On Planning a Minecraft Birthday Party

If you’re a regular reader, you know that we don’t have kids yet. So I don’t know too much about the phenomenon that is Minecraft. But I know that the majority of you who are reading this post right now probably know more than you would like to about the game…errr…sport….errr…ACTIVITY. Chances are that YOUR kids are pretty into it! So when I saw my out-of-town cousin post pictures of the Minecraft Birthday Party she did for her 8-year-old daughter, I was totally amazed. I knew all of you would be, too, so I asked her to write today’s blog post! (She is also responsible for all of the party pics!)

And now, without further ado…allow me to introduce to you my cousin, Shira, and her beautiful family!

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Let me stop right here to give a shout-out to the fabulous Crystal from Little Lane Photography who took these photos. She has also photographed myself and my hubby, and we all LOVE her! Check out her Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!

And here is the afore-mentioned Minecraft-loving 8-year-old:

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Is she not the CUTEST?! (Since she’s the youngest in our family, we all pretty much think so!)

Here’s what her momma had to say…

I am a party planner extraordinaire.  I have an extra building full of color-coded Sterlite storage tubs for every imaginable themed occasion.  It’s what I do.  I’m good at it.  But when my 7-year-old daughter came to me and said that she really wanted a Minecraft birthday party, I was stumped.  Aaliyah is the youngest of our 3 blessings… and she’s the youngest by 7-ish years.  In that 7-year gap, I skipped over the phenomenon that is Minecraft.  And it’s not that I was completely in the woods about the game, but for the 5 seconds that my now almost-15-year-old son was interested, I honestly thought it was a retro revival of an old Atari game from my childhood… or as my little darlings call it, the “before times”.  It’s also probably important to note that I never mastered PacMan or the rubix cube, so Minecraft was a bit out of my 2-dimensional league. 

But Aaliyah… my Aaliyah can NOT get enough of this game!  Or of Stampy Cat.  Or this guy named Steve.  And while I should be more on top of my “mom” game and have already carefully monitored, researched and examined Minecraft, she hadn’t started worshipping Satan or tried to kill her siblings, and the school endorsed it as “educational”, so I was okay with it.  But when she asked me for a Minecraft theme party, I needed a serious crash course in the game to even know where to start.

My dad sent me an awesome article to begin my journey.  If you get a chance, check out http://2machines.com/183040/.  I was pretty surprised by the impressive problem solving skills that Aaliyah was learning by playing the game.  And then a few other friends sent me the same article, http://www.sunshineandhurricanes.com/minecraft-for-moms/, and both articles together gave me somewhat of a working knowledge of the game, so I could at least fake it enough to pull a party together.

And that’s when I turned to Pinterest. 

HOLY MOSES.

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Home Matters Linky Party #21

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Easy Strawberry Cream Pie

Did y’all know that I was born and raised in the Winter Strawberry Capital of the WORLD?! That’s right! Plant City, Florida! And in case you don’t know where that is…here ya go:

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This time of the year (January through March) is one of my favorite times in my hometown. When driving through the country, all of the fields are full of the short, dark-green-with-pops-of-red plants that are STRAWBERRIES.

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And if you get stuck in a traffic jam, it’s probably because you’re behind a truck carrying flats of strawberries. (The negative is that they go slow. The positive is that your car smells AMAZING!)

And in February and March (this year, February 26 – March 8 specifically) the annual Florida Strawberry Festival is held! Now, this is no little small-town gathering – it’s a huge deal! You can CLICK HERE to visit the Strawberry Festival’s website and see – with headline entertainment like John Legend, Reba McIntyre, and Hunter Hayes, it’s a very busy event, full of fun for the whole family, fantastic music, awesome rides and displays and contests, and all things STRAWBERRY.

So when I realized that this Friday (January 23) was National Pie Day, it dawned on me (and my husband STRONGLY agreed) that I had not made a Strawberry Pie yet this season. In fact, he pointed out, “You haven’t made strawberry ANYTHING yet? What gives?!” (Did I mention that he was born and raised in Plant City, too?! It’s in the blood, folks!)

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5 Creative Home Organizing Tips

We’re a little over half-way through January now – how are you coming on your New Year’s Resolutions? Did you even make any? If so, do any of them involve home organization? If you need a little inspiration, you’ve come to the right place!

When Fay from Label-Land contacted me and asked me if I would be interested in publishing her article on creative home organizing tips, all I needed was a quick glance to know that YES, I was definitely interested! Because this is the time of year when everyone is talking about organization. The problem is, you hear the same thing over and over again. And the following, my friends, are not the same ideas you’ve already heard this year!

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5 Creative Home Organizing Tips

Skip the plain storage solutions, and instead opt for some creative alternatives when you are tackling your next organizational project. Good organization should look attractive while meeting your personal needs.

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#1: Pack Your Bags

Don’t donate those old suitcases, they provide the perfect place to store a multitude of household items. Whether they’re plain, cloth-sided affairs, or cool vintage hard-sided varieties, you can repurpose them into storage or furniture.

  • Store your extra bedding or off-season clothing inside the suitcases. They slide easily under the bed, while keeping everything fresh and dust-free.
  • Use vintage vanity cases or small suitcases to organize items in the bathroom. They look pretty when stacked in a corner or on the counter.
  • Turn a cool hard-sided suitcase into a coffee table. Screw on a couple of furniture legs – securing them with a washer and nut on the inside of the case – for an instant table that also provides storage.
  • Don’t like the color of that old hard-sided suitcase? Try repainting it or covering it with decoupage so it matches your décor. Decorative contact paper is another quick fixer-upper.

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The Home Matters Linky Party gets more fun with each week. Your talents and creativity are stunning. Last week we had such a wide variety of posts–it was awesome! You guys really know how to make picking features difficult. This week’s features have quite a range: birthday party ideas, health, treasures of the past, no-waste food ideas, and DIY home decor. Do enjoy…

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5 Ways to Use Juicer Pulp for Zero Waste from Rachel & Jen @ The Evolution of Mom

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