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(First of all, thanks so much to everyone who entered the Kiwi Crate giveaway!!  The winner is Denise, and I’ll be emailing you shortly!   Kiwi Crate is also offering $5 off a new subscription to Kiwi, Koala, Doodle, or Tinker crate, so if you were considering trying it out, here’s your chance!  Use code GG5OFF.)

children's records

Have you tried listening to records with your littles?  It’s one of my favorite things.  We have a record player I bought for Chip a few years back, and over time I have collected a few children’s albums from vintage shops and etsy.  The girls love them, and it’s so fun to watch them either cuddled up on the couch, completely enthralled with the story, or dancing around the room, acting out the parts and pretending to be a part of it.  It’s such a great option for non-screen, lo-fi entertainment, and it kind of feels like it takes you back in time.  If you haven’t tried it, go for it – you may be surprised at how much they love it, and the old records are just the sweetest!  You can also find lots of old Disney records of favorite movies – the girls adore RobinHood.  It’s fun for date nights, too; cozying up in front of the fireplace and listen to a favorite album is so romantical!

Sources: (1) Alice in Wonderland Album; (2) Pony Boy Record; (3) The Wizard of Oz; (4) Flower Record Player; (5) Navy Record Player; (6) Peach Record Player; (7) Gold Record Player; (8) Vinyl Record Player; (9) Turquoise Record Player; (10) Peter Pan Record; (11) Cinderella; (12) Peter and the Wolf


Joni"Aww, so fun, Jacqueline!!:) Great to hear from you! I think I probably had the same record player …"

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“It takes courage to grow up to become who you really are.”  Sarah kindly sent me this tee from her adorable line (which I instantly fell in love with), Wolfe Brothers & Co., so I asked Vivi to style it up.  Brigie also styled herself up, which is what she does every day (she cracks me up).  Chip asked Vivi last week what she wants to be when she grows up (not sure why we have never asked this before!) and she said “myself.”  So I found this shirt to be perfectly fitting!  Definitely check out all the cuteness going on – these would be really thoughtful baby shower gifts for baby boys!  The tshirts are so vintage perfect, and I love the Scout blankets, which are also really affordable and super sweet.  And, of course, the adventure pennant is just so good!

wolfe brothers & co

These girls.  They keep me on my toes, but they keep me laughing, too!

(pictured with the Pattern Society Rug, Rikshaw fabric for curtains, and that awesome acrylic book cart.)


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Joni"Aww, haha - they are her tap shoes. They are from payless! "

Billie"not decor related..but where did you get her shoes!! "

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DIY baby room art

This is one project that will work in the baby room, your bedroom, your living room, or really anywhere.  It’s a great way to create a large, custom piece of art really affordably!

Items you will need:

Black and White Photo | 2 Eye Hooks | Rope | 1 x 2 furring strip, about 1″ longer than art width

DIY baby room art

To start, find or take a photo that you like and that would look striking as a black and white.  If it is a found photo, scan it.  I chose a vintage photo I had on hand, but you can also use a favorite snap on your phone just as easily.  I had mine printed at a local printer, but I’d recommend using PhotoJojo to get your print done.   It’s only $25 and is a super easy option if you don’t already have a printer you use regularly.

DIY nursery art

I purchased the furring strips at Home Depot, and had them cut the pieces to size for me at the store (super easy!).  I had them cut at 1″ longer than the width of my photo (so 37″ if you use PhotoJojo).  Staple the two pieces on the top and bottom of your printed photo on the back.  Next, screw the two eye hooks into the top piece (I painted mine gold, and pre-drilled to make it a little easier).  Then, cut the rope to length and knot the ends to keep it in place.

DIY baby room ideas

This makes for a really striking and inexpensive focal point for a space!  It costs around $30 to $35, depending on what materials you already have on hand, which is impressive for a 36″ x 48″ piece of art.  It’s also a really easy way to incorporate some vintage family photos!

