Displaying Kid's Artwork

Monday, February 20, 2017

The kids are really into creating "artwork" for us and every day it seems there's a new masterpiece. Most of them consist of me (a very round creature with questionable hair and a BIG smile, complete with a smaller circle-like attachment holding the new baby), whether we're going to the grocery store in the drawing, or drinking starbucks (pretty much our life in a nutshell). They're all equally charming, and I just don't have the heart to throw them away (not to mention, the older two kids are total garbage monitors and nothing gets thrown away around here without full approval from all staff members. Somehow,  Winnie manages to throw away half our plastic dishware and nobody throws a shit fit, but I throw away one rogue drawing and I may as well devalue them for the rest of their childhood. Riddle me that?
The reality is, these drawings are piling up, the pantry door can only handle so much washi tape and I need a solution. I've scoured pinterest for some inspiration and now just have to come up with a spot to install. Here's a few of my favorites:
all images via pinterest

I have also seen people use a magnetic set-up, but worry that Winnie would consume at least 4 magnets before I could catch her. 

The playroom is almost done & I can't wait to share - I'm thinking one of these set ups will be perfect in there. Send me more ideas if you have em'! 
XO

Life Lately

Friday, February 17, 2017

It's Friday and I'm giving you the Life Lately over here. This pic pretty much sums it up. Living for the Dr.'s office.
 WHAT WE'RE EATING: 
Well, the honest truth is... a lot of popsicles, tea, and medicine. However, we did make this a couple weeks ago and it did NOT disappoint.

WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT: 
Summer. The weather here has been frigid and pretty crummy, and we are dying for some 70 degree temps - i'll even take 60!

WHAT I'M LOVING:
I got my hair done last week and have been using a couple products I just have to share (mind you, I'm not a product-person ... I use very little beauty products and tend to find one or two I love and use them for years) I've been a long time fan of the Lush dry shampoo, but this primer is equally amazing - I apply to wet hair after I've showered. It smells amazing, and keeps my hair shiny & healthy and in between, I use the Lush dry shampoo.

WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO:
Trying to get healthy! We've done a whole lot of staying inside, playing with toys, making messes, painting and movie watching. Cabin fever is realer than it's ever been, but God-willing, next week we are going to bust out of this place and have some much needed FUN!

WHAT I'M DREADING: 
Nothing! I've got my eyes set forward and we can only go up from here! Ha!

WHAT I'M WORKING ON: 
Picking out paint colors, switching bedrooms for the kids and designing the 4th & final nursery - gender neutral! SO many fun projects on the docket!

Also working on weaning Winnie but girlfriend is persistent. My other kids self-weaned after a year and she is just not even thinking about it. I literally have to hide from her in the mornings -- she has boob on the brain and I am not about to give-in. I mean full on tantrums if I refuse her request. Is that all I am to you, Winnie?! SO... I've googled a billion solutions, none of which have worked, and for now, the most appropriate solution seems to be hiding in the laundry room with a bag of skittles and praying she gets distracted. Take that, google.

WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT: 
Spring! Sweet dresses for the girls, Easter baskets, hopefully a few lunch picnics at the park and just being outside without freezing our mittens off! And of course having this sweet baby! Almost half-way through my pregnancy and I'm starting to feel like I need to prepare!

WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING:
We're half-watching the Bachelor (i.e. watching but turning away 90% of the episode) because it's just so damn painful. We went on a movie spree while we've been sick and watching How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (classic) and The Devil Wears Prada all in one night. It was memorable

As far as reading goes, Collin's been reading this book, and has really enjoyed it. He's the reader around here, I just listen to his analysis and pick up notes along the way :)

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO: 
New Ed Sheeran, I'm loving the new Selena Gomez song, and the Trolls soundtrack is of course a favorite. Our family anthem has become "Get Back Up Again". But seriously, can we please burn the Let it Go soundtrack? I'm officially DONE and started telling Bellamy that they took it off spotify because I just can not deal.

WHAT I'M WEARING: 
Sweats. But I'm on the HUNT for some good maternity clothes because I am not about to suffer through the next 4 months in clothes that don't make me feel semi-human. Leave suggestions below, please!!

