Holy crapola, we have a five month old kid. I hate to sound like a broken record but I have no idea how he’s this old already. Another broken record track: every single day is more awesome than the day before.
Five month old Henry is a happy dude. He has a big gummy smile and laughs when you tickle his armpits. He’s obsessed with staring at trees and ceiling fans. Loves reading books and helping turn the pages. Stops in the middle of nursing to look up at me, touch my face, and sigh a lazy sigh. And then my heart explodes.
Five month old Henry doesn’t seem to be scared of much or dislike too many things. He’s an observer. You can watch him watch something and learn about it. When we are out and about, he’ll hardly look you in the face because he’s so interested in looking around at the world. His mom and dad approve.
My mom has always said about babies that it gets so much easier when they can just tell you what they want. Obviously that makes sense in my brain but I’ve…
My mom has always said about babies that it gets so much easier when they can just tell you what they want. Obviously that makes sense in my brain but I’ve been feeling it much more acutely lately, as Henry is getting older and starting to have stronger opinions. And when you’ve got a little one who’s clearly trying to tell you something but you have no idea what, parenting starts to feel like one majestically long, magnificently orchestrated guessing game.
Take Hank this week, for example. I submit to you Exhibit A: A 5-month-old, slightly fussy (which is unusual), with suddenly short naps, putting everything in his mouth, drooling all over the joint, grabbing only his left ear, a stuffy nose, and only interested in nursing on one side. Ready, guess, go! Teething? Head cold? Ready for more solids? Reflux meds not working any more? Developmental leaps getting him all cranky? Bad reaction to me trying to add cheese back into my diet?
See what I mean? It’s like being a detective! How in the world are you supposed to know if he’s grabbing his ear because his teeth hurt, or his ear hurts, or he’s sleepy, or he just happened to find his ear and liked how it felt? You’ve got to make this extensive flow chart inside of your brain that cross references all the other symptoms and puts it all together and spits out the right answer to try to help your tiny person. All while little dude is looking into your eyes and just begging for help. Ouchie, my heart.
Truth be told, Henry is a peach. An absolute peach. He’s a chill, happy little sweetie and the challenges we have had with him most likely pale in comparison to what some parents go through with their kiddos. We’re just in a tiny little bumpy patch and I recognize that. But none of that makes it any easier when we’re all just trying to do right by our own tiny people. And if, as a parent, you’re having an off day, the guessing game can really get to you! It’s times like those that I’m so thankful that Ryan is on my team — because where one of us stumbles, the other one picks up and carries on.
Any mamas (or dads!) out there feelin’ me? Have you been playing the guessing game with your little people? Someone with older kids please tell me how wonderful it is when they can use words to communicate! (And by the way, any baby whisperers out there know how to tell when your kid is teething?) xoxo
Hey kittens! I thought I’d hit you up today with a simple little project you can put together in about 10 minutes. We are always using clothespins in our house…
Hey kittens! I thought I’d hit you up today with a simple little project you can put together in about 10 minutes. We are always using clothespins in our house for all kinds of stuff — chip clips, refrigerator clips, holding together random stacks of stuff. But I’m not really into the natural wood color these days, so I whipped out some paints and went to town. These will just take you a sec but they look pretty cool when you’re all finished.
- plain clothespins
- washi tape
- craft paint
Make Time: 10 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)
You guys are brilliant so I’m pretty sure you can figure this one out pretty easily. But just in case, here are the few simple steps. First, paint the front of your clothespin one solid color. Let it dry.
Next, put a small strip of washi tape on the clothespin at a diagonal. Paint over the tape and out to the end of the clothespin.
Remove the tape while the second color of paint is still wet. Allow the pin to dry and clip it on everything in sight.
A few of these guys are currently proudly holding our chip bags closed! I’ve also got about a zillion stacks of photos/scraps of paper/ticket stubs/ephemera in my desk drawers that I’m starting to organize and these little clips have been lifesavers. Go make a bunch of ’em! xoxo
I have officially decided that mini brass tubes are my new favorite DIY material of choice. Whyyyyy do they look so cooooool?! I can’t take it. I had to whip…
I have officially decided that mini brass tubes are my new favorite DIY material of choice. Whyyyyy do they look so cooooool?! I can’t take it. I had to whip up this little brass and suede geometric garland and now it hangs in my office and therefore my office cool factor is up by a good two hundred percent.
And I have some really super fun news! Starting right this very moment, I’ll be putting together a new DIY project kit every month over on Darby Smart! And the even more fun news is that you can pop over there and order a kit to make each month’s DIY. I love it. Love it! How rad is it to have a gorgeous little box of DIY materials just show up at your doorstep, so you have everything you need on hand to put a project together? And our very first project is this here brass and suede beauty.
