It’s the last official weekend of Summer and I’m hardcore celebrating. And by hardcore celebrating, I mean lighting my @raedunn fall scented candles, binge watching Netflix and going to bed before 10pm. 🙌🏻 Remember when our nights didn’t even start until 10pm? I would dance all night, get back home with just enough time to shower and change before heading out to work. AND I could work a full 8 hours without ever feeling the fact that I hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours... Now I’m unable to function if someone wakes me up 15 minutes early. Getting old is awesome. .
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I read something the other day on Facebook that said that the song that was number 1 on your 14th birthday, defines your life. I googled it, excited to find a message, a sign (I’m a sucker for that sort of thing). Instead, I found it was “Cream” by Prince. 😐 Cream? What does that mean? Ice cream? Coffee creamer? 
So I looked it up... and read the lyrics. "Cream" was meant to mean “cream of the crop”. There are lyrics like “everything you do is success” and my favorite part... “Do your dance
Why should you wait any longer?
Take a chance
It could only make you stronger”  Message received, Prince. Message received. 
What song was number one on your 14th birthday?
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This girl lost another tooth last week. I’ve been waiting for this toothless smile since she knocked her other one out last year. Unfortunately, it’s not going to last long because her adult tooth is already growing in 😭. (Zoom in to see) Yesterday I noticed both of her front-bottom teeth are peeking out behind her baby teeth too. Does anyone know how to slow down time. A button? A phone call? Maybe a time machine? My baby isn’t a baby anymore. Cue the tears. Have you celebrated any milestones with your kids recently?
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I don’t get bouquets of flowers for no reason…. But I do appreciate the flowers that grow by our mailbox, like this one. And it made me realize something this morning.  I’m over it. 
I’m over comparing my life to other people’s lives on social media.
My house might not be as fancy. 
My wardrobe is not as expensive. 
I don't apply makeup as well or even at all most days.
I don’t have beautiful, long flowing hair.
I don’t drive a car that’s worth bragging about. 
We don’t go on lavish trips around the world. 
I don’t carry loads of money in designer handbags. 
Does that make me less of a person? 
Does that make me less of an influencer? 
No. It makes me a regular 40-something Mom who has chosen to open up and share our lives on social media.  It makes me someone who has built this hobby of photography and writing into a business that has solely supported my family for a year and a half. 
I’m proud of that. 
I’m proud that I’m not a follower.
I’m proud that I have worked hard for what I’ve achieved.
I’m proud of influencers like me who are unapologetically themselves.  What are you proud of? .
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How to Create the Ultimate Kids Hot Dog Bar

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We partnered with Disney Book Group to celebrate the release of a brand new Pigeon book: The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems. Since Mo Willems is Falynn’s favorite author of all time, we had to throw a pigeon themed party, featuring Pigeon’s favorite, HOT DOGS!  And we couldn’t stop there. Falynn thought it would be fun to create the ultimate kids hot dog bar, with lots of unusual, but kid-friendly toppings.

Hot Dog Bar Topping Ideas

Relish
Bacon
Chili
Tomatoes
Lettuce
Pretzels
Potato Sticks
Cheese Puffs
Popcorn
Sunflower Seeds (in case Pigeon stopped by)
Cheese
Mustard
Ketchup
BBQ Sauce
Ranch Dressing

the ultimate kid-friendly hot dog bar

the ultimate kid-friendly hot dog bar

the ultimate kid-friendly hot dog bar

The possibilities are really endless. While there may be some toppings on our list that are a little out of the ordinary, those were actually the most popular. The key to success, is to ask your kids what type of toppings they think they might like. Then, of course, take out the non-edible ones, like Falynn’s request for confetti and glitter. Make sure there is a good mix of snack and healthy options. While you can’t guarantee they will choose the healthier options, at least they are given the choice.

Let your kids (and the adults) create their own hot dogs. You’ll be surprised at the combinations they’ll put together and they will find some new toppings that they never thought of putting on their hot dogs! Super Dad chose ketchup, mustard, bacon, relish, potato sticks, sunflower seeds and cheese. He said it was the best hot dog he’d ever had.

