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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Father's Day Cards

Homemade Father's Day cards are always great...whether they're first scribbles, or done with crayon, marker, finger-painting...as long as they're not done on the living room walls, they're a masterpiece ;). This year I remembered a craft book from my childhood, and found the exact thing on Amazon, so that I could replicate it with my kiddos!

This book is a gem - it takes you through simple animals and people step-by-step, so that even toddlers can make fun creations. And I use washable stamp pads, since I know we can get a little carried away, but don't want to stop the fun to wash hands (a wipe works great for quick clean ups while switching colors on a finger)!

 

The options are limitless, but here are a few that we did:

...we might be sending them to every "dad" we know...it was hard to stop once we started! And of course, this was my favorite touch:

A little heart made by both girls on the backs of the cards :). Happy Father's Day to all of the fantastic dads out there! 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Green Playhouses

We've been spending more and more time outside lately - enough that I've been daydreaming about a little playhouse in the backyard to provide shade during the hottest part of the day. But I'd rather add more green to my yard than more toys...which made me remember the sunflower fort my grandpa made for us when we were little! It was more fun than any other playhouse we had growing up - and if these tutorials can be trusted, quite easy to make!

There are also cute bean pole teepees that grow very quickly:

And it can be done with any plant that likes to grow on a trellis!

I think this would be such a fun way to get children interested in gardening!

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Cactus Cuties

You all know that I love a good cactus at this point (see exhibit and B!). And while the real things are so good, there are some super cute fake ones that I think would be great for projects/favors at a party for kids! 

Like these little felt ones - the dots are the perfect touch!

Or this amazing paper garden:

Or this adorable pom pom version:

 

Or for some that could actually "live" outside (with the right paint): a rock garden!

 

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Walk It Out

I don't know about you, but Kate Middleton is one of my ultimate mom inspirations - she's even rocking a hat like the best of us!  
Before kids, I liked to keep my workouts varied. That time was my time to decompress from a day at the office, and it was fun to switch between running, pilates, circuit training...well, as fun as working out can be :). But now it seems like that window of time has disappeared completely into the dinner/bath/bedtime blur.
So far, my solution has been to embrace walking. The fresh air makes everyone happy, sometimes I can time it with a baby nap, and it helps me get moving in the middle of the day and gives me a little endorphin bump. 
One thing that I've noticed recently is that listening to podcasts make this time feel extra productive! Of course, sometimes my toddler wants to talk the entire time. But if she's dozing, then popping an earbud in to listen to something that makes me feel like an informed adult makes a huge difference. Here are some that I've been enjoying lately:
Do you have any favorites? Help me pass the miles! 
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Friday, May 12, 2017

Starry Night

posted in: How To - DIY

Our youngest, Livia, is currently in a teeny-tiny little nursery. She doesn't need anything bigger right now, but I do want it to look like a cozy little girl's room, instead of the office/huge closet it might have been before we moved in :). I've always loved the wallpapered ceiling in these two rooms:

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Like I said, her room is tiny, and the walls aren't exactly square, so I wasn't confident about tackling a wallpaper project on the ceiling. I had stenciled a wall with the same style star in her big sister's room in another house, but my shoulders were aching just thinking of painting at that angle! So...I cheated. Big time.

I just used wall decals! I found some that were the right size on Amazon, and once they arrived, all I had to do was measure and mark where they'd go on the ceiling. You want to create an even spacing between all of them, and I found it easiest to work in rows to stay on track (even with the odd angles in the room). 

They're metallic and catch the light in a lovely way - Liv is always talking and pointing at them when I get her up in the morning now!

It was such a quick and easy addition to her little room - my favorite kind of makeover!

 

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