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Farewell to the Roaring 20s: My 30th Birthday Party



Last month I celebrated my 30th birthday. 30. A milestone, a changing point, a fork in the road. 

If 30 is the age of becoming a “true” adult, then I have felt 30 for at least a few years. For me, no doubt, it is because I had a child at 26. The learning curve on having a child and being the first one in your “circle” to have one, is steep. Fortunate for us, we have had family very nearby for help and assistance. But having a child is a life changing experience, for the better with out a doubt, and has sped up my feeling-like-an-adult timeline. 

So since I have felt 30 for a while I took this milestone as an opportunity to party hardy, and to live young and without cares once again. So, with the not-really-a-babe anymore at my parent’s, I settled in to relive my youth (just a wee bit).

In preparation for the big weekend, lots of deco was made: a Photobooth, props, a banner and balloons. I made a bit and my talented sister in law made a bit. The party was a “farwell to the roaring 20s” themed, so gold and black were everywhere. 

(Photobooth props made by Lu 

 (The black and gold Photobooth was so simple to make and was a blast to play with.)

 



  

(The banner was made by Lu and had such pretty little details.)

Quite a fun party, indeed!

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Links, Love and Moments

The countdown my 30th birthday has started! Eek! And while I will be starting on epic birthday decorations soon (with pictures, bien sur), I’ve been enjoying copious amounts of family time and self love time the last couple of weeks.

We’ve gone to lots of birthday parties, watched some good movies, played with our new favorite puppy, Boogie, gone on hikes and made Valentine cards. I’ve started going to the gym again, got my hair cut and styled, have been doing yoga daily and writing daily. Happy to report there’s been a lots and lots of family and self love going on. Below, is a few highlights…

IMG_1884 I love roasting cauliflower. This recipe is a pretty good sounding. I like the addition of fennel and turmeric.

IMG_1885 My new mantra: food is medicine (This also includes herbs, duh).

IMG_1886 I’ve been reading up on Ayurveda a bit lately. Pretty certain I’m a Vata. What’s your take on this healing method?

IMG_1887 Made these delish banana chocolate bites for itty bitty’s preschool Valentine’s day party. Hard to believe these are a good healthy candy alternative!

IMG_1843 I got my hair did at my new favorite salon, Ananda salon, with the fabulous Laura.

IMG_1832 Until next time, y’all…(adios amigos!) <3

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Moments: A Three Month Wrap Up

So it’s been a heck of long time since I’ve written or posted anything on here. My last post was around Halloween with the details of Elise’s last minute knight costume.

The holiday rush has finally settled and I’m really finding my groove, my place, at my new job (going on 5 months soon!). So now I think it’s an appropriate time to start writing and posting again.

What has happened in the past 3-ish months? Well, for one I have not stopped writing, that’s for sure. I’ve been writing pretty dedicatedly in journals, scribbling away ideas, daily reflections and plotting ways to save the world (or at least the ones around me ;)). And I certainly did not stop taking photos of my irresistible little Elise, who has been going through a “3” stage (3 years old, 3 feet tall and still not quite 30 pounds).

Here’s a visual recap of the highlights of the past three (there it is again!) months:

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Apple picking at Justus Orchard with Tata Alexandra

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Corn maze walk at the Eliada Corn Maze

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Elise’s first day of preschool+the beginning of a crocodile obsession/fascination

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Preschool Halloween party

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Tree decorating+kitty pjs

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The countdown to Christmas illustrated by Tata Lucie

2015/01/img_1693.jpg New Years Eve with toddler Elise=Frozen dance parties, cuddles & bed jumping

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Elise’s hair is finally long enough for her first braid

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A mother-daughter-granddaughter day filled with painting fun at Fired Up, a delish vegetarian lunch at the Laughing Seed and some shopping at Elementality

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A DIY Costume: Knight In Training

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This year, Bastien and I were determined to make Elise’s Halloween costume. We even explained to her that on Halloween you can dress up as anything or one you want to be. And she told us what she wanted to be – a crocodile! (Of all things, she is both scared and excited by).

We even did this with plenty of time to spare so that we could get started in time, but then her birthday happened and her birthday party (that brought in a staggering 30+ people and me swearing that next year we will not have it in our tiny home) and then a whole household of sicknesses that helped us to make excuses for our procrastination.

So with a month full of excuses in our pocket and one week to go before the candy-filled day, Papa Bastien decided he wanted to make a sword out of some cardboard we had lying around. After the sword, came a shield and a realization that it would be a lot easier to make a knight’s costume than a crocodile costume.

So that’s what happened. With our powers combined, Bastien and I made a pretty awesome looking knights costume using only items we already had in our home. I scrounged around her closet and found some sparkly silver tights and a grey hoodie to keep her warm and silvery. Below, I describe how we put it all together.

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Materials & Supplies
•Medium-weight cardboard (lots and lots of it!)
•Card stock or thick paper
•Duct tape
•Ribbon or thick string
•Scissors

Sword
Trace a sword shape into cardboard, cut it out and then slather it in trusty duct tape. Get your little one in on the fun by getting them to color the bare parts.

