I’ve made the move….

Hi all. So I’ve recently made the move over to wordpress.org and in doing so haven’t managed to figure out how to (I don’t even think I can..) transfer all you amazing followers of this blog over to the new version.

If you want to keep up, please head over to poshtartparties.com and follow along… again. ūüôā

I can’t wait to keep sharing the celebratory love!

Jess

{Semi-Homemade} Whoopie Pies with Fruity Pebble Frosting

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies With Fruity Pebble Frosting

Hi there all! So it is March, My very favorite month! And in honor of an upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, the kiddos and I decided to try out a twist on one of our fave semi-homemade go to sweets. And by “semi-homemade”¬† I mean, not really homemade at all ūüėČ

We decided to make our cake-mix version whoopie pies, and instead of using chocolate cake mix, we decided to make them according to the colors of¬†rainbow (It was a great opportunity to let Logan work with color mixing and what not!)¬† I love the cakey-fluffiness in whoopie pies, and these are so easy you won’t believe it!

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies with Fruity Pebble Frosting

These are not your typical whoopie pies however, the frosting inside, is still light and delicious, but has taken on this mysterious texture that has a slight, yet appealing crunch. (I will share the frosting recipe I used, but you can use any frosting you like, even store bought! It’s all delicious!)

Alright Here’s the Recipe

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies

1 Box Cake Mix    (I used White for these, but would normally use chocolate)

3 Eggs

1/2 cup Water

1/2 cup Oil

Frosting/Filling (You could use your favorite frosting, buttercream, or even store bought)

1 Cup Shortening

1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar

1 Cup Marshmallows

1/2 tsp vanilla

1-2 Cups Fruity Pebbles Cereal (or equivalent)

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, Make your boxed cake mix with the adjusted recipe, mixing it until smooth. (if you’re dying them colors, now is the time to separate your batter into batches and create your colors of choice)

DIY rainbow cake mix whoopie pies - Copy

Next, you’re going to dollop some batter onto your baking sheet, about a teaspoon-ish at a time, because they get nice and puffy, (I highly recommend using parchment paper) and toss in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

DIY rainbow cake mix whoopie pies

While those are in the oven getting happy and delicious, it’s time to start your filling.¬† Start by melting the marshmallows in your microwave for 10-30 seconds to get them melty.¬†¬†Throw it all in a mixer and beat¬†with your shortening, vanilla, and sugar. (Add the sugar in parts, until you reach the desired consistency. More sugar = thicker frosting)

If your wanting to make them rainbow themed, festive, and with a kick of something different, crush up 1-2 cups of fruity pebbles and incorporate into your frosting. Yum.

DIY Rainbow Cake Mix Whoopie Pies 2 - Copy

Once your cookies are finished and cooled, you can start the fun (and messy) process of assembling your petite sandwiches of sugar heaven.

I find that using a disposable pastry bag (or large Ziploc with the corner cut out) is the easiest way. Just fill it with your frosting, and start by outlining the edge of the cookie, then filling in the center, and top it off with another cookie.

DIY Rainbow Cake Mix Whoopie Pies 2

So I will¬†be the first to admit, I am no professional¬†in the kitchen, not in the slightest. My cookies aren’t really home-made and definitely NOT perfect looking. As you can see, even when trying not to be, I can’t help but be a little messy.¬† Messy Jessie, a life long nickname of mine.¬† They may not look professionally made, but they taste awesome. Trust me.

Easy Whoopie Pies with suprise frosting

easy whoopie pies

And don’t be worried about the temptation to eat the whole batch, you will definitely be sent into sugar shock after¬†the first few, leaving you physically unable to consume the rest (I suppose I can share the rest).

