Thursday, August 30, 2012

simple beach days

We bought Lala this tank top and decided it would be ADORABLE open back! I was right! I cut the back, sewed it and the inside lining together, and added a cute little trim.

Daddy-daughter time
They are my world!

I am so lucky to have these two!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

DIY entryway bench and shoe rack

Let me begin this with what I believe...
I believe that working on projects as a family, builds a better bond and every member feels accomplished in the end. Our daughter loves pink, dolls, and tools! I could not be happier that Joe involves her in everything from changing a lightbulb to building tables and entryway benches! My hope is that in the end result, Lala will be more than capable to do any and everything. As she gets older, the projects continue... changing oil, tires, and other car care! 

As I was going through pictures on the computer I found I had never posted these. So this is an extremely belated post! Regardless, I want to show how we don't necessarily DIY-but more of do it together- DIT! 

Lala really enjoyed using the screwdriver! 

Bottom complete

Here it is before painting.

Here Lala is with the square, making sure everything lines up correctly!


Here she is ladies & gentleman.

We painted black and grey in our entryway too!

Make a wish as you enter & leave = ] 

Convenient hooks for backpacks, hats, purses, etc...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Cupcake Wars

Our family loves the Cupcake Wars show.
There is no competitive nature like that of a husband and wife.
Originally we thought of just doing a cupcake bake-off at home one night, but since summer was coming to an end, we figured we should make it a little more of a get-together.
So this was our Cupcake-Wars-themed-park-play-date-end-of-summer-get-together!

Lala celebrated a day full of cupcakes!
It all started with her oatmeal

Eggs, salsa, and inside-out pb&j!

Her perfect little tank said "When in doubt, bake cupcakes"

Here she is enjoying the set up

This necklace is actually Lala's, but she let me borrow it = ]

The table cloth was this fabric I have been obsessed with (and plan to use in a craft later) and a few of Lala's cupcake themed aprons.

Cupcake shaped build-your-own sandwiches (also had pb&j).

Milk of course! (cupcake silly straws)

Whyyyyy oh whyyy can't my hair look like hers does without trying??

We brought her cupcake book and read it before our friends arrived.

A little decor, I might add that this is an awesome way to store cupcake wrappers too!

Our cupcake moscato (yummm) was a lovely vase center piece.

Cupcake veggies anyone?

No need to start the bonfire! My smores cupcakes were pre-toasted and had a graham cracker bottom.

Deedas cupcakes! 

I have to give it to my mom and Darren for their themes, wild choices, and display stands..

Here are ALL the entries on the display stand.

We saw what they looked like, but the best part was diving in and trying them all!

Milk mustaches were a must.

This was a simple DIY jean jacket I added studs to.

Now this was a play-date after all! Let's see them have their fun.

Lala and Kai loved to ruuuuunnnn around

Hannan rides!!

We made cupcake shaped sugar cookies for everyone to take home at the end.

As Joe was loading up the car, Bentley decided to sneak upfront eat ALL the cupcakes and then sneak into the back. I noticed that the cupcake rack was empty and then I saw his face, guilty.


To sum it all up, we took lala for an evening stroll in her favorite cupcake pjs.

This was also the FIRST time she climbed the ladder!

What a sugary sweet memory...