Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to Host a Kick-Ass Baby Girl Shower

I'm so excited to share my cousin's baby shower with you! the feedback I got on the trifle, was awesome, and I hope you guys love the rest of this baby shower! It was so much fun to plan! 

First things first, don't stress out about it. You don't have to do crazy DIY crafts OR spend a ton of money to have a kick-ass baby shower. We did neither. Most of our supplies are from the 99 cent store, the Dollar store or Target.

I made the obligatory awesome it's a girl sign.

I found the polka dot banner at Target and purchased a black poster board at the Dollar Tree  The black paper is totally cut uneven, but you can't tell, so don't stress about being a perfectionist!

This sign board is SO cool, and was super easy to make. My cousin's friend made it for her. She got the letters and the pregnant lady from Michael's scrapbook section. She modgepodged them onto a canvas. Everyone happened to sign on the outskirts and now she can put a picture of an ultrasound there! 

My  cousin thought it would be so much fun for us all to guess the baby's birth day so we picked up supplies (again, Dollar Tree, except the stamps are from Michael's) and set this up.

My cousin's friend also made this amazing diaper cake! I just can't wrap my head around them. She used bottles on the inside.

I knew I really wanted this coloring station. I printed out the alphabet (just by Googling a free printable) for everyone to color a page and sign it. I am going to take the pages to Staples or somewhere, and bind them together into a book for the baby. 

I think it will be the best book for the baby to read! Speaking of books, we also chose to ask everyone to bring a book instead of a card for the baby. We wanted to start building the baby's library early, and hopefully, everyone wrote in the book so she'll have a note from us all!

The table pieces were super cool to make. My aunt does a lot of canning, so we just used some of her jars and put ribbon arond them and rubber duckies in the water! 

The pink vase is from the 99 cent store and we have a really awesome flower store where my mom picked up the flowers.

We purchased a photobooth prop kit from Michael's. It was a hit, especially with the little kids! We taped the sticks onto the back because it was easier.

I am so obsessed with the prizes I made. We got these glasses at Michael's and I perused the 99 cent store for prizes. We found nail stickers, a ducky loofah and picture frames. We tied a ribbon around it and set it up to look like this. It was SO easy but looks so nice.

My aunt had these awesome pitchers for drinks. We wanted to do pink-ish drinks (obviously) so we did pink lemonade and cucumber watermelon water. The cups and napkins are from the 99 cent store and the straws are from Michael's.

My trifle!!! Let me tell you the story behind this trifle in particular. Some days, making a trifle is my original intention, but occasionally it is what has to happen. The week before my cousin's baby shower was the week that I had my breakdown. Baking generally helps me calm down, so I excitedly started to bake a zebra cake. Of course, I was worried about decorating it, but felt like I couldn't really fail. 

The cake directions were best suited for a circle cake, but I made it in my 9x13 pan, which would have been totally fine except I forgot to adjust the time and the bottom of the cake burned. Seriously, if your cake burns, you don't have to throw the whole thing out. You can cut off the burnt portion. Now, if you burn the cake and it falls out of the pan in pieces...Just turn it into a trifle. 

My aunt had some left over angel food cake, so we put the two together. 

I layered the angel food cake on the bottom and whipped cream on top. Then I layered crumbled zebra cake on top. I put my amazing filling on top. (If you didn't already see it, mix heavy whipping cream with pudding mix instead of milk for the most amazing filling). I mixed edible pink glitter into the filling because, why not!   Following that, I put  more angel food cake followed by pink frosting. I also put whipped cream on top and more edible glitter!

The trifle dish is actually a cake stand that can be converted. Best invention ever (my cake stand doesn't convert). I put a handmade tutu around the bottom. My dear friend Stacey at Bows and Bombshells made it for me! She made the skull applique herself. 

The coloring pages were a hit! We included the games that I highlighted in the baby boy baby shower I threw in January. 

Have you ever thrown a baby shower? If you're looking for unique ideas, feel free to pin away! 

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekly Wishes + Back to School Giveaway

This is my first time doing weekly wishes and I'm super excited about it!

I want to thank everyone who participated in Five Little Grins. I am still writing down the things that make me happy throughout the week, Cassi and I just decided we wanted to move on to write about other things on Mondays. 

