Since we moved (same neighborhood & ward, just a better house) in April I had Shae pick anywhere she wanted other than our house to do her birthday party. Every time we get in the car she asks to go to the dinosaur museum, so of course she picked a birthday party at the dinosaur museum. Which is the Natural History Museum of Utah in SLC that we go to at least once a week. She invited some of her little friends from the neighborhood, her cousins, and sisters. Some of her friends weren’t able to come, which ended up being fine, it was hard to get those kids into and out of the museum safely!
My mom made these adorable dresses for Shae & Reagan for the party and I bought the older girls dinosaur shirts to match.
The museum took care of everything but what we wanted to eat, which was a beautiful cake Shae picked out on Pinterest. She needed the dinosaur a particular color and picked out the type of dinosaur she wanted as well.
The girls had fun working through the stations all set up, walking through the museum, and laying down in a T-Rex footprint. It really was the easiest party (and probably cheapest) I have ever thrown!
Shae getting ready in the car with her neighborhood friends at the beginning of the party:
And Shae at the end:
She had enough at the end of the day of being the birthday girl But it was a perfect birthday party for her! Dinosaurs really are her favorite thing.
Last month it was Shae’s birthday, she turned 4. Shae has changed a lot over this past year. Her interests, favorite things, and personality. This year she became a Sunbeam and really loved her teachers. She started a once a week preschool, twice a week tumbling classes, and weekly tap, jazz, and ballet. I really thought when she started all of these things it would be a struggle to get her into class and to warm up. Not so! She has so much fun, sometimes is a real awful listener, and loves to make new friends. She was (and still is) such a soft hearted sweetheart I thought maybe she would be on the quiet side. Not so! Her favorite things are her sisters. She is my one daughter that I really believe prefers her sisters over me. Which is ok!
Her personality is so fun:
Shae loves to bake, relax & watch TV, play with her friends, play pretend with her little figurines, and do crafts.
Shae Shae asked for “breakfast cookies, bunny milk, and cinnamon rolls” for her birthday breakfast. We also got her a few colors of daisies for her birthday flower.
Shae loves dinosaurs and had a dinosaur party earlier that week, so along with her breakfast she met a new blow up friend!
For her birthday she received for “to play” some plush dinosaurs. For “something pretty” the Pretty Pretty Princess game. For “something to read” princess books and for “something to wear” a bunny outfit.
Later that night I made her a bunny pizza, which she adored, and then did not eat.
My favorite thing on that day was letting Shae stay up and just hang out with me. She is a fun girl who is always so well behaved until night time where she turns into a crazy lady
Abby was very particular about what she wanted to make for her videos, a lot of thought goes into these! This was a long day of work for her because she did three recipes. They all turned out very well, enjoy!
Healthy Mother’s Day 3 Course Dinner by Abby
Berry Cheese Bites, Spring Chicken Soup with Quinoa,
Chocolate Hazelnut Banana “Ice Cream”
Appetizer: Berry Cheese Bites
1 box of honey cinnamon nut thins (you could use graham crackers)
1 container of Laughing Cow Swiss cheese (you could use cream cheese)
2 containers of berries (blackberry, raspberry, blueberry)
1 container of honey (we used wildflower flavored honey)
Slater the cheese on the cracker, top with berry, drizzle with honey
Main Dish: Spring Chicken Soup with Quinoa
1 package of edible flowers
1 container or 4 cups of chicken stock
3 lemons (one for juice & zesting and two for slices to go on top)
1 leek, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 chicken breasts, shredded
1 1/2 cup of peas
10 leaves of basil
1 teaspoon of herbs de provence
salt & pepper
2 cups of cooked quinoa
1. Saute in olive oil the carrots and leeks for 5 minutes. In the last 3o second add in the garlic.
2. Add in the herbs de provence, salt, pepper, and chicken stock. Simmer on low for 15 minutes.
3. Add in the lemon juice & zest from one lemon, peas, chicken, and zucchini. Cook just for 3 minutes so none of those ingredients get soggy.
