Friday, July 31, 2015

Simple. Easy. Affordable. Homemade Bronzer

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I made homemade makeup bronzer…and I love it.

Here's the simple recipe:

1/4 tsp corn starch
3/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cocoa powder

Blend in coffee grinder till smooth. Store in airtight container. Use like a mineral bronzer. To customize your color, experiment with varying proportions of the 3 ingredients. 

The smell is get. Is all natural. And you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen. Simple. Easy. Affordable. 

*Note: Since going on bed rest while pregnant with my first child 2 years ago I have been making a lot of changes in effort to simplify our household and find easier and more affordable options to daily living. I'm going to start sharing some of them here on the blog…so get excited for more Simple. Easy. Affordable. posts!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Little Lady: 21 months old

Memories from 21 months:

Wiping, creaming, and diapering baby dolls.

The concept of "other".
Sleeping with 5+ stuffed animals, 2-3 blankets, and 5+ books each and every night.
Counting to 10.
Hearing "mommy! mommy! mommy!" in the morning. Of course when I go in the room she just says "hi mommy!"
Cotton ball explosion.

When asking her if she wants to get in the pool float she responds, "no that's for baby".
Super hero week at school, she was the "super helper".

Continues to refer to herself by the nickname she chose, even though she could say her name.
Long enough hair to pull back in pig tails and pony tails.
1-2-3 JUMP!
Sorting and organizing tissue paper.
Playing kitchen.
Loving spending time with any of her grandparents and cousins.


Running through sprinklers.
"Penny coming?"

Pushing the baby stroller.
Pushing her full-sized stroller.
Nicknaming her new baby cousin.
Going through videos and photos on mommy's iPhone.
Shopping with mommy.


Chasing butterflies with her cousin.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

DIY Recliner Chair Drop Cloth Recover

After the success of my DIY Drop Cloth Sofa Recover post, I was inspired to attempt to recover an old family recliner for the nursery of my newest niece. 

Here is the before: 

Yeah…that color is indescribable. But the chair is SO comfortable that it was worth a shot.

Here is the after: 

And I managed to recover this recliner chair in under 5 hours. 

I followed the same technique that you can find in my DIY Drop Cloth Sofa Recover tutorial: canvas drop cloth, staple gun, upholstery pins, and some trial-and-error. 

Ask any questions in the comments!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Little Lady: 18 months

Whoa. When did I get a 1.5 year old?

This has been a really fun and sweet time for our family. Here are a few memories from the past month:

She has nicknamed her lovies "bobby" {blankets} and "bo bo" {bears}.

She is still small enough to wear 12 month pants and tops. 

She is kind-of potty training. Aka she tells us right before she's going potty but seems to have anxiety about actually going in the potty. She loves sitting on the potty as long as she doesn't need to go. 

Loves trying to dress herself. One night we let her put on a second pair of pants {with help} and then forgot to take them off before bedtime. Ironically that was one of the hottest nights we had so far. Whoops. Hope she wasn't too warm.

Constantly talks naming Mommy and Daddy's posessions saying "Mommy's car, Mommy's coffee" and "Daddy's shoes, Daddy's shirt".

Saying 3-4 word sentences. For example, at daycare she was on the playground and saw the food cart heading towards her classroom. Her teachers say she yelled, "FOOD IS COMING!!!" and starting bee-lining for the class.

{cooking with our neighbor}

Counting 2-6. Forgot 1. It's not important. 

Could "dunk" on our 8-foot basketball goal with her Daddy all day. Or just being outside in general all day. 

Apparently music class has had it's impact. Little Lady loves her CD from class {and only that CD...NeedToBreathe and Mumford and Sons just don't cut it}. As soon as we get in the car she yells, "NEXT!" {requesting the next song}

A new pastime is dancing {in circles} to twinkle twinkle little star, over and over, until she gets dizzy and "crashes" safely into the ground or into Mommy.

