My little girls love playing together and discovering new ways to have fun. This week we went to the splash pad, ran around the yard, made some yummy snacks, and enjoyed the awesome summer weather. It's been the perfect summer temperature this week; not too hot and not too cold. We live in smaller town and some of our extended family has property; my girls love helping to feed the chickens and running around open fields. One of this week's highlights was shooting some pics for Matilda Jane. Matilda Jane Clothing makes lots of darling outfits that mix and match, and many styles grow with your child such as dresses that can also be worn as tops as a girl gets older. I'll be posting a full Matilda Jane photoshoot soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, how much do you love this hair bow?! My little girl is sweet and sassy, she's just beginning to find her words and share the thoughts that are behind her big blue eyes. I'm loving watching my kids' personalities develop and discovering their interests and personal styles.
Life with kids changes a lot, which you know if you have them yourself. I no longer can run out to do a quick errand without extensive planning and packing for the occasion. Each child usually needs diapers, snacks, and an extra change of clothes, and the day I forget to bring an extra shirt for one of the kids is usually the day I need one. I even ran home from church today because our 2-year-old somehow escaped the house covered in yogurt. Life with kids also includes fun times such as doing creative crafts and watching them learn new things. I love the cozy moments with my kids before bedtime with a book and a favorite stuffed animal. This weekend we ventured out to a local botanical garden, which is always really fun to walk around and enjoy the sunshine. Botanical gardens always have lots of beautiful flowers that sometimes change depending on which season it is when you visit. Our kids love running through the grass and exploring the various trails and avenues throughout the beautiful curated gardens.
Do you have a little princess in your home? These DIY lace crowns made out of stiffened lace are SO fun to design and pretty easy to make! I made these glittery lace crowns for a birthday party and as a fun photography accessory. I expected them to be more challenging, but all you need are the right materials and a warm, sunny afternoon to air dry your homemade crowns. DIY lace crowns are beautifully intricate and delicate looking, and they are completely customizable! You can use wide or thin lace, vintage or modern lace designs, and pointed or rounded lace. I've seen lace crowns with roses around the bottom and other silk flower embellishments. Take your crowns a step further with rhinestone and feather detailing. For my project, I make simple glittery lace crowns with a touch of color and glamour.
Is your family on the go this summer? Do your kids ask you for inspiration for how to fill their summer afternoons? We are excited to share some of our personal Summer Kids' Favorites for traveling with kids, feeding and playtime, hygiene and naturally formulated body care, and more! Also included in our Summer Kids' Faves are best sellers for families with kids and universal necessities for toddlers and babies. Inspire your kids with sensory activities, keep your kids cooler during the summer heat, and make family vacations a little easier with these great summer kids' products!
Kids often like falling asleep to music. I don't mind the occasional request for bedtime music as long as it's not a stalling tactic. However, some songs tend to energize kids before bedtime, rather than making them feel calm and relaxed. Road to Dreamland by Jane Roman Pitt is a great option for bedtime music. This lullaby collection offers jazz flavored bedtime songs that "soothe the souls of the young and old". Titles include Over the Rainbow, Don't Forget, and Nearness of You among others; a selection of cover songs re-done in a jazzy lullaby arrangement.
Liliputi has recently released new designs and updated their Liliputi Buckle Carriers and they are gorgeous! I received a hand-embroidered Liliputi Buckle Carrier in Graphit color from their beautiful Matyo line. I am so impressed with these quality hand-made, organic and ergonomically designed buckle baby carrier which function wonderfully and look beautiful. Liliputi makes baby wearing stylish with their fun designs!
When we moved into our new home last year along with the house we inherited a stack of old tires. We found out it actually costs money to have them properly disposed of or recycled and so they ended up sitting there as an unsightly stack in our backyard. Recently I got inspired to find some creative uses for old tires and it turns out there are all kinds of way you can re-purpose old tires! Here are some of my favorite creative uses for tires. Check out these fun ways to use tires and maybe you'll find your next summer project!
Sometimes you just need a custom made sign. My darling Happy Heart wood wall art started out as an old cabinet door, transformed into a beautiful focal point on my wall. I have a lot of ideas for DIY wooden signs but I had to come up with a way to easily make them. I tossed around the idea of buying a vinyl cutter to make custom stencils but the start-up cost for the plotting machine and the vinyl adhesive material is pretty high. ...Someday, maybe. Anyway, I did find a pretty easy solution to make DIY die-cut stencils for painted wood signs using printer paper, spray adhesive, and contact paper. I'm sure there are lots of ways to accomplish making homemade stencils for painting; this is just the route I went.
Bun Maternity makes darling nursing wear that allows moms to easily breastfeed discretely and stylishly. This universal nursing brand offers tanks, ponchos and hoodies that can be described as nursing wear in disguise, catering to modern moms who enjoy active lifestyles while breastfeeding. I especially love Bun Maternity's soft nursing tanks that come in a wide variety of colors, ideal for layering or a wearing alone on a hot summer day!
Summer is full of fun and excitement for families and this summer Disney offers a bunch of new movies that would be great fun for a family outing. Around here we have a double screen drive-in movie theater where I am hoping to catch a few of these Disney summer releases. Since I have a toddler who loves fish (and water for that matter) I am especially looking forward to seeing the first movie on this list!
Do you ever wonder what your little one is thinking? #ConfessionsOfaWeeOne combines hilarious photos with babies' proposed internal thoughts about life.
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