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Under the Sea Party Ideas

Our sweet little lady turned 4 at the end of October and we celebrated with an Under The Sea Birthday party with a few friends and family. I had all intentions of ordering a cake and a pizza and calling it a day. But the closer it got, my party mode kicked in and ideas of under the sea party fun had to be done. I still kept it pretty simple with premixed cake and we did order that pizza. I did have fun with it though and turned some simple ideas into fun and fitting under the sea decor.

Pinterest is full of super cute ideas for an Under the Sea theme. I started there by pinning my favorite ideas then I came up with a few other ideas to bring it all together.

Teal and green backdrop: I attached a string to a few tacks on the wall and hung pieces of crepe paper across to make a seaweed look.
Banner: I had the cute striped teal banner left over from a baby shower that I hung up and added “Happy 4th!” out of letters printed from my HP Envy.  


The cake was a regular white cake mix recipe with green jello added for a little color. I found a similar recipe here and changed it up just a bit. I used green jello with a few dots of blue food coloring to make some of it look teal. I didn’t get an inside shot of the cake but it was layered with white and teal cake. I kind of killed the frosting and had to do it twice. I have learned that cake decorating is not my strongpoint. The cupcakes did turn out pretty cute. But then again I just added super cute octopus gummies to the top. The kids just loved these.

Clam Shell Pearl Cookies
Instead of using shell cookies, I picked up some nilla wafers and little pearl chocolates to create these adorable cookies. These were so inexpensive to make and just turned out so cute. Just add a dollop of icing to one cookie, top with a pearl and push the top cookie into the icing a bit so it sticks.  

Some of the cupcakes had the little sharks on top. I added these sharks and some swedish fish to blue jello for the ocean treats.


My kiddo requested a gallon of pop for her birthday drink. This is from a little raccoon book that we read. I mixed up some soda water with an orange soda and she thought it was so cool. The little containers have pink goldfish for the little kids. 

I loved creating the graphics for her party. I did reuse some of the designs I had done for a friends’ baby shower which was nice. Download this fun welcome sign for your next Mermaid and Pirate themed party!

One of the best parts about attending a kids birthday is the goodie bag. I always remembered that part from going to friends birthday parties as a kid. It could be the simplest thing but it would always remind me of the fun that was had at the party.

Under the Sea Goodie Bags
I designed this fun “Under The Sea” goodie bag printable and wanted to fill the bags with a few under the sea goodies. I picked up the bathtub finger paint from the Big Lots for $1 each and a bag of shells from the dollar store. I got the rest at Target in the party section and added the little containers of gold fish. These were a bit hit with the kiddos.  

I’ve been using my new HP Envy printer for all my printing needs lately and I have been very happy with the quality. I printed these on matte photo paper and they turned out great.

Under the Sea Craft Table
The kiddos loved playing with the sea life shapes and the fun seashell stamps.

I made a number “4” out of HP Social Media Snapshots photo paper. This is so not a sponsored post but I recently attended an event with HP and they introduced me to some really fun new products. I really love the little sticky photo paper. I found photos that I had shared to instagram, opened the photos in HP Snapshots app and then printed them directly from my phone to the printer. How awesome is that? (P.S. HP Social Media Snapshots photo paper is BOGO with this link through 11/30.)

The kiddos finished up the day with an Under the Sea Shell Search. I poured a couple colored bags of mini rocks in a tub with seashells. This is super simple, cute and fun for the little ones. 

What’s your next party theme? I’m sure ill have some sort of holiday party soon.
Enjoy, Bri

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Backyard Glamping + Woodland Theme Party

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #FallGlamping #Glamping #CollectiveBias

For all of you who do not like camping, there is no way you will not LOVE Glamping. What is Glamping you ask? It is basically luxurious or glamorous camping. I have been camping since I was a little kid. I started out camping in a tent or the back of a truck and have slowly graduated into what people are now calling glamping. You will probably never catch me camping in a tent again. Why would I want to do that when I could have a bed and all the nicer luxuries of being at home but on-the-go? I put together a really fun woodland themed party with a delicious meal and dessert that you can easily throw together at your next glamping adventure.

