Butterfly Wings

Whew!! What a weekend!! We were super busy and it just flew by! We spent Saturday up north celebrating Easter early with my family, then on Sunday we headed down south to celebrate the 3rd birthday of one of our dear friend’s daughter.
Today I wanted to share the gift Brynlee and I made for her, I really think it is the perfect, whimsical gift that any little girl would love!


I purchased the Wife-Made butterfly wing pattern back in October when I made Brynlee’s Rainbow Dash costume and have wanted to make the butterfly wings ever since. And a gift for a 3rd birthday party was the perfect time to try them out! I found the super colorful fabric at Joann’s and decided to just use solids for the wing’s appliqué since the main fabric is so busy.


I also used silver glitter elastic to make the wings even more whimsical. Brynlee loved them so much that I will be making a second pair very soon, she’s been begging for some ever since I had her try these on to make sure they would fit well.


I also decided to make a flower crown to go with the wings so the birthday girl could be a butterfly princess. I got Brynlee involved by letting her help me choose the flowers and their placement and to help me add the jewels. I also found a blue butterfly to add to the crown since the birthday girl’s favorite colors are pink and blue.


And to finish off the gift, Brynlee and I made a magical wand to match the wings. Brynlee thought it was so fun to pick out the beads and help string them on the ribbons.

I love giving handmade gifts and I especially love when I can get Brynlee involved in helping me. She’s been asking me to teach her to sew lately, I already have her step on the pedal for me when I sew, but I’m not sure what age is appropriate to actually let her use my machine. I also don’t know if I have the patience for it yet, but I do really want her to learn. I wish I would have been taught when I was young and I’m so excited that she wants to learn too! I love sharing my hobbies with her.

So, if any of you have any recommendations on teaching a child to sew and what is a good age to start them, please let me know in the comments.

Happy Sewing!!

xo, Cassidi

Spring Old Navy Picks

Old Navy has been having a ton of great sales recently! So when I saw their 40% with free shipping offer a couple of weeks ago, I took advantage and ordered some things for Brynlee.

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1. This tutu dress is so fun! It’s super comfortable and Brynlee has deemed it her princess dress!

2. I love this little floral dress, it’s only $8 right now and is perfect for when Brynlee needs to be a little dressier, like a birthday party or when we go out to dinner.

3. The perfect, casual summer dress, I ordered it in two colors! It’s super comfy and perfect for school, the park or even to thrown on over her swimsuit after a day at the pool or splash pad.

4. These shorts are currently on sale for $6! And the floral print is super fun!

5. I have Brynlee wear these shorts under her dresses, they are light weight and allow her to still be her active/rambunctious self while still keeping her modest.

6. This swimsuit is so adorable!! I love the print and it has a cutout on the back that is perfection! Between pool days, going to the splash pad and swim lessons, we get a lot of use out of our swim wear and this one is less than $10!

7. I was planning on getting Brynlee a pair of Native’s this summer, but when I saw these for less than half the price I had to try them out! Plus the heart cutouts are the cutest! Brynlee has already gotten a ton of wear out of them. They are easy for her to slip on and have great traction for when we are at the pool or the splash pad so she doesn’t slip and fall.

8. I used to love Jellies as a kid, so when I saw these I had to get them for Brynlee. They are super similar to these mini melissa shoes for a fraction of the price. And Brynlee calls them her jelly bean shoes, which is pretty much the cutest thing ever!

Happy Shopping!

xo, Cassidi

The Grace Dress

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Brynlee had her Spring picture day a few weeks ago, so I decided to make her a dress that could double as her Easter Dress. And with Easter just a few short weeks away, I thought now would be the perfect time to share it.

Violette Field Threads is one of my favorite pattern makers for girls, I have almost all of their patterns at this point and am slowly making my way through all of them. They recently came out with a stuffed doll line that I am dying to make, I think they would make the perfect gift, especially with all the outfits you can make to go with them!

For Brynlee’s Easter dress, I knew I wanted to make the Grace Dress. I love the scalloped edge option and thought it was the perfect feminine detail for Easter. The floral fabric I used to make it is from Hobby Lobby, it has sparkly gold accents that I love! To dress it up a bit for Easter, I decided to make the bottom of the dress from tulle, I used 4 layers of aqua tulle and one layer of aqua cotton for the lining.  It is perfectly puffy and makes a great twirling skirt, which Brynlee has absolutely taken advantage of!

This dress is a pretty quick and easy sew, just go slowly over the scallops to make sure they turn out perfect.

Happy Sewing!

xo, Cassidi

Spring Refresh

Spring is on the horizon, well actually, here it is pretty much in full swing and we are loving every minute of this beautiful weather. With the changing of the seasons, it got me thinking about giving a little update to our most used room in our house, the living room. We spend about 75% of our time as a family in our living room right now and I am ready to lighten things up a bit.

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For spring I like to stick to lighter neutrals with lots of texture and a few pops color to brighten things up.

Sofa – The sofa is a staple in any living room and this sofa has slip covers that are machine washable! As a mom of two kids, I would love to have the option to wash them whenever sticky hands or a spill occurs. Check out Arhaus’ Living Room page for more colors and some non-slip cover options.

