iFly US – Tampa Event

One of the greatest perks of being a blogger is getting to attend some awesome events. A few weeks ago at the Tampa location of iFly US was one of those fun perks. Local bloggers were invited to go out to iFly and experience what they have to offer as well as go indoor skydiving with a guest. Naturally, since James is terrified of heights, I took him.

When we got there we were invited to sit in their party room and munch down on some refreshments as the event host explained to us in detail all the different event options that they offer. You can rent the whole place out for a corporate event (that’d be such a fun company team building bash), or even host your child’s birthday party there, where they can provide everything but the cake!

After chowing down, we watched a short video about what the hand signals meant, as we were with one of their professional flight instructors during our time in the tube. The instructor gave us hand signals to help us perfect our flying position in the wind tunnel. We then suited up and got ready for “take off”.

Honestly I was really nervous about flying in the tube. I was anxious about what it would feel like, and also worried I may not get my position perfect or would injure myself in some way. Stepping up to my turn I actually almost turned around thinking “I can’t do this”. However, I’m so glad I took one step forward instead of reverse, because once I got in I had SO much fun!

It doesn’t feel scary like when you’re on a roller coaster, you actually more so feel like the weightlessness of swimming with the wind blowing all around you. Your stomach doesn’t drop to the pit of your belly as I was imagining it would, which was a nice relief. We each got to fly for 1 minute each, and we took two turns.

On the second turn, James- who had a tough time with his positioning the first time around, decided to sit out, and good thing he did, because the instructor flew us all individually up to the high part of the tunnel.

I had a blast, and thankfully the amount of wind blocks noise because the first time we went up I think I screamed like a little girl. I span upwards and downwards in the tunnel in a kind of circle formation with the instructor, Alex. He was great and so helpful! After our flights we all got flight certificates and links to pictures and videos of our flight sessions! Check my video out here!

 

I’d definitely recommend a trip to iFly as a fun family or friends outing. The experience is truly a memory maker and it’s safe for kids as young as 3 to fly!

 

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Birthday Chip Frapp

This post was sponsored in part by Social Spotters on behalf of Shamrock Farms, all opinions are my own. 

With Brando’s 1st birthday party quickly approaching I wanted to pick a theme that matched what he’s in love with. After a lot of deliberation we decided to have a “This Little Piggy” foodie themed birthday. So basically, we skip out on all the kitschy party decor, and go straight to what matters most: good food. While Brando won’t be partaking in this beverage, I wanted to create a non-alcholoic foodie friendly beverage for the party. This is an adults-only drink because of the amount of caffeine in it, but it’s so fun and festive for his birthday party.

Coffee drinks are my jamm, and I’ve literally only met like 3 adults in my life who didn’t LOVE a good coffee beverage, so this idea seemed perfect to match the foodie theme, and be a fun treat for our party people.

This recipe makes 4 drinks so adjust for the amount of party-goers if you’re preparing ahead of time.

What You’ll Need:

2 cups of ice 

1- 12 oz bottle of Shamrock Farms Cold Brew Coffee & Milk

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

2 tbsp rainbow sprinkles

How to make it: 

  1. Fill blender with 2 cups of ice.
  2. Add all ingredients to blender- save 1 tbsp rainbow sprinkles for garnish
  3. Pulse blender until ice is good and blended, then hit “smoothie” setting for 30 seconds.
  4. Pour into glass and top with leftover sprinkles.
  5. ENJOY!

This was such a delicious treat to kick start my mid-week slump, and it will be such a delicious treat for our baby boy’s party guests! Combining all of our favorite flavors (coffee, birthday cake, and chocolate) made for one spectacular concoction.

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Disney’s Up Theme Party

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My Birthday is coming up! I LOVE birthdays, it just doesn’t get any better than celebrating someone’s life, be it my own or someone I care about, a celebration is always fun for me. With my birthday approaching I have been reminiscing about Cash’s 2nd Birthday party we threw in November. It was so much fun, and I’m excited to share with you some of the super awesome details we went into to plan this spectacular backyard bash.

