This year’s Halloween costume idea fit my current situation perfectly. I decided I would put a twist on a classic costume -.. Snow White, but as if she bit the apple. I am eating everything in sight these days. EVERYTHING. If you leave a snack around me, I will most certainly eat it. I just can’t help it. And to think, I still have to survive the holidays!
I’ve always wanted to do a skull theme, but have been intimidated by the complexity and the sheer amount of time it was bound to take me. I was torn because Halloween is already a very hectic day in the King home – we have our annual King’s Haunted house that my hubby works so hard to create and plan weeks before, and this would also be Avery’s first year trick- or- treating, so we were anxious to take her around the block as soon as I got home from work.
Knowing all the things I had to do that day, painting a skull just sounded a like a lot of work. I decided, however, that I would go out with a bang since next year I’ll have a 2 year old AND a 7 month old and I reeeally wouldn’t have any time to dress up for my work festivities. I bit the bullet and looked up “easy skull tutorial” on Youtube.
Avery is definitely on the move. As soon as your set her down in an open area, she runs away in the opposite direction with a high pitch scream like a bat out of hell. She has the biggest smile on her face and she is just so happy to be alive. This is amazing for a mother to watch; however, it is admittedly not the best for an amateur photographer who wants to take cute photos. It’s absolutely impossible to take a nice photo of a running toddler. That is a scientifically proven fact.
Temperatures were still in the high 90’s here in southern California, so it was hard to think of the fall in the heat – BUT since pumpkin season was technically upon us, I figured we would venture to the pumpkin patch. I was excited to finally use my new camera to get some candid photos. Since I knew my daughter would not stay still, I decided not to worry about the perfect photo or carefully matched shoes and outfit, and rather just enjoy our hot autumn day.
As soon as we set Avery down in the sea of pumpkins, she was mesmerized. She played with the hay, felt every single pumpkin, and took breaks dancing to the music that blasted on the intercom. She was in HEAVEN. As luck would have it, the sun was perfectly lined up for a good photo and I was able to capture the pure joy on her face.
A magical train ride and a visit to the petting zoo wrapped up our day. My husband and I agreed – it was certainly a top 5 day for Avery! Happy fall!
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.
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?!
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!
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
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.
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!
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.