Playhouse Theater Review

I Had The Time Of My Life (Pun Intended).

I was immediately transported back to my early teen years when I once snuck into our basement play area to watch Dirty Dancing. It was one of those ‘off limit’ movies but my young self just had to see what it was all about. The movie had probably been released several years earlier, but to me it was new and….forbidden.

Fast forward about 17 years or so and I was taken right back to that moment when I saw the movie for the first time. For Christmas, my mom surprised both myself and my brother’s fiancee with tickets to see Dirty Dancing the musical at Connor Palace in Playhouse Square. Days leading up to the show, I blasted the soundtrack anywhere I could. At work on Spotify. In the car with my very own two disc soundtrack I received as a gift years ago. In the bathroom on my iPhone. You name it. I don’t think my mom knew just how excited I was for the show until I shared my daily musical obsession with her, nor did she know about my sneaky late night viewing of the movie years ago. Welp, she does now.

Walking into the theater, there were a lot more men than I anticipated and I couldn’t help but wonder how many of them actually ever saw the movie or how many of them were there just to impress their date. Maybe a first date? Maybe a devoted husband wanting to share in his wife’s interests? These were the thoughts going through my head as I stood in line to get my bedazzled souvenir cup.

Dirty Dancing The Musical

Side note: I saw the show a little over a week ago and have used my cup (Don’t cringe – I’ve washed also it, too. Well, almost).

Back to the show…..1:30pm and it was SHOW TIME! Nothing can get my heart pumping like the opening musical number of Dirty Dancing (the movie) and the show replicated it perfectly. I laughed (a lot), smiled (a lot) and got a little misty eyed when baby ran into Johnny’s arms for the final dance. It was perfect show and a perfect day with my momma and soon to be sissy-in-law. And we may, or may not, watched the movie together as soon as we got back home.

Dirty Dancing Musical Review

For your added pleasure, United Healthcare just produced this super funny commercial. You’ll understand why I’ve included it once you watch:


My Favorite DIY Projects of 2014.

It’s a new year so everyone is frantically sharing their favorites of the past year whether it be recipes, beauty tips or fitness routines. So it’s only fitting I recap some of my faves of 2014 in relation to DIY projects and crafts. I got a slow start the beginning of 2014, I mean I DID have my hands full with a newborn, but nevertheless, I had some goodies. I have spared you the craft fails, although that could be a fun topic too…perhaps another day.

One of Reed's first Father's Day gifts.

One of Reed’s first Father’s Day gifts.

Custom anniversary print for Reed's grandparents' 50th Wedding Anniversary.

Custom anniversary print out for Reed’s grandparent’s 50th Wedding Anniversary

Festive fall banner made of burlap.

Festive fall banner made of burlap.

Outdoor fall blocks.

Outdoor fall blocks.

Favorite project to date; Liam's first birthday party.

Favorite project to date; Liam’s first birthday party.

You can read more about Liam’s owl themed first birthday party here.

Collage board for Christmas cards.

Collage board for Christmas cards.

Christmas Sharpie bowls that were later filled with treats and passed out to daycare teachers.

Christmas Sharpie bowls that were filled with treats.

"Let It Snow" sign.

“Let It Snow” sign.

Ring Bearer Box Inside

Custom ring bearer box.

Custom ring bearer box.

And that’s it! I already have a few DIY projects and crafts under my belt for 2015 and cannot wait to share them. Cheers to a happy new year full of health, love and hot glue guns.

Look whoo’s turning one!

It has been a few days since Liam’s first birthday and I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I have a toddler. Unbelievable. How did this happen? I know it is cliche, but it literally feels like yesterday that we brought him home. This whole parenthood thing is going by way too fast. Super fun. But too fast.

Anyway, let’s get to the point of this blog…the birthday party! I took planning Liam’s birthday party very seriously. Not only because it was his first party, but because I love to party plan and the only one in charge of everything was ME…I’m a bit of a control freak.

