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Easy IKEA Hack.

DSC_4912It happened. Hera outgrew her toddler bed. I feel like she was just in her bassinet yesterday and then I blinked and all the sudden she grew up. We’ve been on the hunt for a twin bed for her for quite awhile but just never pulled the trigger. I needed something on the smaller side to save space and I wanted something with a trundle for sleepovers.

I found this super cute one and even though the price was right the only trundle I could find that would work for it was from The Land of Nod and that price tag was twice the price of the bed! My friend Michelle turned me on to the BRIMNES bed from IKEA and I fell in love with this space-saving, trundle bearing, toy collecting bed. Not only did this thing fit my physical requirements but it fit our budget as well.

We quickly picked one of these up and it was perfect, but knowing me I can’t leaving things as they are and decided to ditch the cheap wood drawer pulls to amp up the look of this bed. Michelle actually did the same thing and luckily had a couple extra drawer pulls on hand that she was willing to throw my way; luckily because IKEA sizes are metric and we don’t carry much of anything like that in the states. I picked up a can of brass/gold spray paint and after a couple quick passes (and patiently waiting for it dry) I popped these bad boys on and think they give the bed an awesome (and more expensive!) look. The great thing about this is that you can make these pulls virtually any color you want! I think IKEA has become more of a place where you can buy awesome basic pieces that are ready for you to add your personal touch, which is right up my alley because that’s what I end up doing regardless.

It definitely makes a difference! What do you think? Hera loves her new big girl bed and is anxiously awaiting her cousin’s arrival next week for her first sleepover! I love the bed because we can throw all her toys in the drawers!

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Natural Burn Balm

This Summer has been a scorcher in Los Angeles, and it’s technically only the “second day” of Summer. You bet you’ll be finding us by the beach well into August, September for that matter. And even though I’m continuously applying endless amounts of sunscreen, this one is currently my favorite, there are times when the sun wins and the end of the day I’m left with red shoulders. Luckily, the inter webs have a solution for everything and this time it happens to be an natural remedy! I whipped up some DIY natural burn balm, and man – it does the trick. (Side note: It also leaves me smelling like a tropical vacation.) So if you’re like me and happen to fall victim to sunburnt shoulders (or any body part for that matter) give this simple DIY a try! You might be surprised to learn that you most likely have these ingredients in your pantry already! I’ve also included a simple and chic printable label in the off chance you want to share these as gifts.
To Create This Burn Balm, you’ll need the following:
¼ Cup of Organic Raw Honey
¼ Cup of Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
½ teaspoon of Organic Aloe Vera Gel
10 drops of 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops of 100% Pure Peppermint Essential Oil
Tin Containers or Glass Jars
Printable Burn Balm Labels, optional

Method //

Using the double boiler method, melt the honey and coconut oil over the lowest heat setting possible. Continue mixing until there are no more clumps and everything has completely liquified. This happens very quickly.

Remove the mixture from the heat and add in the essential oils and aloe gel. Pour directly into tins or glass jars. Place in the fridge until they are fully hardened. I love to keep mine in the fridge because the added comfort of a cool balm is that much better for sunburnt skin.

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#GiveWithThanks.

You have to love Social Media and how it can spread things like wildfire. The Good. The Bad. The Ugly. And of course, the pin thin models propped ever so perfectly on pool lounge chairs with sun-kissed glowing skin. I know half the world is buzzing about the whole “Fake Social Media” craze that has erupted over the last couple of days and as much as I am guilty for stopping too long at a stop sign to snap that beautiful sunset photo for Instagram, I am pro-Social Media because of all the good it does and awareness it brings. Plus, what am I really guilty of? Wanting to share something as beautiful as a sunset with my friends and family? I honestly, don’t see any wrong or “fake” in that – but on to a lighter topic. When I found The Small Seed’s “Give With Thanks” challenge I was a little disheartened that we need things such as “challenges” to promote doing good – but at the same time happy that there are things like this to remind us because amongst Social Media we can quickly get swept away with superficial things and often lose sight of the good that Social Media can bring.

