Monday, April 29, 2013

SHOWERed with LOVE {pt. 2} & Oh Boy, a NAME reveal!

Oh Boy, I know I owe ya'll a recipe post today. But I'm just too excited and have other news to share - so let's just pretend this is the recipe for a great baby shower shall we?

Have I mentioned that I have the best friends in the entire world? If I haven't I'm doing ya'll a serious injustice - because they seriously are.  We're a close knit group of girls, sometimes a little too close for comfort with the amount of information we share with one another. But, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I know I've told ya'll about our infamous weekly gals nights (which I was actually "uninvited" to twice during the baby shower planning phases, because the gals turned gals night into crafting night :) hehe).  Thinking about gal's nights, I probably need to start sharing a little more on these - because they never seem to fail at generating great topics. Nevertheless, the gals successfully planned and orchestrated the very best baby shower known to man and have seriously outdone themselves this time.  I still can't fathom how incredibly perfect it was.

The shower invites alone were enough to let me know it was bound to be adorbs.

They ran full speed ahead with a "Little Gentleman" theme and incorporated adorable bow ties throughout the decor.  It was so stinkin' cute.  And again, such great attention to detail and crafting galore.  The party was so much fun.  We had a "real invite" gals shower during the day, and then all of our boys and Shane's buddies and their lady friends joined us for a cookout that evening.  It was an entire day surrounded by all of our besties.  It was so fun to gush baby deetz with everyone, and watch Shane's buddies come to one of their first "friend baby" events.  Their conversations and baby questions never fail to be hours of endless entertainment :)

Here are some of my fave photos from the day {thanks to Baili for capturing all the details!} ... Starting with the super cute bow tie wreath made by my gal pal Megan on the front door of our good pal's Chris and Laura's home ... the hostesses with the mostesses ... TRULY! They are the best.
 (BONUS: I got to keep the wreath! Yayyyy)

Bow Tie adorned Mason Jars (seriously, so cute) and a Mimosa Bar.  And they were even sweet enough to get me Alcohol Free Champagne, so I could play too :).  Side noteI was the bride who served all cocktails in mason jars at my wedding, so this was BEYOND the perfect fit.

They seriously did NOT miss a single detail.  Even Otis, Chris and Laura's pup, was sporting a bow tie!  Toooooo much!

Ridiculously adorable signs and crafts for all the tables and places around the house. Big shout out to Teddi and Quinn for the majority of the crafting, or so I am told.  I mean, are they talented or what?!
{Sweets, Bubbly, Gifts, you name it ... hint: the signs will be Lil' Man's name reveal!!}

The most delicious food and desserts. The cake was ... wait for it ... SNICKERDOODLE flavored. Yes, like the cookie. It was amazing and I want more. Right now. 

 And here they are in real life folks, Teddi Cakes. In all their glory. I had way too many than I care to admit, and even took some home. The things I would do to get my hands on that recipe.

 The gal's had everyone in attendance write sweet wishes for baby.  I then read these aloud before opening that person's gift.  Lots of giggles came out of this I can assure you :)

I was also gifted the incredible owl made of diapers, blankies, bibs and yep - BLUE DAISIES!  I mean, seriously, do these girls know me or what!!??!  Crafting props of this little fella go to Ms. Quinn of Quintessential.

Even the grand mommies were impressed :) Aren't they the cutest?!  My momma's on the left and Shane's momma is on the right. 


 Now, the one fail of the party? We completely forgot to get a group pic of the whole gang.  This picture was snapped late night, so at least we captured a few :( But fail on not getting a group gal pic.

Now, to be clear there were 14 "hosts" so how on earth is one supposed to adorn them with hostess gifts and not break the bank?!  I came up with a cute and relatively cheap idea that incorporated our girly nature with the Little Gentleman theme.  I sent all the gals home with a personalized goodie bag including springy polish, a nail file and a fun polish remover sheet. Just a little something to say thank you for all the hard work the gals had put in.

Okay, okay ... so are you ready for the name reveal?!  Here it is folks ... the definition of B.U.B.

