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1st birthday: tips for a successful party

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Hey guys. Prior to even thinking about throwing Remy a first birthday party, I researched several ways on how to throw a successful one. Small children can obviously be unpredictable, and so finding ways to increase their happiness and avoid things that might set them off is imperative. We are lucky in that Remy hasn’t yet thrown a tantrum. However, with her first birthday fast-approaching, I’m sure that they are just around the corner. Until then, I will include a list of surefire ways to have a (somewhat) successful party for a one year old! These are taken from what I have found online, in addition to my own knowledge as a new mother.

1. Keep it short. Babies can get overwhelmed quite quickly, so try to have the party run for no more than 2 hours.

2. Invite people that your children know and like, and not those who they make strange with or are guaranteed to cry around. However, this can’t always be avoided.

3. Avoid balloons and any other party favours that are choking hazards or are potentially dangerous.

4. Dress them in clothes that they are comfortable in. Remy hates anything on her head, so although I wanted to make her a feather crown to wear, I know that trying to keep one on her head would end in a disaster.

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5. Don’t go Pinterest crazy. If you’re going to DIY a lot yourself, make sure that it’s well in advance and things that are manageable to create.

6. Also, don’t go all Top Chef for the party. Buying ready-made food or desserts is a great way to eliminate stress for yourself. I ended up ordering cupcakes for Remy’s party nearly a month in advance, and we are serving chips as a light snack.

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7. Hire a photographer if possible. Just like Remy’s birth, I didn’t want to worry about capturing the perfect moments, nor about editing any photographs afterwards. I also wanted plenty of pictures of us as a family. We have hired someone to photograph her party.

8. Bring a few of their favourite toys along. Because we’re having her birthday in a rented room at the library, I’m going to set up an area for large blanket and several of her toys. This way, she will have a place to play that feels familiar, and the other children can easily join in.

9. Don’t try to set up everything by yourself. Because I’m planning on having Geoffrey watch Remy all morning, I’m going to enlist in the help from a few friends to come to the library and assist me in decorating the room.

10. Schedule the party around naps. This one is for obvious reasons.

11. Finally, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, include some fun details for your guests, such as a photo booth or colouring books!

That’s all that I can come up with. Do you have any tips to add? If so, please write them in the comment section.

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1st birthday: activity books (diy)

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetLast week, I explained how I wanted to create a photo booth for Remy’s upcoming party as entertainment for the adults. Today, I’m going to show you what I made to ensure the children at the party wouldn’t get bored either. Also, let’s face it, adults can have fun with this DIY as well!

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-48-amscreen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-29-amI created these activity books in Microsoft Word. After going online and finding clip art from the film Moonrise Kingdom, I saved the images that I thought would look best. I also made sure that they were in black and white, which makes colouring them in much easier. Then I opened a Word document, flipped the direction of the page to a landscape rather than a portrait, then added the images.

screen-shot-2017-02-07-at-11-15-15-amI created the first and last page from scratch. I chose a similar font to what is seen on the movie poster, and made a flag with the number 55 on it. On the back, I put the hashtag that I am hoping people will use for the party.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetThese activity books were quite simple to make, and only took the better part of the morning to design, print, and staple them together. I’m going to put them in a crate on a table at the party, and put a mason jar of crayons beside them. I know that my nieces are obsessed with colouring, so I think that they will go over well with the older children there.

Happy Monday, all!

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1st birthday: flags (diy)

moonrise-kingdom-flag-diy-10Today I’m going to show you how I made the first craft for Remy’s upcoming birthday party.

Flags were everywhere in the movie Moonrise Kingdom. Given that the main character Sam Shukusky was in Troop 55 of the Khaki Scouts, the number 55 can be seen on numerous flags throughout the film. So I knew that I had to incorporate them in some way.

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Many Moonrise Kingdom-inspired parties on pinterest had Camp Ivanhoe written on flags that were then hung above the main serving table. However, I could almost guarantee that if I chose to write that, only a small number of people would understand it’s significance. I therefore decided to use the flags, but to write the movie title instead.

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There are so many DIYs for flags. For instance, you can either create them out of fabric, paper, or plastic. I was originally going to make them from scratch out of construction paper, but after coming across pre-made flags from the party store in the exact colour scheme that I needed, I couldn’t pass them up. I bought two packs, and cut the flags so that I will have four strings. On two of them, I wrote the words ‘Moonrise Kingdom’. It’s pretty straight forward, but this is how I did it.

Moonrise Kingdom Flags:

moonrise-kingdom-flag-diy-22Supplies

1 pack of plastic flags
Computer
Printer
Computer paper
Sharpie
Scissors
Tape

moonrise-kingdom-flag-diy-23Steps

1. The first step is to find a stencil that you like. I chose to use Microsoft Word as I didn’t like the look of any of the stencils in the craft stores. Write out your desired word(s), increase the font, and print it out.

