must-haves when travelling with a toddler

3 days and counting!  So I’m down to the wire on packing and buying for this trip.  But here’s my list of “must-haves” for the trip so far…and you’ll notice they are all for the mini person in my life.  Travelling with a toddler is hard enough, and I am in uncharted waters.  We flew with Johannes when he was 4 months and then again at 6 months, but he was younger, easier to handle and slept almost the entire time.  We’re in a different ball-game this go around, so my main focus was on distraction items…ie the new car that he will spend 30 minutes inspecting and exploring, or the movie that he’s watched 1500000 times but still can watch for 2 hours at a time {cue “Despicable Me”}..and of course the much needed headphones, because both M and I have watched said movie the same amount of times and if we watch it one more time we might cry.

carsbook - ergo carrierheadphones - bamboo blanketiPad - art kit - lunch box

Pumpkin Spice Party Inspiration

With Canadian Thanksgiving this upcoming weekend I just can’t help but get super excited!

How fun would it be to have a Fall inspired baby shower, or a Fall inspired birthday party …or just have a Fall/Thanksgiving party just because its fabulous!?  The flow of fabulous ideas that could make this party oh-so-beautiful, are endless!

I put together today’s party inspiration post from some of my favorite Fall Pins {from Pinterest} because if I was to have a party this weekend, it would be called Pumpkin Spice!  Isn’t it so lovely?!  Are you in the party mood yet?  Or maybe just in the mood for a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  Yum!

{Welcome Pumpkins Pumpkin candle holders  /  Pumpkin Spice latte  /  Keep Calm sign    /  Petite Favours  /  Setup Ideas  / Pumpkin Sihlouette  Turkey desserts}

Airplanes and Flowers Baby Shower

I first came across Carly, of Carly Taylor Photography, on Pintrest {if you’re not familiar with Pintrest you should be…its amazing!}.  But that’s besides the point!  Carly captured this incredibly beautiful baby shower for her friend and the details are just so so lovely and simply divine!  I love the theme, colors and little delicate details!  LOVELY!!

{Photography by Carly Taylor Photography}

ETSY Find of the Week!

I have seriously fallen in love with the Moxie and Mischief Kids on Etsy.  Not only is the name totally utterly adorable, but the delicate little headbands and bright vintage-inspired building blocks are totally must have accessories!  Since I can’t dress up baby-J with pretty feathered headbands, I think I will have to order him some custom blocks instead!  What a super great idea for the little munchkins or for a baby shower!!  LOVE LOVE!!!

{Blue Glower and Feather Headband}

{Sophia Dot Blocks}

{Little Red Feather Infant Headband}

Rainbow Bright Party Inspiration

Ok, so who doesn’t LOVE RAINBOWS?!  They are just so pretty and bright!  Rainbows make me smile every time I see one, and I think they are the PERFECT INSPIRATION for a children’s birthday party or baby shower. 

There are so many great things you can do with this theme:  delightfully colored desserts, beautiful fresh balloons, pom-poms of every color…. the list is never ending!  I’ve put together a little inspiration board for you, full of decadent desserts and lovely decorations!  Delish!  {check out the links to all the yummy treat-recipes!}

{Kara’s Party Ideas  /  Ruby Boutique Cake Files-Multi Layer Cake  /  One Charming Party:  Rainbow Cake  /  Raspberri Cupcakes:  (Double) Rainbow Malt Cake  /  Glorious Treats:  Taste The Rainbow Jello  /  Raspberri Cupcakes:  Rainbow Rice Krispies Treats  }

A Tea Party With Ruffles!

Ahhh I just LOVE Rosie’s {Sweetapolita} amazingly decadent desserts.  Their ridiculously lovely petite ruffle cakes, raspberry merigues and fairy cupcakes are just to DIE for!  What sweet SWEET inspiration for a baby shower or birthday party!   I am envisioning images of pink delightful ballerina slippers, satin, tulle and a room filled with white balloons!  Oh-so-perfect!   For all of the fabulous recipes check out the Sweetapolita blog!  Happy planning!

Thank you so much Rosie, for allowing us to share your beautiful creations!

{Photography: Sweetapolita / Petite Ruffle Cakes, Fairy Cupcakes & Raspberry Meringues: Sweetapolita}