Caden’s Loves Elmo, 2! (Sesame Street 2nd Birthday)

Caden’s second birthday cannot possibly be here already! 😱

He is obsessed with Elmo, so we knew Sesame Street was the way to go!

Caden’s Outfit

  • I used Avery Light Transfer paper on an Old Navy T-shirt to create a custom Sesame Street shirt. I also made M is for Mommy and D is for Daddy shirts for Sean and I!

Food

  • We had pizza, club sandwiches, pasta salad, veggies, fruit, chips, pretzels, cupcakes, cookies, and chocolate covered pretzels.
  • For drinks we had bottled water, iced tea, Arnold palmers, and Capri suns!

Last minute I decided to use Avery table tents leftover from our wedding to label food with the characters!

Decorations

I cut a large number 2 out of a cardboard box and covered it in pictures from the past year.

I printed picture of the characters and made a Caden Street sign to make centerpieces. They are actually attached to a wooden spoon and hot glued into the mason jar. The mason jar is filled with dollar tree shredded paper.

Staples sells 12″ x 12″ x 12″ boxes. We used clear packing tape to assemble and colored duct tape to decorate the edges. I printed and cut out the ABC 123s for the sides.

This sign will be placed near the parking lot to guide guests towards the party.

I love having a guest book for our parties, so this sign will remind people to sign!

Favors

  • We used Sesame Street party bags from Party City to put a box of crayons, goldfish, and a rubber ducky. I created these tags to go on top of the bags. We also had bubbles that didn’t fit inside the bag and were more fun to use during the party anyway!

JCPenney Portraits does a great job for cheap! Check out some of our pictures. Caden was not in a smiling kind of mood, but I love how the props we brought (stuffed animals and balloons) gave the brick backdrop such a Sesame Street feel!

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Pampers PURE Review

We cloth diaper of course, but it is important for those that use disposables to really inspect their diaper ingredient lists. There are so many toxins for something that goes on such a precious bum. Pampers PURE are a great place to start if you aren’t ready to go full-on-cloth! They’re a brand you can trust with an environmental conscious. On the EWG’s Skin Deep app, Pampers Pure wipes scored a 1, which is great! They have no chlorine bleaching, fragrances, parabens, or latex. Premium Cotten is used in this plant-based product.

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Caden’s Golf First Birthday

I’m a little late to the game, but I wanted to share how we decorated for Caden’s first birthday party!

Caden’s attire:

-Custom Moccs from Everleigh Meadow Moccs

-Custom Shirt Embroidered with Caden and 1 with a matching bib from Etsy (Addie Kakes Kreations)

– Shorts from Gymboree

Food:

-TeeRiffic Pasta Salad

-PUTTato Chips

-Watermelon Wedges

-Putting Green Dirt Cake

-And of course pizza, hoagies, wings, and macaroni and cheese!

-Two Amazing Cakes from Cakes in Cups

-Extremely Creative Cookies from Jess Dunleavy

-We has an Arnold Palmer Making Station, too!

Caden’s Smash Cake 🙂

Decorations:

-White paper lanterns and printed the Titleist logo on them to look like gold balls

-green table cloths

-a balloon arch

-Centerpieces: $1 glass bowls from Walmart filled with golf balls and navy blue flowers

-Guest Book: We plan to always have a new book that matches the theme for guests to write a happy birthday message. We chose Badges, Egg Salad, and Green Jackets: The Masters A to Z!

Favors:

-Plastic golf clubs with balls from the dollar tree. We turned a large cardboard box into a Titleist golf bag.

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Pennsylvania Public Library – Quest Summer Reading Program

Growing up, visits to the library were my favorite! (Thank you, Aunt Debbie) This summer Caden is the PERFECT age to start attending some of the different activities they have to offer. I wasn’t sure which library to check out since we have so many amazing ones near us. We have Carbondale, Dalton, Abington Community, and the Nancy Kay Holmes library all within a half hour drive. There are even more that I just haven’t visited yet. Best of all – their activities are FREE!!!!!

We have attended BabyGarten at Nancy Kay Holmes and Baby Storytime at the Abington Community Library. Both activities involved play, songs, listening to a story, and a craft. Next week, we plan to dive in with some more activities, such as other “age level” story times since Caden is in between the baby and the pre-school age crews, block parties (building with Legos), and music time. All of the Lackawanna County Libraries have rotating times for magic shows, jugglers, art exhibits, zoo mobiles, and other animal exhibits. Children 4 to 13 can even earn a free ticket to attend a RailRiders game!

Abington Community Library Schedule

June Schedule

July Schedule

Special Event Schedule

Nancy Kay Holmes Library Schedule

June Schedule

July Schedule

Ages 0 to 5 Summer Quest Recording Sheet

Children earn “points” for reading for 15 minutes or completing an activity. Some of the activities that I think are really cool are –

  • Visit a Farmer’s Market – Shopping local is SO important! I desperately want to instill this in Caden from a young age.
  • Eat a “tech-free” meal with your family – I am hoping that we can always keep our meals “tech-free,” but I know that this is a struggle for many families.
  • Write your name in the mud or sand – This is great for sensory exploration and practicing letters!
  • Find shapes in the grocery store – This is something simple that I can start incorporating in our weekly visits to the grocery store. We can also point out the different colors or food groups, too!

Adult Summer Quest Recording Sheet

Adults also get points for reading for 30 minutes or selecting an activity to complete. Some of the adult activities that I think are really cool are –

  • Visit a local business that is new to you – Clarks Summit has so many amazing small businesses that I would like to explore. This will be the push that I need.
  • Visit a farmer’s market – same reason as above 🙂
  • Write someone a thank you card
  • Complete a DIY or home improvement project – Another activity that I need an extra push on!
  • Visit a new city – This is ALWAYS on my summer to-do list!

Happy Reading! ❤️

End of the Year Teacher Gift

As a teacher, gifts are never expected or necessary, but they are always appreciated! 🙂

We adore Caden’s daycare teachers, and he will be moving up to the next room when he returns in the fall.

We made a S’Mores basket with an added Amazon Giftcard for an extra sweet treat as an end of the year gift! It was super quick and easy, but looks adorable all assembled!

What’s in it?

  • Small Blue Tote from The Dollar Tree
  • Box of Graham Crackers
  • Bag of Marshmallows
  • Pack of 6 Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
  • Amazon Gift Card

*Shrink Wrap Cellophane and Bow are also from the Dollar Tree!

I printed out a label that says, “Thank you for making this year S’MORE fun than anything! Love, Caden”