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In Home Family Session

This year has already been so crazy...and it's only March.  We will welcome a baby sometime in September and thanks to our wonderful photographer, Amber, we captured our special announcement at home.  Take a look at our fun session (all photos by Sugar Snap Photography).

-Nicole

Merry Christmas Tour!

First off, welcome - I am so appreciative you are here!  I love this time of year and celebrating the true love of Christ with family and friends.  "We love because He first loved us."

Before our 2 year old woke up and started pulling toys into every room, I had about 30 minutes to photograph a clean home!  I love traditional reds and greens and this year I also decided to add some cotton and natural elements into the mix. 

I had the pleasure to photograph Christmas mini-sessions at a local tree farm in Greenville (Mystic Tree Farm) and while I was there, I picked out our tree.  Instead of the traditional green fur, we went with a Blue Ice tree that really does have a little blue hue to it.  It's beautiful and smells so wonderful!

I didn't have room on my mantle to put four stocking holders and I don't like using command hooks since the top of our mantle is a little thinner.  So, a white curtain rod and two flat stocking holders did the trick! 

Décor in the kitchen is a little more subtle - just a few small wreaths and pops of red and green!

I shopped around for a cotton wreath but the price tags were a little more than I wanted to pay...so a friend informed me of a place in Greenville called The Tomato Vine and they sale cotton by the stem or by the bunch for super cheap!!!  So, a DIY cotton wreath it is!

I've spent weeks searching for a wooden bench for our kitchen table.  I wanted to move things around and center the table with the mantle.  After no luck at my favorite antique and thrift stores, my wonderful father made me one instead.  I can't decide what color to paint it though...all white, stained and white, a color...

Our son will empty an entire toy box looking for his cars (he calls them "beep beeps") so I've started putting them in smaller containers that he can easily find.  This saves us a few minutes of toy clean up each night...one afternoon, he put them in this dough bowl on his small table.  So for Christmas, I thought I'd keep it that way!

But literally, as soon as he woke up - straight to the toys and the photo taking was done.  Mostly because I wanted to play with him too!

I hope this season is merry and bright for you all but never forget why we truly celebrate.  We can make our homes beautiful and get inspiration for one another but His beauty, love and inspiration are unending and all powerful.

Merry Christmas!

-Nicole

 

 

 

Last Minute DIY Halloween Costume

Most of my family is all about "last minute..."

When you get the label in your family of being the "crafty one," you get lots of requests for help - especially with those last minute projects. Which is why, I spent my afternoon making a scarecrow costume for my cousin (who is 20 months old and adorable)!

After a detailed phone call with my aunt while she's in Hobby Lobby, the list of supplies was purchased to make a cute scarecrow costume.

 

List of items needed:

  • Tulle (and lots of it) - we used 4 rolls of 6in tulle that came in 25 yard spools.  The colors used were brown, yellow, orange, and cream. 
  • Ribbon - we used 1in thick brown ribbon for the waist and the neck tie; also used was 1/4in yellow ribbon for decoration on the front
  • Faux Sunflowers - we purchased one stem that had approximately 6-7 sunflowers in various sizes
  • Burlap - we used two colors (orange and regular) for the hat "patches"
  • Straw hat
  • Hot glue
  1. For the tulle you will need to measure from above the chest to the desired length.  Multiple that times two and that's how long one piece of tulle will be.  My cousin's length needed was 15in x 2 = 30in per strip.
  2. Cut the first piece of brown ribbon to be enough to go around the waist and tie a bow in the back.  Then fold the tulle in half, wrap it around the ribbon, and pull the tail pieces through the loop to tie a knot around the band. 
  3. Cut another piece of brown ribbon long enough to tie around the tutu and around the neck (think halter).  Take the middle of the ribbon and wrap it around the center of the ribbon on the tutu and tie a knot.
  4. Hot glue a sunflower on the knot and tie some smaller decorative ribbon to hang in front.
  5. For the hat, cut smaller pieces of burlap and hot glue them to look like patches.  Attach a few sunflowers and viola! 
  6. You can also add leggings and a shirt for those cooler nights!

There are so many DIY Halloween costumes you can make - happy crafting :)

-Nicole

DIY Toddler Activity Board

Aden is so hands on now and picking up on almost everything he sees...it's crazy!  He's already figured out how to open and take off the kid-proof locks on the kitchen cabinets.  His little hands need something to play with...something that looks like it isn't a toy...something that he thinks is off limits but wants to play with anyway...but also something that will help him learn...

So, we made a toddler activity board!  It was so simple and cost maybe $25.  I bought all of the items at a local hardware store and most of them were on clearance. 

He can now pull his own toilet paper off of the roll and HOPEFULLY leave what's actually in the bathroom alone.  With five locks, two of his own "boinging" door stoppers, push lights, spinning wheels, and a pipe attached with velcro, there are plenty of things to occupy those little hands.

Seriously, it was so simple!  Take a board that is at least 1/2 of an inch thick (so that it will be thick enough to hold the screws needed for assembly), add a small border (to cover the rough edges), paint, and then add whatever items you want.  Most of the items come with the screws needed to attach them to the board so the only additional item I needed to find was a hook big enough to fit the combination lock.  The lights slide off of the base so that the batteries can be changed and the pipe is also big enough to fit some of his toys (cars, balls, etc.) and act like a shoot.  You can go as large or as small as you want and you can pick any combination of items from the hardware store.  I honestly just picked what was on sale!

We are going to hang it on the wall in his playroom so that it is at his eye-level.  But, as soon as I brought it inside he immediately wanted to play with it and hasn't stopped yet...

I will say the push lights are a HUGE hit with him!

 

I'd love to hear if you've made any activity boards for your children!

Thanks,

Nicole