Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Butterfly Pink and Lime Birthday - Tablecloth Streamers

I did these tablecloth streamers for my daughter's 1st birthday. I was super excited about them when I saw them on Pinterest.

Of course I only saw the picture of how they looked first.
 It wasn't until after the fact, that I found the real directions to do them here and pinned them here.

Here are how mine turned out since I didn't follow any directions.

It was a little tricky since my family room was smaller than the original, so not all of mine were the same length, but it still turned out cool. I put mine up like 2-3 days in advance (not the center part though) and it eventually started to fall down right after the party. Since my ceiling isn't a typical ceiling (trailer type), I ended up using duct tape to hold up there so the centerpiece was crucial in hiding that =). I think next time I might combine this idea with the Hula Hoop Streamers Idea. That might be stronger and faster!
I would also have a friend/spouse help put these up. I don't know if I could have done it without my friend! I sure poked myself a ton too with push pins!

My centerpiece are those crepe paper balls (I didn't make them this time and just bought them from Oriental Trading) and then I added white butterfly clips (also from Oriental Trading) to them for more prettiness =).

I'm Topsy Turvy

Monday, May 28, 2012

65th Mommy Mondays

I made this video just for you guys today. Well I did the best I could with 2 kids! =)

I sing this song with my preschool before we start (I've sung it ever since I started doing daycare back when I was 18 or Nursery - maybe I learned it when I was doing a preschool practicum in high school -can't remember for sure), and my baby girl has recently started attempting to sing it with us these past couple of weeks along with doing the hand signals for it. I think it is super cute! She'll even sit down on a mat with the other kids and knows right what to do.

She is 13 months now.
Here is the video of my son singing and my daughter doing the hand signals too. Saturday night, she even said Hello 3x while shaking her hand!
Here's the song's words.

Hello, Hello (wave each hand)
Hello, and how are you? (wave hand and then point at kids/friends)
I'm fine (pat your chest)
I'm fine, and hope that you are too! (pat your chest and then point to your friends)

When my daughter was first doing the song, she'd pat my chest and then eventually started to do her own. Now she has stopped patting her chest and points to everyone.

Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day!

Friday, May 25, 2012

88th Fashionable Fridays

I was able to model this Mickey Mouse set for another boutique. It was fun, but again not exactly my style. If I go to Disney World/Land anytime soon, I'd definitely wear them though =)

While going through the pictures I took for modeling, I found this picture that I loved of myself. I played around with Photoshop and Picasa and came up with this. Sometimes it's nice to find a picture that makes you feel good about yourself.

Monday, May 21, 2012

64th Mommy Mondays

I was given another awesome book by Chicken Soup. This one called The Magic of Mothers & Daughters.

I was excited to read this one because as much as I love my son, I already feel that magic, that special connection with my daughter. Maybe it's knowing that she'll be going through similar things that I experienced in her life that connects us. I'm so excited to do girl things with her: do her hair (hers is still super short), paint nails, watch girly movies and TV shows, talk about boys, etc.

Do you other mothers of daughters feel a special connection with your daughter that you don't have with your son(s). I love my son, and we have a connection, but it's different. I'm nervous about some things that he will have to go through that I won't understand. That's why I'm glad I can ask my husband to explain things to me and that he can be there to explain things to our son that I just don't know how to.

On the title page of the book, there's a quotation that says, "A daughter is a mother's gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self." - Author Unknown
It's amazing how we daughters emulate our mothers (even if they're not our biological mothers). It amazes me how much I look like my mother now that I am older.
This picture is from 6 years ago, but it's one of the pictures of us together where I really started to see how much I look like my mom. I'm glad. I love my mom and always wanted to dress like her. Now I've been teaching her how to dress so she looks like a mom and grandma - a cool one though =)

The first story in the book is one of my favorites, called Face Time as it talks about a special thing her and her mother always did as they talked about life. My mom and I would always watch Lifetime movies and talk through those or talk over treats from Cinnabon or a pretzel shop in the mall or as we drove in the car. Another special time we had was just me playing with her hair.

I sure miss my mom. I started reading this book when I had the stomach bug and because of it, I felt like I should call my mom and tell her how I was sick so she could tell me what to do again. I wish we lived closer! Hopefully someday.