Glamping + Party Tips

I gathered up everything I needed for our woodland theme party at Walmart. I wanted a fun menu that was just a little bit different than regular camping food. I still got the s’mores but this time I’m using peanut butter cups for the chocolate. Yum! You can find other fun s’more recipe ideas here >. As for the dinner I picked up a couple Freschetta pizzas and made a delicious fresh salad. I can’t believe Mark has been making his own salad dressing. I know it really isn’t that hard but MY husband makes his own salad dressing. How crazy is that?! This man hardly even ever ate salad until a few months ago. Now he finds it very refreshing to eat during lunch on work days. I’m going to share his super simple and delicious recipe with you below.

Glamping + Party Tips

Before we get into all the tasty food, let’s talk about this fun set up! If you want to take your regular camping adventures up a notch and start glamping, here are my suggestions:

1. Get Comfy – Bring items from home or pick a few items up from Walmart, like I did. I picked up a couple nice indoor rugs, a camping table, a fabric tablecloth and vases.
2. Be One with Nature – Decorate your table and the outside of your rug with plants. This really helps bring everything together.
3. Liven it up! – Bring on the party fun! Pick a theme and bring along a few items to tie your ideas together. I wanted to do something with a fall theme so I picked a woodland theme for this party. I grabbed cute little owl towels, a fox and owl plate, saucers and that adorable Love banner.

We just happen to have our old school motorhome set up in the backyard so we did our glamping there. You can always use these glamping tips if you are tent camping, chillin for the day by the beach or wherever your situation takes you.

Glamping + Party Tips

Here’s a peak inside the motorhome. Mark redid the entire interior right after we got it. It feels so much more modern and open since he did the upgrades. He painted all the old wood paneling white with little bits of blue which really made the inside feel bigger. He replaced the carpet with dark grey wood and removed some of the old curtains. It really made this “Camper Van” fun to be in.

Glamping + Party Tips

For our dinner, I grilled up a couple Freschetta pizzas on the BBQ. Yes, you can grill frozen pizza on the BBQ. How awesome is that? Here are a few tips for grilling your pizzas:

  • For safety and quality, cook pizza to an internal temperature of 160ºF
  • Keep pizza frozen prior to grilling
  • Preheat grill on high for about 5 minutes
  • Remove pizza from carton, clear film and cardboard
  • Place pizza on a double layered aluminum foil in the middle of the grill
  • Turn grill to low and cook for 10 to 14 minutes.
  • Let pizza stand 2 minutes before serving.
  • Pizza is done when cheese is melted and crust bottom is golden brown

Glamping + Party Tips

Mark’s Salad Dressing Recipe:
2 Parts balsamic vinegar
1 Part Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Dried and ground Rosemary, Garlic & Oregano

He makes this dressing on Sunday and uses it for the week. I added his tasty salad dressing to a very simple arugula, spinach, tomato and parmesan salad. It is the perfect blend.

mushrooms and sticks

I made a few “sticks” out of candy bars and just stacked them up. I also made “mushrooms” out of cut up apple and marshmallows. Just stick a toothpick in between and it looks like cute little mushrooms. I also picked up these chalkboard signs to help show off the fun treats.

Glamping + Party Tips

Glamping + Party Tips

For our dessert, I put together some S’mores party favors. These are so fun because you can prepare little baggies of treats ahead of time. I love this because even if your friends don’t want to eat the s’mores after dinner, they can just grab a bag to go.

Peanut Butter Cup S’mores
Honey Maid Crackers
Peanut Butter Cups

I made these super fun little “Enjoy S’More Fun” printables to attach to the bag. Download the printable > These are my new favorite type of party favor. It is so easy just to put your little gift in a sandwich bag and top it with a bag cover. I used my new HP Envy printer to print out the bag tags.

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Oooey, Gooey and delicious!

Glamping + Party Tips

I hope you enjoyed these Glamping and woodland themed party tips. I can’t wait to see your glamping adventures! Tag @BriGeeski and #Glamping so we can all view along. Happy Glamping!



Keeping the Kids Clean On-The-Go

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If you have little ones, you must know how messy they get, like on the regular. I can’t stand having goop on my kiddos faces or hands when I take them out and about. After having two little ones and trying out all different types of products, I now know which products work best. My favorite wipes are the Huggies Natural Care. The Huggies Clutch ‘n Clean Wipes just happen to have my favorite Natural Care wipes inside. I bring mine with me everywhere I go and even keep one on my kitchen table. I wanted to share this one product with you to make your life on-the-go just a little bit easier too.