At night she now typically reads to herself for an extended time before rolling over and going to bed. I love to watch this on the monitor. 

This girl could clean ALL THE TIME. She loves cleaning supplies, rags, mops, and the spray bottles. Luckily, since I use mostly homemade cleaning supplies, I can let her carry around these objects without too much concern. One night we could not find the natural all-purpose cleaner. Two days later we find it, along with a microfiber cloth, in her toy pile. Oops.

{unloading the dishwasher and apparently setting the table}

Speaking of cleaning, when she was at her grandparents house recently her Pop was sweeping and she ran to grab the dustpan from the closet. No one had any idea how she knew exactly where the dustpan was kept. I guess they taught her at daycare that you need a dust pan when sweeping? We just vacuum at our house.

Her favorite thing in the world right now: Bubbles. Especially with her Pop. 

She is trying to "walk Penny" {the dog}. Grabs her collar and pulls. We're slowly teaching Penny what this means and how to be gentle. It's never been Penny's strong suit.

Melts my heart every time I hand her something and she replies, "Thank you, Mommy."

Whether outside or inside, she loves to run and play chase.

She's growing up.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Daycare Stories: The Lovey

We seriously have used our Aden & Anais swaddles for everything.

Sunshades, blankets, and of course swaddles. They've pretty much been with us wherever we go. 

In recent months they have evolved to serve a new function: Little Lady's lovey. 

Through the snow, rain, wind {ok we lost one on the way to church in the wind}, these loveys have been through it all.

She used to call them "blankies". For some reason though, she now calls them "bobbies".

Who knows what's going on in that little head. We love her nonetheless. Onto the daycare story.

This week another toddler in her class had a meltdown. Crying. Screaming. Acting real sad.

This sweet girl grabbed the kid's lovey, brought it to him, and patted him on the back.


I love this girl's gentle and thoughtful heart.


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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Little Lady: 17 Month Update

We're thinking about potty training. Maybe.

Could "WASH!" all day {aka wash her hands/play in the sink}. 

Can name and point out her basic anatomy including eyes, ears, nose, head, hair, mouth, teeth, feet, toes, legs, and arms. 

Is speaking 2 and 3 word phrases. 

Is asking, "what's this?"

Loves performing household activities like unloading her items from the dishwasher as well as mopping and wiping the floor. 

Is very interested in baby dolls, pushing them in a stroller, feeding them, and recently trying to put diapers on/off their bodies. She also will place her babies and stuffed animals on their bellies, pats their bottoms, and says  "night night". So stinkin' cute. 

Has discovered she likes to wash herself in the bathtub. 

Could play outside ALL DAY. She loves scooping rocks, running around the yard, jumping in puddles, and playing in her house. 

Loves to lead you around by pulling on your finger. 

Is saying, "love you!" Ahhh melts my heart. 

Now has long enough hair for pigtails

Friday, March 13, 2015

Time to potty train?

Little Lady is turning 17 months old and we are starting to think she is ready to try using the big girl potty. I'm not super eager to get rid of diapers or anything, but since she is showing signs we may consider trying to let her start to potty train. 

Tonight, she was running around naked after her bath and all of a sudden yelled "pee pee!" She started running for the bathroom but then got distracted by the enticement of playing in mommy's closet. She dashed into the closet and started to close the door. All of a sudden she then looks down between her legs. I reached out and shockingly discovered the floor was wet and she had just "pee peed" . 

I don't even know how she does this word. It must be the phrase they used at school. 

The last month or so has been filled with signs that she is recognizing when she needs to go to the bathroom, such as pulling in her diaper or sometimes running for the potty but then already having a warm/wet diaper. We did have one instance about a month ago where she sat on the potty and managed to go properly, but I feel like that was more luck than anything. 

I'm wondering when and how everyone else potty trained?! I know very little about this subject...

I definitely don't want to force something she is not ready for because she is still so young, but if she keeps showing signs we may give it a go. I can't imagine my little girl wearing real panties. We cannot be there yet.