So! If you want to get your DIY on with this little garland, head over to Darby Smart to get the tutorial and order your materials, if you need ’em. For reals, I am putting together another one this week because I can’t get enough. My bedroom is jealous of my office for having one of these on the wall, so we have to even the playing field. xoxo
What a week, y’all! I had a pretty magical week around the old inbox, starting with the totally amazing news that Instagram popped me onto the Suggested Users list for…
What a week, y’all! I had a pretty magical week around the old inbox, starting with the totally amazing news that Instagram popped me onto the Suggested Users list for a bit! I just about fell over, because I love Instagram so much and am so pumped to join the other Instagrammers I know and love who have been featured in the past. It’s truly one of my favorite hobbies, sharing photos there, and I’m so grateful for that community. So hop over to my feed to see what’s new!
In other news, did you try to get any of the Lilly Pulitzer for Target goodies? This is one case where it pays to live in a smaller town — Ryan and I breezed into one of our local Targets and snapped up a few things without anybody trying to mow us down to get there first. But some of what I saw on the #lillyfortarget Instagram feed was insane! And did you see people reselling their stuff right away? Like, at insane markups? Gotta love capitalism.
And finally, we’re baptizing little Henry this weekend! It’ll just be a simple ceremony and a family dinner afterwards, but I’m so looking forward to celebrating . What are you up to this weekend? Get clicky with some of these links if you’re looking for a little action! xoxo
Ryan and I are taking Kelly and Jeff’s Can’t Crop This Class and learning a ton!
Can’t wait to take little dude swimming this summer… maybe in THIS?!
And meanwhile, I’ll float around on this.
Because flowers in your s’mores would be a GREAT idea.
Sometimes when I’m out looking for baby clothes or toys for Hank I get so bummed out because there seems to be an insane amount of cute girl stuff and…
Sometimes when I’m out looking for baby clothes or toys for Hank I get so bummed out because there seems to be an insane amount of cute girl stuff and a major lack of cute things for little dudes. But the truth is, you just gotta know where to look. The other day while he was napping I went down the rabbit hole of cuteness at a couple of my favorite online shops and bookmarked a whole bunch of stuff that’s perfect for tiny guys. Granted, he can’t talk yet but if he could I’m pretty sure he’d tell me he approves of my list.
Taxi Pillow. Star Pants. Plus Romper. Blankie. Boat. Shark. Pirate. Mermaid. Plus Shorts. Terry Pants. Camera.
How comfy do those little pants from Nununu look? And he’s been rolling around in the little shorts for days. They’re perfect for playtime — so cute and they keep him free to move around. (He’s starting to try to scoot a little bit! Yikes!)
And the toys, the toys! The wooden camera?! Come on. And that little pirate ship set has a pirate, mermaid, and shark that are all rattles. Brilliant.
I’m always on the hunt for great pieces for little boys, so do leave a comment if you know a great shop I should check out! xoxo
I love my mom. I am fully convinced she is (probably much like your mom) the greatest mom in the world. I love to spoil her, and I also love…
I love my mom. I am fully convinced she is (probably much like your mom) the greatest mom in the world. I love to spoil her, and I also love to make her laugh. So when I was thinking of something that might be fun to make her for Mother’s Day, I came up with these silly little papercut cards. You can make them say anything in the whole world, give them to mom as a card, and she can frame them or hang them as art for ever and ever. It’s like a grownup version of giving her something you made at school so she can put it on the fridge. Like that. But cooler.
- cardstock in various colors
- craft knife
- glue stick
- printer, or a cutting machine like the Cricut
Make Time: 1 Hour
Decide what you’d like your mom’s art to say. I went with a few different sayings; if you like mine you can download them here: 1/2/3/4. If you have a cutting machine like the Cricut (which I can’t recommend enough – it’s brilliant), upload the files into the Cricut design space and cut them out of colored cardstock. If you want to get familiar with a Cricut, you can check them out at your local Michaels store!
If you don’t have a cutting machine, never fear! You can cut these old school style, with scissors and a craft knife. It’ll just take you a while longer. If you’re cutting them old school, print the files on colored cardstock using your printer, and cut out the words with your cutting tools.
On a contrasting color of cardstock, spread a thin layer of glue stick. Press the two sheets together.
Cut away the excess until your art is the size you’d like (these are about 5″ x 7″).
Give them to your mama and make her giggle! Unless you decide to have them say something really sweet. Then give them to your mama and make her cry. Happy Mother’s Day, y’all! Be sure to check out the links below to see what the rest of the Michaels Makers whipped up for Mother’s Day, along with some other springtime celebrations! xoxo
There is nothing more satisfying to me than figuring out a five minute fix for something that has been bugging and bugging me. This is one of those. You know…
There is nothing more satisfying to me than figuring out a five minute fix for something that has been bugging and bugging me. This is one of those. You know all that junk floating around at the bottom of your makeup bag? (Come on, I know it’s not just me.) Well I fixed it.
