Coffee Date

Coffee Date

Coffee Date

Hello, old friend! If you and I were able to finally carve some time out of our schedules to sit down together and catch-up over coffee, I’d give you a big hug. Because I’ve missed you so much!

I start off talking about how the holidays were so crazy, weren’t they? I’d ask if you had a great time visiting your friends and family. You went out of town, didn’t you? I hope you just had the most wonderful holiday season! I’d tell you I was so bummed we didn’t get to hang out with you. I really am! Next year, maybe?

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How to Make Cloth Wipes (Without a Serger)

How to Make Cloth Wipes

How to Make Cloth Wipes

We’ve been cloth diapering since about a week after JuneBug came home from the hospital. I know cloth diapering isn’t for everyone, but we knew from the beginning it was something we wanted to tackle. When I was pregnant, I spent hours researching different types of diapers, creams, wipes, and wipe solution. All my hours of researching paid off, because we are super happy with our cloth diapering system. One day, I’ll write more about it, but as a quick overview, we use BumGenius Freetime all-in-one diapers exclusively, and we also use flannel cloth wipes. For some reason, for me, cloth wipes seemed like more of a mental roadblock to overcome than the diapers themselves. But I was absolutely sold after using them! They clean better than the disposable wipes we use. They are easy on soft baby bums. They way up beautifully. And I love that I never have to buy packs of wipes.

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How to Make a Birthday Beer Cake

How to Make a Beer-thday Cake

Beer Birthday Cake

Earlier this week, I told you all about the actual birthday cake I made for my husband’s 30th birthday this past week, now, it’s time for me to show you the other cake I made for him—a beer-thday cake!

This was such a fun (and easy) gift to put together for him. We’re craft beer lovers, and I knew for a while I wanted to get him 30 different brews for 30 years on the planet—but I couldn’t quite figure out how to put it together in a fun way. Then, I saw a beer-can cake on display at some grocery store (made with crappy beer, but that’s not the point), and I knew I wanted to recreate it for him with a variety of craft brews. A few weeks later, Craig happened to pin a beer-thday cake to his Pinterest wish list board, and I knew it was meant to be.

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Printable Burlap Fall Bunting

Fall Bunting Printable

Fall Bunting on Fireplace Mantel

There are a lot of annoying things about being a homeowner. Like, say, having to shell out the cash to replace your washing machine when it craps out (pun intended) in the middle of washing a load of cloth diapers. Or when you get a knock on your door at 8am from the water meter reader so he can tell you than you have a pipe leaking .

Those are just examples. It’s not like both of those things happened to us last week or anything…

But even though there are some hiccups to overcome, I absolutely love owning my own house. I rented for years, and it was the right choice for us at the time, but being a homeowner rocks. It’s so much more than picking paint colors and being able to put holes in the walls (although, those are both nice). Homeownership somehow makes home feel so much more homey. I was comfortable in my rentals, but it was always in the back of my mind that it wasn’t entirely mine. Now, this place feels 100% mine (well, mine and the bank’s). Part of it feeling so much like home is getting so much joy out of decorating it for seasons and holidays. Sure, we put up a Christmas tree and some decorations in our apartment, but we have so much more fun with seasonal decor in our house!

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Tutorial: DIY Lovey Tag Blanket

DIY Taggie Blanket

DIY Taggie Blanket

Before I had a kid, I had never heard of a tag blanket in my life (also called a “lovey”), and in fact, when I first saw one, I had a definite “Uh, what the heck is that for?” moment. Tag blankets are small. At about 16” square, they’re too small to be used for warmth. And are covered by little ribbons. Weird, right?

But now that I have a beautiful baby girl, I totally get it. Tag blankets are a fun, portable way for babies to explore textures, colors and feeling with their hands. They’re basically a toy, that doesn’t squeak, squak or make noise (which is awesome). They’re completely washable and can fit in almost any pocket of any bag. I’m a big fan of tag blankets. And so is the JuneBug. We handed one to her a few weeks ago, and she was immediately fascinated by the various feelings and textures on the blanket.

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Tutorial: DIY Nursing Pillow and Slipcover

DIY Nursing Pillow and Cover

DIY Nursing Pillow and Cover

When I was working on pulling together our baby registry, one item that was on all of the must-have lists was a nursing pillow. Being someone who’d never breastfed before, the idea of a nursing pillow confounded me. I mean, after all, women have been nursing babies for long before nursing pillows existed—why did I need one? I was skeptical. And the price of them really made me skeptical. I had a hard time justifying $45 for something that I might never use. Now that I’m two months in to breastfeeding, I can safely say that a nursing pillow might not be an absolute necessity, but it certainly does help make the tough first few weeks of nursing a little bit easier. And it’s really a difficult time, so anything you can do to make go a bit more smoothly is highly recommended.

There are two different common styles of nursing pillows on the market today, and there is no way of really knowing which one is for you until you try it (which is pretty much the story of all baby items). I own both styles. I made this Boppy nursing pillow knock-off back when I was pregnant, and then also ended up purchasing a My Brest Friend (worst name ever) at the recommendation of my lactation consultant.

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How to Do a Gallery Wall (for less than $20)

Gallery Wall

Gallery Wall

I’m kinda a little bit obsessed with gallery walls. I love eclectic collections of mementos, and I think gallery walls are such a fun way to show things off that might normally be relegated to a box in the basement.

When we were planning JuneBug’s nursery, we knew we wanted do a small gallery wall above her changing table. We liked the idea of being able to include lots of prints, photos and keepsakes that had meaning. And we liked that the wall gives us the ability to change things out, switch it up and make it different in the future as she grows up.

This isn’t our first gallery wall rodeo. In fact, we have two gallery walls (one above the bar in our living room and one in our main floor hallway) that we absolutely adore. And we managed to do each wall for less that $20!

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Tutorial: Giant Ruler Growth Chart

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I think pretty much everyone has a story about where in their childhood home they marked their height as a kid. I always loved the idea of having a visual representation of a kid’s growth in the home, but I never loved the permanence of it all. I grew up in one house, and then… 

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