My #PampersFirsts Party to Celebrate Life’s “Firsts”

*This post is sponsored by Pampers® in conjunction with MomDot. I received product and compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

A few weeks ago I was offered a chance to host a #PampersFirsts party with some of my girlfriends to celebrate all of life’s “firsts” with the #1 diaper choice by hospitals in North America. My friends Mary and Jaime were expecting their first babies, so I was super excited to throw a party and invite them! Since they were both so close to their due date, we had our party on Valentine’s Day – which I thought was absolutely perfect! What better day to spend with people I love?!

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I was so excited about this party I went a little overboard on the food and decorations. A chance to celebrate my friends and babies – how can you not go a little nutty? Even me – the girl who says she is “allergic to babies” still can’t resist throwing a shindig to celebrate bringing new little people into our family of friends. It was fantastic.

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pampers firsts party

I had so much fun making Diaper Babies, Baby Wash Cloth Critters, Onesie Cupcakes, and Milano Cookie Swaddle Babies – all of which I will be sharing with you in the coming weeks – but none of my food or decorations could could top the fun we all had just being together, laughing, joking – and even a little crying as we all gathered in the living room to watch the Pampers Firsts video – Celebrating Life’s Firsts.

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Pampers understands there is nothing more joyful or rewarding than the precious first-time moments shared by little ones and their families. In honor of this special journey, Pampers has released a compilation video entitled “Firsts” that highlights those wondrous “first” experiences together. From the first time parents see their little one on a sonogram to the first evening home from the hospital, the Pampers “Firsts” video showcases precious, heart-felt moments babies and parents share together. Pampers recognizes that all first moments, no matter how big or small, are moments to be cherished and celebrated. Pampers is honored to be a part of the journey of firsts for millions of families around the world every day.

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We had so much fun that afternoon just talking about life stuff – pregnancy, birthing stories, “firsts” and even going in to tales of potty training and toddler beds. The funny thing is just like our conversation carried through the first years in life – so do Pampers Swaddlers, which now go up to a size six! Pampers listened to moms who said they wanted the Pampers Swaddlers softness they know and love to be available throughout their diapering years. Now from their first to their last diaper you can wrap your little one in Pampers.

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Pampers Swaddlers wraps baby with superior comfort, protection and blanket-like softness, helping to take care of babies during all the precious first moments they share with their parents. Pampers Swaddlers is Pampers softest diaper and offers up to 12 hours of overnight protection with an Absorb Away Liner® to pull wetness and mess away from babies’ skin. It’s no wonder Pampers Swaddlers is the #1 choice of hospitals in North America!

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Pampers Rewards are another great reason to use Pampers. With the Pampers Rewards Program you can earn points when you purchase Pampers products or by leaving a review on the Pampers Website. The points can then been redeemed for products that you and your family will love. Head on over and leave a review of your favorite Pampers products and start earning points right away!

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It was a wonderful afternoon and I was so excited to get to be a part of it. AND I am excited to say that Mary (in blue) went in to labor just three hours after our party! Jaime had her little one just two days later! Both of them texted the news and told me their newest little bundles were already wrapped in Pampers Swaddlers. <3

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New Frozen Fever Trailer

In case you haven’t gotten enough of Elsa, Ana, and Olaf, Frozen Fever is a new animated short coming to theaters with Disney’s newest live action film Cinderella starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, on March 13th. Check out the new trailer:

In “Frozen Fever,” it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.

I was excited to go see Cinderella – the special effects alone look incredible – but now with Frozen Fever being played, I am certain I will have to take Midge with me. Sounds like the perfect girls movie night to me.

Free St Patrick’s Day Printables

Today Midge came home asking if she could have a St Patrick’s Day Party with her friends. (Wait – what? Wasn’t it just Valentine’s Day like – 15 minutes ago!?) Now, my very first boy-girl party was actually a St Patrick’s Day Party (and is still talked about among friends every time we get together… I was good at throwing parties early in life apparently) but I was in middle school – not third grade!

However after my momentary freak out flash back she calmed me down and said she just wanted her two little girl friends from school to come over for a sleepover. Whew. Ok, that I can do. But in true Lynsey fashion I will have to go completely overboard on the decorations and food. These Free St Patrick’s Day Printables are going to help me do just that.

