Bridal Shower MUST HAVES!

It’s WEDDING SEASON!

I had the pleasure of hosting my first ever bridal shower this weekend! The shower was for my future sister-in-law so of course I wanted everything to be fabulous! Here are a few items I found that really added to the bright & colorful ambiance of the bridal shower…

IMG_9839.jpgThe concept of a “Bridal Bunch” was perfect! Through word of mouth, I heard of a fantastic caterer and even had the pleasure of trying the food at a previous event. Hiring Amy at Red Bowl Catering was a great choice because I was able to focus my time on planning and decorating as opposed to cooking. I was so fortunate that  Amy provided me with a variety of scrumptious dishes to choose from such as the fruit & doughnut skewers, that ft perfectly into the “Brunch Style” theme.

When it came down to casual or formal, I opted for a casual “buffet style” lay out of all the food. I found these stylish Antique Gold Metal Flamingo Card Holders  by Kate Aspen to label each delicious dish.

Brunch Menu

Shrimp & Grits w/Toppings Bar

Mimosa Coffee Cake

Fruit & Doughnut Hole Skewers

Spinach & Goat Cheese Frittata

Macaroni & Cheese (for the little ones)

 

IMG_9557Brunch is not complete without a mimosa bar! I decided to keep it simple by providing a variety of four juices including OJ, Grapefruit, Cranberry and Peach juice. Guests were able to help themselves to bottomless mimosas using these stylish Gold Confetti Champagne Glasses I found at Kate Aspen.

Make that mimosa even cuter with a fun fruit garnish held in place with a LOVE Drink Swizzle . I provided strawberries, raspberries and blackberries!

 

 

Party planning can be so stressful so I wanted to make sure clean up would be a breeze! Thankfully I found these adorable Kate Aspen Cherry & Chic Paper Plates just in time for the party. The colors matched the bright and fun ambiance of the party and it was super easy for guests to dispose of and continue enjoying the festivities.

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Last but not least, every Bridal Shower needs party favors! This is one of my favorite aspects of entertaining. I love sending my guests home with a small memory from a fantastic day!

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Luckily, I spotted these adorable Ceramic Lemon Bottle Stoppers by Kate Aspen. Each bottle stopper comes individually packaged and topped with a small white bow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby GAP Haul

Mix & Match!

I am still a total amateur at shopping for a growing baby, but I found this worked for me and it might even work for you too! Hampton is growing at a rapid rate meaning I need to find clothes that are durable, comfortable and interchangeable.

I recently discovered Brannan Bear by Baby Gap. I love the soft fabric and the colors/patterns are SUPER easy to mix & match. This not only makes your baby look adorable using the same staple items but also helps your money go further!

Simply start by selecting 4-5 pairs of shorts, pants or leggings. The selection for bottoms during my recent visit included more solid colors and simple patterns. I LOVE using solid colors to mix and match outfits.

I opted for the Brannan Bear solid pull on shorts in navy, red, grey and a navy/white stripe. Next, I selected several short sleeve Brannan Bear bodysuits to pair with the pull on shorts. Here are a few options for each body suit…

Brannan Bear Pocket Bodysuit, Stripe Now 9$!

Brannan Bear Pull On Shorts, Red

Brannan Bear Pull On Shorts, Dark Knight

BrannanBear Pull On Shorts, Grey Only 11$!

Stripe Brannan Bear Pocket Bodysuit, Multi Now Only 9$!

Brannan Bear Pull On Shorts, Grey

Brannan Bear Pull On Shorts, Dark Knight

Stripe Brannan Bear Pocket Bodysuit, Dark Knight Only 9$!

Brannan Bear Pull On Shorts, Dark Knight

Brannan Bear Pull On Shorts, Grey

Brannan Bear Pocket Bodysuit, Dark Knight

Brannan Bear Pull On Shorts, Red

Brannan Bear Pull On Shorts, Grey Now 11$!

Brannan Bear Pull On Shorts, Stripe 9$!

Brannan Bear Pocket Bodysuit, Blue Blaze

Brannan Bear Pull On Shorts, Dark Knight

Brannan Bear Pull On Shorts, Grey 11$!

Brannan Bear Bodysuit, Surf Spray ONLY 11$!

Mother’s Day Craft

“I WISHED FOR YOU”

I remember asking several people last year, “Am I able to celebrate Mother’s Day if I am pregnant?” Opinions began pouring in and I ultimately decided to celebrate with my immediate family by announcing our baby’s gender. I went for a simple approach and to be honest, it was due to a straight up craving. A vanilla cake layered with buttercream icing filled with chocolate malt balls. This is what my pregnancy dreams were made of people!

