Celebrating First Years!


Somedays I can’t believe my oldest son is already 3 years-old and my new baby is 2 months-old. It feels like it was yesterday when I became a first time mom, then all of a sudden my little baby turned 1 and 2 and then 3… Each of his birthdays are such a big milestone!

I remember planning my son’s first birthday party, knowing that it was an important moment for all of us as a family as we were celebrating his first year of life and our first year as his parents. We decided to plan his party at the local zoo and we were lucky to enjoy a gorgeous sunny day.


His birthday was filled with excitement and he got to see his favourite wild animals while walking everywhere and enjoying the fresh air. We invited close friends and family to celebrate with us and we all had a fabulous time.  We also got to ride the train around the zoo and that was a hit with the little ones.

It was a great party but what matters the most is that at the end of the day we had a very happy one year old running around everywhere, such a fun day!


This year, Sears is celebrating Carter’s & OshKosh first one-year anniversary in Canada. To celebrate they have a pretty sweet contest going on right now, be sure to check it out  and enter HERE for a chance to win a trip for four to Orlando, Florida courtesy  of  Carter’s & OshKosh!

The 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, pretty amazing!


The celebration continues as one lucky Canadian reader will win a $50 Sears gift card to spoil themselves on Carter’s gear. Enter to win via Rafflecopter below. Good luck everyone! (Contest not open to Quebec residents, 18+ and must not have won the same giveaway on any other blog – Ends February 22nd)

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. #SearsMom

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Angela V

Founder and Writer at One Smiley Monkey blog
Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

180 responses to “Celebrating First Years!”

  1. I would like to buy the Carter’s® Printed Embroidered Boa Blanket.

  2. What wouldn’t I want to get? But I really love the Carter’s Girl’s ‘Frog’ Rainslicker

  3. I would buy my 4 year old some new clothing. TY!

  4. Carter’s Boy’s ‘Fireman’ Rainslicker would be perfect for my son this Spring.

  5. I would love to buy my daughter some new summer dresses.

  6. Would love to buy some cute summer dresses for my neighbour’s little girl!

  7. Carter’s Boys 2-Piece Bears Fleece Set
    Carter’s Boys 2-Piece Polar Bear Fleece Set

    (one for each kid but I don’t want them to have the exact same design)

  8. I love the Carter’s® Girl’s Grey Stripe and Pink Dot Dress for my daughter!

  9. Such beautiful photos! You know how to throw a party!!

  10. Carter’s® Boys 2-Piece Bears Fleece Set for my youngest son 🙂 HE LOVE PJs 🙂

  11. i would buy my niece the lady bug raincoat

  12. Carter’s® Girl’s ‘Ladybug’ Rainslicker and Character Hat

  13. I would pick up the Carter’s Boy’s ‘Fireman’ Rainslicker, which we need in Vancouver!

  14. I’d like to get the Carter’s Little Girls’ ‘Dog’ 2-Piece Sleep Set.

  15. Carter’s Boys’ ‘Rush B’ Sneaker

  16. Miele S2 Continuum Canister Vacuum

  17. Oster PrimaLatte™ Espresso Maker

  18. How cute! The photos and all the party decor and details put into it – you rock!

  19. I like the JESSICA®/MD Women’s Oval Rose Quartz Genuine Gemstone Statement Ring In Sterling Silver

  20. would really love to purchase a Levana ‘Ovia’ Video Baby Monitor for my son with special needs and seizure disorder

  21. I would buy Carter’s® Girls’ ‘Rival-G’ Sneaker.

  22. My LO needs some PVA so that would be what I would get. The monkey ones are cute. Thank you for chance to win.

  23. I would love to purchase this dress- Carter’s® Girl’s Stripe Dress

  24. Yes over fifty – but am leaning towards a Valentine’s gift for myself. The LINEA DONATELLA™ 2-Piece Fly-Away Camisole And Panty Set In Black is the ticket to celebrate a woman.

