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!

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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! πŸ˜Žβ˜€οΈ

Makeup, Reviews, Uncategorized

pΕ«r~lisse Blue Lotus Seed Mud Mask Review


I’ve been meaning to post this review for a few weeks, but with everything going on it’s just slipped my mind! 

I got this product in January ipsy bag. If you haven’t signed up for ipsy by now, you’re missing out! It’s $10 a month for an adorable makeup bag full of awesome samples. I’ve gotten mascaras, eyeliners, masks, moisturizers, makeup brushes, and more! You seriously can’t beat it.


This has been one of my favorite products by far. I’ve almost used it all up, and I’ll be ordering more when I do!! 

This 10 minute exfoliating facial is full of good for your skin ingredients like: 

  • Blue Lotus Seed – powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory 
  • White Clay – tightens skin & purifies pores
  • Bamboo – improves skin texture
  • Ginger – detoxifies
  • Mushroom extract -brightens skin tone
  • White Tea – soothes skin
  • Rice Bran Water – improves skin texture

I have really sensitive skin so I have to be careful with really strong masks and cleansers. This mask is wonderfully gentle but effective! 

Apply the mask in a nice thick layer on clean dry skin avoiding your eyes and mouth (duh). Let it dry completely! This normally 
takes about 10 minutes depending on how thick you apply the mask. 

Look at all the oil and nasty stuff it’s drawing out!

Use a wash cloth and warm water to gently wipe off mask using small circular motions. Rinse and dry your face and follow with pΕ«r~lisse moisturizer. 

When I first put the mask on, it does have a slightly tingly warm feeling. Not really a burning sensation and not uncomfortable, but enough to notice. This goes away after a minutes or two. 

What is your favorite mask or at home facial? Have you ever used pΕ«r~lisse? Let me know in the comments below! I would love to hear from you! πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Squishy, The Mommyhood, Uncategorized

Over the Weekend

We had a pretty interesting weekend over here in Squishy-monster land. 


Squishy and I went to Hattiesburg with Tory and her daughter for the Dance Teachers United convention. It was really fun and so great to see all the young girls enjoying something they love so much! 


I love getting to go out of town and expose Squishy to new places and people. We always traveled a lot when I was younger, and I want to be able to do the same with Squish. He loved watching all the girls, going to eat at Buffalo Wild Wings, and riding around in the stroller. 

If you’re ever in Hattiesburg, you’ve got to stop at this BWW. They have great food and AMAZING service. Our waitress was so sweet and the manager stopped and talked to us for a few minutes. We talked about Squish and his own son, and he brought Squish his own little bowl of mandarin oranges. 



Another great thing about going out of town with Squish is that it’s basically a reset button for his sleep schedule. I’ve been having the HARDEST time trying to get him back on a schedule, and it seems like nothing I try works. Last time we went out of town to Gulf Shores, it got him on a perfect schedule! This of course got messed up a few weeks later when we lost power for a couple days and had to go stay with my mom. 


This was just going to be a short trip so I figured it would be perfect. And it was!!!! He stayed awake from 2:30 when we made it to Hattiesburg until 9 when we made it back to the hotel, and HE SLEPT ALL NIGHT! 

Y’all, it was the most wonderful thing ever. He also slept all night last night IN HIS OWN BED! 😍😍😍


We also had another BIG new development yesterday. MY LITTLE MONSTER FINALLY CUT HIS FIRST TOOTH!! I was really starting to think this child was never going to have teeth! πŸ˜‚


We don’t have a lot planned for this week, and we’re probably just going to relax. I may start on a new DIY project for my living room, so stay tuned! πŸ˜πŸ‘πŸΌ
What did you do over the weekend? Any big plans for this week? I’d love to hear from you! 

The Mommyhood, Uncategorized

Over the Weekend

We had a pretty great weekend here!  

Nana and Big Daddy came to town Thursday to get their king cake. Just kidding, Nana had a doctors appointment here in town so I made them a king cake to take home.

Anyways, Friday night we all went out to eat at El Sombrero, our local Mexican restaurant. Seriously, nothing beats Mexican food and a cold Bud Light. 😍 

After dinner everyone came back to our apartment for king cake and coffee. It was awesome to just sit around talking, laughing, and spending time together. We don’t get to do it much anymore, so I enjoy it even more when we do.

And then Saturday. Oh y’all, SATURDAY. Guess what I did. Just guess! 

I TRIED ON WEDDING DRESSES!! 


