When I started to look into cake toppers for our wedding, I wanted to make sure we chose something meaningful but something that would also fit with the look and feel of our wedding. Tradition is important to me. However, I definitely didn’t want the wedding cake with the waterfall and plastic bride and groom at the top of the cake like my parents had. I started to look for other options and I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few beautiful options that weren’t cheesy or outdated. I put together my favorites for all the other modern brides out there that like tradition.
We’re about 5 weeks out from our wedding so I thought it was about time I shared some wedding inspiration I’ve been using for our big day! I’m going for a very natural, romantic feel with a lot of neutrals and just a little bit of pink. I can’t wait to see it all come together!
The season of Lent is upon us once again! So whether you are catholic and observing the tradition of abstaining from meat or whether you are just looking to cut back on the meat consumption of your family, here are some recipes that the whole family is sure to love!
I love holiday accessories but I hate that the majority of them can only be worn for about a month out of the year. So I’ve rounded up some of my favorite accessories that work for both the holidays and all year!
It’s here! It’s here! It’s here!
Now that Elliott is mobile, grocery shopping has become a lot more difficult. She doesn’t like to sit still and the grocery store is full of colorful distractions. Lately I’ve had to become a lot more creative when it comes to grocery shopping. Here are my top 3 tips of how to grocery shop with a toddler:
1. Let them help | Whenever it is appropriate, I try to let Elliott pick out what I need from the shelf. She loves to help pick up an apple or a box of macaroni. Just make sure it is something small and not too heavy. If it is too heavy, it will likely end up dropped on your foot instead of in the cart. I don’t know from experience or anything.
2. Snacks | Eating is always a good distraction for Elliott and, lucky for me, she loves food! Make sure you bring something that is easy and is relatively mess free. There’s nothing like needing to clean a sticky, gooey mess of smushed and slobbery chocolate bunny graham cracker off a cart when you are done. Ask me how I know this. One of our favorite snacks is Gerber lil’ Beanies. I love that it is made from navy beans, has protein and fiber, it is mess free, and Elliott can feed herself with little help from me. Elliott loves them because they taste good! Again, ask me how I know 🙂 We got ours at our local Publix.
3. Turn your groceries into toys | Beyond just helping me pick things off the shelf, a lot of times I’ll let Elliott hold onto it as she is sitting in the cart. She’ll usually play with it for a while and then when she is done, I have another item right there for her to move onto. A box of macaroni makes a great musical instrument. So does the can of Gerber lil’ Beanies. A package of string cheese makes a great crinkly noise and, because it’s refrigerated, has a different feel to it. A small bottle of club soda can be fun to shake and watch the bubbles (just make sure you set that one aside for a day or two before opening)
As soon as Elliott reached six months old, we started introducing solid foods to her. After extensive research on my part we decided that baby led weaning was the best approach for our family. While we don’t feed Elliott purees with a spoon, that doesn’t mean that purees can’t be used if you decide to try baby led weaning.