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I have to say that I am absolutely positively terrible about reading blogs. I never bookmark them, so I forget to read, or forget the blog altogether. (Not my real life friends of course, I love to read my friends blog, I’m talking my blog-creeping-alter-ego, the fly-on-the-wall never comment on a single blog post person deep inside me who stalks loves cute babies.)

Anyway. Here are a few that have stuck with me and I actually remember ’cause I love the white backgrounds babies, aesthetics, and a knack for keep their blogs cheery & sweet. I check them when I remember and always find something cute!  In random order:

Kelli Murray

She is a friend of my friend Jess (One of my favorite people EVER!) and Jess sent me her link to show me her baby’s room because it is all my favorite colors. I of course love her blog, and good grief, isn’t her baby just precious!?

Bleubird Vintage

I think I found this when I was googling the name “Gemma”. I love that she has 3 kids, because I don’t find many bloggers with 3 kids who are entertaining.

The Rockstar Diaries

Thanks to my friend Ashley, I was reminded about this blog just this past week! This cute girl has one adorable baby, and another on the way. Are kids trendy now? I think so. I think so.

Main reason I love all of these blogs? They are inspiring because they don’t clutter up their posts with anything but just nice-ness. Nice pictures, nice words, nice everything. Everything I like in a blog!

Anyone have any suggestions for new blogs for me? White backgrounds are a must. Just kidding. But seriously, I’d like to get into a groove of blog reading so let me know if you have any suggestions!

(P.S. A special thanks to all of you recent new lurkers who are reading. I know you still probably won’t comment, because I don’t usually comment on blogs I follow, but just know that I’m super glad you stopped by!)

 

When you never take your kids to a candy store for the first time, they are bound to act like, well, “kids in a candy store.”

They will also have no idea what the name of the store truly is and repeated call it “Caesar’s Candy” even after you have corrected them a thousand times.

“Wait, what? We get a FREE candy?!”

“Mom, I just love these people.”

“Maybe we should give our kids candy more often, they are being so nice!” -Joel

Kids clothes: All Gap, except shoes & Cruz’s cardigan from H&M.

Does Ever kill you with her outfits? We’ve been calling her the “Cat Child” lately because she is obsessed with cat’s, and all animals actually. I swear she will work for PETA when she get’s older. Of course, I should mention that nearly every animal she has ever touched has bit her. It’s like a sad joke, she loves them, they hate her. I think she looks at them straight in the eye and scares them? Poor Cat Child.  I need to get a video of them, especially her, because they are so stinking hilarious.

Look at these graphic onesies I just found on Zulily. I think I’m going to get them and store them for my future nieces and nephews!

And Gap just got a bunch of new lines in, I think for Spring 1, and some of the stuff is SO cute! They also got in the new DVF lines. I was actually a little disappointed with the DVF lines for kids because I expected them to be as amazing as the Stella McCartney lines, and they totally aren’t. I bought a bunch of Stella for Zara, it was just so incredible it’s hard to compare! (Sadly, some of it got accidentally thrown away at her birthday party right after she opened it!!! AGH!)  Anyway, you are missing out if you’ve never seen Stella’s, so here are a few pictures. Oh, and Zara is wearing the shorts from the line in the above pictures!

In my opinion, Stella ruined all future Gap collections for me. Forever!

  • Becks - ohmygoodness! i need that little tutu!! i seriously have to stop myself from buying clothes at baby gap! i would have a closet full of clothes and no baby in sight! :) ReplyCancel

  • LINNEA taylor - Cute pictures!! love Ever’s little face!!

    I can’t wait for Hannah to see this post about See’s candy. I tease her about that place all the time – - mainly because of the creepy NURSE costumes!!

