Does Throwback Thursday work for blog posts? Yes, great. Now that it’s feeling like summer here in SoCal, it’s the perfect time for a winter ONEderland themed 1st birthday, right?

Waaaayyyyy back in December, I designed this winter themed first birthday for sweet Aria.

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{Seriously, how beautiful is she? And how funny that I thought I looked sooo pregnant back then. Nothing compared to this basketball baby I’ve got baking now!}

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These signs lined the snow covered driveway entrance to the party. Yes, snow!

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We brought in snow {on the hottest day in December} to really make it a winter wonderland ONEderland.

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It was so great to see the kids playing with the snow, most of them for the first time.

{Although, the “adult” kids probably had the most fun with their snowball fight that spanned across and down the street. It was so funny to see the looks of neighbors when they realized that snowballs were flying by}

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This photo backdrop was perfect to welcome guests into the backyard and to take photos with the precious birthday babe!

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I think Aria was a happy customer!

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The gold glitter 1 cake topper was the perfect addition to this mint green and white cake.

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Aria’s momma made snowman soup favors for all the kiddos. Yum!

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I can’t believe I didn’t get any other centerpiece photos. Imagine with me, ok? Tables were covered with mint and white polka dot linens with small silver trees decorated with gold and mint ornaments. Large white balloons and white paper chains filled the space with a playful look.

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Happy winter ONEderland 1st birthday, sweet Aria!

I can’t get enough of the mint, gold, and silver color scheme we had going on… perfect for spring too, right?

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With Easter right around the corner and our little miss set to arrive on the 15th (!!!!) it’s time to diy some eggs. Although I’ve seen some store bought versions lately (hello, target glitter eggs!) I wanted to make my own version.

I found these great pastel plastic eggs on sale at Vons, of all places.  To add a touch of cuteness to them I used a gold sharpie paint pen to polka dot the eggs. I loved how quick and easy this transformation was.

{hint: it’s easier if you open the eggs up so you can lay them flat to dry}

Since our sweet little lady will be here for Easter, she needs a basket, right?!?

I put together a few fun little newborn treats for baby {& peeps for momma!}

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A few of our “little peeps” goodies…

- bunny book from Michael’s

- I love ewe lamb

- peep onesie, dollar bin bunny ears, and rattle from target

- plastic eggs with headbands (diy coming soon at some point}

- and it’s not Easter without peeps! I love them, anyone else with me?

{If you’re over all the baby posts, don’t worry…. I have some great parties to post and some amazing weddings that I’m working on right now. Clearly with my lack of updates lately, I’ve had my hands full. And this is before baby, oh boy! or should I say oh, girl! haha!}

What are your favorite Easter basket goodies?

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{happy valentine's day} | everyday love events{watercolor anemones} | everyday love events|Painted in Waterlogue

Anemones are some of my favorite flowers {I think they tie with peonies} but they are just so hard to find. Instead of splurging on a pricy bouquet for valentine’s day, I have turned a photo of these beauties into a watercolor painting that is ready to print, frame, and enjoy all year long!

{If you haven’t tried the new waterlogue app that I used, it’s a must! }

I hope your day is filled with love and pretty flowers, even if they are the framed variety!

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You may have seen my Valentine’s Day Favorites earlier this week, and I’m back with some of my festive picks for little ones.

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red pocket bodysuit | polka dot swimsuit | heart quilted vest

navy striped cardigan | my heart belongs to daddy

conversation heart bowpleated stripe dress | sweet doll

Sorry boys, this is lots of girl goodies…. but then again I guess that’s going to prep the boys for when they are dealin’ out valentines to all the girls, right?

I love that little striped cardigan with the elbow patches. {a girl could totally pull it off too with a big pink and gold bow…. I die}

What do you do for your little loves for Valentine’s Day?

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Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly, just one week from today! While I love the excuse to pull out all things pink and love-y, I’m not into much else of the holiday. {although my pregnancy sweet tooth might enjoy some extra candy this year!} Instead of braving the crowds at restaurants that have over-priced fixed menus, we are going to be hanging at home with homemade pizza and banana splits {and some cute decorations, obviously} Sounds like the perfect night to me.

If you’re looking to spread the cheer around your house for cupid’s big day, I’ve rounded up some of my favorites for the home… baby edition coming soon.

