a valentine breakfast

We had a really low key Valentine's Day.  John had to work in the morning, so I gave the kids their presents (one inexpensive toy and some candy) and then made them a special breakfast.  Lola gets excited, but Max is really the one that wants to celebrate holidays.  I'm always happy to oblige.

This was the first time I've ever made waffles!  Yeah for cute misshapen waffles!  Don't be impressed we made them from scratch, I just didn't realize we were out of pancake mix- but man is it easy.

So Mondrian, I know...

Someone kept licking the syrup drips.


Max said, "Thank you for this special Valentine breakfast Mommy!" Then ran and made this card for me real quick. :)


Valentine's Day Photo Booth

I don't always get a chance to send out Valentines (I think I did this year, because who can resist a little boy covered in hearts??), but this love note was just so quick and easy.  

The kids love playing around with Photo Booth on our Mac- if you haven't tried it, you should.  Hilarious bug eyes, distorted tall heads, etc. Then, we went to dinner the other night at our local pizza place and they had a real photo booth.  Very exciting for these two.  They wanted to do more, so I created their own personal photo booth strips for Valentine's Day.

I printed out some signs and took their picture in front of a white wall.  Lola was in the perfect mood!  I cropped the images, put them together in a strip and placed that onto a 4x6 document so I could print them cheaply at Walgreens.  Cut them out and there you go!  

I even got to use my new address stamp from The Yellow Note.  Love it!!

Happy Valentine's Day!


skirts over shirts

I love projects that come together in one afternoon.  When the kids are running around and there isn't much time, it's nice to have that feeling that I got something done- creatively.  If I thought the little blousy tops were simple- I should be able to make about 100 of these skirts!

Lola isn't into being a model.  Even for chocolate!  So every picture is blurry.  At least she's a cute blur...

These I'll probably keep for Lola.  But all the tops are now available for sale on Etsy, click here to see!


little blousy tops

I'm missing summer pretty hard right now.  I suppose that's why I finally decided to make some little blousy tops for my Etsy shop.  I've had some cute ideas pinned for a while now- like this one and this one.  I made the first one and then I just. couldn't. stop.

Instead of blousy tops I should have called this post "super cute little girl tops I made from my dad's old shirts". Just a tad long.  But for real, my dad was giving away some of his old shirts and I swooped in and took them!  The fabric is so worn and soft...

This is the first one I made and it's my favorite.  This is actually a view of the back, I used simple hook & eye closures.  Sadly, it's a little small for Lola.  I was hoping to save this one for her, but it's the only one that doesn't fit. Boo.

The rest are pretty much all size 3.  Like I said, I was on a roll and just couldn't stop making them!  They'll all be up on Etsy soon!

It's impossible to see, but the black part on this one is sooooo soft and has a little texture.

This one is my other favorite.  It turned out very Ace & Jig.



lola's room tour

Lola's room came together not too long after Max's.  I wanted it to be bright and bohemian, but still have all the unmistakable qualities of a little girls room.  

First, can I tell you how pumped I was to find the same bed as Max's on Craigslist?  This was already a discontinued style when we found it for Max two years ago (we painted his).  I just love the style of it, as well as the fact that it's adjustable, so it can grow as the kids grow.

I made all of the pillows and the big stuffed doll.  The big flower pillow has my heart, I made it from one of my mom's old dresses.  I found inspiration for the rest of the pillows and dolls from other sources, so these are obviously just for personal use.

And just like Max, the first thing Lola did in her new room was sit at the desk and draw a little picture. This desk is really just a floating shelf I got from Ikea and stained it to match her bed. But I'm able to mount it to the wall at any height, perfect for a teeny girl. I created the Big Hair Don't Care print just for her- those beautiful curls are always out of control.  It's inspired by a print from Castle.

This is the original teepee I made for Max, I just made a new cover for it.  

The Hooray poster was a free desktop wallpaper download that I had printed at Walgreens.  I'm not sure that's ethical, but it's colorful and it just fits the personality of the room.  Then I added some fun multicolored lanterns, the animal masks from her birthday party, and the stick horses from Max's party.

He played some tunes, while she drew cartoons...

little mr moo.
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