Thursday, May 29, 2014

End of School Year Teacher's Gift

Still can't believe Landon's last day of school was today! Made these lil planters for his teachers to thank them for all their hard work with him this past year. He has certainly made some enormous strides from when he started back last August and we are so thankful. 
Here's all you need to make these lil guys:
- flower pot (I did not plant and grow these myself, I got these potted gerbera daisies at Trader Joe's...$4.99 each)
- chalkboard tag ($0.59 each at Michael's)
- chalkboard marker. How I just found out about these chalkboard markers is beyond me. I used to use regular chalk to write little chalkboard signs (here & here) but these markers make it SO much easier, and much prettier. Found mine at Michaels for $12 (4-pk).
- Ribbon to prettify and gift-ify your pot and also to secure your chalkboard tag. You will need to tape down in two areas so it doesn't slip down to the bottom of the pot. I found this cute apple ribbon a while back in the clearance bin at Michaels. Any ribbon will work just fine but the thinner actually the easier to work with.
And there you have it! A simple, handmade, thoughtful and creative gift to your kiddo's teachers they are sure to appreciate :)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Recent Adventures, Snapshots, & Artwork of Landon Christopher

I spy a little blonde boy

Sir Landon of House Bauman. (We're currently highly addicted to Game of Thrones)

Dinner date with the lovely miss Sophie
wagon rides with sissy
A recently discovered photo in my camera roll from last month, sweetly keeping watch over baby Charlotte. He also informed me that he wants 6 more baby sisters. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DIY monogram coffee mugs

Saw these beautiful monogram mugs at Anthro a while back and stuck them in the back of my mind. Recently saw this pin on pinterest about making your own customized plates with a sharpie marker, & I decided to try to make my own monogram mugs. Plus, I wanted to make some housewarming/new mother gifts for a few girlfriends and decided these were the perfect gift, and even better that they would be handmade.
All you need is a ceramic mug, a sharpie, and stencils (optional). Then bake in your oven at 350 for 30 minutes and ta da! The marker will set in and is now permanent, and you have yourself a beautiful, personalized mug to make your morning extra happy.

A few important notes:
- Do not put these in the dishwasher. They can handle a good hard hand washing & scrubbing, but the marker will come off a little if you dishwash. So don't do it.
- Do not preheat the oven before putting the dishware in. As soon as you turn the oven on to 350, put the mugs in with it. Otherwise, the drastic temp change will cause them to break. And you don't want that to happen.

Friday, May 9, 2014

GIVEAWAY! Natural Amber Teething Necklace

I received this Amber teething necklace when I was pregnant, and definitely didn't think I'd need to use it as soon as I did - but at 4 months old little Blair Bear had started to teethe. I began using her Teething Necklace and love it. I initially thought she was supposed to chew on it to relieve her discomfort, but discovered that she is only supposed to wear it, which left me very confused and skeptical about it, but I noticed that she isn't nearly as fussy and is much more calm when she's wearing it. As a big proponent of natural health & healing (especially for little ones) I researched more about baltic amber and its healing properties along with reviews from other mothers who used it as a teething remedy.
I learned that baltic amber has been used for centuries for teething and is renowned for its healing and anti-inflammatory properties, which is how it can be helpful for soothing red inflamed cheeks and gums. In addition to helping reduce pain, drooling (for which amber is said to work by stimulating the thyroid glands) and irritability that is often associated with teething, amber beads have also been claimed to relieve eczema, speed up wound healing and stave off ear and throat inflammation, amongst many other ailments. The effects come from the beads merely touching the skin -- When a baby wear the necklace, the natural temperature of her skin warms the amber cortex (the external layer of the stone), which releases succinic acid, which is absorbed throught the skin into the bloodstream, which provides the pain relief. I love it.
I love learning about this stuff and using all-natural, non-invasive, side-effect free, & effective remedies, so I'm thrilled to have learned about these Baltic Amber Necklaces and I'm so excited to be offering one lucky mama a chance to win one of these for themselves :)

All You Need To Do:
1. Leave a comment on this post, telling me which teething necklace you would choose if you win.
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1. Share a link to this post on facebook & tell your friends about it!
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*Please leave a separate comment on this blog post for each additional entry, letting me know your Facebook and Twitter name if applicable, and be sure to leave your email address on each comment so I know how to contact you if you're the lucky winner! Good Luck!

Giveaway will run for 3 weeks from today and will officially close at 9:00am cst on 5/30/14.

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