On Creating A Jar of Dates!

Hi there!

Life is going good, I am a busy bee these days! I had made my boyfriend a little surprise present for all the support he gives me; day in and day out!

This is the Jar of Dates!

Materials:

100 Popsicle Sticks

Sharpie’s (If I could go back, I would use The Ultra fine tip instead of Regular Fine tip, the thicker ones seem to bleed a bit on the wood)

Mason Jar – Purchased mine at Walmart for 97 cents!

Black- Stay at Home dates. Very little money. Red- Types of places to eat/ Types of food!  Green- Ideas for a day out, and things to do without spending too much. Blue- Go for one of these when you're ready for a nice break- except some planning & a lighter wallet ;)

Black- Stay at Home dates. Very little money.
Red- Types of places to eat/ Types of food!
Green- Ideas for a day out, and things to do without spending too much.
Blue- Go for one of these when you’re ready for a nice break- except some planning & a lighter wallet 😉

I Separated the sticks into 4 Categories and went from there!

I did a little research online to find a variety of date ideas 🙂

Here are some I came up with;

Here are some I came up with! IPHONE 448IPHONE 445IPHONE 446IPHONE 450

 

 

 

 

 

Anddd DRUMROLL PLEASE….

The final Result! For whenever you are bored, indecisive or you just can’t compromise! Sounds familiar 😉

IPHONE 443IPHONE 442

On the baby’s present!

For the present for baby Liam’s & mommy-to-be’s baby shower I wanted to do something special. Usually my family would all chip in for something together, but I knew I didn’t want to do that. I checked her registry at Babies R Us & Buybuy Baby. BINGO! I figured out what I was going to do. When the mommy first put up her registry, we were talking about the difference in baby bathtubs, and how she loved the one she picked.

The "Whale of a Tub" Bathtub

The “Whale of a Tub” Bathtub

Mommy's Little Monster Outfit

Mommy’s Little Monster Outfit

Bath Safety Duck that tells you if the water is too hot & a cute octopus sleeper :)

Bath Safety Duck that tells you if the water is too hot & a cute octopus sleeper 🙂

 

Also included a whale wash mitt, 3 hooded towels, 8 washclothes, bath toys & a Mommy & Me kit from Aveeno with lotions & soaps for mom & baby!

Also included a whale wash mitt, 3 hooded towels, 8 washclothes, bath toys & a Mommy & Me kit from Aveeno with lotions & soaps for mom & baby!

Finished product! I left out the book by accident, but it goes in the top left corner! :)

Finished product! I left out the book by accident, but it goes in the top left corner! 🙂

 

Just got a text from Mommy-to-be saying she read the inside of the book that says, “Liam, I love you to the moon & back. Love Auntie Shan” & she said she loved that saying so much she bought it on Etsy to hang over the crib! 🙂 SO happy 🙂

On making Diaper Cakes!

I currently have an obsession with making diaper cakes (don’t judge). So far I have made a baby carraige, a baby wagon, a bassinet & a baby bathtub. And about 13 of these plain diaper cakes. 

So my sister-in-law is having a baby! See the excitement here!

So, I made a diaper cake for the centerpiece of the gift table at the baby shower.

The diapers fanned out!

The diapers fanned out!

2/5 layers done!  I used blue & light blue polka dotted grossgrain ribbon with the middle yellow ribbon I got from the dollar store!

2/5 layers done!
I used blue & light blue polka dotted grossgrain ribbon with the middle yellow ribbon I got from the dollar store!

All the ribbon is done!

All the ribbon is done!

Once I got there, we had extra cuttouts from our crickit made for the centerpieces, so we stuck them on the cake! Added a whole other dimension!

Once I got there, we had extra cuttouts from our crickit made for the centerpieces, so we stuck them on the cake! Added a whole other dimension!

Another picture! Finished product!

Another picture! Finished product!

On being an auntie-to-be!

So, my brother & his wife are having a baby. I am over the moon about it!

If anyone knows anything about me, they know I love babies!! We had their baby shower this past weekend, and I’m sure you could have guessed… I was all over it! I think I will do a couple posts about it, today’s will be the baby shower & I’ll do another one for the gift. Oh my good gosh the gift I made, so cute! (not to toot my own horn!) 😉 Then I will do another on the diaper cake I made!

