August 22, 2016

Gift Ideas for a One Year Old

Invites are out and we are gearing up for Portland's first birthday party in a little less than a month.

Of course the question on I keep getting from everyone who has RSVP'd is "what does Portland want or need?" Luckily he is very fortunate in that he has most of what he could ever want or need but I am all about celebrating our little guy and so I have come up with a list of great birthday ideas for any one year old! 
N'Ice Caps Boys Sherpa Lined Micro Fleece Four Corner Ski Hat and Mitten Set // Winter will be here before we know it and our little guy will need all the gear to keep him warm and cozy. We scored a great snow suit set last year that he will get to use this year but he will need new hats and gloves this year. He has a big old head and monster mits. 

Stride Rite Boys Made 2 Play Sneaker Winter Boot // Can't forget snow boots for stomping around outside in the snow! Matt is super excited to get outside and play with Portland in the snow...I say Portland will last all of two minutes before he's done but he sure will look cute in his boots.

Infantino Sensory Press and Stay Sensory Blocks // Portland is very into me building block towers for him and then knocking them down! I know he will be building his own towers soon enough and these will be perfect for him to do so.

Little Tikes Cozy Trucks // Do any of you other mamas remember these when you were a kiddo?! I certainly had one and loved it so I know my little guy will too. They have definitely changed the way the car looks and even have a truck option so it is more fancy? I don't know about you but I find the eyes and the mouth on the cars kind of creepy...

ECR4Kids Buccaneer Boat with Pirate Flag // After a few trips to an indoor gym, we discovered that Portland really likes the playhouses they have and will need one of his own for the coming summer. I thought the Pirate ship was different and looked like a lot of fun for a little boy but this more traditional playhouse looks like a great option as well.

Step2 Play and Store Sandbox // Portland received a box full of sandbox toys from his great grandparents so naturally he needs a sandbox to play with them! We will probably hold off on this item until the spring but it is a great first birthday option for those littles with birthdays in the Spring or Summer months or if you are lucky to live in a place with a warm climate year around.

Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag // Another great option and similar to the block set above but these are giant leggos! We were given a bag of these already and so far, Matt likes building with them a lot and of course, Portland loves knocking over whatever daddy just built for him.

Little Tikes Swing // I have been wanting this since the beginning of summer...I am talking to you husband of mine. I am hoping this eventually makes it way to our back porch before Portland is off to college, he absolutely loves the swings and it would be nice just to step into our backyard for some swing time. 

Baby Signing Time! // Portland loves these videos and we have been able to watch clips on YouTube but since he is really picking up on the signs and he hearts the main character, Rachel, I know he would adore watching the whole thing! I must admit, I already bought this and highly recommend the digital version so you can play videos where ever you are!

Radio Flyer Ultimate Comfort Wagon // I know a wagon will be way more fun than a stroller for trips to the park, pool and just around the neighborhood. I especially like that this one has a canopy for some shade!

Boon Pipes Water Pipes Bath Toy // I have heard these are a hit for bath time fun! Portland loves anything to do with water so this should be right up his alley.

Diggin HopHop Trampoline // When I first saw this, my initial thought was "oh, that will tire him out." Yup. Anything to run off that energy!

KidKraft Vintage Kitchen in Blue // On a trip to our Children's Museum, Portland lvoed playing with the play kitchen there and like most babies his age, he loves to open and slam cabinets and drawers and put things in them. This is perfect for him to play with now as well as grow into! Plus it is neutral and not too crazy gadget and color wise. Also, can't forget the accessories to go with it! Melissa & Doug Food GroupsMelissa & Doug Let's Play House! Wash and Dry Dish Set, Melissa & Doug Birthday Party Cake and Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Kitchen Accessory Set.

August 15, 2016

I'm Still Here

Hi! I am still here!

Besides Portland's eleven month post last week (seriously, how do I almost have a one year old?!), it's been a little quiet around the blog. I swear I haven't gone anywhere, life is just crazy at the moment and we have some big changes coming up that have been a little time consuming. Between chasing after the baby, work, house projects and everyday life, I just can't keep up with everything! I am also in FULL party planning mode. I have a few party things left to get like balloons and food but for the most part I have everything purchased for his party. I can't wait to celebrate my little boy!

There will also be some changes happening on the blog. A few months ago, I had a designer spruce up my blog a bit and I am super disappointed with her and her work. I don't like to blast someone so publicly but after finding several issues with her work, I will be re-doing the blog and fixing some issues she left behind and refused to fix. So bear with me if the blog is down and as I get things back to actually functioning!

I will leave you with this picture of baby boy. The weekend was hard and teething is a bitch but isn't he looking more and more like a little boy instead of a baby?! Stop growing up baby boy!