Halloween Decor-2016 Edition

I had so much fun decorating for Halloween this year. I finally have my built ins, and this being the first Halloween in the new house, I had to make it special.

I made a countdown for Piglet, with a little ghost that he could move every day.

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I went with a Harry Potter theme this year, and I plan on doing it next year too. I had a potions display, and made some Harry Potter themed book covers. I even made us wands from sticks we found on a walk. He’s super into Harry Potter now, which is a dream come true for me. I’m hoping next year we can dress up as a family of witches and wizards!

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We hung up the pirate ship, and had the bats dangling from the ceiling again. Piglet loved watching them. I loved all of his cute artwork from school this year.
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Happy Halloween!!

Halloween ’16 PJ Masks

Happy Halloween, from the PJ Mask crew. Yes, mom and dad’s costumes are a bit thrown together, but Piglet loved that we dressed up as his favorite characters. I feel like we’re sort of a Pinterest fail. I ran out of time so the masks were very sloppy.

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We threw a toddler trick or treating party with a few of our friends, and it was such a fun night. I loved seeing all the kiddos in costumes, and they were so cute running from door to door yelling Trick or Treat! I loved the party, and watching the kiddos play.

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What a great night with friends. Happy Halloween, everyone, from our Catboy to you!

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Piglet’s 3rd Birthday

Last Friday, our little boy turned 3 years old.  The day before his birthday, I brought cupcakes to his daycare. They all sang him happy birthday and he got to sit in the special birthday boy spot.

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My parents drove up for the weekend, and Piglet got to have a special day, just him and Gramma. They took his new red wagon from my MIL and spent the day at the park. I love that they got to have quality one on one time together.

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Saturday was the big birthday party. We were supposed to have it at the park across the street, but we got rained out. So we switched gears and moved the party to our house.

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I was secretly excited because it’s the first time we’ve had company since moving. It was cozy, but the layout of our new place was perfect for guests. Piglet had a great time with his friends. He only had a couple of threenager meltdowns, and luckily they were over quickly. My parents, older brother, youngest brother, and my aunt all came. We had all of Piglet’s friends there too, except for Adventure Family who couldn’t make it.

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It was a very fun day for our special little boy. I am still reeling over his age. How is he already three? Three so far has been a big challenge, but for all the whining and tantrums, there are also so many heart melting sweet moments, like how he races over for “huggies and kissies” and when he spontaneously tells us he loves us.

Happy birthday, wild Wyatt. 3 years ago you made our family complete. We are so lucky to be your parents. You are such a silly, kind, intelligent and happy little boy. You are most definitely our sunshine. We love you to the moon and back!

Top Mementos to Keep From Your Wedding Day

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It’s been over five years now since our wedding day. It was an incredible day that I’ll never forget, and I still love looking back on it in any way I can. I wrote lots of blog posts in the run-up and aftermath of the wedding. But apart from those, I have a number of other keepsakes tucked away to reminisce over. I’ll always have the memories in my head. But I think it’s important to have some objects to prompt those memories. Sometimes something triggers a memory you had almost forgotten, and you’re reminded again. If you’re about to get married, here are some of the things I recommend you keep.

Some Stationery

Do you have a stationary obsession? I’m not ashamed to admit I like a pretty note paper or a good pen! Planning my wedding stationery was fun, especially because it was some of the first choices I made. I recommend ordering a couple of extra invites for yourself. Fill it out to yourself for a bit of fun! If you buy wedding invites by Paper Themes, you can get some free samples first and customize your invitations. There are other items you can put away too. They range from save-the-date cards to place setting cards and wedding day programs. Stationery should last forever if you keep it somewhere dry and safe.

Wedding Smells

Did you know your sense of smell is strongly linked to your memory? I bet you have a scent or two that takes you right back to your childhood. If you can take something yummy smelling away from your wedding day, you’ll be able to send yourself right back there whenever you want. Maybe you had a special wedding fragrance made, either for yourself or the venue. You can keep a bottle of it and take a whiff whenever you want. Or you might press and dry a flower from your bouquet to smell.

Photos

This one’s a no-brainer! You have to have some lovely photos from the day that you can frame or keep in an album to look at when you want. I recommend having a mix of professional photos and some from your friends and family. Don’t let your guests spend all day snapping, but make sure they each get a shot or two. They often manage to catch a magical moment that the photographer misses.

Decorations

Whatever you use to decorate your venue, keeping a couple of little items will give you something to remember the day. You might take a flower, a candle, a paper lantern, or something else you love from the day. Another decoration you should definitely put away somewhere is the cake topper. If you have one, make sure you grab it at the end of the day.

You can do lots of things with your wedding mementos. Put them in a box, frame them or even create some art.

Piglet’s 2nd Birthday-Choo Choo, He’s 2!

Today was Piglet’s 2nd birthday party, and the theme was his obession: choo choo trains!

Once again Daddy got creative, this time making him a cardboard choo choo train he could climb inside! I added some paint and details, but the credit definitely goes to Match for making this awesome train.

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We used black masking tape to add a train track to the sidewalk, and I made a few railroad signs.

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I would have liked to do more, but with my full time work schedule right now, I just ran out of time. I am definitely missing the days of being a stay at home mommy! With the limited time we did have, I’m happy with how it all turned out.

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My mother-in-law sent Piglet an adorable conductor’s costume that was perfect for the party. I couldn’t get him to keep his hat on the whole time, but I managed to snap a few pictures with it on.

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The kids had a lot of fun playing on the train, and playing with Piglet’s train table.

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Monkey had fun with the train too! The look on my neice’s face is priceless!

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Our new dining table was perfect for cupcake time. I loved seeing all the kids sitting on the bench seats together.

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It was so nice getting to celebrate Piglet’s birthday with my brother, his kids, and Match’s sister and husband. Not to mention my childhood friends and their kids. The party was on the smaller side, and it gave us time to enjoy it a lot more. I loved the intimate feel of the party, and that while it was busy, it wasn’t the insanity that is a first birthday party.  Piglet went to bed all smiles and chattering about his fun birthday party. His actual birthday is this coming Wednesday, and I plan on sending him to daycare with cupcakes. I can’t believe my little boy is going to be 2 years old!

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