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VenturianTale Birthday Party! (Happy Birthday Aybra)

VenturianTale Birthday Party!

Can we just pretend for a moment that it is NOT May and I put this birthday post up months ago? Aybra’s actual birthday was in March. – For her birthday she requested a VenturianTale theme. For those who are not familiar, VenturianTale is a Youtube gaming channel and just so happens to be her favorite one.

VenturianTale Birthday Party Free Printables by Life as a Convert

VenturianTale is a pretty popular channel among kids her age, but like 99.9% of other Youtube channels it doesn’t have party decorations available. Bummer, right?

Nah! No problem!

I made Aybra’s decorations. Luckily for me their logo is pretty basic and the colors are common. (blue background, red triangle, yellow “V”).

I could not find an image of their logo that was suitable for my needs, so I made my own copycat version of their logo. This was the foundation for all other decorations.

VenturianTale Birthday Party Free Printables by Life as a Convert(Download)

I used various sizes of this image on top of a blue table cloth as confetti. I made and printed everything last minute, so I didn’t have time to do this, but wanted to add some of them to red cups.

The menu was surprisingly difficult to figure out. VenturianTale is composed of 4 different kids (Jordan, Isaac, Ciera, and Bethany). Their last name is Frye. I knew that we would be having “French Fryes” but I couldn’t decide what else to make with it. I ended up making quite a few different food labels to choose from.

Like other birthdays, I tried to incorporate the theme into the food. I used their names and things unique to their channel to create labels for the food. I served hamburgers, hot dogs, and some sides. Hardly any of the party guests recognized the references, but Aybra was happy with her VenturianTale Birthday and that is all that matters.

VenturianTale Birthday Party Food Menu Printables

Her grandpa made her cake and I did my best to decorate it. It definitely tasted better than it looked! I also made her birthday banner (link to download at the bottom of this post) but probably could have printed it out at 50% of its original size and/or figured out a way to get two images on one page. It ended up being quite large, but still fine. I saved it to re-use for Losh’s party coming up soon.

Aybra only asked for Five Nights at Freddy’s plushies. From the time I put them on my Amazon wish list to the time I ordered, the price went up significantly, so she ended up getting only one from me (Foxy). My sister bought her Freddy and she has been carrying one with her all the time. She got plenty of other presents and didn’t seem to mind that she had to wait for the rest of the collection. I think this VenturianTale Birthday party scored right on par with her puppy birthday party from last year.

Aybra's 8th Birthday Party - VenturianTale Birthday Party

I did take quite a few pictures, but apparently not of the other decorations or food! This happened to be a large party compared to our normal parties, and I was quite distracted. (I usually try to get pictures before the guests arrive, but the food was being grilled and wasn’t ready until after many people were there)

Prepare for cliche….

“I can’t believe she is 8 years old”. It really does seem like just a moment ago she was a tiny baby in the NICU, and now here she is half-way grown! I’m so blessed to have her in my life. She has never been a girly girl, but with the age 8 came a slight change in her. She has a sudden interest in some girly things and I couldn’t be happier! Losh’s party is coming up next and he is still undecided, but leaning towards Batman for a theme.  Guess I better prepare for that!

Do you have any cute Batman party ideas? 

Do your kids watch VenturianTale?

Downloads:

Birthday Banner:

Blue and Yellow Printable Birthday Banner

Food/Menu Labels, Blank label, Small logo, etc:

Food/Menu Labels and other Party Printables

Copycat Logo:

Copycat Logo

Kaia’s MONEY Themed Birthday Party

KAIA’S MONEY THEMED BIRTHDAY PARTY

My kids usually start discussing and deciding themes months in advance of their birthdays. Kaia is different.. He tosses out ideas, but never really settles on one. He told me many times that he wanted a money party, where everybody brought him money instead of presents. So, when it came closer to his birthday and he was still undecided on a theme, I went with the Money Themed Birthday Party Idea. I gotta say, I think it is as great as Losh’s Christmas Birthday Party.

Money Themed Birthday Party blog

I planned on giving him $100 for his birthday, so I had the bank give me $1 bills and I made a money tree. Using some branches from one of our overgrown bushes, I stapled the money on the leaves. I wasn’t sure how it would hold up, but it actually held up great. I tried getting some pictures of it outside, but the humidity kept fogging my camera lens up! I put the branches into a vase and it became the main decoration for this money themed birthday party.

Money Themed Birthday Party 2

To go along with the money tree, I used dollar bills as decorations. I even found a website that let me put his face onto a dollar bill. I printed those out and scattered them across the table too. In the picture with the cake, you can barely see that I also printed and cut out dollar sign decorations. These were just simple black and white circles with dollar signs on them. If you want to do a money themed birthday party, I am sure you could find some simple dollar sign images on google image.

