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LEGOLAND Kansas City {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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My Banjo is now 6-years-old.  It’s weird to think that my first born is that old.  He’s like a little man who is almost finished with kindergarten.  So very strange for me!  In past years we have always had a birthday party for him.  I was trying to be that mom who threw those big, fabulous parties with lots of friends invited.  Yes, that mom.  I even invited the siblings of the friends, because I didn’t want anyone to feel left out.  Is that a little crazy?  Maybe a little excessive?  (Now there’s nothing really wrong with being that mom.  There are plenty of moms who can pull it off and more power to them.  I’m just not good at being that mom.  For sanity sake I had to take a step back, evaluate what’s truly important, and just say no.)

This year?  No more.  We have three littles now.  All will have a birthday.  All will eventually want to have a party.  All cannot have a party in the same year.  That would be maddening.  I can’t plan for such things.  I can’t decorate for such things.  I can’t organize for such things.  I can’t do such things.  It’s just not going to happen times three every year.  Nope.  Not going to do it.  So I’m thinking that each child has a “friend party” every other year.  Maybe every 3rd year.  Just. Not. Every. Year.

That’s why this year we decided to take Banjo (and the other two littles) out of town for a surprise birthday weekend extravaganza.  Banjo expected to have a party.  We told him we had a special adventure planned instead of a party.  It was a weekend all about him, things he likes, and together as a family.  The best part of celebrating in this way?  Family time!

We went to LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Kansas City!  LEGOLAND agreed on us coming for a visit, my doing a review on the blog, and giveaway away FOUR tickets.  You will find that giveaway below.  First, here are just a few of our favorite highlights from the place Banjo now thinks is the bestest birthday celebration ever.  At the LEGOLAND in Kansas City you can…

Find out how many LEGO bricks you weigh and your height in LEGO bricks:

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Travel to a distant land:

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Meet your favorite LEGO characters:

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Build and race LEGO cars:

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And just have a fantastically dandy time!

Of course you can’t visit LEGOLAND without getting some LEGOS.  Audi came out of the shop with this on my keys:

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He said it’s because I’m Wonder Woman.

As I already mentioned, the winner of this giveaway will receive FOUR tickets to LEGOLAND in Kansas City!

*This giveaway is open to US entries only.
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of May 2nd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway are sponsored by the Kansas City LEGOLAND Discovery Center, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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505 Design+Paperie {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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A huge milestone is being hit tomorrow. It the day that 5 years ago I became a mother.  That’s right… Our Banjo is turning 5!  And since I was almost 30 when he was born that means in August I will be…  Oh no.  Let’s not even think about that right now.  Moving on.  😉  Banjo is growing up.  *sigh*

How exactly did my baby boy go from this:

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To this:

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All so very fast???  We love our little guy so much and cannot believe that the time has flown by the way it has.  It makes me su.  Today we are having a really great party in our very own backyard.  It is carnival themed and I cannot wait to see the excitement on his face when the party begins.  Prior to planning anything theme related I contact 505 Design + Paperie to see if they were interested in creating Banjo’s party invitations.  The took this invitation and used their creative editing to have it read “carnival” instead of “circus”:

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The perfect introduction to our perfect party!

If you are looking for the most dandy printable invitations then look no further than 505 Design + Paperie.

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Want to enter to win something from 505 Design + Paperie?  Then be sure to enter to win on the Rafflecopter below!  One very lucky winner is going to receive:

$25 shop credit to spend at 505 Design + Paperie!!!

(All purchases from 505 Design + Paperie are sent via an email digital file.)

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*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide!
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of April 22nd and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by 505 Design + Paperie, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

 

Aimee Creation {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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When it comes to party planning I always need a little help.  Okay.  I need a lot of help!  It’s hard to plan a party and get everything perfect.  The menu of food/treats, the games, the decorations, the invitations, the special little details…  Yep that list could go on and on!  So when we were planning Ruby’s first birthday party I knew that I needed help.

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She’s our little princess and I wanted to make sure her day was extra special!

I contacted Aimee Creation and said, “Help me!” and they did.  We wanted to do an owl themed party and I fell in love with the look of this invitation:

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 Aimee Creation made it custom for us, so it was for a birthday party instead of baby shower.

They will make it custom for you, too!  🙂

In fact everything at Aimee Creation is customizable.  Through their party package we were able to get everything we needed to clinch the party into perfection.

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I mean how adorably cute are these cupcake toppers???

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A little tape and a toothpick and viola:

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 They made Ruby’s 1st birthday cupcakes extra special!

Her entire party was extra special!

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We even had ice cream and a toppings table, because you know we have that ice cream machine rental business.   😉

At Aimee Creation you can even get all the extras made to match your party’s theme:

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You can throw the party of your dreams with the help of Aimee Creation!

What’s being given away???  One very lucky winner is going to receive…

A Party Package of choice from Aimee Creation!

Enter on the Rafflecopter below:

 
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*This giveaway is open to entries worldwide!
*The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of March 25th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Aimee Creation, but all opinions are strictly my own.

A day late for our early girl.

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Happy 1st Birthday

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Her eyes were transfixed!

One year ago yesterday, on December 27, 2011, our lives changed forever around the Smith household.  We were blessed with the birth of our little Ruby!  Her arrival came completely unexpected.  She was an entire month early and now I’m late with her birthday posting…   This year has flown by and she is literally the sweetest baby girl I have ever known.  If you remember when she was born she spent about 5 hours in the NICU.  Not because she was so early (she was actually very healthy), but because she wouldn’t cry at all!  She didn’t cry when she was born and remained quiet for hours after.  To this day she is the most mellow little girl and is just really happy most of the time.  She is such a sweetheart and a delight to have in our family.  We are extremely blessed.  Stay tuned for another posting on her big birthday bash, because the party of the year is happening tomorrow!!!

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