Thursday, January 29, 2015


this project came along kind of on a whim. i was packing up christmas decorations in the beginning of the month and the cards were (as always) my last thing to pack away. actually i didn't take them down until a week or two after all the christmas decorations were already packed away. i always feel it's so final once the cards are tucked away. as i was taking them down this year i was thinking about what i would do with them. usually they just get tucked into a plastic bin and hidden somewhere, only to be found years later with the question again of what on earth should i do with these? actually this happens with all my cards. i love to keep them because of the thought people put in to sending them and writing them but i never know what to do with them.

that's when i hopped on pinterest and saw the wedding card book that i pinned eons ago and it dawned on me that i should make my holiday cards into a book! why not right? it all made sense...i could make a book for every season in life. i have all my wedding cards still and engagement cards and wedding shower and baby shower cards. they could all be books so i have somewhere to treasure and keep them all!

this actually turned into a really fun project to put together because i was able to look back at our card we sent out as well as everyone else's. the best part of this project was that it was super elementary; cards, hole punch, super glue, stamps, some pretty tape and markers and a little cutting.

supplies i used to make this were a hole puncher, ruler, christmas cards, stock paper, washi tape, a gold marker, stamps, stamp pad, ribbon, scissors and a glue stick.

to make this card book, i cut each card that was a fold open card and glued the inside message to the back of the front card so it became one piece.  there's a couple that i left together only because it had sweet personal notes written on the inside cover that i didn't want to cover but that's completely your choice. i then punched holes in the same two places of every card using a ruler to make sure all the holes would be spaced out correctly.

a little washi tape, stickers, stamps, and a marker made my front cover on card stock and voila! this project was so easy and i was able to stop it when addison woke up from her naps and start it up again whenever i had time.

i can't wait to do this with the rest of my cards!

previous projects: tassel keychain, knitted scarf

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


i tried documenting this last year and didn't stay too consistent with it but i'm going to try it again this year because i know i will love looking back at this series years from now.

here's what addison and i are doing (and loving) this january.
reading: cold tangerines // rhyme & discover book
playing: with yarn // with all the lincoln logs
loving: meyer's cleaning product // all of jack's toys
wearing: my watch all day e'er day // leggings with onesies
drinking: water from a bottle // water from a straw

Monday, January 26, 2015


around here we are soaking in all the time with andrew because he just got back home from a really long trip last week and he leaves again tomorrow for another three days. but after that he's home for a while and we can't wait!

around here addison is walking around like crazy with her stroller. it's honestly only a matter of days (probably weeks though) before she starts walking and i'm so excited for her. she's already standing on her own but once she realizes what she's doing she grabs back onto whatever is close really quick. it's so cute! she went to the doctor last week and we found out she isn't even 20 pounds yet! i was so surprised but she's healthy and eats like a little pig so i'm not too worried about it. it's actually pretty great because she's still in nine month clothes so we're really getting so good wear out of this size clothes!

around here i'm painting like a wild person. a few nights ago i thought it would be a good idea to paint the dining room and hallway after addison went to bed. five joke FIVE HOURS...later it was done. i guess this is what happens when you're only a single handed painting show. it's worth it though, it's so much brighter in the room and i can't wait to paint the rest of the house rooms.

around here i'm keeping my plants alive!!!!! a miracle i know!!!

around here i am knitting like a machine after bedtime. that's probably the reason why i'm not going to get three books read this month but ah well. you take some you leave some amiright?

around here things are good. the weather is getting warmer, one of my close friends is flying in TOMORROW!!! to visit for the long weekend and addison's birthday invitations are coming in the mail this week so i can send those puppies out. i'll be sure to share with all of you once they are all sent out because golly they turned out so darn cute!

Saturday, January 24, 2015


i'm a little late to the link party this morning but you know...when in rome. what are you up to this weekend? i'm terribly sorry i kind of sucked with posting this week but andrew got home on wednesday after being gone for ten days and addison and i wanted to soak up all his time before he leaves again next week. i bet you can guess what we're doing this weekend then huh? hope you have a wonderful weekend and here are some links i've been loving from around the web...

elderly man finds son after discovering letter hidden by deceased wife for 60 years.

do you ever frame your instagram pictures?

109 year old woman tells us the key to living a super long life.

five fitness classes to try this year.

a gorgeous pinterest feed.

i think i would have done the same thing but as a new mom i probably would have cried if i was on the receiving end too.

the most freakin perfect first birthday party.

an oldie but goodie: you are a good mama.

image found here

Tuesday, January 20, 2015


right here. this is what life is all about my friends. this quote right here.

Monday, January 19, 2015


i finished listening to serial last night and almost started crying. it's the most addicting podcast i've ever listened to. serial is to podcasts what orange is the new black is to television. i just get sad when the season is complete. luckily there are a ton of other podcasts that are terrific and inspiring to listen to. podcasts have been my new go-to when driving anywhere or knitting. i've never been much of a person to listen to books on tape but i can get on board with a good podcast any day of the week. here's a few to check out by downloading to your podcast app on your iphone or pocket casts app for android. enjoy your hours and hours of listening!

i started listening to this podcast after hearing all the hype and it's worth all the hype indeed. serial is a true story about someone who was convicted for a homicide that he may or may not have committed.

anything and everything
jeff and alyssa are a newly married couple with a 7 month old baby that talk about faith, culture, and take listener's questions with a little dash of random sprinkled in.

dear sugar
the universe has good news for the lost, lonely and heartsick. dear sugar — the cult-favorite advice column — is back, but this time speaking right into your ears. hosted by the original sugars, cheryl strayed and steve almond, the podcast fields all your questions — no matter how deep or dark — and offers radical empathy in return. remember, we are all messed up.

how was your week with julie klausner
julie is hilarious and talks about anything and everything with her guests every week. entertainment at it's finest right here.

elise gets crafty
this was one of the very first podcasts i ever listened to. i've already found elise's blog incredibly inspiring and motivating and knew her podcast episodes would be no different. sure enough, her podcast is packed with goal setting, inspiration for creativity, and motivation to get up and get moving.

the lively show
jess has talked to some of the biggest names around the web from lara casey to taylor sterling and they all just scream successful entrepreneur business women with a dash of charm and a touch of colorful design. i've loved listening to their stories and what pushes them forward.

after the jump
i recently started listening to this podcast and i'm so happy i did. grace talks a lot about art and design through the people she interviews and through the knowledge she has from working as a freelancer and also contributing editor to Domino, House & Garden and Craft magazines.

a weekly podcast featuring short, surprising stories about the internet.

a series about what happens when someone who knows nothing about business starts one.

Saturday, January 17, 2015


what are you up to this weekend? i'm going to a family friends house to enjoy some of their company and eat their delicious chicken noodle soup and homemade bread (don't worry, i won't be showing up since i made these chocolate chips cookies for everyone). tomorrow addison and i are going to be hunkering down in our pajamas to watch the packer game. she's had a terrible cold for the past couple days and we're going to do our best to kick it on out of here. ps any suggestions on how to ease the pain for babies who are sick? it makes me so sad to see her so miserable! hope you have a beautiful weekend and here are a few links i've been loving from around the web...

why i quit being a stay-at-home mom

the stay at home mom challenge.

this is genius for next years new years eve.

resolutions for a new year.

i'd love to take a better shower.

my newest obsession.

"i'm afraid to stop having babies."

this side by side comparison. love.

crib mocs.

my newest (to me) most favorite instagram account to oogle over.
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