First Birthday Banners

There are so many cute ways to mark your child’s amazing (and fast!) growth throughout their first year. Month stickers, pictures in the same outfit they outgrow, collages, etc. I decided to go with monthly pictures with stickers. Seemed like the easiest way. I also decided after the first month to put a stuffed animal in the picture each time to see how she grew. I spent the first few months trying all my tricks to get her to smile. They hardly worked. The last few months I spent trying to get her to sit still. Oh, how they change so fast!

For her first birthday party, I wanted to do a banner of all the 12 month pictures so everyone could see how she’d grown and compare months. I bought paper at Michael’s that went with my color scheme and glued 4×6 photos to them. I punched two holes in each, strung fishing wire, and used binder clips to attach the banner to our house. I wanted to use pretty ribbon or something, but we were trying to do her party on a budget, so I went with resourceful. Still came out really cute! The banner is now hanging in her room because I can’t bear the thought of throwing it away!

12 Month Photo Banner | Jersey Up!

Which month was her chubbiest do you think?

I also made her a high chair banner with her name on it. I wanted to decorate her high chair a little bit since we’d be taking so many photos of her (delicately) smashing a cake. I cut the same paper I used for her 12 month banner into the shape I wanted, wrote her name, and strung it up in a similar manner. We also used her name banner for her 12 month photo shoot. I am (im)patiently waiting for the proofs to arrive.

High Chair Birthday Banner | Jersey Up!

More cake please?

You could obviously be more elaborate with both banners, but I was going for simple. You should do something that goes with your theme and your crafting abilities. I’ve seen some really awesome banners on Pinterest that were way out of my league. But, sometimes simple is best, don’t you think?

First Birthday Banners | Jersey Up!

I made these pre-birthday and just added the last photo the day of the party.

First Birthday Chalkboard

Chalkboard art is not just for supermarket delis anymore.  I’m sure you’ve seen all the adorable chalkboards out there, mostly on Pinterest.  Where else?  First birthday ones, pregnancy ones, dinner menus, etc.  And I feel like you can’t go anywhere anymore without seeing chalkboard paint.  I don’t know about you, but my handwriting is terrible.  I think the internet age has really made it unnecessary to handwrite anything and it shows.

So instead of developing patience or practicing my handwriting, I decided to make one on the computer.  Ordering one off Etsy is fine if you can afford it, and it will probably come out better…but I couldn’t justify that since we were doing her party on a budget.  I came across a free download of a chalkboard print at How to Nest for Less.  You can also download it right here:


It’s an 8×10 so it’ll fit nice on your printer paper or if you decide to print it at a photo place (which is what I did).  You can edit it for free at or if you have Photoshop or another photo editing software.  PicMonkey has limited fonts, so if you’re lucky enough to have Photoshop, visit to download some free chalkboard fonts.  It’ll come out cuter than mine did.

That’s it.  Simple.  Easy.  Cute.  Here’s the one I made for my daughter’s first birthday party, which you can read about here.


The chalkboard was really fun and easy to make, and I printed it at my local grocery store photo kiosk.  Popped it into a wooden frame and placed it on the taco bar at the party.  All the guests loved looking at her info while they waited for food.  It was a really easy thing to do, but made a big impact!  Love those kinds of things.

Or, you can just print out the blank chalkboard and pop it in a magnetic frame or laminate.  Use a white or silver dry erase marker and have a less messy version of a menu board.  The options are truly endless!

Let me know what you make with your chalkboard printout!  

DIY Height Chart and Avocado & Black Bean Salsa

When my husband and I decorated our daughter’s nursery, we wanted to make a height chart that was portable.  We aren’t planning on living in this house forever, and it always so sad when families move and leave behind their children’s heights for someone else to paint over.  Thank you Pinterest for an easy solution!  We just bought a 6 ft piece of pine for pretty cheap at the lumber yard, sanded and varnished it.  And added the numbers and tick marks like a ruler.  (We totally cheated and got decals from the Little Diddy shop on Etsy.)  So, her nursery was completed over a year ago, and ahem, we just did the height chart this weekend.  To be fair, she can’t stand up yet… 😉

DIY Height Chart | Jersey Up!

I learned in trying to take a picture of a 6ft board, the rooms in my house are small.

I don’t know about you but crafting always makes me hungry.  Probably from all the stress it creates.  So, guys, I freakin’ love this salsa.  It’s so delicious and refreshing.  It makes a huge batch and we never, ever have leftovers.  Ever.  You’ll love it; I promise.  It’s simple to make, and you probably have the ingredients already.  Do not make it when you’re alone.  Just a word of warning.

Avocado and Black Bean Salsa | Jersey Up!

You will need scooping tortilla chips for this one, friends.

Avocado & Black Bean Salsa

2 16oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2-3 medium avocados, diced
1 large garden tomato, diced
1 medium red onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp thyme
2 tbsps minced cilantro
2 tbsps red wine vinegar
1/2 c olive oil

1. Mix together olive oil, vinegar, onions and garlic with all your spices.
2. Stir in beans and mix well.
3. Add tomatoes and cilantro.  Avocados last.
4. Devour.

I have (surprisingly) not tried to freeze this.  If you do, let me know how it comes out defrosted!  It’s best with fresh ingredients, and so its more expensive to make in the winter.  (Or if you’re trying to eat local, it’s completely out of the question in February.)

Hair Pretty Storage

Hair Pretty Storage | Jersey Up!

When my cousin Liz was little she called all her hair bows and headbands hair prettys. Not sure how it started but the name has stuck!

I have also grown tired of searching for (and losing) hair bows.

Something better had to exist! I saw a similar idea for hair pretty storage on The Paro Post via Pinterest (check out how cute hers came out!) and thought it looked easy enough.

Like everything else, it was easier than I thought. I bought the plain wooden frame and caterpillar ($.50!!!) from Michaels and the rick rack and hooks from our local 5 & 10. (Yes! They exist! It’s seriously the most spectacular store!!)

After some paint and a scary tutorial on how to use a staple gun – finished!!!!

All for less than $10!

I love it, don’t you?!