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In the Kitchen {easy tomato snacks}

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One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is my food dehydrator. I do most of my dehydrating in the spring and summer as the fruits are my favorite. Dried peaches…yum! I have been trying to do more veggies as well. My most recent veggie success are these delicious tomatoes. They are so super easy too!

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Start by slicing your ripe tomatoes 1/4″ thick. Toss with olive oil, salt and garlic powder.  Cherry tomotoes are also super yummy this way. Dehydrate for about 9 hours. If you don’t have a dehydrator, try slow roasting them in your oven on the lowest temp. Enjoy!

Mom Monday {DIY Crown Bar}

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For Piper’s 3rd birthday party we had a purple princess party. One of my favorite parts was the DIY crown bar. Inspired by the ever fabulous Bri of Design Love Fest, and her DIY crown post here, I decided to make a station for guests to decorate their own crowns to wear during the princess party. I followed Bri’s directions pretty closely, and purchased some gold poster board (WARNING it was $5/sheet at Hobby Lobby which yielded 5 crowns). I added to those 5 with some pre-cut silver crowns. Then I bought a huge tub of giant gems for around$10, and adhered some double sided tape to each for easy assembly.

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These were so much fun, and a great activity for the kids. They double as a party favor as well!

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Happy Birthday to My Princess!

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I cannot believe it’s been 3 years since I held my baby girl in my arms for the first time! She is such a gift, such a blessing, and I am beyond grateful for my little fire cracker. She is about to start pre-school in a few months, becoming more and more independent, and has the most amazing imagination. She is at such a fun age and I am just trying to savor every minute. Happy Birthday Piper Marie!!

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And a look back at the beginning.

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Maternity and newborn photos by Braedon Photography.

Mom Monday {anatomy of a salad}

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We make a lot of fun salads in our house, and there is really no recipe, or right or wrong way to do make them. They are based on whatever I have in the fridge, which is nice because it makes them different each time. Here is a basic guide to how I make my salads healthy and delicious. The fruit in the salad really helps to get your kids to eat and enjoy it.

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Mom Monday {birthdays}

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Well I cannot believe I am thinking about Piper’s 3rd birthday! She will turn 3 in June, so it is just around the corner. For her first birthday I had the amazing talents of my dear friend Casey, and owner of The Flouring Artisans. Casey created the most amazing dessert table and delicious sugar-less cake for Piper. The party was bright orange and pinks with giraffes.

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For her second birthday Andrea Patricia Photography captured the most amazing photos of the Neon Pink + gold party.

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So now, 3. I would love to try and do something a bit less involved…is that possible for me? I am not sure. I would love to hear your thoughts on birthday parties. Do you go over the top every year or just make it once every few years? Piper’s favorite thing right now definitely is Cinderella and the princesses. How can I do that but still make it a bit more casual? Chime in below.. I would love to know your ideas!! Happy Mom Monday.

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Mom Monday {Ballet Class!}

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Piper has been asking me non-stop lately (to my delight) if she can take a ballet class. At 2 1/2 she is just at the age where she can do so. We are doing a trial class this Saturday! I am beyond excited, and a little nervous. It will the first class she takes that is not Mommy-and-me. Parents are encouraged to stand outside and look in. I will keep you posted on how she does.

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Does anyone else do ballet class with their little ones? I would love to hear about your experience!

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Bloch ballet shoes // child ballet photograph // DIY legwarmers!

Mom Monday {tiny accessories}

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For those of you that know my sweet little Piper, you may have noticed she has a thing for accessories. She insists on picking her outfits every day (even her pajama outfits) and loves loves loves her accessories. Here is a little round up of accessories inspired by my very own tiny fashionista.

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1. jcrew Headband   2.ruffle backpack    3.Zara kids cap    4.Tiny Toms glitter mary janes    5.le petit tom tutu ruffle bloomers