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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Why did you start a blog? #LoveOfTHeJourney #Sponsored


Often times I am asked how I started blogging.  I can go off on about a zillion tangents on this, but nearly always, my answer is that it has been a journey

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This journey essentially started 15 years ago when I met my husband and we began dating.  Dating turned into an engagement, marriage, a honeymoon and a couple beautiful babies.  I had been an avid scrapbooker for years.  I have these beautiful paper craft scrapbooks of our wedding, our honeymoon and both of our kids as well as a few others.  I love to capture memories and look back on the journey of life and while I was very into creating these stunningly crafted books, I also was limited on time, money and space to keep all the items needed to create these.

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Terrible picture of my scrapbook creation.
I had been following around on a friends new journey of blogging and sharing her stories as they began to build their family and decided that I would give blogging a try.  It was cheaper, I could keep all the info about my growing family in one space and share it with all our friends and family so much easier than inviting everyone over to look at scrapbooks of our life.  So I jumped right in.  In the early days I shared snapshots of our family, our kids, their milestones and just life in general. Eventually I started to share recipes and crafts and other things that I have always been interested in.

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Getting better at photography!
I realized there was a little money to earn blogging and decided to make the leap into turning this little blog into a business.  I had to learn a lot about photo editing and just taking photos that were not terrible.  I had to purchase a nice DSLR camera and lenses and a better computer.  I learned how to best promote my posts and how to understand what in the heck google analytics was trying to explain to me.  Eventually this journey turned into something that I am proud of and one where I can share so many different things.  

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My journey into blogging has not been without its challenges.  There have been many ups and much more downs as I learn more and more about this business.  I have struggled, cried, laughed and I still keep trying to do better.  When I read the story behind Wente Vineyards and their incredible family journey through the American dream I was really inspired.   C.H. Wente immigrated to America to pursue a better life.  He studied wine making in Napa Valley and built what is now the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country.  Along the way there were struggles, and there were probably tears and laughter too.  All business adventures come with their own journey and challenges and that is what helps drive the passion.

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I have taken my passion and worked not only on my photography but have been trying to move into making more videos of my work.  It is always a work in progress and maybe 5 years from now, I will look back on this aspect of my journey and cringe, but right now I am so proud of the work that I am doing and how much I am learning.  This is my latest video.  You would not think that a 24 second video would take so much work, but I will tell you that it was a journey in of itself.



All business endeavors require a bit of experimentation, a learning curve and all of them are unique. I am proud of the work that I have put in and am glad to read about other entrepreneurial stories like the Wente families journey.  I was so inspired that while I was out and about I decided to purchase a bottle of the Wente Chardonnay Wine and enjoy a nice date evening with the husband.  We made the strawberries you saw above together and enjoyed some quiet time sipping on the wine, watching a movie and eating the cheesecake stuffed chocolate covered strawberries. 

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Do you know how difficult it is to take a picture with a selfie stick while snuggled up on the couch?
My husband has always been a great support of mine as I tackle new adventures and hobbies and the Wente family has always been a great support to each other as they work to perfect their craft.  If you are interested in learning more about the Wente Vineyard and their history, check them out on Twitter, Facebook and their history page. 

Tell me, what is your journey?

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

12 Ingenious Ways to Put Food on a Stick

FACT: Food tastes better on a stick. No, we can’t explain it. But like love or um, magnets, sometimes the best things can’t be explained with logic. On that note, allow me to introduce the 12 best “stick with it!” foods to eat this summer.
  1. Pork and Pineapple Kabobs. While pork and pineapple may sometimes be controversial pizza toppings, there’s no doubt they make fantastic Hawaiian-style kabobs.
  2. Ranch-Style Steak Kabobs. Like sticks, ranch dressing also makes everything taste better. You’ve never had a tastier beef kabob.
  3. Easy Potato Skewers. Summer will never be the same now that you know you can grill potatoes on a stick. #sorrynotsorry
  4. Fruit Kabobs with Strawberry “Margarita” Dip. Reinvent your fruit salad by serving it on skewers along with this dip inspired by the classic summer drink.
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5. Corn Cob Pops. Skip those little plastic corn holders, and put your corn on a skewer instead. Plus the spicy, zesty sauce is the best thing to happen to corn since butter.
6. Grilled Fruit Kabobs with Creamy Honey Sauce. You don’t know what BBQ really is until you’ve grilled peaches, plums and pineapples.
7. Sesame Chicken & Pepper Kabobs. Everything you love about cold sesame noodles from the Chinese restaurant (read: the sauce) except with chicken breasts. And peppers. And onions. On the grill. Need I say more?
8. Hot Dog on a Stick with Queso Sauce. What’s better than a juicy hot dog? A juicy hot dog ON A STICK. And move over ketchup, queso sauce is the new sheriff in this town.
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9. Fruity Lemonade Pops. These beautiful pops taste like summer on a popsicle stick. And we’ve got a secret ingredient that makes them no-drip treats!
10. Lamb & Vegetable Kabobs. I know what you’re thinking: Yes, you CAN cook lamb. Think of it as an easy version of DIY gyros.
11. Angel Lush on a Stick. A handheld version of the classic layered dessert. But wait, there’s more: A cool, creamy dipping sauce.
12. Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Kabobs with Orange-Chipotle Sauce. Sweet AND spicy? Shrimp AND bacon? Yes. Yes, we did.
And we’ve got even more skewered selections on our kabobs page. The only question now is what to do with all the skewers you’ve used…. Homemade selfie stick, anyone?
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Our Awesome Time at the Colorado Rockies Game and Experience with PowerTickets!

