Tuesday, December 2, 2014

How Our Thanksgiving Went Down!

Here is a little peek at our Thanksgiving! This year it was just myself, the hubby, and the kiddos... so our meal wasn't as large as what we normally do!

 Landon! Honestly I think this picture was taken the day before, but I can't remember haha!
 sweet potato casserole! I never liked this dish until I made it last year... now I LOVE it!
 green bean casserole has always been my all time favorite!
 The turkey after the hubby had carved it!
 Cranberry sauce.. only my oldest and hubby like this stuff haha!
 Elizabeth... she had fallen a few days prior and scraped her nose all up!
 Normally my mom would make the dressing... this year my hubby did and it turned out great!
 Rolls.... duh lol!
 Elizabeth again!
An adorable little shot of my hubby and Landon!

I started taking pictures while I was setting the table.... so here are a couple! I also realized this year that I really want to get some great decor, tablecloths, napkins, and serving dishes for holiday dinners!

This last picture was only taken because I got a new camera as my Christmas gift, and am obsessed with the great zoom quality lol!

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving! 
The Fox Family

Thursday, October 30, 2014

No-Bake Halloween Snack

Hey everyone! Here is a super quick and easy no-bake Halloween treat. I love this because of three reasons: number one it's super easy and the kids can even help, number two it involves oreos, and the third reason is just because it's so cute haha! I actually started this video off with more than one treat and then realized I forgot some things in order to make them. So hopefully you all don't mind this short but "sweet" video! See what I did there? Hehehehe! :)


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DIY Glow-in-the-dark Nerf party!!

Michael's 10th birthday party was over the weekend and I am so excited to share with all of you the final results!

 We used neon colored and glow-in-the-dark paints and hung moisture barrier on our basement walls to paint. Moisture barrier is a thick black plastic that typically is used under a house. It's is great because we were able to cover the window in our basement to keep the light out, we bought it at Lowe's for around $13 a roll! We originally bought 2 rolls and ended up with one small wall that needed to be covered, so we bought 2 black plastic table clothes from the dollar tree which worded really great since they weren't covering up a window or anything!
 This is the wall with the black table clothes!

 For the barriers for them to hide behind, we took boxes and taped them together and then used glow in the dark tape and some glow in the dark paint to line them so the kids could see them in the dark!
 I bought a pack of 10 targets from Wal-Mart and used them for decor as well as Nerf guns that he already had and placed them out for decor!

 My hubby made his cake which turned out great! It was originally going to be a darker blue but the icing just wouldn't go darker for some reason... the Nerf darts and target he made out of fondant and I made his name out of fondant to look like the Nerf logo.
 I bought a blue and white striped pendant banner and cut out foam letters to spell "Nerf or Nothin" and then glued them on.. In my dining room I have a big canvas so I wrapped it with white wrapping paper and then cut out pictures from a big Nerf box he already had to use for decoration.

 The solid color gift bags I bought at Michael's... they also came with red but the red didn't match the color scheme we had decided on. For party favors I bought the off brand Nerf guns that you can find. The ones I bought came from K-Mart online and were 2 in a pack for around $6.99, they also had the darts that came with the guns, clear safety glasses, and glow in the dark bracelets!
 After much debating with myself I decided on making mini taco bowls and mini cheese and pepperoni pizzas (which were a big hit). We also had some veggies with dip, cheese puffs, and chips and dip! The pic above was obviously taken after a lot of the food had been eaten haha! Just so you know, this was enough to feed all 7 of the boys that came, along with Michael, Elizabeth, Landon, me, the hubby, one of the parents, and my hubby's cousin! For drinks I bought a ton of the Mondo's and Kool Aid drinks that are $1 for 6 drinks... I also offered Mt. Dew and Orange soda just to have a variety, and because my hubby LOVES Mt. Dew haha!
 I took several pictures of the gift table... this one was taken before the last 3 boys came and before I remembered the 4 other cards he had in the mail haha!

The invites I ordered from Zazzle.com and they turned out really great! They don't look very black in the picture since this was still with the plastic on them... but they do have a black background..

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

DIY Fall Photos

Last year it was really important to me to start capturing photos of all three of my kids together.. So I had to start getting creative when it came to doing their fall picture myself, since I am not a photographer.

I am actually super happy with how they turned out.... and they are super festive too haha!!

Finding a place to take the picture was a really simple decision. We have a tree in our front yard where tons of leaves fall every year. So I knew I had to take the picture right after they fell or they would all be gone soon after. For decorations I used not only the leaves that had just fallen, but some pumpkins we had just purchased for Halloween, so before we carved them they became some extra decor haha! It took several shots just to get the above pic, since Landon was getting fussy and squirmy and the sunlight was shining right in their eyes.... but afterwards I did get lots of comments on it, so I am definitely pleased!

If any of you have any ideas for some DIY photos please let me know... I am always searching for ideas.. I do have several pinned on my pinterest if any of you are interest or in search of some inspiration! Also, we even did a DIY Easter shoot of the kids, so I will have to remember to share it with you all when it gets closer to time.

