Camryn’s 1st Birthday Celebration!

 

 

 
We can’t believe our sweet baby girl is already 1! We had such a wonderful time celebrating her birthday with friends and family a couple of weeks ago.  Camryn’s party was a pink and gold “little pumpkin” theme. I found her invites on Etsy, they turned out so cute!  I usually find the kid’s invites on Etsy, have the PDF file sent to me and then print them at a local printer. So easy!““img_8520””

I had so much fun coming up with décor for the party!  Here are some of the things I made on my own, the rest of the decorations I picked up from Hobby Lobby, Target or ordered online from Amazon.

“1” Candle. I picked up a regular “1” candle, dipped it in Elmer’s glue and then sprinkled it with gold glitter. For a person that’s not crafty AT ALL, I thought it turned out pretty good!

“O N E” High Chair Banner. To make the banner I drew a pumpkin freehand and used it to make a stencil for the rest of the banner. I used heavyweight pink cardstock from Hobby Lobby. For the letters I used a stencil and cut the letters out on gold glitter cardstock, also from Hobby Lobby. I strung the pumpkins together with gold ribbon. I also ended up making a Happy 1st Birthday banner with the same pumpkin stencil.

For the “memory lane” board I found gold glitter clothespins at Hobby Lobby and hung 1 picture for each of the 12 months from it. I cut out mini pumpkins and wrote the corresponding month on the pumpkin with a gold pen.

Even though what I did was pretty minimal, I was super proud of putting my crafting skills to the test for one last 1st Birthday!

““img_8521””My super awesome sister was in charge of taking pictures at the party because I had my hands full, so I have her to thank for the rest of the pictures from the party!

Here’s my little pumpkin on her birthday!  I found her onesie, tutu and headband on Etsy at Fly Away Jo.


We kept the menu for her party really simple, as there were more than 40 friends and family there and I knew I’d be busy!  One of the items on the menu were my Grandma’s delicious Ham and Cheese Sliders. These are seriously sooooo good!

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Grandma Sherry dishin’ up sliders!

 

 

Grandma’s Sliders

Ingredients:

1 pkgs Hawiian Rolls (1 dozen)

1 lbs deli ham

1 tsp onion powder

 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp. poppy seeds

1/2 cup butter

12 slices swiss cheese

Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. Slice tops from the bottom of rolls and place in the bottom of a baking pan.   Layer ham and cheese on each roll and replace the tops. Melt the butter and whisk in the remaining ingredients, make sure you mix well. Drizzle evenly over each roll, I use a basting brush with rubber bristles to spread evenly. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand for 2 minutes and enjoy!

Camryn thoroughly enjoyed her cake! I figured the best time to get pictures of her stationary, she’s on the move these days, was when she was busy eating her cake!

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That’s a wrap for our little loves birthday party! We were so thankful and felt so blessed to have so much of our family be able to celebrate with us.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my Friday Favorites!

XO,

FMM

Camryn’s First Birthday!

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One year ago today, we headed off to the hospital knowing we were finally going to meet our baby girl. What we didn’t know was how absolutely perfect she would fit into our family, like a missing puzzle piece she fit right in. We didn’t know the love her siblings would have for her from the very start. We didn’t know how easy her smile would be and the way she would light up a room. We didn’t know how at the age of one she would already love to play games, like peek-a-boo and keep-away (wonder where she learned that). We didn’t know that although we’d be teaching her many things, she’d be teaching us things like how to sweat the small stuff less and to laugh at how crazy life can be sometimes. We knew on that very first day and every day since then that this girl is perfection and we absolutely adore her. We cannot wait to see what the next year has in store for us. Camryn Shae, please have a conversation with time and tell it to slow down!

Today, one of my favorite bloggers over at A Little Bit of Everthing wrote about the names of the people in her family and how their names came to be.  After reading, I thought I’d share here how our sweet Camryn Shae’s name came about. Now….you can only read further if you promise not to think I’m crazy!

So several years ago, one of my best friends and I started following a couple of bloggers, Mix and Match Mama and Sheaffer Told Me To (Formerly known as Pinterest Told Me To). We’d been reading their blogs for forever and one day I was talking about how I really liked the name Sheaffer. We joked that the only way I was ever going to be able to have a child with that name is if we had another girl and I could then name her Sheaffer. This is when we only had two children, Parker and Delaney. A couple of years went by and occasionally we would make reference to the name Sheaffer and how if I had another girl…that’s what her name would be! Well, as fate would have it, we did get pregnant for a 3rd time! Nearly the entire pregnancy, we were positive our baby girl’s name was going to be Sheaffer…but there was something keeping me from saying I was 100% certain. The name Camryn wasn’t even on the list but Camille and Chloe were!  Baby girl was born in the morning on October 5 and she did not have a name until October 6, I was so exhausted after having her I couldn’t even begin to think about her name. Is that bad?!  At some point during the night, I woke up to feed her and the name came to me. Jared woke in the morning and I said to Jared,, “I think her name is Camryn Shae”.  He agreed that her name was perfection. So there it is, a beautiful name inspired by two of my favorite bloggers (Sheaffer and Shay)! Ha!img_3766This picture was taken just before I had Camryn!

