July 13, 2014

13 Months

Age:13 Months
Stats: 23 lbs and  29.5 inches

Clothes: Wearing size 12-18 month and size 4 shoes

Favorite Foods: blueberries,watermelon,black beans,rice and steak

Favorite Words: NoNo, Apple,Mama,Dada,up and mas.

Favorite things To Do: Playing with her legos, watching The Little Mermaid and reading books while sitting next to one of the dogs. So cute seeing them together. 

Signature Moves: She is a wobbly walker, but getting better everyday. She loves to shake her head fast when we ask her if she's crazy lol

Mom's Proudest Moment: Watching her flip over one of the dogs and trying to contain myself from screaming so she wouldn't get scared. She got up, saw my face and then cried. I'm sure my facial expression freaked her out.
Dada's Proudest Moment: Going to get her from her nap, she saw him and decided to throw herself back,he grabbed her by her wrist and she still fell back which I think may have caused like a skin burn. He of course,felt horrible. She usually falls on her butt, but in his mind he probably thought he was she going to throw herself against the crib.

Fun Trips/activities: First trip to the splash pad was a hit!  

Favorite Book: Good Boy, Carl by Alexandra Day

Sweet Moments: Watching her cuddle the dogs after being out the whole day, she will stuff her face in their necks.

Not So Sweet Moments: The high pitched squeals have got to go!!!!! My ears are ringing as I type this.She squeals when she's happy,sad,frustrated and hungry.

Funny Moments: Vida loves to people watch while out eating at restaurants, she doesn't acknowledge us at all until her plate is empty. Her eyes are glued to the front entrance...she's extremely nosy. Her favorite place to people watch is at Chick-Fil-a! 

Trip to the Planetarium

Playing with Ariel's Castle



 Trip to Flint RiverAquarium

People watching at the Cookie Shoppe
Story time at the library
She loves to raise her hand up like this when the Disney music starts
Eating blueberries with her cousin that they picked that day.
Cousins in rompers!

Eating Chicken on Cow Appreciation Day!

Happy 13 months, baby girl!!

Happy 4th of July

 Happy 4th of July!!!

You light me up inside
Like the 4th of July!!!

Ready for July 4th!
Decorating with flags

My little model


Waiting for the fireworks at the Marine Corps Base
Maybe next year she will enjoy them more
Her reaction when seeing the sparklers
She didn't seem too impressed.

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake....divine!!!

On the Eve of July 4th, Vida and I got together with the Mommy Group and had a little painting party
with delcious snacks. Here is Vida getting her foot painted for her July 4th canvas, she enjoyed that way too much in my opinion. ;)

Peace and love!
My American Girl! 

We spent July 4th weekend at the Planetarium with daddy.
Hope you all had a beautiful 4th of July weekend.

Canada Day & Blueberry Picking

Happy Canada Day

Happy Birthday to the best Country in the world!

We celebrated with pancakes and Canadian maple syrup in the morning and spent the afternoon at a local farm picking blueberries with some sweet friends.

 Vida ate more than picked so it was like double the work.

She loved carrying the bucket

Delicious blueberries

We went home and made delicious Blueberry Cobbler with fresh 
homemade whipped cream!! 
It was a heaven in a bowl.

Blueberry Cobbler Recipe
  • 3 or 4 cups of blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil (optional,can use butter)
  • 1tbs baking powder
  • Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
In a glass baking dish mix blueberries and sugar, coat to cover.
In a separate bowl combine all dry ingredients together once mixed 
add all the wet ingredients. 
pour batter over blueberries and mix well.
Sprinkle cinnamon on top and bake for 25-30 minutes

Homemade Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup organic heavy whipping cream (optional, but organic just tastes soooo much better)
  • 3-4tbs  sugar (some recipes say 1-2 but to me it's not sweet enough) 
  • Chill egg beaters and a bowl in the freezer for 10mins
Beat cream for 3-4 minutes, slowly add sugar 1 tbs at a time. 
Taste as you go along to determine the sweetness.

Happy Birthday Canada!!

July 12, 2014

12 Months

This is post is a little late, thank God I wrote everything down in her journal.

Happy 1st Birthday to my sweet little princess.
I swear she woke up bigger,taller and heavier on this day.

My cutie pie is starting to cruise around the couches, she lets go and takes one or two steps when she falls she either gets back up and tries again or just crawls away very fast.

She has both bottom teeth and her top four are coming in her gums are super swollen.
I am mentally preparing for sleepless nights any day now. 

She is in size 5 diapers, she wears 9-12 and 12-18 month clothes and size 3 or 4 shoes.
She is now on two meals a day and breastfeed throughout the day she loves her booby milk!!

She did amazing on the drive from Miami to GA.  We stopped once for dinner and to change her into pjs and she slept the whole way.

When my mom friends told me that babies grow fast I never thought it would go this fast.
I have really enjoyed being a mom. Vida gave me an easy, comfortable pregnancy, a quick labor and the birth I have always wanted. She breastfed and slept like a champ. She is a very relaxed and happy baby it even shows now that she is a year old.

She is an observer, she will watch kids play for a little while before going over to see their toys, she doesn't take toys from other children's hands and if someone takes something from her she looks at them and moves on to the next thing, she is not a fighter or one to start a fight, she just walks or crawls away. She loves to laugh and being silly with us. She is one big chubby happy baby all the time. When we go out to eat she likes to sit in her highchair and people watch while eating she watches everyone who comes in and out, just like her dad very aware of her surroundings. She loves to snuggle and cuddle us and the dogs and even her stuff animals I love how she hugs them extra tight, thank God they are fake because it if it was a real puppy she would kill it. She loves to talk, we have no idea what she's saying but she is a chatterbox and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Happy 12 months, my love. Thank you for making me  your mother.

