June 13, 2019

Father's Day Gift || DIY

Fathers Day gift DIY

For the second year in a row now, I’ve done this gift idea on Father’s Day for Steve and since it’s his favorite gift to get (I only know this because he told me) I thought I'd share! Especially after hearing over in Instagram that all of you were interested. 

 A personal slide show seems very much, like yeah Steph. I get it. Slide shows are something anyone can put together! 

However for Father's Day, I make sure to keep each photo and the overall theme focused on Steve and his girl (soon to be girls!) Along with a few other ideas to make it fun and surprising for him.  

So below are the 6 categories I set for myself in helping me deicide which photo to use and or take as it makes the entire process so much faster! Easier, and more enjoyable.

|| 6 Photo Categories || 
For Making A Special Father's Day Slide Show

Fathers Day gift DIY

 ||  1  || 
 "Steve & Abby"

Fathers Day gift DIY
 ||  2  |
"Just Abby" photos (Steve's favorite ones)


||  3  ||
3-4 video clips of our favorite moments captured. 
(Our full gender reveal video is here)
Fathers Day gift DIY

||  4  ||
Secretly recreate 3-4 photos from last spring/summer. This could also just be done as a gift too! Side by side comparison shot.
(Warming: it's really fun yet emotional)

Fathers Day gift DIY

||  5  ||
A few candid moments (catching emotion such as laughter here)

Fathers Day gift DIY

||  6  ||
A few favorite family moments/times from the year
(The main focus is fatherhood!)

Fathers Day gift DIY

The Details: Putting It All Together

Organize photos in order from last years June to now.
Add music
Adjust speed
Give your slide show a title
Connect slide show from computer to T.V. using a display adaptor cable
Supply tissues, lots! : )

This project takes me 1-2 hours to complete, although I already have all the images downloaded onto my computer. It's just a matter of dropping them into an album and organizing them. Hopefully this gave you idea on how to create one that can be a bit more personal, emotional, surprising, and fun!

Happy Father's Day weekend to you and your man.

Warmly, Steph








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June 4, 2019

Abby's 3rd Birthday PAWTY


Birthday Pawty
Birthday Pawty
Mint tableware C/O Ellie & Piper
Birthday Pawty
Hooray plates sold out (these are similar) C/O Ellie & Piper ||  Pink napkins C/O Ellie & Piper || Mint green cutlery set C/O Ellie & Piper


Birthday Pawty
Birthday Pawty
Birthday Pawty
 Cake name topper C/O Modern Birch || Pink cake stand
Birthday Pawty
Birthday Pawty
"Let's Pawty" Balloons C/O Ellie & Piper
Birthday Pawty
Abby's Great Grandma : )

Birthday Pawty
For the theme I kept it very minimal only because I'm 37-38 weeks pregnant and needed to simplify everything. (Balloon arch was a great easy decor pick!) The invitations and gift bags included dog images and stickers along with inviting the kids favorite "dog stuff animal" and real family dog to the party. It was so much fun to have a handful or sweet pups running around our backyard with the kids. Plus, family really enjoyed being able to bring there dogs while we supplied doggie treats and dog bones. 

 In all, I can't believe we have hit the milestone of a BIG THREE year old little girl in our household! Time is quickly pulling us by and it feels very serial to be celebrating her while also days away from her sister arriving. The emotional hormonal mess that this brings should never be allowed for any pregnant mama! (The tears are heavy and strong these days friends).

It was truly a great day (despite ending up in the ER) because Steve and I realized we did something right when Abby kept asking for another PAWTY every minute since it was over! So she can dream.  :  )  Our sweet, energetic, and wild imaginative little girl is now THREE! Happy Birthday my sweet Abby!! (And now... the details)


||  Chalkboard  ||
 I can't do fancy wording on a chalkboard to save my life! Truly, not one of my strengths in life so I did a short step-by-step photo tutorial on how to do "faux chalkboard lettering" which you can see by clicking here. I hope this fun trick helps you too!


Sources & Links:

DIY Chalkboard Lettering || Abby's Birthday

DIY chalkboard lettering

Chalkboard lettering DIY

Supplies:

Chalkboard lettering DIY
Directions for Folding Menu Sign:

||  Step 1  ||
I painted the folding menu sign frame white paint with 3 coats (if you want white!).

||  Step 2  ||
Next, I painted the folding menu sign with chalkboard paint to get that true black color.


Directions For Fancy Chalkboard Wording:
Chalkboard lettering DIY

||  Step 1  ||
First, I ordered the custom wording on Etsy here.

||  Step 2  ||
Then I enlarged the image (16x20) at FedEx and printed out the enlarge image.  

Chalkboard lettering DIY

||  Step 3  ||
Next, I scratched the back of print out with compressed graphite.

Chalkboard lettering DIY

||  Step 4  ||
Then I taped the print out to the menu sign with painters tape.

Chalkboard lettering DIY

||  Step 5  ||
I traced the letters with a pencil.

||  Step 6  ||
Then I removed the print out and tape.

Chalkboard lettering DIY

||  Step 7  ||
Lastly, I traced & filled in markings with a chalk marker.

||  Step 8  ||
Style & enjoy!


This entire project takes a couple of days only because the Etsy shop needs 24-48 hours to send you the custom design and get your approval before emailing the final downloadable image. It was much cheaper than you think! $10-$15 well worth it if you're like me and can't do fancy chalkboard lettering to save your life. Once I recieved the personalized download image, it took a day to complete.

