Five on Friday

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So, I’ve been digging this Five on Friday blog trend lately. So, as my own blog continues to evolve, I’m excited to share with you my first (last?) Five on Friday!

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Anyone else out there totally engrossed with the show Outlander? I’ve been fangirling hard.

OutlanderI’ve read the entire book series so far and I’m enthralled with it. The author Diana Gabaldon describes scenery beautifully. I highly recommend the books, but, at a minimum, go watch the show! Season one just ended on Starz.

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I’m already gearing up towards throwing Lyndon’s third birthday party. Yes, already! I may be corny, but I love a good party theme. The problem is though, this year I’m a bit stuck. I’m currently thinking of a “Monster Bash” since his birthday is right before Halloween. But, Lyndon has told me repeatedly he wants trains again. I mean really, kid – been there, done that!

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I love Renaissance Festivals! Why can’t they occur all year and why don’t I work there? I think it’d be a perfect job for me. I already daydream about medieval knights and the stunning dresses. Hmm, things to consider… but, nevertheless, we had a fantastic family outing to the Georgia Renaissance Festival a few weeks ago for mother’s day.

IMG_4433I love that boy! It was a Scottish themed weekend at the festival, so what better time to break out Lyndon’s kilt he wore for Halloween! We all dressed up for the occasion and had a (HOT) good time. Lyndon even got onstage to dance with the bagpiper and drummers and, boy, can he move!

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Potty training is pretty much complete! *Raises hands and sways back and forth*

Potty ChartThis picture was taken when we were still in the beginning stages, but, I took a regular white poster board and marked up some quick “train tracks”. Each time he went potty, he received a sticker in a space. Each colored space constituted a small prize (ie: popsicle, bounce house time). I know there are a lot of people out there that say you shouldn’t reward during potty training, but Lyndon loved putting and seeing more stickers on his chart. And, the small prizes were things we do normally – they were just extra special. =)

We just reached the end and I couldn’t be more proud! There were some crappy (literally) accidents to contend with, but I think we’re out of the woods for the most part. Lyndon earned his “big potty prize” and is now the proud owner of his first tricycle!

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Paper plates. Some of y’all were in paper plate families and you know who you are. I had a number of friends whose families always used paper plates. I didn’t understand it, but, while my family doesn’t use paper plates for dining, we’ve found that there are so many crafty things you can do with paper plates! Lyndon (I mean, me) created this bear-y cute bear for Father’s Day from a little Pinspiration I found.

Father's Day Paper Plate BearHappy weekend!

Star Spangled Patriotic Wreath

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With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July quickly approaching, I have patriotic and summery decor on the brain. It’s May 11th here in Georgia and we’ve already reached 90 degrees! Someone please douse me with cold water!

The dollar store always has a great selection of seasonal mechandise, so I picked up a pool noodle and used that to make a $1.00 wreath form. Whoever came up with this idea is a Craft God, but, all you have to do is shape the pool noodle into a circular shape and duct tape the ends together as shown below. The price cannot be beat!

Star Spangled Patriotic WreathI purchased some star patterned ribbon in a denim-like texture as shown above from Joann. (DON’T FORGET TO USE COUPONS, Y’ALL!) I wrapped the ribbon around the pool noddle, hot gluing here and there as I went. In order to cover the pool noodle entirely, I used approximately 1 1/2 spools or 18 feet of ribbon.

Once the pool noodle was completely covered with the star ribbon, I added a simple loop of red ribbon to hang the wreath from.

Lastly, I hot glued another dollar store find – a red, white, and blue bow – to the top center of the wreath form.

And, there ya have it!

Star Spangled Patriotic WreathIt’s super simple and really inexpensive. The total cost was less than $7.00!

You’ll never take our freedom!

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Hullo! Today is a wonderful holiday – MLK day. I’m thankful to have the day off work to celebrate freedom and equality for all. So far, we’ve had a great day over here – great weather, Monkey Joe’s (bounce house), and Chick-fil-A with some best friends. Lyndon and I couldn’t ask for anything better. So, to take advantage of being home today during nap time, I’m going to back it up quite a bit and share Lyndon’s 2 year old Halloween costume.

Hubby and I both have some Scottish heritage. I’m obsessed with the Outlander book series (*meow* Jaimie Fraser) and I always change the channel to Braveheart whenever it’s on TV. Nevertheless, there’s absolutely nothing cuter than a small toddler in a kilt.

We saw some really cute toddler kilts at a Scottish heritage festival we went to back in September, but they were crazy expensive and I couldn’t justify spending that much on something Lyndon will outgrow in a matter of months. So, putting all these factors together and with Halloween looming upon me, I decided to make Lyndon a kilt myself. As such, William Wallace (toddler version) was born.

Halloween Child DIY KiltThe plaid fabric I chose is from JoAnn’s. I’d love to have a kilt for both hubby and Lyndon in Hubby’s family tartan plaid. Alas, the Buchanan tartan plaid is not something you’d find at a traditional American fabric store. I bought 1 1/2 yards of the fabric and made simple pleats, pinning along the way.