{valentine's day favorites} everyday love eventsyou’re a gem free printable | a true love story never ends free printable | xoxo tutorial

breaking bad valentine | coral & peach luggage storage set | cookie jars

geometric heart tutorial | the greatest is love print

I’ve already printed out the ‘you’re a gem” watercolor heart and plan on framing it in a gold frame for the nursery for valentine’s day. {I’m determined to have this little lady love holiday décor as much as I do} The inspiration board for the nursery is here, and photos of the progress will be coming soon…

Can we just talk about this breaking bad valentine for a second, seriously how perfect. I’ve actually recreated this image on our chalkboard and smile inside every time I walk by. Anyone else missing breaking bad as much as I am?

Happy day-of-love decorating!

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Wow, 2013 flew by! This has been one of my favorite years thus far {although I’m already anticipating 2014 to be incredible with the birth of our baby girl!}

I feel so blessed to be able to do what I love to do surrounded with those that I love.

I hope you have a happy & safe New Year’s Eve and a fabulous 2014!

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For our gender reveal party we wanted to have a fun way for everyone to participate in the actual boy-or-girl reveal. I have seen poppers floating around on etsy but was not wanting to spend $5 a pop (see what I did there?) on them. DIY to the rescue. These took some time to make but were pretty easy and turned out exactly as I wanted!

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First up, gather your supplies. I have a crazy amazon prime addiction going on right now so I ordered the cake push pops from here… but I’ve also seen them at Michael’s and Joann’s. You’ll also need tissue paper confetti, spray paint (for the lid), full sheet label paper and the design that you want printed.

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Obviously we did pink confetti since we are having a girl but these would also work for New Year’s Eve and would be amazing with black, white & gold tissue!

{To make the confetti just grab a bunch of tissue paper and cut into little pieces, I didn’t worry too much about keeping the same size since no one would be able to tell as they were being popped. I wanted shades of pink so I grabbed a few packs of tissue at target that already had varying pinks in it. score}

Next you need to spray your lids so you don’t have anyone peeking in to see the confetti color before the big pop… plus how cute is the gold lid!

{Bonus, if you’re the pregnant one have your husband do the spraying for you… your little babe doesn’t need all those fumes and it’s a good way to get daddy involved}

At this point you could also spray the bottom disks {I would have if I had thought about it} or you can do what I did and cut out stickers from the label paper so you don’t have anyone peeking up the poppers skirt. No cheaters up in here.

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{Here is the base… it will make more sense when you are actually holding your popper}

Now, choose a cute design to print on your printer paper, cut and stick ‘em on.

{If you want me to send you the template that I used for the design, shoot me an email or let me know in the comments below!}

{Honestly, this was the most time consuming part… I found that only undoing the part that you are sticking works the best. I slowly unpeeled the backing as I stuck it on to the popper. Try it, you’ll get it to work.}

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Aren’t they fun?

To see how they look in action check out the photos from our party!

What have you seen for gender reveal ideas?

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Once a month I get together with a fun group of ladies for a night of wine drinking and crafting. {although with four of us being pregnant more water and apple cider is happening these days}

This month we had a favorite things holiday party. I have wanted to do one of these parties for so long and was really excited when I saw the facebook invite pop up. Basically, each lady brought three of the exact same item { under $10 each} that is one of their favorite go-tos.

We each told our favorite holiday traditions and then drew three names of the ladies who would be receiving our gift. It was such a fun way to learn about some new must-have products and new uses for items we already have.

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Here is an up close look of the products {or the closest that I could find with the ease of online shopping!}

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1.  hand soap - smells ahhhh-mazing!

2. small scissors - perfect for cutting little things {paper snowflakes!}

3. mr clean magic eraser - really, this thing is magic. teachers, it even gets permanent marker off of dry erase boards!

4. pie server - nice to have an extra for when you are bring a cake or pie to a friends house

5. tide to go - leave one in your purse {& diaper bag} for daily spills and stains

6. rifle journals - I’ve shared these before, but love them so much. I always have one in my purse to sketch out ideas when inspiration strikes… most of my clients have received a text with a photo of a sketch out of this book…

7. mini muffin pan - because really, everything is cuter bite sized.

