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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!
+ STRAW WREATH
+ SPANISH MOSS
+ SHEET OF MOSS
+ FLORAL PINS
+ FLOWER GARLAND

STEPS:
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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HAPPY MOMMY BOX TURNS ONE!

I can’t believe it’s almost been one year since we shipped our first HAPPY MOMMY BOX!
It’s been an adventure and I’m so excited with how far it’s come. Exhausted thinking about it haha but excited too! Love having Mandy on this journey with me! She is amazing and such a hard worker and smart business woman!  I can’t imagine doing this with anyone else. It’s a good combo because she is like ben..and I am like her husband. so we blend well together when it comes to working! I can’t believe how many boxes we are shipping each month…and now the shop items going out each week! it’s incredible and we are so grateful!
We have a great team behind us and they work hard to make our mommies happy. We want each care package that goes out each month to be more than just getting items in the mail. We want it to be an experience, a connection. We want our moms to feel encouraged and blessed! Because sometimes as moms, you can feel isolated and burnt out. Having that pick me up to help you feel encouraged and appreciated is what you need to get back out there and change some dirty diapers while intercepting your toddler from eating crayons.
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There are days that are really hard and overwhelming being a working-stay at home mom- but overall it’s been amazing and so encouraging to see all the mamas supporting us and loving HAPPY MOMMY BOX! We had a dad share on instagram this month a photo of his wife opening her box. “Happy Mommy is a Happy Daddy” haha. We’ve had moms e-mail us that their box arrived at exactly the right moment where they needed it the most and shared their story with us! We’ve had a mom e-mail us sharing how she got it for her sister who lived far away. They were together for a visit, but then her sister had to go home. When her sister arrived back at her house, she found the happy mommy box on her doorstep. cue her water works. We love being a part of the stories and relationships of our mamas. It means so much to us to hear how we are helping them when in return they have encouraged us so much. We are just two moms trying to make it and the support has been incredible.
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I love being able to work from home and to put my efforts into something I know can be so good for our family. I love seeing how my girls view the business as well. They LOVE packing week. they are convinced our two packing girls come over purely to hang out with them. They are pretty good crinkle paper fluffers too. ;) I love the week AFTER packing week! When boxes start arriving and being shared on social media! It is fun connecting with all our moms around the US!
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With HAPPY MOMMY BOX turning one… we are ready to party!
Mandy and her whole crew are coming to charlotte for the fun!
We are hosting A Night to Celebrate Motherhood here in Charlotte. If you are in, or near, the area…JOIN US! The night includes Dinner, a guest speaker, live music, dance booth and more fun! Each attendee gets our amazing swag bag…which is 2 month’s worth of happy mommy boxes combined into our cute tote bag! We lined up some fab brands for the event and I can’t wait to share them! We have the lovely Rachael Kincaid as our guest speaker
and music by Chris Kincaid and Nichole Broom
GRAB A TICKET!
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We will be selling our new HAPPY MOMMY BOX tote bag the
weekend of the event online in our HAPPY MOMMY BOX Store.
Limited Available so if you are wanting to snag one look out for them!

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I did a walk through of our space at Ridge and It’s going to be fantastic!
Can’t wait to decorate. You know me..I love a party!
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I’ll be sharing more details of the event… if you or someone you know is in Charlotte check out the details on Eventbrite and COME! Would love to meet you!

Giant Tissue Paper Flower Tutorial – Part 1

These lovely Giant Tissue Paper Flowers
are at the top of my favorite party DIY’s!
I made them for the girls’ Fairy Birthday Party and I loved how they turned out!
I’m so excited to share this video tutorial in all of it’s bad hair day glory
because this DIY is SO fun and is a great bang for your buck!
Finally made ‘part one’ happen during a nap time this weekend! :)
I’m going to try and do another video tutorial sharing the
other variety of flowers used as well!
next nap time? ;)
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Giant Tissue Paper Flowers could be just the right
detail for a birthday party, shower or nursery decor!
We have them all up in the kids’ room because I can’t part with them just yet. ;)

The video tutorial gives a general idea of how to make these.
I didn’t take photos..blogger fail.. but It really is simple once you get going!

