Happy Birth Day!

This was a big deal, number 10.

I love planning parties and this year it was going to be a surprise party! I had it all set up, she wanted a stage and performances, huge cake and friends and it was on, then it wasn’t, at the last minute I had to change from a surprise party to??? I had no ideas, no options that didn’t involve extra money I just don’t have right now and I still wanted it to be epic.

I was up late one night frantically looking through Pinterest and I had nothing. I couldn’t believe how many years had since she was a baby and I really need to make it special. Little E had never seen a newborn baby or visited a hospital nursery, that was it! I kept it a secret and her sisters helped with the plans, making birth day cards and we all picked out the baby gifts. We arrived at the hospital the same time I did the day she was born, she questioned why we were here. It wasn’t until we rode the elevator up with a new mom who had just given birth to twin boys, and had Little E give one of the gift bags to her, she finally realizing what was going on, the mom and family members thank her for being so sweet and she smile back.

The kids looked into the nursery as the new babies and the nurses tending to a little girl. How could it be that 10 years ago she was that little baby girl? It was also the last time I had been at the maternity wing. We then stopped in at the nurses station and gave the remaining gift to then for the other expectant newborn babies that will share Little E’s birthday.

She said it was the best birthday she’d ever had, so glad our plans changed. It turned out better than a any party, it was a memory she will cherish for many birthdays to come.

Summer Backyard Glamping

My family is not one to go off into the wilderness for fun, the closest we come to camping is in our backyard and what we like to refer to as glamping or glam camping, all the fun but without the bears. 
I made 5 tents a few years ago for little E’s Camping themed 7th birthday party (here), every now and again we take them out in the backyard and grab our sleeping bags for a night under the stars. Some of us make it through the night and others retreat back to the comforts of the VW camper and I’ve even found one back in their bedroom. I try my hardest to keep them in their tents all night but a potty break can end that pretty quick. If they to go back in the house, it’s almost certain the TV and the electronics will get turned on.
So I’ve come up with a solution, the modern day outhouse, fully equipped with a composting toilet for the adults and mini potty for the tiny tots, with a package of Cottonelle Fresh Care wipes. Since there’s no plumbing out back the moist wipes are a most have on the glamping list.

After potty training, I never got rid of the kids potty, it fits perfects in the stow-n-go of our van and for long trips I would never do with out. I’ve learned that one thing that is predictable is never knowing when a child has to go. So you’ll always find a potty and a package of the Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Cleansing Cloths with us, in our van, the beach bag or the not so rugged facilities for glamping in the backyard.

Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths feature SafeFlush Technology™, so they start to break down immediately after flushing, yet are still strong enough to handle my littlest, let’s just say she’s experimenting with her big sister’s make-up, with 6 more years before she’s ready to actually wear any, I’ll should buy stock in Cottonelle. But I will keep up my Sam’s membership to make sure our supply never runs low. She looks so sweet sleeping with her best friend Sheepy, they’ve been together since day one.

Visit the Sam’s Club and save $3 on a pack of Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths (6/22-7/17). Sam’s Club Cottonelle® FreshCare® Flushable Cleansing Cloths come in a11 packs for a total of 462 sheets.

Sweet Dreams…until a bug crawls across your face, and in the house they all went, can you spot it?


Thank you to Cottonelle  for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try their flushable cleansing cloths.

Best Friends

Child Memories

When I was a young girl
We used to play
Out in the field
Of flowers all day.
There were roses and daisies
And lilies, too.
We used to trade them,
Saying from me to you.

At lunchtime we’d have

A picnic in the field.

We’d go get the basket

And eat a good meal.

There were muffins and chocolates

And berries, too.

We would even get

A cookie or two.

Oh, the life of the young ones

Was such a beautiful phase.

We would look at the field

And happily gaze.

by: Erika Romenesko 

Camp Seven Candles

On Sunday we spent the day celebrating Little Eco’s seventh birthday, my baby is getting so grown up, where does the time go?! 
She picked a backyard camping theme, then asked if she could wear high heels, I said why
 not it’s your party. Plus I always want to remember those small things that make life special.
I found this great tutorial on making an A frame tent here and we headed to the local thrift shop to pick up some
vintage floral sheets for the covers, she’s definitely likes things very pink, very flowery and very girly.
Including a very colorful rainbow birthday cake!!!

Really glad I remember that we had brought last years left over sparklers up from Alabama,
guess you can’t get them around here anymore so the kids were super excited!

So much fun! Everybody stayed well into dark, maybe next year we’ll make it an overnight camping party.

Happy Wednesday!