Before Liam was born, we had a series of onsies made for him. Each onsie had an owl with the message, “Look whoo’s (number) months!” And Liam’s nursery theme is owls, so it was only fitting that his birthday party would be owl themed as well.

With some assistance from Pinterest and the rest from my own brain, I got to crafting. I personally made everything from the invitations to (some) of the food. Take a look!

I designed these invitations myself. I’m not an InDesign user, so these were created in good old PowerPoint.
Owl Invitations

I wanted go get some guest participation so I thought a time capsule would be a great idea. I cut out owls, attached them to a string and added little bit of the outdoors into the craft by putting a few sticks in a rustic vase.
time capsule

There are so many clothes that I loved putting Liam in when he was itsy bitsy, so I added a clothes line of some of my favorites. Luckily the place we rented had a gorgeous fireplace so it worked out perfectly!
1st Birthday Clothes LineBaby Clothes LineBirthday Clothes Line

Birthday Clothes Line

Birthday Clothes Line

Birthday Clothes Line

Liam’s least favorite. outfit..socks.


We had an old frame that was just sitting in the basement so I took it apart, fixed the corner of the frame that was broken and made two boards from it. For the first board, I glued some yarn to the back of it and affixed Liam’s monthly pictures (in the owl onesies) with clothespins that were painted with his color scheme. For the second board, I took the backing of the frame, spray painted it with chalkboard paint and wrote all his stats (e.g. weight, height, number of teeth, etc). And voila! Two boards for less than $10.
birthday boards

I wanted something theme-ish for each table so I made some owls from felt to work as the weights for the balloons at each table. They were a hit! I made eight of them. They were a bit time consuming, but so worth it!

Felt Owl Balloon Weights

The cake table (and food tables, really) were complete with stuffed animals. For the cupcakes I made little cupcake toppers from toothpicks and completed the theme with ‘one’ and ‘owl’ shaped sandwiches.
Owl Birthday Cake Table

Owl Birthday Cupcakes

Owl Sandwiches

And who doesn’t love gift bags? With a little construction paper, brown paper bags and some goodies to put inside, all the kids at the party took home an owl gift bag.
Owl Gift Bags

And here he is! My little peanut is officially a toddler. He had a blast at his party despite missing every single one of his naps that day. Such a trooper! Owl Themed Birthday Party

A weekend of firsts.

The Thursday following Easter has always been the start of the Geauga County Maple Festival  and lucky for Chardon-ites, Easter came late this year, so the festival didn’t have to be cancelled on an account of being buried under several feet of snow. Of course being from Chardon, I drag my husband to the Maple Festival each and every year for a weekend full of bad food decisions. This year, however was extra special as it was Liam’s first Maple Festival!

Maple FestivalFrom the picture, you can totally tell just how excited he was.

Not only was it LT’s (Liam Thomas) first Maple Festival, it was also where both mine and my mom’s first race would take place. Last year, I signed up for the five mile Sap Run, but ended up finding out I was pregnant a few months earlier and physically did not have the energy to run five miles. I promised I would sign up next year. I blinked twice and next year was here! Being the loving daughter I am, I made my mom sign up with me. Though she thought it was a good idea at the time, after spending 11 days sick before the race, her mind was made up that this was the worst idea ever and she had a heartless daughter for not letting her back out. As we both stood at the start line surrounded by veteran runners with their water bottles tied around their waists and their short shorts despite the 32 degree temps, I too was starting to think this was the worst idea ever.

Of course as it turned out, it was a blast. The best part of course was when we approached four and a quarter miles and saw my adorable peanut sporting a onesie made by AK Grafix that said “Go Grandma Proy & Mommy Kick Butt!”

AK Grafix Custom OnesieWe treated ourselves to a huge breakfast at Spinner’s Good Time Diner, which if you haven’t been, you gotta! It was delicious.

Will we do it next year? You betcha (I say that now…)

Maple Festival Sap Run