Jun 12 2018

Miles’ Camp Themed 1st Birthday Party

Oh did I have a blast planning Miles’ first birthday party! I decided on a Camp Theme, “Camp Miles” and we held it at our home, which I felt would make it special and intimate and allow me lots of creative freedom.

I went with a color scheme of greens, pops of gold, and black and white plaid to give off a campy vibe. I incorporated greenery, vines and wood signs into every nook and craney of our home.  I loved added DIY touches everywhere I could. I wanted each kid to feel special and the party to be totally unique to Miles.

We had Music Man Dave come to play camp songs, the The Meanie Weanie Hot Dog Truck was dishing out amazing gourmet hot dogs (the mac & cheese was a huge hit!) and we had Suzy from Lumi Photography there to help us capture all of the special moments.

1st Birthday Camp Sign

Camp Birthday Party Wood Sign

Woodland Backyard Birthday Party

Camp Themed Birthday Party Centerpiece

Camp Themed Party Dessert Table

Camp Themed Birthday Dessert Table

1st Birthday Party Marshmallow Smash Cake

Camp Themed Birthday Cookies

Green Highchair Banner Cake Smash

DIY Camp Themed Favors

DIY Camp Themed Favors

Miles Parker Schey Camp Birthday

Miles Parker Schey Camp Birthday

 

Camp Party Banner

Camp Party Decor

Camp Party Trail Mix Bar

Adult Bug Juice Camp Party

Camp Themed Bar

Camp Themed Buffet

Arts and Crafts Station Camp Party

Kids Snacks Camp Party

 

Miles Parker Schey Birthday Party    Camp Theme Party Backdrop

Camp Themed Cake Smash Marshmallow

Camp Themed Cake Smash Marshmallow

We DIY-ed a majority of the creative elements and then found some great Etsy shops for the rest. For things like linens and tableware, we found great deals on Amazon.

Banners: Camp Miles sweet table banner, camp miles fireplace banner and highchair banner from HouseofHooray on Etsy

Balloons: green balloon bouquet from Party Dialect, and I added in gold orbs from OhShinyPaperCo and the 36 inch green balloons were from BlushBazarre. I added on the green garland.

Sweet Table: marshmallow smash cake and cookies from Love and Buttercream, s’more and nutella donuts from Donut Bar Detroit and mini teepee from TenesseeTeeppes 

Tableware: Bear plates and napkins by Meri Meri, bark cups from SteshaParty, woodland bear sippy cups from Amazon, palm leaf plates and silverware from Amazon, black + white plaid napkins from Zazzle, birch straws from Amazon

Arts and Crafts table – wood rounds from Michaels, stickers from target, signs DIY-ed

Favors – DIYed using mini gable boxes filled with gummy worms, camp patches, s’more trail mix and camp themed bubble wands 

Trail Mix Bar – Happy Camper Bags from HHPaperCo, plastic bins from Oriental Trading, teepee from TenesseeTeeppes, sign was DIY-ed

Greenery: Used everywhere, hung on garage, on balloons, on staircase, around signs. All from Amazon

Huge Brown Bears: Amazon

Teepee in Basement: faux felt firepit from TheHomespunMarket 

Linens: Black + White Plaid tablecloths from Amazon

Pennant Flags: DIY-ed

Wood Slice Signs: DIY-ed

Cake Stand: DIY-ed

Happy Camper Sign: DIY-ed

Favors: Name Pennants, s’more trail mix, labels DIY-ed

Arts & Crafts and Favors Hanging Banners: DIY-ed

Wood Photo Hanging: DIY-ed

Water Bottle Labels: DIY-ed

Adult Bug Juice sign: DIY-ed

Mason Jar Centerpieces: DIY-ed

Outhouse Sign: DIY-ed

Hot Dog Cart Outside Sign: DIY-ed

Again, thanks to Lumi Photography for all these shots. Feel free to reach out if you want more info on how we DIY-ed everything.

