The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party


I have a TWO year old! She is the sweetest little thing and we couldn’t wait to celebrate her. I had a hard time figuring out what our “theme” should be, and then one week she asked to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar over and over and over. At first, I thought it would be perfect as their Halloween costumes (Sprout as the caterpillar and Chickadee the butterfly), and then the more I thought about it, I decided to run with it as the party theme too!

We invited family and a few of Chickadee’s friends from church and playdates. It was a beautiful fall day. We set up a jump house we had borrowed from a friend and let the kids play inside and out. It was a great day to celebrate our baby girl! 

Here are a few photos. We didn’t go crazy, but we definitely followed a theme!










All of the serving dishes and platters were bought at The Dollar Tree, Target, and Walmart. The tablecloth is from Hobby Lobby. My sweet sister made the banners and caterpillar door wreath. 

(Psst! Check out this list of free Target Coupons that my friend Jocie put together! She updates it several times per week so you will always save money!)

For food we stuck with the food the caterpillar ate in the book: apples (applesauce), fruit, muffins, cheese (& crackers), salami, and mini sausages. We also added in trail mix and pb&j shaped like butterflies.


For favors Chickadee and I made caterpillar salt dough ornaments. They turned out super cute and hopefully will hang on all of her friend’s Christmas trees for years to come!


For Chickadee’s actual birthday, III took the day off and we celebrated as a family. It started with “2” pancakes with sprinkles & candles, then there was a lot of playing outside, a trip to Build-a-Bear, the playground, Chickfila, a cookie, a nap, and then a picnic at the park for dinner. It was finally capped off with a cupcake!


Happy Birthday Chickadee!

The Celebration Plate


Who doesn’t love the endless possibilities that can begin with a jar of Ragu® spaghetti sauce! Spaghetti sauce is always on a mom’s dream team of ingredients. To be honest I love making my own sauce, but lately while trying to wrangle a two year old and six month old, it just isn’t happening. When cooking with Ragu® you can create basic spaghetti, spice it up with meatballs, try out mini pizza’s, go in a different direction with homemade chili or make my family’s current favorite, Pizza Pasta!


Too often dinner is just another thing to check off the list of a busy day. This special time gets overlooked but friends, don’t let it. Dinner is one of the few times when when the entire family can come together and enjoy a delicious meal, great conversation, and each other. Let’s celebrate the magic of eating a meal together. Ragu® gives me the opportunity to sit down at mealtime and enjoy my family. Meal prep is stress free allowing me and my family to celebrate the time we have together for dinner. 


I picked up some Ragu® last time I went shopping at Kroger. I’m a Kroger fan because Chickadee gets to ride in the car attached to the buggy, the top basket is the perfect size for Sprout’s car seat to sink down into, and there is still room in the bottom basket for groceries. Triple Jackpot!

A family tradition that we enjoy at mealtime is using a “Red Plate to Celebrate!” When we got married over 5 years ago, Mrs. Zo, one of the sweetest ladies I know and director of the camp I grew up going to gave us a red plate. Strange right? I thought so, but then I read her note. 


This red plate should be used to celebrate moments big and small…CELEBRATE members of your family by serving their dinner on the special red (or any color) plate. We all love to be celebrated and to feel special. It’s amazing how a little red plate and a proud family can make us feel.

So, Dad gets a promotion, Chickadee learns to recognize her name, Sprout sleeps through the night :), Mom has a pin go viral on Pinterest…we celebrate with the RED plate!

How do you celebrate at meal time?

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


Fall Hand Print Craft Ideas


A few weeks ago we had our playgroup over for a little Fall craft fun! I absolutely LOVE creating with their little hand and foot prints. It creates fabulous art but also captures their little prints at this current time in life. They are a great keepsake craft to hold on to long after the current holiday season. 

Children love to create, but I’ll be the first to admit it can sometimes be a little stressful. However, it doesn’t have to be…here are a few tips. 1. Cover your table/craft space with butcher paper 2. Let the kids wear dad’s old tshirts to protect their clothes 3. Use washable paints 4. Sponge brushes work best 5. When working with real little ones stick to footprints 6. Keep wipes handy to wash off their hands 7. Embrace the chaos!

Here are lots of hand and foot print ideas to carry you through the rest of Fall!


A is for Apple (She has the whole alphabet!)




Turkey Hand Prints


Frankenstein Footprint




 Acorn & Leaves




 Fall Trees








Scarecrows from Lindsay :)

Do you have any other ideas? I’d love to see them! Don’t be afraid of the mess, start crafting today!!


Chickadee | She is 2!!!



