Pink & Gold Princess – First Birthday Party

Since my last post we have a beautiful baby girl named Charlotte and we celebrated her first birthday today!  The party was a smashing success!  It is very different getting to throw a girl birthday party and it was so much fun to plan!


I used this tutorial to make the banner with her name.  No fancy cricket machine needed.  The letters are stickers so the only thing that needed cutting was the pink banners which I had some help with…thanks Trudy!


This chalkboard was quite a bit of work but it was SO much fun to make.  It’s a great way to remember all the things my baby girl can do at this age.  I used this tutorial to make it.  Instead of tracing everything on the window like she did i just pressed gently and made indents on the board.  Once I had traced the full word I used the paint markers to trace the word.  I also used my printer and printed out all the words I put on the board because I don’t have that neat of handwriting!

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I made these pom poms based on this tutorial.  I would highly recommend using the amount of tissue paper suggested in the tutorial because I didn’t on all of them and they didn’t turn out as full as it would have if I’d followed the instructions.  You can see in the picture that the gold pom on the left is more full than the others.


I used this Wilton candy mold to make the crowns for the cupcakes and then dusted them with pearl dust.  They ended up being so cute!

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TUTORIAL: Duck Dynasty Cookies

Anyone who knows us knows how big of fans we are of Duck Dynasty on A & E. Especially my boys who think it is hilarious. So both of them requested Duck Dynasty as the theme for their birthday parties. Now while I didn’t get time to do all the fancy decor as in past years I did manage to make some pretty adorable cookies for birthday treats. So here’s how I did them.

I used a Frankenstein head cutout I got from a Wilton Halloween set a few years ago. I turned it upside down because to me it looked like a face with ears and a beard.  You can see my original plan sketch.

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Duck Dynasty Cookie

I used my Sugar Cookie recipe to bake the cookies. I started by doing the face part because it will need to be behind the beard.


After I filled in the face and let it dry I started outlining the beard.

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Once it was outlined I filled it in.  Then I waited til it had dried a bit and scratched it vertically with a butter knife.  I wanted the beard to have some texture and this was the best way I could think of.  It worked out well I think.


Because I was doing a representation of Phil Robertson and he wears a camo headband I next outlined the headband.  When I filled in the headband I used two colors of green and a tan.  I put spots of each of them within the outline and then swirled them with a toothpick to make them more camo-like.  I forgot to take a picture of that but you can see it in the final pictures.


The final step was to add a face.  My boys thought that my orignal sketch looked like the eyes were closed so I decided on dots instead.  The nose was tricky and I didn’t get them to all be uniform but I am happy happy happy with how they turned out.

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You can see the noses were all a bit different but it works!


Hopefully you will be inspired to create your own Duck Dynasty cookie.

Broken Hearted

My heart is broken!  My youngest starts kindergarten tomorrow and this year the boys are walking to school.  I have practiced their route with them and they are meeting some other kids down the road so they can all cross the busy intersection together.  I was set to walk with them to school the first day because I want to be there to send Avery off but he doesn’t want me to.  He announced to me just before his nap today that ‘they are big and don’t need me to come with’…sob!  Then I said I would just meet them at school so I can say goodbye and he said ‘no’…sob, sob!

I kinda figured that he would change his mind as the day wore on but he insisted I not walk along.  I changed my strategy a bit and told him that I am his mom and I only get to do this once in his life and I was coming.  He’d have to deal!  He gets the rest of the year to be big and not have me with…and I’ll let them walk home alone.  That seemed to ease things a bit.  Nothing more was said and I just let it go.  I tucked him into bed and hoped he fall asleep fast (not something he is known for) but soon heard his little feet coming down the steps to find me.  He then started the tears that they are big and he doesn’t want me to go…boo-hoo!!!  I just said we’d talk about it tomorrow before school.

I have a feeling mom is going to win this one.  I just wish he didn’t want to be grown up so bad.  Or that he could at least pretend to need his mommy still.  I didn’t think I’d cry dropping him off but if he shuns me I just might:(…my latest obsession!

