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Hazeline’s Farm Themed First Birthday Celebration

Hazeline’s first birthday party this past Saturday was absolutely perfect.  I could relive it 100 times and it might not be enough.  As promised, I wanted to share a few pictures from the party.  I didn’t take very many pictures myself, but a friend took some pictures with my camera and I was able to get a few from others that uploaded theirs to Facebook.  Thank goodness for Facebook!

It all started with the invitation designed by Becca at Jumping Jax Designs.  (Please don’t ask why my child is outside in pajamas.  Turns out the only time I can get a picture of Hazeline without Greenleigh in the frame is if I do it at the crack of dawn and Greenleigh isn’t up yet.  Go figure.  This picture was taken at 7am.)My original thought was to have a pink farm theme, but as we got closer to the event, I realized that it was going to be extremely difficult to get farm themed supplies from the store in pink.  I considered having everything made custom, but I was running out of time, so after the invite we went with red with other primary color accents.

For entertainment we had a bounce house, petting zoo, and ponies.  The petting zoo was a total hit.  All the kids stood and watched as the animals arrived and they put the animals’ pen together.  The petting zoo was supposed to start at 11:30am, but they arrived a little early.  At that point the kids were all pressed up against the pen with such excitement in their eyes, I asked if they would start early.  The petting zoo people were super nice and agreed.I started by carrying her through the petting zoo, but she wanted to get down and explore on her own.  How could I say no?  It was her party.She was remarkably gentle with all the animals.  She just wanted to touch them all.  This one is probably my favorite picture:She’s like, “Um, Mom?  Are you sure this is okay?  What is this thing anyway?”  Oh, and that shirt she’s wearing was made by Cynthia at Baby Chichi Boutique.  That woman can make just about anything!  I was nervous to approach her with such a custom order, but she didn’t bat an eye and had something put together in a few hours.  The shirt was sent out a day or so later and arrived in no time.

She also got her very first pony ride ever.Big sister couldn’t get enough of the ponies, but was terrified of the petting zoo.  Every time I turned around, she was on a pony again.The bounce house was also a hit.  We had the bounce house on one side of our park pavilion and the petting zoo and ponies on the other side.  The kids just ran between both attractions, loving every minute.  And yes, that is my child pressing her self against the side like she’s a caged animal.  Oh my.I may have bounced in the bounce house myself…I had to test it and make sure it was safe…

Then came the best part – CAKE!  I just loved her cake.  It was made by Shannon at Cups & Cakes in Plantation, Florida.  Her cakes (or cupcakes for this party) look great, but taste even better.  Her vanilla cake is divine. 
I was always kinda “meh” about cupcakes for a party, but in this case it worked perfectly.  We didn’t do the cake until after the petting zoo closed at 1:15pm, and a few people had to leave before that.  Having cupcakes allowed us to give people their cupcakes “to go”.  Remember, a solo cup is a perfect cupcake carrier!Then it was smash cake time.  That large cupcake on the top tier was actually supposed to be her smash cake, but Hazeline is not big on cake.  She’s had it before and likes it, but there was no way she would even put a dent in that huge cupcake, so I decided to give her one of the regular size cupcakes with sprinkles on it.  She was a little unsure while we sang to her –Did I mention that it’s hard to avoid photographing Greenleigh – well, she even got to her sister’s smash cupcake!She finally got a chance to eat a little and seemed to enjoy it.  (Also, in case you missed my high chair birthday banner tutorial you can check it out here.)
This was about as messy as it got.  She’s so dainty compared to Greenleigh, who I had to hose down and put in all new clothes!Greenleigh enjoyed her cupcake too.

“Okay guys, I ate my cake.  Can I take a nap now?”So that was it – an amazingly wonderful perfect day.  Great friends, beautiful weather, and memories to last forever.  I know lots of people don’t do much for the first birthday, but I’m glad I went crazy on this one.  She might not remember it, but I will.  And it will always be in her scrapbook (when I finally get around to making it).  All the planning and work was so very worth it.

Hazeline is One! {Glittery Giveaway!} ***Giveaway Now Closed***

Wow!  What a year it has been!  It’s almost hard to put into words, actually.  She went from this little baby in the hospital a year ago to a toddler who loves to accessorize (the beads in that picture were her idea).  She’s standing and walking on her own, getting faster by the day.  Pretty soon she’s going to be able to chase down her sister.  She very clearly says the word “uh-oh”, on the rare occasions when she falls.

The thing I can’t get over is how different my kids are – Hazeline is quiet, calm, and thinks about every move.  Greenleigh acts first, and thinks later.  Greenleigh sleeps in; Hazeline would get up with the sun if I’d let her.  I can’t get Greenleigh to sit at a table for a few minutes, yet Hazeline will sit for hours as long as I keep her high chair tray full of food.  I love how different they are and how much they love each other.

