Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{new shop!}


I'm excited to announce that I've opened up a shop on Society6!

Ummm...a coffee mug with my coffee doodle? I'm in heaven!

And there are phone covers, tote bags, pillow covers, note cards and other fun items!

View the entire store here

{click on the store links on the left for items other than prints}

XO,
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Monday, April 14, 2014

{ode to a friend}


I was lucky enough to spend some time with one of my dearest friends today. She lives in Tennessee so we don't see each other very often. She is a friend like I've never know before. All I have to do is be me, and that's enough. Some days just thinking about the level of friendship we share brings tears to my eyes...it is truly one of the best gifts in the world. 

This is a piece I wrote about her during the writing class she taught last spring...

I Drink Them Down

"That's my girl," she said. I don't know if it is the southern accent or the motherly inflection that do it for me. I hold them in my mouth for awhile, my tongue absorbing their sweetness before I drink them down. They sustain me, those three words. They call up each of my insecurities, my fears, my scars, and give them a tight squeeze around the neck, then politely tell them where to go. 

Wishing this kind of friendship today for you my friends.

XO,
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{first s'mores of the year}


This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

The weather here has finally gotten warmer and we've cooked out on the grill two nights in a row. I didn't realized how much I missed grill food but boy did those hamburgers and fajitas hit the spot. Yesterday I told the boys we were going to make s'mores after dinner. Ben had his usual mixed reaction...he wants to eat them but doesn't want to get messy.

Boys are supposed to enjoy getting messy, right?

Last year when we made s'mores, Ben would hardly eat one because he didn't want to get sticky marshmallow and melted chocolate on his hands. I was determined this year that I would find a way for him to enjoy the experience and not worry about the mess. 

So I ran to Walmart and picked up a canister of Wet-Nap wipes, and took them outside with us when we made the s'mores. That way, he could wipe his fingers whenever he wanted and enjoy his treat! 

I grabbed a few non-traditional s'more ingredients, including shortbread cookies and Reece's cups. Yum!
The boys opted for the tried-and-true Hershey bar on theirs, although they both tried one with the cookies first instead of graham crackers. 

Despite my reassurance, Ben still looked like he had eaten some kind of bug when he got his first bite of marshmallow on his lips...such a funny boy.
But once I reminded him we can clean it up later, he relaxed and just enjoyed the yummy, melty goodness.
Landon, on the other hand, had no issue with getting his hands...and face...a little messy. 
And then cleaning up was super easy! 
I may sound crazy, but I'll always make sure we have wipes close-by whenever we make s'mores from now on. 

Oh! And let's not forget a s'more for Mom too! 
The Reece's cup in there was AMAZING. 

Are your kids crazy like my Ben about not wanting to get messy? What are your tricks for helping them to embrace the mess?

If you want to head to Walmart and pick up some Wet-Nap wipes {how cute is their new packaging?!}, here is a 55 cent coupon off of any Wet-Nap product while supplies last!

XO,
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Friday, April 11, 2014

{tiny victories}


The week before last, I volunteered to help out in the boys' art class. 

I was SO excited...visiting the boys at school + art? Sign me up! 

It was the last day of school before spring break {cue the crazy}, and the teacher gave them oil pastels. 

So basically by the time art class was over, the tables and floor were covered with rainbow scuff marks and I was a bit shell-shocked.

But what really caught me off guard was when the kids lined up to go back to class, I looked over to wave bye to Ben and he had huge tears welled up in my sweet blue eyes. His cheeks were bright red. He didn't want me to leave.

Oh how I remember that feeling. 

On more than one occasion my parents had to leave me at school in the same condition. Now this wasn't anything compared to our first day of school melt-down, but he was visibly shaken. I offered to walk with him back to class and sat by him for a minute at his desk, but the tears were still coming.

Realizing I had left my purse in the art room, I told him I was going to get it and come back. In my head though, I was thinking I would probably peek back into the room and make sure he was OK, and quietly leave. {Yes...technically I lied to him, but parents have to do that from time to time which sucks but it is for their own good...blah blah blah.

After I came back from getting my bag, they were all in the hallway lined up at the water fountain. He was still upset, but better, so after he walked around the corner I quickly made my way for the door. 

Oh how it hurt my heart...I just wanted to stay with him.

But I want him to be brave and know he can get through situations like that. And I was proud that he made it through the day after I left.

Today I went back to help in their art class again. At first, when I asked the boys about coming, Ben quickly said he didn't want me to come. He didn't want to get upset again. So I tried to think of a way to make it fun and not give him the time to get upset. I asked him if it would help if I left before the class was over, and he agreed. So while they were busy cleaning up their tables and putting their glue bottles away, I gave them both quick kisses {so glad they still let me do that in public} and snuck out the door.

And all was well. 

Those tiny parenting victories feel HUGE. 

And balance out the fact that I might let them get Burger King for dinner tonight. 

XO,
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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

{playing dress up}


Ahhh spring is here! I never thought it would arrive. 

I don't know what part of the country you live in, but here in Indiana it was the winter that would never end. 

