Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lincoln’s One Year Birthday Party

 

Lincoln's one year birthday party a week ago was a big success. Mike and I started planning months in advance. Since we were inviting a big group of people we decided to rent a room at our local rec center. I'm so glad we ended up going with that option and the room really exceeded our expectations.

I had lofty ideas for a theme but we ended up going to Party City and buying the decorations that had the most options so our theme became "one year old boy." We also got balloons from the local grocery store and tied bags of gummy worms as anchors. 

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We went with an easy option of ordering pizza and chicken for lunch and a couple of family members were kind enough to bring fruit, salad and pasta salad. My one big crafty item was cupcakes with Lincoln head toppers. They weren't hard to make in the end but I researched them for way too long. I originally thought of buying toppers but the prices were a bit high. It was really hard for me to find a tutorial for what I wanted so I read around 10-15 different options and finally just figured it out on my own. Stay tuned and I will share how I made them. I even figured out how to pipe frosting with a tip. There are actually a ton of tutorials for that so it really helped. Once I got the hang of a couple it was easier than I thought.

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Lincoln had a blast at the party and loved the food. He was really good with all the different people there. He had one cranky moment when he was ready to eat lunch but otherwise he did super well. He was a big fan of the new push jeep he got so we pulled it out to play with right away.

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I think the highlight for everyone was watching him eat his smash cake. He was a chocolaty mess but he loved it. I made him a simple chocolate cake by using some of the batter from the cupcakes and cooking it in a small casserole dish. Then I slathered the whole thing in chocolate frosting. He probably would have ate more than I let him but he wanted to throw it on the floor and I didn't have Abby to help me with the mess so I had to cut it off :)

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The whole day went so well and I'm glad we spent the time to give our boy a special party. It's still crazy how quickly the year has gone and how much he has grown up. He is such a little man now and I love watching him continue to grow and learn new things all the time. 

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His hungry face :)

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Lincoln is One!

 

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It’s here! Lincoln’s birthday! Our guy is one and what a year it’s been. This time last year I was hadn’t slept in over 24 hours and I had a tiny (or not so tiny, he was 10 lbs 1 oz) baby in my arms and I had no idea what I was doing. Now it’s a year later and I (kinda) have this mom thing figured out and I have the cutest, sweetest, most fun boy in the world. Ok I may be a bit biased but I feel so lucky to have the perfect little guy. This year has not been easy at times but it’s been so awesome watching Lincoln develop from a tiny newborn that slept all day into the non stop moving little man that he is today.

Lincoln started taking a few unassisted steps on his own a couple of weeks ago and now he is almost full time walking. He gets better at it every day. It’s still so funny to see him wandering around on his own. His little walk is so cute. He has gotten good at turning around mid walk, avoiding obstacles and getting right back up when he falls down. He still crawls a little but the past couple of days he seems to prefer to be upright.

We started him on regular milk this past week and he has been doing pretty good on it. He seems to like the taste but I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised since he likes pretty much anything we give him. He eats like a champ and sometimes I am surprised at how much he can put away. There isn’t much he doesn’t like but some of his favorites are eggs, chicken, broccoli, cheese and potatoes.

Lincoln’s one year party is tomorrow so we have been in full party planning mode. More details and lots of pictures to come. I’ll keep this post short and sweet while I get back to baking cupcakes.

Here’s a look back over the past year. I can’t even believe how tiny he was and how different he looks now!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

What I Wore- Warm It Up With A Scarf

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Cardigan- Target, Skirt- Limited via ThredUP, Scarf- Kohl’s, Shoes- Target

 

Here's an outfit I wore a couple of weeks ago when the weather was rather mild. Super cold weather is in the forecast so I don't see myself wearing too many three quarter length sleeves in the future. I wanted to get another wear out of this three quarter length cardigan so I added a scarf to the mix. I've been adding lots of scarfs lately and that will continue through the spring. This was the closest colored cardigan I had to a maroon/burgundy color but I've since added this gem from JC Penney that I bought with a coupon for a steal. 

It's one of the few things I've bought lately. I'm kind of bored with my closet but not sure what I really need to spruce it up and reluctant to spend money on anything that isn't going to fill a hole in my closet. I also can't seem to find the time to take outfit pictures lately anyway and maybe that's why I'm losing interest in my closet too. I would love to do a remix post but taking pictures seems to allude me these days since Lincoln is way more interesting than taking selfies of my outfits. Plus he's not much of an assistant since he is obsessed with my tripod and must touch it the second he sees it.

