Cortney’s Baby Shower

Sorry I am just now posting this!

I hosted (along with my Mom) Cortney’s baby shower at the end of January. She is due 2.25.2016.

Like I said before, I used pinterest for inspiration for the shower. I didn’t set out planning a theme or around a certain theme but when it all came together it seems “It’s a Boy!” was a common occurrence. (I am going to be very mad if the baby turns out to be a girl, haha).

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I made the invitations on shutterfly and included a taped piece of paper to each one that read;

“One small request that shouldn’t be too hard,

please bring a book instead of a card.

Weather Cat in the Hat or Winnie the Pooh,

You can sign the inside with a note from you.”

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This a fun way to build the babies book collection and you can also read the notes to the child as they get older!

Cookies, cupcakes and some cute Hershey kisses!

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For the party favors I found these bags at Party City along with the Hershey kisses. I bought the hand sanitizers at Bath and Body works. The M&M’s and dumb dumbs were at Party city and I got the cute idea from Pinterest. (I don’t see any of these items on their website)

We had 1 game and 2 activities. The first was “Guess the poop”. I melted 9 candy bars into 9 different diapers. Let me tell you this is not easy to do. I burned all my fingers and it is time consuming. I put one candy bar per plate, melted it (about 30 seconds but every candy was different) and then scooped it into a diaper that I had already numbered. Have paper and pens for all quests.

Someone had told me about a cute idea of having diapers out and everyone can write a note on them. I bought a cute basket from Home Goods and labeled it. Example and the idea here!

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Everyone wrote cute, funny and inappropriate notes on the diapers for Mom and Dad. So maybe the middle of the night diaper changes will be a little bit better! These turned out very cute and it easy to do.

Lastly, Cortney’s mom had found this and printed of 26 pieces of paper (one for each letter of the alphabet). BS10

They will have the letter on top along with a line and the bottom has “Illustrated by”. You pick a letter and draw something! Example, A is for Apple, B is for ball. We collected them all and will make them into a baby book!

Everything was a lot of fun but I am ready for baby Morris to arrive!

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Cortneys Bridal Shower

I threw Cortney a bridal shower today!

We live in Ohio and what do you know there was a massive snow storm that came through. Not everyone was able to make it to the shower but we still had a nice turn out.

I wanted to share what we did for it!

Here is my pinterest page. I used pinterest for my inspiration for everything. Check under my “Cortney’s Bridal Shower Board”.

Got this idea from Pinterest and figured we could do it ourselves instead of ordering it. And it came out perfect! How yummy.

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We choose strawberry cupcakes with a strawberry icing. I will upload that recipe asap! We also just bought a black cardboard piece to keep them on.

We played two games. Very simple yet fun for all! The “He Said/She Said” game was a downloadable link from Pinterest!

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For the winners of the game I ordered very cute lip balms from gcd spa.

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Finally, for the party favor we choose to make Carmel Popcorn. My Mom found these adorable Chinese boxes on clearance at Target and we knew they would be perfect!

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We had great time besides the snow! Love you Cort, cant wait until March 22nd.

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If anyone knows how to make the pictures bigger on here please let me know! (Adelle Theme)

Family Pictures by LB Photography

Lori (LB Photography) and I had planned to meet up in November 2012 to have our family pictures done! Well that day didn’t quite work out so we finally found time again a few weeks ago.

We looked at a few color options/poses on Pinterest. We knew we had to find some good poses considering we had 14 people! Here were a few poses Lori had pinned on pinterest for our big family: http://pinterest.com/LBBoutique12/family-photo-shoot/

We decided on blue/tan/white with a little bit of pink added in! (Love these colors and we both agreed they would look nice all together). Lori said we need some patterns to be added in so it wouldn’t be so plain. Stripes, plaid, layers it was! It was stressful trying to coordinate 14 peoples outfits but staying on the color scheme we just had to make sure we didn’t have too many stripes/etc.

They came AMAZING!! We did 2 group shots followed by each individual family.

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I LOVE this picture of everyone

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Tried another pose from pinterest

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We then did the grandgirls, grandboys and one of all of the grandkids!

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I loved how the colors turned out together!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Bark

I find so many recipes on Pinterest. This one I made with my niece, Riley. So easy and so good! Perfect around the holidays!

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Mint Chocolate Chip Bark

Makes one 8×8 pan | Preparation: Line pan with wax paper

Ingredients:
14-18 Andes Mint, chopped
5 oz dark chocolate
8-10 chocolate wafers
7 oz. white chocolate
1-2 drops of green food color (dip toothpick in food color)

Instructions:
1.Chop Andes Mint Candy and set aside.
2.Place dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl over (not on) simmering water and stir until melted. Pour melted chocolate into 8×8 pans, using an offset icing spatula smooth out chocolate until an even layer is achieved. Place chocolate wafers on top and gently press it into the chocolate. Place pan in refrigerator for 5 minutes for chocolate to become slightly harden.
3.Place white chocolate in a heat proof bowl over (not on) simmering water and stir until melted. Remove from heat. Dip toothpick or skewer in green food coloring and then dip it into the white chocolate; stir to combine.
4.Remove pan with chilled dark layer and pour melted white chocolate on top. Using an offset icing spatula smooth out chocolate until an even layer is achieved. Sprinkle chopped Andes Mint Candy on top and return the fully assembled bark to the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes or until bark is fully set.

Extras:
* If you don’t have Andes candy available. Nestle’s mint chips will work just as well.

* To add a crunchy layer of texture I used these chocolate wafers from Nabisco, if those are unavailable where you are chocolate graham crackers or cocoa pebbles will work just as well.

* To color the white chocolate, I used Americolor’s Electric Green, but any green will work. Just make sure that you start slowly with the color by dipping the end of tooth pick or skewer into the food coloring then into the melted white chocolate. Don’t squeeze the food color directly over the chocolate or you may end up with a blob of color that will result in a deep green instead of a soft mint green.

Taken from: http://www.bakersroyale.com/candy/holiday-bark-series-mint-chocolate-chip-bark/

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