Sunday, June 21, 2015

Lego Friends Birthday Party for Our 5 Year Old


This past April our youngest turned 5 years old. She told me she wanted a LEGO® Friends theme for her birthday party. I am so glad of the internet, especially Pinterest, that I was able to grab some party ideas with this theme.

For decorations, I incorporated different ideas from different pinterest pins. For my banner I printed it out from lego.com/en-us/friends as well as different coloring activity papers and pictures that I used for decorations. 


As for my backdrop for my dessert table, I used 3 different colors of plastic table cover; lavender, turquoise, and pink and used small paper plates of the same color to create lego pieces backdrop. 


In our family room, I put up a photo booth/area so the visitors can have their pictures taken. I bought props such as oversized eye glasses for the girls to use. Not only the little girls enjoyed it but the moms as well. The backdrop for the photo booth I used crepe paper streamers in turquoise, lavender, and pink and balloons in baby blue and pink. I attached cut out lego logos from my girls lego boxes as well as pictures of Lego Friends characters from Lego.com. 



A friend of ours who makes cake made our little girl a Lego Friends inspired birthday cake. Our little girl was so ecstatic upon seeing her cake.  
 


For games and activities, I had a coloring station and whoever color the nicest can win a prize. I also had a station for guess how many legos in a jar. Who can guess the nearest number will win. The kids also had fun during the build the lego contest. I did not have a pinata and a great idea I got in pinterest is the punch a box. It was a hit with the kids too. 

Planning for a kids' birthday party can be exhausting but so glad and thankful for resources online. It was fun doing it and our girls enjoyed helping me in the process. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Simple Ways To Prevent Tick And Mosquito Bites

There's nothing as relaxing as sitting outside and enjoying the warm summer months; when the weather gets warmer, people tend to make it a point to enjoy the outdoors. If you spend time outdoors, then you know that some bugs like ticks and mosquitoes are inexplicably attracted to people. That would be fine if it was only an inconvenience, but bugs like these spread disease. 

Protecting yourself and your family from tick and mosquito bites prevents itching, but it also lessens your chances of getting sick. Try these simple tips to help rid your yard of potentially harmful insects:

Get Rid Of Standing Water

If you have a problem with mosquitoes, getting rid of standing water around your home helps to reduce their numbers. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in still water, so if you make your yard inhospitable, they'll look for somewhere else to live.

Get rid of old or empty forgotten items like tires, buckets and toys that are harboring water in your yard, and turn them upside down so water isn't able to pool inside of them. Make sure to check your yard for any objects that may be collecting water; this means you need to empty flower pots, wading pools and garbage cans.

Remove Brush And Tall Grass

When it comes to ticks, they love hiding in tall grass and brush. If you want to reduce the amount of ticks in your yard, you'll need to cut back brush, rake leaves and clear tall grass. Also, if you have pets, you always need to keep an eye on them to make sure that there aren't any ticks in their fur; check them regularly to make sure that they aren't bringing ticks inside of your home.

Always make sure to keep your lawn well manicured, and use something like gravel or wood chips to separate your patio or play equipment from grassy areas. This won't completely get rid of them, but it'll make your yard inhospitable, so it'll greatly cut down on their numbers.

Get Professional Help

The best mosquito and tick treatment is done by a professional. A professional can come to your home and treat all the problem areas in your yard without harsh chemicals. They can use things like essential oils and fragrances to repel these bugs, and when they do this, you don't have to worry about your children or pets being exposed to poisonous chemicals.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Saving Money On Hotels In Barcelona

Do you know how to save money on hotels in Barcelona

If you're planning a trip to this legendary ancient city in Spain, you'd better mind your P's and Q's! Luckily, this is the age of the Internet, and you can find excellent deals on hotels in Barcelona if you know just where to look. But, of course, there's the rub: Are you looking in the right place? And do you have the correct criteria in mind that will enable you to recognize a first class hotel room deal when you come across it? 

Are You Prepared For Your Trip To Barcelona? 

First of all, are you prepared for your journey to Barcelona? Do you have your passport in order? Do you have all of the arrangements made to provide for any children or pets that have to be left behind while you journey to a foreign land? Will your home or apartment be fully secured and looked after while you're gone? If the answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes, then you're almost completely prepared for your trip - but not quite. 

Do You Know How To Book The Best Possible Deal? 

Do you know how to book the best possible deal on your hotel room in Barcelona? Do you know how long you'll be staying there? Will you be visiting any other locations in Spain or in Europe? Above all, have you booked your hotel room far enough in advance that you know for sure that your deal is locked in, and not subject to any sudden alterations once you arrive? 

Use Hipmunk For Your Ultimate Booking Advantage 

If you don't know how to use the services of Hipmunk to your ultimate booking advantage, read on for an excellent piece of knowledge that will definitely come in handy when it comes time to book your trip to Barcelona. Hipmunk is a first class booking website that you can use to get the very best deals on hotel rooms in Barcelona, or nearly any other location in the civilized world. 

Hipmunk not only gets you the best deals on hotel rooms, but also on flights, vacation resorts, and many other important aspects of travel and accommodations. Once you've used their services, you won't ever want to try anyone else. Log on to Hipmunk.com today to learn what the company can do for you.

Tulip Festival in Washington State

We've been living here in the Pacific Northwest for over 5 years now, but this spring was the first time we went to a tulip festival in Skagit county. I've seen pictures of the beautiful rows of tulips in different colors from friends' pictures and was very envious. I would love to see those beauties as well. 

Every start of the spring season for the past years I planned of going but timing is not always on my side. So this time since hubby is already here we pushed it through. On April 11 the fam bam took the drive to Tulip Town in Skagit Valley, Mt. Vernon. The area have different tulip fields and we visited Tulip Town. The flowers were just too gorgeous to see. They have different varieties of tulips in different colors. Below are some pictures I took with my phone.




Tulip festival is held yearly, so we will surely go back there next spring and will go to a different tulip field/garden in Skagit Valley. 
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