Friday, February 27, 2015

Ballerina Princesses

First of all I officially signed up yesterday to go to the Bloom Workshop this April and I couldn't be more giddy! Happy early birthday to meeeeee. :)

Second of all we are going to Disneyland tomorrow for Blair's birthday and I can't. even. wait. I can't wait to eat all the corndogs see her sweet face light up when we visit the princesses. She just adores them and it will be extra special if we get to see the ones we keep missing. Belle, Rapunzel, and Snow White I'm talking to you! It's supposed to rain which I'm actually good with since it drives to crowds away. Plus with less people this will ensure that the corndogs don't run out. ;) Priorities.

Yesterday was Blair's last day of ballet for the session we enrolled in. I'm going to sign her up again because she just loves it. Her teacher let them wear their favorite princess dress to class and boy did the girls love that!

That's all, friends! Have a fabulous weekend...I know I will in the land of corndogs at the Happiest Place on Earth. Expect a healthy dose of photos. :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

{How To} Peppa Pig Sugar Cookies

Last weekend M and I had a crazy Saturday night and made some practice Peppa Pig sugar cookies for Blair's birthday party coming up. I went to a local bakery and got a quote for a dozen cookies. At $5.75 a cookie M said, "You better figure out how to make those yourself." And while I am by no means an expert, I was really happy with how they turned out! Here are the steps below...

Step 1: buy cookie cutters and a bag of sugar cookie mix

Step 2: bake cookies to perfection :)

Step 3: Outline cookies with firm royal icing

Step 4: Fill in details with firm royal icing

Step 5: fill in the rest of the cookie with liquid royal icing and add details

Step 6: buy black gel frosting so I don't have to use pepper corns for the snout for the picture. :)
 Here is the recipe for the royal icing I used:

My friend gave me this recipe for royal icing:
2 cups powdered sugar
1.5 table spoons meringue powder
2.5 table spoons warm water

To get firm frosting for the outline I used the above recipe. To achieve the liquid frosting I simply added more warm water so the cookies "flooded" easily. I poured the frosting in small squeeze tubes which was messy but I eventually got it all in. Let me know if you have any questions and I would be happy to (try) to help!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Good Morning Gorgeous!

New prints are in the shop! And boy do they sure look cute with the existing baby monthly signs that are already in there. :)

 Good Morning Gorgeous which compliments THIS LISTING perfectly. It would also be super cute framed on a bed side table for you and your man!

Hello There Handsome looks great when paired with THIS LISTING.

And for all of you crazies out there who wait to find out the gender...

Lord knows there is NO way I could wait! ;) Just so you know every purchase means a lot to me and I so appreciate your business. Happy shopping!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Weekend Happenings

This weekend was filled with fun activities for us. On Saturday M took B to her friend's birthday party while I went to LA with my Mom and Tiff to see Wicked. It was awesome! We had a great time and apparently so did Blair..

I love that he did the photo booth with her and I wasn't even there to force him to!

Isn't her cake darling?!

Pin the dot on the ladybug

While M stayed with B we had a girls day out at Wicked.
 On Sunday morning we headed to the park so Blair could burn some energy and nap early since we had plans to see my Grandma that afternoon. M played hard with her; quite different than when I go and sit under the trees with the other Moms and chat. I like to say that I am encouraging independent play. M says I'm forcing it. :/

sweatshirt: gap last year, jeans: gap, moccs: freshly picked
Happy Monday!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ballet Beauties

I know I post a lot of pictures from ballet class but the girls are so darn cute I can't help it! I definitely think we will sign up to do ballet again next month. Blair absolutely adores it even if she's not the most skilled dancer in class. ;)

Swoon! Is there anything more precious? I'm thinking about making a little scrapbook with all of Blair's pictures with her friends from birth to now. I think she will love it especially since she doesn't have a sibling yet...she really cherishes her friends!

Oh, and side note I FINALLY found something that cleans "dirty baby" thanks to my cousin's keepers friend! Check out before and after...
Pretty good right?! Now if I could just clean the actual fabric part. :/ I tried to convince Blair to change baby's jammies and she freaked out. Baby steps I guess. See what I did there? ;)

Oh and we have two more prints in our shop this week! These would be the perfect shower gift for a baby girl or boy. Get yours HERE.

Happy weekend! Oh, and I started taking Metformin and so far so good. Just a very mild lack of appetite which they said was normal. Waiting for the other meds to arrive as I type!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

DIY {Gallery Wall}

I am by no means an expert but I am pretty pleased with how my gallery wall turned out in our entry way. I thought I would share some tips on how I achieved this look.

First of all this space is really hard for me to photograph. Our stairs are right behind it so I can't back up far enough to get the whole wall in the shot. :/ So bear with me.

I always start with a mirror. This one happens to be my favorite kind of from my Aunt. :) Mirrors are always good in an entry way because people like to check themselves out when coming and going.

One of my favorite things about this wall is the "hello" sign. It's trendy but still goes with our home since it's a rustic wood material and is appropriately placed at the entrance.

Also known as a chalkboard print. :) I like to change out the chalkboard print depending on the holiday/season. Of course you can buy yours here!

The little white shelf with the picture on top adds some dimension to the wall so not everything is flat. This creates interest and shape!

Find something that is meaningful to you and lets your guests know who you are or what you value. It could be a line from your wedding vows, your favorite verse, or song lyric. Just chose something that is unique to you or your family. Mine is "Be still and know that I am God" because lately that's what I have to keep reminding myself of while on our infertility journey.

Adding an initial is easy and cute. There are so many out there to choose from...metal, burlap, kraft paper, cloth, etc. Find one that suits you!

Choose a couple of your favorite photos to display. I purposely chose black and white prints so they went with the rest of my wall. I also like to switch these out seasonally.

I grabbed some greenery from Hobby Lobby and wound it around a wreath frame to add more interest and texture to the wall. With so many square frames the wall needed something round. The wreath breaks up all the lines and brings nature in!

Some "rules" that I like to follow for gallery walls...

Mix it up! Think outside of the photograph box. While I'm sure you have a beautiful family we don't need to see 50 pictures of your smiling mugs all in the same place.

Trace around everything you plan on hanging on scrap paper and "hang" your wall temporarily to see how you want things placed. It saves a lot of headache (and holes in your wall) later.

Stay within one theme. I kept my wall very neutral with wood tones, white, black, and grey. It would be weird to have a bright pink shelf thrown in there. So even though you might love that bright pink shelf save it for somewhere else (maybe the nursery?).

Choose a couple things that "match." I chose two little frames that matched to pull my look together and seem more focused and less haphazard. 

I hope you enjoyed this little DIY sesh and got some inspiration! I know I'm a huge copy cat of all things Pinterest so feel free to copy away! :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Disney Attire

In a few weeks we are headed to Disneyland for Blair's 3rd birthday. This year I am especially excited because we are getting passes! Yippee! I seriously can't wait to eat corndogs on the reg and see the princesses all. the. time. :)

Unfortunately I am a firm hater of all Disney apparel but I've been softening up lately and allowing Blair to own some princess pjs (so crazy, I know). That girl loves them of course and I just know if I buy her a princess shirt it is all she will end of wearing so I'm not setting myself up for that. I do have one exception: Disneyland apparel at Disneyland is A-Okay. Hence, my quest to find the perfect little outfit for her to wear the day(s) we go next year. Here are some of my faves...

top 3 shirts: gap

Where do you find cute Disney attire without being overly cheesy? I'm sure the Disney store will have plenty to choose from. :)
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