Art-Themed Birthday Party

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Brigham’s birthday party theme was so fun I thought I should share some details and photos of it!

Brigham has always had a mind of his own and loves to create things. He is always so proud of the artwork he brings home so I thought it would be fun to have an art-themed birthday party! This is not surprising as his father is a very talented artist himself. His first major in college was actually art before he decided on the healthcare field.

Thanks to Social Artworking we were able to throw an awesome art-y party! They sent us everything we needed for the kiddos to have fun – canvases, easels, brushes and paint! We looked through all of their Social Artworking Junior Designs, which were perfect for the five to six-year-old age range. Brigham chose “friendly fox” because he loves the song What Does the Fox Say?


I’m about to throw a lot of photos at you but I wanted to show you all the details and pops of color!

Art-themed birthday party |

The amazing cake courtesy of my friend from high school.




Take-aways for the kiddos.


Goodie buckets were filled with sidewalk chalk, crayons, mini paints and paintbrushes + a fun straw and balloon.


I tried to use the paintbrush theme throughout the details.


I got the idea to put a roll of paper down instead of a tablecloth – that way the kids could draw to their heart’s content!



Primary colors everywhere!


The bummer was the party was supposed to be outside but then it started raining. Thank God for my neighbors who at the last minute let us borrow tables and helped set up. I was freaking out a little bit ;)


Social Artworking sent a reuseable design and transfer paper. I have a very good husband who lovingly transferred the foxes to each canvas so they would be ready for the kids.



Look at all our little Picassos!


And I just had to share this photo because you’ll notice that Brigham’s painting looks NOTHING like a fox. Atta boy, Brigs. Coloring outside the lines is encouraged in this house :)


And there you have it – Brigham’s beautiful art-themed birthday party! Word to the wise – buy plenty of smocks and hand wipes!

Thanks again to Social Artworking for sending us all the amazing supplies for a successful art-themed birthday party!

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Prettify Your Pantry with These 3 Steps

Organize and pretty up your pantry with three steps! |

Having an organized pantry is one thing – but having a pretty pantry? Well, that’s a whole ‘nother story! If you are one of the lucky ones to have a pantry you probably stuff your food staples onto the shelves and don’t think about it again.

Or maybe you’re like me – a girl who wants to organize AND prettify her pantry.

I’ve seen some great ideas out there on the internet. I’ve also snooped in others’ pantries to find out how people manage their menu items. I have found that aside from organizing – DECORATING your pantry helps to make an even bigger change. I’ve partnered with The Maids to share my favorite ideas to do just that!

Organize and pretty up your pantry with three steps! |

1. Work the Walls

If you’re organizing your pantry you’re going to have to take everything out anyway to get a nice fresh start. Why not go a step further and make those walls a work of art? There are many ways to do this. You could use your favorite paint color, temporary wallpaper (yes, it’s back in style) or my favorite, stencil a pattern right on the walls!


Pretty Pantry Make-Over with Stencils! |
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2. Don’t Ignore the Floor

Don’t stop at the pantry walls! I don’t think many people give much thought to their pantry floors. But giving them some attention will really add to the feel of the space. I like the idea of utilizing a rug, with a non-slip pad, of course. A pattern or color that complements your kitchen is key! And there are so many reasonably priced, smaller rugs that will work perfectly for this purpose.

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3. Lock Eyes with Labels

Are you guilty of searching for an item when it was right in front of your face the whole time? ME TOO! One of the most important parts of organizing your pantry is being able to find things easily. Out of sight, out of mind! Labeling baskets and storage containers will save you valuable time. You could take it one step further and create beautiful labels that draw your eye in and make a statement! These labels don’t have to be expensive and can easily be made at home. You could buy them online, create your own or find downloadable, printable options online.

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Follow these three steps and you’re sure to have the prettiest pantry out of everyone!

5 Awesome Ways to Bring the Beach to Your Backyard + Giveaway

Looking for some summer fun with the kids? Bring the beach to the backyard with these five tips! #H2OGO! #ad

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bestway. All opinions are 100% mine.

