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This was another last minute party but surprisingly it didn’t stress me out as much as I thought it would. The reason why it became “last-minute” was because Cassie wanted to take part in the party planning this year, she’s FOUR now and of course she wants to have a say in EVERYTHING. So originally she wanted a Unicorn Party and then considered an LOL Party and then a Frozen Party and then we went to the Minnetrista Fairies, Sprites and Light event and that did it for her, we were doing a Fairy Party. Oh and I decided to put my foot down that’s how we finally agreed with the theme, but she was a bit concerned that some of her boy guests wouldn’t come because it was “too girly” so we called it an Enchanted FOUR-est party instead of a fairy party which gave us more wiggle room to include some woodland creatures.
The Set Up
I moved Cassie’s teepee outside and layered some cheap rugs from Five Below to cushion the area. I also draped a floral leaf garland that I found on clearance at Joann Fabrics to match the floral centerpieces on the table which by the way we found at our local Goodwill for $2.99 per arrangement. How lucky were we when we found 4 pieces of those a day or two before her party.
Those tables were stacked up wooden pallets that I found on FB marketplace and we got it for $3/ piece, there were 8 pieces in this set up. We were so lucky too coz he was the only one selling a ton of similar sized wooden pallets within our area.
I totally forgot about covering the pallets until I finished arranging them (didn’t want the kids to accidentally get splinters), then I realized I didn’t have any table cloth or just any cloth long enough to cover the whole thing. So I rummaged through ,my linen closet and found some quilts we weren’t using at that time, its crazy how you find the most random things at home just when you need them. The pillows were obviously from the living room and I just threw them in there to complete the look, I would’ve added more if I had more lying around, haha.
The fairy wings from the Dollar Tree made the perfect backdrop and it was so accessible for the kids to grab whichever color they liked (also to take home)
The pop up white canopy tent we purchased from Amazon. Click here for the link.
Made some floral head dresses for the girls and found some Animal Headbands from Dollar Tree for the boys. It’s been ages since I’ve made headdresses so I tweaked them a bit and used floral wire which wasn’t the best move since it made them flimsy but at the same time I didn’t want them to be too stiff and too hard around the girls’ head so I went with it. Here’s my original DIY tutorial from 6 years ago.
Imagine this set up without the greenery, that was what it looked like 30 minutes before the party. I totally forgot about the backdrop and thought it would look fine with just the balloon but it looked so bare. I went to the backyard and started scouring the area for overgrown plants that would go well with the theme, I literally cut the overgrown branches and just taped them on the wall and voila! I couldn’t believe the final touch to Cassie’s dessert table was just sitting in our backyard, and it was FREE too.
The real live flowers on the cake complemented the greenery backdrop I made
Marco loves the red velvet cupcakes the best, I think next time we should try ordering a red velvet cake.
This has got to be one of our favorites from Chef Maggie of Simply Patisserie. A lot of people loved the cake, some loved the cupcakes best and of course the kids thought the cookies were the best. They all agreed though that these goodies were pinterest worthy, the best part is the taste lives up to its looks.
DIY Loot Bags:
Brown Paper Sandwich bags, scissors, artificial flowers, woodland creatures printable, Roll of Jute twine, hole puncher, paper doilies and Thank You tag printable
Best part is you can find all of these at your local dollar store unless of course they’re out of stock (except for the printable)
I had two sets of loot bags ready for the guests, I had some floral ones (in the back) and some woodland creatures up in the front to distinguish which ones were for the girls and which ones were for the boys.
The ‘Thank You’ cards I found online from Blooming Homestead and printed last minute, of course it took time to cut them, punch holes and tie them onto the loot bags but I finished just around the same time the first guest walked in, talk about a buzzer beater.
I set up an arts and crafts section on the side where they could paint their own fairy houses or design their own fairy wands
We were so worried about the weather but God kept his promise and made it a perfect day—not too hot, not too windy, not too sunny, not too cloudy…just right!
