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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Charlotte’s 4th Birthday Art Party

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Each year it’s hard to believe that any of my girls are a year older. The older they get, the faster it goes by and even though I prepare myself, it doesn’t get easier watching them grow up but it is fun.

Charlotte is officially four years old and we celebrated with an Art themed birthday party! This was her choice and perfectly matched her messy and fun personality. She loves to draw, color and create.  It amazes me with how good she is. It’s definitely something she might have a future in if she keeps it up.

The last two years have felt like she’s getting the short end of the stick with her birthday, but nonetheless, she had a great time and the party turned out much better than I thought. Why do I say that? Well, she turned three just a month and a half after having the twins last year and I just threw a quick and easy pj’s and donuts birthday party together with very little planning and decorating and this year was very last minute as well. Not to mention, it always falls during Thanksgiving so life is busy as it is. So thankful for grace and love from that little girl who could care less about it all. I even messed the cake up this year and she was so forgiving and still managed to give me a huge hug and tell me how good the cake still smelled (she picked out a caterpillar cake from Costco and I put the wrong pick up date).

Anyhow, back to how I planned her art party and how easy you could throw one too!

I was able to get most of her party supplies through Amazon.  Thank goodness for two day shipping and Amazon pretty much always coming in clutch.  And of course, Pinterest always comes in handy too!

Like the idea to have "paint chips" and "paint brushes" was such a fun idea and the kids loved it!  The best part for me, is that it took little effort, which is always a plus when planning a kid's party.  The paint brushes were pre-made marshmallow treats that I dipped in colored chocolate and then stuck with a Popsicle stick.

What makes this Art Party themed birthday so easy was that you can use all the colors and not go wrong.  The more the better and mixing and matching different things was a piece of cake.  Get it? ;)  Plates, napkins, utentils...nothing has to match!

Here's a list of what we used to throw a pretty awesome (if I say so myself) party for my four year old and a few more favorite photos.

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

3 Things You Should Know About MONSTER JAM

This post was written in partnership with Feld Entertainment & Monster Jam. We were provided with complimentary tickets for review.  As always, opinions are 100% honest and my own.

I've posted about Monster Jam before, but until this last weekend we hadn't attended.  It looked really cool, but I honestly didn't think my girls would be interested in Monster Trucks.  I was wrong and wish we had gone sooner!  They had a lot of fun and even picked out their favorite trucks, rooting them on when it was their turn to race and do tricks.

I did learn a few things at our first Monster Jam event and here's what I think you should know before attending.

1. Bring Ear Protection.

There's a reason I listed this first.  It's so important to bring some type of ear protection (noise cancelling headphones or even just ear plugs) for your little ones and even yourself.  It gets loud and depending on where you are sitting, it could be pretty overwhelming for a kid.

2.  Dress appropriately and be prepared for a long night.

Monster Jam is a rain or shine event and will not cancel even if it's crazy cold weather.  The arena can get a little chilly too, so make sure you bring a warm jacket and even a hat and gloves if you know you get cold easily. 

The event runs for two and half hours, so be ready to have some time where you need to bring out the snacks.  If I'm being completely honest, the show was a little long for my two girls BUT that didn't stop them from having fun.  Most stadiums allow you to bring in small snacks and water, so if you have something they love to give them some energy, then you'll be just fine...which is exactly what we did with my five and four year olds.

3. Buy tickets online AND get the Pit Party Pass!

Buying tickets online if possible is so much easier and a great way to avoid having to wait in line.  The lines get really long (trust me, I know from experience) and trying to wait with little ones who have very little patience is not fun.

The Monster Jam Pit Party Passes are amazing and worth it and allow to hang out up close and personal with massive trucks, meet your favorite drivers and crews, get autographs, take pictures and enjoy other family-friendly activities. If you're someone who absolutely loves trucks, then you are definitely not going to want to miss the opportunity to see them all before the show.

It’s an unforgettable part of the Monster Jam experience where special connections are made and lifelong fans are born. This. Is. Monster Jam. You can add the Pit Party Pass at the end of your ticket order. If you’ve purchased tickets already but didn’t purchase your Pit Party Passes yet, you can still purchase them online in advance.

Click here for upcoming events and to purchase tickets to a show near you!

Monday, February 3, 2020

A Visit to the Georgia Aquarium

Thank you to the Georgia Aquarium for hosting us! As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

This Christmas we decided we wanted to give our girls experiences instead of toys.  We even asked our family members to consider this when getting them a gift.  They still got a few fun things to play with and things for our road trip to Florida (which was one of their big gifts), but we kept it pretty simple.

My two oldest have been begging to go back to Florida since we moved almost two years ago and we were finally in a position where our twins were old enough to manage taking on that trip.  We knew we would need a place to stop along the way and Atlanta, being the half way point, was perfect.

We told the girls we had a surprise for them, but they didn't know what it was until we got to our hotel and could see the giant picture of a shark on the outside of the Georgia Aquarium!  They were so excited that we couldn't get them to go to bed!

It had been a really long time since I had visited the Georgia Aquarium and my husband had never been before, so we were all just a little excited to wake up the next morning and go.

If you have never visited the Georgia Aquarium, it should definitely be on your travel list.  It is incredible and you could seriously spend all day there.  I mean, you're going to want to plan your entire day there really.  From the Beluga Whales to the beautiful dolphins to the sharks and all types of fish, it had something for all of us.  Even my 15 month old twins loved looking at everything.

Each one of us had a different favorite animal and we got to see them all!  My oldest loves all of the colorful fish and the Tropical Diver was the place for us to be with thousands of tropical fish and coral reef.  It was magical!

Charlotte's favorite was the Ocean Voyager and going through the tunnel to feel like you were underwater with giant Whale Sharks and Manta Rays.  She absolutely loves sharks and this was really cool!  This was probably the best part for my husband too.

My favorite had to be the jelly fish and watching the dolphins!  Both were stunning and it was hard to look away.  It was so peaceful watching them flow in the water and the colors of the jellyfish were mesmerizing.

The Georgia Aquarium is year round, so there is always a good time for you to visit and you even have a time slot to choose when purchasing tickets to keep the flow and prevent overcrowding for the ultimate visit.  This would be fun if you are still looking for something to do over Spring Break too.  Your kids will love every animal they encounter and I'm sure there isn't a fish they love that isn't there...unless they're easily creeped out by the spider crabs and piranha like mine were ;)

The aquarium has much more to offer than just underwater friends.  They even offer behind the scenes tours, interactions and encounters with the animals, dive programs, a 4D theater and more! 

You can click here to learn more about the Georgia Aquarium and the efforts it taking to protect our Oceans and how you can help too.