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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Monday, monday.
It’s a new week. Let’s do this!
Bathytime with a leftover balloon from our mermaid party on the weekend. I still need to post the mermaid and flamingo birthday parties we threw the past couple weeks. And with the Mickey mouse party in April, I am officially partied out. For now, it’s party tubby time.

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Bill Murray Twinning and that one time…

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What could possibly be better than Bill Murray’s face scattered on a baby blue tee? Twinning Bill Murray’s faces! Twins. Just like when I would force my friends to be twinners with me in 3rd grade, I am now making my darling little boy. He’s ok with it though because he still thinks I am the coolest.

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Photos: Becky Kimball
Matching Bill Murray Tees: Clashist

So you guys, I actually scrapbooked. Since I am not on Studio Calico’s team, like last year, the pages have been sparse. The thing is, it’s not just scrapbooking to me. It’s the whole experience too. I know I have mentioned this in the past, how it’s not only memories from the photos on the pages but from creating the pages. The past few days I had been itching and DYING to get my hands on some bright white 12×12 cardstock. To diecut words, layer patterns and get down my thoughts on paper, all mixed with colors and words.
This morning I took advantage of an hour I would have (pretty much) to myself and quickly printed some photos.  I was just pushing everything around the page while listening to some old school Lizzy favorite songs from Ingrid Michaelson on my headphones– I literally started crying. Tears and everything. It makes me laugh now after the fact. haha But my eyes filled with tears and I thought, what the heck this is so weird. It must’ve been the song and everything just took me back to years ago when I first started this Dear Lizzy journey. When I could spend hours and hours on a single page just because I wanted to. When life was slower. Picturing little Avery and Quincey with their chubby hands trying to get into my stuff, toddling and playing around at my feet. Those days are gone and it makes me sad. Which is exactly how I will feel when someday I will think back to these present days too. I’m sure of it.
I guess that’s why I can’t scrap quick and throw stuff together, like I want to SO bad. Because it’s so much more than paper and glue. And if my heart isn’t in it then I can’t do it, I guess. What seems like just a simple layout now has these emotions tied to it and means that much more.
But I am itching to make the time to do it. Like how I have been exercising more and this morning went to a boxing class. It’s all about balance right? Thanks for letting me share and reading this little ole blog! xoxo

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Baby Briar in Pockets

Guest Post: Ann Marie
Lately I’ve been on a total scrapbooking kick and have been chipping away at a baby album for my nine month old daughter. For this page, I used a divided page protector from A Beautiful Mess’ Messy Book and embellished it with my favorite Dear Lizzy products.
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- One of my favorite ways to use divided page protectors is to place bulky embellishments on top of the plastic pocket instead of inside of it.
- I also like to split up photos amongst multiple pockets, like I did in the center of this spread.
- Finally, I used three photos from three different months, so to tie them all together, I printed them in black and white.
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Summer Reading List

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Lately I’ve been avoiding the laundry and had my nose in a book instead. Smells better than dirty socks anyway. It’s bad though because I stay up way too late when I should be sleeping.
Last week, I snagged a couple books at Walmart. The selection is bleak so these aren’t my top choices but I wasn’t patient enough to wait. I read All The Bright Places which is YA so a good, quick read. I also read Everything I Never Told You. It’s not my favorite but I enjoyed her writing and it was interesting to see another family’s dynamic. And also, Paper Towns, which I honestly wouldn’t even recommend. I read it because I absolutely loved The Fault in Our Stars and I know there’s a movie coming out. I liked it at the beginning but I skimmed the last 1/3 of it. I started Yes, Please and am enjoying it but just pick it up here and there. I am reading The Book Thief right now and started a couple more listed below. What would you recommend?

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*I’ll Give You the Sun
*We Are All Called To Rise
*These Is My Words
*Outlander
All The Light I Cannot See
(finish) The Book Thief
The Girl on the Train
Party Girls
Eleanor & Park
We Were Liars
Glitter and Glue

Share your favorites or thoughts about any of these books. I would love to hear!

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Strawberry Frozen Yogurt +Frozen Lemon Bowls

frozen lemon bowls with strawberry frozen yogurtIf you need an easy fun treat for summer this is one for you! My kids are obsessed.
Don’t forget some Dear Lizzy wooden spoons! (on sale at Scrapbook.com)
And also added some Dear Lizzy Thickers… Just had a genius idea. Edible thickers. haha! Craft and a treat in one. No one uses the Q’s or X’s anyway.

