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Party Details Link Love

All the parties for Jack’s birthday are finally done! We had three! Whew! They were each great in their own way and it was so wonderful to celebrate our sweet boy’s first year of life and thank everyone that has been a support to us. I wanted to just take a minute to share how I made some of the party decorations. I got a lot of sweet compliments on them but I must admit, they were all ideas taken borrowed from other blogs (including color scheme (->especially this one: The Mac’s One Year In A Flash). So check out the party decoration link love after the jump!

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Short Tank + Small Skirt = Maternity Top

Here’s a super quick tutorial for an empire-waist maternity top (or really, even after maternity time).  I probably could wear this as a dress after pregnancy but, right now, it’s a little too short with the bump so I’ll throw some leggings on underneath. If you have a longer skirt then it could definitely be a dress. I had an old tank top that was too short (even when I’m not pregnant) and a skirt that was too small on the waist but fit me good above the bump. I really hated to throw the top away as I have very few lavender/purple family tops and thought the two might look good together so I went to work.

And, on a fun side note, check out the great giveaway on one of my favorite sites – DIY Maternity. Megan’s giving away the pattern to her new ruched maternity skirt. So adorable! Hope I win! :)

Okay, here we go! Click below for the Tutorial:

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Jack’s 1st Birthday

Just wanted to check in and show a few pictures of Jack’s first (of 3) First Birthday Party. That’s right…this lucky boy gets 3 parties! One in Wichita Falls, Fort Worth, and Dallas! Too bad we couldn’t do a California one this year but we will next year for sure! Last night’s party was our Dallas one with a lot of our church friends and Jon’s work buddies.

My friend, Cassie, was sweet enough to open her home which offered a more central location for everyone in Dallas. Jon made some delicious pulled pork sandwiches, cole slaw, and potato salad and I worked on some homemade decorations during Jack’s nap times the week before. It all came together great.



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3 Simple Joys

K, it’s been insanely too long and Christine has been reprimanding me on a weekly basis about not blogging so, here goes…..

Just to get back into the swing of things, I’m going to post my 3 simple joys as of late.

1. Naming our sweet girl

Although at times I want to pull my crazy, humidity-infused hair out, it really is a joy to think upon the name of our second baby. *oh yeah, psst, we’re pregnant and 20 weeks along at that. Told you it’s been insanely too long*

But, seriously, when I really think about it, it is such an honor and joy to have the task of finding that name that fits your little one to a T. As that baby grows and kicks and wiggles inside me, I get to learn more and more about her personality and (in this case already) her spunk.

My inner dialogue “First name could be this, middle name would be that….no, but if the first name is shortened to this then that middle name wouldn’t sound good. Oh, crap, that would give her initials that would surely lead to playground teasing. Start again.” So maybe it’s not a simple joy lately but it is a joy. :) Her name will come in time and Jon and I can already tell the Lord is leading us in a great direction.

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Audrey-Inspired Nursing Top

Audrey Inspired Nursing Top

First of all, it’s been way too long….insanely too long. I had every good intention of posting more of my sewing projects but the Holidays hit, traveling occurred, and, oh yeah, we got pregnant again! :) So, needless to say, I was pretty exhausted the first trimester right after the holidays and am finally back on the energy train and sewing wagon…whatever that means.

Anyway, I have been wanting to work more and more on sewing my own clothes including maternity as of late. I follow this site called DIY Maternity which is all about inspiration for creating your own maternity clothes (brilliant) and they linked to a contest at A Jennuine Life. Contests, for me at least, are a great way to get going on a project that I would otherwise put off longer. I missed the maternity part of the contest but I have 2 ideas for the Being (or nursing) as well as the Been (or postpartum) part. The latter is still in design stage but I’m excited to show my entry for the Nursing part. I hope to make another top soon and plan to photograph and document every step so that I can post the tutorial here.

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