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Reagan’s ONE Year Photos

Time is continuing to fly by friends.  I am almost 34 weeks pregnant with Baby Haguewood #2 and we are officially in the home stretch.  I am so behind on my chalkboards, as usual, and am just going at my own pace doing my best to cross things off the list when it comes to baby prep.

I am so excited to share a few photos we had done for Reagan’s one year (even though it is almost two months later). We had such a blast at her party and I’ve dreamed of having annual photos of my babies and of course family photos.  We found the sweetest family photographer and I was simply blown away at what she captured.  Reagan has such a goofy personality and loves to smile around us, but damn, we can never get her to smile around anyone else.  I knew it was going to be a challenge but the whole setup was so seamless and easy.  I have a whole other post planned on the little cake smash session we did and some helpful tips and tricks for mommies out there.  I learned a lot in the process of planning her first birthday and the cake smash, and will definitely share all the details as well as what worked and didn’t work for us.

Enjoy these sweet pics of our baby girl.  This time is so precious and I will be over here crying, pregnancy hormones, trying my best to soak up all the itty bitty cuteness before she suddenly becomes a teenager.

Reagan's One Year Photos

Reagan's One Year Photos

I completely fell in love with the wood backdrop and semi rustic look.  We are fairly casual people and Miss Reagan is pretty laid back about life.  We don’t get crazy dressed up and are sorta homebodies at heart.  I wanted her pics to truly reflect where we are at in life and who she is slowly becoming personality wise.  She is goofy, curious, has one hell of a mean mug, and is learning to walk at the moment.  Her wobbly little self and chubby arms and legs give me all the “happy feels” in the world. When she smiles she lights up the whole damn room.

Reagan's One Year Photos

Reagan's One Year Photos

She has the biggest and brightest eyes i’ve ever seen and I love how the black and white pics captured them.  She has a “sweet smile” and a “goofy all TEETH” smile (pictured above). This might be one of our favs because its kinda her signature move at the moment.  She still only has the 4 teeth and loves to show them off.

Reagan's One Year Photos

Reagan's One Year Photos

Tiny baby toes, chubby baby legs in leggings, and her favorite white teddy bear make for some timeless and perfect photos.  We used Jenn Elliott Photography  and could have not been happier.  She is simply amazing and we totally hit it off.  She makes any awkward moments easy and the transition with a fussy babe super easy.  She is a mommy to 5 and totally gets it!!!!!

Reagan's One Year Photos

Reagan's One Year Photos

Reagan's One Year Photos

Heart Garland (made by me using this heart punch, craft paper, and a sewing machine)   //    Ivory Outfit, Crown, & Leggings   // Photos by Jenn Elliott Photography 

 We did her one year pics first followed by her cake smash.  I’ll post those soon. As always, thank you so much for reading friends!!!!!

xo xo,

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“Our Little Bunny is ONE” – Reagan’s First Birthday Party

Last weekend I threw little miss an awesome First Birthday Party.  We had so much FUN and the biggest thank you to everyone who gave up their Saturday afternoon to hop on over and celebrate our sweetest little bunny, Reagan Marie.  It was just so much fun.  Normally planning everything is what really gets my creative juices flowing, but the actual day and seeing Reagan so happy made my heart sing.

After Christmas I started searching and searching for cute party themes. I didn’t want anything corny like pink sparkles, and ultimately thats just not Reagan.  She has such an independent and unique goofy personality that I just knew a cookie cutter first birthday wasn’t going to work for us.  Besides, there is no way in hell that I could go for pre-made party decorations. I love a good DIY project and throwing parties and decorating spaces is totally my jam.

Given that her birthday is in March, I knew we had to do something indoors.  We still have like 2 feet of snow around our neck of the woods. Which is so funny, because when I gave birth to her last year it totally felt like Spring with sunshine and green grass.  Such a difference this year. I didn’t want to spend a small fortune on her party and knew I needed to get creative. I found the bunny theme on Pinterest and voila, party perfection!

I gutted out my office/craft room and couldn’t believe the treasures and endless supply of stuff I had snuck away over the past few years.  I raided all my Easter decorations and went to work putting together a party.  I knew the garden/bunny theme would be great for her and I can leave up most of the decor for Easter next month.

