A Look Back: A Gold and Pink Party for Everly

So this post is beyond late. Like 6 months late. Everly will be 2.5 years old on January 30th, so I figured it was time I share her 2nd birthday party with you. It’s so late on account of all the things that had been going on that kept me from blogging. Better late than never right?

For her second birthday, I decided to do a gold and pink theme, with a little bit of sparkle. She is such a little girly girl I thought it would be a perfect fit for her. I had so much fun planning all of the little details. It’s easy to say that now that I can look back on it and smile; but maybe if you had asked me at 1:30am the morning of, I may have said something else as I iced 60 cupcakes in my kitchen…

We decided to rent a hall for her party because we were expecting quite a few guests, I didn’t want to chance it incase it rained which would leave us cramming people into our house. (It’s a good thing we did, because it was pouring rain the day of her party.)

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Her birthday banner I made myself (I purchased the card stock from Michaels, as well as the gold polka-dot wallpaper.) The tassels I made myself. Each one is a single sheet of tissue paper. They were a little time-consuming to make (only because I needed quite a few of them), but they turned out great.

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The cake pops I purchased from Starbucks – they are a little pricey but the kids LOVED them. The pink cotton candy jelly beans I purchased from bulk barn. The cotton candy I purchased from a local business owner, it came in the containers and was around $1.50 per tub. Again, these were a huge hit with the kids. I added the gold sparkle tape around the tubs, which I purchased on clearance from Michaels. The chalk board easel I also purchased from Michaels, and the carnations were a pretty touch. The cupcakes I made myself, and dusted them all with some edible gold sparkles. I am really happy with how they turned out (well worth the effort – again, easy to say now).

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The loot bags and tags I purchased on clearance at Michaels and filled them with little trinkets from Dollarama. The sand buckets were for the littlest ones. The princess rendition of “pin the tail on the donkey” was also purchased from the dollar store.

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I tried to buzz around as much as possible to take pictures of all of the guests and kids playing together – it’s times like that I could really use a clone…

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How sweet is she?! I think my little cupcake had a great party.

Fifteen Months of Everly

My baby girl is fifteen months old. It’s still hard to believe – I swear she was just blowing out the candle on her first birthday cake yesterday…How quickly time passes by when you have little ones. (I don’t think I can stress that enough.)

My little princess is a talking machine. Although I did a fourteen month update for her, here a few additions to that post.

– She is FULLY walking! Finally! It happened just after her fifteen month mark (October 30), but it has happened. She doesn’t crawl at all anymore – it’s funny how they just stop once they get the hang of/decide to walk

– A few additions to her vocabulary list from her fourteen month update: Bapple (Apple), Ni-ni (Night Night), Beh (Bed – which she will point to at night time), Kank-cue (Thank you), Izzum (if she doesn’t know what something is, or wants something and doesn’t know what it is called, that is her choice of “word”), Bubbo (Bubble Guppies), Wa-wo (Owl and or Water), Gocky (Sockie), Chew (Shoe), Ba (Bath), Memo (Elmo), Ki-ki (Kitty), Cowww (Cow), Cheecho (Cheerio), Ba-da-tee (Brush your teeth), Ma-ton (Maxton)

– She loves Frozen and Bubble Guppies, her little face lights up when she sees either on TV (her favourite part of Frozen is when Elsa & Anna are little, at the beginning of the movie)

– She loves bath time, and crawls/or walks from her room to the bathroom saying “ba” the whole way until she reaches the tub

– The face she makes when she says “please” is priceless. “Peeeeeeeze”

– Every morning when she wakes up, she wants to see Maxton right away so she can wrap her arms around him to hug him

This is quite late, but how about a Halloween costume pic to mark fifteen months?

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Happy 15 Months, Miss Everly. xo

Fourteen Months of Everly

On October 1st I went back to work. Back. To. Work. Of course by back to work I mean to my employer, we all know being a Mom is a full-time job in itself – the best job. I had been feeling anxious and stressed for the week leading up to it for a few reasons: leaving my babies, wondering how Everly would adjust to being in daycare, would Everly nap at daycare, how would she do without nursing the whole day, how will get dinner on the table, the kids bathed and in bed, all while spending some time with them. The list seemed to be endless. It will take time, and it will become the new routine, and we will all just…adjust.

[Well there was no need to worry because she did amazing. She napped better there last week then she ever does at home, and not a single tear when I dropped her off. However, when I picked her up she was signing “milk” like there was no tomorrow, and trying really hard to be upset about it.]

I decided to do an update on little Miss because she is just such a little person now! It’s amazing how much she has changed and grown since her first birthday!