Just in time for St. Patricks Day, a plateful of rainbow deliciousness. They would also be adorable at an art party, or any party for that matter, just match them to your theme, or keep them simple and classic. Mmmm mmmm.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to find me on facebook and pinterest to keep up to date on all the latest!! (I HEART Pinterest like a third child, just kidding… Kind of) Seriously though, Find me there! ūüôā

jessicasig

{Semi-Homemade} Whoopie Pies with Fruity Pebble Frosting

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies With Fruity Pebble Frosting

Hi there all! So it is March, My very favorite month! And in honor of an upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, the kiddos and I decided to try out a twist on one of our fave semi-homemade go to sweets. And by “semi-homemade”¬† I mean, not really homemade at all ūüėČ

We decided to make our cake-mix version whoopie pies, and instead of using chocolate cake mix, we decided to make them according to the colors of¬†rainbow (It was a great opportunity to let Logan work with color mixing and what not!)¬† I love the cakey-fluffiness in whoopie pies, and these are so easy you won’t believe it!

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies with Fruity Pebble Frosting

These are not your typical whoopie pies however, the frosting inside, is still light and delicious, but has taken on this mysterious texture that has a slight, yet appealing crunch. (I will share the frosting recipe I used, but you can use any frosting you like, even store bought! It’s all delicious!)

Alright Here’s the Recipe

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies

1 Box Cake Mix    (I used White for these, but would normally use chocolate)

3 Eggs

1/2 cup Water

1/2 cup Oil

Frosting/Filling (You could use your favorite frosting, buttercream, or even store bought)

1 Cup Shortening

1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar

1 Cup Marshmallows

1/2 tsp vanilla

1-2 Cups Fruity Pebbles Cereal (or equivalent)

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, Make your boxed cake mix with the adjusted recipe, mixing it until smooth. (if you’re dying them colors, now is the time to separate your batter into batches and create your colors of choice)

DIY rainbow cake mix whoopie pies - Copy

Next, you’re going to dollop some batter onto your baking sheet, about a teaspoon-ish at a time, because they get nice and puffy, (I highly recommend using parchment paper) and toss in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

DIY rainbow cake mix whoopie pies

While those are in the oven getting happy and delicious, it’s time to start your filling.¬† Start by melting the marshmallows in your microwave for 10-30 seconds to get them melty.¬†¬†Throw it all in a mixer and beat¬†with your shortening, vanilla, and sugar. (Add the sugar in parts, until you reach the desired consistency. More sugar = thicker frosting)

If your wanting to make them rainbow themed, festive, and with a kick of something different, crush up 1-2 cups of fruity pebbles and incorporate into your frosting. Yum.

DIY Rainbow Cake Mix Whoopie Pies 2 - Copy

Once your cookies are finished and cooled, you can start the fun (and messy) process of assembling your petite sandwiches of sugar heaven.

I find that using a disposable pastry bag (or large Ziploc with the corner cut out) is the easiest way. Just fill it with your frosting, and start by outlining the edge of the cookie, then filling in the center, and top it off with another cookie.

DIY Rainbow Cake Mix Whoopie Pies 2

So I will¬†be the first to admit, I am no professional¬†in the kitchen, not in the slightest. My cookies aren’t really home-made and definitely NOT perfect looking. As you can see, even when trying not to be, I can’t help but be a little messy.¬† Messy Jessie, a life long nickname of mine.¬† They may not look professionally made, but they taste awesome. Trust me.

Easy Whoopie Pies with suprise frosting

easy whoopie pies

And don’t be worried about the temptation to eat the whole batch, you will definitely be sent into sugar shock after¬†the first few, leaving you physically unable to consume the rest (I suppose I can share the rest).

Just in time for St. Patricks Day, a plateful of rainbow deliciousness. They would also be adorable at an art party, or any party for that matter, just match them to your theme, or keep them simple and classic. Mmmm mmmm.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to find me on facebook and pinterest to keep up to date on all the latest!! (I HEART Pinterest like a third child, just kidding… Kind of) Seriously though, Find me there! ūüôā

jessicasig

{Semi-Homemade} Whoopie Pies with Fruity Pebble Frosting

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies With Fruity Pebble Frosting

Hi there all! So it is March, My very favorite month! And in honor of an upcoming St. Patrick’s Day, the kiddos and I decided to try out a twist on one of our fave semi-homemade go to sweets. And by “semi-homemade”¬† I mean, not really homemade at all ūüėČ

We decided to make our cake-mix version whoopie pies, and instead of using chocolate cake mix, we decided to make them according to the colors of¬†rainbow (It was a great opportunity to let Logan work with color mixing and what not!)¬† I love the cakey-fluffiness in whoopie pies, and these are so easy you won’t believe it!

