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When Alisha from Pink Blush Maternity reached out tome for a collaboration, I knew it was something I was immediately interested in. Throughout my pregnancy with Eden, I was constantly looking for maternity clothes that were comfortable, flattering, and stylish at the same time. One day I stumbled across Pink Blush Maternity online and instantly fell in love with their store. I own several pieces from them and absolutely adore them all. What I love even more, is how I can easily transition their pieces after pregnancy. One of my favorite items from them is this super cute floral kimono which is perfect during pregnancy or after. I can dress it up with a cute dress and heels or go for a more casual look with jeans and a t-shirt. This is a company you should definitely check out whether you’re a mommy to be or just love comfy, cute, clothes! You can shop all their gorgeous kimonos here!

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Thanks for stopping by & I hope everyone has an amazing week!
Love Always,

Angela

XO

Eden’s First Birthday Party 

We celebrated Eden’s first Birthday this weekend with family and friends and I wanted to share some details from her perfectly pink swan party! I purchased this welcome sign and milestone board as a digital file from a shop on Etsy called Lucky Plum Studio. I then had the files printed on foam board from Vista Print and shipped to my house.

The gold glitter “Happy Birthday Eden” was originally a cake topper, but I used it in my flowers as an accent. It was sponsored by Mika’s Party Shop which you can also find on Etsy. I decide to do most of the baking for the party since I wanted a lot of baked goods, but also wanted to stay on a budget. For Eden’s cake I just used a fun-fetti cake mix, garnished with a silk flower, & topped with this acrylic gold mirror topper from Shop Tineke on Etsy.

I also baked these pink champagne cupcakes with this recipe I found on Pinterest. I baked the cupcakes two days before the party and stored in an airtight container. The day before the party I made the buttercream frosting from the recipe and frosted the cupcakes and sprinkled them with pink non pareils.

I also baked these swan sugar cookies which were a little challenging due to the swans having a thin neck but turned out super cute and delicious. I purchased the swan cookie cutter from Amazon and used this recipe I found on Pinterest from the blog “It’s Always Autumn”. I used Wilton’s royal icing I purchased from the baking section at Michael’s (you need this kind of frosting so it can dry hard so you’re able to decorate them). I purchased these white and gold sprinkles from Michael’s also and added them to the cookies when the icing was still wet so they dried and stuck to the cookies. Once completely dried I used a black food marker for the eyes and pink pearl dust for the beaks.

I wanted to display Eden’s monthly photos at her party so everyone could see how much she grew in the first year! I purchased this picture frame for my wedding at Hobby Lobby and used gold spray paint. I’m so glad I was able to reuse it again for her party. I then use this beautiful pink and gold glitter number garland from Mika’s Party Shop. This banner has mini clothes pinks on the bottom of the numbers which makes it so easy to clip the photos to. I then tapped them to the back of the frame. 

This rosette table cloth I also had from my wedding. I purchased it from the garment district in Los Angeles. 

For the centerpieces I purchased pink roses, carnations, spray roses, and snapdragons, along with ivory roses. I used these white feather I bought from eBay and used spray adhesive to add fine gold glitter. Then I used another topper from Mika’s Party Shop for an accent. I purchased the ceramic swan vases from eBay for more table decor. The pink table cloth and rose gold runner I purchased online from CV Linens I reused from my baby shower.

For Eden’s high chair I used the Antilop high chair from Ikea and spray painted the legs gold. I added this gold name sticker I got from MM Vinyl Creations on Etsy. I used a white boa and made a swan garland with a pattern I bought on Etsy from Maisie Moo NZ. I used pink, white, black, and gold glitter felt, along with pink wool balls. The lanterns were also from my wedding purchased 3 years ago from HomeGoods. 

I am so thankful my dad is such a handyman because I showed him a picture of a donut wall from Pinterest and he built it for me. We purchased the supplies from Lowe’s. We used a big piece of ply wood and I spray painted it pink. He then made a grid on the back and drilled a tiny hole so I could show up on the opposite side. He then used Gorilla Glue and glued dowels (cut 3 inches) over the holes so the donuts lined up perfectly. We then sat the donut wall on an eisel so our guests could take them as they pleased. 

