Back To School DIY Pudding Bar

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Back To School DIY Pudding Bar | CatchMyParty.com

My daughter started school last week, and while it all went well, she was definitely a little blah this weekend. I think she was exhausted from the excitement. I've learned over the years that when there is a high, there is usually a low to follow.

So I was happy when Snack Pack® asked me to come up with a fun way to celebrate back to school. When Lainey saw me on Sunday, starting to set up this back to school DIY pudding bar, and she knew it was just for her, she pepped up and dove in to help.

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12 Inspiring Bridal Showers

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12 Inspiring Bridal Showers you must see if you are planning a bridal shower! We've included dessert tables, decor, and food ideas. | CatchMyParty.com

Bridal showers are some of my favorite parties to look at because they are always a celebration of love. What could be more hopeful and romantic... a party for someone embarking on that special life journey with a soul mate.

Yes, I'm a big weepy romantic. :)

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Hot Air Balloon 1st Birthday Party and More!

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My 4 favorite parties of the week include a hot air balloon 1st birthday, a patriotic army party, a mermaid birthday, and a science party! | CatchMyParty.com

Sundays are a time for me to reflect on the week -- think about where we've been and where we're going. That's why on Sundays, I love looking at all the parties added over the week. It helps me chart our path.

I see what the trends are (mermaid parties are on fire right now), think about how people are moving through their lives (height of back-to-school right now), and plan for what's coming (Halloween -- my favorite holiday!). The parties you add keeps me in rhythm. They help me be part of the flow of seasons, celebrations, and milestones, so thank you to everyone who adds parties to our site. I appreciate it on many levels.

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What Every Princess Needs

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I am so in love with these lace crowns! If you are looking for a beautiful detail to take your princess party to a whole new level, I recommend you try your hand at this princess lace crown DIY.

Your little guests can wear them at the party, then take them home at the end as a party favor.

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Chanel Bridal Shower and More!

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My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week include a Chanel bridal shower, a Sesame Street baby shower, a girl pirate party, and a vintage circus 1st birthday. Take a look! | CatchMyParty.com

Wooh, it's hot here. I'm chewing on ice cubes to cool myself down. But again, I can always make myself happier by looking at beautiful parties, so thank you everyone who's added their work and creativity to our site. It puts me in such a better headspace.

So this week... my favorite parties include a Chanel bridal shower with stunning black and white details and a great cake, an incredibly adorable Sesame Street baby shower, a very cool pink pirate princess party (girl power!), and an outdoor vintage circus first birthday party. I know you're going to enjoy them.

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My Easy Hack For Back-To-School Clothes Shopping

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Hack For Back-to-school Clothes Shopping | CatchMyParty.com

I know every family is different, but here's my advice from the trenches on how to make back-to-school clothes shopping both easy and fun for your family... Be the coach! Yep, that's my advice. Be the coach.

I watched a parenting video years ago, and the educator said that there comes a time when your role as parent changes: you go from being the "parent" to the "coach." At the time, I didn't know what he was talking about: I'll always be the parent I thought. But now as my daughter has reached the ripe old age of 8 and a half, I'm starting to understand, and our clothes shopping trip to Target turned out to be a great experiment. As a parent, there are certain things I need to make sure happen, one being that my daughter gets to bed at a reasonable hour with brushed teeth. Another is that at least a tiny bit of nutrition enters her body (this is actually hard with a very picky eater). I also need to make sure she is kind to herself and to others. But now we enter the grey area, the places where I could exert control and have it be my way, or I could back off. Through trial and error, I've found that the less I involve myself in her "business," the more successful I am. It's the push-pull thing. The less I push, the less she pulls. So this year, I said I was leaving clothes shopping up to her. My rule to myself was that if she asks me my opinion I'd give it, but otherwise, I would let her be the boss. She took the job very seriously. If you read my last post, you saw that she's no longer into rainbows, butterflies, or fairies. In fact, a new sophistication has emerged. Pink, purple, and sparkles are banished. Now it's

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