Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Camping Party for Littles


Cutest "Camping" Birthday Party... 

Birthday Express recently launched a Party Ideas site complete with DIY décor, favor, and activities ideas as well as easy menu options and recipes!  Here is a sneak peek at one of the themes, a “Camp In” sleepover.




 Real camping dinnerware was mixed in with disposable party décor for easy pick up!  Find all the Birthday Express Let’s Go Camping products,here!



And here is an easy tutorial for these fun no-sew DIY tents!


If you are wondering how they made those adorable faux-logs, check out the tutorial here!




For more inspiration including easy menu ideas, games and activities, favors, and FREE PRINTABLES click here!

Use this code: MOM15OFF on Birthday Express to receive 15% off purchases, good through the month of May!  


Monday, October 29, 2012

party animal.


Babies in costumes. I mean... it's just so great. 

August loves "wion's" these days... and after seeing this baby on pinterest I had to make the mane myself. A cheap H& M bonnet and 3 things of yarn and there you have it. My little "wion". 

Oh, and a little felt (for ears) and a tassel (for the tail). 


and the back...




Saturday, February 4, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree.

I know it's February..... but, whatever...


It was the first week of December and I was kinda dreading getting a Christmas tree. That's not normal. It's just that I knew my life would be basically devoted to keeping August away from the tree. I could see him eating the needles and breaking ornaments.... Getting under the tree and possibly pushing it over. Him getting frustrated. Me getting frustrated. It wouldn't be good.


So, I went on pinterest to get some inspiration for some alternative options. I discovered this and fell in love. I knew what I needed to do. I used the leftover scrap wood from the fish painting I did in August's room and went at it. I added negative space and mixed up the colors.


Here she is.


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Highly Addictive Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies.



Let's get one thing straight - I can't cook. 


More often than not I have cereal for dinner. I do, however, enjoy baking. In my circle of friends I'm the one that brings dessert to get-togethers. These cookies have become very well known by my husband and friends. It is hard to find a word to describe their FREAKING AWESOMENESS. They are the perfect blend of gooey and firm... sweet and salty... I could go on... This recipe is from one of my favorite food bloggers. I changed it slightly... if you can believe it, I actually made it less fancy. I know. So here they are:  classic and slightly fancy chocolate chip cookies. 



 Freaking Awesome Chocolate Chip Cookies


 2 sticks butter (8 oz)
 1/2 cup white sugar (2 oz ) 
 1 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed (12 oz )
 2 eggs
 2 tsp vanilla (1/4 oz) 
 3 1/2 cup All Purpose flour (1 lb. ) (I love King Arthur Flour)
 1 1/2 tsp Baking soda 
 3/4 tsp salt
 1 lb. chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk chocolate, bittersweet- it's all good)
 1/2 teaspoon good quality sea salt, for sprinkling on top before baking *this is where the magic happens*


Cream the butter and the sugars until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes on medium high. Scrape down the side of the bowl. Continue mixing while adding the eggs one at time. Make sure each egg is incorporated before adding the next. Add the vanilla. Scrape down the bowl with a spatula. Combine the flour, soda and salt in another bowl. With a whisk to combine. With the machine on low, slowly add the flour. Mix until just combined, do not to over mix. Stir in the chocolate. Spoon dough onto baking sheet (I prefer a dough ball with character - not a perfectly rolled ball.) Then lightly sprinkle the dough with sea salt-- you won't regret this-- and bake at 360* for 11-12 minutes. They should be lightly golden on the outside but still look gooey on the inside. So we aren't pressured to eat the entire batch I bake a batch of cookies and then put the rest of the dough in a ziploc in the fridge. I then bake throughout the week so we can enjoy freshly baked cookies on multiple nights :) 


Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

me freaking out.

Randomly filming and caught August saying his first word. We freaked out.. 







Sunday, August 7, 2011

my latest outlet.

so, i am throws of learning how to balance it all.... baby, work, husband, family, friends, & laundry. lots of laundry. when i started this little blog i wanted a place i could direct my bridal clients to for makeup inspiration + an outlet of random, pretty things i find. well, right after i started this blog i got pregnant. then i got really sick... and stayed sick. then i had a baby. and then i went back to work and got busy... really busy. i go crazy though if i don't have a creative outlet... and i need it to work with my schedule. i am happy to say that i found something that works for now. drum roll... INSTAGRAM! i little simple creative outlet that can be done while breastfeeding :) anyways, here are my latest...






one day this little blog will look like more what i hoped it to be. and when the laundry's done i will do a post. but for now... i'm on Instagram as _janelson ;)

Monday, June 20, 2011

hair. cheeks. eyes.



a lot of all 3 going on right now... and i'm loving it. 15 weeks old tomorrow. time flies.