I had briefly checked this site out after hearing about it but didn’t understand all the wonders of it until my brilliant friend Rachel shared with me how wonderful it is!  I was having a chat night with her and asked her to show me how it works.  It is a wonder of organization and inspiration.  I look at it as a ‘favorites’ page with pictures.  Pinterest allows you to ‘pin’ your inspiration to your ‘board’ (which in my mind is like a bulletin board) so it is organized and easy to find.  The great thing is that you can choose which picture you want it to show when you look at your board so you know exactly what it is that you loved about the idea.  The idea behind it is to share inspiration with others so you can also see what the other Pinterest members are in love with.

Currently you need to have an invitation to get in but it is so worth it.  I can’t even put into words how awesome this site is and how many hours that i will be spending on it but I have already found SEVERAL awesome ideas for my boys’ birthday parties and can’t wait to find more!


Google Reader

I just finished reading through 133 new posts from 25 different blogs that I follow.  I used to try and go to each one every day to see if there was something new.  It ended up taking me forever!  Then a couple friends introduced me to Google Reader.  It is a feed that keeps tracks of all your favorite blogs for you!  It only shows me when I have a new blog post to read and they all stay neat and nice in one spot for when I have the time to read them.  Mine shows up on my home page on and it is right there everytime I open the internet.

If you don’t us a ‘reader’ I highly suggest it.  I know there are other ‘readers’ out there but I strongly urge you to find one that works for you!  It will save you so much time!

My Creative Child

Yesterday after school Blake came to me and asked to use the glue.  I told him he could if it didn’t make a mess.  Then he came and asked if he could use a scissors too.  I said yes but questioned what he was making.  He just said ‘something for dad’.  Let me tell you what this child can do with paper, markers and glue is amazing sometimes!  Just before supper he came back upstairs with this:

It is a paper Target Field.  You can’t see it well but it even said ‘Target Field’ down low behind home plate.  When Mike asked if he made something like this at school he said no he just decided to make one.  This kid is going to make some money some day with this talent.  I am great at copying ideas that I see but I am not one to come up with things on my own!  I am so impressed…maybe he can invent something someday and let his momma retire:)

New Name

>I have been wanting to change the name of my blog for quite some time and since a friend of mine told me that WordPress is the blog site to be using that gives me a great opportunity to make a new name that isn’t so personal for the blog.  I like when people use something in their life to create a name for their blog so I’ve been toying with a few things…

Charles Ave – the street we live on
Hockey Mom – a big part of my life but it is also already a blog name
OCD – something I struggle with in my life (not a major case just very particular)
Red House – the color of our house
Mother of Two – how many kids I have

There are lots of other factors of my life but those are a few that I’ve toyed with so far.  I know some of you are very creative…what are your ideas?

20 minutes…

>Last night I had 20 minutes in a quiet house with no one but myself!  The boys had gone to hockey with grandma and Mike wasn’t home from work yet.  I wasn’t quite sure what to do with myself.  It wasn’t enough time to start a project so I ended up surfing facebook for a little bit and then washing dishes.  It was a peaceful 20 minutes but I wish I would have chosen to sit down and relax by reading a book or something but things need to be done.

What do you do with 20 minutes?

>Mall of America

>Even though I live fairly close I have only shopped at the mall of America a handful of times.  I don’t know that I have ever been there on a Saturday but I can assure you that I will not be going there on a Saturday afternoon again!  Mike and I went on our way to a friend’s birthday party and it was TERRIBLE!  We showed up and they had all the entrances blocked off and we ended up parking in the overflow lot across the street.  We walked in and could barely see the elevator because there were so many people.  Everywhere we walked there were crowds of people and I am not patient when it comes to the mall and people getting in my way.  We only bought two things (unless you count the pretzel and pop that we purchased) and were there for a couple hours.  Overall it was not a pleasant shopping experience!