{DIY} Hazel’s Nursery Name Art

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You might remember that I was making things to personalize Hazel’s nursery. It used to belong to Ian, so I switched out a few things (the navy blue colors with deep purple) and added a few unique touches just for Hazel.

One of those is the name art I put on the wall. For Ian, I designed his in photoshop, printed it out at the Walmart photo center, and had it custom matted in a stock frame I picked up. I absolutely adored how it turned out, and it moved with him when he got his “big boy” room.

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I was planning to do pretty much the same thing for Hazel. But then, I was on Pinterest (dangerous, I know!), and I saw something that caught my eye. It was wall art for a nursery- not even name art- but I got an idea that I could use that as inspiration for Hazel’s name art!

Fortunately, my husband and I recently finished a slew of home improvement projects, so we had a lot of leftover wood in the garage just taking up space. It’s like it was meant to be!

Armed with a vision in my head, I quickly took some measurements in the nursery and made a sketch. And then, since I’m a visual person, I drew my design on the computer (with the appropriate colors). That part was totally unnecessary, but I found it fun!

Anyway, next I had the fun job of selecting pieces of wood and using power tools!  Hooray for saws!  In the end, I had my 5 pieces of wood and 2 backing/support pieces all cut and ready to be primed and painted.  I admit, that painting is not my favorite, but I took my time with it, and everything turned out so well!

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Next, I had to make letter stencils. My freehand paint skills are non-existent…Silhouette Cameo to the rescue! I measured how tall I wanted each letter and then cut them out on craft vinyl. Then I stuck them to the pieces of wood.

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Next it was time to paint! I couldn’t find the exact shade of purple I wanted, so I mixed some purple and black together to get a nice, deep plum. Then I just kept adding coats until the white was sufficiently covered!

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After letting it dry, I peeled off the vinyl, and ta-da!! We have name art.

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I absolutely love how it turned out. And it was actually pretty simple! Time consuming, to make sure it ended up looking great, but not hard.

Do you have your child’s name displayed in their room/nursery? How did you chose to show it?

Everything But the Kitchen Sink- 02

Welcome to Everything but the Kitchen Sink! We are so excited to be your hosts and to see what you’ve been up to! Join us twice a month to share your favorite projects, recipes, crafts, inspirations, pretty much everything (but the kitchen sink)! Then, stick around and check out the latest and greatest from your fellow bloggers.

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Hazel: Three Months Old

Hazel is three months old today! She has her checkup on Monday, but I feel confident she’ll ace it!  She’s eating well, doing great at daycare, and sleeps like a champ.  I think we’ll see some serious growing when they bust out those growth curves!

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Things we’ve discovered about Hazel this month:

– She is still super smiley and is happy 90% of the time.
– She really hates a wet and/or poopy diaper.
– She gets HANGRY (sorry, honey- you get that from me!).
– She is an amazing sleeper.  She has been sleeping through the night for the past month.  She goes to bed between 7 and 8, and she doesn’t wake up until after 8am on the weekends (weekdays, I wake her up at 6:10am and feed her so we can get ready for work and daycare).  It’s utterly amazing.
– She loves to sit and stand (obviously with support).
– She coos a lot!
– When she gets cranky (which is rare), she quiets down when Ian sits next to her and starts singing her a song (so adorable to watch!).

{DIY} Silver Polish

I don’t really have a lot of silver in my house.  In fact, I have very, very little.  Just my good serving utensils and some of the stuff from my wedding (like my cake server and cake knife).  Since I have so little silver, I really hated the idea of having to buy a whole container of silver polish.  It seemed like such a waste.  So I put it off.  And put it off again.  I kept putting it off, mainly because I didn’t want to clean my silver, but also because I didn’t have the cleaner (and never really thought to buy it when I was at the store).

Fast forward many years, and now I’ve got my Young Living Essential Oils.  I was watching some morning show while on maternity leave and the guest said lemon juice could be used to polish silver.  What a neat idea!  I didn’t have any lemon juice, but I did have my Lemon Oil…maybe that would work just as well.

And it DID WORK!  See for yourself:

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My wedding cake server…before and after polishing! Definitely is not “non-tarnish” as the sticker promised!

