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too cute tooth fairy

too cute tooth fairy
I’ve always had fun crafting Lolo’s Halloween costumes in the past but this year, I wasn’t feeling inspired since work has zapped a lot of my extra energy lately. Lucky for me, Lolo’s preschool theme was all about teeth last week so when I asked her what she wanted to be for Halloween she immediately proclaimed “A Tooth Fairy!” That’s all it took for the costume muse to work it’s magic on me… that .

celebrating gus

celebrating gus
This handsome hound joined our family in the summer of 2008.  We adopted him from a nearby Basset Hound rescue and fell in love with his quirky personality right away.  He came home with us after that first visit and has been making us smile ever since. It wasn’t long before he became a brand ambassador for catching fireflies. He spent his days at our studio office promoting fundraisers, modeling merchandise (remember the silly band craze?) and walking in the .

too cute toddler valentines

too cute toddler valentines
When I was little I loved making handmade valentines for my classmates every year so I thought I would start this fun tradition with Miss Marlo. We picked up some water color paper, liquid water color paints and some pretty paint brushes from catching fireflies to get the project started.  I also colored some tiny hearts with white crayons on the paper before she painted so they would appear like magic when she would brush over them.   After .

truffle making party

truffle making party
Tis the season for decadent chocolates, thoughtful gifts for ones you love and fun Friday nights so I decided to host a little get together with my Kensington Church high school girls small group and took care of all three! I’ve blogged about how easy it is to make truffles before so you can grab the recipe there.  This time I did 3 batches to offer some variety.  They all have the same base of Ghirardelli .

our little firefly

our little firefly
When your mom owns a store called catching fireflies, you know it’s only a matter of time before she dresses you up as one for Halloween.   I know there are not many years left where I’ll be able to influence Lolo’s costume selection for Halloween so I took advantage of dressing her up as one of our ‘mascots’ this year.  I took a stroll through Michaels for some inspiration and found almost everything .

dining under october skies

dining under october skies
I have always enjoyed hosting little get togethers but all too often time gets away, parties don’t get planned and general busyness fills up those calendar boxes. A girl’s weekend trip to the Belong Tour this summer reminded me that I get to choose how I want to use my time and spending time in community needed to fill a few more of my boxes. So when I scrolled down my instagram feed and saw this .

color play spray chalk

color play spray chalk
Miss Marlo has never met a spray bottle she didn’t love so I was quite certain she would have a happy time playing with these pretty primary colors. You most likely already have a few of the ingredients you need to create a colorful sidewalk in your kitchen already.  You could use food coloring to color your concoction or for a more stain friendly option choose washable tempera paints.  I picked up my spray containers at .

party animal cupcakes

party animal cupcakes
Our little lady just turned two! We celebrated her big day with party animal cupcakes inspired by our many trips to the zoo. I got these cute critters at Party City and dolled them up with some frilly ribbon I had around the studio.  You could also use foil pipe cleaners.  I then created a printable page of ‘2’ toppers, used a 3/4″ paper punch and glued them on to sucker sticks.  You can download the .

shaving cream shenanigans

shaving cream shenanigans
Since our lil’ Lolo is almost on her way to being two I thought we could take a shot at dying Easter eggs with her this year. After perusing piles of egg decorating ideas on Pinterest, I decided that the shaving cream method would probably would be the most fun. (classic rookie mom choice, right?) Well, I was definitely right when it came to the fun factor.  She got right into the mix and also .

our curious kitty

our curious kitty
When it came to deciding on a costume for Lolo’s second Halloween, I wanted something fairly easy to make that was comfortable & cozy and it had to be cute (of course). After perusing high and low for inspiration on pinterest, I decided on a kitty cat for all the above reasons and because she is super curious about EVERYTHING plus she is currently copying most things Steve and I do. The cool thing about this costume is you can use .