9/30/14

Mustang Panther Cheer

I live in Texas and around here, football is kind of a big deal. Which means that cheer is too! My girls and I have been involved with the Mustang Panther Cheer program for four years now. I love our recreational cheer program because it gives all girls the chance to build a great cheer and dance foundation, build confidence and coordination, and create lifelong friendships.


This year, the original founder of MP Cheer, Kristen Lawless,  handed over this amazing program to Tiffany Carey and myself. We are honored to take the reins and continue to grow this organization.


MP Cheer is a non-profit organization that serves 5 squads and a total of 55 girls. Our group works along side the Grapevine Colleyville Youth Football League. The coaches for both the cheer and football program are volunteers.  I can't tell you how amazed I am with the level of dedication shown by all of the parents who give their time and talents to this program.


At the beginning of each season, MP Cheerleaders learn pom dances and cheers at a three-day long summer cheer camp. This year, each girl was given her own personalized megaphone. Throughout the season, the girls earn stickers on their megaphones for showing "Bow 2 Toe" spirit. We created this chart to help girls focus on being the best cheerleaders they can be.
Craft Project Ideas.com was kind enough to send us these great 'cheer holographic' stickers to use and review for our program.


The stickers from Craft Project Ideas.com have been perfect for the girls' megaphones-- stickers make great incentives! And every cheerleader loves a little sparkle :) This week is Homecoming for our high school. These stickers will be perfect for decorating signs and mums for the annual parade. 


Our MP cheer season will continue through November, ending with a league 'Super Bowl'. I love the team work and enthusiasm these girls bring to every game.

We "Go Pink" for the entire month of October!

Are your kids involved with rec sports in your town?  What is your child's favorite sport?

PS-If you are a cheer fan... be sure to check out my "Cheer Board" on Pinterest too :)
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9/14/14

DIY "Frozen" Birthday Invitations

It's finally my turn to host a "Frozen Birthday party"! Between my daughters' friends and Pinterest, I have seen so many adorable "Frozen-themed" parties. And now my sweet Maisy has decided that she wants an "Elsa Party"!


I looked online for invitations. I saw a lot of cute ones on Etsy and Zazzle. But to have them printed was going to cost about $40 for 20 invitations, plus shipping, plus the cost of stamps. So I when I found these cute pre-made ones at Hobby Lobby that were only $5.99 for 10 invites and some snowflake stickers, I was thrilled.



The invites are pink princess dresses with a layer of tulle over the 'party details'.  At first glance, they don't really look like they could work for an "Elsa Party". But with a few snowflake stickers  they were transformed into beautiful Frozen gowns.



To me, the best part was that my daughter got to help make her own invitations. Helping with her party, has made her even more excited for the 'big day'. I love that each dress is a little different, just like a snowflake.



After the party, I'll share some photos and decor details. Stay tuned!



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9/4/14

Ready Confetti

The night before school started, my four year old's teacher sent her a special note and this magic 'Ready Confetti' to put under her pillow. Maisy's eyes lit up when she heard the words 'magic'!


Have you ever heard of "Ready Confetti"? The poem is so sweet. I don't know the original source, but it's so clever and a hit with the kiddos!


The next morning, thanks to the "Ready Confetti"--this kid was ready to go!


After a quick slice of toast, an episode of "Sophia the First" and a photoshoot, we were off. 


Lots of nervous moms and kids in the parking lot at preschool, but this girl was cool as a cucumber. It's her last year in preschool, so technically she is a 'senior' on this campus :) 


In our opinion, we got the very best teachers. Warm and huggy, the way preschool teachers are meant to be. And about an hour into school... they sent me this photo. Maisy snapping pics of her friends with this 'pretend' camera. Wonder where she learned that?! 


One more blessed year at our church school. Feeling thankful for our sweet life :) 

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8/25/14

PTA Hospitality Ideas: Boohoo to Yahoo Breakfast

Last year I had a lot of fun as a Homeroom Parent for my second grader's class at school. So this year, I am chairing the Hospitality Committee. The committee is in charge of planning special events for teachers and parents such as "Staff Appreciation Week", "Donuts for Dads", "Muffins for Moms" etc.

