Georgia & Jane Giveaway

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I recently purchased this headband from Georgia and Jane's Etsy shop for Blair. The designer, Melissa, graciously agreed to offer one of my readers (YOU!) a headband of choice ($15 and under) from her shop! There were SO many cute boho, lace, and glitter ones to choose from that I had a hard time deciding. Guess I'll slowly have to add to Blair's collection :). What are you waiting for?! Enter below! Winner announced Saturday!

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Oh and day 1 of our friendcation in pictures...
rainbow sighting on the way up to SLO

sleeping on auntie Neanea in Costco...and i thought it couldn't be done!

mini kayak sesh

miracle of all miracles.. a great car ride!

me and baby at our old college town

getting her first taste of tri tip at Firestone!


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crusin in her jammies
Day 1 of our friend-cation started early. We began our trek at 4 am to beat la traffic (it worked!). Here are the highlights (and low lights)...

-B slept like a rockstar on the way up
-mama forgot to pack her shoes ( so i had to buy her "crib shoes" at baby gap since that's all they had!)
-M hit a fire hydrant in our new car. :( coulda been a lot worse though!
-we finally visited our old college town with B
-we ate tasty food
-M and his friends kayaked
-B wore her jammies a good portion of the day
-B may be a CalPoly cheerleader for Halloween because someone may have bought her a CP dress!


Tuesday, July 30, 2013

My failed attempt at blogging yesterday was due to the stellar vacation we went on to Pismo Beach! Forgive me? I can't wait to share details with you but for now it's ten pm and we just rolled in to town. Here are a few snap shots from our awesome trip!

dinner at Mo's BBQ in Pismo

kayaking at Avila Bay

our porch for the last four days!

our great friends!
We seriously had so much fun in our old college town. If you follow me on Instagram you know we had a great time! Back to reality (and sleep!) today but already looking forward to the next vacation!

Our Week

Friday, July 26, 2013

Our week in pictures...

baby C and B flirting it up

a beautiful sunset

pool time without babies!

and a double fistin' baby!
Have a great weekend everyone! Be sure to look forward to a giveaway next week from georgia and jane ! Eeep!

Art for the Nursery

Thursday, July 25, 2013

I recently pinned a piece of art on Pinterest that outline a mama and her daughter. I thought the image would be so sweet in B's room and a friend of mine told me she could paint it for me! I love the finished product and can't wait to put it on B's gallery wall...

Wouldn't it be sweet to have one for each season at different stages in her life? This one is summer and I think I will be investing in more in the future! If you so desire one of these little paintings contact Emma here!

DIY photo book

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

First and foremost here is a video of B when she woke up from her nap on Sunday. Ok our AC was on and she was still this sweaty! Ew. Ew. Ew. But still stinkin' cute!

Second of all last weekend we went to a birthday party for a five year old and I whipped up a little DIY photo album for her birthday pics. Literally whipped it up (like I was tying ribbon on the way over there...). It is super easy but just takes time so don't make it the same day like I tried to...

supplies...metal rings and paper bags

cute ends off paper bags

paper cutter makes this exponentially easier

so do glue dots

affix scrap book paper to bag

some of the pages had paper that pulled out so you can pull the pictures out

some just had a spot to glue the photo

others had hidden pockets to put extra photos and glue some down on card stock

i used scrap material that I had lying around which made it a very reasonable gift!

the end!
Super cute, personable, affordable, and easy! That's my kinda gift right there!

PS anyone watching the bachelorette? am I the only person dying to see the drama next week! Gah! Also a BIG thank you to Grampa Bushman for watching B today from 9-3 while mommy goes to a day spa with a friend! Now that's a blog worthy event right there!

Teepee Ta-Da!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Welp, this is it folks! The DIY teepee craze has finally caught up with us over here and M is here to tell you how it's done. (I know, I'm the luckiest woman alive to have a hubby who sews and gets his craft on for me!)

He used Erinn's Teepee Tutorial to get started and tweaked a couple things. I decided to keep the teepee totally simple because I couldn't commit to a pattern for the door flaps. This way it can be suitable for a boy or a girl and I figured I could dress it up with a triangle banner or circle garland depending on the holiday or season. We (he) intend to add grommets to the front with leather lacing to finish off the look but are really happy with it so far and B loves it!

