Maddux’s Golf Themed First Birthday Party!

Hey y’all! I didn’t post yesterday because we were too busy partying it up for Maddux’s first birthday! Today, I really need to clean up the house, so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet.

We chose a golf theme for M’s party. Doesn’t he look like the most dapper young gentleman? We took this photo about a month ago in order for me to have time to make his invitations. I swear he’s already changed so much in the last month!

baby golfer costume

The final product. Blurred out the address for safety, yo.

golf themed first birthday invitations

The only official party game we had was a “Guess the Number of Tees” game. The winner got a golf-themed scratch off. They didn’t win the jackpot, so I’m pretty bummed about that.

golf themed first birthday

Of course I went the cheesy route for the food. Golf theme overload.  We had “Fruit Slices”, “Cup Cakes”, “Par-mento Cheese Sandwiches”, “Chip Shots”, “Bogie-Q Sandwiches”, and “Sweet Tee”.

golf themed first birthday party

We also had beer (duh, it’s a kid’s party), a few crazy-looking green children’s drinks, and lemonade. Check out Ryne’s Koozie placement. Classy. The golf bags below were favors for the kids in attendance. Maddux tore into his golf bag way before the party started. He’s pretty wild.

golf themed party favors and drinks

Oh, and here’s a random shot of the overpriced balloons I put in the hallway. For no reason. Whatever works. Seriously, I laugh at myself over this party. I know he wouldn’t care either way, but I felt the need to act like this was his wedding.

 

golf themed first birthday party

I also spent hours creating a slideshow to play during the party. I used the golf theme on Smilebox and played the Masters theme music with it, because I wanted to see if I could actually tip the scales of corniness. I swear people were crying. That music is emotional, okay? This is the one thing that I do not think I wasted any time on. It took a while to make, but it ended up being amazing! I plan to play a slideshow every year now.

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“Hey, Ryne, look this way and try not to be awk…” “Nevermind.”

golf themed first birthday party

The slideshow took about ten years, by the way. I had time to take a million pictures while people watched. I hope only one or two of them actually fell asleep (even the streamers have had enough at this point… they’re already sagging down).

first birthdayFinally, I let everyone get up and eat!

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A few party animals just wanted to play, though. PS: the banner behind the couch was made by yours truly on Photoshop along with the invitations and food signs. So much cheaper than purchasing them!

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He took about a .02 second break from playing to eat a few bites of food.

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Then Maddux opened his presents and read each card aloud.

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He showed of his new whip, too.

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“What do they call this? A smash cake? Okay then…”

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Logan…

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Even though Maddux actually barely made a mess with his cake, we still opted for an outfit change. He is so fabulous. I can’t even stand it. I bought this little gem on Etsy.

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first birthday

And just like that, his first birthday party is in the books! He partied hard and had a blast. We are so lucky to have such great friends and family. They spoil this kid rotten, and I’m sure he wouldn’t have it any other way. ;)

Question: What do you think his second birthday party theme should be? What, too soon? Fine.

Maddux: Twelve Month Baby Update

This morning, I woke up and had breakfast with a one year old boy. Happy birthday, Maddux!

first birthday breakfast

I can’t even believe it. He’s technically a toddler now, although I suppose he’ll always be my baby. I don’t have many 12 month pictures. There are two reasons for this. 1.) He wouldn’t sit or stand still for anything. 2.) He fell while we were outside and got a pretty nice shiner out of the deal. I cut the photo shoot short at that point. Poor kid. He’s going to look pretty tough at his party tomorrow. ;)

 

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Likes: Maddux likes waving at anyone and anything, but he loves waving to cars and trucks. He’s still pretty obsessed with them. He likes rocking in his little rocking chair, but now he thinks all chairs are supposed to rock. He likes to sort through the food on his tray, politely tossing the less than stellar pieces on the floor. He loves to clap for himself for any reason. I love how excited he gets when other people clap along.

