Green play-dough here, a birthday cake there, and a way to help out


My girlfriends and I like birthday surprises – even when we’re openly marching through a clubhouse playroom with a plate of cupcakes and candles during our St. Patrick’s Day playdate!  Our good friend Kelly’s 29th birthday was the other week, so we organized her little party in tandem with our Patty kids party and combined two fun events into one.


The kids got into the cupcakes right away…good thing we had multiple boxes!


…and another good thing: Kelly made the most fabulous shamrock pretzels for all of the kids!  You’ll have to read further down to see what Libby did with hers…


Happy birthday, Kel!  (blowing out candles with the help of her two handsome sons)


Gift time!


Okay, I’d mentioned that Libby had some creative ways to eat her pretzels or rather “clean up” the beautiful plating that Kelly did.  Little icing dots around the side?  Quickly extinct thanks to my hungry-asaurus.


At least all of our youngest ones seem to share a love of food.  “Why can’t they just let us be, right bud?”

P.S. Kelly’s cousin Kathy was injured a few months ago in a traumatic accident that left her paralyzed all while being pregnant and caring for her two other children.  Kelly has compiled a fantastic cookbook to benefit Kathy, a nurse who wasn’t far enough in her new job to have full insurance benefits.  If you’re interested in purchasing a copy, send an email to and I can put you in contact with Kelly.  Thanks!