You guys, I’m soooo excited that you’re not looking at crazy hoarder piles of crap all over my blah tan room right now! I’ve been slowly working on my office since we moved into the house, and I finally have a little work space that doesn’t stress me out! I’ll update you once I finish the rest of the office and my craft closet (weeeeeee!!!) but wanted to show you a peak! Scroll down for sources.
Also wanted to share this little free print I designed for my desk below.
I am constantly quoting Jessie Spano and thought I needed to include this in my office. Just to remind myself that I’m being ridiculous. “There’s never any time! I’m just so so… scared!”. I’m usually more of a Kelly Kapowski but lately I’ve been all about that crazy caffeine pill poppin’ mama.
Download print HERE
This is my little inspiration wall. I have SO many more prints I’m coveting, so I’ll just continually add to it when I can. Absolutely love this black paint, Behr Broadway. It’s only on this accent wall while the rest of my office is white. The black is a chalkboard black- not too harsh, not too soft, juuuust right.
I kept this card (download HERE) for myself because it makes me smile and cringe all at once. Little pink hippo is a hoarder leftover from Ari’s party HERE.
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Black paint: Behr Broadway
Thanks for checking out my space! More to come (when I feel the motivation to organize… could be a while).
This one’s for the grammar nut in your life! I painted a similar card for my mom last year, and she loved it…she not so silently corrects my grammar on all blog posts and in every day life. Thought some of you might know a mom or yourself who needs this! Free printable HERE.
Happy Mother’s Day! Yes, there’s an apostrophe in there, MOM.
Here’s a fun activity for your littles on Valentine’s Day morning…
scavenger hunt slash Valentine’s Day decoration!
Ari is REALLY into “finding treasure”, secret clues, and going on a treasure hunt, (it’s really fun when he hides food…yikes) so I’m super excited for him to do this on Valentine’s Day! Make a scavenger hunt around your house with this free printable HERE and HERE. Just print on any paper, cut out, and hide the hearts all around the house!
You could even add toys or candies with the hearts.
When you’re done you can string the hearts up in a banner that reads “I LOVE YOU” for decoration.
Great practice for reading and letter recognition. Gotta sneak it in there somehow!
I actually got the concept of the heart scavenger hunt from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood AKA the best show of all time (PBS kids). This show taught ME incredibly helpful ways to navigate through toddlerhood and taught ARI how to cope with change. Starting school, going to the doctor, help with transitions, potty training… there is literally a song for everything toddlers and parents experience. Plus, they don’t display negative behavior which is so rare in kids shows. I cannot say enough good things about this show!!
Hope your little explorers have fun with this!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Need a sweet mushy heartfelt card for your love? This ain’t it.
But naptime is my favorite time of day. I live for it. I die without it. So I’d say if I love you like naptime… that’s saying a LOT!
Download free printable HERE!
That’s true love.
Download our other Valentine’s Day designs below by clicking on the titles:
Here is a simple Valentine’s Day breakfast and card making morning for your littles! We picked up most of these goodies from Target and Michaels Craft stores- just goes to show you what you can create with store bought items and just a touch of DIY.
Scroll down to the bottom for a DIY on this simple heart ornament.
We used fiber fill for the clouds and used THIS tutorial for the paper airplanes.
Straws, cups, plates, and napkins from Target.
Michaels Craft store had the banner blank- we just added letters! We rummaged through our craft drawers and found lots of card-making supplies for the kiddos.
Fill mini shipping tubes from Michaels with crafting supplies!
Download “Special Delivery” labels HERE.
Have your littles decorate mailbags – tutorial HERE.
HEART ORNAMENT TUTORIAL:
First make a heart template: fold a piece of paper in half, cut out half of a heart shape. When you unfold it, it should be a symmetrical heart. Fold colorful paper strips in half, fold your template in half and trace on the folded paper strips. (All of the hearts need to be the same size for this to work).
Use double stick tape to put the hearts together back to back. We used 6 or 7 hearts per ornament.
Stop half way through to tape the string in the middle.
We hope you and your littles have a SWEET and fun Valentine’s Day breakie!
More class valentines for you!
Max’s classmates are all around 12-18 months, so no candy, no small toys aka choking hazards. Though… I think all the moms would appreciate eating the candy FOR their babies- or is that just me? Maxie’s favorite bribe crack snack is Pirates Booty. It’s easy to eat for littles, somewhat healthy, gluten free, and we happened to have a massive box of individual bags in our pantry.
This Valentine is a little cheeky…see what I did there? It might be inappropriate for older kids, but I think it’ll slide with teeny ones! Scroll down for the link.
Simply print the tags on card stock, cut right on the lines (a paper cutter is the easiest), punch a hole in the corner of both the tag and the corner of the Pirate’s Booty bag, and tie with string.
Click HERE for the Pirate’s Booty Download.
For the bigger kids, check out our other Valentine’s Day free printables.
Okay… Valentine’s day is more than a month away, but we can’t be the only ones seeing pink and red eeeeverything in stores, right? We’re feeling the pressure to get. on. the. ball. So let’s start off with a fun option for your kiddo’s class Valentines. One of your favorite posts from last year was our Valentines day card free printables. You can still download all of these- scroll down below for the links!
As much as our family is ALL about snacks and treats, I wanted to do another non-candy card. I never know if the other moms are like organic no sugar people (Ew. Jk. Not really.) and plus kids love toys, so why not? This year Ari is giving his little buddies Matchbox Cars which he collects himself! Get it? We’re the perfect MATCH!
