June 27, 2011

Space Week {weekly theme}

This summer I have decided to have a play theme each week.  I was inspired by Katherine Marie's theme of the week posts she has.  It's a fun way to keep things fresh around here.  I bring out new toys (usually homemade) and books related to a subject.  We play, read and eat snacks related to what we are learning about.  The first we was Space Week.  My son loves to learn things and he learned the planets this week and we made space packs and traveled to the planets and their moons many times that week.  Three weeks later (I'm a little late posting this), he still travels to space with his space pack.  Here is the space pack we made from a cracker box, paper, toilet paper rolls, paint and markers.

The funny thing about the music button is he loves to listen to music and see mommy and daddy with their Ipods when we go to workout, so he wanted to be sure to have a music button on his pack.

Getting ready to take off...first stop, Mercury!
Painting the tubes were messy and fun.  We were inspired by this book:

These last two weeks we have been learning about plants and bugs, working a lot in the garden.  It's been warm here, so we garden for a bit then play in the pool.  Fun times...I love summer.


June 22, 2011

Hot Dog BBQ {sneak peak}

Happy summer to you!  I am loving our hot weather here in northern California (hmm...maybe that's why the lack of posting).  We have been poolside daily, but we are gearing up for a summer BBQ with friends this Friday.  We are going to have an All-American BBQ, hot dogs and all.  I was inspired by this party I posted about earlier and this party from Hostess with the Mostess.  Between the two, I have come up with this hot dog menu that I plan to stick in a frame next to the hot dog station.

I'll post more pictures after the BBQ.  Now it's time to get ready to go to a baseball game tomorrow (go Giants!) and then back home to finish party prep.  

June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Dad, you're someone to look up to no matter how tall I've grown. ~Author Unknown
Happy Father's Day!

June 17, 2011

Baseball Gourmet Night

We are big baseball fans in this house, well my husband and son (3 years old) are really obsessed.  I am an Okland A's fan and my husband and son are San Francisco Giants fans.  My husband and I go to games each year because it really is a fun time experiencing a game at the park.  I recently stumbled upon this gourmet night put on by Kate from Studio LIME designs.  I love some of the decorations she chose to use for the party, the jars of baseballs are great!

I like the Cracker Jacks and Babe Ruth candy

Soft pretzels, yummy

To see more great pictures, check out her party here.

June 14, 2011

4th of July Cupcake Toppers

I am still working on getting my etsy shop up and running with some fun printables.  I am planning to offer whole party packages along with bits and pieces from packages.  If you have any specific needs, let me know and I can work with you.  In the meantime, here are some free 4th of July cupcake toppers to enjoy.

Get your 4th of July cupcake toppers here.

Not a great picture, but at least you get the jist(is this even a word?) of it.  Well, I hope you have a happy day!

Happy Flag Day

Since today is Flag Day, I thought I would share some fun uses with our flag that I have seen.

Great centerpiece

Are you doing anything to celebrate Flag Day?  Us?  Well, we are starting a mommy and kid tennis class and then we may do a flag craft today.  

June 13, 2011

Ice Cream Social

Happy Monday, and a summer one at that!  It is finally feeling like summer around here.  We got back from vacation yesterday (Sunriver, Oregon) and the first thing we did was jump in our pool.  It has been a long time waiting. 

This morning I was getting caught up on all of my Pinterest and Google Reader surfing and I came across this party.  I love it!  The colors and details are great.

What a great party.  We are having a BBQ in a couple of weeks and I may have to use some of these ideas for the desert table.

June 07, 2011

More Carnival Fun

It's so funny the reaction I get from my friends when I tell them how excited I am for the fair/carnival.  Most are dreading it or won't even bring their kids.  Well, our carnival was over Memorial Day weekend and it pretty much was a muddy mess.  We have had a lot of rain lately and it put a damper on our time at the carnival.  We did bring our son and he enjoyed the animals and the kiddie rides (merry-go-round and a car ride).  I remember as a kid that the carnival seemed so larger, but walking around it one time it really is not.  But I did enjoy it.  Today, I thought I would share some carnival decorating ideas.

Here are some more great decor ideas I found on Kara's Party Place.

You can view Kara's party here.

June 06, 2011


Hi y'all, I know I have kind of slacked on posting.  The last week of school is always crazy, but it is done and it is officially summer at my house (at least on the inside).  In Northern California, we are normally in the 90-100 degree temperature range.  Well, this month (yes month), we have had maybe 5 sunny days.  It has been rainy and thunderstorms for way too long.  We even had 4 tornadoes touch down 10 miles from my house a couple of weeks ago.  Tornadoes?  Here, pretty much unheard of.  Well, I just had to get out my weather vent. They say today was the last of it, and temperature should be warming up to the 80's.  I personally would like it a little warmer to heat up the pool, but I will take whatever sunshine I can get. 

Now that summer is here I have more time on my hands and some fun things planned party wise.  I also am enjoying quality time with my son. 

Until next time, here is a picture to help keep my motivated with this very unmotivating weather we are having.
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