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Monday, June 25, 2012

Epic Mario Party!

Well kiddies, I am back! I took a long hiatus from blogging, but here I am and I come baring gifts! 

Today I will share Braeden's Mario Party, the biggest, most involved party I have ever thrown. Since this was Braedens first birthday in school, I decided I would invite his whole kindergarden class ( thats kind of the silent code, ya gotta invite the whole class) plus all my other mommy friends and family. It was a BIG party, but it was sooo worth it. 

Let's start off with the invite that I made. Braeden loved it and I got tons of compliments from the other moms in his class. 

To make this, I used photoshop and I got the Super Mario Clipart, from here , great site, has really high res clipart of ALL the Mario characters. So I just threw this all together and got them printed up at CVS for like $5, super cheap and great quality for a birthday invite!

Before we continue, I have to say, I am not very creative, I am not going to take credit for all the amazing ideas I got from Pinterest, without Pinterest this party would not have happened. 

Next were the party decorations!

 I saw these amazing tutorials for making Mario question mark boxes and knew immediately, I was going to make those and hang them from the trees outside. Then, my husband came up with the amazing idea of making those question mark boxes GOODIE BOXES! 
Such a great idea! 
(Now, that I look at the website where I got the idea from, I see that those were her goodie boxes too, shows how much I pay attention)

So while I was starting to get ready to make this great boxes, I decided that I was going to update them a bit. The original boxes are amazing, but they felt more old school, my 6 year old wouldn't get the whole pixilated look of the question mark and the simple flat look of the brick, I had to update it New Super Mario Brother style! I went back to the Mario Clip Art and got the updated question mark and searched the web for an updated brick picture. I also update the top of the box with new mario font. 

(at the end of the blog, I will provide a link for you to download all the materials) 

       What you need:
  • 4 x 4 plain brown gift boxes ( I found mine at Michael's for 79 cents)
  •  Paper Glue 
  • Paper to print on
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon or string
  • Q-tips

Now that you have all the materials, 
  • Print up as many pages you need.
  • Cut them out
  • Carefully glue them on the flat boxes, try to only put the glue around the edges of the paper, to prevents any mess, I learned this the hard way.
  • Glue the questions marks on the front and back of the box 
  • Glue the brick on the sides of the box
  • Glue the "game over" on the top.
  • Once all 6 sides have been covered (I even covered the bottoms with a question mark, since they were going to hanging from trees) let them sit and dry, laying flat on a table, not stacked on each other (duh, I also learned this the hard way)
  • Once completely dry, put them together into boxes.

Now time for the ribbon/string for hanging.
( If you have no intention of hanging the boxes you can skip this step)

  • Make a hole in the top of the box (use a sharp knife)
  • Break some Q-tips into pieces
  • Thread the string through the hole and tie it around a tiny Q-tip piece (this prevents it from slipping out or ripping the box while being hung in a tree)
VoilĂ !

Now onto the other decorations! In my backyard we have two lamp posts that have 3 big white ball on them, I knew I HAD to make these into boo's. I found a boo face online and printed it onto paper, cut out his eye and mouth, taped them to the lamp posts. If you don't have lamp posts and want some boo's around, get some white balloons, draw some badass boo faces and have them hanging or just chillin' on the ground. Easy.

Can't have mario without stars! got some super cheap stars from a party store, drew some eyes on them with sharpie, hung them from tree, BAM, awesome.

We also of course, had Mario table cloth, plates and cups, bought from BirthdayExpress


I knew I HAD to have games, I was expecting about 25 little kiddos, they needed something to do, other than play in a bounce house!

Goomba Stomp
(got the idea from here, which also has a lot of cool ideas for other mario games)

  • Get some "burgundy" balloons from a party store (apparently there is no such thing as a brown balloon) 
  • Put  1 or 2 chocolate coins into the balloon
  • Blow it up super big (so it's easy to pop)
  • Draw some awesome Goomba faces on the balloons
  • Throw em out into the yard and let the kids stomp

Throw Yoshi Eggs at Bowser!

Not gunna lie, this game was a pain in the butt to set up, but the kids had a lot of fun. 

  • Get as many eggs as you need, I had a bout 20 kids coming so I bought like 3 dozen eggs
  • Blow them out, yepp, all of them (if you don't know how, click the link)
  • Make sure they are dry
  • Paint little green yoshi spots on them
  • Fill them confetti or glitter
Its really time consuming, but all the kids loved throwing yoshi eggs at bowser.

Now for the bowser, I found a high res picture of Bowser (provided at the bottom of this blog) and I used a poster making program called PosteRazor (downloaded for free) and simply followed the step, printed out bowser on how many ever sheets it was, and taped him together. Perfect.

My eggs didnt break very easily because they were not completely dry before I put the glitter in (I do not recommend glitter, cause it can get so sticky and messy, use confetti) so it kind of glued the eggs together, but it was fun none the less.

