Hadley’s 2nd Birthday

Last weekend we celebrated Hadley’s 2nd birthday with family & friends.  How is that even possible?!  It seems like just yesterday I was rocking her to sleep, curled up in a ball on my chest.  Time, you sure are a thief.

Her party theme was donuts & brunch.  I get so excited for birthdays, especially the children’s.  There is something so magical, a day just to celebrate them.  I go a little Pinterest crazy the weeks before, trying to make things extra special.
//Donut Floatie //Dress //Necklace On the menu was brunch-y foods, including this delicious egg bake, pink punch, and a fun donut bar with all the toppings!  We picked up donuts from our local bakery & mixed up homemade vanilla and chocolate buttercream frostings.  It was fun to see all the varieties guests came up with.  So many family members came out to celebrate, in a snow storm to boot!
We have one very loved little girl, that’s for sure.   

The day of her actual birthday we hung out at home and kept it low key.  Kyle came home from the grocery store with flowers for the birthday girl and I about lost it.  It was one of the sweetest daddy/daughter moments I have witnessed.  ♥ ♥
That night Hadley helped make dinner (she loves to cook!), we played tried to play Candyland, and sang Happy Birthday about 10 times… she was all smiles the entire time.  Overall, I think she had a pretty great birthday celebrated with lots of love.

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14 Days of Love Notes

It’s February 1st, you know what that means…
Valentine’s Day is upon us!  We usually keep it low key here, dinner & a movie at home and some fun treats for the kids.  This year I wanted to do something out of the ordinary and let the hubby know just how much I love him, with a love note everyday leading up to Valentine’s Day!  This is a fun, sincere way to let someone know you care about them.

I am sending my loves notes through text, so he will know just when I am thinking of him!
You can do this with your kiddos too; make it fun and hand write your notes, then place somewhere for them to find (think lunchbox, bathroom mirror, pockets).    

(sent to my husband this morning!)

Simple words of affirmation can really remind someone that they are loved and appreciated.
“If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it.” Ruthie Lindsey

If you need a little inspiration to get you started, here are a few ideas:
– You make me happiest when…
-I love you because…
-Thank you for…
-I cannot wait to…
-L is for…
-O is for…
-V is for…
-E is for…

And for the kiddos:
-I’m so proud that you…
-You make me smile when…
-You are the best at…
-You are….(kind, funny, smart, beautiful, handsome, hardworking, loving)

Now get to it and make someone feel loved today! xoxo

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Christmas Traditions

♪ ♫ ♬   “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…With kids jingle belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer…It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”  ♪ ♫ ♬

Kids jingle belling; that’s my 1 1/2 year old.  All day “JINGLE BELLS!  JINGLE BELLS!”, the best!  I’m so excited for Christmas this year, especially now that my daughter is a little older.  She can join in on all of the fun traditions and is full of excitement, kids really do make Christmastime magical.  9 more days!!!

This past weekend my hubby planned an out of town date to go see A Christmas Story: the musical.  It was perfect, right down to the hot cocoa, the real life dogs running around on stage, and the snowfall when we exited the theater.  I wouldn’t mind making this a new tradition every year; just the two of us escaping for an evening to catch a Christmas show.  While we were away the littles played games and built a gingerbread house with their grandparents.  It’s so fun to see the decorated candy houses each year.  (I’m thinking next year it would be awesome to invite some friends over for a gingerbread house competition!)

One of my favorite things to do every year is bake Christmas cookies with the kids.  I remember being a little girl and getting so excited to make spritz cookies with my mom, we would color the dough green + add sprinkles to the tops!  This year we made gingerbread men.  Hadley helped me mix up the dough while Daxxon was at school.  She loves to help out with anything I’m doing, so this was right up her alley!  The dough chilled as she napped and I even had time to cut them out + bake them before she woke.  When Daxxon got home from school they decorated away.

Another tradition I’m looking forward to is making popcorn + cocoa and driving around to see all the beautifully decorated houses with lights!  I’m thinking Christmas Eve will be perfect.

What traditions do you have for the holiday season?

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween lovelies!

Our family started off the weekend on Saturday by attending a Halloween party, so fun!  I loved seeing everyone’s costumes, plus all of the creative food they had.  We began carving our pumpkins there, and finished them at home the next day.  Unfortunately, we didn’t make it to our local pumpkin patch this year, but luckily our grocery store was stocked up with plenty of options.  We had never bought/carved a white pumpkin before, they are thicker and harder to carve, but oh so cool!
We’ve had our Halloween/Fall decorations up all month long, I always look forward to holidays!  I’m slowly growing my Halloween decor collection (day after Halloween sales/clearance are awesome).  My favorite are the paper bats scattered along our entryway and living room walls.
MamaGroveBlog | Happy HalloweenI’ve got a Power Ranger and a tiny leopard to keep me on my toes today.  Our plans for the night are making tortilla pizzas for an early dinner, then trick-or-treating around our neighborhood.  Hadley will do well, her version of “Trick-or-Treat!” is to say “Chocclliitt!”.MamaGroveBlog | Happy Halloween MamaGroveBlog | Happy HalloweenMamaGroveBlog | Happy HalloweenMamaGroveBlog | Happy HalloweenThis girl LOVES to dance.  Anywhere, anytime.MamaGroveBlog | Happy Halloween MamaGroveBlog | Happy Halloween MamaGroveBlog | Happy Halloween MamaGroveBlog | Happy HalloweenThere is a thoughtful meaning behind our dalmatian pumpkin, and it was all Daxxon’s idea.  A sweet dog in our family passed this year, so he wanted to create the pumpkin in her honor.
I think it turned out perfectly.

I hope you all have a fun & safe Halloween…I would love to hear all about your costumes!

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