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Mermaid Themed Party

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This girl would be a mermaid in another world. She taught herself how to swim when she was four and we were at the beach and Mexico and was doing a front flip off the diving board when she barely had turned 5 years old. Now she loves doing back flips off the diving board and edge of the pool. It kills me how daring she is but I also love watching her push herself at the same time. A mermaid party was a perfect theme for her pool party!

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Cake was made by Megan Faulkner Brown the founder of Sweet Tooth Fairy! She works at the Provo location.
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We had treasure chests for decoration and a treasure hunt.
I made the tail literally a couple hours before the party. She has a mermaid tail for under the water but I wanted a tail she could wear and the party and still walk around in.

The party favors were these gift bags for each guest. Inside there was a star fish wand, sunglasses, a cute towel that is shrink-wrapped but expands in water, some treats and other goodies.
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Love celebrating these cuties on their special day!
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Flamingo Party

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Before Avery’s birthday we were shopping for some cute stuff at our favorite chic-est place to shop. You may have heard of it before. It’s called All-A-Dollar haha… there we spotted these adorable, flamingo shaped cups. They inspired the theme for her party and it was such a fun icon to play off of. While we were there we also snagged the honeycomb shaped flamingos and some headbands for the headband craft.

I also splurged on a cotton candy cart for her party but I know since I have three girls, and we love to throw family parties, that we will use it fairly often. Plus, we were going to rent a cotton candy cart but might as well put that towards the purchase. (If you are looking into ti too make sure you also snag a mesh strip and shield.)
It was perfect to add a quick candy cloud to the cupcakes and my favorite detail was making a cotton candy flamingo cake topper!

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To make the cotton candy flamingo cake topper I diecut the flamingo shapes with my Silhouette Cameo. Then glued the pieces together and stuck it to a sucker stick.

The cake and cupcakes were made by Megan Faulkner Brown the founder of Sweet Tooth Fairy and works out of the Provo location. For the inside of the cake she stacked four delectable cakes each a different flavor and ombre shades of pink.

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Donut holes covered in sprinkles were on the end of the flamingo straws and then added to ice cream bowls. Also make sure to snag some colorful Dear Lizzy wooden spoons for your next par-tay! ; )flamingo party

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Flamingos and peonies make me happppyyyyy!

I also diecut flamingos and then added them to a headband and feathers for each of the girls at the party. It was darling to see them all running around in their flamingo hats.

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mickey mouse partyHearing Myles pronounce Mickey Mouse is one of my favorite things and Mickey is one of his favorite things so it was the perfect theme for his birthday. But truthfully his real love is for Minnie Mouse. You’ll often find Myles walking around with his sister’s Minnie Mouse tucked under one arm or pushing her in the stroller.
It’s been one of the busiest weeks of the year with Avery’s Shrek Jr. Musicals every night plus some matinees and Quincey’s dance and dance competition so sadly Myles’s birthday on Friday was put on hold for a couple days. I ran to the party store to grab some party stuff, ordered a cake and hot glued black circles to party hats! Also emailed a local print shop to print an engineer print of Myles and about died when I picked it up. I didn’t realize how big 4 feet is. But for 3 bucks you can’t beat that for some cheap party decor.
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The inside of the cake is red and white striped too!

Myles and my momma! He runs and says “Yia Yia” when she get here and when he forgets she’s at our house and he sees her again.
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For a kids’ keep-busy activity we made these Oreo Mickey Ears.
It works best to get the Double stuff Oreos and then Mini Oreos. Pull apart the mini cookies and add an ear to each side.
For a finishing touch you can dip in red chocolate and add white candy sprinkles.
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The party scene before the madness…!

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Miss Lola bug turned four yesterday. My mind is blown by how fast the years are racing by leaving a trail of giggles and sparkles and tantrums with this girl. She’s seriously is the most cheerful of my kiddies. Pure joy streams out of her and she’s like a bouncing ball of silliness. Then in the blink of an eye she can throw a tantrum and from a mile away you would run and hide scared of this toddler gremlin. haha just kidding. Kind of.
Friday night we took her out on a daddy and mommy date. Collin let her choose any toy from the Disney store then they skipped through the mall. I am always the third wheel when fun dad is around. Then we had dinner and she wore her crown and wanted us to tell everyone it was her birthday.
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The smaller flowers on the crown were made with my Dear Lizzy flower die set that should be shipping this week! You will love it.

