We’ve joined the Circus… so let’s party!


Yes, putting together a mini Circus in our backyard was an insanely incredible feat for one!
 But so worth it, though sometimes I wonder if Pinterest is going to be the death of me. 
There are way too many great ideas which have taken my simplest of projects and spun them into hyper overdrive. 
… for example; applying contact paper to the wash tubs sounds easy enough but turned out to be a 8 store mad hunt for a product we all took for granted for decades, now it’s almost impossible to find. I almost resorted to peeling it off my grandmothers kitchen shelves. 
Don’t get me wrong I love Pinterest, but I was just as happy cutting a watermelon into triangle wedges , than I am spending hours creating a Sharkmelon.

three sisters with staches

So glad we found the Fred’s crustache sandwich cutter, it was perfect for making mustache chocolate chip cookies.

Turns out the balloon pop was a huge hit and had kids lined up all afternoon, only to break away for the occasional snack and cake.

 I completely love that while everyone was singing happy birthday to “you”, my birthday girl… I mean birthday unicorn hat girl, was singing happy birthday to “me”!
 and you can totally tell in the photos!

One of the highlights was having our wonder pup jump through a ring of fire! Little E practiced with her all week and to our sheer amazement she really did jump through the hoop on cue.

Clown noses and live goldfish went home in everyones goodie bags, I’m sure the local pet store’s running on fish bowls this week.

I’m so obsessed with these Pottery Barn Kids birthday hats! Not only are they absolutely adorable and very well made, they stayed up on everyones head!

Pinterest inspired party pins:

Lions, trolleys and penguins, oh my!

We had a wonderful mid-week vacation trip to New Orleans to visit with friends, do some sightseeing, then stops at the zoo, aquarium and insectarium. 
I hadn’t been back to the zoo and aquarium since pre-Katrina, so fast forward 10 years and 2 more kids (wow how time flies!). 
Really glad we arrived late in the evening, the sight of the city at night from the bridge was absolutely breathtaking.

Fenix the penguin was a hoot to watch at the aquarium!
And it would be NOLA without the clang, clang of the trolley cars and the smell of beignets.
Next stop the hand-dipped candy apple shop! Then DC and NYC for another quick adventure before turning 40… and tons of photos to go through!

Quick no sew Halloween Costumes ideas

If you have an hour and are handy with the hot glue gun here are two easy no sew costumes I put together for my girls.

VAMPIRE BAT

What you’ll need:
 $3 Walmart umbrella in black
10 black pipe cleaners 
elastic in black
3 safety pins
metal headband
black feather boa
Bat Wings:
Simply dismantle and remove all metal and plastic parts of umbrella, you’ll only be using the umbrella’s material.
Now cut it in half, you can use this for two wings but I preferred to use one half and attach it on like a cape across the back of the costume.
No hot glue 3 pipe cleaners to each wing (you will only need 3 if you do one wing like i did).
Then attach elastic loops at the ends the wing to go around the wrists (this is for the single bat wing version only).
Now dress your little bat in black clothing and pin the wing on along the shoulders and neckline.
Headband:
The headband was made by hot gluing a feather boa and bending 2 pipe cleaners around the headband into a bat ear shape. I used 2 pipe cleaners per ear (4 total)
CHERRY PIE

Click here to read full post with detailed instructions on the cherry Pie Costume.

Burger Fest and Bed Races

A while back I took the kiddos to an awesome event in my the village where I grew up and where my love for hamburgers began, I probably ate my weight in burgers when I was little even though now I’ve been a vegetarian for 25 years it doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy a little fun at Burgerfest.

My two meat eaters, enjoying every bit of their burgers.

The perfect ending to such a fun day…ice cream!

Birthday Mini Cakes for One!

Fall in our house is another name for birthday season with three celebrations in 3 weeks I’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen bake up some sweet treats.

Every year the birthday girl/boy gets to pick out their favorite cake for me to bake, the responses I get can range from a festive pumpkin cheesecake to pineapple cupcakes with lemon frosting.

So while I was up early this morning making some reward carrot and cream cheese cupcakes for my super helpers, Luna and Stream, I poured the extra batter into a donut pan. Short of time I had an idea what if I stacked two of the donuts together and frosted them into a mini cake.

Voila! It was the perfect serving size for one and the end to birthday cake leftovers.

I’m so excited to have an easy way to make individual cakes for my very different cake lovers because you really can have too much of a good thing believe me, just try eating three layer cakes in 19 days.


Scrumptious Carrot Cake Recipe:

2 cups granulated sugar
3 cups of finely shredded carrot
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup of canola oil
2 cups flour
3 xl eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla *optional


bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes




DIY: Sprinkle Balloon Cake Topper

We stopped using traditional birthday candles several years ago when she was turning 3, who knew 
three little candles could ignite hair so quickly. Ever since then we opt for a flame free option, usually pinwheels but this year
I wanted to do something different, something exciting!
Birthday girl and party goers had no idea the balloons were filled with sprinkles.
So when it came time to make a wish and pop them everybody was surprised! 
I suggest doing this outside it can leave a bit of a mess on the table, but it’s well worth a little cleanup.

Using heavy duty scissors cut the wooden skewer to size, using the end with the point to insert into the cake.
The balloons can be blown up using helium or plain air. The size of the balloons determines how many sprinkles it can hold. 
The larger the balloon the more sprinkles.
Not only were the sprinkle balloons a surprise so was the inside of the cake, I managed to kept it’s colorful layers a secret despite my excitement!
Any kind of sprinkles will work for this, we used a sewing pin works to pop the balloons.

Happy Wednesday!