We recently started solids with the little man and he is LOVING everything! I got out my old baby bullet blender and have been making as much baby food as I can, but seriously it is getting hard to keep up with him! He sure loves his food and he also loves to make a big mess.

I’ve been using my Huggies Clutch ‘n Clean Wipes to clean up his sweet little face after every meal. It is so handy to have the wipes in a little clutch so I can grab and go at anytime. Our little lady is also super helpful at cleaning up the little man’s face and hands. She loves to be my little helper and always wants to be by her brother.

They sell the Huggies Clutch ‘n Clean Wipes at CVS in the Baby Care aisle. I have always loved the Huggies wipes because they are thick, hypoallergenic and fragrance free. View the social hub >

The Huggies Clutch ‘n Clean Wipes are awesome for on-the-go adventures during the holidays too. We often travel from house to house while visiting family and friends and the Clutch makes it easy to have my essentials ready to go. I sometimes even stick a diaper behind the wipes so I don’t have to bring in my diaper bag all the time.

Do you use Huggies Clutch ‘n Clean Wipes?

This is a sponsored post with Huggies. All opinions are my own.


Photoshop Tips for High Quality Photos

I absolutely love using my iPhone to take photos but the brightness is not always as high as I would like it to be. I have been using photoshop for years to help make my photos pop and look more like high quality photos. I have found a few tools to be essential in creating higher quality images. Best Buy offered me a year of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop program so I could share these fun tips with you. See below for 3 easy steps to high quality photos using Photoshop.

Photoshop tips for high quality photos with 3 easy steps

Last week I took the kiddos to the Birch Aquarium and snapped a few photos along the way. I love how the jellyfish image goes together so well with the views of La Jolla. The images on the top left were taken with my iPhone 6 with no adjustments. After using these 3 photoshop tools I created the images on the top right:

1. Brightness / Contrast: This tool is located in the layers palate and can be adjusted up or down. I always bring up the brightness to be between 50-70. If your image is already really bright you will not need to do this. I typically bring up the contrast to about half of what I have brightened it to.
2. Vibrance: Now I am no photoshop expert but I don’t remember this tool in my old CS3 version of Photoshop. I am loving this Vibrance feature. It is also located in the layers palate and can just be adjusted up to your liking. It is combined with the Saturation tool so you can adjust it to however you’d like.
3. Filter > Sharpen: This one is very easy. Just go to the top menu: Filter > Sharpen > Sharpen. Done. This brings out the crispness in the image.

Blur Tool: I also often use the blur tool as I did in the very bottom image. I did not want the bushes to be a focal point so I used the blur tool to minimize their impact on the image. There you have it! Easy, peasy :)

Like what you see? The Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan is a 1-year subscription (encompassing Photoshop Creative Cloud and Lightroom Creative Cloud) used for photo editing and convenience with multi-screen capabilities. I love these programs because they are perfect for everyday edits as well as helpful for the more advanced photographers.

Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop & Lightroom

I was compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions are my own. I have been an avid user of photoshop for years. 


Made Market San Diego Craft Fair on 11/14

Made Market’s semi-annual craft fair will be held on Saturday November 14th from 8AM-4PM at Existence Church in San Diego. Made Market includes 37 of San Diego’s best craft vendors and prides itself on giving back to the community. Support goes to MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers), which is an amazing community of women enriching each other during the journey of motherhood. A friend of mine operates Made Market and I am happy to help her spread the word about this fun event!

Photo Credit: Chrissy W. Photography

Photo Credit: Chrissy W. Photography

The first 100 shoppers to support the local talent will receive swag bags. There will be raffle prizes every 20 minutes, make and take ornaments, a holiday photo booth and giftwrap available.

Photo Credit: Chrissy W. Photography

Photo Credit: Chrissy W. Photography

Made Market

When: Saturday November 14th from 8AM-4PM
Where: Existence Church, 7686 Miramar Road, San Diego, CA 92126
Cost: $2 Entry Fee, Free Parking
Website: http://www.mademarketsd.com
Contact information:
Sarah Baumgart or Kim Hotsenpiller

Vendors include:

  • Mina loves bows– children leather & fabric hair accessories
  • Cage and lantern– leather goods for adults and children
  • Everly b– children and adult clothing
  • Hi Olive juice, Sweet meems, & Jelly bird signs– handmade wooden signs (home goods)
  • Lucy mint– jewelry
  • Polka dot whimsy– scrapbook designs 
Photo Credit: Chrissy W. Photography

Photo Credit: Chrissy W. Photography

Oh my gosh! Look at that adorable Cali Babe onesie! I need to have it! I’m looking forward to finding one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends for the holidays, while supporting awesome local businesses. I hope to see you there!