WHAT I'M DOING THIS WEEKEND: 
We had some fun plans, but Baylor has pink eye in both eyes (GROSS) so we've scratched them all and are just going to hang out as a family (i.e quarantine). Maybe get a few house projects knocked out and probably eat more take-out than recommended.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH: 
The nothing-ness! There are no holidays, no big plans, just a whole lot of down time. Like Chicken Soup for the soul. HA. but seriously, bring on the peace.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW: 
Our SLAY leotards will be restocked on Tues, the 21st!
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(questions via mixandmatchmama)

Timeless Valentine's Gifts

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I've confessed my love for Pinhole Press before, but wanted to share the adorable treats I got for the kids for Valentine's Day this year. Let's face it - nobody needs more treats, the toy situation is out of hand over here, and 90% of my injuries are (no) thanks to Legos. SO... I had to get creative. Pinhole Press has the most amazing quality photo books that we order for the kids each year (as well as grandparent gifts) and turns out, they don't disappoint for all the other holidays as well! They sent the kids some personalized photo books and other fun paper goods and I'm SO happy with how they turned out. They're not only beautiful in quality, which selfishly is so important to me, but they will keep for years (Pez probably would too, but, gross...) Winnie got a sneak peek at her book, but we're doing valentines day treats tonight, I'm so excited for them to see!
   
 



Lucky for you ... our sweet friends at Pinhole Press are offering you guys 15% off your entire order through Sunday! Use code XOXO at checkout! 

House To Home No. 4

Friday, February 10, 2017

HAPPY FRIDAY! I literally could not be happier to see this week in the rear view. We all had the Norovirus which may as well be renamed "what death feels like" and within a twelve hour stretch, 3 of us were all throwing up at the same time. TMI probably, but that's why you read this blog, right? At one point, I couldn't stop throwing up and I considered calling 911, but couldn't imagine leaving Collin home with three barfing kids ... #rockbottom (it got worse, but I'll be a decent human and keep the rest to burn in the memory book). SO, we're grateful (and beyond) for our health today, and while we're definitely not 100%, we're vertical and vocal, which is more than we were earlier this week! 

I'm bringing back a little HOUSE TO HOME series for you guys ... if you've been reading for awhile, you'll remember this! If not, this is a way to get you to find new sources for home decor, or just think outside the box about how to bring items together! Enjoy!
1. Zinc Pots: I have these everywhere in our house, and they hold everything from candles to plants or even function as ways to elevate items on shelves for variation in height. They're inexpensive, and have a really cool rustic look. 

2.  Boho Tassel Throw Pillow: I love the colors & textures of this pillow. This would be easy to mix in with whatever neutral pillows you have, or could easily stand alone! AND... it's on sale! 

3. Dreamy Houses Art Print: I have adored this print for some time now and just haven't found the right place for it. It's warm yet modern and just the right pop of color. Would be perfect above the fireplace, or even in a powder room. 

4. Enamelware: These are so retro and so durable. Perfect everyday dishes if you're looking for a new set. I love white dishes, but really dig the black edges on these for a touch of cool. 

5. High Contrast Cube: I love this because even though it's intended as a toy basket, it's a great pop of contrast in a living room - perfect for yes, toys, but also if you wanted to throw blankets in it or mix in a bit of rustic with some fire logs. We have one of these and it's incredibly well made & durable. 

6. Kimono Rose Candle: Easily my favorite scent for spring and goes perfectly with the forever adored volcano candles. Plus, the pretty pink jar is just the right amount of color. Smells clean, yet sweet and not too strong.

WHY I LOVE

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

This post is sponsored by 1-800-Flowers but all opinions are my own! Thanks for loving the brands we love!
It's easy to make Valentine's Day all about the kids, the festivities and the treats, but ultimately, I want Collin to know how much he means to me on Valentine's Day.
 

14 Things I Love about Collin ... one for each day of Valentine's :)

1. He loves to dance and brings music into our house in the best way possible. 
2. He works harder than anyone I know. 
3. He's mildly OCD about most things, just enough to be endearing. 
4. His vacuum lines are a force to be reckoned with (see above). 
5. He's Justin Timberlake's biggest fan. 
6. He passed along those baby blues to 2/3 of our kids - PTL.
7. He listens. And adapts accordingly, whether it's parenting, marriage or just where the dishes go ;)
8. He wants to be better every day, and works towards that. He wants to do the same for others.
9. He requests the same three things for dinner every week: pizza, spaghetti, and grilled cheese. 
10. He no longer complains about how gross my car is or how messy my side of the closet is. 
11. He loves me for me (see above) and has never once tried to change me. 
12. He supports my ice cream habit and will gladly drive to the store for me at 9:00 pm if I'm out. 
13. He will sit on the couch sometimes and just browse through our family chatbooks... he oohs & awwws and really adores each photo. It's pretty sweet. 
14. He has dreams & goals for himself, but also for his children, which are well thought out and incredibly abundant. Dreams about them being good people and goals for them to make an impact in whatever way they choose. He really pours his heart into his family and we are better for it. 