 

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May 19 2017

Baby Schey’s Safari-Themed Nursery Reveal

With two weeks until our baby boy arrives, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some shots of his nursery. We went for a playful jungle and safari vibe with a lot of animals and natural textures. Instead of the usual baby blues, we went for a gray and green color scheme that hopefully he’ll like as he grows up. We purchased almost everything online, so scroll through below for where we purchased it all.

We loved putting together all of these pieces to create a fun space for our little man. See below for where we purchased everything.

– Crib & Dresser from Restoration Hardware Baby

– Star Wall Decals by Urban Walls

– Green Rug from Wayfair

– Tree Stump End table from Wayfair

– Animal Heads from Rosenberry Rooms and Project Nursery

– Baby Animal Prints from ModernMixDesigns on Etsy

– Sheepskin rug from Wayfair

– Rope Lamp from Land of Nod (monkey not included!)

– Walnut Shelves from Wayfair

– Linens from Restoration Hardware Baby

– Grey Giraffe from Pottery Barn

– Chandelier from Restoration Hardware Baby

– Teepee from Inhabitteepees on Etsy

We’d love to hear about the ways you made your nurseries special in the comments below!

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Aug 23 2011

Back to School Ideas That Will Keep Kids Head of Class

Back to School Cool-Gifts to Keep You Head of the Class
We compiled the best back to school ideas to keep kids stylin’ this Fall.  We featured many of these products on TV too!  Below is a clip from our spot on August 24th on Fox 2 Detroit.   We’ll be featuring some ideas on ABC Madison (WKOW) as well on August 26th.
There are discount codes for any of the products below. Happy Fall!!! We wanna hear what your favorite back to school items are this year?!

PaperandPolka Dots –
Back to school? Back to work? Let’s do it greener with this collapsible, practical eco lunch box that is leak-proof and BPA-free. Perfect size for those lunch bags or boxes. It’s even microwaveable & dishwasher-proof. There’s more, it comes with it’s own built-in “spork”. Affordable, practical, small or large and comes in 4 colors. This family owned Texas company is wonderful to work with. Small lunch box $10.50

http://www.paperandpolkadots.com

10% off on The Gift Insider

Take Your Pix Board Albums –

Ever wish your photo albums were sturdy enough to not fall apart?  This idea is not just for baby books. This photo album invention was created by a Mom who needed a sturdy photo album to facilitate learning for her daughter. Thus, the Take Your Pix® Board Book Album was born. Board Book Albums,LLC brings us an adorable chunky board book album that can be used by adults & small children too. The album has sturdy cardboard pages, where you can slide the photo in from the top. Notches have been added to make page turning easy on small fingers. 7″ x 7″, 10 pages and holds 20 photos. Comes in many colors and styles. Great for scrap booking, kids crafts, weddings and baby showers too. I love it as a new Mom gift or to make a memory book for any special occasion. Add stickers, lettering… So personal, so easy.

http://www.boardbookalbums.com

20% off code on The Gift Insider

Lap Desk Lady

I don’t know about you but I hate it when my laptop starts heating up on my lap & then I’m piling pillows to make it the right height & then it topples over … Safari Lap Desks to the rescue! Perfect height, indented at waist, handle to carry it… they thought of everything. I like that it’s not business-boring colors. Love the purple & leopard combo with the decorative rope. My teacher-friend uses it for grading their papers. Stable, cool & comfy. Done. 20″x14″ scotch-guarded desk surface. The Lap Desk Lady is very talented & offers lots of other patterns & different sizes too. This medium purple & leopard goes for $39.95

http://www.lapdesksandmore.com/

Coupon code for 10% off till 9/30/11 on The Gift Insider

Zom B Monster Cases

Back to school & back to work can be a little more fun with these vinyl fun-loving Monster Pouches for pens, calculators or for money & change. Take out a pen and smile. Enough of those boring office store generic pouches. All Monster Pouches are one-of-a-kind, choose your colors of the zipper & the vinyl, have some fun. Love this artist’s stuff, it’s all about bold colors, random fun  and unique things. $16

