National Teacher Appreciation Day 2014

It’s Tuesday, May 6th. Don’t forget to show your teacher some appreciation. We usually get the kids’ teachers a little gift card or something sweet. I love this idea of taking a new (and delicious) approach to the traditional apple. Make caramel dip, place it in a 1/2 pint mason jar, topped with an apple. Simple and oh-so sweet. Recipe & directions here >

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Kid Parties: Little Mermaid Cake

When Andrea brought over Kelsey’s cake, I thought it was perfect. It was ombré on the outside (and inside) and had blue pearls on it, perfect for her Little Mermaid theme. Then she mentioned she had to “assemble the cake.” What happened next was culinary magic.

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Suddenly, we were looking at a beautiful cake, with Ariel on top and the words K-E-L-S-E-Y spelled out. Personalized and perfect. Kelsey couldn’t take her eyes off of it.

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See those orange things? Andrea made candy mold starfish and shells to add as accents to the cake and the cupcakes. It’s details like this that truly made Kelsey’s day extra special. If you’re wondering … they tasted great too.

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Andrea makes fantastic specialty cakes, desserts, cake pops, brownies – you name it. If you’re ever in the market for a cute kids cake or a themed dessert for one of your parties, just let me know. I’ll be more than happy to pass along her information.

Fall wreath ideas, I can do this! Right?

I can make a wreath, right? I’m sure it’s more time consuming than I have time for, but this season I’m going to make my own fall wreath. I was searching online for some inspiration, and here are some photos of my favorites. I’ll let you know how it all turns out. Wish me luck!

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Image source.

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I’m loving the hydrangeas and burlap. (Can’t find image source).

fall wreath I can’t tell if I like the wreath more, or the door. Source.

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Loving the mini pumpkins, $30. Source.

fall wreathI like how large the flowers are, $70+. Source.

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Not really by style, but stood out for being so pretty. Source.

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Pottery Barn Harvest Wreath, $99. Source.

The Hostess Hat: Dora Party Favors

There’s a party being planned over here. It’s almost Kelsey’s third birthday party! Seriously. With two kids, you have to start early so I’m putting together all of the party favors. I thought putting the favors in “big kid cups” versus baggies would be fun. Kid goodie bags = sugar, chocolate, stickers and noise makers. Their parents will love me.

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The Style Hat: Gallery Wall Complete

I finished my gallery wall! Finally. I was on the hunt for “that missing piece” that would complete the wall and this morning, I found two. A letter “C” (for our last name) and a wooden frame. I just spray painted both bronze and mounted them to the wall. Done and done.

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Here is the finished product. I really like how this turned out. Pardon the glare. This little nook in our house faces the backyard and today is extra bright and sunny.

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The Crafty Hat: Mail Someone a Hug

Kelsey’s Nana lives one state away so we don’t have the luxury of hugging her every time that we want to. So, we decided to mail her a hug today. I hope she likes it.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s simple really. Just grab some:

  • Fingerpaint
  • Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Tape
  • Envelope
  • And a loving child to participate

Then simply mail your loved one a hug from your little tot. Make sure you seal the envelope with love. That’s the best part.

The Hostess Hat: Breakfast Baby Shower

I’m going to host an itty bitty baby shower for my friend in the next few weekends. I say “itty bitty” because it’s her second baby and we want to keep it very small, very low-key and simple. Just a few friends. Nothing too elaborate. And it will be from 9am – 11am so the babies can play before nap time.

My problem is breakfast food isn’t the most attractive. I didn’t want to just do bagels – so, I did a little research online to see what kind of breakfast foods would be great for a small party. I came across this charming farmhouse brunch party from Hostess with the Mostess. I stopped in my tracks when I read this sign.

The quote is from one of my favorite books (here). I challenge you – any of you – to read this children’s storybook and not cry. It gets us every time. Besides the melt-your-heart-quote – isn’t the rest of the party charming? I love the french toast samples.

I had no clue what a “chummie” was – so I did a bit more digging. These are actually hand-dipped decorated Oreo cookies. A little too creative for my tastes, but darling nonetheless.


Did you know the “milk bottles” are actually Starbucks Frappuccino bottles with the label torn off? Frugal, crafty and creative – my kind of party. You can read more about the party here.

Now that I have my inspiration, it’s time to start planning!

{images via Hostess with the Mostess}

The Friendship Hat: Creative Kristin

First, let me just say that I am always smitten when I receive a letter from a friend. I’m talking about a real letter. Like, in the mail. Friday I came home to a letter from a sorority sister of mine, Kristin.

In October of 2000, we were going through Alpha Phi Initiation. Just before the night began we were asked to write letters to our “future self” about how we felt in the present moment. Kristin was tasked to hold on to these letters for ten years (I have no clue how she managed that) and then find us all ten years later to send them out.

Well, I  just received my letter (impressive, Kristin). And not only do I love the letter, but I love how much creative effort she put into making this note a special gift.

She used a darling print for my address, her return address was embossed on the back, there was a hand-made note inside (I could go on and on and on). But, pictures do her efforts more justice.

Click here to read more and see photos!!!

Oh, how I love being the recipient of my creative friends’ projects. As for what I wrote msyelf? Pretty hilarious.

Thank you, Kristin!