Monday, March 30, 2015

Truck Party Details

B's party was a big success...and, surprisingly, not entirely too complicated. I love a good party. I really love a good party that's easy to clean up.

The two-year-old loves all things trucks, so we focused on trucks and construction.

Cake: Chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting from Whole Foods. I decorated it myself with these little trucks, chocolate rocks from Hobby Lobby, a candle from Target, and some chocolate sprinkles. I cut out a big 2 (printed it out and cut out the # itself) to make a stencil. I laid the stencil atop the cake and filled in the chocolate sprinkles within the 2.

Serveware: Easy disposable paint liners from Home Depot, paint dishes, and small buckets. I used the metal mesh paint drip catcher thing to hold the rice krispie treat paint brushes. Also, I washed off some of the truck toys we have and put them to good use. The wheelbarrow was a great ice bucket! Plates, napkins, forks, etc came from Hobby Lobby.

Decor: I made these "Toddlers at Play" signs and hung them with painter's tape. So simple. You can download and print them, too.

Games: Each kiddo got a yellow construction helmet, and we had a plethora of stickers for them to customize their own hat. We also had these inflatable hammers which were a huge hit--and nothing got broken or bruised! Bonus.

Favors: The turquoise & white striped containers are from Hobby Lobby, so are the little orange stickers I placed on the front. Inside them:

Monday, February 16, 2015

B turns 2!

Today's weather and a pair of late nappers has afforded me the luxury to actually upload photos from the camera, edit them, and...wait for it...write a blog post. Indeed, Atlanta may soon freeze over.

So hard to believe this little guy entered our world two years ago.

We had a busy week. Gran came to visit to celebrate B's birthday, so we celebrated multiple times as any good family should do. This kid won the grandmother lottery.

After a cupcake celebration & early pick-up from school, the family celebration commenced.

Who doesn't love a dancing chihuahua card?

This little guy got a bike. And while he's probably disappointed that having his own means fewer trips to REI to try them out in-store, he was pretty stoked to have one to himself.

[Anyone know how to pause life right about here?]

As the cool temps drove us inside, it was time for the official Birthday Dinner. With ice cream cake, duh.

He's pretty proud of himself, I think.

With the family celebration under the belt, we took a few days off to recover and prepare for his official party. Today, he loves all things trucks, hence the party theme. What the truck? How can he be TWO???!?!

It's CAKE!!!! More cake!!!

So, what do you think, Lucy? I think it's pretty tasty.

 Peanut butter chocolate cake. Kid approved.
I'm afraid this is a glimpse into my squiggly boy's future...very few pics with Mom. At least he paused from cake eating to consider it, even if for a millisecond.

Thanks for everyone who made this birthday extra special. From the teachers who celebrated at school, to the grandparents who traveled near & far, to the friends who carved out a little of their holiday weekend to consume extra sugar amidst chaos.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Family Room Reveal

Here's a quick update on the almost finished product. It's taken a long time to take photos since the moments of the house being quasi-clean, having good lighting, and having the toddler entertained elsewhere are few and far between. It's like a split-second utopia.

Overall, we love the house. We still have some nesting to do, but it will come (right??). The big stuff is complete, and making it ours is a work-in-progress. We are getting there slowly but surely. But, here's where we are today...

the little rocking chair was left with the house. i painted it & B loves having his own "big boy" space in the family room.

Need a reminder of the before? (shield your eyes from the shag carpet!)

The inspiration behind the transformation...

Favorites in this room:
  • The black windows. Replacing all of the aluminum-framed casement windows throughout the house wasn't in the budget. Painting them black gave them an INSTANT update and we love it, despite the pain it was to get the painters to finish the job correctly.
  • Natural light
  • Fireplace - hubs did an amazing job installing the wood cladding. 
  • Fireplace surround
  • Shelving update - a little trim on the shelf fronts and paint on the rear wall is another instant update
  • B's play area isn't as pretty or contained as the Sarah Richardson in me would like, but I wouldn't trade having him a place to hang out for all the designer fabric in the world.


  • Rug: One Kings Lane
  • Bench: Antique
  • Mantel: Custom reclaimed Douglas Fir
  • Fireplace surround: Absolute Black granite, honed
  • Fireplace cladding: Custom
  • Armoire: Crate & Barrel
  • Curtains: Ikea
  • Wall hanging: vintage
  • Paint colors: see here