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  • Last Minute Father's Day Gifts Under $30

    Is it just me or are spring/summer pure chaos?! We are trying to get outside more, there's yard maintenance, birthdays, vacations, endless house chores... the list never ends. I usually find myself looking for easy but awesome gifts that Dad will actually like and don't involve expedited shipping... because I CAN'T with expedited shipping! 

    Here are two tested and approved (by Dad) gift ideas that you can put together RIGHT NOW! 


    A rustic beer crate full of an assortment of refreshing craft beers. 

    Beer crate is from Home Goods ($12.99). I love that it has a built in bottle opener! The beers I chose are mostly local, that way if Dad really likes them, he can spend a day at the brewery! 

    A personal whiskey tasting sampler 

    Find a nice glass jar that can fit 5-6 miniature bottles. I found this one at Target. You can pick whatever you think Dad will enjoy. Add a tag and DONE! I've made these for Christmas and birthdays as well, and they are always a hit! 


    Happy Father's Day to all the rad Dads out there! If you end up using one of these ideas for Father's Day, or any occasion, let me know! I would love to see what you come up with!

  • The Cheapest DIY Ever | Yarn Wall Hanging

    I have been on a bit of a hiatus from blogging as life with a toddler has proven to be fun but oh soooo exhausting. A Camden update is coming soon but in the mean time, here's a little tutorial for you!

    Have some yarn hanging around? Use it to make a rad wall hanging for any room in your house! This little DIY literally would have cost me $.69 (price of the wooden dowel)  but I has a specific color scheme in mind. I guarantee you can do this for $3 or less and in under an hour! 

    Here is what you will need:

    A wooden dowel

    Yarn

    Hanging string or thread

    Scissors 

    Ruler

    Nail

    Here is what you do:

    Cut your dowel to however long you want your wall hanging. 

    Cut even strands of yarn, however many you need to fill up the space on your dowel. Each piece will be doubled so keep that in mind.  

    Tie each piece of yarn to the dowel using the larks head knot.  You can google how to do this but its super easy! Here is a little diagram so you get the idea:

    Source: zpacks.com

    Repeat until you fill up however much space you want on your dowel. Leave an even amount of space on each side.

    Use a ruler or whatever tool you want to cut the bottom. I chose to a triangle but you can do anything you want. 

    Attach your hanging string or thread to the dowel evenly on each side. 

    Find a cute wall to hang and enjoy! 

  • Camden Turns The Wild One!

    After months of planning for Camden’s first birthday party the big day finally arrived! We were so excited to celebrate with our friends, family and the newest one year old on the block! The big day came quicker than I had ever imagined and I’m not going to lie, there were moments I couldn’t control the emotions. My baby is growing up so fast and I can barley keep up! It feels like just yesterday we were bringing our little bundle home to start a new life together. *teeears* Oh what an intense and amazing year it has been! A big sappy blog post on motherhood and our first year as bffs coming next week!

    Camden’s party was Pow-Wow/Tribal themed which meant tons of fun DIY projects for this crazy-crafting mama. I had saved several decorations from the baby shower which happened to be somewhat of the same color scheme so I was able to upcycle and reuse some. YAAAAS!

    In between naps after setting up and throughout all of the excitement I was able to capture a few detail shots and candid moments from the party. 

    Birthday Outfit: Feather headdress- DIY | Shirt- Etsy | Pants- H&M | Moccs- Wild Darlings 

    Sorting through a years worth of memories

    The Wild One banner and photo garland. All DIY. Printed 4x4 square format photos from SnapFish. Look for discount codes before buying! I saved 50%! :)

    DIY Cupcake Toppers

     DIY Arrows

    A couple gifts from Mommy and Daddy

    Reused my fabric bunting from my baby shower and made a matching highchair banner. DIY "one" cake topper and "1" flag.

    Thank you treat bags

    Tulle, cookies and wine. Mom essenctials 

    Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG push car from Mommy and Daddy

    Camden was gifted this rad David Bowie shirt from Baby Teith! Thank you so much! 

