Friday, November 7, 2014

Fall Photos with Freeland Photography

Y'all, we are just in love with Freeland Photography. They do amazing work, and given the afternoon we had at the park with two todders running around us in circles--April performed nothing short of a miracle pulling off these shots! She captured exactly what our lives look like right now--a little crazy, but full of hilarity and our little ladies' very unique personalities. Thanks April!

Blue tunics, pink leggings, Bri's clothes: Gap // Pink Headband: LHS // Pink Moccs: Freshly Picked // Orchid & Mustard Bows: Sadie Sky Boutique // Jean jackets, dresses: Target // My sweater: Free People

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Halloween Party 2014!

We've been waiting a whole year to throw a little Halloween Party for my girls and their cute little friends too! Miss Hannah asked me the WEEK of Halloween last year and I too her that we'd have one the next year. Just like her Mama, she loves a good party!

The decorations were super-simple, tissue tassels and a sign made with black card stock and chalk. I had the large chalkboard from Liv's 1st Birthday party and used it as a photo-backdrop.
We had some ADORABLE costumes at this party! Hannah decided to be Anna (of course) and luckily, Liv is obsessed with Mickey & Minnie right now, and Hannah's costume from that age fit perfectly! My friend Shannon's kiddos were all rocking some awesome characters. I mean--the baby batman... he slays me.
I punched out a bunch of confetti from card stock and just used craft paper as my table runners. I collected most of the straws, paper-goods, twine, and washi-tape from the Target Dollar Bins--love that place.  I knew that the Mama's would need a snack too, so I whipped up some of Pioneer Woman's perfect iced coffee, and made some chocolate chip pumpkin bars too! That recipe is HERE.
I'm seriously loving the purple minion. Hannah calls them the "Naughty Minions," ha. Like I said, we kept things SUPER simple. The games were kept easy for the kiddos, who were mostly ages 1-4, which made them easy to put together for the Mamas too! They threw bean bags to knock down the tower of cups for candy.
My sweet friend Sheena made the Pumpkin play dough, which the kiddos had so much fun playing with! They just used Halloween cookie cutters & rolling pins, and it kept them busy--which was important with so many little ones running around.
We also made Halloween masks. I just found some cute printables online and then let them color and add stickers. The twine tied the masks around their little heads.
The Pumpkin beanbag toss games came as a 2 pack from Target. They are super sturdy and I'll definitely use them again. I'm so glad it wasn't too cold for the kids to be outside because they were running around my yard by the end!
What I REALLY wanted to serve at the party was donuts--of course, and sugar cookies and all things sugary. Thank The Lord my dear friends had an intervention and said we should probably avoid things that are too sugary so that they kiddos weren't wired for the rest of the day. Good call ladies. Instead, we served baby carrots with Ranch, Cuties--with jack-o-lantern faces and tiny water bottles. We also had a few sweets--candy corn, carmel apple slices, and the Rice-Krispy treats. Hannah and I made them the night before the party, and she sampled quite a bit of the treats before we dipped the rest! She loved decorating them with Halloween sprinkles--such a good little kitchen helper.
I knew there would be quite a few Frozen characters at the party--aren't they just so stinkin' cute?! I loved that all day long Miss Hannah kept tells us all day; "I'm not Hannah, I'm ANNA." Our little firefighter and cow were just adorable.
Sheena also came up with a great craft for the kiddos, complete with fine-motor skills! They used cotton-balls and clothespins to dot paint that coordinated with a letter onto their candy corn drawing. I'm so thankful for friends who are blessed with the gift of education!
Who can resist kiddos in costumes? It was such a fun morning and the perfect way to keep littles busy and wear them out for naps before Trick-or-Treating!