One of those “Mommy Moments”

WARNING! What you are about to read may be disturbing to some audiences. It is all about bodily functions! The joys of motherhood.

It all started last night. Dave got Harper ready for bed and put her in what we like to call “The Cursed Onesie”. The onesie itself is a darling Calvin Klein one that came in a package from Ross. I love them! They are similar to these. The cursed one is like the white one in the front.


When I walked in the nursery and saw what onesie Harper was wearing, I asked Dave, “Are you sure you want to put her in THAT onesie?”. He said he thought she would be fine because she had already pooped that day. The story behind the onesie is… We had just switched Harper over from breast milk, to formula. She got plugged, bad! She would poop only once every, other day. We had a very sad baby. Every time she would poop. It was a nasty, need a bath after, kind of blow out. Every time she needed the bath, she was wearing that forbidden onesie! Needless to say, that dang onesie has been prewashed more times than I can count. Now flash to this morning…

Harper was taking a nap in her crib. She started crying. I noticed that it would be close to the time that she should be getting hungry so I made her a bottle and went into her nursery to feed her. It stunk, but I assumed it was probably just gas. When I picked her up to feed her, I discovered it was much more than gas. She was laying in poop. Lots of it. I immediately took the bottle out of her mouth and took her to the changing table. I carefully took off her nightgown and THE onesie that were now covered in the nasty stuff too and threw it on the floor so I could prewash it later. I wiped Harper down and got a bath going. When I took Harper off of the changing mat, there was a perfect imprint of a baby bum. That would be cute, except it was made of poop! Haha.

I got Harper in the bathtub and was giving her a bath. We don’t normally bathe her in our bathtub, but it was my only option at this moment. When I went to wash off her bum, she got a mouth full of water. It broke my heart. She HATED it and was very ready to get out.

I got her in her room and put her in a diaper when I heard something behind me. To my dismay, my puppy Sadie was rubbing her body all over the poopy clothes! Seriously? GROSS! I hurried and grabbed the clothes and threw them out of Sadie’s reach and attended to my now screaming baby. I decided that getting her dressed wasn’t as important as getting her fed so I scooped her up in her diaper and started feeding her.

That is when Sadie decided to start whining to go outside and go potty herself! I laid Harper down in her crib, she threw a fit, and I let Sadie out in the snow (yep, we got snow in April last night). I went back to feed Harper again until I heard that Sadie was ready to come inside. I laid Harper down once again, she freaked, and I went to let Sadie back in. That is when I saw that she was stuck. Her chain had been wrapped around too many times and she couldn’t come to the door. I had to go out with no shoes on, in my robe to let her back in.

I went into Harper’s room, finished feeding her, got her dressed, and was able to breathe again. Then I looked over and saw what it was all about.


My sweet baby girl, in her big girl outfit today laying by my very patient puppy. These girls make me smile everyday.


Then the especially cute one gives me this face. It reminds me that instead of freaking out over “Mommy Moments” I need to embrace them. They are bound to happen and that smile can get me through just about anything. Now to prewash THE onesie again…

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iPad or Tablet Padded Case Tutorial


So my sweet husband surprised me with an iPad. He’s the best ever. He got me a screen cover that turns into an easel too. I love it, but the problem is that it doesn’t cover the back of the iPad too.


I looked on Etsy for some iPad sleeves that I could get, but they were all between $35-$40 before shipping. I didn’t want to spend that kind of money on a sleeve that I knew I could make myself, and that I had plenty of fabric scraps to do it. So I did just that! I made one. You can too!


What you will need:

1/2 yd Batting

1/2 yd Minky

1/2 yd Fabric


Button (optional)

Thread, measuring tape, sewing machine, scissors, rotary cutter, and mat.


First, you want to measure your tablet. With my screen cover on it, it was about 9 1/2 x 7 1/2.


