Getting Swimsuit Ready

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My baby is 2 1/2 years old.  I can’t get away with saying “it’s baby weight” anymore.  In fact LAST summer I probably couldn’t get away with it. But I finally weaned my baby last fall.  When I wean my babies usually a huge chunk of the weight falls off (But I’m all about women finding confidence in your body no matter what the size)

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The same thing happened this time around (By the end of the 2 years of nursing I was DONE and ready for my body back).  BUT after 5 babies, and being 35, I’ve been holding on to more than I wanted to this time around.  In fact I held on to a little extra weight with each baby.  Times that by 5 and a “little” extra weight is more than just a little.  

This time around I lost a lot then hit a plateau. It’s just not coming off as easily as it did when I was younger. Last week was my extended Family reunion/vacation in the Outer Banks.  That meant a swimsuit ALL WEEK!

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So a few weeks before my big vacation I decided to try something I don’t normally do.  I decided to try the Slimfast 14-Day Slimdown. GAH!  I knew it wouldn’t completely change my body, but would help lose just a little bit of the final weight so I’d feel more confident in my swimsuit!  In fact I’ll be spending all summer at Lagoon so I want it to come off and stay off.

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This is from LAST summer (still breastfeeding and holding onto most of my chub).  Usually I dress knowing my body better, but at Lagoon I don’t worry about it, just wear clothing over my swimsuit for comfort, so clearly not the most flattering – the drowned rat look rarely is.  

Anyway this picture was like… WOW. I do NOT want to look like THIS at Lagoon this summer.  So time for a change, but an easy one, I am crazy busy after all.

I was honestly surprised at how satisfied I felt afterwards, I thought I’d for sure be hungry but it really was a meal replacement and I didn’t get hungry at all! In fact I loved how easy it was, take one with me while I dropped off the kiddo’s in the morning, etc… I will def be sticking with this as a great breakfast option!

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They have protein shakes and bars as part of the 14 Day Slimdown.  And you can lose up to 6 pounds in the first 2 weeks if you include the following as part of your 14 days:

  • Swap two meals daily with a Slimfast® protein shake or meal bar (I did breakfast and lunch)
  • The third meal must be 500 calories (I don’t count calories, but I just at a smaller portion of dinner)
  • Enjoy three 100-calorie snacks or pieces of fruit per day (I didn’t really need a snack during the day)
  • Don’t exceed 1200 calories per day
  • Do 30 minutes of light to medium exercise daily and drink plenty of water (I really put forth an effort in the water department)

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So while I don’t own a scale so I’m not sure if I actually lost the full 6 lbs or not, but I was happy I tried it.  I spent all week in my swimsuit without stressing or covering up (I even got tan lines to prove it!).  Now to face the rest of the summer!

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Frozen Birthday Party

Frozen is clearly the party theme of the YEAR! And Princess is NO exception to that! I don’t think there was even a second choice when it came to her party this year.  I had so much fun planning this party!  I started with a pinterest board, and went from there.

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The big thing for me was the cake (or in this case, CAKES).  I debated doing a huge cake based on the ice castle, or doing a multi tiered cake representing different characters, but in the end I decided to go with the princess cakes because those tutorials have been so popular in the past and I thought it would be a fun challenge!

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I am really happy with how they turned out overall.  I had 5 sleepless nights the week of the party between preparing and a few sick nights with the baby.  Boo. SO the final night I was moving a bit slow so I didn’t QUITE get the cakes RIGHT where I wanted them.  But I bet most people won’t notice the changes I would have made!

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I wanted to capture the ombre look of Elsa’s dress, the crystallized lines in the dress and a thin cape.  I wish I had added some sugar crystals to the bodice top and wish I’d been able to get some snowflake stencils on her cape.

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With Anna I love how she turned out!  I wish I had looked at the picture one more time and cut a curve to the short portion of her cape, and maybe figured out how to add some small beads around the cape edge, or painted just a bit more detail.  Overall I love her!

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When deciding what to make for the food table I debated doing the food theme by character or sticking with all white foods?  I decided I wanted color on my table so I went with creating a different food item for each character!

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Could anything be more fun than Olaf?  I was at Walt Disney World last month and got to see some cast members create olaf caramel and chocolate covered apples. BUT I didn’t love the round apple shape, I decided pears would be PERFECT!  And bonus?  Caramel covered pears are AMAZING!

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Olaf actually has two, I love how my snow covered water bottles, aka Melted Olaf, turned out!  I guess I could have just done melted snow, but I love Olaf’s sweet silhouette for the labels!

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Deciding what to do for the Trolls was super easy, Cake Balls! (actually Oreo Truffle balls, I like the way they taste better).  Using a scoop to keep them all even is the key, and keeping them cool but not too cold.  Then add a stick and dip them in grey chocolate.  When they were dry I used a gorgeous green luster dust to create green “moss” patches!

