Lilly turns One! Mom Dies from Overcrafting.


My best friend says I am the craftiest person she knows. This literally could be the best thing she has ever said to me in our 27 years of friendship.

I never really had the crafty bug, of course I went through "phases", the "I want to knit phase""Let's make jewelry phase"...oh! "Stamping, that sounds like a lovely way to spend your time!"

It wasn't until my wedding to wear the bug was bit and I was knee deep in Pinterest every night at 3a to deal with my insomnia. So, I have made this and that, helped a friend or two-but it wasn't till Lilly's party that I realized this was the first time since the "Big Day" that was an event for me to plan all for myself just for Lilly!

I have to admit that I did do some secret squirrelly things like pick the same theme for her party as he yet to be done nursery.
I know.
Yet to be done.

But, that changes THIS WEEK as we move out of our house and tile shall be laid! Then a whole new project that has been two years in the making will begin! I just did a little dance. Stay tuned!

For her party, I breathed in and out and used Trello as a planner and really enjoyed myself crafting and planning a soiree.

Invites.
Of course, when one starts an invitation business one can not fail on invites. I have been using Creative Market a little which gives me the graphics I need to pull off some great things. I just started dabbling in Illustrator, and could not be more please with my results.

As much energy as I spent on my invites, everyone wanted to know how the stamps came to be. I would tell you, but then I would have to kill you.





Decorations
This is pretty much where I knew I was having an issue with OCD, and I had to hide my efforts or my husband would divorce me. Exhibit A:









But in the end, it really looked amazing and I was proud of my craziness!

I wish to make a living making tutus

Parabo Press was so amazing to work with! Especially after I forgot one picture, they helped me rush it! 
Yes, these are wood, and yes, I need medicine. 



Complete helium tank fail, lesson learned-pay the extra money

Lilly's Year in the Life Banner, took off almost a year of my life while making.
Finished Project, thankfully it laid against the wall when displayed


Food
The food was super good, the biggest hit was these sandwiches. Delicious!

I took a semi naked cake from Publix added my own flowers and it was exactly what I wanted. My sister who is an excellent baker, made this amazing cupcakes. I hot glued seed packets to craft sticks like a crazy person, combined graham cracker and oreo crumbs because I wanted sand not dirt...cue crazier music....could not be happier how they turned out!




Results
Well, I think everyone had a good time. We had family only and four of my best friends. I could do it this way or I could have a 100 people at a party a baby would not remember. Speaking of which, I politely asked for no gifts, because we don't need any thing at this time. Like, seriously...want to give me and Lilly a good gift-come fold my laundry, please!

Seriously, we asked instead to donate to the Daytona Blues Festival which 100% of the proceeds goes towards the Halifax Health NICU and Project WARM...two very near and dears to my heart. We raised $500! I am so happy!

Ta. Da. We are one!





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Krispy Kreme and The Salvation Army “Stuff the Bus”



Krispy Kreme and The Salvation Army “Stuff the Bus” to Benefit Central Florida Students

Annual School Supply Drive July 23 Through August 6 


Central Floridians can make back-to-school time a little sweeter for local families in need and earn free Krispy Kreme® treats while supporting The Salvation Army’s #StuffTheBus campaign. This unique school supply drive helps local students gear up for a successful academic year by easing the high cost of materials.  

“Krispy Kreme is honored to have the opportunity to help hundreds of students make a fun and easy transition back-to-school,” says Jenny Bellanca, vice president of operations for Florida Family Foods LLC, an authorized franchisee of Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation. “The timing is perfect as supporters can take advantage of Florida Tax Free Weekend on August 4 through 6 to purchase donations.”

New school supplies (including notebooks, binders, pens, pencils, scissors, crayons, markers, glue, rulers, and hand sanitizer) will be accepted from July 23 through August 6 at the following Central Florida Krispy Kreme locations:

Krispy Kreme Winter Park - Drive thru Open 24 hours 
1031 S. Orlando Avenue (17-92), Winter Park, FL  32789
In partnership with The Salvation Army - Orlando Area Command

Krispy Kreme Millenia - Open 24 hours
4080 Millenia Blvd., Orlando, FL 32939
In partnership with The Salvation Army - Orlando Area Command

Krispy Kreme Kissimmee - Open 24 hours
5310 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, (192 / Mile Marker 11.5), Kissimmee, FL  34746 
In partnership with The Salvation Army - Orlando Area Command

Krispy Kreme Daytona Beach – Open 24 Hours
980 W International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114
In partnership with The Salvation Army of Daytona

Krispy Kreme Melbourne – Drive thru Open 24 Hours 
2040 N Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL 32935
In partnership with The Salvation Army of Melbourne

As a sweet reward, supporters will receive one FREE Original Glazed® doughnut for a single school supply item donation and one FREE Original Glazed® dozen for each donation of a backpack that contains school supplies.

The supplies will be presented to The Salvation Army and distributed to youth in need through local social service programs.


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The Boss Lady Retreat August 26-27


I am super excited to be a panelist at The Boss Lady Retreat! This is going to be a great weekend full of seminars, demonstrations and honest conversation of the ins and outs of being a Boss Lady!

More than just presentations, The Boss Lady Retreat on August 26 & 27 in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, offers an interactive networking experience and workshops to share ideas, inspire creativity and form intimate connections. The retreat includes presentations by accomplished women in their businesses on topics that blend personal and professional development. The retreat also features interactive design workshops, cocktail parties and meals where women can connect and recharge. www.thebossladyretreat.com for ticket info

What you will get:
-A weekend to learn from successful boss ladies in a beautiful coastal setting
-A fresh perspective and new ideas to take bold steps in your business and life
-A community of likeminded boss ladies and life-long connections
-Opportunity to access VIP cocktail hours, dinner parties and brunches
-Workshops that inspire creativity and teach skills you can apply to your business

Get your tickets today!  If you use the code BLOGDRESS at checkout you can get $40 off your ticket!

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The Last First!

Happy Fourth of July! I wonder if I am the loony one, but I am a little bummed this morning as this will be the last "First" holiday for our pumpkin. We are rolling into birthday season yo!

So, while most are boating, swimming and celebrating our independence-I am using this free day to solidify our first birthday party plan. I am enjoying planning this smallish, family only event like one would plan a wedding. But I don't care! It is a great day to celebrate, and I can not wait!

Enjoy your day! This is outfit one of three from our little Firecracker.




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