Gourmet French Macarons Book Giveaway

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I'll admit any dessert that starts with French sounds way to complicated and intimidating to me.  Don't get me wrong I love Gourmet French Macarons, the light as a feather delicate treats that are all the rage, but up until now they've just seemed to complicated for me to make and enjoy. Mindy Cone of Creative Juice has a new book, Gourmet French Macarons that puts a creative spin on the classic French sandwich cookies with recipes, techniques, styling ideas, templates and decorations tips. … [Read more...]

12 Days of Christmas Service: {Day 4} Four Calling Birds

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"On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, Four Calling Birds"...but can you imagine all that noise?!  We opted for a gift with a little less noise and mess, but four birds that are sure to keep little ones entertained.This funny book, Three Hens and a Peacock is our version of Four Calling Birds for our 12 Days of Christmas Service.Day 4Chirping and squawking bring day number four,But calling birds weren't to be found at the store.So we hope that this great book will mean so much … [Read more...]

Candy Making for Kids: Book Blog Tour + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be a part of my dear friend Courtney Whitmore's new book blog tour, Candy Making for Kids!  Courtney was my roommate at SNAP and she is just as sweet, adorable and genuine in person as she is on her blog!  You may know Courtney from her fabulous website Pizzazzerie or her previous book Push Up Pops.  If you haven't already bought and read her first book, Push Up Pops, you should!  It's full of delicious eye candy ideal for anyone who loves to plan parties.As a mother of 3 … [Read more...]

Calling all Bookworms for a Back to School Party

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The carefree days of summer are coming to an end, but for school-aged kids a new adventure is just around the corner.  Back-to-school means new friends, new teachers and new memories!  Get your little ones excited about the new school year and celebrate with a Back to School Bash. My daughter is going to kindergarten this year and I wanted to start the school year off right and document this exciting milestone.  I decided to use my daughter’s love of books and reading as the focus of our … [Read more...]

Little Red Hen Party

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Who will help me celebrate? This Little Red Hen birthday party was for a friends sweet little girl who was turning 2.  She loves the story of the Little Red Hen and her mom liked the idea of using a theme that hasn't been done a million times.  We decided to use the classic golden book as our inspiration, and it turned out absolutely darling!Her mom made the invitations and I was blown away when I saw them.  She recreated the story and bound them like a little golden book, oh. my. goodness. they … [Read more...]

Whooo Loves Books?

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I'm always up for a party and a challenge so when Do with Piggy Bank Parties announced a Halloween Challenge for the contributors I jumped on board.  With only a week to plan and prep I decided to use the adorable Lil' Hoots Halloween printables to create a book exchange party.Without further ado I'd like to share with you my party, Whooo Loves a Good Book?My inspiration for this party was the cute owl.  When I think of owls I think of "wise" and Fall.  I also noticed his little tummy was shaped … [Read more...]

ONE

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My mother who is a book fanatic, especially children's literature (she could open her own library, not kidding) gave me this incredible book the other day and I was completely blown away.One by Kathryn Otoshi is an amazing, beautifully told and poignant story perfect for all ages. This simple book uses colors and numbers to illustrate bullying and the power and importance of one. If you are a parent you really MUST own this book. It is perfect for my preschooler, but yet the message was … [Read more...]

MTM- Copy Cat Theme

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Monday already? Time is rushing past me at warp speed and this particular Monday is clearly a reminder. Today, June 22nd is a big day at our house, the twins are 9 months old and Mommy & Daddy are celebrating 7 years of wedded bliss!Today's MTM theme was "Copy Cat" and I have been excited about this one for weeks. It was very difficult deciding which talented mommy's muffin tin I would copy. There are so many inspiring ones to choose from, like these "monkey bites" or this dessert tin and … [Read more...]

Muffin Tin Monday – Alphabet

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Today's MTM theme is Letters of the Alphabet. There are unlimited possibilities with this which made it very hard for me to decide what to do. In the end I decided to go with a popular ABC's book and tie it all together with our craft and story time.We picked the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambalut. This classic book is a favorite at our house and Aubrey was excited to see that today's muffin tin was all about it. Here is our ABC's muffin tin...Front Row: A - … [Read more...]

Muffin Tin Monday

Today over at MTM there was no theme, so we decided to use the same one from last week (Children's Literature) since I loved it so much.I picked the story "The Little Mouse, The Ripe Red Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear" by Audrey and Don Wood. This is a great children's story with vivid pictures and simple text for even the youngest readers. The little mouse is trying to keep the strawberry away from the bear, and his adorable attempts to hide it our guaranteed to make you laugh!Here is … [Read more...]