Help Fill A Dream Pancake Breakfast with Superheros and SANTA!

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A wonderful adventure! It is inspiring and heartwarming to witness little ones instinctively playing! No matter the atmosphere or scenario, unabashed playful joy!  Please check out www.helpfilladream.com for info on this wonderful charity! 

Artifacts of Heartwarming Love & Joy

Recently I was asked by my dear Friend Ryan McMahon to do Album Art for his recent self-produced EP Song Shelter Recordings. I've known Ryan for years and his extended family and the similarities that exist between our grand folks is eerie especially when it comes to the stylized decor. So this was so wonderful to walk around and snap these pics in a house where he spent a lot of his youth. We're both '79 babies and there is always comfort in the familiar. I love how an object can evoke a memory a feeling a point in time a loving memory and so much of this day was exactly that!

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There's A Two Year Old Running Around My House… 

As I wrote the above title she raised her head in the bed beside me, whined and promptly wedged her body up against mine. On this occasion she did not insist on me turning to face her. I've been working hard at this you see, just getting her to allow me turn the other way in the bed. Now I am free. Free to snuggle up to the warm glow of my phone and jot down these thoughts. I am free to imagine that something I say could resonate with another mom out there who is also finding sweet respite from the day in the tiny screen cradled in her hand. I'm free to binge on Netflix and pin vegan recipes. Ah sweet 10pm Monday night freedom! 

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The Dog Themed Party

So for this sweet 2 year old's Birthday, she got to be surrounded by all things doggy!

Now we could have gone with the Paw Patrol theme and saved ourselves a lot of DIY but we chose not to brand the party given that she isn't even into watching that show. Right now, she just loves plain old dogs!

Scroll on down to learn how we put this party together!

 
 Now what toddler do you know doesn't love balloons! we covered the house in these cute pups!

Now what toddler do you know doesn't love balloons! we covered the house in these cute pups!

 
 Now the Toddlers just enjoyed the treat but this gave the parents a few laughs :)

Now the Toddlers just enjoyed the treat but this gave the parents a few laughs :)

 
 Rice Krispie Dog Bone anyone?

Rice Krispie Dog Bone anyone?

 
 This was a joy to watch! Nothing but a bit of time, paint and cardboard!

This was a joy to watch! Nothing but a bit of time, paint and cardboard!

 
 Now you can't forget the doggy cake when pulling off this theme! This was a 100% homemade experience using a template from Betty Crocker

Now you can't forget the doggy cake when pulling off this theme! This was a 100% homemade experience using a template from Betty Crocker

 
 And last but not least Doggy Bags for all the adorable guests!

And last but not least Doggy Bags for all the adorable guests!

Willow's First Birthday!

Our little ones second birthday is right around the corner prompting us togo back though the archives and find some shots from her first birthday! She has a little sister on the way so we intend on making this birthday a special one before as its the last one with just the three of us! Balloons, music, splash pad, still some of her favourite things, not hard to please! Yay birthdays!!! #LittleBearPhoto #Birthdays #TheyGrowUpSoFast