A Birthday Tradition

 We have twins. They were born split at midnight (the year of the millennium!) Which is really convenient because whatever year it is—is how old they are! We have a tradition that actually started for me back in college at the University of Dayton. My sorority has a tradition for new initiates called a cookie shine. Basically a room full of sweets laid out and all the new pledges get to fill up bags of goodies—on the count of 3! So fun!
I took that idea and decided to apply it to my kids birthdays. After they go to sleep we decorate the hallway and door with their favorite treats.
This year they turned 11—so we gave a little money too–which was a huge it!!

Poster board has a big 11 on it…

Sorry for the poor pictures…I dislike flash…but it was early morning…no light ;(

And of course a candle in our donut :)


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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5 thoughts on “A Birthday Tradition

  1. Judy

    Great idea. I have a millennium "baby" too that's turning 11 in May. I'm definitely going to do this for her birthday. I think she'll love it.

  2. Plants seeds of knowledge...for our future!

    I have a millineum baby too! It is convenient to remember the age;) I have never heard of this idea before but am instantly in love with it! Thanks for the great idea!

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