The DIY will take you just a few minutes and it will save your brain much anguish while you’re rummaging around in your makeup in the morning! Get the full tutorial right over here — you can thank me later. xoxo
Now that my closet is a little more spring-ready, I wanted to add a fresh round of accessories to my arsenal. I’ve been carrying my beloved navy leather bag all…
Now that my closet is a little more spring-ready, I wanted to add a fresh round of accessories to my arsenal. I’ve been carrying my beloved navy leather bag all winter, and it’s feeling a little dark and heavy these days. Not to mention my banged up sunglasses that float to the bottom of my purse underneath all kinds of baby paraphenalia — those could use a little help too. Once again, my pals at Zappos know how to help a sister out.
Side note: shopping online is my very favorite these days. I mean, I can order a new purse online while Henry is sleeping and it literally shows up on my doorstep two days later. And free shipping no less! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: We live in the future. What kind of magical place is this where we can hop online and just go to one website and have about a million different choices?
Okay I got sidetracked. Hashtag mom brain. Anyway! This bag! I’m kind of a fan of just using a regular old purse as a diaper bag until we outgrow it but so far it’s working perfectly. This beauty fits all of my stuff, all of Henry’s stuff, and even a camera (for when we are out and about and spot an insane place to shoot like in front of these gigantic aloe plants). There are a ton of pockets, so the new sunnies won’t get smashed at the bottom of the bag any more, either.
This scarf? My spring and summer mantra. I think we all like to think that we’re a little wild at heart, no? And this guy is the perfect weight for wrapping yourself up in on a spring day. My poor winter scarves are just going to have to wait it out at the back of my closet for next year.
How about you guys?! Doing any spring refreshing of your accessories? Hop over to Zappos for a one-stop-shop to snag any little thing you might need. I may or may not be saving my pennies to get another thing or two from my wishlist… xoxo
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This is a topic that’s been clanging around inside of my heart recently. Blogging can be such an inspiring world — there’s an endless stream of insane creativity that gets…
This is a topic that’s been clanging around inside of my heart recently. Blogging can be such an inspiring world — there’s an endless stream of insane creativity that gets splashed over the internet every day. But sometimes I find myself moving beyond inspiration and ending up sort of overwhelmed.
It always happens when I start comparing. It’s so easy to get inside your head and start thinking crazy thoughts. Well, that blogger has 100,000 Instagram followers. I need that. This blogger is renovating a house. I should do larger projects. The other blogger is best friends with Beyonce. Why am I not best friends with Beyonce?! Okay, so I haven’t officially seen any bloggers being best friends with Bey. But you get what I’m saying, right? Where do we draw the line between being inspired by others to strive for better things and just trying to keep up with that we’re seeing online?
It’s a tough distinction to make. Especially in a world that’s so filtered and styled and edited. When everything looks beautiful and fun and flashy, it’s hard to keep your head on straight and remember that there’s a real person behind each photo, each blog post. And the real person probably has struggles just like we all have struggles. It’s also tough sometimes to not discount the things that are going well, when you see other people accomplishing things you’d like to accomplish. Maybe that blogger just hit 100K on Instagram, but you’ve doubled your followers in the last few months. That’s no small feat. So why is it so easy to look right past it and wish that we had moremoremore?
I know that for me, it’s a constant battle to stop comparing and stop trying to keep up. I do my best to keep my head on straight, set goals that seem right for me, and work toward those goals. That’s not to say that I don’t lose it sometimes. But I find that when I stop looking around for comparisons and put my head down and just work is when I start feeling good again about my own progress. After all, wishing and stewing and hoping won’t get you anywhere, but hard work and a good attitude usually will, at least in my experience.
What about you? If you spend lots of your time online, is this something that you struggle with too? I’d love to know your take on it, and how you combat the comparison trap. xoxo
I have been wanting to put this project together for absolutely ever, and when Flower Muse sent us these most gigantic and perfect peonies I knew the time had finally…
I have been wanting to put this project together for absolutely ever, and when Flower Muse sent us these most gigantic and perfect peonies I knew the time had finally come. Gaaahhhh what is it about peonies? I know they’re everyone’s favorite flower in the world and blah blah blah, but they totally deserve it. They’re just so ruffly and amazing. And obviously perfect for decorating your bicycle handlebars, right?! It looks so fancy but I promise it’s a piece of cake. So piece-of-cakey, in fact, that it’ll just take you a few minutes. Let’s do it.
- your sweet bike
- large, ruffly florals like peonies or garden roses
- extra greenery for filler
- floral wire
Make Time: 15 Minutes
Grab a large flower, trim away the greenery from the stem, and cut the stem off at about 4 inches. Cut a piece of floral wire to about 5 inches. Hold the bloom over your handlebar and use the wire to affix the flower firmly. Repeat this process with large blooms across your handlebars.
Fill in any blank spots with greenery or smaller flowers like carnations. While you’re filling in, you can probably just wedge the stems of the greenery into the wires that are already holding your flowers, rather than wiring each individual piece. Fluff everything up and roll out!
We had so much fun cruising around town with my handlebars all decked out. If you try this one, be ready to get lots of smiles and comments from friendly folks who are into your flowers! xoxo