January 12, 2017

Glitter my Valentine

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Whenever I craft with the boys I’m left with a ton of supplies that sit in shoeboxes in my closet. Pom poms, a variety of jewels and rhinestones as well as glitter galore.

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Every holiday that rolls around I pull out that craft box and we are instantly inspired.

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Today we filled up paper bowls with supplies and crafted handmade valentine’s day cards. We found leftover paint and glue so we hit our cards with some glitter after we wrote a note on the inside.

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Yesterday, Luke made Cheesecake dip so we enjoyed leftovers with fresh fruit which we noshed on while gettin’ crafty.

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The adorable paper plates are from Cheeky. For every package sold a meal is donated. We love the mission these guys are on and love nothing more than feeding the hungry.

xx, Seri
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January 11, 2017

Chef Luke makes Cream Cheese Cake Dip

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This week Luke is making Cream Cheesecake Dip. Luke and I brainstormed to come up with a recipe for the Football Sunday which is always a big eating day in our house. Since he’s not the biggest fan of spinach, we went with a dip that falls in the cake family. Curious to see how this recipe goes over with the men on Football Sunday…though I know the boys will be throwing back this fruit while they yell HUT!

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We felt the best thing to dip into our cheesecake dip was fruit. So Luke chose his faves and then thread them onto skewers to make kabobs.

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Luke’s favorite part of this recipe was smashing up the biscuits which were the perfect, crunchy, topping to the sweet dip.

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Wanna join in on the fun here?  Here’s how:

Chef Luke’s Cheesecake Dip:

Ingredients –
1 brick of cream cheese
¼ cup brown sugar
Squish the juice from 1 lemon
3/4 cup cream
6 Butter Snap biscuits

The How to –

Let the cream cheese come to room temperature to soften before you start the recipe.

Place the softened cream cheese in a large bowl and whisk in the brown sugar, lemon juice and cream until combined.
Place the biscuits in a re-sealable bag and crush using a rolling pin.
Pour the cheesecake mix into a serving bowl and sprinkle with crushed biscuit.
Serve with fresh fruit for dipping.

ENJOY!

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Don’t miss Luke in action. Find him on the Little Miss Party YouTube channel cooking away!

Photos by Abigail Copleston

Video by Maggie Antalek

xx, Seri
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January 4, 2017

A Fiesta First

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This past summer, my adorable Niece turned ONE. When my sister made the “we need to start planning baby Dylan’s birthday party” call I was all ears and ready to PARTY!

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Mandy wanted to go with a fiesta themed party but with a tweak to the traditional primary color story. Instead of red, blue, green and yellow we went with a palette of bright fuchsia, lemon yellow, lime green and tangerine orange. STUN.NING.

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She found the PERFECT invite on the Minted website and ordered matching thank you cards for sending hand written notes to all the guests after the party.

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Timing worked out perfectly as a space called Bash Studio had recently opened in Toronto. The space is bright, clean and perfect for a kids party. We set a table for family to enjoy lunch at while kids were off in a corner listening to music, playing with toys and enjoying their time together as little peeps. The space also comes with a slew of high chairs so everyone with a small child could feed them easily.

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Mandy found the most adorable party hat “crown” for Dylan on Little Blue Olive‘s site and I mean c’mon….could this family be any cuter?!

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We set up a serve yourself bar with sangria, wine, beer, water and juice boxes for the kiddos. We also set up a ridiculously gorgeous dessert table. We styled the table with a balloon garland from One Stylish Party, our newest obsession. We also got the most fabulous cake topper from our cousin Daniela of All that Glitters which Mandy stuck into a shaved coconut crusted vanilla cake. YUM!

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One of Mandy’s best friends is a caterer, Elyse Leanna, in Toronto and her food is not only delicious by so beautifully presented. She set out the fiesta themed food with make your own burrito bowls, chips with guacamole and salsa, shrimp + chorizo skewers…it was so YUM.

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To document the party and capture shots of Dylan with our family and her friends, we asked Sandra Brzezinski to photograph. That was a smart idea wouldn’t you say?! If you ever question hiring a photographer, don’t. There’s nothing better than having the milestones documented through photos that you can cherish forever.

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Find more on Dylan’s First Fiesta Birthday Party in our feature on Style Me Pretty Living.

xx, Seri
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December 28, 2016

Our current winter obsession

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As we were putting together the LMP 2016 Gift Guide this year, we stumbled upon the BEST.GIFT.EVER….Inflatable snow tubes in your favorite childhood candies and more!

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Sleds and snow tubes are usually soooo boring looking. Well not these you guys! Candy peppermint twist, a plaid mitten, a snow cone, the iconic donut that was trending in everyone’s pool last year…each one is better than the next.

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Lucky for us, the creators of these awesome inflatables at Big Mouth got wind of their product on our gift guide and got in touch with us to partner up on a GIVEAWAY! We said….AWE YEAH!!

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We got our hands on so many of these amazing snow tubes we set them up for a festive winter gathering!

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Imagine…you have your friends over, you serve cake (preferably shaped like a touque baked by Making that Cake as a holiday gift to the LMP team this year), coffee (spike if you like), chocolate brittle and donuts and you go snow tubing! I mean c’mon…how fun does that sound?!

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So guess what guys? Nows your chance to get your hands on one of these fabulous snow tubes to enjoy this winter!

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Grab your touque, stir up that hot cocoa and enter now with our Rafflecopter below!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Winner will be announced on Friday December 30th at 12pm EST live on our Instagram feed. Winner will receive a Big Mouth snow tube of their choice (pending availability).