2. print on card stock- THIS is our fav for super bright ink
3. cut right on the lines using our fav cutting board HERE
4. tape the cars with washi tape HERE.
5. Purchase Matchbox Cars set HERE. The cars are about $1 a piece, so not so bad if you have a small class.
Download Matchbox Cars printables HERE!
Download our previous designs below by clicking on the titles:
More Valentines Day shenanigans coming your way all month!
We’re stiiiiill in our rental- two more months to go before our house is finished!!- but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t make it feel homey and festive for fall! Or at least that’s what Jenni keeps telling me. This was a super easy and quick craft project that I did during nap time. You can do it too… promise! I made a free download for the template you can get right here.
What you need:
1 piece of Kraft paper or other color card stock
Metallic Sharpie (or you could use paint!)
Glue and glitter if you want to make it glitzy
1. Print template… Click HERE to download
2. BEFORE you cut out the feathers, color in designs with a gold sharpie or paint designs. It’ll make less messy that way!
3. Cut out the feathers shapes then score by using your fingernail tracing along the middle- I sort of did this in a curved shape to give the feather more dimension. Gently fold the feather up.
4. Cut thin diagonal lines all the way down the sides of the feather. Run your fingers up and down the fringe to give the feather some texture.
5. You could stop here… or you could get a little messy and add glitter! I used Martha Stewart’s Florentine Gold Glitter.
See that fun fringy texture?
6. Find a stick…
Tip: toddlers are low to the ground and can find the best sticks. And oh yeah… boys love sticks.
See that pretty texture? Score, Ari!
7. Attach string to each feather with a little piece of washi tape then simply tie the string to the stick.
Happy fall y’all!
(I only say “y’all” in print… it just doesn’t sound right in my midwestern accent!)
Here’s a quick and easy party hat tutorial for you. If you want a solidly constructed hat with the string and everything (so you can force your baby to wear it like I do) but have it match your decorations, this is my fav way to go. Scroll down for the tutorial and download.
Ari’s third birthday party HERE
Ari’s second birthday party HERE
PARTY HAT TUTORIAL:
1. Start with any store-bought hat
2. Unfold the hat, design-side down
3. Trace around the hat
4. Cut out traced shape, a little outside the lines to leave room for error
5. Put double stick tape on the two straight edges of the traced shape
6. Start with the “tab” side and tape on the hat, wrapping around the paper as you go
(If you want to do a little fringe or pom pom add this in before you close up the hat)
Download party hat numbers HERE
And here are my babies in their birthday hats! Oh how I love to torture them.
Jenni covered her hats with chalkboard paper and wrote with chalk. Amara’s first birthday party HERE
We’d love to see your party hats! Email us!
My three-year-old, Ari, is FINALLY potty trained. This may be TMI but he’s been going #2 on the potty since he was two-years-old but refused to tell me when he needed to go #1. Stickers didn’t work, M&M’s didn’t work, jelly beans sort of worked, but it was moving at a slow pace. He needed major motivation. For Ari, it was the idea of having a Potty Party. I promised him cupcakes, decorations, and music. It worked! Only took a week. Guess I should have thought of this idea a year ago!
I designed some free printables for your own Potty Party should you have the need (scroll down to the end of the post). Just add cupcakes and you’re all set. Oh and string up their brand new undies- Ari thought that was awesome! I even made printables for the little ladies in your life.
Happy Potty Party day to youuuu…
TP roll sign HERE
Undies cupcake toppers HERE
Panties cupcake toppers HERE
Undies coloring pages HERE
Panties coloring page HERE
Good luck mamas! Let us know how it goes…
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll enjoy this. If you’ve never read the books or seen the movies… um why not? Better get on that. I wanted to share the Valentine’s Day card I made for my husband this year (and hope he’s not reading this post!). You could totally use this for your kid’s class valentines too!
1. Click HERE to buy the glasses
2. Click HERE for the printable.
3. Print on card stock- you can find single sheets of red and gold at most craft stores, or purchase white card stock HERE
4. Cut using our fav easy cutting board HERE
And if you’re really feeling nerdy, grab our Harry Potter tattoos HERE and Harry Potter nail tattoos HERE!
Cut 2 rectangles to poke the glasses through. I printed on a scrap piece of paper first to fiddle with where to cut. Below is what the back will look like.
If you don’t have glasses for the card, use THIS printable.
I did mine in Gryffindor colors naturally, but just red works well for Valentine’s Day too!
Want to see what huge HP nerds my husband and I are? Here’s the costume I made for our then one-year-old, Ari! I cannot wait to start reading the books together (in about 6 years!).
Details about this costume and more DIY baby Halloween costumes HERE.
Anyone else LOVE Harry Potter as much as I do? I’m trying to get Jenni on the Hogwarts Express Harry Potter train! Won’t she love the books??
My three-year-old, Ari, loves balloons. We play catch with them (really good practice for spazzy toddler coordination), we draw funny faces on them, whenever there’s a holiday we have tons and tons of balloons, so I thought it would be fun for him to hand them out to his little friends at preschool this year. After I designed this I thought… does this make sense? You make my heart pop? Whatever, the kids will just be excited about the balloon, right? I printed my cards on kraft paper, but you could certainly print it on white or red paper.
1. Download free printable HERE
2. Cut using our fav cutting board HERE
3. Attach balloon with washi tape HERE
Do you know how hard it is to photograph a toddler and a balloon? Exercise for the week day- check.