4456ab62684ae17244d576b2248ea70ce95c1b08c858edf677 Not Just A Mommy: 05/01/2012 - 06/01/2012
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5.31.2012

Super Dad! Father's Day DIY Pop Art Plate

I've been working on a Super Hero Father's Day shoot that debuts tomorrow! Yesterday, I shared a sweet peek and I'm sharing another peek with a fun craft idea anyone can do!

Super Dad Pop Art CB2 plates

I've always loved these pop art plates from CB2 featured at Anders Ruff's Super Hero party and kept meaning to get them. Of course, once I'm ready to get my hands on them, they are no longer available.  No problem...I made my own!

5.30.2012

Donuts For Dad On Today's Mama


Father's Day is coming! Looking for a clever party idea? How about inviting the dads in your life over for a Donuts For Dad breakfast or brunch?  Check out my Today's Mama post for donut-inspired party tips, including this sweet peek of my Super Dad! Father's Day shoot debuting here this week!

5.26.2012

Graduation Craft Ideas

I know, you've all been waiting patiently for the winner of Sugarsticks Parties giveaway....

Entry #128 Jules S.

Congrats, Jules! The winner has 24 hours to respond, otherwise an alternate winner will be chosen!

Didn't win this time? That's OK, the next one is sooner than you think...plus I'm creeping up on 2,000 Facebook followers and have another fabulous giveaway coming for that!

Today is the last day of Grad Week; first it was party printables, then fun treat and food ideas,  and today, inspired crafting.

graduation craft ideas yarn tassel

Decorate with tassels in your grad colors like these from The Gilded Bee.

5.24.2012

Mini Strawberry Fudge-Bottom Cheesecakes With Lucky Leaf

kiwi crate tiny prints pin it to win it little chef party
Before I launch into today's musings, I'm excited to say that I'm a semi-finalist in Kiwi Crate and Tiny Prints' Pin-It-To-Win-It Contest! Remember I blogged about it? I submitted a Little Chef Birthday board inspired by my little one's upcoming party and now it is in the running. The grand prize is $300 Cash + $100 to spend in the Kiwi Crate Celebration Shop + $100 to spend at Tiny Prints, so my fingers and toes are crossed! Please click here and "Like" or leave a "+1" in the comment to vote for my board.

OK, so back to more pressing matters, which is Memorial Day in a few days. Are you looking for a fun treat to wow your guests with?  Who isn't? We love cheesecake around these parts but it can be a time-consuming process, baking for hours, spring form pans, ugh!  No-bake cheesecakes are just as awesome, and in a clear container look even more special.  I present to you, my go-to dessert, mini strawberry fudge-bottom cheesecakes!
Lucky Leaf Mini Strawberry Fudge-Bottom Cheesecakes

Why yes, those are Pier 1's Mini Bowls and here's what else you'll need...

1 19.6 oz box of no-bake cheesecake (I use JELL-O)
1 21 oz can of Lucky Leaf strawberry pie filling/topping
3 squares Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate
1 Tbsp. butter or margarine

1.  Follow the recipe to prepare your cheesecake crust, then spoon in a small amount into 6 glasses and press onto the bottom.  I used a small squeeze bottle to press the crust.  And yes, you will have a bunch of crust left over...

2.  Microwave the 3 chocolate squares and butter/ margarine on high for about a minute and a half or until it is almost melted.  Stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the butter is mixed in.

3.  Follow the recipe to prepare the filling, then add 3 tbsp. to the chocolate mixture and stir until blended.

4.  Since my glasses are so small, I filled a piping bag with the chocolate mixture to pipe onto, then spread on the bottom of the crusts. You have to move fast, before the chocolate cools and becomes harder to spread.  You can pop the piping bag back into the microwave for a few seconds to warm the chocolate.

5.  Spoon the remaining filling on top, then refrigerate for at least one hour.  Add the strawberry topping when you are ready to serve and voilà!

You don't have to wait until a special occasion to serve a special dessert...check out their easy summer recipes for Frozen Pie Pops, Fruit Smoothies, Fruit Cookie Pie and more at Lucky Leaf.com.

Disclaimer - I was provided the supplies from Lucky Leaf for review and no compensation was given, real or implied. This review is my own personal opinion.