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And here she is about four months old visiting her Great Grandma Charlotte in San Diego and also the last time we saw my Grandpa before he passed away. Such a blessing that they got to see this chunka babe in all her rolls of glory.
Need I remind you she weighed 9 lbs 6 oz when she was born. (Here’s that blog post oldie) Literally born with rolls. I have this lady below, my Greek grammy, to thank for the good birthing genes. No stretch marks even. I am basically Elasta Girl. But seriously what I would give to go back in time and squoosh those cheeks one last time.
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I also watch the birth video Collin put together every year and shed a couple tears when she takes her first breath and opens her eyes for the first time… how overwhelmed I am with love to have her call me momma. xoxo

Back To School Feast

IMG_8015b This year we headed up to the glorious mountains for the back to school feast. It is a celebration for the ending of summer and beginning of another school year. My sister, Camille, and Collin helped put it together for our kids. Camille made the yummy caramel and white chocolate cinnamon apples as well as a delicious quinoa + mango salad. I pulled together some crowns and special details. Before hand, we chose a theme for the year and shared it with them. During the feast we also talk about their excitement and concerns. Making new friends and how to be a good student. My great grandma Charlotte happened to be here visiting from San Diego and I saw her watching with wide eyes as we carried the chairs and table to our perfect spot. Then I had to laugh and holler to her, “Grandma, I promise I’m not crazy.” Actually we kind of are. But it was memorable and that’s what we were striving for. A million giggles, many clinks of their bottles with a loud “Cheers!” through out the night and a couple hilarious quotes proved the night to be a success.
Matthew: “We should do this more often…”
Quincey: “This is the best day of my life!” haha Mostly because there was an unusual treat of cream soda involved. Not to mention, a tower of R A D donuts.

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”

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Our first Back To School Feast here

Here’s to another year, my sweet girls! I am so proud of you. How brave you face the up-coming months. How set your eyes are on the goal of being a friend to others and striving with all your might to grow and learn. Love you, Momma!



Three = Frilly + Feisty

We celebrated Lola bug’s birthday yesterday. This girl is so cheerful, loves everything girlie, frilly, pink, rufflly! Loves dress up, crawling in our bed at 4 am, and dancing to Annie. And she’s got some serious sass.
Her day started with a waffle breakfast & crown then a date with mom and dad of playing at her favorite trampoline-jump place, dinner, shopping and dessert. A tradition we started last year where mom and dad get one on one time with the birthday girl/boy… it’s my new favorite thing! We went to Texas Road House and she was not shy about sitting on the saddle and yelling “Yeeeeeeehaw!!” Then she filled up my stroller with everything at the Disney store she could reach and ended up with an Aerial doll. Course.
Because if you want your daughter to look up to someone– it’s the 16  year old princess who rebels against her dad for some boy she says she loves that she’s never even talked to and then she runs away to find an evil, crazy person to help her who ends up tricking her and almost killing everyone. Haha! Love Disney movies.

Growing up my mom made sure that our birthdays were such a special day. I can remember a Strawberry Shortcake Doll cake she made and I even have an invitation in a keepsake box she sent out for my second birthday. Man these girls’ birthdays sneak up on me but I managed to make some quick fringe garlands, ombre table cloth from last birthday and ballon garland… Trying to do my best for them to feel that same love I remember.
-BALLOON BANNER: this is so easy. Just blow up a bag of balloons and then tie them about 6 inches apart, depending on how big they are. Use twine or curling ribbon. Then hang it up.
-FRINGE BANNER: I shared how to make fringe banners in a previous post. Using plastic tablecloths and a rotary cutter. I hung up the fringe as garlands and also vertically on the ends of the balloon banner.
PAPER GARLANDS: You can find some garlands at party supply stores or online that add some dimension to the decor.
-OMBRE TABLECLOTH I used RIT dye and some fabric and dip dyed the tablecloth… I’ve been wanting to make one for ages and thanks to this pipsqueak’s birthday I had an excuse to do it.


I told my sister when she opened this dress from her that I guarantee she will sleep in it. And she did.

