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Friday, February 27, 2015

Addie's Tea for "2" with Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party

Find other posts about Addie's Winnie the Pooh birthday party here:
Easy DIY Tissue Paper Flower Poof Decorations
DIY Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party Garden Marker Food Signs
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Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

Addie's second birthday in November was a delightful celebration! Since I knew it was likely my last year to pick her party theme, I decided to add a little vintage flair. Because MY second birthday party was Winnie the Pooh themed and Addie has loved Pooh this year, it seemed like a perfect fit. I went with a slightly more unconventional theme, though: Tea for "2" with Winnie the Pooh was my official inspiration for the party. I had no issue with a normal Pooh theme, but I was able to do so many more girly decorations with the modification!

Fireplace Decorations for Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Hunny Pot, Flower Poofs, Teapot.

The fireplace decor was not too difficult to set up - I made a banner in the party colors of light pink, hot pink, teal, lavender, and white using my Silhouette Portrait. I made the Tissue Paper Flower Poofs from tissue paper I found at Target. The center ruffle was made from crepe paper, the Pooh was from our toy collection, and the orange teapot is part of my prop collection. The Hunny Pot is a basic terracotta pot that I painted - tutorial for that is coming soon!


I threw in the butterfly accents at the last minute - so sweet for a tea party, don't you think?

Silhouette Portrait Banner for Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

Addie liked all of the Pooh characters on her banner!

Tissue Paper Flower Puff Decorations. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

The Tissue Paper Flower Poofs made a big statement with very little effort. I love them - have been making them since the days when I threw tea parties for little girls at the library where I worked.

Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

I decorated with various Winnie the Pooh characters, more butterflies, and vintage hats from my costume collection.

Easy Ruffle Streamer Decorations. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

Ruffled Streamers (made using this tutorial from Dana Made It) are one of my favorite easy decorations, especially for girly parties.

100-Acre Wood Wooden Sign. Front Door Ideas. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

I like to add some decor even to the outside of the house when I'm party planning, as an indication of the fun inside! When I did Lincoln's second birthday, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse signs (free printable here) were a big hit. Andrew took on the task of crafting a 100-Acre Wood sign for Addie's party and I love how it turned out. I hung another hat on the front door.

Front Door Tea Party Decorations. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Bee Favor Bags. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

Our party favor bags included Pooh board books, Pooh stickers, honey sticks, GoGoSqueez applesauce and a few other trinkets for the kids.The bee bags were purchased last year on clearance at Target after Easter.

Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

I continued the flower poof and ruffle streamer decorations throughout the party area.

Vintage Hats. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

More vintage hats and our collection of Pooh plush toys completed the look!

Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

Vintage Piglet and Pooh Plush Toys. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

We even included the Pooh and Piglet from my childhood - I received this Piglet for my second birthday! Could it be more perfect?

Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

We had a set of Winnie the Pooh bath toys out for the kids to play with, as well.

Vintage Hats. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas. Come to tea with Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Christopher Robin.

It's time to move on to the table display!

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

I used a lacy tablecloth and patterned china to go with the tea party theme.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

I didn't have any really fancy food, but no one seemed to mind! I'm more about the decor, anyway!

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

My Pooh garden marker food signs were probably the cutest part of the table display. Or, maybe the Hunny Pots.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

The Honey sticks were such a huge hit! I would never have expected it, but everyone really enjoyed them.

Birthday Cupcakes. Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

We're in the middle of fighting a battle against tooth decay, but I still couldn't imagine a party with no cake.

Vintage Teapots. Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

We served drinks from teapots and used teacups for everyone - china for grownups, and plastic for the kids.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

I actually created almost everything for this party in an 18-hour time period, so I was really happy with how everything turned out.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

My little princess had a lovely time sipping tea and munching cupcakes at her party! I know that this post is already photo heavy, but there are a few more pictures of Addie enjoying her party that I just have to share!

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Pooh Dress & Headband by Adelaide's Attic. Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Dress and headband by Adelaide's Attic.

Tea Party Table and Food Display. Disney Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tea Party Decorations and Theme for Toddlers. 2nd Birthday Party Ideas.