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For Cash’s party I wanted to do something cute that he would enjoy, that also wasn’t too basic or kitschy. He has an obsession with balloons and bubbles so I thought an UP themed party would work wonderfully. If you haven’t seen Disney’s Up, it’s a great story about creating adventures in every stage of your life and I highly suggest it for family movie night (be prepared to ugly cry during the first 10 minutes though). Balloons are a big deal in the movie since the main character Carl, decides to float his house via helium balloons to Paradise Falls, South America. Since Carl is an older gentleman, the movie also has small touches of nostalgic americana fair which is what I went with as far as overall decor & snacks concepts.

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Our main gift to Cash was this sweet little playhouse, to fit it into the theme we rented a helium tank and blew up 150 balloons! We used them all over and gave them away as favors for the kids when they left, so they turned out to be fabulous and fun decorations!

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Aside from the balloons, I also focused on Vintage snacking. Carl and Ellie worked at a Zoo, so I figured Animal Crackers, Glass Bottled Soda, and Fresh Popcorn were great personal touches to add to the theme.

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While toddlers aren’t much for games they LOVE running around, so hosting this in the backyard with a few extra seating areas for the adults worked out wonderfully. All the kids had a blast playing in the playhouse, and since everyone there was a parent we all had a great laugh watching them have so much crazy fun!

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To wrap up all the fun we created an Adventure Book for Cash to keep his birthday memories in. Each guest signed it with an idea for a fun adventure for him to do this year! It was awesome reading the ideas after the party was over.

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Do you have a favorite themed birthday party you’ve hosted for your kids?

 

 

Carl&Ellie 4ever,

B

 

 

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For the Love of Disney! Our #disneyside @homecelebration!

In January I got news that I was selected by MomSelect to host an exciting party full of Disney fun!!! The MomSelect team put together these great packages full of pixie dust with all the ingredients to host an amazing celebration centered around a Disney theme! We got a general Mickey/Minnie theme, and I thought since Valentine’s Day was quickly approaching at the time, a Love&Disney party would be wonderful!

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It’s so much fun to watch Cash play with other kids around his age, so I sent out some invitations to family and close friends with kids to make sure we had a good amount of guests for more fun! I set up a huge food table, because let’s face it, that’s really the most important part of a party. I really like to keep our family diet free of GMOs and tons of sugars, so I wanted our snack table to reflect that.

Earth’s Best sent some delicious kid-friendly organic snacks for the little ones. Cash loves all the flavors, and I love that he’s eating non-GMO healthy food that provides him with tons of nutrition.

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I set up some fruit and veggie trays for the adults and CrunchPak provided us with these awesome Mickey shaped healthy fresh fruit&veggie packs for the kids!

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Who doesn’t love pizza? Right??! So, for the kids and adults I made these delicious little mini-pizzas with Mickey mouse heads made of pepperoni’s using some delicious Kontos cocktail flatbreads! These things were gobbled up extremely quickly! I didn’t even get to try one before they were all gone! I simply made some pizza sauce in a food processor (tomato paste, fresh roma tomato, basil, garlic and EVOO), spread a dab on each flatbread, then covered with cheese and pepperoni’s!

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Instead of boring potato chips, I opted for healthier snacks for the adults from Kay’s Naturals. These are really awesome and deliciously flavored snacks (Honey Mustard Pretzels, Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips, etc.) that are low on the glycemic index, some are completely gluten free, with low-carbs and extremely high in protein! They are the best treats for adult snacking, without all the empty calories!

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As a final treat I made a Mickey Mouse cake, using the cake pan that came in my party kit! This was our indulgent snack as it was full of sugar with both cream cheese AND chocolate frostings! It was well worth the calorie splurge!

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After everyone got settled, we played some really fun games also provided by Disney! Disney Bingo was definitely the parents favorite, and while we HAD a pin-the-mouth on Mickey game, most of the kids were still too young to really understand how to play, so the parents had to chip in to help their kids win! It was so funny blindfolding and spinning my sister-in-law as she tried to win her little girls a toy!!

