DIY Pink Flamingo Birthday Party Decorations & Free Printable Templates


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Sunshine girl asked for flamingo decorations for her birthday party this year. Our walls are scattered with a flock of flamingos and I’m going to share with you a free set of printable templates to make your own flock. FIVE. How can we be celebrating her fifth birthday already? A flamingo theme isn’t surprising, since sunshine […]

April 4, 2018

A Case For Front Yard Living


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Front yard living creates opportunities to build relationships with neighbors. | thisgratefulmama.com

July 27, 2017

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star First Birthday Party (with FREE Printables)


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Throw an easy, festive twinkle twinkle little star first birthday party for your favorite little one using these ideas and free printables. Somehow, the baby turned ONE in May. To celebrate we did a Twinkle Twinkle Little Star party. Her decorations were very simple. Lights These Paper Star string lights were a simple addition to set a ‘twinkling’ mood […]

June 8, 2017

Minnie Mouse 4th Birthday Party Decorations


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A few weeks ago I shared the cake from our daughter’s Minnie Mouse 4th birthday party. Another day I’ll share the food. Today is all about decorations. When it comes to a kids party, my motto is ‘keep it simple‘ – it isn’t necessary to spend a lot of money or go all-out to please […]

April 19, 2017

Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake


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Bake and decorate a Minnie Mouse Birthday Cake with buttercream frosting. Simple enough for even the most novice baker. When my daughter told me she wanted a Princess Sofia birthday cake, I thought…uh oh. That sounds like a stretch.  We’ve had trouble finding a nut-free bakery, so I have been making birthday cakes in recent years. […]

March 22, 2017