Friday, October 24, 2014

Personalized Children's Book Mother Goose Review


Have you heard of KD Novelties?  They make personalized children's books that will encourage your children to read and enhance their self esteem at the same time.  Children become the stars in their very own story.  These books are fun for the avid reader and can help ignite the magic of reading back to children who might have lost interest.  KD Novelties have personalized photo books, children's photo DVDs, as well as personalized books, music and gifts!

 Mother Goose

I chose to make a personalized Mother Goose book for D for her upcoming 5th birthday!  This is going to be a surprise present for her so she hasn't seen it yet.  I am so pleased with this book.

Here is the front and back covers of our book.

Creating this book on-line was so easy!  KD Novelties has an extremely user friendly website.  There is a fabulous virtual tour of each book on-line allowing you to choose the best book for every occasion.  I loved being able to read the story and see where exactly my personalization would come into the story.  You have the option to auto play through the book or flip the pages yourself.  Once I chose my book, I selected the personalization button to begin making the story my own.  I entered D's name, hometown, a few siblings and a dedication at the beginning of the book.

The beginning of the story has a dedication page.

 We chose to have C and E appear in the story with D.

So, now I have this book, and I like it!  The hardback cover is nice, the printing looks good, and the pages are cut cleanly.  The binding could be a little tighter, but it's not bad.  I have to say that I am impressed and for $9.95 I think it is a superb value.  This would make a great birthday or Christmas gift!

In this Mother Goose book, D is going on an adventure to help Mother Goose find her way home.  Along the way they run into many familiar Mother Goose characters.  I really like that numerous actual Mother Goose rhymes appear throughout the book - Old King Cole, Humpty Dumpty, Little Miss Muffet, Mary Quite Contrary and many more!  D is familiar with many of these nursery rhymes already so I think it will be easy for her to imagine herself in this story.

I have just begun to teach D to read and I really look forward to seeing her excitement when we read this together for the first time.

To purchase your own book visit KD Novelties.  You can also connect with them on facebook and twitter for the most updated information.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

E's Minnie Mouse Party

Miss E the day before her birthday.

E turned 3 at the beginning of this month and I turned 37 a few days ago so collectively we are now 40!  E knew that she wanted a Minnie Mouse themed birthday party and she and I had a lot of fun planning it.  We really didn't do a ton but I made sure to serve some of her favorite snacks and A and B came up with a fun game of Pin the Bow on Minnie!  I used serving dishes to make Mickey/Minnie displays and I think they turned out well. 

  All the kids right before the party in their best Minnie/Mickey attire.

 E's cake

 Inside the cake, there were polka dots.

 These Minnie Mouse Oreos were a hit with all ages!

 My Oreo display.

 Rice Krispies Minnies, these were a bit hard to cut.

 chips, salsa and guacamole

fruit display

I bought the Mickey cheese already cut and served it with crackers.

Mickey F!  A and B made him these cute homemade ears and I adore him in them.

Pin the Bow on Minnie

themed plates and napkins

Hope you enjoyed the photos and if you are having a Minnie themed party I hope this inspires you!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

A Tribute to My Cousin Brigid

My beautiful cousin, Brigid Anna, on her wedding day.

Two weeks ago today, I lost my cousin, Brigid.  She was young, bright and beautiful.  And although she had MS for over half of her life it was a shock.  I have so many memories of us as children.  We were the two redhead cousins and we could make some mischief.  In the summer, we would swim in the pool so much we practically looked liked raisins when we came out.  And then we would stay up way too late watching Nick at Nite reruns.  Of course we would sing the Patty Duke Show's song - Cousins, Identical Cousins! 

You don't expect to lose loved ones that are younger than you.  While Brigid was only here on this Earth for 32 years, she touched so many.  My life will forever be changed because of her.  I laugh more, I appreciate my blessings and I look at peonies with wonder.  You see, Peony, was Brigid's nickname.

If there is anything that I have learned from loss it is that time is so short and faith is so important!  I have no doubt that my cousin is in heaven with God, her Mom and so many other loved ones.

If I have been a little out of sorts the last few weeks I apologize.  Uncle Billy and Mike - Brigid was a treasure and she will be missed.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fall Crafts and Table Display with Dollar Tree


I don't know about you but Dollar Tree is a hot shopping spot for my family.  We visit Dollar Tree for just about every party we have, and we have lots of parties.  Our kids buy birthday presents for their siblings there because they find great items that fit their budget.  We always get Mylar balloons there, only $1!  Everything's $1.....So Everybody Leaves Happy.

Today, I want to show you my new Fall table.  Everything came from and can be found at Dollar Tree, which also means that it is super budget friendly.

