Cocktail Recipe: Blackberry Mojito

I’m over at A Fabulous Fete guest posting a tasty version of a mojito— The Blackberry Mojito!
If you make it I’d love to hear about it!

Preview: Cocktails, Appetizers, & Real Parties

The week ahead is going to be post heavy… 
get ready for it!
There will be cocktail recipes

Appetizer Recipes

a real-party post, a post featuring reader photos, great favor ideas and more.

But, today I have a very sick baby to go cuddle. So, my posts are taking a back-seat today.
I hope your week is starting off wonderfully!

Sick Kiddo

This weekend the hubby went on a business trip & the baby got a cold. He has been miserable with a moderate to high fever and lots of coughing. It just so happen to come right after his 9 month doctor visit. The doc said he looked great, he is developing wonderfully, and is a healthy, happy baby. Two days later and he is sick, sick, sick. Wishing there were doctors that came to my home instead…kiddo gets a cold after nearly every visit to the doctor’s office!
He has been extra cuddly lately though… And, it is good for a momma’s heart when she can comfort her sick kiddo.
I hope to be blogging back in full force starting tomorrow. If you want to read more from me check out my guest post over at A Fabulous Fete. 

UPDATE 5/22: We brought the kiddo to the doctor today and he is a very sick boy. He had to have a breathing treatment in the office… so sad. He is being put on antibiotics and an inhaler. I hope so much that he gets better soon!

Cocktail Recipe: Classic Mojito

I was thrilled to be asked to guest post at one of my favorite event planning blogs, A Fabulous Fete! Congrats to Lauren who just got married and is now celebrating with her honeymoon.
Lauren asked for Summer entertaining posts and the first thing that popped in my mind was the refreshing and classic cocktail, a mojito.

Giveaway: Swag Bag Goodies

Just in case you didn’t know… I’m hosting a giveaway over at my other blog, A Well Crafted Party.
Giveaway ends 12:01 AM May 19!

Last Day to Enter the Swag Bag Giveaway!

Only one day left to enter to win an awesome swag bag!
Giveaway ends the 12:01 AM on May 19!

It Takes A Village: A Parent Friendly Web

Parents have to make a thousand decisions everyday regarding their child from the day they find out they are pregnant. Some of the decisions probably won’t make a huge difference in the child’s life. 
But, some will follow the child into adulthood. 
There is SO much advice out there. 
The whole “It takes a village” saying is really taken to heart.
Everyone seems to know best, you know? 
How do you make a decision for yourself without offending everyone who did it a different way?
Don’t get me started with the people who know best and don’t have kids yet. 
(Oh wait…I was one of those people just a year ago.)
I am struggling with just how very large the village is now-a-days. 
The internet makes it just so easy to share opinions and advice. And, don’t get me wrong part of it is wonderful and amazing. When X is sick I go straight to the web to see how to deal with things. 
I remember posting a Facebook update in the beginning weeks that read, 
“How did parents do it before Google?”
But, the other side of the whole web thing confuses and frustrates me.
I am having a hard time dealing with all the advice and wondering if I am doing enough for my child.
Of course that brings me to the Time’s article on attachment parenting that has got the whole web in a tizzy. Motherhood and parenting is taken so very seriously. And, maybe it should be taken seriously… but, is one way really the right way?
Every parent I know (and, most parents out there) want to do the very best for their child. 
There isn’t a handbook out there that fits every child.


My post is one of many posts from bloggers and mothers asking why can’t we all just get along. Has it really gotten to the point that we need to ignore the advice of even our friends?
Should we stop giving advice? Should we stay quiet about the decisions we’ve made? 
I certainly don’t have the answers. I’m just trying  to be the best parent I can. I’m trying hard not to judge others and trying even harder to not take others decisions as reflections on my decisions. 
This brings me to the start of a semi-regular series on parenting called “It Takes a Village.”
I want the series to be an open discussion for people to say what they do. I want it to reflect the many different ways things can be done. I hope that if in the middle of the night a parent is struggling with their baby not sleeping, or biting while breastfeeding, or peeing their beds they can Google and find an open discussion that might help them find the right answer to their problem with their child. 
If this is a discussion that you would like to be a part of then I would greatly welcome your stories/advice. Please contact me and we’ll get to work on trying to make the web a more parent friendly place to be! 

