10 April 2015

Friday I'm in Love: Mother's Day Gift Guide

With Mother's Day a month away, I thought I'd share some loves that would make great gifts for your favorite mother. 

1 - The ladies behind Pretty Prudent (formerly Prudent Baby) have recently released a new book, which I think would be a great coffee table book and inspiration for the mother who enjoys making her home beautiful and cozy.

2 - This (pricey) foot treatment made it on Oprah's Favorite Things list last Christmas, and I can't think of a better way for busy mothers to make their feet soft and beautiful just in time for warmer weather.

3 - Clover clips are such a handy tool for the sewing mother. They're safer than traditional pins, which can easily fall and get lost on the floor until they're found by little fingers and toes, and they can do double duty as kid entertainment once kiddos are old enough to not chew on them.

4 - If there is one thing mothers do a lot, it's wash their hands...and that can easily lead to seriously dry hands. I always grab a tube of this good stuff when I'm at the L'Occitane outlet.

5 - Glassybaby is a feel-good way to help a busy mother unwind after a long day. You can send a special message with their clever names, too.

Another favorite idea is this one: No More Mother's Day Cards. And never underestimate those inexpensive but thoughtful gifts, like getting up with the kids while she gets an extra hour or two of sleep, a heart-felt note of admiration, or a keepsake made by your little one(s).

How are you celebrating the mothers in your life this year?

Be sure to check out what the other ladies are loving this Friday, too: MishaKendraMary BethLaura, and (welcome!) Aileen.

05 April 2015

Happy Easter!

It has become something of a tradition to capture our littlest one in eggs at Easter. This year, she was happy to have the fun left to Elliott, and he was more than happy to splash in the eggs.

I dare you to not smile at this guy.  Happy Easter!

Check out Madeleine in 2013 and 2014.

03 April 2015

Friday I'm in Love

I hope this finds you having a great week! I have a few things I'm loving today.

ONE: Modern Twist Placemats

This alphabet one was given to us as a baby gift when Madeleine was born, and we have gotten so much use out of it. The silicone is easy to wash, gives some traction to her dishes, and still looks as brand new as the day it arrived. This particular mat has been good for animal identification and now letter identification. I recently ordered some more mature mats for the kitchen table, and they are proving to be pretty terrific, too.

TWO: Summer Wedges

I'm a huge fan of wedges and have been on a mission to find something stylish and comfortable for the next several months. I tried on these ones on a whim, and I love them.

THREE: Misha's Upholstered Chair

Yesterday, Misha shared this amazing DIY upholstery job that she just finished. If you're thinking about taking on a project like this, check out her detailed info. Even if you're not, check it out for some serious inspiration. Wow!

Be sure to check out what the other ladies are loving this Friday, too: MishaKendraMary Beth, and Laura

02 April 2015

March 2015 Recap

I'll be honest, March can be summed up with two words: too busy. I'm actually pretty surprised that I have so many pictures because I felt like so much of the month was spent with our heads down, going from one thing to the next. 

We started the month with a hike on this beautiful day. 

When things get too busy, this girl's sass kicks it up a notch. 

We checked out the zoo with Misha and Miss E on a sunny Friday. 

This guy soaked up the zoo until just a few minutes before we needed to leave. 

So much fun eating in March.

But it's not so fun getting an allergic reaction. This was just the beginning.

We love our yard and "special park."

There's always a story to be told, a song to sing, or a why question to ask.

It's a privilege to end my days this way.

Both kiddos ended up with ear infections. E showed us by having massively disrupted sleep while M had an afternoon of fever and lethargy. I enjoyed the cuddles while it lasted.

A couple hours and an episode of Daniel Tiger later, and she was doing this. 

This guy has started going after toys and sitting well in the last week or two.

I finally hung up these photos. Recognize that girl on the left?

Looks like Madeleine's and Cooper's little siblings are going to be buddies just like they are.

I leave you with Elliott's version of one of my favorite YouTube videos* of all time:

Hopefully April will leave us a little more time to slow down.

*Sad post script to the video.

30 March 2015

Pinned It & Did It: Easy DIY Duplo Table

Even though there never seem to be enough hours in the day (or night!), I can't help but continue to add projects to my to-do list. 

I thought I'd share a recent (super easy) success. This one was inspired long, long ago by this pin (original source) and turned out to be incredibly easy. How easy?

Lack + Gorilla Glue + Duplo Plate

I simply glued the plate to the top of the table (before attaching the legs) and weighed it down with the world's most expensive paperweights overnight. Be careful to go easy on the Gorilla glue and not get too close to the edges. 

A certain lil' lady has really enjoyed building on her Duplo table, as have her friends who have come over to play while it's been out. 

Have you done any really easy but really rewarding projects recently?