maddies spa party-5

After seeing everything that goes on with mom's job all year long, my daughter Madeline takes her birthday very seriously. All the bells and whistles must be pulled out and there must be much celebrating--and cake--involved in whatever we do. This year, Maddie wanted to do something besides the at-home parties we've done for the last few years. Of course this was a bit scary for me, as { Read More! }


Stunning vistas, perfect presentation and all the little details that always make parties oh-so-much fun to look at were the absolute hallmarks of this Rustic Gold Rush Barbecue party by Nicole Wills One of the photoshoots in the first issue of Festivities Magazine and recently seen on Amy Atlas Events, it's one of my favorites....ever! Shot at the Lost Dutchman State Park in the { Read More! }


With Earth Day upon us, I thought I'd finally publish my "green" party from last summer that was done as part of Sparkling Design Event's $100 design challenge. I managed to do this eco-friendly party for $58. The whole party was created from  materials found around the house, recycled, or reusable. And to put me on a level playing field with all the moms out there that might want to try this at { Read More! }

baby love baby shower desserts

My good friend Karrie moved way up north away from her friends not too long ago and started working on her 3rd child. We were thrilled when she decided to drop back down and visit, and there had to be a “sprinkle” for her if no other reason to let her know how much she and the baby were loved. So it was entirely fitting that our event be all about “baby LOVE.”  I baked 5 different types of { Read More! }

Leap Year Party


It was kind of fun to let the frog prince put down his crown and celebrate something near and dear to his heart--Leap Year! Brittany at Grey Grey Designs threw this cute froggy party to commemorate this once every four years event for Baby Lifestyles Magazine.  There was all manner of frog-filled fun at her little party for her kids! Be sure to hop over to Brittany's blog to see the rest of { Read More! }


Last week, I posted over at Project Nursery about some healthier alternatives to the overwhelming number of sweets Valentines Day seems to bring on. And the kids won't miss the sugar--my two were more excited about hitting this particular dessert table than any I can think of recently. And they see a LOT of dessert tables. Maybe it was that I told them they could have as much as they want, and { Read More! }


Sometimes being straightforward is the best way when it comes to matters of the heart--like telling your sweetie she's just your type on Valentines Day! Natalie at Southern Belle's Charm and Lynlee's Petite Cakes put together this super cute shoot for Valentines this year. I love the coffee cups and those notched cookies so much! Not to mention all the beautiful fondant work by Lynlee. Check out { Read More! }


Recently, I had the opportunity to work with YUM Food & Fun for Kids Magazine on an article all about one of my favorite celebration, Mardi Gras. My family is from the New Orleans area, and our recipes make really big batches--I think I O.D.ed on jambalaya and red beans and rice the week I shot the pictures! With the help of designer Ashley Dickson who was kind enough to create some awesome { Read More! }

space cupcakes

For a really spacey Valentines Day, download these free printable Out of this World Valentines! The little loving alien space man can hold a lollipop or just be sent as is. Perfect for the classroom. These are free to you, but if you like them, please give us a like on Facebook! Our space man is part of the Out of this World Valentines printable set--if you're a room mom for school, this set { Read More! }