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It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It’s A Barnyard Bash, Finnley Haven Turns Two!

October 22nd, 2014 was the day our lives were changed forever. It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years since our miracle baby girl arrived almost three months early at 29 weeks. She is such a gift to us and words just can’t express all the feelings as her second birthday came and went.

Honestly, I never thought I’d enjoy being a momma this much. We still pinch ourselves when we think back on those grace-filled days when we held our little miracle amidst the cords and machines and alarms and doctors and nurses in the NICU. Our Abba has answered so many of our tear-filled prayers. He’s brought our 2lb little “Fair Warrior” so very far and her life is a constant reminder of His grace, power, and goodness!

As Finnley’s second birthday approached, we began brainstorming about a creative way to celebrate our little “Bunny” (her nickname since the NICU.)

Because Finnley loves animals –like seriously, seriously loves animals– we decided to throw her a different kind of party — the “Barnyard Bash” kind. (As former/recovering-city-slickers, we never thought we’d see the day, but here we are!)

We teamed up with a local petting zoo to bring all of Finnley’s favorite furry friends to our backyard — and boy, were those precious animals a hit! A huge shout out to Monkey See Monkey Do Exotic Petting Zoo for being Finnley’s favorite birthday gift yet!

One of the pros about inviting a petting zoo to your home is that you can have as many family/friends as you want — without having to worry about age restrictions or a maximum headcount. So, of course – we invited our gigantic family (all 57 of them) and a few friends too!

As we were reminiscing on the last two years, one thing in particular stood out to us. Perhaps one of the most surprising things about parenthood that we’ve realized along the way is just how loved and cherished we feel when others care for and love on our daughter.

It’s amazing really, how in loving her — you’ve loved us! All of your prayers, words of encouragement, and support is simply overwhelming and makes us feel so honored. To us, it paints such a beautiful picture of how our Abba must feel when we love one another — we’re His kids! Oh what a beautiful glimpse of His heart and an amazing feeling it is to be a part of His family! He’s such a sweet Papa!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating our little miracle on her second birthday! Our hearts are forever grateful for our little girl and the love that you’ve shown her! 

xoxo,

– RACHEL

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

It's a Barnyard Bash! Finnley Haven Turns Two! https://rachelaz.com/ Country Chic, Modern Petting Zoo Birthday Party.

Our Go-To Baby Gift

Our go-to baby shower gift. These custom, personalized blankets and items have been a huge hit! These cozy, jersey-knits are perfect for swaddling! Choose your name, font, color, style, and sizes. Click for a 10% off coupon! Best baby gift! rachelaz.com

 

We’re absolutely obsessed with our customized baby name blankets from Audrey’s Bear. One of our NICU Momma Must-Haves, we used these blankets to personalize Finnley Haven’s little incubator while she was in the hospital. Now that she’s home, we use the same blankets every day. We literally get stopped all the time when people realize it’s not just some cute brand on a blanket, but in fact my daughter’s name.

My friend, Rachel Quarnberg (a devoted momma and army wifey) personally designs each blanket. They’ve been a huge hit for my expecting girlfriends, and have become my go-to baby shower gift.

You choose one custom design with the name, item size, colors and adorable font of your choice. Your design is printed on jersey knit fabric which is very stretchy and perfect for wrapping tightly. She even has adorable little headwraps and hats! They’re the best price, and super affordable at only $25-75/per blanket.

*Mention that you saw this post on rachelaz.com and use promo code “NICU10″, to receive 10% off of your order! Click Here! 

