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

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

+ this Twist & Tango outfit is giving me girl fever!
+ peach stripe playsuit…I mean, I’ve loved Mabo for years
+ brilliant idea for a cake topper
+ my plywood obsession continues…thanks to Small Design

GOD BLESS AMERICA! Can’t even believe the 4th of July is already over…I didn’t want the weekend to end. Wanted to share some of my faves! We celebrated at my parents house with friends + family with an endless bbq, a hundred foot waterslide and our own fireworks show. Casen even waved around his first sparkler! Im a sucker for the colored smoke bombs. SO fun! All the kids were running around, jumping on the trampoline, swimming, riding 4-wheelers over and over…you’ll never be bored at MawMaw and PopPop’s house. We had a blast and my sisters and I even squeezed in a festive photo session with all the grandkids…including baby Oliver who makes nine! Hope y’all had a awesome holiday weekend too!

Some of you may remember this tank that I made a year ago, this is the diy that sparked the idea to create this series. I’m bringing it back because bleach does more than take out stains from whites.

ALTERED NO. 1: LAND OF THE BLEACH

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
colored tank or tee
Clorox bleach pen
paper towel
piece of cardboard

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Gather your supplies.
2. Place cardboard inside tank to make a flat surface, place paper towel on top of the cardboard.
3. Use Clorox bleach pen to draw stars + stripes.
4. Watch the flag appear. Let stand until it becomes white.
5. Wash separately in cold water, dry and wear!

Note: You can also use a paintbrush and dip in straight beach for a more organic look. The Clorox bleach pen will give you more control of the desired shape…peace signs and hearts are rad too! Also, this is not intended for kids to do.

THANK YOU to everyone that has shown interest in this series! Lots more to come. If you still want to help participate, have a camera and littles who like getting their photo taken, just email me.

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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.

AAAAHhhhhh! is right! This new little kids brand called Kid + Kind launched just last month…loving these fun hand-drawn illustrations. So my style. 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. I agree. Head on over and give them some love! See a sneak peek at what might be coming soon on @kidandkind.

aaahhhhhh! tee / allo! lemon / stalactites tee / banana tank

6/12

Jaxon: so determined to catch a fish.
Casen: little water lover.

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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.

I’ve always been one to make do with what I had. Blame it on the creative part of my brain. My mind is constantly spinning with ideas. For years, I’ve been into altering my clothes, giving them a good chop or dying them a new color. And thank you mother for teaching me sewing 101. I mean, who doesn’t like wearing something new? Well when my boys’ clothes get holes or have stains, I try to find a way to add a little life back to them. As most of you parents know, kids outgrow clothes super fast! So here’s a sneak peek of the new style series I am designing…called ALTERED. I wanted a way to share some simple ideas on how to alter your little one’s clothes + style them in a new way…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. Aren’t you glad you read this blog? Anyway, stay tuned!If you have a camera, littles who like getting their photo taken and want to help participate, just email me.

I’ve always been one to make do with what I had. Blame it on the creative part of my brain. My mind is constantly spinning with ideas. For years, I’ve been into altering my clothes, giving them a good chop or dying them a new color. And thank you mother for teaching me sewing 101. I mean, who doesn’t like wearing something new?

Well when my boys’ clothes get holes or have stains, I try to find a way to add a little life back to them. As most of you parents know, kids outgrow clothes super fast! So here’s a sneak peek of the new style series I am designing…called ALTERED. I wanted a way to share some simple ideas on how to alter your little one’s clothes + style them in a new way…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. Aren’t you glad you read this blog? Anyway, stay tuned!

If you have a camera, littles who like getting their photo taken and want to help participate, just email me.

S U M M E R is here! Oh yes, so many good finds out there….let’s start with this sweet soda fade Penny board! I mean how do you even top a round towel? The Beach People know what they are doing. Take that and listen to some tunes with the little SunnyLife radio in your backyard. Or draw some crazy big bugs on the sidewalk with colorblock chalk. Don’t forget to grab your little one a pair of moccs…Faas Design is killing it with the new barbados sandal mocc! The fun doesn’t end until you’ve kicked it in the sun…this tee from Tiny Whales is one of my son’s faves! Pair it with some  glowing gold leggings from Little Bear Bottoms and some Little Wanderers sunnies, like Emmy from Nielsen Littles style blog. Add a few tatts and you are good to go…Tattly has the best artists around designing fun temporary tattoos.
photo by Nikki Nielsen, momma of Emmy

S U M M E R is here! Oh yes, so many good finds out there….let’s start with this sweet soda fade Penny board! I mean how do you even top a round towel? The Beach People know what they are doing. Take that and listen to some tunes with the little SunnyLife radio in your backyard. Or draw some crazy big bugs on the sidewalk with colorblock chalk. Don’t forget to grab your little one a pair of moccs…Faas Design is killing it with the new barbados sandal mocc! The fun doesn’t end until you’ve kicked it in the sun…this tee from Tiny Whales is one of my son’s faves! Pair it with some  glowing gold leggings from Little Bear Bottoms and some Little Wanderers sunnies, like Emmy from Nielsen Littles style blog. Add a few tatts and you are good to go…Tattly has the best artists around designing fun temporary tattoos.

photo by Nikki Nielsen, momma of Emmy

We celebrated this guy this past weekend…for father’s day + his birthday!
We spoiled him. He deserved it. Thomas is honestly the best dad and husband. I am so proud to be his wife. He would do anything for the boys and I. He definitely picks up where I fall short. We are a team. That’s the way we work, even before having kids. No matter the circumstance we always seem to manage. He such a hard worker, so helpful, smart and dedicated. Not to mention, incredibly good looking. Um super babe…jack-of-all-trades. Although he changes hobbies like underwear. I love not knowing what he will be passionate about next. I’d say the cooking hobby has been my favorite by far! Hope it sticks.