I was amazed.  And it was oh so easy.  Now I’m proud to have my wedding silver prominently displayed in my house.

Want to know how to do it?  It’s not hard AT ALL.  All you need is Lemon Essential Oil, a cotton ball, and a paper towel (or soft cloth).  Put a drop of Lemon EO on the cotton ball and wipe at the tarnish until it is gone.  Then buff with the paper towel or cloth.  Ta-da!  That’s it.  No hard elbow grease required- I promise!

I recently shared this “recipe” with my other oily friends in our Chemical Free Cleaning with Young Living class on Facebook.  The image from the class is below, for your convenience!  Feel free to share or pin, and definitely check out our Facebook class for other great recipes using your Young Living Essential Oils!

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{GiveAway} August Facebook Giveaway with Beth’s Barefoot Books!

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“Secret Seahorse” is one of my favorite books from Barefoot Books!  Clare Beaton is one of my favorite Barefoot illustrators- you can almost feel the felt she used to create her whimsical and vibrant images.  Explore the ocean while looking for the seahorses in this lovely little paperback, then read the educational end-notes about the sea and the creatures that live there.

Entering the contest is easy- and it’s open for the ENTIRE month of August!  Just head over to Beth’s Barefoot Books on Facebook and find the Secret Seahorse GiveAway image.  Then leave a comment sharing something you did this summer.  That’s it!  One commenter will be randomly selected to win a paperback copy of the book.

What are you waiting for?  Head over there now…I’d love to hear about your summer!

Everything But the Kitchen Sink – 01

Welcome to Everything but the Kitchen Sink! We are so excited to be your hosts and to see what you’ve been up to! Join us twice a month to share your favorite projects, recipes, crafts, inspirations, pretty much everything (but the kitchen sink)! Then, stick around and check out the latest and greatest from your fellow bloggers.

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Check in with us beginning at 8AM on the first and third Wednesday of each month where we will be hosting your favorite projects, then choosing our favorites to feature at the following party! Don’t forget to stop in for each party to find out if you’ve been featured! You can also check out Everything but the Kitchen Sink’s Pinterest board to find more of our favorite posts!

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Back to the Grind

Well, after being off 10 wonderful weeks on maternity leave, I’ve officially been back to work for a full week now.  All in all, it hasn’t been too difficult of a transition.  Obviously it’s hard to go from spending all day with my baby to not…but I have found we are all settling into a routine a lot more easily than I expected.  The whole two-kids-in-daycare thing had me a little nervous since I had no idea what to expect or how our mornings would go.  Fortunately, Ian is old enough (and has been doing this long enough) that he is pretty easy in the morning now.  Hazel is young enough that she goes with the flow and doesn’t cause much issue in the morning, either.  We are supremely lucky.

Besides the relative ease with which they handle the morning, we are also lucky that we have great sleepers.  Ian will sleep through just about anything, and he’s always been that way.  Hazel is an absolute angel at night.  At just 11 weeks old, we are now going on THREE weeks of her sleeping through the night (for real- when we put her down for bed, she doesn’t wake up again until 7 or so in the morning…since we leave before then to get to work and daycare, we are waking her up in the morning instead of the other way around. In fact, I can sneak in her room around 6 and get in a feeding while she’s still asleep before I have to run out the door to catch my carpool.  As I said, we are blessed.).

Even the pumping-at-work situation isn’t awful.  My office recently created a pumping room, and while it’s nothing fancy, it is awesome.  There are 2 separate “stalls” for pumping, separated by cubicle walls and curtains.  Each stall has a desk, chair, and foot stool.  Plus magazines to read and a power strip.  It’s lovely to have a secure, private area to pump… definitely helps alleviate stress and contribute to pumping success.  I now staunchly believe that ALL workplaces should have one of these magical rooms.

All of this makes going back to work that much easier.  It’s still hard, and I still miss my babies, but it’s at least bearable.  Especially when I hear the ladies at daycare fawn over Hazel or listen to Ian talk about all the fun he had with his friends.  These little victories help me focus on the good and ease the “back-to-work-blues”.

Did you go back to work after the birth of your babies?  How did you adjust?