4. In a bowl put 1/4 cup of quinoa, and top soup on top.
5. Top soup with a basil leaf, edible flower, and lemon wedge.
Dessert: Chocolate Hazelnut Banana “Ice Cream”
I’m sure you all have heard of the frozen banana in blender, turns into ice cream trick. It really is good. Abby thought it would be fun to add her favorite snack which are Justine’s Chocolate Hazlenut packets. Really does add a lot of flavor!
3-4 ripe bananas
4 packages of Justine’s Chocolate Hazlenut packets
Slice the ripe bananas and lay slices on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Let freeze for at least 4 hours.
2. Put bananas slices and chocolate hazlenut in blender or food processor.
3. Blend and serve! We did have to throw in 1-2 tablespoons of milk (any kind would do) to get it to move around easier in the blender.
4. Top with edible flowers and if you would like honey fried bananas.
Wala! Abby worked so hard she actually broke down at the end. You probably can’t tell, but she was so tired. Never three recipes again in one day! Make sure to watch her cute self here:
Cameron has an odd obsession with bacon and eggs. One night on a special outing with her dad he drove to three different restaurants in search of a place that served bacon and eggs at 8pm. One day she has a quiche and her love of bacon and eggs grew even more. So for her Mother’s Day breakfast she chose to make one. I told her to make it healthy and so she wanted to teach you the trick about vegetable rainbow sprinkles. Stay tuned for what those are…
Mother’s Day Healthy Brunch or Breakfast: Vegetable Rainbow Sprinkle Quiche & Apple Berry Smoothie
Bacon & Cheese Quiche with Veggie Sprinkles
This recipe makes two Quiches
Ingredients (see above):
2 prepared pie crusts
1 can of evaporated milk
4 ounces of parmesan cheese
8 ounces of cheddar cheese
2 peppers (red, yellow, or orange)
1 yellow squash
3 cloves of garlic
1 package of bacon, cooked and crumbled
Salt & Pepper
1. To make the veggie sprinkles put all of the vegetables in a strong blender or a food processor and grind till fine. Place a towel or cheese cloth in a bowl and place the ground up vegetables in the cloth. Let sit and also squeeze all the water out.
2. In another bowl combine the eggs, milk, bacon, salt and pepper. Then add in the drained “vegetable rainbow sprinkles” and stir.
3. Pour mixture into the two pie crusts.
4. Cute a piece of foil with a large hole in it, place it over the curst of the Quiche so the pie crust does not burn.
5. Bake on 375 for 45-60 minutes, until the eggs are cooked well.
To get more of a feel for the vegetable sprinkles and to see Cameron pretend to barf while having to touch the vegetables you really should watch the how to video at the end of this post.
Apple Berry Smoothie
1/4 cup of ground flax seeds
1/4 cup of chai seeds
2 red delicious apples
1 package of an assortment of berries
1 large container of coconut water
1 large cup of ice
Just simply blend and enjoy!
Check out her video here:
Alright my friends, I organized this party well, real well. So I will write out a detailed post in case there is another mom out there trying to plan a science party for their kid. This party will be good for the boys or girls out there, this is not a gender specific party!
Kid Science Party
I’ll link to the places on Etsy where I got the cute posters, the shop owners customize them for you with your child’s name and age. The black backdrop below is from Sugar Sweet Printables shop on Etsy. The backdrop we used during the science demonstration below is from the is from Crackers Art shop on Etsy. We used some of her other products throughout the party as well.
I bought some beakers from Amazon and filled them with warm water, dry ice, and food coloring. The tables were covered in a science print paper and I bought some “retro” science posters online to put different places. The plates,napkins, and glasses are from The Land of Nod.
A huge science cake to feed all that we invited and sugar cookies that they each took home as a party favor. We also had the pizza man stop by for lunch.
Well not really costumes but my brothers who were the “scientists” I got their lab coats and wigs off of Oriental Trading. Abby’s lab coat was from there as well. The girls, I don’t know if you can see in the pictures had these super cute science shirts on. I found those at the NonFiction Tees Etsy shop.
Party Favors are my favorite part of the party. This year we did glasses from Oriental Trading, disposable lab coats from Amazon, and scientist badges. Aren’t they adorable? They also went home with a party bag (bags from The Land of Nod) with a rock candy lollipop and sugar cookie. They also could take their lab coats, glasses, AND best part…their scientist badges & lanyard home.
