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Practical Ways To Pamper Yourself As A Mom

Practical Ways To Pamper Yourself As A Mom

Moms handle so many tasks and need breaks too! I most enjoy pampering myself in ways that practical, beneficial, and enjoyable. Here are 4 practical ways you can pamper yourself as a mom!

American Girl Fashion for Dolls & Girls

American Girl Fashion for Dolls & Girls

These coordinating outfits from American Girl are such a beautiful gift idea that any girl will love! American Girl is one of those brands that I know I will find something I love every time I browse their catalog or website. My daughter looks so pretty in her matching dress with American Girl doll Maryellen.

No-Sew Toddler Tutu

No-Sew Toddler Tutu

My little girls have always loved tutus and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they are to make! DIY tutus are fast and simple to make out of tulle and these fun sparkly skirts are perfect for dress up, a party, just for fun, and toddler or baby milestone photoshoots. You can easily make a no-sew tutu for your own baby or toddler even if you don’t have any sewing skills or sewing equipment. All you need is a few colors of tulle, a length of elastic and scissors!
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Beauty & The Beast Rose & Mirror Craft

Beauty & The Beast Rose & Mirror Craft

Any little princess will love our DIY enchanted rose and magic mirror craft inspired by Beauty & the Beast! Easily make these fun princess essentials using cardboard, tin foil, a mason jar, and basic craft materials you already have at home!

Fun Kids’ Indoor Activities for Long Winter Days

Fun Kids’ Indoor Activities for Long Winter Days

Mix up the coolest homemade sparkle play dough ever with glitter and soap fragrance or essential oils! Don’t miss our top pics for indoor interactive kids’ activities.

Sweet & Whimsical Little Girl Fashion

Sweet & Whimsical Little Girl Fashion

We know all about little girls around here. My girls love ruffles, dressing up, and accessorizing with flower headbands. They need no convincing to try on new outfits unless my youngest is feeling particularly partial to her beloved purple tutu. If so, good luck convincing her to change. I’m excited to feature some of the latest fashions from Matilda Jane Clothing’s Once Upon a Time collection and our tips for how to make easy DIY Flower Headbands!

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How to Grow Flowers & Tame Curls in Winter

How to Grow Flowers & Tame Curls in Winter

Little girls come with lots of personality, interests and preferences, and heads of tangled hair. My little girls wake up every morning with huge teased bedhead hairdos, so we start the morning routine with brushing out their locks. Don’t miss our simple hair tips and little girl fashion picks!

How to Clean Cloth Diapers

How to Clean Cloth Diapers

Washing cloth diapers is actually quite simple. Just as many families’ wash routine for clothing is different, there are many different ways to wash cloth diapers.

Essentials for All Diaper Bags

Essentials for All Diaper Bags

Moms know, stuff seems to pile up with each kid that you add to your family. The most intense stage for me is the baby stage, when you have to carry all of the baby’s things AND carry the baby. My 12 month old is so close to walking and once that happens I will feel like I’ve finally “arrived” in some ways. My baby boy is so eager to be able to get around on his own. Up until baby begins to crawl or walk and even after, there are lots of essentials that you need to bring with you everywhere you go. After experiencing all the happenings that come along with having 3 kids, here is my list of diaper bag essentials for covering your bases without bringing too much along.

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Cool Stuff for Girly Girls

Cool Stuff for Girly Girls

Little girls bring with them lots of love, emotions, affection, tutus, and enthusiasm for accessorizing and creating pretty things. Here are some fun outfits, accessories, and toys that were designed especially for little girls!

Forever & Always DIY Wood Wall Art

Forever & Always DIY Wood Wall Art

Easily make custom wood wall art with just a few easy steps. I’m excited to share with you my homemade shabby chic wood wall art tutorial!

Mommy Wish List & Holiday Gift Ideas

Mommy Wish List & Holiday Gift Ideas

In my family, I’m most blessed when I see my kids enjoy something I did for them or with them. I love doing crafts with my girls and hanging out in the evenings with my husband, watching Netflix. I honestly don’t feel like I need many gifts because I’m already so blessed by my babies’ smiles and giggles and warmth of my home. I enjoy cooking and cleaning (when I feel especially motivated) and I love decorating in ways that are kid-friendly, easy, and pretty. My favorite colors are dusty aqua and lavender and I love dressing up my girls in cute little outfits. I have 3 healthy kids under the age of 5 (and I wouldn’t mind having another) and I’m a stay at home, work from home mom who enjoys drinking lots of coffee — God has blessed our family much more than we deserve. What more could I wish for? So I when I say, “here’s my Mommy Wish List for the holidays!”, I just mean these mommy gift ideas are fun extras for stylish home decorating, luxurious products for making a mommy feel pampered, and fun toys that enhance a mom’s hobbies of photography and coffee drinking. (yes, I’m my family’s resident barista!) I’m sure you’ll find something you love on my gift list for moms!

