Cakes and Cupcakes, DIYs, Drinks, Holidays, Squishy, The Mommyhood

Curious Brex turns Two!!

I can’t believe my little monster is about to turn TWO! Seriously, this can’t be possible. It seems like a few days ago we were bringing him home from the hospital, and I was staying up all night staring at his sweet little face and making sure he was still breathing.

I never knew how BIG love could be, until this sweet 6 pound 4 ounce little miracle blessed our lives. He had a rough start, but he was so strong and has grown into an amazing little boy!!

His favorite show has been Curious George since we’ve moved to Texas. He used to get up to dance and shake his little booty to the theme song!

So we decided to do a Curious George birthday! I wanted to keep it simple, and we’re on a pretty tight budget since I’m still on maternity leave. Thankfully Pinterest had a lot of great DIY ideas, and Wal-Mart has cheap party supplies 😂

I bought all of the decorations from Walmart and stuck to basic yellow and red. I ordered the Curious George “Happy Birthday” banner and cake topper from Walmart, too, and did free in-store pickup! To give the table height, I just wrapped a couple boxes coordinating paper. We already had the Curious George stuffed animal that I had ordered from Belk a few months ago.

For snacks I decided to do Charkie’s chips (plain Lays), Hundley’s hotdogs (pigs in a blanket), the Renkin’s fresh veggies, and the Quint’s fish crackers (Goldfish). Of course the Goldfish were left at home, but we still had plenty of food! I bought card-stock and a white paint pen from Hobby Lobby to make the table tents.

I wanted Brex to have his own cake, so I decided to do a small cake for him, as well as cupcakes for everyone else. The cake board is 2 circles of cardboard cut out from a box and covered in wrapping paper, then plastic wrap.

For party favors I did chocolate dipped pretzel rods, because the best party favors are ones you can eat! I bought milk chocolate chips, pretzel rods, and favor bags from Walmart. They actually have bags that are specifically for this! I bought candy melts in red in yellow from Hobby Lobby. I dipped the pretzel rods in the chocolate, shook the excess off, placed them on wax paper, and drizzled with the colored candy melts. Easy peasy!

Everything turned out absolutely fantastic! I couldn’t have been happier with it, and our little monster had a blast!

While it makes me sad that my baby boy isn’t much of a baby anymore, I am so thankful he’s growing up to be such a smart and loving child!

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. -Psalm 127:3

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DIYs, Holidays, Squishy, The Mommyhood, Uncategorized

Fall Bucket List

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So, I’m really excited for fall. Like I can’t even describe it. Fall always brings back great childhood memories for me like trick-or-treating, Thanksgiving dinners, football games, Black Friday shopping, going to the state fair, and pumpkin patches. Since Squish is finally old enough to realize what’s going on and enjoy going to do stuff, I really want to make the most out of the next few months!

I’ve come up with this great list (because, ya know, I love lists) of all the fun things I want us to do! A lot of these are kid centered activities, but some of them are great DIY opportunities, too!

FALL 2017 BUCKET LIST

  • go to a pumpkin patch
  • pick apples at an orchard
  • go to the Texas State Fair
  • make apple crisp
  • trick-or-treating
  • play in a leaf pile
  • go on a hayride
  • carve pumpkins
  • fall finger-painting
  • go to a football game
  • eat caramel apples
  • make pie
  • go to a corn maze
  • do a fall photo shoot
  • roast marshmallows for s’mores
  • go to a farmer’s market
  • DIY a fall wreath
  • go to the zoo
  • fall leaf craft
  • toast pumpkin seeds
  • go to a haunted house

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What’s your favorite fall activity? Anything you’ve always wanted to do, but never had the chance? Drop me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!God bless and I hope you had a fantastic Monday!

DIYs, Holidays, Uncategorized

DIY Chalkboard

​When we moved in to our new apartment, I was really excited about one thing in particular. We have a PANTRY!! An honest to goodness, walk-in pantry! After the super limited cabinet and storage space at our old place, having a real pantry was like Christmas in July. 

When I saw the pantry, I knew the door would be the perfect place for a chalkboard so I looked around at a few places. Well let me be the one to say it, chalkboards are a little more expensive than I remember! I really only saw one that I liked and that was the right size, and it was $60! That’s right, SIXTY DOLLARS!! I just couldn’t spend that much on a chalkboard. 

I already had chalkboard paint, so I just figured I would make one! I checked out a few thrift stores and found this great framed print that was the perfect size for only $4! 

I went to Home Depot and bought Rustoleum Paint + Primer in glossy warm yellow to match my kitchen, chalkboard spray paint (just easier than the brush on paint i had), and a plastic tarp for a total of $9. 

If you can, remove the glass from the frame and paint the frame with the color of your choice. Do 2-3 coats, letting it dry in between each coat. Paint the glass with the chalkboard paint the same way, with 3-4 coats. 

With my print, the frame didn’t come apart from the glass. So I just taped off the glass and painted the frame first, then taped off the frame and painted the glass. It took a little longer, but the same result. 

