Category: Parties

Shabbat 1000 {2014}

For the fourth year in a row my family and I have participated in The Jewish Federation’s Shabbat 1000 celebration.

It’s a city wide program were 1000 Jews shine a moment of community togetherness and Jewish pride.

After receiving my confirmation email securing our spot we received our Shabbat box in the mail a few weeks later.

This year our box included:

Shabbat Candles and matches  – Light the candles to mark the start of the Shabbat and signify the break from the mundane to the holy.

Booklet of Readings and Inspirations – In addition to the traditional blessing used before and after the meal, we have included selected reflections to enhance your Shabbat observance.

Havdalah Candles a& spices – The multi-wick candle and fragrant spices are used to mark the end of Shabbat on Saturday evening.

CD – We’ve included a CD produced by the American Jewish University with Shabbat prayers for Friday night, songs, music, and more.

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I had plans to invite family and friends over to our special Shabbat dinner, but unfortunately Sarah got an ear infection which made planning anything hard.

We started the night off by lighting our Shabbat candles.

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We read from the provided materials, the Booklet of Reading and Inspirations.

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We started off the meal with homemade chicken soup (recipe below).

Mama Chit Chat: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

For dinner we had baked chicken, roasted potatoes and carrots and cous cous.

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Thank you to The Jewish Federation for the opportunity to celebrate a special Shabbat with our community and for the kit you so generously provided!

Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
5 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
5 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  2. 5 carrots, peeled and chopped
  3. 4 stalks celery, chopped
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 3 tbsp olive oil
  6. 6 cups chicken broth
  7. 1 cup water
  8. 1/2 thyme
  9. 3 bay leaves
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
  11. 2 cups uncooked wide egg noodles
  12. 3 1/2 tbps fresh or dried parsley
  13. 1 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Add raw chicken breasts, carrots, celery and garlic.
  2. Drizzle olive oil.
  3. Add broth, water, thyme bay leaves and salt and pepper. Cove and cook on high 4 hours (or on low 6 hours).
  4. Remove chicken, let cool and dice into bite sized pieces.
  5. Meanwhile add noodles and parsley to crock pot and cook for 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in lemon juice and chicken pieces.
  7. Serve warm.
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Little Man Sprinkle

As soon as my friend, Liza told me she was having a boy I went into major baby party mode.

I love themes, so I quickly went on Pinterest to search for ideas. After searching for a couple of weeks I came up with the theme and created a secret board on my Pinterest called, Little Man. I decided to go with a royal blue/lime green color scheme.

Due to my friend Caitlin’s family emergency, the host had to the cancel her sprinkle the week before. Therefore my friend Cheryl and I decided to combine their sprinkles and celebrate them together.

It was a lot of fun and everything turned out beautifully!

Here are some pictures from the sprinkle:

The dessert table –

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

The drink station –

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

I got the paper straws from Michaels. I taped some of the props to random straws.

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

We had chocolate milk, iced coffee and sparkling soda.

I also had a milk and chocolate doughnut station.

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

The mason jars were borrowed from my friend, Lauren. Also pictured here are the books all the mamas signed for baby Samuel and Theo! Hoping that when the mamas read the books to their babies they are reminded how much they are loved.

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

I decorated two apothecary glass jars (which were bought and used for Sarah’s 3rd birthday party) with some lime green ribbon and printables from here. The first apothecary jar had green and blue Twizzlers, which I found in the kosher section at our local supermarket. Such a great find!

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

The second apothecary jar included, Cheryl’s homemade shortbread cookies. Yum!

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

Lunch was potluck style. Which was all really delicious!

 

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

Since I know Liza likes strawberry shortcakes I made sure to have a mini version for her at the sprinkle.

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

To eat all this amazing food I made individual napkin bow ties that included a fork.

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

The favors –

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

I went to Sur La Table to look for baby themed cookie cutters. I found what I thought would be a super cute shape. However, that didn’t quite go as planned. It instead looked like cars or some even looked like pick up trucks. They did not look like strollers.

I decided to use them anyways. I placed each cookie in a bag and taped the back shut.

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

We had lots of fun with the props!

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Liza and me <3

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

The Hosts

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

It was such a fun sprinkle! It was actually the longest (4 + hours) and most relaxed sprinkle I’ve ever been to!
Can’t wait for Liza & Cait’s Little Men to make their appearance in the next few weeks! 

