Monday, December 15, 2014

#gift tags

I have my own little solo Christmas tradition...wrap presents while watching a Christmas movie.  I won't lie, a cheesy Lifetime Christmas movie is preferred!  This weekend I got everything out to wrap and realized I was all out of gift tags, so I decided to get a little creative.   

Here's what I ended up with, a little Instagram inspired gift tag to complete the gift.  Sort of perfect because not only are the recipients getting a gift, but a picture of their favorite little santa baby too!

I just printed them off on 110lb card stock and used my paper cutter to cut them to size and then attach.  Took just minutes and I love how they turned out.  Here's the template I created if anyone is interested in creating some Instagram tags for themselves.

Click HERE to download the PSD template.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

breakfast with santa 2014

We had Breakfast with Santa this past weekend.  I'll let Declan tell you his thoughts on it...

I feel like we entered a rite of parenting passage with the crying Santa picture.

Don't let the kid fool you wasn't all filled with tears.  Forget the Santa, we we're all about the large never-ending breakfast.  He sat and ate, all while keeping a good eye on the big guy.

This was our second year to do can travel back to last years experience here.  I will say this one was way better over last year and not just because Declan was more aware, but because this Santa was actually old enough to walk up to rent-a-car and rent a car.  It's the little things that make this time of year magical you know?

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

oh pug

I was always under the impression that dogs slowed down as they aged.  

Until I met pug.  

Nine years y'all...nine years of these shenanigans of his.

I don't know if I was really that surprised when the other day I walked back into the kitchen after changing Declan and discovered pug had pulled off a sack of flour (in a ziploc bag) from the shelf off the pantry and then tore into it.  And I guess either him or his faithful watch dog (Landry) ran around leaving little flour paw prints all over my wood floors.  It took forever to clean this up.

Who wants a pug for Christmas?

Monday, December 8, 2014

we gobbled then we wobbled

Yeah so I realize Thanksgiving was almost two weeks ago, but I figured since this seemed to be my kid's favorite holiday so far (we had him at food) I should get this day posted.  We had Thanksgiving with my side on Thursday and then headed to boy's side for Thanksgiving on Friday.  This carb loving kid was all over this.

He was more then ready to eat by this point.

Big Daddy gave him a hammer to tide him over.  Big Daddy and boy are playing toss with the stuffed Winnie the Pooh (poor pooh)!

A tradition my parent's started with me when I was young was that you write a letter to Santa on Thanksgiving and then put it outside the door and he comes by in the middle of the night to collect the letters.  We started last year with Declan.  I filled in his letter this year.  Declan's always saying num nums for food and knew that had to be on his list, but boy and I had a disagreement between is he actually saying yum yums or num nums so I compromised and put both.  Then we put the letter for Santa in the window sill.

On Friday we spent a good portion of the day outside at boy's Aunt's enjoying the beautiful weather, but also playing with the dog.  Declan is all about dogs these days and one that chases a basketball was mind blowing for him.  I guess he wasn't accustomed to being around a dog that didn't sleep on the sofa all day ha!

Hope everyone had a relaxing and yummy Thanksgiving too!

Monday, November 24, 2014

christmas cards

We've had an early Thanksgiving miracle around these parts...our Christmas cards have been ordered.  Not addressed, but at least ordered.  I'll leave the addressing the mass pile of envelopes till after IK've stuffed myself full of carbs.   This is a first I tell you and after last years fiasco where they literally were addressed and sent out on Christmas Eve I vowed never again.  Last year was too crazy with a new baby and although I had thought about having our photographer do a professional shoot I knew we'd have to go a month or two out to get them back in time and edited.  And let's face it babies change drastically in a month and I wanted a fresh picture on that card.  My plan backfired when we were snowed in for a week and so a week before Christmas were outside with my camera and tripod trying to get one good one before it went dark.

We had our pictures done last month by our favorite photographer and so I was able to get a better jump on them this year.  I don't know about y'all but I love sending Christmas cards and receiving them.  If you've sent me a photo card I will save it.  I have dedicated Christmas card album full of Christmas cards.  I keep it out during the holiday and it's fun to look back at friend's who were pregnant and just announcing one year and then the next holding their baby.  I love it!  I'm a Christmas card hoarder I tell you.

I'm not loyal on who I order my cards from...I like to just visit the sites and see which design fits my fancy or compliments the portrait on the front.  As I was browsing I realized I spend way too much time trying to make up my mind because there are some really cute designs out there.  So, I started marking them and thought maybe I won't feel like I've wasted perfectly good nap times around here if I share them with someone who needs a card idea.  So, you're welcome if you do.  It makes me feel better that my indecisiveness can go to some good use.

All these printable ones are from vendors on Etsy and I love them all.  When I order printables off Etsy I usually get them printed at Staples and then corner round them myself.  Great look for a not a lot!

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These are some of my favorite templates, again on Etsy, and are all instant downloads.  Cheaper then the ones above, but you're doing the work of adding in your pictures.  You do have to have photoshop, but most vendors are really good about sending instructions with the download to walk you through those steps.  And again you can take them to get printed where ever.  I actually ordered #1 and loved it, but once I added our pictures into it it just didn't go.  I'll hang onto it for another year.

Last but not least the printed ones that come to your door ready to go!  

Sunday, November 23, 2014

cancer stinks

This week we lost a dear friend, who was also boy's coworker, to a courageous battle against cancer.  She was 33 and had an 8 year old son.  This week my mother in law started chemo for her battle against uterine cancer.  The irony of one battle ending and the other beginning within hours of each other are not lost on us.

You get a lot of unsolicited advice when you join the mommy club, but I always held tightly to my friend's pearls of wisdom.  Hers was always just raw truth.  No fluff.  She knew her days were numbered and had managed to sort through to what really matters and I'm so grateful for her sharing that with me.

Boy was also in Arizona on business most of the week.  This picture about sums up the week.  What an awesome gift FaceTime is, but my goodness how rough it is on a one year old when you hit the end button.

Oh and to top off the week, Friday night boy was giving Declan a bath and after I cleaned up the kitchen I went into our bathroom and just sat on the floor in an exhausted haze.  As I'm sitting on the floor boy hands me Declan and somehow Declan lunged forward and boy lost his grip and Declan lands right on my face.  And I hear a crack.  The worst sound ever.  My nose is broken.  Just the icing on the cake for the week.  Our ER nurse neighbor came over to examine the damage and tell me what to do.  I'm not as swollen, but still sporting a pretty bruise.  So, this thanksgiving I'm incredibly thankful for smashbox's heavy duty concealer. Oh, and that our Christmas family portraits are done if I'm being truthfully vain.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


My mom and I made Declan his very own teepee a few weeks ago.  I should really rephrase that and say, my mom made Declan a teepee since she did all the labor of sewing the canvas and whatnot, while I just swooped in and painted on some navy stripes.  She had found a pattern and I took her idea and ran with it after eyeing the orange teepee in the land of nod catalog.  It's turned out to be the perfect spot to play peek-a-boo and read a book or two!

Yeah, a picture of him not moving and looking at the not happening these days.  He was just not feeling the photo shoot.

When we're not working on our downward dog yoga poses in front of our teepee we're shoveling crackers into our mouths.  That's just how we roll playing in our teepee!