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Friday, July 12, 2019

Planning Belle's First Birthday - Pumpkin Theme Decorating Ideas

July 12, 2019
Hello skittle biscuits!

I never realized how much planning goes into children's birthday parties! With just a couple of days ahead of Belle turning one, I have so many things on my mind and how to make the party fun for everyone. On top of cleaning our entire home, I am definitely overwhelmed. Here are some details of Belle's party!

This banner was from ebay! It was super inexpensive and easy to put together. All I needed was some tape and 4 x 6 pictures. I recommend using glue if you have it.

Custom cookies from my coworker - Plain sugar cookies with her name on top!

Confetti dots are also from ebay

Felt bunnies and plastic pumpkins from Michaels
Clementines from the grocery also make a great snack and decor item

Goodie bags from target!

Pumpkins and Haybales backdrop
My father was so kind enough to put this back drop together for us!

Custom smash cake from my coworker

-less sugar

Our hello kitty moon bounce came an hour late! @skyhighrentals 
I was so furious and it totally ruined my mood but the kids really enjoyed seeing it inflate so I guess it wasn't too bad! I don't think I will book with them again.

Thank you Maggie Wong for capturing our little girl's special day! We will enjoy these photos forever!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Melissa and Doug Toy - Knob Handle Puzzle Farm Animals

May 20, 2019
Honest toy review for the

Melissa & Doug Barnyard Animals Jumbo Knob Wooden Puzzle 

When I received my order from Amazon, I was so excited to teach Belle how to play with a puzzle and to help with her hand coordination. She has a regular wooden puzzle but for some reason she's not very interested in it.

Upon arrival it was a bit damaged. There is a slight crack in the wood between the animals..
I decided to contact amazon and they kindly sent me another one without charge. Without avail, the second puzzle had the same cracks. Honestly, I don't think it's Amazon's fault or the way they packed the puzzle but definitely the fault of the manufacture/designer.

Even with the cracks, it is still usable. Belle got better and better at placing the the shapes/animals into the correct spot. The easiest/favorite piece is the sheep. 

Overall, the pictures and puzzle works very well and for the price I can't really complain. 
I rate this 8/10, minus 2 points for the cracks. Priced now on Amazon for $8.99