DIY Pink Lemonade Birthday Party

It was your average Tuesday, and my daughter Emerson and I were on our usual Target run. We went in for diapers, and walked out with $40+ in supplies for her birthday party … that was in three months. That folks, is what the Target Dollar Spot does to a girl. It pulls you in with bright colors and cute patterns, and sucks you dry until your husband won’t let you in Target by yourself anymore. Anyways, that was the day I decided on the theme for my daughters first birthday party – a Pink Lemonade Stand! Now we all know how the Dollar Spot in Target works. The good stuff goes quick, so if you see something you like you have to pick it up quick or it will be gone! I immediately called my husband and asked what he thought, (true story, he’s allergic to lemons :D) and he gave me the go ahead. From then on, it was operation DIY Pink Lemonade Birthday Party!

Several weeks and even more Hobby Lobby trips later, I got to see everything come together. I realize I am totally that mom that may have gone a little overboard, but your child only has one first birthday and I wanted to have beautiful pictures for her to remember it by! I am so pleased with how everything came out, so let’s dig right in to the details! Everything was either purchased from Target’s Dollar Spot, or created on my Cricut Explore Air.

One of my favorite elements of the party was this sweet area we had set up for our guests to sign a keepsake for Emerson. The chalkboard frame and decor came from the Dollar Spot, and I simply wrote a quick little message with a chalk marker. My husband cut up an old palette for me to stain, and fashioned a farmhouse frame for everyone to sign! My Mother-in-Law bought us a sweet frame for our wedding that everyone signed, so I knew I wanted to do something similar for Emerson’s party. I am so pleased with how it turned out!

I really put my Cricut to work for this ya’ll. The fabric pennant banner came from the Dollar Spot, and I cut out everything else with my Cricut! I thought this was the perfect way to display her monthly photos, with a lemon in each corner. I glued each photo and the extra lemons to strands of fishing line and simply tied them to curtain rod – so easy! I was so pleased with how this turned out.

Throughout Emerson’s first year I’ve also been taking photos of her with my Polaroid. I found this cute pink fringe ribbon in you guessed it – the Dollar Spot – and tied it in between our bookshelves for a simple banner. Add a few cute clothespins, and you’re good to go!

Next up we have my favorite part of the whole party, the lemonade bar. Because what’s a lemonade stand without lemonade?! Pretty much everything here came from the Dollar Spot. I absolutely love the treat bags so much, I didn’t even use them to give away 🙂 I simply hung some twine and clipped them on with clothespins!

The handy old Cricut and some vinyl made the cutest personalized beverage dispenser too!

To top off the lemonade bar, these cute paper straws just had to happen. Who can say no when it comes to cute straws? The chalkboard lemon sign was such a sweet addition too! Add a little personalization with a chalk marker, and you have yourself a sweet lemonade bar!

And of course, what’s a party without the cutest scalloped napkins. Target gets me with these every time ya’ll. Every time!

This sweet little station was home to goodie bags for our guests to take home. I made some royal iced sugar cookies (which I am now realizing I never got a photo of) and bagged them up in cellophane treat bags for people to grab on their way out! The ‘one’ balloon topped everything off perfectly!

And next we have the center of attention for most of our photos – the highchair! I knew that I wanted a cute little spot for photos of the birthday girl! For the backdrop, I bought five colorful tablecloths and cut them into about 2 inch strips. We stapled some twine across the archway and tied each strip to the twine. The backdrop came together much easier than I thought it would, and didn’t take too long to assemble!

For the high chair banner, I found a few themed ones on Pinterest that I liked and tried to re-create them. All it took was some cardstock, my Cricut, and some fabric and I was all set! I bought 1/2 a yard of the pink and yellow polka dot fabric and cut them into about one inch strips. After they were all cut, I simply tied them onto the twine, just like the backdrop! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out. We threw a plain white table cloth on top of the high chair as well, to even the colors out for photos (and to protect it from the potential cake flinging 🙂 )

I chose to go very simple on the dining room table, because I wanted to be sure people had enough room for their food! The cute striped table cloth came from the dollar spot, and brightened up the room so well. Then I stuffed a plain cylinder vase with pink and white table cloth, and placed the pinwheels on either side of the vase. Add some little decorations on either side of the vase, and we had a simple and cute centerpiece!

To top everything off, we placed a few decorations on our walkway outside. My Mother-in-Law found the sweet little lemonade stand at Hobby Lobby, and it made the perfect little welcome piece to all of our guests! The yard stakes were a sweet addition as well. All in all, I am so pleased with how Emerson’s first birthday party turned out. Even without all the decorations, we would have had a good time with our friends and family, but I wanted to throw a sweet little party for her that we could look back and show her photos of! We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, let alone the idea of having another child – and she only turns one once! That’s why to me, it was worth all the work and time spent to throw a beautiful birthday party for her. Happy Birthday my sweet babe!

