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Elias’ BB2!


It’s a party! It’s a ‘que! It’s a barbeTWO! Super clever over here. 😉

Immediately after having Elias’ first birthday I came up with the idea of having a barbecue for his second birthday. Hence the invention “barbeTWO” or BB2 as I like to shorten it. Why that choice when there is literally NOTHING to be found ANYWHERE as far as decor, ideas, etc that use a BB2 theme. THAT is exactly why. Of all the “donut grow up” or “two sweet” or perhaps my personal favorite “baby shark…two…two…two…two” I have yet to find anyone else throwing a barbeTWO. And, I mean let’s face it – barbecue.

Throwing parties are one my absolute favorite things to do and I’m always bombarded with questions like “where did you get ______” and “how did you ______”. I have an open book policy when it comes to hosting events; I will tell anyone anything they want to know. Even my stepdad was asking me where I got the buffet serving utensils and how much I paid….and then he tried to (jokingly) steal them. Haha.

So here’s a run down of the who, what and where of Elias’ BB2. I may have inadvertently left some things out and maybe some details aren’t as specific as you’d like – just ask. I’d be more than happy to answer any questions or go into a bit more detail in the comments! 🙂

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toddler tuesdays: adventures in potty training

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Potty trained: having been taught to use the toilet. That is straight from the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Seems simple enough, yes?


We were newly married when a lot of our friends and family started having babies. We were then newly pregnant when a lot of those babies grew into toddlers. We were rookie parents when those toddlers started potty training. Having a newborn in diapers while watching other parents struggle with toddler toilets and floor pooping was a double edged sword – we were thankful we were not there yet (because we would have had absolutely NO idea what to do) but we were also well aware that our turn would come soon enough.

I’m willing to risk some backlash here because, let’s face it, I’m a mom and I will ALWAYS get some sort of backlash for some decision I make having to do with child rearing. (Let’s also have a reminder here that the moment you get pregnant, EVERYONE knows what to do better than you for ANYTHING having to do with pregnancy, child birth and being a parent.) Trust me, I’ve been there, I’ve heard it, I’ve dealt with it and at the end of the day I really don’t care. My child is healthy, happy, thriving and loved – that is ALL that truly matters.

Rant over. Back to potty training.
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toddler tuesdays: quarantined with a powerhouse

waffle knit top / levi’s in “little secret” / booties similar here
Elias’ top (out of stock at Carter’s!)/ jeans / converses

My days start around 6am in quarantine – normally they would start at 4:45am, but things haven’t been normal for weeks now. Elias wakes up shortly thereafter and from the moment his little eyes are open, he is ready to go. He has my early bird tendencies with his dads’ notorious high energy and talent for fun.
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toddler tuesdays: sour, sweet, gone


As part of the blog update (I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately), I’m trying to incorporate more lifestyle posts. I’ve revamped my recipe round ups, I’m brainstorming new topics and, most importantly, I’m keeping it real.

Need a dose of reality?


They do what they want, they say what they want, they ARE exactly what they want. There’s no “should I” or “could I”, no “I’ll be embarrassed” or “what will they think” – they take no prisoners and give no f***s. Being around a toddler is like a smack in the face – with a hammer; I find it refreshing (and a true privilege) to be able to spend every day with a tiny human that is 100% real.

Toddler Tuesdays are my way of sharing all things toddler – funny stories, products we love, activities we do – here on my blog. Expect at least one or two a month, although it may be more since I’ve been blessed with a punchy child. 😉

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