GOOD LUCK!

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xx, Seri
26 comments
Party conversation
  1. Will G

    I love going sledding/tubing!

  2. Mary Cloud

    I’m not a fan of Winter but I love the Holidays we celebrate in Winter

  3. Linda

    I’m a snow baby so I love the snow!

  4. Courtney H

    I love sitting by the fireplace and reading a good book

  5. Chui c

    It’s definitely a great treat to win xx

  6. Emily S

    I love how beautiful fresh snow is covering the ground.

  7. Marty Crosson

    Fireplaces, cocoa, and all the “cozy” things that you do when it’s cold outside

  8. Alyssa Popp

    Fun for the whole family!

  9. Julie

    I love reading by the fire

  10. Kimberly G

    I like the holidays and the snow,

  11. Nataly Carbonell

    Weather feels just perfect for drinking hot cocoa!

  12. Emi

    I’ve been scoping these out around town! I’m in Minnesota so we have plenty of snow for one of these and are usually desperately in need of a pick me up come mid-January!

  13. Heather S

    I love playing in the snow most! Woo hoo!

  14. Rochel S

    Love building snowmen with my kids!

  15. Emily Smith

    I love winter clothes. Comfy sweaters and cute boots!

  16. Lindsay Bade

    I love sledding with my kids! Hearing them scream as we go down the hill is the best!

  17. Laura mueller

    I love everything about winter! I love the first snow fall, sledding, making snowmen, and spending time with my family outside!

  18. Kristin Tyson

    The holidays and the chance of snow. Plus winter break with the kids.

  19. Lyla Gleason

    these are the cutest! My daughter would love one of these for winter!!!!!

  20. Laura Sharp

    I love the first morning of snow, everything is so white, sparkling, and peaceful, it’s like finding yourself walking through a Narnian Winter!

  21. Susan D

    Winter brings cozy clothes like sweaters and scarves, cocoa in front of fires, building snowmen and skiing… then hot soup and warm breads after a cold afternoon shoveling snow. I love winter. It’s so peaceful!

  22. Amy

    I’ve been loving getting some winter hiking it!! It’s so nice to not be sweating to death and the world just looks so beautiful sparkly and white!! Atleast here in Boise we get sunny days, even if the high doesn’t even but freezing!! I’d love to win one of these babies to take over to Bend next month when I go see my niece and nephew, they’d freak out about them!!

  23. Esther Aitchison

    I love when it snows so much school is cancelled no one goes to work and the whole family hangs out together. We go sledding and build snowmen and snow forts then come inside to get warm with hot chocolate. Then we play board games. Those are the best days in the winter.

  24. Kristin A

    My favorite part of winter is that it’s not hot! LOL except it was 81F here today in Orange County CA

  25. donna

    i love the snow and being able to spend warm comfy nights by the fireplace

  26. Catalina torres

    I love ising my slow cooker more!

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December 7, 2016

The most adorable wrapping party EVER!

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Are you ready for some cuteness on this Wednesday morning?? While this is definitely the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, wrapping all of those gifts for loved ones can be an overwhelming and daunting task…but not when you have the cutest helpers EVER by your side! I wanted to get our kids involved in the wrapping process and create some super personal & adorable gift wrap in the process. Gifts are that much more meaningful if they are wrapped with love :) Especially from cuties like these two!

The first thing I did was have the girls decorate plain boxes with stickers, markers, crayons and ribbon. I used kraft paper from Michael’s to wrap the gifts and set out all of the supplies in these cute Christmas tree dishes also found at Michael’s.
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For this project, let the aisles of your local craft store inspire you. The kids will love anything you bring home that they can decorate with like rhinestones, bells or even pom-poms! Since my daughter and her friend are still young, we stuck with supplies that were easy for little fingers to maneuver on their own.
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They had an absolute blast getting creative with their boxes and took their jobs very seriously :)
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Who wouldn’t want to receive these gifts?? They’re almost too cute to open!
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I also helped the girls create DIY stamped gift wrap and it’s actually much easier than you think. Here is what you need :
A roll of white or kraft paper, cookie cutters, acrylic paint, paintbrush and a potato. Yes, a potato.
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Before the kiddos arrived, I cut the potatos in half, pressed the Christmas tree cookie cutter in one half firmly, and pulled away the outsides. Once you pop the cookie cutter out, you are left with a perfect “stamp.” Pretty genius right? Just repeat with whatever cookie cutter shapes you are using.  And the rest of the creative process, I left up to the 3 year olds!
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Once the paper dried, we were ready to wrap up our gifts!
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Another simple DIY paper features my favorite, Rudolph! And all you need is a thumbprint. Just have the kids stick their thumb or pointer into brown paint and press all over the paper. Then the adults or older kiddos can follow with a black marker and draw on antlers and a tiny dot of red paint for the nose. Super cute, right?
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Another creative way to have kids personalize Holiday gifts is by using sticker letters. This is a great activity for kids who are just learning their letters or even for the older ones who already know how to read. We loved how excited they got when they chose the correct letters to spell their names!
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Could this be any cuter??
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All of that hard work definitely deserved a treat, and boy did they love their cupcakes! dsc_0039-copy
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And how perfect was this cupcake party setup on a Holiday Little Miss Party in a Box?
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We had the absolute best day creating with these little ones. It’s such a fun activity that everyone is going to love, especially those receiving these gorgeous and personalized gifts.  dsc_0711-copy
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all !! HAPPY WRAPPING!!

Photos by Abby Copleston

xx, Michelle
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