Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Spiderman Party (Part 1)

I know you've held your breathe all day yesterday waiting for more pictures of our Spiderman Party, wait no longer here it is!

I actually ended up buying a lot of the party decorations. When it comes to spiderman, it's hard to craft the actual guy, so you kinda have to buy everything. These are the party decorations I started with.

Spiderman Party Decorations

I know I wanted a background for the back of the food table, and saw this and wanted to do something like this, but didn't want to pay $36 for it.

I thought I could do something like that...and I think it came out even better than just ubying that cityscape above. Tutorial coming next week! It's so pretty and I spent so much time on it, it's hard to take it down...so it's staying on the wall for now :)

Of course I forgot to take pictures of everything, why do I always do that? I should have a list of things to take pictures of, but mostly I finish decorating minutes before guest arrive and I'm going around taking pictures of things while greeting people, so it gets crazy.

The cake I was pretty proud of actually, until it started falling apart that is, haha. Oh well, live and learn. And I'm going to have a semi tutorial in the coming weeks for that too! Plus I'll let you guys know what NOT to do, hehe.

The dessert table, Baby Fox wanted a spiderman cake and cupcakes and since I knew we were going to be having a lot of people (about 50), we were going to need a lot of dessert. So I had my Mom make Vanessa's S'mores bars, everyone raved about them!

The cake took on a life of it's own...but you get the drift, minus spiderman crying...oops!

I didn't read the directions fully and it needs 24 hours for it to set, I only let it set for 6 hours...and then couldn't get the other eye done, which is why it looks pretty awful...oops. But now I know for next time and for telling you guys how to make this cake!

I actually bought the cupcake wrappers and the toppers at William Sonoma when Baby Fox was just 5 months old, I knew it would come in handy one day! Mostly it was on mega clearance, originally $12.99 marked down to $3.99, have to buy it at that price right?

Usually I try to find unique things to put in the goodie bags, but this time I bought the good bag kit and called it a day.

I hung some of the decorations in the umbrella, I didn't end up using all of them, because we just ran out of time to hang things, but if I had more time I would have hung more of them.

Baby Fox has this mask already, so I attached it to the drink basket. It actually hung facing a little down, so I broke a bamoo skewer in half, put both of those behind the mask right near the mouth to make the make stick out.

We also had a drink table inside, both had the same things in it.

I also made a welcome sign with a spider web and used that super hero tape on our front door, but forgot to take pictures. Again, need to write down the pictures I need to take, so I'm not rushing to get the pictures.

All in all, I think Baby Fox had a great birthday party and he'll never forget it, mostly because I think that poster is going to be hanging in our living room till the end of time :)

Come back next week for the tutorial on how I made the sign!

Linking up with Tuesday Talk  and Wake Up Wednesday, The Lady Collective and Mommy Moments

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Spiderman Kind Of Weekend

First off to start your Monday, if you're Ashely Bree P you've won our giveaway! Congrats, now go spend that money on a summer wardrobe!

Back to my weekend....I think I actually might need a weekend from my weekend! It was crazy busy! I took a half day on Friday to get everything done that I needed to get done for Baby Fox's Spiderman Party. But I think everything turned out GREAT! Come back tomorrow to see the details of the party.

Thursday was my allergy shot and Mini Fox went with me, she looks so grown up looking through the books. But I think the pacifier gives her away.

Friday I worked half a day and then started getting ready for the party.

Setting up the canopy. I had some great helpers.

He ran inside to get his hammer (it's plastic and was so cute he thought it would work)

My Dad was such a big help, love that he lives so close to help out.

Baby Fox helped me make the cake and cupcakes.

She helped to eat the beaters

I'm fairly certain that's the only reason he helped. He kept asking when the frosting was going to be ready...I didn't do that until after he went to bed.

After Mr. got home we did a family trip to get some food, I love when we do things as a family.

She picked out the shoes and socks...don't think I would necessarily put grey socks with black shoes, hehe.