I was so excited to pul all the tape off and see how it turned on. And boy was I not disappointed! It turned out perfect! Here it is after my sweet man hung it up for me.

We just used the little clear plastic mounts like you would use to hang a full length mirror. They were only about $2 at Walmart. For the entire project I only spent $15! Not too, shabby huh 😊

I tried hand lettering it with regular chalk, and while it turned out “ok”, I couldn’t get clean sharp edges. I’ll definitely be buying some chalk markers. But here it is for now! 

This weekend I’ll be decorating for fall, and I couldn’t be more excited. Fall is my favorite time of year! Pumpkin patches, football, Halloween, Thanksgiving, cooler weather, does it get any better? Nope! I’ll be posting a few fall themed DIYs over the next few months, so stay tuned! 

God bless and have a wonderful week! 

Baby Gear, DIYs, Holidays, Squishy, The Mommyhood, Uncategorized

Baby’s First Easter Keepsake


Wether this is your little monster’s first Easter, or one of the many more to celebrate, making keepsakes is always a fun way to remember such a special holiday! 

I like keepsakes that I know will keep for years to come, and that I can use to decorate every year. This way I can look back on these first few years every time I see it! 

Here are my favorite baby-friendly Easter keepsake crafts. 

1. Baby’s first Easter painting –This is probably my favorite! While this is actually for older monsters, it’s easily adaptable for babies. Check out how HERE

2. Easter Keepsake Plate – Another adorable idea that can be used and displayed every year. 


3. Baby Foot Cross: This is an easier keepsake, since you can print your lettering on a basic piece of 8×10 printer paper, add baby’s footprints, and then frame!


4. Baby Footprint Easter Egg – I love this idea! You can use ceramic dyeable eggs like Egg Nots, so you can keep them forever. You could also use a bigger egg and do babies hand print and foot print, use glitter paint, and add baby’s name and the year! 

5. Salt dough Easter Egg – This one is super easy to make, and your probably already have everything you need! 


6. Easter Silhouette Portrait – This one is a little harder, and you’ll need Photoshop or PicMonkey, but if you can pull it off it would be freaking adorable! 


7. Easter Bunny Handprint Burlap – Burlap and baby hand prints, does it get any cuter? Add an Easter ribbon with a hot glue gun and hang this cute keepsake up! 


Do you still have your little monster’s holiday keepsakes? Will you and your monster be making one for Easter? Leave a comment and let me see your little monster’s Easter keepsakes! 

DIYs, Holidays, Squishy, The Mommyhood, Uncategorized

Baby’s First Easter Basket


It can’t seriously already be March. 
It just can’t. 

OK, maybe I’m just refusing to acknowledge the fact that next month is April and my wittle baby is going to be ONE. I’m going to chill over here in denial land a little while longer, thank you very much. 

While the thought of my bitty baby not being so bitty anymore may make me want to ugly cry, I’m actually pretty excited for Easter.

Easter was the last holiday I spent pregnant with Brex, and for some reason that makes this first holiday feel especially special. Which means it has to be PERFECT.

Pregnant with Brex Easter 2016

So like any millennial mom worth her organic sea salt, I’ve been pinning hundreds of ideas to my Easter board on Pinterest. (You can check that out here.)

There are THOUSANDS of adorable ideas for first Easter outfits, baskets, photography ideas, and baby keepsake crafts.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be doing a series of posts about my favorite Easter stuff for babies! This first post is going to focus on what I’m super excited about this year -baby Easter baskets!! 

So here’s my top 10 favorite ideas for baby Easter baskets!

1. Cute Easter basket – You can’t have the perfect Easter basket without the… well, BASKET! Here’s a few of my favorite baskets, and some unique basket alternatives.

Pottery Barn Taupe Easter Bunny Basket (personalization and pink available)
Umbrella Easter Basket

Baby Swing Easter Basket
Rain Boots Easter Basket
Dump Truck Easter Basket
 

Baby Pool Ball Pit Easter Basket

2. Stuffed bunny rabbit – Is it really an Easter basket without a stuffed Easter bunny?? 

Pottery Barn Taupe Bunny Plush (Also available in pink)
Some-Bunny Special Embroidered Plush Bunny (Also available in pink)
Personalized Plush Easter Bunny (totally customizable)
3. Baby Friendly Snacks – If your kid is anything like my little monster, then food is always the best present. Here’s a few of my monster’s favorites that are the perfect size for little Easter baskets! 

Gerber Graduates Yogurt Melts
Happy Baby Organic Teethers
Happy Baby Organic Baby Food Pouches
4. Easter book – While Brex hasn’t quite gotten old enough to sit while I read to him (he still tries to eat the book), I love adding to his book collection for later on. His Daddy and I both love to read, and it’s important that we instill that same love in him. 

Bright Baby Touch and Feel Easter
Happy Easter, Mouse!
Guess How Much I Love You
The Easter Story
5. Teething Toys – You can’t go wrong with something to soothe those sore little gums.