Finding Support in the Side Hustle

Side Hustle’s. If you don’t have one yourself, you likely know someone who does. I don’t know who dubbed the term ‘side hustle,’ but I’d really like to shake their hand because I love it. Whether it’s driving an Uber, an Etsy shop, photography, selling products or even blogging, I honestly love a good side hustle. Many of people a part of my generation feel they need some extra income in the side to help them make ends meet, afford a special luxury, save for a house, etc. So I give a round of applause and a hats off to those of us that keep up with a side business beyond the normal 9-5! I’m going to divide the rest of this post into two sections: One for those of us with a side hustle, and those of us without. I encourage you to read through both, no matter which end of the spectrum you are on.

Those Without a Side Hustle

To my friends and those of you reading this without a side hustle, I just ask that you hear me out for the next few paragraphs.

Many of us with a side hustle promote our business through means of social media. That means we talk about our business just as much if not more than our personal lives on our pages. For whatever reason we decide to take on a side hustle, it is very important to us. Think of it this way. We willingly sign up for e-mails from Old Navy and JCrew, and our inboxes are flooded with their ads, sales and promotions every day. We open up the e-mail, check out the deals and choose to shop or move right along with our day. Think of a side hustle the same exact way. Many of us don’t build up e-mail lists, so the only way we can promote special sales and our products is through social media. You probably don’t bat an eye when you receive those promotional e-mails, right? But when you see another post about that stinking mascara or essential oils, you roll your eyes and complain.

So I’m here to ask you, please don’t. Take a moment and think about how hard you work during the day to provide for yourself and/or your family. Those with a side hustle are working just as hard to provide for themselves and their family, they’re just taking a bit of a different avenue than you are. I won’t lie, it definitely can be obnoxious to scroll through facebook and see post after post where someone is trying to get you to buy something. But if it really bothers you that much, simply unfollow the account!

Even if you don’t purchase anything from your friends business, support them in any other way that you can. Like the photos that they share, comment on their live videos, share their posts with your friends that may be interested in their page. That means more than you know! So much goes into a good social media strategy when it comes to advertising, so the more exposure someone can get the better!

To Those with a Side Hustle

Whatever your side hustle may be, I know it’s hard. I know sometimes you feel bad for picking up something extra and adding it to your plate. You probably feel like it’s taking time away from your family or other important things in your life. But for whatever reason, you have this side hustle and you’ve dedicated yourself to making it work.

And that’s just it – MAKE IT WORK. Sit down and create a plan for yourself, what do you have to do in order to make sure you have a sufficient amount of time to dedicate to your side hustle. Sometimes that means skipping a bubble bath, but if it means that much to you, you will make time for it. I won’t lie, it definitely does help if you have a supportive spouse to help you through the process. However if you don’t have someone to help you through it, you’ll come out even stronger!

I will say that just like finding a ‘mom tribe’ is important, finding a ‘side hustle tribe’ is just as important for your success. To me personally, blogging isn’t really my side hustle yet as I’m not getting any income off of it (however I hope to!) My side hustle right now is Beautycounter, and I am so thankful to have a team of girls that absolutely rock. Not only are they extremely successful in their Beautycounter businesses, but they are an awesome support system as well. When we have rough months and feel like no one is listening or interacting with us, we are there for each other to cheer one another on. Even if you aren’t in a direct sales type company with a team of people, I would recommend finding someone within the same area of work as you. Having someone to bounce ideas off of, vent to and share the struggles and victories with is invaluable!

All of that being said, running a successful side hustle is hard. I personally am a stay at home mom, so I do have a decent amount of time most days to devote to my business. Even still, some weeks I look back and feel so defeated. I didn’t get near as many likes on my posts, only a few people watched my live video, and no one placed any orders. That is why it’s so important to always focus on the positive! Talk to someone new about your business, design new business cards to share – you must never be complacent with your business! Even when it seems like everyone is ignoring what you have to say, I guarantee you’re making an impact on someone whether you know it or not! So don’t give up, and stay true to your goals. Let’s support one another in our side hustles!

Amazon Prime Day Deals for Moms

It’s the biggest shopping day next to black Friday – Amazon Prime Day! I personally appreciate Prime Day so much more because it’s not forcing people to work on a holiday and I don’t have to stand in a crowd of grumpy people to save $20 bucks. Prime day is a sale that only lasts a few hours, so you have to act quickly if you see anything you may want! It is available for Prime members only, however if you don’t want to pay for a full membership, you can sign up for the free 30 day trial and you’re good to do! Alright, that’s enough babbling. I tried to curate a list of items that mom’s especially would benefit from, so here are some of my picks for Prime Day 2018!

Baby Items

The pure cool mist humidifer is perfect to keep in babies room year round. Because let’s be honest, babies get sick, they get congested and the air in their bedroom gets dry. I like to keep a humidifier running in my daughter’s room especially in the Winter months to help keep her skin from drying out too bad. A cool mist humidifier is best to use around little ones, so this one is perfect!

