Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Mila Turned ONE

Last month we celebrated Mila's first birthday and my thirtieth birthday with a Gatsby themed bash. Our birthday, March 7th, happened to fall on a Saturday this year, so I wanted to throw a fun birthday twin party for my mini-me without breaking the bank.

Throwing a party can add up financially, but there are ways to significantly cut costs without cutting details and fun. Here are a few tips to help save cash, and still celebrate:

Advice #1, DIY! I created this DIY invitation using simple templates from adobe photoshop elements.
My biggest advice for decorations is DIY! Huge savings! I made the tassels for under $2, the cardstock paper fans for $1, and the glittered paper letters for $3 (I cut them with my Silhouette machine). I purchased the balloons, outdoor circle fans, and popcorn boxes from Oriental Trading. 

Advice #2, prioritize! My food advice is to keep it simple and prioritize. For me, I knew I wanted a fun cake and cotton candy, so I spent most of my food budget on those items. 
Advice #3, fancy it up! The easiest way to make an inexpensive item look like a million bucks is to add pretty details. I used personalized stickers from Tiny Prints on my popcorn boxes and applesauce squeezies. Ah, I just love little details!

Advice #4, Reuse! My favorite "reusable" decor item is my DIY chalkboard...oh, how I love to draw on that bad boy! 

I like to use fabric table linens instead of plastic so that I can reuse them at multiple events. Amazon has the best prices for table covers and runners. Also, reuse as much of the decorations as possible. I have two plastic boxes specifically for "party supplies", and I'll plan parties based on my current "inventory".
Advice #5, borrow! I borrowed picture frames, tables, chairs, and display boxes from friends. It all adds up! Maybe even borrow and share reused party decor?!

My final advice is to have fun! I was talking to some of my friends and they shared how they are tired of throwing pinterest inspired parties because it's getting out of hand or it's stressful. So then don't. At the end of the day, who's the party for? Personally, I love, I mean love, throwing parties. I love making the decorations, and love planning the details (I just don't bake...the kitchen and I aren't friends). Planning a party shouldn't be about competing for the best decorations and food, and you shouldn't feel pressured by pinterest. My hope in sharing these party tips, is to inspire other party lovers to save a little cash without sacrificing the fun in party planning. 

For more DIY tutorials and tips, go through my pinterest boards. Happy party planning!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Dear Mila

My sweet Mila! I'm so sorry that is has taken almost 9 months before writing your first letter. I've been meaning to sit down and write your letters, but life's busy moments have gotten the best of me. 

Since you've been born, you've brought so much joy into our lives. It's true what others say, a mother's heart expands so much to love each child unconditionally. I have so much love for you!

The first two months of your life were filled with love, and were also hard as we tried to figure out how to solve your acid reflux. Once we had your reflux under control you were a happy little baby. You started sleeping through the night by 4 months old, which helped daddy and I. Thank you for that!

You love your brother, Caleb, so much. You love to watch him play, and you try to crawl after him. You catch on to things quickly. You can sign a few words (more, milk, and clap), and you copy noises and actions. We call you a little parrot. You can sing along with songs, and have funny dance moves. You crawl and scoot backwards, and are trying really hard to go forward. 

You love running errands and getting out of the house. You are so observant! You love to watch people, and people love to talk to you and tell you how cute you are. Strangers tell me how I'm so lucky to have such a happy baby, but I know it's not luck...it's God's gift to me. After all, you were born on my birthday! I think God knew that I needed a calm and happy baby (especially since your brother is a "wild man"). 

You love your "eat, play, and sleep" schedule but you don't mind when we mess it up with outings. We even went on our first road trip to Alabama and you were an ANGEL! You truly are the best little baby! (We call you our easy child, but sshh don't tell your brother)

We love you and Caleb so much, and we can't image our lives without the both of you! We pray for Caleb and you daily, begging God to open your hearts and for y'all to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior! We pray that you and Caleb are dear friends, and love the Lord and others well; that you fear the Lord, and pursue Him will all your heart. 

We love you sweet Mila! Our little gracious gift.

Mommy and Daddy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's Fall Y'all!

It finally feels like Fall in Texas! Well, it's under 90 degrees which is considered Fall weather here. I've started to transition our home decor to a Fall theme to help get me in the mood (even if it's still 80 degrees most days). 

Here are a few simple ideas to create an easy Fall decor transition:

I love decorating our entry table to different themes because it is the first thing guests see as they enter our home.

 I changed the pillows around, and put the pillows from our master bedroom out in the entry hall because the color scheme brings more warmth to the decor. Swapping out items from different rooms is an easy way to change decor themes.

 My favorite fall item is our Thankful Tree! I love walking into the house and having our Thankful Tree out greeting me. Such a wonderful reminder to be giving thanks daily.
Our Thankful Tree is our fall activity to record all the things we are thankful for on a leaf, and adds as a beautiful decor item as well.
And hearing the things Caleb is thankful for is hysterical! I asked him if he loves mommy, daddy, and Mila as we were writing our weekly "thankful leaves", and he said, "Yes! And Daddy's phone." Week 1, Caleb was thankful for "cars". Priorities from a 2 year old!

The kitchen is still filled with shades of blue, and I added some pumpkins and pinecones in the mix. I love the color combo!

I kept my couch pillows the same in the living room, and added a DIY pillow to bring a bit of warmth to our Fall decor. I created the image on photoshop, and made a custom pillow from Tiny Prints. I LOVE it! I think I'll be making custom pillows for every season because it was so easy to create! And if you don't have time to play with a DIY print, you can use mine! Download the "It's Fall Y'all" jpeg here, and upload it to Tiny Prints to create this pillow. It's my thankful gift to you!

And lastly, my favorite DIY chalkboard is the center of my mantle display. Our season of thanks is rooted in this, "Give thanks to the LORD for He is good." Psalm 118:1. Yes, God is good and He does good!

 It's fall y'all! Happy fall decorating!