Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! I think Patrick Swayze said it best when he said, “Nobody puts baby in the corner.” There is no force more powerful than woman determined to rise. Avery and I had fun during our little photo shoot. It was the perfect time to break out...
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“Will you be my bridesmaid?” Wine Box

  It’s happening. The woman who is my cousin, my friend, and Avery’s godmother is getting hitched next year. She was the person behind the dessert bar for Avery’s dedication and baby shower. She is incredibly talented and is one of the most hardworking people I...
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Friendship Goals

Avery’s friend Nixon came over for a playdate, and it was the first time Avery’s ever been around another baby. She was absolutely infatuated with him. It was like she was realizing that humans who are the same size as her actually exist – not only the giants...
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Valentines Day Cookie Cake

Happy February! The month of L.O.V.E. Valentine’s Day can elicit a wide range of emotions. If you are single, it’s a day you dread – you may end up ordering pizza, watching Netflix, and eating a tub of ice cream (the complete opposite meaning of “Netflix and...
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Purple and Gold Baby Dedication

. I wanted to create a table that would have a vintage feel but include deep purple, lavender, pale pink and lots of greenery. I was hosting about 30 family members at our house and it was Avery’s first big event! I knew I wouldn’t have a lot of prep time the...
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Happy International Women’s Day!

Happy International Women’s Day! I think Patrick Swayze said it best when he said, “Nobody puts baby in the corner.” There is no force more powerful than woman determined to rise.

Avery and I had fun during our little photo shoot. It was the perfect time to break out her leg warmers and relive a classic line from the best movie- Dirty Dancing! Enjoy 🙂

 

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“Will you be my bridesmaid?” Wine Box

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It’s happening. The woman who is my cousin, my friend, and Avery’s godmother is getting hitched next year. She was the person behind the dessert bar for Avery’s dedication and baby shower. She is incredibly talented and is one of the most hardworking people I know. Avery and I happily joined her wedding venue shopping in Augora Hills.

When you drive into the hills, it’s like you’ve entered Santa Barbara wine country. It’s luscious, green, and wonderfully breezy. I strapped Avery into her favorite carrier and we started to walk around the premises. It didn’t take long for her to say, “This is the one!” We were escorted to the bridal suite, where we sat down and begin to work through our somewhat absurd list of 100 questions.

The amateur photographer in me checked out every window in the bridal suite. The gorgeous sunlight peeking through was blissful – now I just need to lose 25lbs before this wedding!

 

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After touring the venue, we decided to head to Los Agaves Mexican Grill for a quick bite to eat. When we arrived at the table, I was greeted by a large wine box with a wine colored ribbon tied around it. After ordering delicious fajitas and a margarita, I sat down with Avery and caved in to my curiosity of what was in the box. I soon discovered a gorgeous bottle of wine with a custom-made tag that said, “Yvette, will you be my bridesmaid?” Of course I said yes! Next to the wine was a lovely nail polish, a custom stemless glass with my name on it, and paint chips in the colors of the wedding.

Ladies, there is no better way than to say, “Will you be bridesmaid?” than with a bottle of wine. Am I right?! These wine boxes are the perfect gift to add some love and uniqueness to your request for bridesmaids! Next on my list is to start planning the most epic bridal shower EVER. More details to come, of course!

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Friendship Goals

Crowned Creations | Baby Fashion

Avery’s friend Nixon came over for a playdate, and it was the first time Avery’s ever been around another baby. She was absolutely infatuated with him. It was like she was realizing that humans who are the same size as her actually exist – not only the giants that are her parents! She examined his every move, couldn’t stop touching his hand, and was mesmerized by his hair. I couldn’t even get her to look up at the camera for a picture! Can you say “boy crazy”? Lord help me one day.

 

Crowned Creations | Baby Fashion

I wish these two would stay this small forever. This picture was taken over a month ago and it seems like Avery has doubled in size. She is now able to sit up on her own (with the occasional fall), hold her bottle by herself, and she loves meeting new people. I will continue to capture every single moment with Avery and her new friends. I know it seems obnoxious when you’re not a parent, but what they say is true – it goes so fast!

Outfit details are listed below.

Crowned Creations | Baby Fashion

Crowned Creations | Baby Fashion

 


Valentines Day Cookie Cake

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Happy February! The month of L.O.V.E.

Valentine’s Day can elicit a wide range of emotions. If you are single, it’s a day you dread – you may end up ordering pizza, watching Netflix, and eating a tub of ice cream (the complete opposite meaning of “Netflix and chill”). If you are dating, it’s a day for which you might spend an insane amount of money to show how much you love someone. Aaaand if you are married, you may celebrate the weekend before to avoid the crowd or at home with something low key.

This year we opted to hang out at home and do something low key. Yes, my husband and I will get each other cards – my husband’s is always funny and inappropriate and mine is always reallllly ridiculously deep. We will most likely sneak away for dinner weeks later, but for now we were perfectly okay with staying home in our PJ’s and watching a movie. And by movie, I mean 30 minutes of the movie at a time because we had to keep pausing to tend to the small human we so lovingly refer to as “the Boss.”

I may have jumped the gun with the Valentine’s Day plans with my little love…I wanted to bake with Avery, I wanted to craft with Avery…and then I remembered – she can’t even walk yet and she would be more interested in throwing flour around the kitchen than actually baking anything edible.

I thought it would be fun to attempt a giant cookie cake – that way when she gets older, I’ll know how to make one and she’ll most definitely think I am THE best baker in the world.

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I found this fabulous recipe on Life, Love and Sugar. What did I do with the leftover dough? Make cookies, of course!

While my Valentine’s Day wasn’t particularly exciting or full of bouquets and fancy dinners, it was perfect for where we are in life. I hope that yours was perfect as well! And if it wasn’t – just make this cookie cake and that will most certainly redeem it! Check out this simple recipe below!

Valentines Day Cookie Cake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Mix in egg and vanilla extract.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, add flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips. Dough will be thick.
  5. Chill for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
  6. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  7. Spray a coat of baking spray to the bottom of the pan.
  8. Spread the dough out into the cake pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool

Recipe adapted from Life, Love and Sugar

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