Another section of the book is called A Mother's Love where it talks about different stories of moms doing wonderful, meaningful things for their children. Those ones really brought tears to my eyes. I hope that I can be that kind of mom more - be there for my children when they need me without getting upset or frustrated about things.

What are some favorite moments as a mom or being with your own mom?

Stay tuned later this week for a giveaway from Chicken Soup!

Friday, May 18, 2012

87th Fashionable Fridays

Not a huge fan of this headband, but a boutique asked me to model it for them. I don't mind because I can always have my little girl wear it or give it as a gift =) I really would have loved it more if it didn't have the purple inside. Maybe I can change it and add some lime.

This checkered top is from a recent clothing swap. I love it's bold look. I paired it with a lime green top (from Down East) underneath to add another pop of color. Then I topped it off with one of those plastic bracelets with the words on it.

I also wore this outfit with a Skulls clip that the same boutique asked me to model. Instead of wearing it in my hair, I decided to wear it with a beaded necklace. What do you think?

Do I look too young to wear this look? Or do I look cool with the bold look?

Monday, May 14, 2012

63rd Mommy Mondays

Hope all the women: moms, future moms, ladies who act like moms for others... had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Since I was sick all last week with a terrible stomach bug? or maybe food poisoning? I took a while off after being sick to catch up on life. It lasted for almost 7 days to feel 100% better!! My neighbors had something  similar, and it lasted them four days. I'm wondering if mine lasted so long because I'm still nursing my 1 year old girl.

Anyway I personally had the best Mother's Day I've ever had! Typically I'm never spoiled because my husband is a little clueless on what to do/get, etc. He did great this year! He seems to get 1 holiday really well each year since we've had kids. Anyway him and my 3 year old son went and bought me roses (I haven't had flowers in years that I don't even own a vase anymore!) and a bag of mini Snickers candies the day before. He wanted to buy me the movie, The Vow, too but it was sold out that day so he ended up buying it for me later =) Loved the movie!

Then that Saturday evening prior to Mother's Day, I asked him if we could go use our Applebee's gift card to go and eat dinner. He said yes, I didn't have to beg or persuade him at all!! We ate all of our appetizer, dinner, and dessert!! Even my son ate all of his food too! Too bad we had no leftovers, but it was so yummy!

On actual Mother's Day, we went to church and later I opened the cards my son made.

These I made with my preschool. Below are my kids' footprints and hand prints in the shape of flowers. I love it!

My 1 year old girl's present to me, we'll say, was some Willow Tree figures: a boy and a girl that were on sale at my local craft store where I teach. =)
She didn't sleep great that day, but I was on a pretty good high from  being spoiled that it didn't matter.

Last year's Mother's Day my baby girl had RSV and then the years before that, my son always seemed to get sick, not sleep, get his molars, etc. that I was so exhausted and thus cranky. I didn't need gifts, I just wanted sleep, but it's hard for my husband to give me that when I'm nursing babies previous years....

How was your Mother's Day? What has been the best Mother's Day you've had?

Saturday, May 5, 2012

86th Fashionable Fridays

Happy Friday! I am a little late with it but its only a couple hours after Friday! lol Either way I hope you all had a great Friday and hopefully are doing something fun over the weekend! Today I am going to be showing you how to do these flowers which are very simple and great for beginners! The Deborah Lippmann nail polish was sent to me for review but I am going to have a separate post on that sometime this weekend. Either way I do love the polish, its so sparkly but it will be a huge paint to remove. Anyway onto the nail art!
First paint your nails with a base coat then choose a color of your choice. I used Deborah Lippmann- across the universe.

Then to create the flower start off with one dot

Then put two dots on the sides of the other dot but going down about halfway from the first dot we did. So basically just below the first dot on the sides. The white is SinfulColors- snow me white and I used a dotting tool to do the dots but you could just use a toothpick or the end of a paint brush.

Then make two dots making it a closed shape.

Fill in the flowers.

I decided to add some more detail in the flowers with acrylic paint but if you would like to keep it just white that would be cute to!

Dot the middle of the flower, I used Orly- stone cold.

Then I added three dots coming out of the flower at the tips of my nails.

Lastly add a top coat and you're done! I hope this helps and you like them! Have an awesome rest of your day!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wellness Wednesday #2

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