A Pumpkin First Birthday Party for my October Girl!

When our little pumpkin turned 1 last year, I had such a fun time planning her party.  Fall is my favorite season.  I was so happy I found some great ideas on pinterest for a pink, orange, and gold pumpkin party.  I am not really into pink, but I love how the pink and orange turned out together.  I was able to pick up most of the decorations at Target, but I did order a printable banner off of etsy.

Her little tutu is from gymboree.  It’s not available anymore, but this one is similar.  Her onesie was my favorite.  I got it from etsy.  I’m big into the yearly birthday shirts and it was perfect!

We served a taco bar for lunch, decorated pumpkins with stickers, and had some cake.  We were originally going to do pumpkin painting outside, but the weather had other plans.  I baked two cakes.  One for her actual birthday (a real food carrot cake from 100 Days of Real Food), and one for the party (a chocolate greek yogurt cake with whipped cream cream cheese frosting).

*The lighting on some of the pics was terrible.  My camera was acting wacky that day!

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Work Outfit Wishlist

I hate everything in my closet right now.  I just sent three bags to thred up.  I am down to 35 hangers in the tiny closet I share with my husband.  The closet looks clean and organized and my weekend uniform of skinnies, everlane t-shirt, and infinite scarf is easily accessible.  (Thank you Mari Kondo!)  I love what I wear on the nights and weekends because I’m comfy and it’s easy.

I have a hard time getting dressed for work.  I’m not a dress up kind of girl most of the time.  Have you heard of people wearing a “work uniform”  It’s a cool idea.  Has anyone tried it?  I don’t even know how I would pick such an outfit.  I’ve tried stitchfix and decided I am way too particular about fit and feel of material for it to work for me.  I literally can’t stand shopping in a store anymore.  I’m old.  Nothing is worse than walking into a dark store blaring loud music or wandering aimlessly not sure what you’re looking for.  I love shopping online, but I’ve had terrible luck lately and end up taking back 100% of the things I buy.  I haven’t found anything I love that I can wear to work and still makes me feel like me.  I’m looking for something that is relatively plain, fits great, and can be dressed up with accessories.

So, I have been searching a lot online.  I found a few pieces that I love.  Problem.  I hate work clothes.   I love black, white, grey, blue, stripes, and polka dots.  Classic outfits with slight 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s twists.  I also typically need a petite.  Any ideas anyone?!?!?  Here’s what I found.

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An Ode to Mason Jars

There is something so simple and beautiful about a glass jar.  Maybe it’s nostalgia for me.  They take me back in time.  I get overwhelmed with the smell of strawberry jam and the memory of my Mom teaching me to make it in the house I grew up in.  I imagine myself on a warm summer afternoon, still clad in my swimsuit and covered in freckles.  My Mom, gently leaning over my shoulder, showing me how to mash the berries.  Then, she moves the mixture to the silver pot with the black handle, and stirs furiously.  Ahhh.  Summer.

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The Best Book for Big Siblings To Be

When I was pregnant with Baby #2, my son was so excited he was going to be a big brother!  We talked a lot about the “baby in mommy’s belly”, but he had no idea how much his little world was about to change.  I am a worrier.  A huge worrier.  So I worried a lot about preparing him for the arrival of his younger sibling.

We didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl, so we started reading general books about mommies and babies.  We started with mommy and baby animals.  Then we moved onto classic books like, “The New Baby”, “Are you my Mother”, and “Big Brother”.  He started asking a lot of questions.  “When will the baby come out to play with me?  What will the baby eat?  Can the baby sleep in my room?”  It was all very cute coming from a just turned 2 year old.  Next, we started focusing on being gentle and how he could help take care of “his baby”.

We brought out my old cabbage patch doll, Baby Ace, for some practice.  He carried him around and cradled him and used his head as a hammer kissed the top of his head.  And then we decided to focus on the meaning of the word “gentle”.   I came across the best book while searching for a “gentle” book, and it turned out to be our favorite bedtime story for months and months.

It’s called One Special Day: A Story for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and I love it.  It focuses on the big sibling, a little boy named Spencer.  “He’s as strong as a bear, as funny as a monkey, and as wild as a tiger. But on one special day, everything changes. Now Spencer is strong, funny, wild, brave, free… and gentle, too.”

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The story is a very sweet look at Spencer and his family as they change to welcome their new baby.  The words are minimal and pointed, and the pictures lead to a lot of great conversation.  My son loved acting out the animals and looking at the picture of Spencer with his baby at the end of the story.  We were even able to practice “gentle” because he really loved to pretend he was strong, funny, wild, and then gentle with baby.

We did a few other things to help him get prepared too.  We called the baby his baby, bought him a gift from his new sibling and had him pick out a gift for the baby, talked about what babies do and why they need momma, talked about what he did when he was a baby and what he can do now that he’s a big boy, tried to keep his schedule as normal as possible after his sister arrived, gave him lots of special time with mommy, daddy, and grandparents when they were in town, and gave him some special tasks to help.  His favorite was taking the diapers to the pail with his dump truck!

I will never forget the moment we introduced him to his new baby sister.  He looked around like he wasn’t quite sure what was going on and then kissed the top of her head.  He named and pointed to her eyes, nose, mouth, and ears and kissed the top of her head again.  A very sweet moment.  I wish we would have gotten it on video!

I have a lot of friends who are pregnant with their second babies right now.  Comment below if you have any tips and tricks for preparing baby #1 for baby #2!