    Bina’s Blooms sent Camden a new pair of soft sole “arrow” shoes to grow into. LOVE! Thank you!! 

    Camden also received a couple pieces of art from our friends (and collage mates from the Corcoran College of Art + Design). They are too incredible not to share! 

    Mixed media piece from Liana which is a perfect addition to our playroom wall! 

    BlueCat Press Fox Pillow by our super talented friend Meagan! Handprinted hand-carved relief print on fabric. 

  • DIY Card Ideas for Any Occasion

    I am one of those people who gets overly excited for paper-goods… especially cards.. especial hand-made cards! It’s a easy and cheap way to treat someone with something special and sentimental. 

    I made Valentines and Valentine’s Day cards but you can make any card you want for any occasion. 

    Materials: 

    Scissors

    Washi tape

    Alphabet Stamps (I got this set at Michael’s for $1.50)

    Ink Pad (or a Sharpie will due)

    Blank Cards with Envelopes (I got a pack of 12 for $1.50 at Michaels) 

    *Optional* Photos (these were printed at Costco)

    *Optional* Stickers (felt stickers are from Michaels) 

  • Falling for Fall: Halloween & Family Outings

    The best season of the entire year always feels like the shortest. Virginia is absolutely GORGEOUS this time of year!  We had to make the most of every single beautiful day! 

    Went to Nalls Produce to pick out our pumpkins this year! They had all sorts of cute Halloween displays and activities for kids. Of course, Cam is too young to run around and play, but he loved seeing the farm pig, chickens, pumpkins and other kids. We had SOO much fun! Oh, I should also mention it was 80 degrees on this day. So weird! 

    A sweet stranger offered to take a quick fam photo of us <3

    Camden is pretty stoked on leaves. He loves to grab them and crunch them in his hands.  Beanie- Amazon | Flannel Shirt- Old Navy | Therman- Carters | Pants- Zara | Boots- Dr. Martens 

    Del Ray, Va.

    Old Town, Va.

    Old Town, Va.

    There was a crazy 80 degree day, we spent it outside of course! Pants- Zara

    Skeleton PJ's the day before Halloween  Beanie- Amazon | PJ's OshKosh

    Leaf hangs with our friend, Kelly.  Sweater- Target | Beanie- Amazon | Selfie Stick- Amazon

    Bloody cupcakes for Halloween 

    Leela, Fry and Nibbler from Futurama.  I had SO much fun DIY-ing these costumes. It was surprisingly easy! For Leela, I bought a sheet of plastic needlepoint paper and drew/cut out her cyclops eye. Then, used black elastic to create the band. For the gauntlet, I used foam sheets. I already had black pants and a white tank top. My costume cost $3! Fry was super easy as well! Orange wash-out hair dye which I found for $2 at Target, red dress-shirt and jeans from Good Will, cost $10, Phil already had a white t-shirt and black Vans shoes. Nibbler was a little more work, but it was still quite cheap! I had a plain black beanie and used felt to create Nibbler's face. For his middle eye, I used a couple black pipe cleaners that poked out the top center and hot glued a foam ball to it. I sewed the pipe cleaner into the hat to secure it. For the red cape, I bought the cheapest red fabric I could find from Handcock Fabric ($2). Camden already had black pants, and a black hoodie. I used a piece of tan felt to make Nibbler's belly. 

    Took our Futurama costumes to the Del Ray Halloween Costume Parade. So many wonderful costumes, we were so happy to be apart of it. 

    Carved a cat pumpkin, of course! Tip to keeping your pumpkin last longer: mixture of equal parts water and bleach. Spray the exposed pumpkin flesh. 

    And because you can't just have one costume for your first Halloween AND this is the year of Star Wars... Camden was Yoda on actual Halloween. I found the crochet beanie on Etsy, the mini lightsaber from Target dollar deals section, and I made his little tan robe. He already had brown leggings. 