5.23.2012

Graduation Party Munchies

First, it was graduation party printables, now it's the best part, the food! You can serve anything you please, add a few toppers and labels from a printable pack, but a few themed items will hit the spot!

graduation s'more book snacks

How fun are these S'more Book Snacks from SnackPicks!

5.22.2012

Tuesday Tip - Party Like Paula

We are excited to welcome to our family of sponsors, Party Like Paula! She's an up and comer on the party printables scene, check out her Etsy site for fun party packages....

...like her adorable, perfect-for-boys-for-Valentine's Day Heart Crusher set that you've probably seen featured on the Hostess Blog...

...celebrate Kocktails Without Kids...

...or pretty purple with the Love Blooms Bridal Shower.

Check out her blog for lots of creative projects and parties, and follow her on TwitterFacebook and on Pinterest

5.21.2012

Graduation Party Printables

This week, is all things graduation...from preschool to 5th grade, high school and college. Today are a few fabulous new printables that you need to take your party to the next level.

Vintage ABC graduation printables

If you missed my post on my styled shoot and giveaway with the latest collection from Sugarsticks Parties, Vintage ABC, then you are missing a treat.

5.18.2012

Real Party/Fiesta Friday - Vintage ABC Graduation Shoot + Giveaway

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***

Grab a cup of java, this post is full of yummy, and hang in to the end, there's a giveaway!!

Can you believe it's graduation season? Ivona of the fabulous Sugarsticks Parties contacted me a few months ago about working together on creating and styling a new printable set.  My boys' birthdays were already set, but my oldest is graduating from 5th grade (!!!) and I'm having a small graduation party for him and his friends.

We knocked a few ideas around, and decided a vintage look of  old school primers and flashcards was the way to go.  She got right to work and today, I unveil her latest collection...Vintage ABC!
Vintage ABC graduation set Sugarsticks Parties

This collection is perfect for Preschool, 5th grade and high school graduation parties. Transform it into college graduation by focusing on one color scheme and changing your menu for a more adult feel. Of course, it works for End Of School and Back To School parties, teacher appreciation, a baby shower for your teacher friend...well, you see where I'm going...

5.16.2012

We Go Wednesday - SIFF 2012 Films4Families

SIFF Films4Families Seattle
If you live in the Seattle area, you are probably familiar with SIFF aka the Seattle International Film Festival, now in it's 38th year. Check out my Today's Mama post on Films4Families, the Festival's family-friendly film series and be one of the first to see Brave, the newest movie from Disney/Pixar.

5.15.2012

Tuesday Tip - Tiny Prints & Kiwi Crates Pin-It-To-Win-It Contest

Tiny Prints Kiwi Crates Pinterest giveaway
I love anything in a box, which is why I'm diggin' on Kiwi Crates. Imagine once a month your child receives a crate full of fun; all the hand selected and materials and inspiration for kid tested projects related to a theme such as safari, space or colors. From arts and crafts, science activities, to imaginative play and more, every crate encourages curiosity, exploration and creativity!

Together with Tiny Prints, Kiwi Crate is launching their first ever contest on Pinterest to celebrate the grand opening of their highly anticipated Celebration Shop, filled with super cute new party favors and gift crates for kids! It's called Pin It to Win It: The Best Birthday Party Ever, and it's really simple to enter.

What is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? The Grand Prize is $300 Cash + $100 to spend in the Kiwi Crate Celebration Shop + $100 to spend at Tiny Prints! Two runner-ups will receive a $25 Kiwi Crate Gift Card + $25 Tiny Prints Gift Card.  So hop on over, get on the Pinterest band wagon and share your fabulous pins!

5.07.2012

Free Mother's Day Greeting Card from Treat

Treat Mother's Day Greeting CardsMother's Day is Sunday, have you sent a card to the woman who has permanent stretch marks and bigger feet because of you? Don't worry, I can help you.

Treat is a new brand for what was formerly the Tiny Print's Greeting card product line. They have a few great deals going for first time Treat users. Order a free card with Tuesday as the shipping cutoff for Mother's Day cards.  Click on the photo to get started and use the code FREETREAT.

If you have more than one card to send, choose to send  unlimited cards for $.99 each. Click on the photo to get started and use the code AFFTREAT instead (Expires 6/15/12).

