The things we do out of love;

Like, blowdrying my son's favorite stuffy after he brought him for a swim in the tub...

I was told that the dryer was too dangerous...

You will all be glad to know that 'Frizzle' is safe, sound and dry, as per Elias' request.

Fun Creatures
I look around my son's room and I wonder if the adorable Melissa Sweet illustrations are too infantile. 

A, B, C and 1, 2, 3?! That is so yesterday!

Dr. Seuss?! What are we, three!?

Trucks and farm animals!?!?

Well, on a recent trip to Pier One, I came across these fun animals and it got the juices flowing.
We may have to do a Spring overhaul.

I wonder if these will scare the shit out of him?!

Maybe I will run it by him first...

Monster Madness
Even with reinforced knees, my son somehow manages to wear through even the toughest of denim...
So yesterday as the temperatures dropped, the snow fell, and my son had a full on WWF match against his stuffies, I busted out my needle and thread.

All of my wannabe hippy days, circa 1995, came rushing back... Images of patched pants and denim shorts, the smell of Old Mill, the walks back to 

Lock -n- Dam....Phew. 
We would patchwork anything that ripped. 
And we would rip things just to patch.
Darn hippies.

Well, hobbies from my youth came in handy yesterday.

Oh, ps.
I can't take credit for this cute project. 

I totally stole the idea off of Pinterest.

Superhero Birthday Party
So, this is the reason I have been a little vacant lately... 
I have been knee deep in Superhero everything; 
Superhero decorations, Superhero outfits, Superhero colors, Superhero foods, Superhero colored foods...blah blah blah...

Some people may say I need to get a life.
But I wouldn't have it any other way. 
For my little hero, the sky is the limit.
Like I said he will never, ever need another woman in his life after I ruin him with an over abundance of love and affection.

I love you little man.

Here are a bunch of images from our Superhero Birthday Bash this past weekend:

This way!
The Avengers
Gorilla Glue!
Cape and Mask Party Favors
(I found the capes on-line by Googling 'bulk superhero capes,' and bought the foam glitter stars at 'Michael's Arts and Crafts' can buy the capes with stars embroidered, personalized etc. on-line, and save yourself a lot of time, but they are more expensive)

Superhero Photo Prop
(Made with a display board from Target)
Testing Out The Goods
Superhero Mantel

Superhero Banner
(Made with Duct Tap and Yarn)

Detail of Duct Tape Superhero Banner

Super 'E'
(Again, made with duct tape)

Living Room Mantel 
Superhero Activity Table
"Gotham City Casserole"
New York Style Bagels, Cream Cheese, Red Onions, Tomatoes and Egg Baked To Perfection
(Smitten Kitchen Recipe: "New York Breakfast Casserole")
Super Fruit
It is amazing how much fruit these kids ate!
It was awesome!
Pulled Beef with Honey - Pineapple Bbq Sauce
Peanut Butter and Jellies
Brownie Cupcakes
Jameson For Super Dads
Bailey's For Coffee Bar
Celebratory Bubbles for Super Moms

Tower of Power

Detail Shots
The Spiderman Candle I found at Party City,
and the other figurines I found at Michael's Arts and Crafts for only a dollar each!

Party City Fun
I have a feeling this will become a permanent wallpiece in our basement....
Party City Spidey Games
PKR - Inspired Super Jump Game
It was a huge hit!
Poop and Ponder Bathroom Board:
If you could have one super power, what would it be!?

My favorite answer: "To Grow Flowers in Winter"
What a great response little Lauren!!
Red Flag to Stop...
They finally broke after fifteen years of hard work.
Nobody Ever Eats the Last One...
The End...
I can't believe my little guy is another year older!

If I had one superpower it would definitely be to slow down time...

Party Animal
Thank you Everyone for Helping Us Celebrate! Nom Nom Nom!

Alphabet Banner
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!

I Love A Good Story
eeBoo does it again!
They have made another greatly illustrated, fun, mind-inspired game for both children and adults alike. 
This time, you create your own stories by looking at the illustrations and/or lining up a number of them to create a story line. 
These are great because there is no wrong answer and it encourages you to use your imagination.
Exercise those brains!
And did I mention the illustrations are hysterical?
Good. Honest. Fun.

I found these at Barnes and Nobles, but if you Google 'eeBoo' you will be able to find them at a variety of different sites. 
Check out their alphabet cards, and growth charts while you are at it, because they are great as well.

Have fun and happy story telling!

 Let's Meet at the Local Watering Hole!
I honestly could not have staged this any better. Thank you to my son for inspiring this Friday's post.
Everyone here was the cat.

Happy Friday Everyone!

Three-Ring Binders To Store All of Your Memories
Quickly and Easily:
(Labels Purchased from Michael's Art and Craft Store)

The Forever Young Project
For My Baby,
May You Stay Forever Young.

Process Shots:

Detail Shots:

"Forever Young"

"Forever Young"
Bob Dylan

May God bless and keep you always

May your wishes all come true

May you always do for others

And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars

And climb on every rung

May you stay forever young

Forever young, forever young

May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

 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!

Brainstorming Birthday #3

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!!!
"Cute As Buttons"
1st Birthday Centerpieces

Even with all of the holiday craziness, I have been thinking about Elias' Birthday coming up in a month. I know, I am obsessed with this kid....Regardless, I found these images from his first birthday and wanted to share them with you. These were the centerpieces for his "Cute as a Button" themed party, and I love the way they almost have personalities. Any suggestions on what this year's theme should be?!
ps. The 'buttons' are from Martha Stewart's craft line at 'Michaels,' and are made out of thick cardstock with a sticky back. I curled the wire and then adhered the bottons together at the top of the wire. They popped apart shortly after the meal, so if you are making them ahead of time, I would suggest using hot glue to adhere them together...unless you want to find a bunch of semi-sticky buttons all over your house...

Children's Alphabet Charts
These are great for children's playrooms or bedrooms, and they make a great gift. I framed one for my son's playroom, and laminated another for him to read/play with. I put detailed shots of a few that I made last year for Christmas presents. They are approximately 18 x 24 unframed.


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