    We walked around town for a bit so Camden could show off his rad Yoda costume. 

    My Halloween make up this year. Pop art gal <3 We sat outside, listed to the MIsfits, handed out candy and had a pizza and wine party. It was the best Halloween ever! 

    First pumpkin pie of the year and a test run for Thanksgiving! 

  • DIY Burp Cloths

    I came across a super adorable tutorial on Pinterest for DIY burp cloths or spit up rags. I just HAD to make my own! I searched for a lovely fabric made of organic cotton on Etsy and came across these two patterns that Ioved! Initially I had gotten minky cloth to use as well but when I began to work with it, I HATED IT and I did not see it being all that absorbent so I went with a simple soft terry cloth.  

    You will need:

    1 yard of terry cloth (prewashed)

    1 yard of patterned fabric (prewashed)

    Thread to match

    Step One: Cut a rectangle 10x18" out of both the terry cloth and the patterned fabric. 

    Step Two: Sew the two rectangles together, right-sides together, with a 1/2" seam, leaving a 1" opening in the middle of one of the edges.

    Step Three: Flip the burp rag right-side out, and topstitch all the way around, including on the opening to close it.

    THE END ALL DONE!

  • A Dream Baby Shower

    We had the most magical shower! Nothing but lovely friends, gorgeous decor, delicious food and a super fun onesie decorating station! We are so grateful to all of our friends and family who helped organize this wonderful day and for those who came to celebrate! 

  • Baby "C's" Nursery Reveal Plus Changing Table/Closet Organization

    As soon as we found out we were pregnant, we got started on the nursery! It wasn't hard to dream up the perfect vision of a little nest for baby to live and grow in.  As most of you know, Phil and I are hardly traditional so instead of a standard "boy's" room, we went with a theme of things the both of us love. Flowers, animals, vintage elements, art work, typography and calming colors. Its our idea of a perfect little gender neutral nursery! 

    Changing table organization: 

    Top- Diaper Caddy (small amount of NB diapers, hand sanitizer, wipes, diaper rash cream, powder, toy) Changing pad with cover.

    First drawer- NB sized diapers, wipes (+extras), wash cloths, socks, burp cloths, scratch mittens, pacifiers, teething tools, first aid kit for a newborn, grooming kit, breast pads, lotion, sunscreen. 

    Second Drawer- Sorted by size- short-sleeved onesies, pjs & shoes

    Third Drawer- Hooded towels, bibs/burp cloths, swaddles, receiving blankets, extra changing pad cover. 

    Clothes separated according to size/age. Small Laundry basket, "too small bin" sliding cube bins containing hats, baby carriers, toys etc. Books were giving in place of cards from friends and family. 

    (Coming home outfits/first photo outfits)

    (Coming home outfits/first photo outfits)

    ♡WHERE TO BUY

    Crib- Buy Buy Baby

    Dresser/Changing Table- Ikea

    Lamp- Target

    Chevron Rug- Urban Outfitters

    Faux Fur rug- Home Goods

    Glider- Tagret

    Side Table- Amazon

    Mirror- Home Goods

    Mobile- DIY

    Fox Print- Honey and the Hive Etsy Shop

    Dream Catcher- Lovely Fawn Etsy Shop

    Bunny wall mount- Local art fair

    Fawn Lamp- Restoration Hardware 

    Blanket Basket- Home Goods

    Narwhal- Mythfit Creations Etsy Shop

    Crazy Cat Lady Candle- The Burlap Bag

    "C" Marquee- Michaels 

    White Victorian shelf- Urban Outiftters

    Wall decals- Urban Walls

    Wooden Camera- Fawn Over baby

  • 29 & 30 Week Pregnancy Update Plus DIY Nursery Mobiles, The Burlap Bag Gifts, Baby Shower Invitation and More

    How far along? 30 weeks

    Total weight gain/measurements: 128lbs. SOMEBODY had a growth spurt! 

