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Party Time

I will soon be the mother of a 10 year old! I can't believe it! We had a little family dinner (grandparents and aunts/uncles) to celebrate. We've made this a tradition to have a family dinner for each of the boys. Sometimes it's the only time we get to see everyone together!

We are gearing up for a sleepover and trip to the arcade (wish me luck!) but thought I'd share a few pictures of our dinner since the decorations will transfer over. We went with the Vintage Car Collection from Spaceships and Laserbeams

He has really been into classic cars lately. He was SO surprised and excited when his Papa (grandpa) picked him up from school in the '55 Chevy. He said he fist pumped lol! ;)

We keep it simple around here decoration wise. Whatever is easy but looks fun!

They always get to choose their dinner and he asked for a soup bar! We had 4 different soups of his choice (beef vegetable, broccoli cheddar, chicken tortilla, and clam chowder) and his favorite Coke in bottles.


Overhead Photobooth

I LOVE this trend. It is so fun for all involved. Ok maybe not a baby but they are sleeping so they don't care right? And they'll love it later. A couple years ago I fell in love with Mila's Daydreams she had a book coming out soon!(When My Baby Dreams) and it's been fun to see different takes on this photography angle.

 Anyone can do this superhero photo booth and the perfect timing is now when they have their costumes ready to go! I also really really love the buildings made from cereal boxes and duct tape done by the talented Merrilee of Mer Mag! These photo booth was featured on One More Mushroom for her son's superhero party - check out the rest of the fun photos on their site!

I'm SURE we have some Superheros in this community for this Halloween! A great place to do these photos (lighting wise) is right next to your big back door or even on your patio. Turn off those flashes and have fun!


Wreck it Ralph and Spoonful!

We are big Disney fans around here. Since I was a kid I've loved Disney. I am also really loving the new Disney site Spoonful. It's an inspiration site for crafts, food, activities etc. They have some REALLY fun Disney crafts and printables. Have you discovered it yet?

I recently spotted their Wreck-It Ralph Printables and was so excited to print these out for the boys. They are all over paper toys and we are excited for the movie!

Activity Book


Wreck-It Ralph Papertoy


(more here)

We've also been playing the free Fix-It Felix Jr game on the iPad. Yes I said "we" the game is fun!

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Pumpkin Patching


I think our "Pumpkin Patch" looks quite a bit different than a lot of yours and was thinking maybe you'd like to see how we do it here in Phoenix/Scottsdale. Last weekend we visited McDonalds Ranch. They have some ranch activities and you take a hayride out to the "pumpkin patch" (I use that term lightly lol!). The boys had a great time!

Happy Fall from Phoenix (where it's still in the 90's)!


Fort Friday!

Another week another Fort Friday! Thank you all for inspiring me every week to find and share awesome forts for us all to enjoy!

This 17 month old is showing us how to put those diaper boxes to good use!

The easiest fort is the throw a sheet over the table fort. Become the "best mom ever" by adding a movie and party lights ;)

How about a vacation to Treehouse Point?

Gorgeous cardboard fort/playhouse at La Maison de LouLou

This whole house is SO amazing but check out this fort on Grateful Shed

Here is a simple and cost effective way to make your child's room a bit more fun from Emilie sans Chichi


Halloween Printables

Here's a little roundup of some fun Halloween Printables for you!

Puppets from Make and Takes

Masks from Mr. Printables

Halloween countdown from Kiki and Company on Eighteen 25

Halloween Fortune cookies from Kind Over Matter

Last year we put flying bats all over - template from Country Living


Homemade Costumes

My mom used to make all of our costumes. We had the BEST costumes. It was either homemade or those horrible plastic shirts with a mask. I was very thankful for my homemade costumes. Store bought costumes are SO much better now but I still love a good homemade costume. Here are some that I've seen and loved from around the internet!

A perfect army man from Wild Ink Press

Scuba accessories from Real Simple

DIY Skeletons from Finley and Oliver

and airplane/pilot at Oh Happy Day

or a good old LEGO from Country Living


Catapult Paper Airplanes

We are definitely fan of the paper airplane here. We've done Strawplanes, oversized planes, and dragon planes. Well here's a new one to try - catapult plane from Minieco that they saw in The Usborne Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do. Add a rubberband (and some tape or cardboard for stability to the bottom of your plane) and see how it affects your launch!

Let me know how it goes if you try it out soon!