Monday, February 23, 2015

Motivational Monday...let it go

I haven't done a Motivational Monday in a long time, but I just got my January issue of Real Simple magazine and the title of this one made me happy. It looks like Real Simple and I are on the same page this year.

Then, I found this quote on the second page of this issue, and I love how Mr. Bradbury
put this into words.





I like this magazine so much and in general it always has great information and beautiful pictures. But this issue looks like its going to cover many of the same topic areas I'm looking at "letting go."
I think Its going to be a good read.  ;)

Have a great week everyone!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Foto Friday- Katarina's 2nd Birthday

Well my baby niece, Katarina, has turned 2 and it was time to celebrate once again. Casandra planned a Doc McStuffin theme this year which gave us plenty of room to implement many a cute thing to go with it.










Last year I had mentioned that Casandra's creative side was blossoming, but let me tell you, this year it has fully bloomed. She was in full control of what she wanted and her vision for her baby girl's b-day party. The truth is she has party planning gene, but is now truly inspired to use it.  I really loved her ideas, and I added more of the smaller DIY details to her vision via signs and little homemade extras. It was a lot of fun!




All the added details were DIY ideas we got from either Pinterest or things we've seen before. I ventured into making sugar cookies in the shapes of band aids and mini thermometers that Casandra felt she really wanted instead of cupcakes this year. I found these cute paper straws at the Target $1 section and hot glued on some cute felt flowers to match the flowers that Casandra cut out to decorate her super cute Doc McStuffin headbands for the girls. Even us big girls got to don these headbands to add to the day's fun.  I had a great time making sparkly tongue depressors and painting signs for the table centerpieces and the buffet bar.

 

It always works in Katarina's favor that her birthday lands right around Valentines day because the candy assortment and heart shaped marshmallows made available are so easy to gather and then place into pretty mason jars or candy kabobs. And fruit kabobs are always an easy and healthy addition to any table scape.

For food- 
Casandra had set up a hot dog and sausage bar with all kinds of fixings and variety of breads (even pretzel bread rolls- omg!). She also had this amazing homemade Mac-N-Cheese recipe that was the absolute bomb even for the adults along with Soup Plantation broccoli salad. Yumm!






 After all the set up was done it was time to take pictures of the birthday girl...

 She was a little overwhelmed with all the fuss so the smiles were not readily available, 
but she's as cute serious as she is when she's not.


These are my favorites...



All in all, she had a lot of fun playing in her jumpy with her little friends and that's all that mattered to us. It turned out to be a beautiful afternoon for this beautiful 2 year old little girl who continues to steal our hearts.

Happy Birthday Katarina! We Love You!
Thank you for stopping by.

From my corner to yours...Have a nice weekend.