Welcome to the world Camryn Shae! Born October 5, 2016 @ 11:04am- 8lbs9ozimg_4201

My whole world (almost, hubby not pictured), all wrapped up in these 3 beautiful faces!

There aren’t enough photos in the world to capture all of the memories made this last year but here are just a few! 

This past weekend we celebrated our baby girl turning 1 with family and friends and I promised party pics but I’m still working on the photos…so you’ll have to wait in suspense for next week;)

Thank you so very much for stopping by at Finding My Mojo and reading a little bit about one of my greatest blessings.

XO,

FMM

 

 

 

 

What’s Up Wednesday!

 

 

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It’s What’s Up Wednesday! On the last Wednesday of every month, The Larson Lingo, Mix & Match Mama and Sheaffer Told Me To host a link up where we talk about What’s Up! When Shay posted yesterday that today is What’s Up Wednesday I had to double check my calendar…how is it possible we’re at the end of September already?!

Every WUW, we answer these questions:

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My family and I are still rockin’ Take Back the Kitchen’s weekly menus. I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for 6 weeks, it’s been a total mealtime game changer. 

Here’s our menu this week:

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We’re also eating Mix and Match Mama’s Apple Butterscotch Pecan bread, unfortunately there are no pictures because it was devoured in .0006 seconds by my kids and their friends after school yesterday!

2.  What I’m reminiscing about…

I can’t say that I’m reminiscing about anything right now…mama ain’t got time for that at the moment!

3. What I’m loving…

The change in the seasons! It was in the high 80’s here in Minnesota last weekend. Let me tell you, it was so hot watching Parker play flag football Saturday morning. I was begging for some cooler weather!  A couple of days into the week this week and we have some “normal” temps, around 65 degrees. I love the leaves changing, cozier nights at home and getting to watch Parker play football!

4.What we’ve been up to…

Now that school’s back in session, we’re pretty much back to a “normal” routine. On the days I’m home with the girls, Laney goes to gymnastics and dance in the mornings. Afterwards, we run errands for a little bit before we have lunch and I get Camryn down for nap.  Last year was Laney’s first year of dance and while she liked it, almost EVERY TIME we went she would say she wanted to go to gymnastics instead. She really loved being a part of the recital at the end of the dance season last year, so we signed her up again. We are also giving gymnastics a try this fall and she’s totally loving it! I love watching her, she is a ball of energy and such a free spirit! Parker has football a couple of nights a week and plays a game every Saturday morning. Mostly we’re hustling these kids around, trying to keep this house in order and working on the mudroom/office/laundry area remodel…there’s not too much time for anything else!  We did have family pictures last Sunday, fingers crossed they turn out!!

5.  What I’m dreading…

I’m totally dreading putting everything back into the office, laundry room and mudroom.  There is just SO. MUCH. STUFF!!  We’ve lived in our house nearly 10 years and during the course of that time I think we’ve been hanging onto a lot things we should’ve gotten ride of a long time ago.

Exhibit A

img_8074I’ve been told that neither of my girls are going to care what the wedding trends were in 2006 when they get married. Maybe Parker will be interested?! Ha!

6. What I’m Excited About…

My sister is coming into town from San Francisco on Friday and I am SO EXCITED!!! She moved to San Francisco a little over a year ago and I LOVE when I get to see her. I’m try to drop subtle hints as much as possible that she needs to move back…she may tell you that my hints are not subtle. Don’t believe her.img_7231.jpg7. What I’m Watching/Reading…

I love to read but unfortunately I’m not reading much of anything these days. I’d like to know, how do others fit it into their schedules? I just feel like at the end of the day I have ZERO time to sit down and read. I did, however, finish the final season of Grey’s Anatomy. I usually turn on Grey’s when I sit down to do my patient documentation at night, multitasking at it’s finest. I thought the season was good overall but that last episodes left me wanting more! Why couldn’t they have wrapped everything up nicely and put a bow on it at the end instead of leaving things open ended?

8. What I’m Listening to…

I listen to Wedding Song Radio on Pandora a lot.  I find the music to be relaxing and sweet to listen to and sometimes the kids dance with each other to it. Now that’s enough to make my hear melt.

9. What I’m Wearing…

The weather has been so unpredicatable here, last weekend it was hot enough for shorts and now it’s definitely cooled off. I just got this dress from Nordstrom’s and I love it already. It’s super comfortable and versatile, easy to wear last weekend when the temps were HOT and I can throw a jacket over it now that it’s cooled off a bit.  It also comes in a TON of colors!  I also NEED these jeans from Evereve in my closest (like yesterday!), I’m loving the step hem!

