Sep 29 2020

Sloane’s Rainbow and Unicorn Themed 1st Birthday

I can’t believe my baby girl turned one. Even though we are still social distancing and living in our new normal, there was no way I was going to let this milestone go by and not make it as special as possible for my Sloaney.

It was unicorn and rainbow themed, with all the magical vibes. There was a lot of pastel, iridescent accents and girlyness all around! I DIY-ed a majority of the decorations and really tried to put my love and efforts into making the party as special as can be for my sweet girl. We had it in our backyard with immediate family and a couple close friends. It really turned out to be the most special day.

I linked and described everything below. All of the adorable photos were taken by Kim from Apple of Our Eye.




I DIY-ed a lot of these elements and purchased a ton on Amazon. I made a Party Supply Amazon List with a lot of the supplies too.

– Pastel Balloon Garland Backdrop– I made the balloon garland myself using a garland kit I found on Amazon. Warning, this DIY is not for the faint of heart.

– Tassle Highchair Banner – This is from an awesome balloon and tassle etsy shop, Gen Woo.

– DIY Balloon Rainbow Arch – This was a DIY idea from a photo I found on Pinterest. I ordered long pastel balloons and used a fringe iridescent garland for the tassels.

– Sweet Table – The gorgeous cakes are from Love and Butter Cream, an adorable shop in Birmingham, Michigan. I ordered a cheap iridescent tablecloth on Amazon, got the garland on sale at Hobby Lobby and the cake plates are from Target from a few years ago.

– Party Hat – Her rainbow party hat is from Etsy.

– Favors – The unicorn favor bags are by Meri Meri from Papersource and inside were Sugarfina “Your are Magical Candies.”

– Mantel Decor – I DIY-ed this fringe garland using tissue paper. I added on the ONE script ballon over the fringe and put balloons on either side.

– Sloane Turns 1 Sign – I wanted to do something a little different than the usual photo banner, so I created a photo board. I used a template from Harper and Wren Etsy Shop and then uploaded my favorite photos from each month. I taped onto a large board using watercolored washi tape. I used the cricut machine to cut out the rose gold letters on top.

– Flowers – I got these pastel bouquets for $8 each at Whole Foods! I got 6 and used some as centerpieces and some on the food tables.

– Tablescape – I used ombre rainbow plates and cups from Meri Meri and pastel napkins with polka dots from Meri Meri as well. I used gold plastic ware from amazon. I also put iridescent unicorn horns on the center of each table and a piñata unicorn in the center of each table.

– Photo Straws – This was a last minute idea and one of my favorite little details. Just printed off a photo of Sloane with a party hat and taped to all the straws.

– Balloons – Expert tip – have someone else blow up the balloons! I always try to do this myself and I always regret it. Here is a link to the iridescent star balloon, rainbow balloon, jumbo pastel balloons and the unicorn balloon. If you are blowing up yourself, make sure to get balloon clips and an air pump if doing a garland.

– Tabletop Signs – I had these acrylic signs from a baby shower I threw in the past, so I but reused and changed desisn using my Cricut machine and iridescent vinyl.

– Water Bottle Labels – This is just one of my favorite little ways to personalize a party and bring a theme in. Just print, wrap and tape.

– Sloanes Outfit – Lots of questions on her coat. I got it from Little Rascals in Birmingham, made by Sara Sara. Her tutu is by ILovePlum and her shoes are Freshly Picked.

– Dollhouse – This was a true labor or love for me. This was a dollhouse me and my Dad built when I was a little girl. I decided to rehab it, paint it and give it a little facelift and gift it to Sloane on her first birthday.

– Car – The hot pink Mercedes was a gift from Sloane’s grandparents.

– Swan – The adorable swan rocker was a gift from Sloane’s other grandparents. Will go so adorable in her room.

– Busy Board – made by a local Michigan artist, ArtworksbyAmy.

– Pink Foam Ball Pit – This ball pit is just so pretty.

– Photographer – She’s amazing and it was so nice not having to worry about snapping photos during the party. Kim Hoover from Apple of Our Eye.

