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Summer Party-Dreaming & Custom Invitations

July 9, 2016

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Here we are, just over a week into July and summer is in full-swing. In fact, we happen to be in the middle of our first heatwave of the year. I’m not complaining, though, I’ll take sweating round-the-clock over a winter chill any day. 😉

Summer is one of my favorite times of year, especially now when there’s so much sunshine and nothing to hold me back from adventure after adventure. Another thing that I love about summer is all of the parties! There really is nothing like a summer party. Yummy food on the grill, cold drinks, and keeping cool in a swimming pool or sprinkler. It seems like the invitations to barbecues, birthday parties, and celebrations just keep coming in.

Speaking of invitations, today I want to introduce one of my personal favorite sites for making customized invites, Basic Invite.

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Basic Invite stands out from other sites for a few reasons. First, they have almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 160 different color options. So you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. This sets it apart from almost any other online stationery company.

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Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place an order.

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My other favorite thing about Basic Invite is that they have over 40 different envelope colors. So you can make your invitation stand out even before it is opened.

Basic Invite has a beautiful selection of baby shower invitations, birth announcements, first birthday invitations, graduation announcements, and more. So be sure to check them out next time you’re on the lookout for invites.

I hope that you’re having a lovely day. And keep that sunshine coming, mother nature. We’re loving it.


This post is in partnership with Basic Invite. As always thank you for supporting the companies that help to support my work.

Celebrating Firsts

June 20, 2016

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Last week, while I was working on Roman’s 3rd Birthday post, I took a little trip down memory lane. I found myself swooning over pictures from his first birthday party and comparing them with those from Marina’s. It really is overwhelming to think that both of my babies’ first birthday parties are behind me.

I don’t think that I will be having any more children and watching these milestones slip by is sometimes too much for my mama heart to handle. I try so hard to cherish all of these precious moments while they’re here because I know too well just how quickly it will all go. It feels like I blinked and Roman turned three. I know that I will blink again and he’ll be ten, and then twenty-one, and so on.

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I find myself writing on this topic, of how fast it all goes, quite often. I suppose that when I think about motherhood, it’s just the thing that always comes into my mind. Children are the most beautiful reminder of how precious life is, and also how fleeting.

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I’ve said it before, but it’s always worth repeating how much I love to throw special parties for my little ones. I’ve been asked about why I put so much time and effort into parties for such little babies, but I know that one day soon, I won’t have any say in the matter. My littles will have ideas of their own about how their parties should be. Scarier yet, I know that one day I won’t even be on the invite list. So you can bet that I’ll be cherishing every moment of these special tiny birthday parties while I still can.

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BRU has always been my one-stop-shop for many of my birthday party needs. We’ve always trusted Pampers for a leak-free day (birthday or not!), and I depend on Dreft to be gentle for my babies, but tough enough to remove those pesky smash cake stains. Both products can be found at your local BRU. From June 1-25, BRU is running a promotion on both products, stop in and check that out.

Babies “R” Us is always there to celebrate all of your milestones, especially your baby’s first birthday! BRU stores across the country are hosting a “Baby’s First Birthday” event on June 25 from 11am-12pm. From 6/1-6/25: PAMPERS VALUE BOXES OF WIPES (800CT) are just $19.99. Head in to prepare and celebrate this milestone with fun activities, prizes & giveaways and inspiration for planning baby’s big day.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of P&G. The opinions and text are all mine.

Roman James Turns 3!

June 6, 2016

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If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, then you know that parties are usually a pretty big thing around here. My babies’ birthday parties in particular have always been special affairs created with tons of details and handmade projects. (See here, here, and here.) However, their birthdays are fairly close together (March 20th and May 7th), and after Marina’s epic Pink and Gold Princess Birthday Party, I was all party-planned out.

