Thanksgiving Tips for Pet Lovers

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Hi Friends! Thanksgiving is just a few days away! I love stuffing my face with pie and mashed potatoes.. who doesn’t, right? While the people in your lives enjoy the Holiday, the folks over at PuppySpot and I just wanted to take a minute or two to remind you of some important pet safety tips to keep your little fur balls safe on Thanksgiving and the rest of the Holiday season! PuppySpot made this really great infographic to help remind us of the stress and food dangers that our little loves might come across on Thursday: Remember to keep the table scraps to a minimum. Keep in mind that everyone at your house is trying to sneak that cute pup a little bit of something, and it adds up quickly! Always avoid hazardous foods like onions, garlic and chocolate.

Looking for a new fur ball? While I always recommend adopting over shopping, its still fun to look at those puppy photos! Head over to PuppySpot’s puppy page to take a look at these nuggets!

Keep those babies safe everyone!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Holiday Home Tour- Living Room

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Welcome back!

I think my husband hates the fact that the blogging world forces me to put at least one of the rooms in our house into full-blown Christmas mode before we are done with Halloween. By the time I’m able to drag down the boxes, set it all up, photograph it all and throw a post together.. it takes me about 3 weeks. I have a new baby, so I tell myself that’s why it takes so long.. but like it or not, in order to have some fancy Christmas photos ready to share with you guys before you’re out to decorate for yourselves, we are doing Christmas in our living room a little early this year!

For the Holidays, we typically have two trees. One faux tree that I can set up earlier, and one real tree that kind of has to wait or risk being dead before December even gets here. Our living room is the most formal spot in our house, and its normally where I like to start when we begin to decorate for the season. Our living room has beautiful millwork and a gas fireplace that is my favorite to style for Christmas. I wanted to keep the space light and bright. I decided to keep to lots of whites and layer in navy, blush and a sage green. I’m really happy with how it looks with the space!Similar Mirror  // Fur Stocking // Knit Stocking

Pick a Color Scheme:

Our living room is painted in a soft blue green color against white trim work. I’ve added dashes of navy and blush throughout the room over the last year. I wanted to keep the Christmas decor in the same color scheme. I think it helps the space seem more together when it is all said and done. In decorating, it doesn’t really matter what color scheme you select- just that you stick to it! I picked up three flocked garlands from Hobby Lobby. I used some floral wire to string them together to make it long enough to go all the way down to the floor, which I think looks dreamy! I picked up some white stockings (affiliate links above!) in different textures to add some interest against the white paint of the fireplace.I’ve been collecting carved wood trees for a few years now. I really love the texture they add to the holiday mantel. I also love how they match our mirror. On the other side of the fireplace mantel I decided to also echo the iron work on the mirror with these three slender iron candlesticks. 

Curate Your Ornaments:

One of my favorite tips for the holidays is to curate what goes onto your tree. I know you love that macaroni ornament your sister made when she was six- but if its not in your ever important color scheme, it can st out a year. I’m not saying that you can not use sentimental ornaments, I’m just saying you can select ones that fit within your theme.  Glass Ball Ornament // Tree Bark Wood Slices

I start the tree with colored ball ornaments in my exact color scheme. I then layer in greenery and ribbons to give some dimension. Last, I finish the tree with the curated decorative ornaments. In the photos above I selected sentimental ornaments that fit withing this years color scheme. The top is an ornament we have made ever year. It is a sliver from the stump of that years Christmas tree that my sister-in-law carves for us. The bottom one is just a glass ball that I inserted a wedding invitation all cut up. Sweet and simple.

Don’t Forget the Wrapping!

