We had such a lovely Birthday party for sweet L. I knew I wanted a Winter Wonderland theme with her birthday being so close to Christmas. Plus we don’t really get a Winter here in Florida, so I wanted it to be special, fun, festive and bring winter here to the sunshine state. I was inspired by snowflakes and silver with cool blues, mints, and mauves. I wanted it to have a wintery, icy feel.
I loved getting creative with the food and naming them things like “muddy snowballs” for the meatballs, “Ice chips” for the chips and dip and “snowflakes” for the popcorn. I made all of the party crafts myself out of card stock and I made the serving platters out of antique silver trays glued atop crystal candle holders.
Location: Sawyer Lake Park at Heathrow Country Club, FL
Photography: Artful Life Studios
Food: Friends and Family
Cake: I wanted to make a healthy cake and since we mostly follow the Paleo diet, I made a Paleo smash cake that was so good.
Crafts/Party Favors/Gift Table
Cake Time! I made L a Paleo coconut vanilla cake with coconut and maple butter frosting. It was soooooo good, and she loved it.
A lot of L’s little friends came to help celebrate her turning one!
We had such a great time! And I am still in shock that my baby is 1!!!
I am back from Ohio and trying to kick myself into gear. I had such an incredible time with my Grandmother and family. It went by way too fast…as things do when you are having fun. It was the first time I had been back to Ohio since my Grandfather passed away and there was a little something melancholy and sweet about my time there. Strangely enough, it was the most relaxed I have been in a VERY long time. Ohio always seems to do that to me though, life just slows down while I am there and I always feel so at peace.
We took a 4 generations picture with my Grandmother, Mother, me, and L. We went to the zoo, went shopping, and played games while sipping hot tea. We relaxed by the pond on the swing my Grandfather purchased before he passed, and we laughed, remembered, and enjoyed good conversation.
I am already looking forward to going back…I always hate to leave.
We are back from a relaxing and restorative vacation in Maine. A cabin, a lake, friends, campfires, marshmallows, and board games…it doesn’t get much better. We went last year when I was pregnant with L and this year seemed so different…so needed. We have been so stressed and uptight with all that has happened in our lives this past year. We bought a home, moved, had a baby, lost both of my Grandfathers, and have had some financial difficulties that we have been recovering from…so yes, this vacation was MUCH needed.
L did amazing on the flight and only fussed once out of boredom (it was a 3 hour flight). We spent a lot of lazy days at the cabin and two days out and about for a lobster roll and shopping, but mostly we just took in the simplicity of the nature around us.
I went for a couple morning jogs, to make up for all of the buttery, sugary, salty yumminess that I indulged in while on vacation, and it was one of my favorite moments while there. The fresh air, the time alone, the adrenaline rush…maybe I should making running a daily thing.
Overall we came back, sad that it was over, but with a feeling of renewal about where we are in our lives currently. We tend to put so much added pressure on ourselves to have things a certain a way and it was so nice to take a step back and feel whole again…so with our new restored mindset we are jumping back into the daily grind with a few changes.
First, we are doing a 30 day Paleo cleanse to get healthy and fit and second, I am going to focus on getting our lives more organized.
It’s going to be great.
L is 3 Months! Going fast I tell you, going fast. Isn’t she a cutie? I think so.
Ryan and I have been all over the place these last few months and I keep wondering to myself when we will slow down, not that I am complaining. We recently headed out West for a friends wedding. I love the West Coast. I love the weather, the beaches, the mountains, hiking trails, shopping, and the food. I had never been to San Francisco before and after our little trip, I am officially in love with the Bay City. On our first day, we walked around San Fran and then drove south a little ways to Aptos, CA. We stayed at an UHHHHmazzzing house on the beach and awoke to the sun rising over the Pacific. We spent the entire next day in Monterey, CA staring at fish in an enormous aquarium and driving along the coast. The rest of the weekend was filled with wedding festivities. It was a beautiful wedding and a lovely time with some of the best people I know.