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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's 4 Month Update

    4 Months 

    Weight: 16.5lbs

    Length: 27 inches

    Diaper size: 2

    Clothing size: 6 months

    Health: We have our 4 month appointment coming up which means shots :( 

    Sleep: We attempted to nap-train him in his crib but that didn’t go over very well. He fusses then only sleeps for 30-45 minutes so back to the swing he went. He finally has a pretty set nap routine, although times do vary depending on his energy and mood. 

    He wakes up at about 7am, and SOMETIMES he will fall back to sleep in bed while nursing. But since he is a pretty solid night sleeper its not every morning. His first naps have been around 10:30-11 and sleep anywhere from 1 hour to 3 hours. NEVER WAKE A SLEEPING BABY- so I let him sleep as much as he wants. He still takes a couple little catnaps here and there but those last only about 20 - 30 minutes. Then around 3:00 he takes his second nap of the day. Wakes up around 4:00-5:00. Bed time feedings start at 8 so he is usually asleep in his crib by 8:30. He still sleeps though the night but teething is happening so I am sure that will change. 

    We still swaddle him at night but have begun the weaning process. He sleeps with one arm out and doesn’t seems phased at all. Fingers crossed we get the same response when both arms are out!

    Diet: Breast milk and formula. We introduced him to apple juice as suggested by his doctor. We noticed discomfort when trying to poop, so we started giving him about 3 oz of diluted apple juiced. It’s been helping a ton! Plus I think the kiddo likes the taste. 

    Loves: Chewing on everything! Loves to be front facing in his carrier. He is starting to enjoy tummy time which make me a happy mama! Build those neck muscles! 

    Dislikes: Bath time is still not fun. This keep will NOT be the stinky kid in school who doesn’t bathe so we are buying him a new “tub” which hopefully will help and make him feel better. Still not a fan of the car, although we can get about 10 minutes of silence out of him if we bring all 5 million of his toys with him. :p I think he is getting better with his stroller, he seems to not HATE it. I think thats due to the fact that he can actually see whats in front of him now so he is too distracted by his surroundings to get pissy. 

    Milestones: He can push his whole upper body up and wiggle in different directions. I will put him down on his playmat, and 2 minutes later he is on the other side. He taught himself to self-sooth with his fingers. He has also started “talking”. Its crazy cute! He has also started playing with his toys. He recognizes the difference and definitely has preferred favorites.  

    Speech: He will have a full on baby conversation with his toys. I can tell he is going to be a chatter box when he can actually talk. Just like his mama and dada <3 

    Baby Gear Love:

    Sophie the giraffe 

    Infantino Flip Advanced 4 in 1 carrier 

    Jumperoo 

    Fisher Price Kick N Play Crib Piano 

    Camden loves Sophie the giraffe

    Happy 4th of July!! Romper : Sunshine Baby Clothing (THANK YOU!!!!!)

    Camden's 1st MLB game! Nats vs. Mets! We posted this on Instagram and Bryce Harper "liked" his photo so we are pretty excited about that! Hat & Shirt: Carters | Dribble Bib: H&M

    Narwhal Leggings: Maui Bird Co. (THANK YOU!!) | Shirt: Burts Bees Organic 

    Another first! Camden's first Dim Sim! 

    WeeStructed sent me this mommy must coffee mug! I absolutely LOVE it! Raising Tiny Humans is Exhausting (thats for sure!)

    Family day out in the Infantino carrier! I guess he was bored ;P

    Dada and Cam <3 My Boys! Panda harem shorts: Evara Apparel | Dribble Bib: H&M

  • Camden's 3 Month Update

    3 Months 

    Weight: 14.5lbs

    Length: 25.1 inches

    Diaper size: 1

    Clothing size: 3-6 months

    Health: We have been sticking to the same gas-relief routine. Gripe water and leg pumps.

    Sleep: Still sleeping through the night. Bed time feeding begins at 8pm and he is usually swaddled and asleep by 8:30-8:45. He sleeps sound for 10-11 hours. I a one proud mama! 

    Diet: Breast milk and formula.