Another way to get a cohesive holiday look for your space is with your wrapping. I like to select one to three papers that all go with the color scheme. I also love if the papers have slightly different textures. This year I selected a blush and white paper, a plain brown craft paper and a brown paper with a burlap print. I also selected ribbon with blush, navy or natural fibers. I love to pull a few ornaments from the tree and tie them onto the packages with the name tags. It really helps to pull it all together!Flamingo Stuffed Animal // Kraft Wrapping Paper

I also love the idea of leaving gifts that work with the theme unwrapped. This little flamingo fits my colors and looks great with just a bow. Which is great because what a pain in the butt that thing would be to wrap!Thanks for stopping by to see how I decorated my living room for the holidays! Stay tuned for other areas of my house decorated for Christmas! Have you put up your tree yet? Leave me a comment below!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Black Friday with Jord Wood Watches

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Good Morning!

I can hardly believe that it is already November! This fall has flown by, and now I am already thinking ahead to Thanksgiving and Christmas.. Seems crazy that it is already that time of year, right? I love everything about the holiday season. I enjoy the crisp cool weather, hot chocolate, winter layers, and tons of family and friends. Like most Americans, I look forward to stuffing my face with way too much food on Thanksgiving, followed by a whirl wind of shopping the next day to get ready for Christmas. Black Friday is known for some awesome deals, and this year I am excited to share with you Jord Watches.

Read to the end to see how you can get a 25% off coupon mailed to you!Jord is known for creating unique hand-crafted wood timepieces. Yes, these watches are made of 100% natural wood. They are seriously stunning. I was lucky enough that Jord offered to send my husband their Hyde watch in Ebony and Iron. He really loved the look and size of this watch. The dark wood is perfect for his manly-man style. My husband loves anything burly like hunting, fishing and a good DIY project. A wood watch fits his look perfectly. I showed this watch to my mom, who could not get over the fact that it was made from wood. She was stunned with out nice this watch is!Jord is offering some really great deals on a wide range of their watches for Black Friday this year. The Sawyer, Meridian, and Dover collections will be anywhere from $50-$100 off. The Cora and Conway and Delmar will be discounted to around $40 off and Hyde, Cassia, Frankie, Frankie 35, Fieldcrest $20-$30 off! Not only that, but Jord is offering my readers an additional discount! Each person who enters their information will instantly be emailed an exclusive holiday coupon code for 25% off their purchase! This is an exclusive offer and the  link will close on December 19th, 2017 at 11:59 PM. Be sure to get your coupon before its gone! I know my husband was sad when I made him put his watch back under the tree until Christmas!Wouldn’t these watches make the perfect gift!? Fathers, husbands, sons.. who would like one of these amazing wood watches in your household? Leave me a comment below and let me know! Remember to grab your coupon code before it expires!

Until Next Time,

Ashley
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Cheap and Easy DIY Baby Costume: Scuba Diver

Hello There!

I love doing these baby Halloween costumes! It is so fun to dress my little squish up everyday! Have you been following this full week of cheap and easy DIY baby costumes? Check out the strawberry, sushi roll, little old lady, pineapple, and a little spider. I got a big kick out of today’s costume: Baby Scuba Diver! How stinkin’ funny is this!? I know this one might not be practical to actually go trick or treating in, but boy did it make for some funny photos. Stay tuned to the end to see some funnier bloopers too!

To start this super easy costume, I cleaned and dried a plastic soda bottle to become the “air tank”. I grabbed some black spray paint and gave te entire thing a nice thick coat. Once it dried, I used painters tape to create bands around the bottle. I grabbed some yellow craft paint and gave this air tank some stripes! I got crazy and decided to throw on some glitter too for good measure. Once the paint is almost dry- remove the painters tape.

Next, I got some black baby tights and a long sleeve black onesie. I used a black headband around her waist to hold the “air tank” into place. I decided to use a binky as her mask. This would have worked perfectly if she hadn’t decided to start to hate binkys this week… oh well! You’ll see in the outtakes below I had to hold the binky in place to get a photo! Insert eye roll emoji! I also used the tub from my Nose Frida to connect the binky and the air tank. Lastly I grabbed some kids goggles for the top of her head. How is that action shot? I love the line of drool coming out! Oh boy! Nothing some cheek pinching can’t fix! We had a lot of fun with this one! She was a really great sport holding her head up and having those goggles on her head! Just ignore my hand with the binky!

