{photography with lei} candid shots

Did you know that there is a whole photography art form out there known as lifestyle photography? It's fascinating. Lifestyle photography is all about capturing the moment. Like in photojournalism, it's not posed. It's not planned. And to us moms, it's priceless to catch our kids and families in this natural element, doing the things they do, in the way only they do them. These are the pictures we will go back to years and years down the road. They are simple, but they are so real.Often, though, as soon as we go get the camera, our kids stop "performing" the cute little tasks we desperately want to remember. And we're yelling from the closet as we frantically feel around for the … ...read more

{featured guest…a little of this, a little of that}

Hey Ya'll! I'm Sarah from A Little of This, a Little of That.A few things about me...I'm a full time stay at home mom of two, with one on the way! I try to soak up all the time I can with my children. I feel like they are growing up much faster than I want!I live in a small Texas town, and love it! As a native Texan, all I can say is, Texas rocks!And of course, I love to CRAFT, Decorate, and Sew!Over at my blog, you'll find home decor crafts, DIY projects, sewing and much more. I would love for you to stop by!I have made many burp cloths over the years. This is the easiest kind for me to make for new mommies-to-be, and thought you might like my quick and easy tutorial!-- (if you can sew … ...read more

{candy countdown}

My cute and creative friend Erica, from Snippets of Wonderful is also my running buddy. She came over yesterday for our 19 miler, and brought me this darling candy countdown to our marathon on May 28th.I {love} it. What a fun way to countdown...to anything! Vacations, birthdays, races, last day of school, first day of school--you name it! She used a tiny little tupperware that had a lid, but this would also be a great way to recycle some small plastic containers you might have around the house...... … ...read more

{giveaway} chore charts

Good morning everyone! I hope you each had a wonderful weekend. We celebrated my girls' 5th birthday, and it was a crazy couple of days, but really fun.I have a great giveaway for you this morning, to start the week off! I'd like to introduce you to JoLynn, and her Etsy shop IdahoMomof2.She specializes in super cute chore charts and custom chore cards...and is giving one of our readers one of their very own!She is giving 1 or 2 chore charts depending on your family's needs. (If you have more than 2 and would like additional chore charts, she will work with you and make it possible for you to get the other ones.) You can choose from 2 different sizes: 10" x 12" (holds 1 child's name) or … ...read more

{mother’s day ideas}

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and I thought I would post some of my favorite ideas from the past, perfect for Mother's Day gifts......My overall favorite is my wooden stool makeover. I love it even more now, because my kids are a year older, and my babies especially have grown so much......One of my mom's favorite things is … ...read more

{a place for everything} featuring oopsey daisy

A huge welcome to Alison, from Oopsey Daisy!!.....Once upon a time, I was a first grade teacher. Naturally, I collected A LOT of books... Can you believe that I've had over 1,000 books just sitting in plastic tubs in our garage?! They have been in desperate need of a little organization!I finally collected ALL of my books, cataloged them, and color coded them so that even my 2-year-old Little Man can put them away. The first step was cataloging every.single.book! I decided to organize the books by author's last name. But I also tagged the books by topics, series, holidays, etc. so I could easily find books that I want to pull for a special occasion. Now I can easily check to see if I … ...read more

{buttercream by the pound}

I {adore} frosting. The more the better. (Cake? What cake?) I'm also a homemade frosting girl. It's what my mom did, and what her mom did before that. I can count on three fingers the amount of times I've purchased canned frosting. However...one of my most favorite things is the buttercream frosting on cakes from Sam's Club. (Costco too.) And no offense to those of you who love the whipped topping, but YUCK. :)Did you know that Sam's Club sells their big buckets of frosting? Yes, it's true. I know, because my friend Erica (also a buttercream lover) and I bought a 28 pound bucket of it a few weeks ago. We did ask at our local Walmart first, but they didn't sell it. Perhaps one of … ...read more

{simple thank you jars}

What a week. Sick babies, and no time to do much of anything else but hold babies and do laundry. I have a pile of projects waiting to be worked on, but they are on hold until we can get everyone better. I did want to share with you a super simple but fun thank you idea...My cute friend and I wanted to do a small thank you for some ladies that were presenters for us at an activity we planned. These mason jar thank you's are really simple, but so cute!I {love} mason jars. I use them for just about everything--drinking glasses, decorations, storage, gift-giving, and anything else I can think of! I collect vintage jars, and anytime I can find them at garage sales I'm a happy girl. I also … ...read more

{featured guest} Creative Juices Decor

I am so excited to do a guest post for Kierste!I'm Selina from Creative Juices Décor. What you will find on my blog is lots of inspiration for all your Creative Juices! I am an interior designer by degree and LOVE home design/decorating, thrift store shopping, healthy recipes and crafting. I have 3 young kids so I also have fun crafts for them too. Come stop by, I think you’ll be inspired!Today I am going to show you how I turned a $2.00 thrift store map into a large piece of art!-- This project was inspired by wanting a large piece of art (on the cheap!) for my 7 year old son’s room. I had picked up this map from the thrift store for $2 and knew if I got my Creative Juices flowing I could … ...read more

{sparkly onesies}

When Silhouette sent me their rhinestone starter kit to try, I have to admit the thought of rhinestones made me a little nervous in the beginning--mostly because I had never worked with them before.After getting some great ideas from my girlfriends, I decided to make some onesies for baby gifts.I'm so glad I tried it, because I absolutely love how darling they turned out! I'm so excited to give them to my friends that have just had sweet baby girls, although I'm kind of tempted to keep them for myself! Seriously...sparkly onesies? {LOVE} the little bird. And the butterfly. And the ladybug. And the monograms. LOL.Now I have a list a mile long of things to sparkle up, because my girls … ...read more