Monthly Archives: March 2016

Easter basket


I just finished Charlie’s Easter basket. We made one for him last year, but Easter fell on the first weekend after we got home from the NICU, and I don’t think we took any pictures. For years I thought the Pottery Barn Kids Easter baskets and bags were adorable, so I was excited to order Charlie a bag (and love that we can use it year after year) for his first real Easter basket 🙂 I picked up a couple of Easter board books from Marshalls, ordered him dinosaur pjs from Old Navy, and made a Montessori transferring activity and some gluten-free wild orange play dough. For weeks I looked for egg-shaped crayons at all of the niche  children’s shops in the areas, and I found them at Target (but they’re also on Amazon)!

Tomorrow we’re going to do a small Easter egg hunt in our yard with a few eggs filled with these bunnies which he loves.  I’m sure there will be some photos on Instagram 🙂



Charlie is one


We hosted a small brunch for Charlie’s first birthday on Saturday at my parents’ house. I had a lot of fun planning the decorations, and tried to use a lot of gold, since he loves everything sparkly. We decorated mostly on Friday afternoon when he was taking a late nap, and I swear he noticed every little thing I put up, and would go investigate as soon as he woke up!



I made triangle garland with a triangle punch and my sewing machine, and cut the “Charlie is One” letters out at school. I made the runner with a piece of canvas and a potato stamper 🙂 I ordered photographs to make the giant 1 (there is another one on the playroom door since I ordered too many pictures!), and my grandmother helped me repot succulents into little mason jars to give out as favors.


The tags say, “Thank you for helping me grow (love, Charlie).”

We served mini frittatas, yogurt parfaits, fruit skewers, bacon, sausage, and I made these apple, cinnamon and maple cupcakes (but cheated and made this icing). We also had a small bar with mimosas, bellinis and OJ.






We had so much fun celebrating our little guy, and I swear as everyone was leaving he said, “thank you!” Thanks for stopping by 🙂