Let’s DIY

Happy Friday friends! I hope the sun is shining where you live and you’re looking forward to a fun weekend ahead! I’m excited because Jeffrey and I are going on a star gazing date: dinner, planetarium and star gazing using a rented telescope. We’re switching off who plans our date each month. This was my month and since Jeffrey loves space, I thought I’d recreate our second date together from college (star gazing in a field with brownies). I probably won’t get any crafting done other than finishing photo booth props for my cousin’s wedding. I’m keeping this week’s Let’s DIY at the top of the list though because each of these have been begging to be made!

DIY Crafts
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Good Morning Beautiful

Good Morning Beautiful

I woke up to this when I was younger. My husband whispered this to me when I was older. Now I greet my daughter with ‘good morning beautiful’ every day. On most days she wakes up to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by The Beatles playing softly on the record player. Mornings are my favorite. The sun streams through the windows in our bedroom at the most perfect angle and the world is my oyster.

Let’s DIY

Whew. This week was a doozie. And I don’t use that word often. I could seriously go for a ‘no responsibilities crafting weekend’ right about now (and a martini for good measure). I’ll just have to sneak in a few projects here and there during nap times for a while, and I’m ok with that. So, what do you say? Let’s DIY!

Simple DIY crafts to make this weekend
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April Goals

April Goals
Happy April everyone! April means ‘play outside every time it’s sunny’ and so we will. Last month I talked about staying busy to help the winter pass more quickly but I think we were too active. March flew by so fast I can hardly remember what happened.

Before getting into my April goals, let’s see how I did on my March goals. We did not meet our goal of 40 days of no spending but spent pennies compared to our normal spending. I have to admit, it didn’t even bother me to not be able to impulsively buy. We were great about putting our wants on a list for later purchasing and the only extras we spent were on entertainment. I wasn’t able to do the full #40bagsin40days straight through but the amount of decluttering and organizing I did makes me proud. [Read more…]

Love Letters Scrapbook

Hello lovers! My husband and I have a lot of letters, cards, drawings and tickets from the past 8 years. I had them all in two shoe boxes that we never looked at. I wanted to be able to have them in a place that was easy to pull out and flip through when I’m feeling especially girly and sentimental. I wanted this book to be all about the contents and not about the stickers, brads, gems and extra goodies I usually put into scrap booking, so I picked up a Smash Book binder from Michael’s and started loading everything in! Our love letters scrapbook is now one of my favorite keepsakes.

Love Letters Scrapbook

The first step was to sort through the most important memories. All of our memories are special but they can’t all fit in one book and I wanted them all in one space (up to this chapter of our lives). The next step was to attempt to put them into chronological order. This was, by far, the most time consuming step of the whole project. I didn’t stress out if I couldn’t remember when something had happened…I’d just throw it in somewhere close to that time period. [Read more…]

Page Turners Book Selection: May

Hello bibliophiles! Lisa and I are so happy to announce our book selection for May! We wanted to give you plenty of time to get your hands on a copy. So, without further ado, our book selection for May is:

Page Turners book club by Expandng & DIY Mama: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

This is Mindy Kaling’s memoir. After reading a few fiction books we wanted to mix in a funny but 100% true story. I’m a fan of most memoirs (Yes, Please, Bossypants and Neil Patrick Harris were awesome) so I’m looking forward to reading another. So hope you’ll join us in reading this! [Read more…]

Lets DIY

It’s FRIDAY! All week has felt like Saturday to me though because we’re on vacation! We’ve gotten lots of projects done, but more importantly, we’ve gotten lots of play time in as a family. We stayed in town and checked out a new park that we’re now in love with. Jeffrey and I also went on a date and found our new favorite restaurant in town! I wish this week could last forever because Soph and I both love having Jeffrey around to play with.

DIY Craft Projects
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Our Montessori Life

We are in the beginning stages of learning the expansive world of Montessori. I wanted to share with you our experience with this way of living and why we’ve chosen to incorporate this lifestyle into Sophie’s childhood.

Montessori Life
A lot of people ask ‘why’ when I tell them about the practices we’re using with Sophie. ‘Why would you put her in a big kid bed at age 15mo?’ ‘Why would you put all of her stuffed animals out of reach in her room?’ ‘Why would you take away toy boxes?’ Our answers: [Read more…]

DIY Easter Bunny Wreath

It’s hard to believe Easter is this weekend! I feel like we just had St. Patrick’s Day and it’s still super cold outside! I usually stick with a happy yellow forsythia wreath for our front door throughout spring but was in a wreath making mood so I whipped up this simple Easter Bunny wreath.

DIY Spring Easter Bunny Wreath
Materials needed:

  • Basic wreath
  • Silk flowers
  • Foam board
  • Mini Easter eggs
  • Pipe cleaners/straw
  • Hot glue gun

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