A little glimpse at life for us these days…

Feeling really good about being at the beach.
A family picture of the Thibodeaus on Easter.
Jet getting lost in his books post-nap time.  Read more…

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We hope you all have the best Easter! Here’s some fun, festive links to kick off your weekend…

A super easy DIY bunny mask for your littles.
The prettiest golden easter eggs as holiday decor.
This recipe is amazing, in case you’re looking for an out of the ordinary appetizer for Easter entertaining.
Love this fun, springtime nail idea.
Feminine pastel watches…I want all them all.

Image via Blue Bird Blog

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Jet turned 1 a few weeks ago and we celebrated with a Pow Wow party last weekend! Throwing a first birthday party can be a bit overwhelming, but I learned with a few DIY projects that it doesn’t have to be. I made these fun little head dresses that kids could play dress up with and then take home with them. They were easy and added a fun element to the party. I also wanted to make sure I knew the ingredients in the desserts (to control the sugar and dye intake) so I made these cupcakes that were seriously AMAZING! Making these ahead of time saved a ton of time the morning of the party. Here are a few more tips on throwing a first birthday party…

1. Plan around nap time.
2. Serve lunch for kids and parents. We threw the party at 11 AM so parents could feed their kids lunch before heading home for nap time.
3. Keep it short and sweet. Kids are bound to get cranky, so keep the flow of the party steady to keep their attention.
4. You don’t necessarily have to open the gifts at the party. I found the gift unwrapping process to be a bit overwhelming for Jet and will probably spread that process out overtime in the future so he can gradually open his presents at his own rate.
5. Set up the night before. If you are having the party in your home, like I did, setting up the decorations and staging the room the night before will save a ton of time the morning of.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to be supermom and do it all. Incorporate family members or close friends into the process. I had my mother-n-law and sister come a little early to help with the last minute prep.

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Working out is at the top of most people’s resolution list. It is definitely one of mine, as I’ve not totally gotten back in the swing of things since Jet was born. Part of making work outs both enjoyable and functional is having the right gear and attire. I also lean towards work out clothes that are fashionable enough to run errands before or after the gym. Here are some of my must haves for working out.

1. Bluetooth Headphones & Armband Set – I track my distance/time, listen to music, and talk on the phone all while walking or running. Having a pair of wireless headphones with an armband is a convenient way to take your phone with you on workouts.
2. Fitbit – a fitbit is a great all-encompassing tool to track your weight loss, calories burned, distance walked, and so much more. They even track your sleep which is a huge part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
3. Sneakers – a good pair of sneakers goes a long way. I like a pair like these fashionable New Balances that you’d actually want to wear on a day to day basis. Just wearing sneakers promotes fitness in me, so they’ve become my go to shoe.
4. Yoga Mat & Towel – yoga is my main source of fitness so having a good yoga mat can make or break it. I actually use a yoga towel as well like this one and it really adds stability during my work outs.
5. Ponytail Holders – this may seem like a very simple detail, but nothing annoys me more than having to continuously re-tie my ponytail while working out because the holder isn’t secure. These ponytail holders are awesome for even super thick hair and will keep your pony in place during your entire workout.
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