Wednesday, August 31, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday #2

by Mollie

  Ok. Here it goes. Week #2!

Day #1: I don't remember what I did but I'm sure it was important. Ha!

Cargo: Old Navy
Shirt: Thrifted
Cardi: Target
Shoes: Gap Outlet
Headband: Santa Barbara Boutique (don't remember sorry!)
Necklace: Bad picture, but it says Zoie & Penelope. Morgan Le Fay Jewelry

Day #2:  Beach (Hooray!)  Zoie wanted to participate in WIWW.  As you can tell (hopefully) she picked out her own outfit. 

Shorts: Costco
Tank: Target
Necklace: Allora Handmade
Precious Little Girl: God
Minnie Mouse dress: made by her mama
Minnie ears, Minnie dolls, & Tinkerbell purse: provided by Grammie & Nana 

Day #3: Church .

I leave the house by 6:30am on Sunday mornings to get to work on time so I only snapped one pic. 

Shirt: Gap Outlet (This week was supposed to be about being thrifted but I got this shirt practically free! Normally $34.99 and I got it for around $12! SCORE!)
Jeans: Calvin Klein
Neckalce: Allora Handmade
Cardigan: Target 

Day #4  Shopping @ the Outlets!

Lace Tank: Forever 21
Lace Top & Shoes: Target
Jeans: Gap
Flower Pin: Allora Handmade
Necklace: Morgan Le Fay Jewelry

Thanks Lindsey for hosting this party! It's so fun!  

Off to the San Diego Zoo.... 


Monday, August 29, 2011

Keeping 3 school boys organized.

by Holly

This year I will have all 3 kids in school.  Yikes!  (And may I add, how did they get so old?)   I have been thinking about how I am going to keep all their school papers in order.  I must admit that there are some serious drool marks in my Pottery Barn catalogue when it comes to their home organization goodies.  Ideally, I would love to have one of their wall systems.  You know the ones with a white board, and cork board, and chalk board, and calendar, and cubbies for each child's papers.  But, I live in reality and our family lives on a budget.  So, I borrowed some magnetic and chalkboard paint from my lovely sister-in-law and created my own economical and practical version.  Here is what we ended up with...
 This spot is on the side of our refrigerator, behind the door into our dining room.  Because of the location, it doesn't have to be the most beautiful presentation in the world, it just has to work.
I got a lot of the boys school supplies at a local dollar store this year, which is where I found these clipboards.  The boys each got to pick out a fun paper to glue to the clipboard to dress them up a bit.  They each picked school themed paper from Michael's that has their grade in the corner so we know whose is whose.  I put 3 small nails in the wall and their boards collect all papers once they come home from school.  (These clipboards will also come in handy as little desks once we are on the go when sports start up again.)
I found a very inexpensive frame from HomeGoods...
I painted it white, and then got out the magnetic and chalkboard paint.
I painted this straight onto the glass.  It is very easy, and while it is magnetic, it isn't the strongest hold in the world.  With a nice, light, flat magnet I've found I can hold 1 paper at a time (if anyone has a secret about getting a better hold, PLEASE let us all know).
After the magnetic paint dried, I just sprayed a couple light coats of chalkboard paint over the magnetic paint.
Sorry, forgot to rotate this gem.
Once everything dried for a good 24 hours, I followed the directions and brushed the entire surface with chalk (which helped mute the dark, black color a bit), wiped it clean, and hung it above the clipboards.
Now this area is a great catch-all for the boys homework sheets, papers, etc.
We are 1 week into the school year and so far so good.  They boys have been good about unloading their stuff and putting their papers on the clipboard.  But, like I said, we are only 1 week in.  I'll have to give an update mid year.
I also made a fun little frame for my counter.  Right now it hold my favorite recent picture of my guys...

This was taken on our recent trip to Yosemite (can't wait to edit my nearly 400 pics and post a few).  I am in love with that place, and with these boys!!!
All in all, I am pleased with how this all turned out.  For about $20, I have a great wall system that works for us.  (Although I do still drool on my poor Pottery Barn catalogue.  That will, probably, never change.)

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Managing The Mess Mondays!!!

by Mollie

Here we are...week #3! How's it going with ya'll?!?  I have to tell you that having to take a picture first thing in the morning has made me a LOT more accountable with picking up the mess that accumulates each night in my home.  It is SO refreshing to wake up to a clean house.  I try to wake up before the kiddos so that I have a few minutes to do my devotional and catch up on the blog and it has been AMAZING not to have to do the dirty dishes and pick up the clutter.