Most of the tangible decorations I pulled out of my Easter decor and then I made a ton of stuff using random craft supplies that I found.  I snuck in a HUGE goodwill run full of random crap as well which felt really good.  I’ll try to provide links to things that I did purchase, links to old products if they are still available or something similar, and links to DIY tutorials that I used or made up.  Most of the ideas can be found on Pinterest and I’ll provide the links to the cake stuff I used to build her birthday cake.

I know throwing your child a BIG first birthday is totally cliche these days, BUT it is so much FUN!  I totally get why parents do it.  As a guest, i’m sure its a little boring but we so appreciate everyone who supported us and helped us celebrate our baby girl. We literally couldn’t love her more than we do and i’m sure that was more than evident at her party!!!!

I completely fell in love with the vibrant greens, pinks, and purples, the bright sunlight coming in through the windows and of course all the bunny and garden vintage looking decor! So much fun and so perfect!

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1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

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1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Green Moss Table Runner // White Cake Stand // Jade Cake Stand // Tin Tiered Tray // Gold Polka Dot Paper Plates // Gold Silverware // “Reagan is One” Custom Cake Topper

I opted to go for a light lunch, tons of fresh fruit and veggies, and a dessert bar displaying all her cakes and treats.  The dessert table was so pretty and I was ECSTATIC with how the cakes turned out. It was just a really simple layout on this Green Moss Table Runner and a long end table we already owned. I made her a mini 6″ basic vanilla cake for photos and her little cake smash.  But I ordered a cake from our FAVORITE dessert place.  They did our wedding cake, my bridal shower cake, and multiple other events and birthdays.  It was my favorite white cream cheese cake with rum raspberry filling!!!! SOOOOO GOOD! I also made THESE “bunny tail” sugar cookie truffles, THESE “lettuce” oreo truffles, THESE “carrot” strawberries, and pudding cups with crushed oreo and a carrot strawberry on top!

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

I moved our dining table to the side of the room and used our mirror as a backdrop with some hanging garlands that I made out of old scrap paper. Most of the table decor was a bunch of random mishmash from our house including some old glass vases, mason jars for flowers, craft crates, faux boxwood green balls, and ceramic bunnies from my Easter collection.

Lunch was chicken salad on croissants made to look like carrots with bits of parsley coming out the end, a gluten free and paleo option on beds of lettuce, the yummiest cheese ball recipe HERE, cheddar bunnies, a full garden of fresh veggies, and strawberry, blueberry, and raspberry patches. It was pretty easy other than lots and lots of washing, chopping, and assembling everything right before people showed up. But it seriously turned out way prettier than I had pictured in my head.

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Beverages were strawberry lemonade, fresh cucumber water, and fresh lemon water.  I was going to do champagne but decided not to at the last minute.  My sister and I are both pregnant and we had lots of people who don’t drink at all.  Not to mention lots and lots of little ones and it didn’t seem right to have alcohol for some reason. Totally not like me one bit…must be the pregnancy hormones.

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Bar Cart // Beverage Dispenser // Glass Pitchers

I made the cutest favor bags for our guests and then completely forgot to hand them out to people.  Totally my fault for putting them on the bottom of the bar cart.  Out of sight and out of the way.  I found the cutest vintage bunny graphics on The Graphic Fairy.com and printed them out on basic paper bags with the added wording, “Thank You for Hopping By.” I added a doily, some pink satin ribbon, a white bunny tail, and filled them with THIS recipe for “Bunny Bait” that I found on Pinterest. They were just adorable and the treat inside is so addicting!

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Baby Girls Mint Flutter Dress // Blush Lace-Up Sandals // White Maxi Dress

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Baby Girls Mint Flutter Dress  //  Blush Lace-up Flats  // Bunny Ears Homemade *Tutorial coming soon

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Baby Girls Mint Flutter Dress // White Maxi Dress

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

1st Birthday Setup - Bunny Garden Party

Baby Girls Mint Flutter Dress

The whole party was just spectacular.  We watched a bunch of little ones play together, ate lunch, sang “Happy Birthday,” and watched Reagan go to town on a piece of cake.  The guys played pool in the basement and watched the NFL combine on tv.  It was so low-key and so perfect.  I intentionally went into the whole day with zero expectations on how the decor, food, people, or Reagan’s behavior would turn out. AND…everything turned out so perfect and couldn’t have been more awesome.  These kids parties can get out of control pretty quickly and become all about the parents and the production.  While I might have gone a little overboard on the decor, I never lost sight of the true purpose of the day…celebrating our sweet Reagan Marie.  She is such a little miracle.  It was a fantastic day and again thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate!!!!!

xo xo,

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Happy First Birthday Reagan Marie!!!!!

