Beach Party at Home

Beach Party InviteWhile cruising the aisles of a home decor store for my artist date, the fun beach themed dishes inspired me to host a beach party for my good friend’s birthday. By mid-June, Arizona’s not a place for outdoor parties so I brought the decorations inside.

No party is complete without invitations. I stamped these cute postcard style beauties.

I took my budding ideas where all good party planners go – Pinterest. Time and money helped restrain me from going absolutely crazy and transforming my entire house to a beach look. Time and money also kept me from doing some great, reasonable ideas too. But I’m happy with what I was able to accomplish.

First up, I got crafty and made this cool welcome sign for my front door. The how-to will have to wait for an upcoming blog post.Beach Party Welcome

Next up was a creative excursion to Hobby Lobby where I found the perfect (and affordable) plates with a bonus sign to add to my travel themed front room.Beach Party Plates

Then I went crazy with free printables I also found on Pinterest. I lined a couple of empty walls, one in the entry way and the other in the kitchen. I also added another grouping in the family room.Beach Party Collage

Finally, I pulled it all together with couple of fishing nets and a few lanterns.Beach Party

We kept the menu simple with BBQ burgers and hot dogs, potato salad, grilled pineapple, chips and these cute cupcakes.Beach Party Cupcakes

We had fun and the birthday girl enjoyed her special day. The decorations were so fun, I decided to leave them up all summer long. I could think of worse things to look at for the rest of the summer. I’d love to hear about your summer celebrations!

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Motherhood is Giving?

If motherhood is about sacrifice and giving, does that make childhood about selfishness and taking?

Obviously babies need everything given to them and done for them. Toddlers can be very demanding, but the rewards are spontaneous hugs, kisses and lots of adorable artwork. School age kids are actually pretty fun with their warped sense of humor and playful conversations.Motherhood Squirrel

Teenagers are a whole different story. Teenagers can be as unpredictable as feeding wild animals.

  • They might snatch food from your hand and run away.
  • Other times they cautiously approach the food while looking for traps, and then run away.
  • Or they might ignore the food all together, even though they haven’t eaten in days.
  • Once in a while, they stand defiantly demanding your food.
  • The worst is when they take your food (and a finger or two) and then throw rocks at you for giving it to them.

But we hang in there for the reward of those joyful meals with love and laughter.

I understand that if I do my job right, my children will become independent and this is part of the process. What I wasn’t prepared for is how lonely it can be not being needed. Apparently I assumed my kids would be independent, contributing members of society who want to spend time with me because they appreciate the sacrifices I made. We all know what they say about assuming.

Maybe motherhood should include a little more giving to ourselves – without feeling guilty!  I usually worked in developing my talents, hobbies and friendships around my kids’ schedules. Not only did I short change myself, I missed the opportunity to teach my kids how to nurture friendships of their own. I have few close friends that have been in my life for more than 3 years. I worry some of my kiddos have the same challenge.

A lady once accused me of hurting my children by not working outside of the home. I’ve heard the argument that stay at home moms aren’t developing themselves, but the concept of having less to offer our children was a new one for me. I must admit I have much more interesting stories about my day now that I work outside of the home, but I can’t say I agree being a stay-at-home mom is a detriment. I think the answer is somewhere in the middle. Putting ourselves as a priority, feeding our interests and friendships not only makes our lives more robust, but gives our children a role model.

Motherhood requires a lot of sacrifice and we want to give our children the world. But I’d like to suggest being more mindful to what we are giving. In the spirit of giving a man a fish or teaching him to fish, let’s teach our children to value their mothers and to cook their own food. Who knows, maybe one day they will start cooking for us.

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June 2016 in the Books

June Retreat

Writing retreat inspiration

Now that June 2016 is done,  I’m trying to figure out why I wasn’t more productive last month. After I took I my last CPCU test last month, I thought I would have all this free time since I’m not studying. Here’s what I did manage to accomplish.

1 – Book read, a different educational book – Smart Women Finish Rich by David Bach, now to finish the homework.

1.4 – Pounds gained in June.

2 – Blog posts, including my first recipe in a while.

3 – Days at a writing retreat, a wildfire moved it from the mountains to the valley. I missed my pine trees, but it worked out good due to other family events.

4 – Friends enjoying a beach theme dinner. I’m exited to share the photos and projects!

June Newsies12 – Social events. There was shopping, dancing, dining, a photography meetup and even a trip to the theater.

17Workouts this month. I met or exceeded my goal, but didn’t do as many as other months.

18 – Projects completed. There were boring house cleaning projects, creative projects and chasing my dreams projects.

19 – Photos on Instagram in June

861 – Just Wanna Be Me page views

2940 – Words added to a couple of different projects.

5214 Pinterest average daily impressions.

One of my favorite things about these monthly posts is it helps me keep things in perspective. Even though I didn’t feel like I was utilizing my time as well as when I was studying, when I list out my month I see that I am still working toward other goals. Now that the year is half way over, it’s great check my progression. I’ve completed three of my goals and am on track for the all but two. We don’t need to discuss I haven’t even started on those two. But even if we do go there, the year is only half way over so there is still time!

Top Posts of June 2016

  1. Book Theme Party
  2. Humilty Family Home Evening
  3. Working Together Family Home Evening
  4. Spiritual Thoughts Family Home Evening
  5. Pizza NachosSummer Goals

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Lemon Cream Muffins

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Once upon a time I used to share my recipes here. These Lemon Cream Muffins inspired me to start again. On the Sundays my twins are with me, I try to make breakfast for some yummy family time. The recipe … Continue reading

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