8. coconut oil - a million uses from cooking, to diaper rash remedy, to deep conditioner for hair, to saving lips from winter chap

9. magnetic bracelet - this is a close find to the adorable bracelets that were picked up at a little boutique

10. chai tea latte - yum! even better when made with hot milk instead of water

11. body wash - body wash …. warning – your husband will love this on you

12.  basket - similar basket to the adorable one shared, perfect for housing wrapping supplies, tea on the kitchen counter, extra tp in the bathroom … the best way to make everyday item feel more special

13. striped cocktail napkins - shown are the red and white stripes, which could be festive for the holidays … but the black & white are my go-to favorite {as seen here & here}

14. tongs - perfect in the kitchen or the grill, the silicon tips come in handy for non-stick pans

15. bakers twine - wrap a little bakers twine around anything and it’s instantly cuter! { see how I used it here}

16. pyrex bowl set - these nesting bowls can go straight from the fridge to the microwave … that’s my kinda cooking!

17. cookie scoops  - get the perfect sized cookie every time, great for muffins & cupcakes, too!

{not pictured, cute little “take note” notepad from target - perfect to slip into a purse}

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These could make some great stocking stuffers, right?

What would you bring to a favorite things party?

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Our stocking are hung, our tree is up, our shopping is done, and presents are under the tree. Clearly my nesting has started… and I’m loving it. But… now that I’m done shopping I started thinking about all the gifts I would be buying if our little lady was already here.

So… here are some of my baby girl gift ideas.

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How amazing is the black and white stripe teepee, for those of you who have been following along for awhile, you understand my love of bold black and white stripes. This would be perfect in our living room {and would be a great place to stash baby’s toys that I don’t want to always be looking at}

These blocks are great, I love that they aren’t the typical primary colors.

I’m obsessed with this wreath… it would be perfect when deckin’ the nursery halls. {I also want a small white tree with gold ornaments for her room… I’m on the lookout. Let me know if you see anything while you’re out and about!}

I do plan on getting this print from Lindsay letters at some point, but think it would make a great gift for a little girl. Adventure isn’t just for boys, right ladies?!

gold polka dot linens… need I say more? {actually, I will. I’m considering making these into a crib skirt. Thoughts?}

love romper… love

pink dot sweater blanket {this is no longer on a wish list for me since I bought it yesterday, I couldn’t resist!}

the perfect stocking that is out of sold out already … I see a diy project in my future

I’ve already been stocking up on bows from CharlieCocos, but how cute are these little clips??

learning letters in style

these gold sequin bows are too cute

In reality, when little miss is here we will be doing the want-need-wear-read gift idea. I don’t want her to become consumed with all of the gifts of the holidays. Have you heard of it? Any moms out there doing it, what do you think?

I hope your holiday season has started off merry & bright!

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Right when the doctor said, “it’s a girl!” my mind went into nursery planning overdrive. I had to wait until we shared our girl news with our family and friends at our gender reveal party. But…. now I can really start planning (& shopping!).

Here are my ideas so far…

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I love the confetti wall idea, that’s a must for sure. I mean really, how fun will it be for me little miss to wake up to pink & gold confetti each morning! Seriously, it’s like a party up in there.

{The inspiration image shows gold only but we are doing a metallic gold, blush/coral, and baby pink}

I had been eyeing that amazing gold sequin striped pillow for quite sometime and knew we had to use it as soon as I heard we were having a girl.

{I’m thinking that it will sit in the glider and we can take her monthly photos next to it. I die!}

Speaking of the glider, we have Chris’ grandmothers glider that is going to get a fun modern face-lift.

The gorgeous Pottery Barn Teen vanity is something that we already have in the office-turned-nursery (score!) and it even has the perfect pink stool.

{given to us by a friend that was moving, there was no way that I would have dropped over $2,000 for a vanity to just sit in our office. lets be real.}

To keep with the clean lines and white wood of the vanity we are using the Ikea hemnes dresser as our dresser/changing table and found this crib that matches pretty dang close enough…. without spending her entire college fund on furniture.

Obviously, the new gal will need some tissue fringe in her life. I’m loving the addition of mint in this garland and think that we will tie some in as an accent color.
{If so, I have my eye on the most amazing mint chevron-ish fabric to make a crib skirt… more on that later}

We are no where close to deciding on a name… but what I have decided is that it will be up on the wall in these letters, painted pink with gold glitter edges.

And, just to keep it ultra girly… how cute is that etsy sparkle print?

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ikea dresser | glider makeover | sparkle print | painted letters

confetti wall decals | crib | vanity | tissue tassel garland | pillow

Besides the obvious baby gear, am I missing anything? What would you add or change?

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