• Baby
  • Birthday Boy Party Ideas

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    I love the color scheme using this Tiffany blue and white colors! It can be used for a boy or a girl!

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    I love how they tie the invite into the theme colors as well! This was a dream theme which was so cute!

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    This party was so magical! You need to see this theme. I absolutely love this location. If we lived in Brooklyn this would be his party! I am starting to look for creative places to have his party at. If you know of any in the central New Jersey area Рdo share!!

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    Love how they sent these little photo strips in the invite! You just might see a pic of Maddox or two in your invite! ūüôā

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    A little fancy for 1 year olds! But so nice and intimate! Love the decor in this theme.

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    These hats I’m in love with! It seems to be a trend to put little birthday hats or crowns on the kids and get a group photo!

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    These little home made hats are so fun, I love the little ears on these ones!

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    Nice little tutorial here!

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    This theme had such cute DIY decorations! Was a cute french theme!

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    I have only looked through this site a little so far – but they had some cute ideas!

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    This little theme had such cute ideas!

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    The Stars on the cake are such a great idea – loving the sparkle on this cake too!

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    I love the favors in this theme!


    DIY CONES: HERE // READY MADE HATS: MICHAELS // PARTY STRAWS: HERE  // STAR GARLAND: HERE  // CUPCAKE TOPPERS: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngNow that the holidays are over and we’re well into the New Year it won’t be long till Maddox turns 1! Hard to believe he’s nearly there! You don’t realize how fast the time goes till you have a baby :) that’s for sure. I’ve started to put some ideas together for what my theme should be, certain decorations and color schemes that I like. There won’t be too many times I’ll be able to really pick out a fun theme- it’ll be all sports & trucks from here on out! I’ve included some ideas I’ve found so far but I am welcoming any ideas you might have so please feel free to send or comment!!

    Xx
    Loren

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  • Celebrate the Holidays

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    SMALL CHRISTMAS TREES: HERE // GLASS CANDLESTICK HOLDERS: UNDER $3 AT MICHAELS // STOCKINGS: HERE  // DINNING ROOM CANDLE HOLDERS: HERE  // WHITE TAPER CANDLES: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngI¬†love a reason to throw a party and what better time than the holidays! The morning of our¬†party¬†there was a dusting of snow that covered the ground. It was the first time Maddox had ever seen snow! He loved looking out the window at the snow coming down, I can’t wait till he’s big enough to go out and play in it!¬†After the holidays are over I think it won’t be long before we start planning Maddox’s 1st birthday party. Oh how fun that will be. From now on you’ll find me on Pinterest pinning all my ideas! Leave a comment and share any great¬†ideas you might have found!

    Xx
    Loren

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  • A Thanksgiving feast!

     

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    I thought it’d be nice to take some time this year and write down a few things we’re all thankful for and share with each other!

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    Typically I use flowers for a centerpiece but this year I was searching for something else, so I lined up some simple candlesticks and threw in some twigs.

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    Copper everything is so popular¬†right now, I’ve had these Moscow¬†mule mugs and I thought the copper color¬†would be a nice addition to the thanksgiving¬†table¬†this year.

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    Beyond thankful for this man! ūüôā

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    Maddox was especially thankful for the sweet potatoes we gave him! ūüôā


    COPPER CUPS: HERE // BRASS CANDLESTICK HOLDERS: HERE // GRAY NAPKINS: HERE  // CHAMPAGNE CHARGERS: HERE  // WHITE TAPER CANDLES: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngWe have so much to be Thankful for in our lives but especially more so this year since¬†Maddox has joined our little family! We had a¬†“small” Thanksgiving this year as there was only 10 of us (typically on my side our¬†immediate family consists of 18). Maddox was a little sad his cousins couldn’t be there this year but my Mother was happy she didn’t have to fight anyone to get time with him (everyone wants the littlest baby in the room heh)!

    Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

    Xx

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  • A table to be thankful for

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    Images via Local Milk Blog

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    Images via Trending the Table

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    Images via Inspired by Charm

     


    COPPER CUPS: HERE // BRASS CANDLESTICK HOLDERS: HERE // GRAY NAPKINS: HERE


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngIt’s our first thanksgiving as a family!¬†We have so much to be Thankful for in our lives but especially more so this year since¬†Maddox has joined our little family! ūüôā This year we’re having some of my family over for thanksgiving and I’ve begun to think about the menu and table setting! I’ve found a few options that I think i’ll mix some ideas from this year! Check back after thanksgiving to see what I ended up doing!

