Go Go Power Ranger Birthday Party…Pow Zap Boom!

Power Rangers 5th Birthday Party #kidsbirthdayparty #powerrangers #dinocharge #zap

I love that my son’s birthday falls right before Halloween, especially this year since we got double the use out of his costume. He has been obsessed with Power Rangers since the moment he laid eyes on those karate chopping, roundhouse kicking, over-acting, Mighty Morphin ninjas, so there was really only one option for his birthday party theme this year.

I took a sort of pop art approach to the theme, incorporating some fun comic book style “pow”s, “zap”s, and “booms”, etc. They were super easy to print and cut out. I used card stock, but I’m sure regular printer paper would have worked just fine. I then taped them to toothpicks to be used as cake toppers and table accessories. I also, to prove what a massive dork I am, made Energem necklaces as party favors with a magnetic attachment so the energems could be stolen from the evil Snide (or whatever monster villain that might be trying to take their power) and then easily reattached. They didn’t look exactly like the Energems on the show, but my kids were happy with them, and that was good enough for me. I also printed out some masks I found online, and a pop art Power Ranger print which I framed with black construction paper for wall decor. And I included some bunting and spiral balloons on the ceiling (not pictured), which I think added a cohesive feel to the overall decor. Hopefully my son’s 5th birthday was one that he will remember with fondness for the rest of his life…that is the point of all of this, right?

Power Ranger Birthday Party #powerrangers #birthdayparty #kidsparty #5thbirthdayparty #dinocharge

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Power Rangers DIY cake topper party accessories

Pop art power ranger print #powerrangers #kidsbirthdayparty

Power Ranger Dino Charge #Energems

Thanks for reading. Have a beautiful day!

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October Color of the Month: Autumn Yellow

#yellow #colorinspiration #Yellowballoon

I am not the most consistent of bloggers, but I am slowly trying to inch my way back into it. I really enjoy blogging as a creative outlet, which I think is pretty important to have as a busy mom. One way I find inspiration is through color, so I am starting a color of the month post featuring a different color each month for design inspiration. The color this month just happens to be my favorite color: yellow! Yellow is such a cheerful color and reminds of the sun, and daisies, and well…happiness. Yellow is actually a fairly prominent color in October, though I feel it is often overshadowed by all of the oranges and reds that also present this month.  I wanted to make sure it got a some recognition as the lovely Autumn shade that is, and didn’t get left behind with all of the other joys of Summer. I hope you enjoy this little bit of color-spiration. Thanks for reading!

A GOLDEN STATE OF MIND #yellow #colorinspiration

From Up North

#yellow #sunflowers #organiclife

Rodale’s Organic Life

#yellow #vwvan #colorinspiration

Favim.com

#yellow #colorinspiration #yellowphone

Behance

#yellow

#Yellow #colorinspiration

#Yellow #hunterboots #rainboots #colorinspiration

The Vivaluxury

Keep on the sunny side of life #yellow #colorinspiration #sunnyside

Addapinch.com

#yellow #interiordesign

#yellow #vintagetommyhilfiger #90sfashion

#yellow

#yellow #monkeys

#yellowhouse #yellow

 

I’m Seeing Double Denim, what should I do?

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Denim on denim…it’s an elusive trend that can be very ‘hit or miss’, which probably scares a lot of people away from trying it at all. I have to say, I am a bit frightened of it myself and really wasn’t too crazy about this at first, but lately the double D trend has really started to grow on me. There’s something about it that feels a little bit ‘wrong’ to me still, like wearing sneakers with a dress (although that one is growing on me as well), but when it’s pulled off correctly I think it can have a super chic look and feel. Here is a collection of some of my favorite double denim looks:

Anthropologie Denim on Denim

Anthropologie – Levi’s Denim Trucker Jacket

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@_jiezheng Instagram

Tumblr: Katemonteith Moodboard

Katemonteith Moodboard Tumblr

Scotch & Soda denim on denim

Manrepeller via Scotch & Soda

Phases of Robyn - double denim

Phases of Robyn – Casual Double Denim

Andycsinger – find pretty anywhere..

