Party Planning


If you don’t know, our babies that just turned 3 were born two hours apart on June 18th. Gage, my son’s (Nicole) birthday is June 30th. Since we have been so busy this year, we decided to have a big combination birthday party for all the kids. It went so well, we might just have to do it year after year (or until they get “too big”).

To begin planning we picked a Pirate Theme. We knew we were going to rent our water park in our hometown for part of the birthday so whatever theme we chose needed to go along with water. We both had beach theme birthdays in the past so we thought this would be fun and colorful as well. We went with black, red, and turquoise (pink and green came into the play later on).

On one of Jenna’s trips to the city, she found cute treasure map plates and tablecloths, red and turquoise cups, black and red polka dot napkins, and a treasure chest piñata. Locally, I found red, black, and turquoise striped dinner plates, serving dishes and table cloths.

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Pin it to Win it Party


Pin it to Win it!!

And the WINNER IS….Erin L. Monster Party HERE! We love these ideas because we could use it for both our little boy and girl monsters. :) Great job everyone – we LOVED all the fun ideas! Make sure to check back over the weekend when we post photos from our kiddos birthday tonight.

Okay Y’all, we’re planning a birthday party this weekend for all of our kiddos (Gage, Grace and Spencer) and we want your help! Join the fun with our first Pin It to Win It contest on Pinterest — and you could win a $50 Visa gift card!

Here’s the party plan: put together a Pinterest board of your ideal kid’s birthday party. We’re talking decor, cake, food, games and even the venue. Get creative! You can check out the Crockin’ Girls Pinterest to get some ideas right here.

Here’s how to enter:

1) Follow Crockin’ Girls on Pinterest.

2) Create a Pinterest board on your own account called “Crockin’ Girls Birthday Party Pins”

3) Follow this link and repin the Crockin’ Girls Pin It to Win It image to your party board. Begin to add your own ideas! — Possibilities are endless!

4) Once you’ve made your ideal birthday party board on Pinterest, post the link to it below! You can also share it on Twitter and Facebook!

Contest ends Friday.

Yee Haw!


My three year old Spencer loves anything  to do with farm animals, so when the rodeo came to town we knew he would love it! We put our boots on and Spencer put on his straw hat with the turkey feather in the side. Then we had Stella go over to her CiCi and Poppy’s house because taking her along would have been a rodeo in itself- she is a busy little thing! We got there early because Stanton (my husband) had some kids from his school working the concession stand and he had to supervise, but Spencer thought the trucks and tractors prepping the arena were pretty cool too! From the opening ceremonies to the last ride of the night my little cowboy was in hog heaven- singing the National Anthem, cheering, oohing and ahhhing, and soaking up every single moment of the rodeo. Someone even brought their horse up from the trailer for Spence to ride; talk about pure excitement! At the end of the night Spencer looked up at me and asked “Can we come to the rodeo in morrow morning?”, and he was disappointed when I told him it was over. We buckled up our buckaroo and no more than a mile away from the arena he was fast asleep, dreaming about bulls and broncs I’m sure!  Ha!We will definitely be going to the rodeo next year y’all!

Slow Cooking and Parenting


Just wanted to share a little interview we did with We’re always talkin’ crockin’, but there’s a lot more to being a mom than just cooking that’s for sure. Here’s a little look into our lives outside of the kitchen! Read a snipit below or the full article HERE for Nicole’s take first, then Jenna’s will come later this week. Check them out on Facebook or Twitter too.


Busy “mom-preneur” Nicole pressed the pause button on her Crockin’ Girls schedule to dish with us on her biggest parenting challenges, how she juggles her diverse duties, why family mealtime is a must, and then some!

So take a breather from your must-dos and gain some great advice from one of ParentLab’s favorite contributors, Nicole Sparks.

PL: What are your biggest challenges as a parent?

NS: Consistency with my almost 3-year-old. I know that it is really important for him to consistently see what is right and wrong and know the outcome for the choices he makes. And patience with my 1-year-old. She is so strong-willed!

PL: Your life has shifted dramatically since becoming the famous Crockin’ Girls. How are you navigating those changes as moms and wives?

NS: We took it on as a family, and we have adjusted to our new “normal”! Daddy is doing a lot more chores (I even made a laundry chart for him), and the kids are learning that Mama and Daddy both have jobs that require us to be away from them sometimes. I have also had to change my expectations of how I thought things needed to be done and just be thankful they’re done!

Read the rest HERE