Tutu Cute!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Natalie’s 2nd birthday party was over the weekend, and the theme was tutu cute. It was one of the easiest and cutest parties I’ve ever thrown, so I just had to come on here and share with you all!

The dessert table was the true magic of the party. We made a balloon arch and hung this swan above the prettiest tutu tablecloth (which happens to be the tablecloth we got for my baby shower with Baylee!). I wanted to keep the desserts simple and pretty, so we dipped pirouettes and marshmallows in pink chocolate, drizzled it on some salted popcorn, and then put pink sugar sprinkles all over everything! We also made pink Rice Krispie treats, cupcakes with strawberry and vanilla frosting, and had store-bought sugar cookies and pink heart Reese’s peanut butter cups.

For the other blank wall in the room, we put up some tulle and a flower vine, and then had some pictures from Natalie’s photo shoot hanging on twine and clothespins. Brian made the cutest rose gold ballet barre to add to the theme, and we hung some of Baylee’s tutu’s and ballet slippers on it. Just for fun, we took the extra balloons that we didn’t need for the balloon arch and put them all over the floor.

For the actual party, we served meatball and pulled pork sliders, and Brian made his famous mac & cheese. We had a lot of kids show up, and thankfully the daytime was unseasonably warm, so we rented a bounce house for them to go crazy in! We also did a piƱata, which was an absolute blast (and SO much easier than making goodie bags). 

Natalie had so much fun running around with all of her little friends, stealing treats off the dessert table every 5 minutes, and having her beloved “Happy Birthday to You” sung to her.  It made my heart so full to see my girl so happy!

I can’t wait to experience the terrific two’s with this little munchkin!

Natalie’s Two Year Update!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

And just like that, my tiny little peanut is 2! It’s hard to believe how quickly time has flown, but here we are! She has gotten to be so silly, so sassy, and so much fun! I don’t care what anyone says, give me ALL the two-year-olds! Natalie is so smart, and talks like a little parrot all day long. She is starting to learn her colors and numbers, and is learning to sing all her favorite songs. (“The Itsy Bitsy Spider” is her jam right now.) She can point out hearts and stars, knows animals and what sounds they make, and knows where most of her body parts are! She loves to dance and is already Disney obsessed like her mama and big sis. Her favorite characters are Olaf, Elsa, & Ariel.

Natalie has a heart of gold, and loves being surrounded by people. She hates goodbyes, loves to go places, and is usually a very friendly and happy girl! She’s a mama’s girl to a fault and wants me to hold her or to be as near to me as possible 75% of the time.

Age: 2
Weight: 25 lbs
Height: 33 inches
Clothing size: 24 months/2T
Teeth: She finally cut the rest, so we are just waiting on 2 year molars!
Favorite foods: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, oatmeal, apples, bananas, pasta, cheese, & chicken nuggets
Words: We’ve graduated to full sentences, and her little voice is just so cute! My favorite words that she says in a funny way, though are: “ducks”=stuck, “huss up”=get up/stand up, “soon”=spoon
Favorite activities: dancing, eating (90% of the time), playing outside, & going “bye bye in da carsss”
Least favorite activites: Natalie is honestly pretty chill, but she hates being told “no”. She often ignores being told not to do something, and then throws a tantrum when she gets a time-out or something taken away. She’s super easy to distract though, so I can’t help but laugh when she just changes the subject.
Favorite toys: Every toy in her sister’s room (haha), baby dolls, the play kitchen, mega blocks, Little People, and any kind of art supplies
Signature moves: walking in to a room where Baylee and Kennedy are and saying “Hi guys!”, shouting “Dis is fun!” when she is enjoying whatever we are doing, saying “No dank you...I don wanna...” anytime she is asked if she wants to go potty on the toilet.

I love this girl more than I could ever explain! She adds so much joy and light to our days! Happy Birthday, precious Natty Lou! I hope your day was as magical as you!

Gift Ideas For Two-Year-Olds!

Monday, February 3, 2020

My little peanut turns 2 on Sunday, and I honestly feel like we were just having her first birthday party! Time has flown, but I am so excited to celebrate her adorable little toddler self! As we prepare for her party this weekend, I thought it would be fun to share some of the gift ideas for two-year-olds that I added to her “wish list” this year.

1. This magnetic doodle board is perfect for toddler’s to practice drawing. There’s absolutely no mess, and you can take it in the car for entertainment!

2. Books are always a great go-to for two-year-olds! This year we have Chicka, Chicka, Boom Boom, Mrs. Peanuckle’s Fruit Alphabet, and Where’s Spot on her list, as well as a few others!

3. Baylee got a hippity hop ball for Christmas, and Natalie wants to ride it so bad, but she’s just not there yet. This bouncy unicorn is a perfect alternative for her age!

4. Kids love things that are “their sized” so we love our tiny tables over here. This kids table is great for a play room because of the bins underneath!

5. Natalie actually got this Mega Blocks Table for Christmas, so technically it’s not on her list, but I had to share it because she loves it so much. We haven’t even taken it up to the play room yet, because she plays with it every single day.

6. This is another item that Natalie already has, but it’s forever my favorite alphabet puzzle, and I just think all kids need it!

7. Dress up and pretend play are Natalie’s jam right now, so this little purse with accessories is perfect. I know she’s going to want to take it everywhere!

8. Puzzles are always a great gift for toddlers, and wooden ones are our favorite. This little wooden puzzle set even comes with a cute little storage box.

Those are some of the highlights, but if you need other ideas for the two-year-old in your life, you can view her full list here.

I am so excited to share Natalie’s second birthday celebration with you all! :)