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2013 Christmas Card

We've been sending out Christmas cards as a couple for a while now. Each year we try to be creative with them (past Christmas cards: 2009, 2010). Each year it gets harder and harder. We either add another dog or a kid. It's hard to get the dogs wrangled up and to look at the camera. It's even harder with kids! This year I tried to take some pictures of some inspiration I saw on pinterest. Here are some photos I took.






The card that I got through Shutterfly.com. Love them!


This year we've been extremely blessed with our new home, the birth of our second son, and a new great job. More importantly we are blessed to have each other. Merry Christmas everyone!! God Bless!

Toddler Fall Artwork: Tree hand and finger leaves

Found this craft off of pinterest. I had J paint the background color with a sponge brush.  Wanted it to look like a sunset. The green grass at the bottom was an accident. Mommy put the wrong paint color. It all worked out though :). We let it dry for the night.

The original craft instructed to trace the child's arm and hand. Then paint the hand yourself. And have your little one use their little finger prints as leaves. Tracing???? What fun is that??? I globbed on brown paint on J's arm and hand. He LOVED doing this. We made the print then let it dry overnight. The next day we used different color oranges, yellows, and a pale green for the leaves. I had J use his pointer fingers and just poke at the canvas like he was typing. I really really wanted to see the individual finger prints, but that is just not going to happen with an independent 2 year old.

Have fun doing this. I know we did. :)


DIY: Deco Mesh Halloween Wreath

I was very anxious to make my first wreath for our new house. I wanted it to be great.  I have made a couple deco mesh wreaths in the past, but nothing that I was super excited about. I am always nervous about putting something like this together because I feel like the things I pick out for the wreath just don't match. When I went to the store I was very overwhelmed because there is SO much stuff. You can easily spend alot of $$ make a wreath. You've got to be careful of that.

I got most of my supplies from Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately they were not having a sale on any of the Halloween items. I just got a couple of things that were Halloween related. I was pretty bummed that none of the Halloween stuff was not on sale. I did get the ribbons  (50% off) & work wreath (got it on the Christmas aisle 40% off) on sale.

I happened to be in Walmart getting some things for my mom. I just browsed in the Halloween section and found the "Boo" piece for $1.97. Thought it woul…

Stone's Orange and Gray Vintage Bicycle Nursery

When we found out we were going to have our 2nd child I knew I wanted to go with a gender neutral room color scheme like big brother. I didn't want to go with the same color of yellow and gray (even though those are my FAVORITE colors). I wanted something that was just for baby #2. So I decided I will go with Gray and Orange instead. Then when we found out Baby #2 was going to be a boy I decided to go ahead an incorporate my husband's passion of cycling into the room and do a vintage bicycle themed room.

We were building our home for most of my pregnancy. We finally did move in when I was 6 months pregnant.  I shared my vision of the orange and gray vintage bicycle theme with my husband. I told him some things I thought would be cool to put in there. Because we were both working full time, moving and chasing a 2 year old toddler. And oh being full blown pregnant in the blazing summer heat. We really didn't get to work on the nursery like we did with our oldest son. We had…

Let's Break the Ice: Summer Toddler Activity

It has been unbearably hot in Texas this summer. It's been in the triple digits and the high 90's most of August and now September. I  really don't like having Jett being cooped up in the house. He just gets so bored inside the house. You can only color, paint & play with your toys so much.

I wanted to find a fun activity for my busy minded two year old that would keep us cool outside. I then found this on pinterest and saw another mama on FB doing this with her little one. It was just what we needed!

I grabbed the largest tupperware container I had. Took the legos bag & the cheap plastic magnets. I then had Jett throw into the container a variety of those toys. We then just filled it up with water. Then stuck in the freezer overnight.

The next day I had Jett bring is play tools out. .We went outside I took the block of ice out of the container and he started to chisel and bang away. It didn't take long for the ice to start to melt, which made it easier for Jet…

2013 Mother's Day....DIY photo gift

2013 Mother's Day was extra special this year with what my guys did for me. While I wasn't home Mike got out our camera, tripod, remote for the camera and started to take some beautiful DIY shots. His inspiration was "Jett's Day." From getting ready, napping, & going out. It just captured so many great moments of our little guy.

I love the sentimental gifts that kids make their parents. It is worth millions to me. So when I received my mother's day gift from my guys I heart just fluttered with excitement.


Here are the pics from the mini DIY session .....







Mike wanted to put all these great photos in a frame. He had J paint the matte so it was more personable. 


The end result a DIY photo session with a toddler painted matte for Mother's Day. Something I will have and to cherish forever.




Gender Reveal (Martin #2): Let's do it with Paint!

For our gender reveal for baby #2 I wanted to do something a little different of when we revealed Jett's gender at my shower. I had seen a lot of people do balloons, which I think is super cute. I could picture it now Jett chasing after pink or blue balloons. I was going to that, but I wanted something we could keep for a long while. And balloons just deflate :(.

I saw a picture on pinterest (of course) of a couple having a paint fight with the color of the gender for their gender reveal. I thought that was such a super cute idea! How fun is that!?!I thought long and hard how we could use this idea. Then it hit me! We would put the colored paint on a canvas. Less messy & would keep the memory alive like I wanted too. We could even put a phrase or word so it just wasn't a plain pink or blue canvas.

So then my next task was do think of a phrase that I could tape off on the canvas to really capture the moment. We thought of different things, but the one we went with wa…

Get Geared Up for Jett's 2nd Birthday! Tractor Party!

For Jett's 2nd birthday. I wanted it to be a little bit more low key compared to his 1st birthday party. I still wanted some type of theme. Because I just love planning things like this where I can DIY.

Jett is really into airplanes now....wished I did the airplane party this year rather than last year. But didn't want to do something twice in a row. Maybe another year. Soooo the next best thing. Tractors!!! At our home we have a big John Deere tractor. Every time Jett sees it he yells, "TRACTAAA!" So tractor theme party it was. Another reason for this theme was around Christmas time we also decided to get Jet the Peg Pegero tractor as a birthday gift so it fit right in with the theme. I think it is interesting where your inspiration comes from for a birthday party theme. Last year it was his name. This year a gift/obsession with tractors.

So how did I make it more low key??

1. I invited half as many people. The year before our invited list had over 50 people. This y…