boone's baby shark birthday

You all know by now that our Boone Thomas turned one year old on February 24th. Zach was in Bangkok at the time, so we decided to wait and celebrate Boone’s birthday with family and friends at our house on March 10th. It was such a special day, bittersweet and full of love.
Originally I didn’t want to have much of a theme, but when Bear suggested a Baby Shark theme, the rest was history. Boone loves Baby Shark and I knew we could do decor he would love while also keeping a more classic overall nautical theme. I didn’t go overboard (literally!) this time around like I did Bear’s first, and I’m thankful for that because I was able to just sit back and enjoy it all. So many amazing shops helped make this day possible so I’m going to talk about them each below!

For the cake/gift table, we framed pictures of Boone in nautical frames (found at Hobby Lobby). I made a banner with a picture from each month of his first year and could hardly look at it without crying. What a fast year it was! But such a sweet one.

The “Boone Shark” and “doo doo doo doo doo doo” signs were made my The Petite Party Animal, who was such a pleasure to work with. Molly got only a little info from me and ran with it, exceeding all expectations with her creativity. She not only made the cutest banners, but also a custom shadow box that we will keep in Boone’s room and the most adorable “make your own baby shark” crafting projects for the kids. They ended up playing so hard at the party that we sent them home as favors which worked out perfectly. Molly can make any party vision you have come to life with special, one of a kind details and decor.

The invitations and printables were all done by Paper Heart Company. As soon as I saw this invitation, I fell in love and had to have it for Boone’s party. I could’ve printed them at home but chose to have them printed and mailed to us instead and I’m so glad I did- the paper quality was amazing and I loved the details on the envelopes. All of the printables (water bottle labels, food cards, favor tags) were made by Paper Heart Company to be cohesive and match the invitation. I would 100% recommend this shop to anyone planning a party, as they were so easy to work with and do such amazing work. Paper Heart Company is a woman owned business that offers digital files and printing for all events. They are located in Warwick, NY but can drop ship anywhere in the world. PHC can edit existing designs or create custom along with options for foil, letterpress, thermography. They do day of pieces and envelope addressing - pocket folds, wax seals etc. Basically they’re magicians and made Boone’s party so special!

It’s hard to pick my favorite part of the details but these cookies definitely rank high up there. It was surprisingly hard to find Baby Shark sugar cookies but I found the most adorable ones by April’s Sugaree Cookies on Etsy and our guests loved them just as much as I did. April offers so many unique designs and looks aside, her cookies are DELICIOUS. We had some left over and I finished the last one off last night- 2 weeks later and it was still so soft and fresh.

The “fin-tastic” cups were made by Rubi & Lib, another hit at the party. They were perfect for holding the cookies and a great take-home favor for our guests. I could also envision the cups being ideal for a bachelorette weekend, baby shower, etc. Just so sweet and completely customizable. Also really great quality for the price!

The giant cupcake (or “smash cake”) and other cupcakes were all from Crave Cupcakes, our very favorite local bakery. True story, the very first time I ever came to Houston to visit Zach, he took me to Crave Cupcakes. and it was love at first bite. I was so excited when I found out The Woodlands has a Crave (we used to live off of Post Oak and frequent that location) and my very favorite coffee in the world is a Cupcake Mocha Latte from Crave. Each latte has an entire scoop of cupcake frosting in it…..basically heaven in a cup.
I somehow took this conversation over to coffee, big surprise, but back to the cupcakes. They were so yummy- we got a variety of flavors and everyone was happy.

The acrylic “Boone” shark cake topper was made my Studio Noel, who also made Boone’s monthly milestones that you saw on the blog the past year. My reflection doesn’t show it well in the pictures but the topper was actually a silver acrylic, which was so cute in person. Brittni is unbelievably talented and I still can’t get over how perfect Boone’s cake toppers (she sent an extra!) were. She can make pretty much any laser cut sign you’re needing and will work with you on a design that you love. I wish I’d known about Studio Noel when we got married!

I can’t thank all of these shops enough for making Boone’s birthday such a sweet, special day for our boy.
Even more than the material things, were the people present who made the day memorable. We had family drive in from all over the state, and friends make 2 hour treks to be there for Boone. I can’t put into words how much this meant to our family, even if Boone was sleepy and a little grumpy at the time :). We truly have the best friends and family and we love you all.

