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Over the Moon | Birth Announcements


Today our baby boy Theo is a month and a half old. The part of me that's sleep deprived can't wait for the next few months to fly by so we can get back on more of a schedule, but as a mommy I'm in awe of how quickly time is passing and how big he is already.  As in like 12+lbs big...eek.  I'm so glad I have my phone nearby to snap quick pictures because it's pretty crazy to watch the changes happening overnight.

I finally understand how second babies tend to get neglected in the memories department- my hands are so full between him and my daughter that stopping to record the milestones can be such a challenge.  Honestly I haven't been quick to accomplish much since he was born, but I have to give myself credit for remembering order his baby announcements.  

I had such a positive response over the Minted cards we sent out at the holidays that I already knew I would be ordering from them again. I instantly fell for this design... it's such a sweet, simple style and I keep telling people that we're 'over the moon' about Theo's arrival.

I've said it before, but one of my very favorite things about Minted is all the options they offer for customization.  I ordered rounded corners on the cards, kraft paper envelopes and best of all... coordinating return address stickers with a personal message.
So cute right?  I'm just so glad to have something with his stats and a good photo to hang onto, even if I never do get around to making a baby book. Here's the original picture I used for the card... boy oh boy do I love this little bundle.

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This post was sponsored in part by Minted, but my good opinion of their products is all my own. Images are for personal use only.  If sharing them on your site, please link directly to this post.


Free Printable | Valentines Teacher Gift Tags


Yes, this is a totally last minute post.  Last minute... as in, I just thought of this yesterday when I saw these super cute potted violets at Trader Joes.  And yes, you could easily DiY your own little heart pots too if you happen to have a little more time on your hands. (like maybe next year?)

I put together some non-edible valentines for Caitlin's preschool classmates earlier this week and realized it would be nice to bring in a little something for her teachers too. After deciding on the flowers, I made some coordinating labels and thought I'd offer them up for your enjoyment... you know, because I love you guys.  The link is below. Happy Valentines day!

Bonus... check out last year's pencil Valentines printables here.

These printables and images are ©Merry Happy by CAKE. and are for personal use only. If sharing them on your site, please credit CAKE. events blog and link directly to this post.


Creating a Shared Room for Brother + Sister


A few weeks ago we welcomed the newest member of our family!  Baby Theo (short for Theodore ... aka Teddy), was born on January 6th, weighing in at just under 9 pounds. We're over the moon. He's cute as can be, and actually looks a lot like his big sister Caitlin did when she was born. I've been posting pics to instagram occasionally if you want to take a peek.

When I started my Maternity leave over the holidays, I realized I still needed to think through how I was going to handle our living space with a new baby in the mix.  We currently rent a small two bedroom apartment, so room sharing is a must.  Our plan is to keep Theo in our room until he's old enough to sleep through the night, but it won't be long before he'll be moving in with Caitlin.

I've loved Caitlin's room since designing it as a nursery before she was born (you can see the old room pictures here), but I wanted to update the space to something more gender neutral and functional for both a baby and active pre-schooler.

While searching for crib bedding, I found my inspiration in the Beaucoup de Fraises crib bedding set from The Land of Nod.  The sheet has a sweet, gender neutral vintage pattern, and the navy blue in the quilt adds a friendly touch of 'boy' to the original aqua, pink and yellow color palette.

In order to make space for both a crib and a twin bed, we had to move out the dresser and changing station into our bedroom, but this opened up room for an additional bookcase.  It was originally a dark wood color, but I painted it white with a cheerful pop of yellow on the backing.  It's great added storage for books and toys.  Caitlin's bed has a pale pink quilt cover, so I added a navy and white striped throw to tie it together with the crib bedding.