  Let me know if you have any questions! 

Warmly, Steph

May 30, 2019

Hospital Bag Checklist || Mama & Baby


hospital bag checklist
As a second time mom (this round), I realize most of what you need for you and baby is provided in the hospital (onesie, hat, and swaddle blanket for baby and water, snacks, and food for you ...depending on where you give birth.) If yours doesn't offer all of these things that's totally ok! Because there's always your husband to go run out and get you some food and water from the cafeteria) God bless our men.

This check list is everything I personally feel is needed when staying 1-2 nights in the hospital (just in case that second night is needed). Also, because I've only be set to deliver summer babies in my life, this list is geared for spring-summer due dates. But if I was going to give birth in winter, let's be real... I'd certainly be bringing my Ugg slippers and a long sleeve shirt! 

Almost every item on the check list below is linked in case you're in need of finding a good quality item for that category.  Most of these things I've kept from my first pregnancy (after a lot of research on finding a good item then and now) and still love! 
hospital bag checklist

Diaper Bag (above style was gifted to me 3 years ago)
Cell phone charger
Camera
Nursing tank (thick strap)
Toilettes
Make-up
Brush
Underwear (double up to hold pad in place)
pad's
Sister gifts (between each other)




hospital bag checklist
Pink hair bow (picture outfit/accessories)



Postpartum Item Checklist
(What to gather and have ready at home)

If mom of 1+ (setup who will watch your kid while in hospital)
Cash (for groceries/care giver of your 1st born)
Water bottle (nursing essential)
Extra clean underwear (double up)
Extra pad's
Tylenol 



I hope this helps! 
And if you liked this post you might also like the following;



Warmly, Steph


May 23, 2019

Baby Girl & Toddler Sister Outfits || Summer Style

Ok, so coordinating and matching my girls is something I've been thinking about for months now!!! I have to be honest... as soon as I found out we were having another girl, I ordered both girls matching pink bows because yes, of course I would (A very proud girl mom!!). So today I'm excited to share a few things I've been planning for both of them and a few other ideas for the summer season. 

A time for rompers (which I could look at and put both my girls in all day, every day, year round) and BBQ's! One of my favorite things about summer time! Easy and breezy living. So here we go! 


baby girl and toddler sister set outfit
Baby Girl

Toddler Girl



baby girl and toddler sister set outfit
Baby Girl

Toddler Girl



baby girl and toddler sister set outfit
Baby Girl

Toddler Girl


As you can see, I'm SO excited to start the sister matching and coordinating game soon! And for those of you who already have girl(s), I hope these ideas and pieces helped, while equally being fun to glance at. Long live rompers, baby girl bows and BBQ's!!

Warmly, Steph


May 14, 2019

DIY Bow Storage


DIY bow storage
DIY bow storage
DIY bow storage
DIY bow storage
||  Twine string  ||
I measured a loop around the hanging bookshelves and tied a knot 3x.

DIY bow storage
Rainbow sign C/O Against the Grain
Promo Code: MAMAJOTS15 for 15% off today!


This idea has been done so many times, however I hope todays post helps you find the two materials it takes to make one yourself! Tomorrow over in instagram we are doing another fun mom sense stories tour at 5pm, so I'd love for you to join us! And I hope you are having a great start to your week!

Warmly, Steph









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DIY Bow Storage



May 10, 2019

Mommy & Me Favorites

mommy and me
So why are these my favorite things for Mommy and Me this season?! As always, I'm happy to share with you below!!


||  1  ||
They make the best classic sun dresses (in my opinion) because I like to get ones in which I see myself wearing 8 years from now. I love that this style can be considered a capsule time piece in my wardrobe. 

||  2  ||
Every summer I get Abby a white sun dress and I love the scallop hem on this one!

||  3  ||
For the second year in a row, I've got Abby these floral tennis shoes (her fav) and I love that this year they added in a hint of pink to the overall shoe!!

||  4  ||
I love the thickness to this style since all 5'3" of me can get an extra amount of height (short girl problems)! Plus, they're the most comfortable pair of tennis shoe I own simply because I walk around in them barefoot all day without getting blisters.  My favorite spring-summer "go-to" shoe!

||  5  ||
I've had this in my cart for awhile.... I love that the two are coordinating and "fit" with each other. 
So I'm looking at getting this for Abby's Birthday next month!

||  6  ||
If you're currently expecting, this is hands down my favorite maternity purchase from this pregnancy! I seriously wear it once a week! And I'm sure you've seen me wear it just a few times over in instagram ; ) It's beyond soft and extremely light. You'll thank me later!!

||  7  ||
I'm beyond obsessed with this piece! The ruffles, blue color, back design and overall romper style is all of my favorite things pulled together for one piece. It just makes my heart warm. 

||  8  ||
I'm a major fan of JCrew shorts for women although this style and brand also have a special place in my heart. A little longer length and a bit of on trend style make these my fav! I can't wait to wear this style again soon! (1 month until baby sis is due!!)

|| 9 || 
I manage to get these on sale and they are seriously the perfect and simple piece to Abby's wardrobe this season. High quality that keeps up in the wash and can be passed down to baby sis. Plus I mean...just looking at them make my girl mom heart happy.



I hope you enjoyed a handful of my favorite "Mommy and Me" things I've been loving lately! And In the spirit of Mothers Day this weekend I wish you the most relaxing Sunday of the 365 days we get this year because, I'm positive you deserve it. Yes you do!!

Happy Mother's Day weekend!!

Warmly, Steph