The snow has finally all melted after a couple of big dumps over the last month; the sun is out and it's warming up for spring!

Easter & Spring Wall Art Home Decor Printables by Ellabella Designs

Paw Patrol Recycling Birthday Party Ideas

As I mentioned in my previous post, January was very busy organizing both of our boys' birthday parties! (See the Minecraft Birthday Party)

Our youngest recently turned 4 and is really obsessed with recycling/garbage trucks and wanted that to be the theme of his birthday this year! He also loves Paw Patrol, so we merged the two and had a Paw Patrol Recycling Birthday Party! Rocky from Paw Patrol has a recycling truck and it fit in perfectly with our theme!

Paw Patrol Birthday Party Ideas by Ellabella Designs

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas

We're just coming out of the busiest time of year for us. December was busy creating product for my new Ellabella Designs Shop, celebrating birthdays and Christmas, then New Year's! Once January hit, it was full on organizing for our two boys' birthday parties! It certainly is a crazy time of year!

I thought I'd share the boys' birthday parties with you if you need some inspiration for birthday parties for your kids! (See the Paw Patrol Recycling Birthday Party)

Minecraft Birthday Party Decoration Ideas by Ellabella Designs


I can't believe it's mid-December already! I have been very busy over the last little while working on designing Christmas printables and opening the Ellabella Designs Shop!

This year I have made some really adorable Christmas/Winter Printables with whimsical penguins & snowmen as well as dainty deer! The popular red vintage truck has also made an appearance again this year in the shop. They would make wonderful Christmas gifts, just set the printables in a frame or even print them on canvas.


I am so excited to finally announce that I have opened the Ellabella Designs Shop on Etsy!

Ellabella Designs Etsy Shop

It has been my dream to open up Ellabella Designs again (you may remember when I had my scrapbooking studio way back in 2006-2010), but this time as a digital design studio where I love to create an abundance of digital art decor and printables for your home and life!

12 Gift Ideas for 9-year-old Tween Boys

This time of year brings about a lot of birthdays for our family in December and January! I like to do all of my shopping for the January birthdays at the same time as my Christmas shopping. So I have to shop double time for my two boys during the holiday season!

I have rounded up 12 gift ideas for my tween boy; I hope you can find some ideas for yours!

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out my other posts on gift ideas for kids:

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12 Gift Ideas for 9-year-old Tween Boys

1. Kidizoom Smart Watch - my boy is always losing track of time and needing reminders and this watch looks like a perfect fit! It also works as a camera! Fun!

2. Walkie Talkies - a great way to connect with my son when he's outside playing or he can use it with another friend while playing around the neighbourhood!

3. Robe - my boy is growing like a weed and really needs a new robe!

4. LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions Kit - a great fidget-worthy toy!

5. HO Scale Train Set - he's always wanted an HO scale train set; I can't wait to see him open it on Christmas morning!

6. Metallic Pencil Crayons

7. Lego Bus - my boy is really into his Lego!

8. Lava Lamp - my son loves his liquid motion timer fidget toy (like this one) and is constantly fidgeting with something; he will love watching the lava flow as he falls asleep!

9. Nerf Bullets - can never have enough of these, right?!

10. Calendar - my son is still into steam trains in a big way and loves his calendar!

11. Rock Collection

12. Perplexus 3D Maze Ball - another fidget toy; he loves these!

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