Thursday, October 24

When Does The Party Start?

We're having a Royal Princess party for my 3 year old on Saturday.  Although she will be 4, this is her 1st birthday party.  I've celebrated her birthday in the past, but nothing major.  We had birthday cake at a friend's celebration when she turned one.  Birthday cake at a restaurant for two and last year, cupcakes at her school.

Now, I love a great party as much as anyone, but  I've always contemplated the proper age to start investing in the memories that would "last a lifetime."  Many of the grandparents that I've asked seem to think age 5 is the best time to start.  What do you think?  Are the parties in the earlier years for the parents more than the children?

I'll be back next week to share images from the party.  Until then, lets talk birthday parties. Leave a comment below to let me know the age in which you threw your child's first birthday party.

Tuesday, October 8

Wemontage's Creative Approach to Sharing Family Photos

Last week I read a tutorial on how to organize and print years worth of photos by Ashley over at Lil Blue Boo.  Over the weekend, I started working on the project. I have the first couple of years in albums already.  I've taken time to put special events from my daughter's life in the Kolo noci album, but wanted to do something special for the pictures that I'll display in her room.

I was tossing around some gallery wall ideas with my friend Lolita when she introduced me to a company called wemontage.  I love a good photo usage idea, so I couldn't wait to check wemontage out. In an easy 3-step process, wemontage will take my personal photos, arrange them into collage form and prints them onto removable wallpaper! How cool is that?  Just think of the possibilities.

Nursery Image via wemontage
Playroom Image via wemonage
Aside form the bedroom and playroom idea; I think wemontage would be a huge success as a decorating tool for birthday parties.  How cool would a year in photos be displayed on the wall behind the cake? Or a graduation celebration where pictures from the graduates' childhood are stylishly arranged in collage form on this removable wallpaper. Again, the possibilities are endless. I have so many ideas; it's had for me to concentrate on just one.

Have you tried wemontage or have ideas on how it can be used? If so, leave a comment in the section below. I'd love to see what creative usages you come up with.
All the Best,

Tuesday, October 1

Welcome to Our World of Books


 I LOVE books! I love all types of books. I started reading to my 3-year old from the moment I found out I was expecting and now she loves books.  I fall in love with books for different reasons. They don't have to be new or award winning to be wonderful.  

I have a long history with children's books.  In college, I worked for the curator of the Degrummand Children's Book Collection at the McCain Library. It's an amazing collection of over  160,000 volumes dating from 1530 to the present. 

 Last year, I got the opportunity to work for Square Books Jr. in Oxford, Mississippi.  If you know anything about independent booksellers, then you're probably familiar with internationally celebrated Square Books.  Their owner Richard Holworth is rock star and makes my job of getting books to preview super easy.

Because of my love of Square Books and the staff over at Square Books Jr., I am only including links to their bookstore. No. They are not paying me to do this. It's important for me to support Independent booksellers and local businesses as much as possible. 

Before we get to the books, I'd like to say a special thank you to Jill who manages Square Books Jr. and does the best blues story time in the south, and Leita who recommends and sends books all over the world to the members of her children's book club.
Thanks guys.