Bruwho #doubledenim #denimondenim

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“Do not Lose Hope”… r.m. drake

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Ever since I discovered this brilliant artist/poet a few weeks ago I haven’t been able to get enough. I started following him on Instagram and whenever I read one of his posts I swear it’s like he is peering into my soul and writing the contents. I am always inspired by people who feel life so deeply and aren’t afraid to share that depth with the world. If you are interested in learning more about r.m. drake check out this interview by Sayan Sen from Thought Catalog. Thanks for reading and have a beautiful weekend!

Planning Your Spring/Summer 2017 Wardrobe

It might be the dead of Winter and the ground outside might be covered in snow, but I can’t help day dreaming about ruffles, bright tropical prints, and pink, pink, PINK! It may be only January, but Spring is just around the corner, and it’s never too early to start planning next seasons wardrobe, right? It seems there are a lot of excited changes coming to the fashion world this spring, Even if it does mean giving up some of my skinny jeans.

SS17

(Photography via Defuzemag.com )

It can be tough to stay on top of the latest trends when your a busy mom, so I’ve tried to narrow down some of the highlights of the season’s hot new trends so that we can be cool, hip moms who stay on top of fashion, without having to buy a totally new wardrobe.

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1. Ruffles. I love all of the feminine ruffles seen all over the runway for Spring! Ruffles are definitely still in this season, so I am keeping all of my ruffly, romantic tops from last year and carrying them right over to 2017. (Photography via Vogue.com )

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2. Pink. This is a really fun and surprising trend this season. I will definitely be keeping my pink dress from last year as well because it will be totally on trend this Spring. (Photography via Elleuk.com )

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3. The Track Pant. This is the one I am probably most excited about (and what mom isn’t?) because dressing up track pants seems like an ideal way to be hip, on trend, and still be able to roll around on the floor with my kids all day. I don’t have any track pants yet (just the leggings I haven’t been able to pry myself away from since my last pregnancy…I mean seriously, why are they so comfortable??) so they will definitely be on my shopping list this Spring. (Photography via Minimalblogs.com )

SS17 Structural Statement Earrings #fashionweek #Spring

4. Statement Earrings. The statement necklace was super fun, but being an earring girl myself I am pretty excited about glamming out my ears this Spring with some bold, structural earrings. (Photography via Stylecaster.com )

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5. Tropical Prints.Nothing conjures up images of warm Summer days quite like bright, bold, tropical prints of palm fronds and Hibiscus flowers. This is another trend to that will be continuing this year, so hold on to those Summery prints, or go ahead and purchase that palm leaf swim suit you’ve been eyeing because tropical prints are going to be in for at least another season. (Photography via Vogue.com )

November Bucket List and Instagram Photo Challenge!

 

November Bucket List Photo Challenge #novemberbucketlist #wildpony_november #photochallenge - cupcakesandwildponies #blog

I know we are already well into November (a couple of sick kids set me back a bit), but  I wanted to celebrate the remaining days of Fall with a my November bucket list and fun Instagram photo challenge! I will select 4 photos representing the items on the bucket list for each of the remaining weeks of November to feature on my blog and Instagram feed.

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Here is my November Bucket/Photo Challenge List:

  1. Bake cookies
  2. Jump in a pile of leaves
  3. Drink Apple Cider
  4. Go for a walk in the woods
  5. Wear the perfect Fall outfit
  6. Collect pine cones
  7. Build a fire and/or roast marshmallows
  8. Do something nice for someone else
  9. Drink a London Fog (or PSL)
  10. Watch a Christmas movie
  11. Photograph (capture) something you are thankful for

There is no order to this list, just check them off as you can. To participate simply tag your Instagram photo with #wildpony_november.  Even if you don’t participate in the photo challenge, I hope you take a few moments for yourself this month to enjoy the season and soak in the Autumn air before the holiday chaos begins. You deserve it!

