Princess Chuck turns 3!

I was given free product in exchange for this post. As always, opinions are solely my own.
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When I received the email notification we had been chosen again this year to host a Disney @Home Celebration party, it couldn’t have come at a better time. I was sitting at the kitchen table contemplating baby Bug’s hospital stay the night before. He was still wheezing in the other room and my girly, Chuck, was squirming in my lap for the attention she so desperately needed after a night away from mama. Little did I know we would be headed back to the hospital the next day as Bug’s oxygen saturation dropped dramatically and he became dehydrated. But, amid all the nerves and chaos that happens when your newborn gets really sick, we got this exciting announcement! What a mood lifter!

 

Once the roller coaster ride of our 8 day stay in the pediatric unit had ended, it was time to start planning little Miss Fancy Pants’ birthday party! First, since I knew the theme would be “Sofia the first,” I had to figure out a way to make it coed appropriate. C has lots of little dudes as buddies and I didn’t want them to feel left out if we did a princess only tea party or something. So, I asked the most dapper of guys in our life, Papa bear! He suggested a  “ball.” Knights, pirates and princes would be welcomed to join all the princesses for a fun royal ball! It was perfect! We found a cute template on evite.com and set the date…wheels were in motion!

 

Now, for decorations, food and activities! I had planned so many fun things to do…outside. Our royal ball would be held in our backyard with a projector movie of Sofia the first playing for the duration of the party. There would be strand lights and Chinese lanterns and magical, mystical accents to make our setting perfect. Weeeeellll, the best laid plans, right?! Instead, it rained.

 

We moved as much as we could indoors (including all 60 guests in our 1000 sq. ft. home!) and scrapped the rest. In place of twinkly lights, I hung streamers from the ceiling.

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Where we would have had outdoor garden games like croquet (I really had planned to teach three year olds to play with mallets. For real.) we instead had a dance contest under our covered patio as the warm Southern California rain poured down. We played “freeze dance” and all the kids giggled as if it was the best activity ever!

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With the crayons and coloring book we received in our box, I set up a “decorate the castle” station where everyone could color a Sofia picture of their choice.

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We ate cupcakes from Sam’s club and homemade turkey wraps. I made “princess pops” with marshmallows on sticks with cupcake liners to look like ball gowns. They looked more artistic on Pinterest, but that didn’t seem to affect how quickly they disappeared! The Sofia table decorations got plenty of compliments!

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My favorite detail of the whole shindig was the photo booth I set up! I found three old shutters listed for free on one of my local garage sale pages on facebook. Then I strung together scrap fabric and tulle to make a streamer for the backdrop and placed purple pillows around an ottoman to make a “throne.” The kids all loved having their royal headshots taken!

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When the royal processional was ready to retreat, we sent them each home with a little something special. The princesses left with everything necessary for a pretty manicure and the princes left with either a knightly shield or a pirate band tambourine. I think they were all graciously received.

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Although things didn’t go as we had originally planned, Princess Chuckles enjoyed her special day and has woken up every morning since asking if it was time for her birthday again! Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us and thank you Disney for the opportunity!

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I received free product in order to write this post. As always, opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

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Jamberry, BAMberry!

Ok, so I have been super curious about this Jamberry nail thing everyone is so crazy about right now. When one of my best friends from back home decided to have an online party, I thought this would be a great time to check it out. They have some really cute prints for your nails! Surely this stuff couldn’t really be that great, though. I mean, I am a mom of a VERY busy toddler. We go to the beach and the pool and the park and my manicures always last about 2.5 minutes unscathed. That is when I get them done, almost every NEVER! Unfortunately, the week of her online party, I missed out on ordering because I was mid-travel and I lost track of time. I did, however, manage to win one of her party games due to my uncanny Disney trivia knowledge. That’s a whole other story.

Anyway, when I missed out on ordering from the party I was bummed. But, the Heather announced that she was going to become a consultant and she approached me to do the “7 Day Challenge,” talking about it to all of you. Challenge accepted! She sent me a sample in the mail and the day I got it felt like that day in 5th grade when I got my first pen pal letter! So exciting! I quickly opened the envelope and ogled the adorable prints she had sent me. I promised myself that, tonight, once the nugget was sleeping soundly, I would treat myself.

The best laid plans….

Around dinner time, the kid started melting down. She stubbed her toe or something else just as common that I can’t completely recall right now, and I had to do something to calm her down before she would settle for bed. Instantly, I thought of the fresh little present sitting on my counter in the bathroom! With the promise of “pinkies” as she calls painted nails, we headed to the bathroom for a quick pick-her-up.

She’s pretty pumped about her “pinkies.”

It worked! These things are so easy and quick to put on that even my two year old could sit still for the process. She was so in awe over her flowered ring fingers that the tears automatically dried up. We did her nails on a Monday night and since I’m a mom and my days blur together…I finally took the challenge “after” picture 9 days later instead of 7! I am amazed. The painted nails looked horrible after only a couple days of chlorine and sun and playing in the dirt. But, these Jamberry accent nails still look like day one! If they do this well on a kidlet, I can’t wait to see how they will look on me!

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Nine days later and still JAMMING! Paint looks icky, but the accent nails are hanging on!

When I finally make time to do myself, I will report back and maybe I will have a little giveaway in store, too! Keep in touch! Until then, check out Heather’s website!

I received free product to conduct this review. As always, the opinions are my own.

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