Category

Mommyhood

Roman’s 2nd Trip Around The Sun (Part One)

In DIY, Mommyhood

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

It’s almost surreal to think that just a little over 2 years ago I was sharing my pregnancy journey with little Ro.  Now he’s a big boy two year old.  And I do mean big!  We just had his check up and we’re up there in the percentiles.

We had so much fun celebrating him this past Saturday with a sun, moon, and stars themed party.  I especially loved planning this one because black and gold are two of my favorite colors and this party had a ton of both!  Be sure to scroll to the bottom for details on where you can find some of the decorations.  ENJOY!

THE FOOD

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’m a sucker for a good themed party.  This one was no different and I had fun coming up with names for the food.  We kept it very simple, mainly foods that toddlers would enjoy with one or two added for the grown ups.

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

A quick side note on the pasta salad: I had originally wanted THESE NOODLES but the store I’ve bought them at before no longer carries them.  Needless to say, I was devastated (first world problems, I know) but improvised with some shells as moon craters.

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

Hubby recently got a new grill as a present so he was more than happy to take care of the hot dogs.  Definitely way better than boiling or nuking them!

 

THE CAKE

THE ACTIVITIES We had special sprinkles and icing for the kiddos to decorate cookies.  Turns out this only works for onlder kids, but they had fun! Spaceship decorate it was a big hit!  I took a large shipping box and cut here and there to create the body of the rocket.  Washable makers and paint for decorating and let the kiddos go crazy!  My boys love playing in it even after the party. THE ACTIVITIES We had special sprinkles and icing for the kiddos to decorate cookies.  Turns out this only works for onlder kids, but they had fun! Spaceship decorate it was a big hit!  I took a large shipping box and cut here and there to create the body of the rocket.  Washable makers and paint for decorating and let the kiddos go crazy!  My boys love playing in it even after the party.

In keeping with the times, I call this one my eclipse cake.  It’s alternating layers of chocolate and yellow cake (from a box cuz this mama didn’t quite feel up to making it from scratch) and regular white icing.  To get the pearlescent/metallic look, I used shimmer spray (can be bought at Walmart in the baking section).  Crumbled rock candy and Milky Way bars made for great, not to mention delicious, garnish.

THE ACTIVITIES

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

COOKIE DECORATING

We had special sprinkles and icing for the kiddos to decorate cookies.  Turns out this is best suited for older kids, but they had fun!

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

This was a big hit!  I took a large shipping box and cut here and there to create the body of the rocket.  Washable makers and paint for decorating and let the kiddos go crazy!

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The SunRoman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

My boys love playing in it even after the party.

 

THE FAVORS

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did some traditional bags with sunglasses, glow bracelets, and on-theme treats (moon pies, star crunches, and Milky Ways).  Then I found these fun moon rocks on Pinterest.  All you have to do is wrap trinkets and candy into layers of aluminum foil.

Roman's 2nd Trip Around The SunThe kids loved unwrapping them and finding little surprises as they went.  Since we had a much younger crowd, I kept them in a container but I had originally thought it would be fun to do a moon rock hunt!  With older party guests, that would definitely be a highlight.

Want to throw your our spacey party?  Here are some details:

Balloon Tassels, Star Danglers, Tassel Garland – Walmart

Black and Silver Balloons – Walmart

Gold Confetti Balloons – Pretty Cute Cuts

Name and “2” cake toppers – Gav and Ro

Ro’s Shirt – Made by your’s truly

Stay tuned for part II, the photo booth!

 

 

 

More like this
Cookie Decorating and Egg Hunt Party
Roman’s Lumberjack Bash
How I Got My Baby to Sleep Through the Night
The Bond of Brothers

10 Things I’ve Learned Since Having Boys

In Mommyhood

10 Things I've Learned Having Boys

Becoming a parent is nothing short of amazing.  As much as it’s tiring, can make you irritable, and can make situations harder, it’s so rewarding.  Literally just having my boys ask for me or miss me, is all the reward I need.  It means I’m needed, that I’m doing a good enough job for them to want to be around me, and that they may not need counseling after all! Just kidding…kinda.  But there are a few things that I never really knew about having boys that would make my parenting experience so different from what I imagined.Continue reading

Our Visit to the Sunflower Farm

In Mommyhood

Gav + Ro - Brother Sunflower Session

Two years ago, about this time, I shared our amazing maternity session at a local sunflower farm.  I knew that I wanted to go back and when I saw that the farm was about to open for this year I knew I had to take the boys.  You have to be quick out it too because they are only open for two weeks.  Sunflowers don’t last very long.  Then I found out that this was it’s last season as they have sold the land to someone else.  Devastation!  Ok, I’m being dramatic, but still, I was bummed.  So off to the sunflowers we went to capture some sweet brother pictures.  It was so funny to me to see that Ro was a little afraid of the giants blooms, just like Gav was two years ago.  I guess flowers as big as your head can be pretty intimidating.  Enjoy!

