Friday, October 24, 2014

MAX'S 1ST BIRTHDAY - ROUND PARTY!

When people asked what theme Max's first birthday was going to be, and I said "round"... they were like... ummm cool. Okay so Max is round, he loves balloons and balls- those are round, and honestly I couldn't think of anything that hadn't been done a million times before! Plus it's so simple- just my style. 
The party was supposed to be in our backyard with lanterns strung from the trees, circular picnic blankets, ring toss, bubbles, etc. Guess what? It poured every. single. day. that week including the day of the party. Super dark outside too for pictures. Fantastic. We're still in our rental (egg yolk and old lady sage walls), so basically my plan was to camouflage the grossness with tons and tons of balloons. I think it turned out really well, and most importantly, everyone had a great time! And let's be honest, when you're dealing with one to four-year-olds really all they need are toys and cake. Cake is clutch. 

FOOD:
See what I mean? Cake is clutch.
I baked two batches of white cake in sheet pans so the layers would be thin, froze the layers, cut with a 2.5" biscuit cutter, then just piped colorful frosting in between. 
 All round food!
 Complete with Aunt Ellie's Campfire Crispies! They are SO. GOOD. Do yourself a favor and order these babies.

DECOR:
Had to cover the nasty chandelier :)
Monthly photos of Maxie cut out into circles, naturally.
I made this little picnic blanket out of a drop cloth. Draw two concentric circles in pencil and paint in the lines. Make sure to paint the circle before you cut. That way it'll look nice and neat! 

FAVORS:
Party crowns, tattoos, hula hoops, bouncy balls
Custom temporary tattoos with each kid's name from our Etsy shop!

ACTIVITIES:

RING TOSS
I ordered the rings on Amazon and got bottles from the dollar section at Target. Since the party was supposed to be outside, I had painted wooden dowels to hammer into the grass. Sigh. Still a fun activity for the kids though! 

DIY GIANT SURPRISE BALL
Getting a surprise ball was a tradition at my sister and my birthday parties growing up. I decided to supersize it by using a container from Party City as the center to make this huge!
Each kid got to unwrap a color, once that streamer color ended, they got the prize and gave the ball to the next kid. It ACTUALLY worked! Couldn't believe how patient the kids were waiting for their turn! So fun!

INVITATIONS:
I got the beach balls from Oriental Trading Company and wrote on them with neon Sharpies. Here's the thing... they can't fold totally flat, so they were considered a parcel... which means they were $3 each to mail! I took them to the post office and got 5 different stamps, which actually looked pretty cool. Thankfully I only invited a handful of people, and I hand-delivered most!
 On the back of the ball it said:
ROLL on over to Max's
(address)

It was a sweet day for my sweet, round little Maxie!
-L


And the winner of the Freshly Picked Giveaway is....

Kelly Vance!

Woohoo!! Please email us at loveandlion@gmail.com!
Thank you all for entering! Many more giveaways to come!

Monday, October 20, 2014

SIMPLE PUMPKIN DECOR DIY

Contrary to popular belief, I'm extremely lazy. I could sit on the couch in my jams all day watching movies, eating snacks, and trolling around on Pinterest. Maybe squeeze in a couple hours of reading. That's actually my dream day. When it comes to decor in my own house (not for a client and not for one of my kid's birthdays) I'm just like... no. Too tired. 
So here's the easiest possible one step above nothing fall decor for you!

CHALKBOARD PUMPKIN
1. Sketch a circle/oval/fancy shape on your pumpkin.
2. Paint in the shape with chalkboard paint. The bottle I bought said to paint 2 coats. You can see the first coat below left a few bald spots. Two or three coats is perfect.
3. Um... that's it.
We've been using this as a countdown to Halloween for the kids!
The only thing I'd say about this is that if you use this over and over, the paint starts to chip. Just paint another quick coat of chalkboard paint and you're done.

I brought the pumpkin inside and used it as a centerpiece when we had friends over for dinner this weekend (with takeout...like I said- lazy!). Ari collected pretty leaves for the table. It made our dinner a little fancier.

I bet you could take this idea and run with it! 
Tag us on your instagram photos @loveandlion, so we can see!
-L

Friday, October 17, 2014

TRIP TO THE PUMPKIN PATCH + FRESHLY PICKED GIVEAWAY!

Fall is my favorite time of year! Love the colors, love the weather, and adore fun fall activities. Jeffrey and I took the kiddos to Gentry's Farm this past weekend to pick pumpkins and take a billion pictures. My twin sis, Ellie, was in town (always a ridiculous amount of laughs), so we made a day of it and afterwards went to one of our fav standbys for dinner, Burger Up. Ari ordered salmon and salad. What. A. Little. Weirdo. But he's MY little weirdo. Meanwhile Ellie and I ordered Hatcher Farm milkshakes. So... anyway...
You know you all dress your littles up when you go to the pumpkin patch. You've gotta, right?! Luckily, Max can fit into all of Ari's old clothes, but shoes are a different story. Jenni and I are OBSESSED with Freshly Picked Moccs. We might have one or three or five pairs for our littles and can't stop won't stop. The are THE softest shoes in the most beautiful colors. They're absolutely perfect for almost walkers like Max too. He is a turbo crawler and these babies have elastic that slip right on and don't fall off. Seriously. The only shoes that Max can't pull off. Also one of the only shoes that fit his chubby feet! The soft, buttery leather and the elastic work their magic.

Jenni and I are so obsessed with Freshly Picked Moccs that we wanted to share the love with you! Scroll down for deets on how to enter the Freshly Picked Moccasins giveaway.
Max is wearing the Butterscotch mocc. Such a yummy color and perfect for fall!
Can't cut those curls. Baby mullet.

**GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**

And now for the
FRESHLY PICKED MOCCASINS GIVEAWAY!
The lucky duck will win one pair of Freshly Picked Moccs in their choice of color and size.

TO ENTER:
1. Comment on THIS blog post with what color mocc is your fav. See all the beauties right here.
On your cell? Comments only work on the full web version, NOT mobile- blerg

2. Follow @loveandlion and @freshlypicked on Instagram

3. Tag 3 friends on our giveaway Instagram post (@loveandlion)

That's it! 
Contest closes Thursday, October 23 at 12:00am CST.
We will announce the randomly selected winner* on Friday, October 24th right here on the blog.
*Winner must ship to US only and must not have won a giveaway including Freshly Picked Moccs in the last 60 days.

**GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**


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xo

-L

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