Avocados, Blueberries, and Peaches, Oh My! 11 Homemade Baby Food Recipes

Avocados, Blueberries, and Peaches, Oh My! 11 Homemade Baby Food Recipes

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Top 8 Favorite Toys for 7-12 Month Olds

Top 8 Favorite Toys for 7-12 Month Olds

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Easy & Simple DIY Grad Party Decor

Easy & Simple DIY Grad Party Decor

Celebrate good times, c’mon!

 

It’s that time again, graduation parties for months! Graduation is such an amazing and bittersweet time for grads and families.

 

While our babe is too young to be graduating (thank goodness!), we did have a grad to celebrate; therefore, I had a party to help plan! Woo!

 

I have seen some awesome graduation party ideas lately-give me all of the bars! Not the adult ones (I know, bummer) but the food bars. Smores, candy, tacos, popcorn, you name it-I’ve probably seen it and envied it! BUT, one of the most important parts of party planning is creating a party that your guest of honor would want! Our guest of honor is laid back and doesn’t like a lot of attention, so simple and subtle was the way to go. We did manage a mini mac and cheese bar though-WIN!

 

NOTE: Please excuse all of the LARGE watermarks and “hidden identity circles” in this post-the privacy of my graduate is important to me!

 

 

 

As always, I went to Pinterest for some pinspiration first and  I looked around the house for items I could use. I decided on some simple mason jar centerpieces, picture displays, picture banners, some chalkboard signs, dessert toppers, and a DIY food menu to showcase some of the delicious eats!

 

 

The mason jars were made with floral rocks from the Dollar Tree, twine, scrapbooking tags, and FREE printable tags from hardlotion.com. For the pictures, I simply used blue painters’ tape (I love this tape because it peels off so easily-no unnecessary stress over ruining pictures) and straws.

 

 

The picture displays (top middle in the first picture) were my aunt and uncle’s, I just used another cute FREEBIE from lilsproutgreetings.com to cover the logo. These were also the same printouts I attached to toothpicks for dessert toppers.

 

 

The picture banners (bottom of the picture) couldn’t be easier-mini clothespins and twine.

 

 

 

The chalkboard signs were a combination of purchased and DIY. The chalkboard on the right was made years ago using a picture frame and chalkboard paint. I made three of them and use them almost every time we host anything! I love me some chalkboard decor!

 

 

The food menu was created on Canva and put inside one of the chalkboard signs described above. Y’all if you haven’t used Canva, you are missing out! You can create banners, menus, cards, tags, etc. It is definitely worth checking out.

 

And there you have it! Subtle and simple grad party decor!

 

Congratulations class of 2019!

 

xoxo,

Nik

 

 

 

 

This One’s for the Mamas (and Da-das)

This One’s for the Mamas (and Da-das)

It’s 9:30 AM and I’m hiding under the covers with my coffee staring at the baby monitor.   I’m exhausted. I’m cold. I have a headache. The bags under my eyes are heavier than the gallon of ice cream I’ll eat later, and I’m crying. 

Breastfeeding and Pumping Must Haves

Breastfeeding and Pumping Must Haves

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Storage Hacks for a Small Living Room

Storage Hacks for a Small Living Room

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Y’ all, I love my house but it is small! I am forever looking for ways to add more storage and keep our house organized. Below are some storage hacks we’ve found to keep our living room both beautiful and functional.

 

 

Furniture with Hidden Storage

 

Bench & Stools Combo

For Christmas a few years back my mom bought us a bench with two footstools from Amazon. All three of these pieces open up and allow for extra storage; they also double as more seating which is another thing we could always use!

 

We were able to turn the bench into a desk/filing cabinet too, which gave us more room in the nursery.

 

 

 

Couch Ottoman

 

We bought our couch awhile back from Ikea and it had an optional ottoman. The ottoman was an expensive add-on, but as soon as I found out it opened and could be used for storage, I jumped at it!