Gav + Ro - Brother Sunflower SessionGav + Ro - Brother Sunflower SessionGav + Ro - Brother Sunflower SessionGav + Ro - Brother Sunflower SessionGav + Ro - Brother Sunflower SessionGav + Ro - Brother Sunflower SessionGav + Ro - Brother Sunflower SessionGav + Ro - Brother Sunflower SessionGav + Ro - Brother Sunflower SessionGav + Ro - Brother Sunflower SessionGav + Ro - Brother Sunflower SessionGav + Ro - Brother Sunflower SessionGav + Ro - Brother Sunflower Session Gav + Ro - Brother Sunflower Session

Mommyhood FOMO

In Mommyhood
Learning to let go of my anxieties and not missing out
FO·MO –ˈfōmō/ noun
informal

Continue reading

Staying Cool This Summer

In Mommyhood

Gav + Ro // Staying cool and hydrated with Nuby

It goes without saying that summer is just hot.  But here in the south, we get hoooooooot!  So we’re always trying to find ways to stay cool during these humid and hot summer days.  One thing we have a lot of around where we live are splash pads (or fountains) and my boys love them!  All I have to do is pack up the sunscreen, towels, and our favorite Nuby water canteens to stay hydrated and we’re off!

I think Gav and Ro would play at the splash pad until their whole bodies were nothing but one giant wrinkle.  But every now any then they will take a break for some water and, of course, a snack.

The Nuby Thirsty Kids 12 oz. Freestyle water canteen is made of durable tritan from Eastman and is ideal for kids on the go! The water canteen features a silicone band that allows your child to get a firm grip while drinking and a push top that keeps the straw clean when it is not in use. The water canteens are NEW at Babies R’ Us stores!

Gav + Ro // Staying cool and hydrated with Nuby

These water canteens from Nuby are great for both my boys.  Even though Ro is 3+ years younger than Gav, these bottles are easy for him to hold onto and he can/will do it while running too!  Also, they have a great variety of prints so I was able to chose something that both boys would like.  (Because heaven forbid they look the same or *gasp* share!)

What’s also great about this particular splash pad is that it’s a stone’s throw from my parents’ house where we like to go for lunch on occasion!  (Ok, ok…we go a lot.) This also happens to be where we keep Ro’s Nuby Silicone Mat.

The Nuby Sure Grip Miracle mat features super gripping action that keeps the mat on the table and not on the floor! The 100% silicone mat allows for easy cleaning and the fun characters and design make mealtime fun!

Shop the Nuby Sure Grip Miracle Mat range in store at: Target, TJ Maxx, Babies R’ Us, Walmart and coming this summer to BJ’s Wholesale Club. Shop the item online: Amazon , Target, and Babies R’ Us.

My parents have a glass table, perfect for making finger prints and banging on with little hands!  Nuby to the rescue!  My little destructor can have his own plate now that involves no banging, no throwing, and easy clean up.  He tries to pull it up but after seeing that it’s not budging, he goes back to eating.

Nothing beats these easy summer days in the sun!  (and staying hydrated, of course!) Be sure to check out my INSTAGRAM for a giveaway for your very own Nuby Thirsty Kids 12 oz. Freestyle water canteen!

XO, Kelly

More like this
Cookie Decorating and Egg Hunt Party
Celebrating Our Time Together With JORD
DIY Summer Wreath
Wordless(ish) Wednesday // So Long Summer

Simple DIY Bunny Baskets for Easter

In DIY, Mommyhood

DIY Bunny Baskets

It’s that time of year again, Easter basket time!  For a while, to be honest, I was a little against Easter baskets.  It felt almost like Valentine’s day to me.  Easter is a time of rejoicing and celebrating our risen savior, not bunnies and baskets and eggs filled with sugar.  But, eventually, the excitement got to me and I figured it was all in fun, we definitely teach our kids about the meaning of Easter (well, right now, the 5 year old), and I decided I was being an Easter scrooge.  Today I’m getting in the spirit with some cute and easy DIY bunny baskets. Continue reading

More like this
DIY // No Sew Bible Cover
Waves + Whales Bathroom Makeover
How to Make a Party in a Box
Cookie Decorating and Egg Hunt Party

Cookie Decorating and Egg Hunt Party

In Mommyhood
*This post was sponsored by Party City and the majority of the products that you see were supplied for use in planning this party.

