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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Summer Bucket List Free Download

Summer is upon us. 
My kids got out of school last week, Friday. 
My husband and I helped lead their field day that morning (which turned into a gym day because of rain) and it was a blast. And now I have all five kids home with me all day...every day. I am excited and a little scared! The first couple of days have been great. We've already been to the park, the library and to pick up some strawberries and that was just the first day. We went to a baseball game and spent time hanging out at home.

I know some of you are still waiting on kiddos to get done with school so why not make the most of this time and put a little thought into your summer. 
Think about how much time they will be allowed to watch tv and play video games etc. Think about where you want to go and what you want to do with them.  

We spent a good portion of the day on Monday just hanging out outside. I finally got my garden planted and worked on some pectin free/white sugar free strawberry jam. We didn't have any video games, tablets or cable until March when we got Nintendo 64 so my kids are obsessed with playing a few games..."can I play Nintendo" has become their most asked question. And since we don't allow technology on school nights they are DYING to play all the time right now. So I have come up with some rules for what needs to be done before they can have Nintendo time. Things like, writing a scripture passage, making sure their room is clean, spending at least 30 minutes outside, reading for at least 20 minutes, etc.

I have also created a little "I am bored" jar. 
In this jar are slips of paper with pre-written jobs for them to do. Whenever one of them tells me they are bored they will have to pick one piece of paper and do what it says without complaining. There are a few "fun" things on this list but most are jobs around the house. My goal is for them to not tell me they are bored but to find and make their own fun. 
I am not an activities director and I would much rather my kids just go play outside and use their imagination so I am hoping the "I'm bored jar" will help. The key to this jar is to make the items things they can do themselves with little to no help or direction from me. 
If you're interested in downloading my list you can get it here...yes, it may not all apply to you but it could at least get you started!

We have done summer bucket lists before. I think it's just a fun way to keep a record of what you've done. It's also a great way to think ahead to some free days and how you might like to spend them. My kids pick some expensive things and I'm always quick to tell them that we can't go to SkyZone and the Museum all the time but I still want them to dream! I am making this Summer Bucket list available to you as well. Just click on this link, download, print, fill out and hang it up where everyone can see it.

Enjoy crossing those things off your list and don't worry if you don't get to them all this summer. It's just a suggestion list and no one is going to make sure you did them all anyway, well, except maybe your kids who will be assuming everything will get crossed off the list. I always make a list with ALL their suggestions and then put the ones I think we may actually do on the "official" list! But you're creative, do it however it works for you.

And if it works better to NOT have a summer bucket list by all means do not do one! No guilt. No shame. Just enjoy your summer. Enjoy your kids. Read some books, color with chalk and markers. Make paper bag puppets. Have a redi-whip war. Go swimming. Just be with your kids! They just want you! Now, I will say it again, I am not an activities director and I do expect my kids to play by themselves sometimes. I also expect them to help with chores around the house. But I also want them to have some time with me and for me to give them undivided attention for a little while each day!

So mamas let's put down our phones and have a GREAT summer with our kiddos. 
This time will go so fast and before we know it we'll be helping them pack for college...which is exactly what my niece is going to be doing this summer and I just can't wrap my brain around the fact that the sweet little girl who threw flower petals down the aisle at my wedding will be starting college in the fall. 

Have a great summer!

 And PLEASE if you do download my summer bucket list show me how you used it! 
Tag me on instagram @purejoycreative or #purejoycreative and please don't redistribute this list just send your friends here to get it!!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Miss P's Royal Tea Party Birthday Party

Today, Miss P turns 4, FOUR!!!
How is that even possible people? 

And I swear I've looked at her this past week and she looks like a whole new kid too! So much older over night! :(

 This past weekend we had her birthday party, (hence why I've disappeared on the blog and on FB the past week or two since I've been in planning mode), and it was a super fun! This was her first party with her actual friends instead of just our friends and their kids.

We went with the theme of a Royal Tea Party.
 I designed the invitations like I have in the past. I designed two and let Miss P pick which one she liked best and this is what she chose.

