Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tinker Bell Party Recap

Alyssa in her tinker bell tutu dress and me in my butterfly wings

My baby girl is now a 3 year old! Her Tinker Bell party ended up having to be moved to the garage due to uncertain weather condition, but it still turned out to be just fine and Alyssa had a great time. Here's some of the details:

Gift table, arch way with butterflies, and toadstool (<---Click link for directions to make the toadstool) for the little fairy princess to sit and open her birthday gifts on.

This was my Easter tree I made for the past holiday and thought it would work perfect to hang butterflies from for the party. I'm happy with the result.

Small centerpieces thrown together with dollar store flowers and iridescent shreds under neath. You can kind of see the food table in the background, nothing special - but I did make these to put on that table you may want to check out.

We hung the butterflies and decorated lanterns from the garage door (should have been from trees outside - but you do what you have to do)

The hand painted yard sign I transformed from the "Welcome Home" banner when Alyssa's was first born

The cake and desert table. I hung a lantern and butterflies from the hanging light.

I found the Tinker Bell candy (ring pops and pop rocks) at the dollar store. The treat bags (all the way to the right of the photo) I found on clearance at Michael's for $.49 for 4. The cake stand I also found on clearance at Michael's for $2.97.

My good friend custom made the cake. I purchased the cake mix and frosting and told her I wanted a toadstool on top and she did MAGIC! A tiny Tinker Bell sits on top of the toadstool house complete with sprinkle sidewalk.

I found the green utensil felt basket at Target for $1 (purple utensils came from the Dollar Store). I wanted to make marshmallow wands and found marshmallow poles at the Dollar store (10 for $1!), so those became the fairy wands. The Tinker Bell gift bags in the back were included in the cake stand, which I filled with cookies.

I used the flowers I got for my anniversary gift at the birthday party. I wrapped the vase with Tinker Bell ribbon and added a butterfly to tie the space together.

Hope you enjoyed a look into my little girl's 3rd birthday party!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Free Preschool Crafts

Here's a cute site I found with free craft projects for preschoolers:

Monday, May 25, 2009

Looking Back...

Me and my hubby at one of our baby showers
before we became official parents

Why do our little ones have to grow so fast? My daughter turned 3 yesterday (May 24th) and I thought a nice look back would do me some good, since I know from the last 3 years that she won't stay small for very long.

Here she is!
My tiny little 7lb 9oz (20.5" long) sweet baby girl
Born May 24, 2006 @ 10:22pm

Alyssa in her pretty 1st Birthday dress

Alyssa turns 2 years old!
This is the bear she got in the hospital we take a picture of her next to it each year to compare how much she's grown

My little tinker bell is now 3 whole years old!
**Tinker Bell Party Pictures Coming Soon**

I can't help but be a proud mommy - she truly brings our entire family joy everyday

CVS 5/25

I seriously haven't been out couponing in a WHOLE MONTH!! My bucks where going to expire tomorrow so I had to get over to CVS while the Memorial Day sale was still going on. I really lucked out. My store usually is out of everything if you're not there the first hour of any sale, but they had EVERYTHING on my list! YAY! It felt good to get in on a good deal again. Let me break it down:

Cottonelle: $5.49
-$.50 coupon

Playtex Tampons: $3.99
-$1.00 IP coupn

Band-aids: $2.99
-$1.00 coupon

Clearasil: $3.99
-$2.00 coupon

Speedstick Pro: $3.99
-$.75 coupon

Used: $8.00 ECB's
Total OOP: $7.20 (with tax - on a gift card)
Total Saved: 23.75

**Earned:$12.98 ECB's**

Year to Date Savings: $335.83
Year to Date OOP: $42.01

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Anniversary Recap

Here's to 5 years!

What a fabulous anniversary my husband and I had yesterday! We celebrated over dinner with friends we hadn't seen in awhile. The restaurant surprised us with a beautiful flower, brought out a DELICIOUS (giant) piece of chocolate cake, and even had the house singer come out and sing to us in Italian. Other friends met up with us to have some fun at the casino later on. It truly was a memorable night!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Anniversary/Birthday Weekend

As I've been posting today is our 5 year anniversary and in two days it will be our daughter's 3rd birthday. Look what I got for my anniversary gift!! I LOVE pink! The roses are already starting to pop open and I just love fresh flowers in the house. I added "Tinker Bell" ribbon to the vase so I can display them at the party on Sunday too. Can't wait for our anniversary dinner out tonight! (FOUND A COUPON!)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tinker Bell Party #5: Lanterns

I bought lanterns ($1.00 each) at Michael's and found a bucket of glitter butterflies and dragon flies at Wal-Mart for $1.00!! (I kept my eyes open for anything with GLITTER for the party) My MOM came up with the idea to hang them off the bottom with string. My little birthday girl helped decorate them. (peel and stick - EASY) They will be so cute hanging outside at the party!

Here's to our first 5 years!

Tomorrow - May 22nd, 2009 - me and my husband, Steve, will be celebrating our
5 Year Anniversary

So many things have happened since we were first married. I truly believe I've found my soul mate. Someone who loves me through good and bad and has always been there no matter what. I can't wait to see what our future holds for the next 5 - 50+ years!