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

Mama Chit Chat: Little Man

Happy Birthday Gma

Happy birthday to a sweet, generous and wonderful soul, I am proud to call my mother-in-law.

I’m very lucky to have such an amazing mother-in-law who is so loving and supportive (PS thank you for always reading my little blog) that I wanted to highlight her today.

A few weeks ago we were able to celebrate her birthday at our place.

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Sarah loves her grandma! She gets super excited and giddy when we tell her shes coming over. So it’s always special when I get to capture these types of pictures.

I hope you had a great birthday! We love you!!

Doc McStuffins Birthday Party

By now you’ve seen Sarah’s Doc McStuffins Birthday Party on Facebook so now here is a behind-the-scenes look at how it all came together!

The Venue & Setting Up

The previous years we’ve rented out a club house for her birthday party, but after what happened last year I decided Sarah needed less attention and more space. That’s also why we decided to make it a party just for her friends. We have a lot of loving family members, but with such a large mommy group we needed to split the celebrations.

This year the party was held at our favorite park. It’s gated and the bathroom was close by. Two requirements for a bunch of active 3 year olds.

Decorations

I really tried to do a more relaxing birthday theme this year. However I still couldn’t help do some fun Pinterest things.

As you walked into the park you were greeted with a the “Doc is in” sign.

Doc McStuffins Party: The Doc is in!

I once again bought a giant scene setter from Party City to take pictures of our friends. However, this time I only took a few pictures of our friends in front of the scene setter. Last year I managed to get all 24 guests in front of the scene setter!!

My friend Erin C once again made some really fun items that made the party come together.

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Food

This year my focus was a dessert table. I found a bunch of cute Doc McStuffins themed things on Pinterest that didn’t take to much time to put together.

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Lambie Tails: small marshmallows

Doc McStuffins Party: Lambie Tails

Toy Stuffing: cotton candy

Doc McStuffins Party: Toy Stuffing

Cotton Balls: big marshmallows

Doc McStuffins Party: Cotton Ball Marsmallows

A Kiss for your Boo Boos: Hershey kisses

Doc McStuffins Party: A Kiss for your Boo Boos

An Apple a Day, Keeps the Doc Away: apple slices

Doc McStuffins Party: An Apple a Day Keeps the Doc Away

Band Aids: wafers with pink heart icing

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Say Ah Pretzel Rods: pretzel rods

Doc McStuffins Party: Say Ah Pretzel Rods

Chilly Juice: pink lemonade

Doc McStuffins Party: Chilly Juice

Lunch included pizza and three different type of salads.

Doc McStuffins: Food

Dessert

Cupcakes: vanilla and chocolate bases with colored (thanks to all the Easter/spring colors) frosting. To complete these cupcakes I added Doc and her friends to toothpicks and inserted them in random cupcakes.

Doc McStuffins Party: Cupcakes

Doc McStuffins Party

Favors/Activity

Other then having the park to play with I made a check up station for the kids to give their toy a check up. Each guest was given their very own Big Book of Boo Boos to complete their toys check up.

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Doc McStuffins: Check up station

Sarah’s Outfit

I left early that morning to prep the park for the day, so hubby was in charge. Let’s just say Sarah was having one of her moody mornings and hubby was not interested in fighting the battle. Therefore Sarah came to the party dressed in a t-shirt and skirt (her back up outfit encase she got to hot/dirty in her birthday outfit)

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Thank you to all of our friends for attending. We are so very blessed!

Group shot

I also wanted to thank my wonderful friend, Liza for all the help and support. Love you mama!

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It was great day! The park turned out to be a good choice. Most importantly Sarah had a lovely day! Happy 3rd birthday baby girl!

Doc McStuffins Party: Scene Setter

Until next year, the Doc is out.

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My Birthday {2013}

I feel very blessed to have such a loving family and a wonderful group friends. So this year I was determined to have a great birthday, no mater what! Compared to last year’s grouch fest this was a much better!!

My birthday celebrations started out with dinner and dancing organized by my friend Liza at a country line dancing bar. As and EDM fan who would have ever thought I would want to celebrate my birthday by dancing to country music! Crazy what mama hood does to you!

IMG_3053We had such a great time!!! So many great memories! A few of my friends even insisted we celebrate their birthday’s here next year.

