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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.)


Joni"Hi Rachel! No the Wolfe Brothers item is the cute little tee. The rug is by pattern society …"

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Rachel"Is the rug on the floor a Wolfe Brothers piece? "

Kitty"And style it she did! :))))) "


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


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

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The Week in Review – Start With Four Walls"[…] a larger art piece? Try this tutorial using the photo of your choice to make a large black and …"

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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


kathleen"Looks so cute, I bet your girls love it! "

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Joni"Thanks, Kim! I believe it's rustoleum - I just bought it at Home Depot, and it's the gold metallic …"

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Joni"Thanks, Lauren! Isn't it funny host hey have their own little organizational systems, haha?:) "

Joni"Thanks so much, Laurel!! xo! "


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!!



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family beach trip

We just got back from a family beach trip this afternoon!  We went to our favorite beach – 30A along the Gulf of Mexico – with my sister and her family and my parents.  I was kind of sad to leave (although really with littles, it’s always nice to come back home!).  I feel like yesterday we finally hit our vacation stride, and then it was time to head home.

beach trip with toddlers Do you ever feel that way when traveling with little people?  I think there is probably a bell curve for vacationing with toddlers: it’s a bit crazy at first and people don’t sleep well, and then they adjust and everyone starts having fun, and then everyone just gets a bit overstimulated and crazy and you need to get back home as quickly as possible.  We left on a high note, which is good, but I think I could have done a couple more days! (My fave sunglasses, above, which I have in two colors!)

family beach trip

My poor little Brigie came down with hand, foot, and mouth which is one of the most miserable things for a toddler.  She recovered by the last day or so, but those first couple of nights were rough!  Thankfully, my parents were with us to help, so we could still get Vivi out to the beach (she has been asking about the beach since January, I think!).  Brigie didn’t think too much of the sand or the water.  She wouldn’t even put her feet in the sand, except for the two seconds it took to snap the above shot – and that was before she figured out she really didn’t like it at all.  She would curl her little feet up in protest.

beach with toddlers

Vivi, on the other hand, was entirely in her element.  She had a ball, and spent most of her time on the beach in her own musical.  It was so fun to watch!  Isn’t the water gorgeous?  The gulf is just glittering, and the stretch along 30A is pretty much a fairy tale for families with young children (and just anyone, really!).  I can’t say enough good things.

seaside florida

I love the food trailers (they are all cute little airstreams!) in Seaside proper.  Here is Vivi with one of the epic sno cones from Frost Bites.  We  went twice, although I would have been happy going twice a day!  It’s the perfect treat in all the sunshine and humidity.

family beach trip

We stayed in Watercolor, and the house was perfect.  Vivi was crazy about the bunked boat beds in her room, and I think she slept extra well because of it.  They both loved cozying up and reading in them during the afternoons!

family beach trip

It was the perfect last hurrah for summer – now we are excited for all the fun things ahead for fall!!  (above photo taken after a super yummy dinner at George’s at super dreamy Alys Beach!)

Definitely check out Anna and Lesley’s posts on their trips to the same area this summer!!  Their photos are much better than mine.:)





Molly"Traveling with littles bell curve: you nailed it! When we were on the Cape last month my husband kept grumbling …"

Keri"So sad for our bridgie! (And sad for mom and dad). In true Lay form, y'all found lots of beauty …"

Joni"Ah, you got it?! That's awful - I always thought adults didn't get it! Vivi has had it …"

Alanna"Those beds!!!! We have two boys, 4 "

Sara"Hand, foot and mouth is the WORST! My boy (2 years old) has had it twice, and he gave it …"