Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Fri-YAY! For some reason this has seemed like a really long week.

Lets hop right on in to my favorites from the week...

O N E | Last day of school...this picture makes me happy and sad. I can't believe how much my baby has grown over the last 9 months! He really has gone from a toddler to a little boy! I can't wait to see what he looks like at the end of next year.

T W O | Hydrangeas are my absolute favorite flower. I have wanted them all over our yard for years. We have several planted around different beds in our backyard. Each year we like to get a few pots to put on our porch and then will plant them at the end of the season. This year the blooms are huge! I love looking out on my porch and seeing them.

T H R E E | Graham had his 18 month check up this week and is 24 lbs and healthy as can be! I can't believe he will be 19 months old this weekend. He's growing so fast.

F O U R | My sister got a Peloton bike a few months ago and has been obsessed with it. Literally its all she thinks about! I have loved doing spin class for many years but due to the schedule and child care situation I haven't been able to do it much. We decided to take the plunge and buy a bike of our own and it was delivered this week. I am loving it! It has so many different options as far as classes. You can even take live classes and it feels as if you are actually there.

F I V E | Jack has taken tumble weekly all year and on Tuesday he had his parent observation. It was so cute to see what he has been learning! He's the only boy in the class but his two little best girlfriends are in there and he never seemed to mind.

We are headed to Charlotte this weekend. We will be celebrating my dads 70th birthday with a fun party! Speaking of this weekend, I know that it is also Memorial Weekend. Everyone is excited about the long weekend and official start to summer. My sweet friend Sarah who I've met through blogging wrote this on her Facebook page and I wanted to share it with you all. It really spoke to me and reminded me exactly why we celebrate Memorial Day. It is not about the red white and blue cakes, the pool parties, or the three day is about SO much more! Thank you for sharing Sarah and for being so open and honest with all of us. Your husband is among the true heroes of our country!!

This is Jane, one of my best friends. Jane is just one of thousands that lives with Memorial Day every single day. 
Just imagine, being in your 20s, sitting at your husband's funeral and being handed a folded flag that you are told is on behalf of a grateful nation, and then to realize that many people in that very grateful nation, don't even understand the one day a year we dedicate to our fallen heroes. 
I spoke to another friend this morning, she was hysterically crying because it's not even the weekend yet and she'd had her fill of "Happy Memorial Day" and all of the talks of beaches, sales, and BBQs. For her, the folded American flag that she now has in place of her husband is something that has gone unnoticed by the American people as we approach this sacred holiday. 
As for me, I've already read too many emails and blogs that reference "Happy Memorial Day!" and talk in detail about the red, white and blue desserts they'll make or clothes they will wear with not a single mention of the reason behind those most precious colors. 
I think the point is this: no one begrudges celebration, and I am confident that the Fallen would want those closest to them to live life - and to live it well. But what I think we owe them, and their families as a country who has benefitted greatly from their ULTIMATE SACRIFICE is to take a moment before the festivities and excitement of a 3 day weekend and really pause and consider the weight and significance of those who raised their hands and were killed preserving the American way of life (beaches, sales, and BBQ included).

* Linking up with Andrea, April, and Katie

Thursday, May 25, 2017

How To Host A Kid Friendly Party

I love having friends over! I think at least once a week we invite someone over for dinner or a play date. Whether its a casual Friday night pizza party with our friends and their kids or an Easter Brunch where I set out my fine china, hosting a party has always been fun for me!

Growing up I remember my parents hosting dinner parties all the time. They always seemed to have it all together...from the appetizers to the tablescape it was always done so nicely! So of course when my boys came around I knew that I would follow in their footsteps when it came to a party.  Since Jack was born I've hosted 2 baptism parties (Graham's) and 3 birthday parties (Graham's First, Jack's 3rd). The fourth one would have been Jacks 2nd birthday party, the invitations went out, the decor had been purchased but then our little Grahamy decided to come 3 weeks early and the party was canceled!

There are a few things that I like to do with each party I've hosted. I like to keep some aspects of it simple. I don't go overboard with food, usually a cake to match the theme and a few snacks for the kids. If it is during a meal time (both baptisms) we ordered BBQ from the local restaurant and had all the fixings with it.  This cut down significantly on how much time was spent in the kitchen! I set everything out (minus the food)  before we left for church and was able to pull the food out when we got home. This eliminated a bunch of standing around and waiting to eat. For the birthday parties we have had either just cake or cake and easy things like goldfish, cheese-its, some fruit. Nothing over the top because I have learned that most people do not even eat at a kids party! Except for the cake...I always take the adults into consideration when ordering the cake, it's my favorite part of a party and something I don't want to not enjoy!

As far as party favors, I don't like to send anyone home with "stuff". We all know that extra stuff just gets in the way and ends up being thrown out 99% of the time. I love to have sugar cookies made to match the theme of the party for my guests to take home and enjoy! And bonus, there is nothing for your kids to break 30 seconds after getting in the car!

When it comes to the decor for my parties, I try to keep it simple! For the baptisms some pretty floral arrangements, a framed invitation, and maybe a few pictures of the child being baptized. For the birthday parties I like to get a banner that coordinates with the theme and tells how old the child is. I also like to get balloons that coordinate. I usually try and decorate the cake table and that's about it! I did have picnic tables set out for Jacks 3rd birthday party and I topped them with a disposable table cloth and a big firetruck! I also had fire hats for each of the kids to take with them!