Now you will want to add about 2 inches to those numbers, so mine would be 11.5 x 9.5. Now you will take the number for your longer measurement and multiply it by 2. This will be how long your fabric will need to be cut. The other direction will be cut the size of your tablet with the added 2 inches. My fabric was cut to be 23 x 9.5. Cut out your minky, batting, and fabric all in that size.


They will look something like this.


Now turn your minky right side down and lay the batting on top of the wrong side.


Tack your batting onto your minky so that it won’t scrunch up inside. I tacked it on the ends and in the center.


Now lay the right side of the fabric against the right side of the minky.


Pin them together on the two long sides and one of the short sides. Sew them together, leaving one of the short sides open. Make sure to sew fairly close to the edge so you don’t end up making your pocket too small for your tablet.


Turn your pouch right side out.


Now iron your entire pouch. This will make your batting go a little more flat so that it isn’t so puffy and will make your seams flat and easy to work with. Now you will pin your right sides of the printed fabric together (hamburger style) with the shorter ends together. Sew along the longer edges. Don’t flip back to the right side out yet. Leave the minky facing out.


Now cut out another piece of your fabric. I cut mine to be about 15×6. This will end up being your tab to close the pouch.


Fold your fabric in half hot dog style (the long way) with right sides together and pin together one of the sort edges and the long edge. Sew those 2 edges.


Flip your fabric right side out.


Fold your fabric in half, hamburger style. Pin your 2 side edges and sew them. This is the cheater way of not having to deal with interfacing.


Now you will stuff your tab inside of the big opening you left open at the top of your pouch. Pin your tab there, and sew it to your opening. While you do that, be sure to fold over your raw edges of the pouch. Sew along the entire top of the pocket to close edges. Be sure to sew over the tab a few times to make sure it is sturdy.


Put your velcro on the inside of the tab. I used the sticky kind so that I wouldn’t have to sew it.


Stick the other side of the velcro to your velcro pieces on your tab and fold over as if you were closing your pouch. Now stick the other side of the velcro down to the fabric. Rip apart the velcro and be sure the other sides are sticking to the fabric.


Your case should look like this now. You are done if you don’t want to add a decorative button to it.


If you want to add a button, simply just sew a button to the front of your tab, by hand. I think it adds a lot of character to the case.


Now you are done and you have a protected tablet!

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Spring Cleaning Highlights

This year is my first time ever Spring Cleaning my own place. Now before you start judging me, thinking I am a total grossy, last year was the first Spring in an actual house of my own. We had moved in in January and I did all of the house scrubbing then so I didn’t really need to do it again in March. Before that, we were in apartments and you can basically “Spring Clean” in an afternoon in an apartment.

My Spring cleaning list is crazy long and maybe a little over the top, but it is feeling awesome to get things crossed off of my list!

I got the blankets, comforters, and sheets on every bed in the house washed.


I got my unorganized medicine basket, organized. I am in LOVE with it now. Here is before.


It was out of control and had a lot of expired medicine in it. I threw out the old stuff and organized the rest in categories of what the medicine was used for.


Now it is all in the basket, sitting pretty.


I scrubbed my baseboards, doors, switches, and vents.


The Melamagic cleaner I used to do it is AMAZING! Not only does it smell fantastic and cleans very well, but it is safe for my home and the environment.

I also wiped down my ceiling fans. I hate ceiling fans, but without AC in our house, they are a must. Check out this nasty rag from after this job! Ewww.


I cleaned out all of our closets and got rid of TONS of things. The laundry room counter got piled up full of treasures that needed to be hauled to the garage.


I got that all taken care of tonight. I am starting to feel like I am making major progress. Dave cleaned the window seals and swept out the garage, and I dusted the house behind every nook and cranny. I still have to do a few “regular chores” like sweep, mop, vacuum, clean bathrooms, etc. and then it is back to the last of the Spring cleaning like organizing the bathroom drawers, and cleaning up my craft area, then I can get back to my real life! What kind of crazy things do you have on your Spring Cleaning lists?