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A Little Lucky Chocolate Shamrock and Free Printable | Pink When

Irish Blessing Printable Art | A Mom’s Take

Kiss Me I’m Irish Printable | Craft Dictator

You are the Pot of Gold St. Patrick’s Day Printable Tags | Mission: To Save

Free Printable Saint Patrick’s Day Art | A Bird and a Bean

Shamrock Seeds Free Printable Tic Tac Labels | The Pinning Mama

St. Patrick’s/Best Friends Printable | Occasionally Crafty

St. Patrick’s Day Chalkboard Printable | Second Chance to Dream

St. Patrick’s Day Mason Jar Gift with Free Printable Lucky Tag | Uncommon Designs

Lucky Day Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables | Designed by BH

Irish Blessing Printables | A Night Owl

St Patrick’s Day Rainbow Treat Bags with FREE Printable Label | Cincy Shopper

St. Patrick’s Day Cupcake Toppers | The Frugal Fairy

Saint Patrick’s Day Art Prints | Pizzazzerie

LUCKY Saint Patrick’s Day Printable | A Step in the Journey

Maybe I should invite some of my girlfriends over too and make some St Patrick’s Day Chocolate Mint Liqueur Cake Pops ;)

Simple Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

I am not sure why, but growing up I always said I “hated” chicken pot pie. I am not sure why I thought that – since I honestly couldn’t ever remember actually trying a chicken pot pie, but I always thought that I did not like it. When I met Mike I quickly learned it was one of his all time favorites – loosely translating into “Lynsey you better figure out how to cook this.” I set out to create the perfect chicken pot pie – having no intention of even taste testing along the way. However, after a couple of attempts I concocted one that smelled so good while cooking, I could not resist trying it once it was finished. I’ve been hooked ever since.

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This recipe is super simple – and super delicious. You can prepare it as a traditional pot pie, or – how my family prefers it – a “deconstructed” version over your favorite biscuits. Unlike most chicken pot pies that take forever to cook, this one takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish – and that includes chopping the onion!

Simple Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 rotisserie chicken – shredded
  • 1 package frozen mixed vegetables, steamed
  • 6 small red potatoes, cubed and boiled
  • 1 can of biscuits -or- pie crusts

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring constantly until onions and celery are soft. Add flour and seasonings and mix well. Gradually pour in milk and chicken broth, stirring constantly to mix thoroughly. Stir until it begins to bubble and thickens. Pour in vegetables, potatoes, and shredded chicken. Let cook on low for 15 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking. Then spoon over baked biscuits or spoon in to pie crusts and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let pie stand 5 minutes before serving.

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This is one recipe we never have leftovers for. The girls literally fight over who gets the last biscuit. One of these days I am going to have to double the recipe so I can have it for lunch the next day. It is so quick and easy and made with ingredients we normally have on hand, so it is perfect for a cold night meal to get us warm inside. Never again will I say I hate chicken pot pie – I LOVE IT!

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Red Carpet Cocktails by Pinnacle Vodka

Sunday night is the biggest night in entertainment – the 87th Annual Academy Awards. If you watch as many movies as we do, you know there is some tough competition that will be going down. Pinnacle Vodka has some tasty Oscar themed cocktails to sip while watching this coveted event!

Red CarpetRed Carpet Dazzle

2 parts Pinnacle® Whipped® Vodka

4 parts Cranberry Juice

Mix in a glass filled with ice and garnish with a lime wedge and an updo.

 

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1 part Pinnacle® Cinnabon® Vodka

2 parts Champagne

1 part Orange Juice

Build in order over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with a cherry dropped in.

 

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1½ parts Pinnacle® Raspberry Vodka

1 part DeKuyper® Creme de Cocoa White Liqueur

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Place chocolate chips in raspberries and float in martini.​

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Pinnacle Vodka offers 40 distinct flavors, from fresh and fruity Tropical Punch and Raspberry, to indulgent Whipped, Cake, and Cinnabon, making Pinnacle Vodka endlessly mixable for a new, exciting experience every time. No matter what the mood or occasion, whether it’s drinks on the patio or an epic night out, Pinnacle Vodka is an invitation to celebrate the things that inspire you. Be playful, be inventive. No matter how you choose to express yourself, we have a vodka for that.