Dislikes: He doesn’t really like going to bed recently. He also doesn’t like being told “no”, when his grandparents leave the house, getting bored in the car, or having to wait even a fraction of a second for his milk or his food. Seriously, you better be swift in the kitchen, ’cause he doesn’t play around. He hates diaper changes or sitting still for any reason.

Sleeping: His bed time has gone back and forth recently between 7pm and 9pm. I think teething and trying to drop down to one nap are the main causes. We’re all working on figuring it out and I have faith it’ll become consistent again soon. He usually wakes up about 12 hours after he goes down for the night. He no longer wakes up to eat, but he sometimes wakes up and needs to be soothed for a minute or two. Overall, though, he’s a good little sleeper.

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Eating: His favorite foods right now are bananas, grapes, avocado, and peas. He also likes pizza and frozen yogurt, but let’s be real, who doesn’t? I really can’t complain about him in the eating department. He’s pretty easy going about it and will generally try anything. It makes meal time stress-free, because I don’t necessarily have to plan everything out for him. He goes with the flow!

Playing: His favorite game is definitely hide-and-seek. One thing that I find odd, is that he loves to be scared or startled. Jump out from a corner and you’ve made his day. His favorite toys this month are golf balls, the feather duster, baseball hats, and all of my headbands. Hilarious.

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Teeth: He’s in the middle of cutting another tooth on the bottom, so his total tooth count is now at 7. This most recent tooth has by far been the worst one for him. He’s had to sleep in the bed with us twice because of it. I complain about it, but it’s actually nice to be able to cuddle with him. During the day, he’s not even close to being still long enough for that.

Talking: He’s actually using less words than he has been in past months. I’m not sure why. The weird thing is, I feel like we still communicate with each other just fine (if not better than before). I’m guessing he’ll get back into using his words when he feels the need. I’m not going to rush him!

Firsts: First real haircut. First time shopping for “big boy” shoes. First time going fishing in the pond. First time meeting his cousin Asher. First time playing on a slide, which is currently proudly displayed in our living room. First time leaving babyhood. I could cry…

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We love him so much. I can’t wait to see what the next year has in store for him! I hope it is just as amazing as the first!

Life in the Backseat

Tomorrow is Maddux’s first birthday. This is a huge deal, right? I’ve been feeling particularly emotional, sentimental, and somewhat crazy over it lately. I just can’t believe it’s really happening! Tomorrow, I will wake up to a todder. I really don’t want the next year to fly by as quickly as his first did. I need to savor every moment!

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Recently, I was asked if I would spread the word about the Subaru Forester “Life in the Backseat” stories. While I’m being compensated for this post, I actually think it’s such a cute idea and novel way to promote the Forester.

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Earlier this month, I posted about life being one long, awesome road trip. I mentioned that you decide when to stop and enjoy the view. Subaru has taken that idea one step further and explained that a lot of life’s best moments actually take place IN the car. When you stop and think about that, you realize it’s completely true.

The backseat is where songs are sung, where games are played, and where some amazing naps have taken place. Your children spend a lot of time in the backseat. They essentially grow up back there.

I have vivid memories of days spent in the backseat as a child. I learned how to braid on a My Little Pony. I kicked some serious butt at that cow counting game, whatever it was called. I created some pretty sweet artwork, told plenty of juicy secrets to my Barbies, and spilled a lot of sticky drinks.

Now that I have my own backseat and my very own baby to put in it, new memories are being made. Some are fun. Look how cute he was before his car ride home from the hospital!

First Car Ride

Some are not-so-fun. ;) When Maddux was about three months old, we were on the way home from Hilton Head Island when all hell broke loose. By “all hell”, I mean full-on high-pitched, nightmare-inducing, screaming hell. Here he is before the panic set in:

I would have done anything to help that boy calm down. Actually, I did do pretty much anything. I couldn’t have made more hideous faces or crazy sounds if I had tried. My repertoire of ridiculousness does have its limits, okay? I handed him literally every single baby-safe item in the car. Nothing. No relief from the constant wailing. It was definitely a “I’m so mad I can’t even stand you right now” kind of cry, not the “Mom, I really need something” kind. We knew that stopping wouldn’t help. It would just make it worse in the end. I don’t think I could have handled worse.