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  • Fresh Sea bass & Gnocchi with a Lamb Rague

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    PLATES: HERE OR HERE // FLATWARE: HAMPTON FORGE (SOLD OUT) OR ALSO LOVE THESE // STEMWARE: HERE (I LOVE A BIG WINE GLASS!!) //


    cropped-img-maddox-mom.pngThis past week we had some family over for dinner! I haven’t had much time to prepare a nice meal in awhile with Maddox always by my side, but I had our sitter stay later and was able to spend a little more time on dinner! Paired with some of our favorite wines from our most recent Napa trip to Alpha Omega winery! Recipe’s below, hope you enjoy some of my favorite dishes!

    Appetizer: 
    Parmesan Tuiles topped with heirloom tomato salad or goat cheese mousse

    Tuiles Ingredients

    • 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, plus more for pressing
    • Freshly ground pepper

    Tomato salad Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups finely diced heirloom tomatoes
    • 1 tablespoon snipped chives
    • 1 teaspoon coarsely chopped tarragon
    • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • Salt

    Goat Cheese Mousse Ingredients

    • 6 oz. fresh goat cheese
    • 4 to 6 tablespoons heavy cream
    • 1 tablespoon parsley
    • 1 /2 tablespoon chives (more or less)
    1. Preheat the oven to 400¬į and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, combine the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese with the butter, flour and a generous pinch of pepper and mash the ingredients until a dough forms. Form the dough into a 4-inch log. Cut the log into 12 equal slices and arrange the slices on the baking sheet. Using your fingers, press the slices into 1 1/2-inch rounds.
    2. Bake the tuiles on the lowest rack in the oven for about 7 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through baking, until the tuiles are golden brown and sizzling. Let the tuiles cool completely, then transfer them to a paper towel‚Äďlined plate and blot the excess fat.
    3. In a small bowl, toss the tomatoes with the chives, tarragon and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the salad over the tuiles and serve right away.
    4. In a small bowl, whip the goat cheese, chives, parsley & cream together.

    Second course:
    Gnocchi with a Lamb Rague

    Ingredients

    • 1 lb Gnocchi (sorry, I had time but didn’t have THAT much time to make from scratch)
    • 1 can marinara sauce (or use your own family recipe)
    • 1 lamb shenk
    • 1 cup dry red wine
    • salt/pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
    • 1 tablespoon fresh mint
    • 1 tablespoon fresh basil
    1. First add 2 cups water and 1 cup wine to a pot and place the lamb shenk in the pot to boil.
    2. Add salt, pepper marinate for 3 1/2 hrs with lid over top. Add more water if needed.
    3. Take out lamb and cut into shredded pieces.
    4. Add sauce, fresh herbs & lamb to pot.

    Main Course:
    Fresh Sea bass with a Mango chutney

    Ingredients

    • Fresh wild Sea bass
    • Salt/Pepper to taste
    • 1 Mango
    • 1 fresh cut corn
    • 1 dozen Yellow heirloom tomatoes (or red whichever your preference)
    • 1 tablespoon Cilantro
    • 1 tablespoon Oil (we use safflower oil – but any light oil you like will do)
    • 1 teaspoon chopped jalape√Īos or a green mild pepper
    1. I start by pan searing the sea bass before transferring to the oven at 400¬į and cook through – timing may vary depending on the cut and amount of fish.
    2. For the chutney I chop up the remaining ingredients and mix together. I put in the refrigerator while I prepare the fish. Top off once fish is cooked.

    Dessert: 
    I didn’t have much time left – so I planned to just have a raspberry sorbet, which was light and just a perfect ending to a great meal! If you’re feeling like making it a little extra special – you could always do a fresh whipped cream.

