Friday, June 19, 2015

First birthday ideas

My sweet baby boy is fast approaching one! He will be 8 months soon and I have just started thinking about his first birthday party. When Abby turned 1 we had a pretty big party at our house, nothing extravagant but we invited a lot of people. I have a pretty big family and events like birthday parties always have a large guest list because you just don't want to leave anyone out. Most of my friends have a kid or 2 now also and we definitely don't want to leave any friends out. 

I'm thinking we'll do Jax's party at our home just like Abby's but of course his will not be a Minnie Mouse theme. There are so many cute boy themes out there on Pinterest. Here are my top 5 choices so far.....

1. Mickey Mouse- Drew is a Disney fan. I mean so am I, but he really loves it. He wants our kids to grow up as Disney fans too. There is a lot of stuff to choose from if you go with a theme like Mickey. 
Project Nursery - Mickey Mouse First Birthday Party Gift Table and BannerMickey Mouse Birthday Tie and Suspender Onesie with Shorts for Baby Boy First Birthday Disney Clothing Birthday Party Little Man Tie OutfitAidan's Mickey Mouse Clubhouse First Birthday  |

Such cute ideas. That outfit though... so adorable! 

2. Little Man Party- I love love love this idea. The sweet boy colors of blues, greens, whites... so preppy and just so adorable! 
Little Man themed baby shower. Could also be a first birthday party. Lots of cute ideas at Clever Nest #aquagraylime #boysfirstbirthday #hip... BOYS FIRST BIRTHDAY Mustache Outfit-Boys Mustache Birthday Set-Cake Smash Outfit-Bow Tie Bodysuit Luke's First Birthday Party! Little Man Theme Birthday Party! Goodie treat bags made out of brown paper lunch bags from the dollar tree and decorated with bow ties and ties made from scrapbook paper!

Baby bow ties...oh my heavens!!! 

3. Monsters- Cookie Monster or Monsters Inc... I can't decide but I love the Monsters theme. And I have to admit Abby loves the movie Monsters University so this would be a theme she would love too. 
First Birthday Party Themes That Will Wow You: Monster Mash I planned on decorating my son’s high chair for his first birthday since that is where he would be performing the most exciting part of a one-year-old’s birthday – eating the cake!  I was going to make a pennant banner to hang from the high chair tray when I realized that I could make the pennant banner look like monster teeth by making each triangular flag white.  And then I figured I may as well dress the entire high chair up like a monster because, well, I’m crazy! Monster Birthday Shirt First Birthday Boys by PatchesandPuppies 
I feel like there would be a lot of cute crafts we could make for a Monster themed party using the stick on eyes and construction paper. 

4. Baseball- So far everything in Jax's life has been deemed baseball themed because of his Dad. His room is baseball and anything that has his name on it is baseball themed. It's only natural that I would look at baseball themed party stuff. Although I am completely on board with branching out from that theme. 
I AM ONE Birthday Banner Baseball themed first by HandmadeByVee, $13.00 Baseball themed shower cake - Baseball themed cake for my daughter's baby shower.  My first time covering a cake completely with fondant.  It was so much fun.  Fondant shoes and BB bat.   Thanks everyone for the inspiration especially to the original creator! Get the buckets and other accessories you need to make this Baseball party look at Old Time Pottery today!

Picture Jax in a cute little baseball outfit! Oh I love it! 

5. Cars or Construction - What's more boy than that? D loves cars, that's how he makes his living so that's why I thought of cars. I like to read Jax the book Goodnight Goodnight construction site and I think every little boy needs a Tonka truck. 

Getting ready for baby's first birthday!! Car's Birthday Party - Luigi's Tower of Tires - Chocolate Donuts Diner Style Race Car First Birthday Party #firstbirthdayparty #partiesforboys Everything Goes on Land Book Themed First Birthday

I still have a little bit to make a final decision but I just love all these ideas. I know Jax won't have any idea about all the work that I put into planning his first birthday party but it's more for me and the picture memories of it. He's my last baby so I want to go all out. 

*None of these pictures are mine, I took them all from pinterest for inspiration purposes only. I love pinterest. If you want to see where to find these at you can follow my pinterest board here. 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My one piece of parenting advice

Now now, I wouldn't consider myself a parenting expert per say, but I am a parent. Ha! So during a day I am sure I do a million things wrong as a parent but I do have 1 tip to share.

A TIMER!!!  

I recently shared this secret with a friend of mine and now she thinks I'm  that Super Nanny lady. With our updated technology we can use this parenting advice anywhere!! 

So this is how it works.....

