A Fancy Party for a Fancy Girl

It’s been almost a month now but I couldn’t blog on without first sharing about Esther’s Fancy Nancy Pink & Purple Birthday Party.

Fancy Nancy Birthday Invitation

Like most soon-to-be four year olds this was the biggest and best party to ever grace the face of the earth.  A party so big that she started planning it last summer.  Months before Noah’s birthday party.

Ballerina Birthday Outfits


In all honesty though it was a pretty big deal.  This was Esther’s first big party since joining our family over a year ago.  Last year’s celebration was low key because Esther had only been home for a few weeks at that point and we were still in the bonding and attachment faze.  Anyway, back to the party at hand.

Fancy Nancy Birthday Party

Esther fell in love with Fancy Nancy last summer when the girls got to meet Jane O’Connor and Robin Glasser, the author and artist behind the creative Fancy Nancy series.  I realize these books may not be on everyone’s must read list so I’ll fill you in on the whole Fancy Nancy thing.  Nancy is a little girl that always insists on everything being fancy. Her wardrobe is fancy, her room is fancy, and even her vocabulary is fancy.  The books are beautifully illustrated and captivated Esther from day one with the possibility of anyone being that fancy.  So it came as no surprise when she insisted that her birthday party be a Fancy Nancy party.

Pink and Purple Fancy Nancy Birthday PartyPink and Purple Fancy Nancy Birthday Party foodPink and Purple Birthday Party

As the months went along and so did the party planning, her party planning dreams also began to include pink and purple decorations.  So I took her ideas and ran with it.  Esther’s birthday conveniently falls in March… the month after Valentine’s Day.  Michael Luke and I kept our eyes peeled for pink and purple decor and scored almost all of the decorations for a fraction of the original price because of awesome after Valentine’s Day sales.  Everything else we picked up at the dollar store.

Fancy Nancy Pink and Purple Birthday Party

I found adorable plastic stemmed glasses and pink square plates to use as part of the fancy place setting.

Pink and Purple Vegan Birthday Cake

Per Esther’s request I created a pink and purple heart with sparkles on it.  My favorite part about her cake is that it is Chloe Coscarelli’s recipe so both sets of grandparents (vegan and meat lovers) were able to enjoy it.

Fancy Nancy Birthday Party

I used cute little notebooks that the girls got last summer at the Fancy Nancy book signing to decorate the fruit tray.  I tried to use as many foods as possible that were pink and purple.

Instead of sugary drinks I made strawberry infused water… it was a little something fancy to drink.

Strawberry Infused Water

Ever since Hong Kong Esther has been a huge fan of gelatin or jelly as Esther likes to call it.  It took me days in Hong Kong to realize that what she called jelly is not the same as what we Americans call jelly.  There might have been a few days before this realization that she consumed sever packets of jelly from the breakfast buffet at our hotel.  I figured out the difference though and love to surprise her with this treat occasionally.

Dress Up Party FavorsIn honor of all things fancy each guest was presented with a box of dress-up goodies.  Inside the boxes were clip-on earrings, necklaces, rings, and a crown.  Each girl then got to sit at the dress up table and “fancy” themselves up.

Fancy Nancy Birthday Party Dress Up TableEsther loved this part and especially enjoyed her special birthday crown.  It’s become a normal part of her daily dress-up routine since the party.

And because the lines of weddings and birthdays are a little blurred Esther got her father/daughter dance with Michael Luke.


The day was absolutely magical for Esther.  She  had the pink and purple Fancy Nancy party she had been dreaming, got to eat lots of cakes, AND open presents all while dressed like a little fancy ballerina.  What more could any four year old ask for?

Ballerina Birthday OutfitP.S. We gave her ballet shoes and ballet lessons for her birthday.  I think the picture above pretty much sums up how she feels about that.

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Essential Oils After Dinner Citrus Mints

After Dinner Citrus MintsI’ve had several people ask me this week for my recipe using Young Living Essential Oils to make after dinner citrus mints.  They are really easy to make and a fun way to incorporate your essential oils into cooking.

I actually made an entire batch of these back at Christmas, kept a few out, and then stuck the rest in the freezer.  Before company comes over I just set a few out to thaw and then we enjoy as an after dinner mint.  They also make nice desserts for the girls. Sometimes after dinner they get a frozen one.  It’s sweet enough to make them feel special and small enough that calming them down at bedtime isn’t impossible.