10% off till 2/31/12 code on The Gift Insider

Aubella Couture Backpack and Lunchbox

Remember when Back to School was so exciting? You got everything new & couldn’t wait to get to school. It hasn’t changed & this artist has made it so very special for some lucky kids. She makes personalized backpacks, lunch boxes & even napmats all personalized with child’s name. They even come in preschooler size or elementary school size. So sweet. Washable, lined & monogramming is included in price. Backpack & Lunch Box Set $59.99

15% off code on The Gift Insider

Teacher Planners from Honizukle Press

If you know a teacher, you have to give this to her as a gift. It’s beautiful! The artist created this for her sister who is a teacher & tailor-made it for all the teacher’s planning needs. It is completely hand-made,  lovingly assembled & personalized on front & back of planner. These really are a labor of love, so plan ahead & get your teacher-friend something really thoughtful. Pretty, stylish and personalized. Love it. $38

20% OFF CODE on The Gift Insider

Look Sugar Chalkboard Calendar

Perfect for back to school, or dorm or just getting organized. It’s not paper, it’s chalkboard paper. So clever. Why not decorate a wall with something you can actually use & re-use? This is high-quality chalk-board vinyl, which can be removed without leaving any marks. Use regular chalk or chalk-ink pens. Get arty, rearrange the squares. Organized chaos! It’s got that cool “architectural loft” style. Good gift for one of your right-brain friends who would enjoy organizing more, if it was a little more fun. This’ll make it fun. $68

15% off code on The Gift Insider

Now you tell us … what was your favorite back to school products you were excited showing to show off.

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Apr 15 2010

Bump Club Chicago – Free event on Thursday!

Great free gift for a preggers friend.

Bump Club Chicago is a new social event group for expectant moms.  They shop, work out, dine, and connect with people in the city going through the same things they are. 

Upcoming FREE events: 

April 15, 2010
Girls

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Apr 5 2010

Cutest Diaper Holder I’ve Ever Seen

Momma Couture is a little diaper clutch that makes it quick and easy to store diapers and throw into your purse.

Great baby shower gift!

Lots of other fun diaper bags at Momma Couture too.

$55.00

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Mar 30 2010

For A New Mommy – Measure Her Belly

Give this adorable Mommy Measure that measures the size of your growing belly as a cute, inexpensive congratulations gift to someone who just announced their pregnancy.

If you’re in your prime “my friends are getting pregnant every other day” time of your life, buy a bunch to keep on hand.

$15.00

http://www.mommymeasure.com

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Mar 17 2010

babyGap Denim…cutest ad campaign ever

Too cute to ignore.

I’m obsessed with their new print ad campaign.

This doesn’t even brush the surface of how adorable these ads are.

www.gap.com

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Feb 7 2010

Recessonita’s Resort Vacation, Health Club and Music Lessons All In One

I know the excitement has died a little, but I still think the Wii is amazing all around.

WiiSports Resort is a great way to pretend you are on the exotic vacation you plan to take after the economy picks up a bit.

And who doesn’t love Beatles Rock Band?  When I am home for the holidays we have Putnam Drive Rock Band nights … pretty unbeatable way to spend a night in.

And what a better way to work out than by sitting in front of your tv at home?

The Wii also won Good Housekeeping’s Very Innovative Product Awards … you can’t beat that.

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Feb 5 2010

Show How Big Your Heart Is

HUGE blow up heart!

I think this is super cute for Valentine’s Day, suprise when someone walks in?

But this site has some really fun gifts for kids if you are lookin’!

Wee Can Shop

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Feb 5 2010

Show How Much You Love Them With Heart Shaped Pancakes

Make heart shaped pancakes!

Fun little sunday activity to do on Valentine’s Day.

$38.00

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