Olympic Games 2013

I think there were a few moms giving me the stink-eye when they arrived at this party. Rest assured, fellow parents, this party took the better part of a month to plan, organize, and execute. It involved driving to multiple Targets looking for the right sizes of white t-shirts, carefully planning the movement of the teams around the activities only to throw the plan to the wind once it started and soccer took 5x as long as all the other sports, figuring out how to structure the awards so everyone got medals, but the individual winners also got acknowledged, building things, crafting galore, and of course watching the weather predictions for 10 days straight!

It was a little like child birth. Totally scary, super exciting, and slightly exhausting. My son is already asking for Olympics 2014, so hopefully in 11 months all that I will remember are these sweet moments.

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Parade of Nations (complete with downloaded National Anthems of all the countries as well as the Olympic theme song.)

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Events: Long Jump, Gymnastics (seat jumps/min), Basketball Around the World and Knock-out, Soccer Around the World

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Good Sportsmanship and Team Spirit were acknowledged with trophies

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Happy 8th Birthday!

I tucked my son in last night telling him the story of what I was doing at that time 8 years ago. Calling my mom to have her get on a plane, calling the doctor and hoping he would tell me it was time to go to the hospital, quietly cursing the lamaze instructor, etc.

Then he woke up to this…

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A little visual reminder of all of his past birthdays.

And donuts in the shape of an 8.

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And 8 balloons.

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Tasty Cakes

I have a confession to make. I cannot bake a cake. {And I am not Dr. Suess}

I have outsourced every single birthday cake and cupcake ever presented to my children. Although, I once attempted to make gluten-free cupcakes for my son’s class and they turned into chocolate dust as soon as the kids took a bite. I was not thrilled to be cleaning that crumb explosion off the floor.

Learning how to bake a delicious (most important) and beautiful cake is on my 40 before 40 list. I have a few years, thankfully. This is my goal:

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(from top left: bbcgoodfood.com; sweetapolita.com; sweetapolita.com; ohhappyday.com; mybakingaddiction.com; stylemepretty.com; dessertsforbreakfast.com)

But in the meantime, this is where I go for the most delicious offerings in Los Angeles.

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(from top left: susie cakes; vanilla bake shop; hotcakes; babycakes (vegan and gluten-free); sweet lady janes; hansen’s (cupcake); huckleberry (my go-to for take out treats like donuts, caramel bars, cookies, croissants.)

Boy Easter {Bucket}

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Boy Easter {Bucket}

There is no reason a little boy wouldn’t love a stuffed bunny as much as a girl, but my son loves these Beanie Boos. They are pretty irresistible with those big eyes!

Land of Nod Bucket; Melissa and Doug Pick-Up-Stix; Beanie Boo Elephant; Tattly Tattoos; Jelly Beans and Chevron Bags from cutetape.com; Hammond’s Caramel Marshmallow Egg

Girly Easter Basket

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Girly Easter Basket

I shouldn’t say Easter basket when I really mean, Easter bucket. I am forever trying to figure out how to store those cumbersome baskets for the 364 days in between Easter. This year I’m going practical and reusable.

Land of Nod Bucket; Jellycat Bunny; Urbanic Card; Essie Nail Polish; Jelly Beans in chevron printed bags; Paper-Source Bunny Lip Gloss; Hammond’s Chocolate Bunny