Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today and everyday really, I am most thankful for my sweet, freaking adorable, smart, healthy baby.

Enjoy your holiday and be safe if you dare to shop!

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Gymboree Sale!!

Gymboree is having a great sale this weekend! An extra 30% off everything, sale items included! And if you're a rewards member, you get an extra 5% off!

I don't go in too often, but I usually find a couple things. Their prices are a little high, but I can always find great sale prices. I went in tonight to see if I could stock up on cute wintry items for Michael. The dinosaur collection that I LOVE was on sale! Pickings were a little slim, but I managed to get several long sleeve shirts and bodysuits, some for as little as $3!! Crazy prices!! Get over there!

Here are some of the goodies I picked up:




Dino Fair Isle Hoodie


Woolly Mammoth Tee



Dino Embroidered Jeans

Don't ask me why I'm obsessed with this collection... Have fun shopping! Sale ends Sunday!

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

First Birthday Ideas

We are quickly approaching Michael's first birthday. EEK!! I have no idea what we're doing! I've been reading all these posts on Baby Center about first birthday ideas, and it just makes me feel bad to not have every detail planned yet! Am I bad or are other mothers crazy?? I think my biggest hurdle is that both sides of the family are quite far away in other states and will more than likely not be here. Soooo...a small celebration at home?? Where Michael can get as messy as he wants?? And we can put him in the tub after? Sounds like a plan.

Then there's theme. (Crickets) I've seen all kinds of elaborate themes, none of which interest me very much. My starting point is the cake. The smash cake to be exact. Do I make a bunch of cupcakes and let Michael have one? Do I make a separate cake for him, like a giant cupcake, a number one, or a puppy? I like the idea of something simple, like cupcakes, but cutely decorated with animal faces, something that will make him squeal with delight. I think I'm getting somewhere...
By the way, since when is the "smashing of the cake" a separate event which takes place before the party in a photographer's studio, aka "smash photos"??? Makes for cute pictures I'm sure, but isn't the primary entertainment of the party seeing t
he baby eat cake for the first time?? I wonder when this new tradition started.

With my niece, we had a simple family gathering at a park. She had a smash cake (a pink 3d kitty that I made from pound cake and twinkies) and a care bear sheet cake that my sister and her boyfriend made for everybody else. It was sweet and simple and very memorable for all those closest to her. The nice thing about being at a park was that cleanup was minimal! Too bad Michael's birthday is in December!

Anyways, I will keep pondering and looking for inspiration. Here are some of my favorite pinspirations so far.





I mean, come on! (Source)



The giant cupcake is adorable, isn't it?






Love the idea of block cupcakes.

I would love to hear about others' suggestions, experiences, etc! I haven't even thought of decor! (Btw, I'm playing with different blogging apps because I primarily post from my phone, so if there aren't any pics in this post, you'll know why.)
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