Cake and Ice Cream Party

It’s hard to believe that Lyla is turning two this week. Time is moving way too fast – but you know that. What you might not know is that we celebrated over the weekend.

We kept things simple and invited a bunch of Lyla’s little friends over for some cake and ice cream and then sent them all into a bounce house in the backyard. Basically, we loaded them up with sugar and let them burn it off. It was perfect!

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I picked up the tablecloth, cake stand and Lyla’s cute little leggings from Target. I ordered her balloons from Etsy and my super talented friend, Charron, made the cake topper. I would have liked to make all of the decorations but, really, aintnobodygottimeforthat. I did, however, make some fun ice cream cone garland. #DIYerforlife

It’s so fun to see Lyla building relationships with other children. She has such a sweet group of friends (and their parents rock too). We had a ton of fun and are so thankful for everyone who came to celebrate our two year old with us. 

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Year of the Byrds 16/52

Happy Aloha Friday, y’all!

We kicked off our week with a donut picnic on the lanai…

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…Lyla was a big helper with Simon Earl…

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…we spent a few rainy mornings at home…

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…and serenaded all of Target with Lyla’s rendition of “Let It Go”…

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…we played with our friends at Miss Mary’s music class…

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…Simon Earl kept me company while I tried to catch up on some cleaning…

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…my car’s battery died and Alex saved the day…

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…Lyla pretended to be “night night” a billion times…

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…we went to a horse rescue and had SO much fun (more on this later)…

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…Simon let me know how he feels about selfies…

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…and had some quality time with Mickey…

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…and daddy…

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…and we had some special mama/baby time at the coffee farm.

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God is so, so good. 

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The Coolest Mom at the Playground

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Have I told you lately how much I love our neighborhood? Well, it’s a lot.There are about a bajillion playgrounds, a new splash zone for the kids, a ton of family-friendly activities and a great group of moms. Oh, and we are right on the beach. Yea, it rocks. 

I can probably count on one hand the number of days that we haven’t made it to the playground since moving here last year. Right after Simon Earl was born, I started running in to the same group of moms every week. After a few meet ups, they invited me to their Facebook page where we could keep in contact and set up playdates – it’s awesome. We all have kids around the same age who play well together and I truly look forward to hanging with them every week.dunkin-donuts-creamers-to-go

Having a nice group of moms to chat with while our kids play is so refreshing. I’ve really loved getting to know all of these ladies (and their babies) and have found that we have a lot of thing in common. 

Things like our love for coffee. 

Raising tiny humans is exhausting and by the time that we get out to the playground, most of us are ready for our second (or third) coffee of the day. You know, just that extra push to get us to nap time.

Earlier this week I brought some coffee and the new Dunkin’ DonutsĀ® Coffee Creamer Singles to our playdate to share which automatically earned me the title of “coolest mom at the playground” – at least for that day šŸ˜‰

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If you want to be the coolest mom at the playground, just remember the three c’s: coffee, cups and creamer.

  1. Set up a playdate at the local playground and show up with a big thermos filled with piping hot coffee
  2. Pour each mama a cup (extra portions for the moms with teething babies)
  3. Add a few Dunkin’ DonutsĀ® Coffee Creamer Singles to make it extra creamy and you are good to go!

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You can pick up everything you need to be the coolest mom at the playground at your local Walmart – the Dunkin’ DonutsĀ® Coffee Creamer Singles can be found in the coffee aisle. 

Not a mom? No worries. Bring coffee into work and earn yourself the title of “Coolest Guy in the Office” or crown yourself “Queen of the Classroom” by sharing some liquid gold coffee with your classmates. That’s the beauty of these new single packs – you can easily bring them anywhere!

Bonus points if you bring in a box of Dunkinā€™ K-CupĀ® for the communal KeurigĀ® K-CupĀ® brewing system šŸ˜‰

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Which flavor are you going to try?

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Year of the Byrds 13/52

Week thirteen AKA Lyla’s dream week. We played hard this week and she loved every minute of it. 

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We decorated eggs at our neighborhood’s Easter event…

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… and met bunnies at the library…

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…we played at the playground…

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…a lot…

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…we visited a dairy farm…

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…checked out the monk seal hanging on our beach…

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…took a few sink baths…

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…Dad gave Simon his first (successful) bottle…

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…and we went to Chuck E. Cheese. 

Tired yet?

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Toddler Easter Egg Craft

I realized the other day that it had been a while since I put together a good craft project for Lyla. We’ve been spending a lot of time tracing her hands (and feet, and body) and eating playing with chalk, but no real “organized” craft time. 

Originally, I had visions of us sitting around the table, carefully dying a big bunch of bright eggs. BUT then I remembered that careful and toddler don’t belong in the same sentence. At all. So, I figured construction paper eggs were the next best thing. Plus, decorating paper eggs would be a lot cleaner, right?

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While she was napping (and Simon Earl was in his jumper) I cut out four large Easter eggs from construction paper. I was a little rushed and my eggs turned out to be all different shapes and sizes – let’s pretend it was a planned lesson in diversity, k?

I also brought out a bunch of fun craft stuff: markers, watercolors, shiny jewels, feathers, Scrabble tiles, etc. If it was in my craft storage – it came out! We play with markers and paint a lot so I was curious to see if she would into the jewels, tiles, etc. and she definitely was.

I started by placing a big line of glue across an egg and then showed her how to press the jewel to the paper. It was a lot of fun to watch her sort through the pile to find the perfect jewel to put on her egg next. After placing each one, she would look up at me and say “WOOOW”.

She’s a heart melter. 

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