Category Archives: Baby


Our sweet baby girl turned one in the blink of an eye. I honestly don’t know where the year has gone. We had a great time celebrating Maryn Joy’s first birthday.  I’m so thankful for my sister who took all of these amazing pictures and so grateful our family and friends joined us on this special day.




 Maryn is wearing the cutest party hat I’ve ever seen and I’m keeping it forever. You can find it here.  Maryn’s romper was so perfect and fit the theme very well.




DIY Banner- I bought the burlap triangles (already cut) from Hobby Lobby, glued it to twine and added gold stickers from Target! Paper arrows are from my friend’s Etsy shop, ArrowsEnd. (she’s currently on a break).



DIY Birthday Banner – These banners can be a little pricy, but they are so easy to make. You just need card stock and string. The gold letter stickers are the same ones pictured above.


DIY cake topper – decorative paper straws, card stock and string.



Homemade teepee sugar cookies – These were a big hit and so delicious. The frosting didn’t turn out as smooth as I wanted, but still cute. You can find the recipe here (don’t forget to leave out the baking powder). I decorated the designs with a paintbrush and food coloring!





You can find these adorable cupcake toppers here.



Party Favors – I found these treat bags from Hobby Lobby, stamped them and threw in some candy, bubbles and tattoos!



DIY gold animal jars – This turned out to be one of my favorite things! I bought a few canning jars at Hobby Lobby along with a packet of plastic animals. We spray painted the animas and tops with gold paint. Decorate with your favorite candy! These would also make great favors for any shower or birthday.




I loved the subtle details on the food table. I found this print on Etsy and my dad picked up this gorgeous cactus at Lowes (another favorite from the party).



I wrapped leftover yarn and craft feathers around paper straws.



I found the big 40 inch balloons on Etsy and they were amazing. The number one balloon lasted a week and my friend used it the following weekend for her daughter’s birthday!  (#1 balloon)    (Round balloon). I hung a curtain rod at the top of the fence and just draped white curtains to create a simple backdrop for Maryn’s smash cake moment. We already had the teepee, so I just placed it along the fence.



I bought the tassel behind the teepee here. I was very strategic with the decor pieces I bought because I wanted to buy things that I could repurpose. I figured there’s no sense in buying these things if you’re just going to throw away or store in a box!


The tassels hanging from the branches are just yarn cut and tied together! My friend sent me the idea and we knocked them out in just a few short minutes!






It took her awhile, but she really got into the cake. I think she would have eaten the whole thing if we would have let her!





IT’S MY PARTY .  .  . 

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This day was magical and I can’t wait to share these memories with her one day!




Nursery Design

I had the best time creating and designing my daughter’s nursery while I anxiously awaited her arrival. I’ve received so many sweet comments and questions over the past several months, so I thought I would share a few of my thoughts and ideas.

First, you need to know that I didn’t have a lot of space to work with. This is a very small room, but I made it work, so don’t stress about space! There are only a few pieces you need to make your nursery functional; crib, dresser and rocker..that’s it! I mostly used my wall space to create the environment I envisioned.

Second, if you don’t want to do your nursery around a theme, you have a few options. You can  choose a color palette and design your bigger pieces around those colors. (check out Design Seed for inspiration). You can also choose an object, like a painting and pull ideas and colors from that. My first nursery piece was a painting I purchased from Hannah Crosby (check out her website/blog here). From there, I knew that I wanted to incorporate elephants/animals, gold and travel…random, right?!

The painting (aka my inspiration) is the center piece and the other prints along with the gold decals are from Etsy. Can we talk about this rug?! Rugs are simple, but create the perfect statement for your room. I knew that I wanted some kind of tribal print, but couldn’t find one that was reasonably priced. I even had my husband on the search, he ended up finding the winner at (DENYDESIGNS).


Decorate around that pesky thermostat, but keep it crisp and simple. Both pieces from TJ Maxx.


Books are important, so why not display them?! The floating shelves are from Ikea and only $14.99!


Recently, I created a little space below the bookshelves. The dog loves this spot more than the baby, but at least someone is enjoying it. This little chair was my Grandpa’s, he stole it from his Sunday school class when he was a kid (dead serious). My dad fixed it up, painted it and it looks brand new. I love functional and sentimental.


I was browsing the clearance section at Home Goods one day and found this. I carried it to the front of the store and every woman stopped me and asked if they could have it..not even kidding.


Finding a comfortable chair is important because you’ll be rocking and nursing that sweet baby around the clock! I wanted a simple, neutral color because I figured I could easily find a place for it after it serves its purpose (BuyBuy Baby). The gold ottoman (Overstock) is a great statement, but also practical. I added the side table (Target) a few days post baby because I needed a place for my water, phone and nipple cream (gross, but necessary during that first week).

Side Note: the Keekaroo changing pad is probably my favorite baby item to date.



Small rooms come with small closets, so I needed to get creative. I bought two bookcases from Ikea to place inside the closet, but only one fit…major bummer. However, this bookcase helps organize books, shoes and other accessories, so it’s still a win. Also, babies grow out of their clothes very quickly, so I started to store them in plastic bins and label them by size and they easily fit on the top shelf. I’m sure I’ll thank myself later for this.


I keep the dresser drawers organized with drawer dividers from the Container Store. Easy access to lotion, hand sanitizer, pacifiers and toys are important while you’re changing those diapers, so I wanted to find some good storage that would be visual. My husband spotted these elephant organizers in Pottery Barn Kids one day, they are perfect because they hold everything you need and don’t take up a lot of space.



There you have it, my secrets to a simple and cute nursery.