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Pink Elephant Baby Shower: My Favorite Things

July 20, 2017
Pink Elephant Baby Shower

You will recall that I recently completed a pink version of the Elijah pattern for my upcoming niece. The pink elephant was by design, since I knew I was going to be throwing a baby shower. What better theme for a little girl than pink elephants? Somebody described elephants once and the reincarnated souls of some really decent people and I’d have to agree that I think that elephants are some of the most caring, intelligent animals out there. Those qualities are a great thing for a little girl to strive for, so I thought elephants made a great theme. 

I decided to make the theme a little bit more fun by incorporating the pink into the elephant idea. I normally don’t go for hardcore gender stereotypes for babies but:

1. I had just finished my pink Elijah.

2. I had pink tablecloths leftover from my wedding.

3. The mom likes pink. I like pink. Pink is cute.

Because I live in a teeny tiny apartment, my mother graciously allowed me to use her house to host. This meant that I had lots of room for fun decorations and activities. Here is some of what I did:

Baby Elephant Guest Book

Pink Elephant Baby Shower - Baby Elephant Guest Book

I owe most of this guestbook to AJ at Aspen Jay. She has made this adorable elephant print available online here. Perfect for my pink elephant theme! It’s a 11 x 14 print, which we were able to print at home. You can also have it printed a Office Depot for less than $2 (I checked.). You can customize it to be blue, pink or yellow and it can say the babies name or just “welcome little one”.  I picked “welcome little one,” because I don’t wanna cramp the momma’s style by tying her down to a name too soon. I cut out different shades of pink paper using a 1 inch Circle Punch Tool. Guests signed a circle and stuck it to the print using scrapbooking tabs. After the shower, I just moved the glass to the from of the frame and voila! Easy nursery decoration!

Pink Elephant Baby Shower - Photo Booth

Baby Shower Photo Booth

I used a pink tablecloth and some mylar balloons to create a quick and easy photobooth! The mylar ballooons were bought at Michaels are were totally easy to use. You just blow them up with a straw and they seal shut. The balloons I got even had pre-made little tabs to string them up with. (Otherwise, I’ve heard that you can tape a straw to the back and thread string through that.). To go with my DIY photo booth, I added a foam board Polaroid frame (I just eyeballed the dimensions and my dad cut it out with an exacto blade and a straight edge. Along with that, I cut out some shapes (found here) and glued them to little sticks that I found at the Dollar Store. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Pink Elephant Baby Shower - Baby Headband Station

Baby Headband Station

I was afraid about how this was going to work, but it turned out to be a lot of fun! I bought several packages of fabric flowers from Hobby Lobby (on each day with a 40% off coupon.) and used these Elastic Baby Girl Headbands from Amazon. The rest is everyone’s creativity! We set up two hot glue guns (on plastic placemats, to protect the table and tablecloth) and a sign and everyone just went from there. The baby headband holder was made from an oatmeal container, painted white and then covered in fabric, hot glued to a candlestick! I’m really pleased with how it turned out!

Note: If your shower has little kids in attendance, you may not want to have the glue guns left unattended. Ours was adult only, and therefore I figured everyone could handle a glue gun.

These were my three major DIY efforts for the shower. I have so much  more that I didn’t get good pictures of. It went by so fast! Not picture are a LOT of pink chocolate drizzled rice krispie treats (so many…) and pink chocolate dipped nutter butters, both of which turned out really well. (Pro tip: apparently you can thin colored candy melts with shortening, which would have made my life so much easier.) There was also cake, and fruit, and I even made 7 layer dip and queso for the first time ever! We decorated the mantle and a special chair for the new mom and also made really cute favor bags for my circus animal cookie favors. Whew!

I feel so accomplished. 

I had a lot of fun to planning and throwing this baby shower. I’ve realized that I really like planning things like this and I can’t wait to do more in the future! I can’t wait until I have a home of my own to host in too. Have you thrown a party recently? What was your favorite part of it? Any recommendations for new things to try? Let me know in the comments!

 

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DIY Crochet Yoga Strap

June 22, 2017
DIY Crochet Yoga Strap

Do you ever wake up with the attitude, “I’m going to be healthy today”? Like, you’re ready to work out and hydrate and eat healthy and use soap made out of goat’s milk and stuff. Last weekend we had one of those days. We woke up early-ish and proceeded to go to the McKinney Farmers Market in Chestnut Square. If you’re in the area and you’ve never been to the McKinney Farmers Market, you should go! It’s in a little old historical section of town among all these cute old buildings and a wedding chapel. It is also where The Hubs and I got engaged (Though not during the farmers market, that would have been way to much of an audience!).

DIY Crochet Yoga Strap 1

After a long morning at the Farmers Market, at which we bought some excellent okra, The Hubs and I went to check out the local Yoga Fest near our apartment. Admission was free if you registered in advance, so we figured that we would check it out. The registration specified, however, that you must bring your own yoga mat.

While The Hubs and I have our own yoga mats, they’ve never…umm…been to yoga. They sit in a basket looking healthy while we do yoga on the carpet. We’ve never taken a yoga class, thanks to youtube, so they never really seemed worth it. However, it seemed the we were going to have to take them for a spin at the Yoga Fest. That meant I had to think about how to carry them.

Enter the crochet yoga strap!

