Last week was Spring Break with my kiddos and it was such a good, soul-filling time. My oldest turned eight - which feels SO grown up! #sobfest
It's been a couple of years since she's had a proper party, so we had a Harry Potter themed celebration with some of her pals. If you know me (like, at all) you know my love for all things Harry Potter. Yes, I was already an adult when I read the books - but my love is REAL, ya'll.
Also, I'm Team Hufflepuff if you wanted to know.
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I had so much fun planning the little details of the party, without going tooo overboard. Pinterest is full of so many free printable downloads - highly recommend! We had a platform 9 3/4..
Ollivander's wand shop...
...and Amelia requested a cake similar to the one Hagrid makes Harry in book one.
This was the BEST request for a cake yet. I love making the girls' birthday cakes myself, so this was a no brainer since I'm not particularly skilled in this area. Me and my good friend, Betty Crocker, whipped up a chocolate cake and then I made my specialty - homemade, make-your-teeth-ache buttercream frosting.
As I was attempting to ice the cake a la Hagrid, I had a funny realization pop in my head.
I'm a 'half-homemade' kind of Mom.
I don't make myself crazy trying to make every detail perfect for my kids. There are many things I say no to. But for certain things, I go ALL in. Sure, it was cake from the box - but it had some added love and Mom pizazz attached to it.
Also, my far more skilled husband piped on the lettering:
Mothering in 2018 can feel like a race to impress. If I'm not careful, I can easily slip into the mindset of believing I'm not doing enough for my kids. By embracing this 'half-homemade' approach, I feel a weight lifted from my shoulders.
I'm all about that messy imperfection in life, so choosing to focus on doing a few things really well... reminds me I can't do everything. I just can't. And that is more than okay.
Can you relate? What are some examples from your mothering that are 'half-homemade'? Leave a comment - I'd love to know. :)
P.S. And because the internet has a wealth of hysterical content, this GIF is for all the Harry Potter fans! You're welcome.