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.

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Plaid Squared

clearPlaid is a hot item in fashion this fall/winter. It’s funny how fashion trends come full circle. Right now there is a lot of 80’s and early 90’s fashion that has reborn in a more subtle and “fashionable” way.

When I was little, I had quite a few plaid outfits, so I made it my mission to find a few for Everly. I came across these two pieces that I had to have!

Joe Fresh $16

Joe Fresh $16

Old Navy $16.94

Old Navy $16.94

How cute is that dress? And the pants with the little zippers at the ankles? Too cute for words.

Of course I couldn’t stop there. I had to find something equally cute for Maxton.

Old Navy $19.94

Old Navy $19.94

Can’t wait to dress my two little ones in their little plaid get-ups!

Next came the hunt for a plaid shirt for me. I have tried on so many but always have a hard time finding one that is fitted through the body but still long enough in the arms. I finally came across one that I loved that fit great, and is nice and warm! It will look great with a pair of jeans and tall boots.

Old Navy $29.94

Old Navy $29.94

I also couldn’t resist this cute scarf after this blast of cold weather we’ve been having.

Old Navy $19.94

Old Navy $19.94

Last, but not least, Steve. There are A LOT of plaid options out there for guys. I had no problem finding something for Steve. I stuck with this find from Old Navy (if you haven’t guessed already I snagged all of these during an awesome sale) for him.

Old Navy $29.94

Old Navy $29.94

Stylish right? Why not add a plaid scarf for him too?

Old Navy $19.94

Old Navy $19.94

I plan on dressing the kids up in their plaid ensembles for their upcoming Santa photos. I think I may have to snag a family plaid photo just for a laugh!

Happy plaid shopping!

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

Mabel’s Labels: Product Review

When Maxton turned one, a friend of ours gave him some personalized labels as a gift. At first I wasn’t sure when he would use them, nor had a heard of the company that made them, being a new Mom and all. When it finally came time to send my little man to daycare, the simple genius of “Mabel’s Labels” became apparent; I dug out the labels and soon realized how AWESOME and practical they actually are. Suddenly I found myself labelling his coats, boots, shoes… Before I knew it, I had labeled everything Maxton had!

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The Basic Kit (this is the one Maxton has) includes:

  • 24 Skinny-Minis™
  • 42 Tag Mates™
  • 8 Shoe Labels
  • 2 Bag Tags

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This is available in 40+ multi-coloured designs or 3 solid palettes. They have five other combo packs available, which includes a new Baby Combo!

If you’re not looking for a combo pack. you can purchase the specific type of label pack you’re looking for: clothing labels (stick on and iron), shoe labels, household labels, bag tags, even allergy alerts & 411 wristbands.

When Mabel’s Labels sent me some Personalized Sticky Labels for Everly for my review (just in time for her to start daycare), I was so excited to start labelling all of her stuff. There will be no mistaking who owns her coat!

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Mabel’s Labels can be purchased online or by phone – and you can reach a customer service representative by phone or online via live chat during regular business hours. They are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Almost the entire line of labels is laundry and/or dishwasher safe, with the exception of book labels.

I cannot stress enough how amazing and useful these labels are. Maxton’s personalized sticky labels have also survived wash after wash with no peeling or curling; a true testament to their superior quality and durability. Mabel’s Labels are definitely my top pick when it comes to personalizing my children’s items and come highly recommended. Happy label shopping!

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