    Oh yeah and I hope Ever doesn’t work for PETA, members of PETA commit the most acts of domestic terrorism in the USA!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Your kids adorable…I love their style! Glad to be a new follower from Kelli’s Korner. Feel free to follow me bak at http://thelittllelilypad.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Tesha - Wow beautiful family and beautiful blog!!! I found you from Kellys link up, loved reading!ReplyCancel

  • hannah singer - laughed out loud over “caesar’s” haha! funny kiddos. see’s is my fave! i’ve only been to their small little kiosk shops, i may die at the real thing:) LOVE.
    those onesies are adorable. i was looking at baby clothes the other day, various online shops, and realized that i was browsing as if they were needed. ha!ReplyCancel

  • hannah - just saw linnea’s comment…she is a total see’s hater! lolReplyCancel

  • Kelsey - Your family is so stylish and so cute!!
    Love the cat shirt haha :) ReplyCancel

  • I have… » House of Lovelock - [...] when I talked about Stella McCartney for Gap? Um, yes. I found this dress that I wanted years ago in Ever’s [...]ReplyCancel

I am not really a big DIYer. I know it’s totally in right now, and I know that there are some things I can accomplish well, but I don’t go there unless I am SURE that I can make it turn out perfect-ish. (I know that is I’m too ridiculous on the perfectionist level I live to attain, but I’m just not into wasting my time and then not having a product worthy of my precious money & time! Especially when I could easily buy most items and be content.)

So when do I DIY?  When I can’t get an item, or when an item is so far out of my price range it is unattainable into eternity.  Or, in this specific instance: When I buy an item and hate it and know I could do a better job myself.

I had silhouettes done of the kids & I this past year and they turned out terrible!  The proportions to each other were off and I was smaller than Zara (and she didn’t even look like her).

There are endless tutorials on Silhouettes. I’m just throwing mine into the lot of them, because I do think I’ve done two things different that most others aren’t: Traditional Detail & Proportions (within a set). These two things will make your Silhouettes look “real”! I think these would make an adorable gift for Grandma or even to use on birthday invitations, Christmas cards, or make your own stationary!  I had everything I needed on hand, and I would think most people would too so this is really a low cost project.

What you need:

-Digital Camera.

-Area with good lighting and blank wall

-Photo Paper

-Tiny sharp scissors (I used nail scissors!)

-Black Paint

-Textured paper for background (I like the thick water color paper best)

-Fast drying glue

Before you start the process, and if you plan on doing a set of Silhouettes, you need to think about how to get all the proportions the same (with children, this isn’t as easy as you might think.)  There are two options: 1. Tape an “x” for the child to sit on and an “x” for you to stand on as you take the photo. And you still may want help from another adult to get them to sit/look in the right place while you don’t move an single inch!! OR 2. You can take the images and then size them in Photoshop (This was my route because I was working alone). This is one of the most important steps! If you realize that your silhouettes aren’t the same size, it’s better to fix it right away or start over because the finished product won’t look right if this isn’t done!

7 steps to your own Silhouettes:

1. Take profile photo of the subject in a well lit area.

2. Print out the image(s) on photo paper. (If you are doing a set, make sure they are proportioned properly at this point.)

3. Cut the profile out of the paper, but leaving a little room to create detail around the hair, eyes, and leaving lots of room around the chest area to create the fancy bottom.

4. Add detail! Eyelashes & hair details are what make them look authentic. Some of kids lashes were long enough to actually just cut them out, others weren’t and I faked it. Faking makes it looks more natural, so no one will know! Unless you tell them on your blog like I just did.

5. Cut out the chest area. Again, if you are doing a set, line them up with each other to make sure you get the chests the right widths & lengths in relation to each other. (You don’t want your 1 year old to be wider than your 5 year old.)

6. Paint your cutouts black. Depending on what paint you use, you may need a second coat. I prefer a semi-glossy look! (How do you like my professional painting area?)

7. Cut your background paper to fit in the frame size you are using, and glue the silhouette right in the middle

 

Voila!

Above: Cruz & Zara

I hadn’t found the “perfect” spot to hang these yet, but now that we are planning on moving I have a million places I want to use them!