Our friends at 1-800-Flowers are encouraging us to share #WHYILOVE this February ... and sharing the love with you! Use the link above & you will get 20% off a bouquet to send to someone you love ... all the way through February! Such an easy way to show someone you love them. 


The kids love to go online & pick out flowers for grandparents, best friends and anyone else who might need a little love - it's a fun surprise and such an easy way to make someone's day!

XO - Go show the love! 

FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday, February 3, 2017

It's been a solid rotation of sick over here for the last week or so, and after A LOT of gatorade, only venturing out for coffee, a couple runs to the dr, and a steady run of antibiotics, I think we're finally turning the corner. I came out unscathed but seriously woke up every night in sheer anxiety that I was going to get sick. Because Moms & sickness just don't really work. Praise God, I've stayed healthy, and have been able to be a slave for love on my family through all of this! 

BUT ... we made it to Friday, which means it's FAVORITES!

If you haven't tried LUSH, then you're really missing out on all the good & festive things about the bathroom. HA, but seriously. Their bath bombs are full of CONFETTI & GLITTER (!!!) and they smell like heavenly nectar. I mean, the valentines one is full of rose petals and shea butter hearts that just float up in your bath. They're amazing. The only downfall? My kid's baths are running at about $8 a piece now. Chill guys, dirt makes you strong.



My current obsessions this week include the Target Valentine's section (full of all the things we don't need), Diet Coke from Chik-Fil-A (a habit I just can't quit), and my all-time favorite ugg slippers (I wore them to pick up something from my printer this week and wasn't even ashamed. Who am I? 

We launched some Valentine's tops in the shop this week - definitely worth checking out!! Best part is they live far past Valentine's day!


I will share more about this next week, but I have some super cute felt envelopes (Target $1 Spot!) tied to the kid's chairs at the table, and each morning, they wake up and run downstairs to see what cupid left in their envelopes! So far, treats & books! These books are seriously the cutest - the illustrations are beautiful AND they're about love - perfect. They'd be a perfect Valentine's treat for your littles.

And finally, we're working on combining rooms for the kids as we anticipate baby #4 (OMG!), and I've been on the hunt for new bedding for the girls. A few of my favs: this, this & this!

We are celebrating Bellamy's birthday this weekend with all her little friends (better late than never!) and plan on spending Sunday gathered around the island eating THESE. Oh yeah, and watching a football game ;) What are your go-to Super Bowl snacks? I need ideas!

Happy Friday! XO 

One of our Favorites: MAC & MIA

Thursday, February 2, 2017

It's been freezing here this week and I'm 2 degrees shy of wrapping myself in a bathrobe, putting on noise canceling headphones, and hibernating for the next 2 months. The kids will be alright, isn't that what they say? No seriously though, it's cold AF, and going outside is so much work. But being inside? My sanity has taken a serious hit these last couple weeks. Just thought I should let you all know that ;) 

We got a super fun delivery last week that I wanted to share with you guys! MAC & MIA is sort of like StitchFix for adults - they curate & ship you a box of clothes based on your child's sizes & style preferences (i.e. baylor doesn't wear collared shirts - his jj watt neck gets in the way, and Bellamy Fashion prefers things with "TUTUS"). Anyways, this is probably the 4th or 5th time I've gotten boxes from the kids and I have never been disappointed. 

I love that you can discover new brands, the kids get new clothes without having to shop (and the style fee is waved if you keep a certain number of pieces), and it's all a big surprise, which is probably my favorite part! 

I'll show you what we got: 


I ended up sending back the navy hoodie & the white tee, only because we had similar items. 


Can you believe the cuteness?! We kept everything except the blue sweatshirt & the floral pants, just not our style. This pink dress?! OMG it's so adorable on and the most amazing quality. 


The boxes also come with this super sweet sticker set and a couple "little guys" (per Baylor) to dress. This kept Bellamy occupied for a good hour. SO cute. 

