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Izzie’s BRAVE 4th Birthday Party
Jocie | February 14, 2013
Izzie’s BRAVE 4th Birthday Party

Our girls, Izzie and Lucy are almost exactly 2 years apart in age – Izzie was born on February 11th and Lucy on January 24th. We just threw Lucy’s Bug party two weeks ago and then threw Izzie’s Brave party on Tuesday. So much fun but super intense. One day maybe we will have combined birthday parties…of maybe I will just need to tone down the parties! lol.The Decorations Izzie was insistent she wanted a “Merida” party ever since we bought the movie in November. After all, she does look just like Merida.... 

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Vday Crafts with Naptime Decorator and Friends
Jocie | February 5, 2013
Vday Crafts with Naptime Decorator and Friends

As I have shared before, I am super lucky to have a real-life bloggy friend 5 minutes from my house – Liz from Naptime Decorator. She is sweet, kind, and has a wonderful sense of style. When we first connected a few months ago, she invited me to her Craft Night that she hosts for her friends (this is a real party, not the linky kind, lol!).┬áLiz also has some pretty wonderful friends who have been very kind to this insecure crafter. This past week was my third Craft Night and each time I have even more fun! Liz threw out some Valentine’s... 

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Lucy’s 2nd Birthday Bug Party
Jocie | January 31, 2013
Lucy’s 2nd Birthday Bug Party

Tuesday morning we hosted a bug party in honor of Lucy’s 2nd birthday party!This may have been my favorite party theme yet, and I didn’t even spend very much. Invitations I made these super cute invitations for the party using my printer and Silhouette. They turned out adorable and I designed it myself (no Pinterest inspiration here! lol). The downside – I made them a weird size so I didn’t have any envelopes to mail them. Oops. So I sent an email to the moms and gave them the invitation AT the party! #failDecorations Awhile... 

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Bugging Out with Lulu
Jocie | January 22, 2013
Bugging Out with Lulu

My youngest daughter, Lucy (affectionately called Lulu) will be turning 2 on Thursday! Wow! She has gotten to be such a big girl, and one with strong opinions, like her Mama. She is a BIG fan of bumblebees, much to the thanks of the Laurie Berkner “Buzz Buzz” song. So this year’s birthday theme will be BUGS. Since Lulu doesn’t like big crowds, we’re having a pretty small party with just a few friends. In some ways, this makes it easy for me to go totally overboard, just on a smaller scale. lol. In addition... 

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Baltimore Blogger Holiday Party 2012
Jocie | January 15, 2013
Baltimore Blogger Holiday Party 2012

You may have heard (what with my constant talk on FB and in recent posts) but we had our very first Baltimore Bloggers Holiday Party this past weekend! It was so fabulous! The idea of a holiday party came to me in November, not long after I had quit my day job to blog full-time. I was really struggling in leaving a job with so much interpersonal connection to blog. I love blogging and I love connecting with readers and other bloggers online, but it is very different from the face-to-face interaction I was used to. In all honesty, I was... 

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Holiday Treat Party & Some Christmas Highlights
Jocie | January 3, 2013
Holiday Treat Party & Some Christmas Highlights

Happy New Year! This holiday season just flew by. We had a ton of fun with friends and family and enjoyed some precious moments at home with our girls. As they grow, Christmas has been filled with increasing joy in sharing the gospel story with them and seeing their excitement each time they hear it. We hope that your family also made lots of great memories, too! Christmas Highlights We took a break from the blog for the most part over the holiday. I put out a few posts, including our weekly link party, and occasionally posted to FB and... 

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Making a Framed Glitter Reindeer
Jocie | December 5, 2012
Making a Framed Glitter Reindeer

Reindeer are all the rage this Christmas, have you noticed? While I love me a reindeer, I didn’t really want to spend the money on a reindeer bust for the wall (is that even the right terminology) and, while the reindeer pillows are super cute, that a little more time-consuming than I wanted. When I saw this cute, unfinished wood reindeer head of Micheal’s a plan started to develop. It was regularly $2.99 but I think it was 50%. Add in the cost of glitter and leftover burlap from a previous project, and on old reject frame... 

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How to Make a Felt Advent Calendar
Jocie | November 30, 2012
How to Make a Felt Advent Calendar

Last year I made a paper advent calendar. It was really a special time for our family that we used to move the focus of Christmas away from presents on onto Jesus, family, and togetherness. Each day we would read the Christmas story and act it out using the plastic Nativity set from my mom. Then, we would read that day’s activity from the calendar. Izzie LOVED it. Seriously, about once a month since last Christmas she asks when it will be #6 with hot chocolate!  lol! I guess that was her favorite advent activity.While the... 

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So Much To Be Thankful For!
Jocie | November 27, 2012

Another Thanksgiving has past. I’m a little sad it’s over because it was filled with so many good memories, laughs with the family, and of course, yummy food. In our family, holidays aren’t usually just one day, but the holiday itself and all the days around it. lol. More like the 12 days of Thanksgiving…okay, maybe not THAT many. We started with the evening before Thanksgiving celebrating with Fred and Kim and their family. Then, we hosted a mid-day meal at our house on Thanksgiving. Friday, we went to Ethan’s... 

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This Post is Brought You By…
Jocie | November 20, 2012

This post is brought to you by the letter A and the Number 2! (That’s actually what the party invitation said. How cute is that?)One of my good friend’s, Nicole threw a 2nd birthday party for her daughter, Addison. Addison loves Elmo and this was definitely one of the cutest parties ever! Nicole has great taste and throws a wonderful party. Here’s the birthday girl – a beautiful little red-head and a beautiful picture taken by Nicole.Addison is a few months older than our youngest daughter, Lucy and both are... 

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