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Every year around the end of April, I feel the need to start drinking a tad bit more.
Because a birthday party is on the horizon.
And that means lots of planning.
All in a specific timeframe.
And I’ve never been good at any of that stuff all together at once.
Thus, why the sparkly horse birthday party was two months ago and you are just now hearing about it.
I needed time to recuperate.
We have an Aunt Rochelle.
I hope you have an Aunt Rochelle too.
You see, Aunt Rochelles always send the good stuff.
It is not uncommon for multiple packages (sporting color coordinated designs & patterns) to arrive on the front porch anytime of the year.
It may be Christmas.
Or it may not.
It may be a birthday.
Or it may not.
Said packages will contain not one, not two, but multiple ensembles for the circus.
Each ensemble is complete with a top, pants, cardigan, usually a skirt, socks, matching beret, and my favorite – matching sunglasses.
And during the summer she gets multiple swimsuits with matching cover-ups, hats, and sunglasses.
The kid has Jackie O sunglasses, pink sunglasses, movie star sunglasses, Iris Apfel sunglasses, floral print sunglasses, checked sunglasses.
If she has an outfit from Aunt Rochelle, then she has the matching sunglasses.
See why we love our Aunt Rochelle?
We also love her because she’s just a load of fun too.
With this vast assortment of sunglasses, it felt wrong just putting them in a drawer and only bringing them out as needed to complete an ensemble.
No, no, no, no, no – sunglasses like this should be displayed.
So Grunt Labor and I came up with this DIY sunglasses holder so that the kid could enjoy her shades even inside.
The circus has discovered princesses.
Specifically Belle and Cinderella.
She’s also discovered ballerinas and cowgirls and doctors.
And she wants to be all those things.
Numerous times throughout the day.
Luckily, she hasn’t morphed into a total girly girl. Let’s be honest – I don’t know if I could handle that.
Its more like tutu one minute and mud the next.
I’ll take that any day over constant tea parties and tiaras.
I thought I had the dress-up department confined to one box.
And then her birthday happened.
Suddenly, it was as if all of Broadway’s costume department threw up in her room.
There were meltdowns over not being able to find Ariel’s shoes to wear with Sophia’s dress.
It finally clicked with me what I would do for the IKEA Billy Bookcase Hack that HomeRight asked me to participate in – it would become a DIY Dress Up Closet.
Seriously y’all, I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to have a birthday party over with.
Not that it wasn’t a great little party and yes, I’m a little sad the kid is growing up so fast, but party planning and party decorating for kids birthdays are just. so. exhausting.
Can I get an amen?
This year we opted for a Care Bear and Rainbow Party for the kid’s birthday. When I started planning it, she was really into her stuffed bears, by the time the party rolled around she was really into her stuffed dogs. Can’t go anywhere without a stuffed dog these days.
Kid changes her mind more than I do.
Let me go ahead and squash what all of you are thinking.
I am not pregnant.
Nor do I have any plans of being pregnant. I am a one and done parent. Or even a one and fun kind of parent. To all you other parents out there that have multiple children, my hat is off to you. The thought of having another one just makes me want to go take a nap. Grunt Labor, the kid, and I are perfectly happy as a unit of three.
Over the past week during the fiasco of preparing for the kid’s birthday party (details coming soon), I started thinking about her nursery and what all has worked in there for us, what didn’t work and what I would do differently. I thought some of you guys with kiddos on the way, may want to hear my words of wisdom.
But trust me, my words of wisdom on nursery ideas and decorating is far better than my words of wisdom on actual parenting. At least I can admit it.
Baby girl’s nursery has changed, and had a few little improvements since I last posted about it. So, I thought it might be fun to share some new photos with you! I didn’t want a nursery for her that would be full of brightly color characters. I wanted something more authentic, I guess you could say….
We made it through year one. No serious injuries, no serious sickness, only busted her lip a few times, fell off the couch and bed a couple times, multiple bruises, and I only let her eat a clump of dirt once. We. Survived. It. Hallelujah. To celebrate the big day, we threw a blue and pink…
Get more posts like this one delivered to your inbox for free! Subscribe here. This DIY Birthday Banner is one of the many DIY party decorations that I made for my daughter’s 1st birthday party. Many of you may know that we just got done celebrating my daughter’s 1st birthday. It was a blue…
As you all probably know by now, there is a big party to be had. Baby girl is turning one. Of course, she must have a party hat. I would not settle for your typical birthday hat you can buy at a party store. Those are fine and dandy, but no, no, no. I wanted…
With the kid’s 1st birthday quickly approaching, I realized I had better get some invitations made for her birthday party. As many of you already know, I am a PicMonkey whore. There, I said it. I love all of the cool things it lets you do with photos. And I’m not talking the Royale features….
Aren’t these tissue paper pom poms so fun? Instead of a mobile in the vintage style nursery, I thought these would be much more pretty and stylish! And, we all know, my kid has gotta have style! I used this simple tutorial from Martha Stewart, that you can find here. All you need…
If you remember, I bought some vintage nursery rhyme books and made this cute tissue box cover for the nursery…. I also chose 6 of the nursery rhymes to frame. I bought simple white frames at Micheal’s and used scrapbook paper as the background. Simple, cute, and vintage. How can you go wrong with that…