diy valentine’s

Val Cards1The day of love is tomorrow and M and I are hoping our Valentine’s were mailed out in time. We put these amazing little printable cards together a few days ago and mailed them out to a few of our bff’s and family members. So, Dear Family: If you haven’t received yours, go to the mailbox. Now.

This cute little printable is from The 36th Avenue  and all we did was print, color, cut and washi tape balloons to the front. I just love them and appreciated that they didn’t leave any pieces of candy sitting around for me to shovel into my mouth. You know I just can’t resist those gross little candy hearts. Shameful really.

Enjoy! Melissa

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Paper Perfect

Birthday Invites

We have had so much watching all of our little friends turn one this year. But prior to the cake and festivities, it’s so funny to watch all the moms get into a frenzy about decorating, crafting, invites, smash cakes etc. Thanks Pinterest for feeding these wild ideas!

And honestly, I was no exception. I browsed Pinterest for ideas, executed crafts for weeks and ran my husband in circles trying to clean and manicure the house. But for some reason, I have a real thing for stationary. I think most people like to look at a good invite but they take a glance and trash away. I’m hoping this isn’t always the case as I usually spend hours milling over invites and stuffing envelopes before our events. Plus, I love to receive and display invitations to upcoming events with a pretty piece of washi tape on the side of the refrigerator.  Please tell me I’m not the only crazy one who loves this stuff?!?!

Anywho, the invites that Hen & Co did for M’s birthday were possibly my favorite yet. Sorry I had to blur out most of the wording {I love ya’ internet but don’t need you putting my address out there for all to enjoy}, but you get the idea. They were fun and simple and set the tone for our colorful vintage party.

Enjoy! Melissa

M’s Very First Birthday


I have been trying for days to write about M’s first birthday. Days. It’s just not happening. And now, now it’s way later then intended on staying up, on this night that I told myself I need to get to sleep early, because the words are still not coming. But, it’s just finally hit me and  I have finally figured out why every time I sit down with my fingers on the keyboard, I write and erase paragraph after paragraph…….There are no words. None!

No words substantial enough to describe how I feel about M officially leaving her baby days behind her and moving on to the big bad toddler world. I am so proud that we all made it through her first year with {most days} smiles on our faces, so sad to leave my squishy baby as a thing of the past, so excited about all the big girl things that are on the horizon and still so amazed that I’m a mama, Ky is a dada and M is our little girl.

So, I just have no words that will live up to such a milestone and I’m going to stop trying to find them. For now, I’m just going to enjoy that we celebrated in the best way we knew how, surrounded by friends and family and that M loved every single minute.

Welcome to the world of ‘one’ my beautiful girl! Here goes nothing….

Enjoy! Melissa







Note|| Cake Plates: Vintage | Cupcakes & Cake: Made by my amazing friend Kristen | Wooden Forks: Sucre Shop  | Large Fringe: DIY with Instructions from Oh Happy Day | 12 Months of M Pictures: DIY hung with Washi Tape | Triangle Bunting: DIY || Please let me know if you need more information on any of these projects in the comments section.

Easter || Part 1

Easter Collage

This was the most beautiful Easter I can remember in years. The sun was shining, the Easter Bunny found our house without getting lost even though it was his first time here, we hunted eggs, wore our Easter best and had a delicious dinner with family. Glorious times! So glorious that the tale of our Easter will continue tomorrow so check back for part two.

We started our day by finding the basket that the Easter Bunny had dropped off for Little M. Side note, I had to brush up on the Easter Bunny tradition. Did this bunny come in the night and just drop things off like Santa or did he allow mom and dad to take credit for the basket? From what I could figure out, he is a sneaky litte bunny and he drops his baskets off in the night to be found by children when they wake in the morning. He is mooching off of Santa’s ways if you ask me. Get your own jam Easter Bunny! Oh well….we followed the tradition so as not to confuse M. Imagine being the only one at school who’s parent’s bring the Easter baskets. Has tragedy written all over it.

But, I must say that that sneaky little bunny left Little M a mighty full basket this year. Even the basket that he left, which {I think} he picked up at Target was great. So great, that I’m sure he’ll leave the same basket next year but he may take it to have Little M’s name embroidered in it sometime before his 2014 drop off.

Inside the basket we found:

1. Kids Hair Clips from LolliPop Kids Boutique. They clip in perfectly with no tugging or pushing like we have had to experience with some other clips.

2. Circo Shorts. Cuffed shorts for babies. I mean, a must have obviously!

3. An EIO Glass Kids Cup. This is for 18+ months but Little M just keeps trying to drink out of my water glass so I thought we would give it a shot. We shall see.

4. A Sea Ship Blue Circo T-Shirt. Because who can resist something called ‘sea-ship blue’.

5. Melissa & Doug Caterpillar. Just so cute. Perfect car toy.

6. A book chalk full of 5-Minute Farm Tales from Costco. After a whole 10 months of gift giving with M it has become a tradition that every holiday must include a book in our house.

7. Little Hip Squeeks Headbands. Maybe the cutest thing I have ever seen. Little M threw one on right away. Her new favorite accessory for sure.

And, after checking out all these well thought out Easter basket essentials, Little M instead played with the packaging and the basket filling. Good thing the bunny spent so much time picking out  her presents. Typical!

Enjoy! Melissa

Easter Part 2 full of our little egg hunter and pictures a plenty will be up tomorrow.

Wrapping Paper



For some reason, we have quite a few unfortunate people with December birthday’s in our family. I never give them the feared dual Christmas | Birthday present. BUT, I do try to save a little on shipping and ship them together. So, when I went to ship my sisters Christmas | Birthday presents, I wanted her to be able to see which was full of birthday wishes and which contained the holiday cheer. And suddenly, I was decorating wrapping paper. It worked marvelously!


1. Procure a Rubber Stamp and some Acrylic paint, kraft paper and yarn or other fun string.

2. Paint the Acrylic on the stamp and stamp, stamp away on the kraft paper

3.Let dry

4. Wrap

5. Tie away

6. Tu-duh

Next Time: I’m going to use bright neon paint. It just sounds so much more fun! I will also use a stripped bakers twine for a pop of color.

Round And Round We Go

Pinwheels!! They are such a cute addition to any celebration. I recently used about 200 pinwheels for a bridal shower. We decorated with large pinwheels, placed small sizes on the cake and in with the food and used medium pinwheels for the gift and drink tables.  I ordered these multicolored bits of fun from the amazing Paper Polaroid. They have worked with big name clients like Ralph Lauren and really were the most responsive and caring Etsy partner I have ever encountered. Check out her shop!