– She is actually sleeping pretty well! (FINALLY!) It took a few different sleep training techniques, and she still wakes the odd time in the night crying, but she will fall back to sleep on her own. She usually wakes between 4:30-5:30 and I will nurse her, and she will normally go back to sleep until anywhere between 6:30 and 7:30. (I have to wake her before 7 now for daycare.) It took almost 14 months to get her to sleep 10+ hours straight – CRAZY!

– On September 6 she took her first steps.  The record was tonight: She walked from her crib, out the door into the hallway – probably about 15 steps! Any day now, she will be running around the house chasing her big brother…

– She is the BIGGEST chatterbox! I cannot believe how much she is talking! At 18 months, Maxton was only saying approximately six words, and would never repeat you. Everly, says close to 50 words and will repeat ANYTHING you ask her to. She understands everything you say (for the most part) and if she isn’t trying to say actual words, she is babbling her own language non stop (her favourites are “Babowtee” & “Erati” – I have no idea…). Here is a breakdown of a few of our favourite “Everly” words:

Mama, Dada, Ma or Makin (Maxton), Goggee (Doggy), Fa-wah (Flower), Pehn (Fan), Ba (Ball), Ca (Car), Duba-do (Potato – she sounds hilarious when she says it), Mo (More), Meh (Milk), Nana (Banana), Chee (Cheese), Peese (Please), NO!, Izzat! (I want that), Wah (Water), Ow (Ow), Uh-uh (Uh-Oh), Ca-cuh (Cracker), Bye, Done, Beebee (Baby), Again/Gen (Again, if she is lazy she just says “gen”, but she knows how to put the “a” in front of it), Teddy, Ha (Hot), Go, Bup (Up)…the list goes on

– She signs: Milk, more (she puts her pointer finger of one hand into the middle of her other hand) & all done. She also says the word as she signs it.

– She loves to push her stroller around with her baby in it. She will take her baby out and kiss it and hug it and then put it back in and continue on. She melts my heart.

– She thinks every animal is a Doggy, ha-ha.

– She is a big time food thrower. Drives me nuts.

– She says no ALL THE TIME. She knows how to use the word too which is shocking to me. If Maxton tries to “hug” her, she starts frowning and shouting “NOOOOO” which pushing him away. She will also nod “yes” but it’s definitely not as often

– She LOVES pushing her baby around in the stroller. She will take it out, give her a kiss, put her back in the stroller and continue on her way. So cute.

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Happy 14 Months, baby girl. xo

Maxton’s Bubble Guppies Party

On Saturday we celebrated Maxton’s third birthday, with a Bubble Guppies themed party (he doesn’t actually turn three until the 24th). Bubble Guppies is probably his favourite TV show, and has been for a while so I figured it would be something he would enjoy.

I see this TV show multiple times a day, so I had a pretty good idea on what I wanted to do and the colours I wanted to stick with.

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You will have to excuse the picture quality. I was racing around minutes before all the little guppies arrived, and wasn’t paying much attention to the settings nor did I do a great job at centering the photos.

The party was supposed to be outside, but just like last year for his party, it poured rain. It had been threatening rain all week, and it literally started to pour five minutes before his party started.

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The Bubble Guppies characters I purchased from Party City. They actually came in six, 6ft strands, but I thought I would get creative and tape them through the streamers to make it look like they were swimming in water.

The sign I made myself from scrapbook paper from Michaels. I love making the signs, it is so much more fun than just buying one.

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The plates, napkins and orange paper straws I purchased from Dollarama, with the exception of the Bubble Guppies plates; they were from Party City.

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It was fun coming up with funny little names for the food – makes it that much more fun.

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The cupcakes I made myself, and the cupcake toppers I also did myself. I printed them off of the Nickelodeon Junior website, cut them out, and taped them to the back of toothpicks.

The cake I had made by “Not A Cupcake“. She did an amazing job and only charged $35. Most importantly, Maxton loved it, and it tasted delicious!

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He was so excited to blow out the candle!

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So serious – he loved his piece of cake though!

Overall, despite the fact that we had to cram 40+ adults and kids into our house, it turned out great and Maxton had a blast.

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I hope my little guy enjoyed his Bubble Guppies party. I still can’t believe he’s almost three…

Not-So Cake Smash

On Everly’s first birthday we did a cake smash with her. The cake was made for free by “Not A Cupcake” who also made her first birthday tea-pot cake. You can read all about that here. I did the pictures on my own at home – and set up a not-so-fancy back drop.

We never did one with Maxton (I actually hadn’t heard of them at the time), so I was looking forward to seeing what Everly would do with her cake.

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Here are some of my favourites from the shoot. You will notice that she barely touched it before she decided crawling through it would be a good idea.

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Such a dainty little lady she is.

Maxton couldn’t wait to get in there with his fork. Such well-mannered, clean children I have. 🙂