Valentine’s Day Fun

We had such a fun Valentine’s Day this weekend! Gryphen has been asking if she could have a party so I invited a couple of her friends over so they could decorate some crowns and do other kids activities! The night before Gryphen & I baked the cutest red velvet cupcakes. Yum!
Even though weren’t using these she was very obsessed with holding them for photos! Haha oh

Kids ?After Captain Gryphen was done working hard on her crown she decided that the kids should take to drawing our dry erase board we use for learning. I really love how her crown turned out!  On Sunday I decided it would be a great idea to take some family photos; I called in my good friend which turned into a very funny 15 minutes and some tears. I was very happy with the results and glad that we got a couple good shots of the four of us! Still hard to believe there’s 4 of us now. Yikes! 0096 Family Photo 0097 Family Photo 0098 Family PhotoI hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day & Family Day long weekend xo

DIY Pattern for Kids Pants

I’ve noticed that at least once a week I’m making Gryphen some pants! I either use an old shirt that I’ve come across or some very adorable fabric I’ve purchased but she’s always getting new pants! Unless you’re shopping just sales or lower priced stores kids clothes can really add up. I want to share with you today my very quick way of coming up with a pattern for kids pants! I adore making different types of pants this way and slightly changing them to fit perfectly to my skinny long-legged Blondie!

Materials:
Paper of any kind that’s durable
Scissors to cut paper
Marker or pen
Pants in the size you want to remake.

Step 1
I roll out some paper and tape it to the table to ensure the paper doesn’t move while I’m tracing. Once it’s taped I trace around the folded pants creating one leg.
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Step 2
I like to write all the info on the paper so I can quickly identify the pattern later.
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Measure the waist band. Then on the paper measure out and cut the proper size. I find if you try to measure the waist band it’s self you will get one that’s too small. 0079 DIY PantsStep 4
Once the pattern is completed I pin all the sheets together for safe keeping (and organization).
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I love these little pants that I’ve created for the baby & can’t wait to try them on. I’ve made them to fit around 3-6 months and used an old pair of roots jogging pants. 0082 DIY Pants0083 DIY Pants

Hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make an easy pattern for kids pants! If you want to see any other patterns please leave a comment below 🙂

DIY Nursing Cover

I’m very excited about this little project! After making an infinity nursing scarf earlier in the year for my sister-in-law it really had me thinking about what I’d like out of a nursing scarf. Since realizing that I’m in my third trimester now I’ve been starting to organize and prepare things for the baby (yes for this entire pregnancy I haven’t been focusing on any sort of time frame, just enjoying everything slowly happening to my body). Have you seen the Nuroo nursing covers? I fell in love once I watched the video and learned how versatile they actually are. Sadly though they don’t come in many colours so I went to work on deciding what fabric I’d love for my own.

Materials Needed
Fabric – 70in long x 29in wide (I purchased 2 meters)
Thread to match fabric
Cotton Twill Tape – 60 inches
Snaps – 30 total/ 15 per side (I used my Babyville Snap Pilers & snaps)

Step 1
Press and cut pre-washed fabric to length (70×29). The fabric I purchased was 58in wide, I was able to make two scarfs. Which was great!

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Step 2
Measure 1 inch, fold & press fabric. I find ironing the fabric assures a nicer seam. Once you’ve done that pin on the twill tape. Make sure to cut the twill take slightly longer.
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Step 3
Time to sew! I use two different colours of thread to ensure it blends nicer but you can do whatever works best! Sew the edges of the twill tape0074 DIY Nursing ScarfStep 4
Here’s the fun part; attaching the snaps! This I found took the longest, mainly because Gryphen decided she needed to help. I spaced then just over an inch apart. I used a block plaid which made spacing VERY easy.
0075 DIY Nursing Scarf Since we don’t have a baby yet I’ve been wearing this perfect scarf on the colder days (which seem to be a lot). I can’t wait until the baby arrives so I can put this nursing scarf to work! With the left over material I made a fabulous infinity scarf for Gryphen & some bibdana’s for the baby. Once Gryphen seen my scarf she was asking where her’s was and so excited when I told her she had one as well, Nothing cooler then matching your parents when you’re 3 years old!! 0076 DIY Nursing Scarf 0077 DIY Nursing Scarf

I hope you’ve enjoyed our Nuroo inspired infinity nursing scarf project, we’d love to hear and see how yours turns out.

DIY EOS Lip Balm

I have to admit our family LOVES EOS lip balm! Gryphen perhaps more than anyone as she’s eaten a couple. I’ve been collecting our empty containers unsure of what to do with them, they’re pretty expensive just to toss in the trash! Well finally I came across a great combination of All Natural products to create our own!!

Step 1:
With a thin knife pop the middle of the container out. I had previously attempt to make a lip balm with this container but most of the balm stayed in the bottom. Step 2: Ingredients
Beeswax
Coconut Oil
Essential Oil
You can also use but I didn’t this time:
Jojoba Oil
Shea Butter
Castor Oil
Fruit Extract
Lip stick for colouring

I find you need a total of 1.5 tablespoons of everything together to fill one EOS container. Depending on how many ingredients you use divide them up accordingly.

Step 3:
After you’ve collected your ingredients put it in a heat proof bowl and put it over a pot of bowling water. Let contents melt and blend together. You can also melt everything in the microwave.
Step 4:
While ingredients are melting screw the middle piece in the top and place on paper towel.

