D.I.Y. Upcycled Winter Snowflakes

​​Just because the Christmas season is over doesn’t mean that winter is over. Here in New York… winter is JUST beginning! We had a light dusting of snow today but most of the ponds have a decent layer of ice, the kids and I have been getting out ice skating, sledding, snow ball fight gear ready.

Believe it or not we craft in this house all day and erryday! This week we worked on one of my most favorite crafts ever! Paper Snowflake garlands. This is the best little winter snow day crafting activity and honestly. you don’t even have to do it with kids!!! I did some of this last night while watching “The Crown” on Netflix.

( The Crown) which BTW i highly recommend. yes its a bit slow… for our fast food media brains. But it’s really great acting and script and all those people are still alive!

Anyway… i digress. back to my Upcycled Snowflake Craft.

OK So first … do you get TONS of junk mail in your real life street address mailbox? yes, you do. Look at those envelopes… on the inside of those envelopes live gorgeous patterns to hide your secret info. Don’t throw those away because those gorgeous prints make for the perfect craft!!!

Lily and I discovered this ages ago and used to love to open junk mail just to discover the patterns. The BLUE ones are kinda rare but the RED patterns are super rare!!!

Thomas and I created a few snowflakes this week and I took the project over and made it a full decor thing.

Happy winter everyone… here is to 2 possible 3 freezing months!!! and hoping for lots and lots of snow days!!!

The details:

Your Supplies:

  • junk mail envelopes
  • thread
  • glue
  • a snowflake craft punch ( i should have already had an amazon affiliate account so I can make some money while you all go out and buy this! – but I encourage you to donate a portion of your AMAZON purchase to a worthy cause – the arts, health, science, environent, education.)

I made this funky video about the craft that will certainly help visual learners like myself. Excuse the reflective image of me in the upground… i’m getting there!

Steps… so easy!

  • Collect your junk mail envelopes
  • open them up to reveal the gorgeous patterns
  • use your snowflake craft punch to punk out the snowflake
  • glue two sides together around the thread
  • and keep going
  • done and done

So easy… so simple and it’s a great way to welcome the winter season.

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How to Create a Bullet Journal

 

One of the ways or probably THE way that I keep on top of things is my Bullet Journal. This is basically a journal that’s having an identity crisis and wants to be a journal, sketchbook, calendar, notepad… all in one! And that’s totally fine… we don’t have to be just one thing and neither does your journal.

If you read the last post on – Bullet Journal Essentials – then you have all your supplies.

I’m giving you a very tame version on how to get started because this can be super overwhelming if you just go for the gold right from the beginning. So like most things in life… take it slow and steady.

The first thing you want to do is start an index page – this index page is an ever-changing page as you add pages to your bullet journal. I just have the basics. I like to have a few reference pages right up front so i can access it easily. You can always add-on weekly calendars as you go. Just make sure to write down the page number so you can find it easily. *Note how the gel pen bleeds if you get impatient and don’t let it dry.*

My first page is the Birthday Page – It makes me happy, and reminds me of all these amazing people in my world. You can chart out your birthday page anyway you like… of course I created a dancer holding balloons.. from the looks of it.. my dancer has a little too much to drink the night before. Girl take it easy!

My Birthday Page is followed by an “important dates” page – Again this is your ‘year at a glance’ for important dates like spring break, holidays, travel dates, anniversaries…etc.

Next is a quick glance of the year ahead.

After this… you can go rogue with the way you want to put your journal together. Have a sketch page, idea page… whatever. I have a GOALS PAGE – and add to this anytime I have a new goal that comes to mind.

A MUST is your weekly calendar. This acts as my to-do list, meal planner, agenda and family tracker. Each family member gets a color- Lily is blue, Thomas Pink, I’m green and Matt is orange. This way you stay consistent through the year and don’t have to write names by tasks… etc.

That’s where I’m stopping for today. Let’s revisit this again and see what other pages you have added. There are tons of ideas on organizing and inspiring your life and we can add pages to get you there. The bullet journal is my go-to for everyday sanity!