I wish I took more pictures of the kids in the bouncy house because the kids literally had so much fun with it. A special shout out to Boogie Bounce, LLC , for coming all the way from Indy if I’m not mistaken and for giving us a very reasonable rate, their service was 100% excellent. I was honestly surprised they didn’t charge me all those crazy add ons the bouncy house companies here in Muncie were charging me— like delivery fee (what for? we’re in the same city?), set-up fee ( I guess they expected us to blow that dang thing) and after office hours fee ( yeah, someone was charging us more if rental went beyond 4 pm on a weekend). They (and I mean a dad and his daughter) came in early to set up the bouncy house, gave us the rules (pretty basic like no sharp objects in there, no wearing of shoes while bouncing inside), as soon as everything was up they left and they were nice enough to leave the bouncy house until morning the next day without additional charge.
Time to blow her candle!
She was sooo happy her classmates and her playdate buddies could come.
My last minute DIY fairy house piñata made out of recycled boxes, left over crepe paper roll, left over ribbons, left over artificial flowers and a whole lot of glue.
Our little guests sporting my hand made headdress.
Never complete without our silly faces family photo.
…And the Birthday Girl is out.
Little brother followed suit
Thanks to everyone who made Cassie’s special day extra special, thank you for coming to the party, for spending time with her and for celebrating out little girl. I also want to give thanks to our family and friends who couldn’t make it, thank you for your birthday greetings and your prayers, you made one little fairy girl extremely happy.
Happy Birthday Cass! Daddy, Mommy and Xavi love you so much, hope you had a blast!
Thanks for reading up guys!
*DISCLOSURE: This post is NOT in anyway sponsored by Walmart.
As most of you know, my little Cassie started “Big Girl” school this year and her schedule for class picture day caught me by surprise. Being a first time school mom, I was unaware that they did that in the early part of the school year, in fact they’re having photos done this week and so I thought it would be great to come up with affordable picture day outfit ideas for all moms out there who are on the same boat as I am.
So I challenged myself to stick with clothes from Walmart just because its the nearest retail shop to our house, now this post is no way sponsored by them and I myself find the clothing items from Walmart as a hit or miss but I do know for a fact that they’re very affordable so I took up the challenge to look for cute stuff that were less than $15. If you’re a mom looking for last minute ideas, here are some outfits that won’t break the bank, links to the outfits should be on the said items below.
(HEADBAND: Amazon/ TOP & SUSPENDER SKIRT: 2 piece outfit, Wonder Nation from Walmart, $12.44 / SOCKS: Amazon/ SHOES: The Humble Soles)
(HEADBAND: Amazon / DRESS: Short sleeve collar dress, Wonder Nation from Walmart, $7.88 / SHOES: white, Children’s Place)
Take note that this dress would be a great dress if you’re child wants to go as Wednesday Addams for Halloween and I just thought that you’d want to know that it also comes in the color Navy Blue.
(SWEATSHIRT: floral long sleeve, Garanimals from Walmart, $4.88/ PANTS: military green, Garanimals from Walmart, $4.88/ SHOES: purple pink jelly Mary Janes, Wonder Nation, $3 on clearance; now $1.50 online, cheaper than what I bought it for)
The link I attached for the outfit was for a set, you get the pink leggings with it but you actually have the option of buying them separate which I did so I could opt for the green ones.
(DRESS: Long sleeve ruffle, Wonder Nation from Walmart, $8.62/ SHOES: black ballet flats, Wonder Nation, $1 on clearance/ BOW: Handmade)
This dress also comes in a white and blue stripe one for a more nautical vibe.
( TOP & SUSPENDER SKIRT: 2 piece outfit, Wonder Nation from Walmart, $12.44 / LEGGINGS: mustard / Old Navy/ SHOES: Cat and Jack)
And that’s it —5 outfits (mostly) straight out of Walmart and by the way my daughter didn’t mind wearing any single one of these outfits. I just got a note from the teacher saying that if we wanted them to wear something more fancy for picture day, we can send clothes with them and they would help the kids change back when they’re done taking pictures. Seriously, who has time for that? These clothes are cute yet comfortable, our daughters can wear them the entire day.
