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Celebrating the life of “the fashionista”!!!

The fashionista is turning 7 today !

How is that possible??!!!

baby kaleighShe was such a little peanut , born weighing only 6 lbs. She earned the nickname “pickle” which we called her til she was about 3 years old. She was the perfect “combo” kid since Sweet Pea looked just like me and DDD looked just like my husband.

 I thought I would honor her by showing some photos of her from the past…..before I was a blogger..haha

kaleigh and shayI mean….how cute is she!

She was as cute as a button but….our first “feisty” kid. Sweet Pea just wanted to kiss on her all day but she would have no part of it. She was tough and pretty tenacious. She would scream if they were driving her crazy but spent most of her playtime jumping around like crazy.

We learned early that she would find a great playmate in Dirty Dog D. He was able to teach her the “ropes” and yet snag a partner for his wild adventures.

tiarasThe fashionista was always found with a tiara on. However, in this picture DDD is showing her how to use the tiara as a superhero vision ray…haha. She would do anything he said.

saint picShe was always a sweet kid….but demanded her space and for things to be done her way.

We learned quickly that she was going to “school us” in raising a diva. She quickly begin to challenge the “hand me downs” that I wanted to dress her in and showed me that she had her own style.

kals 5She could accessorize, and still does, like no one’s business! Her outfits often include several bracelets and earrings that she “finds” in my room. If I hear someone “clunking” down the hall, it is usually her with a pair of my high heels.

If any of the kids need help with outfits, she is the first one that they consult. She is so great about helping everyone and is always a fun playmate.

packingHere she is with Mini me as I was trying to pack for my getaway with the hubs to Cancun. She could not believe she “never saw this hat before”! I had to double check my suitcase when the two of them left. She’s been known to confiscate pieces that she “loves”. haha.

buddiesShe’s a super great friend! The fashionista has very few girlfriends. My husband and I joke around that she was a very small “inner” circle and that’s it. She is super confident, independent, and full of life.

She has always seen herself as a princess. We constantly affirm that she is the daughter of a heavenly king, which she loves!!!

On her fifth birthday, she wanted the ultimate princess party….

Kaleigh's birthday

She invited all her friends to wear their princess dresses, as she was definitely going to be decked out for the party.

And the cake…..had to be amazing as well….

birthday cake 2Thankfully, my little kitchen helpers came in handy. It was a fabulous party!

arielAnd at her 6th birthday party, she decided that she was going to be Ariel. It wasn’t enough to get the mermaid dress and shoes. Of course not….she needed the red wig!!!

And this year, we will be hanging poolside as we focus on her newest thrill….

Elsa from Frozen…..

Happy Birthday Fashionista!

Little one,  You have helped me to learn that independence is good and that sometimes being your mom means just watching you grow into an amazing little girl. You require so little direction as you have always been a confident leader.

july 4You truly are one of a kind and you have my heart!

My prayer is that you will always be expressive and full of the joy of life!

Love, Mommy….

Tip Tuesday: Flashback: 1st Birthday fun!

Planning a first birthday can be fun and special.  Here are a few tips/suggestions from Miss Missy’s first birthday.

1) Have a photo session.  I have five kids and the thought of taking them to the mall for one hopeful shot of my one year old becomes an ordeal that can last several hours. Not to mention the expense. So, you can imagine my excitement when I found a pin on Pinterest that suggested using wrapping paper and having your own photo session.  I found this cute wrapping paper at  the local dollar tree and made sure that I stretched it up the wall and across the floor and had Miss Missy sit on top. I made sure she had several props (toy cake slices, and a cell phone). It literally took 15 minutes and about 6 shots with my Iphone to land this cute shot! I love it. I had prints made at Walmart and I also bought two frames from the dollar store and spray painted them pink to match her party decorations.

Photo session2) Personalize when you can. I printed out some of my favorite photos of Miss Missy over her past year. I tried to find pictures of just her. I then displayed these on a clothesline around one of my favorite signs from the girls’ room. I hung all these decorations up with command strip hooks.

first year photos 3.) Serve food that is adult and kid friendly. Don’t have just kid food if the party involves kids and adults or very “fancy” food when the party is centered around a one year old. I like to plan my party around who is attending. If I have alot of kids over, I’m not serving anything with red sauce that I will have to clean up off my carpets. In fact, I try to only serve apple juice or white grape juice for that reason. I want to enjoy my parties too. It’s impossible to keep all the food from entering the basement or spills from happening, but you can make it easier on yourself. At this party, I served something simple. Probably Chic filia nuggets and pulled pork sandwiches in a crock pot. (see….just sent the hubs out. little cooking from mom.) I had a large fruit platter and veggie and dip platter; apple slices and caramel dip; crab dip with crackers; chip and dip; a greek salad; deviled eggs; and macaroni salad. I think, if I can remember correctly, I also served a baked macaroni and cheese for the kiddos.

buffet4.) Make fun decorations that kids will enjoy!!! The kids loved helping me hang these streamers that looked a multi-colored curtain. This pink tablecloth wrapped around the curtain rod made for a good valance. We made the puff balls out of tulle. I don’t have detailed pictures of the lollipop centerpiece or the bubble gum #1 centerpiece that were on the table but here are the pinterest sites I used below:

Easy centerpiece: Take big styrofoam ball and stick lollipops into it!

decorative mantleA simple mantle of fresh flowers and more photos of Miss Missy with family and friends. This is also where we had her gift bags and boxes placed when the guests arrived.

