Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A gift for my jr. dog sitters

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.
My kids have always been animal obsessed.
We would take in every stray dog we could find, visit every weekend pet adoption clinic and spend time at any and all petting zoos.
It took us three years of convincing my husband to allow us to get a dog as a pet.
It's been nearly four years now since we adopted Sophie and we can't imagine life without her.
Occasionally, we head out of town for a trip that Sophie can't join us on.
I'm thankful that we have trusted pet sitters in my sister and brother in law and their two girls {3,1}.
Our pet sitters were in the same boat that we were in.  They would desperately love to add a furry member to the family, but at this time in their lives, they know that they are just not ready, which is why the enjoy the occasional visit from our puppy, without the full commitment of pet ownership appeals to them.
I like to thank my jr. dog sitters with an occasional treat for their help in keeping Sophie entertained and fully loved on while we are gone. I recently saw these PAW Patrol Pups at Walmart and think that they would make the perfect dog sitter gift for the girls.
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No job is too big and no pup is too small for these PAW Patrol pups! The hit show on Nick Jr. is a favorite of any animal loving kiddo.  All of the PAW Patrol characters have special features that are ready to be unleashed for an incredible transformation.
Marshall has water cannons
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Skye has wings {and she's pink!}
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Rubble has a digger
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and Chase has super sniffing powers!
Together the team is ready to jump into action while working on missions that will inspire friendship, teamwork and bravery in your children.  
These PAW Patrol Pups may just keep the girls busy and creating their own adventures until they get to have a real adventure of their own when Sophie comes to play. Pick them up at Walmart today.
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12 month onesies custom order

Earlier this month I received an e-mail from a reader who wanted to buy a set of the 12 month onesies that I created for baby shower gifts several years ago.
I don't normally take orders and I don't have a shop,
but I thought I could whip up a set for this lovely lady who was buying them as a shower gift for her sister.

I think they turned out too adorable not to share!
They are gender neutral since the mama to be doesn't know what she is having.
I always love the side by side of the smallest onesie and the largest one.
Those babies grow fast!

Since the mama doesn't know what she is having, I threw in a little gift...
a bow tie for him or a flower headband for her.

I sure wish these were around when my kids were little.
How fun to track their growth each month!
Do you do anything to document each month for your babies?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fabric pumpkin tutorial

I've been on a role lately creating and crafting pumpkins for my fall decor.
Last week I shared with you a whole week of pumpkin projects from birch candle holders made from a faux pumpkin, to ruffle pumpkins and a few other projects in between.
This week I'm sharing with you a tutorial for fabric pumpkins.

It's been over a year since I picked up some designer fabric swatches from the Goodwill outlet in Seattle. Like any good hoarder crafter, I didn't know what I was going to do with the swatches at the time, but I kept them in a box ready to use when inspiration struck. They were great pieces of fabric, just not quite big enough to make a pillow, so I was stuck...until, I decided one day to make a fabric pumpkin. That's what everyone does with $280 a yard fabric right?!

I started by taking the fabric and cutting a rectangle.
You can make your pumpkins as big or as small as you would like.
Turn the fabric inside out and stitch up one side.
The other side will be on your fold, so no stitch needed.

 Turn your fabric inside out and move your seam down the middle.

Take a long piece of thread and a needle and about a half inch from the bottom start making a wide stitch around the whole length of the bottom.

Once you sew all the way around the bottom gently pull your thread gathering the ends of your fabric.

From the inside of your pumpkin reach down to the base and pull the unfinished ends into the inside of the pumpkin and with your leftover thread stitch the ends together on the inside.

Fill your fabric tube with stuffing and repeat the same process on the top of your pumpkin that you did on the bottom.  This time, use an even longer piece of thread since you will be making the pumpkin segments with it.

Once your top is gathered squish together your pumpkin and push your needle and thread all the way through the bottom.  Once it goes through the bottom pull it up through the top.  Repeat this process as you make the various segments on your pumpkin.
Finish the end by knotting it.
Add a twig through the top for a stem.

They aren't perfect, but they are fun don't you think?!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Jeans. A wardrobe staple.

Jeans are a part of my uniform.
I decided early on that I would do my best to get dressed every day, 
even if all I was doing in my day was cleaning, wiping noses and playing games with my three littles.

{Two of my three in 2003 at Pike Place Market, Seattle}

I didn't always used to like jeans. 
I remember going through a phase in 5th and 6th grade where I wouldn't wear jeans.
I was such a petite kid that I had a hard time finding jeans that would fit when I was that age
and no on likes to be hiking up their pants all the time.
One of my favorite pairs of pants were actually knit.
Like a sweater.
Yep, I was super cool!

Thankfully, that phase was short lived and I found out how diverse jeans really are.
I love that you can dress them up or dress them down.

My three kids all live in jeans now too.
Now that my oldest son is done with his growth spurt he's been begging me to invest in a pair of designer jeans for him.

He's been eyeing True Religion brand jeans.
Aidan is 16, so his go to pair of jeans are slim fit.
Apparently it's what all the kids are wearing.

These hand picked men's slim jeans have everything he's been looking for...
slight distressing, classic slim fit with an edgy take, skinny but not too skinny..
all in a great dark wash.

While my husband has a professional job
{he's an engineer}
he doesn't meet with clients and rarely gets out of the lab or away from his computer.
His go to uniform for work are a good pair or jeans and a nice t-shirt.

My husband sticks with boot cut jeans
{he's tried, but just can't pull off a pair of skinny jeans}
and since he wears the jeans to work, he tries to stay away from any distressing or holes.
The Danny boot cut would be a good pair for him.
He's not one that likes to stand out, so the simplified pocket detail on the caboose is a good feature.

This fall, I keep coming back to my skinny jeans.

I'm a big fan of the Victoria mid rise skinny jeans.
I can wear them with a pair of tall boots, ankle boots or ballet flats.
I even love this dark distressed wash because it can be dressed up and they don't look like grubby lounge around pants.
I wore a pair like this when I subbed for 5th graders last week. 
I paired the jeans with a button down shirt and a blazer and I must say, while I wasn't sure about wearing jeans to "work" I think I still looked professional and ready to teach.

Are jeans part of your uniform?
What's your favorite pair?