Bombarded with Balloons

My man had a birthday last month and turned 29!  One year closer to that big 3-0.    We actually headed to Six Flags the weekend before and proved to ourselves that we were still young and cool by riding roller coasters all day long.  We won’t dwell on the fact that we left at 7:30 exhausted.  I’m sure it means nothing.

So even though we had celebrated a few days before I still wanted to do something on his actual birthday.  I LOVE birthdays!  Actually I love any celebration and any reason to make an ordinary day special.  This was such a fun surprise and Sam totally loved it so I thought I’d share it with you guys as well.

The day before his birthday and after Sam left for work I went and picked up a bunch of balloons and a few goodies to attach to each balloon.  I wrote little notes to him and rolled them up, rolled up a few ones and fives, and picked up some gift cards to some of his favorite places.  Each little item got tied onto the end of the balloon and then I hid them all away in the guest bedroom.

Now let me tell you this next part required me to call on all my ninja skills.  I waited for Sam to fall asleep (it seemed like it took him hours longer than it normally does!) and then I snuck out of bed, into the guest room, and brought the balloons into our room a few at a time.  Now our house was built in the late 1800’s and the wooden floors are creaky!  Especially when I’m sneaking around the house at 2:00 a.m.  So I had to move so slowly but I eventually placed all the balloons around the bedroom.  Ninja approved.

When Sam woke up he was surrounded by balloons and totally surprised.  It was so fun!

There are lots of variations on this idea.  Balloons are pretty cheap so just using balloons would work great- you could get one balloon for every year.  You could write just notes on the end or just tie bills on the end.  It’s so fun no matter what you do!

Party Planning 101

The holiday season is here and one of the best parts of the holidays is spending time with family and friends.  Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  Having a company Christmas party?  The neighborhood white elephant gift exchange?  Great people, good memories, lots of laughter, and yummy food are all ahead of us.   However if you are hosting the get together you can usually throw in a little stress and last minute fretting into the mix.   Who needs that?!  Following a few simple guidelines and helpful tips can really help to reduce the party planning panic.

For me, the most stressful part of any get together is the food.   I always worry about the food, will we have enough…will it taste good…will it all be ready on time…etc.  If I can eliminate those worries I’m good.  So let’s start there.

The following chart is a suggested guideline only.  Obviously the numbers will be a little different if you are feeding 25 girl scouts or 25 high school football players.  But for your average get together will a normal mix of people theses numbers are a good place to start.  Print off this guide and keep it in the front of your recipe binder for an easy reference.

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If the food aspect of a party isn’t what stresses you out, but instead it’s the planning that gets you all crazy then keep in mind that organization is the key.  Here are some basic party planning tips to keep in mind.

Give Thanks Banner

Isn’t this time of giving thanks just one of the best times of the year?  I love the focus on truly being grateful the many blessings we have in life.  So when I was coming up with some craft ideas to decorate for Thanksgiving, I knew I wanted a banner with the simple message to “Give Thanks” for my holiday shelf.

I started with some left over scrap material in my stash.  We actually used this material to line a trunk we made that now serves as our coffee table and I thought it was perfect for this craft.  It is warm and cozy in color and in the light there are golden threads throughout that really shine.

I made a template with some card stock and traced it on the back side of the fabric to give me my squares.  I really wanted this banner to have lots of texture and feel homemade so when I cut out the squares I wasn’t super worried about having the lines all straight and exact.

I set the fabric squares aside and then cut some slightly smaller squares out of brown paper.

With squares complete I got brave and broke out my sewing machine.  I have never sewn paper onto fabric before but it totally worked and was really easy and fast.  And again I purposely didn’t worry about having straight lines.

With all my sewing done (whew!) I used my handy dandy Cricut to cut out some letters.  I added some simple embellishments to each square with some buttons, flowers, and little raffia bows.

To string all the letters together I used some twine and hot glue along the back.

Confession time: The first time I glued the letters onto the string I finished and turned it right side up all ready to “Oo” and “Ah” over my crafty skills.  Then I realized I had glued them in reverse order.   My banner read “Sknaht.”  Which would be great if I was celebrating Thanksgiving in Klingon.

The “Give” part was all made the same way except I printed the word out using my computer and printer instead of gluing the letters on from the Cricut.

Thanksgiving Holiday Shelf

I kept my Thanksgiving Holiday Shelf fairly simple and brought back many of the items I used in the Autumn Shelf.   Lots of warm, rich colors, and simple pieces with lots of texture.  Two little pilgrim figurines and a banner I made were really the only new additions.  I’ll show how I made the banner later.  Oh, and I also added the prints in the frames below.These two prints work together but can absolutely be used just on their own as well.

Each print is 5 x 7.

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I love when I get emails from you showing me your holiday shelves and what you’ve put together!  It is so much fun so please keep the pictures and emails coming!

November Visiting Teaching- LDS

The visiting teaching message for November can be from any talk given in the October 2012 Conference.  Since I had free reign this time I picked a quote from the talk given by Elder M. Russell Ballard entitled Be Anxiously Engaged.  He teaches us that great things are brought about and burdens can be lifted when many hands are working together in a good cause.  As the holiday season approaches we are often reminded of how many blessings we have and all that we are thankful for.  And serving and reaching out to others more readily comes to mind.  This year let’s all be engaged in a good cause.

You can download the handout to mail or give to the ladies you visit teach.

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Chore Charts Updated & New Designs

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween whether you are Trick or Treating, handing out candy, or snuggling up to watch some scary movies!  Enjoy the frightful night!


After all the treats the little ones are about to receive how about a treat for mom?  And what treat is better than having your kids actually do their chores?!  While I can’t guarantee that your kiddos will get their chores done 100% of the time I can guarantee that a bright and fun chore chart is sure to help with the motivation!  These chore charts have been in my Etsy shop for awhile now and have been one of my best sellers so I thought it was time to add new designs and even update all the old ones!  (If you have previously purchased a chore chart and would like an updated one just let me know.  I’ll send it over free of charge.)

Each chore chart will be personalized with your child’s name and be emailed to you in a high resolution PDF and JPEG ready to print at home or your local print shop.  For an easy, changeable chart place in an 8 x 10 frame and use dry erase markers to write on the glass. Chores can be changed daily, weekly, monthly, whatever fits your needs. The markers will erase right off the glass and your chart will stay looking good as new.  Let’s take a look at all the designs available:

These are all available in my Etsy Shop and guess what… if you buy 3 you get 1 free!  Here are the listings:

Customized Girl Chore Charts: Eight Designs

Customized Boy Chore Charts: Six Designs

Have a great night and enjoy all that candy!!!!

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