Money Themed Birthday Party Decorations

On the way to pick up a cake from the bakery, he decided that he wanted us to just make it instead. He wanted chocolate cake with chocolate icing and chocolate sprinkles. Grandpa was in charge of making it because he makes the best cakes – Seriously, I suck at cakes.

Money Themed Birthday Party Cake

11 big ones!

Money Themed Birthday Party Candles

He asked me about a million times if he could keep all of the money decorations. He was pretty excited when he found out that indeed he could and that it was his present. My mom and grandma knew about the theme ahead of time, so they even scattered their money to him across the table. He really wants to buy games with it, but I am insisting that he saves up for a better computer first.

And what is a party, without some photo booth fun?

Photo Booth Fun at Money Birthday Party

 

I know parents always say this, but I can’t believe he is growing up so fast. Before I know it, he will be driving!

What is the most unique birthday party theme you have ever heard? 

If you could have any party theme, what would it be?

30 before 30 – Final Check-In

30 Before 30

A few months after my birthday last year I created a 30 Before 30 list. This was a list of things that I wanted to do/accomplish before I turned 30. Some of these things were to help others, some were just completely selfish, and others were geared towards the blog. I just celebrated my 30th Birthday so I am here for a final check-in to see how I did. (Spoiler: terrible)

30before30.jpg

1. Take a trip somewhere out of Arkansas
Starting off on a bad note here. I did not accomplish this one. Some things came up and I ended up not having the funds to complete this one.

2. Kayak!
I wish I could say this one was done, but not yet… I found a local shop that will rent out Kayaks and one day I plan on going with Kaia to a little river and spending the day learning how to Kayak.

3. Grow my followers (Youtube, facebook, instagram, blog, etc)
Done! I have grown my followers about 500% over the last year. I am nowhere near where I want to be, but I believe in quality versus quantity.

4. Run an official 1/2 Marathon
Womp. Womp.. Didn’t do this. See #18.

5. Perfect winged eyeliner
I decided that winged eyeliner isn’t me, but I am pretty darn good at applying eyeliner to my top now, whereas I used to (and still mostly) only wear it on the bottom.

6. 30 Good Deeds
Done! Out of all of the things I wanted to do, I am the most glad I finished this one. Deeds ranged from paying for the next person in line, to pumping gas for people and giving large tips to waitresses. Of course this an ongoing one.

7. See a show
Nope! Didn’t do it.  No reason why not.. just didn’t happen :)

8. Memphis Zoo
This one was actually planned before my birthday, but never actually happened. It’s still in the works.

9. Run a 5K with Losh
Done! It was so much harder than I thought it would be as our stroller had 3 out of 3 flat tires! Despite being tough, it was fun and I want to do many more.

 

Ready….set….go…. #running #runchat #wheelchairrunning #orstrollerwhatever

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10. See an Arkansas waterfall

Not yet..

11. Find a boyfriend?
Done! There was just something about going into my 30’s and still being single that was kinda depressing. While I didn’t go out looking for a boyfriend, one happened to fall perfectly into place in my life.

12. Get a pedicure (seriously, I’ve never had an official one)
In my defense, I did try to do this twice, but each time the salons were closed! 

13. Learn to French braid / cornrow
A month or so after making this list I ended up putting Aybra’s hair into dreadlocks and this became irrelevant (kinda). Once she gets older, if she decides she doesn’t want her hair in dreads anymore, I will take them out (hopefully without having to cut them out) and then have another go at this goal.

14. Increase my emergency savings fund!
Done! I still don’t have as much as I would like, but I am making progress. Baby steps, right?

15. Learn more about photography
I am on track with this one. I’ve been learning a lot about my camera and how to take better pictures with it. I think I want to expand this to say “Learn how to edit” also. I have a lot of pictures that just look boring to me, but know they could be amped up with some editing.

16. Pinnacle Mountain!
No. This is said to be a somewhat steep and rocky trail to the top of the mountain. I have to either go without Losh, or find a backpack to carry him in, and neither of those have happened yet. I’m debating if I want to just take him and carry him in my arms as far as I can, or see if my sister will watch him while I go. I just really hate doing things where he has to be left behind. Then again, I don’t want to put him, or myself, into a dangerous situation.

17. Attend a blogger event
Done! I’ve attended a few. Had a blast. Can’t wait to go to more. 

18. Regain fitness
Major fail here. I started taking some birth control to help with my Endometriosis and one of the side effects was weight gain. I’m talking massive weight gain here! I quit taking it, for that and other reasons. Though, I have slowly been losing weight the past few months, it has been hard (I also have PCOS and it is hard to lose weight, tho I can “maintain” a weight fine..) It isn’t as quick as I like, but I’d like to lose a few more pounds before jumping back into running. It’s just so depressing to not be able to run as fast as I used to!

19. Volunteer at soup kitchen
Not done.

20. Volunteer at animal shelter
Done! This is one of the most fun things to do as volunteer work. Being able to walk the dogs and play with them is a blast. Highly recommend volunteering at your local animal shelter. 