So before I start with the pictures, I’ll explain. It’s a boy!! His name will be Liam. As most people, we (me & the mommy-to-be’s sisters) wanted a themed shower without being over-the-top tacky. So the theme?! Storybook themed! It would be very easy to take it too far, but it was soo classic.

On the invitation, we put on the bottom, “In lui of a card, please bring a storybook to start Liam’s bookshelf!” and we put a sticker inside that says “This book is given to baby by ________ and this book is special to me because _______”  And everything worked out perfectly! 1. Everyone brought such thoughtful books! 2. There were no repeats. I was almost positive they were going to get 3 Hop on Pops, but nope! Lots of love was given to that baby. Someone even bought a bookshelf to put in the baby’s room with all the new books! So exciting.

The Book I Gave Liam!

The Book I Gave Liam!

I got the baby this book of stories I loved from when I was little. I used to bring it to show & tell every single time. Obviously it isn’t like those board books for babies, but I hope when he gets a bit older, he will get as much enjoyment as I did with these 6 stories. The big blue book includes, Go, Dog. Go!, Are You My Mother?, The Best Nest, Put Me In the Zoo, It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny (the first PJ Funnybunny story), A Fly Went By. I put the sticker on the inside cover & wrote;

” This book is given to baby Liam by

Shannon

and this book is special to me because

it was my favorite when I was little. I hope to someday share the love of reading with you!

I love you to the moon & back Liam!

Love Auntie Shan.”

The rest of the pictures in this post won’t need much explaination:

Centerpieces!

Centerpieces!

Up close
Up close

The bottom of the centerpieces, marbles & grass
The bottom of the centerpieces, marbles & grass

The favor table; handmade bookmarks & Little scented candles in the shape of a blue baby Owl.

The favor table; handmade bookmarks & Little scented candles in the shape of a blue baby Owl.

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I am so excited to welcome this little bundle of joy into the world in September!

That baby will have so much love! I’m one the look-out for a “My auntie loves me” onesie… Any suggestions on where to look? 🙂

On My Boyfriend!

I have finished my first year of college & I am starting to figure out what I want out of life. Don’t get me wrong, I like college, its pretty okay. But high school was awesome.

In 9th grade, I was shy, quiet and awkward. Gosh, was I awkward. Even so, I instantly made so many friends. Because I went to a regional high school there were 2 towns, 1 high school and about about 1,200 students. So, all the friends I made were from a different town. That is when I met Robbie. Freshman year Biology! Good gosh, I had little stars in my eyes. We dated freshman year, you know, the little kid dating where you walk next to each other & share a sandwich. Yeah.. “dating”. 6 months later we broke up, I was sad, but little did I know 3 years later, when we actually got to know each other, we would totally fall head over heels in love.

When we first met, he was the “bad-ass” who got in trouble for making dirty jokes, and would do anything to make everyone laugh, even if it was at the teachers expense. Boy, he got in a lot of trouble the first couple years. He went to summer school & everything. Once we started getting close, it was amazing. His grades improved, they drastically improved. From failing a couple classes to high honors, all A’s & all his teachers were sad to see him leave at the end of the trimester. He did still get in trouble, but that is because it is practically his middle name & all his teachers loved him anyway. He has always been brilliant. But he just didn’t care to do the work. Once he had a reason (me) he shot for the stars, he got all A’s, awesome comments from his teachers & he even got an award at graduation for “Most improved from Freshman to Senior year” I think he just needed a little kick in the tush!

I love everything about him. The way he made everyone in the room laugh, it was practically contagious. If I am mad at him to this day he practically makes it him job to make me smile and giggle, even when I am at my I’m-at-the-end-of-my-rope-don’t-push-my-buttons mood. He is so wonderful, and he is so mine. It’s the best feeling in the world to know that I get to have my best friend with me for the rest of my life! So many say we were so young when we started dating, but that doesn’t make a difference. I wouldn’t change one second of our relationship, he’s my rock and without him, I’d be lost!

This picture is us in New Hampshire on our first weekend trip together with my family. It was so much fun, you can see the mountains behind us! We have so many memories together, I can hardly remember life before meeting Robbie. The best part is, he is the perfect blend of spontaneous, thoughtful & romantic. Some of our best moments have been spur-of-the-moment road trips, or just pulling over & exploring. We are great company for each other, with so much love, so many laughs & such blue eyes, how could I not love him!

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