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Ford’s 1st Birthday

    It’s so true what they say – the days are long but the years are short. I can’t believe Ford is ONE! We celebrated on his actual birthday (February 11th) at the park with a circus themed double birthday bash. My college friend Cheyanne also has a Ford who was born on the 12th. It was fun to plan the party together and I hope we continue this tradition.

I love the giant #1 balloon by Ballooms! It really makes a statement and a great photo back drop. The yard balloon company just expanded to Houston from Austin. I also used an Austin company for the paper goods. My friend Carrie of Murchison Dry Goods designed a custom circus suite complete with invitations, party favor tags, stickers, and plastic cups. Did you notice the two boys’ monograms in the elephants balloons? Love!

The cake balls from Petite Sweets are the perfect size for little fingers. Keeping with the circus theme, we also served popcorn in mini red & white popcorn buckets and traditional Barnum & Bailey animal crackers. Guests took home popcorn filled stadium cups.


Yard Balloon – c/o Ballooms

Cake Balls – c/o Petite Sweets

Smash Cakes – Ashley Cakes

Invitations / Napkins / Stickers / Cups – Murchison Dry Goods

Photographer – Meredith Flaherty








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Organizing for the New Year

January always brings a renewed energy to get organized. Is it one of your New Year’s resolutions? It’s one of mine year after year! Today I’m excited to have Amy Vance of Eco Modern Concierge on the blog to share her favorite organizing tools. You may recall Amy helped me organize Ford’s nursery earlier this year . Check out Amy’s must haves below and don’t miss the reader discount!


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Decorating Ford’s Nursery for Christmas // Nordstrom $500 Giveaway

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ailee_petrovic_161202_l86a7064 ailee_petrovic_161202_l86a7031 ailee_petrovic_161202_l86a7051Christmas Tree (on sale for $13.50) // North Pole Bedding // Silent Night Onesie

While it took me two weeks to put ornaments on the tree (I was exhausted after stringing the lights!), I couldn’t wait to decorate Ford’s nursery. I knew I wanted to continue my family tradition of a tabletop tree in your bedroom. Santa would always leave a present under this tree and it was so fun to wake up and open immediately. Another tradition I’m passing on is the advent calendar. I hung it on his bulletin board and we open a window every morning.

We’re reading Christmas books all month long. The Sweet Smells of Christmas is my favorite! The three board books pictured will make their way into his stocking on Christmas Eve.  He’ll never know, ha!  My mom gave Ford two Christmas themed crib sheets. The flannel is cozy and he definitely looks at the patterns.  Next year I’m going to hang a festive garland like this Fa la la la one!

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Photos by Ailee of Snapshots by Ailee Petrovic