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Cut lemons in half and then I used a grapefruit spoon to empty out the lemon.

First, to make the yummy frozen yogurt you need a really good blender. I have the Ninja and love it! I use it so much! You’re going to use it to blend ingredients to make Frozen Yogurt. I honestly don’t even measure when I am making spinach smoothies or fruit smoothies. But here’s a start for a recipe:
1 1/2 cups of plain Greek yogurt
2 cups of frozen strawberries
1/2 cup of frozen pineapple
1 frozen banana
I did 1/2 a lemon since I had a ton laying around after gutting the lemons
Agave to taste maybe about 4 T
We throw in some blueberries and spinach too but in this case I wanted them to be pink.
Next, spoon into the emptied lemons and then add them to a cake pan and put in freezer making sure they are not tipping over until they are frozen.

They sell something similar at Costco but this is cheaper since I have most of the ingredients on hand and it’s healthier!

If you like this, you might also like the Bow Ice Cream cones + Nice Cream post! XO

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Disneyland In Pockets

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It’s been a slow start for me after our trip to get in the swing of things so I am proud of myself for putting this together. Sometimes you have to just start!

Used the Fine & Dandy Project Life Core Kit and other Dear Lizzy products to make this page. (Found at most Spotlight and Hobby Lobby stores now. Also, keep looking for those Golden Tickets inside!) Love the Maggie Holmes Tassel hung on my Let’s Party flag!

 

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Have you heard of the new tool Photo Sleeve Fuse? It’s awesome and seals the pocket page sleeves shut. Of course the first thing I think of to try it with is a confetti pocket. Since I am so used to using my sewing machine to keep those bits of paper in place. But this tool is amazingly simple. Plug it in and let it heat up for 10 mins then use the roller end and a ruler to heat shut the pocket. Leaving the same lines as the rest of the pocket page seams.
It also has a cutting tool I am excited to try now and I will put a video together to share how it works.

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Stay Wild

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Something I learned about myself from our trip is that I love the beach even when it’s cold.
Even when I am huddled under a towel and wearing a sweatshirt I still love it. Even when the water is freezing cold you scream if you aren’t paying attention and suddenly a larger wave rolls in and splashes your legs. Even when it’s raining and crazy dark clouds are hovering. Especially when my kids run to me and cuddle under my blanket with their hair still dripping and salty taste when I kiss their cheeks.
We had some really good days and some good hours on days but, honestly, the clouds never stopped the kids. They were out there digging to China in the sand and building castles over and over while Myles came and tore them down. Splashing and getting in the water not even flinching even though it was freezing!

Sitting there with nothing in sight in the sea or above or heads… feeing so small. It opens my mind and clears my thoughts then fills it with all the things overflowing from my heart. The things that matter.

With the colder weather came some amazing waves though. One morning we woke up to photographers, all along the usually empty sand, filming and photographing surfers catching some “mighty sick wake.” Usually it’s just us out there and we walk to the Pier and see if we can spot any sea life.
If the day was nice we’d hang out until the dark clouds kicked us out and then we ran off to Disneyland for the night! (Some instagrams from the trip.)

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Take Me Back

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It might seem a bit repetitive and tiresome to visit the same place year after year, even twice last year, since Avery was one. But, to me, it’s quite the opposite. Going back to Newport is exciting and strings each trip’s memories together, easily accessible to remember the magic from before.
Eating a Balboa Bar covered in sprinkles or riding bikes to the end of the boardwalk where the sidewalk literally ends and walking to the pier every morning after dad makes pancakes are a must. Of course these kids have their not-so-great moments and I would remind them of the theme I set for our trip about ten miles after leaving our driveway–Be Grateful & Kind (you little stinker). But sometimes the monsters in them just want to be heard. ; ) They were pretty wonderful overall. I just feel that inner struggle of frustration when they are being tricky VS trying to enjoy every moment before they grow up. I hope I am doing it right. I hope my future self looks back and says, “You did it! You enjoyed every bit you could while they were young.” Because I really want to. I am trying to. And that’s exactly why we go there. To run away from things that distract from those sweet faces.

 

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One night we went to Balboa Island for the typical Ferris Wheel ride and frozen banana treat. Oh, and don’t forget cotton candy. While we were strolling around trying to keep the kids together, which is similar to herding cats, a family asked us to take their picture. Then they offered to take ours. At first we said no thanks but we rarely get a photo of all of us together. So the next thing I know we are scurrying together, lining up against the wall where we were standing and just like that, in one quick snap, this square holds my whole heart.
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