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Monday, July 11, 2016

Farm Party - Elsa's 3rd birthday

The themes we choose for birthday parties rarely fall in the 'typical' category and I enjoy the challenge! When Elsa turned three we were still waiting to close on our new house so we had to put off her party for a few weeks. Finally the second weekend in August of 2014 we were able to throw her a Farm Party. We had moved into the house ten days prior. I still had red checkered tablecloths from PapaBear's surprise 40th Camping Party a few years ago and we already had a good collection of bandanas as well. Add in PapaBear's vintage tractors from his childhood and mason jars filled with flowers from our garden and we were good to go!

Once I get started on a theme though....look out. I had so many ideas! Pudding cups for mud puddles, egg candy to put in the eggs for an egg hunt, making homemade ice cream, and don't even get me started on the other food ideas. I'll get to those in a minute.

First I made signs for the different stations around our yard using 4x6 photos I made in photoshop that I mounted on cardstock and stapled them to stakes around the yard at each station. A ducky pond, a sheep crossing sign (raisinettes sprinkled on the sidewalk), hay wagon rides, a petting zoo (stuffed animals on a blanket in the shade for the babies), a photo booth, clothes pin drop, and an egg hunt kept the kids plenty busy but didn't require much prep work on my end.

 I have the best helpers, but for the most part nothing needed to be facilitated - that can be exhausting and doesn't really allow for visiting with other guests. It also can get dicey if you have games with winners and losers. The goal is for the kids to have FUN and not compete with each other.

I got cupcakes toppers off of Amazon and stuck them in cupcakes from Costco (green frosting as grass for the cows & sheep and brown frosting for mud for the pigs & chickens).

Elsa blew out candles in a pie sampler instead of a cake. Yum!

You can never have enough sweets at a birthday party so we made some ice cream too.

We counteracted the sugar with a bunch of picnic fare.

We were still absorbing the idea that we still get to live where we have a huge yard. After living in a 200 acre regional park we weren't expecting anything close to that when we left.

We actually have MORE apple trees here than we did in the park.

Every year for Elsa's birthday I print out the month photo shoot images to display at her party. It is a lot of work to make sure these pictures get taken but this series is so special to me! The mini bandana bunting is actually a 4x6 photo that I made in photoshop using photographs of bandanas.

This crew of cousins had so much fun!

Happy birthday my pig tailed THREE year old!!!!

Other birthday party themes that have made the blog:
Elsa's 1st birthday - Rainbow Theme
Julia's 5th birthday - Castle Theme
Sam's 7th birthday - Knight Theme
Julia's 4th & Sam's 6th birthday - Snake Theme
Sam's 8th birthday - Poolside Pirate Theme

Not on the blog yet:
Julia's Hello Kitty Party
Julia's Fairy Party
Elsa's Brown Bear Brown Bear Party
Elsa's Fairy Party
Elsa's Bird Party
Julia and Sam's Birthday Brinner Party

I've got some catching up to do it seems!


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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A worthwile cause

Bloggers get requests all the time from companies and causes, but those requests don't always align with a bloggers beliefs and (hopefully) don't make it beyond a polite, "Thanks, but no thanks" email reply. So when I got an email from a group of engineers from the University PapaBear attended I was happy to see that their cause was one I COULD support. I was a nursing working mother who was lucky enough to have a private place I could pump and my heart goes out to the moms out there who don't have that luxury.

That is why I am sharing some links to the project a group of student engineers came up with called LacPods. The idea is to create a mobile oasis for pumping mothers at the University of Minnesota so lactating women can have comfortable, secure, and readily available lactation spaces.

They are currently undergoing the design process to produce a fully-functional prototype for the university by May 2016.   You can support their project here: and stay updated on the progress by visiting the website at"

If you want to connect with the design team you can find them in the following places:




Are/Were you a nursing working mother? Did you have a private place to pump? I'd love to hear your story!