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Road Map Massage Shirt For Dad!

 For Father’s Day this year, we made a massage shirt for Ben!
The kids were so excited about it and it came together really easily.
We grabbed a new white shirt and a pack of Iron on transfers from the store, then used a couple cars from micah’s toy bin! They were giddy to give him his present and his first car massage! ;)
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I created the little town in photoshop! Then sized it to fit two regular iron on transfer papers. (8.5×11) I printed them and trimmed to line up close, and ironed them on! A trick is to add a lot of pressure and heat..and then put in the freezer. Let it cool for a minute or so before you pull the shirt out and peel back the transfer paper. It makes it go a lot smoother.
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Daddy got to lay down and the kids got to drive all over his back.
This is the perfect gift for Father’s Day or daddy’s birthday!
The girls and I had fun working this up during Micah’s nap time one day.
We created our dream town. ;)
Park and Coffee/Ice Cream Shop across from our house! yes please!
PS. I’m going to be stealing his shirt. haha.

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I uploaded the PDF files to my Etsy Shop. ($2)
Enjoy and please share a photo if you end up using it!!

Fruit Party! – A New Start of Summer Tradition!

Yesterday afternoon we had to run to the grocery store for the basics. I am just getting over the worst part of a cold and was wanting all the healthy things! plus we had ZERO toilet paper. It was kind of a forced outing. ;) We were getting strawberries, when the girls started pointing out all these “cool fruits” we hadn’t had in forever. specifically the kiwi. or bikini as sienna kept calling them??
So I decided that we should have our very own FRUIT PARTY! The girls were FREAKING.
Include party.. and a food in the same sentence.. and they are pumped.
I think the produce guy restocking, thought we were ridiculous. haha. Party time!
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Things were busy as soon as we got home so the fruit party didn’t happen till after dinner. Sophia said it could be our dessert. Micah was a part of the fruit party..but spent most of it eating in his high chair. otherwise it would have been turned into a fruit throwing party aka timeout party. He’s wild and too many of these fruits look like balls. in his defense.
I put out our trusty tablecloth I got at target a few years back (it’s vinyl?? or something easy to clean up.) Then we put out the new crayons and “crayon holder” we snagged at target earlier that day. The tin is in the dollar bin ($3) and perfect for the kids craft time! I love to color…so we just colored away together looking at the fruits and trying to draw them. I’m not an artist..but I realized I said that once or twice and sophia corrected me like mom are you kidding me you’re amazing.. so.. note to self… never saying I’m not good at coloring in front of the kids again.
a little sophia life lesson in the middle of our fruit party. ;)
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And now for the main event of the FRUIT PARTY…
Cutting open the fruit. This was hilarious because every slice brought a “oooooo what’s going to be insideeeee ahhh!!” commentarty from my girls. every. single. fruit. haha.
They loved seeing the insides and I thought they were all so pretty.
I loved seeing the girls inspect the fruits and seeds and comparing and picking their favorites.
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Next up we served up a few slices of each fruit for the girls!
(.75 plates from target. ps not a target post I just don’t shop anywhere else these days.)
They LOVED sampling the fruits.. even though they’ve had all of these before at one point… they haven’t had them all together before and it was like an explosion of fruit amazingness to them.
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It was an after dinner thing. nothing too fancy. but too them, it was epic.
They said it was the best party idea ever. and that they wished daddy was here for it but that he could eat the fruit when he got home for work. hehe cuties.
When I tucked them in bed last night they both said we had to do this every year…
Mophia: “what day is it?? we need to remember to do this next year!!”
Me: “Why don’t we just do it at the start of summer.. it can be our little tradition”
Girls: “YESSSSSS.”
So it’s decided. A Fruit Party officially kicks off summer now.
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Coloring time continued… and I was surprised with this little masterpiece.
heart bursting. insert all the heart emojis here.
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I just fed the crew breakfast..and now my husband is braiding the girls’ hair while I post this… Hubby of the year. I think the girls love it even more when he does
it because they know how hard he tries. haha.
Hope you have a wonderful morning and consider
throwing your own FRUIT PARTY as we kick off summer! It’s a fun + tasty tradition.

DIY’s + Planning our Celebrate Motherhood Retreat

We are in crunch mode as we finish planning for our Celebrate Motherhood Retreat!

We started HAPPY MOMMY BOX as a care package service to reach out and encourage and uplift moms… it evolved into a shop where we sell items to help celebrate motherhood.. and now we finally are hosting our first gathering of women. We talked about this stage since the start
and it’s too crazy and exciting that it’s almost here!
You can see more details about the event here: Celebrate Motherhood Retreat.
(We even have a share program where you can earn $$ when people buy tickets through you!
We have had a surge of last minute mamas grabbing tickets.. love it!!)

I’ve been working on a lot of DIY projects to pull this event together…
lots of special details to show them we care!
We want the moms to be able to recharge and leave with a full tank to tackle motherhood.

Love how our swag bags turned out!
I designed our logo and then did the graphic in solid pink for our totes.
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We are having a little Pop Up Shop with all of our Happy Mommy Box shop items
I was on the hunt for a few saturdays in a row looking for a shelf at garage sales.
Found this cutie for EIGHT BUCKS! Solid and just needed a little love.
I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint (Home Depot) in Primitive.
Not the best after photo but I’ll get some cute shots of the pop up shop set up to share!
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I knew I wanted a big statement wall for the main stage.
I knew It had to be easy to take to the hotel and set up.
So humongous foam boards were perfect! They fit in the back of the pick up truck and they are easy to carry..and just prop up against the wall. I found some cool vintage books at the humane society’s thrift store near us. Ripped some pages out and mod podged them on.
I have another detail for the backdrop but I’ll wait to share that with the final result!
I love how ben came home from work while I was working on this project on the back deck, and it didn’t even phase him. He’s used to my crazy. ;)
The kids have been loving playing outside so I took full advantage of the three of them playing in the sandbox while I worked on this project. 2 more panels to go!
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Kind of random projects right now but I can’t wait to share how it all is working together.
Planning a retreat is fun and exhausting and I love the direction we’ve taken with our company. I always want to be open to where it’s supposed to go…
I love this quote by Hayley Morgan
“All the hustle in the world doesn’t matter if the Lord isn’t leading the business.”
I’ll tell you this, everything is more fulfilling when you work with eternity in mind.

I’ll share more later! You can follow a long on INSTAGRAM
with #celebratemotherhoodretreat!

Thrift Store Dresser Makeover

 I’ve been on the hunt for a dresser for the girls’ room. They needed a little bit more storage that worked in the space. I came across this piece at a local Good Will. I originally got it thinking I would use it for the Celebrate Motherhood Retreat we are planning (June 13th – Rock Hill, SC) I thought it would be really cute in the pop up shop area.

But then after the makeover, I knew it would be perfect to end up in the girls’ room!
A little pink paint and spray paint and good as new!
I especially love the pulls on this dresser. If the piece has good bones..grab it up!

I found it for $15.99. I already had a gallon of light pink paint for the girls’ room wall color.
and went to Home Depot for a quart of the darker pink.
I have a few projects I needed that color for so it worked out perfect!
The pulls were a brass color and in great condition. I just spray painted them gold and screwed them back on after the paint job!
Pale Pink – Behr “Cupcake Pink” (I had them color match it in Glidden Semi-Gloss)
Darker Pink – Behr “Old Flame” (again, color matched in Glidden Semi-Gloss)

Love how it turned out. My crew has been keeping me busy but these little creative projects help keep me sane! I’ll share more of their new room as we pull it together!

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