Avery’s ONEderful Garden Party

Your daughter only turns one once, right? That’s what I kept telling myself during the planning of this event. My mom was known for throwing extravagant birthday parties for me (and was also the creative party planner behind hundreds of baby showers, birthday parties,...
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Nursery Organization

I mentioned in this post how I found and refurbished Avery’s dresser/changing table. After my first baby shower, I had to go through and sort all the adorable onesies she received from family and friends. I knew I wouldn’t have to shop for her for months, which was...
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Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule (My go-to Summer cocktail)

BBQ season is finally here! I walked into Target the other day and all I saw was red white and blue everything, which was a bit disconcerting, butttttt… $75 later, I came home with some fabulous pieces to add to my holiday collection. Your husband can’t argue...
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Life with Avery: 10 months

10 months?! How did this happen? I swear she was just born! So much has changed since my last update – such is life with a baby, I suppose! Avery loves what she can’t have. I’m sure it doesn’t help that we say, “Avery, those are mommy’s sunglasses,” and “That’s...
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Baby’s First Easter Basket

Creating an Easter basket for a baby is a fantastic way to make yourself think outside the box. You can’t throw in candy, chocolate bunnies, or bubbles in it, but you can fill it with items that are both cute and practical. I shopped during the week and assembled the...
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Avery’s ONEderful Garden Party

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Your daughter only turns one once, right? That’s what I kept telling myself during the planning of this event. My mom was known for throwing extravagant birthday parties for me (and was also the creative party planner behind hundreds of baby showers, birthday parties, and weddings.) I had to make her proud!

Picking a theme seemed to be rather challenging for me. She has a summer birthday – that could mean so many fun themes! I thought a flamingo themed party would be ideal, but then my husband made a good point: “what if she wants that theme when she is older and can invite her friends to the pool?” That question applied to the next theme I thought of – a mermaid theme, which would be perfect when she gets older. So then I thought to myself, “why does she need theme?” She’s one, and one is fabulous in itself! It could be a garden party with gorgeous flowers and gold everything.

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The backdrop I envisioned had to have lots of boxwood greenery and draping flowers. The sign was custom made by Happily ever Etched, who were an absolute joy to work with. They provided so many different options and helped me select the right one for this backdrop. All of the party details are listed below. I keep telling myself I won’t go this big for a birthday party again – but if my daughter is anything like me, she will have a vision of her own. As her mother, I MUST meet her every demand, right?!

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I could not have done it without my team of helpers. Shout out to my mama, my awesome hubby, Grandma Ann, cousin Lani, auntie Annette and cousin Bridgette for lending their time to make this event absolutely ONEderful!

 

VENDORS:

Photography: Thomas and Laci Photography
Cake
: Great Dane Bakery
Custom Wood “Avery” sign: Happily Ever Etched
Custom Wood Signs: Taste of Art
Cookies: Shannon’s Sweet Tooth
Custom floral number 1, Time Capsule Sheets, Cake toppers: Crowned Creations
High Chair: 4moms
Avery’s bow: Lennon & Co


Nursery Organization


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I mentioned in this post how I found and refurbished Avery’s dresser/changing table. After my first baby shower, I had to go through and sort all the adorable onesies she received from family and friends. I knew I wouldn’t have to shop for her for months, which was fantastic, but then came the challenge: how to organize everything so I could find it and actually use it. There is nothing worse than finding an adorable shirt that you were looking forward to her wearing, only to discover that it’s too late. One time I tried to force these cute little jeans on her and her poor thighs looked like they were screaming for air. If baby #2 is a girl she will have the cutest pants waiting for her.

I found these adorable storage bins at Target that fit perfectly into her dresser drawers. Three bins fit in each drawer and they allow me to separate the onesies by size. As she grows out of the clothes, I remove the onesies from the first drawer and shift everything to the left. I’ve done the same thing with her pants, however, I’ve noticed she grows out of the onesies muuuch faster than the pants. This technique has helped me so much, as I always know exactly what she has and I am able to dress her quickly.

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As for her closet, all I needed were some dividers to separate by month. When she grows out of the size, I just pack the divider with the clothes I’m putting in storage. It’s an easy way to keep things organized – and any parent knows that organization is a key to sanity!

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I will keep it real with you, though, and let you know that Avery’s drawers only look like this when I’ve actually picked up all the dirty laundry around her room, washed it, folded it neatly, and then proceeded to put it away IMMEDIATELY. If I don’t do it perfectly, in that order, and all in one day it never actually makes it in the drawer. Sometimes I leave it in the laundry basket folded and never actually put it away. That laundry basket becomes a mixture of clean and dirty clothes and then I find myself smelling each item to figure out what she can wear. The struggle is real!

I hope this post helps give you some ideas to stay organized.

 

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Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule (My go-to Summer cocktail)


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BBQ season is finally here!

I walked into Target the other day and all I saw was red white and blue everything, which was a bit disconcerting, butttttt… $75 later, I came home with some fabulous pieces to add to my holiday collection.

Your husband can’t argue with purchasing “holiday décor” since these items only come out once a year.

This time last year, I was 7 months pregnant and therefore not indulging in the Fourth of July drinks going around. I was drinking water with 200 lemons (anyone else have a lemon craving during their pregnancy?).

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The Moscow mule is an obvious favorite in our house because we are obsessed with ginger beer. I mean, how can you not be?!

My hubby also loves a good Irish mule when he is craving whiskey (basically everyday). I wanted to combine my love for ginger beer, fresh summer strawberries, and basil all in one cup.

Doesn’t that sound refreshing?

 

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The next time you fire up that BBQ, make a pitcher of this to go with your burgers or brats! You’ll definitely impress!

 

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Strawberry Basil Moscow Mule

Ingredients

  • 6 fresh strawberries
  • 6 fresh basil leaves
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • juice from 1 fresh lime
  • ginger beer
  • crushed ice

Instructions

  1. Muddle 3 strawberries and 3 basil with a splash of the ginger beer & lime juice in each glass.
  2. Add 1.5 ounces of vodka, give a quick stir.
  3. Top with plenty of ice & ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with strawberries & basil.

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Life with Avery: 10 months

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10 months?! How did this happen? I swear she was just born! So much has changed since my last update – such is life with a baby, I suppose!

Avery loves what she can’t have. I’m sure it doesn’t help that we say, “Avery, those are mommy’s sunglasses,” and “That’s daddy’s phone; please put it down,” but we can’t be perfect, can we? She looks at us with a mischievous little look and laughs. How is it possible that she’s mischievous already?!

Right now it’s allllll about textures. Whether it’s foods or the beach sand, she is learning to touch and eat everything. We try to hit the beach at least once a week. When you live 8 minutes away, there’s no excuse not to go enjoy it! Last time, she spent a good five minutes trying to figure out what this sand stuff was. At first she was just playing with it, but thankfully we caught her because she tried to figure out what sand tasted like!

 

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She’s also learning to climb on things and pull herself up. This new climbing technique happened overnight and we had to lower the crib that morning to avoid falls! Now we can see her on the monitor holding the rail and dancing at random hours of the night -that girl’s got rhythm! She also likes to stand up and scoot her way across the couch. There’s so much movement happening these days!

My next update will be after her 1st birthday party. I’ll be honest and tell you right now – I’m going to be an emotional wreck. How do people deal with this?! I’m soaking up my days with this lil lady as much as I can.

 

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