Archives for May 2013

Decorating with Succulents

Have you ever tried decorating with succulent plants? I think succulents are cool to look at. They grow well in containers, are low maintenance, and add color, beauty, and interest to any room or space. They aren't expensive either which I like because I'm not good with taking care of plants. You may even have some in your yard you can use. Of course succulent plants look beautiful in an outdoor garden, but have you seen succulent plants incorporated in mixed flower bouquets or table arrangements? Try bringing some of the natural world indoors to make things interesting in your home. Or add succulents to flower arrangements for table centerpieces. Below are some pictures of ideas for decorating with succulent plants. Line up various size hurricane vases with candles and pieces of succulent. This is a quick and easy way to decorate a table. Simple and understated I love this idea from thesweetestoccasion.com of using a succulent plant as escort cards and as a gift for guests. This is a beautiful table arrangement for a wedding or baby shower from acharmingoccasion.com Another beautiful arrangement for a wedding from bearflagfarm.com. Since I found so many great ideas for decorating with succulent plants on Pinterest, I created a board you can find here. Click here for more inspiration on decorating with succulent plants. Do you decorate with succulent plants? Or what plants do you like to incorporate into your home decor? … [Read more...]

Felt Bows for Baby

Felt Bows are another simple do it yourself project. As I've said before, all the DIY projects I do are simple. There isn't much to them. This is what makes it fun for me. I don't spend hours trying to make something. If it's going to be too complex or take a lot of time, I would rather buy it. But simple projects like these felt bows are fun. I get a lot of gratification out of making flowers and felt bows for my baby and friend's babies and I think you will too. The other point I want to make is that I get inspiration from Pinterest, magazines, catalogues, and when I go shopping. Most of the things I make are not totally original. You have probably seen them somewhere before. I usually change something about the project to make it a little different from wherever I saw it. Back to felt bows for baby. You will need scissors, felt, a needle and thread, and then you can attach it to whatever you want with hot glue. I attached mine to hair clips. Felt Bows for Baby {Steps} 1. Click on the link below to get an idea of the 3 shapes you will need to draw to make felt bows Steps {Note-these shapes are not perfect. They will give you the general shape.} 2.Draw the 3 shapes onto felt and cut out. 3. Take the longest shape and fold the ends in (as seen in 4th picture). 4. Put the u shape under the bow (as seen in 5th picture). 5. Wrap the rectangle shape around the middle 6. Put the needle and thread through the middle of the bow to keep the shapes all together. 7. You … [Read more...]

At 14 Months Old

  At 14 months old, Sophia is happy as ever. She’s getting into everything. She loves to play, clap, laugh, dance, kick her legs vigorously, and wave her arms with enthusiasm. She’s a mover and a shaker and doesn’t like to sit still! She has a little personality that is all her own. She cracks us up! At 14 months old, Sophia has several words she’s saying regularly like, “mama,” “dada,” “ba”(ball), “baba”(bottle) “oh, oh, oh” (her way of saying hi to new people). She understands many words. I'll ask her to give her baby a kiss and she kisses her baby. Or, "Can you bring me a block?," and she brings me a block. "Let's play ball," and she brings me her ball. It amazes me how much she can comprehend at this age. She also communicates by handing me things like the remote (which means she wants to watch Yo Gaba Gaba)! At 14 months old, Sophia enjoys taking the tops off of things and putting them back on. This includes caps to pens, the lid to the yogurt tub, or top of a lotion bottle. It doesn't matter what it is, if it has a top, she wants to take it off and put it back on. If it needs to be screwed off, she hands it to me to unscrew and puts it back on. I don't know if this is a 14 month old thing or just her thing. It's cute to watch. At 14 months old, Sophia loves water. She loves her baths and will stay in for an hour if I let her. She's been in the pool and the ocean and has a blast in both. At 14 months old, Sophia loves her bed. She goes to bed after we … [Read more...]

