Taking Back Our Closet!

Okay so by my own admission, I will admit that our daughter has an obscene amount of clothing! Like kind of out of control. In my defense, everything is so flipping cute!!!

This weekend I decided to tackle the massive amount of clothing that had “accumulated” in her closet… Just so happens that she has the only walk in closet in our house on the smallest bedroom, weird design feature?

Anyways, in my most frantic moments while the tot has been napping or during the ten minutes I had to file through her clothes while she proceeded to pull everything out of her drawers, I was able to toss the clothes that no longer fit into the corner, close the door and forget about them! Yay for procrastination!!!

However, the time had finally come to address the pile. Much to my dismay, I also managed to mix all of the sizes together…

While it was a fun trip down memory lane looking at all those adorable outfits (especially the newborn ones *swoon*) it was a daunting task to say the least. But at the end of the day, it’s done, hallelujah!

Closet Website

To make the clothing more manageable I used

Ziploc Vacuum Storage Bags.

These things are an absolute godsend – took sheer chaos and turned it into an organized stack for future use, man do I hope that if we have another baby it’s a girl…but in the meantime, I’m just glad to have our closet back!!!

IMPORTANT TIP: Make sure you FOLD the clothes prior to using the vacuum function, I was overly excited and overestimated the bags abilities, if you don’t fold it won’t get much smaller – so if you hate folding clothes, I’m sorry in advance!!!

Throwing a BDAY for a 1 Year Old – Sesame Street Style

Sesame Street Website

When our daughter was turning one, I went through the long and arduous process of trying to figure out how decorate, what to cook, and if we’re being completely honest…how to impress those who came to our home for the occasion… To say I’m a wee bit of a perfectionist would be an understatement!

I knew I wasn’t a big fan of the pre-made decoration packs, you know, the cheesy plates and napkins plastered with cartoon characters my daughter wouldn’t even recognize. I was adamant that I do as much of it myself with the aid of a few awesome things I found online.

The theme I settled on was Sesame Street, largely due to the fact that that’s all we really let her watch and since she’s just started really following along and clapping to the “Word of the Day” song, if you’re picturing how cute this would be – rest assured – it’s just a cute as you’d imagine 😍

Obviously everything had to follow the theme and I was dead set on making food that I could give funny and silly names, thanks to a bit of help online and a minor amount of ingenuity, this is what I settled on:

1. OSCAR’S STINKY CHEESE & CRACKERS

2. COUNT’S CHIPS AND SALSA

3. GROVER’S SUPER FOODS (Veggies and Dip)

4. COOKIE MONSTER’S “NOM NOM” COOKIES

5. BIG BIRD’S DEVILED EGGS

6. BERT’S BERRIES & FRUIT

7. ELMO’S RED FRUIT PUNCH

8. ERNIE PALMER (Arnold Palmer – ICED Tea and Lemonade)

*** I used these awesome templates I found here, on Etsy: Sesame Street Templates ***

I also was able to download this Free Sesame Street Font which I used for a MILLION different signs for the party – you can download the font for free and load it on to your computer. I used Photoshop’s “paint bucket” to color it in.

Throw in a few balloons, some cute cups and tablecloth from my favorite boutique (Target), some delicious cupcakes and you’re all set!!!

As a side note, we hit a bit of a snag with the balloons I ordered as they weren’t quite ready, the awesome clerk threw in the Elmo balloon for free but only after telling me you could buy them at the Dollar Store and she had to give me a deal from one momma to another! SO… if you want to save some moolah, go to the Dollar Store apparently 😆

The Most Useful Baby Shower Gift You’ll Ever Give/Receive

The other day I went to a baby shower for a close friend, while filtering through her registry I just couldn’t bring myself to buy a stuffed animal or more cute clothes, regardless of how much I may have wanted to and especially since they’re having a little girl!

Instead I started brainstorming everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING, I could think of that she would need but not know it, by the time I was finished I knew I’d spent way too much but I was positive that each and every item would be used.

Here is the list of what I’ve deemed the most important items you’d ever need in a “baby starter pack,” I’m no expert but with a 1 year old daughter, this last year has been a crash course in baby 101 to say the least!!

1. Aquaphor; I mentioned to a friend of mine that if I were on My Big Fat Greek Wedding, this would be like my Windex!!! You can use it on everything but primarily diaper rash and wounds. I even used some on my hands when they were excessively dry after washing them constantly during the newborn stage and beyond.

2. Infant Tylenol; for after shots, colds, teething…everything.

3. Baby Gas Drops; you won’t know how much you need these until your baby is crying with no relief in sight, gripe water seems to work well too if you’re looking for a more natural solution.

4. Baby Aspirator/Saline Solution; the big bulb ones work best, we got a free one from the hospital that worked better than anything I ever bought.

5. Baby Soap/Shampoo; my favorite is Johnson’s Head to Toe – that was what they used in the hospital and immediately connected with how my baby should smell, I’ve heard awesome things about the nighttime one as well but haven’t had much experience with that yet myself.

6. Baby lotion; Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture is awesome, I use it after every bath on the tot, wish I took that great of care of my own skin!

7…. If you’re breastfeeding or know someone who is, I’d recommend Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Cream. Use it BEFORE you really need it…just trust me on this one!

8. Grooming Kit; Mostly just the combs and nail clippers will come in really handy but the kits are nice since it all comes together.

9. Exergen Thermometer; pricey but way easier!

10. Baby Toothbrush and Toothpaste; our daughter mostly just chews on it but she’ll let me help too. The ones in the kits aren’t that great so you’re better off buying it separately.

11. Bath Items; Shampoo Rinse Cup for in the tub came in really, really handy. Some have silicone so they contour to the baby’s head for easier use. Munchkin also makes a rubber ducky equipped with a “HOT” sensor on the bottom so the new parents know if the bath is too hot, this came in especially handy when we had just brought our daughter home and were still nervous, once you get the hang of things it’s still a cute toy for the bath.

I’m sure there are a million other things you could put in there but that’s definitely a good start for any new parents, just toss it in a cute basket or bag and you’re all set!

And while they may not give you the standing ovation you’ll be hoping for ….you will, without a doubt, get a huge thank you down the road 😊

Baby Shower Website