Lately…

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that we have been having a lot of fun lately and we really have. We’ve been pretty busy, but its all been so good and I have been loving these fun moments spent with Brynlee.

She is absolutely loving school, right now she is just going 2 days a week, but asks almost every day if she gets to go that day. It is so fun to hear her talk about the friends she has made and what they did in class or the snack they ate that day. She is always super excited to tell us about her day and hearing about it is definitely a highlight of mine. My heart just bursts knowing how happy she is there and I’m so glad to have found the preschool we did.

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Speaking of friends, she has two girls in her preschool class this year that were also in her dance class last year. It’s been so nice having a few familiar faces and I’m sure that helped her transition so easily.

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Another bonus to her already knowing the girls and me already knowing the moms is that we have been scheduling play dates after school every other week or so. All the kids have loved it, I appreciate the adult time and we plan activities that will keep the kids entertained and tire them out. Brynlee had so much fun bowling, driving the bumper cars and playing on the jungle gym at Flipside the other week.

We had never been there before, but they really do have something for everyone. We might have to consider having one of Brynlee’s birthday parties there in the future.

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Another play date we planned was lunch at the Rainforest Cafe followed by the afternoon spent at SeaLife Arizona.

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Brynlee loves the aquarium, but we really don’t make it over there that often. That’s what makes this play group so fun, we are expanding our horizons, trying new things and going places that we might not go very often. It’s so much more fun when you have others to do these activities with.

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I love seeing Brynlee cultivate her friendships.

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We have a few more play dates planned already and we can’t wait to go.

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Thanks to this post, we also got to do one of our favorite activities together, baking! I love to bake with Brynlee, but really, we don’t do it as often as either of us would like. As much fun as we have, I don’t exactly love having a plethora of delicious, baked goodness lying around all the time. My pregnant self just has a hard time saying no… I need to work on that, or find some healthier baking options.

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Brynlee sure loves sampling our creations!

We also took a quick trip to Nana and Papa’s over the weekend and it was wonderful to escape the heat for a few days! It is cooling down here, a little, but we are still breaking 100* everyday and while we were up north our highs were in the 70’s, it was glorious! Brynlee loved being able to play all day outside and we loved the extra Nana and Papa time. Brynlee did not want to leave when it was time to do home and to be honest, neither did I!

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And now we are rounding out our fun with some special cousin time. Brynlee and her cousin, Malorie, are only 6 months apart and they are at an age where they really love playing with each other (it hasn’t always been that way). Brynlee was so excited to have her cousin come over and she was especially excited to show off her new big girl bed (which has still been going great, by the way)!

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We finished off our cousin time with a picnic and movie for dinner followed by some popcorn. I don’t think these 3 kiddos could have had more fun!

It gets so hot here in the summer that we really kind of just hide out where ever we can find A/C, so I am so glad we are really pouring on the fun right now! I know that having so many days with my girl are numbered, pre-k starts next year, then its already kindergarten, not to mention we will be welcoming baby #2 at the end of this year. I am really trying to soak up all the time I can with her. These days are so special to me, I am so grateful to be able to stay home with her and continue to build upon the bond we already have. She is becoming such a wonderful little lady and I love her more than words could ever express.

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Why I’m Envious of Toddler TV

We have been having a lot of fun lately, play dates, baby prepping and a quick weekend trip up north to visit the grandparents have all contributed to that. But I must be paying for it now because I have been super sick ever since we got back. I pretty much have a mix between a head cold and stomach bug and it hasn’t been fun. As a result, Brynlee and I spent the majority of yesterday lounging on the couch, watching a compilation of her favorite shows, while I just tried to be some form of a functioning parent. Grateful for the entertainment they provided Brynlee while I was wondering how I was going to get my long list of to-do’s done in my current state, I got to thinking, I sure wouldn’t mind having a few those imaginary characters around to help me out.

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A few years ago, before I had Brynlee, I remember seeing a friend’s Facebook post musing about how she wished she had her very own Baileywick. At the time, long before I had ever seen an episode of Sofia the First, I had no idea what she was talking about. Fast forward a couple of years and many, many Disney shows later, we were watching Sofia and that post came slamming back into my brain and like whoa and I found myself wondering where I could get a Baileywick as well. While I’ve often had that thought, I really, really wish I had one yesterday, and well all this week really, okay forever… forever would be good.