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies with Fruity Pebble Frosting

These are not your typical whoopie pies however, the frosting inside, is still light and delicious, but has taken on this mysterious texture that has a slight, yet appealing crunch. (I will share the frosting recipe I used, but you can use any frosting you like, even store bought! It’s all delicious!)

Alright Here’s the Recipe

Cake Mix Whoopie Pies

1 Box Cake Mix    (I used White for these, but would normally use chocolate)

3 Eggs

1/2 cup Water

1/2 cup Oil

Frosting/Filling (You could use your favorite frosting, buttercream, or even store bought)

1 Cup Shortening

1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar

1 Cup Marshmallows

1/2 tsp vanilla

1-2 Cups Fruity Pebbles Cereal (or equivalent)

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, Make your boxed cake mix with the adjusted recipe, mixing it until smooth. (if you’re dying them colors, now is the time to separate your batter into batches and create your colors of choice)

DIY rainbow cake mix whoopie pies - Copy

Next, you’re going to dollop some batter onto your baking sheet, about a teaspoon-ish at a time, because they get nice and puffy, (I highly recommend using parchment paper) and toss in the oven for 8-10 minutes.

DIY rainbow cake mix whoopie pies

While those are in the oven getting happy and delicious, it’s time to start your filling.¬† Start by melting the marshmallows in your microwave for 10-30 seconds to get them melty.¬†¬†Throw it all in a mixer and beat¬†with your shortening, vanilla, and sugar. (Add the sugar in parts, until you reach the desired consistency. More sugar = thicker frosting)

If your wanting to make them rainbow themed, festive, and with a kick of something different, crush up 1-2 cups of fruity pebbles and incorporate into your frosting. Yum.

DIY Rainbow Cake Mix Whoopie Pies 2 - Copy

Once your cookies are finished and cooled, you can start the fun (and messy) process of assembling your petite sandwiches of sugar heaven.

I find that using a disposable pastry bag (or large Ziploc with the corner cut out) is the easiest way. Just fill it with your frosting, and start by outlining the edge of the cookie, then filling in the center, and top it off with another cookie.

DIY Rainbow Cake Mix Whoopie Pies 2

So I will¬†be the first to admit, I am no professional¬†in the kitchen, not in the slightest. My cookies aren’t really home-made and definitely NOT perfect looking. As you can see, even when trying not to be, I can’t help but be a little messy.¬† Messy Jessie, a life long nickname of mine.¬† They may not look professionally made, but they taste awesome. Trust me.

Easy Whoopie Pies with suprise frosting

easy whoopie pies

And don’t be worried about the temptation to eat the whole batch, you will definitely be sent into sugar shock after¬†the first few, leaving you physically unable to consume the rest (I suppose I can share the rest).

Just in time for St. Patricks Day, a plateful of rainbow deliciousness. They would also be adorable at an art party, or any party for that matter, just match them to your theme, or keep them simple and classic. Mmmm mmmm.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to find me on facebook and pinterest to keep up to date on all the latest!! (I HEART Pinterest like a third child, just kidding… Kind of) Seriously though, Find me there! ūüôā

jessicasig

Simple & Practical Gifts that New Moms ACTUALLY need.

Gifts New Moms Really Need
I recently had a good friend bring her own little bundle of joy earth side, which got me thinking about some practical and affordable gifts I could get for her (and family). After doing the birth thang twice now, I have my own opinions on what a new mom REALLY needs post birth.

It wasn’t until after I had my two little nuggets that I realized I had done my friends a huge disservice after they had their kids. Instead of toting a blush pink velvet dress and adorable hair accessories that I physically couldn’t stop myself from purchasing, I should’ve had a basket full of necessities, an easy meal, or something that was actually USEFUL for mom. Here’s a few easy ideas.

1) Create a “gift basket” and include practical items:

– Nursing pads and some high quality feminine pads with wings are a MUST. Hospital provided pads, in my experience, are horrible! You might as well put a gym sock down there, it’d be equally absorbent and comfortable.