Happy Birthday, baby girl! We can't believe you are two!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cook Up Some Imagination with The Queen's Treasures {Vintage Stove Review + Giveaway}

Disclosure: I received a sample toy to review. No other compensation was received and all views expressed are my own. 


When I was nine years old, I received one of the most treasured gifts of my childhood: a doll named Molly. She was quickly promoted to the highly coveted position of favorite toy and spent the next several years being lovingly dragged with me everywhere. I dressed like her, I pretended my best friends had the same names as her best friends (seriously), and naturally, I poured over the magazines depicting her collection of accessories and outfits and made long wishlists of all of the things I thought she needed to have.

While I did receive a lot of items for my doll collection (maybe even too many - but I honestly did play with them), I never really had any large furniture items to enhance her world. I made up plenty of things for her to play with and all was well - but that doesn't mean I was not excited out of my mind when this particular review item arrived at my door this month!

Yes, even twenty years after my beloved doll entered my world, I can't wait until my daughter is old enough for me to pass down my doll collection to her. And while I don't want her thinking that she needs every accessory on the market, I will definitely be turning to The Queen's Treasures for some beautifully designed, historically accurate outfits and furniture pieces.


Founded by "Queen" Joann Cartiglia, this small business based in historic Stroudsburg, PA has grown quickly with the national demand for 18" doll clothing, accessories, furniture and the "wow" factor. The company's Bake Shoppe won the Top Toy for 2013 for Creative Play from Creative Child Magazine. 

I find the selection of historical playthings so refreshing! When I was a kid, I devoured every piece of historical fiction I could find, and loved pretending to be from an earlier, simpler time. There are plenty of 18" dolls that offer modern attire and accessories, but I find the historically accurate collections to be so much more vivid and endearing. I hope that my daughter feels the same way!


We received the Vintage Style Stove for review. It is sized for 18" dolls and features wooden construction that is painted in cream to represent the enameled look of years gone by. There are four stove top "burners" (they don't actually heat - no worries), a main oven with removable baking rack, a broiler, and compartments for utensils and warming. With four compartments altogether, there is a lot of space for pretend baking to take place. The Stove is 9 3/8" tall.



The Stove is part of the 2015 design series, which features life during WWI. Outfits and accessories from the brave Salvation Army Doughnut Girls, vintage stoves and an antique sewing machine are samples of the available designs for this year.


The attention to detail on this piece is excellent. I love that each cabinet opens and closes with just a gentle tug. All but the compartment on the top right are equipped with a magnetic latch to keep the door in place.



The attention to detail is lovely and I can tell that this is a quality piece that should stand up to many hours of little girls playing with it! It is sturdy and heavy enough that it will not fall over with just a bump.


Does your daughter have an 18" doll? Would she love this accessory?


Make sure you follow The Queen's Treasures on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for all of the latest updates and new product releases!

Giveaway

One Director Jewels reader will win a Vintage Stove from The Queen's Treasures! This giveaway will end on March 11 at 11:59pm CST. This giveaway is open to US readers only. Winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or prize will be forfeited.

To enter the giveaway, follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below (you may need Javascript enabled to see the form and it may take a moment to load)! Once you complete the first entry, the other options will open up so that you can complete them as well. All of the "extra entries" are optional - you can do just one, or as many as you want! Winners will be contacted by email. Good   luck!

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Disclosure: I received a sample toy to review. All opinions expressed are my own. For more information, you can read my Giveaway Policy and my Disclosure Policy.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

8/52



 "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2015."

Lincoln - surrounded by Octonauts gups on his birthday. Happiness defined. 

Addie - for sure, my healthiest eater.

Linking up at Practising Simplicity.  

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Lincoln: 4 Years Old

My boy is four years old. If you ask him, he'll tell you that he is still three because he doesn't "feel like four" yet. He's the most inquisitive, awesome, amazing little man on this planet and it's such a joy to be his mama.


Lincoln,

I can't believe that you are four (whether you think you are or not). It seems in some ways that you were just born yesterday. Four is halfway to eight, which is halfway to sixteen...which scares me to death, so I'll just back off that train of thought right away. Your childhood is going by way faster than I ever imagined it would.

