Thursday, October 12, 2017

Can you believe that its October already? This is my far my favorite month! Seriously, I love all the crunchy leaves, crisp air, and pumpkins! Life has been super busy so we haven't had a chance to make it to the pumpkin patch, but we will one of these days! I put together this cute cat inspired/halloween round up of my favorite halloween inspired items! This year I'm going to add a few books and jammies to charlie's treat basket, because i'm not sure she will grasp the idea of a bag full of candy yet, and while I'd love to eat the entire bag... let's just say the candy will be going with dad to work! We have our first halloween trick or treat this weekend + a costume contest! Stay tune, for our unicorn costume, it's a fun one! 

With the temp dropping I luckily found a cute knitted unicorn sweater for her to wear over her leotard, because 66 degrees is too chilly for just a leotard. How are you guys prepping your house for Halloween this year?

DIY Balloon Topper

Friday, September 22, 2017

Happy Fri-Yay!
I'm share this fun DIY balloon cake topper today! This is SUPER easy! Like I'm talking 5 minutes easy!

Here's what you need:
5" balloons, I used these.
Gold Star Stickers, I used these.
Balloon Sticks, I used these.

All products mentioned above can be found at Amazon, with prime shipping.

Step one: Inflate balloons, tie a knot at the end.
Step two: Add gold stickers.
Step three: Trim plastic balloon sticks to height you desire, I trimmed about half.
Step four: Add balloon to stick.
Step five: Place sticks in cake.

It's that easy! I hope you guys have fun making these & celebrating! Lots of color combinations can be made with the 5" pack I listed above.

Playhouse + Last days of summer

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Oh sweet summer, you are QUICKLY fading, and that's okay because fall is my favorite, but we're just not quite ready to let you go! Yesterday I got to have the day off for my birthday, seriously, last year in my twenties, how is that even possible? Anyways, so we got to play the entire day, and we soaked up every last bit of summer in the afternoon! Playhouse, water table, hose, painting, you name it! But we're planning apple orchard dates, football games, smores, and a fun halloween party, so fall we're ready for you!

P.s. If you didn't get a chance to check out the playhouse + get the plans hop over to Destination Nursery where you can download + check out the supply list!

Fri-Yay! Round up!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Happy Fri-YAY! Fridays are my jam, they get me pumped for the weekend, and for once we have NOTHING scheduled on our Saturday! I wanted to do a quick round up, Mostly just of things I currently love, my husband and I decided to buy charlie a few Christmas gifts each month until Christmas, and her birthday, it's the 1st, but we're headed to Disney World for her birthday, so that kind of trumps any gift we could/would get her!

We decided to also have Santa leave all the gifts unwrapped and just leave them under the tree, with a big bow, so she wakes up completely surpised! So here's some fun things that could make great gift ideas, or just toy ideas for any upcoming birthday or gift!

Check out this cute kidkraft kitchen + refrigerator over at zulily for $139, super cute, if you've been needing a cute play kitchen for your little one!

P.S. snag this cute wood furniture for the doll house set on amazon - $30 for the entire set!

Dress Up with Little Adventures

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Is it Friday? Because I swore when I woke up this morning, it was Friday, than I was so nicely informed it was just Thursday with charlie & I both spilling out breakfast all over the driveway, so if you're looking for Friday or eggs & french toast, than you can find a few of those still sitting on my driveway. That aside, if you've been following my instagram you've seen I've teamed up with Little Adventures Dress Shop to do a discount to our readers + a giveaway.

The giveaway is closed, Congrats Aubrey G, but for all of you I still have a 15% off discount code + shipping is always free in the U.S.. Use code BBD15% at checkout!

We love this little mermaid dress, if you use code BBD15% at check out this brings this cute dress $21.25. The BEST part about all these dresses are that they are completely 100% washable, the fabric is soft unlike other dress up's that are stiff. These are also SO cute for Halloween, which is coming up soon! 

Happy shopping at Little Adventure Dress Shop! Code: BBD15%

Fall Favorites

Friday, August 25, 2017

Happy Friday! Fall in Iowa is one of my favorites, and tonight we get to go to our first football game, so that definitely means fall is here, or at least little hints of fall are here! I listed some of my favorites for fall & I'm absolutely LOVING that soft pink color, mixed with denim, it might just be my new favorite.

I love the pink pom pom shoes! We just got charlies in the mail, and they are more adorable in person, so note, they do run a tag large so size down.

Also if you haven't checked out old navy's new fall arrivals, do it now. Some of the cutest finds + it's super cash time, so spend & receive super cash to use in the future.