He is our rock, don’t know how I could live this crazy life without him. We think he is the coolest. We love him to pieces!

Hope all the dads out there had an awesome father’s day!

SALE! Because my sister is about to pop (hoping today) and because I love all my readers and customers…everything in the Frills paper + goods shop including the little frills collection is 20% off! Enter code FRILLSBABY…ends Friday! 
Did you know Frills paper + goods is now on instagram?…follow @frillspaper

SALE! Because my sister is about to pop (hoping today) and because I love all my readers and customers…everything in the Frills paper + goods shop including the little frills collection is 20% off! Enter code FRILLSBABY…ends Friday! 

Did you know Frills paper + goods is now on instagram?…follow @frillspaper

Vince, a contemporary brand that my work owns just launched a kids collection! A modern take on children’s fashion…they offer boys + girls pieces size 4 to 16. I love the color palette, simple stripes, color blocks and textures. Perfect translation from the adult apparel lines. Hoping to see kids footwear in the future! (wink, wink.) I can’t get enough of the adorable models either, they wear the collection so well. I mean that little lady is rocking that motorcycle jacket with faux fur. Hello baby girl fever! Go see the all the radness over at vince.com.

Hey moms! Here’s a quick little gift guide for DAD. Father’s day is around the corner! I’ve searched all over for gifts to impress. Grab a Kindling Quarterly for sure. There’s nothing like cooking on cast iron…this skillet by Poler just landed on their site. Don’t forget the jack-of-all-trades apron from Knife & Flag, incredible quality. Who doesn’t like chocolate…Mast Brothers is the coolest, check out the artisan collection featuring Stumptown coffee. I’ll just keep dropping names…Fort Standard has killer bottle openers. And dad can get a listen to some tunes with Urban Ears headphones, available in so many colors. If your love likes coffee, Paper & Clay makes seriously one of the best looking mugs. And I know that some dudes aren’t a fan of getting clothing for gifts, but check out Lone Flag, I mean some serious style over there.
photo: Sam, owner of Lone Flag and his daughter from free people’s blog, BLDG 25 

Hey moms! Here’s a quick little gift guide for DAD. Father’s day is around the corner! I’ve searched all over for gifts to impress. Grab a Kindling Quarterly for sure. There’s nothing like cooking on cast iron…this skillet by Poler just landed on their site. Don’t forget the jack-of-all-trades apron from Knife & Flag, incredible quality. Who doesn’t like chocolate…Mast Brothers is the coolest, check out the artisan collection featuring Stumptown coffee. I’ll just keep dropping names…Fort Standard has killer bottle openers. And dad can get a listen to some tunes with Urban Ears headphones, available in so many colors. If your love likes coffee, Paper & Clay makes seriously one of the best looking mugs. And I know that some dudes aren’t a fan of getting clothing for gifts, but check out Lone Flag, I mean some serious style over there.

photo: Sam, owner of Lone Flag and his daughter from free people’s blog, BLDG 25 

Our library is growing, thanks to preschool scholastic book orders every other week this past year! But we like to read. We wanted to share some of our recent faves. The BabyLit books are so clever, we have Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. My husband is a fan because it’s short! Can’t go wrong with Dr. Seuss…our Cat in the Hat copy is vintage. Oliver Jeffers is our absolute favorite author. You must read The Day the Crayons Quit to your little one. I like to read with accents for each color, for some reason pink is British! And Stuck is hilarious, just when you think Floyd has is all figured out…page turner! Those Terrible Toy-Breakers is one that was mine when I was a kid…classic that Jax loves. Let the wild rumpus begin…Where the Wild Things Are perfectly explains imagination and dreams. We read about Airplanes and How they Fly is a vintage book that Jax likes to study…first book where I taught him how to ‘dog-ear’ the corner of the page, works like a charm when its past bedtime. And so does Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late.  

Our library is growing, thanks to preschool scholastic book orders every other week this past year! But we like to read. We wanted to share some of our recent faves. The BabyLit books are so clever, we have Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. My husband is a fan because it’s short! Can’t go wrong with Dr. Seuss…our Cat in the Hat copy is vintage. Oliver Jeffers is our absolute favorite author. You must read The Day the Crayons Quit to your little one. I like to read with accents for each color, for some reason pink is British! And Stuck is hilarious, just when you think Floyd has is all figured out…page turner! Those Terrible Toy-Breakers is one that was mine when I was a kid…classic that Jax loves. Let the wild rumpus begin…Where the Wild Things Are perfectly explains imagination and dreams. We read about Airplanes and How they Fly is a vintage book that Jax likes to study…first book where I taught him how to ‘dog-ear’ the corner of the page, works like a charm when its past bedtime. And so does Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late.