Tinker Bell Party #4: Re-purpose

My family came together to make this ridiculously cute yard sign to welcome our new daughter home after she was first born. It's been sitting in our basement all this time and I finally brought it out to re-purpose it for her 3rd birthday (something I'd planned to do all this time and am just now getting around to it 3 years later).

Here's what will welcome our guests to her party on Sunday. I took off the top banner and used acrylic paint to spell out the occasion, nothing too fancy. I think it'll do it's job though!

Cost: FREE

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tinkerbell Party #3

Here's the dress my little fairy princess will be wearing for the party! Yes, I do make these and sell them if you need one for your own little fairy princess: It's called a "tutu dress." Usually they are ankle or floor length, but to match tinker bell's shorter dress it's more of a knee/mid shin length.

The wings came from a barbie type hair styler toy my daughter got for Christmas just a in tinkerbell form instead of barbie.

We found these cute shoes at the Disney store on our Branson vacation. I thought they would be cute for her party dress and for everyday use after her birthday is over.

She also has some adorable tinker bell sunglasses and a purse she loves that will all make for the CUTEST party ensemble.

Tinkerbell Party Craft #2

There are quite a few tinker bell decorations out there, but I didn't want the "out of the box" type party. My creativity has to shine through somewhere! I found this cute tinker bell ribbon at Wal-Mart ($2.97 for 3 yards). I had the cutlery and napkins on hand. All I did was roll the napkins around the cutlery, cut the ribbon to size and wrapped it around the napkins, and hot glued the ends together in the back.

I also had the basket; however, it was a burnt orange colors, with a $.98 can of white spray paint it now is a neutral backdrop for the service wear. I bought a BUNCH of silk florals from the Dollar Store and I’ll probably dress up the basket with that and maybe more ribbon.

UPDATE: Krispie Kreme

Unfortunately there are only a few store participating in the Krispie Kreme $.99 dozen deal. Sorry for the misinformation. There is a little bit of good news in there though! - You can read more about it here:
It's Hip 2 SAve

WFMW: Easy Kitchen Clean Up

I feel in LOVE with Reynold's Release Foil when it first came out! It makes for SUPER easy clean up of the kitchen. The foil is coated and food comes right off after you've baked with it.

I went through A LOT, and it's not really the cheapest thing to buy. (Epecially when you can get FREE foil at Walgreens from time to time) I came up with my own release foil by using the regular kind of foil I started getting for free and would just spray it was Pam or a non stick cooking spray before puting any food on it! Works just as good!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Saturday, May 23rd

Friday is our 5 year anniversary and Sunday is our daughter's 3rd birthday but SATURDAY will be another great day!

#1.) $.99 dozen of regular glazed KRISPIE KREME donuts (check your local KK to see if they are participating)
Thanks Money Saving Maddness
**Please read this update

2.) $1.00 Solid color Flip Flops at OLD NAVY! (while supplies last)
**Don't forget to get a coupon from before going. Rest is usually on Thursday!
Thanks STL Mommy

Monday, May 18, 2009

Love 2 Party Plan

I always have loved planning parties, even when I was younger in high school - parties were all about the decor! With less then a week till my daughter's 3rd birthday I have still LOTS to do.

The theme: Tinkerbell

In the midst of moving, vacation, yard sale, anniversary, and the grand opening on my new online boutique this month of May I wasn't about to let my princess' birthday fall by the way side. Here's our project for the day: her very own toad stool to open her birthday gifts on.

I did see this on the web somewhere, so I can't take all the credit. But I did tweak it alittle to save time and money.

Bucket ($1 - Dollar Store)
Red Fabric ($.99)
White Felt ($.20)
Old Pillow (Free)
Hot Glue & Fabric Glue

1.) Cut fabric in circle & glue edges together with fabric glue.
**Make sure to leave a small opening to add stuffing to later**
Let sit over night to ensure the glue dries completely

2.) Flip fabric right side out and stuff with stuffing - sew or glue opening

3.) Cut out various sized round circles from white felt and glue with fabric glue on the the red cushion

4.) Remove handle from bucket (if necessary) and hot glue your cushion to the bottom of the bucket & YOUR DONE!

Grand total: $2.19
Skill Level: EASY

I can't wait to see this in the mix of all the other decor at the party.
Now just pray for NO RAIN!

**More projects to come**

Friday, May 15, 2009


Sorry, couldn't not pass along a deal for FREE CHOCOLATE!! The first 500,000 people to register will receive a certificate in the mail for a free Mars bar (select varieties). Allow up to 6 weeks for delivery. Click here to register!

Giveaways Galore!! is hosting a giveaways galore page where TONS of other blogs can link their giveaways to her site - INCLUDING MINE (#56)! There are over 250+ sites linked up so start signing up and you could be the winner of some great FREE stuff! Here's the link to giveaway central:

Here's the link to my giveaway, where you could win a free hairbow for your little princess:

Good luck!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


Please visit my online boutique: Crossin My Heart Creations NEW BLOG -
I'm hosting a hairbow giveaway - visit the blog for all the details!