5.) Plan the party around the party kid. We planned our party to start when Miss Missy would be awaking from her nap. It was an “open house” type party running from 3-7pm with dinner being served around 4:30 and cake cutting at 5:30. This allowed Miss Missy to really enjoy her cake and opening her presents. She was the main “guest of honor” so the day flowed around her schedule.

6.) Make or Buy a Smash cake. My sister-in-law made this adorable “smash” cake for Miss Missy. It was a cake that was made only for her. This is perfect if your  little one has any food allergies. You can tailor their cake and buy a store cake for everyone else.

Smash cake!!!

Smash cake!!!

bria and cake 2bria and cake

The best of luck in all your party planning! Hope these have been helpful!

God Bless,


10 birthday traditions…..Celebrating the life of each child….

The above picture is Sweet Pea in a nutshell…..crazy, spunky, wild, super fun! In this picture, she is wearing our traditional birthday hat and the large birthday pin at her party. And yes,….she is loving every minute of it! It seems just like yesterday she was still so little. In my mind, she will always look like this:

4 yr old Shayla…..

This Spring, we celebrated Sweet Pea’s 9th birthday!!! It’s hard to believe she is already nine!!! I wanted to share with you some of our family birthday traditions that we LOVE. Each child looks forward to their birthday and all the activities and decisions that revolve around their special day.

Tradition #1: Decorated birthday door.

The children look forward to getting their door decorated with signs from their favorite characters. It must have flowing streamers and at least three signs.

Sweet Pea with her birthday door.

Sweet Pea with her birthday door.

Tradition #2: A birthday pancake in the shape of their age.

Thanks to my mom who bought me a special bottle to create numbers this task has gotten a lot easier. Depending on the birthday kid, this pancake could be covered in syrup or whipped cream and be plain or full of chocolate chips.

She's nine!!!

She’s nine!!!

Tradition#3: Use of the Birthday wine goblet.

 I mean…I guess my kids see a lot of wine glasses being “used” in this house so…what kid wouldn’t want to use a cool wine glass with Happy Birthday in multiple colors splashed all around it!????!!!!!! This birthday wine goblet is usually filled at breakfast with orange juice or chocolate milk. I found it at the local Dollar Tree and it was a huge hit!


Tradition #4: Birthday Lunch

So usually our birthday boy/girl gets their pick for the lunch menu. However, this time, Daddy decided to take Sweet Pea out to a restaurant for lunch. Here she is ready to go…. (I was told that she ordered the broiled seafood platter and a house salad. Yep…I was super jealous. =)

Sweet Pea ready for her date

Sweet Pea ready for her date

Tradition #5  Birthday Dinner of their choice

Each child gets to pick their own choice of dinner. This can get scary depending on the kid. Dirty Dog D is always good for a “breakfast dinner”. He wants sausage, pancakes, cheesy eggs, home fries, orange juice…the works. The fashionista and Mini me are obsessed with chicken nuggets and mac and cheese. Sweet Pea eats like her mom..and I love it. So dinner that night was:

* Marinated ribeye steak

* mashed potatoes

*roasted cauliflower

* roasted asparagus

* Grands biscuits

Sweet Pea is the kinda kid that will eat off the adult menu when you go out. She will order the salmon and vegetables or the shrimp alfredo. She refers to it as her “gourmet palate”. =)

Tradition #6 Ice Cream cake for dessert

Our family is obsessed with ice cream cake!!! It’s the light, fluffy whipped topping combined with those crunchy cookie yumminess inside and ICE CREAM!!!!!. I’ve been known to FIND reasons to celebrate with an ice cream cake. It’s always a fight over who gets a second piece…haha.

Blowing out her candles

Blowing out her candles

How cute is that little colorful birthday cake mosaic that the Fashionista made for Sweet Pea? I absolutely LOVE when my kids are so thoughtful in regards to each other. The fashionista thought it was “way cooler” than making a homemade card.

Tradition #7 -Family Honoring

As we are eating our ice cream cake, we take the time to go around and share some of our favorite things about the birthday boy/girl. It’s an opportunity for them to really get to hear how everyone feels about them. Each child is really probed to describe what they love about the birthday boy/girl.

Tradition #8- Two big presents

Since our children only receive presents for Christmas and their birthdays, we get them two big presents for their big day. They usually receive one big present from the hubby and I and one from their siblings. This year Sweet Pea got a kindle from us to further her love for learning. She was so excited to use her money to buy more books for her kindle. From her siblings, she got an outfit picked out by the fashionista which included a bathing suit, cover-up, goggles, and matching flip flops.

