Friday, July 22, 2011

Who needs an excuse to Party??

Hello Readers! I was recently given the opportunity to review an AWESOME ebook of Hawaiian Luau Party Ideas.

Like anybody, I absolutely LOVE a good party. From the planning to the decorations to the food, it is all so much fun! Many of you know I recently moved. I had thought about having some sort of house warming party. Well, now that I've received this ebook, I actually wonder if having a Luau might be fun. Plus, Luaus are all the rage right now! I can't tell you the wealth of decorations I've found in simple places like the dollar store and Walmart. Of course, there is also a ton of available stuff at our local party store!

Before I get started here, let me tell you the most awesome part. This entire book of awesome luau ideas is FREE to anyone who signs upto the Python Printable Games Newsletter, which is also free! All you have to do is go to 
and enter in your name, email address and click subscribe.  I'm actually thinking of subscribing myself, because their website has tons of party ideas from camping parties, to birthday parties, and even a spot where you can check out all of their printable games!

Upon dowloading the book to my computer (as a pdf file) I couldn't help but first think that it would actually be fun to print out and have at hand and not have to be scrolling on the computer. It would also make it really easy to show off where you got all the fun ideas from. Unfortunately, our printer is not currently hooked up and I'm not sure I'm comfortable using that amount of ink anyway.

I liked several things about the book. I liked first that it included lots of color and real luau pictures. It catches your attention but also gives your eye a break from all the text. In fact the entire, "table of contents", is nothing but pictures.

The idea book includes several different types of invitations that would be appropriate for a luau. If I end up doing a luau party once we get moved in and all, I will probably print several pages of one type rather than using all the different versions.

I LOVED that the book came with decoration ideas from complete with clickable links!!!! This makes the OCD part of my brain very happy, lol. And if you're like me, you know that some of the decorations are totally able to be made yourself and the pictures will only serve as inspiration! ;)

The next few pages of the book are cake, costume, recipe and drink ideas. I love baking a good cake and this book totally has me craving Pineapple Upside Down Cake now.  Now, I know what you're thinking, costumes? But here's the awesome can definitely get away with just a simple lei and sunglasses at a luau if you don't want to go the grass skirt and coconut bra route! I also don't think any of us need an excuse to have a fruity drink :P

The last few pages of the book are a list of different games that can be downloaded at their site for a cost. Not to worry though, if you sign up for the newsletter and get the book, a coupon code for 10% off any game is also included, not to mention a FREE copy of their mad lib game.

All in all I think this would be a great resource for anyone planning a luau type party!  And heck if you can get the reader for free just by signing up for a newsletter, why not? I do think that if the reader was not free, I would not pay for it. That's totally me though, I'm a cheap skate and with the wealth of internet info available I doubt I'd pay for anything like that.

P.S. Stay tuned to the blog for another review AND give away, this time of a Luau Party games pack!!!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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Our Journey towards Making a Family

Long Version : Our Journey Blog Post
Go here to learn about how we got our start..and where we are now!

Short Version:
11-28-2008- Started Dating

2-14-2010- Got Engaged :)

4-3-2010- First Positive Test- Baby 1 due 12/10/10

5-1-2010- Miscarriage at 8wks2days

12-10-2010- Estimated Due Date for Baby 1

5-5-2011- Second Positive Test- Baby 2 due 1-12-12
5-7-2011- We are Married!! :)
5-14-2011- Miscarriage at 5wks2days

6-16-2011- Repeated Pregnancy Loss blood work
6-23-2011- HSG looks good!
6-23-2011- dx positive ANA- Anti Nuclear Antibodies

07-05-2011- Rheumatologist Appointment
7-11-2011- dx Low Vitamin D levels. Start Prescription Vitamin D and baby aspirin

09/2011- Officially No Longer Preventing

10/5/11-First cycle Actively Trying. AF shows up

11/21/11-Celiac Bloodwork Negative, Vit D still lower than normal, start another prescription. Continue prenatals with Vit. D as well

01-12-12-Estimated Due Date for Baby 2
01/12-Vit D in normal range, start over the counter Daily Calcium with Vit D supplement per Rhuematologist.

2/15/12-Appt with new Ob who is more proactive with Progesterone Testing-suspects progesterone issues.

2/15/12- 5/9/12-Stop trying and start new charting method (Creighton) to watch for hormone imbalance.