I will be the first to admit that I am a bit over the top when it comes to celebrating special moments. Birthdays are a huge deal in my family — especially milestone birthdays like Baby’s first birthday, Sweet 16, 21st, 30th…you get where I’m coming from, right?
Hubby’s family doesn’t celebrate birthdays quite the way my side of the family does. My mom’s culture celebrates and celebrates BIG! There’s always a reason to have a big party! Hubby was great to “entertain me” as I prepared for Little One’s grand celebration on her first birthday.
Those of you who have been reading the blog for a while know that Little One was born 12 weeks early. Because of her scary start and rough first year of life, each year is cause for celebration. That’s part of the reason it’s “go big or go home” for me.
Our friends at PhotoCaptiva did a Cake Smash photo shoot for Little One’s first birthday. What a fun way to commemorate her special day!
It’s not a party without lots of family, friends, food…and CAKE!
The Hello Kitty love began on her first birthday.
I can’t believe how little hair she had! She was “bald” for what seemed like almost two years!
Friends and family came to celebrate with us. Little One’s cousins from Kingston even made it for her special day.
Little One’s first year was filled with so much excitement and so many firsts! I have countless videos and photos of her laughing for the first time, rolling over for the first time, crawling for the first time (even though she used to crawl backwards instead of forward!). I’m pretty sure I drove my friends and family nuts with my incessant Facebook pics and updates. I couldn’t help it! We were excited that a) Little One was meeting her developmental milestones even though she was preemie and b) she survived her first year despite all the complications of being born at 28 weeks gestation! Most parents are proud of the things their babies accomplish (talking, standing, walking, etc). We were so proud that she survived just another day! Sounds kind of odd, but fellow preemie parents can relate. 🙂
Celebrating a First Birthday
It’s apparent that celebrating a first birthday is incredibly important to me. When I heard that Carter’s & OshKosh are celebrating their one-year anniversary at Sears, I was really excited! Carter’s & OshKosh have always been favourites of mine since having Little One. I really liked the fit and quality of their clothing on Little One.
To celebrate their one-year anniversary at Sears, Carter’s & OshKosh are giving away a trip for a family of four to Orlando! You can enter the contest here: www.sears.ca/carterscontest.
– Trip includes hotel and air (direct flights from Canadian-destination!)
– Full-size rental car with unlimited mileage and loss damage waiver insurance
– Passes to an Orlando attraction and dining passes
That’s not the only exciting news!
One lucky Life on Manitoulin reader will win a $50 Sears gift card! The lucky winner will be able to spoil themselves on Carter’s gear! How great is that?
Entrants must be a resident of Canada (apologies, but this giveaway excludes Quebec residents) and must be 18 years or older. Also, eligible prize winner must not have won on any other #SearsMom blog! You can enter across as many #SearsMom blogs as they want, but can only win once. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below.
Disclosure – I am part of the Sears Mom Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
Carol M (Lushka S) says
A new blender, broke mine.
I have a growing boy who will needs pants and shoes for spring
Andrew P says
I’d use it to buy new jeans
Natalie D says
If I won a $50 Sears gift card, I would buy skin care products for my Mom and I:)
Erin Wilson says
I’d buy my daughter a couple new swimsuits for the coming summer
kelly young says
would buy my daughter some new summer wear
I’d buy something online for my baby.
Two kids that are eating us out of house and home and growing like weeds! Would love to win this and buy them some new clothes!
Cheryl Grandy says
I’d buy new boots.
lori b says
I would be buying my niece who just had a baby some outfits for her little girl for the summer
Karen McGraw says
Everybody knows that grandparents are notorious for spoiling the little ones. We have 2 little girls to spend all our winnings on. Planning a trip from Fredericton to Winnipeg in April to see our grand daughters. <3
elaine bolduc says
I would buy something nice for my bathroom.
Lori Bazan says
I would buy clothes for my son!
kids runners and maybe some towels if I hit a great sale!
Carla B says
Baby clothes for my cousin’s newborn.
I’d buy some baby clothes for my friend who is a new single mom
Clothes for my children
Juliee Fitze says
I would buy baby clothes for my grand daughter due in June
A pair of jeans
Jennifer P. says
I would use it to buy summer clothes for my younger daughter – her and her older sister were born at opposite ends of the year, so I can’t pass down summer (or winter) clothes since the sizing is off during the season.
amber y says
I’d buy a baby shower gift for my sister – maybe a diaper genie or a whole bunch of cute baby clothes.
Tammy Dalley says
I would buy new Pj’s
Shorts for my kids!