I haven't had much time for blogging or really much to say lately unless it's talking about my boy and all the adorable things he's been doing. I finally finished a hat for Lincoln that took waaaay too long because I couldn't figure out how to complete it. Now that it's done I will eventually get around to sharing it. I have a list of a million and one things I want to make so maybe I can actually get motivated to work on them. But first we have a one year birthday coming up and I am consumed with planning it. Expect to hear lots more about it coming soon!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Haircut, Zoo and a Pumpkin Patch

 

We have been non stop busy lately and I haven't had a chance to share it all. So much to do, so little time :)

First up Lincoln got his first big boy hair cut. Mike and I have cut it several times but it was starting to get too long for either of us to handle plus he threw a big fit the last time we tried to cut it together. I broke down and took him to a pro. There is a cute kids place near our house that had a fun tractor seat with a wheel and Sesame Street on the tv. The hair dresser was great with him and he didn't cry, although he wasn't too happy about the clippers on the back of the neck. She did a great job at cutting it but it was so short! I kind of died a little because he looked like a big boy and not my little baby anymore. It's been a week and I have adjusted to it now. Mike and I keep discussing how we can style it. The other night Lincoln smeared potato salad in his hair and it gave him the cutest look so maybe that's our new styling tool lol.

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Last weekend we also went to Boo at the Zoo at our local zoo. This is the third time we've been to the zoo this year and it was the first time Lincoln really started to notice the animals which made it the most enjoyable time this year. We went with Lincoln's cousin's who got to enjoy the trick or treat part of the trip. We opted not to get him any treats although they looked pretty tasty. It was fun to see all the kids dressed up and Lincoln sported his puppy dog costume the whole time with very little protest. I was surprised at how well he tolerated the hood because he is generally not a fan of having something on his head. 

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Then this past weekend we finally made it out to a pumpkin patch. It was a place called the Rockin Ranch and had a western/scary theme. There was a small petting zoo area and a hayride down to a pumpkin patch. Although I probably wouldn't go back because it was not quite as exciting as the pictures online made it look we still had a fun time with our friends and their almost 2 year old son. The boys both loved the pumpkins more than any other part of the trip. We let Lincoln crawl around and he was just enthralled with those pumpkins. They were pretty picked over (it was the last weekend before Halloween after all) but the ones that were left were the perfect kid size and he had the best time with them.  

 

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And my last little update is that Lincoln is soooo close to walking. He can toddle part way across the living room and is getting more brave every time he tries. We are about to have a full fledged walker on our hands and it's very exciting. Mike says Lincoln is doing the "monster mash" because he walks like a little zombie. It's so cute and he is so proud of himself when he does it. Abby is in trouble because he is going to be running after her in no time. Mike and I are in trouble too because this kid is never going to stop (but I love every second of it!) 

Friday, October 17, 2014

DIY Ombre Necklace

 

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I have been on a small crafting spree lately. I made a new fall wreath, I've been taking in a few of my tops, I've made a couple of necklaces, and I started crocheting again. It feels good to get my creative juices flowing again although it is still much more challenging to find the time to craft. Lincoln's nap time is obviously the best followed by after he goes to bed at night. I've even found I can work on my projects with him in the room with me for a short amount of time while he amuses himself with toys, or non toys like the shoes in my closet or the ever fascinating vacuum cleaner.

I was feeling in the jewelry making mood and I wanted to work with some of my stash of beads. I always feel like I never have what I want to make a new necklace. It's the perpetual crafter's problem, the need to buy more supplies. I have tons of beads though so I knew there was something I could come up with what I already had and so this necklace was born.

My jewelry making process is simply to lay beads out in my tray and see what looks good together. I have been wanted some shorter necklaces that work will with v neck shirts. I have tons of pearl beads so I started laying them out and combing different colors until I settled on this ombre look. I used a peach, off white and bright white pearl. I got two of the colors from a garage sale where a lady was unloading what appeared to be her beading collection and the other one is from a craft store, probably Jo-Ann's. I also used beading wire, crimp beads, and these clasp that allow you to attach three strands of wire (I can't find the single pack online but this is basically what I bought for reference.) 

I laid out my beading pattern so that each strand was a different length. I attached the beading wire to the clasp with a crimp bead, strung my row of beads and attached the other side of the wire to the clasp with another crimp bead. The clasp came with the lobster clasp already attached so that saved me a step. Repeat the process for the other two strands. 

DIY Ombre Necklace

(I am definitely no jewelry expert so if you would like more detailed jewelry making tutorials, I suggest you check out the tutorial page of a much more talented jewelry maker by Bev at Flamingo Toes.)

I am actually pretty proud of this creation and I think it will be the perfect accessory for many of my shirts. I've already worn it and even got a complement at work.

 

DIY Ombre Necklace

 

DIY Ombre Necklace

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