boat-themed baby shower

These photos were from a baby shower given for a good friend a while ago. There were many loving hands that prepared a delicious menu, folded a fleet of paper boats, hung up decorations, etc., in order to set the stage for a fun afternoon. The colors and nautical theme were inspired by posts by Scouts Honor Co., Dozi Design and Once Wed. The spread include egg salad sandwiches, fruit salad, mini spinach and mushroom quichecrostini with sundried tomato jam, Asian noodle saladblueberry mochi mini cakes and panini, buttered and filled with provolone, prosciutto and arugula. The striped navy flags atop the egg salad sandwiches were courtesy of Hank and Hunt. The favors were sugar cookies with swirled royal icing designs packaged in little blue chevron bags. It was a wonderful time and lovely way to welcome a little one into the world!


every day a play day week

This is a reminder to join us for Polarn O. Pyret's fourth Every Day a Play Day week.  Playing and exploring outside is important (and enjoyable) for children and families!  Polarn O. Pyret's goal is to "get families out enjoying the outdoors no matter what the weather."  Read more details about it and how to win a $50 gift certificate on their blog, The Playful Life.  Get out and have fun!


sharing with siblings

Typically, it's difficult for my kids to share anything--toys, books, food, etc.--but one thing they will share pretty willingly are clothes!  Here are Avery and Nate wearing the same Livie & Luca Woodland Boots.  These are some of my favorite toddler shoes of all time and they look adorable on both Avery and Nate!


crayon resist easter eggs


Today we dyed Easter eggs using Glob's Natural Easter Egg Coloring Kit.  The kit comes with 3 colors (yellow, purple and blue), 3 compostable mixing cups and 3 small bamboo brushes.  The dyes are made from herbs and plants, in this case, annatto, radish and cabbage.  The dyes can be mixed to make other colors as well.  We drew with a white crayon on the eggs before dyeing them, a technique called crayon resist (which happened to be one of the suggestions in the kit).  Another example of crayon resist can be found here.  Many thanks to Glob for sending us an Easter Egg kit to try out!


avery's 4th birthday

Avery's 4th birthday was so fun to plan! It centered around a round orange stuffed cat from IKEA known in our household as "catball." Since she was one, Avery has had a brood of catballs that she plays with, sleeps with, etc. Basically, they're her favorite creatures in her entire menagerie of stuffed animals. The party colors were mostly oranges with various shades of blue worked in here and there. On the menu were mini vanilla cupcakes from Susiecakes, mini orange-glazed donuts from a local shop called Fill in the Hole Donuts and lollies with kettle-cooked jellies from Trader Joe's (these were a clear winner at Avery's 2nd birthday party).

The orange circle garland is from one of our favorite children's retailers, Land of Nod. It's made of felt and can definitely be used over and over again. Avery's beloved catballs are wearing party hats made with Paper Source prints using an easy template thanks to Lavender's Blue. Avery also has a deep love of balloons, so I ordered a 36" round citrus orange balloon from Shop Sweet Lulu and had it blown up at our local Party City. We had a candy necklace-making station with gummy Lifesavers and Cheerios, inspired by an idea in this book.

Last but not least, little pom poms were tucked away in tiny orange chevron little bitty bags, made by Whisker Graphics and purchased from Shop Sweet Lulu. Avery is really into pom poms and little things that she can collect and carry around at the moment. It was a wonderful celebration that marked an important birthday. I still can't believe Avery's 4-years-old! We love you Avery, and thank God for you. :)