Shield
Trace a shield shape (roughly a pentagon shape) into cardboard, cut it out and paint it. Find an emblem that you like on the internet, print it on paper, and cut it out. Paste the cut out shape centered on to the shield and paint around it until area surrounding the shape is covered. After this has dried, use duct tape to make handles on the non painted side so that the child can hold the shield properly. Cut out strips of duct tape and tape them together to make two non-sticky strips. Make sure to leave some sticky visible on each end of the strips so that you can tape the strips on to the cardboard.

Armor
Draw out two rectangles on to cardboard that you think would roughly cover your child’s chest. Using a paper cutter, cut out the shapes. Hold the rectangles up to your child’s chest to see if they are too big and adjust as necessary. Paint rectangles with silver/grey acrylic or oil paint. Once dry, cut out two pieces of ribbon, thick string or yarn and tape them to the back of each rectangle so they are near the edges and you are thereby connecting the two rectangles together.

Watch out! Make sure the ribbon is long enough so that the armor can go over the child’s head easily. We made that mistake and had to make some adjustments so that Elise wouldn’t detest putting the armor on.

Helmet
Tape two pieces of card stock together lengthways with duct tape. Continue to cover the card stock on the same side with duct tape. Once covered, place the paper around child’s head to see how big the helmet should be. Once measured, tape the two ends of the card stock together so it is now a cylinder shape. The next part gets a little funny.

Put the cylinder shaped helmet on the child and using a marker, draw outlines of what where the child’s eyes and mouth are. Once you’ve managed to get the child to stay still for long enough to do that, take the “pre” helmet back off and cut out the eye and mouth holes. Put helmet back on child to see how it looks and make any adjustments as necessary (bigger eye holes, shorter helmet length, etc). To complete the helmet, use the duct tape to make the top by closing up the top hole. Tape the top and then from the inside cover the sticky side with more tape so that you won’t be ripping out any hair when the helmet inevitably comes off later in the evening.

What we loved about it:
•It was so simple and pretty easy to make. If mistakes were made, they were easily fixed.
•It was so cheap! We had all the materials on hand, which is the best kind of project, in my opinion.
•It was so fun!

What we would improve for the next time:
•The armor: We would have loved to put a symbol on the armor but since it was last a minute creation, we were pressed for time. I would also like to try creating a fabric-based armor best time so that it would be more comfortable and movable.
•The shield: We should have painted both sides of the shield and adjusted the handles. The way Elise held the shield most of the time made it just look like cardboard and you missed out on the other awesome-looking side.

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<3

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Weekend Wrapup Wednesday: Virginia is for Girls Trips

IMG_1044.JPG What happens when you get 3 long time friends together? That’s right – a girls trip!

This time the trip was filled to the brim with activities – the beach, DC, baseball game, the Smithsonian and lots of delicious food, food, food.

IMG_1049.JPG The Highlights:

Virginia Beach – We arrived there late Thursday night and took a beach walk to the pier. The moon cast a beautiful, eeiry glow on the water and the laughter of teenagers enjoying the last of their summers filled the air. When we arrived back to the hotel, we were disappointed to find out that a very large portion of the beach was “banned” from wading and swimming due to higher than normal levels of bacteria. After we got over the ick factor, we realized we would need to go only a few blocks south to be able to swim in the safe areas of the water.

The next day, we spent our time lounging on the beach, talking about weddings and sipping on some crazy vodka-coke concoctions.

DC: Saturday morning we ventured to DC, checked into our hotel and made our way to the metro. I somehow become the metro guide (probably because I was carrying the metro map, but I’d like to think it was because I have so much experience navigating the  Paris metro) and landed ourselves right beside the Nationals baseball stadium with a fair amount of ease. We made it to the stadium with lots of time to spare so once they opened the gates we did a couple laps to explore our food and beverage options. Let me just say, the beer was absurdly expensive, but, dear me, there was so much time to kill – and come to find out, I really can’t concentrate on baseball, like not.at.all. So I may have had one or two too many overpriced drinks by the end of the night. And oh yeah, the home team won in the 9th inning, just by a hair. 

The next day we visited the Smithsonian Musuem of American History. My fave had to be the Emancipation Proclomation exhibit that gave a brief but inspirational history of slavery, emancipation and the march on Washington in 1963. The original Star-Spangled Banner was also on display and a very large, seemingly endless exhibit on transportation in America. Afterwards, we had lunch with a college buddy of mine and her husband at the Elephant and Castle, which had the most fluffy, salty, perfect pretzels ever.

But eventually the fun had to end and we had to make our way back home. Good times were had, good stories were told and new ones were made.

<3

Note: During much of our “down” time we ended up playing this ridiculously fun game called Heads Up. If you haven’t played it, download it now, grab a friend and get ready for a ton of tears-inducing laughter.