WHAT YOU NEED:
Scissors
Tissue Paper (20 in x 30 in – I get my tissue paper from papermart)
Scotch Heavy Duty Packing Tape. (what I had. worked great.)
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STEP 1- CUT PETALS
+You are going to have 3 levels of “petals”
Making each level of petals smaller/shorter as you go!
—–First round I use 4 sheets of tissue paper and cut
out a petal shape.
—–Second round of tissue I use 3 (4 works too!) and make it a little shorter/smaller
—-Third Round of tissue 3(4 works too!) and make it a little shorter/smaller again.


STEP 2- LAYER  AND TAPE PETALS
+Take the smallest level of tissue petals and layer together like a bouquet
+Secure by taping handle (see video for that part.)
+Take the next level of tissue paper (the medium length) and add to the “bouquet” putting them in the open spots as you layer. (again, video might help clarify that part.)
+hold together by taping handle again.
+Then add the final largest tissue paper level.
+Tape handle again and then snip off excess part.


STEP 3- CENTER OF FLOWER
+Cut two circles out: one big one medium.
+crinkle the edges of the circles
+tape them to each other and then tape to middle of flower!

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 Thanks for watching and tag/email me if you try these out!
Would love to see how you use them.

Sophia + Sienna’s Fairy Birthday Party

I’m so excited to finally be sharing the Girls’ Fairy Birthday Party!
Sophia turned 6 and Sienna turned 4! This will probably be the last year we do a joint birthday party *tear* But it was a fun last shabang! They requested fairies and we gave them fairies! Lots of DIY details that made it extra special on that day and days after! We had a fun fairy land to have creative play in for weeks after! Life is extra busy with me having three littles and a company (HAPPY MOMMY BOX) But I LOVE throwing parties, it’s relaxing for me and I enjoy doing all the details and pulling it together. So even though I didn’t have a lot of time or money for the party, we made it happen! All of the treats were store bought to save on time and were budget friendly treat ideas from walmart to save on money! I did inexpensive DIY details that make a big bang for your buck. I used end of summer discounted flowers, cardboard boxes, past party decorations and inexpensive bulk tissue paper to create a fun fairy land! Check out all the details and photos below!
Photos taken by the talented and sweet Karen of
Hidden Pearl Photography + Courtney of Courtography.com. They were
amazing to work with and I can’t wait to work with them again!
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One of my favorite details for a party is the Dessert Table!
A Fairy Dessert Table?!? oh yes.. yesss please.
Had so much fun with this one and the girls were big helpers in
picking out their treats and the fairy houses we made!
The table had ALL STORE BOUGHT sugar cookies, cupcakes and colorful candies.
My girls don’t really like cake, so they picked out a cookie cake! I do not have the cake decorating gene. I once tried..and failed.. and have learned to accept that I just need to put that on my bucket list and one day learn to do that.. for now..I buy cakes and throw some cute flower poms on them. :) I used the birch stands I had made years ago for a Halloween Party Dessert Table.. along with my white cake stands, plates and ikea bowls.fairy party-dessert table-1

DIY FAIRY HOUSES
We used a grouping of cute bird houses from Michael’s and JoAnns to decorate across the table! I cut some of their doors wider then painted and hot glue gunned on some end-of-summer-clearanced flowers, moss, fake acorns, butterflies and sticks from the backyard.
I’m going to be doing a full post on the project! Super easy and now a cute little display in the girls’ room! Their tinker bell set fairies fit perfectly inside! I had every intention of making peg fairy dolls… nope. too busy. haha. and on a budget! These ended up being a cheaper option and I thought they were super cute.fairy party-dessert table-2

The Fairy Dessert Table Backdrop was made by taking strips of tissue paper and taping them up row on top of row..mixing in some gold fringe garlands I already had from a Grammy’s Party I threw. I’m all about using old party decor! I purchased my tissue paper from Papermart. SOO CHEAP and you can get HUGE sheets. I used them for the Flowers and the Backdrop.
I got Seven- 24 Packs of Tissue Paper – Size: 20×30—- for $26.45
Cerise, Dark Pink, Orange, Peach, Pistachio and Cool Mint.
I have SO MUCH leftover.. but its just cheaper to go that way and then use it for future projects. I LOVE tissue paper. It’s a weakness of mine. that… and dishes. :)
I snagged up some cute number candles from Target.. then made mini flowers using the scrap tissue paper and taping them to lollipop sticks I already had.
I made the cupcake toppers in photoshop, printed on card stock and taped to the lollipop sticks. I also put some of the party city gold coins in the cupcakes! (anything in a cupcake is a hit with kids.)fairy party-dessert table-3 fairy party-dessert table-4

