28 September 2016

From Pinspiration to Reality

I have to admit, my Pinterest game is super weak these days.  I've gotten back in the habit of pinning 5,000,001 things and doing nothing with it.  So sad, such wasted inspiration.  I used to try to do them often (see my Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It posts HERE) but then life kinda happened and I stopped.

Then, last week I shared my fall bucket list (see it HERE) and it got me thinking.  

Enter the Pinterest bucket list!

These are all pins that I have on other boards that are just sitting there.  And you know sometimes certain good intended pins can get lost depending on how long ago you found it.  So I sifted through my boards and started repining them to a new one entitled, you guessed it, "Pinterest Bucket List".  I ready to dig in and get these projects going!

What's on my list so far?

- A weekly clothes sorter for Gav to make getting ready for school easier/quicker
- DIY "Poo" pourri (don't judge me)
- A pumpkin vase
- Kid activities
- Faux fondant
- about 101 recipes that I'm dying to try

What's on your Pinterest bucket list?
XO, Kelly

26 September 2016

Ten Little Things #144

1. Ro's first Gymboree class
2. One of my students that had been out for months due to a horrible freak medical incident is back in class!  Praise God for her healing!
3. My mom was able to go back to full days at work after her surgery
4. A kind gesture from a dance mom
5. Sharing all the fun pics from Ro's party
6. A great 1 year check for our big sweet baby
7. Finally, NO MORE FORMULA!
8. My hometown's annual fall festival (checking that off the fall bucket list)
9. Watching Gav have a blast jumping and making sand art at the festival
10. Ro finally started waving!  He won't do something new until he's ready!

What brought YOU joy this past week?  Follow along on INSTAGRAM for more joyful moments.
XO, Kelly

23 September 2016

Our Fall Bucket List

Yesterday was the first day of fall and I could not be more excited!  This is my favorite time of year.  The scents, the activities, and, being a Georgia girl, the (eventually) cooler temperatures.  A few months back I created a rotating seasonal bucket list (you can see it HERE) and the time finally arrived to change it for fall.

Did we check everything off of our summer list?

Build A Sand Castle
Swim As Much As Possible
Go To The Aquarium

Almost!  And we technically ate snacks while at the beach so, that's sort of a picnic, right?  Sadly, there was no BBQing to be had.  We had some time towards the end of the summer but that's when the weather decided that rain was a good idea.  EVERY DAY!  But we had a wonderful summer filled with swimming and camps.

As for fall, I want to do the traditional fall activities.  I always do!  But this year, I have my heart set on apple picking.  I've never done it and know it will be fun for the boys.

My home town has its annual fall festival this weekend and I'm beside myself.  I can't wait!  This weekend marks the 33rd one and I wouldn't miss it.

I'm also looking forward to getting the boys Halloween costumes together.  Gav wants to be a "firefighter monster" (for Halloween and as a career choice apparently) so it should be interesting.  Or, since he's 4, he may change his mind next week.  Stranger things have happened!

What's on your fall bucket list?
XO, Kelly

21 September 2016

Roman's Lumberjack Bash

Finally the day came for the big party!  I made as much as a could for this one and had been planning it since about July.  Ok...ok...to be honest, I knew his theme from about the time he was born.  I'm weird like that.  Anyway, I wanted to have as much for the party that I could and by starting so early, it was definitely more affordable.

Luckily, a lumberjack theme is a great one for this time of year because many stores are already setting up for the holiday season.  There was plenty of fall and Christmas decor to inspire me!

Perusing Pinterest can be quite daunting sometimes so I pared the menu down to what I knew most people would like and what would be easy to prepare.  Also, with a brunch menu, had to have mimosas and coffee!  After a morning of putting all the food together my house smelled like bacon for a few hours and it was awesome (PS: Baking bacon is the best!)  I definitely bought too many pancakes but at least my boys love them and now they have breakfast until they're 25.

On to the cake/cakes.  Usually, my mom and aunt are in charge of the cake (See Gav's construction cake HERE.  They NAILED it! Ha!).  This year they found an ice cream cake that looked like a log and decided that they would order two.

Come the day of the party however, Baskin Robbin's didn't have our order.  Yep, no log cakes.  But they did give us a delicious cookies cream cake that was even bigger so, ya know, it's all good.  But I definitely wanted a smash cake for Ro.  I had been swooning over all of the "naked cakes" on Pinterest and thought they would be perfect.  Through the hustle and bustle of the party prep, I suddenly became in charge of making the cake.  Now, I've made cake before but not to be presentable or pretty or anything like that.  I've made cupcakes but my icing job is always pretty disappointing but I was determined to give this a shot.

I'm happy to report that it turned out great.  I was (still kind of am) very proud of myself!  The "ONE" topper will have a DIY coming soon to the Pretty Providence blog so stay tuned.  The bear candle is just a figurine that I dug a screwdriver into and hot glued a candle in.  Be careful with hot gluing a candle though, obvious they melt!  (Side Note: The awesome hubby cut the wood slices from an old tree we cut down in our front yard!)

The thank you bags were a fun little addition and something for the guests to take home or eat on the way home.  I also knew that I would have a few smaller guests and wanted to give them a little something extra.  Their bags were filled with some bubbles, red foil wrapped kisses, a glow bracelet, some woodland creature tattoos, and gummy BEARS, of course!

Then it came time for celebrating and smash caking.  Ro quickly got the hang of it and I even snuck a  icing filled kiss in there!

We had such a wonderful time and want thank everyone for coming out to celebrate our burly little lumberjack!

XO, Kelly
PS: Huge thank you to my friend Talie for taking photos for us!!

19 September 2016

Ten Little Things #143

1. Finishing details for Ro's party
2. Ro raiding the snack basket
3. Seeing a student who's gone through some very trying health issues
4. Roman turned ONE!
5. Riding the carousel with my boys
6. Delicious cupcakes
7. Gav got another stripe on his Tae Kwon Do belt
8. My aunt came in town for the party
9. Roman's Lumberjack bash!
10. An easy Sunday afternoon spent resting (and then, of course, cleaning)

What brought YOU joy this past week?  Follow along on INSTAGRAM for more joyful moments.
XO, Kelly