Friday, March 21, 2014

Hair Accessories by Lulu and Junebug

Let's talk hair accessories!

Many of you know that I have a business called Lulu and Junebug (named after my daughters), but you may not know that I have been making bows for over 11 years!  What started as a hobby grew to a business that I love so much. 

Amazing modeled photos by my photographer friend Megan of Dempsey Media.

After I had a miscarriage, I stopped making bows for a little while.  We found out that the baby we miscarried was a little girl, and it became painful to me to know that my bows would never rest on her sweet little head.

However, once Carter started preschool, I found a whole new reason to make bows - all of his sweet little girlfriends needed hair accessories!  I have been busier than ever in the past few years since he has been at preschool.  I do the craft show at his school every year, and I love it so much!
I make lots of different things - headbands for babies and toddlers....

bows for older girls...

 Hair flowers (I sell a lot of these to the girls at the dance school my girls attend)...

...and lots of stuff in between!

I am currently working hard on getting items into my Etsy store (link in my sidebar).  For now, you can find me on facebook here:  Lulu and Junebug on Facebook

I look forward to hearing from some of you!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Ninja Turtle Party Favors

Two posts in two days - WOW!!!

In my previous post, I promised to share pictures of the party favors from Carter's TMNT party.  I was at the playground with my kids the other day and I heard moms complaining about party favors.  They were saying how much they hated dealing with them and they were such a waste of time and money.  I must be weird, but I LOVE party favors.  More specifically, I love planning them and picking them out for all of my kids' friends.  I think the favors are such a nice little touch because it takes so much time, money and effort for parents to bring their kids to a party.  I want my children to have giving hearts, and I think favors are a great way to make someone's day a little brighter.  So, I will always do some sort of favors, no matter what other moms may think =)

Anyway - since the Ninja Turtles LOVE pizza, I thought pizza boxes would be the perfect container to put our favors in.  My local Papa John's gave me the pizza boxes for free!  I did different favors for the boys and the girls.

The boys:

I purchased ninja weapons after Halloween from Wal Mart for $.49 a pair.  What a deal!  It pays to pick our your theme way in advance!  The rest of the favors included Ninja gummies (grocery store), gummy pizzas (ordered online), "mutant animals" (those little animal capsule things that you put in water and they grow - I bought mine at Michael's but they have them lots of places including my local grocery store), TMNT bracelets (Party City), TMNT tattoos and homemade "Mutagen Ooze."  My mom and Carter made this together using this recipe:

The girls:

The girls also got "ooze," gummies, mutant animals and pizzas - but they had necklaces from the Dollar Spot at Target as well as a turtle hair clip that I made.  Did you know that I have a hair bow business? =)

We had the pizza boxes displayed right when everyone walked in.  They were cute, cheap and easy!!!

If you missed my post with full party details, check it out here.  Thanks for looking!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Birthday Party - My Baby Turns FIVE!!!

Hi friends! 

It's been way too long since I've visited my blog - so I am just going to jump right in and share some pictures from Carter's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday party.  I have no idea how this little boy has just turned FIVE - but he did and we celebrated in true "AWESOME, DUDE" TMNT style!

We had the party at my favorite gymnastics place - I love it because they let me decorate but they do all of the entertaining of small children =)   Carter loves it, especially the trampoline!  Here are some pics of our setup.  Everything was easy and handmade by me as much as possible.

I made the backdrop using a cardboard three sided board from Hobby Lobby.  Carter requested the night time city skyline.  I am no artist, but he loved it!  The TMNT lantern faces were a Pinterest find.  Easy and so cute!

Fry containers purchased at Hobby Lobby were embellished with some table scatter that came with the centerpieces.  (We glued them on backwards - oops!)  We filled them with Cheez Its and pretzels - Carter's two favorite snacks.

Centerpieces were store bought and embellished a little bit to give them height.  I chose some coordinating scrapbook paper to go underneath.  Plastic tablecloths made for an easy cleanup.  I used silver plates to look like "sewer covers" - if you are not a boy mom, you are probably confused and horrified by that last statement - haha!!!!

 Pizza cookies (idea again came from Pinterest) were SO easy and fun to make.  I took store bought sugar cookies, added red frosting, and shaved white chocolate with a cheese grater to create the "cheese!"  M&Ms served as our pizza toppings.

My dad ordered this cool poster and had it mounted on foam board for me.  It was "totally awesome, dude!"  You can see our pizza box favors in this picture as well.

 Blurry pic of the birthday boy, jumping on his beloved trampoline =)

Adorable shirt from - it was very good quality and I highly recommend this seller!

Carter told me exactly how he wanted this cake.  We purchased the topper from our local grocery store bakery and had the cake made at another local bakery.

Ninja parents!  My shirt from - Tricia is AWESOME to work with and whipped this right up for me at the last minute.  It says, "Ninja Mom."

You know Carter is having a good time when he is this hot and sweaty =)

Carter with one of his sissies =)  I got zero pictures with his other siblings =(

Turtle Power!!!! (Masks from Wal Mart)

We had a great day celebrating our little (big) man!  Thanks for letting me share some of our day! Tomorrow I will share details of our party favors.  They were easy, cheap and a big hit with all of the little ninjas!
Edited to add:  I was SO flattered to receive an award from - it's called the "Best Birthday" award!  I am always so thankful when people look at my party posts =)

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