Modern Brass Wreath

By Emily.

One thing evaded me decor-wise moving into our temporary rental was our glass front door. It has a giant pane and then terrible tan painted wood casing around it. To make a long story short in a row of the same types of doors it can be confusing which one is ours and so I’ve been trying to find something that fits my style and stands out amongst a sea of boxwood circle wreathed glass pane tan doors. Ya feel me? I freaking love Boxwood PS, I just needed something different to help our poor mail lady. ūüėČModern Brass Wreath or Wall HangingSo how about a simple brass wreath with the option to add or take away seasonal foliage and floral? Done.

Here’s what you’ll do and a few links to other options I weighed before moving forward with this DIY.

1. Brass Tubing. You can buy this on eBay or Amazon but make sure you figure out your diameters. It is the actual width of the circle not the length of the circle if it was unrolled. Like I thought. Ahem. Anyway this is an 1/8th inch and knowing now I probably would’ve wanted 1/4th.Modern Brass Wreath or Wall Hanging

2. Using metal cutters I did one 1 foot piece and 2 2 foot pieces to get that elongated triangular shape. Once you cut the tube just take a hammer and hammer it back out so you can fit the fishing line through.

3. String the tubes onto a length of fishing line and then tie a knot tightly at the top.Modern Brass Wreath or Wall Hanging

[Dress via Sonnet James // Shoes (sold out but similar) // Cuffs R and E Avenue Raleigh’s Romper // Shoes]

4. Use extra line or a wreath hook and stick that baby up on the door or wall.Modern Brass Wreath or Wall Hanging

5.You’ll need to add your floral or foliage greens with either floral wire or that extra fishing wire (floral wire is way easier.) This is fresh lavender which smells and looks amazing but for my door I’ll be doing faux!DSC_5389

modern wreath alternatives2. DIY Himmeli 3. Spoon Wreath 4. Cardboard Wreaths via Etsy  5. Reclaimed Wood Wreath 4. Straw Wreath 7. Sputnik / Atomic Wreath DIY

If you’re looking to purchase a brass hanging piece this one is cool, too!

Easter for Boys

And of course we would never forget the boys! Since this is our speciality here’s our trie and true very favorites. And since we’re procrastinators of course these can be shipped Prime or Next Day if you’re a Zappos VIP! (Not one? Sign up for their Rewards Program or don’t quote us, but if you simply ask a rep they have given us VIP status before. No lie!)

Need a SUIT?¬†We have tried lots of options and the suits we can vouch for are Jcrew’s Ludlow, Zara’s separates and our favorite suit sets for sure are from Appaman. Most are washable and the fit is so great!

Looking for great DEALS? $14.99 for a shirt + tie or bowtie // Jersey Blazer $9.99 // Chino Shorts $9.99 // We love Old Navy for button down shirts, and as they often do everything is 40% off right now so you can snag lots of great options for less than $10! We love to stock up on plain white ones especially. // Lots of great casual shoe options like this boat shoe for under $15. Boys Easter

Light blue suit // Striped Short Suit // Tan Suit // Chambray Tie // White Suede Oxford // Double Buckle // Multi Color Neon Lace // White Button Down // Bird Print Button Down // Plaid Button Down // Plaid Tie //

AND EASTER BASKET FILL-INS for all price ranges!

Easter Boys

Darling Chipboard Baskets // Lego Cup // Superhero Joke Book // Penny Board // Emoji Eggs // Shark Kite

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Easter For Girls

EASTER is this weekend but you still have time to get a darling Easter outfit for your little girl! Keep scrolling for our favorite basket fill-ins, too!Easter Best for Girls

Striped Jersey Swing Dress + Navy Star Lace-up Flats // Chambray Ruffle Eyelet + Leather Mary Jane Moccs // Floral High Low Hem + Gray Lace-up Flats // Striped Tassel + Fringe Ankle Strap // Floral Ruched Waist + Scalloped Lavender Strap

And our favorite ideas for your chica’s Easter Basket:Girls Easter

Basket // Marble Eggs¬†//¬†Wooden Flowers DIY¬†— we love this little set, it makes for a great DIY paint project or even left plain for a cool installation for their room. // These Puffin in Bloom Set¬†classics are painted by Anna Bond and GORGEOUS. Add these heirlooms to the shelves. //¬†Doll Kind¬†makes these darling dolls and accompanying kindness tokens to encourage kids to pay kindnesses forward! We love this!! You can use¬†SMALLFRY to receive $10 off any order over $59. It expires Easter Sunday (April 16th 12am CST! //¬†Seedling Bunny Kit¬†— Seedling does it again with this awesome activity set! ¬†//¬†¬†We also included this pre-order for Feminist Baby published by our friends at Disney Books!¬†They’re sponsoring a giveaway for this book on our Instagram! The book is all about a little girl and this excerpt tells you all you need to know:

Feminist Baby likes pink and blue.Sometimes she’ll throw up on you!Feminist Baby chooses what to wear¬†and if you don’t like it she doesn’t care!