DIY Crochet Yoga Strap

There are several very helpful and quick patterns for crocheted yoga straps on Pinterest and Ravelry. I ended up using this one. I used a worsted weight yarn held double and each strap took me maybe 10 – 20 minutes total. I braided the ends of the yarn instead of weaving them in because I’m lazy and I hate finishing. I may add some more tassels and beads later on to spruce them up. Then I tried them on our mats and they worked beautifully!

I was afraid that the straps would slip off the yoga mats and be hard to use but they were great. I even got a few compliments on how clever they were, though that may have been because some women wanted to sell me some doTerra…

We didn’t end up staying a the Yoga Fest very long, but I have my eye on a few other yoga events in the future. There’s a yoga studio in downtown McKinney that offers free community yoga on Saturdays at Tupps Brewery. There’s also Saturday morning yoga available at Klyde Warren Park! I don’t know if I’ll have any more healthy feeling Saturdays up my sleeve, but if I do, I’ll be ready thanks to my new yoga strap!

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The Best Birthday Deals (You’ll Actually Use!)

June 8, 2017
Best Birthday Deals (You'll Actually Use)

I turned 25 this week. Quarter of a century! My first birthday as a married woman! It was fun. The Hubs and I both took the day off work and celebrated. We went to the Dallas World Aquarium and took time to snap up all the best birthday deals and freebies I had. If you’re like me, you’re on every store email list imaginable. This usually means you rack up a lot of good birthday coupons, some worth your time, others…not.

I’m here to tell you which deals are the best birthday deals. These birthday deals are the ones that you’ll actually use and enjoy.

The Best Birthday Deals

Grimaldi’s

The Deal : A free large(18″) pizza with one topping!

This is a birthday freebie that we use every year without fail. We already love Grimaldi’s (if you’re a think crust pizza person, you’ll love them too!), but a whole pizza! We’re all over that! It comes with one topping already, though you can pay to add additional toppings if you want. I genuinely prefer cheese pizza, but we get half toppings for The Hubs. Very few birthday deals are this generous, so we make sure to always take advantage of Grimaldi’s birthday pizza.

The Best Birthday Deals (You'll Actually Use!)

Sephora

The Deal: Free Beauty Products, No purchase required! (if picking up in store)

If you’re signed up on Sephora’s Beauty Insider program, they’ll send you a coupon for a free mini gift in the month of your birthday! This year, the choice was between a Tarte mini gift (which had a little Amazonian Clay 12 hour Blush and a mini Tarteist Creamy Matte Lip Paint) or Caudali (which included a Vinosource Moisurizing Sorbet and a Radiance Serum). I love Tarte, so that’s the gift that I chose. The colors are pretty current and definitely something that I would use and I didn’t even have to buy anything to get it! If you claim the gift online, you’ll have to order something,  but in store you just go up to the register and they confirm that you’re in the system and give it to you. Neat, huh?

Starbucks

The Deal: Free beverage or food item!

Is this like stating the obvious here? You can get a free drink or food item loaded onto your Starbucks app for your birthday. It’s only good for a few days, but honestly, I’ve never had a hard time making it to Starbucks. 

Nothing Bundt Cakes

The Deal: Free Bundtlet!

I’m not sure if Nothing Bundt Cakes is a thing everywhere else, but it’s definitely a thing in Texas. We love Nothing Bundt Cakes so much that we catered them for dessert at our wedding. If you’re on their email list, they’ll send you a coupon for a free Bundlet on your birthday. The coupon is good for about a week after your birthday, which is useful in case you need to space out your birthday sugar consumption err freebies!

 

Best Birthday Deals (You'll Actually Use)

Kendra Scott

The Deal: 50% off one item during your birthday month

Like Nothing Bundt Cakes, Kendra Scott is a thing in Texas. Like, I’m pretty sure they don’t let you call yourself a Texas woman if you don’t own any Kendra Scott. It seems like everywhere I look, there’s a woman wearing Kendra Scott. Even my little middle school girls at church have Kendra Scott. I did not own Kendra Scott because 1. It’s not cheap and 2. I’m not hip and with it. I was starting to feel a little left out. Enter the birthday deals. Kendra Scott will give you 50% off one item in the month of your birthday. You’ll need to sign up on their website and show your ID at the register to get the deal. That what I did and guess what? This girl got herself some Kendra Scott for her birthday! 

CVS

The Deal: $3 Free Extracare Bucks

If you’re not using CVS to get good deals on makeup, you need to get on that bandwagon, stat! Seriously, just search “cvs makeup deals” and some very smart, very thrifty ladies have done almost all the work for you. If you’re part of CVS’s Extracare program, they will send you $3 free extracare buck on your birthday. Free money. For your birthday. Combine that with any other coupons you have and bam! Super cheap makeup!

Einstein Bagels

The Deal: Free Egg Sandwich with Any Drink Purchase

I love Einstein’s. I didn’t know about them until I moved to Texas, but boy I’m glad I know about them now! It used to be so bad that my local Einstein’s knew my order the moment I walked in the door! This deal is for a free egg sandwich with any drink purchase, which sounds like a nice birthday breakfast to me.

So there is my collection of the best birthday deals. Did I skip any of your favorite birthday deals? How do you like to celebrate? Let me know!