Holy cow! I can’t believe it’s been 2 whole months since my last post! All the cobwebs clinging to this blog seem kind of festive though with Halloween coming up and all, right? Ha!
Well I have a great excuse for my absence…here’s the nugget that’s been gobbling up all my time, love, and attention these days! Meet Mia and her BFF Bart the bear, everyone! I know I’m biased, but those cheeks give me life (is that what kids are saying these days??) She’s a very alert baby who’s already starting to give big smiles and cooing up a storm! Unfortunately her charms are NOT working on Toby, who is coping with big brotherhood simply by pretending Mia doesn’t exist at all. He’ll begrudgingly say hello to her every morning with a lick on the foot, and then it’s nary a glance the rest of the day, even if she’s screaming her head off right next to him. Something tells me these two will need a get along shirt somewhere down the road.
So you know those beautiful portraits of motherhood splashed across Pinterest and Instagram? They usually involve newborns sleeping angelically in pristine nurseries while mom lovingly looks on with perfectly applied makeup and a headful of clean, tousled curls. IT’S ALL LIES, PEOPLE! These first few weeks have been a chaotic rollercoaster that veers between “Being a mom is magical!” and “I’m very very tired. Does this baby come with a gift receipt?” It has been non-stop laundry and waking up at ungodly hours and obsessively checking the baby monitor to make sure everything is okay, and there is absolutely nothing pristine about our apartment right now.
Life sure as hell hasn’t been glamorous lately, and sometimes I’m hit with serious FOMO when my childless friends are off traveling or doing fun things around the city. But smooching that chubby little face each day has made me realize that slowing down and savoring these precious moments isn’t such a bad idea. There will be time for new adventures someday soon, but for now, I’ll embrace the quiet (and umm not so quiet) days at home with this sweet baby who has me wrapped around her impossibly small finger already.
Happy Father’s Day weekend to all the papas out there! We’re squeezing Toby into his Speedo and heading out to the beach with family. It’ll be a bit overcast, but I’m looking forward to catching up on some reading (NOS4A2 has been keeping me on the edge of my seat!) and grabbing an ice cream cone or two, hehe.
And in case you want to give your Father’s Day present a little extra oomph, I’ve created some cute beer bottle gift tags for you to use! Just print, cut, hole punch, and you’re TOTALLY IN as #1 favorite child :-) Enjoy!
Download the large beer bottle gift tags here!
Download the small beer bottle gift tags here!
The Invite: "Burger Beer" Paperless Post invitation
The Set Up: DIY Burger balloons | RedNek Party Bucket | Barbeque Grill Condiment Set | Cotton Printed Napkins | Reusable "Paper" Dinner Plates | Striped Party Paper Cups
The Burgers: Sriracha-Mayo Burger | Hoisin Burgers | Loaded Chili Cheeseburgers | Bistro Burger | Chips 'n' Guac Burger
The Finale: Cheeseburger Cake | Cookie Fries
Nothing feels more like summer around our house than firing up the grill and chomping into a smoky burger under blue skies and sunshine. We’ll be sticking around town for the 4th of July this year, and I think a burger themed bash would be a fun twist on our usual run-of-the-mill barbecues! Trying out a whole bunch of different burger recipes with crazy toppings sounds like heaven to this pregnant lady’s ears. And you certainly don’t need to twist my arm for an excuse to make some of these whimsical balloons or this showstopper of a cake, although I don’t have high hopes that mine would come out quite as lovely…
*This post was written in collaboration with Paperless Post. Their invitations are a design lover’s dream, so be sure to check them out for your next par-tay!
Happy Friday! I’ll be spending the weekend catching up with old friends as we gather together for a wedding celebration, and I can’t wait to take some crazy trips down memory lane :-) And luckily I came across this ASOS dress that’s SUPER comfy (and would totally fit post-baby too!), so I won’t be stuck in a constricting dress all night – phew! This week I’m loving…
- This geometric wallpaper from PatPrint that’s self-adhesive so you won’t be covered in wallpaper paste when you put it up
- All the out-of-this-world jewelry in Virginie Millefiori’s Sun & Moon collection. Bonus points for the awesome styling too!
- This sassy middle finger blank key from Cool Material that made me giggle because I’m 10 years old inside
- These DIY pineapple favor bags from The House That Lars Built that would be so stinking cute for a Hawaiian themed summer party!
We bought a striped coir doormat from Target about two years ago that looked great but shed horribly because it wasn’t lined. Our hallway was constantly filled with bits of tan fibers and dust that never fully disappeared no matter how much it was vacuumed! It drove us bananas but I couldn’t find any other doormat I liked for under $50, which is an exorbitant amount for something you use to wipe your shoes on, in my cheapskate opinion. So when I spotted this cute and simple house shaped doormat, I knew I just had to recreate it for our home! I bought a simple vinyl-backed (this is KEY to no shedding!) mat, and 10 minutes later, our front doorstep was looking extra welcoming. Hooray for easy-as-pie DIYs!
What you’ll need:
- Flip over your doormat so the vinyl-backed side is visible
- Mark the sides of your house in chalk. The lines can be easily erased with a damp paper towel, so take some time to figure out what looks good to you!
- Once you’re happy with your drawing, cut along the chalk lines using a ruler and a sharp utility knife
- Explain to your dog what a doormat is and get very confused head tilts (optional)
- All done and ready for your front door!