It doesn’t seem possible, but our beautiful baby girl turned ONE last week.  We officially have a one year old.  I can hardly remember what life was like before she was here with us, entertaining us on a daily basis.  She has grown from the littlest 6lb. newborn into a full fledged baby girl complete with chubby baby arms, wrist cankles, and michelin man baby legs.  If I could bottle up the chubby baby cuteness I totally would.

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She is such a sassy little goofball and loves to giggle and laugh all day long.  She is such a presence and people seem drawn to her even walking through the grocery store. It cracks me up when she gives her silly toothy grin to random strangers at the grocery store, but it makes my heart happy that she is such a joyful little soul.

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Reagan bday photos

Reagan bday photos

Reagan bday photos

Reagan bday photos

On March 2nd we celebrated her first birthday and I kicked off the day by running to the store at the ass crack of dawn to buy her some birthday donuts.  I was going to make her funfetti waffles but ultimately my 7 month pregnant belly wasn’t down for early morning baking and I opted to hit the grocery store instead.  I think she was digging the choice and we sugared her up before the day had even started.  I cranked the tunes and decked out in her new strawberry jammies, we fed her her first ever maple bar donut, a personal favorite of mine and I think now hers as well.

“What the heck is that thing?”

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“Seriously, what trickery is this? I’m never allowed to have sweets.”

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“Well, it is my birthday, i’m game to give it a go.”

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“Hey guys, this is really good!!!!!”

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Silence and heavy breathing as she demolishes an entire freakin’ donut before my eyes.

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“Mom, this is the BEST birthday ever.”

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The entire production had me bursting at the seams. Our day together was really low-key and pretty normal.  We played extra hard, took lots of photos, I told her a million times how much I love her and that this is the special day of her birth.  The night before we told her her birth story and reminisced about the crazy night I went into labor.  I really thought I would be super emotional and have a mommy meltdown, but I held it together and just enjoyed every moment of her day.

My mom flew in from Chile that afternoon and she got lots of Grandma love, followed by the arrival of my husband’s parents and even more grandparent love!!!! It was awesome.  We went out to dinner and she enjoyed some salty french fries followed by an early bedtime because Mom had lots of party prep to do still.

I don’t think I left the kitchen the next two days prepping all the food and treats for her party, but it was totally worth it!!! She is such a special and unique little personality and she deserves all the love and birthday goodness in the whole wide world!!!

Reagan Marie, we love you more than there are words to describe or feelings to feel.  Bringing you into this world has been the biggest joy and blessing of our lives and you make every single day so special with your light spirit and happy energy.  We are so incredibly grateful that God blessed us to be your parents and although life is full of ups and downs, we pray that you never lose your happiness.  Hold onto who you are in this world and never compromise your true nature.  I simply can not wait to see the beautiful life you will live. And, if your FIRST YEAR was any indication, life with you will always be an incredible journey.  Thank You for making us parents!!!! Happy Birthday our little darling, we love you so very much!!!!

xo xo, Mommy & Daddy!!!!

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It’s all about the Jovie dog…

On Tuesday, November 11th we celebrated our sweet dog Jovie’s 5th Birthday!!!!

She is such a darling and we have so much love for this little baby.  My hubby received Jovie as a birthday gift 5 years ago and she has been his loving companion ever sense.  These two are simply inseparable.  Every time the hubby has to go on a business trip, Jovie patiently waits for him to come home. She was one of the CUTEST golden puppies I have ever seen.

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When Jeffrey and I got married in 2011, I had the honor of becoming this little girls “mommy” and she is just as precious now as she was then. We all look like babies in this picture.

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She loves going to Grandma and Grandpa’s lake house and jumping off the dock more than anything else. She truly is a water dog and her “Happy Place” is wherever she can swim and swim and swim.

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She puts up with so many of my holiday shenanigans including yearly Halloween costumes, bunny ears for Easter, and Christmas scarves for the holidays.