    Eva Urban

  25. Carter’s Baby Boy 2-Pack Jersey Rompers would be perfect for my best friends twin babies!!!

  26. I really like the Carter’s Boys 1-Piece Microfleece PJs w/ the big truck on it. Cute.

  27. Was in Sears (Lime Ridge Mall, Hamilton, ON) this week to check out sales and new Spring items. Accessories will be a starting point to brighten up the remainder of winter!

  28. I’d buy my daughter the OshKosh B’Gosh Junior Boots

  29. OshKosh B’Gosh Girl’s layered jumper

  30. I would buy some nice sleepers for my baby.

  31. Definitely summer clothes for the little one!

  32. I would love to get this Carters Top/Pant set for my nephew: http://www.sears.ca/product/carters-boys-2-piece-top-pant-set/631-000976837-209A278

  33. I’d love to get the Samsung® 60” Plasma Full HD 1080p TV (PN60F5300)

  34. Carter’s Jungle Jill Musical Mobile. thanks

  35. i would purchase one of the layettes for a friend who just had a baby

  36. I would love the Carter’s Girls 2-Piece Santa Fleece Set

  37. I would like to purchase the Carter’s® Boy’s 3-Piece White Stripe Cardigan Set

  38. Newborn onesies from Carter’s since I am newly expecting again!

  39. I would probably get the ‘Daisy’ comforter set.

  40. I would get a blender since I broke mine.

  41. I’d choose the carters-boys-snug-fit-4-piece-pjs

  42. I would buy sleepers and onsies

  43. onesies too cute!

  44. I’d pick up a couple of things for my great-niece! I like Carter’s Sateen Floral Dress Set and ‘Frog’ Rainslicker.

  45. A new frying pan

  46. I’d love the OshKosh® Boy’s Checkered Bodysuit.

  47. The penguin Microfleece sleeper is really cute!

  48. carters boys 3 pce. toddler sets

  49. Carter’s Baby Boy 2-Pack Jersey Rompers
    Carter’s Boy’s 3-Piece ‘Big Guy’ Cardigan Set
    Carter’s Velour/Sherpa™ Blankets

  50. I would purchase the Ella and Hunter doll pack from Ever After High for my niece

  51. I’d like to get a change table to match the other furniture in my LO’s room 🙂

  52. I would love to purchase a new Truenergy™Simmons® Beautyrest® ‘Bryce’ Eurotop Sleep Set

  53. Visited the Sears website and I would love to purchase their “Carter’s® Girl’s 3-Piece ‘Birds’ Sleep Set”, very cute.

  54. I would put it toward some new curtains for my living room.

  55. I’d get each of my kids a raincoat for the spring! Probably the frog and the fireman.

  56. carters jammies for my son he loves the soft fleece

  57. The website said swimwear is coming soon and that’s what my kids need updated. So i would get them both new swimwear.