Finally, Ryne had the brilliant idea of rolling every single window down. Apparently, that was all it took to cheer Maddux up. Who would’ve thunk, right? I had to spend the rest of the drive like this:

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I know. It took me about 5 days to get all of the tangles out of my hair. I also don’t look great in hats. But I would’ve shaved my head bald to cheer my sweet little baby up. It’s crazy how much you can love someone who has only ever really yelled at you, isn’t it? ;)

Looking back, that will always be a great back seat living memory for me. It’s wild how some frustrating times end up being the funniest and most endearing little memories. I’ll never forget that road trip and I’ll never lose that feeling of wanting Maddux to be happy. I’d do anything for that boy! I’m already looking forward to a life full of back seat moments with my family.

That’s just one of my back seat living stories. There are plenty of others you can hear about on Twitter by following the hashtag #SubaruBackseat, watching the videos posted on their YouTube page, or by reading about them on other blogs. The #SubaruBackseat stories are full of funny, sweet, and totally unexpected moments. Check some out for yourself! One of my favorites is this little gem right here:

 

 

 
So cute.

Enter to win $1,000 from Subaru by joining the conversation! What is your back seat living story? Share your #SubaruBackseat memory here!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Subaru. The opinions and text are all mine.

Mini Peanut Butter Protein Cheesecakes

Another late night post? Who am I? Today was another busy day, but I actually feel like I got some things done. Everything, besides the food, is prepped and ready to go for Maddux’s birthday party. I’m getting excited! I’m awful at planning and actually executing party themes, so we’ll see if this goes well on Saturday. Cross your fingers! I can’t wait to share pictures of all the little things I’ve been working on lately. Don’t get too excited, though, I’m no “Pinterest Mom”. I’ve done my best, so that has to count for something. Right? I mean, it isn’t like he’s even going to remember this party. ;)

After my long day of party strategizing (<- is this not a word? my computer is saying no.), I headed to my first actual CrossFit class with Logan and Beth. Is it even called a class? I don’t know. I have a lot to say on the subject, so I’ll leave it for another post.

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After we let the gym (box?), we went to get cheese dip and margaritas. That darn alcohol keeps popping up doesn’t it? Can’t say I’m mad at it, to be honest. I can fully say I have no regrets. That thing was delicious.

Now I’m laying in bed reminiscing on my recent baking experiment. I make a lot of protein cheesecakes, so this really isn’t out of the ordinary for me, but I just couldn’t resist attempting a new version. Since I decided to cut back on sugar, I’ve missed my sweets. A lot. This recipe gives me the taste that I’m after, without the added sugar crash at the end. The key to a great “dessert-like” protein powder recipe is really good tasting protein powder. That’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? ;)

I was recently sent a bag of Vi-Shape Nutritional Shake Mix from Visalus. If I’m going to be 100% honest with you, I wanted to hate it. That’s bad, right? I just thought the Visalus stuff was another dumb trend and another thing your friends tried to force you to buy from them. Hey, I’m being real here. The thing is, it’s really good. The sweet cream flavor is spot on. It has great stats, too. It’s low sodium, low fat, low sugar, and gluten/lactose free for those of you who are allergic. Visalus is currently putting together a recipe series and asked if I had one to throw into the mix. I decided to make Mini Peanut Butter Protein Cheesecakes. I’ve said this before, but I primarily use protein powders for baking. I’m not that into shakes (I’d rather eat my food), so I use the powder to amp up my protein in other areas. Primarily “dessert”. I keep putting that word in quotes, because aside from the taste, these things are far from dessert. They are innocent enough for breakfast! Seriously. Ryne’s been eating them as little breakfast bites. He’s given them two thumbs up. :)