DIY baby nursery art


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Naomi (Mrs. Fancee)"What color is that blue on the wall? I love it and just can't seem to find that exact blue! "

Lucy"Where is that dresser from? Love it. "

Joni"That would be so fun, Emily! Such a great way to display a memory! "

Joni"Hi Kristina! Just thought I'd let you know I added the roots to my society6 shop here! "

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DIY book bin


DIY bookcase(Pictured with the Between a Rock LampPink Neon Nightstand, and DIY Tassel Hanging.)

I don’t know about you, but storing/organizing books always seems like a struggle.  I love that Vivi has such a penchant for reading, but sometimes the endless piles drive me a little crazy.  Lately, she has taken to making little stacks here and there, rather than keeping them in the bookshelves, so I thought a little book bin might keep them somewhat contained and scratch her itch for stacking them in piles. how to make a bookcase I’ve seen similar designs to this here and there, but I just wanted to tackle it myself to hopefully save a little, and also use the colors I wanted.  Here is what you need to get started (I picked up all the hardware items at Home Depot): 1 x 10 x 4 common board | edge glued board | jigsaw | 12 #6 1-/14″ brass screws | drill | measuring tape | chalk or pencil for drawing cut lines | acrylic paint for design | paintbrush First, cut the common board into two 24″ pieces (and honestly, you could go smaller!  I think 1 x 8 would work just as well, if not better, and you could cut it down to 18″).  You may need an extra pair of hands to help you hold the two pieces together at a 90 degree angle and put four screws to join them together. Next, trace the outline of the edge of the joined pieces onto the edge glued board.  Sketch out a shape around it, and make sure to do this along one of the flat edges, so it will sit flat on the ground.  I did a heart, but you could do a cloud, or any other shape you feel adventurous enough to create. Cut out the shape with a jigsaw (or have the handy person in your life do it for you!).  Trace the cut shape and cut out a second piece. DIY book bin Next, paint the shape. Vivi loved this activity!  I added a little face to the heart, and I did this by sketching it out with chalk before painting it, just to make sure I was happy with it. DIY book bin Next, I held the inside shelf part against the heart shape, and traced underneath it with chalk.  I did this on both sides, and measured to make certain the chalk lined up, and then screw in four brass screws to hold it together.  Do this on both ends, and you’ll have a book bin!  You may want to pre-drill (that’s what I did) since the wood is so soft. DIY book bin DIY bookcase Vivi seems to really like it so far, and Brigette thinks it’s her personal reading bench, so I’d say it’s a win! (Pictured with the Between a Rock Lamp, Pink Neon Nightstand, and DIY Tassel Hanging.) DIY bookcase And, just for fun, a shot of my favorite shelves (reclaimed wood + painted gold IKEA brackets): DIY book bin Let me know if you need any clarification on anything – it’s kind of tough to photograph the process, but I’m happy to answer questions! DIY bookcase DIY bookcase


Shayne"Gorgeous work. Where did you get the reclaimed wood to fit perfectly in the shelves? "

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Tammy"what color paint did you use for heart "

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I love Fridays.  They always make me feel light and free, and it feels like I can get through anything – just have to make it till 5 when Chip comes home!

Here are a few favorite things from this week:

These costumes and fun accessories from Lovelane Designs make me so happy.  I mean, just look at this:

toddler halloween costumes

I also posted this on Lay Baby Lay’s Facebook page, but I think these door decals are crazy cute.  Such a fun little detail – like a little secret – to put on the inside of your child’s door for them alone to enjoy!  This one is my favorite.

My favorite Sleepy King has added some new fall designs to her shop.  If you need any extra convincing of the cuteness of her plushies, see one of her raccoons here and here.  I want this little guy so much.

Love these maternity photos.  I think it’s sweet to capture that slice of life before baby comes.  It’s a sweet season, and one to which you can never return – though you wouldn’t want to! – it would be nice to have a keepsake of that treasured time!

Hope you all have a delightful weekend!!



Marcia"Joni the nursery layouts are by far the best posts!! Aztec shape theme please:-) "

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