 Ottoman – We have an ottoman very similar to this, it is easy to clean and perfect for corralling/ hiding toys. Plus the padding is very beneficial when you have a new walker in the midst.

 Rug – I love this light grey rug, make it extra plush by adding a rug pad underneath.

 Cream Floral Pillow / Watercolor Pillow / Basketweave Pillow–  I love utilizing throw pillows to add texture and extra color because you have so many different options and no matter what you choose, its never overwhelming since they are on a smaller scale, so have fun with it!

Brass Picture Frame – Spring is a great time to update your pictures, these brass picture frames are my current favorite.

Table Lamp– With the days starting to get longer also consider updating your lighting. I love this gold table lamp that would create a little more ambiance in the evenings, instead of always having overhead lighting which can sometimes be a bit harsh.

Tray – A must have with a padded “coffee table” to hold my mug full of cold coffee…

 Gold Pineapple Candle –  Also perfect to set on the tray, a spring scented candle. My favorite (and what is currently burning right now) is Violet and Freesia, but I also love Lavender for spring.

Throw Blanket– Even though the days are warming up, nights can still be a bit chilly so a lightweight throw is perfect for cuddling up in on those crisp evenings. I especially love the ruffling on this one.

What are some of your favorite ways to update your home for Spring?

xoxo, Cassidi

Newborn Essentials

When I was pregnant with Brynlee I bought/ registered for a lot of unnecessary items. I thought I needed all the things with all the bells and whistle. What actually happened was a lot of clutter and a lot of things going unused. This time I tried to be smarter and only got or kept the items we truly needed. Below is a list of what I couldn’t live without for baby #2.

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Ergo Baby Nursing Pillow– if you are a nursing mama, this pillow is a must! It makes nursing much more comfortable. You are able to position your baby perfectly to nurse so your arms wont get tired from holding them at the right height. I’ve tried other nursing pillows before and this is by far the best one I have used!

Mamaroo– We used this with Brynlee and love it this time around too! Lincoln sleeps so well in it and I love that you can position it at a slight incline when needed. If you read this post you know he has had some congestion and the Mamaroo really helped him to be able to sleep at night without having breathing issues. It’s light enough to move from room to room if needed, but solid enough that if Brynlee or someone bumps into it he isn’t disturb.

Blooming Bath – This bath is so wonderful, especially for newborns. You can position the petals to provide the correct support for your baby and it’s so soft for them to lay on. To dry it after each bath you just have to wring it out and throw it in the dryer for about 20 minutes. We love this bath wash and lotion too!

Cat and Jack Sleepers– I’ve talked about these multiple times, but they truly are my favorite sleeper for Lincoln to wear. With Brynlee, I always preferred the snap sleepers. Even though they were a pain to get all the snaps correct in the dark, middle of the night feedings, I loved that I didn’t have to open the whole sleeper making, her cold and start to cry then having a hard time going back to sleep. These zip from the bottom up so you only have to undo them half way, keeping the top of your baby covered and warm. So amazing and at a great price point, I don’t know why someone didn’t think of these sooner!

Convertible Diaper Bag- A diaper bag that can turn into a backpack is a must for a mama of two. I can’t tell you how many times it has saved me have two free hands at any given time. I have this one in brandy and love it, but would also like to get this one in black.

Travel System with Stroller Board– We love our Britax and used it with Brynlee too. When we had Lincoln we were gifted the stroller board and Brynlee loves it! It makes going places so much easier! If we have to do a lot of walking, Brynlee just jumps on and is a happy camper. She hasn’t liked riding in strollers for about 2 years now, so I didn’t want to buy a double stroller just to have her refuse to ride in it, this was the perfect solution!

Breast Pump and Bra– If you plan on breast feeding or pump and feeding, investing in a good breast pump is so worthwhile. Most insurance companies cover breast pumps now, so make sure to call yours to see what your options are. I was able to get this Medela and love it! I pretty much nurse exclusively, but still pump to build up a reserve, just in case, and also so Landon can have the opportunity to feed Lincoln. I would also recommend getting a hands-free pumping bra, it makes pumping much more convenient. Since I nurse too, I was having a hard time finding the time to nurse and pump throughout the day, now I pump while I’m getting ready, working on blog posts or any other time that I can stay in one spot, but still have the use of my hands. When we do bottle feed we use these bottles, which conveniently attach to the Medela pump and these washable nursing pads are my favorite and much more comfortable than the throw away kind.

Solly Baby Wrap– This is pretty much the only way I get anything done these days. Lincoln loves to be held and protests quite loudly whenever I lay him down for too long. If I put him in the wrap, he is as happy as can be and will often fall right to sleep. I love it because I allows me to keep my baby close whenever I have other things I have to get done. I wouldn’t mind spending all day cuddling my sweet boy, but for some reason my family thinks they need clean laundry and food to eat (wink, wink). This is also the only way I get any sewing done, standing at my kitchen island with Lincoln wrapped to my chest. I’ve actually gotten quite good at sewing standing up lol!

