10th Birthday Spa Party

For Abby’s 10th birthday, she decided she wanted a spa/slumber party.  We really didn’t know where to go with the party as far as activities, favors, etc., but good ol’ Dollar Tree saved us!  We stopped in to find some spa items for favors, and ended up with soooo much more.  We were initially going with a soft spa blue color, but when we got to Dollar Tree, they had a LOT of turquoise items in stock.  What is Abby’s favorite color?  Can you guess?  Yep!  Turquoise! So, that’s how we got our color.  We started shopping in the beauty products aisle, and we found the poofs in turquoise and green, as well as the eye masks.  Abby loved the eye masks!  LOVED them!  Of course, they only had a few, and we ended up going to 3 stores to get enough.  We also included a turquoise towel, and little nail kit, and a cup with lid and straw (which I later embellished with some vinyl and my Silhouette Cameo).  Then, you won’t believe it (because I didn’t) but in going to one of the other stores to get the eye masks, I found a stack of turquoise shirts.  They had just enough in the sizes I needed.  (What a stroke of luck!!!)  Now, for those of you who don’t have a Dollar Tree, I should mention that this isn’t like some of the “dollar” stores (like Dollar General).  I don’t have anything against Dollar General, but my point is that this was a true $1 store.  Yeparooni.  I got those t-shirt for $1 each. Then I embellished those with my… can you guess?  Yep, my Silhouette Cameo.  (I love that thing!!)

Now, I know what you’re thinking…  you gave a poof, an eye mask, a nail kit, a t-shirt and a cup as a favor?   Well… the thing is, this was going to be her last big party, and I briefly considered multiple venues that were very pricey (like Sweet and Sassy, for instance).  But, being at home, making our own cake, making our own spa treatments and having a slumber party was really, really inexpensive.  So, I decided to splurge and let the girls have their own spa in a box.  Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the boxes.  Everything went in a clear shoe box.  Now, the intention was to use the box to soak their feet and then they were going to give each other mani/pedis and paint their nails, make some spa scrubs, then use the eye masks before bed.  But, in actuality, once all the girls arrived, they really just wanted to play!  Since that was the birthday girls wish, that’s what they did.  We also had intentions of making lots of different spa treatments that I found on Pinterest, and I even bought all the ingredients.  But, then we found out that one of the girls had a nut allergy, and every recipe we had called for some kind of nut oil.  So, in the end, we only made one spa treatment that used olive oil, lemon and sugar.  It wasn’t the best recipe, but the girls did have fun making it, and that’s what counts!  Oh, and you’ll notice the white floor.  That was just a white tablecloth that I put down to protect my floor from all the oil and sugar.  {wink}

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Here’s a pic of the girls being silly when they were supposed to be getting ready for bed.  (Yeah, yeah, who was I kidding?)

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www.ourinspiredhome.com * 10th birthday spa party



One more quick note…

I love Pinterest, and I use it daily.  I’ve found thousands of great ideas, projects, recipes, etc. on there.  But, sometimes, let’s get real.  Things just don’t work out.  So, I thought I’d share my experience with one of the birthday ideas I found there.   The idea on Pinterest had balloons filled with helium, and inserted in each balloon was a dollar bill.  Now, I don’t know if it was a $1 bill or a $5 bill or what.  The idea seemed like fun!   The kids get to pop the balloons and out falls some money!  How fun is that?  (I mean, if anyone wants to give me a present, this sounds like one I would enjoy as well!!!  LOL)  But, here’s where I went wrong.  I didn’t want a gazillion balloons.  I wanted ten.  Yes, exactly ten, because it was my daughter’s 10th birthday.  But I thought that it would be more fun to have lots of $1 bills raining down that a few larger denominations.  So, off to the bank I went, and there I got my stack of $1 bills, which I promptly took to our grocery store where I was getting the balloons.  When I arrived, the lady behind the counter was all the sudden swamped with a bunch of people needing floral arrangements.  So, after a very brief discussion, I started rolling all the dollar bills for stuffing.  Finally they were ready to stuff, but alas, the balloons I brought (in turquoise) were not big enough.  Yep, that’s tip #1.  Make sure the size of the balloons is large enough to hold enough helium to keep the balloons and dollar bills up.  They didn’t have turquoise, so I decided on a silver color, and started stuffing, while the kind lady was still helping other customers.  Well, after I stuffed all the $1 bills into the balloons, and she came over to help me, she put helium in the first balloon, and it wouldn’t fly.  Turns out that you can’t put multiple dollar bills in each balloon.  So, that’s tip #2.  Only put 1 bill (of any denomination) into each balloon.  I then had to unstuff all the balloons and take all the $1 bills that I had just gotten from the bank, and exchange them with customer service for larger denominations.  Each balloon had a different amount in it, and they had 2-3 bills in each, and once filled, they flew.  But, I stand by the 1 bill in each balloon, because an hour after getting them home, they were all droopy, and by the time I was ready to put them out, they were a foot or two off the floor.  So, I ended up having to tape them and let them hang.  Quite honestly, that worked just as well if not better than having them fly.  So, tip #3 is just skip the helium altogether and blow them up with your own hot air!  hee hee    Then you can use whatever kind of bills you want.