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Lookbook! Joanna Gaines’ Sweet Collab with Matilda Jane Clothing

Lookbook! Joanna Gaines’ Sweet Collab with Matilda Jane Clothing

Darling Matilda Jane Clothing fashions for girls that were designed by HGTV’s Fixer Upper star Joanna Gaines are now officially available! You can find the 2016 Matilda Jane holiday lookbook here!

Busy Mommy Purse Essentials

Busy Mommy Purse Essentials

I’m always on the lookout for natural products that work well. I’m excited to share a wonderful deodorant that not only gets the job done but it has all the properties that I look for in natural odor protection.

Disney’s Moana Coloring Pages

Disney’s Moana Coloring Pages

If your family enjoys Disney movies, you are probably looking forward to the next Disney creation coming to theaters November 23rd, the first Disney princess story starring a Polynesian princess named Moana. We hope you also enjoy these fun printable Disney Moana coloring pages!

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How to be Naturally Glamorous

How to be Naturally Glamorous

Glamour is even more attractive when achieved naturally with wholesome and rejuvenating solutions. For kids especially, it’s important to teach habits that limit chemical intake and that nourish naturally.

Fabulous Fall Fashion for Kids

Fabulous Fall Fashion for Kids

I teach our girls that they are most beautiful when they are kind, gentle and generous, but it’s lots of fun to dress them up too! Here are some of our latest findings for little girl fall fashion!

Healthy Homemade Baby Food with Raw Ingredients

Healthy Homemade Baby Food with Raw Ingredients

On busy days is definitely tempting to throw a bunch of junk food in your grocery cart that doesn’t require cooking or peeling. It’s also tempting to buy your baby those tiny tubs of baby food, and I have bought them on several occasions. The other day I loaded 10 tiny tubs of baby food into my shopping basket, only to look down and evaluate the small amount of baby food I was paying $12 for. I put the baby food tubs back, went to the produce aisle, and instead spent about $15 on a whole acorn squash, a bunch of bananas, several sweet potatoes, apples, and whole carrots. I got a lot of fresh produce for my $15 and best of all, my baby got to enjoy healthy baby food purees that were straight from raw fruits and veggies packed with nutrients and even a little fiber. Happy baby!

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Green Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Green Kitchen Cleaning Tips

The kitchen is the most popular place in the house and the messiest. Our Eco-friendly cleaning tips can help you minimize germs and go green in your kitchen.

Homemade Salt Playdough for Kids

Homemade Salt Playdough for Kids

Homemade salt playdough is super easy to make and lots of fun to play with. You can jazz up basic playdough with fragrance, glitter, and even tiny beads for extra fun sensory sculpting.

My Hospital Bag Checklist

My Hospital Bag Checklist

With just 2 weeks left until my due date things are getting a little crazy around here. We’ve already had one false alarm where we thought maybe Baby Girl was coming a little too early. Thankfully she’s stayed put a while longer but the false alarm (and the fact that my first baby came fast and early) made me realize I really need to get things in gear and be prepared! I’m so relieved to have my baby girl’s nursery completely finished and ready to welcome her home but now I need to get myself and my hospital bags ready to dash out the door if necessary. With my first baby I definitively over packed so this time around I’ve scaled it down to the things I really will use and yet I like to be well prepared so I didn’t go completely minimalist. Here’s a look at what I have in my ready-to-go hospital bag the second time around and some tips for packing a hospital bag for yourself.
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Rejuvenate Your Skin Every Day

Rejuvenate Your Skin Every Day

A gentle natural sunscreen and sunglasses go a long way towards preventing wrinkles. You can easily take care of your skin in every aspect of your beauty routine!

