Classic Car Birthday Party

A few weeks ago one of Savannah’s little best friends, Logan, celebrated his first birthday.  His mom happens to be one of my very best friends too, in fact we’re pretty much convinced that our children are going to be married when they are older.  :)

But for now we’ll just let them be cute little buddies and celebrate their birthdays.  I was able to help Logan’s mom put together his party and I thought I’d share some of the adorable details.  The theme was Classic Cars and Route 1 and I think it all turned out great!

Classic Car Birthday PartyWhat an adorable little family right?  And how CUTE are those shirts that Tory made for her family?  They are one of my favorite things about this whole party.

There were lots of great details, like the race flag cupcake toppers on all of the cupcakes and an adorable smash cake complete with cars on top.

Classic Car Birthday PartyClassic Car Birthday Party

**** So here is a fun little interruption.  I started writing this post Monday evening and now I’m having to finish it up Tuesday morning.  Last night we had a tornado warning for our town and while we didn’t actually have a tornado there was some pretty crazy weather with lots of rain and lightning.  Some big ol’ trees found themselves on the ground all over the neighborhood and we lost power.  When I went to bed at about 11:00 pm the power was still out but thankfully it came back on sometime in the night!  Crazy!  Now back to your regularly scheduled program…. *****

Here is one of the things I helped create, some gas pump juice box covers!  These were Tory’s idea, so I can’t take the credit for that, but I think they turned out pretty cute.

Classic Car Birthday PartyClassic Car Birthday PartyAnother feature was this awesome photo booth.  I think this is such a great way to document the guests that come to your party and so many families took pictures of themselves too so they have a great keepsake.

Classic Car Birthday Party Photo BoothAll together it made for one fun party all to celebrate Logan’s first year!  Thanks Tory and family for a great time!

With all of the pieces I was able to create I put together a new party package to add to my shop!  Classic Car Birthday Party coming right at you!

Classic Car Party Package 1 Classic Car Party Package 2

Classic Car Birthday Customized Invitations

This package can be purchased from my Etsy Store or by simply filling out the request form on my party package page.  Like all my other pre-made packages it is only $15.00 and perfect for your little guy who loves cars!

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

Just this past Sunday morning I was watching Savannah play and I’m pretty sure she grew three inches overnight.  Seriously, one day she was reaching up on tip toes and could barely reach a shelf and the next day she was happily pulling everything out of the baskets on the shelf.  Can anyone explain to me how that happens?  It is also a good thing it is summer because all of her pants are basically capris now.

Since I have a feeling she is going to keep growing (no matter how many times I tell her to stop) I’m loving one of our latest DIY projects.  So when Savannah reaches 5 feet tall, which is probably going to be next week, I’ll be able to look back and at least remember when she was still a tiny tot.


If you’re not the most comfortable with power tools than this is a perfect project for you to take on.  Mostly because it doesn’t require any!  I guess we did use a power sander to get the board nice and smooth but if you don’t mind using a little elbow grease you can sand it yourself.

It all starts with picking the straightest, smoothest board you can find.  We used a 6 foot piece of 1 x 8 poplar.  We used poplar mainly because it was cheap.  :)  Then my husband gave the board a nice sanding.  I just like to always clarify that the hairy manly hands in pictures do not belong to me.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

After sanding we stained the board using left over stain from our dresser to TV stand make-over.   The stain is such a nice dark color that it only needed one coat.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

This next part was definitely not hard, but it is tedious.  Using a tape measure we marked out every inch along the edge and used painters tape to create thin lines for the ruler markings.  In the photo below you can faintly see the pencil marks.  Our goal was to have it look as much like a regular ruler as possible, just extra large.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart DIY Ruler Growth Chart

If you are making your own ruler here is something to keep in mind- if you will be hanging the ruler on the wall or leaving it on the ground.  Because that will make a difference in where you start counting your inches.   I knew I wanted to hang our ruler on the wall and above our tall baseboards.  So we measured from the floor to just a little bit above our baseboards and then started the lines on the ruler at 10 inches.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

Once the entire board was marked off it was time to paint.  Some left over white paint from some project or another and a small foam brush was all it took.  We made it so the lines wrapped all the way around the side of the board too.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart DIY Ruler Growth Chart To create the numbers I cut them out of cardstock with my cricut and used the relief as the stencil.  I used a pencil to trace the outline and then just hand painted the numbers in with a tiny paint brush.   See how close the 1 foot mark is to the bottom of the board to allow for our baseboards?

DIY Ruler Growth Chart DIY Ruler Growth Chart And once the ruler was all finished and painted we hung it up in the corner of our living room!

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

For some reason my one year old did not get the memo that she was supposed to be my model.  She just wanted to wiggle, what is up with that?

DIY Ruler Growth Chart “Oh me?  You want me to sit still for a moment and be cute?”  (Her curly hair.  I die.)