What do you think of this scuba diver costume? What is your little wearing this Halloween? Leave me a comment below 🙂

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Cheap and Easy DIY Baby Costume: Spider

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Hey there! Its day FIVE of my full week of DIY baby Halloween Costumes! I can’t believe its almost over! I’ve had so much fun dressing this little lady up! Today I am sharing a classic: Spider! My mom made me a spider costume when I was about six years old. It was always one of my favorites. I wanted to make Adaline her won version of this classic! I started with the “head of the spider”. I grabbed a baby beanie I had left over from her first few weeks of life. It happened to be pink, but any color would work! Using white felt I cut large ovals. I grabbed my black felt and cut a smaller oval. I hot glued the black oval onto the white. Next I added tiny white circles to finish off the eyes! I then used the hot glue to attach these to the brim of the hat. The next step is to grab three sets of infant tights in the same color. I happened to already own three sets of tights in pink, and it matched the hat so that was a bonus! I rolled up some plain white onesies to stuff the legs of two sets of tights. You could use anything on hand to stuff the tights but I found the onesies worked great!Once you have the tights all stuffed, grab a onesie and put it on your baby. I grabbed a long sleeve black onsie I had on hand. Use the last pair of tights on your baby and before your snap the crotch together, lay the “body” of the stuffed tights on either side of them. One in the back, and one in the front. Sort of flop the extra sider legs to either side and snap the crotch of the onesie. This was plenty to hold her extra legs onto her, however if your little squish is crawling or walking you might need some safety pins! There you have it, Spider Baby! The legs made for some excellent chew toys as well. Win-Win my friends! Want some more easy DIY baby costume ideas? Check out my previous posts: Strawberry, Sushi Roll, Little Old Lady and Pineapple! I can’t believe I only have two more costumes to share with you guys! What has been your favorite so far? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Until Next time,

Ashley

 

Cheap and Easy DIY Baby Costume: Pineapple

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Look at that happy little pineapple!

Welcome back! It’s day four of my full week of Cheap and Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Babies! If you missed the first three days you can catch up her: Strawberry, Sushi Roll, Little Old Lady. I am excited to share this easy-as-pie little pineapple costume! It was one of the easiest I made this year, and looks so stinkin’ cute on her! I started with a plain old yellow onesie. I liked this one because it was adjustable. I made this costume during a growth spurt so it would be great if you’re making the costume a little ahead of time and want to make sure it will still fit! I purchased some yellow felt in a similar shade of yellow. Using sharp sissors I cut the felt into little squares. I lined these squares up on a diagonal along the body of the onesie. Once I had them lined up, I carefully attached the squares to the fabric with hot glue. It doesn’t have to be perfectly lined up or the exact same size, so dont worry! I trimmed the squares on the seams so they were just on the front. Next I grabbed my green felt and cut out long leaves. I used six of them, but depending on how big or small you make them you might need a different number. I lined them up along the neckline of the onesie. This was tricky to make sure the arm holes were not covered, and to see if the leaves would lay right on her neck. I ended up adding some leaves to the top of the sleeves to cover a little bit better. once you have it lined up, attach just the top of the leaves with hot glue. I tossed on a little green headband and that’s that! Easy and cheap is the name of the game for Halloween this year! What do you think of this little pineapple number?

Until Next Time,
Ashley

Cheap and Easy DIY Baby Costume: Little Old Lady

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Look at that grumpy little old lady! I know you’ve seen it done before, but here is our take on the grandma baby costume trend! There is something so funny about a baby dressed as an adult, right? The best part though, is it is so cheap and so easy to pull off! I bet you have most of what you’ll need already sitting in the closet!

The only real DIY element to this Halloween Costume is the “wig”. I used an old baby beanie as the base. I simply hot glued pom pom balls all around the hat so you could no longer see the fabric… thats it! I might suggest to pick a hat in a similar color to the pom-poms so if you miss a spot its not a big deal. I used a grey hat with taupe pom-poms but white or grey would be super funny too!

