Toddler Friendly Cool Whip Easter Egg Dyeing

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While this post is a moot point now, it was super fun and easy so I had to share. It’s a good one to keep in your back pocket when Easter rolls around again.

Last year at Easter, Gunnar was too small to understand or participate. This year was a different ball game. We dyed eggs, did multiple eggs hunts and celebrated with family.

We dyed our Easter eggs with Cool Whip, yes you read that right. The sweet, sticky dessert topping! We all loved every delicious moment of it. Continue reading

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His & Hers Engagement Gifts

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This past weekend during their ‘Stock the Bar’ housewarming party, surrounded by everyone they love, Leep’s brother Jeremy popped the question and was answered with an excited – Yes! 17634418_10102349967907607_8985838658398820672_n.jpg

Congrats Uncle Worm & Auntie Ash!

We were the only two in on the when & where details so we decided to surprise them with his & her engagement gifts right after the proposal to start the celebrating early. Most people will gift a bottle of wine, a Congratulations card or some other generic gift. Why not mix it up and give something a little more personal and meaningful. Here’s what we put in our gifts…

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In the Easter Basket

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I love holidays. Any reason to decorate, make themed foods, give gifts and celebrate – count me in! Gunnar is getting to the age where he enjoys opening gifts and can start sharing in the excitement.

Here’s a roundup of all the fun toddler things you can put in your little bunny’s Easter basket this year.  Continue reading

How To: Chalkboard Art Tutorial

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Chalk art makes my heart happy.

This week has been crazy, and it’s only Wednesday. Sure a glass of wine [or 3] at night can help to de-stress after a long day, but sometimes I like to start the day off relaxed by letting my creative juices flow. A little chalk dust and a few cups of coffee later and I was ready to start my day.

I’ve posted previously how to make your own chalkboard wall, but I figured I’d do a quick tutorial on how I actually create my chalkboard art for the average person. [let’s be real – no one has time or sanity for that elaborate fancy shit] I’ve seen people print out their designs and cover the back of the paper lightly with chalk dust then trace over it, I prefer to do mine all by hand. I find it therapeutic to see what you picture in your head come to life.
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DIY: Hand-painted Wall Pallet Art

We’re doing something a little different this post – a guest post!

13055297_10209548199326906_6413409663848052651_n.jpgMy sister and her fiance are moving so that he can attend dental school. [excuse me while I go cry] She’s been busy buying and crafting away to fill their new apartment. We come from a family of crafty ladies.

She recently made this amazing hand-painted, antler silhouette, wall pallet art to hang above their bed. Check out how she did it below!

Take it away, Kaitlyn!


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When decorating, you typically have an idea in your head of what you want the space to look like. It’s frustrating when you can’t find the perfect piece of art or furniture to make that vision a reality. In this case, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make it myself! Here’s how you can too – and you can customize it with any silhouette of your choosing – you could do your initials, last name, child’s silhouette – the options are endless!

The piece I was pulling inspiration from was about $300 at Pier One, this one cost us about $75 total.

  1. Map out about how big you want your finished art to be so that you know how many boards to buy. I ended up purchasing 4 of these boards from Michael’s that have 5 planks each. They come in all different sizes.
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  2. To save money – gather up any extra or left over paints / stains you have lying around and use those. Or determine your color palate and go buy paints / stains.
  3. Using those colors map out your design so that you don’t end up with the same colors next to each other, etc. I also included the painting technique I wanted to use and how big each section would be.
  4. Choose a color to start with and paint all the sections of that color at one time. It’s easiest if you tape off the boards and sections you’re painting with painters tape to keep the lines crisp and clean. Use different brushes, sponges and painting techniques to give the art character and texture! Also, purchase some fun stain colors to stain your boards a darker color to give the illusion of different types of wood. We also taped the boards off into two sections at all different levels to give the appearance that some boards were split into 2. This really gives it the pallet / hardwood feel.

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  5. Arrange your sections into the order to create your desired pattern. Attach the brackets to the back to connect them all together creating one piece. Using a 4 hole bracket and 4 screws, place 2 screws in each board section to connect the two. Continue until all are connected.

     

  6. Measure the boards to determine what size stencil you need. Find a picture of the silhouette you are wanting and download it onto a flash drive. Bring it to Office Max and tell them what size you need the image. They will be able to print the large image for you, that will become your stencil. Ours cost only $7.00.
  7. Cut the inside [black portion] out to reveal your homemade stencil. Place this on your board and paint the inside to reveal your silhouette. Do this step very carefully and use little paint so that your paint doesn’t bleed under your stencil.
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    You now have your completed artwork that you can proudly display because it’s one of a kind and you did it yourself.

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Happy 4th!

Wishing you & your loved ones a very Happy Independence Day!

What are your plans / traditions on the Fourth of July? We typically have a family cookout, sometimes go out on the boat and always walk down the to the beach to watch the fireworks over the ocean. No matter what your day includes – I hope its filled with fun festivities and love!

Our chalkboard is now sporting festive art to celebrate as well!

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Would you like me to do a tutorial on how I do my chalkboard art?

DIY: Bride Binder

Being a bride is one of the most exciting yet overwhelming times of your life. You have a million things to decide, a million other to keep track of and a never ending to do list – all while maintaining everyday life! If you’re lucky like I was, you have a super supportive family and amazing coordinator [shout out to Jill at Sunkissed Events] to help you through it.

Shortly after I got engaged, my sister made and gifted me a Bride Binder. It was full of checklists, worksheets, information, etc. I’m not sure if she knew at the time but it ended up being one of the best tools I had while on my bride-to-be journey. It gave me a place to organize all my brochures, contracts, notes, torn out magazine pages, etc. [better than tagging everything “wedding” in my email] Now that she’s engaged, I’ve made some updates to it and gifted it back to her to carry along her bride-to-be journey.

Have a bride-to-be in your life you want to help stay organized? Here’s how to create the perfect Bride Binder – downloadable worksheets and checklists included!

Find a 3 inch+ fun binder, something she’d be happy to carry around and keep her excited for her upcoming wedding! You could even find a fun decal like my sister did to affix to the front. The word bride, her wedding date, new last name – get creative!

Inside mine I added a few items I found helpful and I knew she would too. A fun zipper pouch to hold all the things, a 3 hole punch – those contracts don’t come pre-punched, fun pens, post-it tags to mark all those finds in bridal magazines and a small notebook to keep in her purse to jot down any questions, ideas or notes as she thinks of them.

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When my sister gave it to me she had it all divided out into sections to keep everything super organized. Pick up some binder dividers and pre-fill them out for her. Ours included the following sections:

  • Budget
  • Venue
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Wedding Party
  • Guest List
  • Flowers
  • Dress / Tux
  • Invitations /
    Save-the-Dates
  • Cake / Food
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Registry
  • Rehearsal
  • Contacts
  • Honeymoon
  • Misc

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Lastly, include some worksheets and checklists to help her stay on top of things and organized. I’ve created blank versions here for downloading.

I also kept in some of my contracts, brochures, collected save-the-dates, etc. for her to look back on or compare to.

What are some things you found helpful on your bride-to-be journey?