Friday, August 5, 2016

Backyard Olympics

Growing up I used to love watching the Summer Olympics. . .gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming and my all time favorite track and field! I think Addie is at just the right age to watch these events with me this summer. So, to get into the Olympic spirit, we held our own mini-Olympics in our backyard!

I dug out my old running medals, used a white table cloth and step stools to create a winner's podium, and gathered up our outdoor toys and Fourth of July decorations for some friendly sibling competition. Addison made a flag banner of some our favorite countries we like to root for. We used some pipe cleaners and pom-poms leftover from another craft to make our olive branch crowns and celebrated our victories with a chocolate cake topped with a homemade topper and Doritos "torches"! Let's go Team USA!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Addison's Horse Party

My sweet baby girl, my firstborn, turns six years young today! Unbelievable! Where did the time go and how is it possible that I have a soon to be first grader? Last year's big birthday bash was a tough one to pull off (remember, she challenged me to pull off a Paris, Mermaid, Flower party!?) so when she decided on a horse theme this year I breathed a huge sigh of relief! This one was fairly easy to pull off. We spruced up a few decorations we picked up on clearance last fall at Michaels with printed pictures of horses, brought down her stable and horses from her room, added in some sweet treats and called it a day. Also, we had her party on a Friday afternoon. . .genius move if I do say so myself. Kids came over after school and we played, ate pizza and cake, opened presents and then before we knew it it was time for them to go home. Best part? The rest of the weekend was ours to do with what we wanted!

Happy birthday my sweet, kind hearted, creative, goofy and sensitive gal. I love you with all of my heart and could not be more proud of the young lady you are growing up to be. xoxo

Friday, May 13, 2016

Me + My Guy

H e a r t. M e l t e d. I had so much fun tonight helping my sweet little girl get ready for her first Me + My Guy dance. This year's theme is a hoe down, which is right down this southern bell at heart's lane. She picked out the most perfect purple dress and her pink cowgirl boots. Topped off with her mama's hat and a little lip gloss, and she was ready for a night out with her dada!

I just couldn't wait to post these sweet pictures of the cute couple. I mean literally, I'm pretty sure they are still backing out of the driveway on their way to the dance!

Happy weekend, friends! 


Monday, April 4, 2016

DIY Fairy House + Garden

I took advantage of some of the downtime I had last week waiting on our newest little gal to arrive and spent an afternoon crafting up a little fairy house and garden for my big girl! Addison loves all things fairies, so I surprised her with this easy DIY project. I love her sense of imagination and how she believes that the fairies will come to visit while she sleeps at night. 

Using a combination of newly purchased items, and things I had around the house, I was able to create this look for less than $30 (with my 40% off one item coupon!).

Here's what I bought at Michaels:

Wooden Wall Plaque $4.99 (used this as the tray - just pry the hanging tabs off the back)
Bag of Moss $7.49
Birch Tags (4 pack) $1.99
Mini Cabbage & Carrots $2.99
Mini Sunflower Pot $2.99
Treasures Chest $1.59
Bird House $1.00
Mushrooms $9.99

And here's what I had at home:

Hot glue gun
fish tank pebbles
fake flowers

I painted the bird house pink and then added the green moss to the roof using a hot glue gun. Next, I laid all the big pieces out on the tray (house, treasure chest, birch stepping stones and mushrooms) and glued those down the way I wanted them. Using hot glue again, I made the path with the stones and finally I glued down the extra moss in any open space left on the tray. I placed the sunflowers and veggies down without glue, figuring the fairies might like to switch things up each season! I also cut some fake flowers up from the stems and placed them all around.

The treasure chest opens and is the perfect size for fairies to leave little notes, treats or sweets for your special little someone! I think our fairies might be reminding Addie Mae how loved she is and how amazing she is as a big sister - especially as she settles into this new life with not one, but two siblings!

Addison was so excited when she discovered her little fairy house and garden after school last week! I love that twinkle in her eyes and I can't wait to see what the fairies have in store for her! Follow along on Instagram to see what they might be up to with #addiemaesfairygarden