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We also had a lot of fun outside at our party too! I set up some sidewalk chalk photo-ops for mommy and me time! While the kiddos weren’t as cooperative as the kids featured in the Pinterest post I saw this idea on, it still turned out to be super fun and cute!!

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We all had such a good time! I wanted to give each of the kids and moms something to take with them so they could remember this special occasion! While I did receive some really cool stuff in my box to include, like Disney Princess Nail polish and Micky Mouse Tattoos,  I found LOTS of stuff for basically no cost at all between the One Spot at Target and Dollar Tree to fill goody bags with! These were awesome, and since we had a lot of people cancel, each little kid at our party got to walk home with 2!! It was so fun seeing the kids all excited and going through their bags! All my mommy’s there also LOVED their treat totes, which were just filled with chocolate and princess polish as well!

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Mommy Treat Totes!

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I just mixed Valentine’s Day decor I already owned with the Disney stuff that was sent to me to create a really fun decorated atmosphere for the party. We all had such a great time I’m thinking we’ll have to host another kids party soon!!!

My beautiful niece Hayden!
My beautiful niece Hayden!
Cash and cousin Marley!
Cash and cousin Marley!

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How do you and your family show your #disneyside?!?!

Mouse Ears & Minnie Bows,

B

 

 

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The Party’s Over, but I’m still pumped! Also, How to Make a Mason Jar Vase

Happy Spring Forward Sunday! (not) James let me sleep til noon, so I can’t complain though! Yesterday was my sister-in-laws shower and it went SO SO WELL! Oh we all had such a good time and all the decor turned out so so good! I’m sure there are already 100 different blog posts about how to make adorable country chic mason jar vases, but since I didn’t read any of them and just figured it out on my own I’ll post about it because it was super simple and turned out very very good!

I bought “Ballet Slipper” colored Krylon High-Gloss spray paint

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I bought a 12 pack of mason jars at Target for $11, such a good deal I don’t know how they aren’t constantly out of stock.

Coat the mason jars with about 3 coats of spray paint, allowing the coats to dry throughly before adding another coat.

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Then add a Pearl Glaze

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allow to dry

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While the mason jars are drying, we’re going to glitter the lids.

Simply apply Elmers glue with a paint brush around the whole lid, and move the lid around in a bowl of glitter until all the glue is covered, allow to dry for about an hour

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I filled my jars with various twigs which I cleaned and then hot glued lots of pearls to, and some fake flowers, I still have a fear of the real ones.

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All the decorations looked so cute at Shannon’s shower, baby Marley is one loved child already!

Shannon actually made this awesome banner for her!

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Was such a good time! Can’t wait to start helping with their wedding stuff, and to start planning my own now!!! Oh Snaps!!

Twigs and Twine,

B

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Super Bowl Party

Things have been so hectic I cannot believe it’s been over a month since my last blog. To get started I went back to work, very part time, but nonetheless that has taken a lot of energy from me, and while Cash is wonderfully sleeping through the night, he’s very awake and alert during the day leaving me with little time to write before I need to crash as well. We did however throw a very fun Super Bowl party!! Only a few showed up but I live in an apt so I like things to be a little more intimate and quiet out of respect for my neighbors. The decor was super fun and cheap to! It only took me about 30 minutes to set up, and clean up was as easy as throwing away the trash!

To start I made simple chocolate on chocolate cupcakes, decorating some of them with white pearl sprinkles to look like footballs

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Chips and Dips in these fabulous football shaped dishes I found at the dollar store!

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I covered my countertop with a green table cloth, cut down and then taped the excess for a smooth flow, then added white tape to make it look like a football field! And we used these easy baskets for people to put their food in, half a piece of decorative tissue, and it’s cute and simple and provides you with less waste.

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I decorated a fold out table the same way to play beer pong on

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And finally copied a play off Google onto a chalkboard for an easy shot serving tray!!

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And these were the most fun disposable shot glasses ever!!!

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My sweet baby stayed with his grandparents, but still had his own celebration!

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There you have it! A super fun Super Bowl that was more than simple!!

Sidelines and Field Goals,
B

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