Archives for 2018

Sophia’s Room

I've enjoyed organizing and putting Sophia's room together. With so many toys and colors, it made decorating her room a bit challenging. However, once I figured out ways to organize her toys and a color scheme, it all came together. Sophia has a bright pink tent her Grandma CC gave her she wanted set up in her room. On one hand it's great for hiding the dozens of stuffed animals she has. On the other hand, it's very pink. It's cute though. Grandma CC purchased the pink castle tent* from Amazon. I saw another playhouse tent with LED star lights* on Amazon that's a little larger and more open that I think is really cute if you have the space. Here's a picture of her room so you can visualize what I'm talking about. *This post contains affiliate links. For more information, please read my privacy policy here. Sophia's Room Pink Castle Tent from Amazon* Sophia's Room Drop Cloth Sophia Banner I have the do-it-yourself tutorial on the Sophia banner below if you have any interest in making one. It was pretty simple to make. Just click on the link here: DIY Sophia Banner. I put the rope/twine with wood circles from Hobby Lobby up. I use clothespins to attach the never ending … [Read more...]

SECRET TO LASTING HYDRANGEA ARRANGEMENTS & SIMPLE DINING TABLE SET-UP

My mother is extremely creative, especially when it comes to flower arrangements and setting up dining tables and making them look simple yet pretty. She figures unusual things out too - like the secret to lasting hydrangea arrangements. She's like a Martha Stewart. I'm lucky she has taught me how to do many of the creative things she's good at. I'm not sure how she figured this one out but the way you make hydrangea arrangements last longer is by filling your vase with ice rather than water. I'm going to show you in a series of pictures how I made two arrangements with hydrangeas & ivy taken from the yard with bouquets of Alstroemerias and baby roses from Trader Joes. I also used some rocks for extra appeal and to cover the stems. Step 1: Unpackage your flowers and lay them out. Gather greens from the yard. They are great to use as filler. Get your vases together. I used 2 square vases from Target. You also need good clippers for cutting the stems and leaves. Step 2: Cut down the stems and remove all the leaves from the stems otherwise it looks messy. Removing the leaves, gives the arrangement a much cleaner look. Step 3: Answer to the secret to lasting … [Read more...]

Kids Best Toothbrush

I don't know about other parents out there but one task I struggle with is getting my daughter to get her toothbrush out and brush her teeth. No way around it, using her toothbrush is a challenge morning and night. Dentists have come to her school to educate her class on the importance of using their toothbrushes and the consequences of not brushing. Maybe this education motivates some of the kids to keep their pearly whites clean. I know my daughter likes the little goody bag they give her to take home but when it's time to take out her toothbrush, it's a challenge. There's a second issue. Getting her toothbrush out is the first and then there is the actual brushing that's a second hoop to jump through. She's stubborn. She's not going to let me do the brushing either. Plus she's six years old which is a little old for me to be brushing her teeth. I get so frustrated when she sticks her toothbrush in her mouth, pulls it out 3 seconds later and says, "I'm done!" You hear my exhaustion with this whole process. There's a reason for explaining my frustration with this twice a day not so fun task. I have a solution for any parents out there who can relate. I was browsing around … [Read more...]

DIY Monogram Pillows Featured on Shutterfly

A couple months ago I was browsing through my gmail and came across a message from a Shutterfly marketing representative who asked permission for my DIY monogram pillows to be featured on Shutterfly. She said they would be featured on their monthly Shutterfly/ Tinyprints DIY Project Websites. "Of course," I responded. She wasn't sure what month it would be featured. Anyway, recently I decided to re-commit myself to my blog. It takes time on the back end to clean things up. I was going through comments and there it was; DIY monogram pillows featured on Shutterfly; https://www.shutterfly.com/ideas/diy-home-decor/ It was a proud moment. Having a blog and committing to it is a lot of work. Most of the time it's rewarding & fun. However, there are times it feels discouraging. You have days you question what the heck you are doing. Being acknowledged by anyone let alone a huge company like Shutterfly gave me the inspiration I've needed to get back in the swing of things.   Simple to Make Monogram Pillows Monogramming pillows with paint turned out to be a simple project. Actually, I did it in bed last night before going to sleep. It was that easy. I had already covered two … [Read more...]

A Great Parenting Article: Please Don’t Help My Kids

This is a great article that talks about the disservice you do to your children by doing things for them. It uses helping them climb up the ladder to get to the top of the slide as an example. It talks about the importance of kids learning to take the little steps and or falls to learn how to climb and uses this as a metaphor for life. If we just lift them up, they will never learn the effort, the challenge, the falls, the pick myself back up, the reward, etc involved in overcoming what it takes to get through the obstacles in life. A great article from Kate Bassford Baker's Blog Please Don't Help My Kids I am not sitting here, 15 whole feet away from my kids, because I am too lazy to get up and help them climb the ladder. I brought them here so they could learn to climb it themselves. Dear Other Parents At The Park: Please do not lift my daughters to the top of the ladder, especially after you've just heard me tell them I wasn't going to do it for them and encourage them to try it themselves. I am not sitting here, 15 whole feet away from my kids, because I am too lazy to get up. I am sitting here because I didn't bring them to the park so they could learn how to … [Read more...]