Having been through all that, would I do it again?  ABSOLUTELY!  She had so much fun getting to pop each balloon and having all the money fall down, and then scooping it up and counting it.  The only thing I’ll do differently is that I’ll skip the helium part next time and just hang them.  ;)

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www.ourinspiredhome.com * birthday balloons full of money


Construction Baby Shower

My lovely little sister was pregnant with her 3rd baby, and she didn’t find out what she was having.  I’m a planner, so I think she did it just to annoy me.  (You know how sisters can be.  ha ha)

She and her hubby already had 2 beautiful daughters, and when I say beautiful, I mean BEAUTIFUL, not to mention smart and fun.  So, having another daughter would have been wonderful.  But, they kinda wanted a boy, and SURPRISE!  That’s what they got!  :)

My brother-in-law is a diesel mechanic and they decided that they liked that name… Diesel!  I *love* it!  It’s unique and so masculine.  I don’t think it would work with every occupation.  For instance, my husband is a chemical engineer, and I don’t think that would fly.  Nor would photographer or blogger.  Oooooh… unless I named a little boy Canon.  Now that’s kinda cool.  But, I’m not pregnant, nor do I plan to be, so I digress.

We planned to go up to see the new addition after my daughter got out of school for the summer, which luckily was right after he was scheduled to arrive.  Not knowing at the time whether he was a boy, we decided to go with our gut and we started planning a shower.  (If little baby Diesel would have been a girl, they didn’t want a shower because it was their 3rd and they already had everything girly that they would need).  We decided on a caterpillar theme, but not like a cute little green caterpillar.  We went with a CATERPILLAR shower, as in CAT tractors and big trucks, etc.  I know black and bright yellow aren’t the typical baby shower colors, but it worked for this theme, and turned out pretty cute!

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www.ourinspiredhome.com * construction baby shower

I used my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo to make the “Diesel” banner and the “re-fuel here” signs.  I also used it to make some vinyl trucks to decorate the walls.  But, my favorite part was the onesie decorating station.  I bought a bunch of white onesies in various sizes, and then I cut out various designs on heat transfer vinyl.  Each design was cut out and put at the onesie decorating station with an iron.  Each attendee got to choose their favorite design and iron it on to the front and/or the back of the onesie.  (I made special “CAUTION” ones for the butt.  ha ha!)

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www.ourinspiredhome.com * baby shower iron-on onesie station using Silhouette Cameo



Custom Concert t-shirt

My 9 year old was invited by her best friend (and parents) to go to the rodeo, carnival and concert (Kenny Chesney!). So, she and I decided to make the two girls customized t-shirts and surprise her friend.

From the Silhouette software, we went to the online store using the little mouse icon on the left menu bar. We searched for palm trees (since so many of Kenny’s songs are about the beach and he uses palms in his own brand). We ended up choosing the “beach palm tree & sun” graphic. We also needed a heart and chose one called “‘love you’ heart”. Please note that when we browse for graphics, we look for the overall shape, since we rarely use something exactly as shown. This is the perfect example, since our final graphic looks nothing like either of the graphics looked originally.  My 9 year old helped me decide on the graphics and the fonts we used. (We used “GoudyOlSt BT” for the ‘I’ and ‘KC’, and “MA Sexy” for the name on the sleeve.  We ungrouped the graphics, and did a little cleanup getting the palm trees and tilted heart to merge.  Then, we went for the cut!  We used the smooth heat transfer material in white from the SilhouetteAmerica.com store: http://www.silhouetteamerica.com/?page=shop&cat=6  This was the first time I’ve ever used this product, and I was nervous.  But, the whole project was easy from start to finish!  It cut so nicely, and was easy to remove and place on the shirt.  A quick iron and I was done.  We were both so pleased with the final project!

concert t-shirt

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