Mitch and I put together this balloon garland I purchased from One Stylish Party on Etsy. It was surprisingly super easy to put together and took about an hour total. We used a clear balloon strip that had holes, and alternated the direction we stuck the balloons in. We then hung the garland on an arch in the backyard. I garnished with silk flowers but the garland was directly in the sun so they kept falling off. The garland is 6 days old and still going strong! When you purchase this package it comes with the balloons, pump, balloon strip, and instructions so it is super convenient. Eden loved her cake and wouldn’t wait until the picture was done to have a taste. Her pink and gold glitter “ONE” bib was from HB Southern Inspired from Etsy. 

Eden loved every single one of her gifts. She clapped every time she (me) would open one! 

Eden’s dress is from Tutu Du Monde, her bow is from Free Babes, and her shoes are from Gap.

So here’s a funny story from the party: Mitch and I have a friend who the second we told him about Eden’s Birthday party said he was buying her a bunny. He’s the type of guy who jokes about everything so you can’t tell if he’s serious or not. Needless to say, he was serious. He showed up with not just one, but TWO bunnies for Eden. They were super cute and all the kids at the party loved them,  but we weren’t able to keep them (I am not flying back to Boston with a baby and two bunnies lol). So thank you, Loren Henderson for the laughs and cute bunnies, I can’t wait for your sons Birthday now 😉


That is all from Eden’s first Birthday Party. It was a lot of work, but everything turned out so perfect. We had the best time celebrating our little girl, & now it’s time to start planning for her second Birthday!

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will respond ASAP.

Love Always,

Angela

XO

Ikea Duktig Play Kitchen Makeover

I had so much fun with this D.I.Y. for Eden’s Birthday gift. I stumbled across a made over play kitchen on Pinterest a few months ago and knew right away that I wanted to make Eden one. I purchased this kitchen from Ikea for only $99.99, which is a lot more affordable than some of the other play kitchen’s I’ve seen. Plus, I had so much fun customizing it for Eden. It has gold hardware and marble counter tops (my dream kitchen!) but it colorful and fun for kids. Hopefully this will teach her to love cooking so she can make mama some dinner in the future!. Below I listed the step by step instructions on how I turned an ordinary play kitchen into a perfectly pink, whimsical play kitchen.

BEFORE:


AFTER:

  1. Spray paint all the silver pieces gold. I used Krylon metallic spray paint that I picked up from Michael’s.
  2. Spray paint all the natural wood pieces light pink and I did two coats. I used Krylon Colormaster in the color “Ballet Slipper” (Note: I did not paint the oven or microwave white, they originally came that color. I left any pieces of white wood, white)
  3. I applied the marble contact paper (Amazon) to the counter tops first, flipped them over, and used a sharp pair of scissors to cut the space for the stove top and sink. I then used a credit card to smooth out any air bubbles. (Note: I read another blog where they traced the shape of the counter top, cut it to size, but then realized it was a lot harder to line up the contact paper on the surface).
  4. I painted all the pieces first, then waited a day for them to make sure they were dry, and assembled them all according to the instructions the kitchen came with.
  5. I switched the original pulls from the oven and microwave to some dainty silver ones I found at the local hardware store, then spray painted them gold.  They didn’t fit perfectly, but they worked just fine.
  6. For the back splash I used a piece of foam board I bought at Target and hot glued some floral wrapping paper I found on Etsy. I cut the foam board to fit the back of the kitchen, then nailed it to stay in place.
  7. I used hot glue to add 4 crystal & gold knobs I found at the local hardware store to act as the oven and stove knobs. (Note: Eden pulled off the knobs a few times because she uses them to pull herself up, but it was a quick fix to glue them back. You could drill them in, but I didn’t have a drill).
  8.  Last but not least, I added a few touches that I thought would make her kitchen complete: silk flowers and faux fur rug from HomeGoods, cutting board and wooden bowl from TjMaxx, play lemons from eBay, mini Pelegrino bottle from the local grocery store, pink mini macrame from Copper and Clove Shop on Etsy, pink pots and pans from Amazon, mini succulent arrangement from Target, YAY vase set from Target, 5×7 Elodie Rug by Glitter Guide from Lulu and Georgia, and wall macrame from Urban Outfitters
  9. These beautiful balloons were sponsored by Mika’s Party Shop from Etsy! I assembled the balloon garland using this balloon strip from Amazon and garnished it with silk flowers and greenery to add an extra girly touch.

