Jack Turns One!

Well, now that Jack is FIFTEEN months old, I figured it was about time I would blog about his first birthday party! We had a fun little celebration the weekend before his birthday at our little basement apartment with family and and close friends, and it was perfect! I decided on a fun confetti party theme, which means we are still finding confetti in every nook & cranny in our house, but it was totally worth it. Jack loved the confetti filled balloons! The ball pit was a big hit with Jack's little friends that came by, as were all the toys he received. We had caramel apples and oreo truffles for treats, as well as the cutest cake made by my friend Rachel. In true Jack fashion, we had our dessert first, and then went to dinner after the party.

As you can see, Jack was NOT a fan of his cake. He was alright at first, but he was having a hard time getting through the fondant layer so I cut a slice off the back so that he could get to the chocolate inside. After I did that, he completely lost it! He just screamed/panicked the rest of the time it was on his tray, which was both sad and hilarious at the same time. I think the poor guy was just exhausted at that point! We had such an exhaustingly great time with all our guests, and Jack definitely was spoiled! Thanks to his birthday being so close to Christmas, he now has more toys than any one-year-old needs, so we have to hide them away in our storage closet and cycle through them every couple weeks or else our house would be taken over by stuffed animals and alphabet puzzles. :)

As stressful and pointless it seemed at times to put together a birthday party for someone who will never remember it happened, we are so glad that we did this! It was a great night and the memories and pictures are ones we can share with Jack for years to come.

How We Wore It // Fashion Collaboration.

Let me start out by saying that this post is probably the farthest out of my comfort zone I've been in quite a while. In fact, I am actually cringing thinking about publishing it. Back in December, cute Brooke from Silver Lining posted about a fashion collab she did with some other bloggers, and I remember thinking how fun it would be! I was invited to join them again this time around (yay!) but I soon realized that being a fashion blogger is SCARY. I'm still not comfortable with how my postpartum body looks, and my style is very simple-- nowhere near the kind of thing that people want to "pin" or recreate. Posting pictures of myself without a baby to draw attention away from me is not something I relish. However, ever since starting my adventure with LuLaRoe, I have learned that all the magic happens when you're outside of your comfort zone, and I am trying to teach myself to get comfortable with the uncomfortable. Therefore... this post is happening no matter how awkward I look in the pictures and how nervous it makes me to publish it.

For this collaboration, all of us have started with this image via Moiology and have been challenged to recreate the look with what we already had in our closets. When I first saw the picture we would be using, I was stumped. I couldn't think of a single thing I had that I had in my closet that could recreate this look! After a couple days of stewing and wondering if I should just go buy this outfit so I had something to wear for this post, I realized I have a pair of jeans that are very similar to that pair. Which led me to realize that this outfit looks like a slightly dressed up version of what I wear pretty much every day. 

I put together a perfect outfit with a striped tee, my boyfriend jeans, a statement necklace, and some ankle booties but when I went to put it on to take pictures, I realized it just wasn't me. If I was already uncomfortable with just taking and posting pictures of my outfit, I knew I needed to be wearing something that I was 100% comfortable in.

So, I dressed it down. I swapped the big statement necklace for my simple gold necklace with Jack's birthstone. I put on my favorite tennies in place of the cute booties, and let my hair do whatever it wanted. This is very much my every day "mom uniform," but I also feel like it pays enough homage to the inspiration picture with the stripes and boyfriend jeans. Plus, how could I forget my leopard print sunglasses?

Once I look past all the nerves I have about publishing a post like this, I am so glad that I joined in on this collaboration. It challenged me-- which is something I think we all need more of. I was able to learn things about myself, my sense of style, and where I want this blog to go moving forward. I think most of all, it motivated me to keep reaching outside of my comfort zone so that eventually, I won't have to feel uncomfortable anymore. I feel like I have been limiting myself because of my insecurities, and I don't want to be held back from achieving great things. So, here is to getting outside of our comfort zones and watching the magic happen! :)

And now that I have gotten weirdly introspective about a fashion post, go check out these other ladies to see their interpretations. They are some of my favorite bloggers, so you know it's going to be good!

Brooke at Silver Lining
Deidre at Deidre Emme
Brielle at Ready or Not
Laura at Sincerely, Laura
Brooklyn at A Little Too Jolley
Ashley at Absolutely Ashley
Bonnie at The Life of Bon
Bri at Breezy Days
Alexa at He and I