I love Melyssa from The Nectar Collective and her Monday link up. I think that it will help me to focus and feel less overwhelmed with my week plans. 

Here are my first week's goal: 

1// Figure out this anxiety thing. I've got a psych appt and lab tests (to make sure it's not my thyroid). My next step is to set up an appointment with a therapist. I need to find one who is on my insurance.

2// Clean our bedroom. I did our guest bedroom about a week or so ago, and we have ALL clean clothes (which, my best friend folded for me on Thursday while I was taking care of my mom because she's a freaking amazing human being)

3// Put fresh flowers in our dining room and light candles. I think this will help with my anxiety.

4// Go to yoga three times, and attempt the gym once. I gotta work slow on this apparently. 


I'm only about a month away from starting school, hence the Back to School giveaway below! I can't believe I will begin my second year teaching, and Iman will be going back to school. For all of my readers who are going back to school, I hope you have a wonderful year back! I can't believe it's been 2 years since I've graduated college and 7 since I left for Ohio to live in the dorms! 

I made wonderful friends, but I definitely missed my friends back home. That's why I'm giving a way stationary in the College is Love giveaway! You can definitely keep in touch with your friends back home while you make new friends!

Sponsors (in no particular order): 
Amanda at College is Love  / Shontal at The Preppy Scientist / Pam at Hodge Podge Moments / Raewyn at Be A Warrior Queen / A-List Greek Designs / Dani at Dani's Transformation / Chloe at Wanderlust in the Midwest / Beth at Wandering Forevermore / Melanie at LillyRockPark / Kaliah Kouture / Denise at Twirls + Pearls / Lindsay  at The Chicago Prep / Loren at MyDamselPro / Aleshea at Glitz n' Gritz / Lauren at Bubbs Bowtique / Amanda at Brunette with a Bow / Katherine at Preppy Bows & Sass

Prizes include gift cards to: Amazon, Marley Lilly, Thirty-One Gifts, A-List Designs, and Pura Vida as well as a work out tank, 2 Revlon Parfumerie nail polish, a large Lilly Pulitzer Agenda, Monorgram or Lilly earrings, 2 bangles from Twirls + Pearls, a custom state canvas, pepper spray/personal alarm, Vera Bradley ID Holder, Kate Spade Notepad, 2 bows, custom nail polish, custom painted letter, stationary and a Preppy Bows & Sass package. 

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Weekly Warrior Queen Links #3

Good morning from lovely Las Vegas!!

I am so excited about these links that I've been compiling throughout the week. I love all of your feedback on this as well!!! I hope you enjoy these links I've found below. I feel so much more WQ empowered when I'm searching out these links, and I hope these articles and blogs help you feel more like a WQ as well!
p.s. I may have gone a little crazy but each of these links are worth it, I promise!

What do you do to be more confident? Check out these 5 tips to boost yours.

How do you feel about your self-worth? Warrior Queens are all about embracing their self-worth!

Don't mind me, I'm just getting obsessed with this Vlogger and the way she explains feminism to celebrities

Do you perpetuate these 8 lies about teen motherhood? I wrote a little something about this a few months ago.

This app could save a Domestic Abuse Victim's life. What do you think about it?

Join Coming Up Roses' "I Am" movement. You know I'm a sucker for any self-love, empowerment movements!

Meredith Graves blows me away with this line: "So in my body is a good place to be because functionally speaking, I know at the end of the day that it's the only home I've ever had and it's the only home I ever will have"

A Message From a Bully-er. This is something that you don't usually hear and really makes you think.

I need to print all of these quotes and put them around the world. 

Have a wonderful day!
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Friday, July 25, 2014

An Update on my Mom

Hi guys!

I'm about to leave for Vegas in a little bit, but I wanted to thank everyone for all of the support!! You guys are absolutely amazing. Thank you, thank you thank you!!

My mom's surgery started late yesterday but everything went very well and according to plans. Now she is just recovering. (Don't worry, I'm not abandoning her for Vegas, she is able to do everything on her own, we already prepped a bunch of meals for her and my aunts are coming over).

Again, I can't thank you guys enough!

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