Drop Cloth Baby Banner

After browsing around on Pinterest and looking at cute little girl's rooms, I was inspired to make a baby banner for my little girl's room. This was a simple project to do, but I have to admit, it was time consuming. I prefer quick projects with immediate results like the clothespin magnets I posted the other day! However, I did have fun making the banner, especially once I saw the results. I decided to use drop cloth to make the baby banner. When I say drop cloth, I'm referring to the material painters use to protect the floor. In a previous post I showed you how to make a drop cloth table runner. I like using this material because it looks a lot like linen and it is sturdy. Drop Cloth Baby Banner Supplies you will Need to Make Banner: enough drop cloth or whatever fabric you choose for front and back of flags (I made 10 flags) scissors pencil ruler or some sort of straight edge (I used a magazine) hemming tape or ribbon sewing machine, needle and thread, or fabric glue stencils or you can make your own paint and brush Steps to Make Drop Cloth Baby Banner 1. Measure out one flag. As you can see above, I used a magazine to measure the sides of one flag to make a template. I then traced the template onto the drop cloth for the remaining flags. 2. Cut out the flags. 3. I traced the template onto a cotton pink baby sheet for the back side of the flags. 3. Cut out the back side of the flags. 4. Use a sewing machine, needle and thread, or fabric glue to … [Read more...]

Clothespin Magnets

Clothespin magnets are another very simple do it yourself project. This is the kind of project that would be fun to do with young kids. It doesn't take many supplies and there isn't any skill involved. It's a quick project so they won't need any significant attention span and they can see there results right away. Plus, they can pin up their projects with them. If you don't have a stainless steel refrigerator, maybe you have a fridge in your garage you can put the clothespin magnets on or I like a magnetic board. All you need are clothespins, magnets, hot glue, and whatever you want to decorate them with them. I used buttons and rhinestones. You can paint them or cover them in glitter. They look great however you want to decorate them. There is not much too this. Glue a magnet on one side of the bottom of the pin. On the other side glue whatever you like to give them some spark. These took about five minutes to make. Sometimes it is fun for me to do a quick and easy project like this. I get some sort of gratification out of little DIY projects (even if they are this basic)! I think they look cute. At Christmas time I use clothespins to clip and hang my cards to a chain link I make. Next Christmas I'm going to decorate the clothespins like I have done here. … [Read more...]

Sweet Baby Shower Idea

A friend of mine is getting ready to have a baby shower. We were discussing baby shower ideas which made me reflect back to my own baby showers. One sweet baby shower idea is to have each guest fill out a list of wishes for your baby. I included a PDF at the bottom of this post with the wish list my mom made for my baby showers. She placed a list for each guest at their place setting with a cute pencil (it was sort of a pain sharpening all the pencils but they looked cute!). Everyone filled out a wish list for baby before we ate. Later my mom put them all in this book she gave me. It makes for a sweet baby shower idea and a gift my baby will have forever. It's also fun to look back and read the sweet messages your friends and family left for your baby at her shower.  I love this book my mom put together for me from Sophia's baby shower. It's a pretty vintage looking book with clear pockets on each page. My mom made this emblem for the cover page. Each guest filled one of these wish lists out for Sophia. Each card was placed in the book. I have the book for Sophia to read one day when she's old enough. Wishes For Our Baby wishes for our baby (boy) … [Read more...]

So You’re a New Dad?

As Sophia’s mom is getting ready for work, I can’t help but dread the thought of her departing. Yes, I love Kelly and will miss her while she’s at work, off to her “easy” job.  For the real full time work is done at home with Sophia.  New dads should actually be awarded some sort of “chip” or “medallion” like the various 12 step groups around.  I could totally picture this,  “Any new dads here celebrating 30 days of intact sanity? 60 days? 90 days?” New dads  look purely astonished as a dad walks up, smile intact, hair done just right, clothes matching and accepts his 1 year medallion for not only staying sane with a “little one” at home but for keeping his child alive and safe for a whole year! “No friggin way,” the new dad yelps!  “How can any new dad keep from going crazy or losing it for a whole year?” Moms are a different breed compared to dads.  New moms seem to fall into motherhood so naturally. New dads are in a constant state of anxiety and low grade fear when left alone with their baby or toddler while mom heads out for the day to work or god forbid an over night event with the other new moms.  However, I must admit we play it off pretty darn good.  Yet I find myself glancing repetitively at the clock while mom is getting ready to depart. “Ok,” I think, “15 minutes and counting until I am SOLEY responsible for Sophia, who just happens to be the most important thing in Kelly’s life! Anything happens on my watch and I mean ANYTHING to that little miniature goddess … [Read more...]

