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Our 2014 Cookie + Whiskey Exchange Party!

I’ve thrown a couple cookie exchange parties over the years.. (2010. 2011.)
and my husband and I said that the next one I do should be a couples one!
He said we should do a whiskey exchange for the guys. BRILLIANT.
Everyone we talked too loved the idea and we decided to try and fit it in
before Christmas came this year! It was so fun!thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange1

All the girls were told to bring 6 dozen cookies and the guys bring a bottle of whiskey.
They had to text ben a photo of what they got so they didn’t have duplicates. We weren’t so serious about the cookie exchange part. I let everyone bring whatever they felt like making and we ended up with no duplicates! Some couldn’t bring 6 dozen and some made we just winged it and it ended up being great! this was a no stress cookie exchange…
only rule was to bring some cookies and a bottle of whiskey.
I love baking and cookie dough probably more than I like the cookies themselves ;)
I couldn’t live without my scooper though! Makes making cookes so much easier.
Everyone needs this tool in their kitchen!
I didn’t have much time to decorate or plan a big party so I focused on the food…
and printed out my printables that I made for a party a few years ago… just a different color.
Instantly made the party feel festive and put together!
I made Oatmeal Scotchies. :)thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange2
For the table I put out the prizes on a cake stand and our little plates for the girls to put their “sample” cookies on. Each of them put 6 cookies down and marked on the card a number. On the inside they put the name of their cookie and how many they brought.
We cut the cookies up on the plate so everyone could sample a bit of each!
I loved seeing the table fill up with all the cookies!thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange3

For the Whiskey Exchange, ben had gotten a bunch of
mason jars and lined them up on the table. The guys lined up their whiskey
and each jar got 100ml . 7 jars per bottle, with 50ml left in bottle for sampling .
They did the exchange via fantasy football draft style and
picked in order of beard length with longest beard first haha!
We were surrounded by a lot of beards, plaid and whiskey.

Everyone started sampling the cookies and casting their votes using my ballot cards!
It’s fun seeing everyone get into it. focus.. serious decision making going on.

Lots of chatting, snacking and cookie eating going on!
I made some dips: buffallo chick dip..spinach dip. We had french onion dip ranch dip and all sorts of things to dip with! bread pretzels carrots peppers pita chips and wavy chips and tostitos chips. and pigs in a blanket. a classic holiday food in our house ;)
I’m a fan of snacking and talking!thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange10Here are the four winners! They won for Most Creative,
Best Looking, Most Unique and Best Tasting.
Everyone won in the end because we all got trays of cookies though!
The prize was a cute mug filled with treats and a whiskey flavored chocolate bar.
Saw it at target and had to have it. haha.thebusybudgetingmama-whiskeycookieexchange9I usually get trays but couldn’t find any cute ones this year that were big enough!
So instead we used these big paper platters from Walmart to load up cookies on!
Used the CLING saran wrap to send them home!  it’s amazing.
why did I ever buy the other kind???

I loved the variety of cookies we ended up with!
Thankful for a night of friendship and fun.
Thanks for stopping by! :)

Throw your own party!!
Doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money to pull together something fun
for your friends and family to enjoy!
my instant download cookie exchange printable package

Day in the Life- Random Mama Moments

During my first years of blogging I did a
lot of ‘Day in the Life posts-Random Mama Moments.’
Just sharing my heart, what we’ve been up too and what I’m loving!
It’s part journal for my kids part sharing favorites for others to find!
I thought my blog was due for this kind of post. :)

