Friday, August 1, 2014

Aloha to Summer

Summer is coming to an end 
and the kids will be heading back-to-school soon. 
So say "ALOHA" 
with a Luau! 



You don't have to celebrate big...just make sure its colorful!
We had a playdate Luau with a few of Caiden's friends and 
our little Luau was a big hit! 

The Hibiscus Table Skirt made a huge impact on our dessert table, 
especially since I only had a few snacks and treats. 
  For some color and a more tropical feel, 
I used the Bright Lei Garland as a backdrop and placed Lanterns throught the area. 

Love how these products are reusable! 


Customize store-bought cupcakes with fun toppers. I made these toppers to go with the "Aloha" theme. 


The kids loved these Palm Tree Picks with marshmallows! 




Parents got in on the fun with the Beach Monkey photobooth while the kids enjoyed playing  
it was the perfect height for our preschoolers. 


Hope you had a great Summer,
Mahalo!


Disclaimer: This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the products listed above. I was provided free product from Oriental Trading Company for review and provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Our First Family Camping Trip


This past weekend we went on our first family camping trip! 
It was also my first camping experience, so you can imagine how nervous I was. 
I wanted to go Glamping, but living with two boys-I was out numbered! 
We went with two other families, which made me feel more comfortable since they were both camping pros. 
Since it was a last minute trip, finding a campground was a little difficult.
 I learned that most are booked up to a year in advanced.
(noted)
While I was searching for campgrounds, I came across these helpful sites that had a list of family-friendly campgrounds near the LA area. Woo Hoo! 

Mommy Popping LA (for last minute campers-like us)

Wheeler Gorge (site 55) in Ojai, CA 
was available and it was the perfect size for all 3 families. 
Not much amenties (i.e no water, coin showers...) but we had the BEST time! 


Playing games, drinking, eating, making S'mores, and watching shooting stars
...how can I not enjoy camping. 


Moscow Mules was the perfect cocktail for a Summer treat! 
Ingredients:
2oz. Vodka
1cup Ginger Beer
1 teaspoon Raw Agave syrup (from Trader Joe's)
Squeeze some lime and garnish with mint
**Inspired by Sugar and Charm**

We also went a little fancy and brought Chia Seed pudding and Cold Brew Coffee to share. 
My friend made a delicious Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Ganache and Strawberry Chia Seeds in 
Mason Jars (great for camping).
And of course I brought a little Birthday sign and name toppers!  :)




We went on a beautiful hike (with lots of Poison Oak) 
that was only a .7 milie loop-
great for our little ones.
Spending 3 days/2 nights in the woods was plenty for us, especially with the hot weather! 






 Happy Campers
...ready for the next camping adventure! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A is for Awesomesauce {Free Printable}


It's almost that time again...
Summer is coming to an end and the kids are heading 
Back 2 School! 

We LOVE GoGo Squeeze in our home 
(perfect snack on-the-go)
and we'll be sharing them at Caiden's Back-to-School event. 
It's a great way to get to know our new friends! 

So enjoy these FREE printables (click and save image), print them on cardstock, cut and attach them to your favorite flavor... 

Make sure your kid signs it! 
(or write a little note on the back) 



Enjoy! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

Sizzix Blogger Sock Hop



This past Friday, I attended a fun event to celebrate the launch of Sizzix designer, Jen Long's "The 50's" collection. 
It was a night was filled with great food, crafting and chatting with fellow bloggers and the super sweet ladies of Sizzix! 

Check out the super cute collection HERE!



The night started with a Root Beer tasting and delicious, monster-sized burgers for dinner. After they filled our blogger bellies-we got to play with the Sizzix Big Shot and created this adorable 
Retro-Camera card from "The 50s" Collection. 


I had a great time chatting with these lovely ladies-
fellow Party Planners/Bloggers- 
Ana of Divine Functions and Vickie of Celesweetions.


And look what we got to take home...
I am so excited to get my craft on!! 

Stay Tuned and see what I've created with 
"The 50s" collection and my new 
Sizzix Big Shot!! 

For more pictures of the party, 
check out the album on Sizzix's Facebook page HERE.



Thanks again Sizzix for a super fun night!!

Friday, April 4, 2014

{Free Printables} Go Dodgers!


Happy Opening Day!!

It's pretty exciting that baseball season is here.
  It's even more exciting for us because Caiden's first Pee Wee baseball game starts tomorrow.

My 3.5 year old will be playing on the Dodgers, so I had to create these toppers
....and share them with you. 

Enjoy! 

GO DODGER BLUE!! 




Monday, January 27, 2014

{DIY} Paper Straw Arrows filled with candy


Turn those cute, thick paper straws (meant for smoothies) from Target into Cupid's Arrows for
 Valentine's Day!

...and fill them with Mini-M&Ms. 

(caution: make sure kids pour the candy into their hands before eating)



What you'll need: 
paper straw, 2 foam heart stickers, 4 washi tape strips, scissors,  
and candy that's small enough to fit inside. 
(I was able to fit jelly beans as well)


Fill the straw with candy and seal the ends with Washi Tape
(make sure to seal one end before filling)

 Stick the foam hearts together on one end. 


 Stick Washi Tape together on the other end going diagonally. 
Use scissors to fringe.  


Enjoy! 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

GoGo Valentine's Day + Free Printable




One of my son's favorite go-to snacks is GoGo SqueeZ's 
Apple Berry flavor. 
It's a great non-candy alternative for him to give to his new Preschool friends (he started last week) for 
Valentine's Day. 



And here's the printable I made, 
just click, save and adjust the size if needed.
Hole punch and attach with twine. 
Simple. 


Enjoy!