In A Nutshell

As an ambitious 25 year old still figuring out parenting and my roll in the adult life I'm determined to get the most out of myself. Right now my main personal values are Challenge, Curiosity, Self-respect, and Belonging.

Every person has an inner voice telling them what they need, it says "wake up now" in the morning it says "don't eat that" when we're full. Growing up means learning that nobody can be that voice for you. You have to learn to hear it, and find the strength to listen over every other voice calling for your attention and telling you what you should and shouldn't be doing.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Decorating Ideas for Mothers Day

Throw a great spring theme party this year! This particular party was planned for mothers day. I enthusastically volunteered myself to decorate for mothers day, my brother and his fiance where going to be hosting it. When I hear party, I jump up, oh can I decorate!


pink and green


  • hanging baskets of flowers at least 1 for each mother who's attending to take home after
  • floral/femenine scrapbooking paper in pinks and greens
  • tissue paper in pink, green, and white (some of it to make hanging pom poms)
  • pink fake flowers and a couple vases if you don't have any
  • double sided tape, or regular tape
  • if there's going to be kids make sure there's colouring sheets and balloons for them to play with


  • fruit platter
  • veggie platter
  • corn on the cob
  • sweet potato
  • frozen chicken breast
  • white cake
  • heavenly hash ice cream
  • juice, tea, coffee
  • box of chocolate

Menu (super easy):

  • Fruit Platter and Veggie Platter
  • Lemon Pepper Chicken Breast
  • Sweet potatoe wedges
  • Corn on the Cob
  • White cake and Heavenly Hash Ice cream
  • Juice, tea, coffee
  • Box of Chocolates 


  • 4:30 guests arrive have coffee, juice, and snack platters ready
  • 5:30 serve supper and a while after have dessert
  • 6:30 make sure there's fresh coffee, hand chocolate box around, set the rest out into bowls in the living room and dining area

2 Weeks Before the party:

  • write a list of everyone your going to invite
  • create a group on facebook and send invites to people in your contact list
  • check the list and make sure everyone on it was invited
  • make phone calls to everyone who didn't get an invitation

Before the Day of the party:

  • make pom poms
  • pick up baskets of flowers
  • pick up fruit and veggie platters make sure you have the groceries and decorating supplies

If you're going to be making your own pom poms I'd suggest doing it before the day of the party, I had mine in bags in the shed from my daughters 2nd b-day party so could skip that step here's the video I watched to learn how to make them:

11 AM Decorating on the Day of the party:

Take the hanging hook off of the hanging flower baskets and tape tissue paper around them to make them more aesthetically pleasing and hide the ugly green pot they come in. I taped sheets of scrapbooking paper to the walls, double sided tape works very well for this
Daddy and Hayleigh out on the couch for an afternoon nap mid party
Here's the pom poms hanging in the corner of the living room and a basket of flowers on one end table and the coffee table. Fake pink flowers where dropped into vases already on those shelves and another large flower head put on top of one of the shelf boxes.

The basket of flowers on the table and some more scrapbook sheets above the couch

3:00 PM Start super easy supper:

Super Easy Chicken: simmers 20 mins
  • On hi heat bring to a boil about 2 cups of water into a pot that has a lid with 2 tbsp of any oil, throw in about 3 tbsp of a premix spice like lemon pepper, or italiano,
  • Once it's boiling add the frozen chicken breasts and return to a boil.
  • Put the lid on and turn to low heat to simmer about 20 minutes.
  • If you like you can keep the chicken water to use as a broth for making soup.

Super Easy Sweet Potato: simmers 40 mins
  • Scrub the sweet potatoe, cut it into large 2 or 3 inch chunks.
  • Bring enough water to cover the potatoes to a boil with about a teaspoon of salt and toss in the sweet potatoe chunks, return to a boil.
  • Put the lid on and turn to low heat and simmer about 40 minutes

Corn on the Cob: simmers 40 mins
  • Shuck corn.
  • Bring enough water to cover the corn to a boil with about a teaspoon of salt and toss in the corn, return to a boil.
  • Put the lid on and turn to low heat and simmer about 40 minutes

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