Hope this post helped, Happy School Picture Day!
*DISCLOSURE: I RECEIVED THESE PRODUCTS COMPLIMENTARY FOR REVIEW PURPOSES. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.
Before I knew I was going to be a mom to a beautiful baby girl, I already knew I was going to be that type of mom who would match with her kids. True enough, I was blessed with Cassie, a very pleasant baby girl who didn’t give me any trouble with her monthly photos or OOTDs (Outfit Of The Day, in case you didn’t know what that meant) and eventually when I started accepting my #mombod we started to do #twinning. I remember getting a lot of compliments and DMs asking where I get our matching outfits from and ‘Twinning’ wasn’t even full blown at that time. I always had to explain that I would go through her closet and go through mine and just see if there were any pieces that kinda looked similar and then I’d come up with an outfit. Now, if you wanted to match with the whole family that’s a totally different ball game, at that time not a lot of shops or online stores carried, “Mommy and Me”, “Daddy and Me” or ” Matching Family” outfits.
Fast forward to today, I’ve somewhat ‘normalized’ the idea of “twinning” or “matching” within our family (as cheesy as it may sound) to the point that when we go to church on Sundays, I’ll dress the kids up similarly and my husband will just pull out a top or a polo shirt thats within the same color palette, It’s quite impressive actually. This summer, I fell in love with those cute matching family swimwear but I knew bringing up the idea with Marco would be pushing it so I didn’t even bother asking but then Yaffi Fashion happened and they were nice enough to gift us with TWO sets of these matching family swimwear and Marco being the trooper that he is, when he saw me and the kids dressing up in our cute blue stripe swimwear before heading to the pool, he came up to me and asked “Where’s mine?” and smilingly I handed him his swimwear.
If you are in search of matching family swimwear for this summer or even for a holiday getaway then Yaffi Fashion is the place to go, they just made twinning so convenient and affordable, it’s amazing the numerous designs and colors you can pick from, your husband will have no excuse. They have stripes in different colors, solid colors, florals, and an option of either one-piece or two-piece for the women/ girls. I’ve been twinning with my girl for almost 4 years now and its been a struggle to find things for Marco so he could match with us and that is another reason why I love them, they have a lot of options for the men and the boys almost as many as the women and the girls, so I was able to include Marco and Xavi in this ‘twinning’ business. Haha, sorry guys!
Also you might want to check out their other inventory, they also carry cute Mommy and Me dresses, Kimono tops and matching family pajamas (hint: Perfect for Christmas) without breaking the bank.
Here are photos from the first time we used our matching swimwear, for size reference I’m wearing a size S, Marco is wearing a size XXL, Cassie who is 4 years old is wearing a size 4T and Xavi who is 1.5 years old is wearing a 2T (it works perfectly with his swim diapers on).
Here’s a photo of us after our day at the pool, can I just tell you what Marco told me after we took this picture?
He said, ” Hey sweetie, these were actually very comfortable I honestly didn’t mind wearing them.” And if you don’t believe me, you can ask him yourself.
If you’re the type of guy who wants pockets in their swimwear, they carry those too, in fact the other pair of swim shorts Marco had (the pink floral one) had pockets and he especially loved those so be sure to go check them out. I’ve linked the specific swimwear that we got below our photos. I will also link their website, their Facebook page and their Instagram page below so click away.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!
*DISCLOSURE: I RECEIVED THESE PRODUCTS COMPLIMENTARY FOR REVIEW PURPOSES. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.
When I was single and this blog was self-indulgent, I used to post about my outfits, lookbook, #ootd—call it what you want but those posts were more for me to keep track of my current fashion (since fashion to me is a form of self-expression) and see how my style has evolved through the years. Of course, motherhood happened and I dealt with some sort of anxiety and post-partum issues with my body so I didn’t dress up for a while. You could say I was uninspired, I didn’t feel to good about myself and my body but after baby #2 I learned a whole lot about self-love and also learned the importance of practicing self- care. I’m proud to say that after 3+ years, I’m learning to love my #mombod and have embraced my battle scars (stretch marks, loose skin, weight gain, etc.) from both pregnancies.