Ok so here’s what… while my bullet journal looks like gel pens threw up all over the pages… Matt has a bullet journal going too and his has ONLY ONE COLOR!! and NO Doodles!! what!! I’ll share his with you soon so you can get an idea of the practical process as well.

I just love that my doodles and stationary habit has a place to live happily!

I would LOOOVE to see your bullet journals… please share!

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Bullet Journal Essentials

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Be still my stationary loving heart!
Bullet journals are the big thing in pop culture right now and me and my Moleskine, gel pens and oodles of doodles are only too happy to shed some light about this journaling and organizing trend.
What is a Bullet Journal? It’s basically a notebook that you create that helps you track and organize your entire life. Pages of the journals include notes, dates, schedules, lists, to-do, goals, health all of it. It’s a sketch book, diary, address book, calendar and anything that need pen and paper. You can decorate your journal, you can embellish it with stickers or you can just bullet your thoughts down.
I’m working on a great new post about how to start your bullet journal. I can’t wait to share! But before you start your bullet journal… you need your supplies. Best part of any project… supplies. Crafting a bullet journal is really any stationary lovers dream!
  • First you will need a Notebook – I love the Moleskin Dotted Notebook.  You can choose the size of your notebook to fit your everyday lifestyle. I get the medium Moleskin Dotted Notebook – the small is too small for my entries and the large is too big for my bag!
  • The Faber Castell PITT Artist Pen is my absolute favorite for everyday writing. It has a gorgeous black india ink with a pointy tip and the ink dries so fast that it will not bleed through your thin moleskin pages. Get this pen!
  • Gel Yeah! – Grab some gel pens to decorate your bullet journals. Ok fine, this is where you can take creative liberty and skip the gel pen thing all together but then you won’t have neon gel pen details! I like the gel pens because it helps me categorize things – family lists, health lists, work…etc. So get the gel pens.
  • A metal ruler. – metal – not plastic. So much of bullet journaling is just a routine and ritual and you want good stuff to make it feel like a ritual and routine. So get a 6-inch stainless steel ruler.
  • Washi Tape – Maybe kinda like the neon gel pens… not REALLY necessary but oh so fun and colorful. Your journal will look like candy! I like the washi tape for headers and side notes or to ear mark important pages. Get the washi tape. You can grab any color you choose not just the crazy ones I like.
  • Finally – Stickers and Stencils! Ok fine… you don’t need the stickers but I usually have ‘event stickers’ that help me remember birthdays, grocery stuff, invoice days… etc. Stencils help me create headers with ease.
That’s it… you are ready to start your bullet journal. Go out and get your supplies and meet me back here later this week to start your journal. I’ll give you step by step notes on how to get yours set up. Don’t forget neon gel pens and stickers!
Yaay!
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Life as seen through the lens of my iPhone 6 Plus

Things have been wooshing past us at warp speed over here. This life is happening around me too fast. I can’t make it stop. So I take lots of pictures. Here are just a few pictures captured these past couple weeks.

This is a sweet shelf which sits in Thomas’s room. See that chalkboard in the corner, it reads – You might be small but never let that stop your little dreams no matter what. It was written by Lily just for Thomas.
While we are all complaining about the snow… someone loooves it!
This gator has met it’s match!
Bathtime means bedtime is right around the corner and some days… this is a very welcomed sight!
Hello Moto!

 

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Holiday Cards with Minted

 

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Every year we are late getting our Christmas Cards out!  I like to say… we didn’t want our card to get lost in the hustle and bustle of everyone’s else’s cards so when it arrives late… like in January… our cards get the proper attention we think they deserve!

Ha!

It’s sorta like saying – we’re taking the scenic drive – when you are lost.

This year we are going to be on time… i think!

Once again, I’ve partnered with the fine gals over at MINTED for our annual Christmas Card. We spent a gorgeous saturday in Brooklyn taking a few pictures for our card and I love the way they have turned out.