The concept of the reveal was also simple. Cut into the cake and if pink candies poured out, it was a girl. If blue candies poured out, it was a boy. There was one minor plot twist. I already knew what I was having. I actually received the phone call with the blood work results. I kept the secret for only a week, but it was so special to have that time with my soon to be son.

Mushiness set aside this painting craft is PERFECT for Mother’s Day! This is a hands on activity and a great way to explore textures with your baby or toddler!

What You Need

  • 2 Paint Colors
  • Small Plate
  • Dandelion Printable Worksheet
  • Hand Wipes

First pick a dandelion outline below to your liking and print. Next, pour a quarter size amount of each paint color onto a small plate. Guide your baby or toddler’s fingers into the paint and gently dot stamp onto paper. I held H as we did this activity. Once you have finished painting, allow to dry for 12-24 hours.

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New Mama Adventure @ IKEA, Part 1

One of my favorite past times includes furniture shopping. Most of the time, this solely means browsing for designs and inspirations. Enter motherhood and furniture shopping is now on a completely differently playing field…

The Game Plan

Make it through IKEA, start to finish, while grabbing inspirational design ideas as well as a few baby items.

*Bonus Points- Making a pit stop to grab a bite to eat.

Baby Prep

I needed to make sure I was properly prepared for my adventure. I packed…

  • 3 outfits, in case of a blowout or two
  • 2 bottles
  • 1 jar of food with spoon
  • hand sanitizer wipes
  • 2 burp cloths
  • 2-3 baby toys
  • 1 Bounty Roll ( I take this with me pretty much everywhere I go due to the acid reflux)

Adventure Time

Upon arriving, I immediately loaded up the stroller and wasted no time beginning our journey. My mother, also known as my trusty sidekick, was able to meet us ate IKEA. We started maneuvering our way through the front showrooms. I really love how much IKEA has been incorporating faux greenery into each design room. This is handy for people like me who lack a green thumb.

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It wasn’t long before it was time for feeding number one. We pulled off the main course and I searched around for a room to call my temporary home. I opted for a room with enough space for the stroller as well as a few pillows to lean on.

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One baby feed down! We continued and soon found ourselves submersed in several kitchen showrooms. This is by far my favorite part of IKEA. I love learning new ways to organize my kitchen. As I began grabbing ideas left and right, I immediately fell in love with the open shelving displays. I believe this works great if you have really pretty plates, bowls and random jars.

BONUS: The bright lights combined with the white  cabinets were a fantastic spot for selfies. 

In true IKEA fashion, I felt it was appropriate to break this lengthy adventure up into 2 posts!

Boppy ComfyFit Baby Carrier

Click, Strap, Tie!

The ComfyFit Baby Carrier by Boppy is as easy as 1,2,3! This carrier is a total game changer for mamas on the go!

  1. Position the belt above the waistline then CLICK!
  2. Place and position the straps comfortably on your shoulders.
  3. Cross the straps and TIE!

I love taking the Boppy ComfyFit Baby Carrier with me anywhere I go! It is perfect for every adventure. I personally love wearing Hampton in the forward facing position so he is able to observe our adventures up close! The soft fabric makes it easy to wear when we go on our long nature walks. Boppy offers the ComfyFit carrier in grey as well as black. This fits perfectly with my husband’s style as well as my own!

Most importantly, Hampton LOVES being worn in the Boppy ComfyFit carrier! Every time I put him in the carrier, he is all smiles and knows we are about to embark on a fun, new adventure!

Learn more about the ComfyFit Carrier by Boppy here…ComfyFit Carrier

Mother’s Day Gifts Under $25

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching! Show that special  MAMA in your life some much deserved appreciation with one of these adorable Mother’s Day gifts! BONUS, each gift is under $25!

This book is an excellent gift for Expecting mamas, new mamas or really just ANY mama! We read it daily! Find it here ….MAMA BOOK by Jimmy Fallon

Pop some color into your life with this ID Clip by Kate Spade. Perfect for work badges too! Find it for just under $25 here…Glitter ID Badge by Kate Spade

Life is a party, dress for it! This Tumbler by Lilly Pulitzer is the perfect companion for the pool, beach, car or just for fun! Lilly Pulitzer Tumbler, Lovers Coral

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This initial necklace is perfect for any mama! I love sentimental gifts and this necklace tops the cake. It is offered in a silver or rose gold plated silver color. Just under $20! Find it here…Initial Necklace

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This MAMA hat is perfect to jazz up any bad hair day! It also looks incredibly cute with jeans or sweats! Find it here for just $23…MAMA Stylish Hat