It was such a special day for our sweet girl. Somehow during all of this, putting my love and time into things like this is what fills me up. I hope she looks back on this day and sees that even though it wasn’t a typical kid-filled first birthday party, it was special and she was surround by love.


Feb 11 2020

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100’s of Amazon Gift Picks for Kids

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Nov 12 2019

Baby Sloane’s Pink and Gold Nursery Reveal

Baby Sloane’s nursery was a true labor of love. Nurseries are always my favorite room to decorate because you can be so playful. I found and fell in love with the mauve fringe chandelier and decided to base the room around that. The room has a mix of muted pink hues with gold and brass accents and tons of different textures — velvet curtains, fur pillows, fringe chandeliers etc. The flower wall was actually the final touch and something I wasn’t originally planning on, but I truly think it pulled it all together.

My favorite parts of her room are the little touches — the brass bow hooks with the framed letter print above and the swan nook with her shoes and special accessories. While her crib and dresser are from Restoration Hardware, I really wanted to find special little things from all over for everything else — her mobile is from an Etsy shop in Italy and reminded me of my wedding dress, her name sign is from a small shop based in Australia, and the print near her door is a print of a letter I fell in love with before I even had Miles.

I linked where I got everything below.

Huge thanks to Apple of Our Eye photography for perfectly capturing the space and these moments.


We loved putting together all of these pieces to create a pretty space for our baby girl. See below for where we purchased everything.

– Leyton Crib & Dresser from Restoration Hardware Baby

– Marigold Blush Floral Mural by Urban Walls

– Chandelier from Anthropologie(pink is discontinued)

– Pink Enzo Rug from Lulu and Georgia

– Side table from Target

– Bow drawer pull from Crate and Barrel

– Velvet Drapes from Anthropologie (style discontinued)

– Swan Animal Heads from Target

– Rainbow Prints from Etsy Shop Dia Modern Design

– Name Block from Etsy Shop Milestone Story

– Lamp from Lulu and Georgia (discontinued)

– Linens from Restoration Hardware Baby

– Mobile from Etsy

– Chair from Olio Studio


We loved partnering up with Urban Walls for Sloane’s nursery. We used their silver star decals on the ceiling of Miles’ safari-inspired nursery and they are still a huge hit with him. For Sloane’s we decided to do an accent wall behind her crib with the Marigold Blush Floral Mural ($485). I felt it complemented the mauve chandelier and the different pink hues in the room. We also wanted it subtle enough to showcase the gold sign with her name. We are absolutely thrilled with how it turned out and I really feel it pulled the whole room together. It’s stick on panels and removable if she ever wants to change the look of her room. Check out the rest of their decals, murals and wallpaper here.


We’d love to hear about the ways you made your nurseries special in the comments below!


Nov 11 2019

SEEN Magazine Holiday Gift Guide

We’ve rounded up our favorite gifts for The Trendsetter, The Wellness Lover, The Little Ones, The Someone Extra Special and The Hostess in SEEN Magazine’s November issue.

Check out the online article here.


Nov 11 2019

Welcome to the World Baby Sloane

Our sweet baby girl, Sloane Naomi Schey entered the world on September 27th, 2019 at 5:42 am. Our hearts and home are extra full this year.

Hospital photos thanks to Bella Baby and nursery photos thanks to Apple of our Eye.

Photos thanks to the talented Kim at Apple of Our Eye.


Jun 25 2019

New Baby Must-Haves & Baby Registry Tips

Before Miles was born we spent hours researching the best baby gear, talking to other moms and getting advice from everyone we could. Here’s our ultimate round up of our favorite gear we got and some tips on things we would have done differently. Most are listed on our Amazon Baby Gear shopping list for easy shopping! Feel free to leave comments with some of your favorite items below.


This was the hardest category for me to figure out, and the one I get the most questions about. The truth is there is no perfect solution, you need different strollers for different things, so just pick what’s most important for your lifestyle. I live Metro Detroit with a garage and walking distance to parks and town, so keep that in mind for my reviews.

Convertible Stroller: I love our UPPAbaby Vista Stroller ($929). Fan favorite, perfect for walks into town, strolls through the mall and adventures just about anywhere. Pros: Has a lot of storage, works with infant car seats and can turn into double stroller. Cons: expensive and every single mom has one…but it’s because it’s so great.