So I let Roman’s Papa take over all of the party-planning duties for Roman’s third birthday party — and I had absolutely nothing to do with it. I have to say, he did an amazing job. He and Roman decided on a “Transformers” theme and everything turned out adorable. Roman loved it and he had a wonderful day celebrating with his favorite people in the world, his cousins.

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I know that this is probably the most cliché thing in the world to say, but I really cannot believe that Roman is 3. It really does seem like just yesterday when we were bringing him home from the hospital in his tiny little newborn outfit that I had so carefully picked out and packed up in the weeks before his birth. And now he is a full-fledged little boy. He is truly the most remarkable person that I know. He is sweet and funny and — my goodness — he is so incredibly smart. He is gifted and talented and wild and loving.

I really do not have words to express my love for him. He is my sunshine and my best friend. He is my greatest blessing and I thank God for him every day.

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I hope you had the best birthday ever, Roman. I hope that you have one hundred more and that each one gets better & better!

Pink & Gold Princess Party // Marina Grace Turns One!

April 7, 2016

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On March 20th, 2016 my sweet girl turned one-year-old. We celebrated the day before with a great big pink and gold princess birthday party. It was such a fun and beautiful day. Our family and closest friends were with us to celebrate. We had great food, lots of love, and lots of fun. My baby girl is blessed to be surrounded by a family that loves her so very much.

I spent nine months planning her special day and her pink and gold princess party. I really wanted it to be a true celebration of her first year of her life–a celebration fit for my gorgeous Princess Marina Grace. I spent a lot of time searching for all of the perfect pieces for the day. From the venue, to the catering, to her outfit–every detail was carefully planned out with love and intention.

A few of my favorite details:

  • Each child’s place setting came with a special treat–a magic wand for the girls and a golden sword for the boys
  • Adults were greeted at their place settings by a piece of baby’s breath tucked into a handwritten name tag, placed on gorgeous handmade napkins from Dot & Army
  • The centerpieces were designed by me & assembled by Ringwood Florist. There were several different flowers in various shades of pink–including Geraldine roses, Eucalyptus, and wax flowers.
  • I didn’t like any of the vase options for the centerpieces. So I went with a square glass vase and then went to work on a little DIY project. I painted each vase with modge podge and then poured on gold sparkles. I’m obsessed with how they turned out
  • Marina’s high chair was an antique that I found on Craiglist. I had my dad spray paint it white
  • The cookies were from Flourish Sweet Shop, the smash cake was from Cake & Cupcakes, and my best friend made the cupcakes
  • All of the catering was done by Kim’s Cafe & Catering. I designed cute little, tent cards for each food item to go with the princess theme, such as “Princess Pasta Salad” and “Beauty & the Beast Burgers”
  • All of the printed items were designed by me and printed by my friends at Printing Images
  • My hair & makup were done by my insanely talented friend, Gabrielle of Total Indulgence Salon
  • The day was captured by our absolutely incredible photography team–Stolen Glimpses. I can’t say enough good things about Leda & Jeff and their gorgeous work. Taking off my photographer hat for a day and allowing someone else to capture the special moments in my life is always a hard thing. Stolen Glimpses nailed it

The day was a dream come true. Everything came together and I couldn’t be more grateful for the love & generosity that surrounded my sweet girl. I hope that one day she will look back at the pictures and see how truly loved she was from the very start.

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More photographs from the day can be viewed here: Marina’s First Birthday Party Gallery.

Halloween 2015 // Magical

November 2, 2015

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We had the sweetest Halloween. We met up with my sister & my nephews at my parents house for lunch. Afterward we headed to a Trunk-or-Treat and then out into the neighborhood for some good, old-fashioned Trick-or-Treating. We stopped at our church where the beautiful witches were handing out very special pumpkins.

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Unfortunately I didn’t get a snap of Marina while we were out & about. She fell asleep in the stroller and we didn’t dare stop moving to take a picture. But I do have a very special photograph of her in costume that I’ll be sharing tomorrow. Stay tuned.

I hope that you & yours had a beautiful Halloween weekend. xo

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