Woodsy Whimsical Baby Shower

This past summer we had a few backyard parties and one of my favorite celebrations was for my dear girlfriend and her baby BOY #4…We showered baby Duke with a Woodsy Whimsical party, featuring lots of sweet lil’ bucks, antlers, pine cones and woodsy elements.invite 1


I found these adorbs Kraft Brown invites from Tiny Prints, under the theme “Forest Dwellers”. Tiny Prints is my go-to site for cards and invites.  They have the cutest designs and are so easy to customize through their step by step site. Plus they always have a great coupon or promo codes.

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craft projects

I designed and created a few simple craft projects for above the food/dessert table. My goal was to create a few cutesy items that the momma-to-be could use in the nursery/home for decor. The wooden name sign is a super quick and easy project that would be perfect for an woodland, cowboy, rustic or nautical themed baby shower. I pulled a piece of barn wood from our scrap pile and cut it down to my desired size. Next sketch the name of your choice in pencil and begin using your hot glue gun to glue down the jute rope. You may need a few finishing nails to hold the rope, while the glue dries.

Chalk Art


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I love these over-sized chalk boards for outdoor parties, they come in handy for charming sayings, menu boards or welcome signs. One of my summer obsessions was MOSS letters… all you need a is a wood letter from the craft store, a little sheet moss, and some hot glue. VIOLA! You have a sweet moss letter for a wreath or party decor, such as a baby shower, bridal shower or wedding.

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For the shower favors, I purchased splits or mini champagne and apple cider bottles from Costco and attached a paper straw with a cutesy Kraft paper tag, which reads “Oh deer…(enter momma-to-be name) is about to pop” or thanks for popping by”.

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Bring on the food and sweet treats… Our 1/4 mile farm driveway is lined with stunning birch trees and every winter several limbs fall off the trees during our wind storms.  But the not so stunning part to my daddy and hubby is when I beg and plea with them to cut up the limbs in to nice clean edged logs, solely for decor purpose. Therefore, I raided my gorgeous birch log stash and drilled several holes into a few limbs for cake and s’more pop holders.


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I hope you enjoyed my version of a Woodsy Whimsical Baby Shower and the most whimsical part was welcoming baby Duke into this world. Congratulations Ellis family on your new addition, making now four sweet and handsome boys.

A Sparkling 4th of July

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Wowzers…This year we celebrated the 4th of July week with a BANG! I think my little family is still recovering from all the excitement at the rodeo, parades and BBQ’s!  We kicked off our fun-filled 4th of July week with a visit to the St. Paul Rodeo, an all-American classic tradition for my family. We have had the same box seats at St. Paul Rodeo, since before I was walking. This year was the 79th Annual Rodeo and my little guy’s third visit to this rodeo. He slept through his first show at 1.5 months old, loved the HUGE firework show as one-year old and this year was fascinated with the COWS and cowboys. In fact, during the steer wrestling…Cason informed me “Oh-no Mama, the guy fell down onto the cow…uh-oh!” Too cute…he had all of us cracking up with his sheer exhilaration for the show. But I have never seen my little cowboy sit so still as he did for the fireworks frenzy at the end of the night. He was shouting out the colors of each firework as it boomed in the sky. Priceless!
St. Paul rodeo

A new adventure for our little family this year included being spectators at the local parades. WE HIT UP TWO OF THEM! The first one was a test drive for Cason…the kiddie parade. It’s a short and sweet parade, with lots of candy. We met up with his best buddies and cousins for a nice night out, where all we saw was Stars, Stripes and Smiles.

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{Red, White and True Blue Friends}

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{All Star Cousins}

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The next parade was the large 4th of July parade…oh my word, I didn’t even know this town had that many people. Every street was packed with parade goers. We saw some amazing floats and lots of people we knew from the neighborhood…even our animal/cattle vet had a float.

{All Decked Out in Red, White and Blue}


{First Fireworks~ Sparklers}

Fourth of July 2014 Sparklers

BTW, has anybody noticed that the sparklers out now are nowhere near as big and sparkly as they were when we were  kiddos! Cason loved the sparklers…we ended up going through the entire box of sparklers and all the other fireworks the hubby and kiddo picked out from the firework stand.  I am not sure who was into them more…Cason the two-year old or the hubby, the thirty something year old. Especially when the kiddo was tired and  passing out in my lap and the hubby wanted to keep going. LOL

It never fails in the valley, 4th of July week means HAY SEASON for everyone. Therefore, the farms and farmers that grow their own hay are on tractors all day, trying to finish and get out of the fields before the BBQ’s.  We put up around 50+ acres in grass/clover hay for our cattle. The way the schedule fell, we ended up having our Independence Day BBQ on the 5th of July.  We don’t even require showers or cleaning up…just travel on over after you step off the tractor and enjoy some tri-tip, corn on the cob and a cold one…plus more fireworks.

{Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue Decor}

back patio

The Hubby and I DIY’ed this farmhouse patio table for less than $100.00. I absolutely love it and we seemed to be using this outdoor table more this summer than our indoor farmhouse table. I will post all the information on the stain color and tutorial soon.

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I hope everyone’s Independence Day was a blast!

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~Erma Bombeck

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Mother’s Day is this Sunday and nothing touches a Mama’s heart more than a personal handmade gift from the littles in their life. My little man and I made this craft for his Nana as a birthday present to capture the highlights of being a ONE YEAR OLD.

DIY Photo Decoupage Flower Pot- Dress up your Terra Cotta flower pot with memorable photos.

This little craft project can be done in an hour or less (without drying time) and my little one was very helpful when it came to planting the flower.


  • Terra Cotta Pot
  • 15-20 Pictures (2 x 3 or smaller)
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Ribbon
  • Favorite Flower

Start with printing out 15-20 of your favorite photos, I had a smaller pot so I wanted to cram as many photos as possible on the pot, therefore, all my photos were cropped and 2 x 3 or smaller. I was going for a more timeless look and made all the photos black and white. I have all my photos saved on my computer in folders, by the year… I pulled up “Cason Turns One” folder and rummaged thru for all my fav photos.

Super Easy Steps:

1. Cut out all your photos (or wrapping/scrap paper, old book pages, postcards, napkins ect..).

2. Use your paint brush and Mod Podge to cover as much of the photo in order to adhere it to the pot.

3. Continue covering your pot with photos until you LOVE IT, we overlapped many of the photos.

4. Once you love it and covered the entire surface, paint a thick coat of Mod Podge over all of your photos and seal all the edges (Do not PANIC, this will look like you are destroying the photos with the really thick WHITE glue…it will dry clear and your photos will be perfect.)

5. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes…then apply another coat of Mod Podge. Repeat this step, if necessary.

6. Once your flower pot is dry, you can add the finishing touches. We added some burlap ribbon or you can use paint ( next time I want to try Chalkboard paint and then write a sweet message in Chalk).

7. LAST STEP: Plant a pretty flower or herb in your pot. Cason, my little guy, picked out this beautiful Lavender plant for his Nana. Add some Spanish Moss and a name card. Voila!

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Of Course, Mama’s like a little something fun to go with their beautiful handmade goodies, such as a Starbucks Gift Card or a bottle of their favorite Yellow Label Champs, Veuve-Clicquot.


Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mamas… We do have a hard and challenging job, but the most rewarding in the world!