*The measurements of this kitchen are: 28 3/8×15 3/4×42 7/8″

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and I will reply ASAP! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Love Always,

Angela

XO

January 31, 2016

While planning the series #EdensBirthdayWeek for my blog, I realized I’ve never shared my birth story so I thought this was the perfect time to do so. My entire pregnancy I was so worried that Mitch wouldn’t be there for the birth of Eden since he was 3,000 miles away at his new station in Boston for the Coast Guard and I would be delivering in California.

I worked until I was 38 weeks pregnant and when I started my maternity leave Mitch was able to start his leave and fly out to California to be with me for 28 days.  I was so relieved I didn’t go into labor early. Little did I know, I would not only make it to my due date but I would go 4 days over. Every day that passed by seemed like an eternity, I felt like I would be pregnant forever. I was so anxious to meet Eden I was hoping my water would break or I would start having contractions or something, but nothing.

I went to my 40 week appointment and was hoping to hear some good news, but I was still only dilated 1 centimeter. At first I was worried about going into labor too early, now I was worried I would go into labor too late and Mitch would have to head back to Boston right after the birth and not get to spend any time with his newborn daughter. At my appointment, the doctor measured Eden and he estimated she was 8 pounds and 11 ounces. He decided to put me on the induction wait list at the hospital. Mitch and I left the hospital and we were just waiting around for the phone call to go in.

40 weeks & 3 day: It was 5 in the morning and my phone started ringing. It was the hospital calling to let me know a room was available for me and I should be there at 8am. I was nervous, excited, and felt a wave of other emotions that I would soon be meeting my baby girl! I jumped into the shower, curled my hair and put on makeup, at some breakfast and off to the hospital we went! Our nurses Tana and Michelle greeted us at the check in desk and showed us to the room. I changed into my hospital gown and climbed into the bed. They hooked me up to a bunch of monitors, started my IV, and we waited. Eden must not have gotten the memo it was time for her to come out, or she just wanted to make a grand entrance to her party, because that little girl was not wanting to come out!!

After the first 12 hour dose of Cervidil, I felt a few contractions but nothing major. The doctor came and checked and I was still not dilated passed 1 centimeter. Not the news I was hoping to hear, but he informed me I could do another 12 hour round of Cervidil. This was such a long process and i wasn’t even in labor yet! Once the second does started, I immediately started feeling contractions and boy were they painful. This dose was during the night  so Mitch and my mom were in the room asleep and I  wanted to get some sleep because I knew I needed to save my energy for when I was actually in labor. The nurse came in to give me some pain medicine to take the edge off and I was able to get a little rest.

The morning of January 31st, Dr. Lopez came to see if there was any progress and I knew there had to have been since I was in so much pain! He checks me and I was still 1 centimeter! I was so frustrated at that point, I just wanted her to be here already. The doctor told me that it was possible that I would have to have a C-section since she was so big, the reason I wasn’t dilating and said we could try to medicine and wait another 12 hours to see if I would work the third time. He also let me know that even if I did go into labor, since she was measuring big and was having trouble dropping to the birth canal, it would be possible that when it was time to push I would have to have an emergency c section. My mom had 3 c sections, so I always knew this was a possibility. The main goal for my birth plan was to safely deliver Eden. So I decided to go with the scheduled c section.