Looking cool in his Chick-Fil-A sunglasses

I think they could have watched the kitties forever, we had to drag them away.

I stayed up way too late decorating this...come back tomorrow to see how it turned out.

Saturday party day! Baby Fox could hardly contain himself and couldn't wait for everyone to get here, mostly because he really wanted to go swimming, LOL. Helping me put the cupcake toppers on, he was so excited.

A sneak peak at some of the decorations.

Of course it would start raining...it NEVER rains here and then decides to rain on our pool party day...at least it was still warm out. It didn't stop these kids from playing though.

Or these kids from playing with the water table.

Eventually the rain stopped (as in 10 minutes later), and we were still able to go swimming, I know you were all concerned.

Lots of jumping in the water. Seriously Mini Fox has no fear!

The birthday boy, it was a little too windy so the candles didn't really work out.

All in all I think it was a very successful birthday party. But boy was a I tired. Exausted is more like it. Which brings us to Sunday, all of us were TIRED! It was a super lazy  Sunday, the way I like it. I actually vlogged it, so there aren't very many pictures. Mr. was loving wearing her because she gave such good snuggles.

Just reading his comic. My parents got him this Spiderman Comic book and he LOVES it.

That's all for now, come back on Thursday for the Vlog.

Hope you all had a great weekend. Looking forward to next weekend, I'm sky diving! Yikes! So nervous but also so excited.

Linking up with FaithHeather and Daily Momvitity for Mommy Moments Erin for Weekend Snapshot4B Loved Boston and Champagne & Suburbs  for Weekending, and Monday Madness with Ashley at A Cute Angle

Friday, June 26, 2015

Syle Me Bloggers - My Summer Reading List

Hi there! The Style Me Bloggers are back and we're talking about what we're reading this summer. Admitedly I don't read that much, usually after a long day of work I like to veg out in front of the TV for an hour or so before bed...but these are books that I've bought and really are sitting on my night stand. I have a problem buying books (yes real books, I just can't do the Kindle yet, I am holding out, last man standing, who's with me?!) and then not reading them, but I'm getting there, I promise. So here we go:

Right now, while getting my allergy shots I started reading the first book in the Gentleman Bastard Series. I'm only a few pages in, but so far so good. I'm looking forward to reading the rest.

The Storyline:

The Lies Locke Lamora: An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist. As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly. Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.

I won't go into the other books, as I don't want to giveaway anything, but I've only heard good things about these books.

I've wanted to read the Husband's Secret for a while now, it's been on my nightstand for a while now, My mom said it's a great read, I can't wait to read this one either.

The Storyline:

At the heart of The Husband’s Secret is a letter that is not meant to be read...

My darling Cecilia,
If you’re reading this, then I’ve died...

Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not only the life you have built together, but the lives of others as well. And then imagine that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive…

Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything—and not just for her. There are other women who barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they, too, are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

Funny, I didn't realize What Alice Forgot was from the same author as the Husband's Secret, but this is on my list of books to read as well. I don't own it yet, but next time I need to get to free shipping on Amazon, you getting believe this is going in my cart.

Sidenote: Most of my books are aquired because I need to get to $35 for free shipping on Amazon. Anyone else do that?

Another book on my nightstand, I've only heard good things about this book. When am I going to find time to read all of these books?!

The Storyline:

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a “gift from God,” and against Tom’s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

I'm a big Jodi Picoult fan, Every book she has written I have loved. while looking around for books to read this summer, I discovered this one, came out only 2 months ago.

The Storyline:

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

I was just browsing Amazon and found this book. It got 4.6 stars with over 13,000 reviews...in my book that's a winner. 

The Storyline:

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

Now go check out all the other ladies to see what they're reading this summer!

Also linking up with ErikaAndrea, and Narci for Friday Favorites, September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for Oh Hey, Friday! April and the girls for Five on Friday, and Jennie for Friday Favorites