Thursday, July 24, 2014


For the last 3 years we have gone strawberry picking with our good friends and it just gets better each year.  I love eating strawberries warm from the sun, watching Rowe eat to his heart content and then pick and fill up his little container.  Denny wasn't too into the picking ha ha, and it was HOT, so he wasn't too excited about hanging in the sun, but once we sat in the shade he was a happy baby.  
I sure do love traditions.

Monday, July 21, 2014


This is 100% my opinion, BUT... I am sort of a wrapping paper freak (is that too strong of a word?) Well, maybe more of an aficionado (there we go, that sounds much fancier).  I just love good quality wrapping paper with gorgeous unique designs and these stores have just that.

1.  Paper Source-  Ok this is my go to, all-time favorite store.  Their wrapping paper is so perfect for any occasion. 

2.  1973- Their wrapping paper is just plain FUN!  The colors and designs are so exciting and colorful... I want ever single one.

3.  World Market- Not only is their wrapping paper wonderful but they have awesome gift accessories.

4.  Snow and Graham-  Their paper is just lovely.  (oh and their holiday paper...AMAZING!)

5.  Smudge Ink-  Their selection is small but what they do have is so adorable.  I especially love the whale wrapping.

6.  The Container Store- I am semi obsessed with this store for just its organizing options alone, but their gift wrap is awesome!  

7.  Luxe Paperie-  Such luxurious paper (hence the name). 

8.  TJ Maxx or Home Goods-  If you're into cute paper that is cheap, then these are your stores.  They seriously have such awesome gift wrap for such a good price.

9.  Target-  What can't you find here that isn't great?  I mean seriously.  I love their spritz brand, especially their brown craft paper gift wrap.

10.  Dollar stores or Dollar sections-  This can be hit or miss but always give these a once over.  I love finding some cute wrapping for a $1.  

I would love to hear of any other great places!  If anyone knows any...share share!

Thursday, July 17, 2014


Free free free... I love Free.  I love gift tags like these, not only because they are so dang cute, BUT, if you have some old boring wrapping paper, or box, these will spice things up right away!  No one wants an spice-less birthday gift... no one. 

ice cream gift tags - Eat Drink Chic
to and From Gift tags - little paper dog
mint geo gift tags - baby social
happy birthday Hang tags - lula louise 
birthday gift tags - every tuesday

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I have been wanting to make something with tassels and when I saw this blanket at IKEA it all just clicked!  I found some neon pink yarn and I knew they would be a match made in heaven.  This blanket cost me $11, it's a perfect size, soft, and oh so adorable!  I might use it as a throw, or just a fun blanket to lay on at the park.... what do you think?

Read the tutorial after the jump

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


After I made these, I have been looking for my next wood project.  Here are a few painted wood DIYs I found that are just gorgeous.  The only problem is deciding which one to try...

Wood box via Brit + Co.
Gilded Bowls via Julep
Dip Dyed Candlesticks via Almost makes perfect
Hexagon Coasters via Jade and Fern
Geometric Photo Holders via The Crafted Life
Hombre Wood Vases via Design Love Fest

Thursday, July 10, 2014


What is a more classic party decoration than a paper chain?  They are so so simple and any kid can make them.  So I decided to make a more fancy grown up paper chain.  It is STILL so simple but now a little more fun.
 Read all about the tutorial after the jump.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


I have a few favorite holidays, and the 4th of July is one of them.  I love the noise, the excitement, and the patriotism.  It just gets me so giddy.  This year since the 4th landed on a friday we had a long weekend together as a family and it was the best!  I sure do love my little family and getting to celebrate with them.
The 4th consisted of bike rides, parade watching, beach time, friends, bbq and fireworks.  It was your quintessential 4th of July, I couldn't have asked for anything more.  
Saturday we went on a bike ride with friends.  We decided to strap up the kids, bike to a restaurant, get the food to go and eat on the beach.  In theory it should have been the best, but it seemed like everything started out badly.  We had some crying kids, lost shoes, long wait for food, and crazy crowds.  BUT once we sat down to eat everything seemed to fall into place and our dream of the perfect bike ride ended happily ever after.  Dinner at sunset on the beach is dreamy and the food was delish.  Happy, full, and minus one shoe, we had a beautiful bike ride back.  We WILL bike ride again, now that the kinks should be worked out ha ha

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