On Friday our little guy had his last T-ball game of the season and to celebrate my dad got us tickets to the Colorado Rockies versus the Atlanta Braves game. These were not just any tickets they were "PowerTickets" and our experience with them was awesome!

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The husband and I actually had to call Coors Field to figure out what Powertickets were because my dad just said that we had a credit for food.  We found out that you can purchase outfield and midfield tickets and have a $10-$15 credit on them for use on food and souvenirs in the stadium. 

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Due to the little guys game, we were running just a bit late to the game.  Conveniently enough, there was a pedicab driver waiting right by our parking lot and for just $12.00 we were able to bypass the 20 minute walk and get up to the gate and through security in time to watch the first inning!  Our guy was so obsessed with that pedicab that he talked about it throughout the entire game.  It was a fun ride for sure!

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Walking into the field and through security the staff at Coors field stopped and gave each of our kids a baseball card!  Although they were not our Rockies, it was a fun little souvenir to have. 

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We got to our seats and they were in the outfield bench seats and they were actually great, but because we have a toddler who loves to use the bathroom and cannot sit still we just relocated to the top of the section so that it was easier to move about and not bother everyone around us.  Still great seats!

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My husband actually was very excited to move because we were around two season ticket holders that kept telling us that the section we were in is right where the home run balls are hit.  Those ticket holders were right because not even 10 feet from us this dad caught a home run ball barehanded!  His little boys were so excited and it was fun watching the Rockies organization make that event even more special with autographed balls, and stuffed Dingers (Rockies mascot) and lots of pictures. 

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Playing the Braves was awesome.  Growing up that was my husbands favorite team and so being able to share our Colorado Rockies and the husbands favorite Atlanta Braves with our kids was really a great experience. The game was a good one too!

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A couple times during the game it started raining and I was a bit nervous that we would get rained out, but the rain only lasted a few minutes and then it was a beautiful night. 

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The power tickets were fantastic.  We were able to enjoy a good variety and food and drinks.  You can use the tickets at any place that takes credit cards.  They just scan the ticket barcode which holds your balance and work like cash.  We were able to enjoy nachos, angus cheeseburgers, Famous Daves ribs, beer, soda, ice cream and other yummy deliciousness.  The only thing that we were bummed about is that the Slushie vendors were cash only and I had spent our cash on parking and that pedicab.  
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At the end of the night even after eating half the food offerings at the stadium, we still had some cash on our power tickets so we headed over to the main souvenir shop and the kids each picked out an item to take home.  I was pretty excited at this point because they had this huge Dinger to take a picture with and although we had waiting in line earlier in the game to take a picture with the real Dinger, my little girl had a panic moment and we did not end up meeting him.  This one worked perfectly!

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As the night wound down, our kids started to fall apart and we knew we had a long walk back to the car.  So we left the game at the bottom of the 9th and started the trek towards our vehicle. One problem...we did quite remember where we parked.  I had a good idea, and am generally good with directions, so after walking the long way around and having two very sleepy babies, we finally made it back to our vehicle. 

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They were very tired and crashed out within 5 minutes of getting on the road for the drive home.  The night was a success, the power tickets were fantastic and everyone is still enamored with that pedicab ride.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Pete's Dragon Activity Sheets, Video Clips and More!

In just a few week my family gets the honor to screen Pete's Dragon.  This has been a dream of mine! I am a huge Disney fan if you have not already figured out and honestly Pete's Dragon was a family favorite growing up.


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While we cannot wait to see the movie, we are gearing up for the fun at home by watching the video clips that have been released.  You can check these out below!  The animation here is fantastic and although not cartoon like anymore it is extremely clear that Disney has came a LONG way in their digital animation.  I personally love the new Elliot!