#wildpony_november #novemberbucketlist #photochallenge - cupcakesandwildponies

Zander’s 4th Birthday Camping Party

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Zander turned 4 last week, and has been all about camping recently. He and his dad even camped out in our postage stamp size back yard a few weeks ago and I have honestly never seen him so excited about going to sleep. We roasted marshmallows, and ate dinner outside before they tucked into their tent for the night. We thought it would be a fitting theme for his birthday party this year, since the weather is getting cooler, and who doesn’t love to roast marshmallows by a campfire??

#camping theme #birthdayparty - cupcakesandwildponies blog

#camping theme #birthdayparty - cupcakesandwildponies blog

I think I may have had more fun planing this party than Zander did running around with all his friends. I printed off this hand drawn wood grain pattern I found online for the kid’s cups. I thought about going more literal with the cups and using something like mason jars, or actual wooden cups which definitely would have been cute, but I liked the simplicity of the black and white and the reference to wood rather than the real thing.

#camping #theme #birthdayparty - cupcakesandwildponies blog I used the same pattern for the firewood for the indoor campsite. The tent came from IKEA and has proven to be one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. The kids have had an absolute blast with it and it fold up into a neat, small, flat package for easy storage.

#Camping #cake #birthday #Partytheme -cupcakesandwildponies blog

The cake was my favorite part, and the idea was stolen right off of Pinterest so I can’t take too much credit for that. I used Pillsbury Purely Simple cake mix and frosting which in my opinion didn’t taste super great, but I felt a little better about it. I topped the cake with crushed thin mints and chocolate covered nuts and raisins, with pretzel stick trees and a graham cracker tent.

#camping #party #decorate - cupcakesandwildponies blog

#camping birthday party theme - cupcakesandwildponies blog

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Unfortunately it was too windy out to roast marshmallows outside, but the kids didn’t seem to mind eating the toffee and coconut covered ones inside.

4th #camping birthday party - cupcakesandwildponies blog

 

Fashion Finds Friday: TOPSHOP Abbott Lace up Brogue Ankle Boots

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My latest obsession…These totally rad, leather, Abbott lace up brogue ankle boots from TOPSHOP. Originally sold for over $100 at Topshop, until they sold out. I found them last week on Ebay for $25.00 with free shipping. Now I don’t usually buy used shoes, but these were brand new with the Topshop sticker still on them. Needless to say, I was pretty stoked.

#fashionfindsfriday #topshop #brogueankleboots cupcakesandwildponies

#fashionfindsfriday #topshop #brogueankleboots cupcakesandwildponies

I love the vintage look. Not only are these ankle boots easy on the eyes, but they are super comfortable too, which is a really big deal as a busy mom since I am on my feet ALL the time. I will be rocking these bad boys a lot this fall with over-sized sweaters and jeans, dresses, shorts and tights, basically anything I can get away with.

#fashionfindsfriday #topshop #brogueankleboots cupcakesandwildponies

Now, if I can find them in black my life will be complete.

Fair Trade Tote and Baby Goods ~INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY! Ends 9/29

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I am always looking for unique and interesting bags. That’s why I am totally obsessed with this Fair Trade Tote, hand crafted by local artisans in Nepal. I loved it so much that I bought two, and decided to feature one in my giveaway today. I’ve never liked carrying a diaper bag and a handbag (keeping track of two bags and my kids is more than I can deal with), so I try to find one bag that can fit everything. This bag is so sturdy and well made, and its the perfect size for carrying all my extra baby stuff. Plus, I love that it has a history; I am such a sucker for anything with a good story.

Also included in today’s giveaway is a Fierce Hugs Bodysuit size 0-3 Months. This is another Fair Trade, sustainable product made with organic cotton, a super cute, hand made, reversible Bandana Bib (which is green and black plaid on one side, and gray on the other), and an Ever Earth wooden baby toy. If you remember my post from a couple weeks ago talking about my love for wooden toys you’ll know I had to include one in today’s giveaway.

To enter:

  1. Go to my Instagram @aubriofsorts and like this post.
  2. Follow @aubriofsorts and @coffeeislandtradingco
  3.  Tag two friends in the comment section who might want to join in on the fun.

The drawing will be Thursday, 9/29/2016. Good luck!