Birthday Bubbles :: Printable Label

My friend Heather, recently sent one of her friends my way to design a label to spruce up a basic bottle of bubbles! Her friend, Jackie, wanted to send her daughter off to school with a fun birthday treat, and, like Heather, wanted something different than the usual candy or baked goods...
Abbie's classmates must have LOVED receiving these custom-labeled bubbles to celebrate her special day!


Fridays with Fin :: Helicopter

We ask Fin to say Helicopter a lot...

Pay no attention to the minor spaz/meltdown in the beginning of that video. Just a day in the life with the Finster. And since I know you're all dying to see Miss Navy...

Can you tell mama just got a new phone with video recording technology! I'm obsessed. Have a great weekend everyone! I've got a date with one of my girls to see that saucy new Zac Efron movie... is it sad that I have a major crush on him! ;)

Customer Approved! Camp Keaton

I recently worked with a wonderful customer, who was inspired by Lauren's camping party, {which was featured on The TomKat Studio's blog} showcasing my camping party printable designs! I enjoyed receiving Kristin's photos of her adorable son and his fun and rustic camping party. Kristin did a great job of making this printable party her own {wait, that sounded like a comment by an American Idol judge!} and added some unique touches... Here is the main entrance and party display table... how great are those polka dot balloons?!
Here's the adorable birthday boy, Keaton, proudly sporting his Camp Keaton shirt! Kristin asked me to design the front and back for her to print and iron onto the shirt. I think it turned out pretty fantastic!
Chocolate cake and cupcakes galore! This giant "5" cake with snakes and grass all around is perfect for a 5 year old BOY's camping party! And the cupcake toppers are the perfect touch to those yummy looking cupcakes!
The display table was packed with all sorts of goodies, with matching printable tags... the perfect way to tie everything in together!
And finally, check out this creative idea for a fun camping game... A scavenger hunt! Kristin asked me to design a list for her to add to these kraft bags for each little guest to check off as they find! I'm sure this crowd of 5 year old boys went nuts for this!
And there you have it... another {printable} camping party success! I just LOVE receiving photos from all the customers who find different ways to use the same printables! Soon, I'll be back from maternity leave, and can't wait to be customizing more of these parties for YOUR little ones! :)

To remind you... here is the invite & party decor packages I offer in my etsy shop {when its open!}. To request some of the custom items, like Lauren or Kristin did {like scavenger hunt list, t-shirt logo, square table cards, etc} just convo me when ordering!
Camping Party :: Printable Burlap & Red Invite :: $15
Camping Party :: Printable Burlap & Red Decor Package :: $20
Take a peek at Kristin's blog, featuring her son's party in full! What a fun mama she must be... she made Keaton such a special day!

Fridays with Fin :: Being a Big Bro

We've talked and talked and talked to Finley about how he was going to be a BIG BROTHER soon... we hyped it up to him, got him a doll to "practice" with, talked to the baby in mommy's belly and on and on! And now she's here, in the flesh... and I have to say, some how, some way, it is just working! :) I'm amazed at how much I can love these TWO people equally and immensely at the same time. I'm blown away at how Fin is adjusting to this other person in our lives {oh, don't get me wrong, we've had some real heavy rough patches, but the good is definitely outweighing the bad!}.

I thought I'd share some moments captured from week two with Navy Rose... We started our weekend with our first outing as a family of four to the mall! :) I know, crazy, right? Here's Fin and Navy rocking the sit 'n stand stroller for the first time! Besides running into some an old friend and talking way too long and having to get home as fast as possible in order to feed Navy {nursing mama's know what I'm getting at here}, it went great! First outing = success!
Then came Easter Sunday! We did NOT make it to church {guilty gulp!}, but we DID manage to make it out to grandma & grandpa's for the annual, and oh-so-magical, Leis Family Egg Hunt with all the cousins...
Here's Navy with her two other {and only} girl {Leis} cousins... We had to capture 3 princesses in one place!
And here's some random shots from Easter... Fin playing "coo coo" {you all may remember, this is "Fin" for "choo choo"} with Grandma and Fin relaxing with daddy!
In came Monday morning... our first day without Daddy at home {he worked from home all last week}! We had our first without-daddy-trip to {one of mommy's favorite places in the world} Target! Besides having to have food and drink on hand for Fin at all times, I count this trip as another success! But, we were wiped and ALL napped really well after this big adventure out! ;)

And if you know me... you have GOT to be impressed with all of these outings! I was out of commission when Fin was born for, I swear, three months. Never left the rocking chair in his room. Rarely showered. And had quite a hard time adjusting back to any sort of "normal"! Believe me, I'm giving myself great big fist pumps for how well I'm handling this adjustment in our lives! :P Like I said earlier, some how, some way, its just working!

Anyway! Here's a fun sequence of events involving Fin holding his new baby sis...
Onto another adventure... We made it to our local community center for some indoor playground action. This was the first outing with me rockin' the baby bjorn. I never really used it with Finley {like I said, I basically sat in the rocking chair his entire infancy}, so was really loving the freedom I had holding Navy in it and being able to function normally with my very active boy! {sorry about the hideous double-chin-up-the-nostral shot of me... I know, super flattering!}
And this may be super inappropriate, but here's how Finny keeps busy while Navy's being fed... Oh yeah, he has to be right up there with her, can't miss a beat!
And finally, I leave you with some fun, crazy faces of Navy! Speaking of little Miss Navy... Let's talk about her name... I have had this girl's name picked out since I was 17. To me, "Navy" is a name. To the world, Navy is a color, a bean or a military group! ;P I have no funny story or fascinating event for how her name came to me, or why I was even thinking about my future daughter at the age of 17, I just always knew I was going to have a daughter named Navy... And here she is, in all here glory...

Happy weekend y'all! :)

Fridays with Fin :: Introducing Navy Rose

We welcomed Navy Rose Leis into the world last Friday, March 30th at 1:16pm. She was a {very healthy} 9lbs, 4oz and 20 3/4" long! We have all fallen madly in love with her!
Photo by Alia Morgan Photography
Finley has been handling the adjustment to big brotherhood beyond what I could have asked for! He's had his emotional breakdowns, "too rough" moments and "is she staying?" concerns ... but all in all, he's been such a good boy! Take a look at my two cutie pies...
Photo by Alia Morgan Photography
We had a newborn photo shoot taken right away after coming home from the hospital. Alia, of Alia Morgan Photography, came to our house and snapped away at my beautiful family! She offered these two "sneak peeks" and I can't wait to see the rest!

I've got to admit... this is my first time on my computer since before Navy's arrival. Thank God for the iPhone, to be able to stay somewhat "in the know", but please bear with me as I adjust to my new and oh-so-amazing reality!