Its all about owning your power as a woman no matter how big or small! Super great messages to pass along to our youngest feminists. No matter what your feelings on the F word ūüėČ I think we can all agree that empowering girls from a young age is so important!

Tiny Tour: Southern Utah

By Emily.

Happy Saturday! Now let me preface this post is in NO WAY comprehensive, in fact it is maybe as far from it as you can get, but I had so many DMs and questions about our three-day weekend in Southern Utah I thought I’d share how we made the trip a little more doable for our family of 5 which includes a 10 month old baby who naps 3-4 times a day. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a parent its that you just have to lower your expectations. Trying to jam pack too much in is recipe for disaster, and even jamming just a little bit might throw somebody over the edge. But now with hindsight I see that we were able to accomplish so much while pushing the boys a little bit further than they’re comfortable and we saw some amazing things! Our pace for this trip was adventuring during the day, swimming at the hotel in the late afternoon and then dinner and essentially a movie in bed and lights out after that. So let’s jump in.

We stayed in Green River which is about 30-45 minutes from Arches, Dead Horse Point and Goblin Valley National Parks. So we were able to have a homebase without switching hotels and as I said covered lots of ground!

  1. Goblin Valley State Park. This place is an absolute must for all ages, but especially a win with young kids. It was full of cars but you still feel like youre the only ones there, and it feels like you’re on another planet. You can get as strenusou or as easy a pace as you want and there are hikes in the canyons, places to repel, picnic areas and campgrounds.Goblin Valley

’47 Brand Hats – they’re my favorite! I love the plain ones but you can find your team for sure.

  1. Goblin valley

Contigo Kids 3 Pack — perfect for babies, too! I had Raleigh in Kickee Pants because it was sort of chilly and I didn’t want to worry about sunscreening everything!

2. Arches National Park. When the boys are older I will totally be back and we’ll do more hikes and more days but we made our big push for Delicate Arch and then they were totally done hiking the rest of the trip, so we were cool with that! Delicate Arch is so incredible and was such an accomplishment for us. We pushed them and they rose to the challenge (not without complaints) Of course there are a million beautiful things to do in Arches, but we saw a lot of sites while driving through a devoted all our energy to Delicate.¬†Delicate Arch Hiking Shoes

Those hiking shoes in action, and a caterpillar they found and named Delicate Pikachu.

  1. We played this third day by ear knowing the boys were gonna be spent after Delicate. And they were. They wanted no part of hiking so Dead Horse Point was it. You drive a ways and then you walk very minimally but the view is spectacular. And terrifying, like bring a leash if you have a fearless wandering toddler. We had three days of unreal views but Dead Horse is maybe the craziest place I’ve ever been. 1,000 foot drops with views of 10-15 million years of ice and wind erosion creating the most intricate canyons and cliffs anywhere.Dead Horse Point

Raleigh’s Star Natives // Espadrilles¬†// Denim jacket I had custom embroidered.

Here’s some items we brought along that were helpful for us!Hiking

With red rock sand, water and lots of slick rock I knew I would need something with tread but didn’t want to invest in an actual hiking shoe. We don’t go often enough for that purchase to be warranted, but these Adidas sneakers are $55 and did awesome! You can take them through whatever terrain and they had awesome tread. Lightweight and easy to travel with! I also loved these shorts. Bikers underneath and loose on top. I always feel like I am going to get a hole in my regular leggings so these were my shorts of choice for hikes!

For the boys¬†we love these¬†Tsukihoshi brand. I am sure there’s lots of great brands out there but these are lightweight, cute and I love that they have pull cords or velcro closures. The boys were in and out of shoes all weekend long – shaking out dirt and sand, walking through puddles – and I didn’t have to stop to help them.

Micro Scooters. We bring these everywhere. Rode them to dinner one night, got wiggles out at gas stops along the way, its just an easy fun addition! I am seriously thinking about getting an adult one. They’re so fun.

Osprey Poco – We’ve had this carrier for awhile and love it! It’s so easy to adjust, super breathable and make sure you get a sunshade or rain shade and you’ll be golden. We don’t have this but it looks freaking genius for toddler aged kids! Its the Piggyback Rider with a foot bar — can anyone vouch for it?

What are your musts for traveling and outdoor adventuring with kids? Let me reiterate, I am no expert but these things have worked great for us and hope this answers some questions!!