Archive for March, 2014

Free Printable Easter Cards

Monday, March 31st, 2014

It’s funny, but whenever I make something I’ve seen on Pinterest, it gives me a sense of productivity, like I’ve accomplished something!

I’d pinned these free printable Easter cards years ago, and this year I actually got around to printing  them out and adding a ribbon. Aren’t they adorbs?!

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 (Click HERE for printable)

Have you done anything lately that’s been on your list a while?!

Van’s Gluten Free Crackers

Friday, March 28th, 2014

I’ve been gluten free for six years now. The first year was so rough, but it has become so much easier through the years, especially with the help of new gluten free products coming out all the time.

I picked up these crackers at Target recently and discovered they are manna from heaven!

boxwoodclippings_vans say cheese crackersI had forgotten how delicious a cheesy cracker is…yum, yum, yum!

Not only do these crackers taste delicious, they are packed with whole grains and boast no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or hydrogenated oils.

With a price tag similar to “normal” crackers, these are for sure my new favorite gluten free treat.

For any of my gluten free fellows out there or anyone that wants a healthy treat, you HAVE TO give these a try!

Awesome Kid Spaces

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

We have the most adorable nephews EVER! I guess it’s possible that we may be biased, but all of our nephews are insanely handsome, sweet and hilarious.

Our brother, Daniel’s three oldest boys are finally old enough to migrate to the third level of their home – the loft. This is one large room where I’m sure the boys will get up to all sorts of mischief, it even has a ladder and a look-out tower for star-gazing! While I’m sure the boys are dreaming of all of their future adventures, I am dreaming of incredible children’s spaces:

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All images via my Pinterest Kids board HERE.

A lot has happened recently has make me think we all grow up too fast. These spaces speak youth and innocence and make me want to treasure every day of childhood of every child I know.  I have so many great memories from sharing bedrooms with my siblings, and can’t wait for the new memories the boys will create. I guess this is the point in my pregnancy when I start getting all emotional and sappy!

Hope you have so much fun in your new room boys xxx

5 Must-Have Items For Your Newborn

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

My sweet baby girls turned 6 weeks today!!! They’ve been some of the busiest and happiest weeks we’ve experienced and can’t believe they are already growing up so fast!

boxwood clippings_jessica peterson photographyPhotograph by Jessica Peterson

In preparation for their arrival, I was determined to be fully prepared as far as gear and supplies go. My advice is to ask advice of what others use, and what to skip.

Now that I’m an experienced Mum (yeah, right!), I’m sharing my top 5 favorite picks of what products I’ve LOVED and wouldn’t have wanted to live without this past month. Here goes!

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1. Target Diapers: This one was highly recommended by a friend, but took the test of comparing them to Huggies in person to believe how great they are. Our babies were 6lbs 15oz and 5lbs 7oz, so definitely on the small side. These diapers didn’t swallow them up, but kept them nice and snug and held up great for those fully loaded nightmares! Buying in bulk and on sale, these cost around 11.7 cents each, making them the cheapest out there. Holler Target, yet again! Also, as an added bonus, they are mostly white, which makes them great for photographs. No Micky Mouse or Pooh Bear anywhere! (see HERE).

2. Tommee Tippee Steam Sterilizer: We’ve really loved a lot of the Tommee Tippee products, but this one takes the cake. Mum found this one, and it has truly been amazing. Feeding 2 babies is no small task, so time shortcuts are a must. Pop this baby in the microwave for 4 minutes and then let stand for 3 and you have yourself perfectly sterilized bottles, binkies and pump accessories! The kit also comes with a bottle and binky and is only $22!!! (see HERE).

3. Burp Cloths: Mum told us we could never have too many, and even with us doing laundry every day, it’s so true! We have about 12 per baby and use them everywhere for everything. Under heads for sleeps, under necks for feeds, over shoulders for burps! They cut down on the wash-load for bigger items and it’s nice to always have a clean place for baby’s head to spit up on! Any burp cloth would do the job. These cloth diapers are perfect and great value for around $2.60 each (see HERE).

4. Swaddle Blankets: Again, Mum said I couldn’t have enough and with 8 per baby she was right! Size is EVERYTHING; the smaller ones don’t work half as well. You need the big ones to fully get those babies in a swaddle they can’t get out of! Life is easier with a swaddled baby, trust me! Unfortunately, the good ones are also the pricey ones, but the money you save buying cheap diapers can help fill the gap! These Aden + Anais ones are amazing (see HERE): nice and thin. The thicker ones by Swaddle Designs are also a must, and you can often find deals in their clearance section HERE.

5. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Calming Lotion: Another friend recommendation, and I’m totally in love. Babies smell delicious on their own, but adding this to the mix after bath time is amazing. Plus, I think the lavender helps baby sleep which is always a plus:) This feels luxurious, but it’s quite the deal at around $6 (see HERE).

I hope these recommendations come in handy, either for you or a loved one.

What items are on your go-to list for newborns? Do tell!

Holler Dollar: Modern Note Cards at Target

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I saw blossoms this weekend and I couldn’t be happier spring is officially here!

Another thing to brighten my day are these lovely geometric coral note cards from the Dollar Spot at Target.

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Look at those cute envelopes! I’m obsessed with peachy corals every spring time.

8 note cards and envelopes for a dollar. Holler!