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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Shower For Baby Boy!

A couple weeks ago, I had the honor of hosting a baby shower for my best friend, Nicole and her, yet to be born baby boy, Jackson.  I had never thrown a baby shower before, and actually have only been to a very small handful of them, so I was going into it a little bit blind.  Thank goodness for Pinterest!   Well, sort of... I feel like Pinterest can also make one feel very inadequate.  I had to realize that I didn't have a group of 10 people helping me and an unlimited budget.  I actually had a really good time planning and shopping, I forgot how much I love throwing parties!  Except of course for the fact that it seems no one can RSVP anymore.  Really people, it isn't hard, and it makes everyone's lives easier.  Anyway, Jackson has since arrived in the world, and I hope the shower was a chance for mama to enjoy some time with her friends and get some awesome gifts and food.

The invites, from Vistaprint.com



We did a Baby's Birth Day Pool and the Clothespin game.  Grandma Wendy won the Birth Day Pool!


For the main "game" I channeled one of Nicole's favorite shows, Gilmore Girls.  I have never watched the show, but thankfully our mutual friend Lindsey does and told me about it.  It was a Onesie decorating contest.  I also included bibs in the game and ordered some cute woodland creature iron-ons from Etsy, got some fabric paint, fabric markers, and blank iron-on paper from Michaels.






We had a lot of fun decorating these, and Megan and myself ended up winning!

I dug up some baby pictures of Jason and Nicole to decorate with, since almost nobody at the shower would have ver seen these before.


I had a hard time with the decorations.  Early on, I was informed that I had to have a theme, so I went with the Woodland Creature theme, but the decorations for the most part were just blue streamers, fans, balls, table coverings, ribbon, balloons,  etc.  It all actually came together quite nicely.


The food was the fun part.  I wanted a few things that I knew Nicole was really loving while she was pregnant, and also some that everyone would like.  I made Easter Crack, changed to Baby Boy Crack (terrible name I know), blue chocolate covered pretzels, chips and homemade dill pickle dip, strawberries and pineapple and blue Rice Krispie squares.  I had Nicole's mom bring two of our favorite Canadian treats, Ketchup chips and Butter Tarts. Thanks to Imelda who brought some cheese and cracker trays.  I also ordered some cute woodland creature cupcakes from a local girl with a home based business here in Waldorf called Fancy Hat Cupcakes.  They were delicious and adorable, not to mention very reasonably priced.  I also made some Baby Boy Punch, made with a Bottle of blue Hawaiian Punch, A bottle of 7UP and a big can of Pineapple juice.  Vodka was of course optional.  Thanks to Blanca for bringing the fix in's for Mimosas.




Nicole had lots of gifts to open, so as she was doing that, I snapped some pictures.





After a few hours of visiting, opening gifts, eating and decorating onesies and bibs, everyone started to trickle out.  And of course they couldn't forget their party favors!


Thanks to everyone for coming, I hope everyone had a good time, especially Nicole! And a big thanks to Pinterest and the internet for all the help!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 5.12.17

Happy Friday everyone, and a very happy Mother's Day to all of the amazing mom's out there, especially mine, my mother in laws, grandmas and mother figures in my life!  And, long time no see.  I have not blogged since April 21st apparently, and all I can say is that I have been really busy.  Two weeks ago we were moving apartments (don't get me started on how terrible The Apartments of St. Charles are, their customer service and their give-a-damn about the people the pay them thousands of dollars every year is absolutely non existent).  Our apartment is fine though, basically the same as our last one, just on the first floor, hard wood floors throughout and the kitchen is slightly different.  Last Friday I was decorating and prepping for Nicole's baby shower, which by the way, turned out awesome. This week, I've been just hanging out, which feels strange after being stressed and super busy for the last month.  We have been to a couple Blue Crabs Baseball games, and I've been spending lots of time with my very pregnant bestie, before that time comes!  Alright, everyone have a  great weekend, and again, Happy Mom's Day!


1. Last Sunday, Josh and I went out to Smallwood State Park for a little hike.  This is another super close park that we somehow hadn't been to before and it is so lush and green and beautiful.  It is also where General Smallwood, who was also the Governor of Maryland in 1785, lived and is buried.  