Essential Oils After Dinner Citrus Mints

  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 5 drops Peppermint essential oil (I use Young Living)
  • 10 drops Orange essential oil (I use Young Living)
  • 10 drops Lemon essential oil (I use Young Living)


Place the first two ingredients in a saucepan.  Set the heat on low and stir together until smooth. Getting these two ingredients to a more liquid state makes it easier to blend the powered sugar in.  Once it reaches your desired consistency remove the saucepan from the heat.  Next, pouring a little at a time add the powdered sugar and stir with a spoon until it’s well blended.  The powdered sugar gives the mints their firmness and helps each mint hold their shape. Add enough sugar so that your mixture feels firm… not too greasy.

Next, add your essential oils. You can adjust the drops depending on your taste.  You can also play with what oils you use.  For instance you could use Lime, Grapefruit, or even Citrus Fresh.

You can shape your mints by pressing into miniature molds, forming into small balls and then pressing flat with your palm, or rolling the dough out and then slicing.

I chose the latter method for sake of time.


I rolled sections of the dough out and cut into 1/2″ pieces.

After, that let stand for a few hours… and then they are ready to enjoy!

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These are so easy y’all and because you aren’t heating the essential oils you are not degrading them.  Which means you get the added benefits that each oil offers… like these for Lemon.

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You Are Invited

This Sunday night I’m doing something I’ve never done before and I want you to be a part of it.    I’m teaching an introduction to Young Living Essential Oils class that will be broadcast live via YouTube at 8:00 central on Sunday night.

YouTube Class Invite

I’m excited because this is the first time I’ve been able to offer a live class to many of you. Over the past year I have hosted and taught several Facebook classes, but none of them have been as interactive as this one will be.  You don’t want to miss it. Well, maybe you do because it will involve an hour of looking at me but on the plus side I promise you will walk away from that hour knowing more about Young Living Essential Oils and how you can integrate them into your family.

My family has been using Young Living Essential Oils for over a year now.  I talked more about why we love them here and here.  This past winter we were able to keep our bodies strong and relatively healthy without having to visit the doctor or fork out any copays for a compromised immune system.  When the occasional bug or cold did start to creep it’s way in we fought back using our essential oils and NingXia Red.

Not only do I love essential oils because they are an alternative way to care for my family but also because it’s an alternative to many of the chemicals I used to find myself using in our house. For instance, in the past year I have replaced my face cream, face wash, deodorant, toothpaste, disinfectant cleaner, toilet cleaner, tile & surface cleaner, glass & surface cleaner, carpet cleaner, and hair care products.  That’s a lot of chemicals that we have eliminated!

Sometimes we don’t realize how many we use on a daily basis.  We also don’t realize how it could be affecting our families health.  Just the other day I decided to clean our toilets with my old chemical cleaner.  I knew better but I had a little left and hated to just throw the can away after spending money on it.  I sprayed the foam in both toilets, cleaned them almost immediately, and couldn’t believe how the fumes from the cleaner felt as I breathed in. I had to step outside the room.  That’s not normal people!  I don’t experience that when I use my Thieves Household Cleaner. Please, reconsider what you are bringing into your house.

Ok, so back to the class.  It starts at 8:00 Sunday night.  During the class I will walk through the basics of essential oils, the three ways they can be used, and then walk through each of the eleven oils included in the Premium Starter Kit and share how our family uses them.

To participate just come back to this page Sunday night and click the image above. It will take you directly to the broadcast.  There will be a comment section on the left hand side of the screen where you can type your questions and I will try to answer them during the class.


When you purchase the Premium Starter Kit (read more about it here) this month through me you will receive everything shown below.


March Promo 2Purchase the Premium Starter Kit from Young Living through me (use member #1605099) for the sponsor and enroller) and I will send you an Essential Oils Pocket Reference, Live Your Dream introduction to essential oils booklet, and The Chemical Free Home books for free!  On top of all that you will also be added to my private Colorful Droppers Community group on Facebook where you can share and learn from others.  It’s my number one recommended tool for getting started using your Young Living Essential Oils To place your order click the button below.  After you have have placed your email colorfuldroppers@gmail.com with the code ColorTransformedFamily.  This is how I will keep track of who to send the resource materials to and then send an invite for you to join us in Colorful Droppers Community on Facebook.

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