The Nuby Garden Fresh Fruitsicle Frozen Pop Tray is a real winner in my book ya’ll. The silicone mold is super easy to clean, and any frozen treats will pop out with ease! For the wee little babes, you can make milk pops with breastmilk or formula to help with teething. For the bigger babes, fill them with their favorite puree or juice!

The Babysense Video Baby Monitor with two cameras is also a great find! This has pretty much all the bells and whistles you could want out of a baby monitor. From a two way talking function to a temperature monitor it does it all! Even if you don’t have two children, two cameras are perfect for the little one who loves to wiggle all around their crib in the middle of the night.

The OPOLAR Handheld Portable Battery Operated Rechargeable USB Fan is a real blessing for Summer’s in the South! This is perfect to keep around little ones in the carseat, in the stroller, or anywhere else the heat is just unbearable! The enclosure keeps little fingers from breaking the blades (my kid already destroyed one fan) and it has a rechargeable battery, yay! 

This Melissa & Doug Wooden Construction Building Set is so adorable! Whether it’s for a little boy or little girl, I think this is absolutely perfect! It can help develop those fine motor skills for the little ones, and even serves as a fun crane for the older ones to play pretend with! 

The Cuddles & Cribs 2 Pack GOTS Certified Organic Cotton Fitted Crib Sheet. Because let’s be honest – poop happens – pee happens – drool happens – it all happens. And it happens a lot, so you can never have too many crib sheets! These are organic cotton and super soft, perfect for your little one to nuzzle up against every night!

8 in 1 Wooden Activity Cube Bead Maze. I have been looking for one of these for such a long time for my daughter! These wooden activity cubes are timeless to me, and I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t like them. The solid wooden ones can be hard to come by these days, so this one is absolutely perfect!

JOOVY Qool Stroller. this one is pricey ya’ll, but it’s worth it. This little beauty converts from a single, all the way up to a triple stroller! If I could go back, I would buy a stroller like this from the very beginning. If you’re hoping to have more than one child, a convertible stroller like this is one of the best purchases you can make! Anything that Joovy makes is going to be high quality, so I imagine this stroller will sell out quickly.

Items for Momma

The Original Make-up Eraser. If you buy anything from the sale for yourself this needs to be it! If you know me, I am all about using as little chemicals in my home as possible, and that includes my makeup and skincare. This makeup eraser is seriously awesome. It’s a soft textured wash cloth that removes all your makeup just as well as a remover wipe, but all you have to do is moisten it with water! When it gets gunky just toss it in the washing machine, and you’re good to go!

Parker Baby Diaper Caddy. I guess this technically could have gone under the baby section, but I’m including this for momma’s because it’s a real sanity saver. Any diaper caddy in general is such a blessing because everything you need to take care of a new babe is within your hands reach, and it’s portable! The neutral color matches any decor and it has plenty of pockets for extra storage!

Sarah Wells Abby Breast Pump Bag. Not going to lie, a main reason I love this bag is because it looks like a longchamp. It’s gorgeous! But it’s real leather straps and a lifetime warranty are an extra special treat. It’s loaded with pockets to store your pump and any of your supplies, and it can wipe clean with ease! Even if you don’t use it as a pump bag, it’d make a super cute diaper bag too!

Leather iPhone Case. Keeping up with your kids is hard enough, let alone your wallet. This iPhone case is perfect for a busy momma, with card slots along the back to keep your most used cards close! And it’s actually stylish. Most cases with card holders are bulky and unattractive, but I think this one is so cute!

For the House

Space Saver Vacuum Storage Bags. Because kids have so many clothes and blankets. If you’re hoping to have more kids, you probably don’t want to totally purge their closets yet so these vacuum bags are perfect for storing clothes and toys in half the space!

6 Piece Hotel Luxury Soft 1800 Series Premium Bed Sheets Set. There is nothing better at the end of a long day then settling down into your nice comfy bed, and these sheets are perfect for that. I bought a set back in November, and they’re the only sheets I’ve kept on our bed since then! They have extra deep pockets and elastic to help everything stay put on our massive mattress, and they have washed and worn so well. I will definitely be ordering another set!

The Instant Pot. If you don’t have one, you need one. I really don’t need to say anything else. It’s the kitchen appliance you never knew you needed, perfect for the lazy cook like me!

The Cricut Explore Air 2 Bundle. If you’re a crafty gal like me, this is truly a must have. I could devote an entire post to the cricut (which I may do later). If you have ever thought about purchasing one for yourself, now is the time to do it!

Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker. Because who doesn’t love a cup of fresh cold brewed coffee in the Summer, am I right?

And that is all for my Prime Day roundup! I hope you guys found something you’re interested in! The deals go live in different increments throughout the next day, but several deals start at 3pm so make sure and stay on top of things if you’re interested! Happy shopping!