So You Wanna Shibori?

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This is gonna be short and sweet. If you follow my Instagram stories (which I’m totally touch and go with), you may have caught wind of my shibori attempt. I say, “attempt” because the final product turned out medium in my book of DIY successes; not quite how I imagined, but also, not a total failure.   […]

Jemma’s Nanea Inspired Paper Hawaiian Lei DIY

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Aloha, Nanea! We’ve been anticipating your arrival, and girl, you were worth the wait! From the historical Pearl Harbor scene to the comfort of Jemma’s room, welcome! Yes, it’s true – American Girl has launched a new BeForever doll, Nanea Mitchell, a Hawaiian-American 9-year-old who lives in Hawaii during a pivotal time in American history, 1941. […]

DIY Wall Yarn Thingamajig

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A few weeks ago I saw this pop up on The Paper Mama’s Instagram feed and I so badly wanted attend the Portland craft night. But, alas, Portland is a solid 2 hour drive for me … not home anymore. And so, I was forced to kick off a solo craft night in hopes of […]

Givings Day

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Givings Day – that’s what Jemma calls Thanksgiving. It’s the sweetest and so, I don’t dare correct her. AND, what cute little turkeys ^^^ – Jem asks to make handprint art ALL THE TIME. And well, giant-eyed turkeys were obviously a fitting choice. Anyways, this blog is officially closed for Thanksgiving :) So, go to […]

“Drink Tea” With the Silhouette CAMEO

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I have 4,000 crafts in my mind – all waiting for a free, quiet evening. I doubt I have 4,000 evenings on my horizon, but I did recently have one. So, on that illustrious evening I settled in at the dining room table with my new computer, my new Silhouette CAMEO and a dash or […]

Snail Mail Revival

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Welcome to the August 2014 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Friends This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories and wisdom about friends. *** “The mail! Don’t forget the mail!” It’s a common phrase around here. […]

Max’s Sharktastic Birthday Party

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Guess who is TWO today? The ever adorable and sweetest little chunk, Max Valentine! That’s who! We celebrated Thursday evening with a few little friends at his shark birthday party at a local park. It was practically perfect … It started out blustery – complete with flying away balloons – but calmed down in time […]

How To Plan a Simple Birthday Party

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So, your little one is having a birthday! Are you excited? Stressed? Reminiscent? I’m usually all of the above – excited for a celebration in honor of one of my most favorite people, stressed about the planning and execution of a party, and reminiscent about their actual birth day. Yeah, that last one always gets […]

That Dad Dominic’s Rustic Shelf DIY

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Dominic has finally learned … make something cool, take a photo. Even better, take photos of the process. Without any prompting he sent me photos of the shelves he made. And they’re fabulous! We’ve got a set in our master bathroom and another in the living room and soon, he’ll be following the same process […]

Kid’s Shoe Storage

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Nothing spectacular today, but since it took me forever and a day to come up with this, I figured it was worth sharing.   May I present … what to do with your changing table when it’s no longer needed to change the babies.   Our back-up/second changing table fit perfectly into Jemma’s closet and […]

Homeschool Room Reveal + A GIVEAWAY

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Would you look at this? The school room reveal I’ve been alluding too! Ever since we decided to begin homeschool preschool in January I’ve been eager to have a designated place for our craft and workbook time. We flip flopped our former upstairs office and downstairs play room and now, the traditional bonus/media room is […]