What we did today

And, it was good.

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Tell me about Mother’s Day Weekend!

I had a busy, busy Mom’s day weekend. It was wonderful, but it kept me away from my keyboard. I have lots of fun posts coming this week. In the meantime- tell me about your weekend! I wanna know all the fun details- breakfast in bed? Brunch with the fam? Outdoor BBQ? Dinner at a restaurant? Pretty gifts? Lots of snuggles? I want to hear all about it! Links to your blog posts about it work as well!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, mother-in-law, grandma, and all the other wonderful moms out there! This year was my first mother’s day…and, let me say that this year I discovered how amazing each and everyone of you are! Being a mom has been the most challenging and rewarding thing I’ve done yet in my life. Thank you to all of you moms!

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Happy Friday—A Well Crafted Week

Today is Friday! 
Which means I am heading to work in a few minutes and most other people are leaving work for a fun weekend in a few moments. If you go out this weekend be nice to your bartender/server! 
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!
Week of Posts in Review:
Cocktail Recipe: Elderflower Sparkler—great for a special mom’s day treat!
C.R.A.F.T. Pal Gift Exchange— You might get an idea for a quick and easy mom’s day gift!
Pretty Summer Tablescape Pt. 2— Some inspiration for a beautiful mom’s day table.
Pink & Orange Summer Tablescape — I like these colors together.
A Well Crafted Party Etsy Shop— Come by the shop and get 10% off of your order in honor of the grand opening! Use the code GRNDOPN10 for your discount. Discount ends at midnight May 20! 
(Oh, and the first order is going to have a special surprise in it… will it be your order!?)
Other news: Only one more week to be entered in the SWAG Bag giveaway!
I also write at Leave the Laundry for Later: 
Read about X’s playdate with Pearl,
all the fun I had last weekend, and the start of a series on the legal side of blogging.
Have a beautiful weekend!

Cocktail Recipe: Elderflower Sparkler

 I had a lot of fun with the drinks for the Portland Blogger’s April meet-up.
The  Elderflower Sparkler is SUPER easy to make and ridiculously delicious.

Playdate with Pearl

X held hands with a girl today.

He hung out with his bloggy friend, Pearl. It’s wonderful to have met so many amazing people through blogging (and instagram) that also have kiddos near X’s age.
When we got pregnant we were overjoyed at the thought of having a kiddo…but, sad he wouldn’t have other kiddos to be around.
Kira, Pearl’s mom and writer of Rain OR Shine, was one of the first Portland bloggers to reach out to me. Just so happens that Pearl came along just a little bit after X. It has been a blast getting to see her grow up (via instagram, blogs, and play-dates) alongside my little guy. And, it is great to have another new mom to talk to about baby problems, frustrations, joys, and questions.

I can’t wait for the next Play-date!
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CRAFT Pal Exchange April

This past month (April) I participated in the C.R.A.F.T. Pal package exchange. I had so much fun when I participated this past February that I signed up again.

This month my pal was Cindy from CinSarah blog and Blessed Design Studio. She sent me this lovely package:

She sent me tissue paper, painted clothespins, a lovely necklace, cute scrapbook accessories, pink & white straws, and a cute print from her etsy shop!

The print up on my mantel at home.

Here is what I sent her:

I was obviously in a party supply creating mood. I sent her a hand-sewn banner, rose cupcake toppers, and hand-lettered invitations for a future event. It was a lot of fun to send!

The C.R.A.F.T. (creating really awesome free things) package exchange is hosted every other month. Sign up over HERE!
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