Friday, August 17, 2012

Knock off a knock off

First let me say .. if you do not know who Natasha is, let this be my introduction 

Her blog ... here
Her Twitter ... here
Her Pinterest ... here

 If you are not following her or have never read her blog, as a mom and a women, i personally think you are missing out. Some of her entries have had me in tears/ugly face crying, others erupting in laughter but all of them have inspired me in ways i didn't even know i wanted to be inspired!! She is gorgeous, inspiring, strong and just an honest, down to earth stay at home mom of two little girls ... who inspired me to start this blog and I am ashamed that I don't use it to its fullest advantage (like she does) (i have use inspired alot, huh?)

Not to mention I am a HUGE fan of her husbands radio show KANE SHOW on Hot 99.5 
(they are syndicated in alot of other markets)

I arranged a studio visit for my friend (in the blue) for her birthday!! 
Sarah (on air personality, in the vest) sent me an invite to pinterest on this exact day and my life has never been the same hahahahaha (have you seen the parties we have been throwing lately?!)
The man behind me, in the hoodie, that is Natasha's husband, Kane

Jan of 2012!
I have digressed .. Natasha posted a craft she did re-making a shirt she saw. I read the post and thought it was awesome... again wishing i have the drive/time/will/skill to do something like that.
A few days later I was outlet shopping at the same said retailer and saw this
retail price of ... are you ready? .. $54.50 .. at an outlet store!
So naturally, what do i do, I think of the blog entry and I get inspired 

I made one for both my girls!

This is Ella wearing it in action ... chowing down on some Rita's

price for everything (2 shirts) .. $16!! (after coupons of course)

Making this shirt meant alot to me and I am beyond thrilled that I can share it with you!!

Natasha .. you inspire (there goes that word again!) more women then you will ever know!!

Birds-Day Crafts

A few of the crafts I did for the party..

3 Golden Eggs for the Egg Hunt:

Simple  ... gold paint, a brush and some wooden eggs
(yes it would have been easier to buy plastic gold eggs .. but in July.. it is impossible)

My little helper

This was after one coat had dried ...

This is after 3!! FABULOUS!!
(took one whole day as I wanted to make sure each coat was dry before doing another)

Angry Bird Balls:

We took average small bouncy balls from Toys R Us and had the kids draw angry bird faces on them.

Easy ...

Angry Bird Shits:

Took a fabric sharpie (but ended up using a regular one after the fabric one proved troublesome) and B drew the faces.

I, of course, made the birds on the girls shirts sparkly :)

we added a bow at the last minute

Ella helped me with Kylees!

Jello worms:

Now I must give credit where credit is due. I got this off of Pinterest and i must admit, it is ALOT harder then it looks. If you think you want to try it, two pieces of advice ...
Put the straws in the container UPSIDE down (so you get the ridges)
and enlist is some help! Getting those things out of the straws hurts your fingers after a while!
They were soo worth the wait and pain!!

Let me know if you have any questions!!

Happy Birds-Day, Elijah!!

Our first born, Elijah Cade turned 10 at the end of July. 
Naturally we had an Angry Birds themed birthday party for him. Here are some (alot of) pics and I will post others in another entery from all the arts and crafts lading up to the big day!

Our food labels ...

This one was my favorite ...

Some of the themed food ...
Doritos as birds beaks
Peanuts as bird seed
Jello worms as birds food 
(coming in a separate post)

Veggie Tray as pigs food
Pigs in a Blanket
(kinda morbid ... I know)

Hot wings and Honey BBQ as birds wings
(kinda morbid again ... I know)

Pretzel for birds nest
M&M's and Hershey kisses as bird poop

The cupcakes ... how GREAT are they?!?!?!

King Pig Pinata .. of course 

Shirts we made for the kids (little kids had one too)

We held a Golden Egg hunt ... 

Elijah found the first one

Ella modeling for the camera
(check out the shirt)

Good bags!

After we ate all the food ... it was time to get those pigs!!

This is the one that was set up for the little kids

Ella trying to get the pig

Kylee is not too sure about all this ...

Then the little ladies found where we were hiding all the balls ...

Big kids set up ...

They threw the balls from the deck ...

Kylee is still a little unsure ...


Can you see how Liam (the grand prize winner) got the pig?!?

Time for singing ... 

Kids loved the cupcakes ...

Even Auntie Aly

Ella was falling sleep .. hahahah

Now to work off the sugar with the pinata ...

And now time for gifts ...

Yes, Ella is eating Nerds off the floors
Yes, Kylee is wondering what the heck is going on
Yes, Elliot is joining in on the fun!!

Of course we had to play angry birds

Little one having their own train party!

Yes, he put his glasses on OVER his mask while playing angry birds

And to end it .. a causality from the party! :)