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princess cupcake dress

While we were vacationing in Texas, we had the privilege of celebrating my niece Mahala's 4th birthday! Like most little ladies her age, M is obsessed with all things Frozen! My sister planned the most adorable Frozen party for our very own Princess Elsa, and she was absolutely delighted! My personal obsession with cupcakes left me [...]

birthday eats and sweets

five bean salad

Eleanor's 1st birthday has loooooooong passed, but I still wanted to share a bit more about her Berry 1st Birthday Party! Food of course was a party essential, and since I was planning, there obviously had to be plenty of sweets! The most important sweet was Eleanor's smash cake - you can read more about how [...]

4th of july caprese skewers

Happy 4th of July! I hope you have a fun holiday weekend planned. We got a head start on celebrating at Jeff's family's cabin yesterday afternoon - lots of food, fireworks and fun! Today we're hanging around home for some backyard fun in Eleanor's pool before heading over to our friends' home for a BBQ and fireworks. Say [...]

first birthday cake

Figuring out Eleanor's 1st birthday cake was one of the most challenging parts of party planning. Her MSPI issues seem to be resolving themselves, but we're still pretty conservative with what we feed her. Her digestive system is a bit touchy, so we continue to avoid soy and most grains. I searched high and low [...]

easter angel food

angel food cake

As I mentioned in my Easter Snaps post, Jeff and I hosted both sides of our family for lunch on Sunday. I planned a fresh, Spring menu with yummy salads, my favorite mashed potatoes, and a delicious ham. I even stole a couple of ideas from the tasting at Chef^2 (more on that here) and [...]

our experience with MSPI

mspi

**I am not a medical professional, and I'm not offering any medical advice or diagnosis. This post is strictly to share our personal experience with MSPI. The past few weeks have been some of the most stressful Jeff and I have faced as parents. Having a sick child is all-consuming and terrifying. While Eleanor was [...]

eating & breastfeeding

Since the day I found out I was expecting, I tried to be conscious of the fact that I was now eating for two. And with breastfeeding, that hasn't changed since Eleanor was born. I'm not going to pretend to know the complexities of nutrition and breastfeeding, but I've done my best to properly feed [...]

weekend house hop

house hop food

I mentioned yesterday that our family had a busy weekend - two races and a housewarming party! I wanted to share the details of our party because it ended up being a blast! When we bought our house back in March, my husband Jeff had 4 cousins who were all closing on homes around the [...]

cookies and cream oreo cupcakes

Let's face it, one of the best parts of a bridal shower, or any party for that matter, HAS to be the food. And these hostesses didn't disappoint - we had a huge spread of fresh fruit, coffee cake, tasty breads and of course, cupcakes. I know the most about the cupcakes because my sister [...]

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