Through those years my priorities have changed and my style has also evolved to reflect that. Nowadays I find myself preoccupied with house chores and play dates I no longer have time to think of what to wear and have resorted to a more timeless wardrobe , ‘ the basics‘ as others would call it but think of it this way—they’re reliable and you can never go wrong with it. In my journey of slowly ridding my life of clutter and creating a semi-capsule wardrobe I found myself investing in pieces that will last me a life time and that includes my JORD WATCH. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about them for a while and so I was overly ecstatic when they reached out to me. I already got myself a Jord Fieldcrest in Maple prior to this collaboration and I wanted Marco to enjoy the same classic timepiece I had so I opted to get him the Jord Hyde in Kosso &Gray . These beautifully designed wooden watches have a wide array of options for men and women (as you can see) and they also ship worldwide for FREE so go check them out.
Jord Fieldcrest Maple
Jord Hyde Kosso & Gray
As parents, we cant help but wear different hats multiple times a day. Sometimes I’m a blogger, an influencer, a mom boss and I find a few minutes in those days where I can dress up and look decent like a normal human being. (Even do #OOTDs like the good old days)
But for the most part I am a mother and I try to tend to my kids 24/7 wether we’re at home or out traveling, busy making memories and treasuring the moments that they still enjoy being with me and Marco.
…And lastly, I am a wife. I know life can be overwhelming, for a SAHM watching the kids is a full time job, then you have emails, collaborations to tend to on the side plus house chores to top it all but it’s always important to take the time with your significant other. Even when we’re too busy to have date nights, we take a few minutes to just snuggle, talk about our day and laugh at the crazy things our kids did—these are the moments that count.
In celebration of these special moments in our life and just living life in general I have partnered with Jord watch to give one lucky winner $100 off their very own timepiece selection. Click the link below to join the giveaway:
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March 27 – 28, 2019
I know a day in Nashville is VERY limited as there are so many things to do there but we were really just dropping by before our main destination— Atlanta, GA. So after we visited the National Corvette Museum from the previous blogpost we drove to Nashville and I was surprised that it was only going to be roughly an hour and 45 minutes going there plus factor in a short stop over if needed. Of course our first stop in Nashville was going to be a food place so we found ourselves driving to Arnold’s Country Kitchen.
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Address: 605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
So if you haven’t been to Arnold’s the process over there is you fall in line, get your food and then look for a place to sit down and that place based on the reviews and from the looks of it is always packed. Now I walked in pushing a stroller and holding Cassie in one hand while I had Marco fall in line. I read the rules and figured, ‘rules are rules’ whether I have 5 kids with me or not so I was a little hesitant but I was going to brave the line. A woman approached me and told me I could sit down and I told her I didn’t want to grab someone else’s seat especially since we didn’t have our food yet, I jokingly mentioned something about not being a rule breaker and she laughed and said I could break them because she made those rules—yup, apparently she was the owner. She told the other employees not to tell me off and that I could sit down with my kids. In my head I was like—OK, I LOVE NASHVILLE, TN. That was honestly one of the nicest things a stranger has done for me in a while.
Of course the food was SOUTHERN and PERFECT and it satisfied our current craving at that time plus it was cheap. Good food and good prices AND good people, now that’s a 5-star rating from us.
What Lifts You Wings Mural
Address: 302 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
So those who know me know that I appreciate taking photos with mural walls ANYWHERE in the world, so here in Nashville they have the infamous ‘Wings Mural’ by Kelsey Montague. She actually has a bunch of similar interactive art all over the US if I’m not mistaken. We checked the maps and it was like a 10-minute walk from Arnold’s, it was a beautiful day so we decided to go for it. We could easily spot the mural because there was a line to take photos and I was genuinely surprised but this is what we came for so we decided to fall in line and I’m glad we did.
