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Under the Sea AKA My Baby’s 6 AKA I Wanna Be Sedated

11 Feb

My first-born turned 6 last Sunday and I’m having feelings about it. I am in disbelief at how quickly he’s growing up. I wish I could hold on to every moment, remember every silly joke and the belly laugh the follows, and hold him in my arms like I did when he was tiny…but I am also incredibly proud of the little man-child he has become. His kindness, his generous heart, and his loving spirit are daily reminders that growing up also means growing within.

He asked for a “Under the Sea” party theme this year and he even reminded me on Wednesday that if I didn’t start decorating soon I would run out of time (totally my son!) I like making the party look and feel homemade but I don’t have a lot of time now that the shop is open and I work 6 days a week so I chose a few simple crafts that would make a big impact with little investment.

I employed the use of a few rolls of crepe paper and created a homespun water wonderland for his Birthday lunch. I was thrilled to find our favorite local toy store, Just Kidding Around, carried the Djeco paper fish decor I saw on Amazon the night before. I added some handmade yarn pom poms as bubbles and hung them from our chandelier. They also provided the fishing game we used as part of our scavenger hunt.

Paper Fish and Yarn Poms

Paper Fish and Yarn Poms

I am a huge fan of Beistle festooning…what a festive name!…so I used 3 colors of it to create “waves.”

Crepe Paper & Festooning Seaweed & Waves

Crepe Paper & Festooning Seaweed & Waves

I also saw a cute jellyfish craft online that inspired my crepe paper jellyfish. Instead of their suggested muffin cups I used coffee filters and layered them to be fluffier. Tape, coffee filters, and crepe paper – can’t get any easier than that.

Paper Poms and Jellyfish

Paper Poms and Jellyfish

With a bag of candy melts and an ocean-themed mold from the craft store, I created quick Fish lollipops.

Fish Lollipops

Fish Lollipops

For his cake, I colored each layer of a white cake a shade of blue, colored the icing blue, then scraped a tool along the surface once frosted to emulate waves. I added a few Swedish Fish and some Pearl Dragees to complete the look.

Make a Wish!

Make a Wish!

I used two bamboo skewers, some bakers twine and a bit of felt to quickly stitch the cake bunting.

Homemade Fishy Cake

Homemade Fishy Cake

I stopped by my local fave, Rock Paper Scissors, to pick up two yards of themed fabric to use as a backdrop and table cloth. It adds to the theme without committing time or energy to a project, and it is reusable for a future craft!

A little yard of fabric goes a long way

A little yard of fabric goes a long way

His “other cake” was a chocolate fish I stumbled upon in the Valentine’s Day section of Target the week before. I added a number 6 sparkler and sang the Persian version of Happy Birthday as I brought it out to him.

Chocolate Fish (the hole is from the "6" Sparkler)

Chocolate Fish (the hole is from the “6” Sparkler)

Hunter’s expression when he came home to the decor was priceless! 🙂 He even got his wish…a new pet fish!

His Birthday present: Max the fish

His Birthday present: Max the fish

We had a wonderful time celebrating his special day! It was more low key than previous years – if you’ve been following the blog awhile, you know I really toned it down from my months of prep back in my SAHM days.

I am still correcting myself when people ask me how old he is. Six seems so “old” …where did my chunky monkey go?

Hunter at 6 months

Hunter at 6 months

He will always be my Hunter Boo…even though he has already planned his wedding, named his children, and decided where he wants to live when he’s 30. I am one lucky momma!   

Obsession with the Beautiful the Fantastical and the Anatomical

6 Mar

Long before I learned the meaning behind Día de los Muertos I fell in love with the brightly colored botanical painted skulls. There was beauty in the most unlikeliest of places and I wanted to see more.

I’ve started collecting images here on Pinterestin a pinboard dedicated solely to this style of art.

I also threw my girlfriend Jade a bit of a mini fiesta last year in the same theme:

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Playroom Primer

28 Feb

I was once one of those women, naive and ignorant.

Buying furry teensy baby shoes with satin lining and engraved leather soles instead of something off the registry for my expecting friends.  Eyeing the family at the restaurant whose child was littering the floor with pasta and trying to gag down my food after seeing said child’s pureed sweet potato face. Feigning a look of not-digust when entering a home with plastic, primary-colored toys strewn about like wreckage.

I was a childless snob. **side note: in my defense, I was in my early 20s and had no clue…but older/wiser Mommy me grimaces at such judgmental memories.**

Here’s the thing — I wanted my friends to STICK to the registry. My kids TRASH restaurants and any other public place I take them to. And I have TONS of plastic brightly-colored and in no way coordinating with my house toys…but they are not strewn about.

That is my line. There will be no toys strewn, do you understand me? There is a special place – a bright, cheery, schoolish organized prison where the toys live and it is called the playroom. I feel so strongly about parents of toddlers having a playroom that my own 2 kids (now almost 3 & 4) SHARE a bedroom just so the configuration would work in our home.

The playroom can be a rainbow hued chaos zone and mommy will be just fine as soon as she closes the door and inhales her special juice, ok hunny? Now go back to your bunkbed please.

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ps: i desperately need to take better pics – these were from an old nighttime shoot with poor lighting. meh.

Boys’ Shared Bedroom – Camping in the Woods (because everything has a theme)

24 Feb

When it was finally time to do away with Kingston’s nursery, I opted to put the boys in the same bedroom and convert Hunter’s bedroom into a playroom. BEST decision evarrrr! The playroom is totally primary-colored-out and looks like a place to store toys. They stay in the playroom. The playroom door is closed at night or when guests arrive. The toyland is out of sight. I heart it! Wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel so strongly about it that if we had a 2 bedroom house I would opt to share a room with my kids just so I could keep the playroom. Ok maybe not. But they’d definitely sleep on the sofa in the living room.

Since I am an over-themer by nature, I went totally gaga for the kids’ room theme. They will likely never go on a real camping trip since they were born into a family of non-campers so their room should satisfy those boyhood camping urges. What’s that you say? It’ll increase their curiosity in camping and make them want to camp more? Dammit all! Well, we can at least hope my theory works.

Robot Party

24 Feb

After nearly 8 months of planning, the day of reckoning was upon us: my firstborn’s 4th Birthday.

I found a robot themed party set on sale last summer – bright electric colors, space, mechanics and robots that I knew would be fun to coordinate. I planned in advance for months so I would be absorbed in something other than crying into my coffee at the thought of my baby boy morphing into a little kid so my kiddo know how special he was to me.

A neighbor/friend of mine (Sandra of Through Sandra’s Lens) came by to take pics which I combined with a few of my own to document Hunter’s 4th Robot Party below.

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