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  • Pizza My Heart Valentines Party

    Love You To P I Z Z A S Carli’s Cucina I couldn’t stop thinking about this idea once I dreamed it up! There are so many toy kitchen accessories and toy food for the girls play kitchen that I am always seeing and wanting to buy! I wonder who has more fun with this toy kitchen most of the time – them or me! I was noticing how much we have that would fit this little pretend play set up perfectly! Carli’s Cucina came to me when I was looking up inspiration for traditional, authentic, cute, lovely little Italian pizzerias. The toy tomatos, olive oil, pizza, flour! It was…

  • Danielle’s 30th in Palm Springs!

    I have been planning both of my younger sisters weddings for years now, even when they weren’t with a boyfriend, we were always planning! We had always talked about doing a bachelorette in Palm Springs or Vegas. Last year, Danielle was in a new relationship, and wanted to have a big bash for her 3oth birthday. She said, “Why wait for a bachelorette?! Lets go to Palm Springs now!” I was already planning a surprise party for her so I took the reins and decided to throw her a big party with all of her friends.  It took me a while to write this post – in this post –…

  • Thanksgiving Table Decor

    This year is the first year I really feel like we are “hosting”. I have had a lot of practice over the past ten years cooking Thanksgiving Dinner for just my husband and I, and also my sister and/or my in-laws some years. But this year we will have my mom, all of my sisters and their families/significants others. It will be 8 or 9 adults, and 4 kiddos. We recently finished our home addition which included a reno of the back deck. For us – in our small, southern California home, with no dining room- we eat our meals on our back patio. I love this gauze fabric that…

  • Spooky & Pink 4th Birthday Party

    I saw so much of this pink/pastel Halloween party décor and wanted so badly to have a kiddie Halloween party at some point. I have never really been into Halloween and for sure never threw a Halloween party. Carli, however, my fun loving now 4-year-old LOVES Halloween. Year-round this kid plays “Halloween”. Once she saw the orange pumpkin trick or treat bucket in the garage and asked me to get it down for her. She would turn off all the lights in her room, close the blackout curtains and say she was playing “trick or treat” and go around her room putting toys in her bucket!! She would play make…

  • Retro Daisy 1st Birthday Party

    Little miss ONEderful! We had the best time celebrating our little miss Tomi Jordyn at her Daisy themed 1st birthday party. I saw this post on 100layercake.com and instantly knew I wanted to try and recreate every detail!  Along with some other pins of daisy decor, and some personal touches – here is what this inspiration helped me to create for Tomi’s first birthday party. I used this same high chair for my older daughters 1st birthday. I thought it was perfect for smash cake photos. I found it on Facebook marketplace. This daisy party dress is from Target, as with the sandals. The sunglasses were party favors and were from amazon.…

  • There’s No Place Like Home – Quarantine Birthday Party

    Somewhere Over The Rainbow For Carli’s 3rd birthday, we were months into the COVID-19 shut downs and global pandemic. So, unlike her 1st and 2nd birthdays where we had invited 20 or so kids – this year we had to keep things small. Luckily the zoo was open so we were able to do a zoo day with a friend and then have a small family party that night. The party was the perfect quarantine birthday theme – There’s No Place Like Home! This theme was also inspired by Pinterest. I had actually been wanting to do the daisy theme for Carli for a while (the theme I ended up…