Leo is 7 months – and other family happenings

May 30th, 2013

Our sweet Leo turned 7 months today. It seems like a million moments have passed in that time, and yet it feels like they all happened in just the blink of an eye.


How can you resist that face?  Little Leo is just the sweetest little thing ever. Before having Leo, I never quite understood how you could love another little person as much as you loved your first child. But oh man, I’m completely smitten with this squishy, sweet baby. He’s growing so much bigger every day. I swear the speed at which he grows increases daily. Part of me wants it to stop, but most of me cannot wait for all the wonderful months ahead as he grows into his own person.

He really is the best baby, sleeps incredibly well, eats great (as you can see above), is never fussy, goes to sleep on his own, laughs and smiles on demand. I just adore him. He’s started cooing and “talking” especially when he’s hungry. He even loves riding in the car (wahoo!). All in all I couldn’t ask for a better little boy.


At 7 months, he’s fully mobile. He’s crawling EVERYWHERE and FAST – if we don’t keep a constant eye on him, he’ll end up on the other side of the house. And he’s like this silent stealth baby so it’s really hard to find him if you’ve gotten distracted for a minute.  To keep him contained, we’ve set up a furniture and box perimeter to the family room:


His days are spent rolling and crawling around, making a huge mess with all the toys, and trying to escape the family room.

He is also entertained by his big brother. He’ll just laugh and laugh at anything that Ollie does. When Ollie comes into the room his little eyes just light up, and he gets so excited with his entire chubby body. Now that he can crawl, he does his best to follow Ollie around.  It’s so fun to see them together an already best friends.

Speaking of Ollie – he’s SO BIG now. We cut his hair for the summer, and he instantly looked like a boy and not a baby. He’s speaking so much these days, and is good at actually following instructions and staying close to me when we are outside and in public. He likes to pick his own clothes, tell you EXACTLY what he wants to eat, and take baths. I am loving this stage that he’s in right now.


We’re going to get some family pictures taken this week. They grow so fast at this age, I want to have photos of us all together as often as we can. I went to Baby Gap to find some coordinating clothes for everyone, and came away with these bright and fun outfits:


We’re trying a little Emerald, Coral, and Gray. I just love bright colors, so I’m excited that all these fun colors are in style right now. What do you think of Emerald & Coral? Hopefully the photos turn out great! I’ll share them as soon as I can.

If you don’t know this about me, I’m optimistic to a fault… So I’m absolutely sure we’ll take some awesome family photos… however, I tried to take just ONE good picture of both boys on Memorial day and this was what I got:


I love it – not one “good” one in the bunch (especially when Ollie decided he didn’t want to be in the picture and kept closing his eyes to make the whole situation go away). Hopefully our photographer has better luck and my optimism will pay off! Any good tips for getting a toddler and a baby to take great photos?

Oh and as a side note – Follow me on Instagram to see lots of cute pics of my boys and daily adventures – if you don’t have instagram, you should totally sign up – it’s such a fun way to capture and share little everyday moments!


Minted Fathers Day Cards & Gifts

May 29th, 2013


Minted.com recently asked me to review their Father’s day cards and gifts. Since I happen to love Minted (I did my christmas cards with them last year – awesome!), and have a few fathers in my life, it was a no brainer to share their high quality and well designed products with you!

I have to say that I was bit skeptical about using a site like Minted to buy something like a fathers day card. I figured the prices would be to high, and the cards no better than your standard hallmark card, so why bother with something seemingly more complicated? Boy was I so completely wrong on every account. I checked out their cards and found that all the cards were well designed and super easy to customize. Here are a few that I just adore:



Now you must be thinking to yourself those are so adorable, but they must cost a bajillion dollars. I couldn’t believe that they are only $5.99.

$5.99! For a custom printed with any of your photos card. And I’m not done yet! The cards are also full-color print on the inside with as many photos as you can squeeze in there (they have different layout options that are super easy to drop photos in).

So let me share the cards that I ordered so you can see how precious these are.  Outside cover:


The paper these cards are printed on is super thick 98lb and I selected the Pearlescent paper option, which has just a little bit of shimmer. The quality of the print is excellent and I’m super picky about paper and print quality.

Inside spread:


I almost cried when I opened up this card and saw all these precious moments from the past 6 months. This is definitely more than a card to me, it’s an opportunity to get pictures off my computer and give them a chance to be cherished.

There just isn’t anything cooler than a card with all your own photos printed inside of it.

I also wanted to print a card for my Dad. I chose a simple one because I don’t have any photos of me and my dad (now that I know this, I need to make an effort to take some!).


I did drop a single picture in the inside of our little family (also need to get family photos taken now that Leo is bigger!).

fathers_day_card2_insideIn addition to the cards, Minted also has various Father’s Day Gifts including wall art, customized stationary, and journals. Mr. Project loves to sketch and so I was thrilled when I saw that you could get their journals with blank pages – perfect for sketching. 

I customized his sketch book with his name, and the inside cover  is custom printed with our address if it gets lost. I think this is so awesome, and was excited to find the perfect simple gift for Mr. Project. You can also print photos on the inside and there are several journals that have photos on the cover like this one:


I am so grateful for this opportunity to review Minted’s father’s day products because I know I wouldn’t have tried them out just on my own. And now that I have seen how awesome they are, I can’t imagine not ordering my cards from them every year (and probably for every occasion!).

For my readers, I have a 10% off coupon + free shipping on any Father’s Day Gifts now through 6/11/2013! Enter TPG10SHIP when you checkout.



On an unrelated note, my cute neighbor Katie made the silhouette for my Father’s Day table. I’m going to post a tutorial on that this Friday, so check back to see how you can make this awesome DIY father’s day gift.

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Summer Fun Activity Board

May 28th, 2013

This weekend I attended a fun and totally girly weekend retreat. We wanted to do a fun craft to get our creative juices flowing, and had recently seen Kelly Brown show off her Summer Fun Trackers on Studio 5 including a pin board with goals for summer activities. We took her idea and ran with it  each creating our own board and customizing them with lots of fun embellishments.

This is us all crafting and having a good time getting our hands dirty:


We used the new MME Rhonna Farrer line – Find your Wings & Fly – and everyone just died over how awesome the papers and especially embellishments were. Love this line – easy to use and so stunning!


Our cork board was 16×20 and we covered it in fabric (stapling the back), and fit twelve 3.5″x5″ squares on the front. It fit perfectly into an empty 16×20 frame.


I cut the “Summer Fun” out on my Silhouette Cameo  using their free studio software, and we used the xyron X to turn all the letters into stickers – it’s the best little tool ever!


Then I totally made the project mine by using all the amazing embellishments – chipboard, brads, washi tape, alpha letters, layered stickers and a few enamel dots.


Add a little twine, and some push pins and this project only took about an hour.


Now all I need to do is actually schedule and accomplish all these fun summer goals AND take pictures to document everything.


And once summer is over, I can pull off all the cards and turn the whole thing into a mini album.  I think it would also be great to tuck in a little journaling card on the back of each card so that every photo/activity has a story as well.


Isn’t that an awesome way to get your summer activities planned and memories recorded? Plus is an adorable decoration in your house all summer long!

Thanks Kelly for the awesome idea!

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