IMG_3014IMG_3045IMG_3034IMG_3036Between trying to dance with the locals and taking silly pictures we couldn’t stop laughing the entire night! It was so much fun!

IMG_3100What’s a birthday party without favors? A took a pretzel log, dipped into pink melted chocolate, tossed some sprinkles and placed it into a bag. Thanks for the help and for doing my make up Bethy!

IMG_3006 - favorsIMG_3041IMG_3101The night ended with all of the gentlemen on their knees while they sang Happy Birthday to me and another birthday girl. It was so sweet and very charming!

IMG_3075The next day I even caught myself still laughing at all the silly pictures we took.

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The morning of my birthday hubby and Sarah took me out for brunch at the Cheesecake Factory.

blowing out my birthday candlesAfter brunch we headed to the outlets. I scored a gorgeous Coach bag and some sneakers. Such a lucky mama!

After we all had a much needed nap, hubby and Sarah made me a birthday cake. This wasn’t any ordinary cake, they baked this cake inside an ice cream cone! It was awesome!

IMG_3140IMG_3143After a light dinner we got dressed in warm clothes and drove around our neighborhood looking for lights. Hubby and Sarah have gone out a few times before so they knew where all the great spots where. We stopped at this one house to watch their light and snow show.

IMG_3162 IMG_3169It was a really magical experience! Sarah absolutely loved it! My favorite part about this house was that they didn’t want money for the show, but instead they wanted us to help our community and donate food and baby items to a fantastic organization. So we bought a couple of items with us and placed them in the sled.

IMG_3161Through out the day I received calls, texts, FB messages, emails and even Instagram posts for my birthday. I felt very loved!

Thank you for all the love and well wishes. I had a fabulous birthday!

Shabbat 1000 {2013}

Last weekend my family and I participated in The Jewish Federation’s Shabbat 1000 celebration.

Just like last year, we received a Shabbat box in the mail.

IMG_1266IMG_1271Our 2013 Shabbat box included:

  • Shabbat candles
  • A challah cover  with the words “rest” in bold to remind us that Shabbat is day of rest. Printed on the cover are the 39 melachot or the 39 general categories of labor that are forbidden on Shabbat.
  • An updated set of Shabbat cards with inspirational quotes, blessings and recipes, which I used to prepare our special Shabbat dinner.
  • A fridge magnet to remind us that Shabbat is always just around the corner.
  • A kid friendly tzedakah (charity) box, which Sarah decorated and has already started to fill.

IMG_1280IMG_1285IMG_1290This week’s meal consisted of challah (made that day by Sarah at her Tot Shabbat class), salad, matzo ball soup, apricot chicken, noodle kugel, and sautéed peas.

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IMG_1658 IMG_1660 Everything was delicious! We loved the chicken so much that I wanted to share the recipe with my readers.

Apricot Chicken Recipe by Lisa Blumenstein

The ingredients: 8 oz apricot jam, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup mayo, diced dried apricots (optional), whole chicken or parts.

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  1. Preheat over to 350
  2. Grease 9×13 casserole dish
  3. Mix together ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Pour sauce to completely cover chicken, cover with foil.
  5. Bake covered for 45 minutes.

Thank you to The Jewish Federation for the opportunity to celebrate a special Shabbat with our community and for the kit you so generously provided!

Hubby’s Birthday {2013}

Hubby is not big on celebrating his birthday, so I try to keep it simple and low key.

However, since the birth of Sarah, she and I have begun a tradition of preparing an annual celebratory birthday meal.

Throughout the year I’ve been pinning recipes and ideas that make me think of hubby onto my Pinterest board titled “Hubby Stuff”. When his birthday or Father’s Day approaches, I check my boards to see the things I’ve pinned.

After browsing my Pinterest board I came up with a breakfast menu he would enjoy. First I made these Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. They were really easy to make and were enjoyed by all three of us. Recipe can be found here.

IMG_9150 IMG_9144Next I made a copycat recipe of Orange Julius. Hubby thought it was too tangy, but I thought if it was any sweeter it would be to sweet to drink. Recipe can be found here.picstitch(1)Later that evening we had his mom join us for dinner and birthday cake.

IMG_9163Here is hubby and Sarah blowing out the birthday candles. Sarah is really into blowing out birthday candles recently and she asks to blow out other peoples candles (oy!).

IMG_9330Happy birthday babe! Here is to celebrating many more birthdays with you. xoxo

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