Monday, January 19, 2015

52 hand lettered: one thing to do more often

Miranti, of Pen and Peplum, started an initiative for 2015 entitled The 52 Hand-Lettered Project.  The goal?  To do one hand-lettered piece a week that fits a prompt.  I thought I would join in when I can.  Because it's fun and it gives me an excuse to do a little sketching.

This week's prompt was "one thing to do more often."


I have a hard time not being busy.  It's always go go go and a to-do list a mile long and sometimes I wish I could just… chill.  It's okay if the laundry isn't folded or the dishes aren't put away.  I'm busily planning Sydney's first birthday party (it is going to be so cute, ohmygosh) so that's on my brain constantly, but I'm going to make a concerted effort this week to just be chill.  Go with the flow.  I'm looking forward to the weekend and spending all day Saturday at home.  Maybe working on a project for the almost-1-year-old's party, and maybe organizing under the sink, and okay, maybe that doesn't sound very "chill," but the idea of not washing my hair all day and maybe not even changing my clothes until it's time to go to bed (because wearing the same clothes to bed, then wearing them all day and into bed again is just gross) sounds just glorious.

I included Mickey in the photo above because he's cute and I love him, and it doesn't make any sense, but isn't he adorable?

Friday, January 9, 2015

10 Months


Sydney's 10th month was the BEST.  Her first Christmas and TWO more teeth - they seem to come in twos.  This time, it was her top two, which made it really fun to sing "All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth."  She had one sleepless night when the first one was poking through, but the second one didn't bother her, as was the case with her bottom two.  Also, lately she has been growing like a WEED.  Can you tell from her 9 month pic to her 10 month?  Her baby thighs are out of control with the cuteness.  I think she'll be walking really soon.  She stands on her own for short periods of time now (when she feels like it) and even when she does hold onto things, she puts almost no weight on them.  

She loves getting into the bathroom trash.  Which is gross.  I have to move it every time she's in our bathroom.  Oh, and the toilet lid must be down or else she will be sticking her hand in the water.

She responds well to "No."  In fact, she's a really great listener.  I don't know who taught her to listen so well, or maybe she was just born that way?  I guess I was always a rule follower, so maybe she'll be the same way.  Let's hope.

She is developing a little bit of sass, though.  Which is funny/cute, but also alarming.  We might have our hands full here soon.

She is so utterly exhausted when we get home from daycare that she requires a small bottle and some cuddle time before she will let me set her down.  She only sleeps about 30 minutes to 1.5 hours at daycare every day, whereas on weekends, she'll take two naps, totaling at least 3 hours.

She loves the My Pal Violet stuffed animal that she got for Christmas.  It's personalized to say her name and her favorite things.  Every time it sings Wheels on the Bus, Syd gets very excited.  For some reason, she loves that song.

We rearranged her room last night, moving her crib to the far wall, and the Expedit shelf to the wall her crib was on.  We made the switch because we got a TV for her room on Black Friday and haven't had anywhere to put it since then.  So now it can sit on top of the Expedit, where we can see it, and more importantly, where she can't reach it from her crib.  It's a Smart TV, so we mostly use it to stream Pandora and Netflix.  It will be nice to have some background noise in her room since we're in there so much!  I'll be sure to post some updated photos of it as soon as I get the decor rearranged!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  I'm off with my aunt and cousin on a surprise weekend getaway for my birthday.

Oh yeah, I turned 30 last Sunday.

I can hardly believe it.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

christmas tree 2014

Merry Christmas Eve, y'all!

I'm fighting a pretty gnarly cold today, which is super sucky because HELLO TOMORROW IS CHRISTMAS!  I'm just hoping I make a miraculous recovery and am healthy as a horse for Sydney's first Christmas.  Either way, I'm fighting through it and it's not going to ruin my holiday!

So, nothing like waiting until the last possible minute to show you guys my Christmas tree.  This season, for me and for a lot of bloggers it seems, has been the season of less.  I didn't even put out a lot of things.  I went minimal.  And I'm okay with that.


