Monday, April 14, 2014

Mama Case Prints

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First things first. These pigtails KILLED me. I could not get enough of them. Avery instantly looked like a toddler to me. POOF, there went my little infant. These pig tails were a desperate attempt at hiding styling her mullet. 
Secondly, could you just die over Avery's t-shirt by Mama Case Prints?! All of these witty, creative tees are designed and made in her home studio. I admire momtrepreneurs so much and love supporting these shops! She prints on American Apparel so you can be sure the tees are as soft as possible.
Some of my personal favorites:
 Can we discuss how cute the BFF tees would be for siblings? Or mama/baby?
 Mama Case Prints has so generously offered to giveaway one of these witty tees. 
I will choose the winner at random on Wednesday 4/16/14.
See my instagram photo to enter. 
Extra entry: pin your favorite Mama Case Prints t-shirt and comment below with which one you would choose if you win :-)


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Freshly Picked Moccasins

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Have you seen the Freshly Picked Spring line? Glacier (light blue), Aruba (turquoise), Coral, and Golden Rod. When I saw them in Golden Rod I knew I had to have them. Every little girl needs a pair of yellow shoes in her life right? I've noticed a big nautical trend in baby clothes this spring, and yellow pairs perfectly with blue and white.
Let me tell you that the quality of Freshly Picked moccs are visible the moment you take them out of the cute muslin bag you will receive them in. You can smell the leather. The stitching is flawless. And they are so durable. I love that Freshly Picked moccs sit up higher on her ankle than other moccs we've tried. I know a few mamas who were concerned about soft-soled shoes for walkers. We took ours exploring and Avery was able to walk over dirt and rocks with ease. Not to mention how many people stopped to compliment her ;-)
If you have been eyeing Freshly Picked moccs but have been hesitating for some reason - don't! 
You will not regret it. 
Aaand I'm ecstatic to let you guys know that we're giving away a pair right here on Shades of Gray! 
See my post on Instagram this morning for entry details. 
As an extra entry simply comment below.
I'll choose a winner on Friday 4/4/14!
Best of luck :-)

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Aim Baby Leggings

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Okay, I'm sorry - but have you seen these little crown royalty leggings by Aim Baby
I follow her on instagram (AIMBABYSHOP) and I'm constantly tormented by the adorable leggings that I do not own.
Each pair is hand-sewn and printed on organic cotton with non-toxic ink. 
The fabric is so soft and thick enough to keep your little one warm. 
I love that the waist band is not super tight! They run slightly looser, so at 23 pounds and 14 months old, Avery wears the 12 month size. Can you tell she adores them?
These royalty leggings are my favorite (the crowns come in black, blue and purple as well) but they have so many adorable prints available. A lot of them are uni-sex so they'd be perfect for little boys as well. 

The best news of all is that Aim Baby Shop is offering a generous 20% off their leggings for the next three days. Make sure to snag a pair (or two) between now and Friday night!
Trust me, they do not go on sale very often.
Use code: SHADESOFGRAY

*Cardigan from Old navy, platinum moccasins by Tayts Shop
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Scarlett Baby

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When Avery was tiny (or should I say "smaller" since she was never really tiny, hehe) I loved leg warmers because they kept her warm and didn't dig into her tummy like so many pants did. Now that she's older and on the move, I love them because they protect her knees when she's crawling and keep her warm and stylish when she's walking. When we received these neon aztec leg warmers from Scarlett Baby, Avery walked around the house holding them for 45 minutes. I guess she approved right away. The material is soft and slightly thicker than some of the leg warmers we own. They're sewn perfectly and stayed on her legs all day.
Scarlett Baby is currently giving away one pair of leg warmers! Simply like her shop on instagram (@scarlettbabyhandmade) for one entry, and comment below with which pair you would choose for a second entry. I'll choose a winner at random on Friday. 

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Avery's Pink & Gold 1st Birthday

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Avery's first birthday party came and went in the blink of an eye. My infant is gone, and in her place is a walking, bubbly new toddler who brings more joy to my life than I ever thought possible. I knew that I wanted to do a pink and glitter gold theme for Avery's birthday. I figure it's one of the last parties I'll be able to plan before she wants to have Disney themed parties. We had a dessert bar and invited our closest friends and family over to watch her "smash" her cake. Although she didn't really smash it at all. Her dad did. The day before her party he called to tell me that he dropped. the. cake I had ordered six weeks earlier. After a lot of shed tears (more than I'd like to admit) my mom and I drove around from bakery to bakery trying to find another one last minute. My mom saved the day and ordered Avery a gorgeous cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes. DELICIOUS. So delicious that we later decided to save it for the adults to eat. Meanwhile, Brandon was at home frantically baking another one and trying to make amends. His cake couldn't have turned out cuter. Especially with the gold glitter candle we made placed on top. Buuuuuuut, he used cheapy frosting and we didn't think it tasted very good so we actually gave Avery her original cake to smash. It's hard to tell from pictures, but the back of the cake was already smashed from when Brandon dropped it. Avery was actually so delicate with it. She looked grossed out at first to have to use her hands to touch it (in the picture above she is looking at us like what am I supposed to do with this?) She would take tiny dabs and eat the smallest amount at a time. Eventually she got the hang of it and shoveled a few big pieces in her mouth.
Brandon's cake
Marble cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes
My bestfriend Kandi made Avery this chalkboard which was one of my favorite parts of the dessert table!
I ordered the cupcakes from my friend Sarah who use tiny little glitter heart sprinkles on top. My mom and I made the dipped marshmallows.
Gumballs and cookies my mom ordered from a local french bakery.
The kids that came to Avery's party were older so I knew we'd need something to keep them occupied. I made little goody boxes with trinkets, crafts, and candy.
I ordered Avery's One Onesie from Olive and Birdie; Her chevron glitter headband came from Little Winter Shop.
Her original cake from Crimson Cake
We forgave the cake dropper.
Happy 1st Birthday Avery Monroe!
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