Other good items to include, Witch Hazel, Lansinoh Cream, yummy lotion and dry shampoo (A new mom’s best friend!).

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-I also like to add something that mom has always enjoyed (pre baby). Her favorite candy, coffee, or magazine. Is she a music junkie? throw in an iTunes gift card. You get the idea. Something that is “her,” the old her, not just the new mom version of her.

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– You can never go wrong with necessitites, Diapers, toilet paper, that expensive baby laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, etc. There are days where pulling yourself together to run to the store for toilet paper or dish soap seems like a daunting and impossible task. And they will run out eventually, not to mention all of these PRACTICAL items cost money, so help those new parents save a little and beat em’ to the punch.

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2.) Another gift is food. Simple, wonderful, easy to prep food.

A prepackaged and ready to eat meal, like fajitas, lasagna, chicken and rice etc, are such a comfort for new families. No running to the store, prepping and cooking. Just heat and eat. No muss, no fuss.

how to gift for new mom

Package your meal in aluminum pans and other disposables, so they don’t have to worry about dishes or returning your pan. I usually prep twice as much dinner for my family, package up half of it for the new family. I will make some French toast or other easy breakfast dish to include with the dinner. Two easy meals for them, no real extra work for me. I wish I had more meals provided to me by friends post baby, especially for #2. I would’ve taken a meal over another kitschy baby item any day. Just keep in mind the family’s tastes and lifestyle.

3.) Give them time and help them out.

When you arrive to snuggle the new baby, encourage the mom to take a nice long shower, paint her nails, eat sans baby, or any other task she may want or need to get done. Seriously though, try to convince her to shower. It is a true luxury in those early days.

Also, Don’t ask if there is something to do around the house, JUST DO IT! Seriously, most people will not tell you “yes definitely, I would love you to do my dirty dishes.” because us mama bears have a lot of pride. But we don’t have the energy to physically stop you from doing them ūüėČ Same goes for the laundry, sweeping, vacuuming, and entertaining a toddler-sibling. FYI.

How to help new mom

I am not against frilly and adorable tiny human clothes and knick knacks, just make sure you combine your adorable gift with one that gives the new mom her own separate advantages. Be useful, show love, and snuggle up on that little baby like crazy. Before you know it, that itty bitty baby will be celebrating their first birthday, and instead of packaging up meals, you may be helping create lots of DIY party decorations. Make sure you stop back here when you do ūüėČ Much Love.
jessicasig

DIY No-Sew Felt Flowers

DIY no sew felt flowers

So I love felt, I love the texture, I love that it is stiff yet flexible, comes in all sorts of colors and most of all, is pretty cheap. You can usually get 4 sheets for a buck, and depending on what you’re making, you can usually make a little go a long way.

Another thing I love. Flowers. They also are so versatile. No matter what the theme, event, or occasion, who doesn’t love flowers. But, as beautiful as real flowers are, they can be equally as expensive. here are a few ways I’ve used felt to create some pretty petals. Here’s THREE, Yes three, easy ways to turn your cheap felt into beautiful blooms.

What You Need: (for the flowers themselves)

– Felt (Duh.)

– Hot Glue

– Button (optional for center)

– depending on what you’re using your flowers for, a pretty pin for a sweater, maybe you’re wanting to put some felt flowers on a DIY headband for a little girl in your life. Or you’re going to make a centerpiece or two like me, or a faux wedding boquet?) I’m going to post my complete project soon, but until then, here is how I made some of the individual flowers used.

First of the Three.
DIY Felt flower

You are going to start by cutting circles of the same size, I used four per flower. And a smaller circle for the backside. You are going to add a tish of hot glue to the center, fold. Then Glue, and fold again. Do this to all four of your circles.
DIY felt flower

Once Done, Glue all your pieces side by side onto your backing piece. (I covered a button and glued it to the center of the flower)
diy flowers

Now, You MIGHT be done. It depends what you’re doing with your flowers. If you’re gluing them to a headband or pin, you can stop right there! I was putting mine onto sticks, so I wanted it to sit less flat. If you want to give your flower a little body, you can do as I did, and cinch the bottom, glue, and secure tightly to hold your petals closer together.
diy felt flower

Alright! the next two flowers are assembled the exact same way, but are cut slightly different. We’ll do the easiest first!

