Saturday, January 28, 2012

Look What I Found!

Sometimes I feel like I'm writing this blog, but no one's reading it.  At times, it's disheartening when you check your comment section and the only ones that are commenting are your family members.  LOL!  I try not to let it get me down and remind myself that I created and write this blog for my own personal enjoyment.  And if just one person out there in web-land finds inspiration in my posts, then that's the icing on the cake for me.

I was reviewing my stats (did you know you could do that) and noticed a traffic source that I didn't recognize (usually it comes from Google searches).  When I clicked on it, guess what I found?  Me!

Did you see me?  I'm #4!  Bellenza, an inspirational wedding site, has an article called "How to Make a Nautical Themed Wedding Truly Magical".  The chocolate sea shells from my beach themed bridal shower had a shout out in the article!  Am I a total dork for being excited about this?  SOMEONE (other then my sister) is reading my blog!  Whoo-hooo!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Owl Baby Shower

Been meaning to write this post for a while.  I was a little wiped out after planning this Owl themed baby shower for one of my BFFs.  I've known Yung since we were kids, she's practically a sister to me.  When I found out that she was pregnant, I couldn't be more excited!  Yung and I grew up together and now our kids would be doing the same!  Yung's mother in-law was supposed to host her baby shower for her, but due to some health issues, regrettably unable to do so.  My sister and I were asked to step in at the last minute to plan the shower.  Due to the busy holiday and work schedules, Trang and I only had about a month to plan and organize this party.  We were on a tight timeline, but I wasn't going to let that stop us from throwing a memorable and beautiful shower.

We started off with brainstorming a theme.  Knowing Valentine's Day would be coming up soon, we knew that we would have red and pinks readily available to us.  From there, we decided that owls would make it even cuter!  So a red and pink Owl themed baby shower was born!

Here is the dessert table.  The background was made of pink and red streamers overlapping each other.  The tablecloth was a white blanket from Ikea.

My Aunt Mai made her special carrot cake cupcakes for the shower.  They were delicious!  Trang designed the cupcake topper.

And my go-to treat, Oreo dipped chocolates with an owl twist.

This is the food table.  Decoration was fairly simple here.  Trang found some branches in her backyard and we hung some tissue poms and felt owls on them.  I found an adorable pink owl fabric and used that as a table runner (sorry no close up picture of the runner).  Trang designed the food tent labels as well.

 I found some children owl books on Amazon and used one of them as a guest book.

 Found these vintage blocks at the flea market and used them as photo holders of mom and dad when they were younger.

 Found some left over Christmas decor and turned them into owls!

 Here is a family pic of Yung and Brad with the Grandparents and Uncle.  I made the "Welcome Baby" bunting out of scrapbook paper.  Wish I had a better close up picture, but hopefully my sister was able to get a few for me.

Yung and Brad, I know you will be great parents!  I hope you had a wonderful time!

P.S.  More to come on the projects I worked on for this party!

Linking to the following parties:

Monday, January 16, 2012

Sneak Peek: Owl Baby Shower

Been busy this week planning my childhood friend's baby shower.  Yung is expecting a baby girl, so we went with an owl theme.  Working on a post about the party, but here's a sneak peek of the party!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Lost Art of Thank You Cards

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and New Year!  The holiday hub-bub is finally over and things are getting back to a semi-normal state around here!

My sister and I were talking the other day about the lost art of thank yous.  Acknowledging a kind act, a gift, or whatever, saying thank you has become a lost art; especially thank you cards/letters.  Growing up, my mother expected that we write a thank you letter for any gift we received.  This lesson has stuck with me to this day.  Now I know a few people who say, "they don't do thank you cards".  To me, it comes down to good manners.  In today's technology world, thank yous can be in the form of emails, e-card, Facebook status or comments or even a tweet.  So there are no excuses for not thanking someone.

I digress (sorry for the rant).  Anyway, back to the point of my posts.  Call me old fashion, but I still like to WRITE thank you cards.  With the holidays being over, writing thank you cards to all my wonderful family and friends has been hanging over my head.  Little Muon and Little Man were totally spoiled this year and received a TON of gifts.  Meaning, mommy needs to write a alotof thank you cards.

I thought about ordering thank you cards via Shutterfly, but after all the holiday shopping, I really needed to watch the dollars.  So during a shopping trip at Michaels, the dollar bin solved all my thank you card dilemma.

All of this was a dollar each:
"Thanks." stamp = $1.
Stamp pads = $1 each.
1 pack of 8 cards with envelopes = $1.  I bought 3 pack of cards.
Grand total of $6!  That's 25 cents for each card!  Score!

The card had a little window, perfect for the stamp to go.  I changed it up a bit and made the "t" in a different color.  So cute!  Here are more images for your viewing pleasure.

I'm going to include a picture of the kids (with their perspective gift) with each of the cards.  My family and friends were kind enough to think of my kids over the holiday, so spending 5 minutes to write and say thank you is the least I can do.

Oh and thank YOU for reading this blog!
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