Jax had his first real homework assignment! This may not seem like that big of deal since he is only in Pre-K, but you know what this means? IT won’t stop for the next eighteen years. (insert big-eyed emoji). Anyway I thought I would share…

Of course we waited until this morning to start. The assignment was to practice writing the letter A and to find a few things that start with A. It took him a while to get started cause he said he messed up his first A and had to erase it. It was really bothering him that he could still see it. But while eating his breakfast he knocked out a whole row of big and little A’s! So proud. We dug through his toy box to find things to put in his homework bag, he wanted his toy jet so bad to start with an A. But we found an alligator, army man and an alien. Done. I give him an A+.

FIVE years of baby blogging wouldn’t of even been possible if it weren’t for these two! I love them to the moon and back. They have taught me so much. It has been an awesome ride and I am looking forward to the next five years!

Only good vibes is right! I’ve teamed up with Geo Fox Apparel. Rad fashion-forward clothes designed by the sweetest momma, Sarah Fox. We love Geo Fox Apparel and want you to be able to wear their clothes too…so enter to win this Good Vibes raglan below! Don’t forget to scroll down to enter the Kid + Kind, Tangled Tantrum, Frills paper + goods and The Tiny Company giveaways too!

A huge THANK YOU to the brands that have been a part of the Little Frills celebration and to all of you that follow along this blog of mine…lots of love. Cheers to FIVE years!

xo Laura

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imageimageFIVE years of baby blogging in the books! And I still love it. I love ‘meeting’ moms and dads all across the world, learning about new brands for babies and kids, discovering talented artists, photographers, illustrators, designers…the list can go on. Most of all I enjoy sharing those things along with photos of my family and our experiences. So thank you for reading this blog of mine!

Today I’ve have teamed up with The Tiny Company! Their mission is to bring brand awareness to rural areas by curating a collection of the cutest goods around as well as offering handmade headbands and leggings. These big bow headbands are their most popular! Enter below for your chance to win all three bow headbands (fits 6-12mo) for your little one. Don’t forget to scroll down to enter the Kid + Kind, Tangled Tantrum and Frills paper + goods giveaways too!

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Have you heard? LITTLE FRILLS IS FIVE! I’m celebrating five years of baby blogging. To thank you all for your support, I am hosting a giveaway every day this week, teaming up with a few of my favorite shops. Of course I couldn’t leave out my own shop, Frills paper + goods! I’m still in love with the geometric birth announcements in the shop and I’d love to design them for your new little one. Each announcement features a black and white photo, details of the birth…date, weight, length, baby’s name as well as the proud parents. The birth announcements come with coordinating envelopes with triangle patterned envelope liner + matching stickers. Enter below to win 50 to send to your family and friends! Stay tuned for tomorrows giveaway!

Don’t forget you can still enter the Kid + Kind and Tangled Tantrum giveaways too!

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FIRST DAY OF PRE-K! He was stoked. Of course he was particular about his hair and hated taking photos. But whatever, that will never change. Ha! He was so pumped he kept spinning with his backpack looking at himself in the mirror.

So glad that we took him to summer camp at the same school, it made the first day drop off go so smooth. He walked right in like he owned the place. Found his cubby right away. Cruised right in to his classroom, I had to follow him to say goodbye. We are so proud of him. He loves school so much that he is going to go full time. I can’t wait to see what he learns this year! He’s already blowing my mind with the big words that he says.

In case you missed my exciting post yesterday…LITTLE FRILLS IS FIVE! I’m celebrating five years of baby blogging. To thank you all for your support, I am hosting a giveaway every day this week. Thrilled to team up with Tangled Tantrum again. Last year we hosted a fun bed head photo contest together. If you haven’t heard of them, they make a whole line of hair products just for kids! Perfect for styling, long hair and of course, those crazy bed heads. Tangled Tantrum products are paraben and alcohol free which makes them safe and healthy for kids. And they smell amazing! My son Jax is pretty protective over ‘his product’, he even used some this morning for his first day of school. To celebrate, we are giving away Tangled Tantrum Chaos Control smoothing serum + Separation Anxiety styling paste. All you have to do is enter below…stay tuned tomorrow to see what you can win!

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LITTLE FRILLS IS FIVE! I can’t even believe I’ve been blogging for five years! This little blog of mine has grown so much from the beginning. I dig the direction it is going. Love all the people I have ‘met’ and that want to be a part of it. Y’all are too kind…thank you for the support, for reading Little Frills, for all the sweet comments and love.

And for that I am hosting a five day giveaway, starting with this adorable raglan pullover from Kid + Kind, a cool new brand that just launched this past June. Kid + Kind is a playful clothing line making fun, modern items to match our kids. They believe that a children’s clothing can be artful and creative, and that it can help paint the fun, exciting world surrounding our children. So just enter below for your chance to win this Happy raglan pullover. Cheers to five years…stay tuned for tomorrows giveaway!

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8/12

Jaxon: his favorite thing on earth…the water.
Casen: just being way too big with those big eyes + lips.

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There are always yearly photo challenges happening…lots of my mom friends are participating in the 52 week project where you take a photo each week of their little one for the whole year. I think that is a little ambitious for me being I am no longer a wahm. So I am challenging myself to 12…once a month, a photo of my boys. See the whole project here.

imageI’m always on the hunt for some healthy kids snacks! I try to keep sugar out of the house, my boys are already wild enough! These are our favorites for lunches, on the go and around the house.