I was doing some major wishful thinking back in February, and bought a few springy tops at Kohl's. I still have to wear them with a cardigan, but just being able to go without a coat and wear flats instead of boots is heavenly!

I love this first top...the color is so fresh and the geometric cut-outs are really unique...

The watercolor painting effect on this top, plus the hi/low hemline drew me in...
I'm wearing the same pair of dark grey cords from TJ Maxx with both outfits...they are my absolute favorite pants and go with everything. If you have any questions about my other pieces just ask in the comments! I'm feeling too lazy today to source everything. ;)

XO,
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Monday, April 07, 2014

{hello monday}


Well, hello there Monday.

Today was the boys' first day back to school after spring break and I was surprised at how easy it was to get them going. Surprised and super thankful...we are NOT morning people at our house. 

I'd like to think their "new" room had something to do with it...


My parents and mother-in-law came over yesterday and helped us paint their room, and I'm so in love with the color. It is a light turquoise and really brightens up the space. 
HUGE difference from the dark brown it was before. 

The boys had fun helping...
And Landon decided it was his job to speed up the drying process with his little Lightening McQueen fan...
He was cracking us up with that thing. He took it so seriously...complaining about how hard of a job it was and that his arm was getting sore. Such a goober. :) 

When we were almost done he said, "This is like a WHOLE NEW ROOM!" Bless his heart...I love making my boys happy. :)

I've also been working on some DIY projects for their walls. The first is a faux pallet sign that I put together using some spare pieces of wood we had from taking some closet shelves apart. I painted it white, distressed the edges a bit with sandpaper, and doodled a fun quote on it using paint and markers...
I also made a set of 4x4 canvases using instagram photos, paint, and mod podge...
I hung them up last night and they look so cute on the walls. The boys love having photos of themselves in there.

And speaking of their photos, here is one last sneak peek of their room makeover...
I've had this canvas hanging in the family room but thought it was too perfect for their room to not hang it in there. The boys helped me paint the ampersand red, and I'm going to hang a fun Etsy purchase with these once it arrives. I have a few other touches to add as well...so excited to see it all come together.

I'll be sharing a full room reveal post soon!

XO,
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Thursday, April 03, 2014

{new prints in the shop!}


Happy Thursday friends!

I'm super excited about two new prints in the shop. The first is a Dr. Seuss quote that I turned into a fun banner doodle. This is the first print in my shop to showcase one of my new background patterns which makes me so giddy...

Landon asked me to read him "One Fish, Two Fish" the other night, and this quote jumped out at me on the last page. I just love how encouraging and whimsical it is, in true Dr. Seuss fashion.  It is a perfect print for a nursery, children's room or play room and comes in two fun color choices {or I can do a custom color...just message me!

Find this print HERE!

The second new print is a hybrid I created using a doodle, digital coloring, and a computer font... 
I drew the frame months ago, and came across it when I was going through my sketch books. I love "rediscovering" my ideas...it is like a creative Christmas! 

This print makes a great housewarming, wedding or bridal shower gift, and comes in three fun color choices, or there is also a custom color option. Find it in my shop HERE!

Hope you have a great day friends!

XO,
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014

{spring break adventures}


I've been spending the past four days immersed in life with my boys. 

They're on spring break and I'm soaking up 5 whole days of sleeping in, road trips, and quality time together. I've been forcing myself to put my phone down and focus on them. Not that I haven't been sharing photos on Instagram, but I really am proud of how I've made them a priority and stayed off of social media. I haven't even done any drawing, aside from doodling dinosaurs with Ben. And I'm totally OK with that. :)
Since Saturday we've been to our favorite nearby shopping area, IKEA {OK...so that was a bit more for Dan and I}, and today we took them to the Indianapolis Children's Museum. 

We're a pretty simple family on a tight budget, and a trip to Target and Toys R Us is enough to keep us happy. Little things like watching the boys test out the "big cars" in the toy store put a smile on my face...
And hanging out in the Target cafe while they eat KFC chicken because Panera is too "fancy" for them...
Crazy boys. One day they will enjoy a good cup of broccoli and cheese soup. 

I love that they get as excited about IKEA as I do...
OK...I might have told them ice cream would be involved after we shopped.

I love that we've started having dinner conversations...
like, "Mom! What is your favorite part of Toy Story 3?!"

For the record...mine is when the aliens save them at the end. :)

And then there was the museum today...they absolutely loved it. Ben practiced his paleontologist and dino drawing skills, Landon absolutely loved the dinosaur fossils, Ben and I rode the carousel together, and Landon even lost his second tooth while we were there. Lots of really great memories. The kind that make your heart feel a bit bigger when you go to bed that night.
As Landon and I were walking down the stairs at the museum, he told me, "This is the greatest day ever!" Yep...it was pretty great my handsome boy. 

Tomorrow Dan works all day and I'm really looking forward to a day just me and my boys. We're going to go out for a coffee shop breakfast and I have some fun crafts planned to decorate their bedroom. Post coming soon on that!

They are going to be 6 in less than two months and I just can't believe how quickly this past year has flown. I'm so ridiculously proud of them. And I officially love spring break.

XO,
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