31 Things to do Before December 31st

Alright I thought this would be a fun way to start off Blogmas. I got this idea from pinterest but I’m writing things I think would be fun to do through december. As a reminder I have a baby so some of these ideas you might not like or maybe you will. Totally make a list that works for you!!              Screen Shot 2017-09-14 at 12.45.17 PM

I am so excited for Christmas!! I’m sure y’all are too! Let me know your ideas of what to do in December!!!

xoxo Erin

My Son is Turning ONE!!

Hello everyone!! I hope your October is going so well! I can’t believe that I have done so well with posting every day so far! haha So today marks the one month mark to my son’s first birthday and as most moms I am so excited!!! I have been planning this birthday party for a while now but everything is closing in on the big day. I wanted to share some of my ideas and party planning tips.

DECOR: I am doing a Dr. Suess themed birthday. I found some decor at Target that I can use to label food in cute Suess ways. I picked up some fabric at Hobby Lobby to create a “banner” to go around his high chair. At the dollar tree I picked up blue and red table cloths and blue, red, and white poster board. I cut up the poster board to create a banner that will display his month by month baby pictures.

FOOD: We are doing a BBQ and grilling lots of yummy foods. I am going to be doing lots of Dr. Suess themed sides, snack, sweets, and drinks.

  • Pink Yink Ink Drink- pink lemonade
  • New Blue Goo- blue punch
  • 1 fish 2 fish red fish blue fish- colored gold fish in a fish bowl
  • poodles with noodles- pasta salad
  • green eggs and ham- pretzels with white chocolate and green candies
  • Dr. Suess Soup- homemade chex mix/ trail mix
  • Truffala Fruits- fruit tray

There are so many ideas that you could do, these are just some that I am doing. I am also making a smash cake and cupcakes. I also ordered a party pack that includes plates, napkins, cups, cutlery, and a table cloth all in my theme.

I consider myself crafty so I am doing my best to make and craft everything that I can instead of buying a lot of the things. I have lots of ideas and I have been working away to make this a great party!

(all photos are courtesy of pinterest, i take no credit but hope to recreate some of these and do them justice. After Baby K’s birthday I will add my own pictures and share how the party went!!)

xoxo Erin

It’s BLOGTOBER!!

Screen Shot 2017-09-28 at 9.41.34 AMI really want to put my best effort in to doing Blogtober for the first time. With the help of some fabulous twitter friends I have some great Ideas for what to right about! So if you are new to blogtober, like me, let me introduce you. I will be writing some of my normal posts like monthly goals and a few reviews but I will also post some fall outfits, makeup looks, decor, recipes, and of course Halloween looks!

Writing a post everyday in October is going to take quite a bit of work but I think it will be so fun. Who doesn’t love fall?? It seems like people go crazy when it finally hits autumn. Even though it is still 90 degrees here where I live I want to be full on in the spirit of fall! I hope you enjoy and hopefully this will be a great success!

Talk super soon friends!

Let me know what fun fall things you’ll be doing or I should write about!

xoxo Erin

Decorating Baby’s Room

How do you pick a theme and colors and decor?!? For me it was so easy. If I would have had a girl I think it would have been much more difficult. Sorry about the lighting in these pictures.

So when I found out I was having a boy I was so excited!! I was born to be a boy mom. I gave no room for negotiation with my husband on how I was going to decorate baby K’s room. I love all things nautical. I slightly felt bad because my husband is in the Air Force and loves planes… but like I have mentioned before I am obsessed with the ocean. Anyways as you can see I went to lowes and picked out a really pretty blue for the top half of the walls and I left the lower portion the pale grey that we painted the rest of the house. Where those two colors meets we picked up this white trim at lowes as well.

I then picked up wall decor up at hobby lobby and amazon. Hampton Nautical Wood and Brass Ship Wheel and Wooden Rustic King Harbor Squared Oar are a couple of the pieces that I got and love! The wall letters and the whale hanging rack came from hobby lobby. They have such cute pieces. I got all of the bedding from target as well as the changing pad and cover, the diaper genie, and many other items. I mean who doesn’t love target?? Click the link below if you wanna find some of the latest baby things from target. I go there probably twice a week. I have a problem just like I do with amazon!

The furniture I got from babies r us. I love this set we got, very classic and will grow with baby and always look good no matter how we decide to decorate in the future! The rocker/glider chair we also go from babies r us.

How did you decide to decorate? Leave me comments (:

xoxo Erin

Baby Registry List

Hey everyone! So I decided to put together what I think is the most important items to register for. As you know I am a compulsive list maker. I make lists for absolutely everything and then some. So I wanted to make this list for my first time mommas or those who wanted a more condensed list of what is necessary and what is nice extras.

I personally registered mostly at Target and they give a fantastic free goodie bag when you register with them. It’s a bag with a bottle, nursing pads, a Paci, lots of coupons, and lots of other samples including Honest diapers and wipes! I also registered at babies r us which I honestly only got my furniture, rocker, and stroller from. It also seemed that no one really shopped there but it was definitely worth getting those big ticket items because I ended up getting babies r us rewards which for me ended up being a 100$!  Another great place to register that gives free goodies is buy buy baby. I didn’t register there because there is not one anywhere near me.

Alright so here is my bare minimum list of what to register for or make sure you get before baby!

1. Diapers and wipes! Of course you are going to be going through a lot of these. Some people like to stock up (like me) and others just get a few packs to start of because you never really know what sizes you will exactly need or how fast baby will grow.

2. A Crib or safe place for baby to sleep. I personally got the sorelle vista elite from babies r us. This particular one is a convertible crib so my baby can grow with the bed. A mattress does not typically come with the crib so you will have to purchase this separately. There are of course much less expensive and much more expensive cribs. Some people like to have a bassinet in their room for the baby to sleep when you first bring him home before transferring him to the crib. I bought a graco pack n play that had a bassinet built in to put in my room. I found this to be a less expensive option especially since we travel a lot and the pack n play will easily go with us.

