Birthday Party Theme: Magic

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For her 7th birthday, Journey decided that she wanted a magic-themed party.  She also wanted to use her birthday to help put smiles on the faces of patients at the local children’s hospital.  Here’s what it looked like when we tied to two ideas together and created a party that was fun and fulfilling. Continue reading

Birthday Party: Kidchella

photo credit: Kim Kardashian via Instagram

photo credit: Kim Kardashian via Instagram

The only time I ever care to live vicariously through celebrities is when they throw extravagant over-the-top parties.  The Kardashian-West clan did just that last weekend as they celebrate baby North’s first birthday with a Kidchella-themed party. Continue reading

How You Can Help A Little Girl Make A BIG Difference

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My daughter Journey had so much fun helping others on her birthday last year that she decided to host another Give BIG Birthday Party!  To celebrate her 8th birthday, Journey is asking family, friends and you to celebrate with her virtually by making a donation to Water.orgWater.org is a non-profit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.  Since we recently relocated, Journey and I thought hosting a virtual party would be a creative way to include her friends in her birthday celebration.  Then we thought— since the party is virtual, why not invite everyone?

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How To Throw A Philanthroparty That’s Fun & Fulfilling

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Last year, my daughter agreed to do something really special for her birthday.  Rather than have a party that focused solely on her, she hosted a philanthroparty.  Wondering what a philanthroparty is?  Simply put, it’s a party with a purpose.

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Birthday Party: Tinkerbell Fairies & Pirates

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Around her 5th birthday, Journey was in LOVE with all things Tinkerbell.  So I did my best to recreate the land of Pixie Hollow. Continue reading

Eat & Tell: My Love/Hate Relationship With Cake Pops

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Thanks to the fabulous Bakerella, cake pops are the cutest thing to hit the sweet scene in years.  Being the sweet geek that I am, I couldn’t wait to try my hand at making some.  I went out and got Bakerella’s book, Cake Pops and all of the supplies that I needed to make my cake pops.  And then the hell began…

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Birthday Party: Tell Me How To Get To Sesame Street

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Around the time of my daughter’s 2nd birthday, she was crazy about Elmo.  So a Sesame Street themed birthday party was a no brainer. Continue reading

Birthday Party: A Perfect Princess Tea

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My daughter decided she wanted to have a tea party for her birthday and I knew just the perfect place!  The New Leaf Tea Room. Continue reading

Eat & Tell: My Cupcake Obsession

IMG_3311After my life changing experience at Magnolia Bakery, I fell in love with cupcakes.  Not just the taste, but the experience I have when eating one.  I love how the sweet smell of sugar wafts up my nose and my lips get lost in the icing with each bite.  I love how the moist cake melts when it meets my tongue.  I love when I put just the right amount of batter in the cupcake liner so that it bakes just right up to the edge.  Then adding the perfect amount of icing so that I get equal amounts of icing and cake with each bite.  Cupcakes have become my guilty pleasure and my latest obsession. Continue reading

Birthday Party Theme: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

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For my daughter’s third birthday, I decided to re-create the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse since it was her favorite show at the time. Continue reading