Sunday, March 11, 2018

Sesame Street Second Birthday Party

We celebrated Carter's birthday this weekend with a Sesame Street themed party. It was a toss up between Thomas the Train and Sesame Street, so we took Carter to Party City and let him decide. Cookie Monster won!

I made the invites myself after Carter decided to ham it up for our little photo shoot. For the envelope seals, I just uploaded a picture of Cookie Monster to Vista Print. Super simple!
Sesame Street birthday invitations

Then I decided to do a little more DIY to make this snack bar that doubled as our party favors. The clear containers are from Party City and the garland was a Target find.
Sesame Street candy bar favors

I made a quick sign to throw in a simple frame.
Sesame Street candy bar favors

Then I made round sticker labels and printed them at home using these labels from Amazon.
Sesame Street candy bar favors

They were a perfect fit on these cupcake boxes from Party City.
Sesame Street candy bar favors

l bought the other snacks in bulk, but made the "fairy dust popcorn" for Abby Cadabby. It's super simple-- plain popcorn tossed in melted white chocolate and sprinkles. After you cook the popcorn, just toss it in a galloon ziploc bag and shake it up with the toppings. Carter enjoyed helping with this part.
Sesame Street candy bar favors fairy dust popcorn

l love how the printables for the candy bar coordinated.
Sesame Street candy bar favors

We had food catered, but I made rubber ducky punch for Ernie. Blue Raspberry Lemonade is the perfect color for this and I grabbed these little ducks off Amazon.
Sesame Street ernie rubber ducky punch

l kept the other party decor in the kitchen pretty simple. I blew up some balloons and then hung these cute little Sesame Street party swirls around (from Amazon, of course).
Sesame Street birthday party decor 2nd birthday

The matching Sesame Street banner was a great size for the cabinets. It comes with numbers so you can personalize it for the correct birthday. 
Sesame Street birthday party decor 2nd birthday

Carter opened his presents in our front room, so that's where I had the candy bar set up. 
Sesame Street birthday party decor 2nd birthday

Of course I had to grab these adorable little character puffs for Cookie Monster, Big Bird, and Elmo. I just tied on extra little party swirls below them.
Sesame Street birthday party decor 2nd birthday

Then I've saved my personal favorite for last... our Sesame Street photo booth! Carter loved it! He tried to feed the characters some of the snacks from his candy bar. Always thinking of others and sharing! =)
Sesame Street birthday party decor 2nd birthday photo booth
Sesame Street birthday party decor 2nd birthday photo booth

I think I have all of my sources linked, it was definitely an Amazon Prime celebration! One of his favorite new toys was Abby Cadabby to complete his character collection. We got her on Amazon too, ha!

If you want to see some of his other current favorites for toys, books, or games you can head over to Carter's Amazon page, which I try to keep updated with currents on top. We get a small percentage back if you decide to purchase any of these, but they are 100% our actual favorites that have been used and loved.
And now we're off racing toward THREE!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Splash into Spring Style

After sharing about KidBox last week, I have another favorite Friday find for you... StyleBox! There's just something about a subscription box that gets me every time. Maybe it's the guaranteed "happy mail" in the box month after month. Maybe it's that there is NO commitment so I can skip or cancel at any time. Maybe it's the discount, I am a sucker for a deal after all. But whatever it is, StyleBox shows up at my house the first week of every month and I l-o-v-e it!

If you aren't familiar with StyleBox, it's a beauty box packed with your personalized mix of nail wraps, lacquer, gel, and/or skin care. The best part is that YOU can customize your box exactly how you want it. And starting at just $25, it doesn't break the bank.
April StyleBox with beach inspired nail art

Each month you select at least 2 of the 6 monthly styles. Here's a closer look at the April ones.

After adding two of those to your box, you can also add on other extras (or not!). For example, you can mix and match your selected styles with some coordinating gel or lacquer. I personally think this month's would look great with hot pink, like Flamingo gel or Kiss lacquer.

Then since we're thinking sandal weather, why not top off your box with a rich peppermint foot creme. It's okay to be a little indulgent, right??
So much good stuff, free shipping on all of it, and a brand new set of options each month? This one easily makes my Favorite Friday list month after month! If you decide you need to get StyleBox on your favorites list too, you can subscribe on my website here. Be sure to let me know if you're a first time subscriber, I'd love to send you a welcome gift after your first box ships!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Carter Turns Two

Two years. Two.Whole.Years. I've said it before, but the days can be so long and then I blink and the year is over. Here are my favorites from his 2 year birthday shoot.

I also updated the traditional picture with his whale. He was super cooperative, obviously. I ended up having to give him the nice camera to hold and snapped this with my iPhone.

I took a new picture of him in his rocking chair too. Amazing what a difference one year makes!

We also surprised him in the morning for his birthday. He looks like something straight out of "Up" from Disney. ha!

What's new at 24 months:
-He loves to help me in the kitchen. Mixing, cutting, scooping, sorting all of the containers... he loves it all.
-He helps just as much around the house. He washes windows, mops, dusts, vacuums, etc. with joy. I am sure this won't last, but I'm taking all the help I can get.
-Lily and Gracie continue to be his best friends. He lets them in and out, gives them their snacks, and even helped Ryan wash them in the tub last week.
-We continue to explore together. He loves the Air Force museum more and more each time we go. We went to Newport Aquarium for his birthday and he happily explored the whole place. He even crossed the Shark Bridge for the first time. No fear! And Boonshoft is one of our regular outings. He loves all the imaginary play!
-I hear about trucks, trains, cars, and planes all day long. If we can catch the garbage truck, he's in heaven.
-He's regularly speaking in 4-5 word sentences. I love that he can ask me for what he wants now. Usually. ;)
-We had a warm snap of weather two weeks ago and I could NOT keep him inside. I am guessing we will pretty much live outside this spring.
-We went rollerskating for his birthday and he did a great job! I was surprised, but he went around and around with the skate mate and would keep up with us when we were running.

Favorite pictures since my last update:

To keep up with our daily antics, follow us on Instagram. As you can see, we're having tons of fun with this stage so there's lots to see every day. ha!