I love celebrating holidays.  Not necessarily in huge ways but I do enjoy heart shaped items for Valentine’s day, green colored things for St. Patrick’s day, pumpkins, and fireworks…you get the idea.  That’s why I started my cookie tradition with Gav.  I was able to take those little pieces that I love and turn them into a tradition.  There are a few holidays, however, that I enjoy more than others.  Christmas is pretty obvious, but I also really enjoy the Easter season.  Continue reading

More like this
Roman’s 2nd Trip Around The Sun (Part One)
Staying Cool This Summer
How to Make a Party in a Box
Simple DIY Bunny Baskets for Easter

You Don’t Need Me Like You Used To

In Mommyhood

It feels like yesterday that you needed me for just about everything other than walking.  I would wake you up, change your diaper, get you something to eat or drink, give you cuddles when you were tired, get you dressed, etc.  I would push you on the swings and you would crawl up in my lap when you started to get sleepy.

Now things are different.  Not a bad different just…different different.Continue reading

More like this
How to Make a Party in a Box
Simple DIY Bunny Baskets for Easter
Cookie Decorating and Egg Hunt Party
Too Many Plates

Too Many Plates

In Mommyhood

image via Unsplash

My alarm clock goes off somewhere between 5:15 and 5:30 everyday.  And by alarm clock, I mean Ro and/or my phone.  Sometimes my phone will actually beat the little man to the punch but lately, it’s been Ro who wins.  I used to get some time in the morning to myself but more often than not, I have my little buddy with me.  My mornings start right away because Ro waits for no one.  Changing the diaper (if he’ll let me), getting him milk, trying to make my coffee, and sometimes getting the dishwasher emptied and filled from the night before.  Gav has always been a late sleeper so I can pretty much depend on him to sleep until 7:00 most mornings.  But before I know it, it’s out the door we go to get to school.  After drop off, it’s on to the next.

Mondays are Gymboree for Ro, Tuesdays and Fridays are workout days for me, Wednesday is small group, and Thursday is usually grocery day.  Somewhere between these things and work, Ro takes a nap and I try to do house work and any orders or projects that need to be done.  Unfortunately, Ro has been refusing a second one for awhile now so I haven’t been getting that extra time.  Three days out of the week I work at the dance studio and then there’s tae kwon do for Gav twice a week and church activities on Sunday.

Why in the world did I tell you all this?  Maybe to give myself a little perspective, maybe to cut myself a little slack?  But it’s basically to say that I’ve had too many plates spinning in the air.  That’s why I haven’t been able to find the time to sit here post about, well, anything!  That also had a lot to do with the fact that we had a computer that was 10 years old and was slowly but surely dying before my eyes.  Like seriously, that thing was on life support!  This meant that any time I wanted to post something, I would need a block of about and hour just to boot the thing up and get the page open to type.  Add another hour if I wanted to add pictures, which, of course, I do!  But I’m happy to report that we took the plunge, made the investment, and I’m posting from my shiny, beautiful, and super fast new computer!

I’ve been feeling like I’ve been drowning in “plates” and I haven’t been able to get a balance but I’m figuring it out.  I’m often asked how in the world I do it all.  I don’t.  Often times one thing gets sacrificed for another (a lot of times it’s the laundry because that requires climbing two sets of stairs) and that’s just how it is.  Sometimes I have to sacrifice a chore and the blog because I have a deadline for a shop order.  It all depends on the week but I’m starting to find a bit more of a balance.  I have a fabulous new planner (thanks bestie!) that I make a point of looking at each day.  I find little moments to brainstorm and have a nice list of ideas ready to go.  I’ve also learned the beauty of saying no.  It’s still not easy for me and I totally need to finish reading The Best Yes, but I’m working on it.  I’ve picked my plates back up one at a time and they’re starting to spin again.  I’m one of those people that likes to be busy, no idol time for this mama.  I’m ready to get back to pouring more time into this happy little space of mine.  If you’ve stuck around, you’re the best and I love you!

XO, Kelly

More like this
10 Things Your Dance Teacher Wants You To Know
How to Make a Party in a Box
You Don’t Need Me Like You Used To
Looking Back and Looking Forward