October 8, 2014

The boys 5 + 10 {birthday party 2014}

This will probably be the last time we merge their birthday parties.  And, if that's the case, we hit it out of the park!

As far as the boys knew, they could invite a group of their closest friends from school and sports to come hang out at our house; eat, play, etc...  What they didn't know, is that the Game Truck was going to roll up about 45 minutes into the party and surprise everyone!

Judging by the faces, they had a HORRIBLE time...

We set up a tailgate tent in the front yard, complete with race day flags, referee runners, buckets of Twizzlers and penalty flag-draped lollipops.  Beach chairs, folding chairs, Cornhole, frisbee and a bounce house added to the tailgate experience.  We had coolers loaded with root beer, orange soda, lots of water and a drink dispenser with peach tea (and of course Red Solo Cups!).  The menu included the following:

Philly Pretzel Factory Rivets with Cheese and Chocolate dips
Chicken and Waffle Bites w/Maple Syrup
Mini Crescent-Wrapped Hot Dogs
White Castle Sliders hold everything except the Cheese
Popcorn, Chips, Veggie Straws

I also had a craft table for the few girls that were in attendance.  Sun catcher painting kits from Oriental Trading.  The craft table was slow at first, but the girls, and some moms, were getting creative after awhile...

The guys from Game Truck Princeton made the experience amazing for all in attendance.  We had boys and girls from 3-12ish and they found games for all of them.  

The living room pre-party...

and post-party...

Ref-themed gift bags were given to the children.  Again, Oriental Trading is vital when planning a party like this, I can't say enough.

I also set up a parents game day experience indoors, while the kids were playing the parents enjoyed the following:

Chili Bar with Shredded Cheese, Sour Cream and Hot Peppers
Deli Dip with Italian Bread
Mini Crescent-Wrapped Hot Dogs
Queso Dip and Chips
Hot Popcorn
Wine, Beer, Soda and Water
A Game on the TV and the smiles on their kids faces!

My photos are so sporadic, it was so hectic; I wish I got more.  What I won't forget is the look on the boys faces when the truck came and the elation that carried them through the following days.  I love my boys so much and nothing is so satisfying as providing them with a great time!

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Halloween home tour coming soon!

October 7, 2014

Wine Cork Pumpkin

Popping in to share my Mother-in-Laws adorable wine cork pumpkin craft.  So fun for right now, whether you make it for yourself or a hostess/teacher gift??

Now if I can just get myself to break out the glue gun and my overflowing back of corks!

I'll be sharing pics of my boys birthday party later this week and our Halloween decor next week...stop back!

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September 29, 2014

Cajun Alfredo with Smoke Sausage {recipe swap}

This was freaking delicious!  Just sitting at soccer practice flipping through Better Homes and Gardens and see an ad from Hillshire Farm thinking that I have all of these ingredients.  Score!

Recipe can be found here.

It really was so simple with major WOW factor.  

Annnddd...it's about as creative as I have been lately.  I hope to get back to my adventurous ways in the kitchen again soon and share with ya'll!

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{This is not a sponsored post, just sharing the love}

September 26, 2014

Five on Friday

We are relishing the last bits of summer here on the Jersey Shore.  It's been a mixed bag, but this upcoming weekend is supposed to be gorgeous...sunny and in the low 80's.  Orange Cream custard from Kohr's is a must!

Granted, we don't get out much anymore, but a breathalyzer machine in a bar?  Between that and the Grateful Dead cover band, I felt old(and judgmental)!

I've been trying to lose about 20 pounds.  When strategic posing doesn't cut it anymore, it's time to lay off the snacks and fattening coffee drinks...This is my typical soccer mom uniform...

We are combining our boys birthday and having one big party next weekend.  We've historically had Halloween-themed family parties.  This time we are throwing a "friend" party under the premise of a front yard tailgate.  All sports, all the time.  About 45 minutes into the party the video game truck is going to roll up!  They are going to be so excited!  There are a few girls coming too (yuck!), so am going to set up a craft table for them...

So despite the fact that it's not going to be a Halloween party, I've full-on decorated the house!  I will be sharing my Halloween decor next week...

It's fun...

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PS ~ My eyes are so puffy from last nights game...there IS crying in baseball.  Thank you Captain...
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September 15, 2014

Inherited Brass Bed...To Paint or Not?

I'm back again...hope your summer was amazing!

I graciously received a brass bed from an old family friend this past week.  It's been in and about the family for generations really, and I am happy that I can rehab it for my boys.  The question is to restore or paint. Paint is so easy and will make it pop, but I don't know if I want to compromise the integrity of the piece itself.  It's quite old.  
Decisions, decisions.

Here's my inheritance (terrible pic).  I am not sure which child will be getting it yet, I am trying to switch rooms around and neither is cooperating.  Either way, this bed will grace a boys room, so it's needs to stay somewhat masculine, i.e. no pink, aqua, etc..

Oil-rubbed bronze is intriguing me too...kind of like meeting in the middle?

Here are some inspiration photos that I've been throwing around...

{If I still have any readers left, I'd love your opinions!)

Pottery Barn white version. Can't go wrong with white, ivory or cream.

Edie's beautiful girls room.  Love the Serena and Lily bedding (but again...boys)







{photos courtesy of Pinterest}

So there's my dilemna (old school spelling).  I will be sure to share the final results if + when I get it done...

I hope to be sharing more of our home/garden/kitchen on the blog.  I miss this blog that I consider a journal of sorts, to get my thoughts out there, sane or not!

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