If you have any baby shark lovers in your family, I hope this post will provide a little inspiration for their next party! It really was so much fun to plan and we loved celebrating our ONE year old baby shark.
xo, Britt

spring break ready

Spring break is always an exciting time around our house and I’m so happy it’s here! Growing up with two teachers for parents, we relished spring break and the time we all had together as a family. Zach still works most of spring break, but he usually takes a few days off for us to go to the rodeo and visit with extended family that comes to stay with us during the break. Between the rodeo, lunch plans with friends, and a vacation, it’s sure to be a busy but exciting week!
After cleaning out my closet in January (thank you, Marie Kondo), I needed a few new items to freshen up my spring wardrobe. Y’all know by now that River Oaks Shopping Center is my favorite place to visit when I want to find the best deals in the best atmosphere. I headed to ROSC last week to grab some things and was not disappointed!

My first stop was Ann Taylor because I haven’t been there in awhile and wanted to see their spring selections. I found lots of fun polka dots, neutrals, and great basics that will last me for years to come. The sales associates were so kind and helpful, I felt right at home and not at all pressured to buy anything. That’s one thing I love about River Oaks Shopping Center- everyone is so friendly and it’s a different environment than a regular shopping mall. It feels more personal, yet more laid-back if that makes sense. I enjoy shopping so much better this way (but y’all know I do always enjoy it).

My second stop was White House Black Market and I fell in love with so many of the bold prints, especially on denim. There was tons of pink, which is my favorite color, so I had to grab a few tops and a pair of jeans. I’ll try and remember to do an Instagram try-on soon of all my River Oaks Shopping Center spring finds!

My last two stops were J.McLaughlin and C'est Chic by Carmine, where I picked up a fun hat, some sandals, and another top that I plan on wearing to the rodeo Thursday. It’s so convenient that I can find everything I need in one stop at ROSC, without having to pay for parking or worry about crowds. Usually I stop in Gap Kids to pick up some new clothes for the boys, but they are pretty set on things for spring. I’m sure in a month or two I’ll get the itch to buy them summer clothes and swimsuits, so I’ll find myself back at River Oaks Shopping Center.

I am so excited and honored to be partnering with River Oaks Shopping Center again this year to share my finds and experiences at the Center with y’all. It’s a place near and dear to my heart and one of the first places I ever visited in Houston. If you’re local, chances are you appreciate ROSC just as much as I do. And if you’re not from around here, you have to visit the Center should you ever find yourself in Houston. There are lots of new and exciting additions I can’t wait to share, like the opening of Perry’s Steakhouse and Run On by JackRabbit. I can’t wait to try them out soon and see even more of what River Oaks Shopping Center has to offer.

xo, Britt

my favorite low cal coffee orders

Calling all fellow coffee lovers…this one is for you :).
This is a post I’ve meant to get up for awhile and with the weather warming up, I especially wanted to share some of my very favorite iced coffee orders with y’all! The majority of them are pictured below, and if you follow us on Instagram you’ve probably already seen them. My love for Starbucks runs deep, but that habit also gets expensive after awhile so I have found some alternatives (for almost half the price) that I love just as much.
From both McDonalds and Sonic, I order: Medium iced coffee with light french vanilla
It’s just the right amount of sweet, 100-120 calories, and just really tasty. You can also say “easy french vanilla” if you’re told they don’t have a “light” version, as it’s the same thing.
Some more of my favorite coffee orders are below, many of them inspired by the Macro Barista on Instagram. I hope you’ll try a few of them and enjoy them, guilt-free, just as much as I do!

One of my recent favorites not pictured above is the Vanilla Sweet Cream Cold Brew from Starbucks. It’s delicious and just 120 calories for a Grande. It’s actually on the menu I believe, so it’s an easy one to order.

And now for some exciting news…a few months back, I worked with McDonalds on a really fun project that I’m finally able to share. I love their coffee (and fries….and double cheeseburgers…and pretty much everything else) so it was a natural fit. The video explains what we did and be warned, you may be craving a McDonalds iced coffee after watching!

Are you a coffee drinker, too? Do you prefer iced or hot? What’s your go-to order when you’re on the go? Please dish in the comments- I’m always looking for new orders to try!
xo, Britt