In addition, Disney has released this awesome 12 page Activity Packet.  What I love about it is that it has many activities to get kids outside and active.  I love that you can use the world you live in and your imagination in many of these activities.  This activity book is beautiful and in full color too which is great!  We have already printed ours out and will be doing a few activities leading up to the movie premier!  


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You can download yours here or just click on the picture above!


For my Colorado readers!  Here is your opportunity to screen the movie with our family! We have the opportunity for you to see a special advance screening of Disney’s PETE’S DRAGON.
 
A reimagining of Disney’s cherished family film, “Pete’s Dragon” is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon. “Pete’s Dragon” stars Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World”), Oakes Fegley (“This is Where I Leave You”), Wes Bentley (“The Hunger Games”), Karl Urban (“Star Trek”), Oona Laurence (“Southpaw”), Isiah Whitlock, Jr. (“Cedar Rapids”) and Oscar® winner Robert Redford (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”). The film, which is directed by David Lowery (“Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”), is written by Lowery & Toby Halbrooks based on a screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein and produced by Jim Whitaker (“The Finest Hours,”Friday Night Lights”), with Barrie M. Osborne (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “The Great Gatsby”) serving as executive producer.
 
For years, old wood carver Mr. Meacham (Robert Redford) has delighted local children with his tales of the fierce dragon that resides deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To his daughter, Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard), who works as a forest ranger, these stories are little more than tall tales…until she meets Pete (Oakes Fegley). Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliot. And from Pete’s descriptions, Elliot seems remarkably similar to the dragon from Mr. Meacham’s stories. With the help of Natalie (Oona Laurence), an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack (Wes Bentley) owns the local lumber mill, Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon. Disney’s “Pete’s Dragon” opens in U.S. theaters on August 12th, 2016.
 
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To download tickets to see PETE’S DRAGON at the UA Colorado Mills on Saturday, August 6th at 10:00am, please visit SeeItFirst.net and enter the special code 520287 or click here: http://www.seeitfirst.net/pin/520287. Remember to arrive early as seating is first come, first seated.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to ask.  Tickets are LIMITED and you need to sign up ASAP!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

When Life is just...blah.

It is summer and for a teacher that means so much.  For 9 months out of the year we work so much unpaid overtime, so many hours away from our families and so put so much effort into our work that the exhaustion is difficult to compare to anything.  However, summer is our reward.  It is what we daydream about and talk about, it is what we work so hard to get to.  Paid or unpaid, that time off is so important to our rejuvenation for the upcoming year.

I look forward to these days off like crazy.  10 weeks of family time and love and laughter.  Sleeping in a bit, having play dates, catching up with loved ones and just overall enjoying the calmness of life. Except that I am doing none of that.

Do not get me wrong this summer has not been a complete fail, it is just not been ideal.  We spent the first week of summer cleaning out our house and going through all the closets to prepare for our gigantic garage sale of baby and kid stuff.

The second week was a beautiful getaway to Cancun, so obviously that was fantastic. However, when we returned it was so awful hot that we stayed indoors watching movies and doing a whole lot of nothing.

Then for nearly 2 weeks my parents stole our kids for random camping trips and the husband and I used that time to finish prepping our garage sale and having that as well as organizing our garage. All things that needed to happen, but not fun things.

Here we are now 3 weeks away from my return to work and we have accomplished cleaning and organizing the house and spending a lot of time in front of our TV and tech devices doing a lot of nothing.  There are so many reasons we are not out and about and they are good reasons, I promise, but I just feel blah about this.  I am actually ready to go back to work, to get back into routine and to have something to look forward too.

I need to get out of this funk and find some exciting adventures.  I look back at my previous posts and I see that we have done so much this summer but for some reason I am just not grateful.  I will be working on this, I will find our joy and excitement soon.  This has not been an easy several months and although our family is working through some pretty rough stuff we will come out of this.

Send good thoughts friends,


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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Melting Pot SuperHero Sunday!

Disclosure: We were invited to share a day with The Melting Pot, however, all ideas, opinions and messages here are my own.  It was a REALLY fantastic day. 

Sunday our family decided to take a little drive south and attend a fun little Superhero Sunday event at The Melting Pot in Littleton Colorado.  I am so glad that we made the hour drive, because we had a wonderful time.

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We were invited to attend the Superhero Sunday party and told to dress up and expect good food, fantastic fun and a wonderful atmosphere.  Getting my kids ready for the event was fun.  We decided to simplify our costumes and go with a T-shirt and shorts because it was nearly 100 degrees outside and costumes can be too hot.  I quickly made some masks and we were off.  The husband and I also dressed up and had masks!  We were one fun "Super Family"!

