Pinterest Christmas {2017}: Teachers’ Presents (Tote Bag).

Welcome back to week TWO of Pinterest Christmas! {See week ONE here.}

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I like making/gifting Eloise’s teachers gifts when we start Winter Break just to show them how much we love them and appreciate them. That said, I don’t want to fill their house with things they don’t really want, so I try to be thoughtful about the gifts we give (one in December and one at the end of the year). I have had this pin saved for a long time and finally thought it was time to try it!

Teacher Tote Bag

{original Pinterest link – Handmade Mood}

Supplies:
-canvas bag (I used these ones from Amazon – but wouldn’t recommend them – because these ones from Michael’s didn’t come in time)

-embroidery thread (red and blue)

-embroidery needle

-scissors

-ruler

-optional: thin paint brush and (grey) acrylic paint; or Silhouette and iron-on transfer paper

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I followed the instructions in the original link and it was super easy! I measured out lines and lightly lined with pencil so that embroidering would be no big deal. This project reminded me of a tiny version of this quilt that I made for Eloise’s big kid bed.

For the lettering, I sketched out the names of Eloise’s (three) teachers and then used a lightbox and pencil to trace the letters onto the bag, and finally paint the letters (which is basically what I do for the flag shop). The original tutorial uses an iron-on transfer paper and a Silhouette machine. You could also just free-hand the letters with pencil and then paint too!

I think these bags turned out so cute. Eloise and I colored some Christmas cards (really cute ones that I picked up at Anthro a few years ago but are no longer available) to include along with our family Christmas card. I just stacked the cards on top of the folded bag and tied it up with a bright red ribbon!

Did you make/give teacher’s gifts this year? I am always in need of ideas!

M

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daphne {week 41}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // top: Target (old) // jeans: Gymboree (old) // slippers: Hanna Andersson}

{week 41} This week marked the worst of this cold Daphne has had recently. Coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and one or two short episodes of a low fever. Definitely not horrible, but it is awful to see a baby sick and not feeling well. But, the best thing about Daph not feeling herself was all of the cuddles! Mostly these days she is so busy and on-the-move that cuddles don’t get to happen, unless it is in the middle of the night for a wake-up, so Aaron and I both cherished those cuddles from Daphne this weekend.

I think we are mostly on the back-end of this cold (although we are all sort of stuffy still) and I am so thankful. Obviously because of her age, we couldn’t give her anything (like medicine) but we did run a humidifier in her room overnight and put Honest Breathe rub on the bottoms of her feet and on her chest before she went to sleep. Surprisingly she slept pretty well at night, despite her not feeling well, and we would hear her coughing some times, but then she would go right back to sleep!

This week we also met Santa, which I mentioned in the weekend post, and Daphne did pretty well. We were waiting (forever!) in line during her usual morning nap, so I expected she might be fussy, but mostly she only wanted to snooze if I was holding her. And once we got to Santa, I thought for sure she would lose it because she was sleepy and stranger danger, but she did well. No smile, but no tears either! Again, I will share the official Santa pictures when I get them.

Daphne is really wanting to clap (and loves it when you clap) and she hits her chest instead. She also hits my chest when I hold her and it is so endearing! I think the chest hitting is either her way of clapping or waving, two things we are working on.

This weekend also introduced the Christmas tree to the living room which I was a little anxious about. Daphne is in the phase where everything (literally everything) goes into her mouth and often she leads with her tongue… But, she actually ignored the tree for the first few days, and then just last night approached it. She went for the lights, which wasn’t a huge surprise, and wanted to pull on them. Eloise and I made sure to hang only soft and stuffed animal-like ornaments on the bottom of the tree where Daphne can reach. I am still slightly worried about her trying to eat the pine needles (since we have a real tree) but so far “no thank you Daphne” has worked pretty well!

Biting during nursing has still been an issue, especially during the last two feedings (in the late afternoon and evening) which has not been fun. I am not quite ready to wean her yet, but may be forced to, at least down to just two or three feedings! I am going to attempt to get thru the next two weeks and the re-evaluate. We aren’t ready to introduce cow’s milk yet, so any weaned feeding would have to be replaced with either pumped milk or formula in a bottle; not the end of the world, but definitely some logistics involved, especially if I decide to pump during those two nursing sessions instead.

And here is Eloise’s 41 week update.

Happy 41 weeks Daphne!

M

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my weekend in pictures.

