DIY Felted Baby Mobile

03.03.2016 by Emily |

We didn’t realize how much babies love mobiles until the girls arrived.
Now we know better!
We are getting all ready for Em’s baby boy and made our own version to hang above his changing table.

boxwood clippings | felt ball moblie

boxwood clippings | felt ball moblie
To make this mobile we used 30 felted balls, the inner part of a 12″ embroidery hoop (HERE) and basic white string. We bought the felt balls locally, but THIS Etsy store has a great selection at a great price.

We strung each ball with a needle and thread and tied each strand to the hoop.

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This took about 15 minutes and we know baby boy will love staring up at it.

Wouldn’t this make the cutest present to give at a baby shower?

$3 Bunny Totes

03.01.2016 by sarah and emily |

Oh how we love spring time, Easter, baby animals and lots of bunnies!

Target just got these adorable totes in their dollar spot, and for $3 we couldn’t resist!

boxwood clippings | bunny bags

boxwood clippings | bunny bags
The perfect size for the girls to bring to church or bring a few activities in for the car…we can’t get enough of these cute bunny bags.

Gluten-Free Raspberry Crumb Bars

02.26.2016 by sarah and emily |

We miss our jammy traditional English desserts so we whipped up a new concoction with ingredients we always have in the pantry.

boxwood clippings | gluten free raspberry bars

INGREDIENTS

2 c gluten free flour (we used Pamela’s HERE)
3/4 c gluten free oats
1/2 c butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1 egg1/2 c favorite jam
1.5 tsp dried rosemary

DIRECTIONS

Stir together softened butter, brown sugar, flour, rosemary, oats and egg until mixture looks like crumbs. The amount of flour can change based on which gluten free flour you’re using. If mixture is too sticky and won’t crumb, just add a tbsp of flour at a time until it will.

Use half of the mixture to press into a greased baking dish (we used a 13×9) and cook at 350 for about 15 minutes until golden brown.

Spread jam over cooked base and top with remaining crumb mixture and cook for 15-20 mins until golden brown again.

Refrigerate for 2 hours to set before slicing and serving.

New Pillows for Spring

02.25.2016 by Emily |

I have spring fever, how about you?
Even though it snowed this week, we’ve had some sunny, warm days that puts me in the mood to open all the windows and start spring cleaning!

Pillow fever always starts with the weather change.
Away with heavy winter layers and in with the new…

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I cannot believe the price of these pillow covers!

Changing to all down inserts means you really can change up pillows seasonally with covers like these for $5 or $6 dollars a pop.

They feel so much nicer than synthetic fill and give you a designer high-end look. These inserts are a crazy low price!

16 x 16 insert HERE, 20 x 20 insert HERE

 Can I have them all please?!

Doing Disneyland on a Budget with Babies!

02.23.2016 by Sarah |

We just got back from Disneyland for the twins second birthday. Many people say it’s a waste of money to take babies to the magical kingdom, but I say you can’t afford not too! They are FREE until they hit 3, so for us that cuts the price of admission in half, and they really really love their day. Plus did you know there are major benefits to visiting with a baby? I’m talking shorter lines…read on friends!

boxwood clippings | disneyland tips with babies

There are so many little tips and tricks to maximize your time and money, here are what we like best:

One Pass, One Day, One Park: We say one fully packed day is better value that spending triple time taking it slower. Plus Disneyland is exhausting, a nice day on the beach the day after is both free and relaxing! There’s way too much to see and do trying to jump between parks, so we feel picking a park and getting as much done in one day is the best approach.

Baby Swap Pass: The magical thing about Disneyland is that babies and parents can enjoy rides together, having said that many of the popular rides have a height limit and babies/toddlers can’t ride. This can be to your advantage if you do the baby swap system while they nap! One person stands in line like usual and gets a pass for the person with babies to then skip the line. This works really, really well when you’re with a bigger group. We were with a group of 10, so we fast pasted 5 tickets and the first group rode, then the second group did after with baby pass. No one then has to stand in line more than 10 minutes or so. We only fast passed half the tickets because you can only do one fast pass at a time per ticket, so we fast passed half the tickets on one ride and half on another, there’s no need to spend all the fast passes on one ride when you have babies with you. Hope that makes sense!

Food: We never enter the park empty handed when it comes to food and water. Water bottles are a must, as they can be refilled for free anywhere in the park. We also like to bring in snacks and treats, nothing to heavy to lug around (strollers are so handy). We eat a good breakfast, and then have a later lunch around 2 to avoid bigger crowds. Rancho del Zocalo we think is the best value for money (menu HERE) and fills us for the whole day. Dole Whips are our favorite treat to enjoy in the cool Enchanted Tiki Room that has been one of the girlies favorite attractions!

Souvenirs: They have amazing shops at Disney, but if I’m there one day that’s not how I want to spend my time! I always hit the Dollar Tree before our trip and get lots of little Disney bits and bobs like coloring books, pencils, little characters, story books…these come in handy for the whole trip and nice to bring some into the park. The Glow in the Dark Wands were a real hit once the sun goes down, and for $1 they really can’t be beaten.

We also got the girls a Mini soft toy before their first visit. I think we paid about $10 for it at Hobby Lobby where as in the park they go for $30. We attach their toy to a binky clip so it stays with us the whole day. We put them away when we got home and pulled them out again for this trip, they are such a novelty, but they don’t miss them when they go back into storage!

boxwood clippings | disneyland tips with babies

Our favorite souvenirs are these adorable silhouettes. They are hand cut and are just the cutest! For $10 you get two copies of the same portrait so I write on the back of one about our day at Disney to save for the girls and frame one for me.

boxwood clippings | disneyland tips with babies

Clothes: I love seeing all the little princesses around the park, and other creative ways people dress up. For us, I stick the the classic Mickey and Mini look. I pull some black and white clothes from our closets, somethings that can layer easily and are comfy. Add a pop of red and ears and we’re there!

boxwood clippings | disneyland tips with babies

Baby Lounge: The first time we took the girls they were 9 months old and I was still pumping full time and was panicked about being out the whole day. Then I found out about the baby lounge….sooooo dreamy! It’s at the top of main street by the corn dog stand and it’s basically a baby heaven. Nice and cool, quiet and has everything a baby and mummy needs. Feeding/pumping booths, high chairs, microwave, changing stations. It’s really all the comforts of home, I’d highly recommend taking a ‘time out’ in there with your little one to regroup, change and feed. Plus the decor in there is charming!

Our favorite part of the day is the light parade and fireworks. The girls were loving every second and it’s fun for them now to begin to recognize characters and point them out. The 60th celebration firework show was fantastic and worth the $99 entrance fee alone!

We hope we’ve inspired you to visit Disneyland, to make wonderful memories and to save a few bucks here and there. We’ve just had the best experiences there WITH BABIES, and now young toddlers…I’m wondering if it actually gets harder once the kids are older, or if it will be even more fun since they can enjoy even more. Either way, we’ll be going back soon!

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