April is a busy month for birthdays in my family. I try to make my party decor but sometimes you just have to outsource. I flipped out over this black and white pennant banner at Target. I mean, it sort of the coolest ever. I will be reusing this one for sure!
While I love the super cool, well designed t-shirts that you can find online I can’t usually justify the $30-$40 price tag. So what I started doing was adding that cost in to their birthday present budget. Shhhhh, don’t tell them that. I am sure they don’t really care about a special t-shirt and would much rather have a toy. But it has become a fun tradition and I love when they wear their shirts through out the rest of the year. It reminds me of their birthday and how much they are growing up. My oldest is super particular about what he wears so I can no longer choose for him. This year I gave him a few options and this is the one he chose. Prefresh makes very cool stuff and I’m super glad it is part of his wardrobe. A note on sizing: buy the next size up. This is a size 10 and he usually wears a size 7/8.
For my youngest, we went with this one from Tiny Whales (although it looks like it might be sold out). I mean, how can you not have this shirt! I usually try to save them for them to wear to their party if they are having one. This year, my oldest didn’t want to wait so I let him wear it to school a few days early. It is a really great way to get some cool shirts in to their rotation without breaking the bank. Do you have any special birthday traditions?
Sorry for the terrible iPhone pic, but we tried out a new restaurant a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING! If you are in Orange County and haven’t tried Pizzeria Mozza yet, you HAVE to. It was phenomenal. We tried a bunch of different things and all of it was perfection. And this cocktail, the Holiday Garland I think it was called, was sensational! A spiced cranberry reduction with bourbon and a cranberry gelee garnish. FTW! I had 3 of them! 3!! I never have three cocktails when I’m out. And I was able to walk myself out so they may have been light on the liquor. Or my belly was THAT full of delicious yumminess. We also spotted a celeb chef eating there. That is always a good sign.
Kristin and I attended a party thrown by Microsoft hosted by Erica of P.S. I Made This to showcase holiday gift DIYS that can be done with their products. We got to take home these awesome plastic ornaments that were printed on a 3D printer! (image via Getty Images for Microsoft)
We also got to create our own wrapping paper. Using the Fresh Paint program, Kristin drew a Christmas tree pattern and then it was printed out for her! SO cool! I’m dying to play with Fresh Paint some more.
It is rare that a company sends out a thank you note after working with you on a project. It makes sense, you sometimes are working with a PR company and not the actual brand. And some of their campaigns include a huge number of bloggers. But I got this thank you note from Chinet (remember this post?) and thought it was super cool. Not only was the message very nice but it was personalized with the name of my blog right on the front. I thought it was a really nice touch.
You all know that I love U.S. President’s right? I saw a girl wearing this sweatshirt when we were at Disneyland and I almost stopped her to ask her where it was from. I googled it once we got home and found out it was from Forever 21 (says no longer available but they have this version too)! Sold! It’s my fave.
I can’t wait to use this cake topper from Little Cat Design Co. available at Sweet and Saucy Shop! My youngest is turning 5 a few days after Christmas and this will be coolin’ out on top of his cake. They come in a bunch of colors and phrases and if you live in Orange County, you can order over the phone/email and then pick it up in one of their stores (I went to the Newport Beach location). That way you save on shipping AND since you are in the bakery, you might as well pick yourself up some delightful treats.
What did you love this month?
When we were little we had a special plate to use on our very special days throughout the year. And I have looked for one to use with my boys but have had trouble finding one that suits our aesthetic. So I came up with these special day terrariums to take their place. What I love about these is they can be changed to fit a specific moment or designed to withstand the test of time. You can tailor make them to your child’s likes or put in cute plastic cats because you think they are funny.
Ok, really I chose a cat because I really was dying to use these cat plates I found. I will probably swap out the cat and use something else for my boys. Like a Superman figure or a Ninja Turtle or something. What would you put in here for your kids?
I am so pleased to see A back on the blogging front as I am still super busy!!! I have a bridal shower this weekend and then I will have a ton more free time. I have a zillion posts planned to recap the rock star party and those are taking FOREVER! But I saw these great fork candle holders by, who else but Fred and Friends and had to share. You may think, Gee S, can’t you come up with an original post instead of stealing all of their great finds. Well, you see friend, I am still up in the middle of the night sometimes, and read them religiously. And they just always have the greatest stuff!! So, bear with me. I’ll get back to being original shortly. Anyway, the candle holders really do work as forks as well, killing two birds with one stone and are dishwasher safe. Love that. The Light Bites are available at Amazon. I think these may help keep errant spit off the cake from the candle blow out…at least I would like to believe that…