We set up the dessert table in our dining room area…with the fairy house in
the family room area. It’s one big open space. When having a party in your house
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I used our dining room table for more treats to eat and to display the fun dress up
items for the kids! We had Dollar General Fairy Wings, Target Dollar
Bin Eye patches and hats, Party City maps, compasses + swords.
I used fake flowers (leftover from Sophia’s nursery!) for the middle of the table and a cute birdcage from Michael’s filled with a cute succulent(got an awesome cheap set from walmart that I haven’t killed yet!) My girls love candy, pirate’s booty, chex mix, pretzels and lemonade.. so that was on the snack menu! ;) I used my cute tray from Target to hold the pitcher of lemonade, cups and paper straws(from walmart.) The flower and pirate plates were from target.
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The goody bags (from target) were filled with a pack of fruit snacks,
a pack of crayons and some gold treasure! The girls helped me fill them up!
We might have eaten a few fruit snacks while we did it… :)
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FAIRY HOUSE AND PAPER FLOWERS
The Fairy House + Flowers were something I KNEW I had to try and pull off. I had an idea in my mind of how I wanted it to look and I’m so happy with how it came together!
I mentioned above about how I used Papermart tissue paper to create the flowers. I taped them to the wall using shipping tape (leaves no damage to the walls whatsoever!)
I’ll do a full video tutorial on the Paper Flowers soon.
You can see the Video Tutorial on the Cardboard Fairy House I made HERE.
It’s a super easy and affordable DIY that can make anything extra special!
This baby saved my sanity plenty of rainy days after the party!
I suggest that you throw a fairy party right around the end of summer clearance sales at your craft stores!! I hit the jackpot. I mean.. it got ridiculous how cheap the flowers and flower garlands were. And I loved how it turned out.. With a utility knife, cardboard boxes and paint you can make a fun little house for your kids’ imagination to go wild with! I made a flower garden connected to it so the fairies could tend to their garden ;)fairy party-family2

The girls’ dresses are from target.. and I made the flower crowns using floral wire and the discounted flowers from JoAnns! I’m a fan of the signs that say 70% off + 20% off!!
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Sophia and Sienna in all their fairy glory.
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It was such a fun day! a hot.. but fun day! :)
Micah was happy that most of our new friends here in Charlotte are boys,
because that meant Pirate gear at a fairy party! He was loving having his sword!
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Back when I was in the hospital for a couple weeks, a blog reader sent
my girls this tassel garland.. I ended up using it for the party.. it was the perfect touch across our windows! Thanks Project Paper for being so sweet to my girls.
They loved it during that scary emotional time and loved it even more on their birthday!
I ordered the gold balloons from Viva Rosa on Etsy. I loved how they looked…
but we joked that it kept looking like the girls were turning 46 or 64.fairy party-family1fairy party-family4

CAKE TIME
My girls love cookie cake. Like their mama.
This baby disappeared. mmm cookie cakeee.
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CRAFT TIME!
My girls love a good craft. And jewelry! So we made fruit loop necklaces and it was a hit.
They all actually sat and did this for a good amount of time..super into it.
Micah mainly crushed the fruit loops but I had to vacuum anyways ;)
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PARK FUN!
We are lucky to have a playground down the street from us.
So since our place is smaller, we all strolled over to run around!
My nephew in the knight costume seriously cracks me up. He came ready to party.
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It was fun having everyone all together for their birthday!
Lots of family and new charlotte friends helped us celebrate the girls. We moved here not too long ago but loving the community we have found. Thankful for these friendships and for having my family so close! For the first time since college I am near
my family and they are able to come to the kids’ parties!
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Above is my sister and I with our girls.. and below a shot of my sister in law Mary, sister Valerie, (missing Shanna!) and my Mom.
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Love my sweet girls and making these fun memories with them :)
The fairy decor has since been moved to their room… tissue paper flowers all over the walls!
And the fairy house was turned on its side into a rocket ship yesterday…
they used markers to draw buttons on it and blasted off!
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Thanks for checking out their birthday fun! I hope you feel inspired to take on some of these fun DIY details to make your next party or rainy day extra fun!

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