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Video Game Arcade Birthday Party

My boys are growing up so fast. I still cannot believe that we celebrated my oldest son's 10th birthday over the summer. It seems like just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital and I spent countless hours trying to get him to sleep through the night. Those days seemed like they would last forever. Now, I look back on those days longing to be able to hold him just one more time in my arms.

So, now that he was entering the big double digits, I wanted t omake sure his 10th birthday party celebrated everything about him that makes him who he is. I created his party theme around all his favorites. Favorite video games, favorite foods, favorite colors, favorite everything. So, I created this Video Game Arcade party full of his favorites and it was a blast. 

His party table consisted of his favorite video games, Mario Bros., Minecraft, and Plants vs Zombies with some XBOX items thrown in. Game controll cookies, pea shooter cupcakes, star shaped crispie treats, and a zombie garden made his theme come to life. Set against a brick backdrop, his name was front and center along with a custom made game banner.

Pirhana plants made from painted pvc pipes and paper were crafted and made a huge statement. Mario question mark blocks were made from tissue boxes provided another level for the pea shooter cupcakes to shine. Mini bomb cake pops gave guests another treat option and Minecraft toys were placed around for added decoration.

The chocolate Plants vs Zombies garden was delicious and everyone was in awe of the details. It was a perfect centerpiece for his video game party.

I decorated the table with a grass table cloth and black and white polka dot runner. His favorite chips and veggies filled the space to compliment his favorite food, hot dogs. Game controller cookies, crispie treat stars, bomb cake pops and pea shooter cupcakes rounded out the food and treats. Plus, all the sides and toppings you could ask for to top your hot dog.

Out side party guests were greeted to hanging Mario blocks, like in the video games, as party guests made their way to the video game truck for an hour and a half of video game play! Including a dance party!

Guests were sent home with video game themed bookmarks, controller erasers tucked into fabulous mini bags by The Purple Pug.

What an amazing birthday!! I still cannot believe he is 10 years old already. But, no matter how old he gets, he will always be my baby boy.


Join a New Adventure with a Recon 200 Gaming Head-Set

This shop has been compensated by BabbleBoxx, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Recon200GameLouder

Raising boys is an adventure, one that I am so glad to be able to be a part of. As my boys grow, so does their interests and we are now venturing into the world of video games, electronics and technology. We are living in an electronic world and my almost teen, young tween boys are slowly entering this techological world and are facinated with what awaits them. 

But, as a mom I need to be cautious of what goes on and what they choose to play, see and do. So, when we find something that fits all our check-boxes, I want to make sure they are having the best time immersing themselves into the futurisic worlds. That alson includes the best gear to enhance their experience. Turtle Beach Recon 200 gaming head-set provides them with a gateway into the world of video games. 

Turtle Beach Recon 200 head-set is made for XBOX ONE, PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC and/or Mobile that helps transition between our gaming console as well as the computer or mobile device when needed. With a metal reinforced headband and a flip-up mic, my not so gentle guys will have no problem keeping their head-set in working order. 

The Recon 200 head-set comes equipped with a powerful amplified audio with high quality 40mm speakers that transports us into the game for optimal sound and is surround sound ready when we use our XBOX One. What more could you ask for from a gaming head-set?

Since my oldest son is still fairly young, even though being a pre-teen he thinks he is grown-up, it is important for him to have easy to use controls that are accessable while playing. I love that the volume controls are situated perfectly on back of the head-set for easy access when controlling volume and sound. Plus, I LOVE the flip up mic with variable monitoring. It's super easy to mute the mic when I don't want to share our conversation and he can control the volume of his own voice inside the head-set.

Want your own Turtle Beach Recon 200 Gaming head-Set? Get one for yourself on Amazon for only $59.99. These head-sets bring our gaming style to a new level and with Christmas coming it is absolutely a must-have item. Especially since he has a younger brother dying to try them out.


DIY Mother's Day Handprint Napkins

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HallmarkForMom #CollectiveBias

This year seems to be flying by. I cannot believe it is already May and Mother's day is just around the corner. Each year I celebrate all my favorite mom's with a backyard brunch full of delicious foods and their favorite drinks. That includes my mom, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, and my best friend. I try to mix it up each year with something a little different. This year I went for a garden theme full of flowers and bright colors. Plus, I added a personal touch by creating a handprint napkin they can use and/or keep as a gift and a beautiful signature card from Hallmark.

To create a special napkin for my mom and mother-in-law, I grabbed my boys to have them help me with this fun craft. It is a messy project, so we grabbed all our supplies and headed outside to get to work. It was a little tricky to get handprints for my sister-in-law and friend, so without them knowing I grabbed their kiddos handprints and created a napkin for them as well. 

