Pepper Express

Monday, July 27, 2015

Shakespeare Garden

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Our family traveled into San Francisco last week to take on a beautiful adventure in Golden Gate Park. We started with a van full of seven people. The commute was full of traffic and ugly bridge tolls. But we made it. Our first stop was the Shakespeare Garden in the center of the park. There was some beautiful shade and a perfect court yard to plant our picnic blanket. Solin was even entertained while watching a yoga class stretch:
We made sandwiches and created a fun picnic for everyone to graze and eat while we enjoyed the beautiful blue sky in San Francisco... which is a rarity in itself!
Solin is at the toddler stage where she likes to climb on things. Even when her adorable dresses get in the way. She some how makes it up:
Big sister and little sister are twinning:
Shakespear Garden was a very teeny tiny part of Golden Gate Park. It was perfect for an intimate and quiet picnic for our family and friends.
After our lunch we headed over to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. I have so many photos to share with you... but you will just have to wait until I get them ready :)

Friday, July 24, 2015

Share The Funshine Party

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I am so excited to share with you our party we had this past week. When all of us ladies get together we always have delicious food and wonderful company. This time I decided to host a party at my house and I created an exciting candy buffet full of goodies for everyone. I went to Walmart and loaded up on delicious treats such as M&M's®SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars, Skittles®, and I even found something for our puppies: Pedigree Dentastix® Original Flavor. I feel like i raided the candy aisle. I grabbed some drink buckets and pretty vases from the home section at Walmart and I new that I would have a wonderful table set full of eye catching colors:
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The M&M's® Peanut candies are my favorite and I tried to put those front and center, but truly I wanted to keep them all to myself. I was thankful that I also bought some of the M&M's® Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches because everything was going fast.
I used an aluminum tub to put the drinks in with ice and the Pedigree Dentastix® Beef Flavor were displayed in cute little glass dishes:
If it was up to Corey he would eat them all!
After decorating the candy buffet I made sure to have everyone make there own candy sundaes! We used the M&M's® Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches & the SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars as a base. Some of us added cones and hot fudge. But personally I added some whipping cream and extra Peanut M&M's® 
The final product looked scrumptious...
The SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars & M&M's® Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches went so fast. I was thankful I was able to make my sundae first!
With the left over candy I let all of the moms make their own take home goodie bags:
The aftermath was a little crazy but nothing that the dogs couldn't clean up
It was a surprise when my daughter Carlie let the dog out of her kennel. She ran straight into the pool and wanted to stay there for the rest of the afternoon!
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FROZEN Birthday Party on a Budget

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Themed birthday parties can get expensive. When a child is thrilled about the newest Disney movie FROZEN you must make every effort to make their dreams come true. This month we are celebrating Corey turning 6. He loves Olaf and the beautiful FROZEN sisters Anna and Elsa. By the way you can  easily throw a FROZEN party for a boy, because how cute is Olaf and Sven! Anyways, we gathered some really great decorations from the Walmart party section. There was so much to offer and everything was such a great value. I was able to keep my budget around one hundred dollars. The Disney FROZEN American Greeting decorations have so much to offer, we were able to get banners, streamers, table decor, plates, napkins, and even the invites! Another great thing about shopping at Walmart was that I was able to get all of the food supplies there too!
Our Menu was comprised of Sven Snacks, Anna's Sandwiches, Elsa's Frozen Hearts, Melted Snow, and Ice Blocks. We were able to create a back drop with two different table clothes that we tied together to create the curtain appeal. Another table clothe was used as a table runner for the table scape.  The Olaf masks were a hit and every one loved running around with them on. I used a vase to put the straws in and I placed one of the masks over the vase to create this Olaf center piece:
The Elsa and Anna table decor also came with really cute confetti that matched:
I heard that you can never have lunch with Anna because she will finish your sandwich and you always need to beware of Elsa's Frozen Hearts which I made using strawberries and white chocolate:
Here he is the man of the hour:
Corey was giving away warms hugs:
I had a very strict budget for this party and I wanted to make it spectacular for Corey. I was able to get all of my decor and food in one shop I wanted to give you a tally of my shopping spree:
FROZEN Posters: $9.98
Table clothes: 3 x $0.97 =  $2.91
Streamers: 4 x $0.97 = $3.88
Banners: 3 x $3.77 = $11.31
FROZEN Table Decor: 3 x $5.47 = $16.41
White Cupcake Stand: $5.50
FROZEN Disney Dress: $9.97
 Olaf Backpack: $5.00
Olaf Masks: $2.97
FROZEN Swirl Decorations: $3.97
Napkins, Cups, Plates,Straws & Utensils: $17.81
Party Bags: $1.75
Vanilla Cupcakes with Blueberry Frosting: $15.99
Total: $107.43
I tried to keep to a minimal of one hundred dollars for the party. Plus the food was a little extra but we were able to get everything set up and ready for Corey's arrival!
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