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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, One Year Old is what you are…

One year… one whole year since Kolbe Therese was born. Well, it’s more like one year… one whole year that I have survived as a mom. Pretty crazy. The amount of change and growth that I have had this year has probably been about equal to Kolbe. Motherhood is truly the best, but there is a humbling learning curve that happens. My motto this year has been that “God only grants you the grace you need for right now, not tomorrow” and that has saved me from thinking ahead to the “just wait until she is moving”, “just wait until you can’t get anything done”, “just wait until you have to actually feed her food”, etc. remarks that well-meaning mothers feel obligated to give out. But truly I have enjoyed every stage. Every moment has something to take from it. I thank God every single day for this sweet and very smiley little girl and I am so excited to see what her 2nd year of life brings her.

Now onto the good stuff, for Kolbe’s party I wanted to incorporate the colors pink and gold. As I was browsing Pinterest thinking about her favorite songs, I thought it might be fun to do a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star theme. After I settled on a theme, the rest came easy! I had such a fun time planning this 1st birthday party and I am excited to share these pictures with you! Enjoy!

The dessert table and the Princess throne…


IMG_1166c   Thanks Aunt Kylie for making this gorgeous sign… Don’t you think she needs to have a business???


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Baked Potato bar for the adults… star shaped PBJs, Mac & Cheese cups, piggies in a blanket, and applesauce for the kids. IMG_1187  IMG_1187a IMG_1190  IMG_1191 IMG_1192 IMG_1196 #babyfistpumpIMG_6249 The birthday girl lovin’ on her Emme!IMG_1199  Because of our tiny townhouse yard, I made sensory buckets for the kids to play in! IMG_1202 IMG_1205  Birthday cake time! IMG_1234 IMG_1237  “What is this??? I want the fancy cake behind me! Not this naturally sweetened, no refined sugar stuff. I know that frosting has beets in it. What is my mom trying to do to me? Kill me??” -Kolbe’s inner monologue IMG_1241  “Yeah, I want none of that garbage.” And that was the end of the smash cake.  IMG_1245

IMG_6273  Post cake and pre nap… can you tell she was struggling??? But I love my family so very much! IMG_1255 The invitations! Cake: Zenzero Bakery, Coppell

Petit Fours- Maureen’s Bakery, Sugar Land

Cupcakes- my mom made them using THIS recipe

Big Pink Balloon/One Balloon- Shoptomkat Etsy Shop

Gold Sequin Runner- JoAnn Fabric

Tissue Paper garland- Tasselove Etsy Shop

Kolbe’s crown- LoveCrushBowtique Etsy Shop

Kolbe’s Dress- Janie and Jack c/o Kolbe’s Nana and Papa

‘One’ Bib- MudPie

Picture frames over mantle and on welcome table- Michaels

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Easter Egg Bath Bombs

Ok so today I am giving total credit to Denise Sawyer of the Wholesale Mommy blog because she has THE GREATEST bath time DIY for kids. I can’t wait to make some of these for little K… for the little girl who is so fickle about her love of bath time, I know these will help on those ‘off’ nights. Denise calls her recipe Dinosaur Egg Bath Bombs but in honor of holy week, and that Easter is in 4ish days, I will take the liberties to rename the recipe to Easter Egg Bath Bombs for this week. Plus, now is the time you most likely have all those little Easter eggs lying around to use as a mold.

So without further adu… the recipe from Denise…

All you need to make these fun bath bombs are 3 ingredients:

  • 2 cups of Epsom salt
  • 6+ drops of food coloring
  • 6+ drops of Essential oils (Get your oils here!)

(Note from Kristen: I would not use a citrus oil because of the plastic eggs… lavender or another oil would be better and when they have finished drying out, make sure you store them in a sealed, glass container)

  • Easter Eggs

Ingredients for dinosaur egg bath bombs from wholesomemommy.com


You also need some kind of mold – I used some old plastic Easter eggs we keep around for playing games in home school. :) Just make sure the eggs are hinged, or cut the hinge so that you have two separate pieces.  If you don’t have plastic Easter eggs, you can buy soap mold online or at some craft stores.

Since the ingredients in these bath bombs are all safe to ingest, these are great gifts for children – or to make with small children. I’m not saying they would TASTE great, but it won’t harm them if they try to take a taste while using them or helping you make them! :)

All you do is mix the Epsom salt, food coloring, essential oil, and 2 Tbsp of water in a bowl until everything is incorporated really well. You can play around with how much food coloring or essential oils you use until you get the color you want and the scent you want.

Fill both sides of the egg {or mold} with the salts and use the palm of your hand to pack it in tight. Close the two sides of the egg together and then very carefully remove one side of the egg.  Allow the egg to sit out to dry overnight. Remove the other side of the egg and allow the egg to dry on the counter {away from little fingers} for 2 or 3 more days.

Now your eggs are ready for gift packing in clear little gift bags, jars, or for tossing in the tub!

Dinosaur Egg Bath bombs with Epsom salt for kids from wholesomemommy.comhttp://wholesomemommy.com/dinosaur-bath-bombs-healthy-fun/

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St. Patrick’s Day EO Make and Take

Last night I had about 10 girls over for a St. Patrick’s Day Essential Oils Make and Take. It was such a great time! This was my first Young Living party to host and I wanted it to be a fun experience for everyone in attendance. We made 4 different goodies… Thieves spray, a Sleepy Roll-On, Lip Balm, and Peppermint Sugar Scrub. It was great because I really worked to have all the materials ready to go so that when 7:30 arrived, we would be ready to get busy.

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One extra thing that I did was I had brown kraft sacks with my young living business card stapled to them, this allowed my guests to keep their goodies altogether to bring home.

We had a fabulous time and I can’t wait until next time!

You asked for them and here they are… I made them on Canva!



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Thai Peanut Chicken/Beef Recipe

This is one of my favorite recipes to eat for dinner… it is super easy, really yummy and crock-pot friendly. It is based on THIS recipe. I have changed it to suit my food allergies but I think it is even better!

Crockpot Advocare Thai Peanut Chicken 


2 lbs beef stew meat

1 sweet onion

1 red pepper

1 cup natural, creamy Peanut Butter (I use the kind that you actually make in the grocery store)

1 c organic, low sodium beef broth

1 lime (juiced)

1/3 c low sodium coconut aminos (you can use soy sauce but I am allergic to soy)

1 tsp cumin

sprinkle of curry

chopped scallions

crushed peanuts

chopped cilantro

You can serve it over Spinach, arugula, brown rice, or brown rice noodles.  I like serving it over brown rice.

I made this entire dish in the crockpot.    However, this could definitely be done stove top.

In crockpot….   Throw in:


Chopped onion

Red pepper

In a bowl, combine PB, beef broth, lime juice, coconut aminos, cumin, and curry.   Pour this mixture over the above 3 ingredients.     Walk away.

Cook on high for 3-4 hours.

Serve over any of the above.  Top with chopped scallions, crushed peanuts, and chopped cilantro.


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