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Handfuls of Love


“Children’s Children are the crown of all men; and the glory of children are their father.” Proverbs 17:6 {NKJ}

There is something special about grandparents. I have been blessed to have only lost one grandparent in my 30 years of life. I still have 2 wonderful grandma’s and a wonderful papa…all in their 90’s and still kickin’ loud and strong. I always tell my husband that according to my genes he is stuck with me for a looooonnnnnnggggg time. I only hope I am that blessed.

Throughout my first 16 months of parenthood I have learned the value of family and that it truly does take a village to raise a child. I couldn’t be more happy in the grandparents that our son has inherited through my husband and me. The times when I want to ship my child to Timbuktu they are always there to encourage me or relieve me of my duties for a couple of hours so I can regroup. They have been where I am before and their advice is so valuable. Plus they are the BEST babysitters {and free 😉 }.

So, when Grandparent’s Day came along I tried to think of something fun to do for them. I had seen those tutorials that are all over Pinterest where you take a porcelain cup/plate and write on it with a Sharpie; bake the plate; and viola it’s permanent. Ha…well that was a total FAIL! So, if you pinned it don’t waist your time. After that waste of time, I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and grabbed some Sharpie Paint Pens and some Martha Stewart Paint, and I used the Dollar Store white plates from the previous craft fail and started over. Here is the rundown {no pictures…I apologize…left this project until very last minute}

Handfuls of Love Painted Plate


Sharpie Oil Paint Markers {see link above}
Martha Stewart Paint {see link above}
Porcelain Plate
Baby’s/Kid’s Hands {and a helper if you have one}
Letter Stencils or Electronic Cutter {Silhouette, Cricut, etc}


1.) Decide what you want your plate to say. I decided to use Hands Down, Your the Best for one and Your the Best, Hands Down for the other. I cut mine out in vinyl on my Silhouette and used the negative space as my stencil. I put half of the saying on top and half on the bottom, leaving a space in the middle for the cute little toddler handprints.

2.) Grab your Sharpie Paint Pens and go to town. I used the black pen for my letters. The paint dries fast so once you are done with the letters you can remove your stencil. I had a little bleeding, but not much. I was able to do some touch up after the stencil was gone.

3.) Next you will need your kiddo and a helper {if you have young kids}. Squirt some of the Martha Stewart paint onto one hand spread it around. Figure out where you want the first hand print to go and smash their hand down quickly {before they decide to paint their face 😉 }. Do the same thing with the other hand.

4.) Pre-Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Once it is pre-heated put your plate in and bake for 30-35 minutes. Once this is done the paint is permanent and you are done!!


I made some Pumpkin Holes to go on my plates. I got the recipe from here and printed out labels that said I Love You a “Hole” Lot!.




A Seussical Birthday Party!

It may be 2 1/2 months late, but better late than never right??  On, May 13, 2011 God blessed us with the best gift ever and on May 13, 2012 that amazing little baby boy turned 1!  Amazing how fast a year can go by.  I remember his birthday.  Going swimming while realizing I was probably in labor.  Telling Mr. Fox to stop by Chic-Fil-A on the way to the hospital and then waiting 16 hours to meet him.  I remember the sleepless nights {a whole YEAR of them}, the long cries when nothing I could do seemed to work, the worrying when he first got sick.  The excitement in watching him roll over, sit up, crawl, and walk for the very first time.  Looking at him on his first birthday made all the ups and downs {especially the downs} so worth every second.

We have a ritual in our house where we always read a story before naptime and bedtime.  I have a slight obsession with Dr. Seuss.  Maybe it’s the rhyming or the funny words and characters, but I LOVE them.  I am pretty sure Mr. Small Fox is sick of hearing about Fox in Sox, all the different feet you meet, and if there are one or two fish and whether they are red or blue.  However, I don’t care…until he can pick out a book he can deal with it:).  So, to celebrate his first birthday I decided to put together a Dr. Suess themed birthday.

It started with Pinterest.  Thank.You.Jesus for Pinterest!  I got all my ideas from there and kept everything simple and fun.

Birthday Dessert Table

Yummy Snacks!

The dessert table was by far the best!  Complete with AMAZING Cat in the Hat cake {made by a friend}, Cupcakes, Jello Sugar Cookies, Yertle’s Chocolate Turtle, Gold Fish, and Swedish Fish.

Plan to do this every year with a different book!


One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Goldfish

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Swedish Fish

Yertle’s Chocolate Turtles

RedVelvet Cupcakes {Out of a box…classy I know}

Jello Sugar Cookies

Poodles With Noodles {Pasta Salad}

Nink’s Pink Ink {Pink Lemonade}

Hop on Popcorn {Kettlecorn}

Wings {Mr. Fox’s addition}

Veggie Tray

Fruit Kabobs

Pita Sandwiches {King Soopers}

Looking forward to what next year brings!  Love you Tons Mr. Small Fox!