Back to School Printables- Discount CODE!

It is back to school time! We start on monday!
Sophia is going to be in first grade… I can’t believe it.
Sienna starts pre-k the first week of september.
We are all really excited. They have been asking if
it’s “new school time” since about a day into summer. ;)


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To celebrate, I’m having a sale in my printable shop!
Use CODE: BACKTOSCHOOL
to get 25% OFF your entire printable order

All of my printables are currently immediate downloads
so you can start on your crafting gifting
and decorating right away!

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I did a fun Back to School Play Date at an IKEA event last year.. check it out!

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You can check out all of my back to school printables HERE.

DIY Cardboard Fairy House Tutorial

We threw our girls’ a Fairy Birthday Party this past weekend!
One of my favorite details of the party was the Cardboard Fairy House I made for them!

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I can’t wait to share more details of the party, but I thought it would be fun to do a video tutorial on the Cardboard Fairy House first! I have made different cardboard creations over the years..and they are a hit every time! I’m sure your littles will have fun with this too!


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Two cute fairies flapping away!!
(dresses from target)

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It’s an easy, fun and affordable DIY project that’s perfect at making
a play date, party or rainy day extra special!

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DIY CARDBOARD FAIRY HOUSE
SUPPLIES:
Cardboard Boxes (I used 4 large from lowes and one small from home..along with part of another box I had for the roof! – use the corner/bend for the roof)
Zip Ties
Paint (I found a small can in the as is section at Lowes)
Utility Knife
Packing Tape
Scissors or screw driver (to poke holes for zip ties)
Flowers/Flower Garlands (I got mine during the end of summer clearance at joanns.)
Hula Table Skirt (I got mine during the end of summer clearance at party city)

DIY CARDBOARD FAIRY HOUSE
STEPS:
Build and Cut Boxes.. attaching with zip ties.
Paint.
Tape Flowers/Grass Roof

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I grabbed up a couple cute butterflies at Michael’s during their end of summer sale!
They are made to hang from the ceiling.

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The fairy house has moved to the other wall of our family room…
and will probably be there a while ;) It’s awesome at keeping them entertained!

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Sophia and Sienna are 15 days from being exactly 2 years apart so
they have always had a joint birthday party. I know it won’t always be like this,
but for now they love it… and so do we!!


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The next tutorial will be the tissue paper flowers!
I have a gazillion requests via social media for a tutorial..so..it’s coming!
SO EASY and fun to make… it’ll be one you won’t want to miss!

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Full Fairy Birthday Party Post coming soon!!!
Check out my DIY Cardboard CastleCardboard Mailbox
and Cardboard Sweetopia Village!

What my Kids have learned from Suffering

The other day we were walking out of the parking garage into the mall…. and sophia said, this is just like the hospital!! Sophia had a thing for the hospital parking garage…
I had shared on IG: “My mom told me today that yesterday as she drove the kids out of the hospital parking garage they reached the top and Sophia from the backseat goes “it’s so beautiful!!!!” My mom asked what was? “The sky!!!! It’s so beautiful!!” my mom laughed and agreed and thought from her view seeing the sunset it must have been the perfect shot going from dark to light. Sophia then said “I want to have my birthday here!!!!!”  I seriously love her and her view of the world.”

It’s random comments like this one about the hospital parking garage that I realize they remember that crazy time still so much. My 2 week stay at 3 different hospitals, the fear of the unknown, countless tests, a couple minor operations and a surgery… left a major impression on my family.

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It still brings me fear some days… fear that a future scan will bring bad news. That the pain in my abdomen will come on again. It is still etched in my mind my kids’ sweet little scared faces when they walked into the hospital room where I was laying..tube in my nose, tube in my side and iv in my neck and hand. I looked sore, tired and weary. Ah it makes me want to cry just thinking about it. those two weeks being away from my family were so hard and part of it was knowing how my kids were missing me and trying to understand the chaos that swept over our family. Sophia told me yesterday, “Mom, I cried for you every day when you were at the hospital.” I know kids are resilient… and they were sheltered from a lot of the scary stuff during that time. But they still picked up a lot. I came across a video from the hospital the other day while on my computer, it was the one of ben and I smiling because I was going home that day! Sienna walked over and watched it…and then when it was over she said, “mom I had tears in my eyes watching that.” I hugged and squeezed on her. And we thanked God that we were all better and all together.