Halloween Child DIY KiltThe sewing was simple enough for me – straight lines – until my sewing machine decided to call it quits. The sewing machine and I are frenemies. It’s a tumultuous relationship involving a lot of cursing. So, sewing machine doesn’t come around much.

Halloween Child DIY Kilt

I sewed a simple snap closure to to keep it closed and we were in business. With the remaining fabric, I wrapped it like a sash around Lyndon and kept it all together with one of Hubby’s old brown belts wrapped around multiple times. The finishing touches were some brown felt to cover his shoes and blue eyeshadow for the war paint. I was squeeing all night. The cuteness was too much.

Halloween Child DIY KiltBehold, toddler William Wallace is fierce!

Halloween Child DIY KiltReally, is there anything cuter than small chubby legs in a kilt?

Happy late (early?) Halloween!

Choo, Choo – Look Who’s Two!

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Lyndon is two! Wow – I can’t wrap my head around how fast kids grow and learn. Cue sappy music. Lyndon is my little sponge and I’m so proud of him. He’s strong willed (ahem: stubborn) and tenacious. He knows his ABCs, 123s, shapes, colors – you name it! He amazes me everyday and I’m so grateful to have him in my life.

Like most little ones his age, he’s been obsessing with trains lately. So, the obvious theme for his second birthday party would, of course, follow suit.

Train Birthday Party

I love the weather in October in Georgia. We get a reprieve from the heat!

Train Birthday Party

“All aboard!” banner.

Train Birthday Party

Choo choo!

Train Birthday Party

My mom made this cake and she did a great job! Lyndon is also drum obsessed. He drums on anything and everything. So, this is a hybrid train/drum cake!

Train Birthday Party

I saw so many adorable train birthday party ideas on Pinterest – thus, my electrical tape train tracks and dollar store aluminum train cars to display the food. Easy and inexpensive!

Train Birthday Party

The “Baggage Claim” party favors were just dollar spot bubble wands.

Train Birthday Party

I love his little smile. Happy Birthday time!

Train Birthday Party

Mmm… cake! He’s still getting used to that fork contraption.

Train Birthday Party

“Mama, I want to go play!” Okay, fine, Mama just needed some birthday cuddles.

I love that little man something fierce!

I hope everyone out there is enjoying the holiday season so far. We’re in the thick of it for sure! This year will be the first Thanksgiving my husband and I have hosted. Hubby’s on food duty, thankfully.

Best wishes!

Dragon Con 2014!

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I’m still recovering from the lively thrill (and small moment of coarseness) that was last weekend. Every year, Dragon Con is one of my hubby and I’s favorite weekends. We look forward to the genial atmosphere of geek togetherness that permeates the Con every Labor Day weekend in downtown Atlanta. And, to be frank, a break from the whirlwind that is my independent and sweet 22 month old son was greatly needed.

Per the usual flow of things, although I’ve been as absent as a black hole on this blog, I’ve decided to post some pictures from this year’s Con. So, without further adieu. *Graceful bow; exits stage right*

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

Bumblebee, is that you? Detailed Transformer’s costume.

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

Wayne’s World costumes.

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

Silent Hill costumes – fantastically creepy.

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

Ninja Turtles eating what they love best – pizza!

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

Do they smell like Strawberry Shortcake? I unfortunately didn’t find out.

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

Hook costumes. RIP Robin Williams. One of my favorite nostalgic movies.

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

Breaking Bad costumes.

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

Quite a friendly and impressive robot!

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

Boba Fett Family melts my heart.

And, finally, I decided to partake in the cosplay/costume festivities and honor the bad ass woman that is Melisandre from the Game of Thrones series.

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

Melisandre (ahem, me) cheesing it up!

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

My Melisandre with a striking and lovely White Walker.

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

Game of Thrones wolf costume. I want to pet him!

Dragon Con 2014 Cosplay

The Game of Thrones lot. I forgot the memo that smiling is not “staying in character”.

Well, that’s a smattering of the goings on from this year. Eric and I are still unsure as to going next year. We’re considering saving our money for a more relaxing family vacation – ie: cruise.

I hope all is well with y’all.. if anyone is there after all this time. *Waves hello!* Best wishes, and, may the force be with you!

Be My Valentine Paper Roses

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Happy New Year, y’all!

We’re having a rare wintry day here in Georgia, so I find myself at home today with Lyndon. You guys know Georgians absolutely freak out at any mention of cold weather, right? Well, we do. So much so we close schools when it’s cold. No snow or ice here – just cold.

So, while he’s napping, I just put together a quick and easy Valentine’s Day craft. I was inspired by a tutorial I found on the Jones Design Company blog. Lovely roses, no? Best thing about these guys – they never die/wilt. We all love the look of flowers in our home, but who can afford to buy fresh flowers all the time? Well, paper flowers are a great and inexpensive alternative.