Step 5:
Once ingredients are melted pour evenly into EOS containers and place in the over. Mine is a little full!
Step 6:
After 30 minutes remove the containers and click the bottom on to the middle piece, make sure to line up the sides!
Step 7:
Now this is the test if it’s all set! Turn the lid and hope that it’s set haha so far they’ve always set for me and we haven’t had any issues.   All done and ready to use! I absolute love making our own lip balms. One of the easiest things you can do and such a piece of mind knowing what’s going on your lips. Let me know how yours turn out! Tag us on Instagram with your photos 🙂

 

Crochet Patterns // From Way Up North & Full of Warmth!

With all this snow we’ve been getting lately I’ve been noticing Gryphen has been misplacing her hats frequently and we just LOVE the crocheting pattern’s by From Way Up North. They’re very easy to read and with a kid like Gryphen it’s perfect that you’re able to complete the pattern in a night or two.
In this photo Gryphen is wearing the Zoey Warmer, it was perfect for her, I loved that it slims down at the back and the added details make it very unique.
Here we’ve just pulled it down to make a cute neck warmer. This was perfect for when she was snowboarding with her daddy and needed something around her neck to keep the cold off her bare skin.
The Lamb Hooded Cowl is the perfect going out hat, it’s cute, they’re fully covered & warm! I loved that we were able to tighten around the neck to make it more fitted for her while leaving the fitting loose. It’s such a fun cowl, she absolutely loved wearing it.
If you love these handcrafted delights as much as we do stop over at From Way Up North‘s Etsy shop to purchase the patterns.
First Photo:
Headband: Zoey Warmer – From Way Up North
Jacket: Zara Kids
Mitts: Suede Mitts – Parry Sound Hospital Gift Shop
Third Photo:
Hat: Lamb Hooded Cowl – From Way Up North
Jacket: Zara Kids
Mitts: Custom Bow Mitts – From Way Up North 

Daily Planner for Mums

As a new year has started we’ve all spent time looking for that perfect planner and never really finding one but one that works for right now. My sister-in-law Samantha sent me a photo the other day of a planner that she wanted! I mean wanted haha Sadly she wasn’t quite sure where it was from. Here comes me! I took a few seconds get an idea of what it really looked like and opened up Photoshop and got to work! About an hour later I had the finished product!
 Samantha’s favourite color is orange so I did the base color orange for her! After getting to know this page I’ve decided that I’ll be doing a couple for myself as well. I have a small book that has a page for everyday but I think something like this would be great to have hanging up daily.
If you love this page as much as we do, download it free here! I recommend using Vistaprint to create reasonable priced notepads. They’re $9 for 50 pages, the price goes down as you order more!

Melted Crayon Art Fun!

After I read Crafts with Samantha‘s post about crayon art I just knew I had to do something with Gryphen! So we went to the store and bought a couple of boxes of Crayons! Unsure of how much we’d actually need for our huge canvas that I grabbed from JYSK a few months back.
We went to work! I taped and Gryphen colored the canvas giving it a full effect. She attempted to use every color, and the ones she didn’t like she returned to me to discard back in the box. Such a funny girl she is 😉
Well after all the taping was done and Gryphen was satisfied with her art work we cleared off the island and laid out some newspaper (we didn’t have old so I used the paper from that day; no one really needed to read it anyways). We had decided that we wanted to try a rainbow effect and laid out the colors accordingly.
At this time Gryphen decided that she was ready for a nap so I put her in her crib and went back to the kitchen. She never actually napped! Her Aunt Kana found her playing when she got home from work the stinker! I stopped for a few minutes to look at our creation so far noticing that my hands had become COVERED in melted crayon. So prepared for that to happen. It peeled off very easily right into the trash bin.
After what felt like hours of spraying (30 minutes) I believe I was done! I felt it had a kind of rainbow blending effect and would look perfect in Gryphen’s new bedroom!
Waiting to be hung it relaxes on the keyboard!
What do you think? We love it & can’t wait to do more 🙂

Tracey’s Dr. Seuss Baby Shower

I can’t believe how quickly time passes. I feel like it was just a few days ago I was getting ready to fly to Ontario for my good friend Tracey’s baby shower. Tracey LOVES Dr. Seuss, loves him! So when she became pregnant I asked her what she wanted for a baby shower theme and no surprise to me it was Dr. Seuss! hahah Off to work I went, looking all over for different decoration ideas, fun games, different things to do at the shower. I can’t believe how much variety there is out there.
I’ve put together some of the photos for that day! Before everyone started arriving I tried to get a few different photos.
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Infront of the door I have the little onesie colouring station, we moved all the onesies to the coffee table while everyone was watching Tracey open her gifts. I made little packages for all the guests to fill out attached with a clothespin for the “baby” game. The little mason jars are for a “Guess how many candies” game and “due date raffle”.
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Everyone slowly arriving, mmm and eating the yummy food Gramma Sarah prepared. I asked all the guests to do a “Wishes for the Baby” they’re so fun to read and look back on what people hope for your baby. 🙂
How big is her belly?
Oh boy did we have fun with this game! All the ladies took turns guessing the size of Tracey’s belly. The big winner was her Auntie Tracey! She guessed right down to the square! Way to go Auntie Tracey 🙂
Wild chld
These two wild children had a great time running around, jumping, falling, and playing throughout the shower! M is such a loving young man, while Gryphen isn’t too sure!
Gifts for a Princess
It was so much fun watching Tracey open all her gifts, you could tell how overjoyed Tracey was, she loved everything. Connor was such a great helper keeping track of al the gifts.
Time to relax?
Tracey taking time to put her feet up and have a little snack in-between games. Such a happy beautiful mummy-to-be 🙂
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This day wouldn’t of been possible if it wasn’t for all these lovely ladies here! Thank you so much for showing your support for our dear Tracey.