  58. I’d love to buy the Carter’s Boy’s 4-Piece Cotton ‘Shark’ Sleep Set.

  59. I would get the Little Tikes DiscoverSounds Kitchen

  60. Suit for My oldest son

  61. I’d love the KitchenAid® KitchenAid Classic 5-Speed Stand Blender!

  62. I’d love to purchase some decorations for the living room!

  63. Carters silver shiny shoes!

  64. I’d get a new rain slicker jacket for my niece.

  65. The Carter’s® Zoo Animals Musical Mobile is my pick.

  66. I would like to get this carter’s sleep set for both of my boys!

  67. I’d love the Carter’s Girl’s 4-Piece Cotton ‘I Love You’ Sleep Set. One for both of my daughters.

  68. The ladybug rainwear

  69. I would get some lego!

  70. I would love to get the Carter’s® Girl’s ‘Ladybug’ Rainslicker

  71. I would buy a pair of new Pj’s for myself!!!

  72. I’d like a couple of the Carters 3 piece toddler sets for my boys.

  73. Carter’s Boys’ ‘Rush B’ Sneaker for my great nephew

  74. I love all carters clothes so I would pick a few outfits for my lo

  75. Id buy myself a new shirt

  76. Disney 24” Jumbo Winnie the Pooh Plush

  77. I would choose the Carters Girls Cupcake nightgown.

  78. New wooden salad bowls

  79. Carter’s® Girls’ ‘Rival-G’ Sneaker so cute!!!

  80. I’d love the Carter’s Boys ”Birthday Boy” Bodysuit for my son!

  81. I would love the Melissa & Doug’s wooden railway set.

  82. I love the Character Hats for little girls. I would probably get one of them for sure.

  83. I’d love to purchase the 4Moms Multi-Coloured Plush Infant Seat

  84. I would buy the Carter’s Girl’s ‘Ladybug’ Rainslicker!

  85. I need a new bathing suit for our trip we are taking in April

  86. I’d really love this KitchenAid Mixer – KitchenAid® 10-Speed Stand Mixer With Glass Bowl, raspberry ice

  87. Carter’s Boys Fireman RainSlicker- too cute!

  88. The Carter’s Boys 2-Piece Bears Fleece Set – bright, comfy and (I hope) cool-looking.

  89. A keurig

  90. Carter’s® Girl’s ‘Ladybug’ Rainslicker

  91. Carter’s receiving blankets

  92. I am a fan of Jessica brand tights, so I would stock upon those.

  93. The Carter’s® Boy’s 3-Piece Polyester ‘Dinosaur’ Sleep Set is cute!

  94. i would love the Carter’s Little Girls’ ‘Frog’ 2-Piece Sleep Set.
    i love carters clothes!

  95. I love the ladybug slicker!

  96. i like the Carter’s boys 2-piece polar bear fleece set

  97. I would get an assortment of carter sleepers for my new niece.

  98. …Carter’s Footwear…Nice.

  99. The Carter’s Boys Character Hat is too cute not to purchase : )

  100. I’d love to get the hot wheels sheet set for my son!


  101. I would love to get Carter’s Girl’s Fashion Pink Tulle Skirt and Carter’s Girl’s Blue Stripe Dress Set. I love Sears kids’ stuff and they have such great sales.

  102. Boys race car pajamas

  103. Carter’s® Girl’s ‘Frog’ Rainslicker

  104. My baby is due in 3 weeks and I would purchase some clothes for him 🙂

  105. Id probably buy some rain boots, I definitely need them.

  106. Carter’s Girls ‘Layette’ 2-Piece Bodysuit Dress Set

  107. I would purchase for my niece Carter’s® Girl’s Stripe Dress.

  108. I would buy my granddaughter Carter’s® Girls’ ‘Miu 3’ Slip-On Flat in Silver.

  109. Carter’s baby boy 2 -pack jersey rompers

  110. I love Carter’s Zoo Animals Musical Mobile 🙂 adorable

  111. a kitchen aid food processor

  112. I would love the Carter’s Boy’s 4-Piece Cotton ‘Monster’ Sleep Set and the Carter’s Boy’s 3-Piece Polyester ‘Dinosaur’ Sleep Set 🙂

  113. Carter’s Girl’s Rosette Dress

  114. My daughter needs new pants..she is growing soo fast

  115. pajamas for my nephew!

  116. Summer dresses for my niece

  117. 2 of the ‘Carter’s Boy’s 3-Piece Polyester ‘Airplane’ Sleep Sets’ for my grandsons would be a great place to start!

  118. Rain boots for my son to get ready for Spring!
    Thanks ~ FB: Alexia Harvours

  119. I would love the Carter’s Girls 2-Piece Santa Fleece Set

  120. I’d love to get the blue Carter’s Boy’s Lightweight Jacket

  121. Can’t go wrong with sleepwear

  122. I could really use a new area rug.

  123. I loved the Carter’s Eyelet Dress Set and the Carter’s Floral Dress Set; adorable, beautiful and stylish with a classic taste. Thanks.