This morning was cake for breakfast & the after party! bwaha! xo, Lizzy

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Apparently turning five years old is critical information because this little dolly has to tell everyone she’s five years old. If I’m talking to a friend we ran into somewhere she will tug on my shirt until she interrupts, “Tell your friend I’m five.” Or when we were stopped at the hospital parking entrance she’s yelling “Mom! Mooom!! Mooom” from her carseat… “Did you tell that lady I’m FIVE?!”
Instead of a handful of rambunctious five year olds celebrating her birthday, we took Quincey out for some one-on-one time with Collin, Myles and me. Swimming, dinner at Texas Road House and then a stop for a cupcake at Sweet Tooth Fairy for dessert were on the agenda. You could tell she needed and adored the undivided attention. Bascially, she was in heaven.

Each year I have back to back birthdays for Quincey and Avery… seeing that this year I had a newborn baby I kept it pretty simple. The focus being on the girls… oh, and the birthday cakes. Last year I went a little overboard with cakes and the madness continued this year.
To keep decor simple I used things I had on hand:

-BALLOON BANNER: this is so easy. Just blow up a bag of balloons and then tie them about 6 inches apart, depending on how big they are. Use twine or curling ribbon. Then hang it up.
-FRINGE BANNER: I shared how to make fringe banners in a previous post. Using plastic tablecloths and a rotary cutter. I hung up the fringe as garlands and also vertically on the ends of the balloon banner.
PAPER GARLANDS: You can find some garlands at party supply stores or online that add some dimension to the decor.

Rain Shower Theme

The baby boy is still cooking in my tummy. This Friday is my due date but a little bird told me he will be here before then. eeeek!

My sisters and mom put together a rain theme celebration for our baby boy. My growing/kicking/keeping me up all night baby boy and I definitely felt loved and supported by the lovely women in our lives.

The rain theme was cute for the shower and she made darling decor to go with it.
Including a rain drop cloud pillow below. Cloud tissue paper puffs with rain drops sewn and hanging down. Guests wrote their name suggestions on the rain drop. We all know I’ve needed all the help I can get with that.
There was a Baby trivia game my sister in law, Allison, put together. The winners got some fun prizes.
The brunch menu was delectable… but that’s no surprise because my sister Camille always goes above and beyond!



We didn’t get a pic of the whole group but managed to snag this one with Avery’s six year old photo skills!
xo, Lizzy

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You guys, as much as I try to steer away from pink it is just not possible with these three sprouting girls.
But hey, there’s nothing wrong with pink everywhere and on everything, right?!
We celebrated this tot’s birthday among all the Thanksgiving hoopla… and we did our best to knock Thanksgiving’s meat and potatoes party out of the park with our little shin-dig. Darn it! I think my mom’s sweet potatoes and Collin’s apple pie won!

Pink Ombre ruffle cake and painted toys for jar toppers. Avery wasn’t to keen on seeing her toys painted and glued to a jar… thank goodness I had candy close by to repay her.

I put together some favors for the kids coming… I used my Olivetti typewriter and wrote, “Thanks for coming party animal!” Added some Dear Lizzy chevron paper and a tag sewn on the bag and the bag sewn shut. 

I used RIT dye and some fabric and dip dyed the tablecloth… I’ve been wanting to make one for ages and thanks to this pipsqueak’s birthday I had an excuse to do it.

In case you were wondering… nope, my love for giant birthday balloons has not seized. I will let you know when it does. ; )

I strung one of my glitter Dear Lizzy banners and at the end grouped together some honeycomb balls and balloons.

Darling party hat sent from Miss Ruby Sue… the queen of hair accessories.

The after party is when the real fun begins…

When I thought that my heart might already burst for being a mom and having these cherished daughters to call mine… god sent me Lola.
Ever since she was a baby she has been cheerful.  I’ve been anxious to see how that particular trait grows and changes as she does… and although she’s added some newfound sass and attitude that beaming happiness is still there… Like when I leave the room for a few minutes, or wake up in the morning or leave for date night when she sees me again it’s, “Mommma!” and a run with arms-wide-open hug. She loves to cuddle still which is really sweet since her older sisters were too busy for that mushy garbage at this age. She says “sorry” with the softest, squeaky voice whenever she might have accidentally… or purposely hurt you. She loves her sisters and is one step behind them trying to keep up. She loves her daddy. When she wakes up in the middle of the night she’s calling for him. She’ll ask me periodically during the day, “Where’s Dadda?” Just to make conversation. She’ll laugh and laugh if you laugh along with her and although she doesn’t even know what’s funny she knows that she feels happy. Oh, my heart!    Love you sweet girl!