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Who am I? I'm a wife to my best friend. I'm 'mama' to two silly boys. I'm a full time mom, a cook, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, an errand runner, and a boo boo kisser. I'm a cake decorator and an aspiring crafter when I find time. Throwing parties are my true passion. I'm loving my life and trying to enjoy every minute with my boys!
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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cowboy Birthday Party

I can't believe my little buckeroo is 2 years old already!  We decided to throw him a cowboy birthday party since he is currently obsessed with Woody from Toy Story.  It turned out fantastic, and all of the kids had a great time!  (I apologize in advance for the quality of the pics, I had no idea there was a blurry spot on the lens until after the party!)

Decorations

I had a great time coming up with all of the fun decorations for this party.  I did have some help from the "Old West" cricut cartridge.  When the children first entered the party room, there was a table labeled "Cowboy Duds".  It had hats, bandannas, and sheriff badges for the kids to put on.  In the dining room I had poms hanging (yes, I DO use them for every party, lol!), and a Woody doll holding balloons for the centerpiece.  Above the food table I had the birthday banner (using a font from the cricut cartridge I mentioned).  And in the playroom I had Wanted posters with each of the kid's pictures on them.  My wonderful hubby even went as far as burning the edges of all of the posters for me.  They looked great!



Food

We kept the food fairly simple.  On the food table we had bbq chicken sandwiches (I just threw some chicken breasts and a bottle of bbq sauce in the crockpot, shredded after 6-8 hours, and they turned out GREAT!), chips, pasta salad, beans, chocolate covered marshmallows, chocolate suckers in the shape of boots and hats, sheriff star cookies, lemonade, and juice boxes.  The cake was a two tiered cake that was fairly simple.



Activities

The kids mostly just enjoyed running around and playing.  I did have a couple of games planned, but changed my mind at the last minute due to the age of the children that were coming.  But we were going to play "There's a snake in my boot" where the kids toss rubber snakes into a boot.  We did have a pony and a baby goat present at the second half of the party.  The kids loved taking turns riding the pony, and holding the little baby goat!  We also had a pinata, despite the snow that started falling.  



Goody Bags

Last but not least, the goody bags.  I lucked out and found some western themed bags on clearance at Michael's to use.  Inside each bag was a foam gun, a cowboy rubber ducky, a "hairy cowboy" magnet game, a bandanna slap bracelet, a pack of fake mustaches, and a crayon and mini color book set.  I got all of the items from Oriental trading.  Each bag had a star with the child's name on it tied to the outside with twine.  And of course they also got to take home their hat, bandanna, and sheriff star badge.






All in all, it was a great party and I'm very happy with how things came together.  Everyone had a great time, and I've already started planning my oldest son's birthday for May!  Here are a couple more pics of the birthday boy....Thanks for reading!


I've linked up with the following fabulous blogs:  Sumo's Sweet Stuff, It's Fun to Craft, Skip to my Lou

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine Light Block


Light Blocks are an easy and fun way to decorate for the holidays.  I recently made one for Valentine's Day, and put together a little tutorial to show you how easy it really is!  First, gather your supplies.


You will need:
Glass block with hole drilled in it (I get mine from Hobby Lobby)
Stickers (you could also use window clings or vinyl if you have a cricut)
Glass etching cream (found at craft stores)
Sponge brush
Small light set (also found at Hobby Lobby)
Ribbon

The first step is to "frost" your glass block.  This step is optional, but I've found that it hides the lights inside and looks much nicer.  Peel off the label on the block and clean with windex.  Be careful not to leave any finger prints on the front of your block.  Apply a generous coat of the etching cream to one side of the block, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.  Rinse off the etching cream and dry the block.

(A generous amount of etching cream)

(The frosted block)

Next, apply your stickers or vinyl to the block.  Keep the hole in the block at the top.


Then add your lights to the inside of the block, with the end coming out of the hole at the top of the block.


The last step is to add the bow around the block.  This is what will hide the cord from coming out of the top too.  And that's all there is to it!  Here's what it looks like all lit up-


I'm linking up with the following fabulous blogs: Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Craft-O-Maniac, It's Fun to Craft, Skip to my Lou

Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine Cookies


Ever wish you could bake and decorate beautiful sugar cookies? It's easier than you think! I was able to teach myself how to decorate cookies using this tutorial from CakeCentral.com. It only took a couple of tries before I had the hang of it, and now I LOVE making cookies! I use the "No Fail Sugar Cookie" recipe from the site and they come out perfect every time. I use this royal icing recipe which is both easy to make and tasty. And one of the best parts is that they are easy to package and they keep forever! Here are a few cookies I made for Valentine's Day...I hope you like them!


I'm linking up with the following fabulous blogs: Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Craft-O-Maniac, It's Fun to CraftSkip to my Lou

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Owl Valentines

Yes, it may be a little early to be making Valentines, but I was so excited to try out my idea that I couldn't wait!  The owls were very easy to make, anyone can do it!



You will need:
Oreos
Dark chocolate melts
Light chocolate melts
White chocolate melts
Orange chocolate melts
Icing bags
Ribbon or twine
Plastic bags
Card template

Follow the instructions on the bag for melting the dark chocolate melts.  Dip oreos in the chocolate until completely coated.  Set on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  Melt the light chocolate, white chocolate, and orange chocolate and pour into icing bags.  Use the light chocolate to make the wings, the white chocolate for the eyes, and the orange chocolate for the beak and legs.  Let the oreos set up in the fridge then put each one in a plastic bag.  Print the owl Valentines, use a hole punch, and tie onto the bags using ribbon or twine.  Easy as pie!










I've included a link to the Valentine cards just for y'all!  Enjoy!


(A different way to do the owls if you like)