Spiral cut some circles, One circle per flower. Take the center of your spiral and glue the center (starting to wrap the felt tightly for the center of your flower). Once the center is glued, apply hot glue to the BOTTOM of your spiral and gently spin your flower while securing your glued area to the back, continuing through the whole flower.
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Next up, are my favorite, Now my flowers are NOT perfect, I just cut them freehand, but if you need them to be as perfect as possible, you may want to create your own “template” that you can trace and cut, ensuring that all your scallops are equal. I just trimmed my up once I was finished if I found a funny looking petal.
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You’re going to spiral cut some circles again, but this time, you will scallop them. Start at the center, same as the last flower tutorial, and wrap and glue in the same manner.
DIY felt flower

felt flower tutorial

Wowza, I can’t wait to show you the finished product where I included a bevvy of these DIY flowers. If you have any questions, suggestions, or other helpful tips, please let me know! Comments are so lovely to get! ūüôā
jessicasig

Basic Party Planning Tips for the DIY-er

partyplanning

Other than having a large-ish group of extended family over for a BBQ or holiday celebration once in a while, I had never thrown an actual¬†“party” until my son’s first birthday.

I had no clue where to start. So I did what most do, and hit the internet (pre-pinterest). I was overloaded with beautifully styled parties done by both mommy bloggers and professional event coordinators. I was so impressed, and had my creative itch tickled. But with a small budget,¬†as always, and no real skills, I figured “How hard can it be?” So I started working on doing something special for my son, I invested in the crafting necessities, got out my scissors and got to work. ¬†I wish I could go back in time and give the past me a little bit of general planning advice.¬†It would’ve made things a lot easier those first few go-arounds.

1. Pick your theme, decide on a budget, Know your skills & priortize what’s important to you.

This part is pretty straight forward, once your theme and budget are decided, you need to evaluate what things are worth paying for and what aren’t.

Is having a professionally made and beautiful cake a top priorty, or maybe you want your to invest in having some amazing favors for party guests, or a venue that you can’t pass up.¬† Maybe you want the birthday kid to have an adorable outfit you found on etsy, or a professional photographer to capture the event. Figure out what is at the top of your priority list and what’s at the bottom.

2. Get your Vision on Paper. Gather your inspiring ideas and tutorials.

At this point, I’m sure you have a theme in mind, or a million pinterest ideas floating in your head. Even simple projects can become overwhelming if you take on too much at once. And what is a party but a ton of simple little projects combining to make a one of a kind soiree? And trust me, It can can turn into crazy town quick especially if it’s not something you do often.

This may seem like a silly, frivalous step, But for me, it makes a huge difference in keeping me on track when making shopping and to-do (or to-make) lists. I am no artist, but it makes such a difference for me to sketch some thing out, an idea for a backdrop,¬† banner placement, layout of a sweets table, or signage ideas.¬† Once I’ve sketched out my overall idea.

I can make notes or jot new ideas down, I can easily go through my sketch and make a shopping list for party & craft supplies on a project by project basis. I know it may seem unnecessary, and for you, might be. But I end up going back to my initial sketches and ideas more times than i can count throughout the planning process.¬† Also, make sure you’ve pinned those tutorials you plan on using from pinterest or other websites (and read them!), so you can find them easily when you’re ready to get down with your crafty self.

3. The party is for the “guest of honor”… But not really.

Yes, your one year old is having a birthday, but who are we kidding, the party is as much for them as it is for mommy and all the guests that attend. If it was solely about the birthday kid, we could easily spend the entire afternoon tearing apart my tupperware cabinet or unraveling toilet paper rolls..¬† But that’s not so fun for Uncle Joe. So keeping your guests in mind when planning activities, food, and other festivities is a must. Is it going to be guests of all ages, just kids, kids and their parents? Family, friends from school, or both?

You want everyone who attends your shin-dig to leave happy that they spent the afternoon at YOUR party.¬†Have fun activities and games for the kids,¬†things¬†that keep them busy and allow for parents to sit back and also enjoy themselves (because that’s important too.)

