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June 5, 2013

Giveaway: This is Your Book by Ryan Maconochie

With Father’s Day around the corner, we couldn’t pass up giving away This Is Your Book: A Fill-In Journal for All the Things that Happened When You Were a Baby. This beautiful and modern take on the classic baby book is filled with unique prompts, A 30-second commercial during the Superbowl cost… that any father can enjoy filling out.

What makes This Is Your Book so appealing to new dads? It was written and designed by dad and graphic artist, Ryan Maconochie. He wanted to create a baby book that appeals to parents now and captures all the things you would want to share with your child. You can learn more about Ryan on his site.

This Is Your Book is filled with sweet prompts that are specific to your child – You first smiled at… and Your eyes were this color….

Along with these, are great pop-culture prompts that will give your child a pretty good idea of what it was like when he or she was a baby - A McDonald’s Big Mac Cost… and The tallest building in the world was… There’s even a place to write all the names you were considering before you picked the perfect one.

Keep reading to find out how to enter for the chance to win a copy of This Is Your Book just in time for Father’s Day. 

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June 4, 2013

A Day for Dad: Father’s Day Menu and Homemade Gifts


Make this Father’s Day a day completely dedicated to dad. Start off with Bacon Cheddar Biscuits in bed.


For lunch grill some bacon wrapped hot dogs.


Wash the bacon goodness down with some aqua fresca in a watermelon keg.


Show dad some love with a heart shaped bacon wedge salad for dinner.


Follow it up with some Sea Salt + Maple Bacon Chocolates for dessert!


Sew dad a laptop sleeve and a cozy pair of new pajama pants.


If Dad travels, sew a toiletry bag for easy packing.

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June 4, 2013

Peacock Party for Brides, Grads or Birthday Babes

Peacock Party
PeacockPartyImagine my delight when Clare requested a Peacock-themed party for her 6th birthday. We had some fun handmade ideas but also found many cute peacock products on the market. During our research (a-hem, shopping) we found beautiful items for not only birthday festivities but bridal showers, graduation parties and weddings. Classic peacock motifs don’t seem to be going anywhere soon.
Peacock Party
Today I’m going to give you a peek at the party. In another post I’ll share all of the product sources. I’m also happy to turn any of the handmade items into a tutorial although everything we did was pretty simple! Just let me know what you would like to know more about in the comments.
Peacock PartyA few days before the party Clare threw a wrench in the peacock party by requesting a classic “doll” cake. Since I had one for my own sixth birthday and it was one of my favorite birthday memories, I was happy to oblige. I think we pulled in the peacock-theme pretty well. Yes,the peacock princess has a bird on a leash. ha
Peacock Party
One of Clare’s contributions to the decor was a peacock palace bird house.
Peacock Party
With our leftover cake batter, I made these easy peacock mini-cupcakes. I really love them. So cute!
Peacock Party
Peacock Party
All of the girls painted and decorated their own birdhouse to take home. I was impress with how hard they all worked on them. I wanted to keep them in a row here on my windowsill.
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