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D’s 3rd Birthday October 2, 2013

Filed under: Birthday,Cake,Candy,DIY,Family,Party,Updates — Yaya @ 11:50 AM
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Hello.
Just realized that I totally forgot to post about my son’s 3rd birthday. I spaced and I apologize. Lol.

D’s 3rd birthday was a bbq. We had been bbq all summer and it seemed like the best way to go. We were totally right, btw.  Anyway, our theme was loosely Curious George, which was fun. A bright yellow and red party with extras.

Here are some pics:

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My son and I getting ready to take a bunch ofb photos. As you can see we have some rainbow lunchbags as party favors, red and yellow star balloons, and candy jars.

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We had candy jars with Curious George gummies, m n m’s, animal crackers and mixed chocolates like Hershey bars and twix. We also had silly string for the kids to play with.

We had pin the tail on the donkey and pin the butterfly on the log (Curious George version of pin the tail on the donkey). We also had bubbles for the kids.

In each favor bag there was an activity book, washable crayons, a glow stick, candy, a bouncy ball, a notepad, and a slinky. The kids had fun and the grown ups did too.

The adults enjoyed music and cocktails as we bbq. It was lots of fun.

A few more photos for fun.

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Thanks for reading!

 

Adorable Personalized Owls August 28, 2013

Filed under: DIY,Opinion,Updates — Yaya @ 7:38 PM
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This is one of my homemade owls. I usually personalize the colors and the symbol on the chest like the heart. Lol I also try to add a little style with funky lashes. I sent this one to a good friend of mine and she enjoyed it. What do you think?

 

City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri July 14, 2013

Filed under: Family,Holiday,Opinion,Review,Updates — Yaya @ 10:21 AM
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City Museum was great. We went a few days ago and had a blast. There is so much to do and plenty to see. The fun ranges from slides to caves to a Ferris wheel on the roof. Here are some of the photos we took during our mini staycation.

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A’s Baby Shower May 1, 2013

Hello all,

After a lot of preparation and hard work, A’s baby shower was said and done. We (my mother and I) set it up about three and half hours earlier just so we would have enough time to cook and get the little things like ice. So first the photos. P.S. Don’t mind the dates. My camera reset and the dates ended up wrong. The day of was actually April 27th 2013.

The Main Table Cake Table Close up The Baby Cake Topper Oreo Truffle Pops Cake Pops and Oreo Truffles Candy Coated Oreos and Cupcakes Homemade Meringues Table with Baby in Crib figures The rest of the table 100_0827

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The Main Table:

Homemade Meringues Candy Coated Oreos and Cupcakes Cake Pops and Oreo Truffles Cake Table Close up The Baby Cake Topper Oreo Truffle Pops Table with Baby in Crib figures on the rest of the table.

The Main Table in detail: On this table I set up the homemade desserts and general party stuff. The first thing you see is that the table is symmetrical. This was done on purpose to draw the eye to the center then slowly out. The cake is Lemon Butter Cream with White Cake and Lemon Curd filling. Then beside it (on each side) is a Chocolate Cake Pop Bouquet. In front of the Cake pop bouquets there are mini Oreo Truffle and Cake Pop bouquets. The Stars are Oreo truffles. In front of the cake (between the bouquets) there are Chocolate spoons. At the end of table there are Pink Lemonade Cupcakes with Lemon Butter Cream. The top tier has Candy Covered Oreos in pink and yellow. It is a little hard to see but in the back there are Yellow Star shaped Oreo truffles with a vanilla candy coating (instead of the usual chocolate). The Homemade Meringues in the back ended up on the Candy Buffet Table. More on that later.

The Food:

For the party we decided to have a late lunch. We ate Arroz con Gandules (Rice and Pigeon Peas), Baked Chicken and Asian Salad. We set it up buffet style. It was definitely easier than sitting down to a formal lunch. I also liked it better because no one was shy about getting second and even third helpings. That was one of the best parts because everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food and the company as we all sat in the living room eating and exchanging baby stories.

The Party:

The party was very laid back and we took our time going from eating to games to opening presents and eating cake. By the end of it, the Mom to be (A) was sitting back listening to baby stories and enjoying a shoulder rub. ^_^

The Candy Buffet:

We used Lemonheads, Jujubees, Marshmallows, Sixlets, Gumballs, Homemade Meringue Cookies, Twizzlers, Pixie Stix and Crayon shaped Gum. All of the jars were homemade or bought at the dollar store and dressed up. The 3 large goldfish bowl like jars were bought at yard sales and thrift stores. All in all the containers for the Candy Buffet cost about $25. The candy was a variety of color, except for the gumballs and sixlets, which were pink, yellow and purple. The diaper cakes were also on this table along with a bedtime rhymes book. And just for fun we spread a bunch of crayon shaped pieces of gum all over the table. We added serving utensils and some baggies for everyone to take some home.

The Favors:

The favors were a combination of things. First the figurines, then the candy buffet and some mini bottles of sixlets as an added bonus.

On a side note, the wish cards and advice cards were a hit. Everyone filled one out for mom and baby. When they were done, I placed them in the baby’s room with a few framed printouts or bunnies and sheep as an additional surprise.

All in all, I think it went really well. The mom to be had great time and her guests enjoyed their visit with her. Some came as far as Maryland to come to the party so I am glad we went the direction that we did. I am also glad that people felt happy and welcome. For me, having that familiar feeling of family and long time friends, even among people who had just met was wonderful. The party was great and I am glad I was able to do it. It really was something special for a close friend, who is like a sister to me.

Lastly, I want to thank my mom for her support and assistance. Without her, it would have been really crazy. I also want to thank my husband and my son for their patience. I was busy most of the week and it was hard on them but they supported me anyway. Thanks. I love you all.