How to create the ultimate hot dog bar for kids. Perfect for any party. Guests of all ages will love it!

hot dog with lots of fun toppings

girl smiling and wearing a mo willems pigeon birthday hat and holding a hot dog

mo willems pigeon happy bird-day cups and paper straws

cups with blue juice and paper straws

smiling girl holding a mo willems pigeon bird day cup and wearing a pigeon bird-day hat

Our party featured what we like to call, “Pigeon juice” (though it was really just yummy blue punch). We also created little Pigeon-themed goodie boxes, filled with salt water taffy in blue, yellow and green. For dessert, we had cookies (another of Pigeon’s favorites) and some cake, topped with a BIRD-day candle. Did you know Pigeon turned 16 recently? Make sure to check out our tutorial on how to make a Pigeon mask!

Once everyone’s bellies were full, they sat down in the treehouse for story time, made extra cozy with our new plush Berkshire blankets. It was finally time to read The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems for the first time! The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! is recommended for ages 3-5, but was an instant hit (even with me). We love how silly Pigeon is. He never fails to make us laugh. He’s a lot like me, in a lot of ways. He over-analyzes things, freaks out and then when he finally gives in to the idea, he is so happy that he took a chance.

the pigeon has to go to school by mo willems and happy bird-day cups

girl smiling with her mo willems pigeon bird-day hat during story time

girl reading the pigeon has to go to school by mo willems

girl holding her mo willems pigeon blanket during story time

mo willems pigeon it's my bird-day candle holder on cupcakes

toffee spilling out of a mo willems pigeon favor box

About the Book:

The Pigeon is about to get SCHOOLED. Do YOU think he should go? Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn’t like it? What if the teacher doesn’t like him? What if he learns TOO MUCH!?! Ask not for whom the school bell rings; it rings for the Pigeon!

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! is now in stores. Pick yours up, make a Pigeon mask and have a hot dog party of your own! Just make sure to save one for Pigeon!

Looking for a party theme for your Mo Willems fan? Consider this Pigeon party idea thanks to Disney Book Group. #ReadMoWillems #sponsored

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  • Franck
    July 27, 2019

    I am a simple guy. If I had to create my own hot dog it would have chili and cheese. I also like the idea of giving kids many options to choose what they like.

  • It looks like she had a great time at her party! I love this idea for food. 🙂
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  • Marina
    July 20, 2019

    Such a nice party. Sure she had a great time x

  • Bella
    July 19, 2019

    Awww what a fun party!! this looks like she had fun time.

  • Maria Zinski
    July 19, 2019

    Wow, this looks like a fantastic party! I would have never though of some of the hot dog fixings, great idea!

  • Terri Steffes
    July 15, 2019

    First, I adore those pigeon books, they were so popular with my kindergarteners! I love all your decorations, especially the “birdday” cups.
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  • Ntensibe Edgar Michael
    July 15, 2019

    Nnnniiiccceeeeeee….if I was Falynn’s age, I would definitely be at the hot dog bar the whole entire time of the party and after! I mean….who doesn’t adore hot dogs?
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  • Ash
    July 14, 2019

    What a super fun idea!! My so would definitely love this at any cookout.

  • This is such a great idea! My nieces and nephews would adore this ;). Thanks for sharing!

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    July 14, 2019

    This is so cool! I really like the idea of a hotdog bar. If I would re-create this party idea for a kids’ party, I would probably stock up on bacon, cheese, ketchup and mustard. If it were for adult guests, I would probably have some pickled jalapeños.

  • Kristine Nicole Alessandra
    July 14, 2019

    Cool party idea. If I will re-create this party theme, I think I will need to have lots of cheese and bacon, ketchup and mustard, and other stuff would love. If it were teens and adults, I would throw in some pickled jalapeños!

  • Rachel
    July 13, 2019

    I think this sounds fun. My kids would waste most of the toppings but i would eat it up.
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  • Carolyn
    July 13, 2019

    A hot dog bar is an amazing idea. My son loves hotdogs! That book sounds so cute and I can’t wait until my kid is older so I can read it to him!
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  • Christa
    July 13, 2019

    What a fun idea! Including the kids in planning is such a great way to keep them engaged.

