DIY & Crafts

Super Simple Nursery Decor When I was pregnant with Jonah, I started dreaming up my vision for his nursery the minute the plus sign appeared on a stick. Months before he was born, his nursery was complete– not a detail amiss. It was darling from top to bottom and somehow I even figured out how to perfectly organize it… I hadn’t even had a child yet I instinctively knew the best placement for diapers and wipes and the most logical place for blankets and other needs in the middle of the night. I mean, it was like the mother of the year award was meant just for me. I was the ...Read More
Holiday Cards: Jumpstart with Confession: I’m not on my A-Game these days (did the rat’s nest on my head and spit up on the shoulder of my 3 day old tee give it away?) My stove hasn’t seen a pan in months and my curling iron might just die, literally, if I were to re-introduce it to my hair. Ah, the joys of having a newborn. While eyeliner, nice hair and fabulous home cooked meals may be a thing of the past (or at least months from being a norm again), there is one thing I’m not willing to drop the 8-ball on: making and storing memories of said hygiene ...Read More
DIY Subway Art for Kids! This year I was asked to help spearhead the class project for our school’s gala. Every year, each classroom is asked to create an art project and it is auctioned off at the gala. Thanks to Pinterest, and a very full plate, I decided to do something relatively easy, but that I thought was unique and “sellable.”  I mish-mashed a few different ideas I saw, and came up with the idea of the kids creating their own subway art using adjectives/words that they came up with to describe themselves. Most subway art that you’d find on Etsy or in stores, uses fonts that are either stenciled or scanned ...Read More
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… It’s been a while since I told a Jonah story and so let me share a good one. Okay… two good ones. The first one is from a few months ago. The night before Jonah turned 7, we asked him if there was anything he wanted to say during his final hours as a 6 year old. “Anything?” he said excitedly. “Yes, anything.” “Anything, like, in the world?” “Yep. Anything at all.” “Okay,” he gulped. “Mother fucker.” We burst into laughter, then composed ourselves, then burst back into laughter again and then put our (tilted/twisted) parenting hat on and  I asked: “Where did you learn that?” “From you! Where else?” I can’t help but ...Read More
From our wedding invitations and save the dates, to thank you notes and holiday and New Year’s cards, it’s pretty safe to say that Minted is my go to site for all things stationary. 2014 has been an incredible year filled with so many rich moments and memories. It’s important to me to find cards that reflect these sentiments and joy — but that doesn’t require a completely focused brain to create or order. (i.e. doesn’t require me to realize that when I order a $3.99 Frozen Elsa wand with stickers for my niece, that I should not select shipping for $27.99 to get it to me the next day. Ooops. ...Read More
Planning a wedding? Here are some easy wedding DIY ideas and projects! Check it out… Wedding Table Setting Barn Wood Vintage – Perfectly Disheveled Photo By Leah Lee Photography I am having serious wedding DIY withdrawals. Exactly 7 months ago today, Peter and I got married at the beautiful Apple Creek Ranch in the Santa Ynez Valley and if I’m being honest, the thing I miss the most about that day:  Planning for that day. It truly consumed me. Because of the barn setting and the open fields, it was so important to me that the decor reflected the venue and the overall whimsical and backyard-family like vibe we were going for. I coined ...Read More
Exactly 3 months ago, my living room looked like Paper Source threw up everywhere. Paper, ribbon, labels, chalkboard (everything) covered my dining room table, while old cafeteria cans turned in to “old” fruit and vegetable cans lined the floor… Painted lanterns, mismatched crystal votives, big vintage windows, would-be wooden table runners surrounded by painters tape… to give an accurate sense of table schematic, of course. Ahh, those were the good ‘ol craft-tastic pre wedding frenzy days. Now, a lonely bunch of peonies sit in a mason jar atop the dining room table… which is now home to honeymoon central. (More on that later!) There are still so many details, DIY how-to’s and photos of ...Read More
Almost two weeks ago, I  started to write a post…. March 26th. 10:30am… As I type this post, I’m sitting under a heat lamp with foils in my hair and a latte by my side. With just 72 hours to go until I say “I Do,” I’m in full bridal beautification mode and if I’m being honest, it’s kind of the best part of the planning process. This week, I’ve had, in no partcicular order (certainly not by rank of what hurts the worst): My eyebrows shaped and tweezed, waxing, laser hair removal, (Judaism = Hair issues), a manicure/pedicure, and now a cut, highlights, gloss and blowout. In just a couple hours (oh, ...Read More
A few weeks ago, I was showered with love by some family and dear friends at one of the best bridal showers I’ve ever been to! I promise, I’m not just saying that because it was for me… Okay, well that definitely helped, but honestly, the hosts of this party happen to be chic, creative, and extraordinarily generous so each and every element blew me away. From the flowers, to the party favors, to food and of course, some very special gifts, I walked away not only feeling very lucky an special, but also with some great ideas for future parties of my own! Because of the attention and time that ...Read More
Exciting news! I’m now a contributor to Disney’s Spoonful, a fabulous resource for crafts, recipes and activities for parents and kids.  For my first post, I whipped up a little Oscar Party with some “perfectly partied” panache. Oftentimes, Oscar Parties are geared toward being “adults-only” fêtes. But since the Oscars are on a Sunday and everyone I know has kids under the age of 9, the days of lounging around the house in sweats, glued to the television for eight hours (with copious cocktails present), are a distant memory. That said, this is still very much a part of my DNA and a tradition that I can’t entirely shake. So ...Read More