80’s RockStar Jovie – 2010

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SuperGirl Jovie – 2013

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The 3 Little Pigs – 2014

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Santa’s Little Helper – 2012

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Santa’s Reindeer – 2013

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Matching Christmas Scarves – 2013

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Cheering on our Seahawks – 2014

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Celebrating “AMERICA” for the 4th – 2014

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Easter Bunny Jovie – 2013

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This angel has celebrated so many milestones with our family and now we are excited to celebrate HER!!!

In the Spring we found out Jovie had a malignant tumor in her leg.  We were simply devastated.  We knew we weren’t ready to say goodbye to our baby and it wasn’t quite her time yet.  So… after 2 surgeries, several weeks in a full leg cast, and 100lb. mommy carrying 65lb. Jovie up and down the stairs multiple times a day, we FINALLY received the all clear and a clean bill of health!!! Our baby was back and her inner LIGHT was shinning brighter than ever!!!! We added a third Cancer Survivor to our family and CELEBRATED!!!!

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Jovie, you are a beautiful soul and we love and admire you so much!!!

We are beyond thankful for every memory where you were by our side and are JOYFUL for the many years we now get to spend with you.  Thank you for being YOU and the best Jovie-Dog we have!!!

Happy Birthday!!!!!

Love Mommy and Daddy!!!!!

And YES, I do LOVE my animals enough to write a whole freakin’ blog post just about them!!!!

Kiss your babies tonight and love on them!!!!

xo xo friends,

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DIY Cupcake Tower & Cake Stand

I was sooooo excited to work on this project and Jeffrey’s birthday gave me the perfect opportunity to give it a go!!! After shopping online at sites like Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and Amazon and seeing the ridiculously outrages price tags attached to these totally FAB cupcake towers, I knew 100% that I could make something equally awesome and for considerably cheaper. Cue the DIY designer in me and BAM we have a new tutorial, dollar store style. 🙂 Here is my version of a Glass Cupcake Tower!

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Versatile and super easy to make, I was SHOCKED at how quickly this project came together.  I will warn you in advance, this project required an incredibly steady hand and please make sure you have a clean & dry workspace to work in.

SUPPLIES:

3 Glass Plates (varying sizes)

2 Glass Candlesticks

Epoxy Glue *I used the Gorilla Glue brand below and LOVED it

 Black Sharpie Marker

Sharp Scissors

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STEP 1:

To get started I ran my glass plates and candlesticks through the dishwasher to get them all clean and sparkly!

STEP 2:

I opted to keep my tower clear, but if your interested in painting or even spray painting your tower now would be the time to do it.  Allow the pieces plenty of time to dry so they can be easily handled when its time to construct the tower.

STEP 3:

Next up I found the center of each glass plate and marked the bottom of the plate with a simple black dot using the sharpie.  This will help when gluing on the candlesticks.  I eyeballed mine, but i’m sure you could get super fancy and accurate if you really wanted when centering the candlesticks.

STEP 4:

Mix together the Epoxy following the detailed instructions that should be included in the package.  You have to move fairly quickly once the Epoxy is mixed so it will help to have everything set up and ready to go before you start mixing.  Flip the glass plate back over so its right side up.  Apply a small amount of Epoxy glue to the base of the candlesticks and gently place it on the plate.  Apply pressure once you get it in the right spot and hold for a good minute or two.  I placed a heavy book on mine and let it sit for 10 minutes.

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STEP 5:

Use the same steps as above on the middle tier and glue the other candlestick to the medium sized plate.

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Next, glue the two pieces together only this time add the smallest plate to the very top of the tower.  Again, apply plenty of pressure & weight to the top of the tower and leave it to set for a few hours.  The Epoxy will be dry after around 10 minutes, but to ensure that it will hold the full weight of the plates allow extra time for it to dry and set.

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If your interested in making a simple cake tower you can follow all the instructions above but you only need 1 glass plate and 1 sturdy candlestick to use as a base.

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I have already used both of these pieces multiple times and they are fantastic.  Hand wash with warm soapy water and gently towel dry when needed.  I store mine up high where the kitties can’t get to them.

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Here is my Cupcake Tower in action at Jeffrey’s birthday Party!!!

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Feel free to email me or comment below if you have any questions regarding this project!

Enjoy FRIENDS!!!

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DIY SuperHero “Party Invitations”

This DIY SuperHero Tutorial is a quick and easy one!