Your delayed speech is a thing long forgotten. People always told me "you just wait until he talks, and you'll wish he'd never learned" - but while some nights I do breathe a little sigh of relief when the house is quiet but for the sounds of you and your sister breathing, that warning could not have been further from reality. I love hearing you talk. I love talking to you. I love that we can now have conversations and talk about the way things make you feel. I love that you have your own opinions on everything and yes, I even kind of secretly love the screaming dinosaur "roars" that terrify your sister out of her mind every.single.day.

I love your over-eager willingness to help and I try to let you whenever I can because your devastation when you are told no is so utterly heartbreaking. You want to be involved in every single thing that is going on, and at least five hundred times a day, you ask me "how come?" You never say "why" and I kind of love that you've adopted your own version of this common childhood question.


You get stronger every day, I think, and you don't really know your own strength. You routinely bowl over your sister and hit mommy in the legs with your head. It's not always on purpose, but we're trying to learn about being gentle either way.

Last summer, I realized that you don't play with cars the same way you once did. Right now, your favorite things to play are Octonauts (we have so many toys I've actually lost track) and puzzles. You're exceptionally talented at big floor puzzles - we have an outer space one that you can do all by yourself!

When you play, you have so much more imagination! I routinely hearing you inventing conversations between your cars, or pretending to be Captain Barnacles when you are playing Octonauts. The cars tend to get grouped by size ("daddy cars," "mommy cars," "brother cars," etc.).


We're still working on night time potty training, but other than that you can go all by yourself most of the time. We almost made it to age 4 without another major injury, but last week you had stitches in your chin. You handled it like a champ and haven't even worried about it since it happened.

We started preschool in the fall, but haven't been able to keep up with a consistent learning schedule. I think it may have been a little too much to expect of you at age three, anyway. We've done more unschooling this fall and winter, and as a result you know most colors, the alphabet, and you can count to sixteen or seventeen. We'll do a more official preschool this fall and I think we'll all be ready for it.

Your favorite books right now are Stanley's Garage, Stanley the Builder, Stanley the Farmer, anything about Curious George, and the Usborne Pull-back Busy Train Book.

I haven't heard you call yourself "Inky" in weeks. I almost can't bear it.


You love going on adventures, and every day you want to know what the plan of action will be. If we're searching for something (or if we're in a store), you like to say "let's split up to cover more ground!" In stores, that's frightening for mom!

You learned how to use Netflix within a day or two of our having a subscription. You relish the freedom of being able to choose your own show to watch and put up quite a fight when I say we have to let Addie choose, too. Your favorite shows are Octonauts (of course), Clifford, Wild Kratts, Busy Town Mysteries, and LaLaLoopsy (which mom and dad really can't stand).

You and Addie are best friends, though you spend more time bickering with each other than playing most days. Maybe that's not entirely true. The screeching and fussing at one another seems to occupy a good portion of our time, however. She wants to do everything that you do and you're not always thrilled about it, but we're working on helping you understand that she looks up to you and you need to be a good example.

Sleeping is still not great, but it's also not terrible. You go to sleep around 8-8:30pm, wake up sometime between midnight and 3am to crawl in bed with mom and dad, then sleep until maybe 6:30 or 7am. A couple weeks ago, you slept in until almost 9 two days in a row and I thought we had a miracle on our hands. Unfortunately, it didn't last. I think you are actually tired most of the time, but you run so fast and fight it so hard that you don't even notice.

Food has taken on a whole new meaning in your life. You've been on a somewhat special diet for several months because I was pretty sure you had a cavity forming on one of your front teeth (good news: that's cleared up now), but in January we went to a specialist as suggested by our chiropractor. She ran some tests and determined that you have a pretty significant yeast imbalance, so we are currently on a diet that consists of no dairy, egg, wheat, gluten, and oats. You have done so much better with all of this than I expected, but finding meals to eat has been a little bit difficult. We're still trying to get you to eat vegetables, but they are hidden in smoothies regularly and you swallow small pieces of them without much fight. You're also able to swallow small vitamin supplements, which is amazing! We're not sure if these diet changes will be permanent or not, but thankfully you've adapted just fine - and I think your palate will continue to improve as your body is healthier and we are able to find more options for you to try.

