A Stylish Valentine’s Day With Boden

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Our friends over at Boden asked us if we would share our Valentine’s Day traditions with them on their blog this week. Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I know it can be silly and over commercialized, but there’s just something about it that I love! It’s just so sweet and pink and lovey dovey. Head on over to the Boden blog to read our interview and also see why these were my picks for some Valentine’s Day style for the whole family.

How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Is it different now that you have kids?

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Outfit Details:

Jen:
Roll neck Sweater
Powder blue ankle zip jeans
Citrine mary janes

Kev:
Short sleeve laundered shirt
Calico Twill Jeans
Desert boots

Rowan:
Floral Anorak
Polka dot denim shirt
Dungaree skirt
Metalic boots

Finley:
Knitted Dress
Blue mary janes

*Thank you to Boden for sponsoring this post. All opinion and words are my own.

Super Sized Pop-Up Valentine’s Day Card

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So if you haven’t guessed (you know by my blog name and all) we love Kev over in these parts somethin’ fierce. We are 3 lucky ladies and with Valentine’s Day around the corner, we wanted to make an extra special card for him. What better way to show someone how much you love them then by making them a super sized card? I wanted to make it a pop-up card as well because why not right? Let’s add all the fun into one giant card.

Anyway, I teamed up with Canon USA again this month to create this cute super sized pop -up card. The girls were so excited about the idea. Pop-up books are their favorite right now. Our poor Peter Rabbit pop-up book has seen better days though. Rowan thought it was hilarious when I told her it was going to be a pop-up picture of her.

Let’s get started!

Materials:

Canon PIXMA iP8720
2 pieces of white poster board
string
white Glue
a bit of cardboard
paint
hot glue
sweet potato
paint brushes

Directions:

1. Take pictures of yourself or your kids for the card. It helps to take the pictures on a white background. You’ll want to pose your hands in a way that makes it look like you are holding something.

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2. It’s awesome having a large format printer so you don’t always have to print at the standard 8.5″x11″. Using our PIXMA iP8720 we were able to print the pictures of the girls at 13″x17″. Hello super sized cards!!

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3. Cut your figures out of the paper and glue a piece of cardboard to the backside. This will help the photos to stand up straight in the card.

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4. Fold a large white sheet of poster board in half, this will be your ‘card”. Decide where you want your figure to stand in the card. With a pen mark on the folded edge of the paper. Cut two notches (about 1.5 inches in length and about 2 inches apart) along the folded edge of the paper. You will have to do this for each of your figures.

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5. Open the card half way. Use your fingers to push the flap of paper into the card so that the flap lies between the two layers of the paper. When you open the card, a box-like shape or step will pop up at you.

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6. Hot glue your figures to the front of these box shapes. To complete the card you will fold another piece of poster board in half and glue this to the outside of the card. This creates a finished backing for the card and adds some support and strength to the card.

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7. Now you can decorate your card anyway you’d like. I decided to cut out some sweet potato stamps and let Rowan stamp patterns onto the card. We made a heart, an X and a dot. We also cut out some gold letters to create a banner that we strung between the girls that said “WE LOVE YOU”. I glued dowels to their hands and tied the string to the top.

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8. The messier you get the better! Have fun and remember whoever you are going to give it to is going to love it no matter what!

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xoxoxo

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

p.s. Just in case any of you were in the market for a new printer… There is a promo until Feb. 14th for $50 off the Canon PIXMA iP8720 and $5 off the Canon SELPHY CP910.

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My Everyday Style | 01.21.15

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I’ve had these faux leather leggings for a while now but I’ve found out that I’m very particular about how I wear them. I am in the camp that to make leggings (any kind of leggings) appropriate to wear out of the house, that your top needs to be long enough to cover your bum. I don’t have too many tops that length, so I actually don’t end up wearing these or any leggings very often other than for pjs. When I was at the Loft a while ago I grabbed this cute dress to try on. It ended up being way too short for a dress but I thought it would be perfect as a tunic for leggings. Thanks to a gift card and a great sale it ended up in my closet! I bet if you were shorter than me (5’9″) this would make a great dress too without leggings. How do you wear leggings? Do you think the cover your bum rule is sill?

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OUTFIT DETAILS:

Denim dress/tunic: Loft (on sale!)
Faux leather leggings: Nordstrom (cheaper verison)
Boots: Similar
Long necklace: Madewell
Initial necklace: c/o Tiny Tags

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Rowan: Beautiful ballerina
Finley: Not the happiest when she wakes up from a nap but ooooh those pretty eyes!

Make Your Own Photo Accent Pillows

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Over the past few months I’ve been slowly redecorating our room. Ever since we moved into the house (2 years ago) it honestly never really got finished. The kid’s rooms always took priority. We did paint it in a mad dash before Finley was born but that was about it. I love our room. It has vaulted ceilings, lots of space and pretty morning light. I love the idea of your bedroom feeling like a little retreat. Anyway, i’ve been buying a few items here and there to create a more finished feel. Mostly plants. I’ve wanted to keep everything bright and light feeling. Lots of white and neutrals. Our bed was feeling a little sterile though. That’s when I came up with the idea of creating some fun accent pillows for the bed with some cute personal touches.

