ice cream + french fries

Monday, February 8, 2016

Emerson's First Birthday Party

Modern First Birthday Party

Emerson turned one on January 29 and well we couldn't go without throwing her a party! My goal was to keep it low key and simple. We celebrated with around 20 friends and family. It was perfect, complete with a healthy cake and homemade decorations!  

Modern First Birthday Party
Emerson's vest [similar], top [similar], jeans, shoes | My top [similar] | Nick's jacket [similar]

With the help of my step-mom and mother-in-law we made the 'Happy Birthday' banner. Of course, we had to snap a photo of our family of three!

Modern First Birthday Party

I kept the desserts simple. Heart almond sugar cookies for guests and a black bean cake for Emerson. Since the party started at two we had finger foods to munch on [i.e., meat, cheese, crackers, veggies & hummus, nuts, etc.]

Modern First Birthday Party

I used burlap fabric as a table runner and wood rounds to add dimension to the table. Fun fact: we DIY'ed the wooden rounds for our wedding 3.5 years ago! The hubby let me keep three;)

Modern First Birthday Party

I wasn't really ready to give my sweetheart a cake laced with sugar upon sugar so I searched and searched for a semi-healthy cake. At the last minute, like the night before, I landed on a black bean lava cake. I left out the chocolate chips and spice and voila we had her first cake! I topped it with homemade coconut cream and raspberries! Since there were two extra cakes I cut them in four for guests to try. Most enjoyed the cake.

With leftover paper from the Happy Birthday banner we were able to make a cake topper. I'm so happy with the way it turned out. We used tiny stickers to spell out her name.

Modern First Birthday Party

Above the treats we hung a few pre made balls I found at TJ Maxx!

Modern First Birthday Party

On the mantel we hung pictures from 1-12 months!

Modern First Birthday Party

We spruced up her highchair with 'ONE' and a few tissue tassels.

Modern First Birthday Party

Her expression when she first saw her cake! Priceless.

Modern First Birthday Party

There you have it our simple yet modern first birthday. I just love how everything turned out. It just goes to show you don't have to go over the top to have a fun, festive and cute birthday party.

DIY 'HB' Banner paper & string: Target
DIY 'HB' Banner letters: Michaels
Photo Garland/printed photos: Costco
Photo Garland teal clothespins: Micheals
Pink Decor Balls: TJ Maxx [similar, similar]
Highchair Paperchase Tassel Bunting: Target
Highchair ONE: DIY Cardboard + Leftover paper from HB banner
Cake Topper/Banner:  DIY leftover paper & string from HB banner, kabob sticks and letter stickers from Michaels
Wooden Rounds: DIY
Burlap Runner: Fabric from Joann's

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Our Favorite Board Books

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. -- Oscar Wilde

We read to Emerson everyday and sometimes it's the same book over and over. Why? Because, well, she likes some books more than others. As do we.

Girlfriend loves being read to so much she will bring a book to us and then proceed to sit in our lap so we can read to her. Over the last year we've read a few book more than others.

Anytime I'm at Target I always browse the book section. You never know when you'll catch a great sale. I recently purchased The Biggest Kiss for Valentine's Day and Little Blue Truck board book just because!

Anyway, below are a few favorites from the last year.

baby/toddler books
Giraffes Can't Dance | The Big Hungry Bear | Brown Bear, Brown Bear

We're always on the hunt for new books. Leave a comment with you favorite kids book. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Emerson Quinn | Twelve Months

It's been a whirlwind of a year, but we survived our first year as parents! Our little girl is equal parts sweet and sassy and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Height + Weight | I really have no idea, but maybe 23-25 lbs and 30 ish inches!

Health | She's a healthy little girl. We're cutting 4 molars ....yes all at the same time. poor girl.

Sleep | With the molars coming in her sleep has been a bit off. While she mostly sleeps through the night 3 [ish] nights a week she might wake up between 3 and 5 a.m. We give her a bottle and she goes right back to sleep.

Eat | Loves EVERYTHING! She mostly feeds herself. We give her whatever we're eating [i.e., salmon, broccoli, chicken, berries, hard boiled eggs, etc.]

Wear | 12 -18 months depending on brand. We're loving GAP's spring line.

Social | We slowed down after the Holiday's, but she loves seeing her friends when she goes to the nanny. We also get out and walk the dog often.

Milestones | 

+ Even more expressive [Ohhhhhh] which is so cute. She's a chatty kathy -- Ma-ma, uh-oh, da-da
+ upgraded to a new carseat
+ started wearing shoes regularly
+ feeding herself 100% of the time.
+ practically running
+ drinking goats/whole milk
+ working on baby sign language
+ started giving up the evil eye which is hilarious
+ went her her friend Wyatt's 1st birthday party

Postpartum | Rocking at life.

Other Emerson Updates: Birth Announcement | Birth Story | Two weeks | One Month | Two Months Three Months | Four Months | Five Months | Six Months | Seven Months | Eight Months | Nine Months | Ten Months | Eleven Months

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Be My Valentine

Happy Feb. 1!

Valentine's Day is 14 days away! Are you ready? My husband and I typically don't exchange gifts. Instead we do something active outside and cook a nice meal at home. No, I don't know what I'm making yet. I've actually been on the hunt for tasty Paleo desserts. Any suggestions?

Anyway, if we were to exchange gifts I pulled together a few things I wouldn't mind the hubby surprising me with. Just going to say it -- this is a pretty random list, but of course it's not complete without a few workout items.


Yup, random list -- but I think I covered all the bases. Personally I could do without chocolates and would prefer a plant verse flowers. However, that's just me and I might just gift myself a new pair of leggings and a book just because.

What are your plans for Valentine's Day?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Mini Me #GAPStyle

Emerson turned 1 today! Her party is a week away and I'm busy planning. However, some how I got side tracked and sucked into GAP. It's amazing how that happens.

I know all the girl mamas can relate when I say GAP's spring line is on point. Oh, the rompers, cute dresses, bathing suits, etc. I can't help myself from wanting to buy everything!

GAP/Spring Toddler

While I haven't hit purchase yet, I'm definitely going to pick up a few pieces. Maybe for her Easter basket ;) Speaking of baskets I still need to order her one. I spaced last year, oops. Anyway I'm eying this and this one from PBK.

Back to all things cute and GAP...

Per usual, Gap is having a major sale. Kids & Baby Sale - Up to 40% off everything + extra 20% off [CODE: KBTREAT]. Restrictions Apply Exp. 01/30/2016

Don't forget to shop through Ebates too and receive an additional 2% cash back! Not using Ebates sign up HERE.

Happy Shopping:
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