We probably won’t make it to the beach this summer and I gotta tell you – I’m super sad about that! I love the beach so much. In fact, there’s a part of me that feels like I was meant to live near a beach. The sand in my toes any time I wish would be amazing. But, that’s just not to be.

What do you do when you can’t go to the beach? You bring the beach TO YOU! I’ve been thinking about our summer bucket list and realized there is so much fun we can have right in our own backyard! Wanna bring the beach to your backyard? Here’s some great ideas to get you started.

Looking for some summer fun with the kids? Bring the beach to the backyard with these five tips! #H2OGO! #ad

1. Build Sandcastles

Now I know what you’re thinking. How are the kids supposed to build sandcastles with no sand?! And I’ll tell you – a sandbox. They have very reasonably priced sandboxes at the store or you could build one from free plans you can find on pinterest like my neighbors did (it’s super awesome, by the way). Your kids will LOVE it and it will keep them busy. Will they get dirty? Of course. But hey, that’s what summer is all about, right?

2. Buy the Beachwear

Lounge chair, beach towels, flip-flops, striped umbrella. If you wish you were on the beach just PRETEND YOU ARE. Your neighbors will think you’ve gone crazy. So what. In fact, buy one of those tacky little signs that says, “Gone to the Beach” and put it on your front door. Then tell your family you’re having a pretend beach day in the backyard. I promise – your kids will think you’re the coolest.

3. Make Waves

If you’re not lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard there are other awesome ways to provide a day of water fun! When we took the boys to the beach for the first time in 2013, they loved boogie boarding. Obviously that’s not an option when all you’ve got is grass! So the H2OGO! Water Slide is where it’s at. It comes in a single, double or triple slide and has a Speed Ramp™ to provide a safe landing. This is the next best thing I can give them! And hey, you know we’re buying the double, right? You can buy it at,, and Toys R’ Us. 


4. Sound it Out

One of the best things about the beach are the sounds all around you. Seagulls calling, waves splashing, a ship’s horn in the distance. Buy a CD or download something and make sure to play it loud. You’ve got to have the sounds to really capture the essence of the ocean!

5. Put an Umbrella in Your Drink

Why is it they only do this in Mexico or the Caribbean. I say, a fruity drink with a little umbrella in it is necessary no matter where you live! Mix up a virgin daquiri sure to cool everyone off on a hot day. Put an umbrella in it and your kids will really get a kick out of this special frozen drink you made for them!


Now I’m really ready for summer, aren’t you? To kick things off one lucky reader will win an H2O GO! Water Slide so they can turn their backyard into a beachy dream! All you have to do is comment and tell me what your favorite beach is and I’ll choose a winner at random.


Please Note:

  • H2OGO! is not for adult use, and is not for children over 12 or under 5 years of age.
  • This product is not for use by anyone over 5 feet tall or weighing more than 110 pounds.

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From dull to deck-tacular | our deck makeover

From Dull to Deck-tacular! Check out this mood board for a deck or outdoor space makeover. Click to the blog for a source list! #KettlemanKicksAsh #ad |

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Char-Broil. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have big plans for our backyard this summer. Oh yes. Big, big plans. I know I say this about different rooms of our house a lot. But I would really like to enjoy our outdoor space much more than we have in the past.

We have a great deck off the back of our house but there are definitely some problems that need solutions.

This is our “before” photo, which was actually taken before we moved in four years ago.

deck and back of house

I created a deck makeover mood board to help turn our deck from dull to deck-tacular!

From Dull to Deck-tacular! Check out this mood board for a deck or outdoor space makeover. Click to the blog for a source list! #KettlemanKicksAsh #ad |

(Psssst, source list is at the bottom so keep reading!)

Okay, onto the problems!

#1. There is absolutely no shade.

Our deck faces the south and it’s sun, sun, sun all day. Since it’s a new neighborhood there are no mature trees to block the sun and there is nothing overhead. I’m what they call vampire-pale, so I burn within about five minutes of going outside. I would love to write outside on the deck or watch the kiddos play or eat dinner al fresco! We need a big, colorful umbrella to protect us from that blazing summer sun. A pergola is in the future plans!

