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April 21, 2015
Happy 3rd Birthday to Graham! (and pinata tutorial)

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This weekend we celebrated Graham’s 3rd birthday with a party at home with family.
This is the first year he’s been really into the birthday decor and traditions so it was extra fun.
He even requested a pinata like he read about in his Curious George book. So I figured out how to make a pinata for my boy!

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I had these happy birthday banners that I saved from Graham’s first birthday.
I hung them on the kitchen vent hood and living room fireplace and added homemade tassels from tissue paper.

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The birthday boy with his #3 pinata!

Here’s a little tutorial on how I constructed the pinata:

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First cut out two #3 pieces and several strips of paper 3.75 inches wide.
I used several 12 x 18 pieces of white card stock paper I had on hand.

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Next score lines 1/2 an inch from the edges of your paper strips so they will easily bend to form a ledge.

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Cut slits around the ledge of paper and start attaching the strip to the 3 with tape.

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Fill the pinata with candy before sealing it off.

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This is what my pinata looked like after constructing the card stock.

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Next cover your pinata with tissue paper fringe.
I made my fringe from strips of navy blue tissue paper.

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I added mint polka dots to the pinata to match Graham’s birthday gifts.

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It was raining during Graham’s party so we hung the pinata from the front door. He loved it!

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Graham is obsessed with Thomas the train so he was very excited to see his Thomas cake!I found these stacking Thomas, James, and Percy trains at Target and added them to a white round cake.

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One of Graham’s gifts was this table and chairs.
He outgrew his previous set so it was time to upgrade so Arden will have a spot to sit too.
Graham calls it his “grilled cheese table”.

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cross back madeline chairs in grey finish from RH baby&child
white small carolina table from PB kids

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clapping for his blue balloons

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blowing out his candles

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yummy!

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sweet little Arden

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Graham & Arden’s new table fits perfectly near the windows in our living room.

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Happy Birthday, Graham! We love you!

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April 2, 2015
Easter Baskets for My Boys

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Today I’m sharing Graham and Arden’s Easter baskets for the easter basket blog hop at the good life blog!

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This is Arden’s basket. (4 months old)

easter basket & liner: pottery barn kids
mommy & baby fox: ikea
animal eggs: target
halo sleep sack: pottery barn kids
oball car
the berenstain bears and the truth book
are you my mother book
aden + anais bibs: target
my first batman book: pottery barn kids
snack bowls: pottery barn kids
matching train go-together cards: mindware

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This is Graham’s basket. (almost 3 years old)

easter basket & liner: pottery barn kids
owl puppet: ikea
animal eggs: target
camelbak cup
the berenstain bears and the easter story book
go, dog. go! book
happy easter curious george book
thomas wooden railway, whiff
green toys jump rope: pottery barn kids
lantern night light: pottery barn kids
matching train opposites cards: mindware

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I’m a sucker for these adorable chick and sheep chocolates by Lindt for filling their eggs.

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I like to put a few special eggs in their baskets. There are chick, bunny, frog, and fox shaped eggs.

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I’ve kept their baskets filled with eggs out on the kitchen counter for Graham to play with for the past few weeks.
He enjoys opening the eggs and hiding them around the kitchen.

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March 31, 2015
Easter Decor

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Happy Easter! Behind Christmas, Easter is my second favorite season to decorate our home.
Eggs and bunnies everywhere!

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My mom has gifted me these shell eggs as my Easter gift the past few years.
I love that they are neutral colors and add natural textures to our fireplace mantel.

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our living room decorated for spring

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I filled this shallow green planter with a large vanilla candle and craft paper eggs.
The eggs are probably supposed to be painted but I love their plain color.

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This is the most durable couch ever. But… it’s too deep.
We like that it’s perfect for lounging but our guests always complain about the luxe depth.
I recently added the white pillows to help with the depth for our guests.

sofa: lounge 93″ by crate & barrel
white pillows: ralph lauren at HomeGoods (similar)
shallow green planter: crate & barrel (similar)
coffee table: Z Gallerie

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Bunnies have invaded our home and claimed every side table.

white ceramic bunny: pottery barn (similar)
white woven eggs: HomeGoods
brown woven bunny with carrot: HomeGoods (similar)

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Graham and Arden’s Easter baskets are sitting in our kitchen ready for the Easter bunny to hide their eggs.
Graham’s basket is green with a yellow and white striped liner and green monogram.
Arden’s basket is brown with a navy gingham liner and green monogram.

easter baskets: pottery barn kids

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Last week we added new bamboo shades to the kitchen windows and to Arden’s nursery windows.
We chose these flatweave bamboo roman shades in the color driftwood and I LOVE their color tone.
The sun shines so strong in our kitchen each evening while we’re making dinner so these are very helpful.

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Two white washed wooden bunnies sit in the corner of the kitchen near the stove.

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Since we’re doing the Keto diet this year, our fruit basket has been bare.
I filled up a Juliska Berry & Thread dog bowl (shhh!) with pretty pale green eggs to add some color to this corner.

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Oversized pale green eggs are piled in a pierced silver bowl on our dining table.
(Graham calls them dinosaur eggs.)

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There is a little copper bunny sitting by the soap in our powder room.

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Two woven bunnies welcome guests on the porch by our front door.

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In the fall I planted white sterling jonquil bulbs and white pansies.
I expect the jonquils to bloom any day now. Graham has enjoyed watching them grow from bulbs.

estate zinc footed planters: restoration hardware

And if you’re looking for Spring invitations, place cards, table numbers, or menus, you might like our hummingbird collection:

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March 25, 2015
New! Circle Monogram Invitation Collection

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Introducing our new Circle Monogram Collection:

circle monogram invitations
circle monogram rsvp cards
circle monogram table numbers
circle monogram menu cards
circle monogram place cards

(Shown in fuchsia and mint paper. Customizable colors.)

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March 10, 2015
Arden: 3 Months (and favorite baby gear)

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Our sweet baby Arden is 3 months old!
He’s the happiest baby I’ve ever seen. He loves to “chat” with me with coos and gargles. He gets the biggest grins on his face.

I enjoy seeing other mom’s lists of their favorite baby items so I thought it would be fun to share mine.
After two baby boys, these are items I’ve found the most useful or the items I reach for first.
(links below)

baby_boy_gearMy favorite baby boy gear:

1. Miracle Blanket Swaddle
2. Ikea Leka Baby Gym
3. Gap Favorite Footed One-Piece
4. Britax Double Stroller
5. Orla Kiely by aden + anais Bibs
6. Samsung BabyVIEW Video Baby Camera and Monitor
7. Dr. Brown’s bottles

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sweet brothers

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I love his adorable booties and tiny feet.(similar booties, cute booties)

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Graham is a wonderful big brother.
(Ikea baby gym, similar)

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This week we moved him from sleeping in a bassinet in our bedroom to his crib in the nursery.
He’s been sleeping from about 7 pm to 6:30 am. So thankful for sleep.
(Samsung BabyVIEW Video Baby Camera and Monitor)
(nail polish: Essie Fiji)

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I highly recommend using these Miracle Blanket swaddles if you have an infant.
They’ve been one of our most used items with Graham and Arden as babies.
(Miracle Blanket swaddles)

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My boys love their daddy.
(Highly recommend Dr. Brown’s bottles too!)

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