Author: Joelle

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star First Birthday Party Theme

I went bold, gold and glittery for my daughter, Genevieve’s, first birthday party. We chose a Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star theme and made sure it was evident in each party element. I added gold sparkle stars to the cake… …And also used the stars to accent the food. We kept centerpieces simple using adorable .99 cent vases from Ikea and adding baby’s breath, sprinkled in gold glitter. As as accent, we threw in hand-painted pink wooden stars that are now keepsakes. Photo collage made with images printed from Social Print Studio. I ordered this sign as a download on Etsy, then printed and framed on my own.My friend made a custom canvas guest book. For favors, kids got gold sparkly wands from Oriental Trading and adults were treated to chocolate-dipped pretzel rods adorned with–you guessed it– gold stars! We had a table of fun for the kids. I pulled together clip art from the Internet and made coloring book pages in Photoshop. Star props from Oriental Trading. I made custom 12-month banner using gold star twine and …

Pinterest-Inspired First Birthday Photoshoot Fail

I planned my daughter’s first birthday photo shoot months in advance. Everything was set, from her dress and props to the smash cake. I even made my husband plan his outfit so we could take family photos with our dogs. Then, the week of the photoshoot, my Baby G got a runny nose type of cold and a tooth decided to cut through her upper gums. She was cranky, but I didn’t want to reschedule, so I forged ahead with crossed fingers. Mistake number one: Attempting a photoshoot when baby is under the weather. Mistake number two: Not trying on her dress before the day of the pictures. I bought her a big frilly, pink tutu dress with cupcakes on it earlier in the summer. It was too big then, but I figured she would grow into it. Great plan, but it didn’t happen. My daughter is very tall and thin, so a lot of baby clothes for her age don’t fit well. I find that most clothes are made for chubby babies. This was the case with her …

I have a one year old!

I cannot believe my baby girl is one-year-old. The past year has been so amazing. I remember watching her eyelashes grow, wondering when her hair would follow suit. All the late night crying and cuddles at 2 a.m. Her first smile, her first laugh. When she started to recognize her mommy and daddy. How every milestone– rolling over, sitting up, eating solid food, first tooth– was so special, yet the next one came and reminded us how quickly she’s becoming a little person with  a ton of sass. I loved the baby stage, but life is becoming so much fun now that she is learning words and on the move. I can’t wait for all the toddler adventures! I haven’t slept a full night in over a year, but this little face is worth the dark circles under my eyes. I

My Labor Day: Otherwise Known as the Scariest and Happiest Day of My Life

This year’s Labor Day just so happens to fall on September 7th, my daughter Genevieve’s first birthday. It seems like only yesterday that I was in the hospital experiencing the most terrifying and heartwarming day of my life. I didn’t have a birth plan. I thought about making one, but then decided it wasn’t worth it because you can’t predict what’s going to happen during labor and delivery. My husband and I took a prenatal education class to learn a little about what was going to happen to my body. Like most mommy’s-to-be, I also read “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” every week to find out what was happening inside my belly. I skimmed the chapters about childbirth because I didn’t want to build up anxiety. I completely skipped past the material on C-sections. Of course, I ended up with a C-section and also needed pitocin during labor. My two delivery fears became my reality. Throughout my pregnancy, I worried about how my body was going to handle childbirth. I have chronic fatigue so …

Zenni Optical: Affordable Eyeglasses for Fashionable Moms on a Budget

I used to be able to wear contacts all day long. Then, they started to give me headaches and my eyes itched like crazy when I took them out. Those problems led to me wearing glasses 24/7.  I feel more like myself in contacts and still wear them for brief hours during special occasions–like my wedding day–where I’ll be taking a lot of pictures. However, I decided that if I have to wear eyeglasses all the time, I’m going to have fun with it. I discovered Zenni Optical, a site that lets customers order fashionable prescription glasses and sunglasses for super cheap. I’m addicted. Prices start at around $6 for frames AND lenses and go up if you want reflective coating, etc. I even ordered a pair with tinted lenses that I use as sunglasses. I’ve been collecting my Zenni’s for about two years now and have different pairs for different moods:    My first pair: oversized blue. I wear these specks on bold, summery days. Frame cost: $15!  I get lots of complements. My hipster pair. These were my …

Expert Article: 6 Things about Getting Pregnant You Didn’t Know

Guest blog by ALYSSA DWECK, MD, OB/GYN at the Mount Kisco Medical Group in Westchester County, New York Starting a family and getting pregnant can be a serious undertaking for couples who are having a bit of trouble. TTC couples who take every precaution to baby-making may lack some simple yet very critical steps that can elevate pregnancy stress. ALYSSA DWECK, MD, OB/GYN at the Mount Kisco Medical Group in Westchester County, New York provides care to women of all ages and has delivered thousands of babies offers 6 tips to about getting pregnant TTC couple might not know. 1. You can’t get pregnant on just any day of the month. Teenagers might worry a lot less about pregnancy with a little out of the classroom SEXed regarding the menstrual cycle and fertility. Education about ovulation, peak fertility and “safe times” during the menstrual cycle whether it be from an phone app, a friend or a healthcare provider is key. This of course is not so easy if your cycles are irregular and doesn’t take the …

Expert Article: 10 Tips for Getting Pregnant

Guest post by Jean M. Twenge, Ph.D., author of “The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant” For many women, getting pregnant can be a frustrating and anxiety-filled experience. That’s just how I felt, which is why I wrote “The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant” offering tips for TTC women to feel more in control of their fertility. Try the following 10 tips: Obviously, it’s time to throw away your once beloved birth control!  A good rule of thumb is to get off of the pill three months before trying to conceive if you have been on it for less than a year, and six months prior if you have been on it for over a year. Make friends with your ovulation cycle.  Between a third and two-thirds of women under age 35 who are aware of their fertile time are able to conceive in their first month of trying. Find your fertile time by using a fertility monitor, ovulation predictor kits (OPKs), charting, or (my personal favorite) all three. Sometimes this can be trickier than it sounds – for …