    Maternity clothes: I had been searching for the perfect dress for my baby shower. I went on ASOS maternity and found a couple dresses that I LOVED! Because ASOS offers free return shipping, I usually order multiple items then return the "rejects". Anyways, I found the loveliest dress that fits my round body like a dream! I can't wait to wear it!! 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day.

    Sleep: Its been pretty good the last couple weeks considering how big I am. Emily has been extra cuddly and basically spoons my belly every morning. Its pretty adorable. 

    Best moment this week:  Finishing the nursery mobile!! 

    Miss anything? I miss not having to pee every 15 minutes. I feel like the cold makes it even worse! 

    Movement: I wonder how much room he has in there. He seems to be flopping around all over the place! I asked my doctor what his positioning during our last appointment and he was head down! :) 

    Food cravings: Tuna (ew)

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: No new symptoms. Just getting progressively round and heavy.  Ligament pain is still an issue but I ordered a belly support band so I hope that will help out! 

    Belly button in or out? FLAT. 

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Pretty consistent. I'm getting a little overwhelmed with the millions of things left to do, but other than that, I have been happy and excited. 

    Looking forward to: Interviewing  a pediatrician tomorrow! 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

    I finally finishd my nursery mobile, and in the process I made an exta one that is now for sale in my etsy shop! >>CLICK HERE<<

    This is the mobile that will live in my nursery! 

    Shower invitation design by Alexis Thornlow

    HUGE thank you to The Burlap Bag for the lovely candles! Unicorn Puke smells like cotton candy, of course! And Crazy Cat Lady is a refreshing citrus-y scent. Check out all of her amazing scents >>HERE<<

  • 25-27 Week Pregnancy Update Plus Maternity Photos and Sneak Peak at My DIY Nursery Mobile

    The last few weeks have been super busy with planning for the New Year, designing my 2014 book and the millions of DIY projects I get myself into because of my nesting addiction, I am updating you all on weeks 25, 26 and 27! >.< sorry! 

    How far along? 27 weeks!

    Total weight gain/measurements: 122 lbs, I am supposed to gain about a pound a week from now on! 

    Maternity clothes: Can I just live in pajamas? 

    Stretch marks? Not yet! I have been using sweet almond oil twice a day and I love how smooth and healthy my bump has been... minus the oily hands afterwards ;)

    Sleep: A few nights of insomnia, a few nights of restless legs and a few nights of being sick with a cold…. so sleep the past 3 weeks has been GREAT! (sike) But that is OK, I suppose I am preparing myself for many sleepless nights. 

    Best moment this week:  Since I am combining the last 3 weeks there are a few "best moments".

    Crafting with my friends and throwing a killer NYE party! 

    Phil and I had a mini maternity photo session with our good buddy, Ross! Emily totally took over the shoot, but we still ended up with some adorable photos. (See below) 

    Baby Shower planning!!! I have a wonderful group of girlfriends and my mother in law helping out and I couldn't be more excited or grateful! This party is going to be so much fun! We have a LOT to do before March 7th! 

    Entering into the third trimester!!!! YAAY!!!! Getting close! 

    Miss anything? I have had a few moments of missing my pre-pregnancy body. Its hard to go from being so small to gaining over 20 pounds, not fitting into anything and having your skin stretch. BUT these little moments quickly go away when I feel him kick or when I think about how much I love him and  how I want to be the best parent I can be for him. 

    Movement: He's a ninja! Kicking away at mommy's ribs, organs and bladder. This kid is def going to be enrolled in Muay Thai! 

    Food cravings: Milkshakes and Banh Mi sammiches 

    Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing new. Still can't stand Old Bay or popcorn (barf!!)

    Gender: IT'S A BOY!!!!!!! My Moy Boy <3 

    Symptoms: Now that I am into my third trimester, I am starting to feel a couple first trimester symptoms again. Forever sleepy, ouchy boobs and little episodes of feeling nauseous. Its definitely not as bad as the first trimester, but what they say is true. The second trimester is a breeze and by far the most "normal" feeling. I feel VERY pregnant now. 

