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DIY tea cart



Are you making any gifts for your kids this year?  I wasn’t going to, but then I had a last minute idea.  Vivi has taken to playing tea party all over the house, leaving in her wake a trail of teacups, pretend food, paper napkins and what not.  And while it’s adorable, it also makes me a tiny bit crazy trying to get things tidied up every night before bed.  I thought a little tea cart would be perfect so everything has a home and can be easily transported around the house, but really didn’t want to purchase one.

(sources: dessert standpastry set, glitter ballet shoes, flora the flamingo)

So, I did what I always do, and I called Vivi’s grandpa, who said he would be happy to help with elf duty, and of course he did an amazing job.  I feel like I’m going to let you down on the DIY details of this post, but I’m hoping that it will inspire you to think in this direction if you are still scrambling for gifts.  This is made up of wood dowels, edge glued boards, some trim, and fun paint, and if you have a handy person in your life (or if you yourself are handy!) this would be a fun project to take on.

I found this adorable dessert stand and pastry set (you have to love amazon prime in a pinch!) which are perfectly festive.

I have a feeling we’ll be getting served a lot of pretend tea and cake at Christmas.  And, my apologies for the lack of instruction, but I hope you are inspired to think of what you may be able to create!  A stationery set, an adventure kit?

(And, p.s. don’t forget to enter the little piggy giveaway from the Land of Nod! Contest closes at midnight!)




Kim"This is adorable! "

Jamie Baker"Love this so much! "


I have one last really cute giveaway for Christmas!  The Land of Nod is offering 20% off of rockers and ride-ons today (12/17) and to celebrate, I’m giving away one adorable Little Piggy Rocker (I mean, seriously, that face!  I can’t handle it!).  To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post, and I’ll be closing the giveaway on Friday (12/19), so you’ll have time to get this little guy in time for Christmas.

(Also pictured: white pram, unicorns, doll cradle, avery fairy doll)

There are several fun ride-on toys, like the vintage looking fire engine, the slick little speedster, or the awesome little excavator, all of which would be so precious under the tree! Head on over to check them all out, and leave a comment below to enter the little piggy giveaway!




Bayley Haney"Love this for my neice. We live in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Committed Razorback fans. Austen Claire loves calling the hogs and …"

Bayley"My neice would love this! We live in Fayetteville, Arkansas. And we love to call the hogs. She is always …"

Meg"How adorable! I want to give this this to my nephew. Would be sweet considering his great-grandfather, whom he never …"

Caroline Tanner"Would love that pink piggy for my precious Casey Kate :) "

Laura c"So precious!! My 2 year old would adore it, she's quit the little animal lover. Pigs especially "

Belinda"Oh my gosh he is so adorable!! :))) my little ones would go wild for him <3 "


favorite kid spots in atlanta

Yay for Thanksgiving!  I just have a few quick thoughts to share before the big day.  First, I worked with the super cute Mini Style Blog on a list of my favorite spots to hit up in Atlanta with the girls (note these are kid-friendly spots, and the ones in our typical routine).  The talented Haily of Lucy Darling Shop created this precious map showcasing most of them, and it nearly makes me want to cry seeing all of our frequented spots all together.  We just went to the botanical gardens last Sunday for the Christmas lights, and it was simply magical, as it is every year.   It’s one of my favorite Christmas traditions we have as a family.

 minted christmas card

Next, have you ordered your Christmas cards yet?  Minted is having a 20% off sale for Black Friday (with code BF14 till this Friday, 11/28!), so it’s a great time to order.  This design is my favorite, and you can also add a photo to the back, getting the best of both worlds!

narnia nursery art

And, finally, I just added this print to my society6 shop.  I did a custom version for the girls’ room that I can’t wait to share soon, but thought I’d make one available for purchase, too.  This is one of my favorite quotes from the Chronicles of Narnia, and such a sweet blessing to hang on the walls of a child – that God will continue to get bigger as they get older, which is quite the opposite of everything else in life.


sugarboo blanketHappy Monday!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  It is chilly and rainy here, but we had a fun weekend celebrating Vivi’s birthday.   I’ve got a lot of cleaning up to do!  Don’t you love this sunshine blanket above?   It’s from Sugarboo, and they have the sweetest art prints, and these blankets will just make you cry they are so sweet and snuggly with the most darling of quotes.  It’s perfect for Brigette because we all as a family sing her this song before she goes to bed at night.  Plus, her three current passions in life are blankets, stickers, and bunnies, so she just adores it.  (find that art print here!)

And, a few random things I am loving right now:

these jeans | this service | this place | this new restaurant | these christmas decor ideas | this DIY that would be great over a crib | this party

Also, if you didn’t see this bedding from last week’s post, be sure to check it out.  New Arrivals is offering 20% off with code LAYBABYLAY20!

you are my sunshine blanket


thanksgiving kid's table ideas

Today’s post is the second in a series of sponsored posts with Astrobrights Papers focusing on creative ways to use color paper for Thanksgiving decor, as a part of their Colorize Your Party campaign..  Yesterday was a bit more polished; today is all about the kids’ table.

thanksgiving kid's table ideas

We have this picnic table from my childhood that my parents let us have, and it’s the perfect option for a kid’s table.  I added those fun throws to the seats for some extra fluff (Brigie loves anything snuggly, so she was all about this) and I set the table with a few pieces of china (adore these mercury glass pieces!), those darling little vintage glasses Nana found, and some handmade feather crowns.

thanksgiving snack ideas

For some fun treats (seriously, the girls thought this was the best thing ever – waking up from naps for an outdoor treat picnic!) I used some Kellogg’s recipes to make these pilgrim hat cookies (but I used the dark chocolate Keebler Fudge Stripes and made the icing go all the way around because, well, icing) and this cranberry mango chutney with Keebler Club Crackers (because I’ll sign up for anything with cranberries – this treat was more for me) and then added in some pretty peppermint meringues.

thanksgiving snack ideas

The girls dove right in, and I’ll be honest, it was so much fun.  I was expecting this to be a bit more difficult, but they thought it was super special and I’m going to have to make this happen more often.  They were especially charmed by the straws in the big girl cups (I added on some little paper feathers for a festive touch) and it was like a for real tea party to them.

thanksgiving kid table ideas

thanksgiving kid table ideas

I’ll be posting details soon on how to make the crowns and other fun items from yesterday shortly.

thanksgiving snack ideas

Vivi was really excited about those pilgrim hats.  It was such a fun surprise finding a marshmallow in inside.

thanksgiving craft ideas

At the end of all the snacking, I was treated to a special dance performance.

You can see the sugar rush in Vivi’s eyes . . .

thanksgiving craft ideas

Thanks so much to Astrobrights Papers for inspiring such a fun and unexpected afternoon.  I’ll definitely be doing this more often.  Be sure to check out yesterday’s post for more inspiration and stay tuned for all the DIY details.  (Find Brigette’s super cute shirt here, and Vivi’s snuggly pullover here!)

This post was sponsored by Astrobrights Papers in collaboration with Kellogg’s.  I appreciate so much your support of Lay Baby Lay’s sponsors so that I can continue providing beautiful content.  I love working with sponsors who inspire creativity!


Meg @ Peaches and Cake"TOO CUTE!!! "

Blair"So beautiful!!!!! And very creative. "