How to effortlessly plan a themed birthday party

I love planning parties and events! I DIY’d my entire wedding, styled/planned my own bridal shower and baby shower themes, and have hosted several parties like Christmas Cookie Exchanges and Girls’ Nights. So you better believe I couldn’t wait to plan a fun first birthday party for my daughter! The theme I went with was “A Swan Soiree” with touches of light pink, yellow,  and mint. I had a plan on how I wanted her party to look, but I also wanted to make sure we stayed within a budget for decor and food.

So if you’re wanting to throw together a fun and memorable birthday party for your own little one, follow these helpful tips below for a thoughtful and well executed birthday bash.

Make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post because I linked almost all of the party decor and Izzy’s cute outfit + accessories! ❤

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Celebrating One Full Year Of Breastfeeding Plus Tips On Nursing Through Teething

Well friends, I made it!! From July 7th 2017 to July 7th 2018 I nursed my little Izzy June every single day multiple times a day, and even pushed through painful teething so I would be able to make it to the one full year mark of breastfeeding!!

The week after her first birthday, we decided to introduce cow’s milk (we are using Fairlife Whole Milk) and wean her from nursing. She’s still getting used to cow’s milk, but overall I think she’s enjoying the new taste. I’m down to nursing her once a day in the mornings now, which I don’t think I would have been able to accomplish so smoothly had John not had the last two weeks off of work! He’s taken charge of putting her down for naps, so that I don’t have to nurse her to sleep like we’ve been doing up until this point. So far, it’s really working out for us! I also feel so blessed and grateful for the countless mama friends who have reached out to me and given me advice and encouragement and support about weaning. It’s been so helpful in easing my emotions and my heart into knowing that weaning is a natural part of growing up ❤ So thank you, if you were one of the mamas who I’m talking about!

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5 things every new mom needs to do during the first year

Finding support and community is an easy thing to do with all the resources new moms have access to these days! And I believe that it’s owed to the millennial mom — she’s tech savvy, educated, driven to find her place in the world, and lives for community. She’s heavily invested in the it-takes-a-village mindset, and has turned motherhood into a lifestyle. After becoming pregnant, it was as if I had been suddenly initiated into a secret club that I had no idea even existed — one that brings women of all walks of mothering together. One that supports, educates, enriches, and provides countless women to simply be there with you during this journey! Continue reading

What Motherhood has Taught me 6 months in

Yesterday was baby Elizabeth’s 6 month birthday! Half a year since she came into the world, and only half a year left until she’s made her first full trip around the sun. I can’t even wrap my mind around the fact that I have a 6 month old baby now, let alone the fact that she will be ONE this year and walking/talking by the end of the year! It’s too much for my brain to handle. I’ve been stretched thin, pulled in every direction, had my hair tugged, my heart strings tugged, been bitten, been smacked and splashed these last 6 months and I thought I would share 6 key things I’ve learned in my first 6 months of being a mom ❤ Scroll down to read them!

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A new mom’s tips for building solid friendships


Since having our daughter this past July (how has it already been 3 months?!), I’ve made a huge attempt to widen my circle of girlfriends by putting myself out there using the tinder-for-moms app: Peanut. I never got a chance (thank goodness LOL) to use any dating apps or websites,  so the idea of meeting someone online, chatting it up, and making a date to meet for the first time was heavily new (and a bit scary) to me. I kept reading these articles about “building your tribe” and how hangin’ with like-minded mamas is the key to sanity in the midst of motherhood, but I didn’t really know where to start…it’s not like you can just hop over to a bar grab a drink and start mingling with other moms (but they really should invent one of those omg…like a mommies + mimosas bar. But with childcare). So after hearing about this mommy dating app, I thought what the heck I’m on maternity leave and stuck inside most of the day, so I might as well give it a shot. Continue reading