It’s a Two-Tti Fruity Party!

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. Audrey turned 2 last month and we hosted a Two-Tii Fruity party. I love a good, themed event! We hosted at our home where Phil had spend the previous few weekends getting our back yard guest ready. We set up the food inside and outside we had the water table set up, along with a pitching machine and a trampoline.

Getting a picture of her is next to impossible at this stage. Here are a few from before the party got started.

Phil brought the lei from his work trip that week to Hawaii-she did not know what to think about it! HAHA. In fairness, it was cold!

Last year I made a lot of the food but this year I bought everything. I just didn’t have the time. I did make all of the cupcake toppers, wrappers, and the topper on her jumbo cupcake (all from my Cricut!). Target Dollar Spot was a great place to find the banners and some of the other decor that I didn’t get a picture of. They had a lot of lemonade stand style decor that worked perfectly with our fruit theme. I bought the pineapple banner last year because I loved it so much, it’s gold glitter, and finally was able to pull it out.

Cupcakes are serious business!

We had a lot of fun that day. What party themes have you hosted and loved?

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The best thing I did as a new mom

I am an extroverted introvert. I love being around people; that’s how I recharge but I don’t care to be the center of attention. In my last job, I was alone in the office often. Phil could always tell when the financial advisor I worked with had been out because I would talk his ear off once I got home. I go stir crazy by myself. That’s not to say that I don’t need some time to get away every now and then, because I do, but for the most part I am always up for doing something with someone.

This personality trait is why I KNEW that I would need to tap into that extroverted side of myself more. We had decided that I was not going to go back to work after having Audrey but I knew that I could not sit at home all day every day. I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to do this but I decided to start with the New Mom’s Group at my hospital. I’ve found that a lot of hospitals or pediatric offices offer this so check with your local office!

Going to this group each week until Audrey was about 7 months old (at that point she became mobile and tried to steal toys from the babies that were only a few weeks/months old) has made such an impact on my experience as a mom. While it has been invaluable to have mom friends with older kids to share their experience, there is nothing like having a group that is in the thick of it with you. Going to this group, making friends within this group, and maintaining friendships that stemmed from this group has been the best thing I have done as a new mom. These are the moms that I go to first when something happens, not only with Audrey but really anything in life. Now, it does get a little birthday party crazy for about 6 weeks in the late spring/early summer, but I love watching all these littles grow. We get together with the kids, we get together without the kids, we celebrate birthdays, the arrival of siblings, heartache, and triumphs!

My advice to new moms is find a connection. Lack of social support is listed as one of the top risk factors for postpartum depression according to the CDC and http://www.knowppd.com. In our local moms facebook page for the region I live in, there are “classified ads” for mom friends consistently. Connection and community are key to who we are as people. This doesn’t mean that you have to have a gaggle of girlfriends or a “mom tribe.” Sometimes it just takes that one mom friend that you can call or text when you and or your little is having a day with no judgement coming back at you.

Another great way to connect is through MOPS. These groups are all over the world and get together on a regular basis with other moms that have children in Kindergarten or younger. MOPS also has MOMSnext which seems to be new (I am not finding a lot of information on it) but is geared for moms with school age kids.

For nursing moms, Le Leche League is another great way to connect with moms local to you. Unfortunately my local group is not that active but I have heard amazing things from other moms in other areas!

Own your own business? Mommies Hiring Mommies is a national resource for mom entrepreneurs to connect.

Type into Google or Facebook, “moms groups near me” and there will be a ton of options! Some are based on the are you live in, some are based on specific interests, and there are countless other categories available that can fit your needs.

The other greatest thing I did, or we did as parents? Got a Rock N Play. Seriously, this was the only reason I got any sleep those first few months! 😉

What was the best thing you did as a new mom?

My New Favorite Manicure

Today’s post is going to be short and sweet to make up for last week’s miss. I love having my nails done. It makes feel like I am still put together even if my hair is a mess or my makeup is the bare minimum. I find the upkeep difficult though for several reasons. There’s finding the time to go to the salon without the little one, or I could do them at home but I never am able to allow them to fully dry so they end up getting messed up on day 1. Recently I attended an online party with Sandy, for a company called Color Street and my mani world has changed!

Rio Red

Color Street is 100% nail polish strips. They are easy to apply, come in a ton of colors, and they last just as long (but mostly longer) as a regular manicure! Plus, my favorite feature: NO DRY TIME!

What makes Color Street better? In my experience Color Street exceeds it competitors for a few reasons. My struggle with similar products is that the strips don’t fully adhere to my nail so I end up with puckering and peeling. With Color Street, since it is real nail polish, the strips are more flexible and can even be stretched a bit to fit your nails perfectly. Application is easy and quick, plus everything you need comes in the little packet. There’s nothing extra needed!

Color Street is purchased through Independent Stylists. I have a few I can refer you to if you are interested in checking them out!

Here are some of my manicures. I promise, they’re awesome!

Colors top to bottom: Rio Red, Giza Sands and Tokyo Lights, French Meet Me in Paris, Tokyo Lights

Tip: Since these strips are made of real nail polish, they will eventually dry out if left open. To get more than one manicure out of a pack, I replace the unused strips back in the plastic, squeeze out as much air as possible then seal with packing tape. I was able to use the same color strips 3 weeks later. *No where on the Color Street site, or through consultants, is this endorsed…just found this to be useful to me after I lost half a pack without even thinking about the strips drying out!

Check out the strips here and let me know your favorite color! Mine is Tokyo Lights!

I purchased the nail strips shown above on my own. I received a free set of strips as a thank you for the referral links after the blog was published. All pictures and opinions are my own.