Isla's 1st Birthday Party Details - Woodland Theme


I can hardly believe Isla's first birthday has come and past. Her first year went by in such a blur. And now almost a month later she is walking and moving like never before.

I regret that I didn't get more photos of Isla's party, especially since we put some much work into it. But unfortunately, like so many things in life, this didn't go exactly as planned. On Friday, just two more days till Isla's party, Jedidiah cut his fingers with a chop saw while cutting the little wooden signs for the table. We spent the better part of that day in the Er and then recovering from stress. We did manage to get everything done and it was another wildly successful party but come the day of, I was exhausted. I'm thankful I remembered to capture these an hour before our guests came.

These aren't my best captured photos but I'll love looking back at them in the years to come. We decorated most of this party from left over baby shower items and things we made. The wooden slices came from Target, which was perfect because they were smooth and food ready. We found a piece of aspen and made a cupcake stand out of three of them.

I made the marshmallow mushroom stand by carving floral foam into the shape of the tin and hot gluing moss to the outside.

The background I made from coffee filters, hot glue, and a thick thread. It was very easy but time consuming. 

As an alternative to giving out candy and cheap toys I decided to offer a trail mix bar. My guest had fun adding what ever they wanted in take home paper bags. For the meal (I didn't photograph) we did a huge taco bar. Both were a big hit!

I look forward to future parties and decorating them. Hopefully no one will get injured next time. Sorry this was so rushed, I usually try to take more time for writing but Isla is mad and I need to get her to bed.

Till next time,

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather

Isla's First Birthday - Cake Smash!


It's been a long while since I last posted. A much needed break from blogging was exactly what I needed. Adjusting to three kids and having quite the adventurous summer didn't leave me with a lot of time to do anything else. There were even days/weeks when I didn't pick up my camera. *Gasp!* (Shocking, I know!) Each night I barely had enough energy to get Isla to bed before drifting to sleep myself. I have to really applaud those with more children.

Today I'm excited to share photos from Isla's first birthday. We did smash cakes with the other girls but this is the first cake we bough special and custom made. Chloie and Piper both did theirs in a high chair but for Isla, I thought, "Hey let's do this in her room because the lighting is great in there and I love her wall color paired with yellow!" These photos turned out great but it was extremely challenging to keep Isla in one spot. She is NOT one to stay still and is by far the most determined of our three girls.

At first Isla had no interest in sitting near her cake. She was much more interested in exploring her room. Her travel themed room seems to fit her character more and more each day. After showing Isla she could eat her cake she had a bit more interest but not nearly as much as her sisters did.

It took the entire family to wiggle, make funny sounds, and chase after Isla when she crawled off. In the photos below, Isla decided that getting frosting on her dresser was way more interesting than sitting in front of her cake.

I tried to photograph Isla a bit longer but she quickly decided we were finished. So alas we ended another photo shoot with her mad because we wouldn't let her wander free. Being one must be so hard. While she might not have enjoyed this as much as we did, I know someday she will love to look back on these early days.

I can't wait to share photos from Isla's first birthday party! I probably went wayyyy overboard! Lol! Check back soon, I'll probably post those in the next day or two.
Till then...

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather Gwinn

A Brief Moment of Sunshine and Warmth


I can hardly believe it's already spring. I feel like Christmas just past but here we are with May around the corner. Oh how the years seem to mover faster and faster as we grow older. 

It's April 28th and while I can hardly believe it's already spring, most days it doesn't feel like it. Colorado's spring feels more like a wetter slightly warmer winter. Today it is snowing, yep snow and I'm told it's going to get heavier before it stops tomorrow night. I guess I can't complain, because I love the snow and if it's going to be cold, it might as well snow... or at least that's what I always say. These photos are from one of those beautiful but rare spring days when it's ACTUALLY warm out. I'm talking no stockings, kind of weather. Ahhh I love when it's in the 70's. My perfect weather would always be in the 70's. 

I've actually had this dress for quite a while but am sad to say that this was the first time I've worn it. This was one of those ModCloth sale I couldn't pass up. I bought it when I was pregnant, knowing it wouldn't fit me for a while. Actually it's still kind of snug but I'm still carrying about 10-12 lbs of baby weight. This dress is fantastic, it has a nice stretch and a slightly stiff weight to it. Unfortunately it wrinkles like nothing else. I may be the only one who feels like this but I really dislike clothing that is mostly cotton! I can't stand ironing clothing and this dress wrinkles easily.

It's kind of silly but this is the first sun hat I've ever worn! I bought it on whim at Target and now I can't imagine how I've gone this long without one. I love seeing the lovely hats you ladies wear online, I'm excited to finally have one too! I'll definitely be getting more of these beauties. This pale skin will thank me I'm sure.

How is spring where you live? Does it feel like ours, mostly winter or is it warmer? I've lived here so long now I can barely remember what it's like to have a true spring.

Outfit details:

Hat: Target ($5 bargain section)
Cardigan: ModCloth
Dress: ModCloth
Shoes: ModCloth (via BAIT Footwear) Same shoe different color

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather

Isla's 8th Month


Oh to be a parent. I'd like to say that it's easy, that it's all playtime and giggles. That every photo you see is a window into my perfect life. Yes, I am happy, I do have fairly well behaved kids, and a good strong marriage but our lives are far from perfect. When you look past the smiles and beautiful photos shared, parenthood is so much more. We have good days and bad and on this particular, for Isla, she was not the friendliest.

This little "Bear" as she has been affectionately nicknamed was not up for a photo shoot. She did NOT want to be in her crib and she did NOT like me taking away the card we kept placing before her feet. I had envisioned this shoot going as well as the last. So many smiles and coos but Isla had different plans.

Jedidiah and I had considered trying again another day, this was turning into a complete wash. I certainly don't want Isla to grow to hate the camera every time I bring it out. But I realized I loved her tears and her truth at this age, so I decided to capture this grouchy moment, as it was, on her 8th month marker. We tried to keep the card from her, so I could save it, perfectly intact but in the end I decided to let her chew on it. The memories from this warped and drool stained card will now carry far more meaning to us.

 Isla is officially 8 months old. My sweet bear is growing fast! Each day she loses that young newborn look. *insert motherly sobs and tears* At 8 months, Isla is very alert. She listens to the sounds around her, even sounds in the other room, she turns to. She does the funniest little flutter with her eyes that brings us all to tears every time we see it. Our passing dogs make her giggle, she has a particular interest in Buffy (our boston terrier). Isla has finally learned to sit up well and is starting to pull herself into a sitting position. She never stays still, like her parents, she is already an explorer. Isla is always rolling and finding things to get into. She isn't crawling yet but she does this wiggle that I can only describe as floor swimming. I know it's only a matter of time before she catches on.

Isla reaches for us now when we come to her (I love that so much!). She loves to put her hands on my mouth when I rock her to sleep. I feel so incredibly blessed to have this bear of mine, tears and all. God is so good!

Photo details:
Crib: Bratt Decor
Outfit: Vintage
Hair bow: Handmade by me
Cards: Lostmy.Name c/o

Take Care & Enjoy,
♥ Heather

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