Supplies you need:

  • Fabric paint in your choice of colors
  • Paint brush
  • Paint tray
  • Fabric napkins. I used flour sacks. Cheese cloths work as well
  • Wet wipes (to help clean up messy hands)
How to make:

1. Using fabric paint and paintbrush, paint the palm of the hand. Make sure it is painted on thick and heavy to get a good handprint.

2. Very carefully place palm, painted-side down, onto fabric napkin and press down firmly.
3. Gently lift palm up leaving behind handprint on the napkin.
4. Let dry completely, at least 24 hours, before use.

5. Wrap with faux flowers to create a special place setting for moms this Mother's Day.

I created our backyard brunch around this beautiful arrangement of pink peonies. I immediately knew I wanted that as my centerpiece. I placed them in a faux concete vase that fit perfectly and planned everything else to coordinate with it. Bright pink flowers wrapped around the handprint napkins, bright plates, water goblets, floral tablecloth, and food galore completed the set-up.

While shopping for the brunch, I headed over to the Hallmark card section to get the perfect card for my mom and mother-in-law. I searched for the new signature collection and found these amazing cards that fit in perfectly with my brunch theme. I love the thick cardstock and quality of these cards plus, the colors are perfect.

I wanted to make sure everything was perfect to celebrate each one of them. I place a beautiful signature Hallmark card with a handprint napkin at each of their place settings so when they sat down, they would have a special treat waiting for them.

I served just about everything I knew they would love. Blueberry muffins, doughnuts, croissants, a variety of bagles, cream cheese coffee cake, fruit, orange juice, milk, coffee, and of course homemade jelly and local honey.

Everyone loved everything and said it was the best surprise ever! Especially when they pulled out their napkins and saw the hand prints. No one wanted to use it in fear they would ruin it!! LOL

It's definately a treasure they will keep for a long time to come. To find more Mother's Day inspiration and digital coupon offers head HERE. Don't miss out on this IBOTTA offer!!!


DIY Iced Coffee Travel Mug

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #GoldPeakLattes #CollectiveBias

It's September and fall is almost here and I could not be happier! I love the cooler temps, the crisp leaves, and hot coffee. But, even though fall is almost here that doesn't mean the temperature is getting any cooler here in Texas. But, it is coming, just not sure when exactly. Since it's still in the high 90s, I rely on iced coffee to get me through the day and Gold Peak® tea lattes and coffees do just the trick. 

Gold Peak® tea lattes are made with real sugar and real tea and Gold Peak® coffee is made with 100% Arabica beans, real cream, and real sugar. Gold Peak® tea lattes and coffee flavors include 
Gold Peak Chai Tea Latte, Gold Peak Vanilla Chai Tea Latte, Gold Peak Salted Caramel Coffee Drink, and Gold Peak Almond Toffee Coffee Drink.

As a busy mom my mornings are hectic. From getting my oldest to school for his "Leopard Patrol" duty before the sun comes up to loading up for football practice after school, my day is non-stop. Gold Peak® coffee is perfect to help me start my day and I don't have to go out of my way to stop at the coffee shop to get an iced brewed coffed. Because, honestly, I do not have time for that. So, I grab one of the new and exciting coffee flavors and my favorite travel mug and head out the door without wasting any time. But, who wants a boring travel mug? Follow these great steps to create a one-of-a-kind mug perfect for your morning drink.

What you need:

How to make:

1. If you are using your own die-cut machine, design your image and cut. Be sure to keep the outside and weed out the middle to make your own stencil. If you are using a pre-made stencil, you can skip this step.

2. Gather all your supplies and get ready to create!

3. Apply your vinyl stencil to the cut and make sure all edges around each letter are secured down.

4. Using the paint marker, paint over each letter. Some colors may require a second coat. Which can be applied within a few minutes.

5. Let sit for about 3-5 minutes and carefully peel off vinyl stencil and remove smaller pieces using a pick.

6. Let sit to dry for about 24 hours to ensure it has dried. (I have seen where some have baked in the oven at 325 for about 15-20min to ensure paint wont come off. I did not try this method with these cups.)

7. Fill with ice and pour in your favorite Gold Peak Salted Caramel Coffee Drink and enjoy on the go or just while relaxing in the morning. 

Head to your local Walmart and grab everything you need to help make your mornings easier. You don't have to sacrifice time to get a great cup of iced coffee. Just grab a bottle of your favorite Gold Peak® Tea Lattes or Gold Peak Coffee and start your mornings off right. 
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