If you have already already used one of the offers above, you can use code TREAT199 for unlimited $1.99 cards. Watch out on your shipping options, you can choose the “Send it to me first” shipping option to receive the card free. If you choose “Mail it directly to the recipient,” you'll be charged $0.44 for postage.

5.04.2012

May The Fourth Be With You

As the mother of two boys, I know all things Star Wars well...so of course, today is a high holiday around these parts.

Check out these ways to satisfy the SW fan in your life...

May The Fourth Be With You DIY Millennium Falcon Star Wars

Build your own Millennium Falcon, complete with peg doll characters from FangleTronics.

May The Fourth Be With You The Clone Wars printables

In a galaxy far, far away...party on with The Clone Wars printables from Hello My Sweet...

May The Fourth Be With You Star Wars set Modern Moments

...or with this set from Modern Moments.

May The Fourth Be With You Star Wars cookies

The cookie diva of  The Adventures Of Sugarbelle is cookie-ing it up with her tutorials and has a linky party with reader submissions.

Check out these deals from LEGO...free shipping, minifig and more!

5.03.2012

Mother's Day Tea Party

Mother's Day Tea Party from Fiskars
Mother's Day is creeping up fast! Check out my Today's Mama post full of fun ideas to modernize the traditional tea party.  I'm currently crushing on these tissue paper flowers and tea cup favors...

5.02.2012

We Go Wednesday - Nothing Bundt Cakes

Last week saw the menfolk and I spending a glorious week in Irvine, CA for my sister-in-law's wedding...more on that in a later post. This post is my glorious discovery of what I predict is the next conquerer of the dessert table...bundt cakes!

Nothing Bundt Cakes store case
My other sister-in-law is from Las Vegas and hipped me to Nothing Bundt Cakes, which I excitedly discovered one near our hotel.  Since I live north and such a magnificent creature is not my way, of course, I had to check it out. Pardon the crapola photos, it was with my camera phone...but I think you get the gist.

You gotta love a dessert that comes in a variety of sizes, from the bite-sized Bundtini...
Nothing Bundt Cakes Bundlet in Pinkberry
....to the Bundtlet, which hubby was eating in white chocolate raspberry...to 8" and 10" full cakes. And check out that signature buttercream frosting...mmm...cream cheese and butter.

And yes, we are sitting in Pinkberry, another first for us.  I totally busted out the Bundtlet, and was oblivious to the stank eye the Pinkberry folks were giving me.  Yeah, yeah, we bought stuff there too! The boys were inhaling theirs...

So, as I'm wont to do, I was chatting up the gentleman behind the counter, a kindly fellow named James. When I mentioned I was a Seattle blogger, and oh please, let me take of photos with my crappy phone, he smiled and said he was from Oregon, then whisked off to the back and brought me a Bundtini sampler pack to take home.  That's right, 9 in a box.

 Did it mean carrying it back on the plane, fearing TSA agents would cause it to 'disappear'? No worries, he said, they know his box well, it will fly no problem.  All he asked is that I enjoy them and share with my readers.

Nothing Bundt Cakes Bundtinis
Ah James, you didn't have to ask me twice.  What was in the box, you ask? Lemon, red velvet, chocolate,  and white chocolate raspberry, perfectly frosted in fluted cups that the boys asked if they could keep because the paper is so thick.  Am I raising some hoarders or what?

Nothing Bundt Cakes lemon
All I have to say is there were zero complaints...thick and moist, to-die for frosting, and just enough to satisfy you eating one...you could pop in two, but it will sink in your tummy like a stone and you may regret it later.  Ah, there goes a lemon...
Nothing Bundt Cakes chocolate
And there is the chocolate. The little one will only eat red velvet and chocolate and since he's such a 'connoisseur ' of all things baked, his approval is bested only by Julia Childs. He licked his fingers...

If you have the pleasure of living near a Nothing Bundt Cakes, and haven't been to one yet, you should! The closest I'll be is a rumored Portland store, and that's still a 4 hour drive.  My feelings are hurt.

Nothing Bundt Cakes toppers
Cupcakes rule everything around us here in the Pacific NW, but if NBC rolls up, I guarantee it will definitely knock them down a peg or two. They can be customized for any occasion and with simple flavors, appeals to everyone.  I love how they add flowers to the large cakes, and of course toppers fit perfectly on the Bundtinis.