    I also have had a few reeeeallly scary moments where I was out in public, usually alone… my body starts to sweat and I am cold. I feel like I am running out of breath and I get dizzy. It feels like a faint it about to come on and I start to freak out. Usually if I do not do something about it, I will end up on the floor, which is never a good thing, especially when you are pregnant. Sitting down with THE coldest water you could imagine, cool air,  taking heavy clothes (jacket, sweater, shoes) off and breathing will usually calm me down. But it takes a good 15 minutes to be able to function again. 

    I've been anemic my whole life so this feeling isn't exactly new to me, but its not something I face often. I have been taking iron supplements every day, but I have a feeling my dosage is going to change after my next blood test, which is tomorrow, so we will see! 

    Belly button in or out? In!

    Wedding rings on or off? On!

    Happy or moody most of the time: Very happy, happy, emotional, and moments of crazy here and there. 

    Looking forward to: The baby shower!!! 

    We have baby registries at Target and Amazon! (for those of you who have asked)

    HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE MOYS!! Pipe-cleaner crowns tutorial >>> HERE

    Sneak Peak at my Woodland nursery mobile. I hope to finish this up by next week! 

    The journey of my growing belly! 

    _______________________

    Photos by Ross Thompson 

  • Husband + Wife Colab: Corn-hole boards plus bags

    Phil and I really wanted our very own cornhole set so we decided to make them ourselves! 

    Freshly built, untreated boards made by Phil and his Dad. 

    Applying the first of MANY coats of varnish

    Bag making! (tutorial here)

    A lot of people asked what I filled the bags with... CORN! Duh! >.< 

    LETS PLAY! 

  • DIY | Lavender Hand Soap

    The older I get, the less time I have for over priced soaps full of chemicals. Here is a simple recipe to make your own organic lavender soap. 

    You will need:

    Soap dispenser
    Dr. Bronner's pure castle soap (unscented)
    1/4 teaspoon of lavender oil for every cup of water
    1 cup of distilled water to 1 oz of soap
    Whisk
    Mixing bowl
    Funnel

  • Real Fruit Pops

    Perfect for a hot summer day! Healthy, nutritious, and super easy to make! 

    You will need:
    -Popsicle tray
    -Popsicle sticks
    -Fruit of your choice (i used strawberries, blueberries, apples and kiwi)
    -Fruit juice or lemonade (you could also puree watermelon) 

    How to:
    1. Using Popsicle form, loosely fill 3/4 the way with fruit pieces.

    2. Fill with juice to the fill line, insert Popsicle stick, place on flat surface in freezer.

    3. Freeze until solid appox 2-3 hours.

  • DIY | Pretty Tassel Garland Made of Pastel Tissue Paper

    Here is a super cute, easy and inexpensive way to decorate any space making it instantly adorable and festive!

    Materials:

    -pastel tissue paper
    -scissors
    -hot glue gun
    -twine

    How to:

    1. Take one piece of tissue paper (1 piece will make 4 tassels) Fold it once lengthwise, then once widthwise, and one more time widthwise.

    2. Cut little strips (this is your fringe) leaving 2in. of uncut tissue paper on the top. Then unfold it once and cut down the middle. *make sure the “top” (2in. uncut portion) is on the fold … you will see why.

    3. Take one of the halves and unfold it again, you should have 2 sections. Then take the second halve and unfold it again. One of them will need to be cut in half lengthwise to make 2 more sections. You should end up with 4 separate sections.

    4. Take each section one at a time and roll the center portion. Make sure to not let the fringe get tangled as you roll. It helps to gently run your fingers through the fringe as you roll. Next, twist the middle part.

    5. Take your tassel and fold it in half twisting the sides in opposite directions until it makes a little loop at the top. Put a dot of glue from your hot glue gun on the spot indicated, and twist the two sides around each other.
    Make sure you hold the glued parts together and allow to dry!