The basics:

Teepee poles: We used 5 painted 3/4" PVC because it is lightweight, inexpensive, durable and easy to work with.  It was also difficult to find wooden dowels in the size we were looking for.

Fabric: We used 9' x 12' painters canvas from a home improvement store for a rugged look.  Other people have used an assortment of different fabrics, so be creative.

Cordage: We used leather cord from a craft store to tie all of the poles together at the top, again use whatever works best for you.

Step 1: Cut the teepee poles to the desired length. We wanted a 5' tall teepee so we cut our poles to 6'.  Remember, these poles are on the diagonal so they should be longer than the desired height.

Step 2: Drill holes in the teepee poles.  The size of these holes will depend on the type of cord used to  tie all of poles together. We located these holes roughly 9" from the top of the pole because that's where it looked right to us.

Step 3: Tie the five poles together and spread the legs until the frame of the teepee is the shape you are looking for. Leave the extra cord hanging for now, we will use it later. Use a measuring tape to make sure that the legs are spaced equally apart.

Step 4: Measure the length of the base of the teepee as well as the distance along the pole from the ground to the place where the poles meet. For us the measurements were 36" at the base and 63" along the pole. We shortened up the fabric length a bit to leave some clear space at the top (5") and bottom (2").  Our total fabric dimensions were 56" tall, 3" wide at the top and 36"wide at the base.  Use these measurements as a guide but yours should depend on the actual dimensions of your frame.

Step 5: Sketch out the teepee panels on the fabric. Use a measuring tape and a long straight edge.  Make sure you leave 1/2" extra along the top and bottom to double over the edge and sew to create a seam and prevent tearing.  You'll also need at least 3" along each edge to leave enough fabric to create the pole sleeve.

Step 6: Cut out the teepee panels, including the extra bit along the sides, top and bottom.  Cut one of the panels in half to us as the door.  As an alternative, you could slit the door only up half way up to create a slightly different look.

Step 7: Sew up the seams along the top and bottom of the fabric panels.  We used durable, outdoor weatherproof thread for all sewing on this project.

Step 8: Create the pole pockets.  We will be sewing this from the inside out, so it may seem backwards at first. Take one panel and lay it seam side down, then place another panel seam side up directly on top of the other.  Sew one edge of the teepee panels together along the entire length.  Then, sew a parallel line roughly 3" from the edge to create the pockets.  Repeat the process for all panels.

Step 9: Collapse the teepee frame and slide the finished teepee fabric up over the frame using the pockets.  Spread the legs out again and adjust the fabric as desired.  Finish tying up the top of the teepee with the remaining cord.

Step 10: ENJOY!

Feel free to email me with any questions and I will have the hubs get back to you! ;)

Weekend Fun

Monday, July 22, 2013

We enjoyed another weekend at home, for the most part, and were quite productive! We went to a couple of birthday parties and ate a lot of tasty food which is always a win in my book. M did finish the teepee and it looks AMAZING! I'll He'll be giving a DIY tutorial tomorrow :). Checking things off my summer bucket list one at a time!

she was all about the pool at the birthday bbq we attended!

new running shoes for me!

this is what happens when you wake up too early... you're asleep by 9 am!

testing out her new neck pillow for long car rides = hilarious!

lucky girl got a balloon and it wasn't even her birthday! (blouse: gap outlet, cargo skinnies: Joes, shoes: saltwater sandals)
teepee sneak peek!

Loving Lately

Friday, July 19, 2013

There are quite a few things that I have been loving lately. From the glam headband (all B's blogging friends have it!) to the simple Popsicles this is what I'm digging!
this headband
these pulls
these coconut/banana popsicles
the fact that this is happening!!!! thanks hubby!
the trip B and I took to Carlsbad to visit this girl!
oh, and this girl :) yeah, i'm totally diggin her lately

Tonight we're headed to another birthday bash for a friend's daughter and then Saturday we are headed to a different friend's 30th! Should be a fun filled weekend with cake and ice cream which is my kinda weekend!