2. Cut out each individual letter. Once you have done so, place one letter on a flag, and trace it. Repeat for each letter, until you are finished.

moonrise-kingdom-flag-diy-213. After you have completed the writing, you can hang up your flags!

moonrise-kingdom-flag-diy-20There will be three large tables at the front of the room that I have rented for Remy’s party. I’m going to put one string of flags above either end table, and hang the two Moonrise Kingdom string of flags above the table in the center. I think that these turned out pretty great so far, so I’m really excited to see the final product.

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porch makeover: peony wallpaper

peony-wallpaper-diy-2When we bought our home, our back porch was designated as the family room. Yet, the set-up that they had felt off. The large living room was nearly empty, and the back family room felt small and disjointed from the rest of the house. I knew immediately that I would be combining our living room with the family room, and that the back room would become a porch.

peony-wallpaper-diy-1Before photo.

Once we had moved in and I had turned the space into a porch/dog room/office, my next task was to make the room look nicer. With its grey carpets, low ceilings, and dirty white walls, the room felt more like a messy dorm than a nice area to study and a cozy space for the dogs to hang out. Sure, it didn’t need to be gorgeous. It did need to be different, though. I just didn’t know how.

peony-wallpaper-diy-4One thing about still having to get up in the middle of the night to nurse Remy is that I do all of my best internet searches then. After perusing Pinterest one night, I found the prettiest back porch. The layout from the kitchen to the back living space was almost identical to our home, it was actually quite startling. The only difference was that the Pinterest room had wallpaper. I knew that I was going to have to buy some as well.

peony-wallpaper-diy-6I lucked out by stumbling across nearly identical wallpaper at HomeSense. I didn’t even know that they sold it there, so it was quite a happy accident. It was so easy to install! I’m going to be returning to the store to get more (but different looking) wallpaper for our bathroom. However, one room at a time.

peony-wallpaper-diy-7We really only have a few hours each weekend to do renovations and DIYs, but I’m kind of enjoying slowly setting up the rooms. I definitely feel less pressure to have a perfect home, this time around. I’m thankful for that.

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leather braided soother clip : diy

Leather Braided Soother ClipI never intended on giving any child of mine a soother. I naively thought that they were just a way to quiet your little one when nothing else would do, and that eventually weaning them off of one would be a nightmare. While the latter still may hold some truth, the former does not.

I think that Remy was probably three weeks old when I finally gave in and purchased a soother for her. Up until then, she would constantly want to nurse without actually always wanting to eat. It was the mere sucking motion that she craved. I would literally spend all day “nursing” her, for if I took my breast away, she would cry. Exhausted and overwhelmed with our marathons, I told my sister and friends about what was happening. Each and every one of them told me to give her a soother. After trying a few different brands, we finally found one that she liked. My nursing sessions then went from three-hour-long stretches to only twenty minutes. Since then, we’ve never looked back.

What we have looked for are dropped soothers. Honestly, if you don’t have a clip attached to the end of one, your whole day will consist of bending down, searching for, and rinsing off said soother. Our favourite clip inevitably became the leather braided kind. They are so adorable, and Remy likes to grab onto and suck the leather in this teething stage of hers. Purchasing one can become quite expensive, though. After visiting Michaels, I ended up getting a pack of leather lace cord and clips for the same price of buying and shipping a pre-made soother clip. Now I can have twelve soother clips for the same price as one! And you can too with this tutorial.

Leather Braided Soother Clip

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSupplies:

Leather cord
Clip
Scissors
Fabric tape measure

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetSteps:

1. Cut one piece of leather cord into two, approximately 28″ in length. (You will know if you prefer it to be shorter or longer after you make one. I personally like this length.)

2. Create a loop approximately 3″ in length with one piece of cord. Take the other piece and wrap it once around the loop.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset3. Now it is time to begin braiding! I used my big toe to hold the loop (even though I photographed it using a succulent). It sounds weird, but you will be tugging as you braid, so you will need to be able to yank on the leather without it coming undone. Starting from the far left, take one of the four pieces and weave it under, over, and under again until it reaches the far right side. This may take some practise.

4. Repeat this weaving until you are approximately 2″ from the bottom.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset5. Once the clip is nearly completely braided, tie a knot at the bottom of the braid so that it will not come loose.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset6. Take a clip and thread the leather through until it is touching the first knot. Then, make another knot so that the clip is secure. Cut away the excess cord from the knot.

Processed with VSCO with a4 preset7. That’s all!

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetIt takes me around ten minutes to make one of these leather soother clips. They then last about two months before becoming quite worn. They are honestly the best and most stylish investment for any parent whose baby who loves a good soother.

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