Friday, December 24, 2010

Evidence that Santa Exists!

In case you need some evidence....

It's weird how Santa's snowy footprints smell just like baby powder!

Merry Christmas!!!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Mommy and Me Apron Set Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered to win these adorable Mommy and Me apron set from the fabulous Corey Lee Creations Etsy Page.  My daughter and I will be wearing ours tonight as we make cookies for Santa!  And now for the winner......

Congratulations, Denise!!!!  Look out for a facebook message from me with instructions on how to claim your apron set.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Thank you for stopping by This Mommy Loves and leaving such nice comments.  I hope you'll continue to stop by in the new year and share with me all the stuff that you love!  Here's a list of posts that are all coming in January! 

How to make a photo collage
A fantastic Sweet Shoppe 2nd Birthday Party
Nursery Tour featuring PoshTots bedding and accessories
An awesome before and after (trash to treasure) dining room set makeover



Friday, December 17, 2010

Mommy and Me Matching Aprons Giveaway!

On my recent, How to Make Playdough post, I featured some adorable Mommy and Me aprons by Corey Lee Creations.  My daughter loves these aprons and brings me my apron everytime I start to cook and wants me to wear hers all time. 

Lucky for us, Corey is giving away a matching Mommy and Me apron set to one lucky ready!  How cute?!?!

  1. "Like" This Mommy Loves on Facebook (easy click on right sidebar) and leave a comment below telling me you've done so (tell me your name so I can verify).

BONUS ENTRIES (Each additional entry requires a seperate comment):
2) "Like" Corey Lee Creations on Facebook and tell me you've done so.
3) Go to Corey Lee Creations Etsy Page and to your favorites.  Tell me you've done.
4) Follow ThisMommyLoves via Google Friend Connect and tell me about it.
5) Follow @ThisMommyLoves on Twitter and comment here with your Twitter screenname.
6) Tweet or RT: (1 entry per day, leave direct link)   (sample tweet: @ThisMommyLoves is giving away an adorable Mommy and Me apron set!)

Winners will be chosen via on December 23, 2010.  Last valid entry can be entered on December 22, 2010 at midnight EST.  Winners will be notified via direct message on facebook and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen via

US Residents Only. 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Baby's First Birthday Theme: "Time Flies By/Just Plane Fun"

Check out this ADORABLE "Time Flies/Just Plane Fun" 1st birthday party that my relative, Brittany, did for her son Daxton.  I have never seen this theme before and all the special touches she added were so creative and fun, you can tell that Brittany put a lot of work into creating the perfect party. 
First, here are the flight ticket invitations and envelopes made out of real city maps. 

Boarding Pass Invitations:  Ordered from etsy

Map Envelopes
Brittany found the inspirtation online, but made the envelopes herself.  She asked all of her friends/family who were AAA members to maps of her city.  Then she took a regular envelope and pulled it apart to make a template.  Then she folded and glued the maps to form the envelopes.  If you prefer to buy, here's an Etsy resource.·        

Boarding Pass Holders
 She found the idea here, but made her own. 

Welcome Sign
Welcome / Exit Signs
She used MS Word to make the big letters, then taped the printed letters on the window and traced it out onto the color printer paper

Baggage Claim sign which hung over the Favor Table (such a cute idea)

The Favors

Candy Airplanes and Pilot Wings
Candy Airplanes:  Idea came from here.  She made new gum wrappers (see design attached) with the same airplane graphic as the invitations.  The plane is pulling a banner that says “Happy 1st Birthday Daxton”

Pilot Wings
She  found a wing graphic online and then added each child’s name to the center

·         Each wing was printed on card stock and she glued a locking pin on the back.  She designed the “DAX Airlines Pilot” table tent using MS Word and used a hole punch to attach the wings.

Party Hats

Party Favor Boxes   

Toy Airplanes: Target – pool department

Paratroopers: Target – party department
Signature Biscoff Cookies (purchased at Wal-mart)

She designed the top part of the bag using MS Word, printed on cardstock and stapled it to the top of a ziplock bag of cookies.
Restroom Signs

Main Terminal Sign:  Pointing to the party room

Airport Signs printed on cardstock
Signs were as follows:
o   Passenger Check-In
o   Restrooms
o   Baggage Claim
o   Main Terminal

Adorable decoration (UP inspired)

How cute is Baby Daxton?  He's one of those babies that I get so excited about whenever there are new pics on facebook. Such a cutie! 
Daxton’s Birthday Day Shirt
Daxton's Mom, Brittany, designed his shirt using the same airplane from the invitations and her sister embroidered it on an embroidery machine.

The Birthday Cake

I love a long table where everyone can sit together!
Landing strip tablecloth
She found the idea here, but she made her own using a plastic table cloth white medical tape to make the stripes.

The Exit Sign    

Other elements:
Airplane spoons

Chocolate Airplane Suckers
Brittany says, "I was going to make an airport security xray machine but ran out of time.  It was just going to be a piece of wood painted with a skeleton body hanging (no head) and a whole cut out for the kids to stick their face through for pictures.  I bought a flat skeleton during Halloween from the Dollar Store."

Brittany, this is one of the most creative kid's birthday parties I've seen.  Way to go and thank you for letting me share this with the This Mommy Loves readers!

Looking for more This Mommy Loves Parties?
Check out my daughter Brenna's Pancakes and Pajamas 2nd Birthday
Audrey's Ice Cream Shoppe 2nd Birthday
Marina's Ladybug 2nd Birthday

And Coming Soon:  Maren's Sweet Shoppe Birthday Party!

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

How to Make Playdough

Ever wondered how to make playdough?  Here's a recipe for playdough that my mom sent me recently.  We used to make this when I was a kid and I had a blast making it with my daughter this week.

What you'll need:
2 1/2 cups of Plain Flour
1 1/2 cups of Water
1/2 cup of Salt
2 Tablespoons of Cream of Tarter
2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon Food Coloring
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Put all ingredients (except Vanilla) into a pot on the stove over warm heat. Stir until well mixed and add vanilla. Cook on Warm and keep stirring until it has the Play Dough consistancy (just a couple of minutes).

Check out my cookbook/recipe holder below.  One of the best gifts I've ever received.  I use it all the time.

Here's my little helper bee. This is the perfect project for those kids who love to help in the kitchen.

Check out the adorable apron by Corey Lee Creations

Starting to get that playdough consistency...

Let the playdough cool completely on some wax paper on the counter before sealing it in an air-tight container. 

Here's a little buddy of mine playing with the finished product. 

These Mommy and Me aprons are so so cute!!!  Perfect for Christmas time!  Check out Corey Lee Creations or visit Corey's Etsy Page to purchase. They are made using a kitchen dish towel which is absolutely perfect because how many times do you find yourself grabbing towel to wipe your hands while in the middle of something?  This really made things easier and my little one loved that we had matching aprons.

Great news!!!  Corey Lee Creations is generously donating a Mommy and Me apron set to one lucky This Mommy Loves follower.  Click Here to Enter!!!!


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