Here's a quick round-up of what I've found on the web recently that got my creative juices flowin':
1. From The TomKat Studio - Crab Shack Party
This birthday party idea... for a little boy named Tommy... to.die.for! Connor's birthday is unfortunately just a week or so before Christmas, so I'm toying with the idea of throwing him half-birthday parties in the summertime so he can have fun with his friends. This idea is definitely going into my file.
2. From Bakerella - Hamm and Potatoes Cake Pops
One of these days, I'd love to attempt to make one of Bakerella's famed cake pop creations - they're so adorable, and she makes it look so easy! I especially love her rendition of Mr. Potato Head - detailed instructions can be found here.
3. From Design Mom - Once a Year Books
One of my goals throughout Connor's young life is to be really diligent at documenting his milestones and major events... and the little ones, too. I love this idea of a Once a Year Book - chronicling the first 18 years of your child's life with a single picture and a little journaling. These books are sold by an Australian company, and are about $69US. Not cheap, but you could use this idea to inspire you to make your own Once a Year Book.
4. From Noble Pig - Snickerdoodle Cheerio Cookies
Seriously, they had me at Snickerdoodle. These look delicious, especially with the added crunch of the Cheerios... YUM!
5. From V and Co. - Tie Rattle Snake Buddy
This looks like a really fun activity to do with your kids... definitely with a little boy. And, a clever way to repurpose one of daddy's old ties.
6. From 71 Toes - Home Tour
I love this blogger's home! So beautiful and personal... check out all of her fun touches - her dining room, her family room and dining nook, and her entryway. Just gorgeous!
7. From Crazy Domestic - Easy Menu Planning Using Days with Themes
This is a clever idea to help you break out of a menu planning rut - Mexican Monday, Takeout Tuesday, Favorite Friday, etc. I really like this idea.
8. From Leelou Blogs - HUGE $40 off Blurb book coupon code!
At the beginning of the year, I began Connor's Blurb book of the posts I wrote chronicling his NICU journey and entire first year... I have a lot of editing to do on it still. But with a $40 off coupon code, BLOG2010, I now have an amazing incentive to get that book done before the August 31, 2010 expiration.
9. From Crap I've Made - Kitchen Art
Here's a fun little, inexpensive idea to dress up the kitchen... spray paint silverware and mount them inside an open frame. This looks like a fun one... I think I may give it a try!
10. From Our Best Bites - Quick Tip: How to Cut a Kiwi Fruit
Did you know that "a kiwi a day, keeps constipation at bay"?? Connor eats a lot of kiwis. ;) This is one of those "a-ha" tips - how to cut a kiwi without wasting so much fruit - you'll be glad you learned about.
Well, there you have it... 10 great finds. I hope something here inspires you, too!