these are some gift tag favors from a baby shower I helped with recently–hi Brianna!! They are so easy and fun (Lindsey coached me through). Here’s the step by step–1. Buy various gift tags from Staples 2. Dip them in a strong tea (I used four tea bags with 1.5 cups of water) 3. Let them dry overnight 4. Stamp them with some cute stamps–use a brown stamp pad (very important!) 5. rub a lttle glitter glue over the top 5. Place in a cellophane bag 6. Amaze your friends and family!
Isn’t this a great idea for teachers or when you have to buy mutiple small gifts? It would be cute to find a nice box and get some fun ribbon, paper, scotch tape and scissors. I love a “theme” gift. Brianna’s shower was a blast–I’m sure the favors are what really brought everyone together 🙂 Or it could have been the ice cream sundaes!
Well in less than a week my sister Chrissie (who Matty affectionately calles “sissies”) will be traveling up from the OC to spend a few days with us. I cannot wait!! She is so much fun–so real, and silly and she totally “gets” me. Steve laughs because we go into “twin mode” and start finishing each other sentences while we jump around from topic to topic. I’ve got at least one babysitter lined up so we can have some concentrated sister time–without those pesky kids interrupting us 🙂 YAYY! I am so excited!
Aren’t these fun and beautiful? I have done quite a few in the last couple days–with words like–captivate, beautiful, old friend, soulmate, sweetheart, lucky mommy and blessing. I’ve gotten a great response to them. I think I’ll probably charge about $45 for them–they are hand wrought, filed, drilled and stamped. Each one takes a little elbow grease! If anyone wants to order one, I’m going to run a special for the next few weeks–only $28!!! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what word(s) and colors you’d like.
so we frolicked in cambria today. there is a great park right on the beach. the boys played for a while and then we walked by the water. david was doing an amazing job standing, walking and balancing. matty climbed the rock wall independently for the first time. the weather was beautiful! then we got lunch at main street grill (same owners as firestone grill–so you know it’s tasty!). not pictured–matty running into the street, us freaking out, and the tantrum that resulted! but overall it was tons of fun!
so i’m putting away clean laundry in the boys’ room (one of my least favorite chores–i don’t mind doing the laundry, but for some reason i hate putting it away!) and i turn around and there’s david casually leaning against Matty’s bead, like it’s no big deal. Now David has been getting really close to standing on his own. He’s pulled up to his knees, if we help him to his knees he can pull up the rest of the way, but this time it was so completely independent! So I got down on the carpet and held out my hands and said “come here!” and slowly stepped away from the bed and took 6 or 7 steps. We had to reinact it for the camera but we steve and i were freaking out! David was so proud of himself–all smiles! Then Matty wanted to show us that he can step away from the bed and take steps, too! 🙂 I’m a proud mommy!!
david has been so busy lately–making messes, scooting around the house, spinning around doing donuts on his bottom (it’s hilarious!), and opening up cupboards. here’s a few photos of him playing with his dump truck, looking up when i called him, pulling up to a stand-INDEPENDENTLY!!! and pulling steve’s cap off his head. this guy is a trouble maker–watch out!
here is something new! these are sterling, hand stamped cuff bracelets. they start out as a flat piece of wire, so I am shaping the metal, drilling holes, soldering charms, etc. i am excited about these little beauties! this one has a love charm soldered to the front and a heart charm dangling from the end-with xoxo stamped on each side. i made another one with the boys’ names on it. keep watching for more fun stuff!
Steve and I took the boys to explore the Los Osos Oaks State Reserve today. We love Montana de Oro and the Elfin Forest, but we had never checked out this spot. It’s located off to the left of Los Osos Valley Road just as you come into town. It is so AMAZING! The pathways are easy for kiddos (and moms who don’t feel like hiking). It’s literally a forest of dwarf oak trees growing in the sand dunes–so they grow all topsy turvy. Great for climbing. We felt like we were in Lord of the Rings–the place is magical! Then we grabbed a little lunch and headed up to see the elephant seals. They wre very noisy and active today. Lots of pups as well. We felt like we were on vacation in our own town. Anyone know any other hidden treasures we should explore?
I was reading an article in one of my home magazine yesterday entitled, ‘perfectly imperfect’ and the phrase really got me thinking. we spend so much time trying to get everything perfect–and what do we really accomplish? Sure i’d like to lose 5 pounds, have a cleaner house, and perfectly behaved kids, but the stress of trying to maintain those things comes with a high price. When I really look at my motives, i think my aim is to impress other people. The people who come across as perfect to me, I actually find intimidating! So, for the sake of sanity I’m going to make a new effort–to relax and let things be perfectly imperfect.