I was able to rest or about 3 hours before they wheeled me back into the operating room. I was so relieved Mitch was able to be in the room with me! Once the spinal medicine kicked in I could not feel a thing. It took about 15 minutes of tugging and pressure, but before I knew it our perfect baby girl was born on January 31, 2016 weighing 8lbs & 10 ounces, and was 20.5 inches long. We instantly fell in love with our new little baby.

Happy First Birthday Eden Noelle! We love you!

​ 

Donut you know? Eden is turning ONE!

With Eden’s first Birthday quickly approaching, I knew I wanted to plan a “cake smash session” for her. This is a fairly recent trend where you put your baby in front of a cake and let them do whatever they want with it. They can eat the cake, smash it, play with it, or do whatever their little heart desires. It’s a fun way to document their first taste of sugar and see what they do when given the freedom of eating whatever is in front of them.

Instead of having her cake smash at her birthday party, I wanted to do it ahead of time to avoid the mess and hassle of  taking her away from her party for a bath. When Eden was born, we thanked our wonderful nurses with a box of pink sprinkled donuts so I thought this was the perfect alternative to the traditional cake smash. After Eden’s afternoon nap she was woken up to the sweetest surprise ever…I hope you enjoy the photos as much as Eden enjoyed her donuts!

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Drawing by @booshkababe on Instagram

Eden’s Romper Tutu du Monde rented by The Borrowed Boutique

Eden’s Flower Crown by Love Crush Crowns

“Happy Birthday Eden” Glitter Donut Topper by Mika’s Party Shop

She’s cute, sweet, & so much fun; Eden Noelle is turning ONE!

Eden is turning ONE on Tuesday! I can’t believe how fast last year has come and gone. In honor of Eden’s first Birthday on Tuesday, I’ve started a series on my blog called “Eden’s Birthday Week”. This week I will be sharing all things Eden!

First, I’m going to share some of my favorite moments from Eden’s first year. It was so hard narrowing down, because every moment with her has been my favorite! So these were just a few highlights that I’ll never forget. I’ve also included honorable mentions at the bottom, which are some hilarious photos of Eden!


January

The day we brought Eden home to my parents house from the hospital. A fun tradition in my family is that on everyone’s Birthday my dad hangs up this Birthday cake flag outside. It was so special to carry on this tradition with Eden! 

February

My good friend Laura, from Laura Danielle Photography, took photos of us and I’m so glad to have these memories. When I look back at these photo’s Eden looks so tiny; I can’t believe she was that small! I’ll be sharing even more photos later on during the week so be sure to check back!

March

Eden, Ollie, & myself made the 3,000 mile move across country to be with Mitch in Boston. I’m so glad I had my mom fly out with me, I couldn’t have done it alone with a dog and a newborn! We fell asleep during the flight and Ollie ended up walking up and down the aisle to get petted by everyone! LOL. We were so happy to be reunited with Mitch!

April

Mitch got free box tickets to a Boston Red Sox baseball game from the USO at his work and we had a blast! We got to watch the game in a special section that had heaters and tv’s, it made sitting outside in the cold much more enjoyable. We even had our own server, best chicken strips & blue moon I’ve ever had lol. It was also a promo night so we got these huge Papi Ortiz chains that made little Eden look like she was a baby rapper, we could not stop laughing.

May

Mitch’s parent, Mike & Kathy, flew out to visit with us and we had so much fun showing them around Boston and just relaxing with family. I definitely started to get home sick being so far away from family, so this was a nice visit. 


June

We celebrated Mitch’s first Father’s Day and he made so many memories with his baby girl!

JULY

My parents, sister, & niece flew out to visit us for the 4th of July! We went to a local firework show & had a delicious BBQ with our wonderful neighbors, the Boston Aquarium, & took them to all our favorite restaurants around town.

August

Mitch had a tournament with the Coast Guard rugby team in Denver, Colorado and my brother, sister-in-law, and niece lived there so this was an extra special trip getting to visit with them. We visited the Denver Aquarium, my brother’s Jiu Jitsu studio, and had so much fun seeing a new city and visiting family.


