Tuesday, August 25, 2015


My blogging has been sub-par lately. If I am not working after Mary Tilman goes to bed, I am crafting for the big O.N.E.

While Pinterest is still a stellar site, I don't have countless hours for it. I do however have time to scour it for first birthday party ideas. I am not going to share those and spoil the big surprise but here are a few recent pinning favs.

I have been tested lately with managing it all and doing so gracefully. There have been tears and stomach cramp induced doctor visits but I am looking forward.

 Tomatoes + blue cheese = enough said

I love this Thanksgiving tablescape. We are hosting my family this year and I love any reason to think up a new, fresh table arrangement.

 In hindsight, I should have done a one year fiesta. This is a front runner for year two's celebration. I would say Mexican is our favorite food group when the hostess knows when we divert from our usual Monday night ritual (and yes I know Mexican is not considered a food group for everyone but it is for this clan).

I wear my hair up about 95% of the time in the summer and I love this easy do... think the hubs can master this braid?

We have fish at least once a week and this ranch, rosemary salmon is super easy and a really good fridge condiment cleaner-outer.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Baby's 1st Birthday | Gift Ideas

My baby is almost one. I don't want to think about it.

Considering she is only one, I wanted to get her a few sweet things but ones that won't be tossed to the side tomorrow either.

water table | I actually already got this for MT and maybe overshot the advanced category. It is super fun but could be targeted for some older kids.

 teepee | Mary Tilman loves playing "fort" on our rides home so I thought a teepee would be a great idea. I haven't actually purchased this yet but love this gold one.

 book | MT is obsessed with Brown Bear. We will uncover every book to find it. To alleviate our horrible car rides, I thought a smaller version would be perfect. Fingers crossed!

doll pram | Mary Tilman has started loving on baby dolls so I think this pram is a no-brainer. If only I would think the hubs would agree.
cake server | Friends of ours did this for their little girl and I though it was precious (thanks Mandy). I bought a cake server (in my silver pattern) and engraved her initials and birth date. We will use the server at every birthday and then she can use it at her wedding (tear, tear).

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Mary Tilman: 11 Month Update

Weight:  roughly 21 lbs.

Height: Long

Sleep: Still rocking in the sleep arena. You are only taking one nap a day at school but two at home. Needless to say, some nights we have an early bath time routine.

Clothes/Diapers: You are still sporting size 3 diapers and 12 month clothes.

Diet: You are an awesome eater. Your favorites are currently cheese, hot dogs, quesadillas, pasta, mandarin oranges, applesauce... I see a lot of carbs with the above list.

Favorite Gear: Minnetonka mocs, water table

Milestones/Firsts: You are walking and at quite the fast pace! You are into everything and exhaust us with the constant laps around the house.

You also had ear tube surgery in mid-July. I hated seeing my little baby in a gown and on a stretcher but you are so much happier. Your vocabulary was instantly better and I think that helped your balance as well. The deal was sealed when the surgeon came out and said you had a double ear infection.

Likes: Brown Bear by Eric Carle, your dogs, walking everywhere

Dislikes: You still hate the car (ugh)