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Birthday Express {Review}

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I love when parents go all out for their first child’s first birthday!  What a great time and occasion to celebrate a whole year of being a parent for the first time, and how fun to plan a big to-do and invite all your friends and family to love on your cute baby!  Birthday Express has the most adorable (and extensive) assortment of 1st Birthday Party Supplies, and we were thrilled to receive the Barnyard 1st Birthday Party Pack for my cousin’s little boy’s first birthday!  Here are her thoughts:

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We had a great experience with birthday express!  Our little boy had the best 1st birthday he could ask for and I enjoyed planning and carrying out an adorable party thanks to this company.

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We knew we wanted to do something that could incorporate tractors and farming and I fell in love with their Barn Yard themed package.  I get really overwhelmed throwing parties and was so grateful to have so much of it taken care of for me!  I literally took the box I had received in the mail from Birthday Express to the park, along with the food our friends and family prepared and a couple of cowboy themed items from our house and set up a super cute party!  party3

Our boy loved the attention, treats, candle, and balloons…his little friends loved the little favors and park toys, the parents enjoyed the theme and decorations, and I LOVED the ease of throwing it all together.

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All my basics were covered, (plates, cups, utensils, decorations, candles, party favors, thank you cards, party hats, etc,) and we just added in our own little flare. My favorite part of Birthday Express… his adorable birthday sign!

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It was such a blast!  I still had extra streamers and used them to decorate his room in our new house…because who doesn’t love a decorated bedroom!

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We only struggled a little with the cardboard cutouts (party hats, party favor boxes, etc.) I guess we are not super skilled, but we needed a little tape to help hold them together, but the kids loved them all the same. 🙂

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Thank you thank you thank you Birthday Express!!

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Check out the other party packs from the 1st birthday section at BirthdayExpress.com: http://www.birthdayexpress.com/categorypage/1st-Birthday-Party_18+82.aspx

And get excited about an upcoming site called 1stWishes.com, which will have all of these adorable 1st birthday products and supplies in one location.  It will be live this Thursday!  Don’t forget to stop by later this week and start planning your little one-year-old’s party!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Silence is not always so golden…

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Or is it?  Sorry my dandy friends for being so MIA! I cannot believe that I’ve been so unusually quiet these last few weeks.  Usually I’m quite the talker.  😉  Or maybe you haven’t minded my quietness???  That’s okay, too.  At any rate I’ve missed checking in with all of you.  It was a very busy end to 2012 around here as I’m sure it was in all of your own lives.

We visited the Missouri Botanical Garden Holiday Trains with friends:

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We decorated:

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Our neighborhood has this wonderful tradition (since the 1960’s) that takes place ever year on Christmas Eve and Christmas night:

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It’s so beautiful driving in and seeing the streets lined with the glowing luminaries.  I love our neighborhood!

 

Santa was really good this year to our kiddos:

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They were definitely on his nice list!

 We visited family and Santa made a stop there:

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“Mine!”

Ruby learned how to do some new things at our house…

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And at my grandparents house:

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Oh and the little miss turned 1!

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Stay tuned for the posting on that very dandy birthday party…

A day late for our early girl.

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Happy 1st Birthday

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Her eyes were transfixed!

One year ago yesterday, on December 27, 2011, our lives changed forever around the Smith household.  We were blessed with the birth of our little Ruby!  Her arrival came completely unexpected.  She was an entire month early and now I’m late with her birthday posting…   This year has flown by and she is literally the sweetest baby girl I have ever known.  If you remember when she was born she spent about 5 hours in the NICU.  Not because she was so early (she was actually very healthy), but because she wouldn’t cry at all!  She didn’t cry when she was born and remained quiet for hours after.  To this day she is the most mellow little girl and is just really happy most of the time.  She is such a sweetheart and a delight to have in our family.  We are extremely blessed.  Stay tuned for another posting on her big birthday bash, because the party of the year is happening tomorrow!!!

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One year in one month!

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Look who can wave and even say the word “hi” now. Oh and she will be having her first birthday one month from today!

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We cannot believe our Ruby is already 11 months old!

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