Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ballet Party ::Christina Higman Photography::

Hello!  I'm so excited to be here!  My name is Christina, photographer at Christina Higman Photography.  A couple weeks ago my youngest daughter turned 3.  She's been a ballet dancin' fool these days, so my mom and I decided to throw her a sweet ballerina themed party.  I'm so blessed to have a crafty, energetic momma.  We were able to divide our favorite pinterest finds and tackle most of the decorations ourselves.  Here are a few images from the day....

Simple flower decorations were mostly compiled of green plants from my yard.  The soft pink roses matched the party perfectly.
One of my favorite decorations was the ballerina tutu cupcake toppers my mom made.  So perfect!  She looked at this pinterest tutorial and then added her own touches.  I loved the little rinestones, tulle, and sparkly ribbon she used.  They got lots of attention.  :-)

This cake was absolutely amazing.  One of my favorite photography clients just happens to be great with fondant.  I talked her into doing this cake for me.  :-)  She does a limited number of these for others, but if you need an awesome custom cake in Tampa let me know.  I can get you in touch with her!

The cake ruffles were my favorite. 

The ballet sugar cookies above were one of my projects.  They came out really cute, and they were super easy.  I rolled out my cookie dough and just cut the oblong shape out with a knife.  I looked at this site for my inspiration.
Above you will also see my oldest daughter giving me her biggest smile in our pink frame we hung outside.  Each of the quests posed for a picture.   
The bottom left image is from this pinterest find.  It's basically just a pink cut out from cardstock on the top, a ribbon across the middle, and the kids handprint to make the tutus.  They turned out really cute and the kids seemed to enjoy a craft.
Lastly in the bottom right we had pink, heart shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  Did you know you can have the Publix bakery make you a loaf of bread dyed any color?  Awesome right? 

I made this number 3 for our front door.  It took me a couple hours, but it wasn't hard.  I cut out a number 3 on a piece of cardboard and then hot glued scrunched up tissue paper all over.  My husband kept looking over like I was crazy while I was making it, but I assured him it was worth it.  :-)

My mom and my girls (okay, mostly my mom) made this awesome pinata.  There are a ton of tutorials online for making one.  She used the traditional balloon, newpaper strips, and flour/ water paste method.  She did two layers and it was the PERFECT thickness.  Each child was able to give it 3 swings before it finally broke.  Tacky glue attached the tissue paper circles, starting at the bottom and layering up towards the top.

Here's my sweet little ballerina.  I do a portrait session for each of my kids on their birthday.  I love having pictures of ONLY them at least once a year.  We had her custom headband made by Birde Baby Boutique. 

One of her favorite presents...."real" ballerina shoes.  :-)

This little outfit came from Target.  Thank you Target for having ballet clothes just in time for our party!!! 

The number 3 was awesome to use for her portraits as well.  I'm so glad I thought to add it for a few poses. 

If you have any other questions about any of the decorations, etc. you can email me at Christina.Higman@gmail.com We had a great time.  Best of all, Evie Joy LOVED her party.  Of course that made it worth all the hard work.  :-)

Monday, February 20, 2012

Love Is In The Air

Hey Droid lovers,
Instagram has left us out.
Its sad isn't it.
It's really not fair to be honest.
But guess what, to tie us Droid lovers over until Instagram gets a hint...
we have Retro Camera!
It is my new love.
So take that all you iPhone users.
We can now all be just as cool as you.
We might not be able to stalk other peoples pics of random stupid ish but we can be creative that all you other instagramers say you are. You know you just click a button and call yourself creative. Well now we can do that too.
So ha!

So since Valentine's Day was last week,
whats better than professing my love of loves through my new love.
Ya got that?

I decided to document my V Day through Retro Cam.
And here ya goooo....

I told you about my new Red & Pink obsession
and I totally rocked Red & Pink on Love's day.

And to add a little sass to the whole outfit...
because you know, that is me....sass.
I added some fun leopard print wedges.

I dressed up our home with some pretty heart garland I got off Pick Your Plum.
BTW if you have not signed up for Pick Your Plum, do it.
They have so many fun decor and craft options.