DIY momma some days haha,

Saturday, September 6, 2014

DIY Mickey Mouse Birthday Party!

This blog use to be such a huge passion of mine... and I hate that it gets neglected far too much! So if any of you are still out there reading this here is how I did a total DIY birthday party for Landon's first birthday!!

He decided to start his birthday off with a "no pants kinda day" haha!

To start off with I bought blank bags from Michael's craft store and a pack of construction paper... so for Minnie and Mickey I bought solid black bags and for Pluto and Daisy(not pictured) I had solid white bags. I cut out yellow construction paper and covered the white bag for Pluto!

I thought making food labels was a cute idea... so that's what I did! We had "Minnie's Macaroni" which we used Bow Tie pasta for, "Goofy's Garden" for veggies, "Hot Diggity Dogs" which were pigs in a blanket, "Figaro's Fruity Drinks", "CLUBhouse Sandwiches" which were just sandwiches we made, and "Chips and Dale" which were chips and dip!

 I almost made one for the utensils and labeled it "Handy Helpers".. I bought white card stock from Michael's crafts and stickers from the scrapbook section at Michael's as well.

My dad made the sign and I took paints and painted it.

 My hubby made the cake to be the shape of Mickey's head and then the top half was black and the bottom half was red with two places to look like the buttons on his pants.
I would also like to point out that at the last minute we realized we forgot something to put the cake on haha.... so I used cardboard from a box and wrapped it with aluminum foil!
The labels for his name I made with stars that came in one of the Mickey Mouse craft kits from Michael's.. they had sticky pieces on the back already so they stuck perfectly to toothpicks to go down in the cake!
Since Landon's party was in the summer we were originally going to have it outdoors, but it ended up being WAY too hot, so we did it in my mom's church instead!

He was so sleepy in the pics above but I still wanted to share.. I don't have a good pic of his shirt to show you... but I made it as well! I bought him a plain white t-shirt and cut black felt in the shape of Mickey's head, along with a red number one made with felt. Then I used fabric glue to glue them to the shirt!

I forgot to take a good pic of the centerpieces but if you look closely at the balloons you can see a peek of the red... I used old formula cans ,or coffee cans work too, and painted them red. I painted the lids to them black, and then painted two white circles on the cans for Mickey's buttoms... then I poked a tiny hole in the top for the string for the balloons... this probably would've worked way better if the balloons had helium!

For his invite I went digital... and FREE haha! I used a website called clubpartyideas.com and I really love the way they turned out! Please note that the party hats and balloons are not part of the invite.. I added those on picmonkey to cover up personal information!

In the end I was really happy with the way it all turned out and got lots of compliments!! I would love to hear some of your DIY parties... right now I am planning a DIY glow-in-the-dark Nerf party for Michael who will be 10 this month!!


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Baby Landon Vlog!

This is a quick little video that I uploaded yesterday that I thought was funny. Landon has this thing that he loves to do now, where when you shake your head he likes to do it back.... OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND... well you get the idea haha! He things it is absolutely hilarious. Mostly he just does it with Daddy, so when other people do it with him he waits for them to do it once, and then laughs at them lol!

When he first started shaking his head no we were in the grocery store and I thought there was something wrong with him.... now he just does it to everything lol! If you have kids then you know they learn to say no really early in life haha!

Can you believe he is almost a year old now! I am so excited that I have already been looking up lots of fun ideas to do for his party. Most likely it will be Mickey Mouse since he LOVES Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!


Princess Sofia Birthday!

Elizabeth's third birthday party was last week. Still can hardly believe she is already three! I started this vlog just right before she was born, so it only feels right to share with everyone.

She wanted to have a Sofia birthday party so that is what we did. After we celebrated at home she had also informed us months ago that she wanted to go to the zoo haha. Which was fine with us, since it is free here anyways.

I used things that she already had in her room for decorations. Like her singing teapot for a centerpiece, and her play castle that she actually got last year for her birthday.
I even set up a little princess table with beads on the chairs, more pieces of her play castle, and her money bank castle that usually stays on her dresser since it is breakable!
Her tiara was $2 well spent haha! She love wearing it!

Clearly I got a little carried away taking pictures!

More decorations! Usually I hang balloons from the lights... but this year I hung the lanterns that you can buy at Wal-Mart instead.
The princess card from her brothers that her oldest brother picked out.... and the Sofia card from Mommy and Daddy!
Her Sofia dress! This was the first gift she opened because I wanted her to be able to wear it. This dress has been the best $20 I ever spent haha! She literally wants to wear it ALL the time.. she even wore it to the zoo and little girls wanted to come up and talk to her because of her wearing it lol... Too Cute!

On Daddy's shoulders at the zoo... as you can see he was doing double duty pushing the stroller with Landon in it too haha!

I almost forgot to get a picture of all three of them! This was right before we left.... she was starting to get fussy and didn't want to take a pic. BTW... the gold thing is a frog statue.

I took other pictures too but they were all on my camera and haven't been uploaded yet to my laptop. These were the ones I had on my phone.

Hope you all enjoyed sorta celebrating with us!