Unicorn cupcakes

Thursday, August 24, 2017

This past Wednesday it was one of my young women from church birthday! So I made these fun DIY unicorn cupcakes, and this was my first time EVER attempting a multicolor swirled frosting, and oh boy it was fun!

I'll include the frosting recipe below. I used a chocolate cake mix, since her favorite is chocolate, I always freeze my cupcakes before I frost them, this helps keep them moist, plus helps me plan ahead of time, so I don't have to bake the cupcakes, wait for them to cool, frost than decorate!

Here's how to make these:
Swirl Frosting I divided the frosting into 4 batches, mixed the food coloring in, put the frosting in a bag, then I put the frosting into individual pipping bags, flatted them.

Frosting Tip I put all the frosting bags in one pipping bag with a large star tip. Just apply pressure and squeeze until all the colors com out evenly.

Unicorn Horns + Ears I used gum paste, premade, you can buy it here or you can purchase it from hobby lobby. I rolled out the horns into a snake shape with tapered ends, put the tapered ends together and twisted the gumpaste. For the ears I used a tear drop shape cookie cutter and pinched the rounded sides together. Here's a good step by step image I used for making mine.

After the gumpaste dries I used this gold dusting glitter to brush onto the horns. To get the glitter to stay you'll need to drip a brush in vodka then the dusting glitter and brush it on.

Butter Cream Frosting:
  • 3 cups Powdered sugar
    1 pinch Salt
    1 tsp Vanilla extract
    1 cup Butter, unsalted
    2 tbsp Heavy cream or heavy whipping cream

DIY Playhouse.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

plans + details are over here at Destination Nursery

I promised that I would share Charlies playhouse that we worked on off an on this summer! This was a fun summer project for my husband and I, Charlie watched the progress of the house but never really picked up on it unto we were done & moved her kitchen in! She absolutely loved it! We decided to build her a playhouse instead of buying one, for bigger space + if we bought a kit we would have ended up painting the entire inside. So we built!

And I promised I would share the plan + materials list which you can find over at Destination Nursery website, plus I shared what we decided to buy + what we DIY'd, We turned an old night stand that was given to me by a co-worker, modified it a bit and turned it into a mini kitchenette. Plus you'll have to see the peg board my husband made Charlie, she adores it!

If I could do it all over again, I would probably make it a BIT bigger, but our house is located on a corner lot, so we are a little limited on space since we don't exactly have a backyard. I would make it 5x7, this way she could go into a little more, but I'm sure in a few years shell be over the kitchenette so we can add a table instead!

If you're up for a fun DIY project with your hubby I recommend building a playhouse, but there's just something so rewarding doing it yourselves! Head over to here for the plans to print out + material list.

Iowa State Fair

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

We had the BEST day at the Iowa State Fair! 
Luckily we only live a few hours from the fair so we took the day off and headed there with my husbands parents. There was horses, cows, pigs, sheep, and so many animals to look at, charlie really loved petting the miniature horses.... I foresee a horse themed birthday party in our future in a few short months. The State Fair also had the cutest "Little Hands on the Farm" where each child got the opportunity to get an apron, a bucket, and a shovel and plant the seeds in the garden, pick the produce, harvest the corn & soy beans, shear the sheep, and milk the cow. Once they were done with doing all these tasks they got to take their produce + harvest to the market where they sold their items, collect a dollar and buy a treat from the grocery store, it was the cutest idea! She also got to go to the splash pad, and see the famous butter cow.

If you haven't had the opportunity to go check out your state fair, go, it's so much fun!

Happy Fri-YAY.

Friday, July 28, 2017

one / two / three / four / five / six / seven / eight / nine / ten / eleven / twelve

Hello! Happy Fri-YAY! To celebrate this wonderful day I rounded up a list of all the things we are loving lately! I mean seriously those little pink and gold star sweat pants totally make wearing sweat pants tendy, am I right? If you have the chance stop over Destination Nursery & see Charlie's cute poncho I'm loving this summer!

We're off to the pool & taking a fun class at Paper Kite Shop with Gunner & Lux!

Playhouse House Warming Party

Friday, July 21, 2017

So we just threw Charlie the funnest kids summer party! Once we finished building playhouse we threw her, her first house warming party, we shared the party over here at Destination Nursery & all the details on supplies + links, but I just wanted to show some photos of the event + we finally put a door on the playhouse, 30 days later!

But this kids party was seriously so fun, and lets be honest any reason to have a party is a good reason! We had water balloons, pool, the playhouse, a tray with waterbeads, outdoor painting, and a slide! I have to be honest it was 101 that night with 80% humidity, so the reason why the food didn't make it out is because we ate inside, and we partied outside later when the sun was going down.

My best advice have a party in outdoor June & have lots of stations for the kids to play at!