I can’t believe you are two. It’s been a whole week since you hit the big TWO and I am still trying to come to terms with it. TWO. What an amazing two years it has been. You make life exciting, a constant party, you keep us on our toes and make us laugh daily. We love you baby girl!

A lot happened in the last 6 months since I wrote to you. You had just become a big sister. You have been such a huge help and a sweet sister to Sprout. You love getting diapers for him and loving on his. Every night you give him kisses before bed. It’s a must! Yall are starting to really interact with each other. Sprout loves watching you do anything and you love when he tries to tickle you. 

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We’ve been trying to teach you the importance of thanking God for our food before we eat. On May 13 at breakfast we were in a rush and I started to eat. You said “Uh-oh” and put your hands together to say the blessing. Prayer time with you is so very special. 

You are like a little sponge sweet girl. You’ve learned so many colors, shapes, letters and numbers up to 13. I’m not sure why, but for some reason you LOVE the number 4 and the shape…star. You recognize your name as well as Sprout’s, Mama, Daddy, Bebe, Pop, Nana, Paw Paw, and Max. You will spend lots of time putting new puzzles together and have great concentration. You have recently gotten into Play-doh and it has been so much fun creating with you! Our art time also includes watercolors, crayons, and paint.

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 You’ve continued to talk more and more. Some words/phrases are a lot more clearer than others. When we ask you questions you saying “hmmmmm…” before answering. In the past few months you’ve started referring to yourself as “yours.” It’s the cutest thing ever. You also use the phrases “one more,” “there it is,” and “right back” just to name a few. Your favorite songs are Awesome God, Deep & Wide, Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes, and Behold, Behold (which you call Knock Knock). You love any songs with hand motions. 

You can use a regular cup now and love drinking out of a water bottle. You like to “jump” although you don’t get very high off the ground. I love watching you run and play. You could spend hours on a playground!! 

A few stats: got your bottom 2 year molars August 21, you weigh about 27lbs and are about 3ft tall. You are wearing 24 months or 2T in clothes and a size 6 shoe. You aren’t interested in potty training in the least. At night you sleep about 7:30pm – 7/7:30am and take a 2/2.5 hour nap each afternoon. Your sleep routine includes a book, song, prayers, and then white noise, turning out the light and then touching the green light of your monitor. Then we lay you down and you fall asleep on your own like a champ. We are so thankful you are such a great sleeper. 

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We are looking forward to see you continue to grow into the little girl God has designed you to be. As well as you continue to tackle the role of big sister to Sprout. We praise the Lord for giving us you to shape and mold into his disciple and look forward to you knowing him early, urgently, and deeply. Love You!

Eating Healthy on the Go | Sprout® Organic Foods


As I mentioned last week,  we were about to make a trip to LA (Lower Alabama). We had a fabulous time! However, I always have a little anxiety about traveling because routines and schedules are usually thrown to the wind. And you never know what can happen.


Like a diaper explosion in the park, when you child is already wearing their back up outfit :/ Good thing we were in the south where it was warm! Our little Sprout had to rock only a diaper and he did it with a smile!

With little children life is always throwing you curve balls, so I try to hold on to a few things still within my control….like feeding my kids healthy food whenever I can. 

 When it came to packing for our trip, I made sure to include Chickadee’s favorite Sprout Crispy Chews (they include berries & carrots!) and a few puree pouches to make sure she would still get her fruits and veggies. I rest a lot easier when we are out to eat if I know I have a Sprout pouch in the diaper bag to add to Chickadee’s meal. 


Her favorite flavor is definitely the sweet potato, apple, grape & spinach combo. However, I am not sure there are any flavors she has ever turned down. They even have an apricot, peach, & pumpkin combo. Perfect for fall! She loves the taste, and I love that she is eating organic fruit and vegetables. Plus, they are mess free (be aware though, there is a learning curve!).

The Crispy Chews were perfect on our 6 hour journey this weekend. When the going gets tough (in the car) the tough gets snacking. I actually had a few myself and couldn’t believe there were veggies in them!


We are lucky…when life is normal, Chickadee loves home cooked veggies and almost any fruit. However, I know these puree pouches would be a lifesaver if I had a picky eater. I mean, who wouldn’t want to down a few fruit/veggie combinations from these fun pouches? They are a win for mom and a win for your toddler. 

With this coupon they are also a win for the wallet! Use to get $1 off 2 Sprout products!

So what are your tips for keeping everyone sane when traveling? Another must for us is packing the kid’s white noise machines to help them sleep! I’d love to hear your tips also!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sprout® Organic Baby Foods. The opinions and text are all mine. Thanks to Sprout for giving my family a little extra spending money!