DIY Ruler Growth Chart Despite the time needed to tape off every line for each inch, this was actually a fast and easy project.  And every year on her birthday as we mark on there how Savannah grows, and any future children, it will be a project we will treasure for a lifetime.

DIY Ruler Growth Chart

July 2014 Visiting Teaching- LDS

Before I share the VT handout for this month, have you seen the video message from Bonnie L. Oscarson, the Young Women General President?  It is lovely, compassionate, and perfectly timed.   I have to say that I am ever so grateful, especially lately, for wise leaders and the guidance and comfort they give.

And now onto this month’s message!  July’s Visiting Teaching message is called The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Advocate.  In the message we also read about Esther from the Old Testament, and how she was an advocate for her people.  I was especially drawn to the line from her uncle Mordecai “And who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”  It made me stop and ponder why I am here in the Lord’s kingdom, and what He would have me do.

Here is the handout for this month!

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July 2014 VT

Fourth of July Holiday Shelf

I’m so excited for my favorite holiday (it’s tied with Christmas) and can’t wait to see all the red, white, and blue popping up everywhere.  I love Independence Day!  Give me parades, fireworks, and goosebumps during our national anthem and I am one happy girl.  I’m getting in the patriotic spirit around our house by changing out my holiday shelf to reflect my American pride.

_DSC0584It’s a pretty simple array of some old books, candles wrapped in twine, a lantern, and two mason jar flower arrangements.   I happened to have a red “S” for our last name and it works on the shelf, but I’d really love to find a “U” and an “A” to add as well.  I also used the banner that was already hanging up from my Nautical Summer Shelf, and just changed out the teal colors for red and white.


The flower arrangements were really easy to make.  I found a package of 3 flags for $1 at the dollar spot in Target and the white flowers are from the Dollar Tree.  They look perfect in a mason jar with some brown paper shred.

_DSC0591I created two prints to put in the frames underneath but alas, my printer ran out of ink just when I went to print them out!  I had some cute scrapbook paper on hand though and it works just great.  But thanks to the magic of Photoshop here is how it would have looked:

_DSC0603And just because my printer ran out of ink doesn’t mean you can’t use the prints!

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Printable Patriotic Subway Art

Hope these help you get in the independence day spirit!


Mixing Two Lives Together

I think I’ve said this before on this blog but it makes me laugh so it bears repeating.  When Sam and I were married we received six waffle irons as gifts.  Six!  And they were all the exact same one.   Waffle party at our house!

So it is true that there may be some standard gifts that people always give at receptions.  Pots and pans, towels, mixing bowls, etc.  But there is a reason those are standard…they’re useful and everyone needs them!  The trick to making your gift memorable is simply packaging it up in a cute and creative way.

Here is one way to jazz up a gift- I put together some whisks and spoons in a mason jar and tied a cute ribbon around the jar.  Add in some cookbooks and mixing bowls and you have a gift that is not only useful, but just different enough to be memorable.

Mixing and Blending Gift with Printable Tag

Of course, what really pulls it all together is a gift tag with a slightly cheesy pun!

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Mixing and Blending Gift TagAs you can see I made two different tags so that one will work with a blender as well.  And you can definitely pair either one with a nice mixer like a Kitchen Aid or a Bosch.  That would be a great wedding gift for sure!

World’s Greatest POP

Over the weekend I was doing my grocery shopping and wandering down the aisles waiting for some Father’s Day inspiration to spark and give me a little gift idea.  I stumbled across Pop Em’s donuts and thought hey, I bet I could make a cute tag using the word Pop, so I put them in my cart and kept on shopping.  And with each aisle I kept finding more and more items with the word pop and the gift idea grew!  I picked up a few of them to put together a gift basket and share it all with you in case you are looking for a fun present for Father’s Day.

World's Greatest Pop Gift Idea and Printable Gift Tags

The popcorn bucket is from the Dollar Tree but any cute basket could work.  And what to put inside?  There’s lots of options!  I clearly didn’t use all of these in my basket, but here’s a good list to pick from:

– Pop ‘Em Donuts

– Popcorn

– Pop-Tarts

– Soda Pop

– Pop Rocks

– Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

– Pops Cereal

– Pop Chips

– Ring Pop

– Otter Pops

– Tootsie Roll Pops

And anything else you find that fits the bill!

World's Greatest Pop Gift Idea and Printable Gift TagsNeed a tag to go along with your gift?  I’ve got you covered.  Whether this is for your husband, your dad, brother, grandpa, etc. let them know you think they are the World’s Greatest Pop!  And choose from three snazzy colors.  :)

World's Greatest Pop Printable Gift Tags

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Being a dad, especially being a good dad, is not an easy job and these men of ours need to hear that we appreciate them just as much as we need to hear it.   This basket may be a fun, small token of appreciation but it will bring a smile to his face!

World's Greatest Pop Gift Idea and Printable Gift Tags