I teamed up with Canon USA to make these pillows come to life! I was planning on just printing onto some transfer paper BUT did you know you can print right onto fabric from your printer?? How cool and convenient is that?! All you need is freezer paper. I was totally jumping up and down when it worked.

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Materials needed:

Muslin
Freezer paper
Scissors
Rotary cutter
Yarn
Embroidery floss
Fabric/felt
Batting/pillow forms
Kids drawings
Craft paint (optional)
Pixma MG7520 Printer

Directions:

1. Cut a piece of freezer paper to 8.5×11″ (or whatever size your printer prints). Iron the freezer paper to a piece of muslin that is slightly bigger than 8.5×11″. That way you can trim it exactly to the size of the freezer paper after you iron it. You want the edges to be lined up perfect so that it will feed through the printer right. The freezer paper gives the fabric some “weight” to be pulled through the printer. Make as many fabric/freezer paper sheets as you want photos printed. I ended up making 3 – 8.5×11″ sheets to use in the printer.

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2. With our PIXMA MG7520 printer I was able to print the photos right on the muslin/freezer paper sheets I created. I printed 2 b&w photos and then I even scanned a piece of Rowan’s artwork using the scanner on the printer. It made the coolest pattern fabric when it printed. Make sure you load your fabric paper the right way. You want to make sure the photos print on the fabric side NOT the freezer paper side.

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3. When everything is printed, peel off the freezer paper back and discard. You will now be left with the printed fabric. The world is your oyster! I’m going to make pillows with mine. How cute would little patches for your kids jeans be?

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4. Here comes the extra fun part! Since I wanted pillows bigger than 8.5×11″ I was able to get creative and think of some fun ways to design the pillows. For the first one I cut 1.5″ strips of fabric to sew around the square picture. I sewed the checkered strips first, then added the polka dot fabric creating 2 borders to enlarge the front of the pillow. You will also need to cut out a backside piece of fabric for the pillow.

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5. Before you sew the pillow together add any embroidery/details (buttons, paint, etc…) that you want to the pillow. I decided to stitch the words “sweet dreams” onto the front. After you finish, pin right sides together and sew the edges of your pillow together. Leaving a small opening at the bottom to turn and stuff.

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6. To finish it off I added some tassels to the corners of my pillow and then stuffed it full of batting. Hand sew the opening closed at the bottom when you’re done. You can really have a lot of fun coming up with your own pillow ideas. The possibilities are endless!!

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My Everyday Style | 01.12.15

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Clogs are where it’s at my friends!

Outfit Details:

Jeans: Abercrombie
White shirt: Everlane
Plaid Jacket: Lulu’s (similar, similar)
Classic Cogs: c/o Lotta from Stockholm

Weekend Favorites

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Yay! It’s the weekend. I got myself an unlimited pass to our local hot yoga studio this month and it’s been the best decision ever. Totally love the solo time sweatin’ it out in a dark, hot room. Can’t wait for my next class. This is random but Oh dear! We’ve hit another rough spot with Rowan and sleep. Why, oh why can’t this child sleep through the night. It takes every fiber of my being to be patient with her in the middle of the night with her ridiculous requests. I love her but HALP! Ok. Anyways. Happy weekend friends! Hope your’s will be filled with more sleep than mine is going to be.

Here are a few of my favorite things from the internet this past week:
1. I am pretty sure this is the best looking dessert ever.

2. Looking for the perfect buffalo plaid coat? Look no further.

3. Ahh this cat planter is amazing! So awesome.

4. James is the coolest. Love when she does her Worn posts.

5. I was at a friends house the other night and they served me a glass of wine in these glasses and I couldn’t believe how beautiful they were. I felt so fancy!

6. Rachael. Rachael. Rachael. She’s a good egg. I highly suggest you read her blog.

7. This jumpsuit is everything. So gorgeous!

8. I can’t get over these shoes! So adorable for so many reason.

9. Love this idea of putting a ribbon in your closet. What do you think?

10. I got Rowan this super cute sherpa/shag pull over this winter and ever since I’ve been desperate to find something similar for myself. Viola! The search has ended!

11. Hahaha. Love this post! It was honest, silly and super fun to read about the failures of 2014.

12. My perfect summer sandal!

13. Wouldn’t this be the perfect decoration for a little girls nursery? So cute!

14. I truly love and respect Drea’s perspective. She’s a favorite for sure!

15. I can’t quit my oversized sweater obsession. How cozy do they look? Love this one and this one. Plus who doesn’t love a good sale.

16. Rowan’s most favorite site! We do all of the projects together. She loves the painting ones best!

17. Kind of obsessed with how oddly beautiful this bathing suit is for the girls. I love it! I also love 6pm

18. This watch! Trust me!

 

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