Mom Life & Baby Shower Picks: Itzy Ritzy for the Win

Mom Life & Baby Shower Picks: Itzy Ritzy for the Win

Life is hectic with kids and businesses to run. We are on the go a lot. Whether shuffling from one office to the next, dropping at summer program, grocery shopping (or Target browsing), or hitting parks, museums, and community events for the kids.

KEEPING IT ALL TOGETHER

To make sure I’m prepared, I keep a go bag in the car. I have a fully packed diaper bag with spare clothes for the kids (because water parks and hoses pop up in unexpected places), diaper, a few toys, meds, a blanket, shopping cart cover, teething necklace, a spare pacifier or four, lady products, chapstick, and granola bars. I leave it in the car. ALL THE TIME. Seriously!

That means to get out of the door, all I need to do is fill water bottles for the kids and myself, grab a few pieces of fruit, and the kids. Don’t forget the kids. This is a life saver. All I need is already in the car, I just drop in the water bottles, sippy cup and fresh fruit. I restock diaper and wipes as needed.

I didn’t do this with my first. I loaded and unloaded the diaper bag every single time. I took it into every store. Something clicked this time around. I keep a small purse with my wallet, phone and keys. Because everything I could ever need is in the bag already. In a store? I likely won’t need clothes, snacks, diapers, blankets, etc. All I need is a wallet. Everything else can wait until we get back to the car.

For outings, like the park or museum, a diaper bag was getting heavy and hard to juggle while carrying baby. Now, I have the Boss Backpack style and it is perfect! I can carry it without it falling off of my shoulders and it has everything to sustain us without an hour of packing before we can leave the house.

Because I rave about this bag so much, I have a discount code just for you. Head over to itzyritzy.com and use CODE: AWBFF25 for 25% off of your entire order, for anything on the site- including my favorite backpack bag. #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy

Want to see how it’s packed? Check out my list of baby shower must haves that fill my bag.

Mom Life & Baby Shower Picks: Itzy Ritzy for the Win
ItzyRitzy Boss Backpack #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy ItzyRitzy Boss Backpack #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy

BABY SHOWER MUST HAVES

If I had one tip for the new mom, it would be to do the whole car backpack diaper bag thing. It seriously saves so much time, skips lugging the whole house, and being at a restaurant to realize  you forgot a change of baby clothes and you’re covered in poop. So get that new mom the backpack dapper bag of their dreams and tell them to try this little trick of leaving the bag in the car.

Here are my must have things to go into this car backpack:

BOSS BACKPACK

The everything bag. Comes with a changing pad, tons of pockets and clips and in these three awesome colors combos for any mom’s style.

ItzyRitzy Boss Backpack #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy   ItzyRitzy Boss Backpack #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy  ItzyRitzy Boss Backpack #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy     ItzyRitzy Boss Backpack #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy

Teething Toys

Silicone, Food grade, BPA free adorable teeters. These are HUGE. You may be thinking, oh a small cute teether, think again. It’s the size of my entire hand- fingers included, which is perfect for baby to get a good grip and chew away. The textured back helps massage sore gums.

ItzyRitzy Teething Toys #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy ItzyRitzy Teething Toys #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy ItzyRitzy Teething Toys #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy

Teething Necklace

These two teething necklaces are my absolute favorite. They neutral colors go with everything! And they look like a grown up piece of statement jewelry, not a tack baby toy. I don’t leave the house without wearing one, and I keep an extra in my backpack. Helen can few on it while in a shopping cart for entertainment. It’s great!

My mom gifted me the gray palette for christmas and I recently bought the chevron necklace to round out my outfits.

ItzyRitzy Teething Necklace #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy

Reuseable Snack Bag

I am trying to make a conscious effort to reduce single use products. Call me crunchy, hippie, but I feel compelled to make small changes where I can. My husband rolls his eyes at them, so I won’t judge you for thinking I’m crazy! Enter reusable snack bags. Each kid has one and they go everywhere we go.

ItzyRitzy Reusable snack bag #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy

Shopping Car Cover

Having a shopping cart cover is like Clorox. It keeps the germs away because, well, babies chew and lick everything. Do the sweet baby a favor and grab a cart cover. You won’t regret it.

ItzyRitzy Shopping Cart Cover #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy

 

Because I rave about these things so much, I have a discount code just for you. Head over to itzyritzy.com and use CODE: AWBFF25 for 25% off of your entire order, for anything on the site- including my favorite backpack bag. #itzyritzyinsiders @itzyritzy

 

Mom Life & Baby Shower Picks: Itzy Ritzy for the Win

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Woodland Baby Shower + Gift Favor Tutorial

I love party planning and I had the honor of planning my best friend’s baby shower.  To say I was excited is an understatement. I was STOKED!!  And, on top of it, we were going with a Woodlands theme for the new baby girl. I started by hitting Pinterest and looking at ideas for throwing a great shower.  Combined with the ideas I had floating around in my head, I’ll show you what I came up with, give you a list of basics for throwing a Woodland baby or bridal shower, and a how to on the baby shower gift favors.

I started out with a menu.  We both love food- all the food.  I wanted a simple menu, but filling enough to keep everyone happy and have a little leftover for momma so she would have snacks on hand for the next few days! Let me just say that I had plenty left over, except for the chicken salad on apples.  It went like crazy and I put out two batches.  (See recipe below).