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  • First Father’s Day – A special gift

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    EXPRESSO MACHINE: NESPRESSO // BARCART: HOMEGOODS ALSO LOVE HERE OR HERE // ART PRINTED: HERE OR HERE // FRAME: NICOLE MILLER (SOLD OUT) OR HERE OR HERE // WATCH: GOVBERGS HAS THE BEST DEALS, ASK FOR JOSH AND SAY LOREN & TROY SENT YOU //


    I have gotten pretty creative this year with my gifts (see also my Patience Present post)! For Father’s Day I thought I’d get Troy a Nespresso machine – we used one on our trip to Chicago at the Peninsula and loved it! I was able to find the perfect ‘bar’ cart for our bedroom at Home goods for a steal at $100 in comparison to the others I’ve seen online. I filled it up with some expresso mugs that we already had, sugars & bottled waters and wheeled it in Sunday morning! Troy thought it was great and felt like we were on a vacation at a hotel somewhere! He joked around asking if I would turn the sheets down too.. ūüôā funny guy.

    I also got him some pictures framed that we had taken of Maddox (look for the newborn photos post coming soon). They came out so great! It was hard to choose which to frame, I just wanted to hang them all up. Then lastly – since he had gotten me a watch for Mothers Day, which he only did so I would feel obligated to get him one for Fathers Day..I’m smarter than he¬†thinks..I had gotten him an older watch he had been eyeing up.

    We had a great rest of the day, after going with my sister to her church in the morning we went over to my Brothers to celebrate the new & old dads by BBQ’ing and swimming. Maddox even got in for a little dip! Took him a minute to get used to the water (which felt like a bath at 85 degrees) but he soon loved it!

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  • Maddox’s Nursery

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    This dresser¬†was something I bought early on at Restoration Hardware during one of their big sales (they tend to have them seasonally – so check back if it’s not currently on sale)! The rug was a steal I found at a home goods near me for just a couple hundred dollars! Originally I purchased one from The Land of Nod. It had a beautiful pattern, but it had a bit of sparkle in the design which wasn’t clear from the pictures. It was very nice – if you had a girl. For a boy, I didn’t love it so I returned it. One of my favorite bloggers posts pictures of the rug from The Land of Nod here.

    Babies R Us Chair

    BookshelfThis train was something given to me by my Grandfather who passed just this past fall Рthis was something I wanted to incorporate into the room. It was silver and a bit rusty, I wish I had done a before/after photo so you could see how it looked, but I just took some spray paint and made it white to clean it up and match his room!

    Lamp and nightstandI loved this little side table and faceted table lamp Рit was the perfect size for what I was looking for!

    zebra artThis is probably the one contribution Troy had to the Room – I was lucky he let me pick out most things myself (rare of him to do)! He had seen this Zebra with a frame around it and it’s really been one of the highlights of the Room – everyone asks where we got the idea from!

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    BabylettoI wanted to add some moon & stars to the room and Babies’R’Us had the perfect gray musical mobile to match. The gray star pillow I found at Restoration Hardware.

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    _DSC0330Another gift from a great friend, I was surprised I wasn’t overloaded with Stuffed animals, this is one of my favorites!¬†Baby’s First Teddy!

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    My girlfriend who recently had a baby girl (now 1 years old already) gave us this book – It’s so great, but here’s to hoping Maddox’s first words will be MaMa! ūüôā

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    This was something I found on etsy! I wanted to organize his closet well and was able to find these cute little dividers that work great!

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    _DSC0359I had found this chandelier¬†at a local lighting store, but found it’s inspiration for it here on¬†Houzz.


    MIRRORED DRESSER: RESTORATION HARDWARE BABY¬†CHANGING TABLE TOP:¬†RH BABY¬†//¬†RUG: SIMILAR HERE¬†// ZEBRA ART: ANTHROPOLOGIE¬†(they have a few different animal heads)¬†// FRAME: HOUZZ¬†// CRIB: BABYLETTO // MARTINI SIDE TABLE: WEST ELM // FACETED LAMP: URBAN OUTFITTERS¬†// GLIDER & OTTOMAN: BABIES’R’US¬†(in stone) // BOOKSHELF LADDER: HOUZZ // GIANT GIRAFFE: POTTERY BARN KIDS
    Camera: Nikon d5200 + 50mm 1.4 prime lens


    One of our first purchases for Maddox we were out shopping not looking for anything for him but¬†happened to see this Giant Giraffe. I had been looking for something similar for awhile and just had to have it! So I put it in the cart and headed to the register to purchase. Well, we get¬†outside and go to put it in the car – (the only thing I can do is blame it on the ‘pregnancy brain’ because I had forgotten what car we took) our little 2 door 911. Somehow we managed to fit it in with the giraffe taking up the majority of the room. Luckily we were only 15 minutes away from our house.