When we first became a family of four last year, I remember wondering how it would go.  I was scared and nervous.  How we would adjust?  Could we manage?   But what I never could have imagined is how wonderful it would be.

Here are some pictures of Hazeline celebrating today:

We’ve been celebrating her birthday all weekend, and I just hate to have the celebration end.  So why not have a little party here?  In honor of Hazeline’s birthday, and since aquamarine is the birthstone for March, I’m giving away one of these 2.50 carat natural aquamarine and diamond pendant in sterling silver, valued at $219 (sale price $149, but it’s currently out of stock).  You can get all the details about this necklace by clicking here.

 The Rules:

Want to win?  Since this is my online birthday party for Hazeline – Just leave me a comment letting me know your favorite type of cake.  That’s it, you’re entered!

Want extra chances to win this beautiful necklace?  Help me get the word out about this giveaway!

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After you complete a bonus entry, leave me a comment letting me know what you did.  Please leave a comment for each bonus entry.  Do one or do them all, but you must complete the mandatory entry before you can do any of the bonus entries.  Each person gets 1 mandatory entry and 4 bonus entries.

But hurry, entries for this giveaway close on March 31, 2012 at 11:59pm.  Giveaway is open to the US & Canada only.  Winner will be selected using and will be notified by email.  Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Good luck! Congratulations to Nickie with Comment #199 – they are the winner of this beautiful necklace!  If you didn’t win, don’t be discouraged – Greenleigh’s birthday is coming up and I think I might just have another Glittery Giveaway up my sleeve!

High Chair Birthday Banner Tutorial

So today was the big day – Hazeline’s 1st birthday party!  And as much as I want to share every single picture with you, I don’t even have all of them downloaded yet, so that will have to wait for another day (probably Monday).

The days and weeks before Hazeline’s party seemed to move so quickly, that I somehow forgot to purchase the decorations I had picked out (months before) on Etsy.  I was able to pick up some simple decorations at the store, but really wanted something handmade to decorate Hazeline’s high chair.  It just didn’t seem right to let it go un-decorated, and I remembered having a high chair banner for Greenleigh when she turned one.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t convinced of my ability to make one, nor did I have the Martha Stewart punches that make this a simple, 10-20 minute project.  With the help of some friends I was able to make this awesome high chair banner for virtually nothing, and it only took about 60-90 minutes, most of which was spent tracing and cutting.HighChairBirthdayBannerTutorial

You will need:
White, Red, Yellow, Blue, & Green Card Stock
Green ribbon
Hole punch

Step 1 – I haven’t used a compass since high school, but I was able to pick one up for 99 cents, as opposed to the specialty Martha Stewart punch that was $15 (nothing against Martha, of course, but her stuff can be expensive!).  I traced a 5.5″ circle using the compass on the colored cardstock.  You will need 2 blue, 2 green, and 1 red circle.  Once the circles are traced, cut them out.  

Step 2 – Using Word, type out the letters/numbers “i”, “am”, and “1” or whatever you want your banner to say in Times New Roman font on individual pages.  Enlarge those numbers to 375 point font.  Make sure the letters are in black when printing.  Once printed, cut them out.  You are going to use these as stencils when making your banner.

Step 3 – Turn your letters over, so the black side of the letter is facing the colored paper, and trace them.  It feels weird, but you should be tracing them backwards.  Then cut the letters out of the cardstock.

Step 4 – Print your animals out on the white paper, then trace around them.  Cut the animals out.  This took forever since there were so many little curves.

Step 5 – Paste the letters, numbers, and animals to your circles.  Make sure to put them on the side of your circle that does not have the trace marks from the compass.

Step 6 – Punch two holes on either side of your circles.  I placed mine towards the top of the circle, but you could put them in the middle if you preferred.Step 7 – Thread the green ribbon through the holes.  Make sure that your ribbon will behind the majority of the circle.Step 8 – Once strung together, tie ribbon to the ends.  This will help your circles stay in place and add a bit of color, depending on what colors you use.  I had some orange and red left over from other projects, so I used that, but any color would do.Voila – cheap, easy decor!  Total cost of this project was about $4.50.  I got a ton of compliments on it too.  I almost didn’t take this project on because I wasn’t sure if I could get it done in time, but I’m so glad I made something for her first birthday.  114

More pictures of the party on Monday!