  124. I would buy burgundy converse!

  125. I’d love to buy a new pet bed, like the Animal Planet Ultra Suede Pet Bed.

  126. OshKosh Boy’s ‘Octopus’ Tee

  127. too many thinks to mention! love the little rain coat the most I think!

  128. I would love to shop for summer clothes for my little boy.

  129. I’d spend it towards a Keurig

  130. Am I selfish? I would buy the Jones Studio Snake Print Sweater for myself. I’m in love!

  131. I’d love to purchase the Carter’s® Girl’s 2-Pack Dress Set for my cousin’s new baby that was born on Valentine’s Day

  132. This would be great to buy work clothes!

  133. I’d love the Carter’s ‘Waggy’ Musical Plush Giraffe

  134. Carter’s Boys 1-Piece Microfleece PJs, Carter’s Infant Boys’ ‘Blue Stripe Monkey’ Microfleece, Carter’s Boys ‘Layette’ 5-Pack Long-Sleeve Bodys and Carter’s Boy’s ”Ladies Man” Bodysuit would be what I would buy if I won.

  135. I’d love to buy the OshKosh B’Gosh® Junior Boot for my niece. She’d love em.

  136. I’d get a pair of JESSICA/MD Women’s Tall Waterproof Leather Winter Boot

  137. I need to buy my son new Carter’s clothes 🙂

  138. I love the Carter’s Girl’s 4-Piece Cotton ‘Cat Heart’ Sleep Set – what a steal at $20!

  139. would love get some carter rompers

  140. I desperately need socks

  141. I would love Carter’s Girls’ ‘Miu 3’ Slip-On Flat for my daughter.

  142. The Blue Stripe Monkey’ Microfleece Sleeper looks great!

  143. We could really use a great camping flashlight.

  144. Fire man ran coat it’s going to be rainy soon

  145. some new t-shirts for my son

  146. I would love to buy Carter’s Toddler Girl 1-Piece Pyjamas

  147. I would love to purchase a baby outfit for my niece who is having a baby

  148. I love the OshKosh B’Gosh® Boys’ ‘Octo’ Leather-Look Slip-On Shoe

  149. I would like to purchase onesies.

  150. I would buy a boy’s suit for my son: Newberry(TM/MC) Boys’ 2-Piece Pinstripe Suit.


  151. Lots of onies for the baby

  152. I would love to purchase the Carter’s Boy’s ‘Fireman’ Rainslicker

  153. a new pot

  154. i’d love to buy my daughter a bigger bed Universal ‘Classics’ Twin Low Post Bed Ensemble

  155. I like the Carter’s Boy’s shirt

  156. osh kosh jeans for my grandson

  157. I would get a couple of carters outfits for my newborn

  158. I would purchase some nice lingerie.

  159. A new coffee maker would be great!

  160. Carter’s® Boy’s 4-Piece Cotton ‘Tough Guy’ Monsters Sleep Set

  161. The Sak® Leather Convertible Shopper

  162. It would go towards the payment of a 3 in 1 jacket for my wife

  163. Carter’s 2-Piece Bodysuit Dress Set

  164. So many nice things-its hard to choose a few I like

  165. I would get the frog rainslicker for the spring

  166. I would buy my daughter some pajama sets – she’s growing like a weed, and that seems to be the first thing we always need to purchase – plus they have some really adorable sets 🙂

  167. I would love to get my girls the Carter’s Girl’s Rain slicker.

  168. I would get a nice duvet for our bed.

  169. I would buy clothes for my great-niece.

  170. Carter’s Receiving Blankets…

  171. I want to get some Lego for my nephew.

  172. a kitchenaid…

  173. A new belt for the little guy

  174. I would put it towards Very Irrestistable perfume by Givenchy

  175. always need more pjs

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