31 Goals Check In

Back in August when I turned 31, I wrote a post that had 31 Goals for my 31st Year. Now that it has been a couple months I wanted to check in with my goals and see what I have accomplished and what I need to spend a little more time on.

31 Goals Check In

I am a firm believer in putting things out there in order to make them happen. We can’t just have a dream and not do anything about it. We have to focus on what we want and make it happen. Below is my list of goals and my progress this far.

1. Maui 2016 – This was one of my biggest goals of the year and I’m getting a little hesitant that I’ll be able to make this happen. Work was really slow in September and hit me hard on the financial side of things. October is looking much better so I am hoping by next month I can figure out if we can make Maui 2016 work. My alternative goal is to push Maui to 2017 and do a San Diego beach house vacation this year. It may be a little more feasible with 2 littles and we would save on the flight costs. I do love the vibes in Maui though… so we will see.

2. Start a weekly blog post to simply chat about life. (not sponsored and not forced) – Alright, well this has not exactly happened but it is what motivated me to post today. I also started a client spotlight to share information about my clients and what I am working on in the graphic design/ marketing world.

3. Focus my intentions for this blog – I feel like this is slowly working its way out. I recently attended the HP Print & Pamper Retreat and it reminded me that its okay to have different directions for the blog. Having a lifestyle blog means blogging about my life and it is okay that it is not a specific niche.

4. Take the kids to the Birch Aquarium – Yes! We went this week. It was so fun and I am so glad both kiddos got to go.

5. Camp at the beach – We have not camped at the beach yet and this probably won’t happen now till next summer.

6. Get back into zumba – I did zumba one time last week. Hey, its a start!

7. Get back into yoga – I have not yet got back to the gym yet. Soon.

8. Network – I have been networking a little bit again. I attended a San Diego Blogger Social, the HP Print & Pamper Retreat and this week I am attending the Mom’s Wow Summit.

9. More date nights – We have had a few date nights lately as well. Even if we haven’t gone out we have made more of an attempt to have alone time at home.

10. Eat more greens – I so have not even started this!

11. Design a BriGeeski postcard – My postcard is almost complete. I may finish it today if I get some time.

12. San Diego Taste – Events or T-shirts? Seriously no idea right now. Probably events. Someday. Because these days are too crazy to be planning events.

13. Less phone usage – I could still do better with this one.

14. Visit with Family – We visit with family as often as possible. Every Sunday has become Sunday Funday at my parents house.

15. Say no to things that do not help grow my family or business – Yes!

16. Get new glasses – Need to do this!

17. Be grateful everyday – Yes! When things get tough I try my hardest to look around and be grateful for all the wonderful in life.

18. Practice patience – I’m trying.

19. Chill with friends – A few friends and I started a girls and kids night. We have only done it once but it was so fun and much needed. Friends are really the best and make life so fun.

20. Go to dog beach – Not yet.

21. Put plants in the front yard planters – Need to do this. I really want to get our yard looking a little nicer. And I’m not even looking for too much but I need to do something. Home Depot if you are interested in sponsoring that project I would love you.

22. Create a nicer backyard space – Ditto to number 21.

23. Reupholster dining room chairs – Soon. Ish.

24. Declutter kiddos rooms – I’m not sure this will ever be possible. I did clean out James’ room a bit but as he is growing I can tell he will need even more cleaning out so he can have more space to crawl around and play.

25. Design more invitations for Etsy shop – Yes! I have been adding more designs.

26. Add vinyl stickers to Etsy shop – Have not gotten to this one.

27. More play time – Yes!

28. Grow social media following for the blog – Yes! I have been focusing a bit more on Pinterest and Twitter.

29. Spend more one on one time with kids and hubby – Yes! This seems like a duplicate goal 😉

30. Make photo books – Not yet.

31. Make art space with a chalkboard wall and painting area – Not yet.

Well, after reviewing all of these goals I feel like I have made pretty great progress. There are a few areas I need to focus a little more time and energy on but I am feeling good about it all. It really helps to write out my goals and assess my progress.

What are your goals for the year?