A Phone Full of Photos

A Phone Full of Photos


It's the first part of June & Magnolia is watching the movie Grinch in her diaper with her sparkly purse on her shoulder & gold glitter jelly shoes on her feet. The glitter purse is full of random snacks from the pantry, jewelry that she's stolen from my room, a polaroid camera & some cute little drawings! Today's post is going to be a lot like her little purse full of sweetness & joy, and also so very random. We've had pool days & shopping days, birthday parties & lunch dates, afternoon bubble baths & long warm naps, dinner on the deck followed by long walks on the trails by our home, fruit + veggie smoothies in the warm sunshine, lots of adventures in the backyard with our Valentine Lollipop, sprinkle pancakes from Magnolia's Kitchen & pink peonies.

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The Most Flattering One Piece Swimsuits

The Most Flattering One Piece Swimsuits


It's a long weekend & most of the kids are on summer break now & that means beach vacations + pool time! I went shopping for swimsuits earlier in the week & decided to try on one pieces for the first time since literally middle school. Mom suit time! I tried on about twenty & liked a lot of them, but the Bleu by Rod Beattie ones were the most flattering ones of all. The material was like butter & the cut was perfect (meaning it covered by booty). The most adorable suit from Aerie was great until I turned around & noticed it was cut like the red one from Baywatch.

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How To Make a Balloon Arch + Shopping List

How To Make a Balloon Arch + Shopping List


Hello, friends!

Today I'm finally sharing the details about our balloon arch from Magnolia's second birthday party. Since then we've made a few more & I have some tips for you, along with all the supplies you'll need to make this sweet confetti of colors part of your next celebration.

A few things to know about the balloon arches: 

1. There are several different ways to pull the balloons together. You can use a strip of plastic that we bought on Amazon or you can use a yarn needle & some twine to attach them. In my opinion the needle & twine is easier + faster, but the plastic strip creates a fluffier (is that right word?) look. The balloon arch below was created using the Ladybug Balloon Decorative Strip.

2. You'll need a variety of balloon sizes, some big, some small. We used ten & five inch balloons for her pastel arch, the exact ones are linked below.

3. The best $20 we've ever spent on a celebration, the Portable Balloon Inflatorbecause great news helium is not required. Trust me, you do not want to blow up every single balloon using your lungs. You'll get worn out way before you make two feet of the arch!

4. If you don't need to transport the arch then I'd highly suggest making it the day before, it'll hold up for weeks. We kept ours up for an entire week after the party. If transportation is an issue, it can be made on sight & you can expect it to take a few hours. It's best to have one person blow-up & tie the balloons while another person attaches them to the strip or pulls them together with the needle + twine.

5. Even if you use the balloon strip you should have some twine on hand so that you can tie it to something. We used the curtain rod in our kitchen to hold it up. Command strip hooks are another great option if you are installing against a wall.

6. I've got two YouTube videos for you, this one is for the decorative plastic strip, and this one is for the needle & twine (or wire as they used).





The balloon arches are very easy & even fun to make. The rainbow of colors creates a festive vibe that can take a celebration to that dreamy + magical level! Magnolia is obsessed with balloons & all things birthdays. We made one for my sister's birthday party this past weekend & we are going to make a mini one for our Valentine Lollipop's first birthday next month. Poodles need surprise parties too! Make sure to follow us on Instagram @wendycorreen to see all of fun!

All of the products you'll need from Amazon are linked below. I hope you feel inspired to make a balloon arch and please tag me on Instagram if you end up making one. I'd love to see your cheerful creations.

xo

Click the image below to be taken to the Amazon product page. 
p.s. all the other party supplies can be found here


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April Magic

April Magic


April has already come & gone. How did the magical month of bright green grass + blooming lilacs come & go so fast? We had our windows & back door wide open every single day that we could. After the never ending winter, this April felt even more joyful than usual. Walking around our backyard or the big city with this little girl holding my hand are days I'll treasure forever. I know we are living the best days of lives right now & all I can do is try to soak up every single bit of it.

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