Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How I Put Together A Girly Paw Patrol Birthday Party

Disclaimer: I was not compensated by any of these shops. All opinions are my own entirely.

My daughter is obsessed with Paw Patrol. Therefore, there was little question as to what theme her 4th birthday party would be. I love planning her birthday parties. I take great pride in how they turn out. It's a definitely labor of love, but I won't pretend that I don't enjoy every minute of it.

I made a good deal of the decorations for her birthday party using my Cricut Explore (you can buy yourself one here.) I would also like to include a shout out to all of the other vendors that helped make this party PAW-tastic!

Planning a Paw Patrol party of your own? Then, you are in the right place. I would love to hear your ideas as well, who knows, I might be able to use them for her next party!



Birthday Banner

I have made birthday banners for my daughter's last 3 birthday parties, and the one I made this year is my favorite by far. It was very intricate and time consuming, but that made it more rewarding to hang up in the end.

As mentioned above, I use my Cricut Explore for all my paper projects. I get most of my cut files off of Etsy. I LOVE ETSY! Like--I really love it. If you are looking for cute Paw Patrol cut files simply search Paw Patrol SVG files on etsy and you will have all that you ever dreamed you could find.


I got the Paw Patrol font here.
I got the "pup tag" shape for the banner here.
I got the paw patrol faces here.


The faces are the most challenging to create. There are layers upon layers of paper. I took the files above and actually merged a ton of the layers...and it was still quite a process to assemble them. Imagine a tiny jigsaw puzzle. That is what it was like--but in the end it looks so good and you just can't buy anything like this without breaking the bank. To tie it all together I just used a roll of jute and a hole puncher. Simple as that. I think the jute makes it look a little vintage.

If you would like for me to do a tutorial on how to use the Cricut Explore to create images like above, then leave me some comments.

Centerpieces

These centerpieces were made from the same pup faces and pup tag files linked above. I secured them to dowels with a hot glue gun and placed them in painted mason jars filled with craft paper shreds. The end result is too cute for words. The little chalkboards were placed randomly on the mason jars as well.

Entertainment

When kids first entered the party they were directed to make their own pup tag. I took the same pup tag cut file from above and cut several on white cardstock. I punched two holes at the top and created a necklace with jute. The kids colored their own "pup tags" and wore them around their necks for the rest of the party. BUT I did not get a good picture of them--drat! BUT in the picture above, my daughter is wearing her creation!


I also printed Paw Patrol coloring sheets from this site. and had them on the tables with crayons for kids to color before/after/during cake.


What really made the party entertaining was the fact that we hired a performer to dress up as Skye and Chase. The performer made balloon animals and did face painting. It was a hit! I highly recommend it.

Cake

All of my daughter's birthday cakes were made by Shakeata. She is my mother's friend, and she outdoes herself each a every year. I highly recommend her. She is in the Atlanta area. You can contact her here.

Food Labels 

I made the food labels using Picmonkey. I love this site! On Picmonkey you can create your own printables in your own colors. My daughter wanted a girl birthday party, but she loves Chase. With Picmonkey I was able to make my own invitations in girly colors and with a girly style. I was unable to find anything at a store that would work. The dog bowls was an idea I got on Pinterest. I found these bowls on Amazon!

For the Paw Patrol images I searched google images for Paw Patrol transparent background. I found the ones that I liked, and saved them to my computer. Then you can just upload them as your own overlay in Picmonkey and voila!

Birthday Outfit

The adorable birthday outfit I found on Etsy. You can visit the shop here. They did such a great job, and I thought my girl looked so cute. Everyone at the party commented on her outfit and bow! It was a hit--even if she didn't like it!

There you have it! I enjoyed creating this party almost as much as my little P did. Are you planning a little one's birthday party in the near future? I would love to see what you come up with! If you would be interested in an in depth tutorial on how anything was made, then say so in the comments!

Caroline

Monday, February 26, 2018

Everyday Easy Makeup Look For Work


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Hello Lovelies!

I know it's been awhile, but there has been a lot going on over here in my little part of the world. My job has been a lot more demanding this year, and I tend to always have a lot more time for blogging during the late winter/spring. I always find my way back to you!


This weekend we went to Disney On Ice with little Miss P, and it was a blast. I love her personality right now. She is so full of fun and laughter. She's quite my favorite person ever!



Now let's get down to it. As a mom, I am always looking to get ready super quick in the morning. But as a makeup artist--not so much. It can be hard to strike a balance between wanting to look my very best because I am a makeup perfectionist--and wanting more sleep. As a mom, I can never get enough of that...EVER!

My go to morning look is simple, fast, yet still glam enough for my standards. It still says put together without taking forever! Here are my tips to a quick, yet beautiful face for work.

1. Primer
It's easy to try and skip this step, but if you truly want to look good all day long you cannot afford to skip this step. My favorite cheap primer is this one. For a more high end option that is slightly better you could go with this one!

2. Foundation
To speed up the foundation process I go with a good long wear foundation spread with a beauty blender! I make symmetrical dots all around my face and blend them to perfection with a beauty blender. I like this drugstore foundation, and this high end foundation. Of course there are many beauty blenders, but this one is my favorite.

3. Concealer
I use 4 different concealers on a really glam day for my face...BUT I have the dark circles from hell. For most people, one will do. This concealer is my favorite high end option. This one is a good drugstore option. Just a little concealer to brighten up the under eye area will keep you looking fresh and awake all day!

4. Bronzer
For quick every day makeup routine I like to just use bronzer. No need to really contour to go to work--you can always add more later.To save time I also use my bronzer as my eye shadow.  My favorite drugstore bronzer is this one, and my favorite high end bronzer is this one.

5. Highlight
On days when I am running short on time this is the step that I CANNOT skip! A good glow can go a long way in making you look awake, fresh, and put together. I also use my highligher on my eyes. My favorite budget friendly option is this one, and my favorite high end highlight is this one.

6. Brows
This is another step that can make such a huge difference. To be quick I love a good tinted brow gel if you have thicker eyebrows like this one. If you have thinner natural brows I love this product to quickly carve out the brows.

That's it! I hope you all have a fabulous Monday. I would love to know what is in your quick makeup routine?

Caroline