Munch Mitt (Also available in pink, purple, green, and yellow)
Sophie
RaZbaby RaZ-Berry Silicone Teether

6. Accessories – Your little one may not find these just utterly thrilling, but oh well. They’re adorable, and you only get to dress them up however you want for a short while! 

Little Mr. Bow Tie and Suspender Sets
Carter’s Striped Fedora
Monogrammed Seersucker Booties
Pottery Barn Baby Sunglasses
Bailey’s Blossoms Floral Headwraps
7. Swimsuits – Once again, probably not going to be your baby’s favorite, but holy cuteness Batman.

Carter’s Dinosaur Swimwear and Accesories
Carter’s Striped Tankini and Accessories

8. Bath Toys – You can never have too many, right?

Munchkin Float and Play Bubbles
Nuby Octopus Hoopla
Nuby Splish Splash Stacking Bath Cups
9. Movies – Even if our little one isn’t old enough to enjoy movies just yet, it won’t be long! 

Veggie Tales An Easter Carol
Hop
Winnie the Pooh Springtime with Roo

10. Travel Friendly Toys – Little ones have equally little attention spans, so prepare for those summer car rides with these travel friendly toys.

VTech Touch and Swipe Baby Phone
Bright Stars Lots of Links
Infantino Spiral Activity Toy (Also available in pink)
Do you have anything special you’re going to include in your little ones basket this year? Leave a comment and let me see your little monsters’ basket!

DIYs, Uncategorized

DIY Grapevine Easter Bunny Wreath

Spring has always been one of my favorite times of year. It’s not miserably hot yet, everything is blooming, and of course Easter! This year is even more special because it’s also my little monsters first birthday. Cue the sad mommy tears 😩😭 Seriously, he can’t already be a year old. It’s not possible! 😢

Anyways, I love having something hanging on my door for the season or holiday, but I wasn’t crazy about any of the Easter wreaths I saw in the stores this year. And for whatever reason I can’t find our old Easter door hanger. 

Pinterest to the rescue! I found an adorable grapevine Easter bunny wreath that was listed on Etsy, but it was $40 and kind of small. We live on the second floor of our building so I wanted something a little bigger that people could see from the ground. It didn’t look like it would be too hard to do myself, so off to Hobby Lobby I went.

Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • 1 10″ grapevine wreath
  • 1 8″ grapevine wreath 
  • 2 6″ grapevine wreaths
  • Floral wire
  • Any decorations you want to use (I used a burlap flower and burlap wired ribbon)

The great thing about this is how customizable it is. You can use any color/kind of ribbon or flower, add Easter eggs, more flowers, anything! 


The hardest part of this was bending the 6″ wreaths. Try to get them with the thinnest branches you can find, because it will make it easier. I ended up wrapping a blanket around the top half of the wreath, and using my foot to press down on it until the branches snapped enough. These will become your bunny’s ears!

Attatch the 10″ wreath and the 8″ wreath together with floral wire. It doesn’t have to be perfect, you can cover it up with ribbon! Then attatch your bunny’s ears to its head (8″ wreath). Make sure you use enough wire to really secure the ears. I had to go back after a couple weeks and redo mine! 

Once you have your bunny put together, you can add any decorations you want! I chose to keep it simple and kind of rustic with a burlap ribbon and bow , and a burlap flower. 

Have you made a new wreath for Easter? I would love to see it! Comment with a picture of your Easter wreath! 

Oh and don’t forget about Daylight Savings Time! Turn your clocks forward an hour tonight! I know this girl is excited for an extra hour of sunlight! 😎☀️

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One Pan Meal Prep


 I will spend all day making cakes, cookies, cupcakes, and pastries, but when it comes to “healthy” cooking, I am spectacularly lazy. 

This is why the One Pan Meal Prep is not only my go-to, but pretty much the only way I’ll prep healthy meals for the week. 
In this prep I did ginger sesame chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and carrots. 

We pretty much always have chicken breasts (thanks babe 😘), so all I had to buy was the marinade and veggies. It only cost me $5.00. You read that right, FIVR DOLLARS for four meals! 

I took two chicken breasts and cut them into 2″ pieces and marinated them the day before.


When you get ready to cook everything, preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a cookie sheet with foil. Put your marinated chicken in the center of your cookie sheet. Then you basically just chop all your veggies up and put them on either sides of your chicken, give a quick spray with cooking oil, and toss on some sea salt.
 I like to do at least 3-4 different veggies so I’m not eating the same exact thing every. single. night. Dieting is hard enough without it being BORING. 

After you have everything laid out, bake it for about 20 minutes, or until your chicken is done. Most of your veggies should be cooked, but sometimes I have to put the sweet potatoes back in for another 10 minutes if I don’t cut them small enough. 

Once everything is done cooking, just slice your chicken and pack it all up! I normally do 6-7 oz of chicken per meal with 1(ish) cup of a veggie. I’m not really strict on measuring the veggies. 💁🏻


All together this probably takes about 5 minutes of prep, 20 minutes to cook, and 5 minutes to package! 

The only thing easier than this is maybe a crock pot meal. Which reminds me, I really need to start using my crock pot again! 🤔

What are your favorite healthy recipes??