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Ben’s Surprise 30th Birthday – Mustache Bash


Ben turned 30 last week! woohoo! Two days before, I decided hmm maybe it isn’t that
crazy to try and throw a party even though we just moved here.
I REALLY wanted to make it happen for him…
so event though I didn’t have much time, I was determined to throw
this party together—without him knowing!

I called his boss and had him get in on the sneakiness. He had ben out while everyone arrived. I sent a couple ‘frustrated exhausted mom’ texts to keep things completely normal. haha. I even took a call from him with the bath tub going saying I was doing bath and then putting the kids to bed.

Thanks goodness the party came together in a couple days because I wouldn’t have been able to handle the sneakiness much longer than that. STRESSFUL! I had to sneak numbers from his phone when he was in the shower haha. I got family and a handful of our new friends to come join in celebrating ben and eat dessert with us!

These were the ONLY photos I took the whole time. A few phone shots and that was it.
Thank goodness for the amazing Charis who I had discovered via instagram!
She came and took care of capturing all the fun for me. I’m so excited to team up with her on some more projects. She has a great eye! I can’t rave about her enough!
Check her work out HERE.


Ben had joked last week saying how all he wanted for his birthday was a mustache.
So of course.. a mustache party was a must. Grabbed up a few mustache themed items and chose some colors.. black and green!
I only had time to go to a couple stores. I had already gotten the mustache plates at target.. but I was able to go to party city and the grocery store the day before and pick up the final party details.


Ben loves cheesecake! And I had to get the mint oreo’s with the green
filling  to match the decor ;) I used paper containers from party city to hold store bought caramel corn and puppy chow. Store bought cupcakes were jazzed up with some party city mustache toppers! For a couple was worth my time to buy the toppers instead of make them! I also had already grabbed up a cute banner from target. It’s still up.. I love it. haha.


Here’s a run down of the dessert table. Even with no time and no budget you can make a fun party table come together! You don’t have to go overboard with items.. having the color and theme working throughout the table will make it look planned and really pop!


These kiddos. They were all about the “snacks” ;)


We just moved to Charlotte a few months ago…so it was really nice seeing the friendships we’ve made be all in one place! Our town house isn’t the biggest so we couldn’t invite more than this but It was cool to see how great this community has been already!


It’s not a party without a balloon war.


We all gathered around the table waiting for ben to come up the steps…
He was COMPLETELY Surprised. Mission accomplished.
anddd sweaty from work haha. So he ran up and changed and then was ready to par-tay.



Lately Micah’s been covering his eyes and counting.
he sees the girls play hide and seek. It’s prettyyy much the cutest thing ever.
Also… next time you need to make punch:
7 UP + Raspberry Sherbet.


Next time DON’T buy the sparkling candles.
They are scarier than it sounds. haha.




I grabbed some stick on mustaches at party city.
It was hilarious how much the kids wore them.. and the adults. ;)



I’m in total party planning mode now…
Loved doing this for ben and excited for the girls’ birthday in august!! eek!
We are currently set on a garden fairy party.
With all things bugs for the boys. should be fun ;)
Thanks for checking out Ben’s party!

Birthday Video to Ben from the Kids and Me


I made a video the other night for ben.
Put together some of our home videos over the years with him in it.
I had him watch the tv and hit play from my computer…
He MIGHT have teared up watching it. :)
I love the girls cute Q.+A. about daddy at the end. hehe.

We started his big day with breakfast in bed.
Sienna ate most of his fruit in exchange for smoochies.


The girls made a mug for daddy. He loves his coffee.
He also got rum and a motorcycle for his bday….
not as cute but just as loved.


A couple days ago I decided to throw ben a surprise party.
I’m so glad that it was a last minute plan because it was stressing me out being so sneaky!
He had told me earlier in the week all he wanted for his birthday was a mustache (haha)
So of course I went with mustache details… more party fun to come!
I had a great photographer snapping away so we could enjoy the night.
Can’t wait to share more! Feeling really blessed for the community we’ve already found here in Charlotte. And thankful for all of them who came to celebrate ben!



