Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Little Brother Shower- Yellow and Grey Adoption Shower

We were so blessed that our dear friends wanted to throw Jonny a shower to celebrate his birth and adoption. My friends and I usually plan these things together (we call ourselves the Pom Pom Committee) and it was incredible to see them plan this shower to be everything I could have ever dreamed it to be- perfectly me, perfect for Jonny!

Their inspiration for the color theme came from our nursery which is grey and yellow with some superhero accents and chevron print (will post more on the nursery another time).


Food Table

Pretty yellow rose cake and strawberry cheesecake shots
Burrito Cups 
Spinach Dip Cups, Kahlua Cake Cups, Banana Pudding Cups
Drinks: Ice Tea, Lemonaide, Water with lemon wedges served on the side.

Pretty Mason Jar glasses with a lemon slice and grey and white striped straws for the perfect touch


Libby had close friends choose a few songs each and made a beautiful lullaby cd as a party favor. Each cd was in a sewn "quilt square" to match Jonny's quilt. How sweet and cute is that?

They also made "Dear Jonny" cards for guests to write a few wishes for Jonny. I just love these, and how wonderful for him to know how loved and cherished he is by so many!


Quilt made for Jonny's nursery by my dear friend Gwen 

Appliqued onsies and bib in different sizes on a clothes line made of ribbon
Jonny and his mommy! So blessed by this "shower" of love. What a journey.

Wasn't everything just lovely? I am so blessed to have friends like these girls! Thank you so so much Gwen, Jenn, Libby, Melinda, and Raquel!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sweetheart Adoption Shower for Ava

Sweetheart Adoption Shower for Ava
I have been so lucky to find a community of wonderful adoptive famillies. We have been blessed to journey with them through their adoptions and we celebrate their joy. There is a group of five of us adoptive mommies that have become good buddies and we all have a common hobby- party planning! We have so much fun planning together, we have even nicknamed ourselves the "PomPom Committee"! Four of us planned this shower for Libby, who adopted Ava through domestic adoption.
Inspiration: We wanted to incorporate the nursery as much as possible for a personal touch so we chose aqua, pinks, and white. Libby loves tea rooms and so we decided to have tea foods. Ava means "like a bird" or "song bird" so we incorporated little touches of birds to the shower. We also used doilies to make it extra girly!






Cranberry Orange Scones
Cinnamon Scones
"Devenshire" Cream
Raspberry Preserves
Cucumber Sandwhiches
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Brie Pastries
Nutella Pastries
Thumbprint Cookies
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Caprese Kabobs
Chocolate and Red Velvet Cupcakes

Drinks: Iced Water, Iced Tea, Hot tea- bags and hot water for serve-your-self hot tea. Mix matched tea cups. Mason jar glasses.

Wishes for Ava. Self address thank you notes. Raffle tickets for who brought the most daipers and wipes for the new mommy.
Diaper Cake

Wishes for Ava

Hairbow Station: Guests made Ava some hairbows, flowers, and clippies.

Favors: Heart Shaped Thumprint Cookies with Lemon Curd and Raspberry Preserves

Sweetheart Ava, we love you baby girl!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Where have I been?

You may notice a trend during school semesters to see random posts spread out months apart. Where am I? Well, I am studying to be an elementary teacher with a full time workload. I am teaching two days a week at a local (and wonderful) elementary school in a kindergarten classroom with the best mentor teacher! She's made the experience so wonderful.

I am also busy with my two kids who have a much busier social calender than I have. Play dates, parties, festivals, soccer and more! I am living a very busy and fulfilling life! We are also currently working on finishing up our homestudy paper work because we are hoping to adopt (follow our adoption story at An Ocean Sized Love).

In between the craziness, I adore searching Pinterest for creative ideas for my kids, home, cooking and even classroom. I even added a "follow me on Pinterest" button on the top right of this blog in case you want to see my pins. So far I have only had time for a few of the recipes but I fully intend to make some lovely things during Christmas break! (only 4 weeks away!!).
Do you pin? I'd love to follow you, especially if you find amazing crafts and teaching ideas. Comment and let me know how to find you:-)

Here is my latest Pinterest inspired creation:

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Cake!
Here is the pin that inspired me:

The changes I made:
I added 2 tsp. vanilla because vanilla makes everything better.
I made 12 muffins and 1 round 8 inch coffee cake. The muffins I will freeze for quick breakfast to go.
I added pumpkin spice to the drizzle.
I doubled the crumb recipe so that I had enough for the muffins and the coffee cake.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Kind deeds at the front door.

It's that time of year again: the stores are stocking fall and winter items, Starbucks is serving my favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte and school is in full swing! So it's also time to plan our "Boo Your Neighbor" for this year. Do you not know what a "Boo Your Neighbor" is? Well, it's totally awesome fun so you should!

Here is our "Boo Your Neighbor" from last year: Boo'ing The Neighbors

Here's a great printable from Tomkat to use for your "Boo"

We are most definitely doing it again!

I've also been on the look out for ideas like this for all year round and I ran across this idea on Pinterest today, leaving cupcakes on the door for friends or neighbors:

Find the details and how to here: The Comfort of a Cupcake

I just love the simple gesture of letting someone know you care in some small token way. I know many times I feel I am too busy to be the kind of friend/neighbor that I want to be with full time school, kids and an adoption going on. It's things like this that inspire me to do little deeds when I CAN. We live in such a digital age and it's so easy to just text or message our friends to express our affection, prayers or's still important to us all to have some tangible evidence of friends and family who care. I know it is for me.