#2. We need somewhere to sit.

Right now we are rocking a broken bistro set I borrowed from my parents. We used to have chairs and a table but a bad storm took it down! It’s pretty pathetic, actually. We have a five-person family and nowhere to sit outside! I would love a beautiful table with benches for the kiddos. I want to bring in bright pops of color with an outdoor rug and pillows.

#3. It’s really dark out there at night!

We have one teeny little light on our back deck. And the person who planned our neighborhood apparently forgot about street lamps! So when we’re out there it feels . . . kinda creepy. I have already purchased some of those cute outdoor string lights and have a plan to drape them above the deck. It’s going to feel so bright and inviting when the lights are up! Party at our house, everyone!

#4. We need to upgrade our grill!

An outdoor space is worth nothing if you’re not grilling some fabulous foods, am I right? We love to grill out throughout the warmer months. Whether it be burgers, chicken, fish, veggies or even desserts (banana boats, anyone?), we think food just tastes better straight off the grill. Problem is, we’re not so hot on our current grill, pun intended. We’ve been doing our research and the husband thinks we should buy a new charcoal grill this time around. We’ve decided on the new Char-Broil Kettleman Grill.


For this busy and hungry family of five – our grill choice is all about convenience. This grill is on wheels so it’s easy to move around, it has a removable ash bowl and a no fall-through grate. It also has a hinged lid, which means you don’t have to remove it and set it down completely. We grilled out last night and it works like a charm. Our chicken was delicious and clean up was a breeze. Watch the video to learn more about the Kettleman grill.

Here’s the full deck makeover source list in case you spy something you’d like for your own outdoor space:

1. Globe string lights – Target

2. Striped umbrella – Walmart

3. Outdoor toss pillows – Target

4. Outdoor patio mat – Walmart

5. Patio table & chairs – Ikea

6. Char-Broil charcoal grill – Lowe’s

I love the pops of black, blue and red! So festive, don’t you think? I’m ready for a glass of wine and a steak on our new deck!


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Hulk Smash Bash Birthday Party

Hulk Smash Bash Birthday Party Details. #AvengersUnite #ad |

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MARVEL’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron came out yesterday (May 1) and is already a huge box office hit! This comes as no surprise to our family. We have always been big fans of The Avengers, especially the Hulk. So much so that last year we ended up planning a Hulk Smash Bash for Brigham’s fourth birthday.

I realized I never posted photos of his amazing Hulk Smash Bash from last year. I really do love throwing themed parties for my kids. It takes a lot of effort but it’s always worth it in the end! With the new movie out I thought it would be timely to share some of the adorable Hulk birthday party details as this movie creates new buzz about one of our favorite superheroes.

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Can’t get over how cute my little hulks are! You can’t tell but we sprayed their hair green for the party!

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It’s totally worth mentioning if you are planning an Avengers-themed party NOW is the perfect time to get to Walmart for The Avengers: Age of Ultron themed snacks. They’ve got all your favorites including doritos, cheez-its and Dr. Pepper! Fair warning – it’s really difficult to say no to these snacks when super heroes are on the bags!

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And while you’re shopping don’t forget to download the Super Heroes Assemble app available in iTunes or Google Play. You can find the in-store displays to unlock hidden content in the app.

You can scroll across the top, tap on your favorite Avengers character and it will give you photo ops and items available at Walmart for each one. Of course, my boys requested Hulk and what do you know?! The Marvel Avengers Gamma Hulk Hands are still available at Walmart!

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These hands make a great photo opportunity for your Hulk-themed party! Are we a tough-lookin’ family or what?

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This party was so fun. I mean, how perfect was this bounce house we rented?! Not sure if everyone carries this but it’s worth checking into!

Hulk Bounce House
I got so many compliments on how this came together. Although I had to make some of the details myself because Hulk is not the most popular party character (ahem, I think it’s his bad temper) it was unique and fun!