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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

Would you like some cake with that bow?

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!

 

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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!

DIY: Fringe Banners

A quick how-to for one of my favorite party decor ideas… FRINGE! All you need is a rotary blade and any paper or supplies for the banners.
I used plastic table cloths for Avery’s Birthday party, mixed in with some gold tissue paper.

Cut to desired height and make sure you fold it in half, keep the fold at the top.
Cut it to the desired height then use a cutting mat to know how far you are spacing the fringe. (Loving my new cutting mat from American Crafts!)
I spaced out my fringe to about 1/4″ and left about 1/2″ from the top.

If you make one out of tissue paper follow the steps above then to lengthen the banner I sew all the pieces together along the top.


Another one of my glitter word banners. For those of you who emailed me requesting one–I will email you next week after my trip!!! I apologize if that is too late and I missed your party! xo

I must be having party withdrawls from the back-to-back birthdays so I added a little festive Be Nice banner. Seriously, maybe my kids are bored with it being summer and school is out but my two oldest girlies have been really quick to hit or not share. This was the appropriate saying for the occasion.

Actually a nice reminder to all of us. ; )

 

 

Fairy Birthday Party

Running around in wings with your face painted must be pretty magical. And hearing her say, “this is the best birthday ever” sealed the deal. Although I did have to force her to wear her birthday dress and bribe her with cake!
A couple days before her birthday we decided to do a fairy birthday theme… This meant running a few errands one night getting most of the stuff at Zurchers and Hobby Lobby. It was a pretty simple party with a few fun details.

Punched butterflies with my Neapolitan collection paper and cut two slits in the center of the butterfly and attached to the straws
Jars with Pixie Dust and candies
Donut Holes with sticks and punched papers with butterflies
Magic Wands aka suckers
Cake from Piece of Cake
Collin cut the grass and I made flowers from crepe paper.
Tiny fairys on toothpicks: Meri Meri Fairy Magic 

 

I’m having way to much fun with designing the cakes for these littles’ parties. For this one I decided on ruffles, flowers and ombre pink cakes inside. Pretty dang girlie!

One of the highlights of the party was having a face painter come. A couple nights before the party mentioned the idea and so I google searched local face painters and was so happy to find someone. She was great and it was awesome to watch her paint butterflies, tigers… and a sunset on Collin’s forehead.

When Quincey woke up the next morning the first thing she sleepily asked, “where’s my face?” Cracking a smile I told her it’s still there… all smudged from sleeping. She fell asleep while our family was still over on the couch and so we didn’t wash her face off yet. Her dreams were sure to be magical that night.
The picture below makes me laugh every time I look at it. Her first look at her wings.

My darling fairy niece.

 

A stack of donuts and tiny fairy: Meri Meri Fairy Magic

There was a kids’ craft but my sister laughed because we never get around to making those… another day I guess.
Birthday party madness is the best! Thanks all of my family who came. Love you all!

 

 

Some Instagrams of the day.

Stolen Instagrams from my familiy:

xoxo, Lizzy

Some of my Dear Lizzy collection I used:

 

Birthday Party Pow-wow

Thanks for your emails, messages and reaching out to me during my blogging hiatus! I’ll share more thoughts soon but I just needed a break after working on my next Dear Lizzy collection and a book. I sure missed you!  xoxo, Lizzy


A Birthday party pow-wow came about for one reason. I wanted to make a tee-pee! Avery was thrilled for the idea because one of her favorite movies is Peter Pan and she insisted on being Tiger Lily & she knew there would be cake involved.
Here are some of the details:
-Chocolate dipped huge marshmallows topped with rock candy (nerds), gold rock sprinkles, grated cookies etc
-Jars with diecut lids and striped straws
-An arrangement of mini succulents each in a pot then in an wood Ikea candle holder
-Felt Fox stuffed toys for favors
-Made my own arrows with wood, washi tape, and felt
-A pretty plant from Home Depot. The leaves reminded me of feathers.
-Burlap Tablecloth
-Dip dyed bags with favors

ARROW CUPCAKES

PARTY HATS FOR INDIAN FRIENDS

 

THE CAKE: was my favorite part! I found a local cake extraordinaire and I told her what I wanted. Chevron stripes, flowers and make even a fox somewhere. It turned out amazing. It’s called Piece of Cake. Do you like the little pokes in the frosting from anxious, drooling indians?

RIBBON WANDS:

PARTY HEADDRESS & FRINGE

FELT FOX FAVORS AND SUCCULENTS

 

What I used to display the Roasted Marshmallows (chocolate dipped mallows) A canister that I spray painted and filled with white beans. Wrapped with fabric and added a diecut feather from Silhouette and a real feather with yarn. You can also see the diecut jar lids and straws.

Her headdress was so fun!
I cut a piece of felt. Sewed some vintage lace at the top and elastic in the back. Put washi tape around some pasta noodles and some string. Added feathers inside the noodles and along the felt.