Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday Favorites- February Edition

It’s happening! The days are getting longer here, meaning an entire afternoon full of glorious sunshine! At the moment, I’m curled up on the couch, sitting in a ray of sunshine with the fireplace going. All the warm and cozy feels with a shot of vitamin D please!

So the count down is on! Only t-minus 6 days until Valentine’s Day! It’s one of my favorite days to celebrate despite my own Valentine’s less than enthusiastic participation! Insert eye roll. That’s o k, I think I’ve made it quite clear that he just needs to bring me home a coffee and I’ll be happy. Besides, I have two little minis who are super pumped for love day so we can have our Galentine’s day party! Yay!

So in the spirit of Galentine’s day, I’m sharing all of my favorite girly things that make great gifts do your gal pals of maybe even just a little something for yourself!

Okay, I lied. In addition to a coffee, I also really want a big old box of these bears. They are so dang good. And they are alcohol free, making them a perfect gift for a friend that’s preggo.

If I had to pick my top three make up essentials, this pen would be one of them! It’s longlasting and creates the most perfect cat eye. I love it.  I usually apply a thin line right over my lash line for a more casual look and then a little more dramatic with a longer and fuller wing to my cat eye.

I had bought this pouf to give away as part of a gift but then I couldn’t part with it! Oops! I stash all of my fancy stanch pens for bullet journaling inside but I could easily dill another 3 or 4! Please give me all the rifle paper co goodies!!

This color is soo good! Sparkly, pink and wears so well! Sophie and Eloise are also big fans which is why I’m due for another tube...despite only getting it last month. #girlmomproblems

For the littlest galentine, I love this cape,  ostrich and little blouse. These boots would be super cute filled with some little chocolates or a few small toys. And my final and favorite pick, this blush gingham dress. Swoon.

I can’t forget my favorite movies for February! Of course Valentine’s Day makes the list (Love that flower shop!) but here are a few other favorites for the month of love.

Leap Year
La la Land
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Julie and Julia
Return to Me
Cinderella (2015)
Shall We Dance

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Winter Survival Guide for Moms with Toddlers

Being cooped up in the house with a posse of little kids ain't no joke. Especially when you live somewhere where winter stretches for weeks and weeks and weeks. It can be really tough and trying on the patience. Unless you have a warm place to go when the temperature dips, there really is nothing else to do but get cozy and enjoy it! Time goes by so fast and it's my personal belief to embrace the season, cold or warm, boring or exciting, and to just love my babies and make lemonade with the lemons that life gives. Even if those lemons are cold, dark days spent tucked away at home.

I hope this little guide serves up some fun (and hopefully new!) suggestions for you and your bubs. 

First off, here's a look inside my mommin' tool box. You might even have a similar stash!

-construction paper
-washable markers
-flash cards
-water beads 
-an atlas ( I love this one!)
-painters tape
-Kraft paper
-paint brushes
-washable paint

My kiddos are free to grab whichever activity they wish, except for the water beads. It takes lots of discipline, but our rule is to put one thing away before grabbing the next activity. Also, I am not a fun mom at all. Meaning, I don't play with them. Unless they ask for help with the flashcards or puzzles, I set them up with an activity and then try to tackle a junk drawer, read a book to Theo or vacuum. With that being said, I'm always there to coach and help with cleanup!

Fun Activities

Sensory Bin Play
I like to grow a small amount of water beads and then set the girls up with their LOL dolls and other small toys to have a water bead party! It's messy, I'll warn you, but it keeps them entertained for a loooong time. Best done without a baby sibling around...speaking out of experience! Face palm.

Beach Party
The kids hop into their swimsuits, lay on towels while reading books, we listen to the Moana soundtrack, drink homemade slushies, wear sunglasses and do the hula.

Detective Problem Solving
This requires some creativity on mom's part! Write up a few clues for the kids to track and maybe even a story to go off (" The queen's jewels have been stolen! She has asked for your help detective to find it!"). Hide the jewels in a secret spot that they will find on their final clue.

City Building
If you don't have that cool road washi tape, I've found that painter's tape does a good job making roads!  Add blocks and cars to create the cutest Little city around.

Toy Hide and Seek
Grab 10-12 small toys (Little people figurines are perfect for this!) and hide them in a room or two. Send the kids in to find them and collect them in a little basket or bag.

Other fun activities
-fort building complete with twinkle lights
-bake cookies or mini pizzas
-dance party!
-play library
-scavenger hunt for snacks
-tea party

These activities are all in our repertoire and even though they are pretty simple, it does keep the kiddos imagination running happily and wildly without having to use extra screen time.

Oh and one more thing...
Add a little beauty to your day with something that you really enjoy. Maybe it's buying yourself some flowers or a plant to have on your table, burning a yummy new candle (I have this one going as I write this. It's amazing!), treating yourself to a dessert tea for an afternoon pick-me up or wearing a favorite lip gloss. It might not be a beach escape but just that little bit of beauty can do wonders for lifting a busy mama's spirits...without having to actually drink any spirits!

Don't forget to play happy music! Here is what we're listening to...

Underneath the Lovely London Sky- Lin-Manuel Miranda
Feeling Eiffel- Micheal Giacchino
Another Day of Sun- La La Land Soundtrack
I Promise You- James Corden
We Belong Together- Randy Newman
Wind in my Hair- Tangled: Before Ever After
Way Back When- Grizfolk

Megan xo

Friday, February 1, 2019

Valentine's Boho Pom-pom Wreath

It's the month of looove! Yes, bring it! I've been scheming on how to add a few little fun things around the house to make Valentine's special for kiddos and couldn't stop thinking about a pom wreath I saw at Anthro over Christmas. I figured I could recreate the wreath in pinks and add some tassels to make it look kinda boho.

Now I realize that labeling this boho is a stretch but hey, if Anthro could call it boho, well so will I! 

Making the pom-poms was so fun, but a little time consuming. Which makes this a good winter weekend project because it can easily happen over the span of a weekend...especially if you are snowed in! Here are a few simple instructions so that you can add this quirky little addition to your Valentine's decor.

What you'll need:

-16 small poms and 16 large poms (here's the tutorial I used)
-5 tassels (tutorial here)
-1 large wire wreath frame (available at Micheal's)

Step 1.

Using 3-5 colors of wool blend yarn, create all 32 pom-poms. Be sure to leave the "tails" long so that you can tie it around the wreath later on.

Step 2. 

Arrange poms on wreath  to get an idea of what placement you want the colors and sizes of poms to go. I alternated sizes and then added a few small ones at the end to fill any blank spots. When it comes to color, use personal preference! I didn't want anything too matchy-matchy so I just  
arranged them higgly-piggly, to keep it quirky and dare I say, boho.

Step 3.

When you are happy with the placement, carefully recreate the pattern on a table of floor as a guide when you start tying the poms onto the wire frame. Begin tying poms around the wire, 2 to 3 times to ensure that the poms stay put. Keep adding poms until entire frame is covered. Hold wreath upright so that you can see and fill in any blank spots. 

Step 4.

After the frame is completely filled, figure out which part of the wreath will be the top and bottom. Sometimes it take a few turns to find the best angle! Now you are ready for the tassels which totally makes the wreath so don't skip this part! just as you did with the poms, tie the ends of tails on the wire frame. Make sure to  stagger the tassels so that they are evening spaced on the bottom quarter of the wreath.

And done! Happy crafting!

Megan xo