Nursing Cover (not pictured)- I love having a full coverage nursing cover. Since it completely surrounds me I’m never worried about flashing anyone. It makes nursing in public much more comfortable for me. Make one here or buy one here.

Car Seat Canopy Cover (not pictured)- I made one of these when I had Brynlee and have since made countless others as gifts. This is definitely a must have! It keeps the light out when your baby is napping and protects against people touching or putting their face right up to your newborn when closed. Make one here or buy one here.

 

Lincoln’s 2 Month Update

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Oh how we have loved this little addition to our family. And I can finally say, that rounding out at 2 months I think we’ve finally found our new groove as a family of 4. Brynlee absolutely adores her little brother and he is fascinated by her. Whenever she comes near him he just watches her. She likes telling him about her toys or reading books to him. My favorite is when we all cuddle together on my bed and read books together. It’s a sweet little moment (amidst all the chaos of our busy life) with this family of mine and I couldn’t feel more blessed.

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Health- Aside from getting a little congested earlier in the month, he has been pretty healthy. We solved the congestion problem by having him sleep at a slight tilt in the Mamaroo and he hasn’t had any issues since. At his 2 month appointment the Dr. said all looked great! He is growing like a champ, he weighs 10 lbs 5 oz (11%), almost double his birth weight and is 22″ long (10%) and his head is 15.5″ (56%).

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Sleep- Lincoln is still proving to be a great sleeper and I really hope that keeps up. We still don’t have much of a nap time routine throughout the day, mostly due to the fact that we are constantly running Brynlee to various activities, so he just has to nap whenever he can. Luckily he seems to really enjoy the baby carrier and riding in the car puts him to sleep every time! Although his favorite place to sleep is on my chest wrapped in our Solly Baby wrap. At night, I do his last feeding around 8pm and put him down between 8:30-9pm. He sleeps until 2:30-3am, wakes up to eat, then goes back down until around 6am. Every once in a while we will still have a rough night and he’ll wake up multiple times, but for the most part that is his schedule and it works for me!

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Social: Lincoln is getting a lot more social. He smiles all the time now and even let out a little giggle during one of our late night feedings. He also loves telling stories and will babble while he is on his play mat or whenever big sis comes around. He loves looking in the mirror on his play mat and is getting a lot more aware of his surroundings. Now when we talk to him he will move his head around looking for us. He loves his Daddy who can make him smile all the time, it is the cutest thing!

Diet- Breast feeding is still going really well for us! We hope to be able to continue until he is a year old. He does not like the bottle! I still pump to build up a reserve (just in case) and so Landon can have the opportunity to feed him too, but he is just not a fan. He doesn’t really like pacifiers either and usually just spits them right back out (Brynlee was the same way with pacifiers, though she was bottle fed).

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Clothes- Lincoln is still in newborn clothes (they are finally fitting really well), though some 0-3 month clothes do fit now. At the rate that he is growing, I’m sure by the time he is 3 months we will have moved up a size.

Crying- He still doesn’t cry much, so long as his needs are met, being fed, clean diaper, etc. Though he much prefers to be held and will start protesting if he has been put down too long, which is why we love our Solly Baby wrap so much! Overall he is a pretty calm baby that likes to be held to observe his surroundings. His head control is really good for his age, he is constantly picking up and turning his head to look at everything around him.

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Likes- he is definitely a mama’s boy and prefers to be in my arms, but loves when his daddy talks to him and will give him more smiles than he ever gives me. He loves his sister and watching whatever she is doing. He likes to be able to see his surroundings and does not like to be covered up in his stoller while he is awake. I can already tell he is going to be very curious, much like his sister is. He also still likes car rides and going for walks in the stroller.

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Milestones- smiling and giggling and being more social in general. We can already see his little personality developing and it is so fun to watch.

We love our little boy so much, he truly has completed our family in the best way. We love watching Brynlee becoming such an amazing big sister, she always wants to help with him and is so concerned about where he is or if he cries. It’s so bittersweet, being excited to watch him grow, but also sad to see him leave the newborn stage behind. Happy two months little Lincoln, we all love you more than you can possible imagine!

Valentine’s Day Outfit

I meant to post this yesterday, but we had family visit and it just didn’t get done. So today I wanted to pop in and share the Valentine’s Day outfits I made for the kids.

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For Brynlee’s dress I decided on the Ayda dress from Simple Life Pattern Company. They have so many cute patterns. This one is quick and easy, it takes about an hour to sew up and I just love the back with the lace trim detail. It also has a circle skirt option, which makes it super twirly and of course Brynlee loves it. I used this Valentine’s themed fabric from Joann’s for the bodice and a matching red solid with one layer of red tulle overlay, also from Joann.

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For Lincoln’s outfit I just paired this striped Cat and Jack onesie with black pants and made a bow tie from the same fabric as Brynlee’s dress. I just stitched it to the neckline of the onesie, I didn’t want to add a bow tie strap or any other clip that might aggravate him. Now  I will just seam rip the few stitches I made to take it off and reuse the onesie for non-Valentine’s related things.

xoxo, Cassidi