Luxurious Organic Skincare

Luxurious Organic Skincare

Treat your family to luxurious natural ingredients that will sooth and moisturize sensitive skin. I love discovering 100% natural & organic solutions that are free from chemicals and gentle enough for babies!

Tissue Paper Butterfly Sun Catchers

Tissue Paper Butterfly Sun Catchers

We made these beautiful butterfly sun catchers to catch the summer rays. My 4 year old loved meticulously gluing the tissue paper shapes onto the card stock outline. She’s into anything crafty, especially if she can do it herself!

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Baby Girl Nursery Tour

Baby Girl Nursery Tour

Welcome to my baby girl’s nursery! We put our love, time, hard work and thought into creating a cozy, safe and beautiful space to care for our little girl and welcome her into our home.

Silky Smooth Hair Tips

Silky Smooth Hair Tips

With two toddlers and a baby, I’m lucky if I even get a morning glance in the mirror. I’m excited to share how I keep my morning makeup and hair care routine simple and effective.

Bella B Body Care Review

Bella B Body Care Review

Bella B Bodycare is an all natural line of body care products created especially for mom and baby. I have used some of their natural skincare products designed especially for expecting moms and I received a set of Bella B Bee Gone Cradle Cap Shampoo and Bella B Silky Hair Conditioner which I’ve loved using for my little boy! Founded in 1999, Bella B is committed to crafting safe and natural products made with organic ingredients for both babies and mothers during and after pregnancy.

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Back To School Fashion Essentials

Back To School Fashion Essentials

It’s almost time to put the flip flops and sandals away and put on shoes that will keep little toes cozy. See our top kids’ fashion picks for fall and back to school.

Fizzy Fruit & Gummy Ice Popsicles

Fizzy Fruit & Gummy Ice Popsicles

Fizzy soda ice popsicles are a fun summer treat for kids! Fill ice pops molds with fizzy soda, fresh fruit, and gummy bears and freeze to make a delicious and refreshing snack!

7 Water Play Activities for Toddlers

7 Water Play Activities for Toddlers

With 2 months to go until my due date and at least a month and half left of summer heat I am trying to thinking of all the ways my toddler and I can stay COOL! Let’s be honest my favorite way to stay cool these days is sitting on the couch in my air-conditioned home eating ice cream. My toddler however LOVES to be outdoors. All. Day. Long. And I love that he loves to be outside, I want to encourage that as much as possible. He also LOVES water. Pools, puddles, drinking fountains, the bath tub, dumping his sippy cup, he’ll do anything to play with water and get him self soaked. We don’t have a pool and so we’ve had to some up with other creative water play ideas for toddlers that will keep my little man entertained and keep us both cooled off. Here are some of my favorite outdoor water play activities for toddlers!

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DIY Boy’s Room Wood Wall Art Sign

DIY Boy’s Room Wood Wall Art Sign

I’m excited to show off my DIY wood wall art! At the end of last year I welcomed my first baby boy, inspiring some boy-themed nursery decor. I took words from Proverbs and painted three slabs of wood with the message “Grow in Wisdom, Grace, Strength and Courage” using custom lettering stencils!

Easy Crafts for Kids

Easy Crafts for Kids

Create a forest themed apple tree craft, make art with gold fish crackers, and whip up glitter goo for sensory play! Kids love creative activities that introduce them to new skills and fun textures!

The Perfect Afternoon Tea Play Date

The Perfect Afternoon Tea Play Date

If you have little girls, you likely know all about tea parties, twirly dresses, and living room fashion shows. Matilda Jane Clothing makes lots of darling outfits for little girls that mix and match, and many styles grow with your child such as dresses that can also be worn as tops as a little girl gets older. I have two girls who can already trade clothes even though they are 2 and 4 years old. Matilda Jane Clothing makes their clothes swapping even easier!

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Fun Uses for Water Beads

Fun Uses for Water Beads

Water beads are a fun kids’ sensory activity that can entertain for hours! These non-toxic balls are fun to squish, squeeze, scoop, and even freeze!

DIY Back To School Ideas for Moms

DIY Back To School Ideas for Moms

Spruce up your work space with a fun and creative pencil holder, custom fabric covered notebook, or washi tape keyboard that you can design to match your own style.