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Hans… oh Hans, I debated leaving him off, but stuck with Sandwiches!  CHOCOLATE sandwiches (nutella) that I cut with a snowflake cookie cutter to keep them cute!  And for Kristoff I wanted to do ice blocks, but real ice blocks aren’t very tasty so I made blue Gelatin “Jigglers” for our ice cubes!  The kids LOVED them!

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Sven…  Could it be anything other than carrots?  I guess Olaf could be carrots too, but he has so many options already.  Let’s face it, the kids didn’t love it, but it’s always nice to have something for the adults that are attending with their kids and DON’T want to eat a few lbs of sugar!

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These were easy enough for the kids to help me with.  I made a batch of my sugar cookies and died the dough green.  Then we used various sizes of snowflake cookie cutters.  Once they cooled we frosted them with white icing and stacked them.  In fact The Reader did all the frosting and stacking for me, she did a terrific job!

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Suckers aren’t always the right fit for a party, but they were PERFECT for this party!  I choose a snowflake shape for these, I added a bit of turquoise to these and while you can’t tell a TON of blue sugar crystals to give it an extra sparkle.  Peppermint flavoring gave it a nice cool flavor, the kids downed these.

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I had plans for Snow ball peppermint ice cream and Frozen hot chocolate as well, but I tend to plan too much and some things get left at the end.  We had more than enough food and they weren’t missed!  The Styrofoam pine trees, snow balls and snowy candles just added to the table.

I added boxes for height, giving it a mountain feel and used this AMAZING Ofelia blanket from Ikea to top the table.  It stretches huge and has great  texture like snow!  AND the backdrop… I love love LOVE my huge paper snowflakes I created for my backdrop!

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We had a VERY long short table for the kids crafts and activities.  I covered it with fake snow and these Styrofoam snowballs the kids helped me make and a few of the smaller paper snowflakes.  Since we invited 18 little girls I planed a LOT of crafts and activities and we didn’t even get to half (but you never know, girls can go through crafts SO fast)

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Felt hair clips (my plans were to create snow flake shapes for the girls to be like Elsa, but we let them cut their own and not a single girl did snowflakes!).  AND my favorite, these snow globe rings!  LOVE! They match our invitations too, just perfection.

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We also did epsom salt painting, the girls loved seeing their painting designs go from looking like water to lovely crystallized designs.  Then since it was spring we made our own fake snow!  My kids ADORE this fake snow and we’ve made it quite a few times since the party!

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So the birthday girl loved the party, she had a great time, and that’s all that really matters, right?  She had guests from school, the neighborhood and family so it was an odd mix, but because we kept everyone busy it went great!  They all shared, took turns and were a joy!  I think I’m going to enjoy seven!

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Happy Mothers Day from Alex Boye

Two weeks ago I was at SNAP conference here in SLC. The opening night “speaker” was Alex Boye. Now all I knew about his was his cover of Let It Go from YouTube, so I thought, this will be fun!

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It opened with his cover of “Royals” on the video screen (which I loved) and then HE came in and started singing! His energy was amazing, and in between songs while he played to the audience and ran around the whole room (hamming it up for peoples phones and everything) he shared a little bit of his story and why he was singing/speaking at a conference for women bloggers.

(thanks Aimee for this video)

He spoke of a time when his singing career wasn’t able to support his growing family so he took a 9-5 soul killing job. What a wonderful father, so many selfish people of our generation think they deserve to continue to focus on themselves at the expense of their family… ANYWAY, he had put a video on YouTube before the soul sucking job but it hadn’t done very well at all.

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One day his wife called him at work and told him to check out his video on YouTube, it had gone from a handful of views to 50,000+ almost overnight? What was going on? He checked out his analytics to find that 5 “mom” bloggers had shared his video and started the snowball effect he was seeing.

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From that point on he’s been able to support his family with his music career (a hard business for sure). So he was at SNAP telling us to not give up, that if we thought about quitting to know that we were effecting people more than we could know and to keep it up even when we got negative comments and felt like quitting (and he complimented my hair, awesome).

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After his performance was over he kindly stayed after to shake hands and take pictures. Some of the outgoing girls I’m friends with (Jordan and Pam) suggested that he should do a video including us bloggers sometime. Well he took that idea and RAN with it!

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(thanks Jill for the picture)

Last week we got the email to join him for recording and filming the video (all in one crazy day with awesome choreography from Kaylynn) and this week the video came out. So in honor of moms, who are all amazing and dedicated to kidnapped Girls from Nigeria West Africa, Here is Katy Perry’s “Roar” with Alex Boye and a ton of us Mom Bloggers!

