Friday, March 30, 2012

Ford's 1st Birthday Party! (What DID get accomplished)

Family post party

This post is a Two Part Series. Why? Because Friday night and Saturday morning of the party were filled with Urgent Care visits and lots of medication. This first part will tell you what did happen. Part two will cover what didn't happen (on my OCD list)
The bottom line (before you think I'm an over-the-top-mom) is that I love entertaining. While I'm not the chef in the family, I love getting the house ready, making a party playlist, setting up a slideshow, picking out invites, arranging flowers....etc. I made a promise to M that I will not do this for every birthday...I mean, won't we be at Monkey Joe's in a few years anyways? But a good old fashioned house party is my absolute favorite. We work hard on our homes and yards so why not celebrate that hard work with having friends over?

I picked a Cowboy theme for Ford's 1st birthday because it was cute, had plenty of decor ideas, and the invites I found on Etsy were so freaking adorable. Plus we could serve BBQ and beer and it would be a fun party!

So here we go!

LOVE these invites. Mine was a little different saying Bandanas & BBQ for Ford's 1st Birthday

A dear friend told me about this amazing cake lady here in Charlotte. Her phone number will cost you $20...just kidding. You will have to bribe me for it with more than that!

How cute are my sauce labels? NOT. I wanted to have a little NC map with a heart over Western NC for Tomato sauce and a heart over Easter NC for Vinegar sauce. That didn't happen and the sauces never made it into the bottles! But Dad did bring sauce from 12 Bones in Asheville and it was killer.

Dad toasting my hard work with a bloody mary. 

Here are the kiddos gift bags. I found the bags at the Dollar Store. I can't say enough about the Dollar Store! Having a party that includes a primary color as part of the decor helps too. Inside was a rubber ducky dressed as a cowboy and some silly sunglasses. Probably my craftiest endeavor was the labels. I wanted to order them off Etsy but instead I bought a stamp from Paper Source and downloaded a font. Impressed right? Using my old Rockbrook skills!

The spread. BBQ, Coleslaw (Bojangles!) Chips, Goldfish and Buddy Fruit squeeze snacks

Dr. Seuss's Happy Birthday Book for guests to sign and cookies as the take home!

How cute is Ford's smash cake?!

Our buddy Wallace looking mighty guilty! Beer & Juice boxes in the Radio Flyer!

Not so much a smash cake as a timidly poke cake. He loved it!

My sweet one year old

And there's me! Dollar store cups, napkins and straws from Sur la Table. How cute are Ford's friends?

I think the party went well! M's BBQ was perfection and I think all the kids had a good time!

A huge thank you to all my friends and family that came out for Ford's first birthday. A party is just a bunch of decorations until all your friends show up! You all are such wonderful friends and I feel like the luckiest mom in the world that Ford is surrounded by such amazing friends and family!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Weight Watchers Salsa Roll Ups

I know getting back down to Wedding weight is impossible, but I would like to fit into some of my summer clothes!!

Just found this recipe at my local Heroin house...AKA Pinterest....

Recipe from: Weight Watchers Recipes
Points Plus+ 2 Per Serving
  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) 
  • Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp. of your favorite salsa
  • 4 flour tortillas (6 inch)
  • 1/2 cup mexican style 2% milk finely shredded cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder

Mix philadelphia cream cheese and salsa; spread onto tortillas. 
Top with remaining ingredients.

Roll up tortillas tightly. Cut each crosswise into 5 slices

Makes 10 Appetizers (2 little roll-ups per serving)

Nutrition Information:
Calories 90, Fat 4.5 g, Cholesterol 10 mg, Carbs 8 g, Fiber 0 g, Protein 3 g

Points Plus+ 2 Per Serving

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Six Weeks to Sleveless via JJ Virgin

Trying to get into your dream Easter dress like me? (Wishlist Easter Dress)

I found this badboy on Pinterest

JJ Virgin's Six weeks to Sleeveless Click here to take you to the video

Here are a few of her favorite moves:

Upright Rows
  • Bend your knees
  • Hang weights in both hands down by your hips, in front of your body.
  • Lift weights straight up along the front of your body until your elbows are straight out in a T shape and the weights are at your shoulders.
  • Make sure your elbows do not rise above your shoulders.
  • Repeat 8-12 times.
Push Ups
  • Everyone hates these little moves, but Virgin says they are THE best because they work so much at once.
  • Make sure your head and body are in one straight line.
  • Lower yourself with your chest, not your head.
  • Repeat 12 times.
Triceps Dips
  • Virgin loves these because they require no equipment and you can do them anywhere there is a bench or chair.
  • Prop yourself up with your arms behind you on a chair or elevated surface.
  • Arms straight. Feet on the floor.
  • Bend your elbows until they form a 90 degree angle, putting all the weight on your arms, not your legs.
  • Straighten arms and repeat 12 times.
For more information: 
JJ Virgin
Fitness/Nutrition Expert and Author
"Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy"

Monday, March 12, 2012


Sometimes I wonder if my parents let me OD on the dysfunction. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Hodge Podge

I could use the below blips to write 10 posts but because I'm trying to get Crystal Light out of my carpet and want to finish my wine I'll keep this short.

I'm working on this........

I'm getting my haircut for the first time in 6 months. Color for the first time in a year. Pathetic right? I'M SO EXCITED!!!!! Because I have a five-head I need side bangs....Reese?

I'm over my huge baby bag. And since we will soon be off Formula do I really need it? I want something cute for summer that can double as a purse...

Apparently I like the Kate Spade Stevie....

I'm buried deep in the planning process for Little Fucher's 1st Birthday! I went with a Western theme (NO, I don't watch the Kardashians). Is this outfit too much?


I really really want this top but if we all wear checkered shirts it might be overkill..

C Wonder

Too much?

I really really really hope M is working on his Pinterest "Honey-do" list. But a new Xbox game just came out so I think I'm SOL. Speaking of three letter abbreviations....I met the cutest couple this past weekend and I drank all the husband's SOB Bourbon. If anyone is friends with the Atkinson's in Charleston please send BS & Austin a fifth for me!