A little thanks goes a long way!

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If your family is anything like ours, we get a LOT of gifts every holiday.  Those two lucky boys of ours receive more gifts than they know what to do with.  And so after Christmas, I sit down to begin the task of writing a ton of thank you notes to family, friends, neighbors … the list goes on.  You know the drill.

Of course, I am a bit picky with my thank you cards.  (It goes with the territory).   And in the holiday spirit of complete honesty, every one in our household has their own personal stationery.  Well, almost everyone… everyone except my husband. He could care less.  And let’s be honest, I’m writing most of his thank you notes anyway.

This year, though, we tried something a little different.  We went for the personalized family photo stationery.  And I gotta say, I LOVE it!  I might be just a tad bias, but here’s why… 1) it can be used for anyone in the fam.  So the kids don’t have to each write a thank you note separately.  Or at least I don’t feel like they should. 2) It matches our Christmas card this year.  (Yay!  I can’t help it, but matching makes me happy), and I had them printed along with our Christmas cards.  (Another win for being prepared way ahead of time)!  3) I used the exact same photo from our Christmas card.  It pulled double duty. That’s a win-win.  4) And .. finally… come on! Look at those cute little faces!  They make me smile everytime I pull a card out to write a note.  That, my friend, is the ultimate win/win!

 

 

Merry Christmas + Happy HOWLidays {from our little family to yours}

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Oh how December always sneaks up on us… it’s freezing cold in Chicago, there’s a bit of snow on the ground, our Christmas tree is twinkling and the kids are bouncing off the walls on constant sugar highs.  It’s by far my favorite time of year!

Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and Happy HOWLidays from our family to yours.  May you have a blessed holiday season and a 2018 filled with healthy, joy, and lots of cheer!

What to get someone that has everything…


I’ve taken a bit of a blog break lately.  Ok, let’s be real – a bit of a BIG blog break.  It’s been over a year. Geez.  I’m not going to lie… I’m kinda not a fan of blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE designing, coming up with new ideas, party planning, and DIY-ing, but I don’t really love the writing about it part.  So I’ve taken a year off to spend more time doing what I love (read: chauffeuring two children around all day), and took a break from this part.  But I’m back. Or at least I’m trying to be back. So I’m starting off (again) writing about something that I love.

I might be a bit biased, but I love designing stationery.  I mean I love designing invitations, and party decorations and tons of other items.  But something about a really great handwritten note on thick, luxurious paper… well that’s my jam.  So now that it’s been determined that I’m totally biased, I’m going to be honest and admit that I adore giving stationery as gifts. It’s that perfect gift to give someone that has everything.  You know those people?  Family, friends, teachers (awh.. I find teachers to be really hard), neighbors, new babies, dog lovers, the list goes on).  And honestly, how many of us actually purchase chic personal stationery for ourselves?  I’m guessing not many.  (Other than me and my kids who each have more stationery than we could ever use).  As a result, I’ve been designing more stationery (and gift giving it), and it can all be found in the shop in the personal stationery section or the thank you card section. So, just a heads up,  if you send me (or my kids) a gift, you’ll be sure to receive a handwritten note on some very chic stationery!

Happy Writing!

DIY: Stars + Stripes FREE Printable Bunting

 

We love the 4th of July over here!  Not only is summer the best season in Chicago, but I’m particularly in love with some great fireworks and bbq’s. So, in honor of the 4th, you can find this adorable free download stars + stripes banner.  We whipped this up for the kids to cut out, string together, and use to decorate for our July 4th party.  (So.. yep, these photos aren’t perfection… they are just our everyday… which is perfection to me).

Happy 4th and happy decorating!  (And if you want more free printable 4th of July decorations, you can find some cupcake toppers over at this Oodles and Doodles post).

Giving Back

I love finding a way to help out a great organization, and when I stumbled upon the Confetti Foundation, I knew that was it!  The Confetti Foundation is an awesome non-profit organization that supplies sick kids in hospitals with birthday boxes on their special day.  The boxes are filled with birthday banners, coloring pages and lots of other fun stuff, all to make their day that much brighter while they’re stuck in the hospital.

I was so glad to hear about their work, and thrilled to be able to help them out by supplying some much needed party banners, coloring pages and bookmarks.  If you have some time, go check them out… who wouldn’t want to make a little one’s birthday that much brighter.

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Honk, Honk! Beep, Beep! Coming through… someone in our house just turned TWO!!

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Honk, Honk! Beep, Beep! Coming through… our little guy just celebrated turning TWO!  Oh, how those years flew by… and we marked the occasion with all things that move (just like this little one) with a Transportation Birthday party.  Everything was decked out with planes, trains, and automobiles .. and trucks… lots of trucks.  We even had a drive-in movie for the little ones with our diy cars made out of cardboard boxes.  The kids had tickets, little personalized driver’s licenses and snacks in their handmade cars.  And most importantly, our sweet little two year old got to celebrate another birthday in true “boy” fashion.. surrounded by cars and trucks (and lots of people that he loved).

Happy Birthday my little one!  You’re already so grown up!

 

All the Great Things that BUBBLE & FIZZ…

It’s birthday season in our house! Not only do we have a little guy turning two, but our other little mad scientist is turning FIVE!  So.. HE has designed (because that’s what you get when you’re a kid with a mom that promises to make you anything you want)… a lab pass scientist invitation. Now available in the Etsy shop with matching items coming soon (as soon as this momma can get it all together).

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Now Available: Printed Chalkboard Posters

Ever wonder where to print all those really great birthday milestone chalkboard posters?  You know… the ones that you see everywhere… at fabulous birthday parties, in adorable first birthday photos. Those.  It seems like a lot to have to figure out how to print those yourself.  And then mount them to something so that they stand up on your own.  I know because customers have been asking me for years.

Well after preparing for a second birthday in our house, I decided that it is a bit inconvenient, and just one extra unnecessary thing that you have to do in order to get ready for that big day. So I decided to start offering all chalkboard posters professionally printed and mounted on thick matboard with 2 day shipping to anywhere within the U.S.  So that’s one less thing you have to worry about. And posters will be shipped to you really fast, so you can get those last minute weights and heights, and all those little milestones in time for the big day. Find all my chalkboard poster designs at the OandD Etsy shop. And there’s a bunch of new designs just added! Happy shopping!

 

A Boho Chic Party

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I love when I get a chance to sit down and design a new fun, feminine party collection.  With a house overflowing with dinosaurs, trucks, and anything that shoots, I relish the chance to think pink (or salmon in this case).  And this one… well… just happens to be one of my favorites.  A tribal, boho-inspired theme was on the docket for a long time floating around in my brain.  And it came together so well!  I just love the mix of the vintage photo with the boho chic feel.  There’s a full matching party package in the Etsy shop and soon to be coming to Oodles-and-Doodles.com.  With lots of digital goodies and even more items on the way (like a chalkboard poster).  And don’t forget, invites are always available professionally printed.

 

And, you can find a matching baby shower theme here as well with tons more options including diaper raffle tickets, dear baby wish cards, bring a book instead of a card inserts, and much more!

Happy Party Planning!  (And if you need a little party inspiration, head on over to the Tribal Pinterest Board with lots of chic party styling tips).