And Never run out of food. ¬†Make sure you have plenty for everyone, and include some easy crowd pleasers that will keep even the pickiest of eaters sastified, even if you’ve been dying to wow your mother-in-law with your calamata, feta, spinach something thingy ma-bob for months.

4. Timing is Everything.

Schedule your party and activities accordingly.

If you’re throwing a party for a child, especially a young one, you WILL want to keep their daily schedule in mind when planning. A party should be planned around nap time, not during (seems obvious enough). Also, if the end of the party is nearing naptime, don’t wait to do cake and presents until the end of your party. Your Little one year old will probably be all party pooped-out and would be much happier doing that cake smash thang a little earlier on, then they can relax and snuggle while the party winds down if their little heart desires.

4. Don’t DI-Out Do Yourself.

don’t take on more DIY’s than you can handle. Sometimes things look simple to make or accomplish when done by some amazing party stylist, designer, or savvy online blogger. And you can seemingly find a tutorial on most things that seem simple enough. But there is no way to know how long a new project or DIY will take you. Don’t over do it. Just because you CAN make it, doesn’t mean that it always makes sense to do so in the long run. (I’ve learned that the hard way)¬† Read the tutorials before you make a final decision, schedule them out and add an additional week to your timeline. (trust me.)

5. Details, Details, Details.

It really is all in the details, so keep the rest simple.

If i could go back in time, and give one piece of decorating advice to myself for getting it done effectively and inexpensively. You want the room to seem full of handmade lovelies and decor, but to fill an entire room would usually either take A LOT of time, or a small crafting staff. I recommend finding a cheap solution, like filling your walls with easy to make decorative banners,  (Like 15 feet of Fringe bunting for $1). And focus your time and energy on the small details that guests will notice and be even more impressed by, amazing food labels, cupcake toppers, party signage, unique favors, games, other personal touches sprinkled throughout the event that really make it shine.

6. Don’t let pinterest discourage your efforts.

Don’t let pinterest fool you. There are SO many truly amazing and beautiful parties and inspiration on pinterest.¬† The difference between those parties and your or my party, we are not event professionals with years of experience, an exquisite eye, and boatload of resources at their fingertips. Not to mention, professional photography, big budgets, an arsenal of beautiful servingware and table decor, crafty employees. And some of the parties aren’t parties at all, just a beautifully styled table for a photoshoot. Don’t get me wrong, they are amazing, glorious and I aspire to create anything as equally beautiful. BUT I know to keep realistic personal expectations for myself. I am working on a MINIMAL budget, and although you can DIY most things, somethings can’t be accomplished without spending a little cash. Your guests will still be wowed by the truly unique and special party you created. With or without the vintage suitcases, porcelain white owls perched atop them next to a beautifully arranged floral piece.

8. Ask for help.

I highly discourage setting up all by your lonesome while your hubby stays with the kiddo. Again, Trust me, i know. Enlist your bestie or mom to help day of with set up, or even before with crafting and planning details. Also, if you have a friend or family member who loves to cook or bake, use their skills and call in a favor. Food at a party is a whole other topic in itself. Who can argue with having one less thing to worry about.

7. Have Fun.

Definitely not last, but most importantly, Don’t forget to have fun. whether you accomplished everything you had on your to-do list, or your party seemed to fall apart at the seams (in your opinion atleast. I’ve found that even when I feel this way, nobody else seems to agree)

Let it go, Don’t be to hard on yourself, it’s a party for goodness sake. It’s suppose to be fun. That’s the point.

It’s a lot of build up for a few hours of celebratory goodness, and then it’s over and you’re stuck cleaning it up with a sugar shocked, overstimulated, one year old on your hip.

Prioritize, Plan ahead, Be realistic, Ask for help,

So have fun and know that the work you did is appreciated by all of the special people in your life who attended. (and that you really impressed everyone with your craftiness and party planning skills, you “look” like you have this amazing chic mom thing down pat!) And isn’t that a sub-goal ultimately, an added bonus at the very least.¬† ūüôā

Thanks So much for stopping by! Don’t forget to check out all the easy Party DIY’s and free printables on the site¬†to help make your event a little less stressful.

jessicasig