Ben I love you so much.
I’m lucky to have you by my side.
Happy Birthday you old man you.


Baby’s First Easter Ideas + Baby Aspen $100 Prize Giveaway!

I seriously can’t even handle the adorableness in this post!!
I have shared Baby Aspen before, and I was happy to share them again
because I really love their products! Lucky for you, they love a good giveaway!

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and Bunny Plush with sweet little socks!
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How precious is this Peas and Carrots Set!!!
Love those little booties!

“Bibb” Lettuce. I need to make sure I have or know a
baby this age during easter… at all times.
this is too cute!!

Help yourself to pin these cuties!
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The Busy Budgeting Mama

The Girls Shared Big Girl Room

My girls share a room..Sophia is 5 and Sienna is 3.
They love it. Ben and I love it too.. we try to forget the nights they keep each other up..
and focus on the nights we find them in the same bed snoozing like little angels all sweet.
We try to focus on that really really hard. ;)
We are in a rental right now.. and with a 3 bedroom house,
sharing a room is where we are at.
Even with more space down the road, they probably will share.
They have come to love it now!
Plus the bunk bed of their dreams is now in their space and their world is complete.

It took me forever to actually photograph the room!
But I wanted to share some fun details that I think made it all come together so pretty.
Come on in I’ll give you the tour while it’s clean!

I don’t know about your kids but mine love to measure how tall they are growing.
It’s a daily thing in our house.
That..and brushing to see how long their hair has grown. ;)
I loved finding this growth chart decal from Janey-Mac.
I was able to pick the color I wanted..and the yellow was bright and cheery. :)
It was pretty easy to stick on. Sophia helped me and was
very excited to be the first to try it out!

I also had been on the hunt for gold polka dot decals.
I KNEW I had to have them in their room.
It was a must. So when I found them on walls need love…..jackpot!
You can pick out different sizes and colors.
They came on a big roll and are SOOOOO easy to put on.
A girl the other day e-mailed me asking if I could share a tutorial on the polka dot closet…
Peel.. stick. done! Haha. They look like you painted the door
and so carefully got the perfect circles.
Nope. peel and stick. I love them!
The bunk bed is from IKEA.. a long with the wardrobe and dresser.
The rug is from RUGS USA. I really wanted a yellow rug that wasn’t too gold or too lemony and had a fun pattern.
The tuscan trellis rug was perfect.
(They only have it in green right now.)
This one arrived and I immediately had to unroll it to see how it looked in person…
I was SOO pleased with the color. and the fact that it isn’t a big shedder!

When I discovered Her Bunnies Three one day on easy,
I knew I NEEDED to get little “sweeties” for my girls!
They LOVE them… and I love how cute they look just laying around.
I like putting them up on the window next to my XO letters.
(I used the letters back in my DIY valentine’s day table last year.)

The S is not upside down… It looks like it is..but in real life it is not.
I have used that in their rooms since they were little and love love it. First used it as their dessert table backdrop at their Vintage Circus birthday party. The bedding is from IKEA..and the book shelves are ikea picture ledges. Micah loves getting the books off their and bringing them to me when I lay on the bottom bunk.
I think he needs the same set up in his new room ;)
The baskets on their dresser hold their princess dolls and hair accessories.
You know.. the necessities. (baskets from home goods)
(strawberry and puppy from ikea. worn in and loved ;)

I got these old wooden frames about 5 years ago at a garage sale.
I think I payed around 5 bucks for 8 of them! some bigger some smaller.
I FINALLY put them to use all these years. Spray painted them gold…
Measured and cut out foam board as the back (they didn’t have a back originally)
Then I used roll out cork board and used spray adhesive to attach it.
I love hanging the girls’ artwork and random doodles up to see. 
I also found a mirror at a garage sale that needed a little tlc..
I cleaned it up as much as I could and spray painted it gold to match.
It’s the perfect height and size for them use. They call it their princess mirror.

Thanks for stopping by! I guarantee that in the time it took me to write this post,
their room’s floor got covered with toys. It’s their skill- speed mess makers. haha.
working on the-speed toy picker up-skills.

The Busy Budgeting Mama

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