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DIY First Birthday Onesie

DIY first birthday onesie

I knew even before Ryder was born that I would be making him a onesie for his birthday. I mean let's get real I've made him quite a few cute custom onesies. Why wouldn't I make him one? And then fast forward 6 months after he was born, and my friend Darci opened up a cute Etsy shop, The Kitchen and the Cave, and was making the cutest first birthday onesies and shirts. I loved her designs, so I opted to not make his and have her make him one. And then Jon found out and guilted me like no one has … [Read more...]

1st Birthday Whale Invitations

First Birthday Whale Invitation

This post is brought to you by Minted.com. I received product in exchange for this first birthday whale invitations review. There are affiliate links in this post. As always all opinions are my own.  We celebrated Ryder's first birthday two weekends ago. A month and a half prior I had reached out to my friends at Minted for birthday invitations. They have the best invitations. I'm a paper person and believe that quality is key. 10 years ago I was a production assistant for a publishing … [Read more...]

DIY Easter Bunny Onesie with Name

DIY Easter Bunny Onesie with Name 4

Two weeks ago, in the midst of first birthday craziness I decided I needed to make Ryder an Easter onesie. Not want... but a need. This was the first time I had cut fabric using my new Cricut Explore. I have cut fabric for years now on past Cricut machines, but I was always having to battle with figuring out the perfect number settings. Well, not any more my friends. If you cut fabric often on your Cricut and still haven't upgraded your machine this is the time. The Cricut Explore cuts fabric … [Read more...]

10 Magic Kingdom Tips with Babies and Toddlers

Top 10 Magic Kingdom Tips with Babies and Toddlers

Last weekend, we had a "staycation" and spent the weekend at Walt Disney World. I was attending a food blog conference for my food blog; Katie's Cucina and I was able to bring the family along. We spent 2 nights at The Grand Floridian Hotel and 3 days at the parks. Although we live in Orlando, we have yet to take Ryder to the Magic Kingdom. He's been to Epcot (Food & Wine Fest) and to Hollywood studios to see the Osborne Family Christmas Lights. Jon and I were both very excited to bring him … [Read more...]

15 Newborn Essentials

15 Newborn Essentials

Being a new parent is tough enough. It can be overwhelming to sift through all the baby products you really need. I'm sharing our top 15 Newborn Essentials! I started writing this post last year when Ryder was only a month old. Now that he is almost a year old I feel like I'm so much more knowledgeable than when I was a new mom to a 1-month old. You will receive so many gifts and most you will use and some you won't use. I wanted to share what we felt was absolutely essential for … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day 2015

baby cupid photo

Last week, just a few days before Valentine's Day I decided to take Ryder to go get Valentine's Day pictures. I really really wanted a baby cupid photo of him. Jon thought I was crazy, but it's what I wanted. Ryder will only be little like this once in his life and I was not going to miss out on the opportunity to get the photo I wanted. So I took him over to Picture People at our local mall, after our Circle Time Valentine's Day party. I only had one photo in mind and I was set that I was only … [Read more...]

You’re My Main Squeeze – Baby/Toddler Valentine

you're my main squeeze 9

I'm sharing a free printable Valentine for the tots in your life that love to eat squeeze pouches! Print off the "You're My Main Squeeze" Valentine card. We are attending our first Valentine's party tomorrow. It's with the mother's group that I go to every Thursday with Ryder. It's called Mommy and Me Circle Time. It's a free "music" class for all babies 0-18 months at a local church. You don't have to be a member of the church (I'm not) to go either. I learned about it through my weekly … [Read more...]

DIY “Hello My Name Is” Shirt

Hello My Name Is Onesies

I made this "Hello my name is" shirt almost a year ago. Hard to believe. Since then, I've been making them as a gifts and I've made a few larger sizes for my son since I love the shirt so so much. Everyone was predicting I was going to have a big baby. Little did they know or I know that I actually had a very small baby (6lbs 9oz). I only packed 2 items that were newborn size the rest were size 1-3 months. The "hello my name is" shirt happened to be a size 1-3 months. I was determined for it to … [Read more...]

Cruising with a 6 Month Old

Cruising with an Infant

I started writing this post right after we returned back from a cruise with our son, Ryder, who had just turned 6 months old.  And the holidays started to creep up on me, and well it's a new year and Ryder is 9.5 months old. Better late than never. We love to cruise. I've been on 15+ and Jon has been on 12+. We've done all the cruise lines. So today I'm sharing my insight in cruising with a 6 month old. Prior to leaving for our cruise, I researched and researched and found very little info. … [Read more...]

Christmas 2014

christmas morning with the family

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I wanted to share a few photos of Ryder's first Christmas. I know we've been absent over the past week. I've been trying to take more time with family and less with work. It's a constant struggle of time when you are self employed. You tend to work around the clock--or at least I do! We spent Christmas Eve at my inlaws house and Christmas day at our house. After Ryder woke up we took as many family photos as he would allow us too until he completely … [Read more...]