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Business cards for the blog

Um, have I mentioned how friggin’ excited I am to go to the Snap! Conference next month? Ha! I’m sure some of you are getting a little sick of it, but I just can’t help it. I am so excited to learn from all of those incredibly talented people! I participated in a Snap! Twitter chat last week that was all about business cards and to be honest, it freaked me out royally. I realized that I had a lot that I needed to get done before the conference.

I sat my behind down, right then, and started designing my business cards. I’m sure that one day, I’ll look back and think, “Wow! My designing skills have come SO far since then!”, but until then, I’m pretty proud of my work! I have been learning a thing or two about Photoshop and I am loving the design of my business cards. You will only get a small peek into my design until the conference is over, because…

1. I don’t want anyone to copy me. I want to stand out.

2. I still may make a few tweaks before getting them printed.

3. I like being sneaky like that.

SO with that being said, here is your preview!

business card1 copy

That is the back side. Now, don’t copy or judge me harshly. I pretty much am in love!

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Don’t take your days for granted

Sunday morning was a wake up call for us. Dave woke up at 6 am to feed Harper and got very sick. He was either hovering over, or sitting on the potty all morning. It wasn’t a pretty sight. I sent a text message to my dad who was at church with a few doctors. I had him ask them if I should take Dave to an urgent care. He was vomiting blood. They said to take him there to be sure he wasn’t dehydrated. We packed up our diaper bag and headed to the urgent care. My mom met us there so she could take Harper. As soon as the people at the urgent care heard how sick Dave was, they sent us the the ER.

That was not where we expected to be on a Sunday afternoon at all! When the nurse took Dave’s vitals, she discovered that he was extremely dehydrated. She thought that he had been sick for days, not hours. They hooked him up to some IV’s for fluid, pain, and nausea, and we waited. And waited. And waited. Finally at 1 am (12 hours later) he was admitted into the hospital. Luckily, my dad was able to go to our house, get our dog, and some of our belongings so that we could have a “sleepover”.

It was really difficult to leave Dave at the hospital, but I had to stay at my parents’ house in order to take care of Harper. I was really blessed to have my mom there to help me take care of Harper’s feedings so I could get a little sleep.

Monday and Tuesday went by without much change. Dave was about to get tested for Meningitis, but the doctor just didn’t feel like we should. He really felt like it was a GI virus and it would pass with one more night. Well, the good news is that it did! It was really hard to have Dave in the hospital from Sunday-Wednesday, but I am glad that he got the care that he needed.

I feel like sometimes I take my days for granted. I have an awesome husband who loves, me my daughter, my doggie, and does so much to help and provide for our family. Dave had a moment of realization when he went 2 full days without seeing Harper. Now that he is home, he still isn’t able to hold her. DSCN4544

He was so happy to see her though. He hasn’t taken her screams, cries, or squeals for granted.


He stays a safe distance, but wants to remember every moment he has with Harper.


These experiences remind me that I need to take the time to appreciate these moments of my sweet baby discovering the world and to discover it myself just as she does.


Enjoy the little things.

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Organization Board Tutorial!

