Life Made Simple- Simplifying Birthday Party Planning

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. All opinions are 100% mine.

In my family, the end of December is a crazy time! It’s a fun time, but definitely crazy! We always have big family get togethers for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and ( if you have followed my posts for a while you know) we love to go all out for our New Years’ Eve Party. Then right smack in the middle of all of that is my birthday (December 27) and my son’s birthday (December 28). Phew! I’m exhausted just thinking about it!


My son always has HUGE plans for what his birthday should be like, so for the past 8 years, I have always spent my birthday  wrapping presents, blowing up balloons, frosting cupcakes and  last minute party planning. I don’t mind that at all, it is seriously one of my joys to make birthdays special for my kids. However, what I don’t like is that by the end of it all I feel as though I have been so busy party planning that I haven’t had any time to just enjoy the day with my child. I also hate that by the end of the December party-palozza, I am one frazzled lady!

One of my self-improvement goals as of late has been to simplify things in my life so that I have more time and energy for the things that really matter. In my opinion, it’s a worthwhile goal and one that I am trying to work on, one baby-step at a time.

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Now that I’ve covered where to sleep and eat in Louisville, Kentucky (both important things), it’s time to discuss what to do in Louisville. I had about 2 days to spend in the city, and still didn’t get to do everything I wanted. Within a few blocks of the Embassy Suites is Museum Row, where…

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Let’s face it, most of us either don’t have the time to sit and wait in a doctor’s office for a couple of hours. We do it when we have to, but it really eats into our day. Nevermind if we have to take each of our kids with us to the doctor (for themselves…

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