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If you have missed the Christmas Card rush, don’t stress it. Send New Year’s cards. I love getting family pics from our friends at the beginning of the year… and they wont get lost in the shuffle 🙂

Minted has the most unique designs I’ve seen recently. What I love most is that the designs are all created by actual real life artists who are hand picked to contribute their gorgeous work. We picked the foil cards this year for a bit of fancy!

Please swing by MINTED for all sorts of gorgeous goodies like wall art, custom wall art, party supplies and so much more!

* This post was sponsored by MINTED. Thanks for stopping by and supporting my sponsors* 

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The New York Mom Holiday Gift Guides 2014 ~ coming soon

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Tis the season for gift giving and I am super excited to announce the FIRST ever official real- deal Holiday Gift Guide from The New York Mom.

How exciting you guys!

I have tons of tips and suggestions and ideas and all sorts of fun goodies coming up for the next few weeks. Gifts for kids, for moms, for dads, techy gifts, foodie gifts, gifts for young, gifts for old… i got you covered!

Soooo keep it where ya got it!

Happy gifting y’all!!

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I throw my hands up in the air sometimes…

Lily sings this song….

I throw my hands up in the air sometimes,
Saying AYO! Gotta let go!
I wanna celebrate and live my life,
Saying AYO! Baby, let’s go! Taio cruz>

You know things are off kilter when my words of wisdom are coming from a pop song. <via Kidzbop> 

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Today Lily went to school – with no snack, no lunch money, we missed her teachers meeting, we forgot who had to pick her up and she did not have her hat or gloves and it was below freezing. So there… Happy Monday to me. I throw my hands up in the air sometimes…

Things are good though. I don’t want to complain. I think sometimes I need to reflect on these moments on imperfection in my life just so I can truly appreciate all the perfectly perfect moments.

There’s been a ton of chatter in the media about these SUPER women who have it all. Husband- Career, Family, Dog, Running club, Book Club, Vacations, fab shoes and Lunches with gal pals. Well I want to meet one of these gals face to face and ask them a few questions. Because I have all this stuff too ya know  and it’s a balancing act with plates spinning and monkeys on bicycles riding in circles around me. And often times I fall off my tight rope with the plates crashing down on the monkeys riding in circles around me. ( see what i did there) You get the picture. 

‘Cause it goes on and on and on…
And it goes on and on and on…

My days start on full speed and end in a crash. These days are full of awesome giggles and stories and glitter and meltdowns and bathtime and witching hours… and they are intense and often times I look at my week and think… what just happened! Can we sloooow this train down.

But it’s life right. It happens fast. We just need to catch it.

I’m about to jump into yet another work related adventure and I’m over the moon about it. I am a worker. I love to work, i love to have a project, i love to have a purpose and I love to be part of a team. So work is a MUST for me… I am happier in my home life when I’m working. It’s a healthy thing for all of us.

How do you girls juggle it all? What secrets do you have to looking so fab, getting dinner on the table, laundry, work deadlines… while also being ever-present for the littles in your life? Or is it time for us to be honest with each other and share these imperfect moments which make up this messy project called motherhood?

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and in closing I’d like to share my favorite verse from the aforementioned song…

I came to dance, dance, dance, dance
I hit the floor ’cause that’s my plans, plans, plans, plans
I’m wearing all my favorite brands, brands, brands, brands   not wearing any pants pants pants pants pants ( lily’s version)
Give me some space for both my hands, hands, hands, hands

‘Cause it goes on and on and on…
And it goes on and on and on…

 

 

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Make Something Monday- fancy clay bead garland

It’s MAKE SOMETHING MONDAY TIME!!!

Every monday, I like to share a little something creative I did over the weekend and invite you to do the same. It’s so important to me take some time to do something artistic. and by ‘take some time’ i mean like.. 20 mins even.

We are in the depths of sleeptraining and Lily has a ton of stuff going on at school and Matt’s busy at work and I’m at home and at work and some days you just want to throw some glitter on something ya know!