That was the back of the badges
So my sweet daughter Abby has a lot of friends and she is over worried of leaving anyone out. With her parties I have to divide the guests up into teams. The badges they had were divided into 5 different colors of the fingerprints. That is the group they were in. Two years in a row I have asked our favorite babysitters to come help me with the parties. Each of them run a station. This year I picked very inexpensive science experiments. I had the helpers come early so they could practice outloud a few times the experiment and explaining a short “science” behind it. Then I also had them ready with a back up game if they finished early. Anything from bubble gum bubble gum in a dish to charades. All free things that no supplies were needed. But things that would keep the girls in place and not get them loud. These are the stations we did…
#1 Static Electricity with a Balloon & Gelatin aka Electric Gelatin
#4 Your Tastebuds & Smell! Potatoes vs Apples
With these large groups I like to do the stations and then one big “demonstration” assembly style. My brothers came over the week before and we practiced these experiments for them to do in front of the kids. The five experiments I had them do, none of them made a mess and make me lose a deposit on the room we rented. Steve Spangler is a perfect place to get ideas for experiments and buy some kits. I also had printouts of my brothers to read to explain a bit of the science behind every experiment.
#2 Cloud in a Bottle (the stopper was a tough one to find so I ended up buying this kit which is priced very fairly)
#4 Fitting an Egg Into a Small Bottle magically.
#5 Film Canister, this is a fun one! Steve did it on the Ellen show. The girls as you can see from this picture loved the result…
It just was such a fun fun party! Thank you to all those that helped me out.
Little video of the party here.
Well I knew it, I just knew it. I did a joint baby shower for my two cousins two years back. While hanging up pictures of them on a long string from birth to engagement photos. I noticed something troublesome. I could see after their baptism picture that time sped up. I could see it in those pictures hanging on a string. That their aging just sped up after their baptism. Of course when Abby turned 9 on Sunday I said, “What what? That happened fast, like extra fast!” It did, next is 10, 10! Double digits! Then after that they are in Young Womens, then LEAVING YOU! My goodness, I am going to die, just die.
So this stunning girl turned 9, and has such a growth spurt this year. In many areas of her life. Just look:
Actually a few minutes ago I put together a spotlight on Abby for her activity days activity tonight. So I will share that.
Abby loves: dogs, dance, baking, crafting, creating, reading, friends, sweet things, and traveling. She has traveled to quite a few fun places. She is homeschooled and a smart smart thing. Her new hobby is doing nails. She is a fantastic friend and is very helpful. Most of all she has a strong testimony and knows it is important to share it. She likes to serve others by being a good friend. She is a good friend by being kind, thoughtful, and assuming the best of her friends. She supports her friends. Abby dances in eight dance classes during the week. She dances when we are standing in line at the grocery store, picking out books at the library, watching tv. All day every day! Her biggest pet peeve is BELLY BUTTONS! Don’t talk about them or show them, makes her want to barf. The biggest goal she has right now is to raise money to build a well in Africa.
For her birthday we did a fun science party that I can’t wait to show off. Instead of gifts at her party she raised 800 bucks for a well! I did tell her that we would go to the mall, her and I, so she could pick out a couple of things. Those plans kept on getting ruined so we went as a family. Which ended up being one of my least favorite things we have ever done together. But Abby did get to pick out some beautiful things.
Abby had her breakfast in bed, we went to church, she played minecraft after church, and opened her presents.
I think my favorite thing, even more than our fun parties to celebrate birthdays is this. That on the night of the birthday they stay up very late hanging out with me. Abby and I went geocaching at night and cuddled watching Gilmore Girls.
One day each of us won’t have 2 year olds that get very stressed out in new environments. The screaming will stop and also the throwing themselves on the floor like a rag dolls will end. UNTIL THEN, we will not have the most relaxing visits.
I loved the free days full of fun. Bean Museum, $1 snack at Sodalicious, and impromptu talent shows on the lawn.