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Frozen Snow Globe Rings

This was the craft I was most excited about for the party!  Create your own snow globe rings!  These are great because you can put ANYTHING in them!  I bought extra so the kids and I can play around and have fun!

an easy tutorial to create your own snow globe rings

First you want to start with the ring!  I got mine from this cute Etsy Shop – Ingredients for Lovely.  I bought the ring base and glass globe sets sized 20mm ring base, 30mm diameter of globe.

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Then I wanted the kids to create an ice mountain type look to the inside of the ring, so using E-6000 glue I helped the kids glue a bunch of turquoise and clear rhinestones to the center

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Make sure the glass globes will still fit around whatever you put in the center.  SERIOUSLY, check before it dries!  Once your sure it fits let the center dry completely.

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Now to decide on your filling.  I love the mini Styrofoam balls that I  used on the invitations.  I got mine from a travel pillow!  But you can use glitter, iridescent flakes, etc…

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Squeeze some of the filling into the globe.  I will say DON’T overfill it, it’s surprising how little you need to get the look you want

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Now add some glue to the edge of the glass globe and place it in the ring base, now HOLD IT until it dries enough to leave it.  IF you use the styrofoam a word of warning,  if you seal it (air tight) when you glue it together the balls will shrink and get stuck to the bottom and not move anymore.  SO I just add glue to one side and the other making sure to leave a bit of space for air

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Princess loved these rings as much as I did!  She experimented with all the different fillers, her favorite was the iridescent flakes, but she added a TON, you can’t even see the rhinestone “ice mountain” anymore!

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My favorite?  I grabbed a dandelion from the backyard and shoved about half the fuzz into a ring!  Seriously love it!  Going to enlarge my ring base so I can wear it as a statement piece!

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What would you put into a snow globe ring?  I think I’m going to try succulents next?  Just need to figure out a way to be able to add moisture to it when it needs it.

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Frozen Fake Snow

Can you have a Frozen party without snow????  Nope!  Even though it was a beautiful warm day out, like Olaf, we needed some cool snow to enjoy!  So HOW do you make your own snow???

great sensory play with fake frozen snow, it's easy to make and fun to  play with

I tried about 4 different recipes before I was happy with one!  I have to say it’s easy and so freakin amazing!  For those of you whose kids have sensory issues like mine you will LOVE this!  Even my husband couldn’t stop playing with it!

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Frozen Fake Snow

Frozen Fake Snow

Ingredients

  • 32 oz of corn starch/
  • 1 can of shaving cream
  • Peppermint Extract (optional)
  • Iridescent Flakes (optional

Directions

  1. pour the cornstarch into a bowl or onto a pan (or 2 pans)
  2. spray the shaving cream onto the cornstarch
  3. mix the two together (with yoru hands, it's so fun)
  4. when your happy with the texture add the peppermint and glitter if you want
  5. ENJOY
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It’s such a cool texture!  And it just get’s better.  We left back some of the cornstarch and shaving cream so we could add more of one or the other if we needed too.  It’s amazing how it’s powdery but cool, and still can be formed too!

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It’s great by itself, but for an extra SHINE we added a ton of glittery iridescent flakes, although I don’t know that it really did anything, but the girls THOUGHT it did and they loved taking turns sprinkling it into the snow!

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If you want to be able to form snowballs add a bit more shaving cream…  Princess was pretty thrilled with her Snowball!

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and when it crumbles it’s pretty darn cool too!  Baby Boy couldn’t keep a ball for very long (but how precious are those cute hands???)

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This is an activity we’ll be doing often!  the kids couldn’t get enough, we’ve done it a few times since the party, it’s great outside and easy to clean up!  Just let it dry and sweep it up, or shake it off!

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Frozen Snowflake Hair Clips

Time to share the crafts!!!  The girls loved this one.  I had plans for the girls to each design their own snowflakes and decorate them for hairclips to wear, like the snowflakes in Elsa’s hair… but the girls had other ideas…

make your own felt hair clips with snowflakes, buttons, rhinestones and more, a fun and easy craft for your frozen birthday party

They had so much fun decorating the felt with markers and creating their own designs.  Not a single snowflake in the bunch!  We had a pumpkin, fairy, butterflies, and just random shapes as well!

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I made sure to have plenty of bling avaliable for the girls, felt, markers, felt snowflakes, snowflake buttons, crystals and more…

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Each of the girls drew their own designs which the other mom’s helped them cut.

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I was in charge of the hot glue gun, we didn’t want to leave the hot glue to too many people so we had just one.  The girls were great at taking turns and sharing!

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We added more felt to the other side to catch it on the alligator clip and the girls were ready to go.  A few even made more than one clip!

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