Happy Golden Birthday, Reid!


Reid will always be the happiest way to begin a new year.  Being due in late December I thought for sure I’d have a Christmastime baby. But no, Reid had other plans and laid his mark on a different holiday – New Year’s Day! And that means this year, his first birthday, is his golden […]

Party Perfection — Hot Chocolate Dip

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TraditionsToGo #CollectiveBias In so many ways, this year is the beginning of new traditions for our family. The biggest and most exciting being baby’s birth day! It’s still a toss up as to if baby will arrive before, during, […]

Max’s Sharktastic Birthday Party

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Guess who is TWO today? The ever adorable and sweetest little chunk, Max Valentine! That’s who! We celebrated Thursday evening with a few little friends at his shark birthday party at a local park. It was practically perfect … It started out blustery – complete with flying away balloons – but calmed down in time […]

How To Plan a Simple Birthday Party

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So, your little one is having a birthday! Are you excited? Stressed? Reminiscent? I’m usually all of the above – excited for a celebration in honor of one of my most favorite people, stressed about the planning and execution of a party, and reminiscent about their actual birth day. Yeah, that last one always gets […]

Design the Gown – A Bridal Shower Game With Cottonelle


“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CottonelleTarget  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO.” It’s the final countdown! To what you ask? To my darling baby sister, Hannah’s wedding! The big day is November 26th, and one month prior, on October 26th, […]

A Pampered Chef Bridal Shower


Without getting too sappy and crying all over my keyboard about my baby sister getting married, I’m gonna share a few photos from Hannah’s bridal shower this past weekend! Since Hannah and Aaron are new college graduates and have yet to have apartments of their own they are truly that couple who needs just about […]

Max’s 1st Birthday Celebration


August flew by. It just flew. Max’s birthday and then surgery really filled up the days and I never got around to sharing about his birthday celebration! On his actual birthday we spent the morning at the market, then rode the bus around downtown (Jemma’s activity of choice for the day) and then met Pops […]

Turning 2 | Learning Gifts for My Favorite Toddler

Welcome to the September edition of Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Exploring and Learning. This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by The Positive Parenting Connection and Authentic Parenting. This month our participants are writing about this exploring and learning! Please read to the end to find a list […]

A Sneek Peek …


… at the theme for Jemma’s 2nd birthday party!  Can you believe Miss Jemma is turning 2 in just a few weeks? For a long time I thought we’d plan a TWO-ti Fruitti birthday party for her second birthday, but we swapped ideas for a few reasons. 1) Fruit isn’t locally in season in October […]