Each baby’s name is special, so take it a step further and personalize his/her blankey! Happy Shopping!

xoxo,

    – RACHEL

Our go-to baby shower gift. These custom, personalized blankets and items have been a huge hit! These cozy, jersey-knits are perfect for swaddling! Choose your name, font, color, style, and sizes. Click for a 10% off coupon! Best baby gift! rachelaz.com

Our go-to baby shower gift. These custom, personalized blankets and items have been a huge hit! These cozy, jersey-knits are perfect for swaddling! Choose your name, font, color, style, and sizes. Click for a 10% off coupon! Best baby gift! rachelaz.com

Our go-to baby shower gift. These custom, personalized blankets and items have been a huge hit! These cozy, jersey-knits are perfect for swaddling! Choose your name, font, color, style, and sizes. Click for a 10% off coupon! Best baby gift! rachelaz.com

Our go-to baby shower gift. These custom, personalized blankets and items have been a huge hit! These cozy, jersey-knits are perfect for swaddling! Choose your name, font, color, style, and sizes. Click for a 10% off coupon! Best baby gift! rachelaz.com

Our go-to baby shower gift. These custom, personalized blankets and items have been a huge hit! These cozy, jersey-knits are perfect for swaddling! Choose your name, font, color, style, and sizes. Click for a 10% off coupon! Best baby gift! rachelaz.com

Living Room Inspiration: Cobalt + Navy + Gold

Our living room was in some desperate need of redecorating. To be honest, most of our sitting area was just a hodgepodge of of my college dorm and Johnny’s bachelor pad. If you know us, you know the only three colors we agree on are white, black, and gold. So let’s just say that we really branched out by adding some navy and cobalt (that’s a joke.) It feels so nice and adult of us to finally make it our own. We’re absolutely in love with how it turned out and thought we’d pass on these awesome steals we found.

SAVVY SAVER SALE ALERT: Through this Saturday, use coupon code “LINCOLN” and save an extra 10% on select Home items. Enter code “LINCOLN” at Checkout to receive discount. Offer available online only at Target.com. Offer expires 02/21/2015 at 11:59pm PT. 

Pictured above are a few of our favourite new pieces. All purchased on sale from Target. Use code mentioned above and take advantage of their crazy clearance items!! Happy home decorating mamacitas!

xoxo

    – RACHEL

White + Wooden Table Lamp: Brighten up some day and add some light. This gorgeous lamp is the perfect size for your living room. I love the clean-lines and naturalist look with wooden accents. The adorable off-white/tan lamp shade is also included. ($45 + 10% OFF) 

Gold Clover Mirror: Transform your room’s look with this Threshold Clover Mirror. This gorgeous wall mirror has a slightly distressed gold finish with light brown accents to give it an on-trend vintage style. Antique mirrors are a great match with contemporary or traditional room décor. The large 17.5″ x 17.5″ size will help give your living space a bright, open feel. Attached picture hanger mounting makes it quick and easy to install. ($25 + 10% OFF)

Taped Solid Toss Pillow: (Comes in 9 different color variations!) Add instant “wow” to any room with this Threshold Taped Solid Toss Pillow. Covered in 100% cotton canvas with an elegant taped design, this pillow feels homey and looks sophisticated. With a knife edge, this decorative pillow looks firm and feels soft under your head or behind your back. Place this accent pillow on your sofa, armchair or bed to pull together any look. Mix and match it with your home’s rugs, curtains and accessories. ($20 + 10% OFF

Plaid Blanket: Comes in 5 different color variations!) Wrap yourself in in comfort and warmth with the Threshold Plaid Throw. You’ll get the look and feel of flannel with this cozy throw. It’ll perfectly accent all of your holiday décor and slide right through the New Year. Toss it over the back of a chair, your sofa or roll it up and put it beside your fireplace. Wherever you throw it, it’ll look perfectly styled. ($20 + 10% OFF)

Lion Throw Pillow: Make a statement with a Threshold Lion Throw Pillow. This luxe lumbar pillow is embroidered with a gorgeous lion design. It comes in a deep shade of blue to add a rich pop of color to your space. Plus, it has piping for a polished feel. This decorative pillow is made with a 100% cotton cover and plush fill to give you comfort as well as cool. Add it to any sofa, armchair or even your bed for a trendy home look. ($25 + 10% OFF)

Gorgeous Wingback Chair (Velvet Buckwheat): I searched high and low for an affordable wingback chair. This one’s a steal. This velvet upholstered accent chair with golden studs is so unique and speaks the language of pure luxe. Not to mention they’re super comfy and husband approved! ON CLEARANCE (online only)! Shut the front door! By definition, an absolute bargain. ($167.99reg: $279.99 / save $112.01)