Halloween is Coming...Halloween is Coming
This weekend we pulled out the lugs and went to town.
Apparently Halloween is pretty cool to a three year old...which in turn makes it cool for me I suppose.
The genuine excitement and enthusiasm of a child is undeniably contagious.

My son kept me well entertained with a soundtrack of Halloween riddles, songs and diddies as we filled our house with all things spooky. 

Thank you for your help little man!
"Halloween is Coming, Halloween is Coming..."

Freaky Buckets 

I was going to make my own, but why reinvent the wheel!?
Target banner on sale for 10 bucks = more time for fun.

(For some reason this guy reminds me of Jack Black?!)

A great use for old corks (and old candles...these are from our wedding!)!

Our Annual Halloween Tree
(Ornaments from Pier One)

Elias' Contribution!
Love This Guy

The Fall Mantel

Spiders Everywhere...

Some toddler loves to break the appendages off of these guys...Luckily we picked them up at the dollar store a few years back...

Autumn Dinner Party 

I have officially achieved cheesy housewife status...

These are actually pencils I found at TJ Maxx this past summer!

Sadly, my husband forbids me from getting this for our son...

Um, ya....I don't think so...

he he he he....

Could you imagine waking up to this face!?

I believe it is true when they say that children make you young again.
I'm officially in the mood.

Happy Pre-Halloween Everyone!

Alphabet Banner for Baby Shower
Do you remember when you learned the alphabet!?
 Was it in song?
Was it visual?
Ahhh...who cares...If you are reading this, it is safe to say that you probably learned it at some point along the way...
Regardless, here is a fun way to display the alphabet for your little one; banner style!
This was a great decoration for a baby shower, but also can be used for either learning cards, or nursery room/play room decorations.

Now, can you say it backwards?!

Here are a few detail shots of my favorite panels:

"Z, Y, X, W, V, U, T, S, R, Q, P, O, N, M, L, K, J, I, H, G, F, E, D, C, B, A"
Now, five times fast...

Just kidding.
Have a great day everyone!
Check out my 'Entertaining and Gift Giving' page for more images from the Baby Shower!

Happy Easter
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!
Pinterest had me tempted to make elaborate eggs this year...but then I looked at the three year old across the table and thought differently. 
Here are a few of the characters we made by simply using food coloring in different concentrations and a medicine dropper.
Maybe next year we will go for detailed decorations....

It is Egg Hunting Time Again!
Time to run out and buy dozens of eggs to decorate and hide, and hope for a cooler day so that they don't spoil before your toddler finds them all.
(Did somebody say egg salad?)
This year, think past the store bought kits, get yourself some regular food coloring and go to town. 
Here we just dipped and poured regular food coloring over hard boiled eggs in different concentrations to get an Abstract Expressionist type of effect.
Have fun with it!
So easy even a caveman...I mean a toddler...can do it!

Jackson Pollock Fans Rejoice!
Happy Decorating!

Party Party Party!
Here is a picture gallery of E's Third "Build a Library" Birthday Party this weekend. 
We love you little man!
Welcome Bears!
Detail of the Invitations
Felt Mantel Banner. I love you Target.
Three Baby!
Window Book Shelves

Book Banners. Bad Photo.
Book Themed Menu Cards
"Hansel and Gretel" Breads, Pastries and Bagels

"Alice and Wonderland" Tea Party (and coffee...and hot chocolate...and "book worms," the snack of choice for those under 7:)

"Where the Wild Things Are" Birthday Party Hats

Menu Detail Shot #1
Menu Detail Shot #2

Book Plate Party Favors
Wrapped Book Plate Party Favors

Detail Shot of Girl Favors
Detail Shot of Boy Favors
"Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site" Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese and Candy Rocks

This was such a fun party to put together, and for us i
t was a great alternative after the holidays and an over-abundance of toys.Unfortunately I didn't get pictures of all of the food and decorations, but you get the idea...Martha Stewart would be so disappointed...
If anyone wants to borrow any of the signs, banners or decorations shoot me a message, as I'd be glad to lend them out.
 We are a lucky bunch, and although Elias is young, I can't help but try to instill the importance of books and giving back to those less fortunate. Today we will be decorating the donation card to St. Jude Children's research hospital, and tomorrow Elias will send it out. He probably won't remember, but maybe we'll make it a yearly thing?!
Stay tuned!

Birthday Bliss
Alright, I know I tend to go a bit overboard with this stuff, but I can't help myself.
It is annoying. I know. I just. can't. stop.

Elias' birthday is just two short weeks away and I've been thinking about his party since last year. He was only two, and he will never remember, but we just had cake. It was great in the sense that it was just the three of us, but it is always just the three of us, so it felt anti-climatic.
Here are a few of the images from our little man's past celebrations as we gear up for #3.

Elias' First Month Birthday Cakelettes...Baby Appropriate

First Birthday Party
"Cute as a Button + the Number 1" Themed Party

Birthday #2
Trucks, Cars and Excavators
(A Boy's Dream)

I can't believe our little man will be 3 years old in just two short weeks.
Stay tuned...brainstorming in full force...
Any and all fresh ideas are welcome!!!

Some of my favorite characters: 


Give your centerpiece a festive and youthful edge this holiday season by adding giant lollipops to your bouquet. The only drawback is trying to keep your eager toddler from gobbling them down...

Do you remember when ribbon came on beautiful wooden spools?!
Ya, neither do I, but I found these great wooden spools at 'American Ribbon' in Stroudsburg, and decided to use them to store my ribbon, and simultaneously decorate our spare bedroom. I also geeked it up by arranging them in the order of the spectrum.
It is a good thing I have a Master's degree in comes in very useful these days.

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