Smash Cake at the Beach | Graham’s First Birthday


I can’t believe this boy is ONE! Graham turned one on Tuesday and sinc he is our California-born baby and loves the beach that’s where we celebrated! I know, the thought of doing a smash cake at the beach with a baby  sounds like a disaster but it’s supposed to be a mess, right? Besides, all you have to do is take the babe skinny dipping in the ocean afterwards 😉 But really, that’s what we did.

Just getting to the beach with little kids can be quite the task so I kept things super simple! I ordered giant balloons and this super cute tassel garland from Zurchers. I made a mini cake from a CAKE MIX! And his little birthday crown is from Kutie Bow Tuties. Ugh, that crown…I die!!! 

We went to the beach later in the afternoon/early evening when it was a little cooler. The beaches aren’t as crowded this time of year too so having a September birthday worked in our favor as well. I took a billion pictures so sorry for the picture overload…


I made the little #1 cake toppers using cardstock and straws, so easy!baby-boy-smash-cake-33graham1

Out of the three boys I thought Graham would be the one to give us the epic face plant in the cake but he needed a little bit of help….

And just like his mama, he mostly liked the frosting :) 

When he was done we wrapped everything up (except the cake stand) in that white sheet (it was an old one from Ikea) and just threw it away! It made for the easiest clean up! 

We love you to the moon, Graham, and loved celebrating you! 

 Felt Crown | Tee | Leggings

Giant ballons + tassel garland 

Cake + cake toppers made by me :)

Blood Moon Cookies

Happy Monday friends! We made chocolate chip “blood moon” cookies to celebrate the big lunar eclipse last night!! Did you see it?! It’s all the boys could talk about yesterday they were so excited for it. 

Hope you enjoy our little {homemade, super unprofessional video}! It’s fun to see just how busy these boys are (Graham was asleep)!

PS. We made these cookies and just added a little red food coloring to them!

Long Live Summer!!

Exploring Seaport Village | Boys Ahoy

Labor Day kind of marks the end of summer and beginning of fall for most, but for us it means hotter {really HOT} days to come. It make me miss the cool, crisp fall nights we used to enjoy in Utah so, so much. I’ll try not to complain about how much I miss fall weather since we get to play at the beach and pool year round :) 

Typically we would take advantage of Brett having a day off from work to go to the beach as a family, but for Labor Day last week we decided to explore where we live a little and headed to Seaport Village with friends for the day….
Exploring Seaport Village | Boys Ahoy

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Does the magic of a courosel ever die?! Even with a slight breeze from the bay, the heat was pretty unbearable. Hence, the sweaty, shiny-faced photos 😐 

We enjoyed an air-conditioned lunch at the Cheesecake Factory, but skipped the cheesecake so we could stop at Frost Me {gourmet cupakes!} before leaving. 
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The S’mores Cupcake my favorite, and Graham’s too. Chocolate cupcake with a graham cracker crust + marshmallow cream filling + chocolate ganache + frosting + a homemade toasted marshmallow. Just, whoah!! seaport-village-11Exploring Seaport Village | Boys AhoyExploring Seaport Village | Boys Ahoy

Long live summer San Diego!! 

SHOP | EAT | PLAY |  at Seaport Village. Don’t forget to eat some cupcakes too!

Books the boys are loving!

Favorite Books for Little Boys | Boys Ahoy

Lately we’ve been trying to have more reading time at our house. To be honest, we haven’t been very consistent about reading books to the boys, or just making them have some quiet book time every day. But with O in kindergarten and learning to read, we really want to encourage reading and make reading fun and exciting for him. He’s my little perfectionist and gets pretty impatient if he don’t know how to read a word right away {can’t wait for homework!}

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