Using WORD on my Mac I managed to piece together these awesome and totally adorable party invitations.  After a few weeks of searching, along with all the other party decorations, I was struggling to find cute and semi-adult party invitations for my hubby’s 27th SuperHero Birthday Party. I knew I wanted the party to have more of an adult feel then a little kids superhero party, and that meant incorporating more traditional superhero elements.  One of my hubby’s favorite characters is SuperMan! So in traditional SuperMan fashion, I used the Clark Kent angle of the Daily Planet NewsPaper as the theme for my party invitations.

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 I printed the invitation on a gray marble card stock, folded them to look like a newspaper, and finished with a simple string to mimic the look of a stack of newspapers!

Voila! Cute and non-cheesy SuperHero Party Invitations!

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DIY SuperHero “Photo Booth Props”

Hey everyone, i’m back this week with my absolute favorite DIY SuperHero Tutorial!!! I’ve been saving it because I wanted to get all the details just perfect before I published the post.  Back in April, yikes i’m getting behind, I threw my sweetheart a SuperHero themed Birthday Party with all our friends and loved ones.  We had so much fun.  After weeks of hunting and major “sticker shock” I decided to make all the decorations and props for the party.  I literally went to every single “party store” in our area and struggled to find anything SuperHero related!!! I wanted the party to feel fun and have a definite theme, but I didn’t want it to be a little kids party!!! All the “classic” SuperHero icons were included along with bright pops of color and fun reusable decorations!!! I little Pinterest hunting was a failure so I knew the whole party was going to require some major creativity on my part!!!

To check out past Tutorials and all the details about the Party click below:

Full Birthday Party Recap & Photos – CLICK HERE

DIY SuperHero Birthday Bunting Banner – CLICK HERE

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DIY SuperHero City Back Drop – CLICK HERE

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DIY Circle Garlands – CLICK HERE

This FUN Tutorial is for all the awesome Photo Booth Props I made.  Our family had an absolute blast playing around with these little guys and i’m so glad I took the plunge and made all of them! Not gonna lie, this project is really time consuming but I was so happy with how everything turned out. Definitely worth every minute!

I made the following Props:

Captain America Mask & Shield

Iron Man Mask & Arc Reactor 

Robin Mask & lOGO

WonderWoman Tiara & Logo

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 SuperMan Hair & Logo

Clark Kent Hair & Glasses

Hulk Mask

Batman Mask & Logo

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DIY SuperHero Photo Booth Prop Tutorial & Guide

To make all the props I used the following supplies:

Colored Scrapbook Paper or Thick Construction Paper *I used a mixture of scraps that I had on hand and some pieces that I picked up at my local craft store

Ruler

Pencil or Pen

Sharp Scissors

Craft Glue Tape

Bamboo Wood Skewers 

Hot Glue Gun

Photos of each SuperHero you want to make

STEP 1 – To get started I used basic white THCIK construction paper and hand drew an outline of each mask or logo I wanted to make.  I used the photo of each character as a general guide.  I cut out each outline shape to check the general size and make sure that the mask was proportionate to the average head size.  The first round I did of the masks were all way too big and looked super funky as a mask.  Lol. By scaling each mask I was able to verify that the end result would look fantastic.

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*Below are the White Templates I made for the Batman mask, Robin mask, and the IronMan mask. 

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STEP 2 – The next step is to place the white template on the colored paper that will ultimately end up being the mask itself.  Trace the outline onto the colored paper and cut out the basic outline for each mask.

STEP 3 – If your chosen mask has multiple layers, aka different colors on the mask, draw and cut out the templates for each additional piece on the mask.  The IronMan mask I made is a good example of this.  Below you can see the Red base and outline and then all the different Yellow pieces that give the mask some real dimension.  Utilize your photo of your SuperHero and do the best job you can to create the look your after.

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STEP 4 – The final step is to assemble all your pieces and masks/logos!  I used basic craft tape to piece together my masks and props.  Next I used a hot glue gun to attach the craft stick to one side of the mask OR to the center of the logo/symbol for each SuperHero.  I wanted to make sure that the stick didn’t show too much in pictures and by having it to the side of the mask and below the logo I was able to avoid that.

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Other than taking several hours to make, this whole project was fairly simple.  Patience and a little creativity will go a long way!!! If you have any specific questions about the masks or one SuperHero in particular please feel free to comment below or message me!!!

