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HI!

I'm Kristin.  I am a wife, aspiring designer, Christian and for now a SAHM.  My husband and I are parents to two darling little boys named Dylan Archer and Kyler Jude.  I created this space to document my family's adventures and lessons I've learned along the way.  The Mom Jungle is a modern interpretation of both the family newsletter and scrapbook.  

DYLAN'S DONUT 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!

DYLAN'S DONUT 1ST BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!

Today was the day we celebrated Dylan's 1st birthday with our families.  I vividly remember his arrival like it was yesterday.  Where has the time gone?  Yet at the same time, it seems like he has always been a part of our family.  It's impossible to imagine life without him!

Dylan- you are such a blessing to our lives.  We love you little man.  Happy Birthday! xx

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BEHIND-THE-SCENES

I really have enjoyed the party-planning process for Dylan's birthday.  I think part of that stemmed from the fact that I didn't put too much pressure on myself to host a "Pinterest Perfect" party.  I decided on a mid-afternoon party consisting only of cake, presents and play with just our parents and siblings.  My primary reason for this was to not disrupt Dylan's schedule too much, which made for a much happier birthday boy!  Keeping it simple has allowed me to spend time coming up with a theme and DIY decor and not fuss with menus and vendors.  I did ask the Grandmas to help with the party food... is that weird?  I hope not lol!  I knew they would be more than happy to bring a little something and I'm happy to delegate hehe! ;)

The donut themed stemmed from this inflatable balloon I saw for $8 at Giant Tiger (similar one found here).

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I made this DIY donut streamer to really cement the theme.  I designed the donuts in Adobe InDesign and have made them available for FREE in .pdf format here!  For best results, print them off on card stock.

A donut party must have one thing: DONUTS!  For starters I made these donut hole "timbit" cake pops! I put them in decorated mason jars and set them on this delicate cake stand.  I am really happy with how it turned out.

Next:  la pièce de résistance! The GIANT donut cake! This was made by using a donut cake mold by BigTop.  It took a little fiddling (and a couple "practice cakes" that my husband's co-workers benefited from), but I used boxed cake and icing- it's so easy and quite the show stopper!

Finally, to make the donut cake look like birthday-ish, I made this DIY cake topper [using skewers, card stock, letter stickers, string  and pom-poms].

At the end of the day, it isn't about how grand or extravagant the party is.  What's important is celebrating with those you love.

A MEANTIME SEASON

A MEANTIME SEASON

BIRTHDAYS, BUTTERFLIES & A "BABYCCINO"

BIRTHDAYS, BUTTERFLIES & A "BABYCCINO"