I love the idea of giving back and spreading cheer throughout the year and this season is perfect for that. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to volunteer at a Soup Kitchen on Thanksgiving but have found that the list was full! So I’ve found other ways to donate my time and believe it or not, these small acts add up. Even though Hera is a little young to completely comprehend the impact that “doing good” has, I’d like to think that I’m instilling kindness into her subconscious. Plus, I can’t tell you how excited she gets when she adds a leaf to her tree. So this month, or any month really, I invite you to join in on this challenge and let’s spread a little love and kindness around the world and show what good Social Media is capable of. Lord knows we need it.


For more information on Give With Thanks, visit The Small Seed.

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Create // Halloween Boo’s!

One of my favorite memories of Halloween as a child was going “boo’ing”. If you’re not familiar with this tradition then you are seriously missing out. I haven’t been “boo’ing” since I was about 10 years old but the thought of going again has crossed my mind every year since. Now that we have Hera to celebrate Halloween with this year, I thought it was time to start up this tradition again! Even though she may only be 9 months old, it won’t stop me from using her as an excuse to spread a little Halloween cheer. Okay, so for those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, allow me to explain: Boo’ing is when you wrap up little baskets filled with Halloween treats and secretly deliver them to your friends. Once you’ve received your “Boo!” you place a sign in your window letting others know that you have already been “boo’d”. You then make two copies of the little notes inside, make two Halloween treat bags, and then secretly deliver them to two of your friends that have yet to be “boo’d”. It’s so fun to see the neighborhood streets become lined with “We’ve Been Boo’d!” signs as Halloween draws nearer and nearer and it’s such a simple way to spread some festive cheer. I’ve been counting down the days until October 1st so Hera and I can set out to “Boo!”. I thought I’d share with you guys the little treat bags I put together for Hera’s friends along with some free printable “Boo!” signs and notes that I whipped up for you to do your own Boo’ing! So have at it!

Every year we go to our family friend’s big Halloween Party; last year I was pregnant – so this will be Hera’s first Halloween! I cannot wait to take her to the pumpkin patch! If you follow me on Instagram then you have already seen Hera’s Halloween costume I have been working on. She’s going as Little Red Riding Hood! I’ve yet to still figure out what I’m going to be, I was kind of thinking about being the BIG BAD WOLF! What do you think? Do you guys have any awesome Halloween traditions?

Want to go “Boo’ing” in your neighborhood? Download Your Boo Signs Here! // Boo Poem + Instructions, “We’ve Been Boo’d!” Sign

For our “Boo!” Bags I hand drew the children’s name in a metallic paint pen and filled them with fun (and cheap!) treasures we picked up such as: a “design your own” coffee mug, some stickers, classic spider rings and some sweet treats! I also found some super cute ribbon that resembled spiderwebs at Michael’s Craft store that I couldn’t resist. It was only $1! I tied on a few seasonal findings that I had laying around and viola! A cute, fun and festive little goody bag for our “spook”tacular friends! (And yes, I’m going to be that cheesy person with horrible Halloween jokes, don’t get me started on my “Howl”aween Dog Treats I made last year! Hope you guys have as much fun spreading a little Halloween cheer as we did!

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October 6, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Julie - I CANNOT wait to go Boo’ing! That is such a great idea, and the perfect way to spread some holiday cheer!

Create // Handmade Peonies + Giftwrap Tips.

Anyone else slightly obsessed with peonies this summer? I’ve been seeing them everywhere; farmer’s markets, summer parties, and plastered all over Instagram. So when it came time to wrap up a gift for my dear friend’s wedding this weekend how could I not be inspired by peonies?! It’s an on-going joke that I tend to spend more time on gift wrapping presents than I do picking out the actual gift. Don’t worry, it just looks that way, I can assure you I don’t pick out just any run of the mill gifts, I love picking out thoughtful treasures that are unique to each friend, but I do tend to go all out on the gift wrap. So, I thought I’d share with you how simple it can be to take ordinary gift wrap to the next level.

