March 19, 2019

Planning Blog Content

planning blog content

How do you have time to blog each week?

This is the one of the most asked questions and comments I get online (Instagram) so it’s about time I address it! Something I would never think so many of you would be interested in hearing me talk about! Though I’m always happy to share and connect with each of you. So todays is the day I finally answering this question as a group!

Being 6 months pregnant and beyond sick for the first trimester, a toddler to take care, running a household, teaching dance, and no outside help or babysitters… you do ask a great question. I would agree!

By best response has always been, I’m a planner. And I'm passionate about whatever I take on in life.

planning blog content
planning blog content


I’m by far an expert on blogging! (and those of you who have told me otherwise, I so appreciate you! Your support and belief in me). I love what I’m doing, and I have so many plans and dreams for the future of this blog. 

However yes, planning and organizing is something I truly enjoy and it actually took me awhile to find a system that worked!

So, what do I actually do to get a blog post published every week? Well, below I'm sharing exactly what steps I take for the 7 days leading up to one blog post. Most of my daily task are done early in the AM hours before Abby wakes up, or after she’s in bed (if it doesn’t include taking photos).

There are so many ways to plan and create something however this is the setup that has worked for me as a mom! Below is how I planned for my latest blog post, The DIY Star Garland (Pottery Barn Inspired) to help give you an example. 



What I have:

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A booklet 
(for jotting down ideas)

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A weekly calendar 
(daily task to complete)

||  3  ||
A monthly calendar 
(Big due dates – weekly blog post/collaborations)

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Booklet 
(Jot down Ideas)

White gold
Shamrocks
DIY
Playroom
Abby’s room
Living room
Pink & Green colors
Rainbow art project
Pink rainbows
Pastel colored rainbow


||  2  ||
Monthly Calendar




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||  3  ||
Weekly Calendar


Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday 
Task
Live life, & get inspired!
Jot down ideas. Rough draft of blog post.
First draft of blog post.  
Take photos
Second draft of blog. 
Edit photos.
Final draft of blog post. 
Input photos.
Day off.
Publish Blog Post on all social media channels.



I hope this post helps those of you who are looking for ideas on how to organize all the mom things in life (a job that's constantly changing, amen?!) As we wear many hats and this system has worked great for me! 

And because I know a few of you will ask...

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One of my favorites that I've recently connected with. Plus, I just simply fell in love with her shop and honestly, if I were to run a small shop (which also has darling Easter basket goodies!) her shop is exactly what I would I sell. I highly recommend checking out her out! 

Happy Planning : )

Warmly, Steph



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Sources: 

Book Of List C/O Ellie & Piper  
Weekly planning stationary C/O Ellie  & Piper


This post was sponsored by Ellie & Piper however all opinions are %100 my own! Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!


March 13, 2019

DIY Gold Star Garland

(Pottery Barn Inspired) 

DIY Gold Star Garland
DIY Gold Star Garland
DIY Gold Star Garland
DIY Gold Star Garland
DIY Gold Star Garland
DIY Gold Star Garland
DIY Gold Star Garland
I’ve been wanting to do some type of white gold star garland for Abby’s play space since December! So I figured with St. Patty’s approaching, this would be the perfect amount of “gold” to surprise her with (AKA the leprechaun leaves behind).

To let you in something… I haven’t done the BIG elf on the shelf thing yet and I’m honestly a little scared to start it since it requires you do something every day leading up to Christmas. However, with St. Patrick’s Day making for just one night of mischief from a "leprechaun?" Yes, that sounds like something I can do.

Keeping motherhood simple, yet fun is what I’m alllll about! I love the chance to be creative and the holidays certainly bring that out in me. 

I fell in love with  the star garland from Pottery Barn and if I could, I would splurge to get it!  Although I really liked the idea of making one myself since I needed it to be long and to keep cost low ($20 total!) instead of $90 for three of their garlands to fit our space. So, to make my own version of a gold star garland, here is what I did.

DIY Gold Star Garland

DIY Gold Star Garland 

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Print out two sizes of star shapes. 
(Mine are Sizes 5’3” and 3”)

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Trace star's on the back of card stock. 


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Place second piece of card stock on top of other (gold-to-gold).
Then cut front and back out piece together to save time. 

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Next, lay every other 5" and 3.5" star apart for your desired distance. 
Making sure the tips match at the top (as shown).

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Place a gold string going in between each star at the top of it's tip.
Glue gun front and back of start together.

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 Repeat.
Hang and enjoy!

DIY Gold Star Garland

To see how I made this heart shaped shamrock pancake, click on the 40 second video tutorial below.


I'm so glad all of you gave me the challenge to create something St.Patty's Day themed because now we have the white gold star garland I've been dreaming about! As well a new fun pancake tradition to start. Thank you!

Warmly, Steph

March 3, 2019

One Maternity Dress || 3 Ways With PinkBlush

maternity dress
I’m beyond excited to collaborate with  PinkBlush today on how to style one maternity/nursing dress three ways for spring-to-summer!

When I was looking at all the different options of maternity clothing and dresses they have (which is a ton) I knew I wanted something classy, modern, and versatile, so I could dress it up or down. Then when I learned this dress is designed to be nursing friendly, I knew it belonged in my closet!  

Having something comfortable to wear while pregnant this spring/summer and being able to nurse baby girl after she arrives in June, is really what pulled me in!

In case your wondering, the best way I can describe how the fabric feels against my skin is like butter. Creamy, smooth and soft butter, like almost all of their dresses. It hits just at the knee making it long enough to cover everything as I bend over to grab things out of the diaper bag or clean up fishy crackers from up off the floor (oh the joys of motherhood!) Feeling covered and comfortable is very important to me while pregnant! And as a mom in general.

Which is why I'm SO excited to share with you today a few looks on how I plan to style this maternity/nursing dress between now and summer. Take a look below!

maternity dress
Spring
|| Rain boots || Raincoat ||

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maternity dress
maternity dress
Spring-to-Summer
|| Scarf || Jean Jacket || Wedges ||

maternity dress

maternity dress
maternity dress
My Dress C/O PinkBlush

Summer
|| Sun Glasses || Round Purse || Sandals ||

If you haven't heard of PinkBlush for maternity, I highly recommend checking them out! Especially there maternity dresses because they have SO many cute options for a decent price! I already have a few maternity maxi dresses from them in my closet and for Abby's baby shower 3 years ago, I wore this pink dress. (So you can see why I'm soooo excited to collaborate with them!) 

And with 16 days until the first official day of spring, I hope todays post helped you feel inspired for all the sunshine, tulips and outdoor adventure that awaits! May spring arrive for you soon!

Warmly, Steph



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This post was sponsored by Pink Blush however all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own! Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog!