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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Drinks

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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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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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Baby’s First Easter Basket


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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 basket the day before Easter. A whole day earlier than necessary! I brought it outside to snap a quick photo and Mr. King came out and placed his basket next to mine. How cute is it that he went shopping for her?! 

I thought the basket I created would come from both of us, but it turns out dad had his own plans (tear).

I know some people think it’s a bit ridiculous to create an Easter basket for a baby since they won’t remember it, but we did it anyways! Check it out below and see what we included:

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BASKET / BOOK / SANDALS / SOCKS

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P.S. Is anyone else terrified of the Easter Bunny? I opted out of Easter bunny pics this year and took a few photos with this tiny, cuddly, friendlier pink bunny. I think Avery will thank me one day! 

 

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Lazy days

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It’s been crazy in our house lately. Aside from working 40 hours a week, I’ve been working on Avery’s first birthday décor, creating custom save-the-dates, and creating wedding invites for close friends of mine. I have several friends who are tying the knot this year and it’s a joy to be a part of their special day. It’s definitely wedding season – that busy but joyful time of year! It’s difficult, though, because the second I step foot through the door, all I want to do is snuggle with my little one.

This past weekend we had zero plans. I try to take advantage of these gloriously empty days and spend plenty of time being lazy in our pajamas. I can’t get enough of her snuggles and chubby thighs. And apparently, neither can the dogs. Our dog Molly photobombed every single picture during our quick little photo session. I decided to capture the pure joy because it won’t be long enough until Molly is running in the other direction – away from a speedy toddler! I can’t wait to see their relationship blossom.

One day, the dogs will be following her around the house, hoping she drops a piece of food. It’s definitely going to be a love-hate relationship.

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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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