Every now and then you just have to throw your hands up in the air and say, “It’s time to make something pretty!” You know, just for the heck of it.
This week I decided to make something pretty: Easter egg flowers. Because eggs are an obvious choice for a flower vase and P.S. ranunculi flowers are in stock at local florists (happy day!).
I love spring (it still doesn’t beat fall in my bias opinion) but I do love when we turn a corner, wave goodbye to cold days, and I start to pretend I jog again. Spring is the prefect time to freshen up your yard, home, and self (I’m talking to you arm-pudge). So in the name of fresh and pretty here is a little DIY Easter egg flower photo shoot for your viewing pleasure!
Liam knows how to use a camera remote (#BloggerKids). The other day I had my tripod/camera set up in Charlotte’s room and while I snuck off to nurse that little Char-pudge, Liam seized the opportunity to take a few selfies. Finding these on my camera was the sweetest of surprises.
Last week Liam turned 3 and I felt very reflective and emotional about this whole mothering business. He has grown into a little boy who is mischievous and demanding. Someone described it as threenager and I think that is an absolutely perfect description of this age. But Liam is not only demanding chocolate for breakfast and refusing to put cloths on (hence his naked chest). He is also the sweetest cuddler and still loves to snuggle even more than Charlotte.
I love having conversations with Liam. He speaks so well and enjoys telling me all about Iron Man, blowing bubbles, and playing with his “buddies” (what he calls all of his friends).
Liam lies on top of my laptop (while I work) and requests we watch movies and cuddle. He helps me make chocolate-chip cookies and cracks eggs for scrambled eggs.
He’s sassy and sweet and exhausting. And I love him.
For years (and I mean years), since I was a freshman in college I have been on the lookout for an affordable and industrial-looking clothing rack. You know the one’s I’m talking about. That cool metal clothing rack you see in Brooklyn loft apartments or in the background of an IKEA photo shoot. They’re very cool and kind of hard to find. I wanted one that was the perfect size for Charlotte’s room…A little clothing rack that she could play dress-up with or that I could display all her pretty clothes on. So instead of continuing my futile search I just made a DIY clothing rack of my own! Pat yourself on the back you DIY-er, you.
And I’m not stingy when it comes to my good ideas (wink wink). You too can make a DIY clothing rack by following this clothing rack DIY tutorial over on HGTV Design Happens!
St. Patty’s day is almost here! And, though I always imagine that I would be a terribly fun drinker, as a non-alcohol-consuming partier photo booth backdrops are about as crazy fun as it gets for me. This St. Patrick’s Day will be all green and rainbows and pots of gold, which is why I am up-cycling my green triangle backdrop from this party to be a centerpiece of our St. Pat party! As it turns out, paper triangles are simple to make and easy to transform into a triangle backdrop. Who would have thought, right?!
Before we get started, don’t forget to check out my Blentec Giveaway! It ends Friday so hurry and enter to win a $650.00 blender!
Supplies you will need:
- Cardstock paper in varying shades of green (you can find dozens of free triangle patterns online. I used this one. Print this pattern on your cardstock).
- A hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Step 1: Begin by cutting out the triangle pattern from each paper. I printed and cut a variety of triangle sizes.
Step 2: On the triangle pattern you will notice extra tabs—these are used to glue all of the triangle sides together. To insure that there is room for each tab inside the triangle, cut the corners off each of the tabs.
Step 3: Next, fold on all of the lines (tabs and triangles).
Step 4: Then glue all of the triangles together by putting hot glue on the tabs and sticking them behind the adjacent triangles. This will create a 3D triangle!
Step 5: Finally, tape all your triangles to your backdrop surface! A white wall works perfect.
Raise your hand if you can’t shake off this winter cold (I’m raising both hands in the air signalling a resounding surrender). It’s time for sniffles and snot to back their mucus-covered bags and go. That was a surprisingly irked and visual descriptive sentence. No more snot visuals I promise.
In an attempt to kill this coughy-cold I have been a green smoothie freak lately. For most of my adult life I crafted a spinach smoothie concoction every morning for breakfast and have burned out a few blenders in the process. This month I have doubled tripled the kale and spinach because all hail kale! Also I have to wear a swimsuit in public in the near future and it’s about time I shed some winter layers of cushion .
My favorite blender, hands down, is my Designer Blendtech. I put whole apples in that bad-A blender and it blends them up to a smoothie oblivion. In a fire I would save (in order) 1. Children and Husband, 2. Dog, 3. Photos, 4. Blendtec. Okay that may have been a bit dramatic, but I love this blender.
And guess what? I am giving you the chance to love one too! I’m talking Blendtec giveaway time!!! Yep you can win a Blendtec of your own! Simply enter below:
Giveaway end Friday, March 13th at 12:00PM MST! GIVEAWAY CLOSED…winner has been contacted via email!
And hopefully with this cold on the mend I can bring you some really fun St. Patrick’s day crafts the rest of the week!
Social media is kind of a hot topic (not like the store Hot Topic) and is controversial at times (just like the store Hot Topic). It’s true…we all seem to have an opinion about social media and why’s it gotta be so angst-ridden? As a blogger and a business owner who is busting her tushy to make the paper I appreciate the free-marketing aspect social media provides. It is free, but it is also SO MUCH WORK to grow an authentic and meaningful following on social media. I mean, I really want to offer a beautifully curated experience on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook (click on those links for pretty pictures ). I want people to love what I have worked hard to create!