Next up I made these really CUTE comic book callout props in addition to the SuperHero props!!

For this project I used the same materials as above.

DIY Comic Book Callout Photo Props Tutorial & Guide

Supplies needed include the following:

White Scrapbook or Construction Paper (the thicker the better)

Sharp Scissors

Black Sharpie Marker

Bamboo Wood Screwers 

Hot Glue Gun

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STEP 1 – Determine how many “callouts” you want to make.  I cut out a variety of different “comic book” shapes because I wanted several different sayings.  Also, I made a few black callouts and left a couple of black sharpie markers out so guests could write out their own FUN birthday wish to my sweet hubby.  My shapes included the simple oval, a fun starburst, and the different sized rectangles pictured below.

STEP 2 – Write out your message!!! I mimicked a comic book font that I found online and wrote out several “Happy Birthday” messages to my husband!!! I used a black sharpie to write out the message on the callout!

STEP 3 – Using the black sharpie, draw a thin even line on the outside of the callout to add a nice border.  This helps the callout POP and really makes it distinct in photos.

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Thats all there is to this fun project!!! You could easily modify this project and adapt it to any character or party theme you want!!! Our family had so much fun playing with these props and we got some absolutely PRICELESS and MEMORABLE pictures.  The whole day was awesome and we will never forget it!

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DIY SuperHero “City Back Drop”

Hello ALL!!! So after about a thousand months i’m finally back with the final updates & tutorials for the BIG SuperHero Party I threw for my husbands 27th birthday.  Man did we have a good time.  It was silly craziness at its best and we wouldn’t want it any other way. My next couple of posts will be some followup tutorials on decorations I made for the BIG party.  I’ve been promising them for awhile now, and VOILA, they are finally here. You can read all about my hubby’s very grown up and slightly ridiculous BUT totally awesome SuperHero Birthday Party by clicking HERE!

Check out this Tutorial for his “DIY Happy Birthday Bunting Banner” by clicking HERE!

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Next up on the tutorial checklist is the awesome City Back Drop I made to use as a cool accent & photo booth backdrop  for pictures!!! It is really very simply and took about an hour all together to bust out. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at michelle.haguewood@hotmail.com OR post questions below and i’ll get back to you right away!!!

P.S. Don’t mind the super awesome SuperMan Figurine next to my backdrop. I borrowed him from my husbands “work materials” to use for the party.

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So here we go with the SuperHero City Photo Booth Back Drop DIY Tutorial and How To Guide.

Unfortunatley this was one of the very first projects I started working on while planning the party, so I didn’t think to take any good photos as I was making the City Back Drop. Luckily, it is beyond easy to make and only takes a few items that are really inexpensive!

To make this fun City Photo Booth Back Drop you will need the following supplies:

1 Large Roll of Black  Butcher Paper

2 Rolls of Yellow Duct Tape

Masking Tape

Sharp Scissors

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I decided to use long “strips” of the butcher paper to make my “city.” I wanted the strips to resemble tall buildings to mimic the look of a typical city skyline view, but something you might see in a comic book. I had a tri-fold that I attached the black strips to with masking tape pieces.  My tri-fold in made of stained wood so I wanted to be cautious when putting sticky tape on the wood finish. Didn’t want to ruin any furniture.

Once the Long strips were all cut, I chose a shape to use for the “building” roof and cut a similar shape on the black butcher paper.  I used some simple square rooftops, a rounded rooftop, and a few with angular rooftops to look more modern and represent a “true” modern city skyline.

The next step was to cut lots and I mean LOTS of yellow duct tape strips to use as “windows” on each building.  I didn’t plan anything out…I just winged it and starting cutting and cutting and then cutting some more.  I let each building speak for itself and randomly spaced the “windows” all over the place.

I used both rolls of duct tape to make my buildings and had some butcher paper left over once the project was complete.  The “buildings” rolled up nicely into tubes and thats how they stayed until a few days before the party.

The best part is that this project was so SUPER CHEAP that I didn’t feel guilty throwing it ALL in the garbage once the party was over!! No hard feelings here and usually i’m a hoarder of anything that can be salvaged and saved. I think this project was such an awesome accent to his party and definitely helped to set the “tone” for a REAL SuperHero party.