Most of your shirts are 5T and your pants are 4T. You weigh 42 pounds.


I'm not sure I know how to put into words how precious you are to me. I can't believe that you are four, and I really can't believe that means we are on our way to age five. FIVE. For today, I'm going to enjoy my busy, wild, exhausting, wonderful four-year-old Lincoln as much as I can. Here's to a magical, wonderful year of your childhood together. It may be the best one yet.

Love,
Mommy


Past Birthday Letters to Lincoln

Friday, February 20, 2015

Interview with Lincoln: 4 Years Old

The little boy who made me a mommy turned four years old yesterday. I'm not really emotionally ready to address that yet, but I didn't want to miss the chance to see how his answers have changed in our annual Birthday Interview. You can view the answers from his age two interview and age three interview for comparison!

When I first started the conversation with him, it went like this:

How old are you? Four

What makes you happy? Three! Nothin', nothin', nothin'! Just nothin'.

and continued that way through the next five questions, so I gave up. Later in the day, I started asking him a few questions at a time and managed to come up with more realistic answers!

30 Questions to Ask Your Kids on Their Birthdays - Interview with Lincoln, age 4, at directorjewels.com

(my notes are in italics)

How old are you? Four

What makes you happy? Nonis (macaroni and cheese) and macaroni and cheese and pizza! And cheese! He's on a dairy-free diet right now, so he's missing this stuff a lot!

What is your favorite toy? Octonauts!

What is your favorite stuffed animal? Clifford the big red dog.

What is your favorite real animal? A polar bear!

What is your favorite thing to sleep with? Nothing! The answer is actually Mommy.

What is your favorite color? Blue! Just blue! I just like blue! That's my favorite color.

What is your favorite fruit? All of 'em. (apples, pears, strawberries)

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cereal!

What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Noni...no, pizza!

What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner? Nonis and pizza.

What is your favorite drink? Water! Just real water, not Vitamin C! Last week, he had a cold and I made him drink Vitamin C powder dissolved in water. He was not impressed.

What is your favorite dessert? Candy bar (Larabars) and marshmallow.

What is a food that makes you want to puke? Vitamin C. "What about vegetables like carrots and broccoli?" And carrots are yucky, I forgot!

What is your favorite thing to do? Play in the snow and get pizza and have cereal. And playing Octonauts.

What is your favorite TV show? Octonauts.

What is your favorite movie? I don't like long movies!

What are you really good at? Running and walking.

What is your favorite song? Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

 Who is the Coolest Person on Earth? Me! I'm the goodest, coolest person! Oh boy. 

What do you and your mom do together? Bake cakes (ummm...I don't think we have actually done this all year) and play Octonauts!

What do you and your dad do together? Play Mario game. That's all the things I can do! Oh, and play with my car.

When you were little, what did you do? I don't know. Crawl! Go outside and play!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? The puppy shop. (This may be the pet store? He's never been to one!)

What do you think your parents are too strict about? (He didn't understand this question. I think he finds it ridiculous that we don't let him lick us, we don't like water thrown out of the bathtub, and we limit how fast he can run in the house - especially after he split his chin open last week.)

Who is your best friend? Grace and Connor. No, Bun and Pa! "What about me?" Oh, and you, Mommy. And Daddy. And Addie, too!

What are some of your favorite things to say? Nothing! Fa-fa-fa-faffffffff. Woof, woof. (followed by lots of random, silly noises.)

What is your favorite thing to do outside? The swingset!

What is your favorite book? Pigeon! by Mo Willems.

What do you want to be when you grow up? An "ambience" (ambulance) driver.

This whole birthday interview thing? It was SO much more fun this year, now that he has a wide range of ideas and opinions that are all his own. I'm so glad I started this series two years ago, because the full collection of interviews is going to be priceless when he is grown!

Birthday Interview: 30 Questions to Ask Your Kids Every Year on Their Birthdays at directorjewels.com

Questions compiled from A Beautiful RuckusAli Edwards, and Paper Nook.  Thanks!
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