Posts Tagged ‘planning’

Pregnancy Week 21: Bucket List

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Pregnancy Week 21: Bucket ListIt is funny how pregnancy can make you take a different perspective on life and family. As summer winds down and school begins, I’ve started taking a mental inventory of my “bucket list” for our family of four. After asking my boys what they would love to do this summer as a final hurrah before preschool begins again for us in October, we planned out our monthly calendar.

Pregnancy sure does bring out the planner in me. While normally I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of girl, this time around I find myself planning and scheduling things much more. To say I’m obsessing is an understatement. I want to have as much fun as we can in these last weeks of summer and to enjoy my boys to their full extent before my nights are a blur and my days are filled once more with nursings, taxi driving and diapers. I love that my boys are gung-ho for whatever crazy idea their mom has in mind these days, from rearranging their room to canning grape jelly.

Having a bit of fun with these guys before we get to the larger and heavier levels of pregnancy has been pretty high on my list of priorities – and as I review our summer I see lots of beach trips, a few lake ones, carnivals and fairs, many family outings, splash pads, parks, ice cream, and many wonderful times with friends. Now, as we hit September running I plan on at least one last beach trip, a cider press day and one last favorite festival. I’m hoping this time to get in the fun before the worrying over nursery items and freezer meal prepping takes over.

Pia Watzig is a stay at home mom of two little boys, with a third on the way this fall. She enjoys canning, gardening and trying to cram as much fun into summer before life becomes crazy again.

Planning Baby’s First Birthday

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Planning Baby's First BirthdayBalloons. Invitations. Cake. Overwhelming. Celebrating your child’s first birthday is a joyous, exciting occasion, but it can be a stressful, expensive event if you don’t plan smart. My daughter Johanna turned one last August. Months before her birthday arrived, I found myself searching websites like Etsy and Pinterest daily trying to find the cutest things for the best party. Here are some tips I would share if asked on how to make planning a baby’s 1st birthday party easy and successful.

Plan Ahead

Start early. Planning early gives you time to get all your supplies and mail out invitations. Use a checklist to help you cover all of your bases. Talk with your spouse about any ideas he has. Make the planning process a group effort.

Be Smart

Focus on the important things. Obviously, you want your baby’s party to be fun and cute for the guests. Ultimately, baby won’t remember the party but your guests will. Choose a location that will accommodate your guests but not break the bank. Remember that you can’t plan the weather, so have a back-up plan or be prepared if you decide to do the party outside. Remember to not plan a party during a time when you know baby will need to nap or be especially fussy.

Save Money

You don’t have to buy a lot of decorations to make a cute party. Streamers, balloons, and your own designs work well. Personal touches, such as monthly photos of baby, fun facts about baby, and personal party favors are always a hit. Enlist the help of friends and family to make and serve food if needed. Start saving and budgeting for baby’s party in advance so that you don’t feel overwhelmed as the date approaches. Websites like Etsy have adorable invitations that you can purchase and then print at home or in a store.


Remember that your child’s first birthday is a celebration of the milestone of turning 1. Use the party time to celebrate with family and friends, not stress over the decorations, cake, or anything silly. Take lots of pictures. Have guests write a note as a keepsake for baby to read someday. Ultimately, have fun and shower your baby with love!

Karyn Meyerhoff lives and writes in Northeast Indiana. She loves birthdays, especially birthday cake.