Blogging {Or Not} With Sick Kids

[Saturday morning] It’s prime blog prep time for the working mom. Time to pack up the kiddos and run to Hobby Lobby or the antique store or the grocery store to purchase whatever supplies I need for the blogging week. Time to create the recipe or craft and photograph it before I lose the light, and then edit photos and write up the post after the girls are in bed ....more

Freebie Friday: 10 Free Shark Printables

I’ve been celebrating Shark Week all week on the blog, so it’s only fitting to close things out with free shark party printables. (And don’t miss these posts: Shark Fin Soda, Shark Tooth Rice Krispies Treats, Shark Favor Balls and Shark Chum Jell-O.) From Sea of Blooming Dreams (Erica also has a version of the sharks without party hats.) From First Palette From Juggling With Kids (Upper and lower case letters + numbers. This wasn’t meant to be a party banner, but you could totally use these shark teeth to spell “Happy Birthday”.) From Paper Box World From Print Stationary From Paper Plate Shark Jaws (Memory matching game.) From Pretty Providence (Cupcake toppers and bottle wraps) From Wildlife Fun 4 Kids From All for the Boys (Lunchbox note shark facts — also would be good for a party trivia game.) From The Crafted Sparrow ...more

Shark Week: Shark Chum Jell-O

Bear with me now: this one is theoretically gross but actually yummy. And it makes me giggle. I do girl parties all the time, and sometimes, it’s just fun to dive into something boy-ish and grody ....more

Shark Week: Shark Favor Balls

Have you ever seen favor balls? They are crepe paper balls formed around itty bitty party favors. Your party guests unroll and unroll and unroll to reveal as many little surprises as you want to wrap ....more

Shark Week: Shark Tooth Rice Krispies Treats

Did you miss my first Shark Week party tip? Click here to get the easy how-tos for making Shark Fin Soda Bottles. Today is part two of my own little Shark Week: Shark Tooth Rice Krispies Treats! ...more

Shark Week: Shark Fin Soda Bottles

This is one of those “so easy I hate to call it a “tutorial’ tutorials.” Baby B loves sharks and wants a shark theme for her next birthday. While that’s months away, I figured Shark Week would be a great time to brainstorm and test out some ideas, you know … six months in advance. So I give you: shark fin soda bottles! ...more

Freebie Friday: 17 More Back to School Printables

We start back to school so early here — we’re actually finishing our first week of school today. But so many of you are still in school prep mode that printables designers are still releasing fabulous — and free — first day of school collections. So, I’ve collected my favorites of the latest releases here ....more

Guest Party: Retro-Inspired Cupcake Decorating Party {9th Birthday Party}

Oh my goodness, I love this party so much! My friend Keisha from Cupcake Wishes and Birthday Dreams created this party for her daughter Nikki’s 9th birthday. My two have tossed out the idea of a baking party, and I’d LOVE to style it, but at the moment, they want a Sharks & Surfers party next year ....more

My Parties: Back to School Mini Celebration

Each year, I create a little “hooray, your first day back to school is over” celebration for my twins. This year was no different, except I discovered that morning tmy printer was out of color ink, which meant no free printables for me. Boo hiss ....more

Guest Party: Great Gatsby Dessert Table

Today, I’m excited to welcome Roxana from Sugar-Sugar Cakes in Canton, GA. Roxana is one of my blog’s lovely sponsors, and you’ve seen her work before in my parties, most recently the microphone cake pops from my girls’ Country Music Awards Karaoke Party. Roxana created this dessert table for a Great Gatsby-themed rehearsal dinner at The Corner District, in Ball Ground, GA — a fabulous new Speakeasy type venue that lends itself to both very glam and very rustic events ....more