Jan 31, 2013

DIY Nursery w/ Homemade Decor: Part 1 DIY Crayon Wall Art

With Noah being my first baby, I had plenty of time on my hands to be creative and crafty in his nursery.  Nine long months to be exact.  I spent hours looking through nursery ideas online, browsing pinterest for inspiration, and crafting with my own twist on things. 

The end result was this.  A green, monkey themed nursery, with touches of "mommy" hidden about the room. 

Perhaps the nicest compliment I've ever been given was by our newborn photographer when she came to take Noah's photos.  "This nursery looks like it belongs in a magazine!"  'Holy Geez', I thought, 'Well butter my buns and call me a biscuit, I've outdone myself!'  Don't worry, I didn't let it go to my head, but I was very flattered indeed and excited that someone else appreciated my craftiness.  So I thought I'd share the ideas I found/modified/came up with so that you have inspiration for your very own DIY/homemade nursery too!

DIY Craft #1: Crayon Art

Box of crayons (I got mine at Michael's for $1)
Blank canvas (also purchased at Michael's for around $5)
Hot glue gun

Step 1:  Line up your crayons in rainbow order

Step 2:  Hot glue your crayons to your canvas

Step 3:  Blow dry your crayons until they begin to melt.  You can direct the trickle of wax down the canvas with your blow dryer as well.
(Tip:  Hot wax can fly off of your canvas, so make sure you have the area around you covered by newspaper or some other protective barrier)

And there you are!  For under $10, you have your very own colorful piece of artwork.  Infants love bright colors and it's also a great way for toddlers to learn about the colors of the rainbow.

Let me know how yours turn out!

Check back later for Part 2 of the DIY nursery series, featuring my step by step instructions on make your own alphabet letters!

Simplify your Grocery Shopping

I used to love grocery shopping... and then I had a baby.  Now it gives me anxiety.  Why?...Because who knows when sweet little Noah will decide that the friendly sights and sounds at the grocery no longer amuse him or that the little toys mommy brought from home are a less than satisfactory distraction.  The thought of Noah having a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store is enough to make me want to eat from the canned goods in the back of my pantry for the next 2 months. 

Ok maybe that is a little dramatic.  But seriously, taking an infant, even a gooood infant, to the grocery store can be a daunting task.  In the past I've always carried a scribbled, hurried grocery list, usually consisting of a nice mix of Dan's illegible handwriting and my half thought out items.  With this sort of system, I have often found myself still forgetting items, missing aisles, retracing my steps, and becoming overwhelmed at making sure I get everything I need.  The extra time and stress that kind of grocery trip leads to does not mesh well with a 6 month old.

So in an effort to simplify and streamline my grocery shopping experience as much as possible, I created a handy little pdf. to share with you all.  It's divided into the main sections of our grocery store and ordered essentially in the sequence that I hit them.  I also included a meal section (hubby and I plan out our meals every week) to offer little reminders as to what I may need to look for at the store AND for a reference to me and hubby (since we often forget what we planned to eat)! 

Please feel free to use my pdf. or be inspired to create one of your own.  And let me know how it works for you!

Happy Grocery Shopping everyone =)
Grocery List Made Simple

Morning Sunshine

After what has seemed like days of dreary, overcast skies here in Lancaster County, the sun has finally decided to grace us again with its presence.  What a relief too, I for one was beginning to miss it.

So today, amongst many things, I am thankful for the sun.

And I am thankful for the daily reminder of why going part time was the best decision Dan and I  could have made for our family....

Look at the face that I woke up to this morning!  Now if that's not enough recharge you and prepare you for whatever the day has in store,  I don't know what is. 

Good morning everyone!  How did you wake up today?  

Jan 30, 2013

DIY Ribbon Jar

In the spirit of homemade craftiness, I made Noah, affectionately "Noahbear"  a "ribbon jar".  I was browsing Pinterest the other day and came across a similar idea.  The link took me to a website suggesting that I tie ribbon together, glue to the bottom of an unused travel wipes container, and let said child "go to town" pulling out the magical never-ending strand of ribbon.  Perfect! I thought.  This looked simple enough. 

Problem was, my travel wipes container had a hole opening the size of a small fist.  There would be no fun in pulling ribbon through that mammoth sized hole.  So I racked my brain for a different idea and came up with a mason jar, which I have plenty of lying around the house. 

Step 1:
I took said jar and created a cardboard top for it (in place of the metal one). 

Step 2:
I glued some fun baby boy fabric to the top and cut an "X" in the center of the lid for the ribbon to travel through.

Step 3:
I tied together various lengths of colorful, fun ribbon that I had on hand.

Step 4:
I stuffed fun ribbon into jar.

Step 5:
I gave to child (under supervision since strangulation by ribbon is not a fate I wish for my son) and he had a blast.  Look at the face on this kid....

Now that's one happy baby!  Who knew something so simple could be so fun?  Noah loves to play with this 'toy'.  He grasps the concept of "if i pull, something new will pop through that little hole!"  And it's adorable to see his face light up each time he does it.  You can't beat $0 baby toys =)


How Appropriate for the First Day of my Blog!

My hubby and I try to make dinnertime a place and time where we can catch up with eachother on the day's activities.  It's share time.  We share what we did during the day, what made us laugh, funny things we heard on the radio, silly Noah things, etc, etc.  Tonight my husband decided to share with me a video that his sister had shared with him.  You may have seen it already, it's called "A Pep Talk from Kid President to You."  It is currently trending on a lot of social media sites, but incase you haven't seen it yet, here is the link


Did you watch it?  Did you get chills?  I know I did.  First things first, how cute was that kid?  I mean seriously, he was perfect.  But that 3 minute video was so powerful, and the message it was delivering is one that every single person can identify with.  As he said, we've got "air coming through our nose" and "a heartbeat" so go out into the world and "be awesome", "give the world a reason to dance".  And perhaps my most favorite message; that little child reminds us that we are all on the "same team". 

Such simple truths.  So this blog is my way of "doing something".  And from this day forward, I'm going to remind myself that I am on the same team as every person I meet.  If this means waiting an extra second to hold the door open for the person behind me or letting someone out in front of me while driving or taking the time to wish the cashier a good day, I will be "awesome".  And I am sure I will be a happier person for it.