It’s pretty bad in my house right now. I’ve got one kid on a nap strike. I’ve got another kid packing up his snacks for his sleepover at Grandma Marilyn’s tomorrow night. How helpful, you may say, and yes, he is an exceptional helper. But what you don’t know is that he is “helping” by folding everything up to fit in the compartments. I tried to explain to him that granola bars don’t fare well when folded but he just pushed on, folding away. And the worst part, it has been so long since I’ve been to the grocery store that I am eating leftover edamame for a snack. I’d really like a cookie but this is all that is left. I wonder how they would taste when chocolate covered…Ever since I got back from the Craft and Hobby Association winter craft show last weekend, I have been glued to the internet. I knew that I would find a lot of really great crafty items that would be amazing when planning a party but I didn’t realize I would also learn more about great products that I had seen before. My favorite thing I ran across was the Slice. A- already owns a Cricut which she got for her birthday a few years ago (don’t think I didn’t push for that for her, I would never put one on my list. I’d rather have boots, but I digress). She does some amazing things with it and it really does add a little something special to our parties. I have been afraid of it, however. It’s big and scary looking and daunting. I have never fully embraced it. But at the show, I walked up to the Making Memories booth and went directly the display wall. There were photos and samples of party products that were soooooooo cute that I just had to figure out how they were made. Not only did I see a bevy of cartridges to choose from but also one specifically for an Elmo party and in my head I immediately saw a delightful themed party done in a palatable way. Can you totally picture the very recognizable shape of Elmo’s head but done in a variety of patterned papers? They also used some of their adorable coordinated paper collections to put together some favor bags and decor. So I stopped to watch a demonstration of the machine that created all this party goodness. A sweet little old lady, bless her heart, was putting together a make and take card. It was the perfect speed to take in all the the machine does. The machine is so small and easy to use and had no cords running off of it so you could easy take it wherever you go. I love that! I have a party kit I take with me to parties for last minute touch ups. I wouldn’t hesitate to bring this with me in case I needed a last minute tag or quick sign. Once the lady finished her card I was able to ask the demonstrator a few questions. I did not catch her name, but I do remember her being very tall and blond. Right now the machine cuts out shapes in whatever size you choose. But coming in April and the months beyond, the machine will have more tips to choose from. For example, instead of just cutting out paper, you will be able to draw the shapes on with the pen tip. They are also coming out with a glue tip which you can then douse with glitter and sparkle away. I want one really bad. If I would have bought one at the show, I would have been entered to win an adorable pink or mint green Vespa (which my husband promptly informed me that we could have painted black for him). I may have to rethink my selfish gift list criteria. No wait, A’s birthday is February 13…
Happy Monday readers!!! I hope you all had a great weekend. My husband and I got our first date night in soooooo long!!! We had a great dinner at Mastro’s and saw an awesome band, Dinosaur Jr., play. But I am much to old to stay out so late and wouldn’t you know, I’ll be trying to make up that lost sleep the rest of this week. Which is crazy because that was supposed to be our night to make up sleep that the baby is stealing from us…We didn’t plan that too well. I also want to apologize for our sporadic posts. A’s computer is broke as a joke (and I am pretty sure that her son, N, had nothing to do with it this time). So this leaves me to post. Which is fine, I love to do it. But of course this comes at a time when my sons are really in need of my attention. So as much as I love to post, that has to take a back seat. So bear with us and we hope to be back in the swing of things again soon.
So we have been in our new town for a few months now and I still don’t know anyone but one neighbor. And due to the pregnancy and resulting baby, I haven’t been able to make the hour drive home in the last few months either. Needless to say, I am craving adult interaction. So when I saw this Victorian Dinner Party Kit (I think on Rare Bird Finds) I began menu planning in my head immediately. I love that this kit has the old school vintagey feel of the Victorian era without the overly fem doily aesthetic you sometimes find. The kit comes with 6 invitations and matching envelopes, menu cards and place cards for $23.50. The seller is also willing to customize the sets or add other items like signs, if you need them. I think this kit would work so well for a Valentine’s party, birthday parties, co-ed showers, anniversaries, etc. So now I just need to meet 5 more people to invite to my party or con friends from the OC to drive down for the party…Wish me luck. The website also has a ton of really cool greeting cards and banners for different holidays and events, invitations and fun pencil packs. Take a look
As always, this is gonna be quick. We have a hospital tour to take in an hour, I am trying to get Oliver to take a quick nap before Grandma GG gets here and I still need to make my grocery list. And let’s do a quick prego tally. I am 35 weeks and I had O at 36.5 weeks, so… this baby could be here any time. AHHHHHH!!!!
So I moved to a place that is about an hour from the nearest H&M store. So, it is safe to say that I miss my old neighborhood’s shopping. In my old town, I could drive 5 minutes and get to any kind of store I wanted. Department, boutique, specialty…Here though, I have to drive all over heck and back. Plus, I don’t know where the cool stores are yet, so I am sad. Especially this close to the holidays. So this weekend, my mom came down and we went to a center I had not been to yet. It was about 15 minutes from my house, but I can live with that. So it was a great center with some good stores (I found a dress to wear to my baby shower in the first store we went in!!!). Oh my gosh! What is that!!! I stopped dead in my tracks, and my mom just looked at me. I gasped, “It’s a Paper Source store!!!” And she looked at me like I was crazy. Obviously she doesn’t know just how few brick and mortar stores they have. They only 2 others that I know of in So Cal are Costa Mesa and Pasadena (but I am probably wrong…). Can you believe it!!! I have a Paper Source store!!! So of course I had to go in and look around and I found not only a few Christmas presents, but also some really cute party stuff for the holidays. I guess because I am newly staying at home with my young son, I am really in to crafts you can do with your kids. Paper Source has all kinds of kits that would be perfect for this. But some of the kits are geared towards the upcoming holidays and the parties that go along with them. Like the acorn place card kit!!! So cute! You could also use these on a buffet table to let guests know what is being served. Or the Turkey placemat kit! Perfect to construct and use on Thanksgiving day. And then the cute Tabletop Christmas Tree kit. I came very close to getting this as a decoration for T’s shower. Of course, they also have amazing gift wrap and the perfect invitations for your upcoming get togethers. And it all can be found on line in case you are not lucky like me and don’t have a store in your area.