Monday, March 17, 2014

Cleanup Ideas

I've been trying to figure out a way to work smarter and not harder.  When you're cleaning up, do you ever feel like you make a bigger mess and are constantly running things from one room to every other room in your house? 

So I came up with this bright idea to get a few baskets but I had some criteria...
  • be somewhat compact
  • stack
  • have some kind of label

I started with these at Michael's.  I didn't love them b/c they didn't stack, 
but was having a hard time finding anything I liked.

 Then I found these at World Market.  
They were better, but kind of bulky.

Then....(insert hallelujah chorus here), I found THESE at Walmart.
They meet all three criteria and I'm diggin the chalkboard labels!

and check out how great they stack!

It took me a few weeks, lots of brainstorming and some returns to get it all settled, 
but I'm really happy with the final outcome.

I've been using this little system for the last couple months and LOVE it.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Parker's #1 Birthday Party Part 2

We kept it to a small group of family and friends.  Who knew his party would turn out to be so great with a beautiful day with perfect weather!

The festivities looked a little something like this...

It was a "ball themed party" b/c if you have met my know why.  He can entertain himself with a ball for entirely too long...for a one year old.  Thank you Edgar's for such a yummy cake.

Our party favors were LIGHT-UP, 
bouncy balls

I used Parker's hospital wreath in our decorations

I don't even know what this drink was...
some blue koolaid type stuff with sprite
I just made it up, turned out pretty good.

Pics from his first year
sidenote: that high chair is the one my sis, 
bro and myself used when we were babies.

My sweet friend Holli came up with this...

I found these cute sports themed cards at Hobby Lobby on clearance.  
I think I paid $1.50 for the whole pack.  Wrote our thank you notes on them and included pics of friends and family.
A simple way to personalize it.

now it's time to dig in...

parker's great grandparents made the trip down from Huntsville

justin's family

part of the parker family.  
my parents weren't able to make it, 
which is why we did an early bday celebration with them

we never could get us all together during the festivities but finally got a group shot of the Parker crew before bed.
requested specifically from ra-ra and poppa

too much cuteness!