June 18, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Can't believe this guy right here,
 is celebrating his 2nd Father's Day because of that little girl right there!!

How do you thank the best daddy in the world? With his favorite breakfast and dinner of course! 

We started Father's Day with chocolate chip pancakes, Canadian maple syrup my mom sent topped with homemade whip cream. 

For lunch I made him his favorite food in the whole wide world, chicken chow mien.

Then he opened presents and cards. 
I gave Vida her Father's Day card to give to Anthony and she handed it to him like she knew it was for him, it was the cutest thing ever. 

I filled his little gift package with beer, Colgate wisps,deodorant, shave gel, a razor and more beer of course. 

Happy Father's Day 
to the man who works extra hard for us so 
that I may stay home and take care of our daughter. 
I love him so much and I am so happy he is our little girl's number one dad!! 


   Happy Father's Day! 

June 3, 2014

Vida's First Birthday Party

I cannot believe our little V is ONE!
What was life like before I had her? I don't even remember.
I don't even know how I lived so long without her.
We love her to the moon and back, to infinity and beyond
 and would do absolutely anything for her. 
She is my best friend and her daddy's true love. 
She has him wrapped around her finger and he knows it, he is the kind of daddy who would bring the moon to his little girl and a star to go along with it. 
Happy Birthday, Vida Merari!
You are silly and you are so sweet, you love to have fun and laugh at almost anything
 (just like your mama)
This year has been AMAZING and we cannot wait to see what is in store for all of us in the future.

I am so excited to share some photos of Vida's 1st Birthday party...and our 1st anniversary as new parents. We had so much fun celebrating with family, friends and cake!

The theme for her party was Chalkboards and Confetti.
We had confetti sprinkled all over the tables, and edible confetti on all the desserts at the desert table. I even added cute little Pompoms to her tutu to resemble confetti. 
Mini chalkboards were used as tent cards for the desserts.

I made the invitations using a chalkboard background in Photoshop and used the colors from her party for the font. I also filled each envelope with colorful confetti to make them extra festive and fun.

My big girl!!

My little family

Vida's Dessert Table 

Confetti Vanilla Petit Fours made by Play Garden Party and Events

 Confetti Sugar cookies made by my sweet friend Jessika

 Confetti Marshmallows made by me

 Homemade strawberry cupcakes with fresh homemade organic strawberry whip cream made by my friend Jessika who needs to open a Cupcake shop like yesterday!!
That whip cream is so dreamy!! 

Shabby Rustic fruit cake made by:Play Garden Party and Events
This cake had a delicious creamy center and fresh organic fruit  

Chalkboard banner found on Etsy

 I also found cute Birthday Cake Oreo cookies with confetti inside!!

 Confetti Macaroons made by: Shacolat Konfections you can find her on FB!

 Confetti Madeleines made by Shacolat Konfections

and my favorite dessert Raspberry Macarons with chocolate ganache also made by Shacolat Konfections  

VIDA Sugar cookies as cupcake toppers. Cupcake wrappers found at Sur La Table

 Confetti Animal crackers went quick!! The kids loved them!!

 Another dessert table shot

 HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIDA chalkboard banner made by me with black card stock cut into triangles and my sweet friend made the letters on her Cricut (I need that machine!!) 

 The tissue garland was made by: The Banner Shoppe
I won this in a giveaway on Instagram, Go follow her, she does a lot of giveaways!!
I love these colors!!

Me & my girl!!

Vida is full of CONFETTI, she is one fun festive party!! 

 Tutu was made by her Auntie Shannon and I added the Pompoms.
 Vida 1 onesie made by: RockingJSbrand
With her daddy!! Aqua Romper: Made With Love

12 Months of cuteness.

 Pink 1 balloon was a pain in the butt to find! But I found one on Birthdayexpress.com
 I punched out tissue paper confetti and filled it inside each clear balloons. 

 I also won these Glacier Moccs from Freshly Picked on Instagram 
Go follow Freshly Picked on Instagram, she does giveaways almost weekly!!

I used the book "on the night you were born" as her guestbook. 
We also used this book at my Fairytale and Storybook shower and brought it to the hospital with us for the nurses and OB  to sign on the day she was born. 

 Goody bags were filled with bubbles, disney stickers,sidewalk chalk,organic lollipops and organic fruit bars for the babies

I made this print in photoshop! 

Confetti filled balloons 

ONE bunting made on the Cricut with pink glitter cardstock.
Birthday crown made by me.

Over The Top headband made by me.
Pink glitter candle from Wal-Mart 
white Bubblegum necklace by:Jenniflowers

 Vida Onesie 

 off to the pool

 She of course had a matching confetti Bathing suit

 Confetti babies

 She is one giant confetti!!! 

 Smash Cake Time!!!
her cake was dairy,grain and egg free, the frosting was made from fresh organic strawberries and a little organic cane sugar to make it a little sweet.

 She made a little mess :)
 cannot believe we have a ONE YEAR OLD!!


The party turned out to be so much fun and I had blast planning it.
is it bad that I am already planning her 2nd birthday in my head? :)
Thank you for stopping by :) 

I think it is safe to say she had a good time!!

I have included the files to the party printables
 Feel free to use them :)