I had an appointment at The Bridal Path and Alfred Angelo in Jackson. I took my mom, my stepmom Crystal, Nana, my sisters Katie, Aspyn, and Amie, and my best friend Tory. Squish was supposed to stay with a baby sitter while we went to Jackson, but she ended up getting sick Friday night so he got to go with us, too! 
Lace, and tulle, and beading! Oh my! I honestly couldn’t even tell you how many dresses I tried on. After a while I lost count and they all started blending together. 


I found a dress I liked at both salons, but I’m not 100% so we’re going to keep looking. I’m not sure what’s worse; not knowing what you want, or knowing EXACTLY what you want and not finding it. 

My best friend of almost 13 years and I

It was incredibly fun to get to spend time with all of the women and girls in my life who mean so much to me. I can’t wait to do it again! 

My beautiful baby sister Aspyn and Squish

Squish and I spent Sunday catching up on sleep and relaxing, and we went on a walk around our neighborhood. 


Unfortunately, Squish decided to go on a nursing strike Sunday afternoon that lasted about 12 hours. He finally gave in around 4:30 this morning thanks to a little sugar water on Mommy’s nipple πŸ˜‚

I don’t have any plans for this week, but this weekend Squish and I will be headed out of town for my god-daughter’s competition dance classes! It will be nice to get out of town for a little while and change things up. 

What did you do over the weekend? Any big plans for the upcoming weekend? I would love to hear from you in the comments below!! 

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Aaron BrexΒ 

It’s only taken my nine months, but here it finally is πŸ˜‚
  
BABY SQUIRREL FINALLY MADE HIS APPEARANCE!
  
Aaron Brex Denman was born at 11:20 p.m. on April 18th, 2016. He weighed 6 lbs 4 oz and was 19 inches long with a 13 inch head.

He was born 3 weeks early by emergency C-section after 11 hours of labor. He had a few issues with his breathing so he was on oxygen and an IV for fluids and antibiotics. 

He’s seriously the cutest most perfect thing in the entire world!
People always tell you that you never know love until you lay eyes on your child for the first time. They’re totally right. The way I feel about this tiny little human defies logic and reason. I question every little mark that I see, worry about every feeding and diaper change, jump at every little noise he make, constantly check to make sure he’s breathing, and am totally content to just sit and stare at him. 
But seriously, look at that face!!!

Cakes and Cupcakes, Recipes, Uncategorized

Mardi Gras King Cake


As you know, I’ve been dieting pretty hard since Christmas trying to lose all the baby weight before we get married in November. 

That means there haven’t been a lot of good desserts coming through my kitchen here lately.(cue sad face 😭)

Alas, it’s Mardi Gras season, and that means king cakes are all over Facebook, IG, and Pinterest. And I’ve been dying to not only eat one, but to try my hand at making this classic brioche style dessert.

The history behind the king cake itself, is actually pretty cool. It symbolizes the three wise men who brought gifts to baby Jesus after he was born. The colors have their own meaning with purple representing justice, green for faith, and gold for power. The round shape represents the crowns of the kings and the plastic baby represents baby Jesus! How cool is that?! 

So when my Big Daddy posted on Facebook that he wanted a king cake, I jumped at the oppurtunity to make one! 

Besides, king cake calories don’t count πŸ˜‚βœŒπŸΌοΈπŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’›

After scouting Pinterest , I decided on this recipe from Barbara Bakes. I like this recipe because it’s very detailed and leaves little room for mistakes. Seriously, it’s pretty fool proof! Which is right up my alley πŸ˜‚

I’ll leave the main recipe part to her since she does such an amazing job, but I will give you my recipe for the fillings I used.

My family has never cared for the traditional cinnamon filling in king cakes, with my grandparents favoring a fruit and cream cheese filling and myself being a chocoholic. 


For my grandparents king cake I did a raspberry cream cheese filling, and for ours I did a chocolate cream cheese. Y’all, I could have sat and eaten these fillings out of the bowl with a spoon they were SO GOOD!! 

Raspberry Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 8 oz raspberry preserve 
  1. Beat cream cheese in stand mixer with paddle attatchment until smooth
  2. Add powdered sugar and beat again until smooth
  3. When you’re putting the filling in the dough, layer the cream cheese first, and then spread the preserve on top of the cream cheese 

Chocolate Cream Cheese Filling 

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  1. Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl in the microwave 30 seconds at time, stirring well after each time (be careful not to burn it!)
  2. Let chocolate cool while you beat cream cheese in a stand mixer with a paddle attatchmemt until smooth
  3. Add chocolate to cream cheese and mix until smooth
  4. Spread on king cake dough


Where is your favorite place to get a king cake? Do you have a recipe that you swear by or a favorite filling? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you! 

Laissez les bons temps rouler, y’all! πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’›
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