. . . for Lauren and Lauren

July 23, 2014

Polka Dot Birthday Party

polka dot birthday party

I really enjoyed planning Addilyn's party and had so much fun making things for it.  I did so much of it slowly the last two months, which made it not stressful.  By far my favorite part of her party was the little dessert table and backdrop that I did.  

polka dot birthday party

I made the tablecloth using this tutorial.  It was pretty easy and I love that I can use it again.  I found the white tablecloth on sale at Target for $8.  I bought five different paint colors, but you of course could use however many you wanted.  

For the background I had planned on cutting out a million circles, which would have been so dumb.  I thankfully found one of those huge hand punch things at Micheals, that was only $7 thanks to a 50% off coupon and SO worth it.  I just sewed them together and it really didn't take too long.  I think I cut out all the circles in less than an hour, and it didn't take more than a half hour to sew them.  I bought two packages of card stock for less than $10 and used that for all the things I made.  It was great because it was cheap and everything matched.  

I printed out Addilyn's monthly pictures, used the cardstock for backing and glued them to a ribbon to make a little banner.  Details about Addilyn's cute chalkboard print can be found here and was done by Erica at Inspired by Above.

birthday photo banner

I loved the cupcake toppers.  Chris helped me edit the picture using photoshop.  I printed them on cardstock and cut them out using little scissors, then taped them onto candy sticks.  I made the cupcakes using a box mix, but did make the frosting myself.  It was my first time using those pastry decorating bags and it really wasn't that hard.  

cupcake toppers
 face cupcake toppers

I'll have to do a post sharing more pictures about this, because I love it.  I had guests write in the board book "Guess How Much I Love You," just like we had them do when Addilyn was first born using the book "On the Night you were Born."  It will be so sweet to have that to read over and over.  


Dessert popcorn.  So good and easy.  I wanted polka dot cups but couldn't find any so I bought a package of little white circle stickers for a dollar, plus cute sticker/tags that I wrote on for the center of the cups.

birthday popcorn

 Most of our party was outside and thankfully it was a beautiful day.  I'm not sure what we would've done if it rained.  I had a few decorations for our outside.  I bought two sets of these pinwheel and puff balls on clearance for a $1 at JCPenney a long time ago and they worked perfect.  I had a little bit of the polka dot banner left to hang from the deck, plus a few balloons we had filled.  (Don't mind the crying, pantless baby.)

birthday chalkboard
Addilyn's outfit details here

A friend made that chalkboard for me for one of my baby showers and it was perfect for her party.  I don't have a good picture once the food got here but I found these little chalkboard clips for cheap at Michaels that I wrote what each dish was.  (Thankfully Chris' aunts all brought a side, and we bought Italian beef and there was plenty of food!)  

I did not want to be responsible for making Addilyn's cake and happily found a perfect one at Jewel for $7.  They had a polka design and I just picked the frosting colors and it matched perfectly.  I made her little banner by cutting out triangles, writing letters with a Sharpie and sewing it together with my sewing machine. I loved it! 

The little banner on her high chair was made with cardstock.  I cut out the letters and glued them on with a glue gun because the paper was so thick.  I used a glue gun to glue the ribbon on too.  


I was really happy with how everything turned out and how the party went.  It was fun, but I'm pretty sure we won't be doing another big birthday party for many, many years!!  I still have so many pictures to go through, so expect another blog post of party pictures!


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July 22, 2014

Party outfits

 

I wore this dress on the day of Addilyn's party.  I got it from an online boutique that is no longer around.  I wore my favorite necklace, which you can't see.  It's a tiny little gold A that I bought on etsy right after Addilyn was born.  It was only $13, and I the necklace I wear the most these days. 

I love Addi's party outfit.  It matched our polka dot theme and was cute and cheap! A friend made her onesie with her cricut machine.  I looked for awhile online for a polka dot tutu and thought about making one but didn't want to spend a lot of money or time on it.  I found this one online at Kohls and it was on clearance for $5.

one onesie
birthday onesie
polka dot birthday party

And because I just couldn't help it, a little comparison to the last time I wore this maxi dress.  I wish I would've remembered I wore this necklace because I like it better with it!


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July 21, 2014

An easy laugh

 
kimono: groopdealz   jeans: old navy  sandals: asos   tank top: ? 

I can't remember where this tank top is from but I do know that it's a maternity top that I have no plans of putting away.  It is so long and comfy and I wear it all the time. 

I'm glad I waited to buy a kimono until I found one I love.  Thank you groopdealz yet again.  

I love this outfit so much I considered wearing it for our family pictures last week.  Then I realized years down the line I may look at our pictures and think what the heck am I wearing?  Figured it was a safer bet to wear something simple. 

But let's hope they stick around for awhile. 

I realize that my humor is lame.  The other day I texted a picture to my sister of my new kimono and she responded kimo -yes.  And I laughed about it a handful of times that day.  


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July 20, 2014

Marathon Update

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favorite workout clothes:  kohls tank top & old navy running capris 

About a month ago I wrote a post with an update on marathon training.  It's crazy that it's been another month.  Time really is going fast these days! (Hello one year daughter?)  

