Monday, February 24, 2014
Posted by Jen at 2:16 PM
Lauren McKinsey just released the perfect printable collection for girls and boys who are saying good-bye to teachers and friends. While intended for year-end farewells, when students part ways for the summer, I immediately thought of another use for our family. A few weeks ago, my sweet daughter Kaylee made the very difficult decision to transfer schools mid-year to take advantage of an opening in an accelerated (gifted) class. She has been struggling to be adequately challenged in her regular classroom, despite having a wonderful teacher & a great classroom environment. While she was super excited about the possibilities awaiting her at the new school, she was very sad to say good-bye to friends and a teacher she adored! When I saw this collection, I knew it was the perfect way for Kaylee to let her friends know that she will miss them and would love to stay in touch.
To get your FREE "Owl miss you" candy bar wrappers, click here.
Be sure to check out the rest of the adorable collection on the Lauren McKinsey website and view a few sneak peek photos below.
Aren't the "mommy and me" calling cards adorable? Such a fun way for kids to be able to keep in touch during the summer.
Her labels are editable, which will allow you to personalize your sweet gifts!
Lauren created such fun ideas for handing out to friends on the last day of school.
All of you mothers of boys. Don't you fret! Lauren didn't forget about the boys! She designed the OWL MISS YOU collection in a color palette perfect for your little guys as well!
Posted by Jen at 1:28 PM
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
I had the great privilege of helping plan and style an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for a wonderful young man. Styling this event was a fun challenge as there were not very many ideas already available online for inspiration. It was very thrilling to creatively incorporate important aspects from the Scouting Program into this event!
If you are not familiar with the Boy Scouts of America, it is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness. To earn the Eagle Award,the Boy Scouts’ highest honor, (which is awarded at a "Court of Honor"), a Scout must be active with a troop, earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, assume a position of leadership in a troop and complete a service project which benefits his community.
This particular year was also the Centennial year for scouting. The honoree wanted to incorporate a slightly rustic feel to some of the décor, so we added some outdoorsy elements, as well as some old wood baskets, crates & apple baskets.
The phrase: "Be Prepared" is an important part of the Boy Scout program and is the organization's motto. Each young man is encouraged to be prepared for any situation. A 2' x 4' wooden scroll containing those words was cut and painted to hang behind the podium where all speeches and presentations would be made to serve as a reminder that the one being honored at this special court of honor, was indeed prepared. The podium was decorated with the Boy Scout seal and patriotic bunting to recreate the feel of the Presidential seal, as seen when special White House press conferences are being held. American flags also lined each aisle and brought with them a sense of honor and respect.
The main dessert table was designed to allude to the American flag. With a red & white striped background and a navy blue table covering, I believe that purpose was achieved. In Scouting, the young men recite a pledge which begins with, "On my honor..." A wood scroll was designed and constructed with these important words painted on it to serve as a focal point for our backdrop.
Beautiful desserts were created from some of the most talented professionals. I wanted the cake to be impressive and a reminder of why guests were in attendance at this Court of Honor. 4 Kids Cakes designed a beautiful 3 tiered cake representing a scout uniform and sash and all of the patches & Merit Badges earned by this Eagle Scout. Her detail work was unbelievable and resulted in a masterpiece! Equally as impressiver were her Merit Badge fondant cupcake toppers. My idea for the toppers was to have her recreate the Merit badges earned and worn on the Boy Scout's sash. Christina of 4 Kids Cakes recreated all of these badges earned specifically by the guest of honor and duplicated another set to match. Attending guests were in awe of her work. In addition, beautiful custom gourmet marshmallows were designed by Madyson's Marshmallows portraying the Eagle Scout symbol. Cookies created to reflect the Boy Scout's Eagle project as well as the Eagle symbol were baked by Flour-de-Lys. Other dessert table favorites included pretzel rods, colorful rock candy, patriotic candy contributed by Oh! Nuts and colorful donuts.
Posted by Jen at 7:29 PM
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Posted by Jen at 11:13 AM
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Have you heard the amazing news? Graphic designer, Lauren McKinsey is celebrating the launch of her new CUTE CLUB membership! She is offering unlimited access to all of her adorably fun printable collections for a $12.99 monthly membership fee or $89 for an annual membership fee. With thousands of printables already available on her site (worth over $2,100 if purchased individually), this is such an amazing deal! Currently, she has over 95 printable collections available on her website, with new ones being released every week. Lauren offers a variety of collections for just about every holiday, birthdays, other special occasions, school & teacher gifts, summer celebrations and more! (Plus, she's open to YOUR ideas too!)
For more information, on this exciting news be sure to visit her blog post HERE!
For a limited time she is offering a special discount rate for the CUTE CLUB membership of $9.99 for a monthly membership and $59.99 for an annual membership, which is a GREAT price!! So hurry and sign up today so you don’t miss out!
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Posted by Jen at 7:57 PM
It's a bird. It's a plane. It's super hero Valentine ideas here to rescue you from holiday frustrations!
It's no secret that I adore Lauren McKinsey's graphic design work. Her style is bright and fun and definitely kid-friendly.
This year, I have FOUR kids in school, each one wanting something unique for their Valentine's Day celebration. My youngest, Max, absolutely loved these super hero Valentines. It *might* be because we call him "Super Max", and he runs around in his cape from the Dollar Tree. (Or, it may just be that these designs are so darn cute. I'll let you decide!)
P.S. Lauren offers free weekly designs, including one of these super hero gift tags, so be sure to visit her site and sign up for her newsletter.
Posted by Jen at 7:26 PM