On The Road in January

Well, there it went. The first month of 2015 is OVER, folks!

I have to say, I very much enjoyed January of 2015. I always take January off from my photography business (because I run myself into the ground October, November and December) so I’ve actually been operating at a bit of a slower pace for the past month. I mean, I’m still working full time and doing the blog…but slower, nonetheless!

I’m really loving what everyone else is loving here on the blog in January, and that makes me happy! So, without further ado, here are the top five posts on The Road to Domestication for the month of January:

1. The 2015 Valentine’s Day Holiday Shelf – I think this one was popular with everyone because of the giveaway, right? Well, the winner has been chosen and her personalized print mailed to her, but the shelf is still decorated just like this, if you want to see!


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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!


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:


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 https://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, https://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. 


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