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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!

THE INVITATION:

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!

THE TREATS:

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!

THE DECORATIONS:

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!

Fashion

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. 🙂

Tops:

Cardigans/Jackets:

Dresses:

Jeans:

 

Family

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.

Lifestyle

How to Organize Your Linen Closet

This post is sponsored by Kohl’s. I was paid for this post and received the included home goods as compensation.


Hi Friends! Today I am so excited to share simple tips on organizing a linen closet. With purchasing a new house, I feel the need to purge A LOT of items that we’ve kept on to. This is primarily because Ava is now starting to crawl (and almost walk, eek!!) all over the house. She has mastered opening doors, so I have to be super careful about what we leave on the floor and in her reach. Kohl’s is a one-stop shop for cute home essentials at amazing prices. Kohl’s is having their White Sale from 8/22 through 9/3 and the deals are TOO GOOD to pass up including brands like Mohawk, Big One, Columbia, Serta!

Tip if you have kids: Buy online and pick up in stores. You’re welcome 🙂

First, I took everything out. EVERYTHING. You don’t realize how much trash you have until it’s all dumped out and you’re like “when did I get this?!”, “is this expired?”….yeah, I had several things…oops.

Once everything was out, I started staggering my bins. This helps hide all of the extra “stuff” that you just have to have. Nothing screams “unorganized” like a half pack of open razors or small hair ties all over the place. From there, I always put my pillows up top. With this Houston heat, my current favorites are these Serta Cooling Magic Gel pillows. Another option is The Big One 2-Pack Memory Foam pillows which are currently on sale for $27.99.

The third step is towels. I’m in love with crisp white towels and these bath towels and these hand towels are the ones I picked up. They come in 13 colors, so there is a color for whatever color scheme your bathroom is.

I always keep an extra set of sheets, because, with a baby, you never know when an accident is bound to happen. We are in the process of switching our bedding up, so I went with these Columbia Cooling Sheets in Earl Grey. I keep a few of my favorite blankets to fill up space, and then finally stock my baskets with the necessities.

I’m still trying to decide on a rug, but this one and this one are two I’m currently loving by Mohawk. They’re non-slip, machine washable, AND come in multiple sizes.

Want to see what other great deals are out there? Search #KohlsHomeSale and #KohlsFinds and find out!

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