Thursday, October 27, 2011

for the love of fall {tutorials}

hello friends. {both old and new}

if you're joining us from the 'follwer's fest', welcome. glad you're here. hope you'll sit and stay a while. well, assumedly you're already sitting, so just relax and enjoy.

hope fall has been treating you well. it's been warm up until lately.
praise. the. lord. it's cooling down. fall just isn't fall when you're wearing shorts and a tank.
i love fall. i love the cool mornings, the pumpkin spice lattes, and the hearty meals you can make when it's cold outside.

we took the littles to mickey's halloween trick or treat the other night. it was fun, but crowded. i did get a kick out of my little man having fun with daddy and i on the rides. and since it was a limited event we practically walked on everything after 6 p.m.
seriously. this kid kills me.
i don't think i could love him more.
and then i see them together. and my heart darn near explodes!

little miss is growing like crazy.
6 weeks old
11 lbs 7 oz.
we call her chubbs. and i want to nibble on her.
{like the headband? i'm making a ton right now, and i'll share a tutorial soon!
promise. pinky promise!}

now. i have a confession. i have mantel envy.
i don't have a fire place in my house {sad. i know. i shed a tear each winter.} and therefore can not decorate it as wonderfully as this one per say...

but! not having a mantel does not stop me from decorating for fall!!!
thus, my fall table:
and here's tutorial #1:
go to the dollar store, buy 4-5 ugly frames.
go home and spray paint them a better color (i chose black since it's versatile).
use scrapbook paper for your backings and cut out your letters on your cricut, (or silhouette if you're so lucky!).
adhere your letters to your paper and ta-da! you have a "fall" sign.
the nice thing is you can take the sign out and put something else in it for any other holiday or occasion. like i did here and here.

leaf garland. so easy peasy!
i have these all over my house. helps it be pretty fall colors inside,
when it's still green outside at my house.
you know these would so be great on a mantel!!

{tutorial #2}
silk fall leaves sewn together! that's it. you're done.
people will be asking where you bought your adorable garland, and you'll be able to say, "oh, i made it."


thanks again followers fest friends for stoping by and checkin me out!
i hope you enjoyed yourself.

hope everyone has a great weekend, and have a very fun and safe halloween.
i'm off to go love on a little chubby baby and a curly haired crazy boy!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

time warp

things i forgot about having a newborn:

1. there is a serious time warp or twilight zone effect that happens in your home. each day seems to last a millennia, yet she's almost 1 month old. {how did that happen?}

2. there is no limit to the amount of spit up you can wear on any given day.

3. babies do not observe the traditional noise ordinances or curfews in place in most counties.

4. there is a sensor on my daughter's bottom that tells her there's a nice clean diaper on her and she can now poop in it. i am looking for this sensor and hopefully its off switch.

5. coffee is vital. i'd like to have my l&d nurse come over and hook up an i.v. of it.

6. the word engorgement is as painful as it sounds.

7. don't tell the baby you want her to sleep, she is a big fan of the opposite game.

8. what's that scientific thing about how sound can trigger memories or feelings in the brain? yeah it's true, any baby cries, my boobs are compelled to feed it.

9. their smell is the most wonderful smell in the whole world. if they could make a car smell like new many more women would be buying cars!!

10. there is nothing like holding a sweet lovey on your chest while they drift off to dream land.
things i've learned about having a toddler and a newborn:
1. if you hear that sweet little voice saying "oh my baby" while you've steped out of the room for all of three seconds, RUN. run like the wind. because most likely your toddler is trying to get into the swing with the baby.

2. toddler's like to be helpers. using this to my advantage has been helpful. except for when he wants to help me when i'm feeding the baby.

3. toddler boys are very aware and interested in why the baby is eating from mommy. and also equally interested in why they can't do the same.

4.both kids are equally capable of pooping out their pants and up their backs. this can and will happen at any given time or place. say for example church, and you get the poop all over your pants too. i guess that's what i get for laughing at how hard my daughter has to work to get her poops out. :)

5. though the toddler states that he wants to hold his sister, do not expect him to do so for long. and once done holding her, there will be zero warning and he will jump up from sitting much like a fighter pilot being ejected from his plane. be prepared to grab baby at any moment.
6. there is nothing like the love between siblings. already my little man loves his sister like crazy. and i am so grateful he's not trying to kill her.
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