Posts Tagged ‘Baby Shower’

My First Baby Shower!

Today we came home from Chautauqua and went straight to Bravo, a fun Italian restaurant, for a lunch with a few of my friends from growing up and their moms. My girlfriend Jackie who lives in Spain, and has for the past 4 years, planned the lunch for Kara and I. Kara is getting married this summer and Jackie won’t be back for either of our showers.

We had the best time in the world! It was great to catch up and enjoy a fun lunch. I had the salmon salad but didn’t take a picture because I was more interested in taking pictures of my friends and Jackie’s cute decorations.

My place setting:


Kara’s place setting:


A few table decorations:


Jackie and I :


Kara and Jackie:


The girls! The mom’s aren’t pictured but we apparently all got the memo to wear black.

I got some adorable baby gifts – organic cotton crib sheets, receiving blankets, books, stuffed animals and adorable outfits in white and yellows! Thank you so much girls!!!


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Baby Rattle Cupcakes


These adorable cupcakes are super simple to make!

  1. Bake cupcakes as directed.
  2. Let the cupcake cool and frost them in the colors of your choice.
  3. Stick gum drops with sucker sticks and tie a bow on the top!
  4. With a sharp knife, cut a little slit in the cupcake wrapper and insert the sucker stick!
  5. Enjoy!



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One of my best friends, Jen, is due with her first baby at the end of November, so we had to celebrate!

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Classic Cucumber Sandwiches


Pesto 5 – Cheese Tortellini


Pretzels and Carrots with Hummus


Apple Dip and apples


Ceasar Salad with Chicken on the side



Onesie Cookies



Baby Rattle Cupcakes



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Packed lunches, that is!! We are in the final stretch of the year – tomorrow + 4 days next week + 1.5 days the following week and it’s SUMMER VACATION!!

We had a crazy busy week, again! Last night I had book club here, Mexican theme! And tonight I went to Brady’s soccer game(it went well, they won by a ton) and then helped a neighbor make a diaper cake.

People at school often ask me how I have the time to make such healthy lunches and I think it’s pretty easy as long as you have planned ahead.

This week’s lunches were leftovers like usual but I thought I would show how easy it is to take healthy leftovers. It’s great if you take the time to make a healthy dinner. We always try to get at least 1 dinner and 2 lunches out of a meal, and sometimes we get more!!

This is leftover cucumber/tomato salad with added jicama rice (jicama zapped in the food processor):


To get some carbs and protein I added a Flat Out wrap filled with Naturally More PB and banana slices: I had to sample it 0 hence the bite


Since I eat breakfast around 7:30-8ish and lunch at 11:15, I am STARVING by 2:30 – 3ish. Luckily my kids had special at 2:40 each day this year, so I was able to eat a snack then. Usually I would have a piece of fruit with something else to fill me up but not make me stuffed before dinner.

Many times this year I made this “breakfast cookie” dip for my fruit.

Breakfast Cookie Dip

  • 1 smashed banana
  • 1 tbs. pb or ab or nautrally more
  • splash of chocolate soy milk light
  • 2 scoops choc. protein powder
  • 1/3 c. of rolled oats

Mix all together and store in the fridge until ready to eat!


Soooo good and just the right amount of full.

More packed lunch ideas to come!


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Yesterday I had a baby shower for my neighbor Tracie who is expecting in June. She is having a baby boy, Jasper William! Our neighborhood is really close and often throws parties and showers for one another, so it is my kind of place! A few of my neighbors brought food so it wasn’t too much cooking!

The centerpiece and my duck cake in the background:


Close up of the cake I made:


The napkins:


Chicken salad croissants on a bed of lettuce, complete with pansies!


Easy, tasty cucumber sandwiches:


Maggie’s Guac:


Kellly’s fruit and AMAZING dip:


Hummus and veggies:


Cheese and Crackers:


Champagne Punch:


Duck cookies and onsies, of course:


I love baby showers!! The clothes are so cute and everyone is so excited! 🙂

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Busy as a Bee

This weekend flew by but we did tons of fun things! Here is a quick recap. I wanted to post my food pics and recipes but that will have to wait until tomorrow because I am in the process of finishing my final grad school paper for this course.


  • 7 mile run
  • Columbus Clippers game at the new staduim
  • Bar Louie


  • Race for the Cure – signed up but didn’t end up going
  • Mulch 25 bags spread on our yard
  • Garden
  • Run
  • Bake cookies
  • Make cake
  • Wedding
  • Reception at the Westin
  • Drank way too much wine 🙂IMG_3601.JPG  


  • Walked to breakfast at Bruggers
  • Rush around our house getting ready for the baby shower
  • Hosted a baby shower for my neighbor IMG_3608.JPG
  • Cleaned up
  • Had John and Ashley over for cookout!
  • Wrote grad school final paper for this course
  • Too tired to blog.

Detailed post to come!


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Today we had a baby shower for my cousin, Cindy, and her husband, Tom, who are due in the middle of June. We had a great time eating, chatting and opening all of her great gifts! Since they don’t know what they are having, we did a ducky theme. Here is the recap.

The table centerpiece we made last week with baby diapers.

Wrapped Silverware

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Baby Duck Cookies


Boy and Girl Baby Massey Cookies


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Cutest Cake in the World


Fruit Cookies


Chicken Salad


Tomato Basil Stacks


Cucumber Sandwiches and Olive Pinwheels

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Fruit Salad


Fresh Veggies with Dill Dip


The food was great, simple but delicious, healthy and beautiful. Preparation and teamwork are the key to any event because they make things fun. I can’t wait for the next event!


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