Monday, December 27, 2010

Shake up your happiness!



As Christmas comes to an end (in our house it's totally gone!) one always looks back and takes in the year that has almost past.  Wiser mothers always have told me as I am lugging around 4 little ones, that time always goes by to fast. Hold on to it as long as you can. Cherish every minute because you know it will all soon be gone. And then there is that country song..."You're going to miss this, you're gonna want this back, you're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast! These are the good times, take a good look around. You may not know it now, but you're gonna miss this." So I try to take it all in, breath it all up, enjoy the tantrums, the whining, the fighting, and all the silliness...and look back at 2010 and wonder where it all went. How is my Niko 8 years old? How is Zoe peeing in a toilet and wearing panties like she's done it all her life? And I look at John and think, wow, we will be married for ten years! It does go by fast, I am trying to keep up! So in the meantime we are going to do what the song by Train says and "Shake up the happiness, Wake up the happiness, Shake up the happiness...before we forget about it, let's December it!"

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Red and Aqua Birthday Party

 I have been missing these past few days because I have been very busy and had NO internet!!! I am so happy to be back here is a glimpse of what I have been up to these last few days...I just finished this past weekend an amazing birthday party for a 7 year old little girl! She invited 43 girls, and all of them came. I transformed her garage into a winter wonderland using the colors from the infamous TomKat red and aqua snowflake line. Love this color scheme!!! I purchased a lot of fabric which I found at our local Home Fabrics in Fresno.  And I made the tissue balls from tissue purchased from Target! The giant aqua ornaments hanging over the dessert bar were from Home Goods.  The snowflakes you see hanging from the ceiling were all from the dollar store. Most all crafts were from Michaels, and the candy leis idea I found on the internet.  Those were the girls favorite station-well that and the cookie decorating one! They made ornaments and goodie bags at the other two stations. The cupcake tags and the invite were from TomKat.  I made the dessert bar labels to match the invite and TomKat's cupcake tags.  Ribbon was from JoAnns Fabrics! I just loved how I was able to fin aqua ribbon with red polka dots!!! Perfect! Enjoy the pics below!!!

Birthday girl in front of her dessert bar!

Swirly Pops were from the dollar section of Target this year!

The BEST oreos ever!!!! Sweeties by Kim thank you!!!

Candy Leis Station

Love this cupcake stand!!! From Home Goods

Food area

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Bowl

At first glance you might be wondering how much does this bowl cost and how much did Nina pay for it? Or you might be thinking that Nina is about to tell you the wonderful dessert she made in this bowl and how you totally need to get one too! However, today I am going to tell you the meaning behind this bowl and how it led me to tears the other day.  You see, not too long ago, I used to work in the classroom and my mother used to take care of my children all day. She was amazing! She would arrive at my house at 6:30am and I would head off to school. Then I had the second child and went part time and she would come everyday around 11:30 and watch my two kids for the afternoon. I used to love the weekends during this time as my mother would take me shopping with the kids. Even though she had them all day every day, she still wanted to hang out with them. She loves her grand babies. I remember one particular Saturday afternoon when we went out to Old Town Clovis. It's a street downtown with lots of mom & pop shops. We went to our favorite that day, a gift shop opened by a retired couple. I loved everything in there! But there was this bowl in the back that was a part of a collection that Martha Stewart had on her show that week. I so wanted the collection! But it was too much. My mother so gently whispered, "hey, I'll buy you one and every month we'll come back and add to the collection." I took her up on her offer and life continued. Five years and four kids later, I only have this one bowl. My mother began suffering from Dementia and she doesn't watch my kids anymore. I don't work anymore (outside of the home that is). And now my sister and I take care of her. I pulled this bowl out the other day as I normally do, and remembered this moment in life and tears filled up my eyes as they are now. My mother is physically with us, but SHE is not here. The kids get too loud for her, baking and cooking is too difficult a task. Folding laundry (which she ALWAYS helped me do) is something she cannot do. I miss my mother, the way she loved life and everything in it. This is a horrible disease and I pray one day they figure out a cure. But for now, I will continue baking with my very special bowl and one day look up the collection and make it a part of my kitchen. Enjoy this Christmas and all your loved ones.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Making Whoopie...Pies!

So I needed to make a dessert for my Bunco Christmas Party tonight, so I thought I would make some whoopie pies. They are so cute and I've wanted to make them since I read the post from Bakerella. So I used the recipe she posted for the cookies and then found a Vanilla filling instead of the peanut butter one she has posted. Overall, easy, simple, and if I had some Christmas sprinkles, they would of looked super cute:) But here is a taste of what happened in my kitchen today!
Taste tester #1...that;s my thumb holding the first ones were a little too big!

Taste tester #2

Taste tester #3

Taste tester #3 got a little messy!

Now go make some whoopie...pies!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Bath & Body Works

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