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Friday, February 10, 2017

What's up February?

I just put the baby down so finally, yes finally! It's quiet around here. Thought I'd take a moment to update the ole blog as I sit here and eat some peanut m&m's. You know I have to say, I feel like February and I had a bit of a rough start here, but things are looking up again and I believe we are going to finish out the rest of the month on a high note. In the past couple of weeks, I've worked on a few projects around the house, a few projects for Valentine's Day and have been keeping my head above water with keeping sane with the girls, and working my business. 

Speaking of Valentine's Day, here's a few projects the girls and I completed:

Faux floral heart wreath for the porch. I should have done a tutorial, but it was a crazy day and I needed to craft something to relax, and give the girls something to do.


Faux flower spring garland


Unicorn Valentine's day card box (tutorial here!)


As far as home updates, we are almost going to be here a year and I feel like I've really been slacking on getting our home furnished and decorated. With a new year upon us and more family coming (like my in-laws) this summer, I really want to make some progress. I recently repainted some white furniture that looked worn like Serena's bedroom set, and have slowly been buying little things here and there.

Gold wire basket (found at Michael's.)


I finally know what direction I'm going towards for the girl's bathroom. I'm going for a mermaid/ocean theme. Makes sense. We live in Florida close to the ocean. I found this gorgeous wall hanging for 50% off at Hobby Lobby. 


Note/picture holder found at Michael's. It came a rubbed sea green, but I painted it white. It's hanging in Serena's room above her keyboard, but I like to use it as a prop as well for my products.


It's getting late here and I should probably get to bed, because we all know Ava is going to wake up in a few hours as she always does. Goodnight all.


Monday, January 23, 2017

DIY Valentine's Day Craft: Fabric Heart Garland


Valentine's Day is around the corner so I've gotten started on bringing out my Valentine's Day decor, and also making some of my own. I'm a sucker for hearts and garland so making a fabric heart garland made perfect sense. Here's how I made it.

Materials needed 
Fabric of your choice
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Hot glue gun
Ribbon of your choice
Stuffing

Special note: This project does require sewing. You can do it by hand but it will probably take you forever...

{Step 1} Select the fabric of your choice. Either free hand a small heart on a piece of paper and cut out to use as your pattern, or google a heart and print it out.

{Step 2} Double your fabric and trace out a heart. Pin those pieces together. It's up to you how many hearts you want to make. The more you cut out the longer your garland will be. 

{Step 3} Sew wrong sides together, then trim leaving a small section untrimmed where you will be turning them inside out. Some people just don't sew a small section where they'll be turning the fabric inside out, but I like to just sew all the way around and just open a small part with my seam ripper. 


{Step 4} After you've turned them inside out, go ahead and iron the little guys. 


{Step 5} Top stitch each heart, but not the opening. This is where you will be stuffing them. You will top stitch this closure once the stuffing is in. After you've top stitched, go ahead and stuff them. It's up to you how puffy you want the hearts. Just play around with it. 


{Step 6} Sew the closures shut. Admire your handy work. 


{Step 7} Unroll your choice of ribbon at the desired length you'd like. Also decide if you want to place the hearts close to each other, or more spaced apart. Place them on the ribbon to get a look before you start gluing. 


All done!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Happy sewing!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Hello 2017!


As my 14 year old would say, "bruh--where do I even start?" I'm like months and months behind on baby Ava updates, life. My mind never shuts off and I don't always have a place to pour out my thoughts. This blog has always been one of my outlets, but always gets put on the back burner. It's a new year which means new changes, so hopefully I'll have more time. As it is, Mariam (baby number 3) starts pre-school this fall. It will be so crazy for me to just have one baby at home. 

the past few months haven't been the easiest pain wise. I still suffer from muscle knot pain off and on and it's looking like a got a new one in my massater muscle, which is the muscle along your jaw. I mean only me right? I don't feel the knot yet, but it hurts like a knot and it's been spasming. So annoying. Other than that, life still trucks along. I'm on a fitness journey again so I've been working out about 5-6 days a week, but fell off the wagon when we went to visit our families in Texas for 10 days. We got back this past Monday. and next week I'll get back to it. I've also been pretty involved with the Junior League so that keeps me busy as well. Business is also trucking along. It's time to get serious again. With getting used to the new dynamic of having 4 girls and hardly sleeping, I felt like I could really just do the bare minimum, but that's going to change this year. 

The girls are doing great. Ava is still not sleeping but hey maybe when she's two right? Haha. More detailed update on her later. 

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas 2016!


I hope everyone had a great Christmas! I know I haven't updated in a while on life, but that post is coming this week. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Honest Thankfulness


With Thanksgiving behind us and entering into this season of gratitude, I’m so thankful for my now four children. I’m thankful every day for them. They are my greatest blessings in life and they give me such joy. With the baby now being 14 months (who needs to be the last baby mind you), I’ve definitely felt myself clinging to her last little baby-ness, which is one of the reasons I haven’t stopped breastfeeding even though I’ve been saying I was going to stop early with her for months.

Being able to nourish my children has been a gift for me. I’ve exclusively breastfed, I’ve formula fed, or done a combination of both at various points in my life. I’ve also breastfed well into toddler hood. I love breastfeeding….It’s a beautiful and natural thing and it gives me great pride to have nourished my babies. Women should be able to breastfeed anywhere and they shouldn’t need to hide, or be made to feel ashamed for feeding their babies. They also shouldn’t be made to feel bad if they’ve formula fed. A mother has to do what’s best for her and her baby. If the baby is being fed, that’s what matters.

Learn more about your feeding options from The Honest Company.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ava's 1 year pictures!



I can't believe I didn't post Ava's 1 year pictures. She turned a year on September 12th and we had just a quiet party at home. My mom and some of H's parents were able to skype in when we sang her happy birthday so that was nice. Currently she's 14 months and I'll be doing an update on her soon. 



Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays.


Super late on this since Serena's birthday was on November 12th. As always it's hard to believe she has turned another year. She's 14 now! I'm so proud of the girl she's turned out to be. First children don't come with a manual, so it's often on a parents mind if they've gotten the child rearing right. Serena is kind, helpful, smart and caring. I think maybe we got some things right. ;)