Jen Conlin says
Perfume! Adorable pictures! Love the Cake! Such a Special day!!!
Florence C says
I would spend it on the grandchildren.
Josh S says
Probably some new clothes for my kids.
Brenda Penton says
I put it towards a new dishwasher
sarah stickney says
clothes for my son
Karla Sceviour says
I would put it towards some new curtains for my living room.
stacey dempsey says
My sons shoes just sprung a leak this week so new shoes would be great
Jane Hammill Gray says
I would put it towards a soda stream I love the idea of re using bottles and making natural soda drinks for my family with real fruit juices.
I would buy either pillows or a throw blanket for my couch!
Mary I says
it would go towards a new coffee maker.
Belinda McNabb says
I would get my son a new spring outfit
Lori Jackson says
I would get started on my sons Spring wardrobe.
Baby clothes for our son!
michelle tremblett says
I would buy my kids new bathing suits for our upcoming trip 🙂
Likely some clothes for the child I’m cooking (I’m team green, they are due within a month), or I’d save it to buy a Radian once they outgrow the infant car seat…
Lisa neutel says
I need new bathing suits for an upcoming trip
Victoria Ess says
I’d buy some newborn clothes for my sister!
Kayla Schmitke says
Clothes fory little guy!
Kristine Ewald says
My sweetheart is due in a month and I would buy some clothes for him!
Darlene Schuller says
I would get my daughter some new clothes.
BobbiJo Pentney says
Rainboots……….it is coming soon.
laura m says
I would use it towards a slide for the backyard!
I would put it towards a Little Tikes outdoor play center for my kids for this summer.
I would buy some new spring accessories like a scarf and a new handbag with the gift card.
I would put it towards new blinds
I would get a new spring coat!
I would buy some gifts for my kids.
I would buy a toy or game for my son.
clothes for the kids
A baby shower gift for my friend.
I would love to buy the Carter’s Girl’s Stripe Dress
Julie Bolduc says
Id buy a new shirt
Tammy Dalley says
I would buy myself some new pj’s!
I would pick up a carter’s rain coat for my son.
I’d get the KitchenAid® KitchenAid Classic 5-Speed Stand Blender
Andrea Amy says
pyjamas for my kids 🙂
Angela Mitchell says
I would buy the Plaid OshKosh Onesie for my son.
Dayna Wilson says
Raincoats for each of my kids- probably the frog and fireman.
Elva Roberts says
I love the pictures of your little girl. She has such a lovely complexion and she is so happy. I also love the picture with her little cousins and family. The little ones seem to be so happy to be together. Thank you for sharing.
Thanks so much, Elva! 🙂 Your comment totally made my morning!
Elva Roberts says
I would probably buy something for my great grand babies.
heidi c. says
I would get some Oshkosh overalls for my little guys.
Cathy C says
I would buy some mitts and hat for my son
Judy C (Judy Cowan) says
I would buy some baby clothes for my new nephew!
Tricia Cooper says
I think I would treat myself to something (for a change!); maybe a new spring top or two.
a pair of needed galoshes
seham merzib says
I would buy some new boots!
Diane Higham says
I would buy something for my grandson who will be turning 1 in August! 🙂
I would buy a new frying ban. to cook bacon.
Of course! 😉
angela m says
I would buy some a new winter jacket for my daughter
l p says
new shoes for the kids – they’re really growing now. thanks
I’d put it towards a new suit for my son.
Melissa D says
I would buy some new dishes..ours are breaking!
ashley p says
clothes for the kids
carter’s clothes! so adorable!
Jennie Yuen says
I would pick up some new clothes for my little one.
I would buy some new Spring/Summer outfits for my boys!
Christine those pictures of little R-A on her first birthday are simply adorable!
Thanks for sharing! And gotta love the Hello Kitty cake!
Michelle @ MK2SAHM says
I would buy very much needed baby items!
Tiffany Joliat says
I would buy my daughter (and daughter on the way) some new clothes! …By the way, hello fellow Sudburian! haha ..Manitoulin isn’t too far from here! 🙂
Tiffany! I’m in Sudbury at least once or twice a month to do my “big shopping”! What a small world!!!
Oh my gosh – she’s so cute! My little guy was pretty much bald for the first two years too. ha! He’s can grow a mullet faster than anyone I know now though. 😉
Cheryl!!! The mullet comment had me in stitches! Too cute!
Janie N @copperjane says
If I won $50 Sear’s GC I would buy a weed trimmer. Can’t wait for Spring!
Veronica S. says
I’d buy new shoes for the boys for the upcoming summer if I won!