Lastly, one of my favorite parts of planning a party is choosing the invitation. As soon as I decide on a theme I will immediately start looking for the perfect invitation. In the past I have always mailed out my invitations. However, with the way technology is these days, sending one out via email seems so practical and helpful! I can RSVP right away and don't have to worry about losing the paper invite.
Paperless Post is a great website for finding and sending any kind of invitation. Paperless Post offers a variety of cards from wedding Invitations, birthday parties, baby showers and much more! They feature many awesome designers (Kate Spade, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler etc.) Along with the option to send electronically there are several cards that can be printed and sent via the mail! I just love that you have so many options!

I really love the variety of cards you can choose from. I've created 2 birthday invitations for the boys as well as a baptism invitation. These would be delivered to your email inbox and when you open them they even come in an envelope! There is also the paper option, like I mentioned above. The best of both worlds!

I hope that these tips were helpful and that you can put them to use in your party planning future!! 

This post was written in collaboration with Paperless Post. I only work with companies that I believe in and will use for myself and my family! 

*Linking up with Annie 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Father's Day Gift Guide 2017

Since Father's Day is right around the corner I thought I'd share with you a few ideas for the Dad's in your life! I love to do something homemade for Patrick from the boys but I also enjoy gifting him something that I know he will use! He hates getting gifts and in fact is the hardest person to shop for. He never wants anything so I'm always just trying to figure out something he will like and use! Here are 6 things that I know he, and any other man would love to get!

ONE | sky caddy- for all the golfing dads! My hubs has one and it comes in handy when he is out on the course! 

TWO |  Yeti lowball rambler - Patrick has one of these and it's the perfect size for a cocktail. It keeps the drink nice and cold!

THREE | Moscow Mule Copper Mugs - These make a great gift and bonus if you put them in a basket with the liquor and recipe you've got the perfect total package gift!

FOUR | Grilling Tools - What man doesn't love to grill? A new set of tools is always nice for this time of year!

FIVE | Burga Box - Christina posted about this awhile back and I have been wanting to order it ever since. I thought Father's Day would be the perfect excuse to give this a try. Its a meal delivery kit but with a burger...that just screams "man" to me!

SIX | Jord Wood Watch - These watches are so cool! I gave Patrick one for his birthday and he loved it. They have so many different styles and even make ones for women too!

So there you have six different ideas for all of the dads in your life!

*Linking up with Jenn and Pumps & Push-ups

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mama Love Fellowship Goodies

Good Monday morning, friends! I couldn't get my act together last night so this post is coming a little late today!

When Justine from Little Dove Blog announced that she wanted to do something fun for moms I knew that I wanted to join in. I have loved doing things like this in the past and didn't want to miss this opportunity. I was paid with Stephanie from Wife Mommy Me. I was super excited to be paired with her and get to know her even better. She and I are both #boymoms, so it was really fun to get to do all things girl for her! Head over to her blog to see the fun things I sent her!

 Steph really knocked it out of the park for me. I loved everything she sent!

 This infinity scarf and bracelet were darling and something I will totally be wearing on the reg!

Steph didn't know this but I love a coffee mug! I can't use a regular mug around my boys because #spills so I love a cute mug with a top on it. This one is ceramic so it will keep my coffee extra hot!

This yummy smelling candle and chocolate were a favorite! I actually had already dug into the chocolate because I just couldn't wait to get the photo, haha

I just loved the cute stationary, note pads and clothespins. I definitely need to write more cards "just because" and this challenge has inspired me to do so! 

I thought this was the sweetest thing of all. She knew that we had just had family pictures taken and sent this frame for one of the printed photos. So thoughtful!

I absolutely loved everything Stephanie sent me and loved getting to know her even more! Thanks for being my partner, Stephanie!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Fri-YAY!! I can't believe this was the last full week of preschool {insert sobbing emoji here} The boys go Tuesday and then are done.   Thankfully the last week in May and first week in June Jack can go to camp at his school.

If you follow me on insta (@threeboysandagirlblog) and happened to see my instastories on Monday you saw that I made a big trip to Trader Joe's! We don't have one in our town so I drove the 35 minutes to Raleigh and went to theirs. They have so many yummy things and my cart was packed full by the time I went to check out!

I always love seeing what others buy from there so today I thought I'd share my 5 favorite things from this weeks trip!

O N E | Everything But the Bagel Seasoning...this stuff is so good! if you love an everything bagel you will LOVE this! I put it on roasted broccoli and potatoes the other night and it was delish!

T W O | Chile Lime Seasoning Blend... I wasn't sure about this  but wanted to try it! I used it in the oven fajitas I made on Monday night and it was yummy! It added just a slight kick with a tart punch from the lime. The cashier said its great on pineapple and other fruits too!

T H R E E | Teeny Tiny Avocados...I don't know about you but I hate that avocados are so big because I never end up using the whole thing before it goes bad. Well I was browsing the avocado section and saw this bag. They are baby Hass avocados and the perfect size to use all in one sitting. I used one for my avocado toast this morning. They are just the cutest!

 F O U R | Spinach & Kale Greek Yogurt Dip...I was interested in trying this and it did not disappoint. It's great with veggies and also pretzels (how I ate it this week)

F I V E | I can't wait to try this! I've been so intimidated by making my own cauliflower crust so when I saw this I knew I had to grab it!

S I X | What's better than dark chocolate AND peanut butter? I grabbed this and luckily I haven't eaten the entire container yet. I love a little something sweet in the evenings and I find that just one mini cup satisfies me! 

And now for 2 bonus favorites from this week! 

S E V E N | This was one of the gifts that I got from Graham for Mother's Day from school...I just love it! 

E I G H T | Is there anything better than happy mail? Sweet Caroline from The Whimsical Pineapple sent me this happy and it just made my day! 

I hope that you have a great weekend! Jack and I are going to see Paw Patrol Live on Sunday..we will see how that goes! 

*Linking up with Andrea, April, and Katie