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Checklist: How to Plan a Gender Reveal

Planning a Gender Reveal Party is SO FUN, whether it be your first or fifth baby. But have you ever been so deep into planning, that you lose site of what the party was about in the first place? ME…been there, done that. It can be stressful (slightly due to hormones), so for this reason, let me share with you a checklist for planning your baby’s gender reveal.

*Note: This can be applied to most parties, whether it be a birthday, baby shower, etc.

  1. KNOW YOUR BUDGET
    I feel this is the most important piece and the piece that can easily turn you into a ball of stress. Whether you have a lot of money or not, it’s wise to plan out a budget. Always remember to create your budget with unexpected costs in mind. You might be surprised that most unexpected costs pop up during the last-minute.
  2. CREATE YOUR GUEST LIST
    This can be interchanged with item 1. Some people create a budget which will tell them how many guest they can invite, and others create a guest list and work their budget around the amount of people. Remember to include the people whom you wouldn’t celebrate without. Then if you can still add, keep going.
  3. CHOOSE A DATE/ LOCATION
    Most Gender Reveals are planned only within a couple weeks or so, so make sure you’ve scouted a few areas before. The easiest, and most cost effective option, is to host in your home.  However, if you don’t have enough space in your home to hold the party, be sure you select the right venue. My advice is to choose one that is kid-friendly, has a quiet space where you can interact with your guest (ex. party room at a restaurant, club house, secluded park)
  4. PICK A THEME
    To further perk up your party, why not have a theme? Here are a few ideas below:
    He or She
    Cupcake or Stud Muffin
    What will it Bee?
    Princess or Prince
    Tutus or Touchdowns
    Stashes or Lashes
    Wheels or Heels
    Baseball or Bows
  5. ORDER & SEND INVITATIONS
    You can make invitation cards to make it more formal. However, if you are short in budget and time, you can easily send invitations through emails, text messages, phone calls, and even in-person.
  6. PICK YOUR VENDORS
    There are A LOT of vendors to choose from, depending on your budget and/or if you like a little DIY or cooking. Some of the top vendors are photographer, chair rentals, decor rentals, caterers, decorators, etc.
  7. PLAN THE MENU
    Big Tip: Consider the types of people who are going to attend your event. Make sure you have the right food fitting to every guest. We are not the type of mini sandwiches type of family, so ours will always have a buffet line whether it be Mexican, BBQ, or Italian. Be sure to have a some kid friendly options as well.
  8. THANK YOUR GUEST
    This is something that can be a simple small “Thank you” or it could be a party favor. Just remember that these are the people you care about most and that care about you. While you’ll be talking to a lot of people, make sure you go around and personally talk with everyone.

These are just some of the things you need to consider when throwing a Gender Reveal Party. If this is your first time, don’t stress. Just enjoy the process and don’t hesitate (I actually encourage you) to get some help from your friends and family members.

Family Gift Guides

Mother’s Day Ideas With Rellery

Happy Sunday, loves!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend! Can you believe Mother’s Day is right around the corner?! There are no words to describe how grateful I am for the most amazing role model that I am lucky enough to call Mom. All of the carpools, special lunch deliveries, shopping trips, cheer competitions, and so much more… my mom has truly been the shining light through it all. Over the years, I have grown to really appreciate her wisdom, experience and advice.

This year is also a very special Mother’s Day because it’s my first Mother’s Day. I hope to one day inspire my sweet Ava, just like my mom did to me.

To honor our beautiful moms (and with Mother’s Day right around the corner), I have partnered with Rellery to gift one lucky winner a $100 shop credit! Trust me when I say it will make the most AMAZING gift for Mother’s Day. To enter is SUPER easy! Head over to my Instagram (click here) and follow the steps. For a bonus entry, comment your favorite piece in the comments below.

Thank you to Rellery for sponsoring today’s post. All thoughts and opinions are that of my own.

Fashion

Friday Finds Under $30

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Now this had to be one of most fun post I have ever been asked to put together! Have you ever seen an adorable pair of shorts, shoes, or dress only to find out it’s over $200? Yeah, me to. Ya girl’s got diapers to buy. HA! Lucky for you (and me!) I’ve found an amazing website that offers cute, trendy items at a fraction of the price!

But wait, it gets better. ALL of these items are under $30!

A few tips:

  1. Read the reviews! They are super helpful for sizing and material 🙂
  2. Items sell out fast, so if you like something, definitely order it.
  3. I splurge on staple pieces that can be worn year after year. For trendy items, it’s best to find websites like SheIn, because you don’t feel bad if you only wear the item once or twice.

I hope this helps and would love to hear your thoughts on my picks!

Lifestyle

Something to Smile About + Giveaway

Hi Friends! Today I’m so excited to share with y’all my results from Smile Brilliant. Let’s be honest, as a new mom, you’re living on a little sleep and a whole lot of coffee. I am actually impressed how many cups I can drink now. Any moms relate?! HA. Like most new moms, my self care went out the window for a couple months. I lived in the same shirt 3 days straight, my hair was half dry shampoo, half hairspray, and I was lucky to brush my teeth, much less whiten them. I didn’t realize how much my teeth has discolored in such a short amount of time until we took Christmas photos….and all I could stare at were my teeth. Ugh, totally embarrassing! I knew I needed to do something ASAP. With Smile Brilliant, I love that I can whiten my teeth, all from the comfort of my own home while either running errands or after Ava is asleep.

 

The Kit

The kit is quite impressive because it comes with everything you need during the process. It includes:

  • Instructions for the whole process,
  • Dental Impression Kit & New Custom Fit Tray ~2 weeks later,
  • Return Mail Slip,
  • Teeth Whitening Gel,
  • Desensitizing Gel, and
  • Tray Holder

The Time

With Smile Brilliant, you can whiten anywhere from 45 minutes to 3 hours. I have super sensitive teeth, so I started out for about 20 minutes the first round, and slowly worked up to 45 minutes. I would put my trays in during the last hour before bed. Again, I love being able to do it from home because I would put them in, get lunches, and the diaper bag packed AND still have time to watch a show with my husband #multitasking. After the 45 minutes, I’ll put the desensitizing gel on for about another 15-20, and then go to bed.

My Review:

Overall, the process was very simple. Like I said before, I did find my teeth were pretty sensitive when I started out, so I had to build to keep them on for the recommended 45 minutes. Verdict: I’ll definitely keep using them because unlike regular strips, they’re custom fit to my teeth so I don’t have to worry about the gel getting on my gums. Other than that, you can see my before/after below.

Now for the good part:

 A GIVEAWAY

The steps are simple: Click here to enter to win a free kit of your own! The giveaway is for their very own Smile Brilliant kit ($149 value) and is open for 1 week and open to USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents.

Goodluck babes!