There are a lot of mixed messages about social media too. It’s cool to be on social media, cool to have tons of followers and friends, and yet it is simultaneously cool to not be on social media at all (I’m talking to you George Clooney). Then there is the debate about whether we should even care what’s cool and not. Social media keeps family and friends in touch, helps business boom, but then there is also a very creepy catfish crazy people side to social media. Eek.
When it comes to social media I fall in the middle…meaning I love it for some reasons and choose to not let it mean too much to me or my happiness. Basically here are my rules:
- My happiness and self-worth are not attached to social media
- Social media is not a diary…I don’t talk about the things that are private or off brand
But that’s not all…I have more to say about social media (and don’t we all?) here on The Neighborhood! Check it out and let me know what you think about social media!
This flower ball pendant that I created for Charlotte’s room is the perfect combination of quirky and adorable. I love how it adds a fresh little bloom in her space. It’s very simple to make but has a big impact on any space and would be the perfect addition to a party or wedding. Flower ball pendants just seem pretty enough to liven up anything, anywhere. Wanna make one with me?
Supplies you will need:
- Styrofoam ball in the size of your choice
- Silk artificial flowers
- Hot glue gun and hot glue
- Pushpin or nail
- Fishing wire
Step 1: First you need to transform that Styrofoam ball into a flower ball. Begin by removing the stems from all of the silk flowers. Then, at the base of the flower, apply a generous dab of hot glue and insert the flower into the surface of the Styrofoam ball. I usually hold the flower onto the ball until the hot glue is dry to insure that the flower is securely attached.
Step 2: Second I repeat step one with the rest of the flowers. I wanted an eclectic mix of flowers, textures, and colors so my flower arranging was a bit random. I love how it turned out but you can go with any combination of flowers and colors that you can dream up!
Step 3: For the final step you will need to create a way to secure fishing wire to the flower ball so that you can hang it up. For a small ball a pushpin would work or for a bigger ball I used a nail. Simply tie the end of the fishing wire around the nail or pushpin and then push the pin/nail into the flower ball. For extra strength you can add hot glue to the pin/nail before inserting it into the Styrofoam ball.
Now hang that baby up and you’re ready to party party party pretty flower ball style!
Time for a little Charlotte update I think. It’s remarkable how much a baby can change and grow in a month. Yesterday Charlotte rolled over onto her tummy and started tucking her knees under her belly like she was just ready to inchworm her way around. We may have an early crawler and I have mixed feelings about this. Almost time to break out the baby gates and cupboard locks again! She is also a morning person (I also have mixed feelings about her being an early riser as I am a “late to bed, late to rise” kind of gal) and wakes up every morning with a gummy grin, chattering away about important baby things.
This month Charlotte…
- Started giggling whenever Liam kisses her face. Or more accurately, she laughs at Liam no matter what he does. She thinks he is hilarious. And he is.
- Just realized she has a tongue. All day she sticks out her little tongue so proud of her new discovery.
- Talks and talks and talks. Sometimes I feel guilty for not intently listening to everything she has to say, but after 45 minutes of her sweet soft voice chatting it up, I sometimes need to break for a pee trip and then it is back to our fun little conversation. My favorite is listening to her different types of talk. Sometimes she furrows her little brow and talks in a deep and serious tone. She is no doubt telling me something very important. And then sometimes she talks so soft and sweet (usually talking to her hands, because they are good listeners I suppose) that my heart just melts.
- Continued to suck on her chubby little fingers making all kinds of squeaky noises.
- Loves watching me work. She helps me craft and blog and even do laundry. She mostly dictates and is the best kind of company.
By now you know that I love to throw a good party. And I’m starting to get the hang of what works and what flops at an event. It didn’t take me long to discover that my favorite part of the party was the photo booths. Photo booths just make so much sense at a party…they make it easier to capture the fun without having to carry around a camera. Everyone lets loose at a photo booth and gets to capture rad moments forever. For-ev-er!
Which brings me to my very exciting and important point: I now own a photo booth business of my own called Salty Booth! I am so proud of this little venture and even more excited at the potential to capture your parties!
Salty Booth is an open-concept photo booth that takes high-resolution images. We offer custom photo backdrops, party-perfect props, and various printing options (either as 4″X6″ images or those adorable photo strips that you love)!
I co-own the company with my girl Melissa, and we would love to bring the pic to your par-tey!
Charlotte’s nursery is one of my favorite spaces in my home. Partially because it is a room where I could go 100% girl without my husband starting to wonder why all the walls are looking particularly pink. To his credit, however, he is pretty patient with whatever house project shenanigans I am up to. A pink kitchen probably wouldn’t faze him, but I’m not that big of a lunatic to paint my kitchen pink .
What I love about the paint and woodwork in Charlotte’s room is the total transformation. Adding the perfect shade of pink and the detailed woodwork beadboard makes for a remarkable conversion into the loveliest of little girl spaces. I couldn’t have made this transformation happen without the help of Home Depot. If you check out their blog, The Apron, you can read more about my post: How To Install Beadboard for your own home. Home Depot is where I go for home improvement projects, gardening, party supplies, and free therapy. They are my happy place.
Looking at the before pictures I can’t believe how dull and random the nursery was before! The finished product, however, was fit for our little queen Charlotte. Creating this lovely space was a pleasure. You can read more about this little makeover here: