Tuesday, August 26, 2014

project nursery contest

this sweet -cheerio loving little one year old has a huge favor to ask!  the lovely site project nursery, nominated declan's hundred acre wood birthday party as a finalist for their august birthdays.  we're super excited and if you sweet friends get a second or two would you mind voting?  it's really easy, just click the link below scroll towards the end and click on declan's box then hit vote.  i believe the contest ends the end of this week and you can vote every 24 hours if you feel so inclined.  so pretty pretty please with cheerios on top would you vote?  thank you bloggy friends we're so grateful!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

let's talk car seats

Ok so here's the deal I way over think this car seat business.  Right now Declan is still in his infant carrier.  It works great and he doesn't mind, but I know in a month or so he'd be a lot more comfortable in a convertible car seat to sit up a little more.  In the state of Texas, it's rear facing till 35 pounds so he's going to be facing backwards for some time so that feature is a big factor.  If you've been down this road I'd love your input.  Here's the ones we're contemplating.

1. Chicco NextFit

I've read some really awesome reviews on this one.  I've felt the fabric in person and like the plushness to it.  Also, everyone says it's one of the easiest to clean (love that).  A bonus is that it's easy to install too.  Fairly new to the market it being under 2 years old does make me a little nervous.

2. Britax

Honestly, the Britax makes my head spend a little with all the options.  Marathon, Boulevard, Advocate too many choices.  I know lots of people that love this brand and have had no complaints.  Through my research I noticed they are revamping this carseat and adding their newest feature the Clicktight installation system.  Love the look, but not so much the price.  Curious how you've liked the Britax fabrics too?

3. Maxi-Cosi Pria 70

The Maxi Cosi infant carrier was a serious contender for us.  Great safety reviews on the convertible car seat.  Love the fabric. Oh by the way if I didn't live in the hot state of Texas and had a money tree growing in my backyard I'd be all over the leather model of this car seat!  Good price on this one, but just not so crazy about a cup holder (don't these get nasty pretty quickly)

Thanks Parents for sharing your thoughts and experiences!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

9 years

9 years later...happy anniversary boy!

photo by: christy nickell photography

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

shop til we drop

I took advantage of a cloudy day yesterday to run to Fort Worth and do some shopping.  Cloudy weather equals 99 degree temps instead of 105.  Makes it a little more bearable loading and unloading a baby in the car. 

Anyway, Declan's eatting like crazy these days.  You cannot walk to the pantry without this kid on your heels begging for something.  Add the pugs to the mix and we now have three little beggars at your feet.  First stop Babies"R"Us to pick up a few things.  We discovered these Plum Organics Fiddlesticks a few weeks and Declan loves them, but of course their hard to find.  Babies"R"Us carries them so I tried to sneak a stockpile into the cart while he wasn't looking.  Didn't happen.  You can't put anything past this kid and before you know it we had our first moment of having to bust out a food item right there in the aisle to avoid unwanted attention.  This kid could live off Fiddlesticks if I let him. 

Then we headed to the mall to do some shopping.  Declan is the best shopping buddy.  As long as were moving and have snacks on hand he does great.  I'm super thankful for that!  We made a stop at Stride Rite to get fitted for some shoes.  I have to be honest I was totally clueless in this department I thought I could just buy cute shoes.  Thanks to some mommy friends I learned there's more too it so little man got some new proper kicks.  He was a big fan.

Last stop Trader Joe's.  I'm a sucker for their new items on display to try.  We ended up with this to try for a stir fry.  I have high hopes.  

 I learned quickly to be really intentional in my outings and know right now we can only get in about 3 stops before we are flat out done.  You can tell loading up the car we are done here.  This kid has had it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

recycling the soundtrack to my life

We had to take everything down from the attic when we had a water softener put in last week.  Not super fun to do when it's 100 degrees outside, but we used this opportunity to do a major purge on some junk that shouldn't have even made the last two moves.  It feels good.  Those college textbooks we held on to because it literally felt like throwing out hundred dollar bills.  Gone.  Christmas Decor I didn't put up last year.  Gone.  My rather large CD collection aka my life's soundtrack.  Gone. Eek!