We will soon be welcoming Bennett Bernard U to the clan!  Bernard is his daddy's middle name, and has been passed down from generation to generation, so our sweet little B is the next!  Bennett has always been one of our front runner faves and also conveniently incorporates some family ties as well.  Bennett was hub's grandmother's maiden name and my grandfather was Benjamin - so we successfully incorporated family history, which I LOVE.

Ahh, I can't wait to meet our little bean. And can't say thank you enough to all of our family and friends who SHOWERED us with Love.  Seriously lady pals, I love you with my whole heart and am so, so grateful for each and every one of you.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

SHOWERed with LOVE {pt. 1}

I cannot even begin to tell y'all how incredibly blessed I've been feeling.  I can't even find the right words to describe how absolutely, perfectly, adorably, special my weekends have been lately.  My baby showers have begun and although I had wedding showers and felt so much love then ... a baby shower is a whole new thang.

It seriously leaves me almost speechless at how much love Baby U is receiving and no one even knows him yet. Shane and I are so blessed to have so much love in our lives. And to be surrounded by people who care for us, it such an incredible feeling. Whew. Emotions on emotions on love on love. I'm a happy happy happy soon-to-be-mama.

SOOooo enough sap -- here are the deetz.  Our first shower was thrown by my Mother-In-Law and "The Bee's".  It's her group of 11 gal pals that call themselves the Bee's, yes like a bumble bee, and the Queen Bee of each of their families :)  There's a whole lot more I can share about these ladies ... and Oh.Em.Gee. their recipes {they have their own cook book y'all} are to DIE for. Like finger lickin', perfect for party entertaining good.  But we'll save Bee's news for a later post.

It was a Sunday shower at Hurstbourne Country Club and it wound up being the PERFECT spring day :) Such great weather and the sun was shining BRIGHT on my ole' Kentucky home.  They stuck with my Nerdy Nautical Nursery Theme and hosted a Nautical themed shower. 

Their decorations were seriously adorable. Paying attention to detail is definitely their forte. 

I couldn't get over how cute the center pieces were! I didn't take a great picture, but they were all hand made.  The little rods holding the sails were thread spools, how stinkin' clever - Ahh. I die.

Love, love the little rope tying the napkins. :) Again, details.

And last but CERTAINLY not least, the cake. OMG the cake.  Not only was it the most delicious thing you have ever eaten, but seriously SO CUTE!!!  And don't worry - I promised a name reveal - that's coming in part 2 - but here are the initials - B.U.B.

BUB! Are you kidding me?! How did I not realize his monogrammed initials are BUB?!?! It's the perfect little name and I didn't even realize it! In my head, I kept thinking BBU -- not monogrammed BUB. Seriously, I have to pinch myself because it's so cute {I don't care if I am bias...agree with me it's cute}.

And of course they didn't stop with cake.  There were also matching cupcakes. With INDIVIDUAL polka dot holders. BEYOND perfect.  I may or may not have taken 3-4 home after the shower ... I mean, I would have felt bad if they went to waste! ;)

Next came the gifts, SHOWERED with gifts.  So overwhelming and so fun seeing all of the miniature items.  That was one of my "bazinga" pregnancy moments. Yep, I just used the word BAZINGA - deal with it.
 The lovely hostesses had everyone bring sweet Baby U a book in lieu of a card {cutest idea ever by the way, if you're hosting a baby shower anytime soon}.  Everyone wrote the sweetest notes in the books and now little man seriously has an entire library of all kinds of great books, with personal messages included. He's gonna be so smart!

My mother-in-law and I rounded out the day by handing each of the hostesses a fabulous concocted hostess gift in true Bee fashion.  We worked on them for hours the week before, and were pretty happy with the way they turned out!

