March 9, 2015

sweet seventeen celebration at grand america in slc via seejaneblogKiana’s birthday was the end of February, and she turned seventeen! To celebrate we spent the eve of her birthday in the company of good friends and family. We had dinner at one of our favorite restaurants – Valter’s Osteria in SLC, we spent the night at the Grand America hotel and enjoyed swimming and more. I gave each of her girlfriends & sisters a tote that I made that said, “FRIES before GUYS” and I surprised them with matching PJ’s as party favors in the bags. We told funny stories and laughed all night. It was good. I love these teens so much, they are such good kids, and it’s so fun that they each embrace Kiana’s siblings like family when we are all together.


Selabration number eight!

October 2, 2014

flamingo birthday party via seejaneblog

flamingo party in the courtyard via seejaneblog

Our baby girl turns EIGHT today. It has been the fastest eight years of my life. Sela thinks she has waited f-o-r-e-v-e-r to be eight. Like: we started talking about this flamingo party last SPRING. She was already putting in her request for another doll party. And deep inside as much as I love observing her love of all things doll – I did not feel like planning another doll party. So, as we continued to discuss ideas I tried to think of the most pink-girly-things that would intrigue her… sans barbies, etc. – when the flamingo idea came to mind! At this time, I hadn’t seen anything new or trendy with flamingos.



September 19, 2014

I have always been drawn to letterpress. I love the detailed, traditional process involved with the craft. When I see a letterpress design that I admire, I instinctively find myself running my fingers over the indentions of the print to thoroughly experience it’s beauty. If you don’t have this fondness for paper, you may think I’m nuts – I’m guessing most people never understand or they are well into their adult life till they have an idea of how much work is involved in this method of printing. Hard work and dedication goes into every letterpress piece.

All of this lead me to this idea: with Sela’s birthday approaching, I wanted to use letterpress invitations for her birthday party –


doll birthday party via seejaneblog

our baby girl turns seven officially, in two days. october 2nd. and, my heart is honestly hurting. this past year she really grew-up – i watched it happen. she made the transition from little girl to big girl, she lost so many of her baby teeth, and her big teeth just keep coming in, and she is taller – looks older – acts older. sela is truly something special. she holds our hearts so close to hers – she loves with such pure, gentle, kind, genuine unselfishness. she is so aware of those around her and so incredibly thoughtful. because of this sweet soul, any celebrations held in her honor are infused with an endless appreciation and excitement for what we do for her –


birthday mornings.

April 27, 2013

so…. regardless if my kids have a friend-birthday-party or a family birthday party, we always have a family birthday morning.

and, birthday mornings are a big deal at our house. from the minute our kiddos wake up, we celebrate…

masculine birthday morning via seejaneblog

celebrate on the floor via seejaneblog

party on the floor style via seejaneblog

peek behind the cake: see that blue blob? kj requested blue crepes and bacon for breakfast!

we called them smurf crepes.

kj's birthday morn

the birthday begins via seejaneblog

sela woke up early and tip-toed in to our room. she whispered to me

mom, don’t feel bad. i’m not going to snuggle with you this morning because i’m going to wake up kj with birthday snuggles…


glow in the dark birthday party via seejaneblog

Linx birthday party via seejaneblog

glow in the dark sports party with lights off via seejaneblog

glow in the dark party via seejaneblog

KJ's 10th birthday

glow in the dark party water bottle labels via seejaneblog

glow in the dark birthday party favors via seejaneblog

glow in the dark birthday party, free printable for party favor bags via seejaneblog

my son kj requests birthday parties that are true to his interests. when he was two he asked for a choo-choo party, he turned three surrounded by family and his passion for baseball had began, his fourth birthday party was one of my best-planned-parties ever and this is the only picture i have to share! (he loved the movie “cars”, husband built a homemade race track, the guests all made race cars out of potatoes,