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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)

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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!

Ben’s Surprise 30th Birthday – Mustache Bash



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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.


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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.

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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 bucks..it 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.

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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!

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

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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!

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It’s not a party without a balloon war.


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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.


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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.
“one-tee-tuu”
Also… next time you need to make punch:
7 UP + Raspberry Sherbet.
amazingness

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


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

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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



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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.



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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.



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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!

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



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