Valentine's Day Paper Flowers tutorial

I highly recommend following the tutorial on the Jones Design Company blog, however, I started with various shades and patterns of purple (my favorite color) scrapbook weight paper. I cut 6″ or 8″ squares, rounded off the edges, and cut a swirly line towards the center as shown in the pictures.

Valentine's Day Paper Flowers tutorialValentine's Day Paper Flowers tutorialYou roll the paper from the outside tightly towards the inside until you have a rolled rosette. Voila! Lots of hot glue, floral stems, and paper leaves as described in the tutorial and you’ll have a beautiful and long-lasting flower arrangement.

I’m quite fond of my little blossoms. I arranged them here in a vase from Ikea on my buffet.

Valentine's Day Paper Flowers tutorialEasy enough to finish during nap time. Take care, y’all!

2013 Family Photos

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A few weeks back, Lyndon, hubby, and I packed up and drove 2 hours to North Georgia to a beautiful place called Prater’s Mill – the location for our 2013 family photos. I found a fantastic photography deal on Groupon and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how the pictures turned out.

The photographer was Crystal with Demure Dragonfly. Her talent speaks for itself.

Our little family has come a long way this past year. Lyndon just turned one (first birthday post to come soon) and I’m starting to feel more comfortable in my skin as a mother. I know I will always treasure these photos for the beautiful time they represent in our lives.

2013 Family Photos

We’ve come a long way since he was born!2013 Family Photos

Just chillin’.2013 Family PhotosRunning around – his favorite thing to do.

2013 Family Photos

“I have a stick AND a leaf”.2013 Family Photos

Absolutely in love with this boy.2013 Family Photos

I steal all the kisses I can.2013 Family Photos

The two loves of my life.2013 Family Photos

Probably my favorite picture of the day. Pretty much sums us up.2013 Family Photos

Love that smile of his.2013 Family Photos

Pure love.2013 Family Photos

He loves for Daddy to throw him up in the air.2013 Family Photos

“Driving” his rusty ole’ tractor.2013 Family PhotosMy little bear has grown so much. He’s a whole year old and I love him so much. Thank you, God, for blessing me with this family!

Well, to keep it real, Lyndon is in the pack and play and he’s starting to scream, so it’s time to go. I miss and love you all!

Dragon Con 2013!

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Oh, Toodles! Lyndon is distracted by Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – time for a quick recap of Dragon Con 2013.

Firstly, we had a blast as usual. If you’re not familiar, check out Dragon Con’s website. The awesomest convention on this planet. Though, I may be biased. This was the first weekend away from the baby for hubby and I and my first time being away from him overnight. Needless to say, the weekend was much needed.

Let’s get this started! First off, hubby and I took a little inspiration from Game of Thrones (LOVE that show) and dressed up in non-descript Game of Thrones-inspired costumes.

Medieval Inspired CostumesEven the baby got into it!

Medieval Inspired CostumesNow for the good stuff. Let’s start with the other Game of Thrones costumes we came across.

Little Finger and Price Joffrey Costumes

Little Finger and Price Joffrey Costumes

Jon Snow Costume

You know nothing, Jon Snow!

And, where can you find the absolute hottest dwarfs on the planet? The Hobbit, of course! (Love me some Richard Armitage… *drools*.) Here are some The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings inspired costumes.

Prince Thranduil Costume

Prince Thranduil Costume

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Elves Costumes

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings Elves Costumes

Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins Costumes

Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins Costumes

Star Wars, anyone? Always a classic.

Star Wars Costume

Star Wars Costume – Who is this character? She’s awesome!

Little Darth Vader Costume

Little Darth Vader Costume – He’s using the force!

Padmé Amidala Costume

Padmé Amidala – So detailed.

How about some random costumes? Here we go!

World of Warcraft Pandaren Costume

World of Warcraft Pandaren Costume

McDonalds Costumes

McDonald’s Costumes

Sesame Street Bert Costume

Rubby ducky, you’re the one!

Family Jumanji Costume

Family Jumanji Costume

Netherworld Zombie

Netherworld Zombie

The Man in the Yellow Hat Costume

The Man in the Yellow Hat Costume – “GEORGE!”

Planet of the Apes Costume

Planet of the Apes Costume

Dr. Who Dalek Costume

Dr. Who Dalek Costume – How adorable!

Assassin's Creed Costume

Assassin’s Creed Costume – Hubby and I love this game!

Queen Elizabeth Costume

Queen Elizabeth Costume – Absolutely exquisite.

And, last but not least… no words are needed.

Gold Zelda Game CostumeThese are but a small portion of the pictures we took. As always, we’re looking forward to next year already. I can’t wait to bring Lyndon and perhaps dress up as a family.

We’re heading to the neighborhood block party later today. Happy weekend, y’all!

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