Scenario 1. 
Your 3 year old, we'll call her Abby just for fun, wants to watch Elsa play doh videos on the iPad. Abby's mom has heard that screen time should be limited and also it is getting awfully close to Abby's bed time. What does Abby's mom do?? Why, she sets a timer of course. Abby knows that when the timer goes off that we have to put up the iPad. So her Mommy isn't the one telling her to get off the iPad, it is her friend the timer telling her. No fuss, no fight, puts the iPad down and goes good night!! 

Scenario 2:
Abby has a friend over and both little girls want to play with a certain toy or sit in a certain chair. Well well, what do you do? You don't want the girls to fight so you set a timer!!! Each girl gets a few minutes with a certain toy and when that timer goes off they switch. No fuss, no fight, the timer goes off and they switch!! 

The power of the timer can be used anywhere and for anything. Abby actually wants me to set the timer these days. She'll ask when she knows it is getting close to bed time if I've set the timer and most of the time it works like a charm!  

Let me know how it works for you!!! 

What's your favorite piece of parenting advice? 

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Greek Chopped Salad

There is this restaurant that we have gone to a couple of times for lunch called Fadi's. It is THE BEST!!! It's Mediterranean food. Everything is so fresh and flavorful and I am just in love with it. I wish it was closer to my office, I'd eat there weekly. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on if you're talking to me or my wallet it is about a 25 minute drive from my office so I can't go too often. The food at the restaurant has inspired me to try to start making some homemade Mediterranean like food. I started with this super easy Greek Chopped Salad!

Easiest Greek Chopped Salad EVER!!! Here is what you'll need....

1 cucumber (seedless is best) 
4 roma tomatoes 
1 can of chick peas (drained and rinsed) 
1/2 purple onion 

1/4 c. olive oil
some Italian seasoning
3 tbs. red wine vinegar 

Topping: Feta Cheese

Dice up all the veggies, be sure to remove the seeds and goo from inside the tomatoes. Put all the veggies and chick peas into a large bowl. 

Mix up the dressing and pour over the veggies

Stir it all up really good 

You can top it with some feta and enjoy immediately or throw it in the fridge for a bit and let all those flavors combine and eat it later. Either way is great! 

I have been eating on this salad for 3 days now. Yesterday and today I brought some grilled chicken for lunch and mixed it in with the salad. It is super filling, I guess because of the chick peas. It hits the spot for my Mediterranean food cravings! 

I can't wait to try some more Mediterranean inspired recipes. I purchased some lentils. I'm going to stalk pinterest for some recipe ideas. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Jaxon- 7 month update

Yesterday was Jaxon's 7 month birthday. 7 MONTHS!!! Where the hell did the time go. I know everyone says that, but seriously it is going by way way way too fast! 

I did a terrible job documenting Abby's milestones and have done a pretty shotty job with Jaxon's so far too so I'm just going to make a list of the important stuff each month on here.  

Right now Jax is wearing 6-9 month clothes, size 3 diapers. I'm thinking we need to go to size 4 diapers soon though. Even though size 3 goes up to 28lbs, by the morning time his diapers are so full and he has been having quite a few blowouts. Maybe a larger diaper size would help that. 

Jax is eating baby food. He has mastered stage 1 foods and has loved and eaten everything that I have given him. He has had green beans, squash, peaches, peas, bananas, pears, apples, sweet potatoes and carrots. He also loves the mixed stage 2 foods. He is quite the good eater. Tuesday I tried to give him some stage 3 foods that had little chunks in it and he was not having it! He gagged on a little tiny noodle and it make him throw up. I felt terrible. I guess we'll stick with 1 & 2 foods for now. He also takes 5 or 6 bottles a day along with the food he is eating. 

He sleeps like a champ! At night he is so easy to put down. He has a bath and bottle and goes right now bed, no fuss! no fight!! Typically he sleeps from 7:30pm- anywhere from 5am-7am. If we move too slow in the evenings this happens....

His favorite toys right now are that cube toy in the top picture and his walker. That boy loves to zoom around the house. I think we may need to move the rug back some in the living room to give him more room to go. He also loves the Fisher Prices Laugh and Learn Puppy that claps. It will brighten his day immediately! His other favorite thing is our dog Bruno. 

Jaxon rolls over from his back to stomach but refuses to roll from his stomach to back. If I place him in a sitting position he can sit up on his own unassisted for a while and play with his toys. He also loves to sit up in the bathtub with out his bath seat now so he can splash the water like a crazy man. No teeth yet but I'm sure they're coming soon. I also think crawling will be coming soon. When he is on his belly he tries to get up on his knees. He hasn't been successful in holding himself in that position yet but boy does he try real hard! He babbles a little but no Ma-ma or Da-da yet. 

This is such a fun stage in his life. He gets so excited about everything and he is just the happiest baby. He just smiles at everyone. The daycare ladies always tell me how he is such a flirt and the happiest baby they've ever seen.