Friday, February 10, 2017
Valentine's Day sneaks up on me every year! So this time, I'm trying to plan something in advance...or at least more than the night before!
These window hearts (made from melted crayons) would be a fun project for littles:
And I love these little pouches that can hold candy or other small treats on each bedroom door or chair:
I also like to use Valentine's Day as a day to give little tokens of appreciation to some of my friends - it doesn't carry the weight of Christmas or a birthday, so small things are just a fun surprise!
One of my favorite gifts I've received was a tiny map of my state with a heart embroidered around my hometown. There are lots available on Etsy, but it's also easily done with a printer and some red thread!
Someone also gave me a Valentine's garland one year, and it's really fun to think about them as I bring it out every February. This literary one would make any bookworm happy!
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Unless you're a fan of one of the two teams in the Super Bowl this year, chances are you're showing up for the food, and the commercials :). I get kind of burned out with parties at this point in the year, but I still love getting together with friends, so here's my super-simple, no-stress recipe for a fun Super Bowl party!
For decor, it doesn't get easier than these balloons:
For games to keep the kids entertained (or for a distraction if your team falls behind), this Oreo version of table shuffleboard looks fun!
And for food, I look for any excuse to make these amazing pretzels from Smitten Kitchen. You could dip them in mustard, use them for sliders, or top them in cinnamon sugar and dip them in chocolate! So delicious:
Monday, January 30, 2017
I've been so excited to share with you, my little June Bug's nursery! It's taken a minute to get together as we moved this past Fall and part of that move obviously included a new nursery!
I love everything about this nursery, but one of my favorite pieces, of course, has to be our Babyletto crib. This crib is modern, chic and won't break the bank.
This parrot was actually the first piece I bought for her nursery and it was the inspiration behind the entire look and feel.
The cactus print is one of ours!
I actually made this mobile myself and it was pretty simple. I cut out the fabric in the shapes of cactus, stuffed them with batting to make each piece puffy and sewed them together. I then tied them with poms and pieces of fabric onto a circular mobile hanger and hung it from the ceiling.
We call Juni our little Koala Bear so this stuffed toy seemed so fitting for her!
The bedsheet was custom made by Neon Cactus Studio.
I have heart eyes for this hamper and adore this white rope basket.
This rug is amazing and washable. It's from Lorena Canalas and I'd run, not walk, to purchase one. They are stylish with so many designs to choose from, and the fact that it's washable is a major plus for a nursery.
The weaving on the wall is handmade.
Every room needs a little greenery, so I opted to put the Mother in Laws Tongue on a stand to give it a bit more height in the space.
These curtains bring the perfect amount of warmth to the room and I love the simplicity of the curtain rod.
I used these narrow book ledges to keep the look sleek as books can easily look messy when too many are added on a shelf.
Overall I'm sure you can tell I had so much fun decorating Juni's nursery! We sure love spending time together here.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
It's that time of year...when we've finally hit our holiday treat limit and vow to not make any more cookies/cakes/pies/etc. But after a month of helping decorate cookies and other treats, my little ones still want to play in the kitchen! These super-simple, healthy apple chips were a great solution.
There are lots of recipes online, but you only ever need one tool: a kitchen mandoline. It's crucial for getting the apples thin enough to dehydrate, but once you have one in your kitchen you'll find yourself using it for all sorts of things!
Slice your apples (any kind you usually buy) on the thinnest setting, using slow, even strokes. Make sure to use the included hand guard once you get close to the end! In my house, I handle the cutting, and have my girls space out the apples evenly on a baking sheet with parchment paper:
Then I have them sprinkle the apples with ground cinnamon (not cinnamon sugar - the apples are sweet enough!):
Then the apples go in the oven for at least two hours, at 225 degrees. You'll know they're done when they feel dry to the touch (even though they'll still be soft - they crisp as they cool).
Once they're done, I flip them over and let them cool for about an hour. This is when they get crispy and delicious! Usually we just eat them plain, but sometimes we dip them in peanut butter...or caramel, for a treat :). Enjoy!
Thursday, January 12, 2017
I'm SO excited to share this DIY with you all! It's definitely one of my favorite things I've ever made for my girls. I think you'll see why!
While I love the idea of those adorable play teepees, we simply don't have enough square footage for one. But I grew up loving all little cubbies and forts, so I wanted my kids to have some version of one as well...I just needed to find an apartment-friendly kind. This tutorial for an A-frame tent fit the bill! While it obviously takes up floor space when in use, it folds up completely flat and can be stored against the wall, behind a chair, etc.
I had my husband get the frame of the tent ready following the measurements in the tutorial above (though learning how to use power tools is on my to-do list!). We originally made the tent for my daughter for Christmas, so on Christmas Eve I was running to the craft store and bought the most basic fabric I could find with the right yardage. It was simple, but she loved it! Here's the original:
Like I said, Mollie loved it...but after a few months the unfinished wood and fraying fabric started to get to me. So I decided to do a little makeover...maybe save yourself the extra project by doing this while you make the tent in the first place :).
First, I sanded the wood pieces to make sure the surface was smooth. Then I used these stain wipes. You guys, those things are a game-changer! It was so fast and tidy, with no real clean up. And it made a huge difference in making the tent look more polished:
Then I got some new fabric (I love everything Rifle Paper Co.) and made sure to leave some extra inches to make a hem this time, since the raw edge of the first tent frayed quickly. But since I didn't want to dig out my sewing machine, I just used this fabric tape on the underside of the fabric and folded a hem:
Then, I used the velcro shown above to put one side along the wood, and another along the fabric hem to make sure the fabric laid flat against the frame.
And the end result was definitely a success!`
We'd love to see pictures if you make one too! I can promise many hours of happy play. :)
It obviously takes up floor space when in use, but when the girls aren't playing in it, it folds up completely flat against the wall.