Wednesday, May 27, 2015

10 Quotes To Start Your Day

Pinterest is filled with amazing quotes. Sometime I will scan the boards in search of inspirational texts or one line pick me ups. They are a good way to lift your spirits and change your mood. Everyone needs a smile and a pat on the back every once in a while. 

If you need a little boost today, then you are in the right place. Check out my Pinterest Board for more quotes like these. (That's were these came from)

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Do you have a favorite?

Now, go out there and be amazing.

Amanda

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cowgirl Birthday Party

It's happened! My baby has turned one. Since this was the last first birthday party I would plan, I wanted it to be great. We decided to leave the princess themes for when she's a little older. We may be drowning in princess stuff in the near future.


The theme for this happy soiree was cowgirl. I decorated with pink, purple, and twinkle lights. Can you have a little girl party without twinkle lights? I think not!

 

Happy birthday to my little princess! Alayna's birthday shirt was a gift from my friend Michelle at Chelle Belle Baby. It's adorable!


The decorations were simple but cute. I used cow print balloons, pink balloons, pink and purple crape paper, and twinkle lights for the decorations.


The happy birthday and howdy banners are from Marigold Mom. It's a free printable, and it's adorable.



For the tablescape, I used hay bales and farm animals as the centerpiece.



I made the snack cards by using Publisher. The snacks were hay bales (Twinkies), trail mix, wild west grapes, and golden nuggets (chicken nuggets). These were a big hit with the kiddos.




Don't the kiddos look intrigued? I was explaining a game called Pop the Pig. (I drew pig faces on the pink balloons) Inside one of the balloons was a piece of paper that read winner. The first child to pop the winning pig won. 


As you can see, the kids loved this game. I put blank pieces of paper in different balloons in case some of the kids decided to shake the pigs before popping them. They were too excited to pick the balloons and shake them.


Another game we played was Pony Express. It works just like hot potato. When the music plays they kids pass the horse around, and when the music stops the one holding the horse is out. The last one not holding the horse wins.


As the guests started to leave, we passed out the party favors. I placed them in a brown paper bags and tied them with twine. 

We had a great time at baby girl's birthday party. The guests battle the terrible weather to come celebrate our baby, and we are so blessed to have friends and family that love her so much. I look forward to planning many more girly birthday parties. 

Amanda

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Home Decor Finds

Have you ever stumbled across a little shop that has amazing items? You find yourself taking time to look closely at each object, and you get a little gitty when you think about where that fabulous item would reside in your home.

I found a place like that. It's about five minutes from my house, and I could decorate my entire house with treasures from this store.  Here are a few of my finds.







Being a professional window shopper can sometimes get you into trouble when you find little shops like this one. I can't wait to go back though.

Happy Decorating,

Amanda

Monday, May 18, 2015

How to Plan the Perfect Party

Have you ever been to a party and for days it was all you could talk about? There are a few secrets a hostess can use to ensure her guest will be reminiscing about the party for weeks to come.


The good news, anyone can be a superb hostess. Follow these steps for an awesome party.

Plan Ahead
A hostess doesn't need to be searching for all the serving spoons or napkins when the guests arrive. Have everything you need in place and ready before the first guest arrives. As the hostess, you want to greet everyone that walks through your door. 

Feel At Home
If your guests have never been to your home before, give a quick tour. Show them where to put their shoes and handbags. While on the tour, show them where the kids can play and where the bathrooms are located. 

Make Introductions
As your guests arrive, introduce them to each other. I know that this is elementary, but take it a step further. When you make introductions, start the conversation with something that your guests have in common. Not everyone is gifted with the art of conversation. This simple introduction will get your guests talking and interacting.

Keep the Party Going
Whether you are throwing a birthday party or a dinner party, you need to keep the momentum going. You guests will follow you lead. For example, if you are throwing a birthday party, move from one activity to another. After greeting all the guests, direct them to the snack table. Next play a game followed by the birthday cake. Then play another game. As the party comes to a close, pass out the party favors. This will let the guests know that the party is over and they can leave at their leisure.

You don't have to rush the celebration. When you see that your guests are almost done with the snacks, start explaining the game. Lag time is a party killer, and rushing a party sends a bad vibe. Keep the party going at a steady pace, and your guests will not get bored. 

The Center of Attention
As the hostess, you are not the center of attention. Your guest of honor and your guests are to be the main focus. Start the conversations and then let your guests run with it. While everyone is chatting, see if their drinks need a refill or if anyone wants a piece of cake. 

Thank You
Let your guests know how much you appreciate their attendance. Give them a party favor or send a thank you note. As they leave, tell them that you are looking forward to the next party and hope they can attend. 

You will be able to tell if the party goers had a great time. As they leave they will ask to be invited to the next soiree.

Happy Party Planning,

Amanda

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday's Fave Five #48

It's Friday! Do I hear angels singing? We still look forward to the weekend even though my hubby works from home. There's just something about the freedom of the weekend that eases the nerves and relaxes the soul.

While I think up something to do that's relaxing, yet exciting, and somehow affordable, check out these faves from this week.

 Wooden Kitchen Signs from Hobby Lobby are enough to make you call the contractor and schedule a remodel.

Have you met Carey from Swim 380? She is a swim coach, and she stopped by to give us an insight into running a sports based business. Carey also passes along some summer pool safety tips.

The Welcome to the Neighborhood Gift Guide is here. It's the season of moving, and you are sure to have a new neighbor soon. 

This sweet little thing just turned one! I can't believe it. We threw her a pink and purple cowgirl party. Despite the torrential rain the guests had a blast, I held back the tears, and my princess was celebrated. Oh, and that handsome guy is my baby daddy. I'll share all the party details soon!

 Have you checked out Small Business Mamas' Facebook page. I started a new group for mommies who own a freelance business or brick and mortar business. Since we don't have the support of direct sales businesses, I thought it would be great to have a place where we can discuss small business successes, issues, and help each other grow. 

If you haven't joined yet, you need to. All you need to do is request to be added, tell me about your business (no direct sales please), and be a mommy (or mommy to be). I look forward to meeting you and promoting your business!


Have a fabulous weekend! See you on Monday!

Amanda

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