Ain is now One! The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of my favorite books, and since Ain has had Very Hungry caterpillar toys since birth I thought it would be a great theme for his first birthday! If you are looking for some great ideas, check out my First Birthday Pinterest board – it’s full of Very Hungry Caterpillar themed ideas.
My sister Amy helped me design the cards I sent out to some family (others we just invited via facebook). Here was the inside of the inviation:
I didn’t get a picture taken, but on the drive up to the clubhouse I tied caterpillar balloons to posts, something like this (source):
The birthday boy, coming home from church, ALMOST ready for the party:
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These are so easy to make and delicious!! Best part about it? No need to add sugar. I definitely crave sweet things, so I like when I can enjoy eating something sweet without worrying about the amount of refined sugar in it. Second best thing? These only require 3 ingredients!!
Coconut Date Rolls 10 oz. pitted dates 1 cup slivered almonds (roasted – optional) 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes (reserve some for rolling) To Make:
Making these Easy Coconut Date Rolls is as easy as 1-2-3!!
1) Put all the ingredients in a food processor.
Blend ingredients until a paste is formed. If it looks a little dry, just add a smallest splash of water.
2) Form into heaping tablespoons and roll. 3) Roll balls in the dried coconut.
Top with a slivered almond, if desired! Makes 15-20 rolls.
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I know at least for me, it wasn’t until 6 weeks postpartum that I wanted to, or had the ability to expanded my mental focus and think about menu planning, grocery shopping, and freezer cooking for our family once again.
New Mom Meals
We were very blessed with lots of family, friends, and church family bringing over meals for us postpartum. There are numerous great websites out there nowadays, but one of them is takethemameal.com. It’s a great resource to use when organizing meal coordination for the new mom.
You can set up the meal scheduling ahead of time – for example we had set it up for meals to be brought to us Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (then, we also had church family covering other days of the week).
You can specify what time is best for people to come, and the best way for
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