April 10th, 2013

My little fashionista wore this ensemble to school today, nerd glasses included!


Easter 2013

April 5th, 2013

We hope everyone had a good Easter weekend! I’m here to share a brief pictorial review of our celebration last weekend. We spent the time with family and both kids had so much fun coloring eggs and hunting for them on Easter day.

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This year we tried a few different techniques to color our eggs beyond the traditional method. Tie dyed (egg wrapped in a paper towel saturated with food coloring and vinegar/water mix,) Ombre´ (egg in food coloring/vinegar mix with water add a little at a time to lighten the effect,) and Swirled (vinegar soaked egg swirled in whipped cream and food coloring.) We loved the results of all three, but I’m personally partial to the ombre´ one in the middle. What do you think?

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Driving The Car

March 13th, 2013

I just think there is something completely wonderful about little boys and the way that every surface in a home becomes a road for a car, a track for a train, or a field for a tractor.

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Out With the Old

March 4th, 2013

You may remember way back when I posted Sweet Pea’s Almost Finished Nursery Reveal. If not, you can reminisce here. The nursery was a room attached to the master bedroom of our old house (Oh, how I miss that house!) I think it was technically considered a dressing room, but it was the perfect space for a tiny little nursery so that our new babe could be close to us at night. In addition to a comfy upholstered rocking chair, ottoman and bookshelf, we bought a mini crib that fit just right in the space and was perfect for our miniature little man to start out in.

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But, like most babies, our Sweet Pea is growing into a healthy and happy toddler, which means that mini cribs just won’t cut it anymore. So we listed our precious crib on Craigslist and went out in search of something new to accommodate our big boy. Insert a few tears here. Bu-bye lovely crib!

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We checked around on the internet and realized that we had a few options in the small person bed department. We could get another crib, a toddler bed or a regular sized bed. After some thought, we figured a regular bed would be too big. However, there was a short period of time that we actually considered buying a toddler bed, but we quickly scratched that idea off of the list too because we felt that it would be nice to have our rambunctious dude contained for just a bit longer.

So, after a quick trip to Ikea to peruse their collection, we decided on the budget friendly Gulliver Crib in white and a comfy mattress. (I can’t remember which one. Sorry!)
Here it is all set up in Sweet Pea’s room.

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Lucky for us, this crib will be able to do double duty and change into a toddler bed when the time comes for Sweet Pea to have some more freedom. I figure that will give us a couple more years before he transitions into a big bed. See, there is plenty of room for Sweet Pea to hang out and read. And play. And sleep.

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And even enough room for visitors!

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Did we make the right choice by going with the convertible crib? Would you have chosen a toddler bed from the start and made it work? Let us know in the comments below!

Valentine’s Day Treat

February 14th, 2013

Happy Valentine’s Day, readers! I hope you are having a totally sweet day with your love (or a plain ol’ day doing nothing special if you despise Hallmark holidays.)

For Cupid’s special day this year, Pinky wanted to make her own Valentine’s treats to pass out to her class. So I pulled out my handy dandy computer and loaded up Pinterest so she could search for some “pinspirational” ideas. There were plenty of fun and crafty photos, like this and this. And after what seemed like forever, she decided on this cute idea. The girl is picky. I have no clue where she gets that from…

So, we headed off to the store to grab some supplies. We found Blow Pops for $2.50/25 and a stack of craft foam for around $4. Which means that for around $6.50, we found all of the ingredients for Pinky’s project. Woot!

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When we got home, it was time to get to work. I was in charge of creating the template for the mustaches and lips, as well as tracing them onto the appropriate color craft foam. (By the way, craft foam stinks. Like smells really bad. Eww. I had to take break from it for a bit because I was getting a headache from the stinkiness.)

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Pinky cut out the shapes. Well, at least most of them. I think her hand started to hurt after about 20, so I finished them up for her. Then she had the task of putting all of the face extras on the Blow Pops after I cut a small hole in them with an exacto knife.

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Finally, we glued on some little tags that read “I’m a sucker for you” on one side and “Happy Valentine’s Day (Love) Pinky” on the other.

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She took them to school today, along with a box that we prettied up for her Valentine’s Day exchange, so I won’t know until later if they were a hit or not. One thing is for sure though. Pinky enjoyed them.

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And Sweet Pea wanted to get in on the lollipop lip wearing too!

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