How’s that for an Irish sounding post title? Here’s how you can make everything a little luckier with a simple potato. Ready?Just grab a standard potato, the larger the better so you have plenty of room, and a sharp paring knife. Cut the potato in half and decide your shape size. You will want to cut down around the general area of the stamp so that there’s a raised image for the paint to grab onto. For this one I did a four leaf clover by etching out four heart shapes and then a stem.Using acrylic paint cover the raised stamp design and get stamping! I covered this sweet onesie but it would be so cool on a boys T, girls skirt, or even just one single stamp on a pocket. You don’t need any luck for this one, it’s super easy and the possibilities are endless with one potato!Rainbow blocks by Clifford and Sons MFG.
Now that Spring is upon us we have all been taking strides at decluttering and organizing. So when Kelsey the professional organizer behind Your Life Revamped asked if there were any spaces in our homes we needed a little help with, we were all nodding vigorously. Emily did her boys toy (and clothes!) closet here, and Jenna took on her pantry, check it out below! Also head to our Instagram to enter to win a block of time with Kelsey to work on whatever organzational project you’d like!
One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to live more authentically. A horrible goal because it’s so abstract and totally unmeasurable, but I know exactly what that means to me. I had read the Happiness Project and although a lot of it I sort of read and discarded, the underlying essence stuck with me and I was determined. To only hold onto things that make me happy and that represent a life I am proud of. To create spaces that bring my family joy and harmony. To open a drawer and know exactly what I’ll find there. A place for everything and everything in its place. So I went through room by room, re-thinking anything that didn’t work for me. Re-evualuating systems that couldn’t be maintained, chucked a ton of stuff and felt so great. I had success in every room and was all but finished, except for this darn closet. You can see the before on this post, but the tricky part about this closet is that it’s dual purpose. It is not only clothes, but toys and books, too. Even though I consider myself a super organized person, I was truly stumped on how to make the space work. This is where Kelsey came in. Fresh eyes with a ton of experience. I think most people hire Kelsey and then go do something else while she works it out, but I was so fascinated with it I stayed and was probably super annoying and we tossed around ideas like giddy idiots who love to organize. Here’s what I learned from Kelsey:
1. Take EVERYTHING out. A clean slate will help you utilize what you have so much. It might look like a tornado hit, but you’ll be glad as you start filling it back up that everything is out of the way.
2. Plastic Bins over Fabric. I had a lot of those canvas bins for toys and they are crap. They don’t hold their shape so it never really looks super clean. Lids are everything and so far the space has stayed much cleaner. With lids they don’t spill or dump out when my kids are pulling them down.
3. Label it. That is one thing that was missing from our systems that we needed. Baby-sitters, play date friends, even daddio, didn’t know where anything went so they put it back wherever they wanted. I have since gone on a labeling spree, even into my fridge and I don’t care who knows it.
One awesome piece Kelsey brought in for me was this stackable tupperware. She put all our art supplies in several and stacked them up nice and neat. I love that I can easily grab the whole stack for an art project, or separate them and take just what I need as well.
Find even more before and after of the space as well as several more tips from Kelsey on her blog right here.
With St. Patrick’s right around the corner, here’s a super quick garland to add to your decor! Here’s how you’ll do it: All you need is card stock, twine, and tape! We used 4 inches as a general rule for cutting so they would all end up roughly the same size. Cutting favorite charms like a horseshoe, heart, stars, wishbone, moon and of course a four leaf clover! We’re not sure how they’re lucky, but if they made it into the cereal, they’re good enough for us! Then tape or glue it to the twin and stick up for extra luck this month.Stay tuned for more lucky ideas this week!Need more?
For the party of freshly turned 3 year old Sunny, there is only one theme suitable theme: Big Hero 6. Here’s a peek at the awesome spread Nicole prepared for him for his big day!
Welcome to San Fransokyo!Steam some rice and edamame, pick up your favorite Chinese Food take out and hit your local Asian market for yummy drinks and snacks! Take out boxes and chopsticks included of course.Like Banana Milk with Strawberry Boba, perhaps?Pocky Sticks, Mango and Lychee juice boxes and hard candy, too!Fortune cookies with Baymax’s favorite encouragement, Ba La La La La.
The cake was a no-brainer, Nicole used a favorite local bakery, ordered their simple $12 8 inch round cake and they added the eyes free of charge. Awesome!
For activities, there isn’t anything better than a birthday party Piñata! Nicole had this one specially made to look like Baymax, which was surprisingly hard to hit that sweet face. The party goers used extra take out boxes to collect their Piñata candy in.Then grab a few tubes of black icing and you can make your own Baymax Faces with Oreo cookies:And for Baymax masks, simply grab a stack of paper plates, black circles (punched out with this), small strips of black paper, glue and tongue depressors.
Sunny was in awe the whole party and as always Nicole makes it fun for all ages (especially with those take out boxes of yummy food!)