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Oh Paw Patrol, I could definitely use a few of you talented pups! Let’s just shift your talents a bit. How about Marshall the Mopping Pup, Skye the High Flying Duster, Zuma the Wonderful Washer (laundry and dishes please) Chase is always on the Chore Case (taking care of all the odds and ends), Rubble the Yard Work Pup and Rocky, you can go ahead and stay the Fix It Pup and fix my leaky kitchen faucet and hang all my picture frames too, if you don’t mind. Oh, there all just such good pups, pup treats for all!

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While I certainly wouldn’t be able to take advantage of this in my current state, you get my point…

And these are just a few, I mean come on, those make believe TV show characters, they really have it made! Ah, the life…

Oh wait, then I remember that I wouldn’t trade mine for anything, I truly am blessed.

But here’s hoping I start feeling better soon!

And really, I wouldn’t mind a Baileywick, if someone had an extra *wink, wink*.

xo, Cassidi

Made It Monday – Fitted Tablecloth Tutorial

This was a make based purely on necessity and long overdue. We were totally those double income, no kids people when we furnished our house. While we knew we wanted kids eventually, for some reason we really didn’t take that into consideration when we were making our purchases. And so, we proceeded to buy expensive things that we quickly learned are certainly NOT toddler proof.

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I’ve actually had this idea mulling around in my head for a while now. I purchased this fabric on a huge discount ($1.50/ yard) from Joann’s when Brynlee was only a few weeks old, knowing it would make a fun tablecloth for us to bake on together. And while I don’t know what took me so long to turn it into one, I’m glad I waited until I thought of making a fitted tablecloth, I hate how much conventional tablecloths shift around with the amount of squirming Brynlee does. This one stays put and I love it!

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The corner pockets hug the table nice and tight.

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We spent one day last week making cookies to test out this tablecloth.

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It performed exactly as imagined, zero shifting, no getting caught under Brynlee’s knees and I never had to worry about Brynlee pulling the tablecloth down and knocking our baking supplies on the ground. Plus, we had plenty of work space.

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It was a lot easier for Brynlee to particpate in baking on the table, where she could comfortably sit in a chair, instead of standing on a stool at our tall kitchen island. She would sometimes have trouble reaching something or would wobble a bit and I was always worried about her accidentally stepping off the back or side.

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Baking and decorating cookies at the table was a lot more comfortable.

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Especially for this pregnant lady, I’ve been getting a lot of back pain when I’m on my feet for too long, so this was a nice alternative.

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We still got to do one of our favorite activities together.

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And Brynlee really improved on her cookie decorating skills. I’m not sure what was more fun for her, decorating the cookies, or licking her fingers.

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When we were done, I simple wiped the tablecloth down with my favorite cleaner and it was good as new! And my wood table was perfectly protected!

Want to make your own?

Supplies:

Oil Cloth – measure your table, mine is 46″x 92″, so I needed about 2.75 yards ( you can get oil cloth here, here or here)

5/8″ Elastic- I used 3 yards for my large table, which was about 1/2 of the total perimeter of my table. You can use more or less depending on how stretchy the elastic you use is.

Cutting mat and rotary cutter

Sewing machine

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 This tablecloth has been so great for our family, we love to bake on it, Brynlee can color on it without us worrying about marker on the table and it’s beyond perfect for crafts, especially when glue is involved. This tablecloth cleans up very nicely and I’m not worried about it getting ruined. It only take a couple of hours and is inexpensive to make.

If you make one of your own use #blissfullymadeblog so I can see it too!

Happy Sewing!!

xo, Cassidi

Toddler Style- Picture Day

Brynlee had her first picture day at Preschool yesterday and I was so excited to take her shopping for a new outfit.

We found so many cute options at Crazy 8 and Gymboree, I had to share them here.

