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Happy Birthday to My Princess!

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I cannot believe it’s been 3 years since I held my baby girl in my arms for the first time! She is such a gift, such a blessing, and I am beyond grateful for my little fire cracker. She is about to start pre-school in a few months, becoming more and more independent, and has the most amazing imagination. She is at such a fun age and I am just trying to savor every minute. Happy Birthday Piper Marie!!

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And a look back at the beginning.

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Maternity and newborn photos by Braedon Photography.

Mom Monday {anatomy of a salad}

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We make a lot of fun salads in our house, and there is really no recipe, or right or wrong way to do make them. They are based on whatever I have in the fridge, which is nice because it makes them different each time. Here is a basic guide to how I make my salads healthy and delicious. The fruit in the salad really helps to get your kids to eat and enjoy it.

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Mom Monday {birthdays}

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Well I cannot believe I am thinking about Piper’s 3rd birthday! She will turn 3 in June, so it is just around the corner. For her first birthday I had the amazing talents of my dear friend Casey, and owner of The Flouring Artisans. Casey created the most amazing dessert table and delicious sugar-less cake for Piper. The party was bright orange and pinks with giraffes.

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For her second birthday Andrea Patricia Photography captured the most amazing photos of the Neon Pink + gold party.

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So now, 3. I would love to try and do something a bit less involved…is that possible for me? I am not sure. I would love to hear your thoughts on birthday parties. Do you go over the top every year or just make it once every few years? Piper’s favorite thing right now definitely is Cinderella and the princesses. How can I do that but still make it a bit more casual? Chime in below.. I would love to know your ideas!! Happy Mom Monday.

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Mom Monday {Ballet Class!}

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Piper has been asking me non-stop lately (to my delight) if she can take a ballet class. At 2 1/2 she is just at the age where she can do so. We are doing a trial class this Saturday! I am beyond excited, and a little nervous. It will the first class she takes that is not Mommy-and-me. Parents are encouraged to stand outside and look in. I will keep you posted on how she does.

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Does anyone else do ballet class with their little ones? I would love to hear about your experience!

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Bloch ballet shoes // child ballet photograph // DIY legwarmers!

Mom Monday {tiny accessories}

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For those of you that know my sweet little Piper, you may have noticed she has a thing for accessories. She insists on picking her outfits every day (even her pajama outfits) and loves loves loves her accessories. Here is a little round up of accessories inspired by my very own tiny fashionista.

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1. jcrew Headband   2.ruffle backpack    3.Zara kids cap    4.Tiny Toms glitter mary janes    5.le petit tom tutu ruffle bloomers

Mom Monday {a tiny workspace!}

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As some of you know my little Miss Piper comes to work with me sometimes. We created this little workspace for her so she can “do her work” while Mommy and Daddy work. It’s such a great way to keep the little ones occupied while you work, or are trying to get things done around the house! She is so excited that she has her own desk!

Magic Date Balls

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For Thanksgiving this year, I decided to make these amazing tiny bites of goodness, which I have dubbed “Magic Date Balls” appropriately.

With these Date Truffles from Sprouted Kitchen as my guide I created these tiny bites.

 

I love how easy it is to create homemade Almond Butter! Literally just put almonds in the food processor and whirl them up for about 8 minutes…voila you have almond butter!

I think what makes these so special is not only do they look so gorgeous on the plate, but they have absolutely no sugar or sweeteners! Brilliant! So eat up! I plan on trying a few more versions with flax seeds & chia seeds. I will let you know how they go! Happy Mom Monday my friends! xoxo

***REMINDER*** today is the last day of our HUGE Etsy sale. To celebrate cyber monday, the entire shop is 40% off!

Mom Monday {enchanted halloween}

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With all the adorable woodland inspired etsy goodness I have been seeing lately I can’t help but start to think about halloween. I know can you believe I just said that?! But seriously look at these adorable costumes and accessories. What I love about them is that you can use them for dress up all year long. Take a look at the full treasury for more ideas.

Items featured here from top left {1  // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 }

Behind the Scenes {Piper's party part 2}

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Here is the last installment of behind the scenes for Piper’s party.

Inspired by the most pinned post we have ever had on the blog, I decided to give the ice cube tray food a try myself. Let me say, the kids absolutely loved it! I had so much fun coming up with the different foods to put in the trays. I used fruits, veggies, kale chips, lots of variety is the key. It gives the kids a choice, and makes eating healthy foods fun. I also dehydrated a ton of fresh fruit I picked up at the farmers market. That was a huge hit as well. Dehydrated fruit is the perfect snack on the go because it’s not messy at all and you can throw it in your purse and go! Needless to say all the parents left the party wanting to by a dehydrater.

The tattoo bar was so much fun. I bought inkjet printer tattoo paper and designed some super fun Piper inspired tattoos. I would suggest having a spray bottle and paper towels on hand for easy application.

Last but not least are the paper products. We now have the invitations and gift tags available in our etsy shop! The invites are available in a letterpress version (as shown here) or a more affordable digitally printed version! We are running a free shipping promo right now in the shop {use promo code FREESHIP at checkout}. expires August 31st!

Hope all this behind the scenes helps out, and I would love to see how you “steal the look”! xoxo