The Ordinary Princess

Growing up, there was a chapter book that I loved called The Ordinary Princess. It was about a plain-looking princess who had no interest in finding her prince, and wanted to create her own destiny, so she ran away into the woods to escape.  I came across this book again just recently while organizing some old papers and books, and read the back cover.  When I was done, I had a huge grin on my face as the memory of reading about Amy, the princess, came back to me.  This sense of empowerment is exactly what more women need to be feeling, especially now.  I decided to create a little printable with a quote on it inspired by the book.  This just feels right-strong and tough, a call to action.  Love it, and am hanging a copy in my daughter’s room.  Free high-res printable just for you, just click the image or the link to download!

 

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5 Easy Ways to Break a Creative Rut

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Beyonce wasn’t built in a day, right? I’m sure there was some frustration along the way.  With that in mind, I’d like to share some strategies that I’ve used in the past when trying to get out of a creative funk.  We’ve all been there at one time or another, in that dark & twisty place (oh, Grey’s A, never leave me), where ideas don’t seem to generate and the spark you used to have seems to have gone out permanently.  So pause the Netflix (unless you’re watching Friday Night Lights–I love me some Tim Riggins), and click through to get my list of 5 EASY tips to get back into the swing of things.

No-Recipe Homemade Granola

Easiest Granola Ever

Granola is maybe my husband’s favorite food.  He LOVES it: in yogurt, as ceral, over ice cream, as a to-go snack in a baggie.  We used to buy it at Costco or Trader Joe’s, until a friend recommended that I try to make it.  I gave my friend, who is a much better cook/baker than me, the total side-eye, because making granola can sound difficult and time-consuming if you’ve never tried it.

Well, I tried it and never looked back!  Click through to read more, or just get right to it and print the instructions here

Toadstool Rattle

You guys, what’s the difference between a toadstool and a mushroom?  I could probably google this myself, but….I have always been curious. I don’t know the answer.  Anyway.  I finished a mushroom/toadstool rattle for the new baby.  I had started this for Bean, actually, and just never got around to finishing it.  It’s from a Purl Soho pattern, and the pattern was a lot of fun and easier than it seems–I used some stuffing from an old pillow and used a cat toy with a bell for the “rattle”.  It’s on Ravelry here.

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Can you see the stripes in all the tweed?  This is a terrible photo.

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Hiding in my stash.

 

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Also linked up on the always fab A Blossoming Life.

A Few of My Favorite Things: Baby Edition

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I mentioned in a previous post that I’m expecting our second baby.  Like, any day now.  As in, super swollen feet, can’t sleep, crazy nesting pregnant lady.

Our first child just turned two, so we still have a lot of stuff that we can reuse with the new little guy when he arrives very, very, VERY soon.  But the “baby stuff” market is always coming out with new ideas, and we will probably purchase a few things here and there to try out.

While I’m figuring out what to buy and what to reuse, I thought I’d do a roundup of all my favorite things so far, and also show you a few things that caught my eye while window shopping.  Happy browsing!

Baby Gear Roundup

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1. Little Critter Book

Bean is currently really into the Little Critter books, and we got this one for her to try to prepare her for the new baby.  I don’t really think she gets it yet, but the book is still pretty darn cute.

2. ErgoBaby Swaddler

This is a new one for me.  We swaddled Bean for the first 2 months or so, but she really didn’t seem to like it that much.  This one by ErgoBaby really takes the natural arm and hip positioning of a tiny scrunchy newborn into its design.  I’m really excited to try it.  The design on this one is little sparrows–adorable and completely gender neutral.

3. Little Unicorn Blanket

Little Unicorn is basically my new favorite baby brand.  They have a range of items, from diaper bags to outdoor picnic blankets to hooded towels, but these swaddle blankets are my favorite.  They’re incredibly soft, and generously sized without being huge.  The prints are all watercolor-ish and I was really bummed when I tried to buy this hedgehog print and it was sold out!  Luckily, they came back in stock and I was able to snag one.  If you find a print there you love, definitely get on the waitlist for it, the restock was pretty speedy.

4. Mustela Stelatopia Lotion

This is definitely a must have for any baby who tends to get eczema, which I think is a lot of babes.  This lotion is thick but sinks in easily.  Bean’s flare ups vanished almost overnight when I used this.  It’s pretty expensive, but worth it to prevent dry, itchy skin. It goes on sale fairly regularly, too. The whole line has great reviews on Amazon, but I’ve only tried the lotion.

5. NoseFrida

This one is controversial.  Some of my mom friends were totally perplexed as to why I loved this so much.  My advice to you: TRY THIS.  If your kid has a runny nose right now, go out and buy one and try it.  You will be amazed, fascinated, and probably want to try it on other people. (Maybe don’t do that.)

6. Land of Nod Playmat

This is one I’m going to try, I think.  I  haven’t ordered one yet since I can’t quite convince myself to spend this much on a playmat.   The reviews for this are stellar, though, and I love the quilted texture and the colors.  Each toy on the mat has its own “thing” that it does, whether it’s make a noise, fit into a pocket, or move around.  I think it would look super cute in photos, too.

Have you tried any of these?  Do you have any 2nd baby favorites or any advice?

Friday Finds

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Totally agree 🙂 Would love this as a print next to the kiddos’ bookshelves.

Any Game of Thrones fans out there?  The Mountain is apparently a REALLY nice guy in real life, and his IG is amazing.  Mainly because he just adopted this, and the two of them together are just hilarious and sweet.

Tutorials for engineer prints have been around for a while, but this is still the best one I’ve ever come across.  Those are beauts.

Wanting to open my cabinets and see ALL of this Etsy shop.

The sweetest, simplest nursery……I really need to get crackin’ on ours!!  (just about a month out–insert wide-eye emoji here)

Kitchen Obsession

Currently obsessed with rustic white kitchens, along with a lot of other Pinterest-loving ladies out there 🙂  Our kitchen has white cabinets, but doesn’t have the rustic feel that I love so much–we have some pretty busy, yellowy granite that just isn’t my cup of tea, but also isn’t bad enough for us to replace.  So I have my own little “dream kitchen” in my head, and on my Pinterest, too!  Some mood board inspiration, below.

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This just makes me want to effortlessly bake a pie.

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Wouldn’t you love to cook here during a rainstorm??

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Adorable Norwegian cottage kitchen–love!

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