Monday, October 30, 2017

Moroccan Inspired Party Ideas

Miss S turns 4 this week so I am in the midst of planning her birthday party this weekend. 
 She wants a Shimmer and Shine themed birthday party so we are doing that but also giving it more of a Moroccan feel. 

We are going with bright jewel tone colors and accents of gold throughout with fabric and things hanging from the ceiling. We even plan to lower our dining table so the guests sit on the ground. We'll see how it all comes together in the end because I feel a little unprepared still! lol

Today, I rounded up some ideas to get you inspired to throw your own Moroccan themed party. 

All I ask is that if you want to pin an idea below, please click on the link and pin from the original post OR pin the above image collage. Thanks! :)

 Have you thrown a Moroccan inspired party before? 
What elements did you include in your party?

Friday, October 27, 2017

MHCT&M: Gadgets and Tools Gift Guide

Happy Friday everyone! 
 There are only 9 Fridays left, including today, until Christmas! 
SAY WHAT?! We are back again this week with more gift ideas for you to help you do a little shopping so you can be done well before Christmas.

 Hi again, Allison here. My gift guide is full of products we use in our home and my husband and I think they are awesome products. 

This post does include affiliate links which means if you purchase something using one of the links below we will earn a little bit of money, but it is at no added cost to you.

I'll start in the kitchen with a few things we really like.

 Make veggie pasta with a Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer. There are larger systems out there but this one works great and takes up much less room than a large machine.  


 I think Instant Pots are the latest rage but it really is a fabulous appliance you should have in your kitchen. It makes things so fast but I also love the slow cooker option.

 My husband loves avocados, and he loves having an avocado slicer. This one has a knife, a spot to get out the pit, plus the slicer. It makes it that much faster to enjoy that avocado.

 Have some that loves to cook? How about getting them a unique chef knife? You can even get it engraved! 
Don't have anyone that would like a chef knife? AIM Blades has hatchets, smaller knives, axes and more and all of them can be personalized.

Leaving the kitchen and moving towards some tools or other things we love.

 Have small kids, own a small business, or go camping a lot? This Collapsible Utility Wagon from Mac Sports is perfect or all of those! This wagon is sturdy, folds up nicely for travel, and the wheels are great. There is even a more heavy duty option with bigger wheels for rougher use. 

 We do a TON of house and other diy projects in my house and I love having a paint sprayer to get the job done more efficiently. This sprayer from Home Right works amazingly.

 My husband has one of these Leatherman Multi-tool and it lives on his belt. I even have a mini version I carry around in my purse. It has so many tools on it that it can help you with all your needs. 

 This Little Giant Ladder is far from little! It is heavy duty, sturdy and meets all your ladder needs. 
Painting on a stairway? You can adjust the ladder to be uneven and placed on multiple steps to help you reach what you need. Flip it all the way open and make it one long extension ladder, it can help you with any of your ladder needs.

 Someone in your life enjoy building furniture or cabinets? The Pocket Hole Jig from Kreg is the best tool to give them to help hide all those screws.

What are some of your favorite tools or gadgets that would make a perfect gift?

Stay tuned next week for more gift ideas to help get your Christmas shopping complete. 

Your hostesses,
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #177

Are you ready to party this week? 
Show off all your fabulous ideas that 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

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!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Little House on the Prairie Birthday Party

When you have five kids and a small budget and not a ton of extra time you have to get creative with how you celebrate their birthdays. All three of our girls have their birthdays in October and it's also our Anniversary month. So we decided a while back that we would make their birthday special by taking the birthday kid out to breakfast, then letting them pick what they wanted me to make for dinner and the flavor and decorations on their cake. We then let them have a big "friend" birthday party when they turn 1, 5 and 10. And this year my fourth child turned 5. How is that possible!! 

The theme she chose for her birthday party is an Autumn Harvest Party...and I would tell you all about it but the party isn't until this coming Saturday. But I am VERY excited about her party because we have a family from church who has agreed to bring their horse so all the party guests can ride the horse. My girls LOVE horses so this will be a really fun surprise for them. We've been lucky with the spacing of the kids because there won't be a year where two kids have big parties in the same year. But I will be throwing at least one party every year for a while!! And that's okay because I love to throw a good "theme" party every once in a while.

I ask my kids to pick a theme early enough so I can start pinning ideas and making things ahead of time for the party. Of course I always run out of time and don't get to everything I wanted to. This year I totally forgot to mail invitation so I had to do a Facebook message and that totally drives me nuts!!

Last year my oldest turned 10 and she picked a "Little House on the Prairie" theme and we had a really fun party!!! I love putting together parties and would love to do this for other people as well. I set up and "Olsen's mercantile" in our patio and we played games and did some crafts. We asked the girls to dress up like Laura and Mary too. It was a great time!! 

Here are some pictures from her party.

My friend Kellee made the cookies and we used them as party favors!! She's making some again this year for Abi's party!!

Naomi asked for a pie instead of a cake and I think it fit the theme perfectly!!

The girls did a little painting...

and sewing...

And they all had some personalized gifts to take home!

They also played some games, drop the pin in the bucket and a potato sack race. 

The girls all had a really good time and I was wiped out!! It was so much fun creating these memories with these girls for my was just a few months later that we found out we would be moving. I'm so glad she had this time with her friends!!

I can't wait to share a little bit about Abi's birthday party next month!! 

How do you make your kids birthdays extra special?!

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