If you have any questions about how to make this please feel free to email me or comment below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.  Again, sorry I didn’t take any pictures as I was making the project.  All other tutorials will include picture tutorials and descriptions from here on out!!!!

Again, thanks for READING!!!!

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DIY SuperHero “Happy Birthday Bunting Banner”

Hey everyone, so I wanted to put together a post with all the details on how I made the SuperHero decorations from Jeffrey’s Party!!! Looking back on my previous post I was reminded of how much FUN we had!!! To read all about our SuperHero party you can Click HERE or scroll down to the previous post.

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I had an absolute blast making all the decorations myself! I was all over Pinterest looking for ideas but really had trouble finding pre-made decorations.  I went shopping at our local party supply stores and couldn’t find anything that was affordable.  I’m all about being on a budget when it comes to crafts and party supplies.  It all adds up so fast.

First off I made this amazing Bunting Birthday Banner with fun Comic Book lettering that says “Happy Birthday!!”

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To make this fun Birthday Banner you will need the following supplies:

5 sheets of Red Craft or Scrapbooking Paper

1 sheet of Yellow Craft or Scrapbooking Paper

3 sheets of Blue Craft or Scrapbooking Paper

Sharp Scissors

Decorative Edge Scissors (I used a simple scallop edge)

Craft Tape

Ruler

Ribbon, Wire, or Twine (to hang your banner)

Hot Glue Gun

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To get started I measured and cut out all my Red triangles.  I measured out the size I wanted and made a basic template out of thick paper to trace.  It is so much easier than measuring out each triangle.  Set aside all the triangles for now.

Next, I sketched out the lettering I wanted on the Blue paper and cut out all my “Happy Birthday” letters.  Using the double sided craft tape I glued the letters to the red triangles.

Finally I cut 1/2 inch wide strips of Yellow paper and used my decorative scissors on one side to get the fun scalloped edge.  Flip the Red triangle over and glue the Yellow strips to the edge of the triangle to finish.

The last step is to attach your triangles to a piece of wire, twine, or ribbon etc.  I used 1 long piece of Gold sparkly ribbon.  Using a Hot Glue Gun I attached my ribbon along the edge of the triangle where the RED and YELLOW meet.

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The whole project went really quickly and ended up being way CUTER and way CHEAPER than purchasing one from the party supply store or on Etsy!!! Plus you can use any color or font type you want. The only items I purchased were the sheets of paper and I got them 50% OFF at Hobby Lobby.  They ended up being like 20 cents a piece.  I love a good Hobby Lobby deal!!!!

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Lots more decorations to come!!!

Stay Tuned Friends 🙂

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A very Super Birthday Bash!!!

Happy Springtime, Happy April, Happy Friday, Happy Everything…

So, I’ve been rather absent lately in the blogging department.  I’ve been feeling very reclusive and reflective lately and sometimes its good to take a break to clear the mind and gain a fresh perspective. Definitely some Spring cleaning but in an internal sense.

We’ve been busy relaxing and doing some major clean up after our fantastic Birthday Bash. My sweet husband turned 27 last Saturday and we CELEBRATED all weekend long!!! It was an absolute blast and I could not be happier with how everything turned out.  We definitely needed some family time and it was wonderful to see him so happy and relaxed.

I decided to go with a SuperHero theme, only adult style 🙂

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Everything turned out so awesome! No party would be complete without life sized SuperMan and Captain America figurines, a city back drop photo booth background, SuperHero photo booth masks, and colorful tissue pom poms!! I went with all the SuperHero colors (red, blue, yellow, green, purple) mixed together and hung fun circle garlands from the ceiling!!!

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I made all the decorations myself and will include DIY guides for all of them in a later post.  Everything was super easy and really inexpensive.

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We had lots of family and friends in from out of town and it was a blast.  We had a small gathering at our house for everyone before heading out to dinner.  We had more than enough food, drinks and laughter to go around.  My husband’s only request was his own Funfetti birthday cake and I added a SuperHero cupcake tower to complete our spread.

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In typical “Haguewood Family” fashion we had a total blast taking goofy photos with the SuperHero Masks and Photo Booth!!!

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We got a little crazy with the Comic Book Callouts that I made, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from our silly family.  We always have a good time 🙂

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Even our little puppies got in on the ACTION!!!

