What a boring TV tray. I had tried to spice it up by painting the center with chalkboard paint but for some reason it didn’t cure well because when I tried to write on it it would not erase! I had to scrub it off…Surprisingly enough, I actually use this TV tray quite often. I just wanted it to be pretty! I knew this TV tray makeover would have to be simple because well, I like simple.
And simple it was. I taped off the center with painter’s tape and painted the outside frame with the rightfully named Glorious Gold by DecoArt (c/o). I applied two coats and still have half the bottle left. Just about an hour later, I taped off the edges and re-painted the center with DecoArt Clear Chalkboard Coating (c/o). After letting it cure for 24 hours, I rubbed chalk all over it and wiped it off. Since everyone in my family has been sick, I wrote a nice little message to them on the TV tray bearing gifts and yummy snacks. I even reminded them what time to take their meds next.
Again, super simple but quite a nice transformation, don’t you think. I wish I could beautify everything so simply. Since I am only renting my home, I can’t do anything to the house but I can have fun with little things like this.
With chalkboard, anything is possible. I am so excited to use clear chalkboard coating on a different color other than black. The coating goes on anything and it’s clear so you can write on anything and keep the current color if you don’t like the regular black chalkboard paint. I’ll need to get these chalkboard pens- less messy and easier to write with.
Have a wonderful weekend! I have some BIG changes coming up next month that you will not want to miss.
I wanted to show you how I made the perfect bows I used to accessorize Adelle’s moccs.
Easy enough, right? I tie them just like I would a bow tie. Perfect bows every time.
What You’ll Need:
Silver Alligator Clips
Grosgrain Ribbon at least 3/4″ thick (I like this one: Leopard Print Grosgrain Ribbon) Check on eBay, too- they usually have great lots of ribbon.
Needle and Thread or Hot Glue
Follow the pictures- much easier to see than to explain in words. I would glue or sew the bow so little hands can’t pull the bow apart. Trust me- babies get curious and just pull them right off.
Insert the alligator clip in here:
I can hardly stand the cuteness. Not only can they be used to accessorize shoes, they can be used to put her itty bitty pigtail up.
Just thought I’d quickly share this amazing TOMS sale over at Zulily right now until 6AM PST Saturday morning! I am not a huge fan of TOMS for adults but on little kids they are just the cutest! My boys have Botas in grey and I want to get the Gold Dot shoes for baby girl.
If you don’t know about TOMS they are famous for their One for One movement. TOMS has transformed everyday purchases into a force for good. Every time you purchase eyewear, TOMS helps give sight to someone who needs prescription glasses or medical treatment. And with every pair of shoes you buy, TOMS gives a new pair to a child in need. To date, that’s over 10 million pairs!
TOMS kids sale + Free Shipping on orders of $65+ at zulily from 6am PT on 2/19 to 6am PT on 2/22
I was given a pair of Moccasins for review, however all opinions are my own.
If you guys watch Shark Tank you probably saw Susan from Freshly Picked rock it! Y’all may be wondering what the big deal is about these moccasins, right? I got the gold ones (in a size 4 when she was 10 months old) for Adelle last May and I fell in love. Not only are they amazingly constructed, but they are high quality and versatile.
$60 may be a bit steep to pay for baby shoes but Freshly Picked loves their customers and they offer great sales periodically. I know for me, I have a hard time spending that much money when I have other kids to buy for. However, I also like to buy quality things that will last and these will last. The versatility of these baby shoes adds to the value and quality factor. She wore these almost everyday because they go with everything. I would skip buying these for crawlers though- Adelle scuffed up the front from dragging it so much. As a walker though, the leather lasts and hasn’t torn. Another plus is that she can’t pull them off which is so convenient when I have other things to worry about than losing a $60 shoe!
I was sent a pair of the copper moccs and I love them as much as the gold. I got a size 6 -she is 19 months and her foot measures 4.5 inches- but I wanted there to be room to grow. They fit about an inch too big but I am ok with that. I thought the copper would be more of a unisex color so the next baby could wear them, too. I wanted to feminize them just a tiny bit- after having 2 boys I just want something more girly! So what’s a crafter to do- I put a bow on it. A clip-on bow that is.
With out without bows, I put these moccs on Adelle because putting anything on this flailing girl is difficult enough but the elastic makes it easy to slip on.