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10. What I’m Doing this Weekend…

This weekend we’re celebrating our sweet baby girl’s 1rst birthday.  I don’t know how this past year went by so quickly…but it did. We’re so excited to celebrate with friends and family! Stay tuned next week because I’ll be recapping her party!img_802711. What I’m Looking Forward to Next Month…

Over the kid’s MEA weekend we’re dropping our sweet angels off at their Grandpa and Grandma’s house and Jared and I are headed to Chicago for the weekend. We’re in desperate need of a getaway and I’m so happy we have this to look forward to!

12.  What Else is New…

That’s a wrap as far as what’s up with us!

Thank you for stopping by at Finding My Mojo! Have a great weekend enjoying your family and friends.

XO,

FMM

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s Up Wednesday!

 

 

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It’s Wednesday and I’m linking up with Sheaffer, Shay, and Mel for their What’s up Wednesday Link-Up. Typically WUW occurs on the last Wednesday of the month, however last month’s was postponed until today! This is my first WUW link-up…so here goes!

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1.What We’re Eating This Week:

This is such a perfectly timed question for me! 3 weeks ago we started this new meal planning membership program called Take Back the Kitchen. A registered dietician comes up with a weekly menu, which is sent out to members on the Thursday before the menu is set to begin. The member’s group is on Facebook so people can engage with one another and ask questions or comment on how they’re doing. The goal is to do all of the grocery shopping and meal prep by Sunday so that when I press “GO” on Monday, we’re all set! This has truly been a lifesaver for my family. We typically eat pretty nutritious meals but as a busy family of 5, if I didn’t have a plan in place and at least some of the prep done, dinnertime was quickly becoming more about chaos than spending quality time together. Three weeks in and we’re still loving the program! 

2.  What I’m Reminiscing About:

I’m totally reminiscing about summer already! Today, I spent part of the afternoon going through Camryn’s closet clearing out summer clothes to make room for fall/winter clothing. Things are cooling off really quickly here in MN!  My kids are at an age that when things get packed away for a season, they are gone for good…as they continue to grow so much from one year to the next physically, socially, mentally. No summer will be the same as the last and I’m just cherishing the wonderful memories we made this past summer.

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3. What I’m Loving:

I don’t know about anyone else, but I NEVER get to finish my coffee while it’s hot in the morning. I’m constantly having to reheat it and then after drinking only half of it, I have to pour it into another mug before I dash off to work.  Well, last weekend I’d had enough and I bought myself (and one of my besties, Amy) a YETI travel mug and let me tell you, my coffee was hot to the last drop. I may or may not have also tested it’s ability to keep a cocktail cold. #priorities #multitaskingmug

4. What We’ve Been Up To:

Like many of my friends, we’ve been in the process of getting our kids back to school and back into a routine over the last couple of weeks.  While I’m sad to have them be off to school, lord knows they need some structure back in their lives!

5. What I’m Dreading:

I mentioned in my  Weekend Recap! earlier this week that we are in the process of a major overhaul in our mudroom area right now. The house is a total disaster, as we have lost our office, laundry room, and main floor bathroom so everything is getting pushed into the kitchen and living room areas. Did I mention I have NO LAUNDRY ROOM and we’re a family of 5 with a BABY!  I am totally dreading all of the laundry that I have to catch up on. This is just 1 of the 4 humungous loads I have to wash! FOR THE LOVE!! #feelbadforme #thencomehelpmedolaundryimg_7785-1

6. What I’m Working On:

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I feel like all 3 of these things are a constant work in progress for me (otherwise know as WIP), although I’d better always be doing something to make money. Mama’s gotta bring home the bacon.  I need to get a lot better about doing something to get in shape and I’m working on developing a creative outlet. For me, starting this blog is my outlet. I’d love to hear what your 3 hobbies are, feel free to comment below!

7. What I’m Excited About:

I’m getting SUPER EXCITED for this home project to be done and can’t wait to post the final product pics.  Don’t hold your breath though, I have a feeling it’ll be a few weeks!

8. What I’m Watching/Reading

To be honest, I have watched almost NO T.V. in the last month or two. I did, however, recently start watching the last season of Grey’s on Netflix. I love me some Grey’s and I’m so sad this is the final season!  I’m currently reading a book by Melanie Shankle called Sparkly Green Earrings, I’ll post my review later this month.

9. What I’m Wearing:

Right now?! Sweats. Ha! Like I said earlier, it’s really getting chilly here in MN. I purchase a couple of lighter jackets a few weeks ago that I think I’m going to break out soon. Looking forward to skinny jeans and cozy sweaters!