My nephews are sweeties, once they warm up to me, I get loads of love. The girls were so excited they go to have their cousins in both of their primary classes.
And our annual sibling night was a smashing success! We copied a game from one of our favorite TV shows. It included gobbling grapes, speed walking with a very full bladder, trivia questions, and smashing New Kids on the Block barbies. It is a very confusing game.
I was invited to Fashion Place Mall invited me out to the Lego Monuments Tour. Oh you guys the Legos! The Lego replicas of the White House, Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell, + 9 other historic places are amazing. It is free to go to, very worth taking the time to see, but ends at Fashion Place Mall on the 22nd! Fashion Place Mall was so sweet to also allow me to bring my sister & her boys. They even gave her a very well put together gift bag. They took such great care of us, big thanks to them.
My girls were so excited to go, don’t they look adorable in these Statley Type tees?
Our last Annual End of Harvest Dinner was 3 months late and this year’s was 5 months early. Why am I referring to it as the “Annual End of Harvest Dinner” still? I don’t know. All I know is two sisters might be on their way to different states and different phases of their lives. So when Sarah came to visit we smashed it in. Two years I was in charge, then Sarah one year, and this year it was Winston & Laura. It is really hard to win on the years you are in charge. But now Laura & Winston and I are two for two. WHO WILL WIN IN 2016?!?!
So yes I won, ahem, I won this contest again. Two years in a row baby.
I did not document it well because of this thing:
Who since I got back from New Orleans is GLUED to me. It is very slowly getting better, very slowly.
The assignment was to make THE BEST BURGER, FRIES, AND SHAKE. All votes were based 100% on taste this year.
I didn’t document it well. I of course documented my genius plan very well:
Perfect a smashburger at home. Go buy smashburger buns, make the smashburger sauce, watch many youtube videos from the owner of smashburger own how to smash the smashburger. Buy local pickles and ketchup and cheese that taste better. BANG.
Fries. Now I do know two things, #1 I like oven fries better and #2 yellow baby yukons soaked taste buttery, much better than regular potatoes. Then I just found a dip to go with that. It was a buttermilk bacon dip and I also used hickory smoked pepper to season my potatoes.
Lastly my friends. Answer me what is the best ice cream out there? If you said Half Baked you answered correctly. Can you make Half Baked better? Of course you can you fools.
Done, done you guys, done. All of those things are amazing, all of those things will make you win.
During the competition I heard rumblings of Amish cheese, 92% of this or that kind of meat, that budgets should be used from here on out, special bacon, special mustard. My friends, I KNOW WHAT I AM DOING. Who knew what these people were doing:
All I know is I won. And I was presented with a gold ninja knife at the end. And I’ll see you in 2016 suckaaaaaaaaas!
My inlaws left in the morning and we had the rest of the day to wander around. It was so fun and relaxing to spend time with my Brown mom and dad. They are such kind people. We will be thankful for a long time for this trip and the time we got to spend with them. Love you two.
But of course since we are both still 14 years old in our hearts we went to the places mom and dad told us not to. A cemetery that they said lots of muggings happen. And to go walk around the streets of Treme. I had to! It was actually the last day you could tour this very old cemetery. And by tour I mean you were supposed to go with a tour guide but I snuck in and looked down. Why do I love cemeteries so much? I always have. Boy see? New Orleans and Vanessa go perfectly together. Now you have to prove you are a relative of someone buried there or pay a 4 grand fee to go into the cemetery. I guess really awful things were happening with the bodies there by people, and robbers, and by some tour groups.
Isn’t is a beautiful cemetery though?
Treme was interesting to walk through as well. Actually we stopped in this little photography place where the assistant was there. She told us really what is hurting New Orleans right now, the people of New Orleans. And more about really what the flood did to everyone.
We walked down Frenchmen street which I was sad my in laws missed. So many more fun shops to go through and designs to see.
Can someone transplant a New Orleans house to Daybreak for me?
and jazz in the streets. I’ll take that too.
It was a wonderful trip. Tyler & I had a lot of fun together and didn’t squabble once. I did pinch him really hard in the movies one day. Other than that, its nice to go exploring a new town with your best friend.