Sunday, May 12, 2019

What Motherhood Means to Me



Happy Mothers Day to all the amazing mamas out there! Whether you are an expecting mom, a recently new mom, or a seasoned mama..you are all superwomen in my eyes!


Last year Kaiya was just shy of 2 months old when I celebrated my 1st mothers day and now that I'm a bit more "experienced" this time around, I thought I'd share what motherhood has meant to me. 



In all honestly, motherhood is everything to me. It has gifted me the significance I was missing in my life. I used to be so caught up on what "career path" I should choose and I thought that a certain job would make me feel important and therefore fulfill this empty feeling I had. But job after job; even caring after other peoples children, didn't cut it. 


Since having Kaiya, I have never felt so sure of any role in my whole life. I have the beautiful gift of being this little ladies biggest example. To be the one she looks up to, gains advice from, and leans on for support and love. To hold her hand or give her a shoulder to cry on when things get hard. To be her best friend..I can't think of a better job than that. 
*& for all my fellow stay-at-home mamas, being at home with your babies is equivalent to working two full time jobs! So never let anyone tell you different. 


I wake up every day eager to run down the stairs and see that big cheeky smile of hers the moment our eyes meet. I jump at the opportunity to take her to the park, or a store, or even just for a car ride every single day. 


I'm obsessed with watching her big hazel eyes take in the world around her with such fascination. I get to live with a deeper appreciation for everything because the tiniest moments that I would have once took for granted, light up her soul!



Do I sometimes wonder what my pre-baby self would be up to these days? Would she be sitting in a spa? Would she be sleeping in till 8! (oh the glory!) The answer is of course, BUT man would she be missing out. This love is unlike anything in the world & I wouldn't trade it for anything. 

I feel so blessed to have been gifted the opportunity to fulfill this amazing role; to be her mama<3



Friday, May 10, 2019

Toddler Summer Must Haves

If you have a toddler who's always on the move then this post might serve you well! 
My little one is now always on the run (literally!) so I'm always looking for activities to have on deck to keep her busy. With summer soon approaching & plans to spend a ton of time outdoors, I began looking into fun outdoor gear for toddlers. Although we don't have a yard (yet!) my parents have a beautiful backyard that I plan on spending a lot of time in. Plus we have shore trips planned and weekend getaways that I'll want to bring some outdoor toys along for. I found some pretty cool/convenient items that I thought I'd share for other mamas. 



Outdoor Playhouse: My mom bought this for Kaiya last month and she's already loving it. They set it up on their deck and its the 1st thing she goes running to when we arrive at their house. It has all the bells and whistles (literally has a doorbell, mailbox slot, fake fireplace and clock, mini sink and grill, shutters that open and close and a fun little play phone.) Since she's still young her favorite part about it is the doorbell & taking the "big step" to get in and out of the doorway lol!

Bubble Machine: Ever since Kaiya discovered bubbles on Easter (thanks to the Easter bunny ;) all she wants to do is watch mommy blow bubbles. Well, mommy gets tired of doing it after 5 minutes! Luckily they have tons of adorable bubble machines like this that are life-savers! My mom recently picked up a Minnie mouse one and I can't wait to use it!


Water/Sand Tables: I put 2 different options in this post; one thats strictly a water table and the other thats a sensory table split in half for water and sand separately. This age Kaiya is learning how to differentiate colors, textures, depths etc and these types of "sensory play" activities are great for her brain development. With hot temps coming its a bonus that she can learn while having fun and keeping cool.


Sidewalk Chalk: We just started to introduce crayons to Kaiya this past month. While she cant hold them correctly, she does get the concept of scribbling and loves seeing the marks she can make. I think she will get a kick out of being able to draw all over the ground so I'm adding this pack to my amazon cart for sure!


Baby Beach Chair: I'm not sure how much sitting she'll want to do at the beach this summer now that she's already running everywhere; but I couldn't resist this adorable chair with sun umbrella. We have our first summer beach planned for Memorial weekend & we'll have to put it to use! (hoping it'l be warm enough!)


Baby Pool: I like this little blow up baby pool, it's small enough to take with on trips but big enough for a toddler to sit in and splash around with some toys. They make elaborate ones with slides and fountains which are cool too for the parents to enjoy with their kids too. I'm looking forward to pool days so soon! 


Outdoor Tree Swing: This swing is SO cute. If you have a good tree in your yard this swing is perfect. I like that it doesn't look like you're typical plastic baby swing, it can add to your yard decor in a way. But this one can easily fold up and be stored away when you don't want to look at it. 



*If you have any other toddler-friendly suggestions for home outdoor play please message me! 
Currently cultivating a toddler road trip list! Our next trip is a 4hr drive followed by a 1hr boat ride! Wish us luck 




Friday, March 22, 2019

Some Bunny is ONE!

This past weekend we celebrated Kaiya's 1st Birthday!
Who doesn't love a themed party? I was deciding between "Little Miss ONEderful", or "Some Bunny is One" for the longesttt. I chose the latter when I realized I could use Spring and Easter being so close to her birthday to my advantage. I had booked the venue back in December & then it was time to let the party planning begin!


For the entrance table I had a time capsule station to write Kaiya a message for her to open and read when she turns 18. I'll save you the math..it'll be in 2036 people!!! (I suddenly feel incredibly OLD) 



I also had a slideshow of all the photos from her cake-smash photoshoot as well as a picture board with all her photos from 1-12 months. This gorgeous tulip centerpiece in my moms trifle dish was even more beautiful in person. 


Since dessert is the best part of any meal, I had to have a dessert table. I had a few ideas in mind and with the help of 3 very talented ladies, my vision for each dessert came to life. We had cake, cupcakes, cake-pops, cookies, and macarons. 


I wanted to keep the cakes simple since there was a lot going on with the backdrop and other desserts so I went with naked pink tower cakes. The main cake was vanilla with Bavarian cream filling..lets just say I'll be getting that filling from now on..OMG so good!




I had to have some cupcakes because I actually prefer them over cake. Again, I kept them simple with yellow vanilla cake & pink buttercream icing. I added little gold bunny ear toppers. 


Every bunny needs carrots! So carrot cake-pops were a must BUT with funfetti filling..not a carrot cake lover over here. My best friends cousin made them and they were not only adorable but absolutely DELICIOUS! Thanks Jen!


The cookies and macarons were made by my beautiful friend Gianna who is beyond talented. She does this as a side job but could easily have a show on the food network with her skills! She customized these incredible sugar cookies for Kaiya complete with moss #1s, monogramed bunny ears, "It's Some Bunny's Birthday" plaques, and the sweetest little painted bunnies I've ever seen (and eaten!) 



She made these stunning vanilla and strawberry macarons splashed with edible gold! Love you G!!


It always seem you plan and plan for special events and then they're over in a flash! With the help of an amazing photographer I was able to capture the day and some really sweet moments between Kaiya and our friends and family. I can't wait to show them all back to her one day and reminisce on this amazing day! 







 









Dessert info:
Cookies & macarons: Giannas Cookies
Cake-pops: Sweets By Jennifer
Cake & Cupcakes: Davids Custom Cakes

Flowers: 
Janet at Anna Rose Floral Designs: visit their site

Photographer: Full Focus Media

Cake Smash Photographer: Giella Barbara Photography


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