10. What I’m Doing This Weekend:

Is it Friday yet?!  On Friday night, the elementary school my oldest goes to is hosting an outdoor movie night. We went last year and the kids really enjoyed running around on the playground, eating popcorn and ice cream, and oh catching maybe a second or two of the movie!  It’s my weekend to work on my rotation as a physical therapist so that means Mr. Mojo will be manning the fort. Other than Friday night plans, no big plans for the weekend and that’s fine by me!

11. What We’re Looking Forward to Next Month:

We’re so excited to celebrate Camryn’s first birthday next month!  This past year has gone by in the blink of an eye. She is perfection and we couldn’t be more blessed to have this sweet, sweet girl. She is loved so much by her big sister and brother! We’re looking forward to having a lot of friends and family in town to celebrate with us!

Thanks for stopping by to see what’s up on this fabulous Wednesday!

XO,

FMM

Weekend Recap!

I don’t know about you but we tried to cram as much FUN! into this past weekend as we possibly could before summer is officially over and our oldest is back to school.  My husband, maybe I should refer to him as Mr. Mojo 🤣,  played hooky on Friday so we had a nice 4 day weekend.

Friday started with Mr. Mojo getting embarked on a home project that was set in motion by my desire to have some hooks to hang the kids backpacks that THEY could actually reach. Here’s a pic of before, during and….you’ll have to just wait in suspense for the finished product. Let’s just pray it’s not too long!


We took a break midday and headed to Como Town, which is in St. Paul. It was our version of a Fair day.  Typically, Mr. Mojo and I go to the fair with other couples and this year we just didn’t get it on the books. With 3 littles, we opted for a less chaotic option and  chose Como Town.   Como Town shares it’s home with Como Zoo and the Como Park Conservatory. I would say the rides are geared towards children 10 and under and there is an outdoor park for the kids to play in as well. Parker and Laney enjoyed the “race cars” and even got a driver’s license when they were all through.  Anyone who’s seen Laney drive her Jeep on the street, knows that she’s not the most attentive driver and I’m glad she has a long time to work on that!

Friday night I went out with my girlfriends to celebrate my friend Amy’s birthday and let me tell you we had SO! Much! Fun!!  We started with a quick champagne toast (Mumm Rose’ is delicious!!)  and then headed out to dinner at an amazing restaurant in Stillwater called Lolo’s. The wait can be long, especially on a Friday night in the summer, however as fate would have it we were able to be seated right away. The food at Lolo’s cannot be beat. I had the fish tacos and fries and we shared brussel sprouts and asparagus for appetizers. Yumm!  After dinner, we headed to a local dive bar where we proceeded to dance and sing the night away to the beats of one of our favorite local bands, Good for Gary. Let me tell you these suburban moms out on the town have some mad dancing skills!

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We spent Saturday and Sunday with friends enjoying the beautiful weather and hanging out at the neighborhood pool.

 

 

I can’t believe Summer 2017 is coming to a close!  Summers always go by way too quickly but now that I have one that’s in school, it seems to have gone that much quicker. Even though things get crazy at times having all 3 kids home all day and our house looks like a tornado went through it on most days, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  Thanks for visiting my page!

XO,

FMM

 

 

 

Friday Favorites 

Happy Friday Everyone! Kicking off today with a list of some of my favorite things this week and I’m linking up with Shay over at Mix and Match Mama!

1. This week Laney had her first day back to school and this pic of my sweet girl is definitely one of my favorites!    I especially loved that when I asked her what she wants to be when she grows up she said “Rapunzel”. #goals Parker said he wants to be a ponytail…”so I can sit on top of your head”. #goals #wheredotheycomeupwiththisstuff


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My 2nd favorite is my Hydroflask water bottle, I find that when I’m drinking out of a water bottle throughout the day I drink far more than I would if I were just filling up a glass. I got my Hydroflask last year for Christmas. I had done some “research” and this one came out on top in terms of its durability and capacity to keep beverages cold/warm for an extended period of time. Anyone else have a favorite water bottle? I’m looking for a new travel coffee mug, preferably one that’s not glass and holds up to 12oz…any recommendations?

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My 3rd favorite thing this week is my Nespresso machine. #dontknowwhereidbewothoutit. I seriously love my morning cup of coffee, largely because of how frothy and delicious this machine brews it! If you any good recipes to make lattes, mochas, etc. comment below!

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And lastly, my 4th favorite this week is my coffee cup rack. I mean I’m really on a roll with the Nespresso machine so I should probably talk about my cups, right?! I love my random mix of coffee cups. Some of them have been purchased on vacation or have been picked up on a whim because I liked the quote. My favorite is a coffee mug from Harrods in London that my Grandma gave me. My sister and I traveled there years ago, before I started drinking coffee, so it brings back memories of that time!

 

That’s it for my Favorites this Friday, have a great weekend!!