A Very Fish-y Birthday Party

Next week, my little tiny baby Finn will turn 3. So we celebrated this past weekend with a big ole Fish Birthday Party! I’m not kidding when I tell you I barely even feel appropriate putting this on the blog because there is so very little that is “taylormade” about this party. But I made Finn and its his party so here ya go.
I found a pack of fish cutouts at a party store and just kept it simple with balloons. I used a fish net for the table and had “fish snacks” and pizza. Then I accidentally bought a round tablecloth for our huge rectangular table :/

Clyde says where is everybody?

Best party investment ever for Texas!

My little fish

The dual lane slip-n-slide was a big hit with the kids!

My mom, once again did an amazing job on the cake!! Remember last years cupcakes?

Finn is like me, if we choose to be the center of attention (which happens often) then its ok… but singing happy bday is still a little awkward haha. 

He was totally spoiled :)

And I made cute party favors :) I will tell you all about my almost craft fail later this week.

It was the best birthday party ever! I can’t believe my baby is so grown up. I guess I can still say I have a 2 year old for a few more days. Happy soon to be birthday sweet boy!

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A Gallery Wall


Hi Guys! I feel liked I haven’t blogged in a long time (only a week) but time is really slow when everyone in your family has the stomach flu one. after. another. And “Mom” isn’t the best role to have when it comes to puke. Anyway we are all better and getting ready for Finn’s Big 3yr Old Birthday Party! I will have a Party Post for you next week… but in the mean time, here is my new Gallery Wall.

To me, the beauty of a gallery wall is that its a work in progress at all times. I am a big lover of “change”. I mean- when I list my hobbies, one of them is rearranging. So the Gallery Wall is perfect for me because I can change it easily, I can add to it and I can be on the hunt for unique stuff. Its also perfect for small pieces that would look weird on a large wall. Speaking of looking weird, here is my living room haha… I don’t like the layout at all, this isn’t our forever house and to be honest we have already outgrown it. See the faux playroom in the corner :/ Why do kids have so much stuff??

So what exactly are all of those pieces and what do they mean to me?

1. One of my favorites: When I was a teacher, a cute student of mine made me this bird puppet. The best part is if you open it, there is a detailed bird mouth. I love it!

2. My mom painted this when she was 20 and it has been somewhere in my room the whole time I was growing up.

3. from Target
4. from Ampersand
5. Ahh, I LOVE this, its new and it’s my very own Katie Daisy :) I love the saying, the colors and everything about it… this pic doesn’t do it justice but it is so pretty in real life. You can find it HERE. I really love THIS one too… I’m thinking about it

6. This was a deal of the day on Pick Your Plum one morning, its our last name :)
7. I loved THIS ancestry chart tutorial from Homemade by Jill, she was so sweet to email me the file so I could print it on my silhouette too! I have only done mine and hope to do another one for my husband. I didn’t realize how hard it would be but I love searching and asking all of my grandparents what they know. (which apparently isn’t a lot from the looks of it – oh cool dad, glad you know your parents name :)

8. from my aunt’s local store – Nana’s Attic
9. Lula and Gus – love this! You can find it HERE. I have a total bird theme in my house so it fits right in :)

So does anyone else have a gallery wall? I hope to one day have a full wall floor to ceiling full of cool pieces.

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Dyed Ombre Lamp

Last month I received one of my favorite things in the mail… a Tie Dye Kit from Tulip. Seriously, I have Tie Dye problem… sometimes my husband calls me Rupert (survivor fans?). I’m not kidding, I am drawn to it like an old hippie and I am know to sport multiple Tie Dyed shirts around my house in one week. Anyway, I was obviously excited to see this when I opened my Tulip Box…

Tulip Tie Dye Kit, Surface Cover and Gloves- all available at Micheals, Hobby Lobby, Joanns and Walmart.

With my surplus of shirts, I wanted to make something for my house. So I did a really quick and easy Lamp Makeover for my bedroom. I have had this lamp for a year or so; the shade and the base are from Ikea and my nightstand needed some color. Enter the before and after:

I started with a 5 gallon bucket (which is a must need for crafters) and filled it with a tiny amount of water. I wanted a turquoise color so I mixed the Blue and the Green Dye together in my bucket.

Then I placed my lampshade into the dye bucket, moving it up and down in the dye a few times to get it good and saturated.

I left it there for about 30 minutes, then added a little water.

I continued doing this same thing throughout the day. Diluting the water with each step is what created the ombre effect.  I set my alarm each time for 30 minutes but looking back I think I would have done each step even longer for a brighter color. 

I also taped off the base cord and top of the lamp and gave it a few coats of gold stray paint. 
I really love it in it’s new home, a much needed pop of color. 

So how do you feel about tie dye? Check out more ideas at:
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Borracho Beans – A Recipe

I have stumbled upon/invented the BEST EVER Borracho Bean Recipe! I mean, they are becoming famous in this house :)  I tasted a sample of these beans at my local Central Market but they wanted me to buy all of the $12 a jar spices and sauces. Not me- I’m crafty, I just looked at the ingredients and tried to come up with what I thought would taste similar. My beans are even better! I serve them on the side of my Tostadas or Tacos but they could be their own meal!


Borracho Beans:
  • 1 lb bacon – chopped
  • 1 cup pico de gallo (my recipe is HERE)
  • 3 cans pinto beans
  • 1 tsp house rub seasonings
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1/2 c mayo
  • 2 tbsp creamy horseradish sauce
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • juice of one lemon
  • few dashes of hot sauce 
There are two main parts: The Beans and the Sauce. For the actual beans you will need:
1/2 onion, 1lb bacon, pinto beans, pico de gallo, some sort of a house seasoning blend (or mix salt, black pepper and garlic powder)
For the Sauce:
Paprika, mayo, ketchup, a lemon, hot sauce, creamy horseradish sauce, garlic powder
You can mix that together ahead of time and set it aside. This is the secret sauce that makes the beans so amazing!
Rough chop the Bacon and cook until brown.
Add the onions in and saute them until translucent.
Add the beans and the sauce. Simmer for about 20-30 minutes. The sauce makes it look pale but it will darken up.
Add about 1 cup of Pico
And now you know my one and only secret recipe :)
Do you have any secret recipes that I need to add to my recipe repertoire? 

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