And before we talk PTA Hospitality, let's chat about 'hospitality' in general. The quote below sums it up. Hospitality and being a good hostess is not about having a 'Pin-worthy' party or the perfect home to gather in. Hospitality is the joy of serving others. Don't ever let the state of your home decor or your lack of 'pinteresting' party skills ever keep you from welcoming others into your house or giving someone a thoughtful treat. All anyone ever really cares about it that you extended your hand and your heart and did something kind. I have been guilty of confusing 'entertaining' with 'hospitality' too! Maybe we can help each other remember that joy comes from serving others....


Now, back to the discussion of PTA duties!
So, my first official job was to distribute the "Favorite List" for the entire staff. We will pass this information on to the Homeroom Parents and they will use it to treat the teachers throughout the year.

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Once those copies were made and stuffed in boxes, I organized the "Back to School Teacher Luncheon". This lunch takes place on the Friday before school starts and is an opportunity for the PTA to treat the staff to lunch. (Blogger fail! I did not take a single photo!) But, in case you were wondering, I kept the decor simple with red table cloths, a yellow chevron runner, alphabet confetti, magnet letters, galvanized tubs and lots of mini-chalkboard labels. It was busy and fun. I had a chance to meet all the staff and tell them how much they are appreciated. I ordered Jason's Deli and they delivered boxed lunches. I also served bright red apples and drinks. We have several 'gluten free' teachers, so Jason's Deli was able to accommodate.

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This morning was the official "First Day of School"! Besides getting my sweet girl ready for her first day in 3rd Grade...

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I also hosted the "Boohoo to Yahoo" breakfast for new Kindergarten parents! I found this cute invite online and modified to work for our event. Signs were displayed on the school halls, Kindergarten rooms, and on Facebook. And I am happy to say, the event had the best attendance to date!


We served Starbucks coffee, tea, donuts, and apples. It was a chance for the new Kindergarten parents to mingle and talk. 

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They could 'Boohoo' or 'Yahoo' over the start of the new school year. 



Finally, I wanted to give the teachers a little treat on the first day back. And how cute are these tags from Thirty Handmade Days?! I printed and cut out 50 tags, then added them to baggies. 



If I were doing them for just my daughter's teacher, I would probably use a more decorative bag or some ribbon. But since I was serving the entire staff, these were perfect! (see quote at the top of this post- right?!)
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Before I left school, I saw my girl in the hall with a big grin on her face. I think it's going to be a great year!

                                          

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8/13/14

Summer's Not Over Yet! (Plus my favorite sunnies)

Some of you have already sent your babies back to school. But around here, we are still holding onto summer. Our school starts back on August 25th. So we are enjoying every last minute. Over the weekend, we spent a few days in Austin with my inlaws. They rented a super cool house on Lake Travis. The property is up for rent, if you are interested in staying there for a few days like we did, you can click here to see more info and professional photos of the property.


The house sleeps a ton of people and comes complete with pool, horses, a playground, a playhouse, a theater, and even a gym! Here are a few of my favorite photos from the weekend.

View from the kitchen
So many windows-- the Lake looked amazing from up here. 

One of the balconies- we sat out here with coffee in the mornings

This is the playhouse! It is completely air-conditioned and has a working fridge/freezer.

And horses too! 
The 'infinity pool' overlooking the Lake. 


Jeff' sisters-- they both have two kiddos as well. Lots of cousins to play with! 

My new niece, baby Marlowe! 
The water level at Lake Travis has dropped, but the house has an 'elevator' and stairs so you can still get out to the Lake. We rented jet skis one day and spent a lot of time down here! 
My SIL and niece! 


One of our days in Austin was spent at the Redwine Natural Pool. My father-in-law is friends with the owner :) You may remember (click here) we swam in this pool last summer too- it is still just as awesome! 





It was a great weekend with Mimi and Grandanny! 


And just before I left for the trip, my new sunnies arrived! Which was good timing as you saw that we spent the entire weekend on the water :) These are from Firmoo, a great place for prescription and non-prescription reading glasses and sunglasses. This style is the #OMJ8002 or click here to see them at Firmoo.com. I chose the dark black rims paired with the dark non-prescription lenses. And I love them!


New sunnies and a few days of vacation--- just what a girl needs :) I hope summer never ends! 
 
This post contains a review of Firmoo.com. I was sent sunglasses to review, but I was not compensated for my time, post or opinions! 

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