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Lily’s 1st Birthday // Photos + Giveaway!! 

June and January // The playsuit was Goldilocks perfection. I mean, seriously. It was a gold playsuit!!! I can’t rave enough about JJ clothing. Love it allll.

Saurez Bakery // This is a local bakery in Charlotte, NC that makes amazing cakes and cookies. They designed these ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’ sugar cookies that were almost too beautiful to eat, however try telling that to 4 hungry kids. They ate every last delicious crumb.

At Home with Natalie // My sister Natalie throws the best parties, so I couldn’t have pulled this off without her e-party course that I did while drinking Diet Dr. Pepper and in my pajamas. That is my kinda course. #genius

Bright Lab Lights // These are amazing. I want a set in every room of my house, but that might be a bit overkill. These lights are ultra cool and instantly added a festive feel to the party. Modern and easy.

BLANQI // I wore our Highwaist Postpartum + Nursing Support Leggings, because these first ever nursing leggings make breastfeeding a baby easier in public and social settings. I paired with a longer length tunic tee for a put together look that still let me play with the kiddos. #motherhoodismymuse

Be sure to enter the BLANQI Baby’s 1st Birthday Giveaway here!

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Rather than doing a typical ‘smash cake’, I had her have a cookie with her name on it. Being the more feminine and demure baby doll that she is, I felt the smash cake wasn’t going to go over too well anyway. She nibbled her Lily cookie like I expected. 🙂
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Post party nap time.

 

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#motherhoodismymuse // motherhood quotes to kick off your week with.

Sometimes we need a witty motherhood quote…or two…or twenty! The thing about mom life in the summer is that the routine is not the routine. Late night sunsets make for later than first-negotiated-kid-bedtimes.

We pair that with playdates, pool trips and holiday weekends mixed into busy work weeks (all moms are ‘working moms’ , so that includes all the WAHM, SAHM, WM, etc…allllll the acronyms.), makes for some exhausted mamas.

It’s that sweaty season of motherhood where dirty hair, leggings like these, and real life is happening. Where we cry because we are so tired of sassy toddler mouths, and then cry because we realize that our time mothering is flying by and we don’t want to miss a minute.  We cry because the house never seems to stay clean, and then cry because the weight of the world feels heavy on our shoulders as we raise these little people with sticky popsicle stained fingers. We cry because the baby won’t sleep, and then cry because our baby is no longer a baby.

But, sometimes we need a good cry- and a good laugh!

We rounded up some of our favorite motherhood-life-parenting quotes from our Instagram and Facebook  to share with you to help kick off your week! We are obsessed with every motivational, inspirational and relatable quote out there, because this is our life!! Here’s to cry-laughing today!

xx, Valerie & Sabina

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How to ‘baby proof’ a toddler bedroom for a three’nager.

When I think of baby proofing, I always thought of it as covering the outlets, making sure no hard corners were exposed and picking up every tiny Lego and Playmobil piece was picked up for the baby stage.

But what about for a toddler bedroom, or more appropriately a three’nager?

 

My three’nager Violette, with her enthusiasm for creative play and spontaneous ideas, has created an entirely new level of parenting panic for me.
For starters, after the fourth night in a row of being woken up around 3am by the thud of Violette falling out of her toddler bed, I knew it was time for a change. But, I wasn’t ready to make the investment of two twin beds from here that I’ve been eying, since Lily is still at least a year or more away from being out of her Ouef crib and I’m not sure Violette could handle the added height yet either. I didn’t want to trade one fall for another, higher fall.
So for the time being, I borrowed my sister Natalie’s extra Queen mattress and set it up simply on the floor. While not the most chic, and definitely brought back punk rock memories of my first apartment in Philly haha, it’s practical and functional for now.

By placing it horizontal, it made it more like a toddler sized King bed- and I love that I can lay down next to her at bedtime to read books, even letting Lily crawl around on us.

Then there are windows,

Remember the scene from the sound of music where the kids are swinging from the trees, you know that one? My kids would be the type to recreate that scene if I used anything but spring loaded curtain rods. These are my go-to for toddler rooms. They make it so anytime they start playing and pulling on the curtains, they fall down. Can be annoying to have to put them back up all the time, sure, but it’s worth the hassle to have peace of mind that I’m lowering the risk of them hurting themselves.

Violette inherited my obsession with rearranging decor, so she is constantly touching and moving whatever I put up on her wall. Rather than fearing her artwork getting taped and push pinned randomly into the wall, I found some inexpensive ways to give her just the right amount of control to decorate her space. Target always has the cutest wooden clothespins in the dollar bins up in the front of the store painted in cute colors.
I’m sure you could take it a step further and DIY those yourself, but I’m a bit too impatient for that, haha. I use them to secure the educational alphabet cards from Anthropology just strung across with yarn, from my knitwear design days. The frames are the kind that hold canvases, since those give a perfect little space to hold hanging artwork.

Scroll down for the Before and After. Not much had to change but the bed, for now. (Saving up for those West Elm beauties!)

xx Valerie

Obsessed all books in our house, but especially with Solly Baby’s children’s book about baby wearing. The cutest.

 

This Gathre leather playmat in mint gets dragged by my various children from room to room. Currently it is on my family room flow being used as a wrestling mat by my adventurous boys. Quite the change from the girls’s ballet moves. 🙂

  Pottery Barn does not disappoint. Santa brought the unicorn this year, because what little girl does not need a riding unicorn?? The play kitchen is an older version of what they retail now, a lucky find off Craigslist for Violette’s 3rd birthday.  

And here is the After with the toddler bed replaced with a big girl bed.