Monday, January 30, 2012
Looking for a simple AND fabulous birthday party idea? Look no further because our simple, yet sophisticated chevron rainbow design is the perfect invitation for a one year old or a 16 year old's special day. Go for a rainbow theme for your sweet one year old (like Charlotte featured in our sample invite) or a colorful chevron theme for your teen.
This versatile design can also be customized to make a great Valentine's Day party invitation!
In the market for some party invitations or party inspiration? Check out more party invitation designs here http://loveandlifecards.com/Birthday.html.
Monday, January 16, 2012
We are excited to share with you a preview of our Valentine's Day Card line for kids! These 5x5 square cards can be personalized with your child's name on the front and with a photo and/or message on the back. These cards are the perfect unique cards for your little one to hand out to family members, friends, and classmates.
Choose from a variety of options with more to come. "Sidewalk Chalk" is Elizabeth's favorite (shown above), while Sona's favorite is this colorful chevron design—"Colorful and Happy."
|Colorful and Happy|
Another staff favorite is "Whale you be my Valentine?"
|Whale you be my Valentine?|
We know a few helicopter enthusiasts that will appreciate our "Drop in Valentine."
And for that fire truck lover in your life, we all just adore "Sound the Alarm."
|Sound the Alarm|
We'll be adding more of these adorable valentine's day cards daily so please check back soon!
Monday, January 9, 2012
We decided to DIY a play kitchen for our girls for Christmas this year. We figured it was only fair after spending 4 months on our own kitchen that the girls get to have their own new kitchen too! I started looking for small cabinets or night stands at local flea markets back in October, but wasn't really having luck finding just the right thing. So when a mom friend of mine offered up this little end table she had and wasn't using, I decided it might be just right!
I instantly loved the shape of the little table and the drawer. And though small, the size was perfect for the space we have. The only problem was that I really wanted a little backsplash and a place for the girls to store all the cookware and dishes that go with a kitchen.
Lucky for me, I have friends with vision and a husband that is a little bit handy. After a few more hours than we expected of "elfing" in the basement on weekends, the project was done and here is the adorable play kitchen that we built!
The kids love the chalkboard paint and the little light switch on the other side too.
A view of the top...
And as much as I think the new kitchen is absolutely adorable, one of the best things about it is the cost. Here is a breakdown.
Table: free (thanks, Jen!)
Wood to enclose table and add shelf: free (scrap wood leftover from various home improvement projects)
Backsplash: free (leftover from kitchen remodel)
Bowl for Sink: free
Copper Faucet: free (leftover from bathroom project last year)
Hot/Cold Knobs: free (from old kitchen sink)
Stove Dials: free (from an old stove)
Temperature gage: free (found in basement)
Burners: free (scrap wood cut in rounds and painted black)
Hook: free (leftover from kitchen renovation)
Light Switch: free (basement find)
Paint: free (had both the blue and the chalkboard paint - blue is Benjamin Moore Beach Glass)
Gingham Curtain: free (thanks, Mom!)
Gingham Curtain: free (thanks, Mom!)
So... though we did pay for some of these things at an earlier point, we didn't actually buy any of them for this project and many of the pieces were either given to us or just found around our home!
And most importantly, the kitchen was a definite success. In fact, here is our youngest cooking away on Christmas morning!
Monday, January 2, 2012
|Photo from Pottery Barn|
I'm the type of person who desperately wants to be organized. I crave an organized closet like a drug. I get strangely elated by looking at magazine photos of organized entryways, mud rooms, and closets. My dream would be to have every little thing in my home placed in the perfect drawer, basket, shelf, or closet at all times. And I do try to get organized and stay that way, but there is always overflow that begins to slowly pile up in a secret drawer somewhere, and then on the shelf over my desk, and then in the entry way "organizer," and then… well I think you get the picture. It gets to the point where these small piles of overflow become overwhelming and an impossible chore to tackle. And then of course there are my children who I of course love dearly, but who are constantly messing with my (not so) organized home by taking anything they can find that is actually in a proper place and relocating it to a pile on my bed or in a corner behind the couch, which is as you can imagine—a total nightmare for me.
|Photo from BHG|
We came across 52 Weeks to an Organized Home at Home Storage Solutions and decided to make organizing our homes a resolution this year. You simply sign up with your email address and receive a weekly challenge from the folks at Home Storage Solutions. As much as I would like to have my entire house organized overnight, that's probably not a realistic goal. And this way, I'm hoping that once I get each weekly task done, I can keep it pretty organized moving forward. It all sounds very doable, right?
|Photo from Land of Nod|
Are you a secret wanna-be organizer like me—check out that Land of Nod kid's closet (swoon). Do you simply want to get rid of the clutter and things that don't matter to make room for the things that do matter in your life? I know I do.
The first challenge of the year begins today and is kitchen countertops and sink. I feel like I have a bit of a head start on this since we just finished our kitchen renovation this fall, but looking at this photo above, I realize that my kitchen could already use a good cleaning and polishing to get back to it shiny newness of October! Join us for the challenge and let us know here on the blog or on facebook how it's going for you!
Happy New Year!
Elizabeth & Sona