Guess how many coins win a star!

Really simple, get a bunch of plastic gold coins, put them in a clear bowl, have paper and pen for the kids to guess, whoever gets the closest, wins a mylar star balloon.

Of course, ya gotta have a Pinata (bought from BirthdayExpress)

and a bounce house (rented from

Onto the Cake!

When I saw a mushroom cake on Pinterest, I knew that's what I had to do! But how was I going to do a mushroom cake? I am not talented in baking, at all. But as I looked at the pictures of the mushroom cakes, I realized....they look like giant cupcakes. My mom just happened to have one of the Giant Cupcake Cake molds! 

To get the mushroom effect, instead of a cupcake one, I turned the base upside down, so the smaller part was at the top. Worked like a charm! Then I made a bunch of Red Mushrooms and Yoshi cupcake! 

That's it! Woo, It was a  lot of work but it was so worth it! The party was so much fun and all the kids had a blast! Please visit all the links that I posted, I got the ideas from them and they also have a bunch of other great ideas! Below you'll find a bunch of stuff to download to make your own Epic Mario Party!

Click on all images to get full size, save to computer

Goodie Boxes:

Boo Face:

Bowser Picture:

Guess for Stars:

Mario Fonts:
Pipe Dream (Mario 64 style)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Under Construction!


Friday, August 19, 2011

Fancy meeting you here.

I am back. It's been awhile (4 months to be exact) and a lot has happened.

- Jack is potty trained

- Braeden has graduated Preschool (and starts kindergarden on the 7th)

- Logan has started talking

- I've gotten my drivers license 

- I have bangs

- I am 25 now

- aannd I am pregnant

no. just kidding.

actually this is the longest I've gone in SIX YEARS that i've gone without becoming pregnant

#thank god for my IUD

A lot of people have been asking about my blog and why I  haven't updated it, I don't really have an answer, I just kinda got lost for a bit. Didn't really have the urge to blog or do anything really. Maybe I was just stuck in a rut. But, I am back and feeling pretty good.

My father took Braeden and Jackie upstate to his house last sunday and I just have Logan here, which has been a very nice break for me and a chance for me to "refresh" myself.

While they've been gone, I've cleaned out their room, completely, got rid of 3 huge bags of toys and 3 huge bags of garbage, organized and rearranged it.

I've also cleaned up our backyard of all old toys and was able to clean up my room too.

Feels sooo good to have things REALLY clean and organized. I can't wait for the boys to see their room, it's been a disaster for awhile now, I think they are going to be very shocked to see it so clean.

the best part? They really can't mess it up too much because I got rid of SO MUCH and there is a place for everything now.

Logan has been a little angel and doesn't seem to miss his brothers too much, he very much enjoys having things all to himself!

The boys are having a blast, fishing, camping, going to carnivals, but I miss them sooo much.

They come home tomorrow, can't wait.

I got my Drivers License, and I have driven a couple times

by myself

with the kids

and I lived ... as did they.

Unfortunately I don't have a car right now, long story.

But it is what it is and I HAVE MY DRIVERS LICENSE, that's all that matters! WEEE!

Braeden is started KINDERGARDEN on the 7th!

AHHH. Freaks me out! I can't believe it. 930-330 everyday, Seems so loong!

But he's so excited & I think he'll do so great.

I do have some other big news but I am not ready to share it, soon, just not yet. It's not ready quite yet. But good things ahead, hopefully.

I've had people asking me to do another Vlog , but  I am not sure about it. If people really want me to, I will, but I think I might be better off writing.

Well, I am going to TRY and keep up with my blog now, with recipes and everything.

I also have a tumblr (just started it, not really sure about it yet) but Here it is.

Till next time

Monday, March 28, 2011

Wake up call!

Wow. Okay. So, I recently hosted a party for my sister...and she just recently posted pictures from it, and there is one picture that gave me a huge wake up call.

Wow. I had no idea I looked that big. That's crazy. It really was a wake up call that I NEED to lose weight before it gets worse! I have set a goal ... since me and brendan are going away from my 25th birthday ... I want to feel good about myself and how I look ... soo I am starting a diet plan and working out everyday! I have also started an account with, which is a great website and I totally recommend it. I am really serious this time ... I really was not aware of how bad I looked. This has to change. I will admit the past week or so have been EXTREMELY stressful and I've kinda been like "oh f*ck it" kinda eating, which is not helping. I think you know its pretty bad when you don't even want to put jeans on anymore because they make you look 5 months pregnant...

I am still measuring the same so I am not going to take pics this week, but I will next week. I don't have a scale either but I am sure I am not under 150 .. could def be over though :/ I'll def invest in a scale soon

Well here I go, naptime is in a half, shower, laundry all before the kids wake up! Iam ready to for into jeans again :)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Have we met?

