Tuesday, August 28, 2012

off to kinder, here we go!

some of my fave pics as my daughter starts kinder this year...

printables from Laura Winslow Photography

bye bye, daddy!
in our hallway at school,
right by my office

kinder line-up
lunch time
hanging out with mommy in the speech room
at the end of the day
Welcome Back-to-School everyone! Have a great year!  

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ready-to-Pop Baby Shower

Ready-to-Pop Baby Shower
Earlier this month, my sunday school childhood bff /cousin-in-law had a baby shower.  We had a Ready-to-Pop theme.  You can see the invitations on  this post.  There was a really, really cute cupcake I saw online but it was out of the budget!  But we had a diaper cake so all is well :)

The topper was inspired by this etsy item.  The popcorn container came from Cost Plus World Market...as if they knew we're having a popcorn party...they had a whole section on popcorn and props, so fun! 

I tucked in extra diapers in the popcorn container to "fill" it and rolled white and yellow washcloths for the topping.  The washcloths came from Target...but shhh, they didn't come in those colors...I had to switch some around ;)

I had been "collecting" items for this party for awhile now, like the popcorn containers at Target's dollar spot that went on clearance couple months ago and the paper straws were bought from Very Jane.  Inside the popcorn containers were peanuts and cracker jacks bought from Sam's Club.

My daughter and even my mother-in-law helped out with some of the party details.  They were sponging many of the printables up til the last hour of my setup.  I'm very thankful for all the friends and family who stepped up and help pull this shower together, especially with the food.  Noone went home hungry and most of them {I heard} went crazy with the take home a.k.a. "clean up."   

my sponger
Filipino food
I got this idea from Pinterest...the guests wrote notes/messages for the baby.  They chose and completed one of  the phrases, "I hope you learn...," "I hope you love...," "I hope you are not afraid of..." and "I hope you laugh..."  The mother-to-be got to pick one as the winner and a couple of us alternated reading the notes right before the gifts were opened.

Here were some other areas I set up:
gift table
Welcome Sign
popcorn bar, popcorn bowls were also from
Cost Plus World Market
Large $9.99, Small $3.99 {i think}
it was y.u.m. and i don't eat spicy!
also from Cost Plus World Market
porcelain strawberry baskets from Crate & Barrel
napkins from Cost Plus World Market $2.99
root beer from Cost Plus World Market
first time i went, they were $1.12 each
i came back for more and they were $0.74 each
yey!  so i bought them all...plus i had a coupon :)
Twizzlers favors
red-striped scrapbooking paper from Michaels
mini red velvet cupcakes from Sam's Club
red-striped bakers from Very Jane

while waiting for the guests to arrive,
mom-to-be and i took lotsa pics
this family takes baby shower games seriously, lol
we played the Name Game where they had to match
the guests' names to the correct meanings of names
the fave name of the night Galileo:  a rolled sheet!
many relatives drove from California to join in the celebration 
We had a poppin' good time!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Stampin' Up Convention 2012 Highlights: Day 3

Hopefully this will be my last Convention post for 2012 :)  Then I can go on and post about parties, projects and other stuff, yey!  First, we said our goodbyes and thank yous to our hostess, Mary.  They have this cool tree in front of their house.  
our hostess' bonsai tree
so refreshing to see greens, grass and white wooden fences
Then off to the Salt Palace we went for the final day of Convention...

The kits for the Make & Takes ran out by Day 2.  This gave me time to look around, take more pics and even venture out of the Salt Palace the last two days of Convention.
right across Salt Palace is the Marriott
and the new mall, City Creek Center
right next to Salt Palace is the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

near Temple Square

During the closing general session in the afternoon, there were tons of products that were given away.  I even got prize patrol goodies, yey!

woohoo, Solid Red won for prize patrol :)))
everyone received the Ronald McDonald
stamp set for free
Moving Forward set, so cute!
$3 go to Ronald McDonald House Charities
Shelli's daughter, Sara Douglass, demo
featuring the Perfectcly Preserved set
baby jar folded and when opened
reveals an extended jar, clever
cute treats or giveaways
Fall Regionals announcements
Utah sunset on our drive home
When I got home, I unpacked and sorted all my goodies from the Convention, so fun!

all my free products:  Storytime DSP for first timers, Orchard Harvest DSP
and Layered Labels stamps prize patrol kit, Moving Forward stamps for the RMHC,
Mixed Medley stamps giveaway, and exclusive I am stamps for completing the secret words 
Make & Takes for Day 1
using Daydream Medallion and Affection Collection
Memento Mall:  blouse $39.95, Wish List Pad $2.95
Comfort Cafe Shopping Bag $3.95
and 3 boxes of fabric FREE 
Yellow Chevron Striped
Convention Bag

My husband thought I bought another bag, lol.  I told him we got them FREE at Convention :)
bag contents:  pin, glue stick, agenda, lanyard and Make & Take stamps
fan came from the Riverton Campus Tour from Demonstrator Support
our swaps collection
I hope you enjoyed my posts on Convetion 2012!  Thank you!