4 Must Have iPhone Photo Apps

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I’m about to share a pretty big secret that I’m a little embarrassed to admit. I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years now and have absolutely no clue how to use photoshop, or lightroom, or any other photo editing software on my computer. I’ve gotten by on using my trusty old iPhone to create any image I use. In this day in age I find myself using my iPhone for everything so why not utilize it to create images for my blog too? I’d love to share my go to apps with all of you. No need to download a million photo apps (because yes there a quite a few out there)… here are my top 4 Must Have iPhone photo apps.  Everything I need to get done happens on these 4 apps.

1. PhotoGrid

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This app is a simple app to add up to 15 photos and make them into a grid. There is also an option to make them into a collage of sorts with various background choices. I use this app a ton!

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2. A Beautiful Mess

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This app has tons of borders, fun doodles to add, and cute phrases! Here are some pics that I made with this one.

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3. Rhonna Designs

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Can we say gold foil font? I love Rhonna because there is an option to use gold foil for the font. I also love the different font options that look hand drawn.

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4. Word Swag

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 This is my newest obsession! Its so simple to use. Basically you type in the words you want to use and there are a MILLION different fonts/layouts to use. It’s so simple yet makes some great graphics.

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There you have it. The 4 must have iPhone photo apps. Anything else that I am missing out on? Let me know!

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NACHO average Valentine

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Last week I shared my daughter’s (You’re My Main Squeeze) Valentines, so today I wanted to share my son’s!! He is 3.5 and goes to daycare and preschool each week.  He needed Valentines that were appropriate for 3-5 year olds and because I was sending them to 2 places I needed over 40! Again I wanted to skip the candy and do something different.

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NACHO Average Valentine

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This was seriously SO EASY and inexpensive to make! I gathered all the supplies on my lunch hour!

Supplies:

Nacho Doritos ($10.50 for a 50 pack at Sam’s club!)

Valentine cards (Made with A Beautiful Mess and printed at Walgreens)

Clear bags & Ribbon (Ribbon was $.50 a spool at Michaels!)

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They were super easy to assemble and my son LOVED helping!

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You’re my main SQUEEZE

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Love is in the air. I cannot believe that Valentine’s Day is here! My daughter is 20 months and goes to daycare. This year I didn’t want to send candy.  Instead I decided to think of an alternative since there are other babes there that are too young for candy.

Squeeze Pouches!

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Both my babes love them and started eating them around 9 months. I thought it was a perfect treat for all ages at daycare!

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Best part about it? I literally put these together on my lunch hour this week.

Supplies:

Valentine ribbon & Clear plastic bags (Michaels)

Printed Cards (Walgreens)

Squeeze pouches (Sam’s Club)

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Obviously my 20 month old isn’t old enough to be addressing Valentine’s so I used my favorite app, A Beautiful Mess to create just what I was looking for! I sent the photo to Walgreens via their app (made sure to use a coupon code) and my cards were ready in under an hour! Here are some options if you want to steal one of my designs!

Love these!? Stay tuned for a post about my son’s non-candy Valentines later this week!

DIY Deco Mesh Wreath

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I’m going to let you in on one of the best kept secrets.  You know those “fancy” wreaths that usually cost an arm & a leg? What if I told you that you could recreate your own for about $20 in just under 20 minutes? It’s true. It really is that easy.

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I found all my supplies at Hobby Lobby. After shopping around they have the best prices even with coupons at other stores!

You will need:

A wreath frame

2 rolls of Deco Mesh

Accent ribbon

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To get started you will take one end of your mesh, gather it together, and secure it by twisting the pipe cleaners around it one time. Continue all the way around the outer circle.

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Next, take your second color and do the same thing all the way around using the same ties.

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Then move to the center circle and go all the way around again with your first color.

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You guessed it, do it again with the second color all the way around.

Fluff your wreath and add accent ribbons where you see fit! Make sure to fold down the pipe cleaners when you are finished so you don’t see them!

What do you think of my finished ones?

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Make it a December to Remember

 Happy December 1st!!

We are jam packed with parties and holiday get togethers but I wanted to take a moment to share some ideas to make this a December to Remember for you and your families! My husband and I just love this time of year and how magical it is for the babes. Although things may get crazy and everyone will be exhausted come January 1, it is so worth it to celebrate through the eyes of children.  Here are a few ideas!!

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Visit Santa! You may have to get up early. You may have to wait in lines. You may have to feed your children a million snacks to contain them. BUT it’s all worth it! We went over the weekend and although my youngest was not having it my son was just so precious to watch.  Before it was our turn he was just mesmerized by the Big Man.  Santa kept waving and giving a thumbs up to us. It seriously made my son’s day.

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Make Fake Snow! Whether it’s a white Christmas or not your babes can enjoy some fun white stuff without hats or gloves. Mix equal parts baking soda & shaving cream and let them go to town!  I found both items at the Dollar store!!

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Elf on the Shelf. I know I know this is obvious as EVERYONE is doing it. BUT this was our first year and my son (3.5) absolutely loves it.  He was shrieking with excitement when he found “Shimmy Coma” taking a bath in marshmallows over the weekend. He thought it was the funniest thing he has ever seen.

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Christmas crafts!  Make some gifts for their grandparents!  My babes LOVE getting their hands dirty and creating something special.

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New Jammies!! Our holiday jammies arrived the day after Thanksgiving. I wanted them to get a lot of use out of them! Plus, who doesn’t love new jammies?