So ok……I get it guys. I get what all my “moms of boys” have been talking about.
Micah Man.
I was in stealth mode to capture the shot of him not moving.
And that moment was only happening because he was drinking something.
non stop mover and shaker. for as much as he is crazy he is also our snuggler.
so I’ll take it. ;)
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Every day it is starting to look more and more like Christmas around here!
Sophia is in her favorite spot. :)
The snowflakes are foam and were a pack from the Dollar Store.
I seriously was watching you tube videos trying to make
some and then was like yup no. haha. Another day!
We got our tree.. cut it down for the first time with our family. They loved it!
And my muscle man hubby carried it. it was  A LOT heavier than our usual trees haha.
We love our nativity scene in this house. It’s used daily.
All the (fischer price) people said amen!
including all the superheroes, princesses and noah’s ark animals.
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Christmas present Shopping started on Black Friday! We don’t normally do the whole thing
but we were with my family and thought it would be fun! Seriously… a blast.
And luckily the people working laughed at us as much as we were laughing at ourselves.
My sister definitely crashed the cart after that photo was taken. haha.
Found a few good deals but we also saw that some things were still cheaper online.
A lot of price comparing. But I did get some good bargains and had fun with family!
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haha #daughterprobs #frozenobsessed
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I’m working up some fun DIY’s for Christmas presents for the kids!
I was sooo excited to find such similar fabric at Hobby Lobby for the play diapers I’m making them. They match the same diaper my mom made me for my baby dolls! Nostalgia!
I’m also making some felt desserts to go with the tea set we are giving them.
Can you guess our favorite treats?? Some mamas do crossword puzzles when they can’t sleep… I make mini felt carrot cakes and macaroons. haha. I seriously was thinking up felt patterns in my head and couldn’t sleep! I’ll share more on these soon! I have been making patterns so I can share those. If there is enough interest I can post a tutorial too.
I also was able to find some frozen apparel for our miss Sienna at Old Navy. She saw it and really wanted to buy one but I said no… then snuck it in the cart later. bahaha. sneaky mom. Old Navy has had some great sales!
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It’s shipping week for HAPPY MOMMY BOX!
Our boxes have taken over our office here in Charlotte. (first floor of our townhouse.)
We are looking at warehouse spaces because we are busting out. It’s a great problem to have. but kind of stressful! We are jumping to even more boxes next month… so… slight panic attack going on haha. Excited to be bringing on a couple new girls for the packing team! yayyy!
and SOOO Thankful for Mandy my business partner who is handling the end of year numbers this week so I can focus on shipping dec box,
our brand spanking new website and expanding!! I do not like that part of owning a business. It hurst my brain. I am the creative type.. we complete each other. haha. We are halfway through crazy week. we got this. Connect with us on our INSTAGRAM!
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I have naturally wavy/curly hair. With each baby it got a little less curly and more..crazy.
I usually straighten my hair because it’s easier to manage and lasts longer. (dry shampoo I love you.) But lately I haven’t had time to straighten this wildness. So I have been going to my curly hair products to cut down on getting ready time! Here are some products I’m loving and use every time I wear my hair curly! I’m gonna try to do a tutorial and show the steps one of these days! I do all my hair product shopping at target. because I live there.
Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding- tub for $22
Loreal TXT IT Tousle Waves Spray – $3.99
Garnier Fructis Styling De-Constructed Beach Chic Texturizing Spray – $3.49
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I kind of can’t wait for Christmas morning.
Seeing these three play together is so fun…
and I can’t wait to see their giddy faces when they come down those steps.
They love each other. and drive each other bonkers at the same time.
a good balance of crazy goes on in our house. ;)
The other day Micah put his head on sienna’s shoulder while they watched a show on the floor. If that wasn’t cute enough sienna then proceeded to loudly whisper momm momm look!! And was about to burst with happiness. Moments later he hit her on the head with his hammer. The end.
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How are you doing today??
Hope you realize how amazing and beautiful you are.
Have a great rest of your day!
Hugs from your e-friends here in charlotte :)
Connect with us on INSTAGRAM! I’m over there sharing daily.

Micah’s Modern IRON MAN Party

Suddenly I realized Micah was turning two in a week!
I texted some friends to come over monday night for cake!
Life was too crazy that week to plan anything..but when it hit the weekend I knew
I wanted to try and throw together something fun! Micah loves IRON MAN. It’s probably the second thing he says after “baba” in the morning… and one of the last things he says before he goes to bed. When I tuck him in he’ll randomly look up at me and say iron man?
to which I reply.. yes iron man is sleeping too….zzzzzz.
So I knew that was the perfect party theme for our micah man!
Sunday came and I finally had a chance to work up
some fun details for the party monday night. This is my love language..and how I relax.
So it was fun working on some DIY’s after a busy week.
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All of these things are super easy and quick DIY’s or party details you can make as well
if you are in a time crunch! I didn’t want to spend a lot either.. I would have loved to have an iron man costume and iron man favors.. but nope. we didn’t have time and we wanted to keep it simple. I used a lot of what we had to make it come together and did party shopping in my craft box. :) The key to a modern licensed character party is to come up with a few basic elements that represent the character and then go in the direction you want! I don’t like red. but.. I love black and white and gold and HAD some things that could make that color scheme work. I incorporated the red into the table with the candy and iron man mask wrapped around the popcorn jar! I HAD wanted maroon balloons..but accidentally ordered magenta balloons..haha.
We tied the pink balloons outside our door. ;)
iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama2I knew I wanted to do a dessert table only. (We had some chips/hummus and
carrots out as well.) I made up an Iron Man sign to put on the table.
I wanted to keep it simple and bake with my girls to add to the fun.
I let them stay up late the night before baking with me and they were giddy as can be.
It took about 50 times longer but it was worth it. They loved it.
I bought store bought popcorn and cupcakes.
And then twizzlers and swedish fish for the candy jars. (they are from target)
Micah’s present from us was a pack of marvel comic heroes…
And we used them around the party table decor :)
I bought one iron man mask from party city. (It was a couple bucks!)
Ben had the great idea to put it around the popcorn jar!
Micah kept pointing and saying, “Iron Mannnnnn!”iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama20

