Of Life and Death

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I generally like to keep this blog a rather light and happy place to be. This is mainly because I think life should be light and happy whenever possible, hence my penchant for perpetual party planning. Nothing brings me greater joy than to see the face of a loved one light up from a welcome […]

Baby Update – 1 month old

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Wow! It has already been more than a month since this little man joined our family. We are so in love with him and excited that he is smiling and becoming more interactive each day. He is well-loved by his siblings and so many family and friends. We are so grateful to have him in […]

Welcome Baby!

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It’s probably time we introduce you to the newest member of our crazy family! Two weeks ago we welcomed baby Aden to the world. At only 9 lbs. 3 oz., he is the smallest of my boys and the median of my 5 children. (We grow them pretty big!) He is pretty sweet and very […]

She’s About to Pop Shower on TV

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It was exciting (and a bit nerve-wracking) to be invited to do a segment on “Your Life A to Z”, one of the local lifestyle news shows, this week. When we realized that both the host, Kyle Unfug, and I were pregnant, it seemed like baby showers would make a perfect topic!  I resurrected some […]

Easy Gender Reveal

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We finally found out what baby #5 will be this week (and it isn’t an alien…yea!). There wasn’t time (or energy) for a full gender reveal party, but I felt I wanted to do something special to break the news to my children. So here is what we did. They had known I was going […]

Citrus Lane Gift Idea and Giveaway!

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Citrus Lane. If you are like me you have a few (or a lot) of gifts left to check off your list. Don’t worry! I’m still sharing lots of great ideas over the next week or two! Here is a unique idea that can […]

What I am Thankful For…

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!   I hope you’ve had a wonderful day! I didn’t bake a single pie, cook a single dish, or even set a pretty table today. I’ll tell you why in a moment. In the past I have really tried to focus on being grateful and have come up with ways to help […]

The Gift of Giving Life – A Mother’s Day Gift

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This book review is a stop on the Virtual Book Tour for The Gift of Giving Life. I was provided a copy of the book for my review. All opinions are my own. Never have I felt more like a mother than I did on Mother’s Day three years ago, having just welcomed my fourth child […]

Hair bow as gift bow

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I wanted to share a couple of tips for present-wrapping that I came up with this weekend when I attended a baby shower for a new baby girl. I hope you will excuse the grainy phone pic–I didn’t start out thinking this would be a blog post. I bought a couple of baby headbands, with […]

3D Cupcake Invitation Tutorial

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I’ve designed a few versions of a cupcake 1st birthday party invitation made with a coffee filter as a 3D liner. I love adding something unexpected to an invitation! This is the original invitation I made for my daughter’s birthday 3 years ago (see credits here). And now I’ve created a printable version (for sale […]