Fall Wreath Inspiration

I cannot wait for Fall! I made this coffee filter wreath last Fall and love it so much it is hanging on the inside of my door as part of my every day decor. So, this year I am looking to make a new one. Below are a few of my favorites with links to tutorials. 

I love the simplicity of this wreath. Fall Wreath Rosettes- follow this link to find a tutorial . 

This one just may be my favorite. I love all the different textures. Fabric and Felt Fall Wreath tutorial here. 

I can't decide which wreath I love more! This wreath may be the one to grace my door this Fall. Find the tutorial for this Ruffle Wreath here

Easy and colorful. Check it out here


Operation Smile and Rent Back

I am so excited to share Operation Smile with you. Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity. They are the largest volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. As one of the most prominent charities for children in the world, they work in over 60 countries.

Here is a video of "Life before and After". The purpose of the video is to get donations, but I am posting mainly so you can see the difference and what Operation Smile is all about.

 If you can donate than great! I personally think this is an awesome cause. However,  I understand there are so many circumstances and financial limitations, so I wanted to share another way you can help without necessarily donating! 

I know the majority of my readers are not in school, however I also know that just about all of us know someone who is... so because of that I thought I would pass this information on! One of the most awful parts of school is buying text books!
Rent Back.com  offers:
40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods 
and they
 donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented!!! 

How awesome is that?!

Visit their website to learn more but here is a graphic that kind of explains how Rent Back works... which is a great program for those college students!

So, pretty please pass this info on! 


5 on Friday

1. This is the best info I have seen on picking out clothes for photos, which always stresses me out. Below is a picture from our last family photo shoot last Fall. Boy, have my girls grown up and changed! Can't wait to get updated pictures of them taken next month!

2.  This is on my wish list. There is Container Store opening right by me in October and I cannot wait! 

3. We have a girls trip planned to St. George, Utah the first of October and we are going to see The Little Mermaid. I am so excited!

4. Wish I had somewhere fancy to go to wear this dress. Isn't it gorgeous? If I could redo my wedding this champagne color would be one of my choices and my brides maids would wear these dresses. I just love it!

5. I really want to make these orange push pop smoothies. Well, I really just want to drink one. Like right now! They look so refreshing. 

We are headed out for the weekend for some family fun. Hope your weekend is fun and relaxing!


The Ultimate Babysitters Guide

How do I ease separation anxiety? {tips from babycenter.com}

Try not to let your child pick up on any feelings of apprehension. If you're worried, she'll pick up on your anxiety and feel anxious too.
Treat brief separations casually – don't get worked up or linger over saying goodbye, for example – and your baby will learn that there's nothing to worry about. And if she's happy, you're happy.
Make sure your child is well rested and fed when you go out. She's more likely to have a hard time when you leave if she's tired, hungry, or not feeling well.
It's a good idea to pay the sitter to come over for an hour or two a couple of days before you plan to go out. That way, she can get to know your baby and you can see how they get along. Then ask her to come a half hour before you're ready to leave so your baby can ease into the transition.
Don't sneak out without saying goodbye, but do check that she's enjoying a new toy or fun activity with the sitter when you're ready to leave. Then say goodbye and leave promptly.
Remember, you not only deserve but need to have a little time to yourself. And don't count time spent at work as time spent alone. If you work, you'll still need occasional time away to exercise, see friends, or spend an evening with your partner.
Of course you'll miss your baby, and you may feel guilty about going, but take it easy on yourself. If you find that you feel so guilty that it interferes with your ability to enjoy your time away, try leaving your baby with someone she's already familiar with – this will help ease separation anxiety for both of you.

{Free Printable} Toddler Food Ideas

Babysitter Kit Ideas for when you bring your child to the babysitter

Babysitter Bag with everything the babysitter needs for a successful night. Some things that may be included: 
  • microwave popcorn*
  • smarties (never know when you are going to need a little bribe!)*
  • coloring book
  • markers
  • bedtime book
  • craft packs
  • wet wipes
  • stickers
  • basic first aid supplies (contained in a small organizing bag with wrist strap)


Displaying Kids Art Work

Are you ready for the endless pile of artwork now that school is starting or maybe you have a toddler like me that loves to color and already have a pile? Here are a few solutions for artwork! 

Magnetic Fridge Art Frames from Positively Splendid

Frames with cork make it easy to rotate artwork

Clothesline and clothespins 

Fun Frame Display

Frames for a more permanent display.

Visit  A Little of This, A Little of That blog for this DIY display.

Love this idea from A Bowl Full of Lemons. Each child has a binder with sheet protectors to keep all their artwork. 



I just learned about this awesome program and thought I should share! 

Swap.com is the largest online consignment store for baby and kids' items and maternity clothes. They have over 60,000 gently used items ready to ship out. Their prices are 50-95% off retail prices. They also carry lots of brand new items! 

All items are inspected by their professional merchandisers and ship out in one business day. They also offer 100% refund policy.

You can also sell baby items to them as well!

Check them out by following this link and be sure to let me know what you think!


5 on Friday

1.  We are celebrating our 5 year anniversary this December, but with a new baby arriving in early november we decided to make Hawaii our destination to celebrate next summer 2015.  Oh how I wish I were there right now!

2.  Love this!

3.  Summer is not over yet! Although, I wish it was! These lemon bowls filled with raspberry sorbet look so refreshing!

4. I have not got my hair done for 8 months! Last time I got my hair done was right before family pictures last Fall. I love this melt.

5. I think this is the cutest outfit for Fall. Love the navy and orange.
orange & navy

Rut m fl pleated top
$20 - welikefashion.com

Dondup blue jeans
$165 - farfetch.com

Ballet flat

Fossil purse
$280 - johnlewis.com

Tinley Road stud earrings

Green necklace

Wood cuff bracelet

Wood cuff bracelet

Have a good weekend. Hope you are doing something fun! 


LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System

Amazon has the LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System priced at $29.99 (Reg $49.99)
This would make a great gift! LeapFrog LeapReader has 4.5 stars out of 256 customer reviews!

  • LeapReader helps your child learn to read and write with confidence by teaching reading comprehension, vocabulary and listening skills
  • Features a LeapReader, activity sampler, Learning Paper writing sheet plus download 1 Audio Book Bundle, 1 Music Album and 1 Trivia Challenge pack
  • Works with LeapReader and Tag books* (a library of 150+ books, games and more). Sold separately. *Select Tag books only
  • Teaches reading, comprehension, phonics skills, vocabulary, writing and letter forms
  • Ages 4-8 years

Learning Resources Froggy Feeding Fun

Check out the Learning Resources Froggy Feeding Fun for just $9.98 on Amazon right now (Reg $21.99) With this game you roll a cube to determine which flies to munch. It allows your child to practice their numbers and colors while matching them together.

  • Includes 2 durable rubber frogs 60 flies 1 number cube 1 color cube and activity guide
  • Frogs measure 2.5" in diameter

6 Super Breakfast Ideas

1. Smoothie Kits- in a quart size ziplock freezer baggie add two cups of frozen fruit and 3-4 cubes of pre-made cubes of yogurt that have been frozen in ice-cube trays. You can buy bags of frozen fruit  or use these tips to freeze your own fresh fruit. 

3. Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets from Super Healthy Kids (one of my favorite sites) Save money!

4. Breakfast on the go- peanut butter/banana roll up!  Take a tortilla spread Peanut Butter first then the jelly place banana on one end then roll, then eat up!

6. Muffins- great to make ahead! Serve with a banana or some fruit and viola! Love these homemade blueberry muffins from Our Best Bites