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We had so much FUN!!! After enjoying some time together we headed out for dinner and drinks. Life has been so busy and crazy lately and it was nice to relax and let our guards down with wonderful family and friends!

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To Jeffrey James, I LOVE YOU so much!!! You are a wonderful husband and fur-daddy to our babies.  Cheers to 27 and all the good things to come.  Each day with you is a blessing, Happy Birthday!!!

XOXO,

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Birthday Weekend Extravaganza (Part 2)

And we continue…

I am still recovering from the crazy weekend we had for Jeffrey’s Birthday!!!! What a BLAST!!! It still blows my mind that I am so blessed to be a part of such an amazing family. Between the love and support we get from my parents & my hubby’s family…it is just so unbelievable!

We celebrated Jeffrey’s 26th, can I get a WHOOP WHOOOP, Birthday with dinner and drinks and of course presents!!!!!! It was such a blast.

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SPECIAL MESSAGE TO MY HUSBAND: I am completely in love with you! I am so blessed to be your wife and to have the honor of spending my life with you. Watching us grow and change has been amazing and I am so proud of how far we have come. It hasn’t been an easy path but as each year passes my love for you only grows and evolves!!! I look forward to increasing our Haguewood Zoo with some little ones and making the most of each day we have together.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! You are my love and my best friend, my partner and husband, my biggest advocate and strongest sounding board, and I cannot picture a life without you in it. Loves my baby, and maybe next year we can rock out to an Avengers theme…Ironman maybe!!!

Thank you to everyone who helped to make this weekend so AMAZING and SPECIAL for my hubby. We are one lucky family!!!

All the best and I hope you are enjoying and celebrating your family this weekend.

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Birthday Weekend Extravaganza (Part 1)

Well hey there!! Long time no see! Things have been INSANE…I will repeat this again…INSANE lately! I’m currently coming down from our Birthday Weekend high. We are tanked. On the agenda today…breakfast and goodbyes followed by adult nap time while we watch the Masters and then a quick birthday visit with my parents.

We have been so blessed to enjoy this special Birthday Extravaganza with my honey’s family and my parents!!! The weekend started Thursday night with a fun and festive birthday cake for my love!!! I originally had BIG plans for Jeffrey’s 26th birthday but as is normal, life happened and I had to tone down the scope of my Birthday Extravaganza. Baking my baby a cake however was non-neogatiable. I recently discovered Ombre Cakes and Colored Birthday Cakes! Oh boy…SO MUCH FUN!!! Last month I made this Pink Ombre Cake for one of my coworkers and it turned out so AWESOME!!!

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I immediately fell in love and decided I had to make one for Jeffrey’s birthday!!! I originally had this whole Captain America/Avengers theme going but decided to bail last minute. I opted for a RED,WHITE, and BLUE cake instead…still very patriotic just like my husband! Here is a photo tutorial on how I made the cake. Basically I used 3 boxes of White Cake Mix, food coloring, and I made my own frosting (special recipe). Super Easy!!!

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BONUS!!! I bought this set of Wilton’s Food Coloring for like $4…use a 60% OFF coupon and your set with any color combination you could ever need! YAY! I used No Taste Red, aka actually turns out pink, and Royal Blue.
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More Pink then Red…but the idea is still there. HAHA. Next time, purchase one box of red velvet cake mix and boom your done.

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This was all pre-birthday prep! I was off from work Friday, the hubby’s actual birthday, and we had a blast. The day started with some cleaning and a quick coffee visit with a girlfriend, and lots of birthday kisses! Next, we met the newest addition to the Haguewood Family…meet Harley Haguewood!!! She is a 7-week old Golden Retreiver and is THE BEST!!!! Jeffrey’s parents recently got her and she is AWESOME!!! It was such a blast watching Jovie meet this little girl for the first time.

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There aren’t even words to express the love we all have for this little one. She is the perfect addition to our family. Jovie will always be our baby but Harley is our Spunky little firecracker with so much energy. It was such a blessing to see how far Jovie has come and to see her “playing mommy” for little Harley dog. We are all so excited to see them grow up together and can’t wait to make some more additions to the Haguewood Zoo!!!! We were sad to see her go, but our so thrilled for Jeffrey’s parents.I leave you with this adorable video of Jovie and Harley playing in our backyard! BEYOND CUTE! She is such a little nugget and we love her already!!!

Part 2 coming soon!!!!