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{Happy 3rd Birthday Princess}

We recently celebrated our daughters 3rd birthday. It’s no secret that I love planning her birthdays! In case you missed it, here is the previous post explaining how we celebrate birthdays in our family.

I know its sounds cliche, but I cannot believe she is three! It really is amazing how quickly the time goes. In the weeks leading up to her 3rd birthday I began noticing major changes in her little personality. Isn’t that always how it is? For months they seem the same – their little speech and movements seem so predictable. Then, almost sporadically, they begin to change right before your eyes!  These special moments are so fleeting…

It seems like only yesterday I was working on her birthday theme. As you know, I love creating a theme! I practically live on Pinterest for months, looking at decor I can attempt to make myself. Of course it never looks quite as glamorous as all that, but I love it nevertheless! I love creating cute themes on a budget and knowing I will get to reuse all the items again – even down to the special birthday outfits is a bonus!

I always knew her 3rd birthday would be a princess theme. So, last summer as we were cruising through the mall its no surprise that I had to stop when I spotted a pair of princess shoes! I bought the shoes two sizes too big in hopes they would fit for her birthday. These shoes were the beginning to narrowing down a broad theme, as they only featured the classic princesses. After perusing Pinterest, I chose a Snow White themed party. I loved the bold and vibrant color scheme.

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I love a good Pinterest Birthday board! Oh the possibilities it presents! My personal favorite, the Poison Apple Bar! Using fruit is an inexpensive way to tie in the theme!

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Of course being pregnant definitely made finding the motivation to create such beautiful decor somewhat challenging. It came down to the wire this year. I was busy cutting, hole punching, and hanging things up a mere hour before family was set to arrive! Honestly though, I am always thankful when no one arrives early, because I never seem to have everything ready until moments before the party is set to begin! Any other mamas like that?

Aside from my homemade decor, one of my favorite items were the Snow White Cookies! Seriously! How cute are these!? They were designed by my friend and fellow blogger, Michele of Vanilla Beans and Daydreams. You can also find her on Facebook.

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My daughters sweet birthday outfit, which will be used again for princess #2, was created by Darling Amber’s Creations. She is one very talented Mama!

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Headband from Simply Sweet – a little lady boutique.

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One of the most important items on the checklist, Snow White herself! As I am sure most mothers can relate, here is where I made a mommy no, no! I opened my big mouth to my VERY un-forgetful toddler, mentioning that Snow White may make an appearance. No problem, right? Wrong!

We have several local princess companies in the area, so I thought there was nothing to worry about. Oh how wrong I was! I called the closest company in proximity to us six weeks in advance, only to learn two things. 1. My daughters birthday month is very popular and was already completely booked. 2. They were the only company who had Snow White. Ugh!

So there I was, scrambling to fix my mommy mishap! Luckily, I have some great mommy friends who directed me to an amazing high school drama student willing to lend her time and talent as Snow White! I have to say, it could not have gone any better! My daughter was thrilled and still talks about her tea party with Snow White! This was one amazing young lady, whom I am so grateful to for making my daughters day extra special! Thank you!

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Needless to say, the party was a success! I can’t believe we have another birthday in the books! These sweet moments are so fleeting… As I packed up all the decorations and precious birthday attire, I realized in three short years I will be pulling it all out again for princess #2. I know this will come all too soon. So I am going to take a moment and relish in these last few months with my only baby girl.

{Happy 3rd Birthday Princess Snow White!}

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Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography
Photo Credit: Colette Brockman Photography

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Mini Pancake Muffins With {Sprinkles} Please!

It’s no secret my daughter loves PANCAKES! Every morning usually starts out with her shouting off requests for breakfast.

I want chocolate chip pancakes, waffles, cookies, ice cream, and donuts!

See the theme? She gets her chocolate loving sweet tooth from her Mama! I mean how can you not LOVE chocolate, right!? Well, try explaining to your newly turned 3 year old that you cannot make a trip to her favorite donut shop, that ice cream and cookies are not breakfast items, and you are out of chocolate chips. I can attest to the fact that this is no easy task! Many mornings result in a short melt down, but usually I can get her to perk up with one word – “Step Stool.” All I have to do is pull that bad boy out of the pantry and we are ready to get cooking!

Like a typical toddler, she will fixate on her favorite food items for weeks on end, but if you have read my blog before, then you know I am big on variety. I feel the best way for children to be open to trying new things is to start young. Even a new piece of fruit added into the rotation is key.

That’s when I started to realize we were stuck in a breakfast rut and I was the facilitator. We have been doing a lot of chocolate chip pancakes and waffles. Honestly, I felt good about it. Mostly because I make a healthy batter, which excludes sugar, eggs, and butter. So, adding in a few chocolate chips wasn’t a big deal. While I still feel that way, I also realized I don’t want her viewing chocolate as a “healthy” food group for every meal. Insert my pancake muffins!

I Want Mini Pancake Muffins With {Sprinkles} Please!

Ingredients:

1 Cup Flour

1 Cup Milk

1 TBS Baking Powder

1 tsp Cinnamon

1/2 tsp Salt

1 Cup Oats

2 Ripened, Mashed Bananas

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Toppings:

Sprinkles

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients, except sprinkles in a large mixing bowl. Spray mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Fill each muffin tin to the top with batter. Top with Sprinkles and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.

Eat and Enjoy!

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Mickey Mouse Takes Over Our Kitchen!

Mickey Mouse runs our house! If you have seen my recent post about birthdays, then you know my daughter had a Minnie Mouse themed 2nd birthday. To be honest, I think that’s where it all began.

While she loves all things Minnie Mouse – from the t.v. shows to the bowtique toys, its Mickey who is steering this ship! She has three different sets of plush Mickey/Minnie Mouse stuffed animals and while she loves them both dearly, Minnie often gets tossed to the side. Usually with a resounding, “Don’t want it!”

So, what has created this household rift between the beloved Mouse duo? My guess – our kitchen!

Mickey Mouse has now taken over our kitchen and that’s no joke! My toddler constantly asks for all her favorite foods, which consist of – you guessed it, Mickey Mouse! Everything from Mickey Mouse Waffles, to Mickey Mouse Pancake Poppers, and Mickey Mouse Pizzas.

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It all started a few years ago, during one of my Black Friday Shopping trips. I came across a Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker, which quickly became a huge hit. So, this past year I was on the hunt for another kid-friendly kitchen appliance. Insert Mickey Mouse Cake Popper, which quickly became a Pancake Popper breakfast staple!

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In betweens these two purchases I was trying to come up with a Mickey Mouse lunch option, so she would quit begging for waffles at every meal! That’s when I came up with my Mickey Mouse pizza recipe!

Ingredients:

Minnie/Mickey Sandwich Cutter (found at Wal-Mart for $2)

Whole Wheat Tortilla Shells

Pizza Sauce (When I am in a pinch I grab a jar. Otherwise I grab some tomatoes and make a basic homemade sauce.)

Spinach (or whatever veggie your toddler enjoys)

Pepperoni (I prefer to purchase slices from the deli, but boxed ones work just fine.)

Shredded Cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use the sandwich cutter to cut out the amount of Mickey Mouse heads needed from the tortilla shells. Spray the same number of muffin tins needed with cooking spray. Place Mickey Mouse ears up in the muffin tins. Spoon on pizza sauce. Layer with cut up pieces of spinach and pepperoni. Top with cheese and place in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes before removing them from the pan!

Eat. Enjoy. Mickey Mouse!

What foods are your toddlers currently obsessed with? How do you make food fun?

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