A Curious Boy to Celebrate

Monday, January 09, 2017

Our curious little man turned TWO a couple weeks ago, and we finally got to celebrate over the weekend. Rowan is obsessed with Curious George, and I had decided a few months ago that I wanted to somehow incorporate George into his birthday party. We decided to serve some of George's favorite treats. We had a banana split bar, donuts, a little cake for the birthday boy, and some banana shaped cookies for guests to take home. My mom made the birthday cake, and it turned out so wonderful! Rowan LOVED it!

I kept the decorations pretty simple, and I love how it turned out. I was so excited to find a bunch of awesome quotes about curiosity and make up prints to display on the cake table. Rowan is also in love with "ba-oooons" and we had plenty there! We had TONS of yellow balloons and clear balloons filled with yellow confetti...which the kids loved! They are fun to pop, but not as much fun to clean up! 

Rowan had the best time celebrating his birthday with so many of his family and friends, and he sure was tired afterwards! 

"Blessed are the curious, for they shall have adventures." - L. Drachman

Sending Christmas Cheer

Friday, December 23, 2016

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. -Luke 2:11-12

Tis the season for all things red, green, silver, and gold. Stores are packed with holiday shoppers, houses are decorated with garland and lights, and everyone is anticipating the parties and presents. It is easy to get caught up in the merriment of the holiday, but we have not forgotten the reason for Christmas. We have been playing with Rowan's nativity and reading some of our favorite Christmas books, including Song of the Stars...my new personal favorite! And this year we added a sweet Christmas verse to the cards that we sent out.

Picking out Christmas cards is one of my favorite holiday activities. I love sending some Christmas cheer to those we love! It is usually quite the processes...finding (or taking) a picture of our family, scrolling through the numerous options on my favorite card sites, designing roughly 5,206 different cards and ending the decision with a family vote. This year, I knew I wanted to use the family photos we had taken in Oklahoma, and I quickly fell in love with a design from Tiny Prints. I love that I was able to incorporate so many of our pictures.

I love looking back at all of our Christmas cards through the years, and this one is sure to be one of my favorites!

Wishing you all a very, merry CHRISTmas!

DIY Lip Balm

Monday, December 19, 2016

Anyone else using lip balm like crazy? Especially this time of year...I mean, we have to keep our lips smoochable with all the mistletoe hanging around! ;) I recently made some of my own lip balm and it is absolutely my new favorite!

It is the easiest thing to make, and wouldn't they make the cutest little gifts? 

Here's what you need: 

Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil

Melt 1 tablespoon of beeswax and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a glass bowl. Stir in 30 drops of essential oils...I used 15 drops of peppermint and 15 drops of cinnamon bark. Use the pipettes to transfer the liquid to the empty lip balm tubes. (Tip: You may want to rubber band a few of the tubes together so they are less likely to fall over.) Let them harden in the fridge for a few minutes & enjoy moisturized lips!

That's it! I told you it was easy!

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Family Pictures

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

A couple months ago Dane, Rowan and I went on a little road trip to Oklahoma! While we were there our dear friend, Madison Vining, took some amazing pictures of my sweet family! Rowan was quite a character...as usual, but Madison was able to get some great smiles out of him. These pictures will be treasured forEVER! The last time we had family pictures take, Rowan had far less hair...and was far less into running! My boy is growing up!

I am so happy that I get to call these fellas mine!

Messes & Memories

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

I am usually up for some DIY decor, and Rowan is always up for mess making! Last weekend we decided to make paint some little reindeer ornaments for our tree. I picked up some wooden ornaments, covered the table with some paper (almost skipped this step...glad I didn't), and let Rowan go to town with the paint brush. 

Painting ornaments takes some serious concentration...and if you get distracted it is probably because you thought it would be fun to paint your hand. 

These perfectly imperfect little ornaments are my new favorite! Making ornaments was always something I loved to do as a kid, and I hope that Rowan and I can make this a little holiday tradition. If my tree was covered in half painted ornaments that my little guy made, I wouldn't hate it!

Every year when I put these ornaments on our tree, I will think of this messy little moment!

Baby Bookshelf: Christmas Edition

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

It is no secret that I love children's books! We are always falling in love with new ones to add to our collection and to buy for our friends' kiddos! We have gathered quite a few holiday books, and I enjoy swapping out the books on Rowan's shelves for more festive ones as the holidays approach. Reading is one of our favorite things to do, and the Christmas books are some of Row's favorites! Here is a list of the Christmas books that we have been enjoying. 

There are a couple that I would like to add to our collection, including Olive the Other Reindeer! I will never grow tired of curling up with my boy and reading books, and it is even more fun with Christmas music and hot chocolate...with marshmallows of course! 

5 Year Anniversary Gift

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Every year Dane and I try to find something thoughtful that falls in line with the traditional wedding anniversary gifts. Last month we celebrated our 5 year anniversary. Yeah, I am not really sure how that happened so quickly! Anyway, the traditional gift for 5 years is wood. Dane is notoriously difficult to find gifts for, and when you are limited by materials it makes it that much more of a challenge.

A couple of years ago, I found Uncommon Goods and I have been swooning over there awesome gift selection ever since. Your are able to search for gifts by interest & I figured they would have the perfect gift for my "hard to shop for" husband. 

After almost buying a personalized whiskey barrel, I happened to see this awesome customizable cribbage board. We don't have a clue how to play cribbage, but we like card games...AND you could customize it with an image of your favorite lake! I selected Lake Lou Yeager from the list (that is where we got engaged), crossed my fingers that he would like, and clicked order!

HE LOVED IT...holla! However, we still are clueless on how to play. So, there's that! 

You can find a list of traditional anniversary gifts here & the customized playing cards here (but you will have to find your own cutie to put on them!)