If there is one thing I know about super heroes, they like to fly through city skylines!
I had a big piece of thick poster board from our HAPPY MOMMY BOX one year party.
(it was $15 at Office Max) I used a pencil to doodle a city skyline…
not trying to have it be perfectly straight because that just wasn’t gonna happen.
Then I used an angled thick sharpie to fill in the lines! SO easy. and it comes
together pretty fast. I had a hunk of black and white strip
fabric from IKEA that I used as the table cloth.iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama18

I had some lollipop sticks in my craft bin… so I made up some cupcake toppers
(made in photoshop… printed on card stock… taped to back of sticks.)
The Micah cake topper was made with our magnet letters spray painted gold!
I love how they turned out so similar to the Iron Man font!
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It was hilarious how Micah passed out a cookie to
EVERY SINGLE person who walked into our house.
He started doing it and then just kept on being the hostess with
the mostess the whole party! I’m so glad I made cookies because it ended up
being so him. mister social passing them out. all the superheroes were thrilled.
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told you… I wasn’t exaggerating about the cookies….
serious peanut blossom deliveries going on.
Micah to the rescue.
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Micah was pretty proud of himself
and showing off the cookies.
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We only had one super hero costume in the house for the girls. and it’s kinda too small. haha.
But Sienna wanted to rock it and Sophia threw her cat ears on and was bat girl! ;)
total goofballs.
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Cake time!! I picked up a chocolate cake from the Harris Teeter grocery store
and randomly found the #2 candle in my pantry from an old party pack! score!
I got the Avengers Balloon from Party City. it was $8 including helium.
Worth it because it’s still going strong here! That was considered a present
from us too.. Micah loves balloons!iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama6

Micah was pretty pumped about the blowing out the candle part.
He ate two bites and was done with the cake itself.
The rest of us devoured the cake. It was so good!!
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noo let’s not stab mommy.iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama11this sweet boy…can’t believe he is two!iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama14

Sienna is a snuggler at parties. we cash in on it.iron man party-thebusybudgetingmam5

The iron mask randomly made the rounds.
Loved looking over and seeing micah put it on. He was in iron man heaven.iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama4iron man party-thebusybudgetingmama13

Micah was pretty excited about the communal plate of cookies.
(All the ones he had gifted and people couldn’t eat fast enough.)
Micah and Ben had their bromances at the party.
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Gift time! Micah had lots of “help” from his cousins and sisters.
Thankful for everyone who came and for the gifts!
He loved everything and it’s been awesome having BOY TOYS in the house.
slowly he is making his mark on this girl house. ;)
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Thanks for checking out our Micah man’s IRON MAN Party!
It was a quick DIY throw together but so fun celebrating our guy
and making some special memories!

20 Minute Fall Wreath DIY

My time to DIY is very short these days. But the other day I got Micah down for
a nap and needed a break before I jumped right back into mom work.
I had been wanting to put together a fall wreath for weeks.
I got the stuff at Walmart when grabbing milk and a few other necessary things.
And was able to make this up quickly in 20 minutes.. leaving me plenty of micah’s nap time to get word done. I LOVE how it turned out and how it’s so easy to change up!

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All you need are a few things and 20 minutes!

Place Moss on wreath and pin in place with floral pins.
I put clumps of the different moss randomly to make it look natural.
That’s it! It’s actually very relaxing putting it together.
I had a leftover flower garland from the Girls’ Fairy Birthday Party
so I used it to add some color to the wreath.
To finish it off, I added some black and white striped ribbon to hang it with.fall wreath2-thebusybudgetingmama

I like how my wreath and yellow mums match at my front door!
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The best part about this wreath is how it’s so easy to change up!
The pins come out easily. I’m going to remove the yellow flowers for christmas season.
I’m making another just moss one for inside my house… I love it!
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