Lady Bug Birthday Party

27 April 2013

  Choosing a theme for AJ's birthday party was easy.  The girl loves lady bugs.  When she finds them in our house, whether they are living or not, she loves to put them in a jar and tote them around the house.  She talks to them and asks me if she can feed hem "salad."   Anytime she sees a lady bug she tells anyone who will listen that she loves lady bugs.  So...without further adieu....AJ's  lady bug party!  Please note...All pictures were taken by One Plum Lane Photography.  S


Birthday banner, lady bug cupcake toppers, number 3 cupcake toppers and lady bug bunting:  Party Paper Scissors
Hand painted pretzels: Peace.Love.Pretzels.
Lady bug sugar cookies:  Andrea's Goodies
Lady bug cake topper:  Tiny Blossoms
Lady bug fondant cupcake and cake embellishments:  Sweet Thing Topper Shop
Headband: Maple Sugar Lane
Birthday Girl's dress and ruffle pants:  My Sister's Closet 2010
Big Sister's dress:  Jean to Fashion
Wooden Spoons:  Sucre Shop
Plastic Milk Bottles:  Tomkat Studio
Paper Straws and candles:  Shop Sweet Lulu
Photography by:  One Plum Lane

10 Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day with Kiddos

02 April 2013

It's hard to believe we will celebrating Earth Day in less than three weeks.  For one reason it is still in the 30s here in Pittsburgh!  It is suppose to warm up by the end of the week.  

Earth Day is a great day to help our little ones learn about the importance of taking care of our planet Earth.  I believe if we educate the children of today our Earth will be happy and healthier from it tomorrow. 

Celebrating Earth Day with our children can be both fun and educational!

Here are 10 Ideas for Celebrating Earth Day with kiddos!
  1. Plant seeds.
  2. Walk around your neighborhood and pick up trash.
  3. Make a grass head. How to make a grass head by 2 Big 2 Little.
  4. Read the Lorax and make a truffula tree. Tutorial by How to Survive a Teacher's Salary.
  5. Use items from your recycling bin and/or other household itens and "upcycle" them into something new. 130 Upcycling Ideas by
  6. Turn off all lights, power down all appliances (within reason), televisions, computers, etc.. for one hour.  Draw back the curtains and let the natural light come in.
  7. Make a bird feeder. How to make a bird feeder by Alphamom.
  8. Attend an Earth Day event in your community. Find an event here.
  9. Start composting.  Install a rain barrel.  Learn how to compost here.  Buy a rain barrel here.
  10. Host an Earth Day Party or play date.

How will you be celebrating Earth Day?

*Truffula tree picture courtesy of How to Survive a Teacher's Salary.
*Grass head picture courtesy of 2 Big 2 Little.
* Birdfeeder picture courtesy of Alphamom.
*Rain barrel picture courtesy of Rain Barrel Source
*Composting picture courtesy of
*Upcycling picture from the blog of
* Seedling picture from