Is my mantelscape perfect?  Far from it, but I love my new pinecone trees pretty hard and thought they deserved a place of honor.


Our new stockings (from Pottery Barn) are my most favorite thing in the Christmas world and I can see me pulling them out year after year and loving them just as much as I do today.  They're classic and big, just the way I like 'em.


The tree is silver and gold, just like it was last year, and I still love it.  I tried to put some red velvet ribbon on it instead of the transparent silver stuff, but it was all wrong.  Some people can put red velvet ribbons on their tree and they look fab.  Me? notsomuch.


I'm thinking next year I'd like to have a tree just decorated with bows.  I'll buy a few different spools of ribbon and just tie bows all over the place (like Jenna Sue - great name btw).  I'll probably have to buy another tree if I want to do that because I'm pushing Steven's limits with my decorative trees already.  Perhaps we'll be in our new house next Christmas (one can hope), and I'll put my bow tree in the front dining room window for the neighborhood to see.  I can see it now.

Anyway, enough daydreaming.  I'll leave you with some extreme Christmas tree bokeh...


...and a cute baby.


I hope you guys have a very Merry Christmas and I'll see you in 2015!




Friday, December 19, 2014

diy snowman wreaths

I have a cute {easy} {cheap} {fun} Christmas craft for you today!


On Black Friday, my mom and I were out shopping (obviously) and happened to pop into A.C. Moore where they had boxes and boxes of faux wreaths in all different sizes for like, suuuper cheap.

I was trying to think of a reason I might need lots of wreaths in different sizes, when I thought of those snowman wreaths that I've seen around the blogosphere!

DUH! I could totally do that and it would be so totally easy.

And it was.

Here's how:

Since I have french doors, all my supplies are doubled, but if you only have one door, then you only need one snowman. (Every time I try to type snowman, I type smownan instead... weird.)

Anywho, grab faux (or real!) wreaths in 3 different sizes.  You'll also need floral wire, wire cutters and velvet ribbon.

I think the smallest wreath was $1 and the largest was $3?  The ribbon was $4 and I already had the wire and wire cutters.


Grab your smallest wreath (the head) and your middle wreath, turn them upside down and put them as close together as you can.


Take your floral wire and wrap it around both wreath forms tightly so they are secured together.


Repeat to wire the middle wreath to the bottom wreath.

Now your snowman needs a scarf.  Cut a length of ribbon about 3-ish yards long and tie it around ol' Frosty's neck.


If you want (and why wouldn't you because it's super cute?), cut the ribbon on the end so it looks like fringe.


Grab a wreath hanger and hang your cute snowman wreath by the head!


Adorable, right?  If you wanted, you could also get crafty and add a top hat (made out of felt, perhaps?), and a carrot nose.  My simplistic version took maybe 10 minutes for both of them.


I didn't do much stoop decorating this year and just kept it simple with my new wreaths and a cute personalized {snowman} sled.


Have a great last weekend before Christmas!

{Wait, what?  Ahhhhhhh!}

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas in the Master

It's not often that I decorate our bedroom.  In fact, it's looked pretty much the same since we moved in 7 years ago.  I did get a new duvet a couple years ago, and a new lamp before Sydney was born, buuuut, that's it.  I guess it's that we don't spend a lot of time in there.  Really, any time other than when we're sleeping.  It's just not at the top of my decorating priority list.

Anyway, all that to say that I put a few Christmas touches in there this year.  Cue the hallelujah chorus!

Of course, my helper had to be in all the photos.


The "Joy to the World" pillow came from SteinMart.  Have you ever looked at the Christmas quilts/sheets/etc. that they have every year?  I went there to get a Christmas quilt, but of course the one they had that I LOVED last year wasn't there this year and none that they had really spoke to me, so I guess I'll see what they have next year.  But I did pick up this cute shimmery pillow which brings in a pop of Christmasy red.