Repurposed Book End into Seashell Door Stop

Have you ever thought to repurpose a book end into a seashell door stop? Probably not. Maybe you have - I did. I love seashells. I live by the beach and have a huge collection. We have a heavy dutch door that won't stay open when I want it to. Rather than a door stopper, the following is a simple, easy to do project that doesn't take a whole lot of time, comes out looking really cute and is effective. What You Will Need plain bookend 2. white paint 3. paint brush, 4. glue gun 5. seashells I painted the brown wood colored bookend white so any open space or crack between shells wouldn't stand out.As you can see, I did a quick paint job. It doesn't need to be perfect. Just give the end a quick coverage of white paint if your book end is a dark color.Use your glue gun to cover the end with shells.Here is how it came out. You don't have to use it as a door stopper. You can do two ends and use them for books.I like the book end used as a door stopper. It works very well.It would make a nice gift. It's fun to make things with shells. I have two other shell projects on the blog you can make if you like; a seashell wreath and driftwood crosses. Both projects are simple to make … [Read more...]

Sea Shell Wreaths

Seashell wreaths are another simple DIY project. I have a large collection of seashells from when I lived at the beach that I thought I would use to make seashell wreaths. I bought a couple of these wreaths at the dollar tree and simply hot glued seashells to it. I made one for my mom and one for a friend. They both live at the beach so seashell wreaths will be appropriate for their homes.   Step 1 First you will need to gather your materials. You need seashells. If you can collect the shells, great. If not, Amazon has a pretty good source; 200 piece seashell mix. You need a wreath or wreaths. I haven't found the wreaths I bought at the Dollar store in ages. Plus they weren't that great. I saw these wreaths on my favorite spot Amazon, 10" Grapevine Wreaths (3 pack) for $11.99. I love the darker brown color. I also used sea glass that can also be purchased on Amazon here. You will need a hot glue gun to glue the seashells and sea glass to the wreath. Obviously you do not have to purchase anything from Amazon. They will sell all these things at craft stores.   Step 2 Secondly, attach some sort of ribbon through one of the branches of the wreath for hanging … [Read more...]

Driftwood Crosses

Last time I was at the beach I collected a bunch of driftwood. I was thinking about framing a mirror with layered pieces of driftwood. I didn't have enough to do this though. Maybe I'll make one in the future. Anyway, I like simple so I came up with driftwood crosses decorated with sea shells. These are very simple to make. I feel like I say that with almost every project I post on here. It's true most of my projects are simple and these crosses definitely fall into that category. What You Will NeedDriftwood, Seashells, Rope or Twine, Glue Gun There isn't much to this. Just cross two pieces of driftwood and tie the rope around the middle to hold the 2 pieces of driftwood together. Tie a knot in the back or create a loop for hanging purposes. Use a glue gun to attach shells to the center. You can use store bought shells and coral as seen in this one above. You can use a bunch of shells and layer them or just lay a few shells across the front. I think they came out pretty and would make a nice gift. What do you think? … [Read more...]

Garden Style Flower Arrangements

If you like the look of unfussy garden arrangements, try mixing greenery from your yard with store bought flowers. In this example, I used flowers I bought from Trader Joe's and mixed in flowers and greenery from the yard. I gathered the flowers and greenery and cut the stems down short. I put a rubber band around the stems and placed in thrift store silver bowls. Gather Greenery and Flowers From Your Yard Flower Bouquets From Grocery Store Mix your Greenery and Flowers Together Cut Stems and Place in Bowls Display on Table I'm linking up with:  … [Read more...]

Wedding Favor Idea

I was browsing around on Pinterest last night and came across a couple great unique wedding favor ideas. It made me think of my own wedding and the favors we gave to our guests. They came out really great and I thought I would share them on here for any of you who are planning a wedding or know of someone who is. We used the gifts as name cards that we put on the menu of each place setting. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of how they looked at the place settings. There is something extra memorable about an occasion that sends you home with a special treat. These little boxes of flower seeds did the job.  Enclosed in the gift box were packets of flower seeds and this message: Love is the seed of all hope. It is the enticement to trust, to risk, to try, to go on. If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow. Plant these seeds in a sunny spot, water ofter and wait for the flowers to grow. Enjoy the beauty.   … [Read more...]