Super Hero Extravaganza

The holidays are always a crazy time, but in our house it is beyond. Both girls have their birthdays within the first two weeks of January, so before Christmas has even happened I’ve already moved on and started birthday planning. This year’s theme, Super Hero.

With the girls still little, they’re more than happy to share a birthday party, thank goodness! And because I only get to do it once a year I go all sorts of crazy. I was so excited when the girls decided they wanted the party at home instead of a jumpy house or trampoline park. Now I could have fun, too! I love party planning; from cake baking, to games, to decorating. I was Pinning up a storm and found too many fun ideas.

On Party Day almost 40 people crammed into our tiny California abode. Thank goodness the rain held out for a few days so we could overflow into the backyard. My Super Hero games-plan could have easily been dashed with all the storms that were blowing through.

Another perk of having the party at home is that Batgirl came and did a magic show for all the kids. One Batgirl = less $ than a jumpy house party. Her visit was a HUGE success! G is still telling everyone that Batgirl come to her party. So worth it.

In the endless search to get more bang for the buck, I found the greatest party supply site – Oriental Trading (hopefully I’m not the only one who hadn’t heard of it before!). That, along with the Dollar Store, Amazon and Target, made the party a great success for so much cheaper than it could have been. If you’re planning anything , definitely check it out and shop around. Prices vary so much for the exact same thing, and Amazon surprisingly wasn’t the cheapest.

Take a peek at my party-planning craziness, I had so much fun!!

The Food

I love to bake. If you've seen my Instagram account this won't be a big surprise. I've made the girls' birthday cakes every year (except one). This year was chocolate for G and a traditional yellow cake (dyed red inside) for M. And I couldn't let an event go by without getting a new cookie cutter, Batgirl cookies had to make an appearance.

The Games

Super Hero games are the best! I had The Flash Dash, Hulk Smash, Spider Web Practice and Super Breath. I found the best set of Hulk glove-hands to punch down empty boxes that we stacked like buildings. My husband was so happy to help me re-wrap all the empty Christmas boxes in black wrapping paper for the party. When I asked him I thought he was going to strangle me, ha! But he's an amazing dad and husband and relented.

The Dollar Store had silly string that we used to spray on black poster board with a face of the Joker for Spider Web Practice. I know, I know, mixing super hero villains, but it worked. We were cleaning up chunks of silly string from the grass for two weeks! The Dollar Store also had Avenger's bottles of bubbles for Super Breath. The littler kids loved this one. A great way to make the party work for ages 2-7.

Decorations

There is no end to the decorating possibilities! I always have too many ideas and have to reign myself back in. I replaced almost every framed picture in the house with a Super Hero themed one, finally hung my gallery wall to put up even more pictures, and generally went decorating-bonkers. All the pictures were free printables I found online, as well as the emblems for the party bags. My scissor-cutting skills were put to the test. Even our sea grass Sven got a mask!

The party was so much fun and tear-free! At this age there's always someone that inevitably breaks down from stimulus overload, but not this time. I'd call that a success.

I hope you enjoy checking out my party-craziness!

Spring Fling

It's officially here! 

Spring break is this week (as much as a preschooler who goes only two mornings a week can even understand what spring break is), Easter is over, and my spring updates have begun. I've retired my winter-white bedding for the season, fallen in love with touches of pink and copper, and I'm imagining all sorts of updates I can do in the house on-the-cheap.

I don't know if it's cabin fever, but I've been feeling so restless lately! Not only do I feel like my home decor is getting stale, but I'm cleaning up a storm - I was even dreaming of cleaning the entire refrigerator last night, not a good sign. They do say "Spring Cleaning", clearly for a reason and maybe its not just because things are dirty.

In the hopes of putting my craziness behind me, I've brought out my spring bedding, an ancient Anthropologie duvet cover and shams that I fell in love with years ago and just can't shake my love for. It screams spring to me, serene and calm.

My very-much-loved Anthropologie duvet cover

My very-much-loved Anthropologie duvet cover

It's amazing how a quick trip to the linen closet can make my bedroom feel fresh and ready for great weather. Gotta love shopping my home!

I did make a small investment to update the family room with pink accented pillows from World Market. They have such a fun selection of pillows that aren't crazy expensive. On my pillow trip I even found a copper accented mirror for the family room. I'm not sure what has sparked my sudden desire to decorate with pink, but it feels much more fun than the browns I previously had and puts a smile on my face.

My trio of frames in the kitchen have also gotten their seasonal update. They are the Ikea Ribba frame in walnut (unfortunately a discontinued color). The 12"x12" opening is perfect for scrapbook paper that I can change out whenever the mood strikes. They are red patterned Ikat, stripes and Chevron stripes right now.

Another way I'm looking to freshen up the house it to search for wall art/decor for the master bedroom. I stumbled upon a great Elle Decor post about downloading free prints and framing them inexpensively. I hadn't thought to do this, LOVE IT!

I'm also still hoping to get my paper towel roll art put together for above one of the dressers in our master bedroom; hopefully before my towel roll stash explodes out of the bag - I'm great at saving them, just not so great at getting my act together to use them! So, I have two good projects ahead of me. I'll keep you posted! 

Check out my Pinterest board for more spring updates that may just inspire you, too!

Easter Round-Up

Maybe it was residual winter clouding my brain, but I feel like I've been living under a rock the past few weeks - uninspired to do much of anything crafty or design-worthy. I had at least three projects I wanted to do for Easter, but didn't even break them out of the bag! So sad.

I did grab two craft projects at Target that I could do with Toddler G. Thank goodness, otherwise my funk would have put a cloud on her Easter!

My everyday moss wreath dressed up with left-over pink ribbon and some of the Target rabbit crafts I did with Toddler G

My everyday moss wreath dressed up with left-over pink ribbon and some of the Target rabbit crafts I did with Toddler G

Here's to being more inspired now that I feel like spring has arrived!

Let the Walls Do the Talking

I must be preoccupied with the blank walls in my home, because all I think about is paint, art work, mirrors, anything related to dressing my walls. 
I recently bought a set of sea urchins from Target and am loving them on the wall!

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Since hanging them up and being absolutely pleased with how they look, I've been all about 3D art.
I've spent hours searching high and low to come up with a few collections of items that would be fun to hang on the wall that isn't the traditional piece of framed art. Here are some that really struck a chord with me:

Wall Discs of all Sorts

Collections of Objects

Animal Sculptures

These are so much better than the taxidermy sort, at least in my opinion.

Wall Plates

I've never been one to collect plates, but in my wall decor search I found that One Kings Lane has a ridiculous amount, all styles and shapes! It got me thinking, when I was growing up my mother had a tremendous Scandinavian plate collection on the kitchen wall. I had to throw one into my Wall Plate gallery as a nod to her, love you mom!

From Circles to Squares and Other Shapes

I know there's a lot, but I couldn't resist. There are so many options that its mind boggling. Which are your favorites? I'd love to know!

Fall is in the Air (Finally!)

As the almost 100 degree temperatures begin to subside, I am so excited!

Fall is my favorite time of year. Maybe it's because of my almost 15 years on the East Coast, but there's something about the leaves changing, the feeling of crispness in the air, apple picking, the smell of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), the need to wear pants and a sweater (I am so tired of wearing shorts and skirts!)...

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