Across the street, diagonal to it there’s another mural where the kids and I had fun taking pictures because it was so colorful and right across that mural was Milk and Honey.
Milk and Honey
Address: 214 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Milk and Honey Nashville is a popular local coffee shop (if I’m not mistaken) that had good ratings online so since it was right across from where we were, we decided to grab a gelato and coffee to go. I wish we had more time to try their food especially their baked goods but I can tell you the place has a nice ambiance, its beautifully set up inside and very instagrammable if you know what I mean.
Address: 2500 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203
After grabbing a little snack our last stop for the day was Centennial Park, we figured it was a beautiful day outside might as well spend the rest of the day outdoors. I on the other hand was just interested in seeing the Parthenon, a replica of the greek former temple. It would be nice to see the ruins of the real Parthenon one day.
People were literally playing outside and having picnics and I wish we had more time to kill in that park but we literally just walked through it, walked to the Parthenon and found out that we needed to bring the double stroller up the stairs so we compromised—we took pictures outside and I gave in to the kids wanting to play in the playground, Marco did offer to stay with them outside while I go in and explore the Parthenon but this was a family vacation so to the playground we went.
Address: 3437 Percy Priest Dr. Nashville, TN 37214
We were totally pooped and decided that we were done with our little adventure so we headed to our hotel to check in. The check-in process took awhile since there was only one guy in the front desk and although he was courteous and everything another customer was giving him a hard time and they were having an ongoing misunderstanding so his hands were tired. We had to wait for a good 30 minutes until they could sort things out, its a good thing the kids were just playing in the lobby while waiting. The rooms was of a decent size and it was overall clean, breakfast was nothing out of the ordinary but the staff serving breakfast was very helpful and polite.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Address: 5209 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209
I understand this chain isn’t all over the US but if you find yourself close to one, I suggest you get in. The place was packed and there was a line but they had quick service and the food was WORTH it. My kids are usually picky eaters even with fried chicken (go figure) but both of them were digging in. Don’t forget to get their lemonade too, if you like ’em cold and fresh then this is where to get it even on a cold night.
The vibe inside had a modern industrial feel to it, I am not surprised a lot of millenials and hipsters hang out at this place. Good food, great vibe and again IG worthy, you’re getting a bang for your buck. No wonder this place averages 4.5 starts out of 5 online.
Grand Ole Opry
Address: 2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
Before parking for the Grand Ole Opry, its nice to point out that right across it is Opry Mills, an outlet mall. If you are into shopping when you’re on vacation then you’ve come to the right place, plus right next to it the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.
Every legendary country star has probably performed a concert right here in the Grand Ole Opry, the architecture is already interesting and I wouldn’t have minded doing the tour to learn about its history but we were on a tight schedule and Marco wasn’t really into country music so we had to skip it. We explored the outsides and there are a lot of photo-worthy spots like those two gigantic guitars at the entrance, its hard to miss. But if you are a BIG country music lover then you can’t miss this place.
Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center
Address: 2800 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214
Even if you’re not staying in this hotel, a lot of people still make a trip to the Gaylord Opryland Resort because of its picturesque hotel set-up where one atrium leads to another. I swear if you walk around, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise with all its greenery. If you’re into botanicals then you would appreciate this resort as it has labels to all its flowers and plants that are strategically arranged surrounding waterfalls and acclaimed restaurants (that are a bit pricey if I might add). Also from my understanding this is the largest hotel in the US that does not have a Casino. Did I mention that they have a boat ride inside? Again, we didn’t have time to do this but I’m saving this along with the newly designed waterpark for the next trip here.
Do take note that if you want to park inside the resort they will charge you $25 even if you’re just there for 5-10 minutes. Now if you do eat at one of their restaurants then they do validate but other than that I would suggest parking outside the mall close to the cinemas and just walk to the resort. That’s what we did.
And that is it for our one-day trip to Nashville, now on to our final destination—Atlanta, GA.