Glittery DIY Tooth Fairy Coins

Glittery DIY Tooth Fairy Coins

My daughter learned about the tooth fairy from an older friend or cousin. Since then, she’s been eagerly anticipating her first tooth falling out. I told her she may have a few years to wait, being only 4 years old. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean we can’t have some tooth fairy inspired fun! These tooth fairy coins are a fun way to use old coins. I’m not sure who carries pennies anymore, since they seem to be obsolete even at garage sales. We found a few around the house that served perfectly for our tooth fairy coins! Using foreign coins would also work well, since many other currencies include tiny coins, perfect for this tooth fairy currency project. The daintier the coin the better!
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Homemade Baby Food with Quinoa!

Homemade Baby Food with Quinoa!

Whip up these homemade baby food combinations packed with wholesome ingredients such as kale and quinoa. This baby food is healthy, delicious and budget-friendly!

Paper Character Puppets

Paper Character Puppets

Kids will have a blast making homemade paper puppets out of their favorite characters! DIY paper puppets are easy to make using any character coloring pages.

DIY Melted Crayon Shapes

DIY Melted Crayon Shapes

Homemade crayon shapes are fun for kids to make and color with afterwards. Making chunky crayon shapes are easier for kids to grasp with their little hands and they won’t break as easily as regular crayons. We made a variety of crayon shapes using melted crayons and small cookie cutters. We even experimented with making layered colored crayon shapes! DIY shaped crayons is a fun afternoon creative project to do with kids.
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Refreshing Summer Beverages

Refreshing Summer Beverages

Beat the heat this summer with these healthy and delicious drinks you can make in your own kitchen with fresh fruit and herbs!

How To Make Lace Princess Crowns

How To Make Lace Princess Crowns

DIY lace crowns SO fun to design and pretty easy to make out of stiffened lace! We made these glittery lace crowns for a birthday party and as a fun photography accessory.

Meet the American Girl WellieWishers

Meet the American Girl WellieWishers

The WellieWishers are American Girl’s newest collection of dolls, designed for girls ages 5 years old and older. These 5 friends each love dressing up, putting on shows, stomping in mud puddles, and being a good friend. We had the chance to check out the WellieWishers dolls Ashlyn and Camille. Each WellieWishers doll comes in a darling outfit that coordinates with their whimsical Wellie boots. I love each doll’s beautiful detailing and these dolls are just as well made as the classic American Girl dolls, with similar hair, faces, and features.
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10 Creative Uses For Old Tires

10 Creative Uses For Old Tires

You can repurpose old tires all sorts of ways. Check out these fun tire planters, shelves, sandboxes and more! Maybe you’ll find your next summer project!

Layered Yogurt Ice Pops

Layered Yogurt Ice Pops

Yogurt ice pops are easy to make and fairly healthy too! All you need is several flavors of yogurt to layer inside an ice pop mold and freeze.

Practical Basics for New Dads

Practical Basics for New Dads

As a busy dad, I am always looking for the next thing to make my life with kids just a little bit easier and simpler. I’ve discovered some simple solutions to help keep your life, car, and stroller a bit more organized so you can easily find the essentials when you need them. Here are my top picks for dads on the go with kids in tow.
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6 Fun Summer Kids Activities

6 Fun Summer Kids Activities

Keep summer break exciting with homemade jello cookies, pool noodle sprinklers, and DIY sensory sugar sand. Kids will love being involved in each project and playing with these fun activities!

5 Sensory Books for Toddlers

5 Sensory Books for Toddlers

Next rainy day, make your own baby board books filled with colorful pages and fun textures. DIY sensory board books make amazing baby shower gifts too!

DIY Chocolate Dipped Goldfish

DIY Chocolate Dipped Goldfish

Get ready for the most delicious snack ever! Combine two of America’s most popular snacks, and what do you get? Chocolate covered goldfish! Make these chocolate-dipped goldfish for your kids, or for yourself. Granted, moms will probably eat most of them. All you need is melted chocolate (in a pot or microwave, take your pick) and a handful of goldfish. Dip each goldfish cracker in melted chocolate, let it dry, and enjoy!

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Homemade Sensory Snow Activity

Homemade Sensory Snow Activity

DIY Sensory Snow is a fun way to have a snow day any time of the year! Homemade play snow is easy to make with a few simple ingredients and encourages hours of sensory play time.

DIY Rhinestone Headbands

DIY Rhinestone Headbands

These rhinestone embellished headbands are super easy to make and cost almost nothing. Glitz up your hairdo for summer with one of these fun customized accessories!