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A few other ideas I have for making this a December to Remember:

-Make/decorate cookies

-Drive to see Christmas lights

-Read Christmas books and sing Christmas carols before bed

-Make crafts for neighbors & teachers

-Breakfast with Santa

-Donate old toys to families in need

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How are you making this  December to Remember? I’d love to hear!

 

Get your craft on.

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I’m sure it’s pretty obvious that I like to accessorize my babes.  We have more headbands than I even know what to do with but somehow I always need more.  You know what else we have a ton of?  Clothes that no longer fit.  Since my hot glue gun is always ready to be fired up I decided to try my hand at making my little miss a headband.  It was late and I didn’t feel like going to a fabric store, so I decided to repurpose some of my favorite clothes to make headbands!! You may have seen my previous post about making hairbows from old clothing.  Buttttt that involves a little bit of sewing. I wanted something simple so I went for rosettes!

I transformed these two skirts into a fab headband!

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For those that don’t know how to make a fabric rosette I’m going to break it down for you.  It’s beyond simple.  All you need is a strip of fabric and a hot glue gun.  Cut your fabric into a strip between 2 and 3 inches and fold it in half lengthwise.  Tie the end in a knot to make you center/starting point.

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Next, start twisting and rolling your fabric around the center. You can leave the “tail” of your know on the underside.

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Add a dab of hot glue to the side every few turns to hold your rosette in place.

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When you are happy with the size simply finish by gluing the bottom piece to the bottom of the rosette!!!

I added a simple flower I had on stash and put them on plain white elastic!

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What do you think!?!?!? I am in LOVE!  …. and it didn’t cost me anything!  Go ahead, get your craft on!

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Endless Fun! { Teacher Gift }

Anyone need a quick and easy end of the school year teacher gift?

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   My son attended a weekly parent/tot class this school year and it was ending this week!  The final night really snuck up on me so I needed to get something for his teacher and time was limited!  Working full time really puts a damper on my shopping & crafting!  LUCKILY, I was able to throw this entire gift together while I was OUT & ABOUT!  I hit up Bath & Body works for inspiration and saw their new display of “Endless Weekend”.  How fitting is that scent for a teacher about to start summer break!?!

Bath and Bodyworks also gave me a free clear bag and pink ribbon!

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I did not have time to go home and create a cute little gift tag on my computer… SO I did what any mom in 2014 does… I used my cell phone!  My absolute favorite app {A Beautiful Mess} was perfect for me to whip up a catchy phrase, share it to instagram, and then use the Walgreens mobile app to send the photo to be printed–which was just around the corner.  An hour later I had a cute little gift for my son’s teacher!  Best part, no computer, no printer, and no money spent on packaging!

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 Feeling pretty proud of myself!  What do you think??

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DIY Fabric Banner

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My little girl is going to be one in less than a month.  Hold the phone. ONE.  I still can’t believe it.  It honestly feels like yesterday I was dying with anticipation to meet this little lady.  Needless to say I am in FULL FLEDGE planning mode for her birthday party.  Don’t worry, I will share more details along the way!  I’ve been pinning all of these glorious dessert tables lately and I knew mine needed a banner of some sort!  After a late night SOLO Joann Fabrics trip I decided to make a super easy fabric banner.

Normally the lines at the fabric counter are much too long for any mom with kids in tow to bear, so I opted for fabric squares.  They are priced at 1.99 and are precut to 18″ x 22″.  I used 6 for my banner and had fabric left over.  The fabric selection isn’t AS great, so if you HAVE to have other fabrics go ahead and wait in line.  2 fabric squares = a half of a yard.

Fabric Banner supplies:

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To get started I ironed out each square so there weren’t any major creases and then folded them in half keeping the width 18 inches and having the 22 inch length folded over.  Using a measing tape, I made tiny slits every inch and a half to make a total of 12 strips of fabric.

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I cut each strip out making it 22 inches by 1.5 inches– Don’t worry if each one isn’t perfectly straight, the banner will still look adorbs.  Promise.

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  I then measured the doorway where I wanted the banner to hang so I knew just how long to make it and marked my twine accordingly.  Then came the easy part, looping the fabric along the twine.  Since I’m a little OCD at times I stuck with the same pattern as I went.  You could easily just make it random!ABM_1399562589

I’m so happy with how it turned out!  I plan to make a coordinating one for my babe’s highchair too!!   The possibilities are endless for this project!   You could make one for each holiday, hang it above a crib, or even use for family picures!

Where are you planning on hanging a fabric banner?

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Clothing Organization!!

….so if you are anything like me you have stockpiled clothes, shoes, and baby accessories LONG before your babe has even arrived.

Where do you put it all?  How do you organize all those tiny clothes in small spaces?  I HIGHLY recommend installing the Martha Stewart organizer from Home Depot.  It honestly is one of the best investments I have made for each of my babes.  The starter kit doesn’t include everything pictured, but it’s a great start.  We added additional shelves to make more room.  Baby and kid’s clothing isn’t very large, so you can fit a tremendous amount by using this.

This is my son’s closet:

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 And this is my daughters:

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And, of course, no girl room is complete without hairbow and headband storage!! I made this out of a picture frame, ribbon, and tiny hooks from Home Depot!

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A few other tips for organizing your babes rooms:

  • Sort by size and get size separators–these can be found at Buy Buy Baby, Target, or even on etsy
  • Utilize fabric bins for shoes, accessories, extra blankets, and sheets
  • Install hooks on the inside of the closet doors for additional hanging space
  • Take advantage of the space up high by storing extra diapers, wipes, or even boxes that you don’t want to get rid of
  • Hanging shoe organizers add additional space for smaller items like shoes or toys

Now if only their closets still looked like this?!?!?
Happy Hanging!