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So this weekend, Lily and I made a clay bead necklace. I love how this project turned out… so much that I’m going to make a few more color combinations. Also, the gold paint from Martha Stewart Crafts is AMAZING. Lily and I have been ‘golding’ everything we see!

Are you ready to learn how to make your own fancy clay bead necklace or garland.

You need:

Clay – we used crayola air dry clay, Paint- any sort of acrylic paint will do, paint brush, toothpicks and threading yarn.

  • Take little pieces of the air dry clay and roll it into balls. Make them all different sizes.
  • Pierce the clay ball with the toothpick. This creates a hole for threading when the clay dries.
  • Let air dry overnight. You can also use clay that needs to go in the oven but I find the air dry to work just as well and its safer for kids.

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  • When clay is dry, Paint with your favorite colors.
  • Let paint dry.

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  • Take the clay off the toothpick and string it up!
  • DONE!

So easy and so fun. This is a great activity with kids as well as just your gal pals. Lily and I are going to make more garlands and maybe even try new shapes and patterns.

I really do hope you have time in your weekend to make something. I need a creative outlet for my sanity and make it a point to get even 20 mins a weekend… like I said… just throw some glitter on something, it will make you feel better 😉

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* This is NOT a sponsored post. I just love to make things and hope you share your DIY ideas with me! *

 

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Make Something Monday- Upcycled Advent Wreath

It’s December you guys!

Can you believe this. I mean a whole year has just woooshed past my very sleepless eyes.

With December comes all the trimmings of the tree, the cocktails parties and of course the ever important Advent Calendar.

Each year I make an advent calendar for Lily with little things we  can do in the month of December.

Ice Skating, breakfast for dinner, fancy bubble baths, movie night… that kinda thing.

This year everything just slipped by me so fast so I just didn’t have a moment to plan a fancy advent calendar. But my crafty spidey sense spotted a fun and quick upcycled advent calendar that ended up being just the most charming addition to our Christmas Decor.

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Here is what you need:

  • One paper shopping bag with a fun print. I used a Pottery Barn Paper bag
  • A circle cut out. If you don’t have one, just use a scissors or cut whatever shapes you want.
  • Glitter tape or any sort of colorful tape.
  • Twine or string of some sort.

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– Use your circle cutter to cut 24 circles.

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– on the back of the printed side write your fun activities. I also added a few gifts for Lily under the tree. and that $5 to spend at Trader Joes is going to be a HUGE hit. It’s her  favorite store… she can buy 5 cans of canned sardines! Also i threw in a ‘ no strict mom’ day… another favorite around here 😉 20131201-231215.jpg

– using your glitter tape or colored tape… tape the circles to your twine. and TADA… done!

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We draped them on our tree and they look so cute. Lily loves waking up every morning to see what treasured activity she gets to do that day.

Hope you have a really fantastic and blessed Christmas Season. These days go by so very fast… I have been trying to make an extra effort to just stop everything and enjoy the music, scents and sounds of the season!

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Halloween DIY at the last minute

Guess which class parent forgot all about the Halloween Party tomorrow and had to come up with little somethings for the class at the last-minute! *procrastinator ME*

Also…Matt went to EMORY university for undergrad and their college mascot was DOOLEY the skeleton.. so here is my ode to Dooley… for 3rd grade!

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Lily said, ” mommy, tomorrow is the Halloween party. I want to give my class something”.

Yikes!

So we went digging through our crafting supplies and came up with this cute little card.

I like it. I think it’s sweet for Halloween. Lily said, ” i bet no one has ever seen Halloween cards like these”.

Well… she’s right!

Here’s how you make these:

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you need –

A bone Knife
Paper
Craft punch of your ghoulish liking
Skeleton Stamp
Ink

Scissors.

  1. Cut your paper in little squares
  2. We used the corner punch to make little ghosts on all four corners.
  3. Using our skeleton stamp that we got at Michael’s for $1 last year. we stamped a skeleton – AKA DOOLEY- onto the front of the card.
  4. Lily will sign each card tomorrow.

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