Infant Car Seat: I went with the Nuna Pipa Infant Car Seat ($399). The only reason I got this was because the Uppababy car seat was on backorder. No matter how easy they say it will be, it’s always a pain using adapters. I wish I had stuck with Uppababy brand for infant seat.

Car Seat/Stroller Combo:The DOONA Infant Car Seat/Stroller ($499) was recommended to me by so many moms and at first, I didn’t listen. I caved a few months in after I realized how amazing this thing truly was. It’s a car seat that has wheels that pop out and turns it into a little stroller. While not the most glamorous stroller, it’s beyond practical for traveling, quick trips anywhere and the perfect height for leaving baby in stroller while dining out. Cons: Tiny, no storage and you can’t put onto your larger stroller system.

– Lightweight/Travel Stroller: BabyZen Yoyo ($499) I didn’t use this until Miles was 6 months or so and now it’s my go-to that I keep in my car and travel with. It’s light and compact but still feels sturdy enough for anywhere we go. It’s very popular in big cities because it’s easy and compact when folded. It also fits in overhead compartment of airplane.



Dock-a-Tot: This is the best for naps and transitioning to the crib. I love that they have all these fun new patterns now. I have my eye on the marble one.

Rock N Play: Miles slept and napped in this for the first three months. It was a godsend because it’s titled so they like sleeping better than flat. However, there’s been some new reports out lately that it may not be safe for sleep, so please look into before using.

SNOO: While the SNOO ($1,295) is a splurge, people swear by it to get baby sleeping at the beginning. It’s created by Dr Harvey Karp (who wrote the book I recommended above.) We’re trying this instead of the Rock N Play for baby #2.

Swing/Mamaroo: We had both and Miles didn’t love either, but it all depends on your baby. Some people swear by them.

Puj Tub: We used this in the sink for his first baths. It was adorable and it folds up and stores easily after they grow out of it.

Baby Monitor:  We got the Project Nursery one and have had a lot of issues, we now use the Nest Cam systems. We’ve heard great things about the Nanit ($230).

Highchair: We love our 4Moms ($289) one. But if you are looking to splurge, the Bloom Chair ($748) is gorgeous and doubles as an infant seat.



Play Mat: I went with one of the shmancy, neutral toned play mats from Little Nomad and I’m so happy I did. It let us turn half our living room into a play area without really feeling like it.  In addition to Little Nomad, there’s now a less expensive but still stylish line on Amazon now, Yay! Mats.

Play Gym/Tummy Time Mat: There are so many great ones of these. I had an adorable neutral tone one from Pottery Barn and a more colorful one from Buy Buy Baby. This one from Loveevery ($140) is a new favorite among moms. We also love the Mary Meyer BestEver Baby Mat ($50) for tummy time.

Wubbanubs: Yup, these pacifiers with a stuffed animal on them are as necessary as everyone says they are.

Stuffed Animals: JellyCat stuffed animals are the absolutely best — extra soft and cuddly and come in adorable styles like unicorns, avocados, peacocks etc. They also have animal + books sets ($35) that match many of their stuffed animals, which make it they perfect gift.

Books: Everyone has their favorites, Miles’ was the Pout Pout Fish ($8). It’s the cutest and I loved reading it to him. The truth is, no matter what you think, you can never have too many books — so stock up.

Pack N Play: We got the Graco Pack N Play with bassinet and changing pad and left on our main floor so we could change him easily on both floors. If I did it again, I’d get a more portable one that we could easily bring on trips etc. This one from 4Moms ($299) is a favorite among moms.



Shoes: Okay so they won’t exactly need them to walk, but little newborn shoes are just the cutest. Freshly Picked moccasins are one of our favorite gifts to give and the Baby Converse are pretty adorable too.

Bows + Headbands: There are a ton of adorable bows out there, but we always gift Baby Bling Bows ($12). They stay on and look adorable with hair or no hair and come in fun colors and styles.

