Garden update + DIY Garden Stakes

May 10, 2017

 

Since we bought our first home last year, Gabe (the green thumb in this relationship) almost immediately put shovel to clay dirt and planted all kinds of fruit trees.  This year, we took advantage of the old garden beds that came with the house and planted even more vegetables and fruits to give our kids a chance to start gardening! You know, that whole fulfilling thing of working with dirt and seeing the work bear fruit;) We made these DIY garden stakes to keep track of the young starts. They are super simple to make, but such a fun gift to give for the green thumb in your fam!

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May Desktop + Mobile Wallpaper Downloads

May 9, 2017

 

I’m so thrilled to be able to share an artist with you today and offer you all some free fancy schmancy desktop + phone wallpaper downloads. Thank you Marina Dunbar! Here is a little bit from her about her process, which I find fascinating…

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The $6 graduation, teacher, and Mother’s Day gift.

May 8, 2017

 

May is always a jam packed month of occasions to celebrate. Graduations, Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation, etc. To be honest, looking at my calendar right now gives me minor anxiety. So many dates to remember! To make sure I was prepared this year, I went ahead and made a whole bunch of these simple and pretty paper wrapped plants to use as gifts for every occasion. These are fun to hand out to your favorite mothers, teachers, and graduates with a personal note.

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Motherhood Hack: Activities for encouraging independence

May 4, 2017

 

I definitely leaned towards the side of being a helicopter parent when Gabriel was little. It was mainly out of fear. Fear of messes, fear of catastrophe, fear of  any harm coming his way. Since my hands are no longer as free as when I had one, I have slowly learned how to accept these little independent initiatives as opportunities for them to come into their own. It’s also been a good exercise for me to understand I am not in control of every situation. I have noticed that when given the chance to try something new, they start to make choices on their own and become more confident about trying new things.

When they grow up, and are on their own I hope they are confident in who they are and the decisions they make as well as being able to bravely determine right over wrong. Since I now have children in all different stages, and 4 out of 5 are experimenting with new ways to be independent, this topic is on my mind quite often. I thought I would share some ways I am encouraging independence in our home, but I would love to hear your ideas as well! Let me know your favorite books, blogs, or resources on this topic!

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Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party

May 2, 2017

Americans love a good holiday. So much so that we will celebrate another country’s! I personally just love a good cultural experience;) Since we have tacos weekly, I embrace Cinco de Mayo with good music, bright colors, and a good helping of tacos! If you are gathering with friends this Friday, here’s an easy way to feed a crowd and liven up your usual table set up…

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Easy Stromboli Recipe

May 1, 2017

I was going to rule out recipe posts here, but I keep getting requests for meal ideas that we feed our big family. So occasionally I will share one, but typically it’s nothing out of the ordinary! My little ones get to request their dinner of choice on their birthday, and Gabriel has requested Stromboli the last few years. It yields a large quantity, is too easy to make, and will become an instant favorite! This recipe was adapted from my dear friend’s mother. She introduced me to Stromboli years ago, and we have made it ever since. Also, do you think there is such a thing as non-awkward making good photos? I’ll keep practicing, promise.

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Weekend Style: Splurge vs. Save

April 30, 2017

 

Gabe surprised me with tickets to see Ben Folds perform with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Ben Folds music was the soundtrack of our dating years and the first dance song at our wedding. We were counting down the days for months to see him live, and guess who got called into jury duty the same date? I almost cancelled the sitter, but held out on the hope he would get off in time. Fighting for time in our marriage is more challenging now than ever, but it always is worth jumping the hurdles. Gabe made it back just in time for us to jet to the city, and we let the music take us back to the start.

Anyways, here are a few weekend style looks I posted on instagram from recent nights, and I thought it would be fun to do more splurge vs. save posts. Let me know if these are helpful at all… READ MORE

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