OMG! Summer. We have a week of school left and then it is hot days, 24 hours of kids, vacation planning stress and filling long afternoons with activities to keep the kids from getting bored. I came up with this summer survival kit for moms. If you make these for your best gals or your favorite school moms, I promise you they will love you forever.
I found the CUTEST storage box at Daiso (a Japanese dollar store) but any cute little holder will do. I didn’t want the container to take up too much room. And I wanted it to be closed so that little hands couldn’t easily make off with the candy. Mom’s allowed to have a candy stash too. I filled it with all kinds of fun things that any mom would love. A cute hair accessory for those days by the pool is an excellent idea. A sunscreen that is all her own and made for women is another great item. Quick dry nail polish is perfect because while your schedule might be a little less stressful during summer vacation than during the school year, it’s not like you can really sit around and leisurely let your nail polish dry. And don’t forget to add in a special treat (like a Susie Cakes gift card) that she can use when she deems necessary whether it’s to bribe the kids to do something she wants to do or just steal away for a quick cupcake on her own. Look for items that make mom feel like a kid at heart but with finer tastes. A nice chocolate bar (save the Hershey’s for your campfire s’mores), gourmet gum, a lip balm that is all her own.
And don’t forget to really make her happy with some of the ingredients to make a delicious, refreshing cocktail and don’t forget the copper mug. Wouldn’t you love to get this kit!?! Wishing all you moms out there a fantastically fun summer with a little “me” time thrown in!
I’ll be sharing my son’s 6th birthday party soon but for now I have to share this custom Tiny Prints pillow. They were super generous to send it to me. The theme of the party was “monsters” but instead of using ready-made party goods, we used his custom drawings since this is what he is really in to drawing at the moment. This custom pillow was great for decor during the party but also makes a rad keepsake for him.
And after the party, it moved in to his bedroom. I wanted you to see it next a normal sized bed pillow for size. These are pretty big! They come in rectangle or square and you can use their ready-made templates for more decor friendly options. But I really love that you can upload your own artwork and get a custom-made item that you can cherish forever.
You can also follow this tutorial for making a pillow with your child’s own artwork!
Thank you, Tiny Prints, for sending me the pillow!
Christmas is the time for treats, am I right? And treats are made for sharing. These easy decoupage plates are the perfect thing to gift your holiday desserts on. I love Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge and when I saw that they have a dishwasher safe version I almost cried. How cool is that?!
Follow the directions on the Mod Podge bottle. Paint on the Mod Podge on to the plate. Then lay out the fabric on top. Smooth it out to make sure there aren’t any wrinkles. Paint on the Mod Podge on to the back of the fabric. Then let dry for an hour. Add more coats (up to 4) leaving each to dry an hour in between.
Once fully dry, trim the fabric as close to the edge of the plate as possible. Let cure for 24 days or whatever the bottle says. It seems like a really long time but if you want to really put these in the dishwasher then you will want to do it. If you are just doing these for one party then I’d just make sure that they are dried completely.
Wrap the plate and treats up with a little cellophane and tie with a cute bow and you’ve got the perfect neighbor gift. This is a perfect thing to make for kid’s birthday parties when you are trying have everything be cohesive and part of a theme. It also works with patterned papers, lace doilies, whatevs.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. And this year I decided to make some ornaments. These homemade woven ornaments are a great gift idea for friends and family. It is also a good craft to do with your older kids. I thought my 6-year-old would like to do this but he had a hard time with the over under idea of the sewing. Either way it kept him busy while I finished mine. And I just love yarn crafts. Don’t you?
I had seen this plastic grid in the craft store and always wanted to do something with it. Then it dawned on me. Woven ornaments. I could have used yarn that I already owned but decided to pick up the craft yarn that is sold next to the plastic sheets. And I thought these plastic yarn needles would work but they ended up not fitting through the squares. Luckily I had smaller yarn needles at home to work with. You could also wrap the tip of the yarn with scotch tape to get it to fit through the hole but I much prefer a needle.
All you have to do is cut out your shapes from the plastic and start sewing, making whatever patterns you like. A lot of the plastic ends up showing through so I actually went back and spray painted the plastic shapes silver before starting to sew. I also picked up another sheet of plastic that they sell in hot pink. Because why not. They might be untraditional colors for Christmas but I love that.
I think they turned out really cute. They were my favorite kind of craft where you can do it while you watch tv. These will sit nicely on a tree or you can use a metal hook to hang them. You could even do this on a much larger scale and use each sheet for a single letter and create words for your mantle.
And of course my son wanted in on the action. I love that he is pretty much cross-eyed from looking at the ornament he’s holding. And isn’t his shirt great? It’s a Yoshirt. It cracks me up when he wears himself to school.
*This post is sponsored by Rich’s Products as part of their Give Bakery Because program. A grocer’s bakery is the convenient and ideal location to purchase delicious baked goods that can be customized for any gift giving occasion. Rich’s and I encourage you to head to your local in-store bakery the next time you need delicious, sweet treats – or just because. But all these opinions are mine.
I totally lucked out in the mom-in-law department. My mother-in-law, Marie, is very good to me and my kids in so many ways and is always willing to go out of her way for us. A few months back I asked her for some help with watching the kids one day a week so I could really focus on things that needed to get done for the blog. She didn’t hesitate to commit and pretty much runs all over town for me taking care of the kids every Friday, so I can put together photo shoots, set up meetings or even just have a wonderful long lunch with a girlfriend. Because she already helps me that day, I often hesitate to ask her to watch the kids on other days if something else comes up. I never want to over step my bounds or take advantage of her and her generosity. But she often steps in to watch the kids more than just that one day a week. And I am forever grateful of her willingness to drop what she is doing to come help us out. So sometimes I like to leave her a little sweet treat, just because. Sure she gets extra love around her birthday and mother’s day, etc. But sometimes it is nice to just let her know we are appreciate her.
I’m actually typing this post from wifi on a plane. And if you do any sort of traveling without your family, you know that just to be able to get on the plane requires lots of planning ahead and prepping. So the last thing I wanted to add to that prep was a lot of crafting and fuss. I wanted to leave my Marie a little treat to thank her for picking up my slack while out of town. Since I had to make a grocery store stop anyway, I just made sure to swing by the bakery section before I checked out. I saw a variety pack of sweet rolls, that I knew my mom-in-law would like, and knew they would be perfect to leave for her to snack on while at my house with the kids. I didn’t have to bake it and I didn’t have to spend a lot of money. It proved to be the perfect base for a little flair and the message that I am thankful for her. I mean really, these picks took almost no time at all. But they’re pretty cute, right?
Since she wouldn’t be expecting treats I wanted to make sure she knew that we had ice cold milk in the fridge to go along with the rolls. Just a super quick note on the computer, printed out and strung on a straw is all you need to elevate the store-bought goods to a truly special moment.