Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ryan's 1st Birthday party

We had so much fun at Ryan's birthday party over the weekend. We decided to have it at the zoo, kind of picnic style. So I didn't have a whole lot to do as far as "decorating". I decided to do a citrus theme with lemons and limes. Here are some of the ideas that I did (or at least wanted to).

I got the sweetest tutu for Ry-pie from Boutique Sophia on Etsy. She customized it to match the colors of the party. It came out so incredibly cute! And the onesie. Just the number 1 I hand drew and sewed on.

And so all the other little girls would be just as sweet. I made them there own little pink tutu with green ribbons and yellow clips to match the party. I used this tutorial from Tea Rose Home

It was a sea of pink tulle. And everyone looked so precious.

We got chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with white buttercream frosting. I decorated them with lemon and lime candy slices that I got from Wal-mart (it came with purple, orange, and red too, so Mr. CalJ was excited to have the extras). Just looking at this picture makes me happy!

I had seen this idea a few months ago on some blog that I was perusing (don't remember which one now), in which they used just lemons. I added the limes to match the theme. I just cut the fruit in half, scooped out the fruit, and poured in the jello. After the jello set I just sliced the fruit into wedges.

I had them packed up and ready to go, when (thankfully) Josh had one. Bleck! They were gross! Not sure why but they were a no-go. Too bad, cause I thought they were really cute.

I had also made these vases full of lemons and limes and wanted to fill a couple with pink roses to decorate the tables. But Josh reminded me that there was no glass allowed in the zoo. I didn't have time to find something plastic so I had to scrap that idea too. (Josh really rained on my parade didn't

Here's a picture of Ry-pie and her daddy. I know she doesn't look too happy....but check out her outfit. See it? Lemons and limes! I found the romper at Target and almost wept because I was so excited!

And by the end of the party her fun meter had run out. Another success!

My baby girl is 1. I can't believe it. And I'm so glad we got to spend her birthday with good friends and family!! Thank you!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ry-pie's turning 1!

One year ago today the sweetest little treasure of a girl entered into my life. The beautiful Ryan Miquela was born.

In one short year, we went from this...... this.....

Happy Birthday to my sweet, sweet Ry-pie!

I love you so much!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Slack to the er

I've been more then a slacker when it comes to posting ANYTHING lately. We're headed to Mexico soon and I've been working on Ry-pie's birthday party. Between that, getting a little stomach bug, and trying to enjoy the summer I just haven't had the time. I've still been crafting, but have a lot of projects that are not quite finished. Hopefully I'll be back up and posting after the 4th. I can't believe how much I've missed it.

I plan on posting some pics of her birthday party this weekend.....unless I do more slacking. We. Shall. See. :)

And because posts are always better with pictures, here are some of CalJ at his swim lessons and soccer.

Be back soon.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Brownie cups

Brownie mix + Nutella = pure and utter deliciousness

I just used a store box brownie mix (low-fat even), and oomphed up the goodness by putting a dollop of Nutella in the center before baking.

The Nutella kind of sinks to the bottom during baking leaving an ooey gooey hazelnut center in your brownie.

Pretty delitghtful. And a good, (if not only) reason to crank on the oven in this crazy heat!

Enjoy! And have a great weekend!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

HUGE summer tote

So I've been searching all over the place for a great big (reasonably priced) bag to haul all of our summer goodies. I never found one. Enter this tutorial from DESIgns

We had our first pool excursion yesterday and I really wanted to make it for our outing. The tutorial only used 3/4 yards of fabric but since I had already purchased a whole yard of the material, I made it out of all of it. WOW! Huge is an understatement! Only $2.99 for the fabric, and about an hour of my time. Sweet!!

Just to put it in perspective of how big this bag actually is.....take a look....

Here's the tote.....all folded up.

I think I might make some more. :)

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