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.