The Beauty Behind Birthdays


As my last little’s birthday is quickly approaching, I find myself thinking about all the birthdays and birthday parties I’ve put on and holy crap I almost fell asleep thinking about how exhausting it is! Why do we as moms feel the need to go all out for certain birthdays that no one (not even ourselves) will remember?! Thank goodness for that one mom who’s super camera happy and snaps everything from pictures of my decorations and even the destruction that is the aftermath of the actual party. Otherwise I’d have no recollection of who was there, what happened or how truly happy my child was covered in icing and gift wrap.

So again, why do we do it?!

I don’t know about you but I do it for those little moments of random smiles, silly giggles and huge hugs from your kids that really do appreciate all that you’ve done just for them. Will they remember it the next day? Maybe. Will they remember it next week? Probably not. (Can’t really blame them, I have a hard time remembering what I had for lunch just a few hours ago!)
But we throw these parties and we give so much of ourselves and after all is said and done we WILL do it again. We will do it for whatever reason we want to in that moment and for all the other moments when our kids are in total bliss!

Moms do things most people wouldn’t dream of doing! We make the cakes, we hang up the streamers and we throw one heck of a Moana party! (This may or may not be our theme this year). We question if there will be enough food, enough activities for the kids, what if no one shows up… etc. We put all of our blood sweat and tears (literally tears) into it and then we see just how happy our kids are and it makes it all worth it because when it comes to our kids, NOTHING is out of the question.

Now excuse me while I go back to icing these cupcakes and licking my fingers in the process 😉

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Written by Lindsay Diamond

Photos by Aubri Rhoads

JORD Wooden Watch – Luxury, Versatility and Style

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I have been searching for the perfect watch for the longest time. Something elegant and high quality, yet unique enough to fit with my sense of style, and sturdy enough for my demanding life. That’s why I jumped at the chance to partner with JORD Watches! I had been drooling over their stunning time pieces since I first heard about them a few months ago. I placed my order and was very pleasantly surprised with how quickly it was shipped out! They even sent me an email with the tracking number to let me know when it would arrive!


And there it was, waiting for me as I approached my front door. A little black box with one happy word that made my heart leap in my chest a little as I read it. J O R D. I was beyond excited as I quickly grabbed it off the stoop and brought it in to begin the great unveiling! As a graphic designer, my natural inclination is to immediately take note of the packaging details. I was expecting a fine product, but I have to say I was somewhat blown away by the care and consideration that was put into the presentation of this brand. I chose the Frankie Series: Koa & Ash, and couldn’t be happier with my choice. You can tell it’s a luxury item before you even take it out of the finely carved wooden box it comes in. The watch itself is luxuriously lightweight and opulent, yet visually substantial and hearty, wrapped around a plush, canvas pillow. I was impressed by everything from the color of the stunning wood grain, to the design details of the clasp and connected links. I have been wearing it non-stop since it arrived and am in love with how comfortable and versatile it is!


And now I will get to the best part about this collaboration, YOU! You now have the chance to win a $100.00 gift card towards a JORD watch of your very own! Just head on over to to enter AND guess what, you will receive a 10% off code just for entering! Even if you already have one of your own, I bet you have more than a few people in your life who would LOVE to receive the gift of a timeless JORD timepiece! The holidays are just around the corner, and this contest will end on November 4th, so now is the perfect time! 

Happy entering and good luck! xoxo