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Spring Peony and Magnolia Arrangement

March 23, 2017
Spring Peony and Magnolia Arrangement

Spring Peony and Magnolia Arrangement

I have a love affair with peonies. I just want them in my house year around. I have about 5 peony bushes at my home. Ants are the ones that eat at the peony bushes and that is what makes the flowers open up. Therefore, it never fails when I try and have fresh peony flowers from my garden I also get those pesky ants.

I decided to go with a faux peony arrangement this year. Looked online and everything was so expensive so I decided to make one myself!

Found flowers on and the quality looked good so I decided to give them a try.

Here is my arrangement:Spring Peony and Magnolia Arrangement

These are the flowers you would need to create this look:
Spring Peony Arrangement
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I used 3 Lambs ear, 2 of the Magnolia branches and 1 of each peonies bunches.
The vase I got in 2015 from Pottery Barn. You can get a similar one here

• I cut the peonies off their “base” using wire cutters. (I purchased wire cutters at Lowes)
• I use plastic cups to hole my arrangement in vases (that aren’t glass). They will hold you arrangements pretty good and you can adjust the height of your arrangement by adding/subtracting cups!

Spring Peony and Magnolia Arrangement
• I put together the arrangement in my hand first to arrange it
• Cut off extra length that you don’t need



Not feeling the DIY? Here are some that you can purchase

Hair & Beauty

Free Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair

March 22, 2017
Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair

Free Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair

FREE?! Well, you can’t pass that deal up. You can get any Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair products and there is a mail-in-rebate where you can get up to $7.99 check in the mail.

I put on the hair mask and let it sit while I fed my son and put him to sleep. Then I took a shower and rinsed it out. I used the  Schwarzkopf shampoo and conditioner after that. When I went to brush my hair, I had hardly any tangles! Impressed already.

After blowdrying and styling my hair felt smoother and looked less damaged. Overall I loved this product. The only downfall for me is that my hair is so thick it took half the jar to use 1 time! The photo above shows me after using the repair. That is my natural hair; no hair extensions

Schwarzkopf Gliss Hair Repair

Birthday Party

Dinosaur First Birthday Party ROAR!

March 13, 2017
ROAR Dinosaur 1st birthday Party

With Harrison being a preemie, this 1st birthday really snuck up on us! The only toy he really loves is this little dinosaur that pops balls up and down. I thought a ROAR dinosaur First Birthday Party was a perfect idea! Here are some of the things that I did for his party. Hope you enjoy!

ROAR Dinosaur First Birthday Party Invitation

ROAR Dinosaur 1st Birthday Party Invitation

Dinosaur 1st Year Stats Chart
Dinosaur 1st Birthday Stats Chart

Dinosaur Fossil Dig

Dinosaur Fossil Dig with Graham cracker sand

I knew I REALLY wanted to do a Dinosaur Fossil Dig at his party but was struggling with a way to put it together. First, the party was in early March and the weather is unpredictable. I knew I would have to have the dino dig inside. I also knew that I did not want sand all over my house. Little ones also enjoy eating sand and I didn’t want that to happen either. I looked all over Pinterest for “edible sand” and found a couple of decent looking recipes, but they just weren’t the effect I was going for. I then thought about using my food processor and a cereal like Frosted Flakes (the generic kind). Kind of like making a breading for chicken. That would have been a cheap option but I felt that it was going to be too rough. Then I had the perfect idea of using Graham crackers!

Edible Graham Cracker Sand
Graham Cracker Sand
• 6 boxes of generic Graham Crackers
1) Using a food processor or blender, grind up the graham crackers.
2) Store in zip-lock bags for the party

Dinosaur Sand MoldsNext came the fossils. I looked and could only find expensive fake dino bones. I didn’t want to spend that kind of money so I decided to make my own. I got these dinosaur sand molds from Amazon and used the Air Dry Clay to fill them.

DIY Dinosaur Fossils DIY Dinosaur Fossils

• The small pieces tend to crack so be careful removing them
• It took 4 days for the molds to dry, longer for the bigger ones

For the dig, I got these sand toys and used the shovels and pan. Figured this wouldn’t go to waste cause he would use it in his sand box this summer.

The sand box I have is this one: ROAR Dinosaur 1st birthday Party


I used my silhouette cameo to make this dinosaur happy birthday banner. Feel free to email me for a custom order of this banner. email: [email protected]

ROAR Dinosaur 1st birthday Party

Here is his 1 year old stats chart:
ROAR Dinosaur 1st birthday Party

Dinosaur Food Theme:

T-Rex Legs aka “Turkey legs”
Dinosaur Chicken Nuggets from Tyson
Dino Bones aka “Macaroni & Cheese”
Dino Scales aka Lays Potato Chips
Herbivores – Veggie tray
Prehistoric Dirt

I decided to save the money and just have my mom make cupcakes and my sister made his small smash cake.
I got these dinosaurs from Amazon and washed them and used them for the cupcake toppers as well as part of the Prehistoric dirt! The dinosaurs were 72 pieces for $6.50!!

To make Prehistoric dirt:
• I mixed 1 bag of chocolate instant pudding with 1 bay of dark chocolate instant pudding
• Fill the cups half way
• Take apart Oreos and use a food processor or blender to grind up the chocolate part of the Oreos.
• I used the dinosaurs to top it as well as gummy warms!

I used these dinosaur cookie cutters to make sugar cookies! They were a big hit!

The Turkey Legs turned out huge! But everyone seemed to love them!

The dinosaur decorations came from Hobby Lobby

FREE DOWNLOAD of the Dinosaur Food Signs

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Smash Cake

I got this dinosaur cake topper here. I know I could have made one but I was just feeling lazy that day and bought this!

Surprisingly my sister made this smash cake out of a small square cake pan. Used two layers and then hand cut them into circles after they cooled. I decided not to go out and get a smash cake made cause well he was just going to smash it! No sense spending a lot of money on something he was going to destroy.

It took Harrison a while to get into the smash cake but after about 5 min he just stuck his entire face into it!
ROAR Dinosaur 1st birthday Party
I decided I wasn’t going to be lazy when it came to his high chair banner. They are really simple to make just take a piece of ribbon and tie other ribbons on them! You can get this burlap banner from Amazon and just take it apart to use as the center piece. Then, I found this dinosaur from Hobby Lobby and glued it in the center. Simple, but effective and at only .77 cents!

ROAR Dinosaur 1st birthday Party

Pin the tail on the Dinosaur

Just like the classic game of pin the tail on the donkey. This was something I created for his party.

Pin the tail on the Dino

Dinosaur First Birthday Party
Dinosaur First Birthday Party

Everybody loved the Dino party! After this last crazy year, we couldn’t believe he is already one!

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

Have a great day!

-Johanna Ackerman