The Sweetheart Sweater

It’s still not quite sweater weather here, but my facebook and Instagram feeds have been telling me that at least some of you are experiences the cooler temps. So I couldn’t me more excited to share that today is the day that the Sweetheart Sweater is available the shop!

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The quilted hearts on this sweater are adorable making it the perfect layer to keep the kiddos warm and stylish this Fall/ Winter.

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It’s sure to be a favorite for park visits!

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This sweater is fitted, so if you’d like a more relaxed fit or plan to layer it over other clothes, I would suggest sizing up.

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And ready for the best part, it’s only $25!!! This if for a limited time though, so hurry over to the shop and get yours today!!

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Life Lately- Pumpkin Patch

Hello there! Is everyone enjoying their Fall? It’s finally starting to feel a little Fall-ish around here now and I couldn’t be happier!

The weather is cooling down so we can actually spend our days outside now and I’m hoping to start up our weekly zoo trips next week.

I’m also enjoying the plethora of all things pumpkin! I LOVE pumpkin!!!

And so, Fall just wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the pumpkin patch and that is exactly what we did over the weekend.

Brynlee and I headed up north to spend Saturday at Mortimer Farms with my family. I love Mortimer Farms’ Pumpkin Festival! It’s at the same place, although under different ownership now, as the pumpkin patch that I used to go to as a kid and I just love being able to share that with Brynlee. We’ve taken Brynlee every year and have always had the best time! If you are looking for a great pumpkin festival and live close by or are willing to travel (plenty of people do) I would highly recommend it!

And so, here are a few snippets of our trip. I took close to 500 photos (WHOA!!! even for me) so you’re welcome for me not completely going overboard on the sharing.

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The petting zoo was a favorite, as always, of Brynlee’s.

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And the corn pit was another repeat favorite from last year. I’m pretty sure she would happily have spent all day in there.

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Although then she would have missed the pony ride, she was a little unsure at first, but once they started moving she was all smiles!

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And the only reason I was able to get her off of the real pony was because of this tire pony, which ended up being her favorite thing of the day and she continually asked to go on it again and again.

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This year she was finally big enough to go into the bounce house and she was thrilled!

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Perhaps my favorite part of the festival was that my oldest childhood friend came with her family and I loved that our kids got to spend time together. We don’t get to see them much and I would really love if our kids were close friends too!

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As much fun as we were having, Brynlee had absolutely zero interest in photo ops. I was really hoping for a cute, frame worthy one here, but instead… well… hmmm…

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She did really enjoy the band while we were eating lunch and loved dancing and clapping along.

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We also did the corn maze. My cousin and sister kept hiding in the maze and jumping out to scare the kids, Brynlee thought it was hilarious and so she started trying to do it too.

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And finally, we made it to the pumpkin patch.

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I’m pretty sure Brynlee was in pumpkin heaven (she might have gotten that from me) and quickly found the tiniest of pumpkins to add to her collection.

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Last, but not least, I just had to make a sand bird with Brynlee. I loved making them as a child and I knew Brynlee would have so much fun picking out the colors and pouring them in. The only problem now is that she wants to play with it and I’m terrified we’re going to end up with broken glass and sand everywhere!!!

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Happy Fall, y’all!

Paper Bag Skirt

I mentioned in this post that I am currently working on sewing through my current stash of fabric and other crafty supplies. And so, when I came across some scraps of gray Kona cotton that were left over from teaching my younger cousin how to sew a paper bag skirt using this tutorial, I immediately thought it would be cute to make Brynlee a matching skirt!

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*And can I just state for the record how impossibly hard it is to photograph a 2 year old when she really has no interest in it… I could not get that water bottle out of her hands no matter how much I begged pleaded or bribed, so just pretend it isn’t there, mmmmkay? 😉

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I thought that if I multiplied Brynlee’s waist measurement by 1.7 (as it states in the tutorial, which is for an adult and worked wonderfully for my cousin) I would end up with way too much fabric, of course I wanted plenty of gathers, but I didn’t want it super bulky and uncomfortable.

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I ended up using 2- 13.5″x 11″, which ended up being a little less than 1.5 times Brynlee’s waist and I think it provided just the right amount of gathers.