You all know me, I hate sacrificing style for practicality. But, I don’t with these moccs. It’s a perfect mesh of the two. If I am going to splurge on anything it’s these:
and probably every other color they have. Just can’t get enough of these cute little baby moccs. Which color would you pick?
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Kleenex. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.
As humans, we always look to be individuals. That is how we create our own identities. We choose items around us that represent who we are: nail polish color, computer brand, flats or heels, wall paint, sharpie color, etc. When I first got married I had no idea what my style was. I just had a collection of random stuff. As we started to buy more things that were “us” we developed (and are still developing) a cozy yet sophisticated style home for our family. Everything my husband and I choose is a representation (even if a tiny bit) of who we are and what we like from our welcoming and oh so comfortable couch to the books we choose to display to our ever so needed tissue box.
This winter has been a brutal one for us as our kids just keep getting sick. We also live in a very dry climate which has no sympathy to our poor dry noses. Having tissues readily available is a necessity in our home. I would always find it annoying to ruin the aesthetic of our home when putting in a cheesy tissue box for all to see. I would just hide it in a different room and by the time I got to it, well, you can just imagine what young kids do when they don’t have a tissue. Thank goodness for Kleenex for keeping it’s practicality and style in mind.
I found my Kleenex style on the Kleenex Design Studio page. I like simple, classic but with a touch of color. Some would call it boring but I like the “So Cool It Soothes”- it actually has a cool soothing touch on your nose. It matches my home perfectly and no more hiding the tissue box! They have other really great styles that would flow in your home. Go ahead, test yourself and see which designs are Kleenex and which are Catwalk designs. Test your fashion sense by clicking on the “sweeps” tab for a chance to win an incredible prize- I am talking a trip to NY, $$ for a shopping spree and visit with a design star.
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Forgot it was Valentine’s Day tomorrow? Snowed in? Or simply just don’t believe in Valentin’e's Day? Well you better get a card for your love or else you’re toast.
Available on the SNAP! blog. Happy Valentine’s Day! (It is a real holiday, guys!)
I live and breathe design. I wake up every morning with grand ideas of designing masterpieces. I also live and breathe my life with my children. I love snuggling and crafting and cooking with them. I struggle daily with the guilt of loving my design job more than my full-time job of being a mother. I am coming to a realization that it doesn’t have to be one or the other. Sometimes it does, but in this case, I brought both together. I wanted to create something that I could do with my children. No more picture perfect crafts or mom created Valentine’s. I wanted something my kids could do- imperfectly perfect.
For my little pre-schooler who can’t quite write, I thought it might be fun to make him something he could put his stamp on- literally. His cute little fingerprints adorn these black and white fingerprint cards made of things he loves: fishies, balloons, trains, birdies, etc. He enjoyed these preschool Valentine’s Day cards I designed but he made.
He loved putting his mark the cards he was giving to all his friends. He was so proud he made it all himself. Ahh, what a beautiful success. Design and family- my favorite things.
(These are available for purchase in the shop)
Yesterday was probably one of the most mentally and emotionally draining days my family has been through. Our nice, big Latino family banded together and spent a joyously solemn evening together. Some people may not understand our cultural traditions and how close our family is (aunts, uncles, cousins, great grandparents and on and on) but I am so grateful to have such a wonderful support system.
I have been wanting to teach my children about their cultural heritage. At first I was met with resistance and confusion from my children but I have realized the importance about teaching my kids about the culture I grew up in. I decided I wanted to make it fun so I made this BINGO game that may help them learn some Spanish words. It works with any language and will be available in the shop soon.
I pull out a card with a picture on it, say it in Spanish and have them find it on their board after repeating the word. The kids like to play “blackout” bingo so they can get the most marshmallows to eat once they win!
For those of you who are bilingual, what kinds of things do you do to make teaching your children a second (or third!) language fun?
This week has been absolutely insane and busy. I have maybe gotten 4 hours of sleep every night. I am exhausted to say the least. I really don’t anticipate doing much come next week so I think this simple print I designed will suffice for Valentine’s Day decor. And that ribbon garland that my then 4-yr old son helped me on will be on our mantle. You can find it at my newest contributor spot on Pretty Providence.
This weekend is a busy one. Tonight is a special event for my family which I hope to soon share and then tomorrow I travel to SLC for the Build Your Blog Conference hosted by the Six Sisters. I hope to squeeze in one more post before I go. We’ll see how much I can drive myself crazy today. Do you guys like to keep it simple or decorate fanatically for holidays?