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It was a time of such horrible pain, fear of not knowing what was going on with me and fear that one of the tests were going to come back and be bad news. I would like to say I was positive through it all. But I wasn’t. I remember moments during the episodes I was screaming and writhing in pain in my abdomen, just thinking it was not going to end. And just trying to look so hard at my husband and mom that were with me.. like I just wanted to soak all of them up. I really was thinking the doctors were going to come back and say it was something not fixable. It was during those days that I fully experienced the power of prayer… That day I needed to be able to sit still for a test..there was just no way I could do it. My mom even had talked to my husband in the hall about how it just didn’t seem possible. Because.. it didn’t. The moment the pain subsided, was the time people from all over were praying. I even had a girl on IG share her entire church prayed during that time for me and my family. It was incredible. The pain came back later that night with a vengeance, the worst yet, but it held off long enough so I could lay still. I even fell asleep which was something new. This was the test that found the 4 cm precancerous cyst on my pancreas and pretty much saved my life. If they missed that…. who knows when it would have been revealed, if ever, until it was too late. They kept telling me pancreas cancer is a silent killer and usually not detected till it’s progressed too far.
They did the surgery to remove my gal bladder, spleen and 20-30 % of my pancreas.
@blesnefsky here again. Everything went great. We’re back in her room now. She’s in a good amount of pain but doing ok she’s peaceful and resting. She has 6 incisions a drain on the side of her abdomin to drain excess fluid from surgery and a tube in her nose to drain the stomach. During surgery they think they may have found a cause to the left side pain as the cyst was pushing against the spleen and her veins to spleen were really enlarged. The said the cyst would have also ended up giving her liver problems down the line. Gall bladder definitely had to come out and will relieve right side pain. Cyst is off to pathology and we should know the results of that wed to Friday. God is good prayers for recovery”


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One thing that I have discovered after experiencing this type of cross in our family… is how my kids are so much more aware of suffering and have this very clear empathy for those they hear are suffering. It opened their eyes to how, sometimes, you experience sad things… and are sad. and it is nice when people love on you and pray for you. I’ve seen it come up in conversations when I tell them someone we know had to go to the hospital or is sad… They have such concern and sympathy and this desire to take action.
We all experience different crosses in our life. And once we get through them, we often look to what we can learn from that experience or take away from it……sometimes it’s hard to see ANYTHING good can coming from that suffering… But I can say that my kids took away a bigger heart. I’ve seen it first hand. And though that fear is there… I think that their empathy for others greatly outshines it.
I hope that I can pass on to them what my mom passed on to me.
Never waste a single tear. always offer it up for someone or something.


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You can read my first Hospital Reflections and IG shares during those two weeks HERE.
I’m so thankful for where we are today… and soaking up
these summer days with my sweeties!


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The Making of the Girls’ Fairy Birthday Party

I am still in shock that my girls are turning 4 and 6 this month!
It has been so fun getting back into party planning mode.. Life has been filled up with other things right now that fun DIY projects haven’t been possible.
But I knew that I wanted to have some fun with this birthday and make it extra special!
The girls have been through a lot this past year.. with me in the hospital and then moving to a new city. It’s been busy busy and I am so excited to do this for them! They have been loving picking the theme and helping me plan details. This is the first post of how it’s been coming together :)


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I knew the girls wanted to have a fairy party… and when I saw these cute plates at target I grabbed them up with some cute matching favor bags.
I went to JoAnn the other day and took advantage of their end of summer sales on flowers! The girls(and micah) and I had so much fun picking out some cute ones for flower crowns and other fun diy’s. I ordered some pretty tissue paper from Papermart and I can’t wait to share how I’m using them! (girls’ tops from H&M.)

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These two have shared birthday parties all these years..and I know it won’t be like that forever…but I’m loving seeing how close they are and playing and learning together.
They are the gonna be the cutest fairies around!

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I made up an invite in photoshop and e-mailed it to our friends!

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I bought some wooden bird houses at JoAnns and Michaels and painted them white.
I left some with the wood for variety. I got a bag of moss at JoAnns and hot glued it onto the houses… along with some flowers! The kids and I went with grandma in their backyard to do some stick picking for the houses.
I have a few more houses that I haven’t photographed yet!

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Micah and Sienna helped me pick up some boxes for our fairy village!

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We are taking advantage of these last days of summer time and
can’t wait to share more of the party fun!



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