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This is a quick sew, about 30-45 minutes, before you know it you’ll have the cutest little skirt for your little one.

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Once it finally cools down here (it’s supposed to get to 99* today), I’m going to add some cute opaque tights and a cardigan and Brynlee will be set for the cooler temps!

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Happy Sewing!

Halloween DIY- Spiders

I am a craft supply hoarder… I just can’t help myself, when I walk into a craft store, I feel obligated to buy anything on clearance and to use up all of my coupons, you know, just in case I NEED it for some project down the line that I haven’t even had the idea for. Always be prepared, right?

And so, my craft closet currently reflects my hoarding tendencies and is getting to the point where I can’t even tell what is in there anymore.

My plan- start working my way through my stash. All those projects that have been on the back burner are going to get done. If I find some supplies and am able to come up with an idea for them, I’m making it, otherwise, I guess it’s time to get rid of it. I just can’t handle the disarray any longer and I’m pretty sure my husband might kill me if I bring anything else home without dealing with this mess first.

First up on the list of projects while clearing out- Halloween spiders!

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I was feeling particularly craft one morning last week and went looking to some supplies in my craft closet. I am in dire need of Halloween decorations and so when I saw these pipe cleaners and pom poms sitting next to each other, spiders instantly popped into my head. Luckily I had some googly eyes on hand too!

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Take 3 pipe cleaners.

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Fold them in half to find the center.

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Twist them together around the center.

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Bend each side in half.

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Spread out the spider’s legs.

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Glue a pom pom on top.

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And add some googly eyes. Get creative with these, I added 3 and 4 to some of mine in different patterns too!

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Before you know it, you will have a whole swarm of spiders.

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Their super bendy legs make it easy to attach them to pretty much anything.

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These would be a great Halloween craft to make with kids and would be a perfect non-edible favor for classroom treats. Brynlee loves the one I gave her and has had fun moving it around the house hiding it in different places.

Happy Crafting!!!

Favorite Things Friday- Brynlee Edition

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Puzzles.

Brynlee received her her first puzzle for Christmas last year and has been hooked ever since. She loves figuring out how all of the pieces fit together and it wasn’t long before we started building her puzzle stash to be a bit more challenging for her. Today I thought it would be fun to list some of our favorites.

I really love the quality of the wood puzzles from Hape and Melissa and Doug, she’s still a little rough with the pieces, but I’m always on the lookout for ones I think she will like.

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Melissa and Doug Pets Wood Chunky Puzzle– Brynlee received this one the same Christmas as her shape puzzle, the chunky pieces were easy for her to hold and it was great in teaching her animals and their sounds.

Mickey Mouse Puzzle– And of course when we saw this one we had to snatch it up, she likes to play with the pieces like figurines too, she’ll stand them up and move them around the table saying their names.

Melissa and Doug Zoo Sounds Puzzle– I got her this one shortly after I got our zoo membership, its been fun teaching her the different animals so she’ll recognize them when we can finally start going back to the zoo once it cools down a little here.

Hape Alphabet Puzzle– We got her this one when she was 19 months old and it took her a while to get the hang of this puzzle, now she’s a pro and this has been wonderful in teaching her the alphabet. Once she puts them all back we always have to sing the ABC’s and point to each letter.

Melissa and Doug 12 pc Puzzle-We got her this one at the same time as her alphabet puzzle and it was difficult for her at first too, but the challenge was really good for her and she would want to do the puzzle over and over (with our help) until she was finally able to get all of the pieces herself. While it wasn’t so fun for us to do the same 12 pc puzzle 15 times in a row, we really loved seeing how she responded to the challenge and was determined to master it.

Melissa and Doug 24 pc Puzzle– And so, for her 2nd birthday we went ahead and bumped her up to some 24 pc puzzles.

Melissa and Doug Pattern Blocks– She also got this one for her 2nd birthday and it has been really helpful in teaching her shapes and colors.

She’s to the point where she can do all of these without our help now, but she still plays with them often and they keep her really entertained. We try to keep them all together and she will do them one by one, keeping her entertained for a good 15 minutes, which is priceless, as all you toddler moms know.

Happy Friday, I hope you all have fantastic weekends!!!