The Fogue Abode: March 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Our Easter Egg-travaganza

I know, it's a few days late.  Blame it on my terrible photography skills and my limited knowledge on photoshop.  Blame it on the sugar overload from all the candy.  Blame it on me passing out after a long and busy weekend.  But I finally got pictures uploaded from our Easter Egg-travaganza weekend.

Saturday was filled with egg-tra fun (lets see how many times I can incorporate egg into a word) as we attended our church's annual Easter egg hunt.  I love that we have an awesome church family that can gather together for fun and fellowship on a beautiful spring afternoon.  There were thousands of eggs to hunt, and my little tot came away with just one.  She was just too egg-cited about the egg filled with cheerios to hunt for any more.  Before we knew it, they were all gone.

We had a little fish cook out that evening with my dad.  A sure loves to swing.  I got in a little outdoor photography during the beautiful afternoon, because I love you (and your my guinea pigs!) I'll share those. 

Then, we hosted both of our families at our home Sunday for Easter Dinner and Egg Hunt.  I think we counted a total of 16 adults and 6 kids with almost 200 eggs to find.  They were egg-asperated after all of that hunting.

Lucky for us the 80% chance of thunderstorms vanished and we were left with a gorgeous Sunday afternoon out on the deck. 

As for the decorations, most of the items came from thrift stores and the dollar tree, 'cuz that's how we roll.  I used a little craft paint to spiffy them up and a cake tent as a cloak for our glittery egg center piece.  Proof that you can totally be fancy on a dime budget. 

And to round out this Easter Egg-travaganza, here is our Easter Sunday picture of the Mr, myself and A.

Hope you enjoyed our look into The Fogue Abode's Easter festivities. 

P.S. That was 6 Egg-traordinary Egg Words!!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Like Our New Do?

Like any girl with a fabulous new hair style, we have to show off our new hair-do!  What do you think about the new design?  Thanks so much to Mlekoshi Playground for their wonderful design. 

Leave us a comment below, because we love them so! 

Monday, March 28, 2016

bluum Box Review - March 2015

*I am currently not affiliated with bluum or any of the brands listed.  This review is based off the opinion of this blog and was provided with a paid subscription.

Our March box arrived right on time this month.  A was so excited to receive her 3rd bluum box.  If you want to see what goodies she has received in the past, you can check out the reviews for February  and January.

What is bluum you ask?  It's only the most fun gift your child will receive.  a rel="nofollow" href="" target="_blank">bluum is a month subscription box filled with goodies for your child.  Each box is geared towards their specific age and gender.  A month subscription starts at $25/month.   If you would like to check out how you can get your own bluum subscription, make sure to use our reference code and you get a discount too.

Let's see what our March bluum box had in store!

Melissa & Doug Grasping Toy - First Play Friendly Fish

M&D is one of my favorite brands for educational and sensory toys for littles.  I'm always excited to see their products in our box.  This month we received this bungied group of wooden fish.  The colorful fish are great as A learns to twist and shape them. 

bluum Up - Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Sunglasses

I love that bluum gives you a chance to bluum up, meaning you can add items to your box for an additional fee.  They give a suggestion of products and you can choose to add them or not to, the advantage is that these items are added to your monthly bluum box which has free shipping.  This month, we couldn't resist these adorable sunglasses.  A loves wearing them.  She gives the biggest cheese grin and loves to take them off and put them back on.  So far, most favorite bluum product yet.

Gardner Publishing - Fish Bath Book

This bath book was an instant hit this month.  A is obsessed with books and with bath time, so adding these 2 together, success!  Bathtime is all about the book now.  And I love that the little fishy detaches from the book and becomes a squirt toy. 

Kid-O - Red Mini Airplane

We received this cute little airplane in this months box, that's about all I have to say about it.  It's just a plain little airplane and in my opinion, a boy would have loved it more than A. 

Veraclean - Natural Anitbacterial Cleaner

I'm loving all these cleaning products I am getting as a little goodie.  For a mom, it's always in my mind to find safe natural alternatives towards our cleaning supplies.  But sometimes, I just don't have the time to do the research.  bluum has provided me with some great choices.  This cleaner has a fresh sent and is great on our cabinets and highchairs.

bluum Up - Parragon Inc - Hickery Dickery Duck

My A just loves books.  So, a book is always a great add to our bluum box.  I loved the different page cut outs in this one and how it took an old nursery rhyme and mixed it up for a fresh take.  It is certainly a story we don't currently have.

That wraps up the March bluum box review. 

Verdict : Best bluum box yet!  A certainly loved all of her goodies as did mommy.

If you want to try out bluum box for your own littles, please use our reference code

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Camp Inspired First Birthday Bash {Part 2}

As promised on Monday, I'm back today with all the dets on the Camping Birthday Bash. 

Like I said, this party was such a blast to plan.  It's a great theme to get the creative juices flowing.  In fact, this party would be great for any guy or gal who enjoys a good bon-fire and s'mores! 

The idea around the Camping Birthday Bash was simplicity.  We kept everything simple from the decorations to the food menu.  These fun invitations were created by my friend over at AM Designs.   

To start the party out, we wanted a teepee (I mean I wanted to be a kid again myself) and a camp fire.  Since it was a rainy weekend, we had to take a creative approach to the camp fire.  We used some red and yellow tissue paper and a strand of lights to make this pile of sticks look like a real life camp fire.

When you're out camping, everyone sits around in lawn chairs or whatever else they can find for a seat, so I wanted a minimalist approach to the table settings and just have everyone sitting around laughing and telling stories.

We used rustic craft paper for the table coverings and let the kiddos have a grand time coloring.

For the table-scape, we used on hand camping gear like tackle boxes, cast iron pans, and wooden pallets from the local grocery store.  To fill it in, we went with a couple of pinecones and pine straw gathered locally.

The food is what really set the camping theme.  There are so many fun possibilities, here is what this 1st birthday menu looked like:

Hot Dogs
Trail Mix
Fishing Bait


And before our little campers hit the trail, they were treated to these simple little paper bags filled with the birthday boys favorite treats.

This birthday was not only a blast for the birthday boy, but for all of his guests.  It transformed us all into kids again, enjoying the great outdoors. 

To see more party ideas, check out the #party-life tab.  And if you are in need of a party-planner, please contact me today.