3. A Carseat. Alright so this one is pretty self explanatory. You can not bring your baby home without one. I chose a combo option where you get the carseat and stroller together. This is another one of those things that you can spend a lot of money or not as much. I knew for myself I wanted to get a jogger stroller so I purchased the Baby Trend Expedition GLX travel system. I love it. It was super easy for me to put together and collapses easy too! Installing the car seat in the car was very easy as well. Not that it is necessary but the stroller has great options like bluetooth and storage space.

4. Onsies. Now I put this on the main list because we can’t have naked babies 24/7! But when I say don’t register for clothes, it is because that is about 70% of what you will get at your baby shower if you choose to have one. I had 3 because my family being in Ohio and Tennessee and me and my husband living in Florida and majority of what I got was clothing. Our parents purchased a couple big items for us like the crib, dresser, and rocker.

Now this is extreme minimalist list. Below I am going to quickly add items to the list that I am soooo happy that I have and glad I got.

1. Diaper bag- see my last post all about diaper bags

2. Diaper Genie– a lot of people say you don’t necessarily need and you probably don’t but I am so glad I do. I use this non stop and I literally never ever smell diapers!

3. Changing Pad- I got one of these with a few covers instead of a changing table. It sits right on top of the dresser we got and saves space.

4. Baby Carrier- I got the Eddie Bauer one, it wasn’t crazy expensive and is more versatile. I am not a fan of the wraps you have to tie yourself. *I put this on here because people seem to be loving the baby wearing trend. I have this carrier and I never use it. I prefer to just hold Knox personally.

5. Bumbo- I got the one with the tray table. This saves me from having to buy a highchair which will take more room and save money!

6. Rocker/Glider– I don’t think this is completely necessary personally and I don’t think I would have purchased one myself but my mother in law got it for me. I do love it but not 100% necessary.

7. Bottles- This will depend on if you are breast or formula feeding. I think it is a good idea to have some on hand either way. I love the Dr. Brown bottles the best. I plan on breast feeding but didn’t put a pump on here because most insurance companies cover them these days.

8. Blankets- I wouldn’t spend much time registering for many, you will get a lot of blankets at baby showers too! But you do have to have some of them!

9. Bath Stuff- Baby wash, shampoo, lotion, clippers, thermometer, etc.. A clean baby is a happy baby!

10. Feeding Stuff- plates, spoons, cups.. It’s never to early to stock up!

 

So this is my list. Of course you can add tons more things these days. There is a gadget for literally everything!! I don’t think it is completely necessary to overwhelm yourself with buying everything you see or someone tells you about. Get what you think you will use or need. I hope this was helpful!!

Please leave me comments and tell me what you really wanted on your registry!

xoxo Erin

As always I am not sponsored by any of the brands listed. These are what I like or have used and what has worked for me!

Baby Shower!

First things first.. Congratulations if you are expecting! So many fun things are about to unfold- tiny socks, tons of picture taking, late night diapers. Okay maybe not all of the things are fun but it is exciting. Now for one of the most fun parts is the baby shower! Now if you are anything like me you may be a control freak and want to take all of the planning into your own hands. Sure someone else is supposed to throw it for you but you can help if you want right? After you get your registry all set up then you can go into party mode! One of my best friends is technically hosting and I am helping out. So on to the planning!

Picking a theme was super easy for me. I am obsessed with the ocean and If you haven’t noticed already, when you walk thru the baby sections of anywhere, whales are everywhere! So I went with a whale them for my baby boy. If you check out Amazon and type in whatever theme you choose you can find tons of super cute decorations. I chose vista print to make my invitations. I love using them for just about everything!

Pinterest of course gave us some amazing ideas so definitely use that to get some ideas going!

 

Here are some photos of what Jenn and I put together with the help of my husband and her boyfriend. Majority of the items were either recycled from my wedding or purchases from the dollar tree and amazon. I got the It’s a boy sign from amazon and the anchor cut outs and nautical toothpicks as well. The chalkboard signs came from my wedding but were purchased from hobby lobby I believe. My husband and I used mason jars at our wedding as favors/drinking glasses and we used the left over jars as favors for the baby shower. We added loofas in a perfect matching color in the jars and labeled them “From our shower to yours.” Jenn made a beautiful diaper cake you can see on the table and also made a diaper flower arrangement.

Games! Okay so I was a dummy and didn’t take pics of… well anything! I tried to be much better about documenting when I went home to Ohio for the baby shower my momma is throwing for me, but I wasn’t.. I was distracted! But we played a few games that were a lot of fun. We had a timed game where the ladies had to blow up a balloon, diaper it and decorate it. Then I get to be the judge of whose baby was the cutest. We also played a game where the ladies raced with a balloon under their shirt and a cork between their knees. They had to run down towards a jar and drop the cork into the jar or start over if they missed! It was hilarious and so much fun.

Lastly is all of our food! As the pregnant lady in the room I am all about the food. I made babies in a blanket by taking little smokies and wrapping them in crescent rolls that I cut smaller and baked them. Jenn cut out watermelon in super cute shapes, we bought the cupcakes already made and put them on a cupcake tower. We made clams out of butter cookies and icing with a sixlet pearl. Jenn made “sea snails” out of cinnamon rolls and marshmallows for eyes. Other than that we had spinach dip and pizza rolls. We made our ocean water punch with a container of blue Hawaiian punch, 46oz can of pineapple juice, and a 2 liter of sprite.

Alright alright I will stop talking so much!! Please leave me comments guys with any questions or comments. I would love to help in any way I can with your party planning!!

xoxo Erin