2. I can't omit Nicole's shower from the list, even though I plan on doing a whole blog about it next week.  I think it was a pretty good time and it was great to get together with some lovely ladies and celebrate the upcoming baby boy.


 3.  I have obtained some cute new jewelry since I blogged last.  I bought myself the cute pineapple choker at the Pierce Street Market in Clearwater,  Josh got me the adorable black and blue diamond owl necklace, Nicole and Jason got me the rose gold LC earrings, and Imelda got me the Kendra Scott earrings for a belated birthday present.  How spoiled am I?


3. How amazing is my new custom made Noelle and Lola bag?  I am obsessed with lemons this season and this fabric is hand painted by an artist in North Carolina with brown leather.  Check out her Instagram page too and if you are in the Tampa/St. Pete area, watch for her at local artisan markets. 


5. I got this Aloha Colada Whip from the Pineapple Shack when they were down at the Pierce Street Market and it was DELICIOUS!  Dole Whip (one of my obsessions), pineapple juice, whipped cream and toasted coconut.  What could possible be more yummy than that?


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 4.21.17

Happy Friday from sunny Florida! I've spent the last few days mostly doing yard work and then enjoying the yard, namely the pool.  The weather has been perfect, it is that short window between too chilly to use the pool and wear skimpy clothes, and bursting into flames when you walk out the door.  I'm going to keep this short, I have a massage this morning then am heading to the beach.  Terrible day right?  Enjoy your weekend, and I hope everyone has something planned for Earth Day!  



I went for a walk at John Chestnut Sr. Park yesterday and saw a gator family (baby in bottom corner was about a foot long) so cute!  As well as a bunch of other wildlife.  Love this park!


Throwback to Easter weekend.  I harassed Smudge, colored eggs and got some pretty flowers from Josh, who was in Maine.  


I have to include April and her baby in my list, since I have checked in and sometime obsessively watched her, everyday, for well over two months now.  Congrats to April and Oliver and the zoo family, he is the cutest ever!  


I finally got my hair did.... its only been since shortly after Christmas that I had it done!  It's always nice to have it freshened up.

Like I said, my few days here have consisted mostly of yard work, but reading in the pool breaks are a necessity.  There is nothing more relaxing.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Fab Friday Faves 04.14.17

Happy Easter!  It's Good Friday, and even though it isn't really celebrated in the US, it still feels like Easter to me.  I am spending the Easter weekend alone this year, which makes me sad, but it is what is, I'll make the best of it.  Josh went to Maine for Grammy's funeral, Dave and Lindsey are moving tomorrow and Nicole and Jason are going home for the weekend.  But, I do get to go home to Florida for a week on Monday! So that is exciting.  It hasn't been that long but it feels like forever because I have spent so much time their lately.  I have spent the week packing in as much time with Lindsey and the kids as possible as well as preparing for Nicole's baby shower and getting ready to move.  Josh and I had a great weekend, at the Laurel Racetrack for a wine festival and some horse racing, then to a BBQ we were invited to and Sunday we went out to Fort Washington to explore there.  Everyone have a safe and happy Easter weekend, I'm headed out for tea with Nicole before they leave.  See you next week from Florida!


1. Like I mentioned, on Saturday, Josh and I went to Decanter Wine and Racing Festival in Laurel, MD.  There were over 20 wineries, so we tried some great wine and we watched and bet on some horse races.  It was a great afternoon and an excuse to finally get dressed up!

 2. I spent a lot of time with Lindsey and the kids before they move, playing at some parks and looking for shells and fossils at the beach.  I will miss them all!



3.  I got a few new cute spring shirts, here are my favorites.  The first two are from Francescas (I'm obsessed with lemon print right now) and the bottom one is from the Lauren Conrad collection at Kohl's and has a really cute open, flowing back.


4. I was out for a walk in the park behind the apartment the other day and saw this Eastern Snapping Turtle near the road.  I have encountered these turtles before, and they are really cool but also really mean.  I tried to herd her toward the swamp but she was having none of it.  I saw a man rescue a massive one off the road, also near here the other day.  He was prepared with a large crate to get it into to take it back to the pond.  Apparently they are coming out of hibernation and looking for mates and nice spots to make nests right now.


5.  Smudge decided it was time to put her Easter bib on yesterday.  How cute is she?

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