Milestones: Celebrating Then, Now, and What Lies Ahead

Milestones. What would you say your last one was? Was it personal? Work? Family?

Sometimes you see them coming, you work towards them. And others sneak up on you seemingly out of nowhere with a funny way of making you pause and reflect. Either way, they are a line in the sand with a before and after. 

But whether you count down to a special day or you suddenly realize you’ve crossed a line into a new phase of life, these are the moments we look back on and say ‘that was when…’ 

Sure, I celebrated my 30th with some of my nearest and dearest, but I also woke up on the morning of my birthday and the day after, and the day after not really feeling any different. 30 whoop whoop… But something I really noticed about this birthday in particular was a looking back and a looking forward. I took stock of the past, all of the versions of ‘me’ I have been for the past decade- I entered and left this one as an adult- then looked forward to the decade ahead, of the person I hope to continue to become.

I’m not the same person I was then, or the different versions that came between then and now. I’m all of them, a sum of all the parts. I’m here because of where I came from, just as I’ll be somewhere in the future, reach another goal, because of where I am now. I’m not sure what the next milestone will be but I’m excited for what lies ahead. Milestones, in whatever form they take, always seem to leave us changed, if even only a little. We grow, we celebrate, we move forward. Whatever your next one may be, I hope you celebrate everything that led up to it, even if there was more blood, sweat, and tears than confetti and party hats. Even the hard times deserve celebration in their own way. Here’s to the next milestone and the one after that. And the one after that. May they be a part of an amazing- if not crazy- journey. <3



Outfit details:

Crop top & skirtTobi

Shoes- My own

Photo credit: Captured In Squares/ Ava to Zoe

Milestone Moment: DIY Baby Grad Caps

Sooner or later we all have to face the truth: our lil bumpkins are growing up! And while they might not be graduating from high school or college tomorrow, there’s plenty of other ‘graduations’ before them. Whether it’s with a Mommy group like mine, daycare, preschool, etc, it’s fun to celebrate the stages our little ones go through and remember these sweet moments for them.
One of my amazing & talented friends Celine was kind enough to not only make these grad caps for all the Moms & babies graduating from our group, she took photos & created step- by- step instructions so I could show them here! Thank you Celine for always being so thoughtful & creative!
DIY: Baby Grad Caps
Poster Board Pieces:
Cut 1: 7″* 7″ square for top of cap
Cut 2: 3″* 1.25″ for headband bracket tabs
Cut 1: 19″* 2″ for headband (make a notch cut 1.5″ along one long edge)
Blue or pink yarn pieces:
Cut 1: 12″ piece for tassel piece & knot
Cut 11: 4″ pieces for tassel fringe & tie
Additional Supplies:
Stapler with 6 staples per hat
Please note different colour paper was used for the step by- step instructions because black doesn’t show up well in photos. 
1: Divide cap top diagonally and mark with a pencil. Poke hole through center of cap top for tassel.
2. Overlap headband strip matching edge to notch. Staple twice with smooth side of staples on inside of band so that child will not be scratched. For a more custom fit, try and adjust to fit child.
3. Bend headband brackets in half.
4. Staple headband brackets to either end of headband, make sure smooth side of staples are on the inside of the band. 
5. Staple brackets to hat cap, lining up each bracket to opposite corners. This time make sure to staple with the smooth side on the top of the cap, so it doesn’t look noticeable in photographs.
6. Take 10 pieces of tassel fringe yarn. Tie them together at the halfway mark with longer piece of string.
7. With the last piece of fringe yarn, tie together 1/2″ down. When the tassel is made with all one colour, the yarn and knots blend together. 

8.  Insert tassel through hole in cap top and tie knot. Top: Use a toothpick to help push ends through. 
9. Your final project should look something like this:
I hope you like this cute little project idea! I also thought it would be cute to write the date, occasion, & kiddie’s age inside with a metallic Sharpie as a keepsake. 🙂 Maybe frame in a shadow box with a photo of the occasion? It’s as important to remember these moments as it is to enjoy them. 🙂