The other day on my training app it said 85 days until race day.  That no longer seems that far away.  I still have moments of being nervous and questioning signing up to run.  But the longer distances I complete, the more confidence I have that I can do it. 


Speaking of the app, I am still loving it.  There is something really satisfying about seeing your miles rack up. When I passed 100 miles for under two months I felt really proud. 

I find myself here and there getting frustrated with my speed, when I think about how fast others are running. I think the struggle of comparison creeps into many areas of my life.  I need to remind myself that this race is about me and that's it.  

That being said, I'm actually doing pretty good with my goal.  I'd love to run ten minute miles on race day, as that has always been my goal but I did not reach it the first two times.  Really my main goal is to finish, but I'd be extra happy with close to a ten minute mile.  So far I'm on track but there are so many factors that go into race day, so we'll see.  

Healthy eating.  I wrote before that I don't want my running and all my calorie burning to be cancelled out by eating more junk.  Don't get me wrong though, I definitely indulge a little extra on long run days.  Ten mile runs definitely deserves a little (or big) cup of soft serve ice cream.  

But overall, I'm trying to eat healthier.  My biggest weaknesses are sweets and snacking.  I've done really well not eating desserts during the day.  And really the only way this is possible is to not have them in my house.  Hence the after dinner ice cream runs.  

The other issue is snacking.  I'd rather eat snacks all day long then three real meals a day, but I realize that isn't the healthiest option.  One of my favorite snacks is granola bars.  Remember when I gave up sweets for a month?  I would just eat chocolate covered granola bars as a "snack."  Hello cheating? Maybe.  

So I needed to find a better option for a snack that has protein and is more filling than a chocolate covered granola bar.  Plus I also need something that is easy to grab and eat with a baby at my legs. (Someone please tell me how you get pictures like this that aren't blurry thanks to a moving certain somebody.) 


Hello new snack bar.  These Greek Yogurt & Honey bars are delicious and only 110 calories.  I ate one each day for six days straight and was sad when they were gone.  


I remember when I was little my mom drinking Slimfast shakes.  I did not realize there were so many options besides shakes, meal bars and lots of snack options.  Peanut butter chocolate covered bars? Yum. 

Since I'm still nursing and running quite a bit of miles a week, I know it's important to keep up my calories and while I'd love to lose weight training, I want to be careful how I do so.  I think the most important thing is to have healthy, long term habits.  And part of that is finding easy, healthy snacks to eat along the way.  

And speaking of nursing, that is somewhat a concern.  Still nursing away at least four times a day.  I'm not really quite sure how to go about this whole weaning thing and while the marathon seemed far away at the time, it'd be real helpful to not to need nursing "relief" on race day as I'll be away from Addilyn for a good part of the day.   Advice? Tips? Moms? 

So I'm still plugging along.  Mile by mile.  Working on moderation with trying not be crazy and follow the training schedule to a T, indulge a little here are there (and there) and do my best to eat healthy.  And take it day by day.  

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July 17, 2014

Last minute birthday prep

 birthday chalkboard

Thank you so much for all your birthday wishes for our Addilyn!  I'm just about ready for jer birthday party on Saturday and am so excited to celebrate! This week I got one of my favorite things in the mail for her party.  This adorable chalkboard print.  Sweet Erica from Inspired by Above sent it to me and I feel quite lucky for her talents and gift.  

chalkboard print

Erica was wonderful and sweet to work with.  I sent her the information that I wanted on our poster and she quickly sent me a proof to review and I loved everything about it.  She mailed out my print and I taped it to a poster board to make it a little sturdier.  I'm so excited to display it at Addilyn's party and then hang it up in her bedroom.  

Erica is also super talented in making invitations, business cards, and all kinds of cute custom paper goods, like these bridesmaid cards and these vintage escort cards.  Check out her etsy shop here and follow her on instagram at @ibapapergoods.  Plus order any invitation before August 31 and get 20% off your purchase!


Thankful for Addilyn's birthday invitations.  I got my invitations from tiny prints, where I also got our birth announcements, Christmas cards and all the photo books I've made for Addilyn (Which I may have a problem because I have five up to month nine.  Yikes.) 

I picked these invitations and love them.  One of my favorite things about it is the back.  I also got these cute matching address labels to go with them.  I have had great experiences working with Tiny Prints.  Like the one time when I put the wrong birth weight on Addilyn's birth announcement.  They sent me a whole new set with the correct weight.  For free.  (Which had nothing to do with working with them through my blog. I called and the customer service rep didn't even know anything about our collaboration.  Just great customer service and maybe a little grace for a tired, new mama.)  

face cupcake toppers

I a little impressed with the outcome of this project.  I saw these little face cupcake toppers on etsy, but they were $18 for a file to download.  Thanks to a little help from Chris and photoshop, we made our own.  They took a little while to cut out but thankfully that cute little face made it bearable.  

I'm thankful I've worked on things for her awhile because I've really enjoyed it.  Can't wait to share more after her party!  Hope you all have a great weekend!


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