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Outfit One (Dress, Headband, Shoes) / Outfit Two (Dress, Headband, Shoes)

Outfit Three (Dress, Bow, Shoes) / Outfit Four (Top, Jeans, Flower Bows, Shoes)

Brynlee’s pictures were in front of a smokey blue background so I wanted to find something that would really make her pop. After shopping around and seeing all of the bright pink, I knew that would do the trick. I love how it was paired with blue so it would still match the background and not clash.

So, what outfit did we choose?

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Brynlee loves her new dress.

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And the perfectly matching bow.

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I cannot wait to get the pictures back, as tough as it was sending my baby off to school, I really love moments like these.

xo, Cassidi

Pinners Conference

You guys, I am so, so , so excited!! Pinners Conference is coming to Arizona this October!!! A fun filled day of shopping, crafting and meeting some of my favorite bloggers!!

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Who’s going?

There are so many classes available, I’m having a hard time deciding which ones to take. Here are just of few of the classes I’m looking at, but they are all so good, it’s going to be hard to choose!

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And these are just handful of the offerings! I mean, how do you choose? It’s definitely going to be a struggle.

Let me know what your favorites are!

xo, Cassidi

Bring on Fall

Fall-Accessories

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By now you can probably tell that I have Fall on the brain. I am dreaming of those cooler temps and can hardly wait until I can start opening my windows again. Oh and also when I can get in my car without fear of 3rd degree burns…

So, I thought I would do a little round up of affordable accessories to help bring your summer wardrobe into Fall.

I recently ordered this utility jacket (50% off!!), I’ve wanted one for a couple of years now and am so happy I finally pulled the trigger. This one is very light weight, definitely a must here in the desert, and I love that it has a drawstring around the waist so you can adjust the shape of the jacket instead of if just being boxy and/or baggy.

As a mama, I’m am constantly hauling around a plethora of snacks, drinks and toys to keep my little entertained while out and about. So small bags just aren’t cutting it these days, I’m loving the size and color of this tote.

Hats are a relatively new trend that I’m buying into. I’ve always loved them, but have never really worn them much. Then last year I purchased a felt hat from Target and fell in love! They are amazing for bad hair days or day when you will be outside for extended periods of time, I love wearing mine to the zoo.

Booties are another trend that I am just recently buying into this season. As I’ve said before, I’m not much of a heal person these days, but these look short and supportive enough to work for me. I love them paired with some skinny jeans and a utility jacket or sweater, so I might have to snag a pair before too long.

Sunglasses are really an everyday thing for me here and long gone are the days of buying designer sunglasses. These are a great price point, only $12, so if Brynlee grabs them off my face or I lose them I’m not going to be too worried. My go to sunglasses are always a cat eye, but I usually stick to black. I’m excited to try out some tortoise shell for Fall.

All hail the poncho!! I love this Fall trend! I have a few from last year and love throwing them on whenever it gets chilly. These are perfect for early morning school drop offs, thrown over a tee and some leggings. Or paired with some skinny jeans, booties and a hat for your errand running. I hope these stay around a while.

And of course, the blanket scarf. As a mom, I love these, they double as a scarf for me and a blanket for Brynlee if she need one (also perfect for taking to cold movie theaters). If you’re a nursing mom, these are definitely big enough to keep you well covered and you and your baby warm.

What are some of your favorite Fall trends?

xo, Cassidi

Pom Pom Pillow Covers

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I just wanted to pop in and share two new pillows I made for our living room. Our couch came with a lot (like 9) hideous standard throw pillows and I’ve been working to find pretty fabric to make pillow covers for them.

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I used an invisible zipper on the bottom of these, but you could make it even easier on yourself and make a pocket pillow cover if you want to make some.The fabric is from Joann’s and so is the yarn I used to make the pom poms.

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If you’ve never made pom poms, these make it super easy and quick. I used the larger size for these, made 8, one for each corner on my two pillows and hand sewed them on once I finished the pillow cover.

I love how they turned out and Brynlee has declared them to be her most favorite pillows. I could barely get her off them long enough to take these pictures and currently, as I type this, my dog is using one of the pom poms as a pillow while she sleeps. So, I’d say they are a win!

Now on to make about a dozen more, okay, 7 more…

xoxo, Cassidi