21. FREE HUGS!!
I’m still trying to talk my kids into this one. I want to hold up a FREE HUGS!! sign, but there isn’t really an area around here to do that as people don’t really walk around in our area. I need to travel out of town to do that, which isn’t really a problem, but has been conflicting with schedules. 

22. Start/Keep a Bible Study Journal
Done! I am slightly behind on it, but I have started one, and kept up pretty well with it. I am the kind of person that enjoys checking things off of a list and I created my new planner worksheets to include a little “scripture book” that I can color in when I have read my scriptures for the day, so that is motivation to read and study.

 

  I started a new journal when I began reading with my new chart. ❤ 📖   A photo posted by Life As A Convert (@lifeasaconvert) on


23. Read classic novels

I did not touch a single one. However, I did read a LOT more than normal for FUN and I still have a little pile of books on my night stand waiting to be read.

24. Record a prank video
Done! I’ve recorded little pranks throughout the vlog, but haven’t recorded a video that only contains a prank.

25. Write a poem for the blog
Done! I was surprised I actually did this one.

26. Create a Painting for the house
Nope. I had it in my head that I would go to one of those painting classes where you hang out with your friends and everybody paints a picture, but one, I have no friends that can go, and two, I have nobody to watch my kids.  I did receive a nice canvas quote from my secret sister and that has been added to my house.

27. Memorize 30 scriptures
Done!

28. Geocache!
This is in the works! I’ve gotten some information and we will be heading out on our first cache hunt soon. We will be incorporating these into our school year.

29. Re-brand the Blog (custom header/buttons/etc)
Semi-done. I do not have new buttons/heads/etc, but I did re-brand and figure out my niche across social media.

30. Visit Egwa!
This one changed over the year. It is no longer relevant.

As I finish writing this post, I am thinking that perhaps I should do a “After the Final” check in once I have completed every single thing on this list. Just because I am now 30 doesn’t mean that I suddenly changed my mind on completing these.. It just might take a while longer. I may just have to challenge myself to see if I can finish up this list while I am still 30.

Have you done anything on this list? or.. What is one thing you would like to do before your next birthday? 

Happy Christmas Birthday Party Losh!

Happy Christmas Birthday Party Losh!!

Turning 10 is a pretty big deal, right? This little guy just hit that milestone:

Christmas Birthday Party for Losh 7

To celebrate, Losh asked for another Christmas Birthday Party. (He had one when he turned 8 too) We chose a slightly easier food route this time and I am glad we did. We woke up to the power being out and it was out for a few hours. I can’t imagine the stress I would have felt trying to prepare Christmas Dinner with no power!

Losh chose the menu: grilled chicken, green beans, baked beans, mashed potatoes, and banana pudding

This handsome guy manned the grill:

Christmas Birthday Party for Losh

The cake was provided by a dear friend. Kaia said it was too pretty to eat. Everybody loved the chicken and the cake.

Christmas Birthday Party for Losh 2

A little backstory… Losh likes to talk on the phone to his grandpa. His grandpa pretends to be Santa Claus, Santa’s helper, Mickey Mouse, Goofy, etc.. One of Losh’s favorite people to talk to is Little Timmy Elf. This elf happens to be Santa’s number one helper. Losh is convinced that he is really talking to an Elf on the phone, and he even writes him letters. Since the ladies at the post office respond to these letters personally, he actually believes this elf is real. We have tried telling him that Santa Claus and this elf really do not exist, but he doesn’t believe us. He is very smart, but he is also very childlike in his beliefs.

His grandpa just so happened to tell Losh that Little Timmy Elf shared the same birthday as him. Losh insisted on inviting this elf to his birthday party and I kinda freaked out wondering how I was going to get an elf to the party…. I put out a couple calls on Facebook and my dear friend who made the cake just so happened to have a friend with an Elf costume. Losh was elated! He quickly became BFFs with Little Timmy Elf.

Christmas Birthday Party for Losh 3

He played with the elf, opened presents with the elf, ate with the elf, and did everything he could with the elf, after all Little Timmy Elf had to get back to Santa’s workshop. At the end of the party, we tried telling him that the Elf wasn’t really real, but again, he wouldn’t believe it.

Christmas Birthday Party for Losh 5

For his Christmas birthday party, he didn’t ask for much. He asked for a paper shredder (for his make believe doctor office), a trampoline, and a bow and arrow. He got everything he asked for… and then some:

Christmas Birthday Party for Losh 6

Seeing him ride around on the 4 wheeler and “jump” on the trampoline is a blast. I think I get more excited to celebrate with them than they do. And I gotta say, I can’t believe I am now mother to TWO ten year olds.

Have you ever invited characters to your children’s birthday?
Losh is actually the only child of mine who has ever had characters. He had Santa, Mickey Mouse, and now the Elf.