A Thank You To Baby Beetle’s Aunt Casey

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I would be neglectful if I didn’t post about my twin sister and soon-to-be-aunt to Baby Beetle, Casey.

I could go on and on about how much her love, support, and encouragement throughout this pregnancy has kept me sane, centered, and comforted but of course, that is a personal discussion between she and I. I assure you it has happened on numerous occasions and will continue to be vocalized.

However, I did want to show off her party planning skills and abilities.  After showing off the woodland baby shower, which was planned and decorated by her, I feel the need to brag for a moment.

As a doting wife, mother of a 16 month old, pharmaceutical sales rep-by-day, patient friend, and loving sister, I honestly don’t know where she found the time to craft and plan such a spectacular event.  This point in-and-of-itself shows how loving and caring she is and always has been. I will seriously be indebted to her for life. xoxo

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From the overall vision to the tiniest, minute details, she thought of it all and executed everything perfectly.

Here are the details she outsourced:


And here are the some of the sweet details she crafted, which are beyond impressive:

details3From banners to photobooth masks to a diaper cake, every single detail was perfect, well-intentioned, theme appropriate, and hand crafted!  I mean, even the water bottles had cute little labels to show the cute factor. Perhaps she should reconsider her career choice.

What do you think?

Love You Forever Sister,



Our Woodland Nursery: Part I

Because I caught the nesting bug that bites {nearly} every pregnant woman, I’ve been on a mission to decorate our spare bedroom/office to accommodate the nursery.

We live in a small urban space in San Francisco, therefore we had to get creative with the set up.  Because we have a ton of friends and family visit through the year and because the husband works from home, it was important to me that we didn’t give up the spare bed or the office.  With some careful planning, we’ve made it work so that the spare room is a trifecta of guest bedroom, nursery, and office.

Here are the tasks I completed this week:

The Dresser:

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For the dresser, I bought the RAST dresser from Ikea for the unbelievable price os $34.99.  Because it is plain wood {as seen here} I added some flair using chevron wall decals (on clearance at Target for $10) and wrapping paper (from Ikea for $1.99) and some Mod Podge.  Although I still want to add some cool knobs, this is the {nearly} finished fruits of my labor.

The Office:
office spaceBy moving the desk down to the far end of the wall, adding some wall art, and decorating with some desk flair (such as the hedgehog pen holder, lantern, branch lamp, and owl bust) we have a welcoming office space that ties into the nursery theme.

…Next up is the crib assembly, guest bed bedding, curtain hanging, and wall art.

Baby Shower Cake Inspiration: Woodland Theme

The shower for Baby Beetle will be hosted by our sweet families in San Francisco around Thanksgiving. As a family who loves hosting parties, I can not wait to see all of the details and special touches that will make the day memorable and unique.

Although I’m staying out of the planning portion, one task I am inserting my opinion about is the shower cake!

Let me be the first to say that I am not a dessert/cake person.  I don’t ask for birthday cakes and don’t opt for a slice at events. We didn’t even have a cake at our wedding.  However, I think cakes and baby showers go hand-in-hand so the cake is a very important detail to me.

My family has a lot to live up to in order to out-do the cake I had made in Alexandria, Virginia for my sister’s Mario-themed baby shower.


                      It’s Me….Mario!

Because we aren’t finding out the gender of Baby Beetle, we picked a {gender – neutral} woodland theme for the nursery, which will also be the shower theme.  When thinking of a cake idea that embodies the woodland theme, I immediately Googled “deer cake” and found these beauties.

Deer Bust Cakedeer cake4Deer Bust Cake by Intricate Icings

I mean…how cool are these? {Hint! Hint!}