Have a great day and Thank you for reading!

– Yaya

 

Baby Shower Stuff Thus Far April 24, 2013

Filed under: Baby Shower,Cake,Candy,DIY,Family,Food,Goals,List,Party,Updates — Yaya @ 10:08 AM
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Hello Hello!

As of Saturday, I have purchased everything I need for the party except the fresh food for the buffet style meal. I have put together the favors and the DIY Candy Buffet Jars. I have made Wish cards and a cute container for the Advice Cards.

Now, I am getting started on the desserts. I was going to do a candy buffet and call it a day but a Candy Buffet and Dessert Table combo is more my style. ^_^ So far, I have made Chocolate Spoons, Pink and Yellow Meringue Cookies (Lemon Flavored), Star shaped Oreo Truffles with Candy coating instead of chocolate and Oreo Truffle Star pops.

Today will be all about the cake. I am baking the cake I need to make the cake pops as well the actual Baby Shower cake. I am not frosting the cake today, just baking it. After the party I will post pics of everything and catch up on my blogging. I will also add DIY instructions, tips and tricks to putting together a Baby Shower or any kind  of party.

Thanks for reading!

 

Eggshell Pinatas April 8, 2013

Filed under: Baby Shower,DIY,Food,Holiday,Updates — Yaya @ 4:51 PM
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Hello All,
Just wanted to give you a quick update on my baby shower plans for my buddy, A and a cute Easter picture.

Now, last time I showed you all my idea for “delivering advice”. This time I wanted to tell you about wish cards. I looked into buying some wish cards but at $1 or more a card it was too much. I also considered a small custom order.

When that was not feasible I googled free ones. They weren’t bad but none were in gender related colors. All were terribly neutral. In the end, I decided to take my chances with making my own.

The DIY approach worked and I made several designs which I then narrowed down to three. I don’t want to spoil the surprise so I will show you the designs another day. But all it takes is a printer and some cardstock to go from idea to reality. ^_^

As for Easter…
It was partly rained out but we still had a lot of fun. This year I took it one step farther by making Eggshell Pinatas. All I did was crack a few eggs on the bottom and lightly peel away the shell. Then I cleaned them out and filled them with candy. I used crepe paper to lightly wrap and seal the eggshell. Once it was done, I wrapped the rest of the egg and mixed them in with a bunch of decorated boiled eggs.

Since we crack the eggs on our head, I thought it would be fun to have a few mini pinatas. ^_^

Here are my beauties:

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Enjoy! My son sure did.

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Here is a better photo of the candy.
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Thanks for stopping by.   ^_^

 

How to Deliver Advice March 1, 2013

Filed under: Baby Shower,DIY,Party,Updates — Yaya @ 7:00 AM
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This is by far my favorite idea for A’s baby shower. But before I share it with you, let me fill you in on my overall idea. You know, the theme of sorts of this soiree.

Imagine a quick fanfare, then me moshing like a dork before stating the obvious: Babies and …

Just kidding.

I wanted something cute and playful, so I decided to make the theme “Ruffles and Lace”.

Vague. I know. I heard that from my mom already but I think I can pull this frilly, cute, colorful and semi artsy idea off. The theme comes from a conversation I had with A. We were talking about the things we liked and wished we had or could do growing up.

I got to do a lot of the things I wanted growing up, so my list was short and mostly related to age restrictions.  A’s, on the other hand, dealt with the awkwardness of high school with just a dash of wishful thinking. In high school she wanted to wear the cute girly clothes and be trendy. Instead, she had her regular clothes and not much wiggle room for clothing related creativity.

Now, I know I am going on and on with what may seem pointless but I just want to make sure A knows that we love her, trendy or not, and that this party is all about her and her little muffin.

I want to create a cute and fun atmosphere with a Shabby Chic attitude. I think I am on the road to creating some awesome bits and pieces to make it memorable and fun. I am also going to use a mix of pink, yellow and purple for the main decorations.

Getting back to the title:  “How to Deliver Advice”

The idea popped into my head around Valentine’s Day when I saw the cute mailbox tins for Valentines. I thought, wouldn’t that be cute for A’s baby shower.  A keepsake full of wisdom that’s fun to play with *wink wink*.

I snatched up a mini mailbox and got to work on what to do with it. Since most people like to give the mom to be advice to live by, I figured she would enjoy something cute to put all those little cards in. I was against making a large display that would later be inconvenient and awkward so this was perfect for A.

She could keep it just about anywhere, close it or open it easily and it will be a constant reminder that we love her and her little muffin too.

Below, I added several pictures of the decorated mailbox. All I used was the mini Valentine’s Day tin mailbox, leftover ribbon and a glue gun. Keep in mind, that not only does adding ribbon or whatever else make it customizable, it also covers up any Valentine’s Day messages or characters.

You can find these in plain solid colors online. The only difference is that they will be pricey. Not so much the mailbox as the shipping.  I leave it to you to decide what to do on that one. LOL.

Part of the fun is decorating it anyway. LOL. With all the mini projects I am working on, I fell behind on this one but I think I finally made up for it by getting it done. ^_^

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This is the fully decked out mailbox. I placed it on this tub for the photos so don’t mind the tub.

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On this one, I added a load of ribbon to the open lid for fun. The mailbox itself only has ribbon on the outside.

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Here is a better picture of the mailbox without the ribbon.

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This last photo is an extreme close-up people like me who enjoy seeing the small details in everything.

Thank you for Reading!!

I hope this post brightens your day as much as it did mine. I also hope this post and my blog inspire you to have fun, be creative and enjoy life whenever you can. Have a Wonderful Day!