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From the moment we arrived at the event, we were greeted by happy faces and people so willing to make our day special that we felt a bit like celebrities.  We pulled up and they had complimentary valet parking, then we walked in through the patio to check in, they quickly seated us outside by this pretty fountain.

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The wait staff was all dressed up in their superhero best and immediately they came over to greet us, grab our drink orders and get our meal started.  The staff in general were unbelievably fun and really kept the party going! The meal was a four course feast with a cheese fondue, a salad or fruit cup, the main meat fondue and then of course chocolate fondue!  This was the first time our kids would be experiencing this and we were really anxious about how it would go!

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Our little guy immediately spotted Spider-Man and waited eagerly for him to come to our table.  We didn't wait long, the superhero team of Wonder Woman and Spider-Man were right over to sign autographed photos, hand out superhero bracelets and take pictures.  My kids were already enjoying the day and our meal had not even started yet.

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We did find out that our little girl was slightly afraid of masked characters, but Spider-Man did a good job not overwhelming her or making her feel too scared.  She kept her distance in the beginning but by the end of the day, she was giving high fives and dancing!

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While the kids enjoyed meeting the Superheros, the husband I and enjoyed the food.  The cheese fondue was fantastic and both our kids did try it and oddly enough they preferred the veggies and cheese over the bread.  For our second course my husband and I had a salad while the kids enjoyed a fruit cup.

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The main course came and we got to work cooking our meats and really trying out all the sauces. The kids had a good time with this part.  Our sons favorite was the beef while our little girl ate every single shrimp on the table.  My favorite was the ravioli.  It had a little spicy bite to it and I really liked it!  I definitely over ate and was happy and full by the end of the meal!

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As our meal was winding down, the party really got started.  The music the entire time was really fun and upbeat, but it quickly turned into a dance party.  The kids did the cupid shuffle, the hokey pokey and even limboed among other fun things.  Our littlest wanted to partake in the dancing and the husband and I were still eating, so the awesome owner came over and asked her to dance and they just became instant best friends.  Our princess loved it!

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After all that dancing, it was time for chocolate fondue.  Our kids were all over this and we ate nearly the entire plate of sweets!  We went with the milk chocolate and our kids were licking their plates in pure joy!

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Their happy chocolate fondue faces say it all!  Oh and that Wonder Woman tiara the princess is wearing is still on her head, 2 days later.  She absolutely loves it!  The Melting Pot in Littleton really outdid themselves with their hospitality.  Not only was the food fantastic, the staff impeccable, but the atmosphere was fun with the music, games, dancing and entertainment.  They also had face painting.  My kids do not like getting their faces painted (weird), but every other kid there was loving.  In addition, they did such a great job focusing on the kids and making them feel like this was their place to relax, have fun and enjoy a special time dedicated to fighting crime and enjoying life.

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We were so lucky to have been asked to enjoy this day and my kids are still talking about how much they had fun.  The price was just right at $35.00 for each adult and $14.95 for kids 4-12 (little ones 3 and under are free).  Reservations are required and are taken from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm. There are 3 more Superhero Sundays scheduled through this summer and for those of you with little princesses and princes, there is also Fondue Fairytale offered as well!

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If you want to check out these awesome events and enjoy this amazing atmosphere, please contact The Melting Pot in Littleton Co.  You can also like them on Facebook for awesome deals and giveaways and follow them on twitter!


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Monday, July 18, 2016

Fun Lego Contest! #ImagineThis

Post a Photo of Your GREATEST ORIGINAL LEGO CREATION For A Chance to Win $200 And Be Featured in A NATIONAL BRICKS 4 KIDZ ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN! Want to win? Here's how...Go Here and Submit Your Photo. Encourage friends and family to VOTE FOR YOUR PHOTO. The person with the most votes wins!

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The contest runs from July 11th to September 12th. The person with the most votes will receive a $200 cash prize and be featured in the 2017 Bricks 4 Kidz advertising campaign. Second and third place winners will receive a $50 cash prize. Enter your Creation Today! 



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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Instagramming my Life Away

If you are not already you should totally follow me on Instagram because I seriously love to ham it up over there with my family and kids.  Speaking of, you should all probably know that I am raising a diva and that I am basically screwed because according to my friends and family (love them), I created this.