The first thing I did was cut some cardboard letters.  I chose to spell out FALL.  Then I took the floral moss and applied it to the letters using my hot glue gun, easy peasy.

 Here I am halfway finished with the F.

 I started applying candy corn using my hot glue gun.

Next, I started my two sided wreath.  One side is layered candy corn and the other side is floral moss.  I like the idea of having a two sided wreath that can be displayed with the candy corn side or the moss side.

I went around and around with the candy corn.

Then, I started to layer it.

Now apply the moss to the back side.

The moss side

My finished wreath!

My wall display together.

 No lid

Next, I cut off the stem of a pumpkin to make a vase.  I arranged the Fall flowers in the pumpkin vase and that was it.  This was super fast.

So pretty.  I think this would be a fun thing to take to a friend just to say hi or hope you are having a great day!

Under the lettering

 Cutting the pumpkins in half

Lastly, I decided to make pumpkin lids for my drink dispensers.  I simply cut the pumpkins in half using a large knife (be careful).  I applied a thin layer of scotch tape along the bottom edge of the pumpkin so no Styrofoam would drop into my drinks.

 Pumpkin halves

 I set the pumpkin lids on my dispenser.

 And here is the dispenser with tea and lemonade.

So, what do you think?  Are you looking to make a Fall display?  Dollar Tree is your one stop shop for everything you need for a Fall party!

For more Holiday craft ideas, visit http://ileavehappy.com/.

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to Dollar Tree for sending me items to facilitate this post.  I seriously love your store and hope to work with you again in the future!  All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, October 6, 2014

ICustomLabel Custom Water Labels Review & Giveaway



Have you heard of ICustomLabel?  ICustomLabel allows you to create unique, personalized labels to use at any occasion making the event truly special.  You can use their labels and stickers to do anything you want, the possibilities are endless!  You can custom design your labels to perfectly match your themed event or choose from hundreds of already designed labels.  Your labels don't have to be bland and boring but they can be colorful, artistic and fun.  At ICustomLabel you can create address labels, candy labels, food jar labels, water labels, gift tags and more.

I was recently given the opportunity through Tomoson to try ICustomLabel water labels.  This was the perfect chance to make some labels for E's 3rd birthday party.  I decided to go with an already designed label, the pink bright striped label.  I love the colors, font and message.  I personalized my labels to say Happy Birthday, Emily's 3rd Birthday.  The website was super easy to use and the customization was a cinch.  In no time at all my labels were delivered.

My labels, aren't they great?

 I purchased Archer Farms water bottles from Target.  The Archer Farms labels came off without much effort at all, making it easy to attach my custom labels.

 Attaching the labels

 Close up of a bottle of water

 Finished labeling the waters

The labels added a fun personalized element, not to mention a cute display.

I also used a few labels on my drink dispensers!

What do you think?  Want to try ICustomLabels for yourself?  One lucky reader will win their own set of 24 custom water labels.  Labels measure 2" x 8", are made of glossy polypropylene material and are 100% WATERPROOF.  Enter the giveaway below and good luck! 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Learn how to build a family legacy with Dr. James Dobson


Have you heard of the new series, Dr. James Dobson Building a Family Legacy?  I am a huge fan of Dr. Dobson!  I am actually in the middle of reading his book Bringing Up Girls so this is great timing for me.  Now I have access to material that easily makes this book a personal study or small group study as well as a teaching DVD.


Our Girls

This new series, Building a Family Legacy, gives parents and churches the vision, desire and resources to inspire families with sounds advice and the tools to turn young hearts to Christ.  One of our repetitive prayers for our children is that they would know Christ as early as possible and that their hearts and lives would be for Him.  Wow, a series that helps offer just that!  These books, films and study materials are designed to motivate Moms and Dads - lifting their families both now and for generations to come.  I love that it focuses on the now and the future, for my kids and their kids and so on.  Count me in Dr. Dobson! 

This is an 8 part series which includes:
 Your Legacy
 Wanting to Believe
 Bringing Up Boys
 Bringing Up Girls
 Dare to Discipline
 Straight Talk to Men
 The Strong-Willed Child and
 Love for a Lifetime

Right now, Family Christian, has a coupon that would be great to use with this series. 20% off your entire purchase of regularly-priced with coupon code SAVE20 at FamilyChristian.com.

Another way to Experience this series for yourself - Simulcasts of Dr. Dobson's Legacy Teaching DVD are airing at thousands of churches across the country today through October 5th.  You can check out participating locations here!

What do you think?  Will you check this series out?  Are you already a Dobson fan?  How are you building your family legacy?  Make sure to check out the  Family Resources from Dr. Dobson; Books & Coordinating DVD Bible Studies

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