Here are the photos:

p.s.  Anyone want to help with my over the couch decorations? They were fun for awhile, but i'm ready for a change.  Something really fun.. I want to order some subway art Family rules off etsy but what else should I add?!? I know there are a lot of creative minds out there... give me some good ideas!!

   Hope ya'll did well on Managing the Mess Mondays.  I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to hear how its going for you. Leave us a comment or link up some photos of your own. 


Friday, August 26, 2011

Shop Spotlight

by Mollie

  Hey Ya'll...its been a LONG time since I have done a little shop spotlight.  Holly and I have some really fun items in our little etsy shop and we would love for you to check them out.  At YeLLoWMeDaiSY we specialize in making handmade items for the boy.  In the handmade world there are GORGEOUS things for little girls and women (as a mom of two little girls and a girly girl myself I really appreciate this!) but.... there isn't a whole lot for the little man.

Our Roll and Go Carmats.  These are the most popular item we have.  At Queen Bee Market we practically sell out every time.

and of course a little something for the mama... diaper bags  or anything you want bags!   This one makes me drool... Holly did such an amazing job with the fabric choice!!

We have other items in our shop too but just a little spotlight on YeLLoWMeDaiSY @ etsy.  I don't want to spill the beans but Holly and I are working on some REALLY exciting new items to be revealed soon....stay tuned..



Thursday, August 25, 2011

The birthday party that (almost) wasn't. Take 2.

by Holly

Today I thought I would show you guys some of the activities we did for my son's 6th birthday (you can check out the decorations on Tuesdays post).  Now we don't have a pool, and his birthday is in the middle of summer, so I thought we would play some water games to keep the kids cool.

First off, we started with a small craft inside while we waited for people to arrive.

I found this in our local family magazine, and it was super simple.  The kids took a red, plastic cup and put masking tape around it to make the stripes.  We cut out windows from black construction paper and taped them on.  Then, they took a clear plastic cup (I cut them down a bit to fit over the bottom of the red cup) and covered the bottom with a black paper circle.  I went to the dollar store and found those little battery operated tea lights in a pack of 3 (very cost effective).  They turned on their tea light, put it on the red cup, and covered it with the clear cup.  Voila!  Instant lighthouse.  They turned out so cute and even became little night lights next to their beds that night.

Once everyone showed up, we started with some games...
Water balloons are always a classic!  The kids had a great time tossing them to each other, and then my husband started throwing them up in the air as high as he could to see if he could catch them on the way back down.  The kids thought it was hilarious every time they popped.

After the water balloons, we took them to the backyard where the "Kid Wash" was waiting...
 At first, they didn't quite know what to make of it, but then we turned it on...
And in no time, they were running through and getting drenched. The water sprayed down on them from the top, and squirted up at them from the sides. So fun!
The birthday boy!

After the kid wash, we ate dinner and got ready for the yummiest part of the party... DESSERT!
Now this is where you can laugh at me.  Yes, this was the dessert buffet for about 10 people.  I WAY over did it, but I had seen this on a similar party on hostess with the mostess (check out the crab shack themed kid party), and really wanted to do it.  Since I had all the goodies (despite the fact that the party was very downsized), I went for it.  It turned out great!  Here's some of the details...
Berry Jello with red swedish fish sticking out the top...
Vanilla cupcakes with toppers made from coordinating paper and some great Martha Stewart stickers I found at Michael's...
And a small ice cream cake from Baskin Robbins with some wooden sailboats that I painted from Michael's.

We also had oreo pops, yogurt pretzels, lifesavers, and sugar cookies in the shape of sailboats and anchors.  Phew!

And just as their sugar comas were setting in, we sent them home with these little goody bags...
I tried to cut the tops to look like waves, but they didn't quite look right.  Oh well.  Inside was a pack of lifesavers candy and a sailboat model kit from Michael's that they could paint and put together at home.

All in all, it was a great party.  And the birthday boy...
was ALL smiles.  That makes this momma happy, and makes all the hard work worth it!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday #1

by Mollie

This has been a fun week! I have enjoyed thinking about my outfits and getting dressed! its nice to feel like a girl and accessorize. So my first every WIWW on a Wednesday.

day one:  couple errands & coffee with a friend

Dress& Earrings: Target
Necklace: Allora Handmade
Sandals: Gap Outlet

Day Two: Disneyland

Shirt: Pac Sun
Shorts: Gloria Vanderbuilt (Costco 2 yrs ago)

Day Three: Church and Work (I work @ church)

Jeans: Calvin Klein
Flowered Shirt, Cardigan, Belt: Target
Sandals: Gap Outlet

I got brave and paired floral with stripes and it totally empowered me! 

