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A Letter to My Baby on Her Sixth Birthday

Dear Allie, Everyone who knew me as a child says you’re just like I was – obstinate as the day is long, precocious, funny, kind, and always knowing exactly what you want. This last trait gets you in trouble a lot because what you want isn’t always in line with what Mom or Dad or the nanny wants. When you don’t get what you want, you throw epic fits – lots of tears and whining that lasts for hours. You are nothing if not tenacious – and you are that way in every single thing.  You have a long attention … Read more

10 Ways to Make Your Child Feel Special on Her Birthday

Birthdays are a big deal to me. They always have been – birthday parties, birthday presents, special birthday dinners, birthday surprises. For me, what makes the day special are the traditions that we’ve created. I’ve outlined many of them below. 10 Ways to Celebrate Your Kids’ Birthdays Decorate during the night. I got this gorgeous and sturdy felt birthday banner set last year, and we have secretly hung it up the night before every birthday since. It’s our new family tradition. We then leave it hanging until the last of the birthday festivities has concluded and the last candle has … Read more

My Second Child’s Third Birthday Party

Allie’s third birthday was last Saturday. It made me sad, not for the reason you’re probably thinking (the she’s growing up so fast! sentimental one), but rather because I was worried that she’s totally getting cheated. For one thing, her birthday is three days after Christmas and three days before New Year’s Eve. It is smack dab in the middle of insane busy-ness, at a time when planning or attending one more thing feels like a complete impossibility. Ain’t nobody got time for that. But yet, it IS her birthday, and she IS entitled to a special day, just as Grace has had many … Read more

32 Things I Did in My 32nd Year

I turned 33 on Monday. In honor of my birthday, I compiled a list of 32 things I did last year. Checked into and then graduated from a psychiatric program Rode in the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile Published three ebooks – How to Celebrate Advent with a Jesse Tree, Your Best Thanksgiving Ever!, and Make Money Blogging Went to three blogging conferences   Interviewed Bob Greene Lost 40 pounds Redesigned my blog. I love how it came out. Started going on monthly dates with my husband after talking about it for a few years Found a moms’ group that made me feel comfortable … Read more

Grace’s Build-A-Bear Workshop Birthday Party

Build-A-Bear Workshop Birthday Party

This year, Grace’s birthday party was at Build-A-Bear Workshop, and it was her best party ever. She says that every year (and so do I), but this year, it was true. This was my least labor intensive party ever, but it was also her most expensive party ever. Here’s the crew after the Build-A-Bear part of the party but before cake and ice cream. They look like they’re ready for a break, right? That’s the beauty of it! This was an active party where everyone was involved. Before A Build-A-Bear Workshop Party Build-A-Bear people (what do you call them?) called … Read more

How to Throw a Simple Princess Birthday Party for a Preschooler

Simple & easy DIY Disney princess birthday party for preschoolers - My 3-year-old loved this party. Complete with ideas for favors and goodie bags, activities, food, crafts, and games. Because the party was outside, we had only basic decorations. Easy to do on a budget or with toddlers. Served cupcakes instead of a big cake and kids decorated them at the party.

I put a little party together this past weekend for Grace’s third birthday. We’d already had the family party, but Grace asked (for the first time ever) to invite her friends to the party. We invited her whole class – 12 kids – plus a family that we’re good friends with. I was afraid that they’d all show up, and I’d be seriously outmatched, but we ended up with 9 kids. Perfect! Princess Party Invitations The invitations were not fancy. They were a free download; I printed them at home and wrote in the relevant info. Princess Party Location The … Read more