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And because I’m lazy, I’ll give you the recipe in picture form.

peanut butter protein cheesecake ingredients

peanut butter protein cheesecake process

peanut butter protein cheesecake process

mini peanut butter protein cheesecakes

If for any reason, the pictures aren’t showing up for you:

Ingredients (makes six mini cheesecakes):

  • 1/2 cup Vi-shape mix (three full scoops)
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into a lined muffin tin.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, or until slightly firm.
  5. Let cool. Store in the refrigerator.
  6. Eat, eat, eat!!

The stats on these little cheesecakes are insane. According to the My Fitness Pal recipe calculator, each cheesecake has 80 calories and 10 grams of protein. They are low in carbs, fat, and sugar as well. Definitely a-okay as a breakfast food, especially if you have it along with some coffee (yep, still having that internal argument with myself). Oh, and the spray whipped cream is not included in those stats. ;) If they aren’t sweet enough for your tastes, you can add your sweetener of choice. I think honey would work great with the peanut butter. Match made in heaven, ya know? Oh, and if you leave out the PB, you would obviously just have “plain” cheesecake. This recipe is totally customizable!

If you try them, let me know! I mean, obviously they aren’t the rich, decadent dessert… but I promise they aren’t a “yucky” protein food either! If Ryne likes them, you know they’re good.

*Disclosure: I received compensation and product in exchange for this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Hurry Up and Accomplish Nothing!

Oh, hey there.

This is the latest I’ve checked in around here in a while. Today was go, go, go all day long. It was one of those days that makes you realize just how much you can rush around while still accomplishing practically nothing. Do you ever fee like that? I literally broke into a sweat multiple times today from just regular errands. That’s insane.

At the end of the day, my house is still a mess, I didn’t get anything done for Maddux’s party, my girls’ running club got rained out, I didn’t make it to barre, and we still have a leak in the roof.

 

I did take Maddux to get his hair cut.

first haircut

 

I did take him to the mall to get new shoes, too. (PS: This is when I really got my sweat on. I forgot to take his stroller to the mall. He’s heavy. Shoe stores are about a billion degrees Fahrenheit. He wouldn’t stop pulling stuff off of the shelves. I felt like a rookie mom. A sweaty, messy, rookie mom. The shoes are pretty sweet, though.)

first brand new shoes

 

I did do a little healthy baking. (No added sugars, for the win! Well, besides the spray “crap” on top, which I love by the way. Sorry, can’t help myself. I’ll post the recipe tomorrow.)

kitchen experiments

 

I did convince Ryne to get me my all-time favorite food on the planet: CRAZY BREAD. (I always forget about this stuff, but I cannot live without it once I remember it exists. I eat the entire bag every time. It’s so disgustingly awesome.)

crazy bread

 

I did run two miles before bed. (The first mile you see was actually sprints. I paused the treadmill between each sprint. I didn’t all of a sudden become fast or anything ridiculous like that. I jogged the second mile. I’m making that face because I smell like a wet dog. Actually, that’s mean to all dogs out there. PS: It was nice to reunite with my lil’ gym.)

late evening run

 

So, you see, I did accomplish things. Just nothing you can really tell by looking around my house. I kinda, sorta, maybe hate days like this. I’m pretty visual. I like to be able to see what I got done and practically revel in how awesome I am at the end of the day. I can’t do that tonight. No sparkly floors, no freshly scrubbed tubs, nothing. Nada.

You know what I should have done this morning? Made a freaking list! I could have looked back and seen all of those things scratched through, like little awards for all my hard work (<- I use that term loosely). Next time, y’all, next time.

Question: Do you need “proof” that you accomplished things?

(Oh, and I have a super cheesy/amazing Fourth of July themed booty workout posted on Well of Health today! Check it out and leave Kasey some love for me, please!)