Thursday, January 30, 2014


As part our #TBT Party Series, we're sharing Lauren's baby shower today! Lauren is our bestie and the owner of Rock Paper Scissors, where Jenni and I met and worked pre-babies. It's quite possibly the cutest and most creative paper boutique... we're planning a comprehensive post on this later, but for now, here is her baby shower for little Piper (who is turning 2 next week!). She and husband, Tim, wanted a party that wasn't too girly since it was a couple's shower, so we decided on a winter white theme. The party was in January and the weather certainly fit the theme. Lauren's good friends Pauline (who's gorgeous home you see here), Randi, and  sister-in-law Gretchen were the gracious co-hostesses.

We hung parasols from the ceiling using fishing line and clear 3M Command hooks.
All white dessert table with vanilla cupcakes, macarons, meringues, sparkling sugar cookies, and white candy covered oreo truffle pops to match the winter white theme. The middle... is a diaper cake! 
Most of the guys were truly disappointed to find out this was a diaper cake and not a real cake. I'll share the tutorial with you soon! It's pretty easy and is a great gift for the parents-to-be.
My favorite project to make was this "family tree". I asked Lauren and Tim's parents to secretly send me three generations of family photos. I scanned in the photos and made them the same size, mounted them on sparkly white paper to match the theme and hung on a branch spray-painted white. On the bottom level, I hung a blank card that said "Baby Rauter". Oh, and Maggie, their sweet dog, is on there too! She's the big sis after all.  
Little babies Lauren and Tim! 
Instead of a traditional guest book I tied 12 envelopes together, one for each month of Piper's first year. Then we asked the guests to write advice or encouragement on the cards and place it in the corresponding envelope. Lauren and Tim opened an envelope each month and got to read what their family and friends wrote throughout the year!
Gorgeous letterpress invitation designed by Lauren's BFF, Dabney of Dabney Lee. The back was covered in a silver snowflake pattern. Perfection.
Lauren and Tim sipped hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows and opened gifts in style in the all white indoor tent. 
Party favors were tiny milk jars and mini pumpkin donuts from Ellie's Donuts- everyone's fav in Franklin, Tennessee. Drooling right now.
Pauline's insanely beautiful home with projected snowflakes and faux snow lining the walk way. That's how you enter a party, am I right?

*Photographs by Twinkle Twinkle Images


Tuesday, January 28, 2014


If you're a preggie, a new mom, or a mom of two like me, you're going to need some of these essentials! I could not function without the following... and I neglected to add an extra large cup of coffee, but that's an obvious one, right? 
(click on the numbers below for the links)


1. This is the perfect place to plop your baby down wherever you are. It has a little handle on top so it's easy to carry in one hand while you carry your baby in the other. The best part- you can throw the whole thing in the washing machine! Jenni actually lent me hers that she used with Amara. Life saver! That's what friends are for!

2. I LOVE the Ergo baby. How else do you get stuff done when your baby needs to be held? You have to get the infant insert as well so the baby is comfy. When they're a little bigger, you can just use the seat pad so the baby is the right height. This carrier is so comfy that I wore this with Ari from birth (acid reflux baby... omg) up until he was 2.5 years old. 

3. We have a play mat at our house, but Max isn't a huge fan. My parents keep this play mat at their house, and he is just mesmerized by the black and white shapes! He would stay on the mat kicking and smiling for an hour. You can even reverse the mat for different stimulation during tummy time. 


1. This is the easiest swaddle. Ever. Mom, dad, grandparents, and babysitters can all keep the baby swaddled the exact same way. This just zips up from the bottom (so easy for diaper changes) and has velcro to put baby's arms in. Once Max gets in the swaddle, he's asleep in seconds. Really. 

2. These pacifiers are the same ones you get at the hospital. They're super soft and most like a nipple. Another thing I love about these is the hole in the middle. Ari loves to "help" and hold the pacifier in Max's mouth with his finger. So sweet. 

3. Aden and Anais make the best burp cloths! They're super absorbent, shaped perfectly to fit over your shoulder, they can snap around baby's neck like a bib, and of course I love the stylish patterns. 


1. What in the world did I do before I had a backpack diaper bag?? When I'm getting the kids into the car, closing the stroller, schleping the grocery bags, etc., the last thing I need is my diaper bag falling off my shoulder or swinging around to hit me in the face. This backpack has pockets upon pockets and comes with a changing pad, wet sack, clutch for all of my stuff, a bottle cooler, stroller straps, and a strap to convert this to a shoulder bag. It really makes me feel stylish and organized. Also a bit like Felicity which obviously is amazing.  

2. Jenni gave me this lip gloss when I was in the hospital after having Max. It is the perfect shade of pink-nude and makes me feel a little glam even when I haven't showered for three days. Isn't she the best??