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Organization Board Family Command Center tutorial on
I was sick and tired of having lists everywhere. A to do list, grocery list, menu list, and schedule. It was time to put all of my junk in one place! After much research and deep thought, I finally came up with my perfect organization board. It is a command center for my family so we can all keep our lives straight!
Organization Board
A clip for receipts. A whiteboard calendar.
A pen/marker holder. Whiteboard To Do list.
A whiteboard menu. A whiteboard cleaning list.
Clip for the ongoing grocery list.
Now for you to make one of your very own! Here is what you will need…
19×31 inch piece of plywood
2 5×7 frames (found at the dollar store)
2 8 1/2×11 document frames (found at the dollar store)
glue gun
paper print outs
First, paint your plywood. Remember to paint the edges too.
I used a paint color sample of Martha Stewart Sultana.
Optional- Put your chevron print vinyl on the board.
Cut off the edges of the vinyl.
Lay your picture frames our on the board to determine where you will put them.
Print out the menu, to do list, calendar, grocery lists, and cleaning list. The cleaning list can be found on Brown Paper Packages here. The rest, I made, and you can take for yourself!
UPDATE- I made my own chore list that you can find HERE! Due to the amount of requests I was receiving, I now have a listing on my Etsy shop for these printables that are customized for you. You can find that listing HERE.
Chore List
Calendar- Print 8×10 on colored paper
Calendar copy
Grocery lists- Print several 8×10 copies and cut apart.
groceries copy
Menu- Print 5×7 copy.
menu copy
To Do- Print 5×7 copy.
to do copy
Take the glass out of your frames. Put hot glue around the inside edges of the frame and replace glass, gluing the glass to the frame.
Put printed papers in their frames and clips.
Paint your paper mache box. I painted mine a very light blue.
Measure where you want your picture hangers to be on the back of the board and nail them in place.
Get your Command Strips and distribute them to each of your frames and clips.
Put the Command Strips on the backs of the frames and place them where you want them on your board.
Hang up your board, and fill it in with all of your lists!
Command Center
I am basically obsessed with this. Not only is it a fun piece of art in my home, but it is totally functional!
Organization Center


Because you loved this organization post so much, I just know you will love these other cleaning and organization posts I have done too! Click on the photo to take you to each of the posts…
Home Office Organization
Laundry Organization Center
Jewelry Organizer

My “Perfect” FREE Printable

I feel like this pretty often, I am guessing that most DIYers are the same…

Perfection copy

I know it isn’t perfect. Well isn’t that ironic… BUT it is my very first printable. Save it, and enjoy!

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Harper’s Nursery Reveal!

I know that my baby is nearly 2 months old, but I just finished her nursery! It is fun to look at each of the details come together. The nursery has ZERO natural light, which is no fun for pictures, but is really nice for sleeping, so as fabulous as the nursery looks in pictures, it is SO cute in person!


The lanterns and banner above her crib. Make the Faux Doily Lantern and Vinyl Banner.

book bucket

Her bucket of books. Her daddy has a BIG book goal for them. Read about it on the “dad blog”.


A faux wrapped canvas I had made on It is a new product they have and I totally recommend it! I got this 16×20 canvas for $39! Dave found this quote, “I love you because there is nobody in the world like you” and wanted it in the nursery. I decided to make a collage of some of her newborn pictures and add that quote to it. The canvas sits above the glider chair Dave got for his birthday. It is the perfect addition to that wall.


There is houndstooth print all over in the nursery. I love it! My sweet momma made the curtains when I was on “bed arrest”.


Her darling crib bedding made by a sweet family friend. I am absolutely in love with it. There is a little Utah bear given to Harper by her daddy.


Her dresser that I glammed up with vinyl. Don’t worry, there is a tutorial coming! The top of her dresser complete with accessory jars that say Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice. Her jewelry box that I made here, a Scentsy warmer from her great grandma, a bear from her grandma, and a picture of she and her momma!


Her changing table area with the shadow box full of her hospital “treasures”.


Shelf above the changing table with the temple print in the houndstooth frame I made, a picture of Dave and Harper, an owl Dave bought for her, and a girlie Barbie I love!


On the wall next to her crib we have a small shelf for her monitor, canvases Dave made me for my birthday of the two of us, and a Mockingbird, because she is Harper. To learn more about her name…read here.

I am so pleased with the look of the nursery. It has influences from Dave and I and I know that it will continue to grow with Harper. I can’t believe it is finally complete!

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Some girls just want to be casual

I have been so excited to put Harper in this “prom dress” since the day we found out we were having a baby girl.


I couldn’t wait to take pictures of her in this dress.


Then, the worst case scenario played out in front of me… This face.


This face means, “My tummy hurts!”


Needless to say, we had a wardrobe change.


I guess it is Casual Monday over here!

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