Happy Friday friends! The weekend is finally here! Now I only need it to be 5pm to get out of the office already 😉
We had lots of rain in the past 2 weeks so there wasn’t a whole lot of progress on our patio and I haven’t really taken any good pool update pictures for y’all but I did post a picture or two on my Instagram. Although it is swim ready, there are still lots of details to finish, and everything around looks as if a tornado hit our backyard, hence the nighttime photo lol.
My parents are visiting for a couple of weeks and I am savoring their company as much as I can. I only get to see them once or twice a year since they live far away. This means that the moments I spend with them are always very special and make me wish I lived closer. Their visit came at a prefect timing too since like I mentioned the pool is ready to use now! We are jumping in it almost every afternoon #summerdontgoplease
I am trying to look for tips to avoid crispy hair due to pool chemicals. Do you have any tips? I ordered a hair protecting cream from Kerastase so hopefully it helps.
Speaking of birthdays, I celebrated my birthday this week and what best way to celebrate that getting myself a cute little dress? lol I actually bought it a few weeks ago during the Nordstrom sale when it was about 35% off. I haven’t used it yet but I’m totally planning on wearing it on our next date night.
And last but not least, have you stopped by the Target dollar spot lately? I stopped by the other day and saw some of their leftover back to school items as well as their new Fall and Halloween items. Super cute! So go and check it out when you get a chance.
How is my baby 3 years old already?? She makes our lives so happy and our hearts so full and I simply refuse to believe that she is not a baby anymore! This weekend we celebrated miss Zoe’s 3rd birthday and we had a blast!!
When I was deciding on a theme for her birthday party I asked her about a few of her favorite things; you know, the usual mermaid, princess, all pink things she is obsessed about. She said no to all of them *sigh*. And then the hubby came and saved the day by suggesting to have a bunny party. After all, Zoe loooves her Jellycat Bashful Bunny (she won’t go to bed -or daycare- without it) and gets so excited when wild bunnies come visit our back yard. She immediately gave her approval so I started working like a busy bee to prepare all the details.
I started by designing the invitations in Photoshop and printing them at home. I added a bunny cutout and some grass that I cut using my bff, the Silhouette Cameo.
Just like in previous birthdays, I tried to make most of the details myself mostly because I love having handmade details in a party and also to save some money 😉
For the background I made tissue paper flowers using a tutorial I found here. I used hot pink, lavender, coral, and yellow tissue paper. Some of them I had on hand so this project was very inexpensive and for the ones that I did buy, I have a ton of left over that I can use in future projects.
I also made a white picket fence using poster board sheets, again, super inexpensive at less than $1 each sheet. I used 2 or 3 sheets for the whole picket fence.
Then I used my Silhouette to cut a few bunnies and strips of grass. I also cut some leaves for the flowers in the background. The final touch for the background was adding some butterflies to make it look garden-like. I used these paper butterflies I found at Ikea.
For the Table, I used a white tablecloth I sewed last year. It was really hard to find a floor length table cloth that fit my table and didn’t cost an arm and a leg. And getting a custom made table cloth was out of the question because again, an arm and a leg, so I decided to make my own. I love white tablecloths for parties because they allow for your decorations to stand out.
I went fairly simple with the food on the table since most of the things were store bought. I decorated some glazed donettes with bunny heads (using my Silhouette), put some marshmallows (bunny tails) in a glass container, and served Annie’s cheddar bunny crackers on the cutest bunny cupcake liners I found at HomeGoods a while ago (hoarding cute things totally pays off lol). I also got orange twisty pops at Party City and decorated them with some crepe paper fringes to make them look like carrots and made some orange paper cones to put popcorn in. The only two things I made from scratch were the Oreo truffles that looked like cabbages (delicious and super simple to make) as well as the cake. For the cake topper I used my silhouette to cut something similar to the background (a white picket fence, some grass, a few bunnies, and a tree).
I also got a package of carrot shaped goodie bags that I filled with a assortment of party favor toys (Amazon to the rescue! lol) and decorated small water bottles with a strip of cardstock and a bunny cutout.
Our family stopped by to give us a hand (or six) so the word thankful doesn’t even describe how I feel!
We filled a bunch of balloons and spread them around, it is way easier than hanging them and the kids love having them at easy reach. We also rented a moonwalk for some outdoor fun and we were all set.
The payoff for all the effort came immediately when we saw Zoe’s excitement about seeing her little friends there! My heart melted with her reaction <3 I hope you like how everything turned out! If you need me, I will be resting for a week after all the running around on Saturday lol.
PS. You can see Zoe’s Pink, Turquoise, and Gold party here and her Rainbow party here.
Can you believe we are less than 50 days away from Christmas?? As Zoe grows up I find myself more and more excited about celebrating the holidays. We had a great time last weekend trick or treating and my heart was about to explode from seeing her happy little face saying “twick or tweet!!” #proudmama.
For the most part she understands what’s going on and absolutely loves taking part of all the activities so I’m sure she will love this Christmas!
It will be a little different this Christmas season since we will not be decorating our home. I know, I know, so sad but since we are selling our house and need to keep it staged, it was suggested that we avoid season specific decorations 🙁
I’m not going to let that stop me from engaging Zoe in some fun Christmas crafting though. Yes, we will not buy our usual pine or go into full blown Christmas decor but I do want to at the very least make some ornaments with her.
We have a little artificial Christmas tree that we bought for her last year so she wouldn’t try to take the big tree decorations down and I think she will have lots of fun making ornaments for it.
I did a quick search and found a dozen ideas of DIY ornaments that I can make with her. Some will require more help from me than others but I think that for the most part, these DIY ornaments are very kid friendly.