With Theo being a winter baby, I thought it would be fitting to add some woodland details to his side of the room.  Earthquake safety is an issue in California, so I created a gallery area in the space above the toy chest, and left the wall above his crib simple- just a wooden 'hello' sign purchased from Oh Dier on etsy and a handmade owl mobile gifted to us by a friend.  The large fox print and ceramic reindeer were more great finds from the Land of Nod. The print is titled 'Theodore Collects Firewood' and designed by blogger Ez Pudewa at Creature Comforts. When I saw it I knew it would make a special addition.

I designed the 'B is for Baby' print myself and it's available as a download in my etsy shop with custom color options also available.  The remainder of the artwork and items you see in the room are things we already owned, some of which are even handed down from my own childhood.

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If you're having a similar challenge designing a space for two genders or ages, I highly recommend using simple accents of color for a fun and cohesive space. Trying to divide up the space up can often make the room smaller, so instead think about using eccletic mix of gender neutral decor and toys.  If you're on a budget, scour your home for found objects and consider adding paint to make old items new again.

This post was sponsored in part by Land of Nod, but this post & my good opinion of their products is all my own.  Images are for personal use only.  If sharing them on your site, please link directly to this post.


Holiday Cards + Letting Things Go


I absolutely love the holiday season.  The lights on the trees... the chill in the air... the traditions... the peppermint hot cocoa... you with me?  I even enjoy most of the little nagging holiday to do's, but this year I'm nine months pregnant and energy is in short supply.  So, in the interest of keeping things stress free and simple I'm allowing myself a few shortcuts.  

The first thing I'm letting go of is designing my own holiday cards.  You guys know how much I love to design, but I spend way too many hours agonizing over the details.  So instead I've opted to order our cards from Minted this year.  Their founder spoke at Alt SF this summer and I really admire their business model.  They source selections from independent designers worldwide, and I love that you can add extras like rounded corners and kraft envelopes (check + check) to personalize everything.  I had trouble narrowing down my options, but the card below was my second choice.  That's Caitlin with her 'best friend' Andy the giraffe.  I decided not to share our official card with you yet since I haven't sent it out family and friends, but it might possibly be even cuter than this... I'll share it on instagram after they've hit the mail.
Oh, and another thing I'm taking off my to do list (possibly forever)... fighting crowds at the mall.  Sorry Black Friday. My goal is to do as much of my shopping online as possible, which is a new thing for me, but working out great so far.  I still prefer to have the gifts shipped to our house so I can wrap them myself... because honestly I think that's my favorite part of gifting.  When I was shopping for the Minted cards I discovered they now have a gift wrap section too, complete with custom wrapping paper and some of the most beautiful ribbon that you ever did see.  Why hello, gold glitter and red velvet!  I think some of these beauties need to be paired up with my geometric gift tags, wouldn't you agree?
I'm not sure if I'll be back here again before Christmas or the baby arrives, so if not I wish you all a safe, happy and party filled holiday season.  I'll be back as soon as I can to keep you posted with the big news.  Merry happy everything!

This post was sponsored in part by Minted, but my good opinion of their products is all my own. 


Free Printable | Geometric Holiday Gift Tags


Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner?  For me the season holds extra significance this year because we're expecting baby #2 just after New Years. I honestly feel like I should be due any day, but I'm trying to be patient and enjoy these final months as the mom of an only child... I've heard that the transition from 1 to 2 kids can be quite the adjustment! 

With everything else we have going on I'm keeping the holidays simple, so I was excited to team up again with The Tomkat Studio to plan ahead and design these festive geometric gift tags.  I'm in love with gold and emerald right now, so I'll definitely be using them for our family gifts- paired with kraft wrapping paper and red baking twine.  These printables are being featured along with many other designs, recipes and easy holiday ideas in Tomkat's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.  I sure hope you'll check it out and enjoy all the fabulous inspiration.  Here's to another happy holiday season!

These tags will look their best printed on white letter-sized card stock.  Just download, print, cut and enjoy.

To see last year's confetti themed gift tags, click here.

Gift tags and images are ©Merry Happy by CAKE. and are for personal use only. Please do not re-distribute. If sharing them on your site, credit CAKE. | events + design and link directly to this post.