$600 Vera Bradley Giveaway

First off, sorry we were absent most of last week. I'm still trying to get into a consistent blogging pattern. For now until I figure that out and balancing our time with Ryder I will be posting a little sporadically. Because I've been feeling guilty about neglecting the blog, we've partnered up with some of our favorite blog friends to offer a Vera Bradley giveaway. I know, some of you may be thinking, what the heck does this have to do with DIY? Well it doesn't. But if you love purses … [Read more...]

Creating Video Content: Topic & Planning


Last week, I shared the first of our Creating Video Content series. I shared all about the equipment we use to produce basic videos for our blog. Today, I'm sharing with you some insight on how to choose a topic and plan accordingly to execute your video in a timely manner. Video takes a lot of time to not only create, but to edit. In order to maximize your time you must start with a good plan. Choose a topic. Ask yourself, what is your objective? What do you want your readers to get … [Read more...]

Paper Fish Nursery Decor

Paper Fish Nursery Decor

Oh man, am I excited to finally share the Paper Fish Nursery Decor I made for Ryder's room before he was born. When we started brainstorming ideas for his nursery I knew I wanted to incorporate fish. I had it in my head that I wanted a school of fish swimming from one side of his wall to the next. Then to add more depth to the wall we added the hand-cut letters of his name to the wall. It's like the fish are swimming from his name and I love everything about it! Can I tell you that this was … [Read more...]

DIY Nautical Burp Cloth

nautical burp cloth from @KatieJasiewicz #12MonthsOfMartha #MarthaStewartCrafts #Baby

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Martha Stewart Crafts as always all opinions are my own. I was never one to like customized clothing, towels, bags, etc... that all changed once I had my son, Ryder. For some reason, I want his name on EVERYTHING. I'm kind of becoming addicted to it. When I got my nautical stencil in last month, I knew I wanted to use it and make a custom nautical burp cloth. We can never have too many burp cloths. Especially since we are in that super drooly stage. I … [Read more...]

Creating Video Content: Equipment

Creating Video Content Equipment

 This post contains affiliate links. This past weekend, Jon and I spoke at our annual DIY blog conference, Haven, about creating video content. I also spoke about this same topic last year at our annual Florida Blogger and Social Media conference. Video content creation is a topic that we are both passionate and knowledgeable about. I first would like to state that neither of us have formal video training. We are self taught and have learned through trial and error.  Equipment is a topic … [Read more...]

Decoden Button Phone Case with Mod Podge Collage Clay

Decoden Button Phone Case with Mod Podge Collage Clay #plaidcrafts #modpodge

This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Blue Print Social and Plaid Crafts. As Always all opinions are my own. Collage Clay is not recommended for children ages 12 and under, and the product is not edible. Small parts are a choking hazard for children. I'm so excited to share with you today a new product from Plaid Crafts. It's called Mod Podge Collage Clay. Collage Clay is lightweight whipped clay and makes for awesome Decoden, 3D Collage, stenciling projects and more. It's currently … [Read more...]

3 Month Update!

newborn holding his paci.

It's hard to believe that I was just bringing Ryder home from the hospital. Yet--he just turned three months old. I had every intention of doing monthly updates on Ryder since as we all know... babies grow so quickly. But time got away from me like it does most days. So I figured I would give a little three month update. Get ready for a photo-heavy baby update! Hopefully in the months to come I can actually do a month-by-month recap! The one thing I'm glad I did was give weekly Facebook … [Read more...]

Christmas in July — $500 Cash Giveaway

Christmas in July $500 Giveaway!

I know, I know... it's July and we are talking about Christmas already. Let's face it most of the craft stores already have most if not all of their holiday displays out. Sad that this is the world we now live in, but if you can't enjoy it you might as well embrace it! I secretly want time to stand still so I can enjoy and embrace all the little moments I'm enjoying and experiencing with Ryder. But at the same time, I can't wait to see his reactions to Christmas morning. Granted he will only be … [Read more...]

Burlap Starfish Art

EASY 30 Minute Craft Project >> Burlap Starfish Art #12MonthsOfMartha #MarthaStewartCrafts #Craft #beach

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Martha Stewart Crafts as always all opinions are my own.  I'm still slowly putting Ryder's nursery together. For month's now ( I can say that since I've officially been sitting in his nursery day-in-and-day out for the past 3 months) I've starred at the stack of frames perched against the empty wall. Waiting to be hung and of course waiting to be filled with beautiful photos and prints. I wanted to make a few unique DIY pieces for his gallery … [Read more...]

Ryder’s Newborn Photography Session

Newborn Details - Newborn Photography Session

I had all intentions of sharing Ryder's newborn photography session with our reader's in May. And then May passed, and now June has officially passed and it's July! So I figured its better late than never to share some of the cutest photo's of an itty-bitty 8 day old baby boy. We used the same photographer, Christy Buonomo Photography, who did our Maternity and Fresh 48 photos for us. She does an amazing job and seriously has patience of a saint. Because I had a c-section I wasn't really able to … [Read more...]