A Baby Shower for Lyssa

My friend Lyssa (also one of my beautiful bridesmaids this August) is expecting her first child with her husband Chase next month! Here are some fun pictures of the baby shower we threw her last week. The girls and I decided to do a tea party theme with scones and devonshire cream, jam, cookies, brownies, sandwiches, salads and strawberries with whipped cream etc. Shanny brought her mothers tea cup collection and Lyssa’s sister brought a bunch of great stuff, including honey crystals for our tea. It was a cute get together.

We are all so excited for Lyssa and Chase! Praying for a save delivery and a healthy wee one. Three more weeks Lyssa! You are going to be fabulous parents! What a lucky kid.

Scones, devonshire cream and jam with “wishes for baby” cards.
Meyer lemonade, mango iced tea and cucumber water
with pictures of Chase and Lyssa when they were young.
Baby boy clothes line
Mo’s awesome cupcakes.
Are You My Mommy Game: Match the animal names to their baby names. It’s harder than you would think…
Lyssa’s party favors — Fresh sprinkled doughnuts and a personalized earl grey tea bag.
Lyssa, Mo, Kelsey, Me and Shanny.

Diy: Reindeer Gift Bags

I made these cute little reindeer bags for my nanny girls school Christmas parties. We filled each reindeer with peppermints, chocolates and other fun candies! These were fun to make and less than $1 per bag including all the candy! The girls told me that the gift bags were a big hit with their classmates. I found this cute idea from Family Fun.
1.        Use a pencil to mark a brown paper bag as shown, then cut along the solid lines to create a rounded top and 2 separate teardrop ear shapes.
2.       Fold the bag along the dotted line, then hot glue an antler (cut from brown card stock) and an ear inside the fold on each side of the bag.
3.       For the eyes, (I bought googly eyes from Micheal’s craft store — much easier than cutting out your own) glue them to the bag with a hot glue gun.
4.       Glue on a red pom-pom for a nose. Let all of the glue dry before placing a small gift inside.
***If your kids are under 10 yrs. old I’d suggest doing all the gluing yourself. You can have little one help with separating and stuffing the bags with candy.***

Old Wives Tale Tells All: Boy or Girl Pregnancy Predictor

boy or girl

This picture makes me crack up! Last week a bunch of us ladies got together for a Christmas tea party. My good friend Lyssa is expecting her first baby next summer and we thought it would be fun to google an old wives tale to predict whether she was having a baby boy or girl. We tried the test with more than one holder and the results were the same each time! A boy! And guess what…three days later when she got her ultrasound our prediction was true!

Congrats to Lyssa and Chase on their baby boy!
Here’s how to do the test — just for fun:
The ring test is a very common baby gender predictor. Hang your wedding band on a string of your hair, or on a string. Have someone stand over you and hold the ring directly over your belly. If the ring moves in a circle you are having a girl and if the ring sways back and forth you are having a boy.

Diy: Miniture Letters

I love this idea. I like to leave Danny little love notes here and there; hiding them in places that he’ll find during his day (ex: on his steering wheel, keyboard or in a drawer). Sometimes I’ll fold them into origami hearts , paper cranes or make a miniture letter such as this one.
This is also a cute idea for your kids…you can tell them that a Christmas elf, tooth fairy or leprechaun left a personal letter for them.

Elf on a Shelf

My nanny family has a cute Christmas tradition…Elf on a Shelf.
I like to find new ideas for the elf to do each night! These are some fun ideas that I want to do when I have kiddies of my own.
 A Note From The North Pole:
Have you ever wondered how Santa knows who is naughty and who is nice? Elf on a Shelf — A very special Elf that helps Santa know who to put on the Naughty and Nice list.
Excellent listeners and even better observers, these scout elves are the eyes and ears of Santa Claus. Although they cannot be touched, or else they may lose their magic, the elf will always listen and relay messages back to Santa. Taking in all the day-to-day activities around the house, no good deed goes unnoticed; these scout elves take their job seriously.
Each night, after the family goes to bed, the scout elf uses its magical Christmas powers to fly back to the North Pole. Once there, the elf will make his or her daily report to Santa.
Before the family awakes each morning, their special scout elf will fly back to their home from the North Pole. However, since these elves like to play games, don’t expect to find them in the same spot!
 Elf on a Shelf