Sleepers: Of course get a few special outfits, but the first few months your baby will be sleeping a majority of the day so you’ll mainly need some comfy sleepers. I’ll do a whole separate post on baby clothes, but in general go for soft fabric that are easy to take on and off. We lived in the zipper sleepers most days.

Favorite brands: Kickee Pants, Kissy Kissy, Egg Baby, Milk Barn, Burts Bees, L’oved Baby, Carters

– Sleeping Gowns: I didn’t get the whole gown thing at first, but when baby is walking up and needs to be changed multiple times in the middle of the night — not having to worry about buttons and getting their legs in and out of a sleeper is a god send. I loved these from L’oved Baby ($20).

Swaddles: Sure get a few pretty swaddle blankets, but make it easy on yourself and stock up on the velcro ones in the beginning.  They have a great selection at Target and here.

Bib Bandanas: Spitting up is just the norm for the first stage of life, so arm yourself with some cute bib bandanas that keep them dry while also accessorizing their outfits. Miles worn ones from Copper Pearl all the time.

Organizers: You’ll thank me later. These are the cheapest and perfect size IKEA organizers ($29) for baby clothes. And you can order through Amazon if heading to Ikea isn’t in the cards. We use them in every drawer, under the sink, in our linen closet — everywhere.



–  Noise Machines: We have two of these Soundbub Noise Machines ($49), we keep one on our stroller and take one with us everywhere we travel. We have also have the Baby Shusher ($35) and be sure to download the Baby Shusher app when you’re in a pinch.

–  Books: The Happiest Baby on The Block Book ($13) is a life savor, and the methods really work. There’s also a video online you can watch if you’re strapped for time. The 12 Hours Sleep by 12 Weeks Old($12)book was my bible starting around 5 months, we waited a bit longer than some to sleep train but when we did it totally worked and Miles has been a great sleeper ever since.

Amazon Echos: We now pretty much have one in every room. Amazing to time while nursing, play music and lullabies. I liked the Echo Show ($299) for the nursery because you could see the timer, but the regular ones are great for everywhere else.

Apple Watch: I used mine all the time to track nursing, naps, etc. Easier than keeping track of your phone with a newborn on your arm.

Hooded Towels: You will probably get a ton of these as gifts, but they are adorable and practical for those first few baths. The Little Giraffe brand is my favorite for these and Pottery Barn has great ones as well.



Boppy: I have three Boppys ($35), one for each level of our house and used them constantly at the beginning. You use them while nursing, while baby naps on your lap or to prop baby up when they are laying down. I ordered some cute covers on Etsy that matched Miles’ nursery theme.

Bottles: I used Medela bottles while breastfeeding (they worked fine and were easiest) and then used Dr. Browns when we started formula around 6 months.

Milk Snob: What’s great about the Milk Snob ($36) covers is that they work to keep light out of your carrier and also can be used to cover up while nursing.

Pumps: Your insurance typically covers some style of pumps, but if you are going to be nursing and pumping for a long time or pumping at work I’d recommend getting a rechargeable pump so you can be free to move around while pumping, instead of being stuck to an outlet. I used the Medela Freestyle ($299), people also love the Spectra ($300).


Diapers: We use Pampers brand. While the Honest company ones are adorable, they don’t work as well.

Babyganics: We love Babyganics brand for wipes, hand sanitizer, detergency, dish soap and shampoo/body wash. I was overwhelmed by all the organic options out there now, but have pretty much found they are always a safe bet and I just have a constant supply ordered on Amazon.


Feeding stuff: They don’t eat real food for over 6 months, so I just waited until that time to stock up gear. My go-to brand for feeding gear is OXO. Lot of favs linked on the Amazon list. I’ll save for another post.

Clothes: I didn’t stock up on clothes for the whole first year. I focused on his first few months and took it from there. You’ll get lots of gifts and hand me downs as well.


We’d love to hear about the things you love and used the most in those early baby days!


Apr 24 2019

Apr 23 2019

Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts We Love From Etsy

1. Custom Flipbook

2. One-of-a-Kind Home Illustration

3. Kitchen Spoon and Trivet Set

4. Custom Painted Peg Doll Family

5. Monogrammed Straw Tote

Jewelry Designed from Children’s Artwork


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