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).

One for the Boys…

valentine gliders p1 edit in processFinding appropriate and fun valentines for boys can some times be a bit of a challenge.  With a whole house full of boys, I’ve become an expert as sneaking in a few hearts for the occasion while still retaining all that boyish fun. And with a touch of creativity, there are so many cute themes that can be used.

So we’ve already made some transportation valentine goody bags, but we also made adorable airplane-themed valentines this year as well.  Our oldest son picked out gliders that he requested be his valentine class treat.  Which is great because we can totally skip the whole peanut-free candy headache. So, to coordinate with the gliders, we used the printable airplane valentine from the transportation collection.  Printed them all on heavy white card stock from our home color printer, punched two holes at the top of each are and tied them to the already bagged gliders that came that way.

So simple! And coordinated… and my favorite… a fun little candy-free valentine treat that still retains all that boyish fun (and maybe, just maybe contains a heart or two).

Find even more valentine designs (for boys and girls) on Oodles-and-Doodles.com or at the OandD Etsy shop.

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Valentine’s Day

valentines_OandD_edited.jpgValentine’s Day always sneaks up on me every year.  I don’t know what it is… I feel like we’re just getting over the holidays and then it’s magically February.  So, in response, I typically pick a really easy Valentine’s Day project.  Because, let’s be honest… it’s usually me that does most of the work since all the little hands in this house are mostly interested in eating the chocolate candy and playing with the toys.

This year, we went with the super simple Valentine’s Day goody bags for school.  I love this idea because we can skip the candy completely and fill the baggies with little valentine-themed toys.  We stuck with a transportation theme and used the personalized & printable valentine cards from the shop.  I love these because you can use them year after year and the theme works for so many different ideas. And boys can be tricky on this holiday… far too many pink and red hearts out there to make my kids happy.

We printed both sets of Transportation valentines on heavy white card stock, stuck them in clear baggies and sealed all the little goodies shut with the matching favor tags.  (This is one of my favorite tricks… so super simple and easy … and perfectly coordinated).  The trick here is to print the tags on sticky paper.  I like Avery Full Sheet labels. The entire page is a giant sticker so you can cut out square tags or punch out 2 inch or 2.5 inch circles.  Easy peasy.  And done.  And….I never had to worry about searching for peanut free school-approved candy.

I wish all things were this simple!

And you can find lots of other Valentine-themed designs in the Etsy shop and on Oodles-and-Doodles.com.  There’s adorable owl designs for girls, animals for the itty bitties, and robots and monsters too!  (One day, when I plan ahead enough, I’m going to pick up some eyeball bouncy balls at Halloween and save them for those Monster valentines.  How perfect would that be)?!  Next year – that’s on my list for next year.  It’ll be here before you know it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!