Ava’s Playroom

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Happy Friday Friends! I am so excited to share Ava’s playroom with you guys! As she is developing into a toddler, I’m becoming more thankful of this room every single day. Ava’s playroom is really another bedroom, but it connects her to actual bedroom upstairs, so for the meantime, it’s the perfect space. It’s still a work in progress, but I wanted to share the process with y’all.

When creating this room, I knew I wanted to make the room unisex (if we had a boy next), but I also knew I wanted to use color. The rest of our house is pretty neutral or we use very soft colors, such as the pink in her room.

There is a nook to the right side of the room that fits this shelf holder. I purchased these white cubes [similar] and hot glued the pink ribbon on the front for a little emphasis. Super easy DIY! I wanted to keep the top four cubes open for items such as puzzles and books, but the bottom four hold toys. I hope to teach Ava to clean up, which these cubes make it easy to do. We just purchased the easel from IKEA for like $15, total steal! I plan to transform the chalk into a dual purpose magnetic board.

A few of the toys she absolutely loves are these blocks, Abacus [similar, ours is from IKEA], Xylophone. We recently added this fox night light, which not only plays sound, but comes in handy One item we don’t limit is books. Anytime we are at Target or Home Goods, I try to pick up another one to add to her collection. Two of the shelves currently hold her books, but these will most likely be moved to a basket once I have more.

We found the Shine Bright sign at our local At Home. This elephant chair is also one of her favorites! She is starting to outgrow it, due to the trunk, but it’ll last until she gets this Anywhere Chair for Christmas. Her teepee is also an item she’s had since she was an infant, so I’ll be upgrading it sometime this year, but it still works perfectly fine for her age and height. I’ve been working on a project for this room I’ll be sharing in the coming weeks and we still have to add some type of decals or wall mural, curtains, and other activities, but for now, this is what it looks like!


Sprinkle Birthday Party

Hooray for the Sprinkle Party! I’m so excited to finally share Ava’s first birthday theme.  I knew for Ava’s first birthday, I wanted a theme as fun, sassy and spunky as she is. The sprinkles, sparkles and confetti birthday celebration was PERFECT. I also love brightly colored kid’s parties so I decided it would be the perfect theme!


If you saw this post, you’ll remember I partnered with Basic Invite and shared a sneak peek into her theme. I kept one and carried it with me so I could make sure to match colors!


I knew I wanted a matching smash cake and cake. Can you believe our local grocer made these?! With everything else being so vibrant, I loved that these had more muted colors. Guess what this dip is?! DUNKAROO dip! Do you guys remember that from you childhood? It’s seriously so easy to make and was such a hit!


This balloon arch was seriously SO easy but made the space so much fun! Lastly, I added some fun treat bags for the older kiddos for them to enjoy.

That wraps it up! I hope you enjoyed our theme as much as we did!


Abercrombie Sale

Abercrombie is having a MAJOR sale going on! Yes, I love Abercrombie and I’m 26, but what can I say, they’re making a comeback. Am I right?! I love their sales because I use this to stock up on all the items I know I’ll need throughout the winter. Sweaters, basics, jeans all on sale! I broke it down into categories below as I didn’t want to bog my stories down. 🙂







One Year with Ava

I’m 5 days late writing this, however, this has been in my drafts for the past couple weeks. Then, a stomach bug hit our house [which I’m still recovering from],

I can’t believe a year ago, at 8:03 am, I met Ava for the first time. I was nervous an excited at the same time. I was able to hold our daughter for about 30 minutes, and then she was taken from me. I talk more about that here. It was definitely a scary and emotional time, and some of those feelings are still with me today. But here we are, a year later, with a sassy and adorable little ONE YEAR OLD.

This will be the last month of updates, I’ll update periodically at her 15 and 18 month milestones. I’m also pretty psyched that I don’t have to take these monthly photos anymore because let me tell you, they were not easy the last couple months! If you can get a toddler to sit still for 0.5 seconds to get a non-blurry photo, you deserve a medal. I didn’t even try for 12 months because I knew that was not going to happen. If I’ve learned anything in the last year, it’s that the art of distraction is your friend as a parent.

I laid in bed the night before her birthday sobbing, full out ugly crying, wondering where the last year went, how she’s grown, and excited for the future all at once. We had plans to celebrate her birthday on the 25th with all our family, however the bug got the best of us, so I’m excited to have her party this weekend.

A few milestones from the past month:

  1. MAMAMA: She’s obsessed with me and I love it. For the longest time, she was team dada, but she made the switch where I’m the one she crawls to and wants to hold her.
  2. Meltdowns: Literally the tantrums have started.
  3. Introducing whole milk: I was hesitant to do this, as I didn’t know how she would react, but she LOVES it. She’s had it the past two nights and has slept like a baby. Legit, so great.
  4. Sippy Cups: we’ve been working on switching most feedings to sippy cups. She still has her morning and evening bottles, but for the most part, her day feedings are all with these sippy cups.
  5. Pointing: she loves to point at everything, it’s so cute. She is also fascinated with putting her pointer finger on your eyes and touching your eyelashes.

Those were a few of our favorite high moments [minus the tantrum], however the worst moment was this virus she had last week. She had a running nose on Monday and Tuesday, but we didn’t think much of it because 1. it was clear, and 2. she had no other symptoms. They called us from daycare Wednesday saying she had a fever of 100 degrees, so I went to pick her up. She was warm, but she seemed to be in typical spirits, so I gave her some medicine and knew I we would be staying home Thursday. Sean and I split the day where he was with her Thursday morning and I was with her Thursday afternoon. That’s when she took a turn for the worst. Her fever hadn’t gone down with medicine, and we took her temperature and it was 102. We took her to the urgent care and it has spiked to 104.5. I was terrified and she was miserable. They gave her a suppository of tylenol, as I wanted to make sure she got her medicine. All Friday, all she wanted to do was cuddle and sleep. She hadn’t done that since she was a tiny little thing.

I included her milestones below, you can check out Month 1-2, Month 3, Month 4, Month 5, Month 6, Month 7, Month 8, Month 9Month 10-11 here.

Month 10 was a fail.