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{We headed downtown to Nordstrom Flagship to see Santa on Friday morning, but had to sign-up for the waiting list just 10 minutes after opening… so we headed to Pacific Place (mall) to get our wiggles out and stay warm!}

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{We were waiting for Santa during Daphne’s nap and, of course, she fell asleep in my arms and as soon as I laid her down in her car seat, she woke up! But Eloise was so sweet to her.}

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{SANTA! We go with the same friends every year together which is super special. I shared some pictures I got of the girls on my Instagram and Facebook, but will be sure to share the official picture once we get it!}

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{Oh these girls!}

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{Eloise had her first (real) ballet class on Saturday morning! We had taken a dance class before, but it was a Mama and Me type of class. I did have to participate a lot more than I thought though since Eloise was in stage 5 cling mode for most of the class… but look how adorable this little ballerina is!}

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{And stamps after class. The best part, of course!}

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{We walked down to Greenlake on Saturday evening to see the Pathway of Lights at the lake and have dinner with friends! It was pretty chilly, so we all bundled up.}

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{We were able to get down early to Greenlake and catch the hot air balloons. So fun! And then after dinner we walked part of the lake in search of Christmas music (which we didn’t find) but the entire pathway around the lake was illuminated with candles and it was so pretty!}

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{And then we came back to the house, put the girls to bed, and played some Fibbage.}

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{This morning after breakfast we headed out to the “tree farm” in our neighborhood to find our Christmas tree! And Daphne was feeling very festive in her Santa hat (thanks Aunt Kelly!) and her green jacket.}

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{On the hunt. And Eloise has decided that she really loves my Kate Spade winter hat… so good thing I have another winter hat. #expensivetaste #getsitfromhermama}

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{All smiles this morning!}

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{A Christmas tree on the top of the car is a Christmas MUST!}

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{And decorating the tree with a three-year-old. I managed to convince her to move a few of them around…}

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{We headed to Optimism Brewing Co in Capitol Hill for a benefit fundraiser concert and dinner. Daphne loved crawling up and down the tables.}

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{I was going to take a selfie with the girls, but Aaron insisted on taking one instead. And this is the best we got… my girls and their Santa hats. I am OBSESSED!}

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{Caspar Babypants in concert. He makes kids’ music (mostly) tolerable since that is what we listen to most of the time these days (that or Raffi). Eloise and I saw him last year and he was equally entertaining. And he managed to get all of the kids to lie down! Eloise had such a fun time at the show (there are videos of her dancing over on my Instagram Stories)!}

We had a really fun and festive weekend! It’s definitely feeling a lot more like Christmas around here and I finally feel like I am catching up (last week I felt SO behind on everything). We are gearing up for Eloise’s last week of school before winter break and Aaron’s first week of (the second half of) his paternity leave!

How was your weekend?

M

family pictures {2017}

As we have done every year for the past few years, we had a family photo shoot last month which was actually our second for the year since we also did family photos right after Daphne was born. But, it was really different to be a family of four (well, five with Sadie who joined us for the first half of the shoot) and fun to see the girls as they have grown since the spring.

I wanted a different vibe this year since we have previously used parks as a background, so we headed to South Lake Union which has an urban vibe. There was SO much construction (a very it neighborhood these days) and it was super noisy, but we found some quiet pockets.

And prepare for photo overload!

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Guys, family pictures are the BEST!

If you are local to Seattle (or the area) I highly recommend Ashley Vos Photography. It was the first time we worked with her, but she came recommended by a friend, and we were really happy. She also was the one to suggest shooting down at South Lake Union which was a great backdrop for us!

Happy December!

M

Wearing:

Aaron: Hugo Boss jacket (old) // Gap button-up

Misha: J. Crew Collection shirt // Madewell denim

Eloise: The Dress Shop buffalo check dress // Adaline’s Bow Line bow // Old Navy boots (similar)

Daphne: Peek Kids dress // Old Navy cardigan (old) // babyGap tights // Freshly Picked moccasins

Pinterest Christmas {2017}: Paper Chain Advent Tree.

Welcome back to Pinterest Christmas! This Pinterest Christmas blog series (in its SEVENTH year!) started as a motivation to actually do some of the DIY projects we pinned on Pinterest & a way to share them with friends & family. Over the years other bloggers have joined & we have spent the month of December DIYing & sharing our Christmas projects. Sometimes the posts are tutorials with step-by-step instructions & other times it is simply sharing a completed project! It’s just me this year, and I am not  doing anything too formal this year, but I did want to share a few festive things. You can check out past Pinterest Christmas projects here!

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This craft hardly even deserves a blog post because it was honestly so, so easy! And, in full disclosure, this tree is still completely in-tact with all of it’s paper links (all 25 of them!) because I didn’t get it done until December 1st, and then Eloise’s Christmas jammies got spilled on at our Jingle & Mingle party, and then she has been sick, and it gets dark at 4 pm so the lighting is terrible for pictures, etc. BUT, we will eventually take off each link to countdown the days to Christmas and I know Eloise will LOVE it!