I got the wreath at the Southern Christmas Show.  I wanted to put it somewhere that I would see it everyday (i.e. not outside) and we already had a nail here beside the bed and it seemed to be the right size so I went with it.

For some reason, I have mad lovey dovey feelings for this wreath.  The fruit is fuzzy white, the pinecones are snow dusted and the greenery is perfection AND it was only $25.  I consider that a steal for such a BEAUTIFUL wreath.


I also brought in a checked throw that normally lives on the sofa in the living room.


Just a few things that make our bedroom a little more festive for the season!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Teacher Christmas Gift Ideas

Hello and happy Friday to you!  This week has been a crazy one.  Sydney is sick with a stomach bug AND ear infection, which has meant two days off from daycare and lots of baby shuffling!  I'm just glad it's [finally] the weekend!

I have a very specific criteria when it comes to getting teacher gifts:  It Has to Be Useful.

I'm sure Mrs. So-and-So has enough crayon monograms and cute Christmas mugs to last a lifetime, so I like to make sure that what I'm getting is disposable so she can use it and toss it!


Soap always comes in handy (especially yummy smelling Mrs. Meyers Basil). And I love anything in the fragrance family - including my new obsession: plug-in Wallflowers from Bath & Body Works (okay okay, she can't really throw the plug-in away, but who would want to?!).  They make your whole house smell lovely (we have 4, but who's counting?) and I just love walking in from the garage and smelling whatever scent is plugged in instead of whatever we had for dinner last night.  For some reason, my house hangs on to smells for a long time, so anything that can remedy that problem is a win in my book!  Wallflowers aren't the cheapest thing in the world, but with a coupon and some BBW promotions, I got this entire gift for $10.  Not too shabby.

I rounded up a few more useful gift ideas for any teachers/neighbors/friends that you need to buy for this season!


EOS lip balm + cute printable = adorable


A teacher can never have too much hand sanitizer, amiright?


Anything felt is guaranteed to be adorable. This apple-shaped gift card ornament (talk about triple duty!) fits the bill to a tee.


Just looking at this gift makes me want to go out and get some Peppermint Foot Lotion. I'm sure any teacher would love to get a gift to pamper herself over the holidays!


Sweet treats are always a hit.  After reading about these mini donuts, I'm convinced I need a mini donut maker.  Did you hear that, Santa?


This is just a store bought candle (from Bath & Body Works, where else?) tied up in the trendy deco mesh ribbon, accented with ornaments.  What a beautiful package!

Have a great weekend, friends!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

9 months


Our girl is NINE months old!

I just love watching her learn new things all the time.

Her new skill?  Feeding herself puffs.  She LOVES them and is getting so good at getting them in her mouth.  It's pretty cute to watch, too.  Also, she always uses her left hand to feed herself.  I think we may have a leftie on our hands.

Oh and she finally, finally holds her own bottle.  Like, she can tilt it all the way up to get the milk out.  Gah, how did we make such a smart baby? ;)

We think she's cutting two more teeth on the top.  Two teeth is cute, but 4 teeth is cuter, amiright?

She's not all that interested in the Christmas decor, but apparently watching cars drive up and down the street is endlessly entertaining.  We were outside watching Steven put up the Christmas lights, but she was more interested in watching the road.  Oh, and don't even get her started on watching people and their dogs!

She is a fast crawler, especially when it's bath time.  She crawls from her room to the bathroom at WARP speed, pulls up onto the tub and bounces up and down until I get her in.  That girl loves her baths!  (and chewing on the wash cloth.)

I'm so excited for her first Christmas!  She won't really know what's going on, but I'm going to pretend that she does.  It won't be long before we'll be baking Christmas cookies together and watching The Polar Express.  How is she already 9 months old?

I've probably said this before, but the older she gets, the more fun she is.  Don't get me wrong, I've loved every stage of her short little life, but now that she's more mobile and her personality is developing, it's so fun to watch!

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