From this mom of six: my must-have baby items

From a mom of six: my must-have baby items

If you are expecting your first baby, you may be feeling overwhelmed by all of the products out there, and all the choices available.  It's true--we have so many options, but it's nice to know which direction to head in first, and the items that are tried and true.  If you're on baby #2 or more, you more than likely have started your own list of favorites, but if you're like me, you're always curious to see if there is something out there that might change your life for the better. :)

After having six babies, and a lot of trial and error, I've definitely learned which baby items are my favorite, and some I wish I would have known about with baby #1! At the top of my list are basic items that make my every day a little bit easier and more manageable. They are the things I use when it comes to soothing a baby, putting them to sleep, trying to make them comfortable and happy while making dinner or taking a shower (and anything else you need to do), and trying to make traveling and going places a little less complicated. I've compiled that list for you must-have baby items! If you're looking for ideas, hopefully this will be a good place to start.

From this mom of six:  my must-have baby items


Personalized Baby Blocks |

Personalized Baby Blocks

A good friend of mine created the cutest baby announcement cross stitch project for each new baby that's come into their family, and they are proudly on display in her home. I love the idea of having a child's birth information displayed, so I created these darling personalized baby blocks--perfect as a baby gift for a new mom, or for your own child's nursery or room. This is a simple project with a fabulous finish!

Personalized Baby Blocks |


Easy DIY Ruler Growth Chart

I'm in charge of our Super Saturday at our church this year, which is a big group of ladies getting together to make really fun crafts and projects. It's so fun for me, because it's two of my passions together---creating and talking.  ☺  One of the things I wanted to do this year was make a Ruler Growth Chart.  I LOVE them, and I knew it would appeal to a lot of people.  When it comes to choosing projects for Super Saturday or any craft group, there are several things that I always consider:

1.  It can be totally completed in the time frame we have (what's worse than going home with unfinished projects that are just going to sit in your closet???)

2.  It's appropriate for all skill levels.  Not that everyone doesn't have the ability, just may not have the experience.

3. It will have a wide appeal.

This ruler growth chart met all of those requirements, and best of all, it is SO SO easy,  Seriously.  It's also really reasonable--it's less than $15 to make!!

DIY Ruler Growth Chart |


Striped growth chart

I have been wanting to make a growth chart FOREVER. Don't ask me why I haven't done it before now, but school is now in session, and fall is most definitely painting season! I love stripes, and I thought it would be a really fun way to divide the board into sections. I used our playroom colors, and I LOVE LOVE how it turned out!
striped growth chart |



ruffled burp rags | simply kierste

{DIY easy & adorable ruffled burp rags}

Yesterday I promised that I would post about the Silhouette project I was working on, and I'm excited to share it.  You all know that I'm about simple  details that can totally change the look of a project.  Well, today is a perfect example of that!  I purchased some plain white burp cloths, and wanted to "fancy them up" a little.  Using my Silhouette and sewing machine, and about an hour of time, I ended up with adorable ruffled burp rags!

ruffled burp rags |