Each little basket included:
 2 bumblebee hand towels from a local little shop | Work the Metal
An adorable little bumblebee dip bowl and bumblebee spreader | Cartwheels
A delicious little jam or salsa jar | The Fresh Market

We filled them with goodies, extra tissue paper and crinkle paper for garnish.  Then wrapped them in love with shrink wrap and topped them off with adorable honeycomb and bumblebee ribbon {Shout out to Susan for finding the awesome ribbon, it was the PERFECT accessory!} and we even stuck a little baby bumblebee in the center of every bow :) Adorbs, if I must say so myself.

A Big, BIGGG thank you to all of those that helped to host the shower and all others in attendance.  Seriously, makes my heart smile!  Little man is coming into so much love.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

peanut butterless

It just became a sad, sad Wednesday my friends.  Three weeks ago I brought a fresh jar of peanut butter to accompany me at my desk to help me combat mid day hunger, keep my sweet tooth at bay, to give my morning banana a little something special, and if I'm really being honest - mainly because I'm pregnant and have been craving peanut butter like it's going out of style and enjoy eating monster spoonfuls of it for no good reason {THERE I SAID IT!}.  

To be clear, there is only 1 kind of peanut butter I like: JIF | CREAMY | REDUCED FAT. Otherwise, I am sad.  But, I wanted to share with all of you ... today, Wednesday, April 24th at exactly 2:45 pm the unthinkable happened.

We've reached the bottom of the tub, and I AM HEART BROKEN.  How did I not see this coming?!  I could have had a spare ready, I could have grabbed some at lunch, I could have brought different snacks to work to cope. But no, nothing. I am now stuck at my desk with nothing but an old package of saltine crackers and water.  Cue my first set of "food pregnancy tears" beginning NOW.

Exactly Bill, exactly. "If you can't control your peanut butter, you can't expect to control your life." So, there it goes. I've lost all control.  I'm blogging about peanut butter, I may or may not have shed a real tear when I at the last bite .. this is what my life has come to.  Way too pregnant and not enough peanut butter. GASP!  

Meanwhile, I imagine little man in my belly just swimming around in an endless supply of my daily consumption. Oh Baby U, how jealous I am of your endless PB tasting.  Can't you just picture him?  All smiles and licking delicious peanut butter off his fat little fingers. 

Alas,  I will try and make it through the last few hours of my day, peanut butterless.  Please no one come visit me ... because I'm in a sad state and you may or may not find me under my desk -- resembling the following picture -- poor pup. I feel your pain.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Recipe Monday: Buffalo Chicken Pasta

It's a beautiful Monday in the bluegrass state, I had a FABULOUS weekend, I was horrifically lazy yesterday, and caught up on my Zzz's last night. Whew buddy, if it wasn't for this basketball in my belly I'd be hopping around like a young spring chicken!

While I'm working on blog posts about this weekend, and the previous one {teaser: baby showers and a name reveal included}, I thought I'd leave you today with one of my favorite dishes served at this weekend's shower.  My pal Baili ... more on her and her favorite things here ... made this dish at a little get together at her apartment on St. Patty's day and I fell in LOVE.  So, naturally I asked that she please make it for my baby shower :) 

I forgot to snap a pic of the dish before we devoured the deliciousness, but I conveniently remembered after the second serving had been polished off (below). So, I googled a picture of it (above) to make it a bit more appealing, to encourage you to read further (right picture). You won't regret it, I PROMISE.

This is the PERFECT change up for game day tailgates or parties in lieu of buffalo chicken dip.  And BONUS - it's served chilled (but you could eat it hot if you prefer) so it works for all facets.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

  • 1 box of bow tie noodles
  • 5 stalks of celery (Baili buys pre-chopped from the salad bar at the grocery - about a full container)
  • 1/2 red onion (Baili buys pre-chopped from the salad bar at the grocery - about a 2/3 full container)
  • 1 rotisserie chicken - shredded
  • 3/4 bottle of ranch (or you could use blue cheese if that's you're thing)
  • 3/4 bottle of Tabasco buffalo sauce
  • Prepare noodles as usual
  • When draining the water, pour cold water over your noodles to cool them down and stop from cooking
  • Shred the chicken, and cut up both the onion and celery
  • Put all ingredients a big bowl and mix together - or use your hands :)
  • Serve chilled immediately - or day after
Indulge until your little heart is content! Have a great week.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Little Treasures

A few weeks back my sweet Sister-In-Law, Jessica, called me with a VIP pass to the 'Little Treasures Kids Sale'.  I had heard her and my Mother-In-Law rave about the sale for many seasons before, as they made sure to hit it up twice a year for her kiddos.  I had never been and had absolutely no idea what to expect, but I was excited because I had heard so many great things. 