    Loves: Getting his picture taken, laughing, smiling, tush tickles, sucking on his fingers, coffee dates with mommy and daddy. 

    Dislikes: Still hates the bath and has recently grown to dispise the car seat and stroller. I don’t know what happened but I am hoping its just a phase! Its too hot to wear him around everywhere. 

    Milestones: He can giggle, hold his head up, grab his toys, roll over from front to back. Lets not ignore the fact this this little boy is not so little anymore. He is HUGE! Growing like crazy! 

    Speech: He is starting to coo. I LOOOOOVE it! 

    Baby Gear Love:

    Taggies Toy

    Boon Suds Botte Washer

    Boons Grass Counter Top Bottle Drying Rack

    VonJet Silhouettes and I teamed up to host a giveaway for one of my Instagram followers to win a $100 gift certificate toward a custom silhouette. I was gifted this amazing piece which is SO incredibly special to me. Its of my little Camden as a newborn. We have it hanging in our nursery! 

    Patriotic Babe! Shirt: Macy's | Skinny Jeans: Target | Shoes LBH Creations 

    Too Hot for a shirt! Hat: Stay Cute | Shorts: Macy's | Socks: Carters | Bear: Carters


    His face is something special. Onesie: Likely Baby Story | Shoes: Bina's Blooms | Bun Bun: Sleepy King

  • Lives are changing!

    We are so excited to finally announce our big news! Phil and I are having a baby! Our dream has come true and come April we will be parents! We couldn't be more excited to expand our little family of 3 (including Emily) to 4!

    NYC photographer and good friend, Ross Thompson photographed these lovely announcement photos for us. (Location: Old Town, Va.) Check out his work here! Thanks Ross!! 

    Almost 8 years ago, shortly after Phil and I met, we came across the cutest little baby Vans shoes! I don't even know why, but we bought them. They traveled with us to 7 different homes and 4 different states. Who knew they would actually be apart of our announcement photos so many years later!? Clearly we will be a Vans wearing family. LOL.

  • Summer Blueberry Peach Pie

    Simple and delicious, this pie is the perfect summer treat! 

    You will need:

    Store-bought or homemade pie crust
    3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
    6 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
    3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/8 teaspoon allspice
    3 cups sliced, peeled fresh peaches (about 5)
    1 and 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
    1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
    1 egg, beaten

    Instructions:

    Make the filling by whisking 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the flour, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and allspice into a large bowl. Using a large wooden spoon or rubber spatula, fold in the peaches and blueberries. Set aside.


    Preheat oven to 400F degrees.


    Roll out the chilled pie crust: On a floured work surface, roll out one of the balls of chilled dough (keep the other one in the refrigerator). Turn the dough about a quarter turn after every few rolls until you have a circle 12 inches in diameter. Carefully place the dough into a 9x2 inch pie dish. Tuck it in with your fingers, making sure it is smooth. With a small and sharp knife, trim the extra overhang of crust and discard. Crimp the edges with your fingers, if desired.


    Fill the pie crust with prepared fruit filling. Cut the butter into tiny pieces and randomly place on top of the filling. Set aside.


    Make the lattice crust: Remove the other ball of chilled dough from the refrigerator. Roll the dough out, 12 inches diameter. Using a pastry wheel, sharp knife, or pizza cutter, cut 12 strips about 1 inch wide. I always use a clean measuring tape or ruler as a guide to assure the lines are straight. Carefully thread the strips over and under one another, pulling back strips as necessary to weave. Using a small and sharp knife, trim the extra overhang and clamp down the edges of the dough with your fingers.
    Brush the lattice top with the beaten egg. A very thin coating. Mix the remaining 1 Tablespoon of granulated sugar with the 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Sprinkle over crust.


    Place the pie onto a large baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes. Keeping the pie in the oven, turn the temperature down to 375F and bake for an additional 25-30 minutes. If the top of your pie is getting too brown, cover loosely with aluminum foil or use a pie shield for the edges. I used a pie shield after about 30 minutes.


    Allow the pie to cool for 4 full hours at room temperature before serving. It's a great pie to make 1 day in advance, since it is so juicy - the filling will have time to "set" overnight.

  • 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! 

  • 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!