Day Four: Operation de-clutter my house

Hat: Local Botique
Shirt & Tank: Target
Shorts: Gloria Vanderbuilt

That was fun! I am linked up with Lindsey @ the Pleated Poppy.. Come join the party!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The birthday party that (almost) wasn't.

by Holly

Our sweet Middle Man has his birthday smack dab in the middle of summer.  Bummer!

Most kids are away on vacation, or are out of contact from the school year.  But this year, I planned ahead.  I was good about sending out the invitations early and even hand delivered a couple of them to make sure some of his school buddies could be there.

And then the unexpected happened.  Strep throat.  NOOOOOOOO!!!

And poor Middle Man was stuck at his grandparents house, feeling lousy, the day before we were supposed to have the party.

My husband and I picked him up and then I spent the rest of the afternoon with him at Urgent Care.

I was NOT expecting this.  This really threw a wrench into our plans, and poor Middle Man had to be told that his party would have to be another day.  (And also told that he would have to have a big shot in his bum since we wouldn't be home to give him penicillin 3 times a day for the next 10 days)  Not a good day for the little guy, or his sad momma.

But the party must go on, and my whole family had come to town to celebrate the big "6."  So we changed it from Sunday to Thursday (my family had to go home on Friday).

And even though the party ended up being much smaller than we had planned, we partied on and gave Middle Man the best party ever!

We did a Cape Cod style water party.  I have seen a lot of nautical themed little boy parties lately, but I wanted to grow it up a bit (after all he is 6!), so it was all about water games, lighthouses, and sail boats.  This ring greeted guests at the front door.  I made it with styrofoam and white and red yarn.  So simple!  I decided on the color scheme thanks to Target and all their great turquoise and red party goodies they came out with this season.
The party was mostly in the backyard, where we had the amazing kid wash.  I found this bag at Barnes and Noble, of all places, and used it to store extra towels for anyone who needed them.
This is the kid wash.  I saw it in Family Fun Magazine and just knew it had to be the center of the party.  My husband and dad put it together in about an hour and for around $30!!!  Turn on the hose, and it is instant water fun. The kids had a great time cooling off.  I have more pics of the kids running through it, but I'm saving them for Thursday (hehe).
We used our dining room table as the buffet for the food.  I found a cheap galvanized lantern at our local feed store and got some sea stars with a coupon from Michael's.
I took some old tin cans and wrapped them with twine and then made a paper label on turquoise ribbon for the utensils.  I had this red tin that I added some lighthouse stickers to in order to dress it up a bit for the plates and napkins.
A fun project the kids helped me with was painting these $1 lighthouses from Michael's for the food cards.  Will's favorite food is chicken nuggets, so they had to be on the menu, along with sub sandwiches for the adults, fruit salad, and this yummy pasta salad...
They called it "pool noodle salad" in Family Fun magazine.  It was super easy to make.  It's just penne noodles, cucumbers with the middle cut out, and watermelon balls (yes, watermelon).  You toss it with olive oil, mint, and feta.  Delicious!!!  And we topped it all off with yummy lemonade.
On Thursday I will share with you some of the activities we did and the fabulous dessert bar.  You can laugh at me and the amount of desserts there were for about 10 guests... Just remember, originally there were supposed to be over 30, so I am justified.  (Even though we are STILL eating leftover oreo pops.  Not necessarily a bad thing.)

It really was a great party, and the important thing was that the birthday boy had a lot of fun and felt celebrated.  Stay tuned for more to come...

Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Managing The Mess Mondays!!

by Mollie

  So how'd ya all do?!?  Remember this is a littler series I am doing to help us stay accountable to keeping our houses clean and clutter free.  I committed to picking up the clutter each night before I go to bed for 30 days. I did ok. Not terrible but worse than I expected.  I really wanted to wake up EVERY DAY to a clean house but that just did not happen.   Here's the results...
not too bad... a little out of order but overall pretty clean!

A little mess on the dining room table...Did you notice my Pleated Poppy clutch?!? I LOVE it!!

Dishes in the sink!! My demise...How is that the dishes are NEVER done!!


Epic FAIL!!! Stuff everywhere... even a sleeping baby on the ottoman! 

   I'm going to keep at it...taking a picture of my house first thing in the morning.  If you have a up! If not..leave a comment and tell us how you are doing or if you have the secret to an eternally clean house, let us know! We will love you for it! 

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