Before I headed there that evening, I googled the sale to learn more about it. WOAH! How cool.  Let me dish some deetz for those of you who haven't heard of it:
  • Mother-daughter duo Janice Seymour and Kelly Brown started Little Treasures in a small garage with 8 consignors in September 2001. Since that time the sale has added seasonal events in Florence, KY, and New Albany, IN. Thousands participate from all over Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi.
  • It's a semi-annual kid’s consignment sale that promises name brands like Ralph Lauren, Gap, Gymboree & more! Specializing in new and gently used kid’s clothing (sizes newborn – juniors), shoes, toys, books, furniture, equipment, fashionable maternity clothes and handmade gifts.
  • Consignors receive 70% of the sale proceeds less a $15 registration fee. You set the price, they sell it for you. 
  • Volunteer to help for a four-hour work shift and you’ll shop first. Special incentives are offered to consignors to increase their earning potential – the more you participate, the more you make!
  • They advise you bring a laundry basket or something to put all of your goodies into, and they are correct - this made shopping MUCH easier.
So essentially, it's a great place to buy and sell your kiddo's stuff.  Now, I was a little skeptical, because I'm not a huge consignment shopper myself.  But, I decided to give it a go.  Ya'll I was OVERWHELMED. 

Literally, SO MUCH STUFF. Everything from clothes, to toys, to strollers, to beds,to you name it baby or toddler stuff and it's there.  And it is CHEAP!  I tried to coax my mom into going with me (and she so wanted to) but she was heading out of town, so I forced hubs to tag along.  He was a good sport :) and even picked out some cute outfits for his little gentleman (I think Shane's exact words when he found this little number were, "AHA! He can dress just like me!")

This is still our first little tyke, so we're still all wrapped up in the "new" hoopla of it all.  New clothes, new accessories, new toys .. blah blah.  But man, does this stuff add up quick! And it ain't cheap.  So I can totally see after you've got more than one little nugget running around that a sale like this is your heaven. We walked away with several outfits and adorable little numbers for the newest member of our clan.  Here were some of our favorites:

Swim trunks.  Lil' man will be here in time for the 4th of July, so we're over prepared. MURRRICA! Both trunks were a whopping $3.00

Stinkin' adorable plaid shirt and matching khaki pants. If this doesn't scream Little Gentleman, I don't know what does. Entire outfit - $5.50

Complete baseball ensemble.  I have a strong feeling that my dad (PaPaw) will be taking him to his first Cincinnati Reds game, so no worries - he'll be suited up and ready to go. $5.00 for the shorts, jersey, shoes and hat. Amaze.

Baby sweatpants!  These were a hubs "must purchase list".  He was utterly amazed they made baby sweatpants.  And when he found them ... he rolled with laughter and started telling me stories of how he and Baby U will sit on the couch (no shirt) only sweatpants watching ball.  :0) - $4.00 for both pair.

And last but certainly not least ... what could be a possible front runner for Baby U's first ever Halloween costume ... A BABY SAILOR OUTFIT! I die. Literally. Dead. - $7.00 - SEVEN DOLLARS!

And just so ya'll don't think I'm crazy.  I snapped a picture of a couple of the price tags before I trashed em so you'd believe me...

And there you have it, real life Little Treasures for our Little Gentleman.  For all you mama's in the TN, KY, IN, OH area - I highly suggest you check it out. And a bigggg shout out to Jess for hooking me up with the VIP pass, so I was able to shop the pre-sale before it opened up to the public!  Yeeehaw. Love great deals!