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  • Serving Tray Makeover chalkpaint

      Hi! I just got back from a two week trip with my kids.  Notice I said “trip” and not “vacation”.  A vacation would mean that it was relaxing and fun.  A trip means that I was lugging two weeks worth of luggage and baby gear in 105 degree heat with kids in tow, which is ...

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  • Hairbow Display Tutorial hairbowdisplay1

      If you have little girls in your family, you probably lose hairbows, or “hair clippies” like we call them, on a daily basis like we do.  Zoey tears them out of her hair as fast as I can put them in.  Whenever she leaves the house with her daddy, she inevitably returns home hairbow-less and hair ...

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  • Custom White Frames Made for Our Living Room (and How Jeff and I Tackle Home Improvement Projects Together) whiteframe7

        This might be one of my most favorite projects that I’ve done in awhile.  Now that I am 38 weeks along in my 2nd pregnancy, I’m officially in nesting mode!  I am full term now so baby can be due any day now and of course I left most of the things I’ve wanted to ...

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  • Upcycling My Cedar Tray (tutorial) happy_tray9

    A few years ago, I built a serving tray out of old cedar wood planks and blogged about it here.  I put it together without nails, just wood glued the pieces together, and its held together really well since then.   Fast forward 3 years, we have moved 2 times, my decor has evolved a ...

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  • Personalized Wedding Guestbook with My Silhouette Machine guestbook_wedding_title

    Last Sunday, I had the pleasure of attending my good friend Megan’s super fun outdoor wedding.  This wedding was one of the MOST fun weddings that I have ever been to and that is saying a lot since I’ve been to a lot of weddings! (I’ve lost count after 40)   There were food trucks, lawn ...

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  • upcycle: Chalkboard Picture Frame from Old Frame chalkboardframe7

    This is an easy, fast makeover of a picture frame that was gifted to us when Zoey was born.  There was nothing wrong with the original frame, in fact it was displayed in our living room for quite some time, but I thought it was time for an update.  I wanted to make it more ...

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  • Valentine Lanterns and Garland vdaylanterns1

    I loved the red lanterns we strung across our living room for Chinese New Years so much, I wanted to keep them up awhile longer for Valentine’s Day.  They were just too pretty to take down already!   Plus, the red color was perfect for the romantic holiday.   I wanted to change it up a ...

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  • Heart-filled Wall Decor heartwall2

    It’s almost time for my most favorite holiday of the year – Valentine’s Day!  I love February 14th!!   A day full of pink, hearts, chocolate, mushy words, cheesy puns and romantic gifts – what’s not to love?!  Except for Christmas, most holidays come and go and I don’t do much to decorate our home. ...

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  • Red Lanterns for Chinese New Year redlanterns1

      Happy Chinese New Year!!! (Happy regular New Years, for that matter!!!) Gong xi, gong xi! I’m trying really hard to introduce our Chinese heritage to Zoey now that she is a little bit older.  Passing on our culture has been one of our bigger parenting struggles that Jeff and I face raising our daughter, especially since ...

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  • Ribbon Christmas Tree Bunting xmasbunting3

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!  Hope you all are enjoying this beautiful season! I especially miss New England this time of year because I have so many beautiful memories of white Christmases, snowy evenings with mugs of hot chocolate and bundling up in scarves and gloves to iceskate on frozen ponds.   ...

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  • Zoey’s 1st Birthday: (faux) Chalkboard First Birthday Sign chalkboard1

    Zoey’s first birthday party was this past weekend!  We had so much fun celebrating our little spunky Zozobean.    She is so lucky to have so many friends and family who love her so much.  Planning her birthday party was like planning a small wedding because we had to think of caterers, entertainment, photography and decor ...

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  • {fake} Beehive Cake Centerpiece beehive3

    Back in March, I flew down to southern CA because I had the honor of hosting a couple baby showers on back-to-back weekends:  one for my sister and one for my dear friend Melissa, both of whom were expecting daughters and only 4 days apart.   My party-planning group of friends and I have hosted ...

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  • It’s a Beautiful Day! U2 Sign beautifulday1

    Days around around here are pretty simple for Zoey and me. It usually goes like this for her:  sleep, eat, change diaper, play, repeat.   We do this every two hours.   While its nice when your day is basically boiled down to this simple routine, its not always described as “easy”.  Imagine lots of ...

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  • San Francisco Lovin’ – Framed Art sf_love1

    Since its Valentine’s week, I thought I’d share another  “heart” project with you guys.  I sewed this California state with a heart on San Francisco for Zoey’s nursery before she was born. The walls were looking plain so I was looking to make some quick and easy artwork to frame up for her pink and ...

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  • Doily Wrapped Gifts doily1

      Happy New Years!!! Sorry I haven’t been updating much lately!  Between the busy holidays, traveling to Southern California and soothing a colicky two month old, I go days without powering on my laptop.  Hat’s off to all mothers of colicky babies out there!  Actually, mad kudos to ALL moms out there! (Especially my mom! Who had ...

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  • Trying out Silver Leafing (tutorial)…And No, the Baby Isn’t Here Yet silverleaf3

    Well, no baby yet.  Still waiting. At my 39 week OB appointment last week, my doctor told me now that our baby may come late now and have to be induced!  I went from being told she was going to come a couple weeks early, which sent me into a “I’m not ready!” panic attack ...

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  • Paper Lantern and Light Mobile lanternmobile1

    My absolute favorite project that I’ve done so far for our nursery is this paper lantern and light mobile!   When I first started brainstorming ideas for our baby girl’s room, I saw this nursery on pinterest and fell in LOVE with the lantern mobile.  I wanted to replicate it but in pink/white for our ...

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  • Valentine’s Heart Garland (tutorial) heartgarland4

    {This post is a part of Frugal February, a month-long series where I am challenging myself to not spend any money on projects.  I will be using supplies I already have, upcycling old materials and finishing abandoned projects.   The hubby is rejoicing.  Note: this does not apply to recipes and food posts, since I ...

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  • Make Your Own Canvas Prints (tutorial) canvas13

    Ever since I saw this Distressed Picture Canvas tutorial last year over at Delia Creates, I’ve been itching to make my own. (Here is another tutorial I found on the web, it seems to be a pretty popular technique!.) Getting professional canvas prints can get pretty expensive so this is a great cheap way to fake ...

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