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

These healthy chocolate chip cookies will not disappoint you. They are simple to make, delicious, and healthy at the same time. All the ingredients are good for you (besides the chocolate chips). I crave sweets and these cookies do the job. They satisfy my sweet tooth and there is no guilt. If you love chocolate chip cookies, you will most definitely love these!  If you like these cookies, you will probably like my healthy oatmeal cookie recipe you can get here. Ingredients: 1 1/3 cup ground oatmeal {use a food processor or blender to grind up quaker oats to a powder like texture) 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 4 tbsp brown sugar 4 tbsp raw agave 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp coconut oil 5 tbsp nonfat milk (add more if needed)   Preheat oven to 380. Mix all dry ingredients. Stir in wet ingredients and mix well. A big ball will form- make little balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 7 minutes. The cookies will look undercooked. Remove from oven and allow the cookies to cool for 10 minutes while they continue to cook. I think they come out great. Let me know what you think. … [Read more...]

Too Many Toys?

Do you ever wonder if your child has too many toys?  Do you wonder if they are bored with their selection of toys or not stimulated by them?  I came across a great book titled Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. The subtitle of this book reads; Using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier, and more secure kids. This is comforting advice regarding my child having too many toys. This is a great book and highlights four tips regarding children and toys. 1. The number of toys your child has should be dramatically reduced. The author writes,"As you decrease clutter, you increase a child's attention and capacity for deep play." She explains that too many toys can be overwhelming for your child. This makes sense. I feel most calm when I have less excess stuff; when my closet is cleaned out and organized, and my drawers are de cluttered. This is when I feel like I can focus best. 2. Organize the room so your child can only see a few toys at a time. It is best to put most of their toys away so they can concentrate on a few at time. Too many toys is too much of a distraction. 3. Reduce the number of books they have in their room. Dr. Payne writes, "Kids need the time to read deeply, and often repeatedly." After they have read the few books you keep out you can put those away and bring a couple new ones out. Too many books is like having too many toys. It is confusing. 4. Keep just one of each type of toy. I like this idea. They don't need 20 cars, 10 dolls, … [Read more...]

Shadow Boxes & Baby Clothes

I love the way shadow boxes look, especially with baby clothes in them. Shadow boxes and baby clothes are a great way to add art with meaning to your baby's room. Shadow boxes can also display your baby's keepsakes beautifully. Last time I was at my mom's I took a picture of this shadow box she has on the wall above the baby's crib. It gave me some inspiration to make my own. I haven't gotten around to making one yet but I found a few more shadow boxes I like and thought I'd share them with you to maybe inspire you to make one.  Shadow boxes look really great with any sort of  keepsakes or memorabilia in them {not just baby clothes}. This shadow box with a baby sweater is from my mom's house. She put some pink and white checked fabric in the back and pinned a cute little Polo sweater in it. A shadow box from Pottery Barn Kids. I love the silver plate, spoon, baby shoes, and picture. It's so simple. This another shadow box from Pottery Barn Kids. This is cute for a little boy's room. I love the hand print. This is from Restoration Hardware Baby. The simple pink dress in the white framed shadow box looks so pretty in this little girl's room. Another shadow box from Restoration Hardware Baby. I thought this shadow box with the old fashioned baby dress was really pretty. I found it on Pinterest. It's from Miss Mustard Seed. It looks much better in real. This wasn't a great photo but you get the idea. … [Read more...]