Whimsical Birthday Party

Ellie turned 1 this month. Honestly, this little one never stops amazing me. She says so many little words now, not only walks but pretty much runs after her big bro, she is always giggling, man… I love her so much. Any who…enough bragging. Her 1st birthday was a smashing success. I loved putting together this ultra girly whimsical party. I chose a black, white, gold & pink theme. Obviously I turned to Pinterest for some inspiration. I found a TON. If time {& money} would have allowed I would have had an even bigger more spectacular party. BUT, here’s the turn out. If you want a funky/whimsical girly shindig, here’s some inspo for ya. Every party needs, balloons, party favors & a delicious cake.

Every party NEEDS these awesome gold lettered balloons. {I found mine on amazon} I ordered a “O” “N” “E” “1” to spell out ONE, obviously, and use the number for her cake smashing.

I hope you guys find some inspo from my sweet baby girls birthday party. Link your party ideas below so I can check them out.


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Whimsical Party Favors


Ok, it’s time to get pinterst-y ladies! (& gents) My baby girl’s 1st birthday party was this past weekend! Can you believe it?! This year has flown by. So per the usual, I am on pinterest in the middle of the night, I got inspired by a few whimsical party ideas I saw. Here is how to make your own fun party favors. If you try this out make sure to tag me in any posts! I would love to see! (Instagram @stoov)


  • little mason jars
  • gorilla glue
  • a damp towel or a little bowl of water
  • tiny toys/animals
  • spray paint
  • variation: try with toy soldiers, trains, legos, play rings, etc…


  1. Unscrew the tops of the mason jars and set the lids on a covered surface, I like to do this outside on an old piece of wood.
  2. Take your tiny toy or animal figure and damp the bottom surface (the part that you will glue)
  3. Apply the gorilla glue to the damp surface. (You can use any type of glue, but if you use gorilla glue you will have to make sure the surface is damp in order to activate the glue, per the instructions)
  4. Place the figure on the center of the lid. Let rest for 2-3 hours while glue dries.
  5. Once the glue is dry, place all the lids in a line and spray paint. (tip: You will get the best result if you use short sweeping motions as your spray paint)
  6. Let dry for a few hours. When they are dry…
  7. Fill the mason jars with fun cereal/candy/toys, etc… screw on lid and PARTY!

This was the easiest little project which is great if you are new to the whole DIY world. Stay tuned for more party DIY’S & pictures of Ellie’s 1st Birthday Bash.




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DIY Lace Choker

diy-lace-choker-coverSo 90’s are back in style which means you better whip out your chokers, fuzzy key chains, overalls and throw your hair into some fun buns. If you didn’t keep your stuff from the 90’s (cuz you were like 10) that’s ok. I’ll show you how to make your own choker necklaces. It’s super easy. And these basic instructions can apply to all types of fabric. Lace, leather, thin, thick, etc… you name it. Continue reading DIY Lace Choker

Milk n’ Honey Face Mask

If your skin is dull because of the harsh winter wind and cold, you may need to give your face some extra TLC. This yummy DIY Milk N’ Honey facial mask & scrub will make your skin glow and make your tummy growl.

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D I D   Y O U   K N O W ?

As babies our cell turn over rate is every 14 days? It slows to every 21-28 days as a teenager, then every 28-42 days from your adult years then dramatically slows when you hit 50. After the age of 50 it can be as slow as every 50-84 days!  Now, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s the deets… Your cell turn over rate is normally an average of how old you are and how well you take care of your skin. Your body creates new skin cells every couple of weeks {depending on your age} it is important to get rid of the dead skin that lays on the outside. This is why we need to EXFOLIATE. Can you imagine the build up of dead skin if we didn’t get rid of it?   Continue reading Milk n’ Honey Face Mask

Vintage Christmas Wrap

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Santa this, snowman that, reindeer here, tinsel there. Are you over the traditional Christmas wrap? I am! We all get in a rush and end up shoving those last minute gifts in bags and messily shove tissue paper into the top of the bag and call it good. I have done this too many times to count. (I did it last Tuesday to be exact)  But having some (cheap) things on hand at all times is key if you want to impress at your next family function, work party or birthday celebration. My vintage wrapping ideas came from a mish-mash of inspiration; Pinterest, Urban Outfitters and personal style. These ideas can be tweaked for any event or celebration. Adding bits and bobs to some plain brown wrapping or newspaper is sure to make your gift stand out among the rest. Give it a vintage feel with some jute, rope or white and red packing string. Embellish with flowers, feathers, lace, neutral papers or Polaroids.

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TIP: If you don’t own a Polaroid camera, FAKE it. A DIY Polaroid couldn’t be easier. Simply download (or use your own) photo. If you are using your own photo, increase the white balance & decrease shadows and play with filters to create a vintage feel. Crop to 3″ X 4″. Then cut around each photo making sure to leave an extra inch at the bottom of each photo. Print on card-stock or photo paper. And VIOLA! Instant Polaroid. No camera, no problem. Tag me if you re-create your own Polaroid moments!

Supply Inspiration:

  • brown paper wrap
  • newspaper
  • white paper
  • fresh flowers/leaves
  • feathers
  • jute, twine, string
  • fabrics
  • Polaroids
  • small ornaments

Enjoy my holiday wrapping inspiration AND be sure to show/share your favorites! I am always looking for more inspiration.

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October 2015 Favorites

october favoritesThis has possibly been the quickest month of the year for us. I don’t know where the time went. Between counting contractions & number of times Levi used the toilet, I somehow forgot to count the days. Ellie has officially arrived. She made her debut on October 17th at 8am, after 3 trips to the hospital the day prior. (Post coming on that soon!) I feel so beyond blessed with the outpouring of love and support this month. Going from one to two babies is not for the faint of heart. Since this month flew bye… I have a very short and random list of faves. Make sure to share your favorites with me!

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DIY: Rustic Chevron Wall Art

DIY Rustic chevron wall artWe have all seen those cute chevron wall hangings in expensive specialty shops and furniture boutiques. Sadly, my wallet isn’t ready to let go of $50-$150 for some wall art for the kiddo’s room.  So… what one can not afford, one can DIY! Well, at least that’s my motto. I went to Michael’s and picked up 3 unfinished chevrons. They only cost about $3 a piece PLUS I had their weekly coupon. I also picked up some twine, I chose green. So for about $15 I had most of my materials. You will need some paint/stain for this project as well, which ever you prefer. I used my left over stain from another DIY that will be up on the blog shortly.

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