The most popular names of 2016 so far

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Back in January we posted about the most popular baby names last year...and it was our most viewed blog post to date! Clearly, you guys love obsessing over baby names as much as we do. (We line up serious name contenders as if we are going to have 20 kids...tomorrow!)

Hence, we decided it was time to revisit the topic halfway through the year, finding out the most popular baby names of 2016 so far. We also added in links to some other fun articles that popped up in our research. Because you can never have too much baby name inspiration! Read on for the deets.

According to Nameberry, there are a few names that have had a serious spike in the past six months. These names have been the most visited individual name pages on their site so far this year:

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As usual, Biblical names have a strong presence on the boys naming front, with Ezra topping the list this time around. Jude and Jasper got the boot from last year's top 10 and were replaced with Levi and Wyatt.

The ever-popular Olivia overtook Charlotte for the No. 1 spot this year, along with a slew of new, long A-names like Arabella, Aurora, Amelia and Adeline.

If the top 10 names wasn't enough to satisfy you, The Huffington Post came out with an extended list for 2016 so far....100 glorious baby names for each gender!

We also came across a list of names that have seen the biggest percentage increase in popularity this summer. Some of them are hard to believe...but hey, pop culture makes people do crazy things. Apparently we'll be seeing some baby girl Thomasins and Leires popping up here soon, along with some Star Wars-inspired baby boys named Kylo.

Baby nurseries we love

If there's anything we love as much as baby names, it's buying baby clothes, toys, books and decor. Whether there's a baby on the way or not, nurseries are so fun to plan, shop for, or just pin on Pinterest.

Hence, we've rounded up our favorite nurseries in girl, boy and gender neutral styles. Which one is your favorite?

1. We love the wildflower wallpaper and woodsy theme to this baby girl nursery!

2. This boys nursery is cute without being overly childish. We love the minimalist animal wallpaper and easy access to toys and books.

3. Gray, white and wood makes for a perfect gender neutral nursery that will grow along with your sweet little boy or girl!
4. The tree wallpaper and blush pink makes for a girls nursery that has a unique feminine touch.

5. This bohemian/modern room is so stylish, we'd like to move in ourselves! The bright white walls and light accessories make for a bright space perfect for hanging out with your little bundle all day.

6. The ultimate feminine style, this girls' nursery is luxurious, pretty and fresh.

7. Another girls nursery that is the ultimate feminine style, this sweet room is the perfect pairing of blush pink and mint green.

8. This boys nursery stands out with an accent wall and modern lamp. The plants bring life and a pop of color to the neutral space.

7 Ideas for a ridiculously easy Pokemon party

Unless you've been living under a rock, you know the Pokemon mania of the early aughts is revived once more. Pokemon Go is sure to get your kids ages two to 22 asking for a Pokemon-themed birthday party this summer. And because we know you're all busy mommas, we've rounded up the easiest of easy ideas, most of which require a pen, glue, printer or a little cash.

1. Modern party invites
Pokemon invites can get tacky fast, but these modern invites are pretty — and you don't even have to make them yourself. Buy here.

2. Pikachu cups

Okay, even if you're not an artist, we think you can pull this one off: grab some yellow cups at Party City and pull out the Sharpies to make a handful of super cute Pikachu cups. 

3. "Charmanderin" oranges

This mom is clever, punny and gives us something easy to copy. We love her! Charmanderin oranges are about as simple as it gets...and will trick kids into eating healthy snacks, even at a party.

4. Trainer bags

Heck, you don't even have to fill the bags with anything and the kids will go crazy for them. Our easiest version includes grabbing some tote bags in the Target dollar section and gluing on a felt red ball.

5. Pokemon party favor bags

White lunch bag, red construction tape, a few Pokemon cards...done!

 6. Pokemon display table

So this may look like it requires some effort, but if you take a closer look, you'll see that this table is mainly a cheap table cloth, blown up balloons and some printed out Pokemon characters. We can handle that.

7. Pin the tail on the Pikachu

If you're in the mood for organized games at your kid's party (we usually aren't!), try this simple Pikachu print out. Google a Pikachu image and have it printed as an engineer print at your local Fedex.