Monday, January 14, 2013

Baby Shower

Hello all!

I know, I know. I haven't been posting very frequently... or at all. I hope to change that!

This weekend, I threw my best friend Rachel a baby shower. I scoured pinterest to see what great ideas I could get. Today, you get the benefit of my hard work!

First, let me show you some pictures from the baby shower. That way, you can see if you even want to replicate it. I think it turned out great! The shower colors were yellow, red, gray and white.

I had a "Ready to Pop!" area with soda pop, pop corn (caramel and butter), and some blow pops. I made some food labels using some I found on pinterest. YOu can find them here. They are originally in yellow, and I just used photoshop to make them gray. I then added some red text to them. My handwriting is HORRIBLE so I printed out text, but if you have great handwriting, there is no need to print out the text then!

I also had a food area where all the food was labeled with the same print out. I picked out the food based on what my friend had been craving throughout her pregnancy  She had been craving eggs, bananas, apples, and rootbeer. So, I had deviled eggs, a fruit salad with apples and bananas, and some rootbeer in the soda pop area. I just happen to make a great pasta salad, so I provided that as well. I also had a "baby brewing" area with some great tea I brewed at home. I also had some cupcakes, but they didn't turn out well. I don't think cupcakes like me very much!

(Sorry about the semi-blurry pics. I was rushing to take pics before the guests arrived!)

I didn't want to go out and spend some more money on placeholders to put the labels on, so I just used some binder clips, and it worked like a charm. Who needs fancy stuff anyways?

Anyways, there you are! It turned out great! I found a bunch of these ideas off pinterest and just kinda mixed them all up! Guests loved it. Have you thrown a baby shower? Do you have any ideas to add? Cheers!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

New Years Resolutions

I've seen some friends of mine make new years resolutions on their blogs (25th and Skillern, MandytheOutfitter, CatherineDenton), so I'm jumping on the bandwagon. I haven't posted in a while, and I'm sorry for that. Work has been very busy, and I've been bad about cooking at home. I'm hoping to change that (hey, there's a resolution right there!) Let's start.

1. Start cooking at home more. I really, really want to get in the habit of cooking more at home, and making things from scratch. I get in moods where I cook at home for a while, but it never ever really "sticks." So, I am going to start the year by going grocery shopping and making things at home.

2. Blog more. I think if I'm cooking at home, then I will blog more of my recipes. I also want to learn some new recipes, and create many more. I hope I can be more consistent with this blog as well1

3. Love more. I have many times in the day when I can share and show God's grace, and I don't think I ever take those opportunities. I want to show God in my small actions throughout the year, and I definitely need to talk about him more.

4. Become healthier. 2012 was not a great year for my body, nor my health. I started the 2012 by dieting and exercising, and I lost about 10 pounds. I felt fabulous and it was great! The best part was also becoming a healthier person with my husband, who also lost about 10 pounds. We did that for about a month and a half and then it all went downhill. I've since gained the weight back (plus some maybe?) and I haven't exercised in a while. I think I can do this with my husband and be successful!

5. Read  more. I really, really need to read more. If I read right now, it tends to be fictional and for teens. I love fiction, but I cannot only read teen guilty-pleasures. I have a lot of amazing books I have bough in the past, in the hopes that I would read them. I need to make a list and then go through it and read it all!

6. Work on the house. It's pretty self-explanatory, but my home needs to be worked on.

Well, I'm sure I'll come up with more, but I don't want to over-stretch myself. What are some of your new years resolutions?
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