“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” Psalm 36:5 Happy Skylar

I’m overjoyed to introduce the newest member of our family SKYLAR LOVE!  Our second daughter, Skye, was born on Thursday, February 19th at 8:13am, weighing 7 lbs 12 oz and 21 inches long.  We are all head over heels IN LOVE with this little one!!!  She is absolutely perfect!  Skylar looks just like her older sister Zoey and so far has been a good eater and sleeper.  We are adjusting well to being a family of FOUR!!  I can’t believe that I have CHILDREN now!

We chose her name Skylar Love as a reminder of God’s infinite, boundless love for us – a love that reaches to the heavens, as unlimited as the sky.  Our prayer is that our daughter will embody and shine this love throughout her life.

In other happy news, my identical twin sister also gave birth to her second daughter three days before I did!  We miraculously originally had the same exact due date (what are the chances?!) and were hoping we would both give birth on Valentine’s Day.   We ended up with one President’s Day baby and one Chinese New Year baby, two very precious gifts. What a joyous time for our family!

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40 Weeks: Due Date is Today!

by ilene on February 17, 2015 · 4 comments

in baby, parenting, pregnancy


Today’s my due date! And no baby yet!  Just like my first born who was 5 days late, this daughter is likely going to be overdue, too. She is staying nice and snug inside my belly!  I’ll most likely be induced by the end of this week if this baby doesn’t make an appearance by then. Please pray for me as I’m pretty anxious about the labor/delivery.  Even though I’ve done it before, its still pretty scary!



I’m feeling rather large and uncomfortable these days and and eager to NOT be pregnant anymore!!  You know you are getting huge when your toddler switches from saying “Mommy so pretty!”  to shouting “Mommy so BIG! Mommy soooooo BIG!!”

Come on out, my sweet baby girl! Mommy, daddy and big sister can’t wait to meet you!!  We can’t wait to shower you with love!


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My girl Zoey modeling my newest creation:toddler_scarf7


I got this beautiful cream cashmere scarf 5 years ago as a gift from a good friend:


When we moved to SF, I totally forgot about the scarf and all my other heavy winter gear because it was packed away in the dungeons with all my Boston winter stuff.  I don’t miss wearing all those layers and we rarely even wear coats out here!  These days, I’m especially glad we moved back to the west coast after seeing my Facebook feed of the snow Boston has been pounded by these past few weeks!  My poor friends out on the east coast, I feel for you!! Stay safe and warm!  I was digging through my bin of wool socks, long underwear, scarves, mittens and earmuffs recently when I unearthed the cream scarf again.  Luckily, we have fairly warm winters in San Francisco, its been unseasonably warm in the 70s lately,  so I decided to upcycle this scarf for my daughter Zoey.  She is two years old now and is fascinated by my scarves, jewelry and headbands.  She’s at that age where she loves to dress herself and notices all my accessories.  I knew she would love a scarf of her own.

This cashmere scarf is on the shorter end so it was the perfect size for her!  I knew I wanted to make it an infinity scarf so that it’d be easier for her to wear without worrying about it slipping off and getting tangled.  Instead of just sewing the ends of the scarf together, I was thinking of using buttons or ties to secure the ends. My original plan was to sew these jeweled buttons and loops like this:


But I didn’t like how blingy it was, so I decided on just sewing 3 satin ties on the ends of the scarf.  I love bows and ribbons, they are so girly and sweet.  All I had to do was pin and sew 3 pieces of ribbon on each end of the scarf:


Super easy to do! Then tie the ribbons together to make it an infinity scarf:


Only took about 10 minutes to sew up!  And my toddler loves it!


It loops around her neck twice:

How cute is my little model?  She can also wear it untied, like a regular scarf, too:

I love how easy and simple this was, my favorite type of project!

Stay warm, New England!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day, friends!!!   From me and my loves to you!vday_2015_1




(easy felt heart garland tutorial here)

Hope you all are having a great day and feeling the love!

Thanks for reading my blog!!

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Happy Love Week!   This is my favorite time of the year!   I think I post more projects about Valentine’s Day than any other holiday.  I just love LOVE!

If you are looking for a last minute easy Valentine idea, here is one I whipped up for Zoey to bring to her classmates:


With baby #2 due any day now, we started Zoey in school a couple days a week which means she gets to participate in all those fun school activities like handing out valentines to her friends.  I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on her  valentine’s with the limited free time I have left and I was trying to come up with a non-candy option that would be easy, fast, cheap and likable.  I got the Annie’s Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks from Costco using Google Express (but you can also buy them on Amazon) so extra bonus for not having to waddle out of the house to get supplies, too.  I was able to whip all of them up during one of Zoey’s nap times.  Hooray for fast projects!



I designed the “Some bunny thinks you are special” tags using free clipart and Illustrator:bunny_valentine3

Print them out on card stock, cut out, folded the top over in half and then staple them onto the top of each bag of fruit snacks and there you go.  Easy peasy.

You can  download the template here for any one who might want to use it  for their own valentine’s day treats.  (I deleted Zoey’s name from the template so that you can write your own child’s name.) I hope its useful for someone else out there!


Hope you are feeling the LOVE this week!!

If anyone is looking for free Valentine’s Day cards, a couple years ago, I designed a couple fun Valentine’s printables that you can also download for free here:




And also see all my past Valentine Day Projects here.

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