40 Years Ago I Turned 4

It’s 12:06am.


I received my Barbie suitcase for my fourth birthday. My mom and aunts sewed all of the clothing. I still have most of it.


When I was 18 and found out that my mom had kept most of my precious toys of childhood – my Baby Alive, my Barbies(including Midge), my Little People, my collection of stuffed animals, and my 45s – I laughed at her and packed it all away deciding that I would toss it all when I bought my own house.


And here I am now 26 years later with Barbies that my kids play with, Little People Astrid sets up almost daily, and 45s that we dance to when we can. (The stuffed animals I threw away though…because yuck).

4 and 44

I don’t have 44 years of wisdom, or 44 things to tell you about myself. Or even 4 for that matter.


I just have two.


1. Listen to your mother. Because even though she seems crazy…it’s just because she’s a mother and one day you will see she knew better. Let her in. She knows stuff.


2. Love your dad. And make your dad play dolls with you and paint his nails, and let him spoil you like his little girl even when you’re not so little…because there’s nothing like a dad.

Oh and one more…

3. Cake and wine really are the perfect birthday treat. At any hour.


And Happy Birthday to my Grandma today! 89!!! Love you Gram and so thankful to be driving up to celebrate together. xo




A Yellow Birthday Party…

Last week I had a moment. Well several moments. Maybe an hour of moments. No, really a day of moments. Okay my moment lasted three days if I can be truthful, that I did not plan a big event for Astrid’s birthday party.

She had such a special party last year. And Esther and Eloise had fabulous parties also.

It is kind of my thing. Because is there a more incredible event to honor than your child’s birthday. I think not.

But for some reason I just did not have it in me this year – and I also know this is an in-between year. Turning one is a big deal…and I honestly don’t start the big kid birthday parties until my kids are five. So the three years in-between are small family gatherings of love.

No matter how small the gathering – a theme is always required. This years theme was inspired by a picture that I found at a thrift sale. In this picture was a yellow dress with small ditsy flowers. I searched for a dress.  Typical of me to work the theme of a party around just a dress.

And I found the birthday dress.


And the rest just fell into place.

The beauty of this party is I used what we had around the house.

*I had an old white and yellow April Cornell tablecloth.

*Mix and match linen napkins

*My own china

*Adorable glasses from Anthropologie clearance last season

*I made tissue flowers from tissue in my stash and decorated with recycled fabric banners purchased for past birthdays. We have a big vat of balloons and I picked out all of the yellow ones.

*I made the party hats using this hat template on a piece of yellow poster board. I trimmed the hats in fabric from my stash for that one day I may sew again.

*Homemade cupcakes and frosting from my tried and true Betty Crocker Recipes and served a simple yellow lemonade

*I splurged on two bouquets of flowers from Trader Joes. $3.99 each.

* Okay, so I also bought the dress. But I kind of had to, yes?(in case you missed it – more pictures here)


And I am sure that Astrid did not notice the simple details. She turned two. She loved the cake. And balloons. Two year old things. And there is truly nothing better than singing happy birthday to yourself at your own party.

A treasure.


In yellow.