Tradition #9- Birthday Blessing from Dad

My beautiful friend Susan over at Sole Searching Mama does this with her boys and when I read about it in her blog…I just fell in love with it. My husband takes the birthday child aside and prays over them for their physical, emotional, and spiritual growth in this new birthday year. It’s such a beautiful present for each of my children to see their father tenderly embrace them in prayer.

Tradition #10 Birthday party with their friends 

Who doesn’t love a party with their close friends? Each child gets to choose under 16 friends to have over for a themed party of their choice. I say “under 16” because my son invited 16 boys over to his last party in January……I guess there must be SOME perks to being the only boy. =)Here are some of the parties we have done: (Maybe I will blog separately about each of these so I eventually will have links to them)

* The Hungry Caterpillar party

* Princess tea party

* Pirate and princess party

*Ariel, under the sea party

*Lego Ninjago party

* football party

* salon/makeover party

So this year, Sweet Pea decided to have a smaller cake decorating party with just 8 little girls and It was fabulous! I enjoyed watching every minute of it. I will save the party details for my next blog.

With five children, birthdays are a way for my husband and I to honor our children and caterer to their specific personalities and desires. Its a day for them to feel special and remembered. I pray that my children always know how unique and special they are.

My Birthday!!!!

Tuesday was my birthday. And for those of you who HAVE to know, I’m 36. I’m not afraid of my age. I own it, and love it! I feel like i have been blessed to stuff so much in my life, that I am happy that I am ONLY 36. haha.

When I was little, my mom used to send me to school with cupcakes and goodie bags for all my classmates. My friends always looked forward to my birthday and the goodie bag that came in February. As I got older and my parents got busier, birthdays got put to the wayside. We didn’t do a lot of friend parties and may have had just a simple cake/ice cream for dessert.

Well….all that changed when I met my husband. He has such a strong pro-life upbringing that birthdays were soooo important to him. They were meant to be celebrated!  I will never forget on his birthday when he took me with him to buy a card for his mom. It was a beautiful “thanks for giving me life” card. The impact that that had on me was life-changing. My husband solidified, when we got married, the need to make each birthday important and special. Yep….he’s THAT KIND of guy! I fell in love with him all over again that day and he reminded me how important it is to celebrate LIFE with our family and friends.

With that in mind, it’s no surprise that my children LOVE birthdays especially mine. We started a tradition two years ago, where each child would take me on a special date for my birthday. We started early in the day, and ended with a romantic date with the hubby. My day started with a cup of hot vanilla tea made by Sweet Pea and a beautiful little card from each child. My bedroom door was lovingly decorated by my husband with beautiful construction paper signs attesting to my beautiful role as wife and mother. I wanted to share with you some pictures from my 2012 birthday day. I had a wonderful date with each kiddo with the hubby playing chaffeur all day. Then, since little Miss Missy was only three months old and nursing, she joined us for a romantic dinner.

This year was no different in the spoiling…=) The children and I had decided to break them down into two teams….Team A and Team B so that we weren’t rushed in enjoying our day. We had decided that it would be a “homeschool holiday” honoring the “founder” of our homeschooling group and the children could have the day off school. They were elated! They met to discuss where they were taking me, as it had to be a team effort and get advice from daddy on how the date would go.

My birthday morning I was awaken by mini-me jumping on me, and four little cards ready to be read. They were so excited to start the day, and I watched as DDD started throwing clothes out of my drawer for me to get dressed. The hubs decided to start the day at our favorite breakfast place and it was so nice to be greeted by some wonderful women who love my little family. The kids couldn’t help but talk about how it was my birthday with the staff. After breakfast, we piled into the van and were off. Team A consisted of Sweet Pea and Mini Me and Team B consisted of DDD and the Fashionista. However, once we pulled up to go bowling with Team B, Mini me jumped ship and decided to join Team B. I guess at the age of 3, you have that option. It was a phenomenal time. Filled with tons of jumping up and down and hugging. I love any activity in which my kids get to root each other on.

Sweet Pea and I were blessed with being able to have some alone time since Mini Me jumped ship. We hit the neighborhood Friendlys for an ice cream treat and then went next door to get manicures. Sweet Pea, at 8, is so mature and really loves to be pampered like mom. She really loved the orange color that she chose for both of us……mom is still getting used to it.


Lastly, the hubby and I tried out an amazing new restaurant for dinner. It is always nice to get away for some romantic time and the hubs never disappoints. I had to take a picture of my dinner because it was just that good!!! I’m a HUGE steak girl and this ribeye was no joke. When the waiter mentioned that the special of the night was lobster tail, it seemed fitting that one of those guys find his way on this girl’s birthday plate! Feel free to drool over my birthday cake as well….it was chocolate, peanut butter ganache…..um, yes please!!!!……(would it be wrong to get one boxed???) haha.

Thank you for sharing this celebration of my life today. As a mom, we forget that we are an example to our children in ALL THINGS. We must show our kids that we love ourselves and can take time to celebrate the life that we have. May your birthday this year be truly blessed and may you find beautiful ways to celebrate it.