Menu:

  • Almond Chicken Salad, on granny smith apple slices and on hawaiian rolls
  • fruit platter
  • veggie cups with quartered cucumbers, celery, carrots and ranch dressing
  • cheese board (water crackers, gorgonzola, aged cheddar, alluette spread)
  • some premade trail mix in a bowl
  • ‘Smores mix (Golden Grahams, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows)
  • cookies (baby & woodland themed sugar cookies & choc chip cookie sandwiches)
  • vanilla vanilla cake (8″ four layer, from walmart- aaaamazing)

Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Bubbly Bar

Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

A quick list of things that make a super easy, super chic baby shower are:

  • cute invitations
  • burlap or ribbon bunting/banner
  • craft paper roll for a table runner
  • menu or food tent signs
  • drink menu, clear cups/mason jars, ice, juices & sparkles (ginger ale, lemon lime soda, Welch’s sparkling white grape)
  • party food: cheese platter & crackers, apple slices topped with chicken salad, veggie cups, sweets, cake
  • handmade tag for favors

Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Here is a close up of the favor table.  I punched 2″ circles of Crumb Cake, gold embossed the backs with a stamp, used Blushing Bride for the Foxy Friends punch and stamped eyes and nose.  Really simple, but super cute.  I tied them with gold cording to ruffled ribbon around the hand sanitizers from Bath & Body Works. Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Another way to make this baby shower special was to be strategic about the “games”.  Who likes baby shower games?  No one. {I literally asked this question at the shower, and the response was accurate.}  So, instead of the eat candy out of a diaper, taste baby food, what’s in your purse, how huge is the momma run of the mill standard baby shower games, we painted onesies.

Let me take a minute to talk about this.  I’m going to be brutally honest, as a mother and a party planner.  I have seen hundreds of tutorials.  I have read a thousand articles.  I have been to baby showers and decorated diapers with sharpies, I have painted burp clothes with puffy paint, I have painted onesies with markers.  I have had these given to me. You know what I did with them? Here’s a secret- I cleaned with them. I tossed. I did not keep and I certainly didn’t put my sweet newborn baby in them.

Moms aren’t going to keep these handmade masterpieces where you can’t tell if its a turtle or a goat painted on it in bright, bold kindergarten colors.  {On a quick side note, we did hand cut fabric on iron on backing and those I kept and my sweet babes wore. Totally acceptable).

But, I have a solution.  Painted onesies.  But you just said no one likes them and moms throw them out.  Not if they are done right ladies!  I have a specific ingredient list to make this work.  Don’t deviate, it won’t work.

Supplies:

  • Craft Paint (five colors in a similar palate)
  • Foam brushes
  • 1 pack of detail brushes
  • 6 little paint cups (one for water)
  • fabric paint medium (Martha Stewart)
  • Onesies – cotton, in multiple sizes (NB, 3 month, 6 month, 9-12 month)  Be aware of the season and what is appropriate for that age/season. Long sleeves for winter, short for summer.
  • Cardboard to go in between onsie
  • Freezer paper
  • Iron
  • Silhouette cutting machine

Directions:

  1. Wash onesies & tumble dry low.
  2. Pick outline silhouette images for your theme.
  3. Using Silhouette machine, cut them out of freezer paper (leaving the outline and negative space open). One or more for each onsie. Remove from cutting mat. Cut freezer paper to size of once. {See detailed Silhouette Instructions below; you’re welcome.}
  4. Heat iron, lay the freezer paper image on the onsie waxy side down. Cover with a tea towel.  Iron for 20-30 seconds or until freezer paper is bonded, including all edges. Repeat with all onesies and stencils.
  5. Put paint and medium into cups. Add a water cup for cleaning brushes. Lay out a tea towel to dry brushes.
  6. Mix medium and paint well.
  7. Choose a onsie. Unsnap and insert cardboard to middle for firm surface and to protect from bleeding.  Paint onsies. Lightly. Not to heavy.
  8. Let dry. (About 20 minutes)
  9. Peel off stencil freezer paper.
  10. Admire.
  11. Air dry overnight. Wash on gentle.

** I explained how to paint them to my guests and that there were plenty to paint one or two each. That they should grab a drink and some food and half could be painting while the other half were snacking. This worked really well so that it was not too crowded and everyone, including the mom to be got a chance. I also bought mom a t-shirt to paint.

** I stuck with my woodland theme and choose gold, light peach, light mint green, light brown (fawn), and a magenta.

** Mix the paint with fabric medium 1:1, meaning half paint, half medium.  I squirted the paint in the cups, then the medium and swirled around with a foam brush.

** It was easy to paint with more than one color on the onesies & add detail with the smaller brushes.

Detailed Silhouette Directions

I tried this by trial and error. I read many directions, but non that were specific enough to actually work. I almost quit. I tried cutting with a blade or exacto knife- a straight blade doesn’t cut curves. Lesson learned. Stick to the silhouette.

** To make the stencils, I imported dark, solid silhouette images into Silhouette Studio. > Click the trace box. > “Select trace area” and make a box around the objects. > Deselect high pass filter. This will turn the image all yellow, making the outline cuttable. > Click “Trace”. > Go to the Cut Settings tab. > Style: Cut. Cut settings: 2 for the blade, type: heat transfer material. > “Send to Sihouette”. > Make sure you actually ratchet the blade down to 2.

Here’s where you can purchase the products to make these adorable onesies!

 

Onsie Painting sign handmade & Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com
Woodland Baby Shower + Free Favor Tutorial from StampinFool.com

So what do you think? Isn’t this the sweetest baby shower?  XOXO

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