Capsule Wardrobe For Baby

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We are down to less than THREE weeks!! Call me crazy for attempting a capsule wardrobe for this little babe, but I couldn’t help myself! I’ve been very intentional with the rest of our wardrobes this year, so it only made sense to do the same with hers. Sure, it might mean a few more laundry cycles. But that’s why I have a washer/dryer in my house, #amIright? I also hate the idea of her only wearing an outfit once or twice only to grow out of it because we have too many clothes! It happened with my other two girls, and I learned my lesson! So here’s to getting more use out of our clothes by mixin’ and matchin’! The other thing I had to keep in mind with her wardrobe is that we live in Texas… where it’s either 40 or 90 in the winter. Bless us. So I wanted to incorporate a lot of pieces that can layer (short romper, long romper, cardigan, etc.) Mother Nature ain’t got nothin’ on my layering skills. I hope this is helpful for you capsule wardrobe lovin’ friends! I’ve linked each piece out of the goodness of my heart. Kidding. But seriously. The links are above. Hope this helps, and Happy Tuesday, friends!

XOXO

Lauren

Favorite Lemonade Stand Recipes

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It’s mom confession time. Every time my girls have asked to do a lemonade stand, I cringe on the inside. Probably on the outside too because I’m not good at faking my emotions and my face usually says it all! The thought of (me) getting everything set up including the stand itself, supplies, making the lemonade, baking the cookies, making the signs, and earning maybe $5.00 just doesn’t sound like my kind of relaxing afternoon! However… Pinterest to save my children’s childhood… As I was searching for summer activities that we could do together, I found the idea of a “lemonade stand for a cause”. I loved thinking of the ways my kids could spend their money on someone else other than themselves.. because heaven knows they already have enough toys. Amiright??

We’re planning on doing our lemonade stand sometime next week, and the girls are thrilled about it! I wanted to share my favorite lemonade and cookie recipes with you a) if you are considering doing something similar with your kiddos and b) because everyone can use more lemonade and cookie recipes. YUM.

Lemonade recipe

Note: the recipe calls for 2 to 3 cups of water to dilute it. I typically use more like 4 to 5 cups… maybe even six… to dilute it!

Chocolate chip cookie recipe

Note: this recipe is called TRIED AND TRUE chocolate chip cookies because they.are.just.that! I’ve tried other chocolate chip cookie recipes, and I always come back to this one.

I hope y’all enjoy the recipes!

XOXO Lauren

Favorite Summer Sunscreens

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We are in the thick of swim season over here, so I feel like there is no such thing as too much sunscreen in this house! Finding a safe sunscreen that protects my babes’ precious skin is a must! I’ve searched the internet high and low and these are the ones we are loyal to. From consumer ratings to clean ingredients, I’ve been pleased with all of them and keep repurchasing. Before every swim, I lather us up in the mineral lotions (Aveeno, Blue Lizard, Thinkbaby) and will reapply with the sprays during pool breaks. No sunburns yet!

  1. Thinkbaby Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+
  2. Blue Lizard Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30+
  3. Sun Bum Moisturizing Sunscreen Spray SPF 50+
  4. Aveeno Baby Mineral Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+
  5. Neutrogena Spray Sunscreen SPF 70+

Have you tried any of these? Do you love any I haven’t listed? I would love to hear!

XOXO Lauren

Flower Wreath Tutorial

My favorite projects are most often the ones that I can start and finish in one day. These wreaths took about an hour to make (uninterrupted…two hours if you count all of the times I was up and getting stuff for my kiddos 😉 ) All that to say, they’re quick and the result is one stunning piece of wall decor!

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Supplies (for three wreaths):

  • 10″ embroidery hoop
  • 12″ embroidery hoop
  • 14″ embroidery hoop
  • 1 bouquet of 4-6 large faux flowers
  • 3 individual large faux flower stems
  • 2 bouquets of white faux filler flowers (each had 3 stems for a total of 6)
  • 1 stem of green faux filler leaves
  • hot glue gun
  • wire cutters

Note: I purchased all of my supplies at Michaels.

My first step was to disassemble all of the bouquets and individual stems. This includes the leaves that are attached to the flower stems. They make for beautiful filler leaves! Using my wire cutter, I trimmed pretty close to the flower or leaf. For the flowers, I recommend leaving two inches of stem so that it has more weight to it when you glue it to hold it in place. For the leaves, half an inch to an inch of stem is fine.

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After trimming all of the stems, I arranged each wreath to make sure there was enough foliage. As you’ll notice in the pictures of the final wreaths, I used two light flowers and one dark flower for the large wreath and one light flower and one dark flower for the small and medium wreaths. It should be plenty! I also had one white filler stem on each side of the wreath and then filled in with leaves where it needed it.

After arranging everything to get the look you want, hot glue away! That’s it! *Note: Some of the bigger flowers were struggling to stay up even with the hot glue, so I tied twine (any sort of string is fine) around the stem and hoop to secure it. It hides behind well and no one will know it’s there!

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I am so happy with the final result! My girls love them, and I think they’re the perfect accent for the light, airy and feminine look that I was going for!

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XOXO

Lauren

Free Father’s Day Menu Printable

Last year, right before Father’s Day, I remember scouring Pinterest for free + cute Father’s Day printables, and I came across the most darling breakfast menu! For the life of me I could not find the original download anywhere on the pinner’s website, so no cute menu. Bummer! And since I know you’re dying to ask. HA. Don’t worry… Patrick still got breakfast in bed served by our giddy little girls. 😉 Father’s Day is THIS Sunday, and as I’ve been preparing, I kept coming back to that cute menu. So I mocked up a design that looks pretty dang close to the original. And it’s yours if you want a copy! Just click on the download. And, as with all my free printables, it’s for personal use only. Please and thank you. 😉

XOXO

Lauren

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*For personal use only. Not for commercial use.*