September

It was the end of summer so we tried to soak up as much sun as we could before winter! We went to the Boston Public Garden and flower picking at a local farm!


October

This was the beginning of Fall in New England, which was cold, but absolutely beautiful! We went Apple picking and squeezed in one last beach day before the cold weather hit. Luckily for us though, we were on our way to sunny California. We got to celebrate our nephew’s, Carson and Jackson, 3rd and 1st Birthday! We also went to Leah’s Halloween party as the Snapchat butterfly filter and had our family photos taken.

November

This month was full of adventures. We drove to New York City to visit with Hastin, Jennifer, and, Zoey. My mom and Aunt Carlie, came to visit us in Boston and we all drove to New Port Rhode Island to tour the Vanderbilt mansion. 



December

This month was full of reasons to celebrate! We celebrated Eden’s first Christmas, Mitch’s 27th Birthday, & welcomed 2017 with New Year’s Eve!



Honorable Mentions – Some of the funniest candid moments we snapped of Eden. Enjoy! 

 

 

Ikea Duktig Play Kitchen Makeover

I had so much fun with this D.I.Y. for Eden’s Birthday gift. I stumbled across a madeover play kitchen on Pinterest a few months ago and knew right away that I wanted to make Eden one. I purchased this kitchen from Ikea for only $99.99, which is a lot more affordable than some of the other play kitchen’s I’ve seen. Plus, I had so much fun customizing it for Eden. It has gold hardware and marble counter tops (my dream kitchen!) but it colorful and fun for kids. Hopefully this will teach her to love cooking so she can make mama some dinner in the future!. Below I listed the step by step instructions on how I turned an ordinary play kitchen into a perfectly pink, whimsical play kitchen.

BEFORE:


AFTER:

  1. Spray paint all the silver pieces gold. I used Krylon metallic spray paint that I picked up from Michael’s.
  2. Spray paint all the natural wood pieces light pink and I did two coats. I used Krylon Colormaster in the color “Ballet Slipper” (Note: I did not paint the oven or microwave white, they originally came that color. I left any pieces of white wood, white)
  3. I applied the marble contact paper (Amazon) to the counter tops first, flipped them over, and used a sharp pair of scissors to cut the space for the stove top and sink. I then used a credit card to smooth out any air bubbles. (Note: I read another blog where they traced the shape of the counter top, cut it to size, but then realized it was a lot harder to line up the contact paper on the surface).
  4. I painted all the pieces first, then waited a day for them to make sure they were dry, and assembled them all according to the instructions the kitchen came with.
  5. I switched the original pulls from the oven and microwave to some dainty silver ones I found at the local hardware store, then spray painted them gold.  They didn’t fit perfectly, but they worked just fine.
  6. For the back splash I used a piece of foam board I bought at Target and hot glued some floral wrapping paper I found on Etsy. I cut the foam board to fit the back of the kitchen, then nailed it to stay in place.
  7. I used hot glue to add 4 crystal & gold knobs I found at the local hardware store to act as the oven and stove knobs. (Note: Eden pulled off the knobs a few times because she uses them to pull herself up, but it was a quick fix to glue them back. You could drill them in, but I didn’t have a drill).
  8.  Last but not least, I added a few touches that I thought would make her kitchen complete: silk flowers and faux fur rug from HomeGoods, cutting board and wooden bowl from TjMaxx, play lemons from eBay, mini Pelegrino bottle from the local grocery store, pink mini macrame from Copper and Clove Shop on Etsy, pink pots and pans from Amazon, mini succulent arrangement from Target, YAY vase set from Target, 5×7 Elodie Rug by Glitter Guide from Lulu and Georgia, and wall macrame from Urban Outfitters
  9. These beautiful balloons were sponsored by Mika’s Party Shop from Etsy! I assembled the balloon garland using this balloon strip from Amazon and garnished it with silk flowers and greenery to add an extra girly touch.

*The measurements of this kitchen are: 28 3/8×15 3/4×42 7/8″

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! If you have any questions or comments please leave them below and I will reply ASAP! Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Love Always,

Angela

XO