It was my girls' birthday this weekend, and we had such a blast celebrating! They wanted a pink cake, which was a pretty easy request considering what they've asked for in past years. I made a simple pink cake, and when it was time for the candles, it just seemed like it needed something more. I was getting out some striped straws for our hot chocolate, when I had an idea...
Happy Monday!! What a FUN giveaway I have for you today, to start the week off right!
If you follow craft bloggers on social media, you may have heard about a bloggers' conference called SNAP that happened last weekend. I REALLY wanted to go, but I was home...having a baby. :) One of the fabulous things they have there is called the Queen Bee Market, which is full of handmade goodness. This gathering is fun to browse through... and even more fun to shop at! I partnered with BlogPrizes.com and some of my awesome blogging friends to give YOU a chance to win some of the hottest items at the Queen Bee Market. And I really mean HOTTEST. Several of these items were sold out before the show was over, and a couple sold out very shortly after it started!
I number everything. It's true. I do number things just to make them cute, but I also use numbers quite a bit for organizational purposes. With six kids, numbers really come in handy, although I do feel a little like Captain Von Trapp. ☺ Each of my children have a number, and they have their own kitchen stool, coat hook, and more. We have a front entry bench with baskets underneath it, where each child has their own basket for shoes. We used to have the whole family's shoes there, and the kids shared baskets, but they were quickly running out of room. Now it's one child per basket, and it was time for numbered labels!
At my church, I get to work with the Primary children (kids aged 3-11), and I LOVE it. Mother's Day is just a few short weeks away, and this week I designed a super fun card that I think all their moms are going to love! I wanted to make a card where they could each express some favorite things about their mom. I was talking to one of my best friends this week, and she reminded me of an idea that I have actually loved for a long time...in fact, my oldest son wrote a card like it for me when he was in preschool, and it's one of my most treasured possessions. Asking a child questions about their mom--some funny, others serious--and putting it all together in a cute package was just what I was looking for! .
Yes, I know it's only April, but summer is soon upon us, and I've already started penciling summer activities. Summer camps, swimming lessons, and vacations have made their way onto my calendar, and there is more to come. I'm constantly learning about other fun summer activities, and I love having a place to keep them all straight, and reduce overbooking or overlapping. I created this summer schedule several years ago, and I live by it the whole summer!
Hello everyone! How I've missed you! I've spent the last three weeks snuggling this darling baby girl...
I'm slowly adjusting a new "normal", and life as mom of six kids. SIX. Yikes. Doesn't that sound like a lot, lol? My parents left last week, and my husband is back to work this week, so I'm on my own! It's actually going pretty well, and I have A LOT of helpers at home to hold the baby and run to get things when I need them.
My project list is literally a mile long, and I've kind of gone crazy over the last week. I really haven't been able to do much to our house since moving in 9 months ago, thanks to yucky morning sickness and being huge. :) Now we're getting ready to demolish the tile in our fireplace (yay!!!) and start on about five pieces of furniture. I need another six hours in the day. Please???
Okay...on to today's post!
We bought this house just a month before we found we were expecting another baby, and had we known, we would have added just one more bedroom to the requirement list. With all the bedrooms full, we needed to come up with a short term plan for the baby, until we could figure out a long term plan. Fortunately we have a small sitting room off of our master bedroom, and after measuring it out, thought I could make it work. Here's how I did it!
I'm so happy to be guest posting today, and share some fun tips on photographing newborns! I met Kierste last month when she attended my Say NO to Auto photography workshop in Houston, she is SO sweet. I always love to see my friends expand their families with a new little one!
To introduce myself, my name is Kristen Duke and I blog over at Capturing Joy. I started blogging by sharing sneak peeks of my portrait sessions, but now share so much more: home projects, recipes, parties, and fashion!
Today, I'm chatting about photographing a newborn! Whether you hire a photographer or take them yourself, here are some tips to think about.
1. To get PRIME newborn pictures, take them within the first 2 weeks of life, if possible. Babies are more sleepy and easier to pose.
When Kierste told me about the series I immediately thought of the older sisters and brothers of the new baby. Sometimes the older siblings feel left out when a new baby is born. I think it is fun to be able to give the older brothers and sisters a little gift too when celebrating the new baby.
Here's an idea and FREE printable that I've made for those cute older siblings.
Hi there fans of cute Kierste! We are so happy to be here during her babymoon (maternity leave) while she snuggles with her sweet Caroline (:
I'm sure she has already sung the words to "You Are My Sunshine" to her new bundle as a lot of us mommy's do. That song is so tender to each of us as it reminds us of those first precious years with our littles... whether rocking in our glider, holding a sick babe or kneeling by their bed helping The Sandman come, it is a popular lullaby that is perfect to display in a nursery.