Big brother went on an impromptu camping and ATVing trip with the grandparents this weekend and so we have had 4 solid days with just us and the tiny princess and oh boy has it been all things princess.  I am confident that she is loving it.  We spent Saturday night traipsing around the mall to return a pair of shoes and just get out of this house.  We ended up in the Disney Store (as always) and the little miss found a tiara (luckily on clearance for $2.00...seriously!).  She had to wear it, along with that outfit. 


Then I had to wear it because it was SOOO heavy.  I mean you know because walking around Sears with a crazy dressed toddler in a tiara is so awesome. Ok it was actually pretty awesome and fun!


The little girl and I spent the next days painting our nails, playing with our hair and putting on nude lipsticks all while laughing and watching all the Disney princess movies because big brother does not love the princesses.  We stayed in because the heat is just too much, but she still enjoyed picking out all the outfits and running around in swimsuits all day.


Although we missed big brother a whole lot, it was wonderful to have time with just our girl.  In fact the last time we had this much one on one time with her she was a tiny newborn and we were stuck in a hospital room.  Grandma tells me she is stealing the princess soon too.  This summer has been wonderful for our kids and I am so thankful to the grandparents for spending so much time making amazing memories for our kids while we hold down the home front. 

Hope your week has been great!

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Ahoy! It's A Boy! Nautical Baby Shower #OrientalTrading

Two weeks ago I had the honor to host my sisters baby shower!  My sister was anti marriage, anti kids and the forever bachelorette until she met her amazing husband and here we are, excitedly awaiting the arrival of a sweet baby!  My sister and her husband are decorating the room in a nautical theme and so for the shower we went with the "Ahoy, It's A Boy!" theme!  Let's get to it:

Invitation:

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I created this in Picmonkey as I do all my invites and printed them at Target.  They turned out perfect and my only regret is that I made the bottom text a bit too small. 

Guest of Honor:

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This is my baby sister and she is having a baby!  Ok right, you knew that already, however can you believe that she is 32 weeks pregnant in this picture.  She is super tiny and beautifully pregnant.  To bring a little more ump to that bump, I made a sash out of a ribbon and added some flowers using hot glue.  She looked fantastic. 

Food:

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We went with a simple but full menu.  I paired with my sisters Mother-In-Law and my mom to put together the whole party and had little to do with the food.  It was actually wonderful to not have to worry about that part and I am so thankful for my sisters mother-in-law and my mom for all their help. We had a lot of food but these "crabwhiches" were a huge hit with 3 types; chicken salad, tuna salad and egg salad. 

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This anchor veggie tray was awesome and got so many compliments. 

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That seaweed spinach and artichoke dip was so scrumptious.

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Take some ranch and add a clever little bell pepper octopus and you have vegetarian calamari.

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My mom carved two separate watermelons.  This one is the cute little whale and there was also the typical baby melon.  So very good and perfect for our theme. 

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For the sweets we went with a Target cake (because their whipped buttercream frosting might as well be crack) and my brother-in-laws favorite sugar cookies that his mom makes.  Seriously those were amazing.  I also ordered the most adorable plates and napkins with the nautical theme from Oriental Trading.

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I made several different food tags and game directions that I thought I would make them available in printable form.  All you need to do is either click here or on the picture above to access the folder. 

Decorations:

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Oriental Trading came to the rescue for our decor.  They had everything I needed to keep our theme going.  We ordered the Nautical Baby Shower Decorating Kit that came with the anchor garland, the Ahoy table signs, the paper wall cutouts and the honeycomb balls.  We found an old wooden oar and sanded it down to use as the sign in book and this main table was where the games were.

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I also ordered the fish net from Oriental Trading.  They were the perfect price and really brought the room together.  Oriental Trading has a HUGE selection of nautical baby shower decor and ideas and I was so lucky to get so many items at great prices.

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For the table centerpieces I used my Silhouette machine to cut out some nautical vinyl and then cut the shovels out of card stock and attached both to the metal buckets.  We filled each bucket with goldfish and chips and then put them on the center of the table with a bunch of anchor punch out confetti.  

Games:

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My sister is not super big on being the center of attention, so we tried to keep the entire shower very low key and the games light hearted.  I made this message in a bottle for friends and family to share their words of advice for the new parents.  

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We also had a guess the goldfish in the jar game.  There were 215 goldfish in the jar and one person was only 2 goldfish off!  For gift bags we gave the winners a Starbucks gift card and a variety of Mars candies!

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A variation on the clothes pin game where if you say baby you lose your pin, we went with lifesavers. It was a fun little game but mostly the kiddos at the party had a great time eating the lifesavers!

Overall the party was amazing.  We had a wonderful time celebrating the parents-to-be and showering the new baby with love!  

What do you think?

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