Halloween Kid Parties!

It’s the weekend before Halloween which means our children have once again dominated our social calendar. It’s filled with school events and kid costume parties. We are so grateful for this though. It is truly what we live for these days. Tonight, our friends invited us over for wine in skeleton glasses (they so get us) and a pre-party before the kids school event. Every year I say this, and every year I mean this, there is nothing more adorable than kids in costume.

Here are a few photos from our first Halloween party of 2016!

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BTW, Colton has no clue (or doesn’t care) that this dog is about to lick his ear. Ha!

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They are the best of friends. They have been in the SAME class since they were one-years-old.

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mom blog halloween costumes

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mom blog halloween costumes

mom blog halloween costumes

mom blog halloween costumes

I bought Ryan this “Iron Man” shirt only to be told that it’s actually “Flash” – whoever that is. I’ve got to work on my Superhero knowledge. Disney Princesses are more my thing.

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What a great start to the weekend!

Thanksgiving with the Cousins

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My in-laws put on a fabulous Thanksgiving and I’m STUFFED! I literally had three pieces of pie. Small pieces, but still … three!! And now, I’m just going through a few photos that we took right before dinner tonight. I love seeing all of these cousins in their element. It’s pretty cool to just kick back and watch them play.

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My itty bitty beautiful baby boy, Nolan Ryan, at 11 weeks old.

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Two of the most handsome men I ever did see.

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We snapped this photo right before we left for the night. If I’m learning anything it’s that you take a photo before you leave for the evening (if you want one of you all together) because once you’re out the door, you’ll forget / get busy / get distracted / forget your camera / or no one will care to stop and pose for you. Ahem … Kelsey.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

TomKat Studio // The First in Phoenix

TomKat Studio

TomKat Studio

“This had your name written all over it.” Thank you, cute little Kate Spade cards. This is exactly how I felt when I visited TomKat Studio in Chandler. You’re probably familiar with TheTomKatStudio.com and now (if you live in Arizona) you can shop locally. Her shop opened a few weeks ago and it’s a must-visit. If “presentation is everything” then TomKat Studio has you covered with the cutest & craftiest selection of party and gift supplies.

TomKat Studio | Party Supplies Arizona

TomKat Studio

TomKat Studio | Party Supplies Arizona
Party straws, cupcake liners, fringed garland, favor bags and plates in every color you can imagine! For those who love to entertain and throw parties, TomKat Studio is like being a kid in a candy store. I love how the shop is set up – crisp white walls and shelving really make the merchandise pop!

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TomKat Studio | Party Supplies Arizona

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Kim Stoebauer is the owner and founder of (named after her kids Tommy + Kate) and that’s her studio on the right: She has a little nook inside this store that she uses as a workspace. Don’t you just love the black & white walls? TomKat Studio is located inside Found Design Co on Chandler & Ray Rd. Make sure you stop in and check them out!

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Kim, it was great meeting you and your team today. I loved hearing the story of how long you’ve been in business and all of the great ventures you’ve been a part of. I hope our paths meet again soon. Who am I kidding … I’ll probably be back in your store next weekend. Congratulations on the new store!

Splash Pad Birthday Parties

tSplash pad birthday parties call for baby muscle tees, doughnuts, water fights and lots of tired babies afterwards. This was our Saturday morning. We spent it with our good friends, The Barker’s, celebrating baby Jason’s 2nd birthday (weren’t you just pregnant, Jen?). I swear, time is just whizzing by.

dkmnajRyan and his buddies, Brandon and Dan with baby Brooklyn. Poor Dan, about 15 minutes later he got caught in the middle of a four-year-old water fight. You don’t want any part of that, these kids are tough.

olrgthomas the train kids birthday party cakeLet’s just pause for a second. How amazing is this Thomas the Train birthday cake? This was for real. I might have cried when the kids tore it apart. It was too pretty to eat. But, we ate it anyway.

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Happy birthday, Jason. We just love watching you grow into such a cool, little dude.

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.

The Mommy Hat: Kid Party Prep

I can’t help it. I am prepping for her 4th birthday party and I am super emotional about the entire thing. She is almost four years old! It’s just not possible. Our conversations are getting much more ‘deep’ and we actually talk like friends. I can’t wait to see where the rest of our years take us.

In the meantime, I’m taking a vacation day from work so I can prep for her party. I was in Chicago for work all week and didn’t have time to get everything done that I wanted to. Plus, I want her to feel extra special at her party tomorrow! The day after her third birthday party she said she wanted “A Little Mermaid Party next” … so that’s what we’re working on over here.

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The Hostess Hat: I love/ hate these straws

Ready for the most random, most insignificant thought of the day? I have a beef with party paper straws. I told you, this was dumb. But it’s really bothering me!

On one hand, I think they are super pretty. They jazz up any cocktail and in fact – I bought some for my office kitchen and use them more as decoration than anything else. But, lately – I use them and I hate them.

The tip gets soggy after a certain amount of time and actually “pinches in” or rather starts to dissolve so you can’t use it anymore. And, if you put ice in your drinks (and who doesn’t), the straw will start to dissolve in the area where the ice surrounds it most. Annoying, right?

It’s a straw! It should work. This post really has no relevance to your life but seriously – these things bother me! I keep using them because I love them (and they are crowd pleasers) but then I curse them out and throw a fit every time they “close up” on me mid-sip. I can’t quit these.

paper strawsImage via SmashandCakeCo.com.

The Friendship Hat: Kid Parties We Love

My dear friend, Beth’s daughter turned four! We celebrated at her Hawaiian-inspired birthday party, complete with leis, hula skirts, squirt guns, a kids “car wash”, piñata (that used to have a head) and a lot of friendly faces. Happy birthday little Baylor. Just yesterday I feel like you were turning two.

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Headless hula piñata.

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The kid “car wash”

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Ryan holding Colton in one hand. Gear in the other.

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Teething means you get to chew on water bottles..
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PW bravely managed the ‘build your own sundae’ line

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Baylor’s brother, Auggie (aka Tank).

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Such great parents, lighting the candles.
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 Happy birthday, Baylor. Dig in!