Next, raid your closet for an outfit. I picked a simple dress and sweater. Just buttoning the top button instantly makes this outfit little-old-lady-style. I picked out socks that mimic mary jane shoes, and added a strand of large pearls for a finishing touch! Don’t be scared to try our other items too! A head scarf, glasses, or curlers would be great.

Add some finishing touches for your photo! My cousin made this beautiful blanket when Adaline was born. I stuck some chop-sticks next to it so it looks like she is knitting. Accessories make all the difference with this! If your kiddo is walking, make a little DIY walker. What other fun accessories culd you add to this baby granny look?

Last but not least- I want to share some bloopers with you! Why are these outtakes even funnier than the “real” one?! Grannies Gone Wild!After about 5 minutes with that wig on.. someone was not a happy camper! Too funny! Be sure to check out the other DIY Halloween Costumes I am sharing this week like this little Sushi Roll and Strawberry number. What are you having your little one dressed as for Halloween? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Shopping List (Click the photo for link)

Baby Beanie- $3.00


Pom-Pom $4.00 per bag

Dress and Sweater- $15.00

Monthly Baby Photos- THREE

Did you take monthly photos with your baby?

A babies first year can be a whirlwind. I can not believe its already been three months! We decided to track Adaline’s first year much like I tracked my pregnancy with monthly photos. We wanted to keep things simple by using these super cute milestone stickers that my mother-in-law gave us at my baby shower. They are so easy to just toss onto a plain white onesie, and are easy to manage as she grows. I learned the hard way when I did my weekly maternity photos that doing too much for them can burn you out. It quickly became more of a chore than something fun to do… We needed to keep these baby photos simple, wink wink!

We did decide to add in some fun facts, firsts and tid-bits to the photos to help us remember what happened each month and to see how she evolves. Its fun to see a baby slowly grows into their personalities and I want to be able to remember it. When I am old and grey, who knows if I will remember the first time she ate mashed carrots- so it is a good thing I’ll have these suckers to help me out! Its funny to see how much she has already grown in just one month. Time flies!Be sure to check out month one and two!

What way do you track your babies milestones? Do you keep a detailed baby book? Do you do monthly baby photos like this? Or do you do something else to keep it all straight? Leave me a comment below and let me know how you kept track of your kids growth! I love hearing from you!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Cheap and Easy DIY Baby Costume: Sushi Roll

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Hi there!

Thanks for all of the love for yesterday’s little Strawberry Costume! I am so happy with how it turned out, and excited that you love it too! As I said yesterday, I can’t believe it, but one of my favorite holidays is next week! Every year my mom would make us our Halloween costumes. It was great and she was amazing at it. I really want to keep this hand-made Halloween costume tradition alive now that I have a little one of my own. I had so many ideas for what I want Adaline to be, but quickly realized I only have a year or two before she will be telling me what she wants to be. I couldn’t decide on just one costume, so I opted to make a full weeks worth for your baby-viewing-pleasure!

My goal was for these costumes was to be inexpensive and easy to do- think no-sewing for $20 or less!  I had a million and one costumes I wanted to make for my little nugget, but settled on having a full weeks worth. For day #2 I present to you: BABY SUSHI ROLL I want to squish those fat legs while I chow down some sashimi now.. This costume might look a little intimidating, but trust me, you can do it! I started with a plain-old white onesie. This will act as the “rice” to your sushi. I went to Hobby Lobby and got my felt for 33 cents each sheet. You’ll need 1 cream color, 1 orange, 1 grass green, 1 lime green, 1 salmon and 1 black. Using a pencil I sketched the fish shape onto the cream felt. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be a work of art. Once I had the cream background cut out, I sketched the other fish parts onto the orange felt. I cut these out and used hot glue to attach them directly to the cream. Next I used the sheet of grass green felt to cut a zig-zag shape that will become the faux plastic grass that always comes with your sushi! Once I had the zig-zag shape, I trimmed three to four lines in each “peak”. Next using the black felt, cut out a long rectangle to mimic the seaweed on the sushi roll. Place your “fish” onto the center of your onesie. Using a small amount of hot glue (while the baby is NOT in it!) attach the fish. Next, line up the black rectangle to cross over your fish and end at the side seams of the onesie. Once it is trimmed and lined up, use the hot glue to attach. Now, line up the faux grass to the side seams and attach to the onesie. Lastly, I used the lime green and salmon colored felt to create the wasabi and ginger. Using the hot glue, I slowly balled up a small square of the flt in each color. I attached them to the black seaweed band on the sushi. They would also be really cute attached to a headband!