How would you feel if someone left a goodie on your door step? Have you done this or seen something like this? I would love to hear from you!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Home Made "Lara Bars" {Healthy Snacks} Chocolate Pecan Pie "Truffles"

Have you ever had a Lara Bar? I had been buying several versions of a gluten free snack bar for a while. With being a full time student/mom/busy lady I tend to need a snack thrown into my purse to get me through the day without taking a diet dive at a snack machine for a bag of something totally un-hip-friendly. I recently discovered Lara Bars and I love them. I have yet to find a flavor I don't like. They are moist, sweet but not too sweet, filling and all natural.

So, with my new Lara Bar addiction, I thought maybe I could figure out a way to make them at home since they are just a few simple ingredients to make. So, I gave it a shot. I am so glad I did! These are so easy, super delicious and the flavor combos are endless! Here is the version that I tried:

Chocolate Pecan Pie "Truffles"
2 cups chopped dates ( I bought mine in bulk at Sam's)
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tsp. vanilla

 Prepare a piece of saran wrap on the counter before you begin so you don't have sticky hand prints on your saran wrap box like I had. Sprinkle some cocoa powder on the wrap if you wish to make the truffles, otherwise, use the wrap to roll out and cut the mixture into bars. Use a really good food processor!

 Add chopped dates into the processor and pulse until well processed and the dates look like this:

Add the pecans, chocolate chips and vanilla and pulse until everything is chopped and forming a ball of sticky goodness.

For Bars:
Pour the mixture onto the wrap and roll out to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into bars and wrap individually. Place the wrapped bars into a Ziploc baggie and refrigerate.

For Truffles:
Take about a tablespoon and a half into your hand and roll into balls. Dredge balls lightly in cocoa powder and place in an air tight container. Refrigerate. 

Have you tried to make your own Lara Bars? I would love more flavor ideas!

Love My Kids {lunch boxes} Gluten free Grown up or Kid friendly Lunch

I hope to share some of my ideas for fun lunch boxes with you all through out the next school year. I am a Gluten-Free eater and so many of my ideas will also be Gluten-Free.

This is a meal that I created for myself but I was thinking also of my Phia. I could easily fix this entire meal for her to enjoy at school. The thing I love about this meal is that it is packed with nutrients and good flavors. It will fill you up, give you energy and won't make you feel heavy or tired. Sounds like the perfect teacher lunch to me! You could easily through in some crackers, pita or pretzels along with this meal for a those that just have to have the bread carbs to survive! If you just hate pickles, I'd use carrots or peppers.

  1. Roasted Chicken, Swiss, and Pickles "Sandwich Sushi" with Mustard for dipping
  2. Sliced Apples & Nutella
  3. Spinach Salad with Craisins and Walnuts with Balsamic Vinaigrette for dipping

  • To make the Sandwich Sushi, lay two slices of roasted chicken flat, Add a slice of pickle and a "cube" of swish and roll. Cut in half or thirds to make bite sized pieces. Serve with Spicy Brown Mustard for dipping. One serving is three rolls: (six slices of roasted chicken lunch meat, three cubes of cheese and about 1 half of a pickle sliced)

  • Slice up an apple and splash it with some lemon juice to keep it from browning or sprinkle with Fruit Fresh. Add 1 Tbs. of Nutella or Almond Butter, Peanut Butter or Sun butter.

  • Add about a cup of fresh Spinach leaves and 1 Tbs.. of Vinaigrette.

  • Add a few walnuts and a small handful of Craisins, blueberries, raisins or other dried fruit to sprinkle on the salad or eat on it's own.

Up-close look at the "Sandwich Sushi"

This Bento is a box that I found  at Gilt that just happens to be available again!

I hope that this lunch box inspired you!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Love my kids {lunch boxes}

Well, school is starting soon and this momma is feeling excited/emotional/unprepared for her baby to be starting Kindergarten (ack). One way I feel that I can calm my nerves is to think up great and healthy lunches that my Mighty will actually love  eat. This can be challenging because Mighty is a picky eater but I hope with the fun and creativity of bento he might try some new things. My princess on the other hand eats very well and I'm excited to use lots of different fruits, veggies and fun colors and flavors in her lunch box.

We will be making lunches for 4 people in my household. We are on a budget (saving for LB (little brother)'s adoption -anoceansizedlove for more on that ) so I make lunch for my sweet man, Mighty, my princess, and myself for school days. I would love to hear what you do to fix lunches ahead of time or the morning of. Please link your ideas!

Here are a few great blog posts I've found to inspire me as I plan for lunches...

This Lunch Rox

For the Sweetie ...

This Lunch Rox

How cute is this little froggie?

This Lunch Rox

I love this idea for kid made tacos at school! Sort of Lunchables with a healthy and yummy twist...

This Lunch Rox

Can you tell I'm in love with ThisLunchRox? I will be visiting this blog weekly for great lunch ideas.

Need recipes to fill your lunch boxes/bento boxes?

I love Weelicious for her healthy and fun toddler friendly foods. Many of her recipes make for great lunch box companions like the fruit leather and dips.

Fruit Leather

Red Pepper Dip

Here are some more blogs to inspire you while you plan meals for this school year:

Bento's Mighty wants us to try:
Phineas and Ferb Bento Box

And for my sweet Princess:

I hope to make this a regular post to share ideas on creative lunches and how to prep ahead of time for busy mom's like me. If you have ideas please comment and leave your links! I'd love to find some more fun bento blogs to follow!



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