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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Let's Taco Bout Case's First Birthday!

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Hey friends! Thanks for stopping by today to "Taco Bout" Case's very first birthday party! Thinking about Case's birthday theme, I was scrolling through Pinterest thinking of my little Case and out of no where thought "what would our little Case-adilla like his party to be?" Lol get it..... CASE-adilla (quesadilla). Anyways! After that random thought a Fiesta was a must. (Also side note: Case's party was the second weekend of October so we had some Halloween decor make an appearance.)

Our adorable invitations were created by a good friend of mine. She has the cutest Etsy shop        
( Pristine Print Co. ) where she designs invites like the one above. I also linked the exact invite at the bottom of this post.


Taco Bar (not pictured) Sorry! We had to do a last minute switch around right as everyone was arriving so unfortunately I didn't capture the actual bar but I had

* Pork Carnitas (in a crockpot)
*Shredded Chicken Taco Meat (in a crockpot)
*Tortillas (Corn and Flour)
* Taco toppings (shredded cheese, tomatoes, cilantro, grilled onions, lime wedges)
* Mexican Rice Casserole (Next time I would half the recipe it made WAY too much)
*Refried beans
* Pineapple and Grapes
*Jalapeno Popper Dip 
*Two different types of Salsas and hot sauce
*Tortilla Chips

.....and MY favorite a CHURRO BAR!!!!

Costco sells huge churros so I called a day before the party and put in an order for 10 large churros. At home Eric helped me cut them down into about 4 mini churros per one. It was the perfect size for dipping and for the little ones that wanted one. If you decide to do a Churro Bar make sure you cut them into mini pieces to prevent waste and mess. 

In the three pot Crock Pot I had one pot of white vanilla chocolate melts, Dulce De Leche ( I followed this tutorial to make my own), and milk chocolate. The chocolate melts did much better in the crockpot than milk chocolate chips so next time I'll just stick to the chocolate melts.

Last but DEFINITELY not least in the food department is Case's birthday cake and smash cake made by a sweet friend of mine from church. She's made Tysons last two cakes (Three-Rex and Toy Story 2) She always does such a great job with taking my vision and transforming it into beautiful cakes). The cake was vanilla with vanilla buttercream and fondant detailing. Holy drool worthy! She mentioned wanting to do a key lime cake and had it been just for me I would have been ALL over that but with all the kids I wasn't sure if that would be what they'd like.


Why play pin the tail on the donkey when you can pin a mustache on a baby!? Lol I had wayyyyyy too much fun putting this together. I took a pic of Case and did a little fun editing to add his sombrero  then had Office Max print it into a poster. The only thing I would change (which may not be a big deal to you) is the quality of paper the poster was. I had them print it on the cheapest paper (totaled $13)  The mustache cutouts I made using my Cricut had painters tape on the back. As gentle as painters tape is, it still pealed off some of the color and paper from the poster, so if you plan on playing a few games you'll either want to laminate your poster or get a better quality paper.

Other than pin the mustache, we rented a bounce house for the backyard for the older kids to play in. We are getting to a point where it's a little more difficult to have birthday parties at the house simply for space so opening the backyard (SO grateful it was a beautiful day) helped so much. We also put a pop up table and folding chairs outside to allow everyone to come and go and have a place to eat and sit.

This sweet boy was so funny to watch with his smash cake. He was very careful and only wanted icing. After a few bites he just got a blank stare and you could just see in his face he was sugared out! He gladly took his milk and chugged the whole thing to wash down the sugar. So funny.


Let's Taco bout decor!

I wanted the backdrop wall to look like you could take a bat and bust it to have a waterfall of candy fall out. Thank heavens none of the kids tried it, but I think it turned out great! To achieve the piñata look, I bought about 10 packs of assorted tissue paper from the dollar store. Take two sheets of whatever color line you are working on and cut in half. You should have 4 pieces now of green in a rectangle shape. I took two rectangles, folded them in half (hot dog style) taped it to the wall using painters tape, then went crazy with fringe scissors! The pic below shows a little better the separate layers and how they were taped up.

The balloons, scissors, flags, and other decor items are linked below for you to check out!!

Look at this blue eyed yummy boy! I had to enlist Tyson's help to get Case to smile and stay still. The only problem is my sweet 3year old was running around trying to make him laugh so 90% of the pics I got were either Case looking at Ty (not me) or blurred of Case wanting to join in lol.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Ohman Halloween 2018

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Old Navy Sale

Hey friends! Today and tomorrow only Old Navy is having their friends and family 50% off sale!!! If you haven't gotten their mailer just text 'VIP' to 653-689. They'll send you a coupon to save to your phone and it's good online or in stores! I went earlier today to return a few items and exchange but A LOT of sizes have already been picked over. I would buy online and either pick up in store or have it just shipped (both to avoid lines and not have to hunt for sizes). Some of my favorite purchases from the sale are linked below! 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Easy Fall Dinner Entertaining Menu Idea With Tyson® Chicken

This post is sponsored by
Tyson Foods, Inc
but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
This post is sponsored by
Tyson Foods, Inc
but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

This post is sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Hey friends! If you're like me, I love having company over but a lot of times I feel a need to make an ornate menu, A LOT of food, or go overboard with decor. Every time we have friends coming, Eric's exact words are "Don't go overboard, just keep it simple". I will admit I am guilty of always making way too much. I guess I'd much rather have a lot leftover than have people leave hungry. That's like a true fear for me. Can anyone else relate?

Monday, September 10, 2018

5 Positive Reinforcement Phrases to Start Using On Your Kids Today

I want to be a good person. I want to be the type of person people like to be around and can count on. I also want to raise kids to be good people and it can be hard to know if you're doing it right or what are the things I'm saying that are going to stick? What are the things my kids are going to remember? Am I patient enough? The list of parenting questions, mom guilt, and stresses of daily life with raising kids goes on.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

8 Momiform Makeup Essentials

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

A Three-Rex Birthday Party

Invitations by LittleWild Design

Hey friends! These last few weeks have kept me on my toes! We had a very special 3rd birthday, my dad and sister flew in town, we FINALLY got our new car! (any guesses what it is?), Ty started pre-school for the first time, and we are in the middle of remodeling our master bathroom!! All very exciting and wonderful things, but all together a little overwhelming! That being said, I am excited to finally share details of our Tyson's birthday party with you along with sources to hopefully inspire your next dino-extravaganza!!

Monday, July 9, 2018

How To Travel Alone with Two, Two and Under. No Sweat!

I'm excited about today's post, but first things first! This post is sponsored by Degree Women, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The Perfect Spring/Summer Leggings