LiceLogic: Keeping My House Lice Free For Good! {Review}

You know what scare the crap out of me now that I have kids?  Lice.  Seriously, just typing the word makes me cringe a little on the inside.  Actually, it makes me itch.  For real.  Funny how just one word can do that to you.  When I was little, they would send home a notice with everyone if there had been a case of lice, and I remember the look of fear one of those little yellow pieces of paper would give my mother.  With Greenleigh, there’s been a case or two confirmed at her school since she started there, and I now get that look of fear.  On top of making kids uncomfortable, lice invade your home and threaten other family members.  But if those little white bullies think that they are going to invade my house, cause me to miss work because my kids can’t go to school, and make me sanitize the entire house top to bottom, they have another thing coming, because I have a weapon already stashed away – LiceLogic.

LiceLogic is a non-toxic, pesticide free, hypoallergenic, and pediatrician recommended head lice treatment that kills live lice on contact and loosens nit glue (how gross is that?).  LiceLogic makes a full line of products including daily prevention shampoo/conditioner, daily lice repellent spray, household spray, and treatment shampoo.  They even have their own comb called the Terminator Comb.  Although they are intended to respond to a confirmed case of lice, all the products can be used as a precautionary measure if exposed to lice or as part of a daily prevention regimen.  Those lice don’t stand a chance.

I was so very lucky to receive a bottle of LiceLogic Treatment Shampoo to review.  It’s peppermint scented and safe for kids age 2 and older.  Even better, there are 16 treatments in every bottle, which should get you through an invasion of lice, and then some.  Since the LiceLogic Head Lice Treatment Shampoo can be used as part of a daily care, I decided to try it with Greenleigh the other night.  I also tried a little on my own hair, since the directions said that a tingling sensation would be felt (I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t too much for her).  I was very impressed with how easy it was to use – it lathered very well and was easy to massage into the scalp.  I was glad that the instructions told me about the tingling factor in advance, but it didn’t bother Greenleigh or I.  The peppermint smell was also a huge bonus, compared to the chemical smell that lice products had when I was a kid.

The only downside to this product is how long it is supposed to stay in – nearly 30 minutes.  The instructions state that you are supposed to massage the shampoo into the hair and scalp for 15 minutes, then comb the hair (with the shampoo still in), and then let it stay in an additional 10-15 minutes before rinsing it out.  At 2 years old, Greenleigh isn’t going to stay still that long.  If we were battling a serious threat I would definitely find a way , but luck for us, we weren’t this time.

Although we won’t be using this shampoo every day in our house, I’m thrilled to have it on hand when one of my kids is “invaded”.  The lice won’t be winning in my house anytime soon.  I feel safer just having this in our house!

To learn more about the LiceLogic family of products, including BarkLogic, BedbugLogic, and TotLogic, make sure to keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter.  Or, to pick up some of your very own products, visit their website, Logic Products Group.

Disclosure – This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Guest Post: Confessions of a Frazzled Mom

A very special thank you to Emily Montez from for today’s guest post.  I just love her blog and I’m honored that she agreed to guest post here today.  I can’t tell you how many times I feel like a frazzled mom.  She really hits the nail on the head with this one.

I have a confession.   I, too, used to be frazzled.  I used to run around my house like a chicken with her head cut off, no real direction, no clear purpose.  I always wanted to be a mom, but who knew there would be so much to it?!

Oh wait, I know, all the other moms out there knew it.  All of the other women who had been right there, who had walked in my new-mom, not-yet-broken-in shoes.  I wanted so badly to be a fun mom, the mom that everyone wants around, the hub where all the kids flock to.  Instead I was floundering just to keep some semblance of my sanity.

My husband and I designed our house with kids in mind.  We would do messy crafts in the nook outside.  We had an art room upstairs, plenty of space devoted to kids, plenty of things to inspire creative play.  We were all set to be the fun house.  And then we had kids.

I barely had time to tie my shoes, let alone patiently help my children create beautiful masterpieces out of construction paper and glue.  Sigh.  Where was the fun mom I had always aspired to be?  Was she just hidden under all the things that clutter up the life of a mom or had I lost her forever?

Thankfully I found balance, and, with that balance, my old self returned.  I learned that kids weren’t just obstacles to get around to later (you know, after the laundry, the dishes, the errands…), but that they were the main attraction.  I learned how to incorporate them into my day-to-day, how to make it both fun and educational for all of us.  It was nothing short of a miraculous change, the shift between survival and thriving.

It’s always hard to weather change, whether it is a change of season or a whole new person in your family.  Life is about learning to adjust, adapt, and love the tides no matter how they turn.

Find little ways to get your kids involved in your life.  You will never cease to be amazed at the things they can do, the things they are interested in, and the boost they get from ‘helping’ you.  They want to be a part of your life, even the boring parts.  And you never know, they might just make it more fun for you too!

Emily Montez is the creator of MamaFusion: Merging Mom&Me, a group designed to help moms find their way out of the chaos of early motherhood and into the fun zone of becoming the mom you want to be.  We all have a fun mom inside of us, dying to come out!  Let me help you find it.  :)