Little Duck Organics makes yummy tiny fruits, great for kids 1+, no added sugar. Case still loves them and he is two. Flat pretzels are just cool cause they are flat…the salt + peppers ones get those little taste buds going. Who doesn’t like goldfish? I like to buy the whole grain ones because you can’t even tell the difference! Sunmaid raisins are a classic, not too many though or else. Pouches are perfect for those picky eaters (we have one over here) Great way to sneak those veggies in. Our faves are from Ella’s Kitchen and GoGo Squeez. Did you know that they are now included in the kids meals at Arby’s? Way better choice than fries. Speaking of potatoes…we are big fans of sweet potato chips. Food Should Taste Good’s original flavor only has three ingredients! And our last favorite healthy snack to chomp on is Oat My Goodness granola, made with just a 1/4 of a cup of sugar! Jax loves the dried mango in the sunrise flavor. Oh and they will ship for free this week, so enter code OMGWAKEUP when you place your order!

What are your little one’s favorite healthy snacks?

PINNED! Head on over to Pinterest to see some of my latest pins.

+ time to blow things up with this frame diy
+ lovely prego momma Sydney from The Day Book
+ cutest little milk boat craft from Sweet Little Peanut
+ can’t get enough of the tiny footwear from Zuzii...handmade in LA

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I’m sure you have a little artist in the family who is making masterpieces from cotton balls, empty toilet paper rolls, paper plates, and penne pasta. We do over here! They are the cutest, but just can’t save them all. So I decided to make a book before the new school year begins. It will be a great way to document every year how their talents have grown. It is also an easy way to share with others without having to fumble a huge stack of greatness. The first step is to gather all the of finger painted, googly-eyed art, coloring pages and worksheets that you want to include and photograph them. Below are some tips that might help…

> take photos in a bright room with lots of natural light
> lay the artwork on a piece of white poster paper for consistency
> try turning off your flash
> a tripod can help keep your camera steady

Next step will be making the book…stay tuned for part two!

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7/12

Jaxon: first time riding a bike with no training wheels!
Casen: exploring the campsite

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There are always yearly photo challenges happening…lots of my mom friends are participating in the 52 week project where you take a photo each week of their little one for the whole year. I think that is a little ambitious for me being I am no longer a wahm. So I am challenging myself to 12…once a month, a photo of my boys. See the whole project here.

imageimageimageimageChinos are not just for weddings and family photos. All those fun colors, I mean why not rock them all year? So before you put them in the hand-me-down pile because they are starting to look like highwaters or the knees are worn out, just alter them!

ALTERED NO. 2: THE CHINO CHOP (or cuff)

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
pair of chinos
scissors or fabric shears

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Cut to desired length, fray the ends. (washing will do the trick too!)
3. Trim any super long threads.

Note: Of course this will work with any type of pant, not just chinos. If you are hesitant about chopping, try the cuff…just fold each leg up twice.

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As most of you parents know, kids outgrow clothes super fast! This style series is a way to share some simple ideas on how to alter your little one’s clothes, style them in a new way +
find a way to add a little life back to them…maybe they will start rocking those hand-me-downs! Whether it be dyed, bleached, chopped, painted, so many possibilities…ALTERED will be your helpful guide to style your little ones.

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Look at this sweet shared room! I had to show you all since I was just discussing whether to move the boys together in one room or not. My long time internet, instagram, tumblr, mom friend, Amber of Eva & Owen and her family just recently moved, they live in Brisbane, Austraila. I think she did an awesome job creating a space for her little ones, Eva and Owen. Love that rug! Read what she says about their room…

After we sold our first home, we decided that once we moved, Eva and Owen would share a room. While they’re not going to share a bedroom in the future, I like the idea of siblings having a shared space when they’re little. The idea behind this decision was to also create a playroom, rather than two separate bedrooms. With the majority of their toys and puzzles in the playroom, this room is primarily used for sleeping and “quiet time” activities like reading. And for sentimental reasons, I love the Oliver Jeffer’s print above Owen’s cot. It’s from one of my favourite Children’s books The Way Back Home, which begins with “Once there was a boy…” I love that it evokes the idea of adventure and exploration.

I never really had a theme or idea of what I was going to create, so it has slowly evolved as I’ve added new pieces. The Oeuf mini library would have to be my favourite piece in their room. I’m a huge book lover, so this is perfect for storing some of their book collection, as well as a nice way to display some of their toys.

The biggest challenge with creating a girl / boy shared spaces was creating something that reflected each of their identities without having to be completely gender neutral. Eva’s bedding is very girly using mismatching pink patterns from a variety of stores (Country Road, Serena & Lily, Dwell Studio and Land of Nod); whereas the artwork over Owen’s cot and above the bookcase add a boyish element. I needed something to tie it all together, and the Gold Bar rug from Land of Nod seemed to fit perfectly.

Oeuf mini library / Leander cot/toddler bed / Land of Nod gold bar rug / Pinhole Press acrylic name frames / Domanyne bed frame / BlaBla knit pillows + dolls / pink wire basket / Adairs side table + lamp / whale print / octopus print / boy and boat print / geometric gem print / girl and boat print / to the moon and back print / metal ‘e’ letter / wicker baskets, thrifted / garland, diy using felt balls

photos by Amber

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To bunk or not to bunk…I’m on the fence about switching the boys to bunk beds! They are growing up and our house is not getting any bigger! I’ve come across some beautiful ones, of course most are out of my budget. I was thinking about getting the simple set from Ikea or building a plywood structure with pipes for the poles and ladder.

I want to put them in the same room so that I can have a space for my work and so they can be together. I do worry about Jax falling off the top, he is a wiggly sleeper. Do you have bunk-mates at home?

bunk bed by Oliver Furniture / Oeuf perch bunk bed / bunk bed by Oliver Furniture