Each evening when goodnight is said, take off one ring and jump in bed. When only the star is left to shine, then you know it's Christmastime.

{original Pinterest link – here}

Supplies:

-construction paper (yellow, red, and green)

-glue stick

-scissors

-string or pipe cleaner to hang

I didn’t have enough green construction paper, so I included more red links than the original image. But the tutorial is that you cut strips of paper (I did 1 inch strips), glue the end to form a ring, and attach them together to make a tree. And that’s it!

Do you have a Christmas advent tradition?

M

daphne {week 40}

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{letterboard: Letter Folk (Poet) // top: Gerber // bib: DIY from Rifle Paper Co. fabric // jeans: babyGap (old) // rattle: Amazon (similar)}

{week 40} This week the biggest thing has been biting. Specifically during nursing sessions. Super not fun. I have noticed it more during the last two feedings of the day (so after her afternoon nap and before dinner time) and these tend to be much shorter feedings. Generally it is a small-ish bite and I can see her mouth doing it so I can try to stop (or usually I yell!) before it happens, but she also bites down and then pulls her head back which is horribly and horrifically painful! Maybe it will lead to early weaning… but her pediatrician recommends that we start breastfeeding after mealtimes at this point, so maybe that will help to. I didn’t have this problem at all with Eloise, so I am in super new territory here. Any advice?

Since I didn’t have Daphne’s 9 month stats for her monthly update, I thought I would share them since we just were at the ped’s office for her check-up.

  • weight: 19 pounds, 13 ounces (50 to 75%)
  • length: 2 feet, 3 inches or 27 inches (25 to 50%)*
  • head circumference: 44.4 cm (50 to 75%)

*Daphne is getting close to being too long for her current infant car seat since the maximum length is 30 inches (the seat allows for up to 30 pounds of baby, but she will be too long before she hits that weight!) so we went ahead and bought her a new convertible car seat for one of her Christmas presents during Black Friday deals. We like the Britax Boulevard that we have for Eloise, but upgraded to the ClickTight for easier install. And it’s still marked down if you need a new car seat!

The ped also recommended that we start doing two snacks per day along with three meals… so Daphne is going to be delighted since eating is one of her very favorite things to do! And it means that she is literally going to be eating all. day. long. She already spends a fair amount of her awake time eating her meals as it is (she is a very slow eater, but because of quantity of food she consumes) so hopefully she will be a faster snacker!

And lastly, how are there only 12 weeks left until she is one? I remember feeling this way with Eloise after we passed over the 40 week mark!

And here is Eloise’s 40 week update!

Happy 40 weeks Daphne!

M

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my weekend in pictures.

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{Love having a playground at U Village to help get our wiggles out between running errands. Eloise loves these butterflies!}

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{The first time that Daphne has been on the shelf under our side table. Eloise spent so much time under there as a baby, but never tried to sit up like Daphne!}

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{Sisters, guys. This is the outtake from Daphne’s nine month post on Friday!}

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{I pretty frantically decorated for Christmas (minus the tree) at the end of this week but am loving the edition of this Merry Christmas card from the Shop. It is so cute framed! Cards are $5 and ship for free. Plus, there is still time to order before Christmas!}

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{Hot chocolate bar set-up for our Jingle & Mingle Party we hosted on Saturday morning. This is one of the only pictures I got. Fail. But, it was fun and that’s what counts, right?}

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{Such cute cups from Target. The Dollar Spot guys!}

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{We got our Spirit Post package this weekend which is an alternative to Elf on the Shelf and focuses on acts of kindness. Eloise is obsessed already and got a letter from Santa this morning, courtesy of our owl, Macondrome (named by Eloise).}

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{After hosting a party at the house in the morning, we were a little stir-crazy by dinnertime, so we headed out to a new Thai restaurant down the street. It was SO delicious! And Daphne was the best little dinner date.}

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{We headed to a friend’s birthday party this morning and got to see the Sadliers again (third time this weekend)!}

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{Daphne and Aaron hanging out in the smaller kids’ area while the other party kids were running around the big play space.}

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{Meal planning for the week and ordering groceries online for pick-up tomorrow morning! The only way we make it thru the week.}

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{I finally made it to my Sunday afternoon Pure Barre class and was so glad I did. It was a killer workout – already sore! – and I got to see this little cutie before class. (This is Ophelia who is the owner’s 3 month old daughter.)}

We had a fun and festive weekend and it is really starting to feel like the Christmas season! We had lots of social events booked for the weekend (family dinner, hot chocolate party, birthday party) and it was great to catch up and see so many friends. While I am not thrilled about being back in the rainy season (I know, I live in Seattle and should be used to it by now!) but I am excited that it is Christmas. My favorite time of year. And it will be especially magical with the girls.

How was your weekend?

M