a wizard of oz party

so....i just realized that i never posted channing's third birthday photos - of her wizard of oz party.  i figured today, since she exactly 3 1/2, that it's better late than never.  channing has been in love with the wizard the oz since her daddy let her watch the movie one night while i was away teaching a fitness class at the gym.  she wasn't scared of the witch or those "crazy flying monkeys" (as she calls them) for one second.  she loved everything about it.  in fact, for quite some time, anytime a stranger would ask her what her name was...her answer was always "dorothy".  we got her the dress and shoes to wear to a local production of the movie and she never wanted to take it off!  it was a really fun party to throw and i tried my best to make every detail just right...from the wicked witch's feet under c's playhouse to the yellow brick road greeting guests at the door and leading them upstairs to our simple but fun costumes.  i think we'll all remember this one very fondly. 

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sources:

cupcake characters: partyideasUK on etsy

printable dorothy houses: thepartychick on etsy

birthday banner, colorful fans, streamers, rainbow banner and balloons, rainbow lollipops all from target.   

felt ball garland (on channing's mini cake): hello maypole

aloha!

aloha friends!  after an almost 4 month hiatus from this little blogging page, i am back with some pretty big news for our family.  we are officially living in hawaii!  the big island, to be exact.  it's taken an awful lot of work to make it this far but we are actually here and trying our best to make it work!!  i've created a new tab here on the blog, on the left side bar, called "our hawaii life".  this is where i will be posting everything about our hawaii adventures here on the big island.  i'll keep the main page here for typical things like crafts and recipes and what not.  but, i am really excited to have a little space here to document all we do and find and figure out along the way.

this is by far the biggest thing either luc or i have done...outside of getting married and having a baby...you know, the typical stuff :).  i mean, it is the biggest leap we've taken, not really knowing what is on the other side waiting for us.  we are both colorado natives and never lived outside of the state.  and let me tell you...there is very little, if anything that colorado has in common with the islands.  and this mama knows nothing about about living on the ocean.  i have so much to learn.  it has been far from easy and we are still working out the kinks every day but, it's a beautiful place for our family and we look forward to everything this island has in store for us! 


a freshly picked spring

i am honored to team up with freshly picked to help show off one of their fantastic spring colors…coral.  if you haven't heard of freshly picked, and you have kiddos or know someone who has kiddos or just want to be completely inspired by an amazing woman in business…then you need to check out freshly picked and the creator, susan's, story.  it is a pretty amazing and inspiring one.  

this is our first pair of the popular moccasins and let me tell you, channing and i are both in love.  she never wants to take them off and i love how they look and fit and feel on her sweet little feet.  they are amazing quality and such fun colors.  from what everyone tells me and the reviews i read…they last forever and are really great for little feet.  they are the only shoes i want to get her from now on!  

our theme for this photo shoot?  well, it was inspired by channing's new favorite book - flora and the flamingo.  we got it a couple of days ago and it is all channing wants to look through, over and over and over.  and so, a flamingo themed photo shoot it was.  maybe a little quirky but, that pretty much sums things up over anyway.  we had a lot of fun. 

also…keep your eyes open for a big giveaway i am having at the end of march, which will include freshly picked moccs and one of my maven mercantile dream catchers

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channing's flamingo hat is from H&M kids, her swimsuit is from target and i made her pants :).  xo 

a day in photos

a typical march in colorado, warm days earlier this week and lots of chilliness and rain turned to snow today.  we visited the library for story hour…which of course we walked to so we got pretty drenched getting home afterwards.  outside of that, we had a pretty typical day playing and pretending and laughing the day away. 

breakfast fit for a princess.  she is very into "puffins" cereal with milk lately.

breakfast fit for a princess.  she is very into "puffins" cereal with milk lately.

birthday party remnants…i really need to pack these lovelies away until next time. 

birthday party remnants…i really need to pack these lovelies away until next time. 

on our way to the library.  moccs on our feet and library bag over her shoulder. 

on our way to the library.  moccs on our feet and library bag over her shoulder. 

the rain quickly turned into slushy snow.

the rain quickly turned into slushy snow.

our ridiculously small deck is coming down and a great big new one going up!  once the snow stops that is. 

our ridiculously small deck is coming down and a great big new one going up!  once the snow stops that is. 

new library books…we picked some really good ones this time. 

new library books…we picked some really good ones this time. 

dying doilies during nap time.

dying doilies during nap time.

ta-da!

ta-da!

left over from a great day of dressing up and pretending.

left over from a great day of dressing up and pretending.

we are trying this "oil pulling" thing…more on that later. 

we are trying this "oil pulling" thing…more on that later.