Chase is officially ONE YEAR OLD today!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the little man who brings me more joy than I ever thought possible! I’ll spare you the whole “I can’t believe Chase is one year old” rhetoric that I seem to be saying on repeat right now, but I am feeling a melting pot of emotions this morning as I think about the past year of my life. Let’s just say I’m a mix of teary, joyful and excited. Happy Birthday, Chase! We love you more than you could ever possibly know.
We have Chase’s first birthday party on Saturday and I feel fortunate to have family coming in town today to celebrate his special day with us. (My mom actually arrived earlier this week and Chase knew her immediately which absolutely warmed my heart! It has been three weeks since her last visit – a short time considering my parents live in Florida – but it was wonderful to see Chase know and feel comfortable around his grandma right away!) Celebrating Chase’s first birthday is, without a doubt, what I am loving most this week, but I want to keep things consistent around here and share my usual Things I’m Loving Friday blog post with you guys where we all chat about what we’re loving most each week. Feel free to join in the fun in the comments section of this post!
Things I’m Loving Friday
- Arranging First Birthday Party Flowers
We’re keeping party decorations for Chase’s first birthday party tomorrow fairly simple and sticking to a mix of yellow, mint green and white décor. Since the party theme is “You Are My Sunshine,” I wanted bright, summery flowers that would make everyone smile for his special day and opted for several bouquets of sunflowers from Whole Foods paired with bunches of baby’s breath. My mom and I picked them up yesterday and I arranged them when I got home using a bunch of random vases and glass jars we already had on hand. Having so many flowers around our house right now is definitely making me feel extra happy!
(Pic from my stylist’s Instagram)
I owe you guys a big thank you for introducing me to balayage. When I first expressed interest in lightening my naturally blonde hair up a bit, I told you all how I was SO nervous to color it because I was terrified that I would never be able to get my natural color back if I didn’t like it. I’ve heard how hard it can be to get back to your natural color as a blonde if you dye your hair, so I was always very apprehensive.
When you guys chimed in to tell me about balayage, my interested was immediately piqued since it sounded incredibly natural-looking and very low maintenance. The last thing I wanted as a new mom was to dye my hair and have to show up at a salon every few weeks to get it colored again. Balayage sounded perfect since it basically leaves your roots untouched and color is painted on the hair in a way that looks brighter and natural. I headed into the salon on Wednesday for a brighter color and am really happy with the results. I feel like my old self again… back before my hair seemed to get darker and darker with every day that passed.
- Soft Shell Crabs
I grew up loving soft shell crabs (we’re a big seafood family, as I’m sure you already know!), and when I saw the incredibly difficult to find crabs in the seafood case at Whole Foods earlier this month, I immediately chatted with the guy behind the counter about their availability. He assured me they would likely have them through July, so I made a mental note to grab them when my mom arrived in town as a special treat. We fried them up for dinner last night and they were SO good!
- Church Bells by Carrie Underwood
Ever since I started listening to Carrie Underwood’s latest album months ago, this song has been my absolute favorite on the CD. It’s so darn catchy and now that it’s on the radio I find myself worrying that it will be overplayed and my affinity for this song will fade if I hear it over and over again. Let’s hope not because right now I still find myself singing and rockin’ out every time it comes on. Carrie, you did it again!
I tried hard to resist purchasing these sneakers from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last week but I couldn’t help myself! They were just too darn cute to resist! I’m glad I scooped them up when I did because a bunch of sizes are already sold out and I am loving them already. They’re incredibly comfy and the black, white and gray rose print is feminine and fun. Love them!
If your size is sold out there are still a ton of other cute shoes and sneakers on sale through the anniversary sale, so you can still scoop up something cute and trendy!
Also, for any mamas or expectant mamas out there, two different prints of my all time favorite Ju-Ju-Be diaper bag backpack are $80 off through the anniversary sale! (The navy and white ‘Navigator’ print is adorable.)
- Around the Web
Fitness: Full Body Resistance Band Workout / Four Common Exercise Mistakes / Cable Machine Exercises To Keep Your Body Guessing
Food: Sweet Potato Noodle Stir Fry / Roasted Salmon with Watermelon Salsa / Grilled Plantains with Brown Sugar Butter Glaze / Peanut Butter Protein Balls
Parenting: What Was I Thinking? (<— A must read for any work-from-home/overwhelmed parents!) / How To Raise Kids Who Love To Read
Interesting Reads: Today May Be Brighter / How To Use a Bullet Journal / How To Build a Makeup Collection for Under $100
- Friday Flashbacks
Easy Lemon Vinaigrette (A simple salad dressing made with pantry staples that tastes fantastic on a fresh spinach salad topped with strawberries, crushed almonds and goat cheese.)
Gentle Prenatal Workout (I shared this workout a year ago when I was in the thick of pregnancy discomfort but wanted a gentle workout I could do to move my body.)
Question of the Day
- What is one thing that is making you smile this week?
Happy birthday to Chase!!! Hope the party today is full of wonderful memories.
Fiona MacDonald says
Happy Birthday Chase! It’s crazy, I didn’t realize how close in age our kids our, Sully celebrated his first birthday on the 17th. I actually read some where that instead of doing a huge part each year, take the day for yourself to celebrate how hard you work as a mom, and I kind of liked that idea! Like have a small party AND get a spa day in..I’ll take it! Enjoy every minute of his birthday, it is really an emotional time, all your blood sweat and tears (literally) poured into one small little human who is growing up to be an amazing little guy! Huge congratulations on surviving the first year!!!
Happy Birthday to your sweet baby boy! It’s crazy the mix of emotions as your babies grow up! Every new milestone brings so much joy and excitement…as well as a little heartache when we realize that old milestones will just become sweet sweet memories. We just have to soak in every.single.moment! 🙂 Enjoy Chase’s birthday party today and I hope you get tons of pics of him eating lots (and lots) of cake! Also, your hair looks gorgeous!
Happy birthday to Chase! I remember reading your pregnancy announcement post and was so excited for you. Now it’s over a YEAR later?! Where does time go?? 🙂
Katie @ Live Half Full says
I saw the decorations on snapchat- good job Mama! Happy Birthday Chase!
Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment says
Happy Birthday to Chase. Love your hair and who could resist those sneakers?
How sweet! Happy birthday to Chase! I can’t believe how quickly a year has gone!