May 22, 2015

Tulle Hair Bows For Girls

buttons, tulle, hot glue, hair clips

I have an obsession with tulle.  So I thought I would use some of the tulle around my house.  Actually, put it to good use.  I ran across a blog post that was all about making tulle bows and I thought I would give it a shot.  

They are so easy!  I want you to believe me too.  I have NEVER made a bow for my daughter's hair.  Never.  I always thought it was easier to buy them.  Ok it might be slightly easier to buy them, but honestly I pumped out 12 hair bows in under 2 hours!  That is less than 10 minutes per bow!  The other perk was that I had every single supply at home.  

This post contains some affiliate links, which means if you purchase the items using some of the links then I will be paid a small commission.  However, every item I talk about in this post I truly love and use often. 

Supplies needed: 

  1. Like I said before, I followed the link above for the tutorial.  If you want to make bigger bows then wrap the tulle around four fingers (like the tutorial shows).  The smaller bows that I made were wrapped around 2 fingers.  I did this so Hannelore could use the bigger bows and the baby could have a matching bow that was smaller for her head.  
  2. The next step is the same as the tutorial as well.  You will wrap a thin piece of tulle around the bow and tie a knot in the back to secure the bow.  Don't pull the tulle too tight or it will break.
    buttons, tulle, hot glue, hair clips
  3. If you like the way they look without a button on the front then you can stop there.  Or you can add something to the front to spice it up.  I did it both ways, depending on how the front looked.  If you want to add a button then you will hot glue the button to the front. 
  4. Next, take you clip and wrap it with ribbon using hot glue.  I like to wrap the front and back of the clip with ribbon.  I also carry the ribbon piece to the inside of the clip.  That way it is soft against the head.  It also helps with the clips not pulling any hair. 
  5. Lastly, hot glue the ribbon wrapped clip to the back of the bow.  
    buttons, tulle, hot glue, hair clips
Like I said these are so simple and so very quick.  I was very surprised how fast I got done with making this cute things.  Hannelore is so excited to have matching bows with baby sister too!  

I plan on making more bows with different material so check back in the months ahead. 

buttons, tulle, hot glue, hair clips

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May 21, 2015

Family Survival Kit Baby Shower Gift

I have so many friends that are having baby's right now.  It is so exciting, but it can always be hard to come up with a fun gift to give at a shower.  I have done the "favorites" gift so much that I had to come up with something else.  

I thought about doing a mommy survival kit, like the ones you have seen all over Pinterest.  Then I started thinking about it.  The baby is such a great blessing, but wow that little baby can turn the family upside down for a bit.  The baby changes the whole family.  That's when I decided to do a family survival kit instead.  

It is a really simple gift and can be very inexpensive if you want it to be!  You will need one gift for every member of the family (including the new baby).  You could also do a combined kids gift if the family has a bunch of kids already or if you have NO idea what to get each of the kids.

Gift suggestions: 

For mom:

  1. Spa gift certificate (more of a splurge) 
  2. Body lotion
  3. Mom's favorite treat and/or drink
  4. Book
  5. Bath soak and face mask (what I went with)
For dad:
  1. Dad's favorite treat and/or drink (what I went with)
  2. Movie
  3. Redbox gift certificate
  4. Book
  5. Gift card to iTunes or Google Play
For kids:
  1. Their favorite treats
  2. If you decide to give one gift to all the kids you could do a game
  3. If you decide to give one gift to all the kids you could do a Redbox gift certificate 
  4. Their favorite toy or type of toy (what I went with)
  5. Movie for all the kids to enjoy
For the baby:
  1. Wipes
  2. Diapers
  3. New clothes
  4. Blanket
  5. PJ's (this is what I went with because I am seriously in love with these PJ's...they are the best)
After you have all the gifts then you can tie them with tulle or ribbon (see examples above) or leave them plain as well.  I did the girl's gifts with tulle and the boys didn't have anything attached to them.  
Next, attach the gift "labels".  I have 3 "For" labels for the individual kids' names or you can write "Kids" if you are giving them one combined gift.  

Click the image to download the printable without the watermark.

Lastly, you can group all the presents together in a cute basket, a container the mom can use for baby items after the baby comes, or in a bag (like seen at the top of the post).  Attach the printable below to whatever container you choose. 