Well, that’s a wrap on this sushi costume…. pun intended. The total cost of this little gem was $3.98! Can you believe that! What costume is your little one going to wear this year? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Shopping List:

 

White Onesie: $1.98 each

Assorted Felt: $6.99 (6 sheets used out of 50 sheets)

Cheap and Easy DIY Baby Halloween Costumes: Strawberry

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Hi there!

I can’t believe it, but one of my favorite holidays is next week! One of my fondest memories growing up is my mom hand making my Halloween costumes every year. I’d tell her what I wanted to be, then BAM! She’d whip up an amazing costume. She was like magic. I look back now so impressed with what she came up with. I really want to keep this hand-made Halloween costume tradition alive now that I have a little one of my own. I had so many ideas for what I want Adaline to be, but quickly realized I only have a year or two before she will be telling me what she wants to be. I couldn’t decide on just one costume, so I opted to make a full weeks worth for your baby-viewing-pleasure!

I wanted to keep these costumes simple, and almost more importantly CHEAP. No one wants to spend $50 on a infant Halloween costume. My goal was for each costume to fall under $20 or hopefully way less. The first costume I want to share with yo guys is this little squishy strawberry!

I started with a red baby onesie. The cheaper the better for this, because you will not be able to reuse it. Next, I rounded up some colored felt. Check out your local craft store for this one. I got mine from Hobby Lobby for 33 cents a sheet! You’ll need two sheets of green and one sheet of pink. Using very sharp scissors, cut long leaf like shapes out of the green felt. Hold them up to the onesie to check the scale of the leaf.  I aimed for the leaf to reach 1/3 the way down the onesie. Once I had one leaf just right, I traced the rest. I ended up needing 7 leaf cut outs for the shirt and 7 for the hat. I carefully lined up the leaves along the neckline of the onesie. I made sure to curve the leaves to fall along the shirt sleeves so it did not get awkward when she was wearing it. It is easiest to line them up while the baby is wearing it to get good spacing. Next, I used a hot glue gun to carefully glue the top of the leaves to the neckline. HOWEVER, do not glue while the onesie is on the baby! Hot glue is no joke and you don’t want to burn your little squish! After my onesie leaves were glued down, I turned my attention to the top of the strawberry. I used a white baby hat as the base. I carefully lined up the leaves at the top of the hat and overlapped them slightly. Once all the leaves were on, I created the stem by rolling a long piece of the left over green felt into a cylinder. Using the hot glue, I attached the felt to the hat at an angle. Once the hat was done, I started to cut out the “seeds” of the berry. I used the pink felt (white would work great too!). I imagined cutting tear drop shapes for this. You’ll only need a few depending on the size you pick. 8 worked great for my little strawberry! Carefully hot glue them randomly around the onesie while it is not on the baby. Once all of the hot glue is cool, get your little berry dressed and see how it looks! My entire DIY Strawberry Costume cost me $16.14! So what do you think, will your little one be dressed as a little berry this year? Give it a go!

Until Next Time,

Ashley

Supply Shopping List:

 

Red Baby Onesie: $7.48
Green Felt: $.33/sheet (try a craft store too!)Pink Felt:$.33/sheet

White Baby Hat: $7.99

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