Thursday, July 24, 2014

What If I Fall...

Brian is still sleeping so I get to blog with coffee #heavenly #grateful. My friend Lauren sent this to me the other day and thought it would be a cute print...

I love the saying, don't you? 
Feel free to share it with your peeps for a little inspiration on this beautiful Thursday! If you do, mention #purejoypaperie for a regram!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Brian's First Birthday Party!

I can't believe my little baby is 1!! It's so crazy to think that a year ago I felt the euphoria of holding him in my arms for the first time, and a year before that Brian Sr. and I were partying it up in Key West. My how the times have changed. I love this little guy so much I could explode and we had so much celebrating his first year of life with a gathering of friends and family at our home. 

Local photographer and friend Stephanie Elliot Photography came and took the most gorgeous photos to capture our day. 

Fresh flowers from the garden in blue mason jars adorned the tables along with the printed out instagrams of Baby B.

We had a basket of beach balls with a cute saying attached as party favors for all the kiddies in attendance.

We also had him christened in the morning so we were able to celebrate that as well!

Party Juice (White and Red Sangria)

More instagrams of B...

Little B with Godmother Jen

To decorate the tent, I ordered yards of cheap blue fabric in all different shades and cut them up into strips. We tied each one to twine and hung them from all four corners of the tent. It looked super cute and made such a difference! 

How cute is Mister's outfit?? I got it at BudsnBranches on Etsy

Of all the toys and entertainment for the littles, they preferred to hang out by the beer bucket...go figure

I set out blankets on the lawn so families could picnic with their littles instead of sitting at tables 

The cupcakes came from DiMare Bakery in Stamford/Greenwich. They're the BEST.

And a little cake smash for the birthday boy! 

We had so much fun at our little guys first birthday and christening!! 
A big thank you to Stephanie Elliot Photography for all of the amazing photos! Contact her for your next cake smash/family portrait session/party! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Brian's Baptism, First Birthday & Our New Home!

The Joys had quite the weekend! We baptized Brian Jr. on Sunday and had his first birthday bash to celebrate afterwards, and we closed on our first home in Stamford, Connecticut yesterday!

Here is a glimpse of the party (more pics to come) and our new home!!

Home Sweet Home! 

I can't wait to share more :)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pure Vida Bracelet Obsession

I'm so obsessed with my Pure Vida Bracelets from Costa Rica I couldn't resist blogging about them. I heard about them on Jill's Steals and Deals from the Today Show and though I've been trying to curb my online shopping habit, I HAD to have these. I think they were like 20 something dollars for an assortment, so it was an easy justification :)

They have a cool story and I love that:

First, The phrase “Pura Vida” (pu·ra vi·da) means "pure life" in Spanish. Enjoying life slowly, celebrating good fortune and not taking anything for granted embodies the Pura Vida Lifestyle. It's about being free and living life to it's fullest with no regrets or taking anything for granted; it's an attitude.

Here's how the bracelets came about: 

"A five week college graduation trip to Costa Rica turned into a business venture for two Southern California friends Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman. Between the beautiful sunsets and the rolling breakers, it wasn't long before these two friends began to deeply appreciate the simple Pura Vida lifestyle and the culture of the people they encountered. This is how it all began..

During a visit to a small community in Costa Rica, they crossed paths with two men named Jorge and Joaquin who were peddling bracelets on the street. Paul and Griffin asked them if they would be willing to make 400 bracelets to take back to the United States with them. Jorge was delighted to make such a sell, and the guys were thrilled to help them out, but to everyones good fortune, soon after returning to the states their friendship blossomed into a full-fledged business relationship." - Pura Vida Bracelets About Page

Don't you LOVE?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Four Ingredient Pancakes

The other morning I wanted to try something other than Brian's usual oatmeal with blueberries and banana for breakfast so went with the pancake idea. We had a box of bisquick in the house but when I looked at the 100 ingredients, mostly things I couldn't pronounce, I went online to look for a homemade recipe. I found these four ingredient pancakes on pinterest and decided to give them a try.

All you need is one cup of oats, one cup of whole milk, one egg, and one banana. You put it all in a bullet, or whatever mixing device you use to make sure the oats and banana get chopped up and fully absorbed in the milk. They come out super light and thin, and little Brian DEVOURED them. I put some butter and real maple syrup on top and he literally couldn't get enough. The batch is enough to last a few days and they make the perfect wholesome breakfast.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Quick Fourth of July Craft for your Littles

Hello Lovelies! I have a super cute last minute Fourth of July craft to share that you can make with your little ones. I made one last week for Brian with my cousin and her friend and they turned out SO great!

It's pretty self-explanatory but with fabric paint and a white t-shirt or onesie, you paint the blue paint onto the hand and stamp it on the shirt. Next you paint some red stripes next to the hand, let it dry and voila!!

cute, right?? After they wear it on the fourth, you could even cut out the design and put it in a frame for some patriotic art!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Vintage Map Prints

I'm excited to add some new vintage map prints to the collection at Pure Joy Paperie including a very special Cape Cod map!

I'm slowly adding them to the shop so if you don't see it, just send me a message via Etsy and I'll be sure to make it available for you. 

I've added: 

I love their kitschy look, I'm envisioning a wall of them in our new house (details to come)! 

Available at Pure Joy Paperie