Roll on the aroma of Lemon Blossoms! Smelling like spring time has never felt so great! Find this roll on perfume for just $10 here…Lemon Blossom
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The Super Mom Coupon book is the perfect gift TO MOM, FROM THE KIDDOS! Vouchers inside include “Helping out around the house” and even a “Breakfast in Bed Menu!” You can’t beat this thoughtful gift for under $8! Find it here…Super Mom Coupon Book

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Slip on a pair of these memory foam house slippers by Jessica Simpson! Cute, comfortable and perfect for Mamas tired feet! Available in two colors here…Bow Slippers by Jessica Simpson
41pindKbKnL._AC_US436_QL65_.jpgStay awake each and every early morning with this “MAMA BEAR” coffee or tea mug! Find it here…MAMA Bear Mug

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Feeling sleepy but still need to make it to that doctor’s appointment? No worries! Toss on this trendy “Tired as a Mother” tee with a pair of jeans and head out the door! This shirt offers comfort and style! Grab it here…“Tired as a Mother” Shirt

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This three wick candle will help fill the room with the calming aroma of Eucalyptus and Spearmint. Now draw a bath and help Mama unwind from those long days (and nights.) Buy it here…Stress Relief Candle by Bath & Body Works

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This essential oil diffuser will help Mama unwind with the calming aromas of essential oils. It is also a cute deco piece that will match the look of any room! Featuring a 3 timer mist button and 7 light colors, this diffuser is perfect for Mama! Find it here…Victsing 150ml Mini Ultrasonic Aroma Essential Oil Diffuser91pf1v03e2L._SX522_.jpg

Explore six different aromas, one bath at a time. Each of these bath bombs are non-gmo, gluten free and organic! Order your 6 pack of bath bombs here…Organic 6-pack Bath Bombs

41+U9mlH2OL._AC_US320_QL65_.jpgHelp Mama unwind with her favorite wine glass! This “Mom Juice” glass will provide Mama with 17oz of vino! Extra brownie points if you pair it with her favorite bottle of wine! Find it here…Mom Juice Wine Glass

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This stylish insulated wine tote is perfect for girl’s night in or a pampered day at the spa! I love the classic pattern and it holds up to four bottles of wine! Yahtzee! Find it here…Wine Tote31VkpRZ1daL.jpg

The Oster AUTOMATIC wine opener is cordless and perfect for any wine lover! It is a steal for just under $18! Scoop it up here…Oster Automatic Wine Opener

Spring Home Decor Under $25!

Give your home the flair it deserves this Spring without breaking the bank! I love shopping around each season for new and trendy home decor. This year it is all about the greenery! I rounded up a few of my favorite Spring decor pieces UNDER $25!

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This realistic set of 6 succulents includes the POTS AND PLANTS! Sprinkle these around a kitchen, bathroom or even patio for the perfect touch of Mother Nature! Find them here…Artificial Succulent Plants

Greet your guests with this trendy “hello” doormat this Spring! Find it here …HELLO Black Classic Doormat

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I love the look of wall plants! These planters combine nature with modern decor. Perfect for the kitchen, laundry room and even fun for a child’s playroom! Find this set of 2 here…Wall Hanging Plants Planter Terrariums

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REAL Succulent Plants delivered directly to your door! Now all you need is a terrarium or planter! Find them here…REAL Succulents, Set of 5

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This bohemian Macrame Planter is perfect for sprucing up any corner. Get yours here for under $10…Indoor Outdoor Hanging Planter

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Three’s a company! Each set includes three flower bud vases, each with a different pattern! This will beautifully accent any counter or even work space! Find it here…Rustic Flower Bud Vase, Set of 3

Stand tall and wear the crown! This home deco Pineapple is the perfect accent for any desk! BONUS it’s a faux plant so no need to water! It comes in 10 different colors! Check them out here…Rose Gold Pineapple Plant 613d4GbzyHL._AC_US320_QL65_.jpg

This 18×18 inch pillow cover is perfect for Spring time and for only $8, even better for designing on a dime! Find it here… Mika Home Jacquard Bamboo Leaf Pillow Cover (pillow insert not included)

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I love using decorative mirrors to open up small spaces. Mirrors also come in handy for selfies! This adorable mirror is just under $20! Find it here..Mkono Hanging Wall Mirror

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This is the most Pinterest worthy utensil holder I have ever laid eyes on! Perfect for testing out new recipes this Spring! It is also UNDER $19! Find it here…MUD PIE Copper Utensil Holder

Create your own bohemian paradise by hanging plants from a wall or ceiling! This macrame hanging shelf is perfect for saving counter space and works beautifully indoor as well as outdoors! Get yours here…Hanging Plant Shelf