Up" theme would make a lovely birthday party. No need to have a grandpa dress up as Carl - just some balloons, animals, and other touches to remind the kids to never stop exploring :).

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Obviously this table setting is too formal for a kid's party, but I love the color scheme! The globes are obviously perfect for adventurers, and the big, vintage maps could be a good way to make a designated space for the party if you were hosting in a park or large yard.

Balloons are a must, of course. And I like how this single one looks like all of the balloons carrying the house!

I used these watercolors for a safari-themed baby shower one time - sadly the store no longer seems to have them. But Etsy is my favorite for things like this, especially since if a store is selling you a high-quality digital download, you can often print them off in large sizes for a big impact! Or, you could do multiples and use these as cute thank-you notes.

Favors can be scout badges, or any vintage pins!

And the cutest cake, just to top it all off.

Adventure is out there!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Christmas Countdown

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Is it just me, or does the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas feel especially short this year? I find those weeks to sometimes be a blur, so I love the tradition of Advent calendars (or Christmas countdowns) to try to be more mindful about enjoying each of those exciting days! Here are a few DIY versions that I love:

This one is from Oh Happy Day - I've loved it for years!

This one has little treats inside the bags, but I actually like the exterior most! I love the idea of slowly decorating the tree with one more ornament or trinket every day.

I got a little nervous when I saw that the instructions to this one were in German (the days of my college German classes are far behind me!), but it's very easy to follow the photo instructions. And you'll never guess what those pouches originally were!

This one is lovely and simple, and I like the idea of writing acts of kindness to accomplish every day on the back of the numbers.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Table

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If you're hosting Thanksgiving, you might mostly be focused on making sure the turkey fits in your oven. But me? I think my favorite part is setting the table. (Remind me to delegate the turkey ;). 

 

This year my favorite idea is using butcher paper or kraft paper as the tablecloth itself, and letting everyone turn it into a piece of art with the things for which they're thankful. I personally love lettering and calligraphy, so I may be biased, but I think the whole family would have fun with it! Here are a few inspiration images I rounded up from Pinterest:

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Pretty Pumpkins

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Pumpkins are popping up on every front porch in our neighborhood, and we seem to be adding another one to our own steps with every grocery trip we take! While carving pumpkins is a childhood tradition that can't be missed, I think we might take a year off and try out one of these decorating methods. Festive flair with no mess? Sign me up!

mod-podge leaves

lace "spider web"

glitter monogram

painted leaves

carrot noses - I love how whimsical these are! 

Monday, October 03, 2016

Peter Pan Room

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Confession: I LOVE Pinterest. I use it for outfit ideas, recipes, home decor, compiling Christmas lists...and of course, as a time-filler when the kids are asleep and I'm trying to unwind from the day. :) One of my favorite things to do on Pinterest (that doesn't lead to me spending money!) is to curate dream rooms. Pinterest puts the entire Internet at your fingertips, and I have fun compiling just the right touches for a room. 

 

What does this look like? Here's some inspiration I pulled together for a Peter Pan-inspired room, that could work for a little boy or girl!

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And as if that pirate ship chandelier isn't enough of a stunner, look at this amazing Neverland wallpaper decal! I love that it's not cartoony, and could definitely grow with a child:

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Never grow up! :)

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