Click the image to download the printable without the watermark.

I have given this gift to a few friends now and every time I do I get comments from the mom to be and shower guests.  Everyone loves this idea.  I hope you love it too! 

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May 20, 2015

Creating My Own Exercise Program

time, frequency, intensity, biking, walking, running

I am excited to announce another contributor to my blog.  This contributor is different than the rest because it is my dad.  Therefore, he is not a female.  However, he is one of the most inspirational people I know and I want him to share his knowledge and inspire all of us!  So welcome my dad, Randall, as our newest contributor.  He will not disappoint!

“How do I start my own exercise program”? This is the question that is often asked me, by my patients. 

The body is only able understand three different types of stress. The acronym that I used to explain this is FIT after all that is what we want to become fit. F. I. T. Each letter stands for a different type of stress. F stands for frequency, I stands for intensity, and T stands for time. 

May 19, 2015

A Frozen Birthday Party for a 3 year old

 Anna, Olaf, food, Sven, sandwiches

My daughter had her third birthday party last month.  In January I started asking her what kind of party she wanted.  She kept saying Frozen.  I kept giving her other suggestions.  I know I am a bad mom.  I just felt like the Frozen thing had been done too much and I wanted to do something different.  Then I realized it was not about me.  She wanted a Frozen birthday party and a Frozen birthday party she was going to get.  

May 18, 2015

Natural Makeup Look

makeup, natural, summer, outdoors
This post is written by beauty/makeup contributor, Danielle!  I don't know if I have announced this yet, but Danielle is due the same day as I am with her first baby!  She is also having a girl!  We are very excited for her and her husband Shawn!

When I think a natural makeup look, I think a fresh look with beautiful neutrals that can be worn on any occasion. This month I'll be sharing my idea of this with you all. Some great things about this natural look is that its easy, quick and can be spiced up with a bright lip for summer if wanted. 

May 14, 2015

Note to all moms

Mother, Daughter
Mother's Day 2015
I hope all of you mothers had a wonderful Mother's Day.  I wanted this post to go live on Monday, but I gave myself Mother's Day off.  I did not do a thing when it came to work or my blog.  I relaxed and enjoyed time with my family.  Then on Monday I was going to finish this post, but I got a migraine that is beyond description on Monday.  Since the migraine was so bad it lingered into Tuesday and then Wednesday I worked all day.  So here it is Thursday and I am finally getting this post up.  Such is life right?!

May 13, 2015

Tips and Tricks when doing wood crafts

wood crafting, tips, tricks

Wood crafts are so fun and make rooms so interesting and inviting.  I love wood crafts because they are durable and long lasting.  However, many people are intimated by them.  There is no need to be intimidated by them....I promise.  I am going to give you some tips and tricks in this post to help you overcome the intimidation. 

May 7, 2015

BabyLit books are the best board books EVER!

kids, reading, Anna Karenina, Jane Eyre, The Jungle Book, Wizard of Oz, Sherlock Holmes, Moby-Dick, Huckleberry Finn, Jabberwocky

I received two free board books from BabyLit in exchange for writing a review on the blog.  Although this post is sponsored, all my opinions are my own.

I am so excited for this post today!  I am sure if you have been around my social media or been a reader on my blog since the beginning then you have heard about my love for BabyLit books.  I bought Hannelore's first BabyLit books for her first Easter.  Her first BabyLit books were Jane Eyre and Alice and Wonderland.  She immediately loved them (and so did her mom).  Alice and Wonderland is a color primer.  She loved all the colors!  Jane Eyre is a numbers primer.  Although she couldn't count when she was as young in the picture below, she will basically read Jane Eyre herself and count on each page now.

Stay Sane Cleaning Series Step 9: Empty Trash Cans

How is everyone doing on their cleaning schedules?  Do you feel like you have more control over your homes and the clutter inside of them?  The next step in the cleaning series is emptying the trash cans.  It is under the weekly steps instead of daily.  

May 5, 2015

8 Mother's Day Ideas

Mother's Day is right around the corner!  So I have compiled a list of ideas that you can use as inspiration if you still haven't gotten Mom something or if you want to make the day just a bit more special.  

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