Woo. It's been a while. I apologize. I don't know what's up but I've just had no urge to blog .. well I did ... but I was too lazy to do so. A lot has been going on in the mystical Pavich world.

Braeden got approved for his services! Which is awesome, awesome news! He's getting behavioral services, he's not autistic, doesn't have any speech or OT issues, it's just his behaviors, which is what we all suspected. Braeden's teachers were concerned that since he didn't have anything really serious that they would limit his services to only 2 hours .. which means he would only attend school for 2 hours, but thankfully the committee agreed that changing Braeden to 2 hours from his current 4 hours would not benefit him at all. He will also get bussing, which is awesome news also, they come right to the house pick him up and drop him off! The only "bad" thing about his services is that he will have to change classes. His current teacher has the maximum amount of IEP kids in her class so he need to be moved to another class, down the hall. But, he's already been meeting with that teacher and classmates and he seems to like them! I am very happy, I think that this will all really help him out and maybe next year he won't even need services!

I have also started DRIVING LESSONS [gasp]. I've done 2 lessons so far and it's  been going good! I am not as nervous or scared as I thought I would be! I drove on REAL roads, like busy roads, changed lanes, did rolling turns, all the junk and I did really good!! My instructor, Tony, is so so nice, he is actually the teacher for the driving instructors and usually does not deal with students, BUT he was the guy I talked to when I made my first appointment and I told him how I have 3 kids and don't drive and blah blah ... well come the day of my lessons the original driving instructor got sick and couldn't make it, so Tony came - he told me that he knew if the lessons got cancelled that I would never get my license ... which is pretty true lol I just signed up for 6 more lessons and for them to take me to my road test!! Super excited. I can not wait to take the kiddies out and not be stuck in the house all the time!! :)

I turn 25 a month from monday! 25! Brendan and I are TRYING to plan a trip to Universal Studios for the weekend of my birthday [ no kiddies ] - although it has come to my attention that is expensive as shit to go to anything related to Disney World. Hopefully we can find a deal that works for us soon ... cause we both REALLY need to get away and since I am not into the whole partying, clubs, drinking crap . ..going to Universal Studios and seeing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a great way to spend my 25th birthday.. yea I might be a dork, but I am okay with that.

My irish boys! 

Alright, well I've updated! Since I don't want to quit ... I will continue my 30 day challenge from here on.... think I can do it? hahah

Day 17: A picture of something that has made a huge impact of your life lately

Driving Lessons
So, I used to be TERRIFIED of driving, or even the thought of driving! BUT, after my last lesson, I drove .. for a hour .. in real traffic and I was fine, everything was fine! It really made a huge impact on me and made me realize, I can do it, I can get my license and be more independent, I don't have to be so scared! I am very excited to get my license! :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Been Awhile

Things have been a little crazy around here so I haven't really had to time, or urge to blog lately. I also haven't been working out. Boo. I worked out for about 7 days....and haven't since.

As I said in my last blog entry, Braeden has been going through some evaluations to see if he needs an IEP for some behavioral problems. They are finally all over, but not without tons of drama, of course. Little background information, we used to live in Huntington, so Braeden went to a Huntington Preschool. . . Well we moved to Commack ... and did not change his school or tell the district because it's a really great school for Braeden and we do not want him to leave it. Well, we needed to do some in home evaluations, so I had to give them our address, and of course one of the evaluators freaked out and started ranting about how I HAD to tell the district and bla bla bla. So I did, and I had to go immediately register him in Commack or the evaluations would be cancelled. Well now that he's registered in Commack, Huntington [of course] will not pay for him [he's in free preschool - paid for by the district] after February. Now if he gets an IEP he can still go to his preschool, no matter where he lives, since the majority of the school is for special needs children. BUT the district will not meet to discuss if he gets an IEP till the END of March and then even if he gets an IEP, the services do not start till APRIL. So we're kind of up in the air about what we're going to do for his school. The Commack's UPK is all filled up too . . . so the only real options are to pay for him to go to school [which is NOT cheap] or keep him home till the services start and basically do homeschooling. Both not good options. Braedens school has helped his behaviors SO much, he's literally like a different kid and I fear that if he is not in school [which he also LOVES to go to] that he will seriously regress. Drama Drama Drama. If only districts would think in what is best for the child and not what is "by the book". Hopefully it all works out and he can continue to go to school. I am really hoping he gets an IEP, I think it will help him so much, if the little things that the teacher has done helped him out so much, I can only imagine what getting actual services will do for him!

I've also been pretty consumed in school. Algebra is not my friend. Literally takes me two hours to do any of algebra work. I am just not good with numbers at all. The web design class is very cool though, right now it's just about html terms and stuff like that, but I think it's going to be a really good class for me.