3. I adore this teething jewelry from Mama & Little. Made by a mom who wanted to look cute and give her baby the best- what a smarty! All totally safe, super stylish, and incredibly affordable!! They have necklaces you can layer in different lengths and colors all with a satin cord on your neck so it doesn't pull out your hair! Max just started teething, so I know these will come in handy but also make me feel a little bit more put together. 


1. I like to have special projects for Ari to do while I've got baby stuff going on. Love this mosaic kit for your older child. We did this over Thanksgiving, and it kept all 5 cousins busy, ages 3-10! 

2. A stool will make your older child feel part of the action at the changing table or crib. Ari feels very important standing on it, squishing Max's cheeks while I do a diaper change. Anyone else's kid enthralled with baby poop as much as mine? 

3. When I'm exhausted all the time sometimes I just need to sit, so a big floor puzzle is perfect for tired mamas and active toddlers. Much better than the Sleeping Beauty game I made up where I sleep until my prince kisses me to wake me up. So great when the prince gets distracted and let's me sleep a little longer :)

I have to say the best thing we did for Ari to make him feel extra special was to have a "Big Brother Party". It was as simple as hanging a few streamers and balloons and getting cupcakes from Kroger- you would have thought it was his birthday with how excited he was. We gave him a big brother gift and a present from Max. I highly recommend this for you mamas out there!!
Mr. Max at 3 months old

What are your favorite baby necessities I'm missing? I'd love to hear from you!


Sunday, January 26, 2014


If you're a Harry Potter fan, you'll enjoy this. If you've never read the books or seen the movies... um why not? Better get on that. I wanted to share the Valentine's Day card I made for my husband this year (and hope he's not reading this post!). You could totally use this for your kid's class valentines too! Click HERE to buy the glasses and HERE for the printable.  
 Cut 2 rectangles to poke the glasses through. I printed on a scrap piece of paper first to fiddle with where to cut. Below is what the back will look like.
If you don't have glasses for the card, use THIS printable.  
 I did mine in Gryffindor colors naturally, but just red works well for Valentine's Day too!

Want to see what huge HP nerds my husband and I are? Here's the costume I made for our then one-year-old, Ari! I cannot wait to start reading the books together (in about 6 years!). 

Details about this costume and more DIY baby Halloween costumes HERE.

More Free Valentines Printables! Click the titles below for the links:

Anyone else LOVE Harry Potter as much as I do? I'm trying to get Jenni on the Hogwarts Express Harry Potter train! Won't she love the books??


Friday, January 24, 2014


I woke up today, and checked the temp on my phone, which read 11 degrees. 11 degrees people!!! I know our Canadian friends are giving me a big "whatev" right now, but that is super cold for us here in Tennessee. I don't know how the Northerners do it!?!

Today, we got out and ran a few errands to prep for this little beach trip of ours. My daughter wanted to go on a the slide at the park (even in the painful wind chill), and since I am about to leave her.... she gets whatever she wants until I leave. I am telling you.... I am not ready!! :( It is truly the most bittersweet emotion I have felt to date. 

Here is what I wore......

^^ Amara likes to sit at the top of the slide and just "take it in" It takes so much time for her to crawl up there, I suppose she has to take a breather. This is me rushing her to slide down .... and we're slidiiiiing.... ^^

Baseball hat / Old sweater, but similar HERE / Denim vest, similar HERE / Leather leggings, similar HERE) / Converse / Backpack, similar HERE / bangle / watch / Coat

Enjoy your weekend Friends!!! Much love to you all!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


My husband and I are going to Jamaica next week for 5 day relaxation fest! I have such a mix of emotions as one half of me is so excited to get away to warm weather and no responsibility, but then my other half has quite a bit of anxiety over leaving my baby girl for the longest we have ever left her. I get a pit in my stomach thinking about how much I will miss her! It will be good, though.....right!? 

I have been packing a little here and there, and these are the things that are definitely coming with me!
It is kind of surreal that we are getting the opportunity to go. I always seem to be the one reading OTHER bloggers' packing guides. So grateful!!

1 Panama Hat - I never splurged on one last summer, and wished I had. Gotta keep cool!
2 NARS Multiple - Great color for eyes and cheeks to give you that "beachy glow"
3 Marc Jacobs Peplum suit - I got this at the end of summer, and absolutely love this suit! Sold out, but similar HERE
4 Sunglasses - My favorite pair from Target!
5 Kaftan - This is going to be my best friend at the beach!
6 Saltwater sandals - love my saltwaters, and how if they get wet, they only get more comfortable!
7 Book & Picture bookmark - remember I said, I planned on reading a book this year? ha! I will start with humor. There is no better way to mark my pages than with a pic of my little.
8 - I am not planning on taking jewelry because we really will just be lounging. However, my Maya Brenner necklace is delicate enough to wear every day, and make me feel girly.
9 Nivea - I love a good ole drugstore lip balm. The Nivea sticks are my favorite!!
10 Nutrogena Sunscreen - my skin breaks out easily, and I have had great luck with this break-out free lotion. Very lightweight!

 Are you planning a vacation any time soon? What are your must haves?


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