“Put on your ears, it’s time for cheers!” – Throwback Thursday

In honor of Throwback Thursday today, I thought I would share some photos from Miss M’s birthday party at the end of last summer!  At the time she was in love with Minnie Mouse (she’s since moved on to Sofia the First – ah the joys of the Disney Channel!) so we thought it was fitting to do a Minnie themed birthday party.  In an attempt to saving some money I made most of the decor… with the help of some supplies and equipment from our local scrapbooking store it was actually pretty easy!


My mom has a cupcake business and made all the cupcakes and her smash cake – they were so cute and so simple to decorate – fondant bows and mini Oreos for the ears!


bow cupcakes



I made a memory board highlighting all the things I wanted to remember about her as a one-year-old.

Her birthday hat! :)

   Her birthday hat! 🙂


How cute is this wooden number covered in scrapbook paper and embellishments?!


Did you know you can download the Disney font off the internet?!

And I can’t forget to show you her birthday gift from Mommy & Daddy… her first car!!  She got her very own ‘Minniemobile’!!  It was completely DYI and oh so easy to do.  All you need is a Cozy Coupe (we found one in good shape at a garage sale), spray paint (black and white), some sort of circle shaped stencil (we just used some cardboard) and of course the ears (ours came from a local party store).  About a half hour of manual labor (thanks to grandma and grandpa for helping out) and this is what you get:


She's ready to roll!

She’s ready to roll!

It was a great day and we had such a good time celebrating our pumpkin’s first year of life with all our family and friends… now it’s time to start thinking about what to do this year… 🙂



Is it Spring yet?!

Well friends, here we go again!  After a brief warm up last week we are being hit with yet another blast of “arctic air” here in the Midwest.  As temperatures drop dangerously close to 0 and wind chills go well below 0, many of us are left wondering IS IT SPRING YET?! I’m one of those people who loves the fact that I live in a region of seasons; the hope and renewal of Spring, warmth of the sun in Summer, wonderful colors and crisp air of Fall and the beauty of snowfall in Winter.  That being said, I am also one of those people that when it comes to Winter, I’m ready for Spring the day after Christmas!

In a desperate attempt to find some evidence of a reprieve I did a little research this morning on our forecast… as far as the eye can see (well actually for the next 10 days which is all the farther out Weather.com goes with their forecast) there’s not a whole lot of change, folks.  Sorry to be the bearer of bad news…

However, I did stumble across the Farmers’ Almanac’s prediction for this spring, so here you go:

In the Midwest & Great Lakes region, the opening days of spring will bring variable cloudiness, followed by a storm bringing rain and wet snow to eastern Kentucky and Ohio. April will be unrelentingly wet, despite a string of unseasonably warm days in the middle of the month. Wet weather will continue into May, warming up toward the end of the month.

I don’t know about you, but all I have to say is bring on mid-April!!!  Sigh… I guess we’ll just continue on trying to combat this cabin fever that seems to be settling in for the long haul.  It’s time to get crafty and creative the the kiddos!  Stay tuned for some great ideas on how to get through these long winter days!

In the meantime, enjoy these pictures of what’s to come!


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