Oh, you know, these are my pretty pink flowers and chocolates from my Valentine.

And you cant have Valentines Day without the heart shaped chocolates.
And yes, I ate a bite out of each one to see which one I liked the best.
Don't you do this?
I think everyone does this.

Oh sooooo pretty.
I love my Valentine.

And if you know anything about me you know I love cake.
And what I love even more than cake and cupcakes are petit fours.
They are little bites of cake and pure delicious-ness.

Oh and you can't forget my two Valentines.
I just love these two guys.

We had a great V Day and I feel so blessed and special.
                                                             It was such an amazing day.
I just love, love.

So, yes the Retro Cam isn't the best used in doors but us Droid lovers will take it.
Hey instagram, get it together and get us Droid users an app will ya.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sweet Face Love {Happy V Day!}

Just a little love from Colby on Valentine's Day.

I ordered these fabulous Valentines Day cards from Minted and I think they turned out so nicely.
I just wish you could see the bottom wording a little bit better...oh well.

So, the hubs and I don't have anything exciting planned.
No big make out sesh and big red heart balloons tied to dozens of red roses.
Nope not this year.
I might pick up some take out and wine and watch a movie.
This is how Valentine's day is celebrated when you have a toddler and you both work full time.
Let's get real, we have responsibilities to maintain and toddlers to bathe so there is not much time for date nights out anymore.
But you know what...I love my new non-date life.
All I really want to do anyways is veg out with my lovah on the couch.
So happy V Day to all the other parents who are going to be doing the same.
Enjoy and drink up :)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Daily Bible App Love

I am totally into finding new apps for my love Droid.
I recently ran across this goodie and I know a bunch of you Sunshine lovers will love this one too.
It's called Daily Bible.
You can get it through the Droid Market or through iTunes if you have an iPhone.

Now this Bible app is not like the rest of them.
This baby has a daily Bible verse read, daily Bible reading plan, easy & fast search of any Bible verse of topic and my personal fav, daily Bible devotionals.

Now, why do I like the Daily Bible Devotionals so much?
Well you see...I like to think of it as my morning booty kicking from God.
I am awake, have already prayed and thanked him for this day but I am just walking around in my own world.
I am here, I am  a walking zombie awake, and ready to start my lovely day with my blessed family.
However, I need God to start my day off with a little jolt.
Like the Big Gulp of coffee sitting next to me.
But what completely rocks my face off about this app is that I can just press the app, and pick what inspires me this particular day.
And WAHLA! I am listening to a 30 minute sermon of some of the most amazing speakers,
all while driving Colby to day care and work and sippin on my morning coffee.

This could not start off my day better.

This week I have been listening to the famously inspiring and charismatic Joel Osteen.
There is just something about this man's voice and his excitement for God that totally draws me in.
I love this guy!
God has truly used him for amazing things.

Now, if you aren't sold on this from my read here, then take a look at the stats...

Really...look at all those 5 stars!

You do not have any reason what so ever not to say you don't have time for God.
Because really, you know you already have that phone practically duck taped to your hand.
So might as well DL the app and choose some inspiration for the day.
It doesn't hurt and will only provide your day with a great booty kickin of God's love.
So brace yourself to get your butt kicked!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Mother-Son Date Knight

Saturday night was Mommy and Colby's Date Knight.
Chick Fil A hosted a lovely night out for Mommy and Son's full of knights, balloon swords, shields, and of course the face of Chick Fila A..the cow!
We had a great time, stuffed our selves with yummy nuggets and fries.
And Colby got to play on their playground.
I must say they have one of the best playgrounds.
And what I love is that it's is always so clean and if you want to sit outside the playground you can look into through the glass and see what your kid is doing.
My neurotic self has not done this yet, maybe when he gets a bit older.
But never the less its a nice feature to have.

Here is a little recap of our fun night out.

I know most of you moms out there love the CFA and I recommend going next time they have an event their.
Everything was perfect.

Thank you Chick Fil A and Rothwell Marketing for putting this awesome event on!
Please let us know when the next one is because we will surely be there.

This is a sponsored post, however all the opinions are fully mine