SO ... if you're looking for a fun way to mix up the kid's style, and you want a fun little treat in the mail, you have to try this out. 

BONUS: If you use this link to shop, you get a $20 credit to your account when you try a box! That means your first purchase will be $20 off and if you keep two items or more, your styling fee of $20 is waved! 

Let me know if you guys try it - it's honestly one of my favorite things! 

DIY: Canvas Wall Sign

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I've said this before, but I'm just not much of a DIY girl. I can do a few projects here & there, but I've found that if I can buy it elsewhere, it's usually not worth my time. SO, when I'm considering a DIY project, I think about cost, I think about if it's really worth my time, and I consider where else I can find something similar. The last couple projects were done purely out of necessity, cases where I could't find what I was looking for. Enter this project. 

I was on hunt for something pink & fun to hang above Bellamy's bed, and was having no luck. I found a couple that I liked, but the size was too small or the words were totally corny ...  why does kids stuff have to be so dorky sometimes?! SO, I had a vision of what I wanted & set out to make it. 

Here's what you'll need if you want to do the same! 


Large Canvas Sign
Roll of uncoated canvas // scissors // RIT fabric dye in color of your choice // Carbon paper // printer // pencil // small paintbrush & non-washable paint (I just buy a sample jar of paint in whatever color I'm using, from Home Depot) 

1. Roll out your canvas and cut to desired size. I cut Bellamy's to be 3' x 4' 
2. You can either fully dye the fabric, or dip-dye like I did. Follow the instructions on the RIT fabric to dye/wash your canvas. To dip dye, just soak the fabric in sections,  instead of throwing it all in at once. 
3. Once your canvas is washed & dryed, you'll want to make sure it's completely wrinkle free by ironing or steaming. 
4. (SKIP THIS STEP IF YOU'RE A BOSS AT FREE-HAND LETTERING) 
On your computer, using photoshop, word or whatever program you're comfortable in, type out the letters you'll use (1-2 per page). Make sure they're all sized correctly - this part takes some measuring. I measured the entire width of my sign, and divided it by the amount of letters I was using, being sure to take spacing into account. One you've sized them correctly, go ahead & print each letter. 
5. Arrange them on your sign and secure each one with a piece of tape - only at the top. 
6. Slide a piece of carbon paper underneath your first letter, and use a pencil to trace the letter. The carbon paper will transfer to the canvas and voila, you'll have your first letter ready to paint. Make sure to check before you move things around, as sometimes it takes a couple traces to get it visible enough. Repeat this step until all your letters are finished. 
7. Using your paint & paintbrush, paint over your letters (it doesn't have to be perfect, as the canvas will hide some of the imperfections). 
8. Let it dry, and it's ready to hang! I just used thumb tack to hang ours, but you could also roll the top over a dowel and secure using hot glue. Tie some twine or rope around your dowel and hang accordingly! 

This project probably took me two hours total, and makes such a fun & easy way to make a statement.  

HEN & CO. in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

YOU GUYS! Winnie's nursery has been published in Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine. When I originally got an email from their editor, I legitimately thought it was junk mail and was a hot second away from sending it straight to the JUNK folder. I feel SO honored to have her nursery featured anywhere, let alone in a major publication. As a designer, all I could really ask for is that my work is seen, it's loved and more importantly, that it reflects me. I couldn't be happier about this and am so excited to share it with you guys! 

 

 

Banana Pudding: File under "TO DIE FOR"

Monday, January 16, 2017

Well it's Monday, which naturally means we should talk about dessert. 

We hosted a little birthday dinner for Bella (yes, still celebrating) and I decided to cheat on our go-to brownies & cake with a little something different.
 
Magnolia Bakery's Famous Banana Pudding

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Water  // 2/3 cup instant vanilla pudding mix //  1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
3 cups heavy cream // 1 (12 oz) box vanilla wafers // 4 bananas (sliced)

Directions:
Mix together the water, pudding mix, and sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight until it sets.

Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Working in thirds, fold the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until well incorporated.

In a trifle bowl, layer vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, and pudding mixture; continue until you've used up all the pudding mixture. Refrigerate for at least another 30 minutes before serving.

Here's the thing: I don't love bananas, I almost never eat them straight up. However, I LOVE this dessert. It's not over-the-top banana flavor - just a hint and every bite is perfection. This works great to serve to a large group, as it makes a ton. You can also separate it out & make individual trifles. So pretty & very "impessive" as Baylor would say.
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