 

 

 

Nesting Tables

Kimora 2 Piece Nesting Tables

https://www.wayfair.com/furniture/pdp/ivy-bronx-kimora-2-piece-nesting-tables-w000668159.html?piid=421906421

Similarly to the couch and ottoman, our coffee table had optional nesting tables as a part of the set. Though the nesting tables aren’t really “hidden storage,” it does allow us to have a table tucked away until we need it for entertaining. These tables definitely beat having to find somewhere to keep trays or running to the basement to grab another table when friends or family are over.

 

 

 

Under Furniture Storage

 

Containers and DIY Boxes

Storing items under your furniture is something almost everyone can do! Most of our living room furniture has material that goes to the floor which makes it easier to “hide” items underneath, but even if you don’t have furniture like ours, you can make it work! For our furniture that doesn’t have coverage to the floor, I DIYed Amazon boxes with a hot glue gun and just enough rope to cover the parts that can be seen!

 

 

 

Baskets

Silver Oval Metal Basket - Medium

 

 

This one seems relatively simple, because it is! Finding baskets that go along with the theme of your living room is a quick and easy way to provide you with organized storage. We keep baby H’s toys under our coffee table in the baskets above.

 

 

 

And there you have it-a few storage hacks for you to give a go!

xoxo,

Nik

Bison Baby Nursery

Bison Baby Nursery

What did the buffalo say to his son as he left for school? Bye son! (Unknown, but most likely a dad)   So here is a story all about how…we ended up with a bison-themed nursery.   When I was about three months pregnant, my 

The 5 Baby Items I Didn’t Know I Needed

The 5 Baby Items I Didn’t Know I Needed

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DIY Easter Centerpieces and Decor Without Breaking the Bank

DIY Easter Centerpieces and Decor Without Breaking the Bank

I LOVE DECORATING Y’ALL (INSERT CORNY “EGG-CITED JOKE)!

This year decorating looked a bit different with baby H. I didn’t want to buy anything new (sorry Hobby Lobby and Christmas Tree Shops), and I didn’t have as much time as usual-that didn’t stop me though! I dug out my Easter and spring decor, and looked for everyday decor items that I could pair with them. By combining Easter decorations I already had with my normal decor, I created new pieces without spending a thing!

 

 

 

Here’s a peek at just a few of my creations-

 

 

Centerpieces

 

 

This simple piece is on our coffee table. The galvanized metal tray is everyday decor, I just switched out what was on top (side note: I absolutely adore galvanized metal; it’s so versatile and it works well in our home). On the tray I’ve included two different sized candles (everyday decor from our TV stand), a porcelain white rabbit, and “Easter Egg Grass.” I’m not a huge fan of “color.” I tend to gravitate towards grays, white, and navy blue so the “Easter Egg Grass” was just enough for me! Nice and simple.

Tray-Walmart
Candles-Christmas Tree
Rabbit & Easter Grass-Hobby Lobby

 

 

This is supposed to be our kitchen table centerpiece; however, we usually have a baby seat on the table so it is now mainly on the “bar.”

 

This centerpiece has a bit more color than I would usually include, but I love the different heights and textures together.

 

Tray, bunny, and floral arrangement-Christmas Tree
Teacup-a bridal shower favor a few years back
Wine Cork Display-an old vase with wine corks (yes, I drank all of those bottles, please hold your applause)
*The tray and wine cork display are everyday decor

 

 

Sawhorse Shelf

My sawhorse shelf is always a décor staple; it is one of my favorite things in our home because it has character without trying so hard. My husband made this for me a few years back, and while many things on it stay the same (picture frames, quote blocks, Scentsy), you can always count on a few holiday items to be on there. This year I have an “egg bucket,” bunny sign, two porcelain rabbits, a teacup, and some spring flowers.

 

Egg bucket, bunny sign, and white porcelain rabbit-Hobby Lobby
Rabbit with the flower-a Lennox piece from my husband’s grandmother
Teacup-a gift from my former student
Flowers-Dollar Tree

 

 

And there you have it-just a few of my favorite pieces this year, that didn’t cost a thing!

xoxo,

Nik