And here are the rest of the details from the party.

The party was mostly in our dining room so I wanted to make it extra special.

We used tulle and draped it on the ceiling. We wrapped it around the light fixture and then placed small command hooks on the walls. We wrapped a small rubber band on the end and just hooked it onto the hook. 

It really helped bring the ceiling down a little and was the perfect touch.

On the buffet I put a light box with some flowers. I then hung another fabric tassel banner on the mirror.

The bay window had the fabric tassel banner on it and then the presents were placed on one side of the seat. 
I placed pictures of P on the other side.

 I placed some of the fabric I bought for the tassel banner and then framed newborn through 4 yr old photos of her. I also put one of the vintage tea cups I bought there as well with a faux flower to tie in the tea party. 

The table is my favorite part.
I used a white sheet as a table cloth and tied or pinned it up really tight under the table so the kiddos wouldn't move it around.

I used a printed burlap runner that I already had from my best friend's bridal shower and placed that down the table. 
 On top of that I placed two chargers I've had for a while now that I found at Michael's.

 I put a vintage plate with cookies on it on one charger.

And the tea pot on another.  I found this tea pot at Goodwill and it worked perfectly!

Next to the chargers, I placed two more vintage tea cups and saucers with faux flowers in them as well. 

I set each place setting for all the little princesses.

I cut little doily place mats out of scrapbook paper. I found these Meri Meri "I am a Princess" plates and napkins and knew I had to get them for the party.
I stacked the dessert plate on the dinner plate and then placed a little name card on the plate. 
Each guest had a tiara at their place setting along with a personalized tea cup and saucer and both of these items were their party favors.

 My mom found these small tea cups and saucers at Old Time Pottery and brought them with her.
I then just took a paint pen Sharpie and wrote the first initial of each princess attending and baked them in the oven to make them permanent.

The birthday girl had a fancier crown than everyone else.

In the living room, I printed out these tea time printables for the girls to color as they come in or in between activities. There was a hashtag at the bottom that I just cut off to fit our party.

I set up the photo booth in the kitchen.

I place the wood bulletin board paper that I've had for years now on the floor and then bought a roll of photo back drop paper at Hobby Lobby and taped it up.
I made another fabric tassel banner and hung it lower on the background so you would see it in the photos with the girls and then put a little leftover white tulle on the ground to soften it a little. 

On our bar next to the backdrop, I placed all the photo booth needs.
I covered the bar with more fabric that was used to make the banner. Then, a bucket full of props for the photo booth, some candles and another tea cup with faux flowers, two Instax cameras to use at the photo booth and lastly a photo album to place the photos in for Miss P to look back on her party sat on top.

The photo booth was definitely a big hit! 

I placed all the food in the kitchen as well.
I served:
-pigs in a blanket
-homemade chicken salad with potato rolls and tomatoes and lettuce to top
-fruit salad
-pasta salad
-veggie tray and dip
-and strictly for the kids I made PB&J, PB, Jelly, PB and Marshmallow sandwiches.

For drinks, I served sweet and unsweet tea, water, and then I created a fruit tea for the kids combining normal iced tea and a berry juice. They all loved it! 

 I placed out the rest of the vintage tea cups that I bought for the adults to use for their tea as well. 

And lastly, what would a birthday party be with a cake?
 We had to go the princess route with this one. I got it at Wal-Mart and was actually a cupcake cake. It looked so good and was equally delicious! 

The party itself was a lot of fun! 
All the girls showed up in their princess dresses ready for tea.
 Wrangling 9 little girls, ages 5- 10 mths, was like wrangling cats but we managed! lol

 We started with tea and eating.

 Then moved on to making scepters. You know, every princess needs one! 
 I'll be sure to share these with you all next week! 

 After creating the scepters, it was time for cake and presents.

 The party was a lot of fun and a crazy whirlwind! 
I am so happy with how it all came out and Miss P had a fabulous time with all her friends! 


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #102

Let's Party!
It's time to show off those great ideas you've been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

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