Anyhow, that's why I have not been blogging, but things are starting to calm down and I am getting used to being in school again and hopefully I will be working out again. Honestly, just for working out for 7  days I did see a difference in my body. I just really need to commit to it. I've also decided to do this 30 day challenge blogger thingy, which will hopefully keep me blogging daily. So tomorrow I will be starting Day 1 :)

OOOh I also went back to blonde ... by myself! lol I used Clairol Born Blonde Maxi, it came okay, at first it was VERY orange in certain places, but it has seemed to cool down a bit, and it kind of a strawberry blonde now. I still have to buy another hair dye to put over it to tone it better, but I am giving my hair at least a week. Surprisingly, my hair is really shiny and soft too! I wouldn't recommend it though, I would much rather go to a salon and KNOW it's going to come out perfect. I did it because I knew that we wouldn't have the money for me to go to a salon anytime soon so I just did it, I figured if it looks horrible I could just dye it brown. Being as the Day 1 Challenge is a picture of yourself and 15 facts, I will take a picture of my new blonde hair tomorrow.

Well, since I finished my algebra this morning, I am going to go enjoy my OTH and Teen Mom 2! Till next time! :)

P.S. Who likes the new layout?? I needed something a little springy after all this horrible winter weather!

Monday, February 7, 2011


Alright, not going to lie.

I only worked out like twice since my last post. Booo.

But I did cut down on eating junk and drinking soda ... until yesterday. Boo again.

But now it's time.

I need to get back into shape, I need to get serious about it.

A good friend of mine and my husband, Billy Rom, (who is a personal trainer) sent me this great advice article that he wrote and I just have to share it because it's great advice for any mommy trying to lose weight.

Tips for Mommy Dieters

1) Nutrition is the most important aspect of ANY diet! It doesn’t have to be hard though, cut the snacks and mindless eating with the kids. Sometimes people eat without even knowing it – they go on auto pilot. So here is a tip: Take a picture of everything you eat. For bigger meals include your hand in the picture to get a portion reference. Doing this, forces you to think about what you are eating; and see if the portion is responsible.

2) You have to make time for exercise. Too many people just think – oh I will exercise, but never have a definite when. Make your exercise something that isn’t negotiable, it is planned. How can you do this when the kids are there? Involve them! Plan a “play time” with mommy that involves movement and fun with the kids. Here is another tip: Use your kids as weights! A small child may way 15 lbs, in playing with a child, lift them, pick them up, sit down and stand up with them. You don’t need a gym to get stronger – the tools are all around you (and in this case grew inside you!).

3) Make smaller goals. You may have a target weight, waist measurement, and diet you plan to follow, but looking at the final picture often seems insurmountable. Take your final goals and then work back and think of the small steps that are needed to take these big steps. This will make them little successes that promote good feelings. Start with cutting things out of your diet one at a time. Don’t drink soda for 3 days – check off a goal. Eat vegetables everyday for a week – check off a goal. These small goals will add up to a big change when they are all checked off.

4) Reward yourself but not with food! Too many people get on a diet and decide “Hey – I am going to do great for a week so that I can have that Chocolate Cake on Friday.” Now; food is becoming a reward system, and it no longer is seen for what it is, the stuff that keeps you alive! Instead of rewarding you with edible gifts – reward yourself with new things. Lose 5 lbs – get a new shirt, Lose 10 lbs – get a new pair of jeans. These goals give you rewards that you can see and use every day. Mentally – rewards that are more readily seen promote more consistent effort – unlike that cake that was gone in 2 minutes.

5) Take pictures and measure – disregard the scale. Due to water retention and menstrual cycles, women have various times where their weight can fluctuate significantly. This can cause you to fall off a diet when you weigh yourself. Additionally, when exercising you may gain muscle (which actually helps you burn more fat!) and see no weight reduction. Meanwhile you may have lost equal amounts of fat and caused a big visual difference. This progress will show up in your measurements first, your pictures second, and your scale last. Use them in that order.

These are a few tiny steps to help you get on your way to your goals. With anything in life effort is needed – nothing comes easy, but it can be simple. Hopefully you can follow these simple steps and get big results.

Bill Rom

So I think the way to really get me to work out is to show how I look now so I can follow up with pictures and show everyone that I can get back into shape. Also to share my weight [ugh]. Okay ::deep breath:: .... this is what I look like now . . .

ugh, not cute....I look 5 months pregnant. So there it is. Now I have to show everyone that I do not have to look like this, that I can be better. I can be healthy and happy with the way I look. 

I will follow up next week, after a full five days of working out. I will work out everyday. I will. I must. This is far too embarrassing.

In other news I have a bunch of recipes and other things to share but I have to get ready to bring brae to school [he's star of the week this week!] so I will post again tomorrow or later today!! Till then :)