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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summer Bucket List!

Inspired by Pinterest I am creating a Summer 2012 Bucket List to keep us busy this summer! I'm off to a good start, but I'd love some ideas! Please add you ideas in the comments below!

  • Go to a drive - in movie 
  • Go camping 
  • Plant something (and hopefully keep it alive!)
  • Go to an aquarium 
  • Make S'mores over a fire
  • See a waterfall 
  • Go to a museum
  • Go to a baseball game
  • Make a scrapbook of it all :) 
  • Tie Dye! 
  • Catch lightening bugs in jars! 
  • Picnic at the park
  • Watch fireworks
  • Go to the beach
  • Build a sand castle
  • Make stepping stones for each kid & dog
  • Make ice cream
  • Mail a postcard
  • Fly a kite
  • go to the zoo
  • have frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity
  • go on a rowboat in Central Park
  • go to Coney Island Boardwalk
  • Eat a REAL Nathan's Hot Dog 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Caileigh's 3rd Birthday!

This post is a little delayed- but finally, here is Caileigh's 3rd Birthday Party! Since her birthday was only a few weeks after my due date with twins, I decided to have it at a local gymnastics gym. They let me bring in any decorations that I wanted to- so she still got her 'Tangled' themed party! 
 Above it dessert buffet. If you have watched "Tangled", you know the sun is a pretty important part of the movie. The "Snuggly Duckling" was the pub that Flynn Rider took Rapunzel to!
Jen from Elemental Cookies made the apple cookies for Maximus. Luckily, Maximus didn't eat them all, so we got to enjoy their delicousness! 

The Rapunzel- colored cake was also delicious and created by Olicious Cakes

 Since Rapunzel spends her spare time painting, I created an "Art Studio" as favors. I bought a giant box of crayons (800!) and tins. I ordered stickers to personalize them from VistaPrint. Each child got to create their own box of crayons. (I really thought the girls would pick all purple and pinks and the boys would go towards blues- but surprisingly, all of the colors went equally!)
Each guest also got a mini-easel and coloring page! 
I can't believe my little girl is 3!! 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Here I am :)

I have been seriously lacking in the crafting, decorating, posting area of my life. I've been a little busy growing twins. This pregnancy started off rough from the beginning. As some people know (and some don't), we had to undergo fertility treatments. I had a very bad reaction to the medicine, which caused some breathing issues because of a fluid build up in my body. Landed me in the hospital for some painful treatments for 5 days in August. While I was there, I found out that I was pregnant (hooray!) and moved right from severe  OHSS  to severe hyperemesis, which caused me to not be able to teach this year and have a home nursing service come to give me IV's and hook me up to a zofran pump! Fun TIMES! In the middle of all of this, we found out that we were expecting not one, but 2 little bundles of joy! I am feeling slightly better now, but am fully feeling the effects of a double pregnancy and *trying* to keep up with our 2 year old. Thankfully, I have an AMAZING husband and family :)

All of this time in bed has opened many doors for me on PINTEREST and has allowed me to find some amazing nursery ideas. I have decided to go with a Beach Cottage feel, because I was having a hard time finding something that would fit our boy/girl twins. I already knew I MUST have the Pottery Barn Kids Madras crib bedding that I had lusted after when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I almost cried when I found out it has been discontinued. I lucked out and found something semi-close at Babies R Us by Trend Lab.... Check it out:
 This is the girl bedding:
And our little boy's: 

I found some great art and wall decor on Pinterest, so in between bouts of morning sickness, I created my first piece. I love sayings & thought this one would be adorable surrounded by photographs from family beach trips.

I wanted to do a burlap background, but when I went to the fabric store, this stuff was right next to the burlap. I figured because it was a tighter weave, it would much easier to paint. ( I think I was right!) 

 Also picked up a 12 x 12 canvas
 I wrapped the canvas with the material and used the staple gun to fasten the fabric to the back.

It looked like this after I attached it: 

 I used scrap vinyl that I had and cut out my saying. The vinyl seemed to work pretty well sticking to the fabric.
 Two coats of black paint:
 Peeled off the vinyl after it had dried for a bit and this is how it came out:
Pretty cute! Can't wait to get it hung up in the nursery!!

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