This last one was not so much my idea.  But I got tired of hearing my husband's laughter every time he tossed another Now That's What I Call music CD into the trash and poke fun at my soundtrack collection.  What can I saw I went through a very big soundtrack phase in high school.  Borderline intervention from Hastings.  But no worries I've come to terms that it's been years since I've used a CD since everything is downloaded these days.  I did steal back from the trash my very first CD I ever bought...the Free Willy Soundtrack.  5th grade.  Good times what can I say.  So I'm curious do your remember your first CD?  You must share!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

declan's hundred acre woods

We had sweet Declan's First Birthday celebration this weekend!  Oh how fast this year went.  It turned out precious.  I had another theme in mind when I first started party planning, but a friend gave some good advice that you kind of only get one opportunity to do something a little be "babyish" and sweet before it's all trucks and superheros so that's when I decided to do a classic Pooh theme.  Declan has a classic stuffed Pooh that my parent's gave him for Christmas and he snuggles with it every night so it was perfect.  Here's a little glimpse of Declan's Hundred Acre Woods Party.

 I just loved his invitations I ordered off etsy and then printed myself.

 We had our water softener installed this week and it came on a wood pallet.  As soon as I saw it I told the hubby not to toss it or let it get trashed and I just sawed off some pieces and painted the wording on with craft paint I had on hand.  You can't go wrong with free.

A burlap banner spelled out "declan is one" and hung above the food table.


 Thankful for pinterest for the help in making a chalkboard sign in photoshop.

 If there was a "rumbly in your tumbly"...

On the menu we had:
Pooh's Honey Ham Sliders
Tigger Tails (chocolate covered pretzel rods with orange melts drizzled on top)
Piglet's in a Blanket (pigs in a pretzel blanket)
Rabbit's Garden Pasta Salad
Eeyore's feelin' (Blue)berry cobbler
Honey Hibiscus Iced Tea
Instead of a cake I got cupcakes and made some cute toppers...so much easier then cutting a cake

Our sweet friend made his smash cake.  It was gluten free, low sugar and made with all natural dyes.  A healthy cake was perfect for a babies first taste at the good stuff.  And honestly it was delicious.  Everyone kept tasting it and raving about it.  Loved his little "hunny pot" smash cake and so did the birthday boy!

And that wraps up our tour of Declan's Hundred Acre Wood!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

twelve months

dear declan,

oh sweet boy i'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that it's been one year since you came into this world and we got to hold you for the first time.  what a year it has been. that's one year of snuggles.  one year of your sweet smiles.  one year of staring into your beautiful blue eyes.  one year of calling you mine.  this past year has been everything.  you are our everything and the years before you somehow don't seem as meaningful or worthy as this last year has.  i have these simple moments that i try to grab hold to remember forever.  like when it's just you and me and you grab my cheeks with your chubby fingers and stare into my eyes and you smile so big and coo so hard and i can't help but think it doesn't get any better then this. and if it does i don't think my heart can take it.

at 12 months, little man, you are filling out weighing around 21 pounds and sporting 12 months clothes.  enjoy those dimples on your legs now, because once you hit 30 no one will be gawking and ahhing at them then.  you wear a size 4 diaper.  you're also babbling up a storm.  we've gotten mama, apple and bubble out of you speech wise.  your poor daddy has been so patient and so eager for you to say dada.  you're so close though.  you've really taken off this month crawling around and exploring your surroundings.  i love watching you discover new things like the door catchers.  thru your little eyes those things are just the coolest and it's precious to see you figure it all out.

we celebrated your birthday with lots of family and close friends.  everyone couldn't wait to see you dig into your smash cake and you didn't disappoint.  you did exactly what i thought you would, sort of take your time and be cautious about it and then on your own time dug into it.  it was a precious moment.  

you've blessed our lives so much sweet boy.  happy 1st birthday declan!!

all my love,