  • Christa
    July 13, 2019

    What a fun idea! Including the kids in planning is always a great way to keep them engaged.

  • Joanna Clute
    July 13, 2019

    Oh my lands, I’m in love with this idea!! My kids would definitely go head over heels for this!

  • Celebrate Woman Today
    July 13, 2019

    Love the hotdog bar and the hotdog fillings! So cool to have a creative mom responsible for an amazing Bird-day!

  • Eileen M Loya
    July 13, 2019

    My nephew will be celebrating his 9th birthday in August. A hotdog bar would be nice to have for his party! We’d just have to decide on a theme for the decorations. I can’t wait to suggest this to my sister.

  • Sherry
    July 13, 2019

    This is an awesome idea even for the adults. I am a fan of self-serve.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc
    July 13, 2019

    The hotdog bar is an awesome idea for any party! I am sure even teens and adults would find it cool! I know my sister would love to have a party like this for her daughter.

  • Ruth I
    July 13, 2019

    This is a nice way to have a celebration. A hotdog party with good beverages and friends is awesome. I love that book.

  • Catalina
    July 13, 2019

    What a fun idea for a kid party or a family dinner! I think everyone will love this!

  • Emily
    July 13, 2019

    I think hot dog bars are a great idea! I never would have thought to have sunflower seeds as a topping. Great idea!
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  • kita
    July 13, 2019

    I never thought about potato sticks that’s a great idea. My kids and I love hotdogs and we are always trying new things to on them

    • Heather
      July 13, 2019

      I’m ashamed to say I had never bought potato sticks for my girls (even though they were a favorite of mine as a kid). Now they keep asking me to buy them again. I’ve created potato skin monsters 😂

  • Kileen
    July 12, 2019

    This is so awesome mama, love this hot dog bar! Great idea, my kiddos would love this!

  • Audrey
    July 12, 2019

    This is a cute and fun-looking party! I know my daughter would love to put one on!

  • cait
    July 12, 2019

    this is awesome! i feel like my kids would love a party like this and all of the fun things that come with it like this amazing hot dog bar! YUM!

  • Tara Pittman
    July 12, 2019

    What a fun idea for a party. So many great toppings for a hot dog.

  • Liz Mays
    July 12, 2019

    Oh this is just too fun. A day outdoors like this sounds super nice and I love the idea of pairing it with some summer reading!

  • Marcos K.
    July 12, 2019

    Great read!
    for Kids ah? I’d be pushing them away “me first!”
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  • Ya
    July 12, 2019

    This is AWESOME!! She looked like she had so much fun! What a great way to turn a simple meal into fun!

  • Theresa
    July 12, 2019

    My daughter was obsessed with the Pigeon books when she was little. I bet she would have loved to incorporate the theme into a hot dog party too. Looks so fun!
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  • Emman Damian
    July 12, 2019

    Your Hot Dog Bar Topping Ideas looks so nice! I wish I can buy those materials soon. Great party idea for kids!
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  • Stacie
    July 12, 2019

    I LOVE this! There’s nothing kids love better than hotdogs. This is pure genius.
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  • Nicole Flower
    July 12, 2019

    This is so cute, love all the fun details! I was smiling reading this entire post. 🙂
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    • Heather
      July 12, 2019

      I’m so glad I could bring a smile to your face!

  • Melissa Chapman
    July 12, 2019

    That hot dog bar was made for kids in the summer. So many great toppings and who does not love hot dogs. Your kids make such great models and really show their enthusiasm for this.
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  • Amber Myers
    July 12, 2019

    I will have to do this! We do love our hot dogs, and I can see my kids being super excited. Plus the Mo Willems Pigeon book sounds awesome!

    • Heather
      July 12, 2019

      It’s fun! What toppings do you think your kids would love?

  • Heather
    July 12, 2019

    What a cute idea! We love the Pigeon books. I never would’ve thought of sunflower seeds as a topping. Yum!
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    • Heather
      July 12, 2019

      We put sunflower seeds on just about everything. It’s a great topping for salad too!

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