Tips on Gift Wrapping

Keep it Organic. Kraft paper. Burlap. Twine. All of these are great bases to start. I love to keep my gift wrap organic in the sense of incorporating bits of natural aspects any chance I get. During the holidays I love to slip in a sprig of evergreen or holly berries into the ribbon – and during the spring I’ll play with fresh, dried or fabric flowers. Hence, the peonies.

Keep it Simple. Don’t overdo it with the ribbons, wrapping, embellishments, stickers, etc. It’s easy to go a little overboard with all the cute gift wrap out there. Create a palette and stick with it.

Don’t be afraid to mix medias. I love mixing media. Wrapping a gift in kraft paper, then tying it up with fabric, and adding a bit of metallic somewhere in the mix is usually a win/win. As long as all the medias are within the same palette, it should come together quite lovely.

Use color. And lots of it. Color is an important part of gift wrapping. It will help announce that the gift is for a baby girl, a little boy’s 1st birthday or a wedding. Creating the right palette is key.

Recycle, Reuse. Did you love that little embellishment that was on a gift given to you? Reuse it! Was that wrapping paper that your birthday gift was wrapped in to die for? Reuse it! There is nothing wrong with recycling gift wrap, in fact, often times I hope my friends and family reuse mine. A lot of time, effort, and love go into great gift wrap – it doesn’t deserve to go in the trash, especially if it’s cute.

Embellish. I feel no gift is complete without a little embellishment; whether it be a fresh sprig of lavender or small tube of lipgloss. Adding a little flair goes a long way in gift wrapping.

Personalize. I’m all about personalizing gift wrap. I recently started to learn calligraphy so lately you’ll find me scripting the recipient’s name on a wooden gift tag or even straight onto the wrapping paper. I think personalization is the ultimate sign of affection – you can’t go wrong.

Showcase the gift. When all else fails, make a gift basket. I love gift baskets because not only are they personalized with each gift item but wrapped up in some clear cellophane in a cute little basket or pail and voilà, instant amazing gift wrap.

Above all, get inspired and be unique. So, before you pick up that generic roll of (often expensive) wrapping paper, I hope you remember some of these gift wrapping tips. I guarantee that if you even take one tip away from this post, it’s bound to turn heads. Now, on to those peonies.

Fabric Peonies
Inspired by Ez Pudewa over at Creature Comforts.
Makes 3 Flowers

¼ yard of Pink Satin (100% Polyester)
Golden Embroidery Thread
Scissors
Needle
Candle

Method
Cut out seven – 3-inch circles for each flower. These do not need to be perfect, in fact the sloppier the circle the more unique and realistic the petals!

Make four snips on each circle, creating the petals, taking care not to snip all the way across.

To create the realistic edges of the petals, hold the edge of one circle over the flame of the candle. Be careful, it gets hot! Allow the edges to curl up slightly; make sure to get in between where you snipped but work quickly as the edges can burn.

To create the center stamens, make a small pom-pom with the embroidery thread by wrapping the thread around your pointer and middle finger about 10 times. Take another piece of the thread and tie it around the center of the wrapped thread. Slide the the pom-pom off your fingers and secure with a knot. Carefully cut the loops of the pom-pom and give it a good fluff.

Stack the seven petals on top of each other to create your peony. Thread your needle with about a yard of the embroidery thread. Starting from the bottom petal sew through all seven petals, leaving a few inches of the thread hanging, and ending in the center of the top petal. Thread the embroidery floss through your pom-pom and back down through the petals. Snip the thread off the needle and secure with a knot. Keep the thread strands long making it easier to attach them to a gift.

 

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July 4, 2014 - 6:21 am

KimberHills - Thank you! They definitely add a little extra handmade feeling!

July 4, 2014 - 6:21 am

KimberHills - Thank you! You can never go wrong with kraft paper and twine in my opinion! :)

July 4, 2014 - 3:30 am

Vanessa - Oh wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! The pom pom centers are a cute + unique touch! :)

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June 29, 2014 - 10:04 pm

onel - Beautiful wrapping with the peonies! They really look real!
For gift wrapping, 2 things that I use all the time are brown kraft paper and twine but had a hard time deciding on the extra decorations. Thanks a lot for the tips!