Baby shower checklist {11 things not to forget!}

Happy 6 months here on Earth sweet baby Maxwell! (I seriously can not believe that we went through this 6 moths ago!) I feel so lucky to be your mama! 3-23-14 is forever a very special day in our lives…. we became parents to the most perfect baby for us! In honor of your 1/2 a year with us, Dad and I are going to feed you lots of milk, take you on multiple stroller rides, lay on the hammock with you and let you feel and touch the grass for as along as you want. Oh and of course watch you crawl around and help you pull up on everything in sight! (It will be very different from what we do everyday, ha!)

Side note: The two pictures below were taken by Laura, an awesome Austin lifestyle photographer. See more fun pictures from the shoot and an interview with yours truly, right here!

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Another side note: I’ll be sharing how I made my chalkboard calendar wall sometime soon-ish!

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After 6 months with my sweet little nugget, I put together a list of things I know you need for baby! Things not to forget about on your baby shower checklist! These might not be the most exciting baby gifts, but they are things that you will use all. of. the. time. with baby! I personally have and use most of these specific items, and they are all things that can easily be overlooked on a baby registry. (I’ve included some affiliate links to specific products I use on Amazon!)

Another fun thing: You can win five of these items today on instagram!

Baby shower checklist {11 things not to forget!}

1. Sound machine: We use the ocean sound like it is nobodies business. Since it is only the 3 of us, I like that he has learned to fall asleep with noise in the background.

2. Swaddle blankets: Essential for when baby is little, and these Aden and Anis ones are perfect for the hot Texas weather. Although we don’t swaddle anymore, we still use these as a light blanket in the crib or car. They are also great to travel with beacuse they are so thin and small.

3. Diapers and wipes: Register for these in all sizes, y’all! These giraffe diapers are extra cute and would make giving diapers even cuter!

4. Bottle brush: Another essential item. I love this one because it stands up! Go ahead and register for 2 of these bad boys!

5. Mirror for car seat: One of my favorite things! I did no register for one, and ended up buying it when Maxwell was about 2 weeks old.

6. Crib waterproof matress pad: Gotta protect that expensive crib matress!

7. Travel changing station: We use this one all. the. time. Airports, public bathroom changing tables, picnic tables, back seat of the car. But, this one folds up and really doesn’t take up much room at all.

8. Infant toys: Maxwell had no toys for the first 2 months of life. I know, what a horrible mom! I just didn’t even think about it! I love this inch warm because each one of it’s parts has a different texture and sound, it’s so cute, colorful, and Maxwell loves it! Oh and don’t forget about Sophie the Giraffe! Something about those skinny legs that baby can grip on to makes this toy the best thing ever.

9. Baby nail clippers:  I’ve heard great things about cotton mits too, we just never actually used them!

10. Detect alcohol in breast milk strips: Because you might want a drink or 2! These things will let you know if you need to pump and dump or if your breast milk is A-ok. They are very simple to use and you can tell in 2 minutes if your milk is good or bad.

11. Breastmilk cooler: Wether your breasfeeding, pumping, or using formula… you need one of these!

Mama’s, anything else I forgot? What items did you forget to add to your registry? Win FIVE of these items today on instagram–> ENTER HERE!

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Monday Funday #86 {DIY projects}

Welcome to Monday Funday! We are so happy you have joined us…

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The Monday Funday Link Party is an 8 blog party where you can share your latest creativity including: diy projects, crafts, and recipes! You can link up once and your projects will be seen on all EIGHT of the blogs below, pretty awesome, huh?!

C.R.A.F.T. ~ Lines Across ~ Uncommon Designs ~ That’s What Che Said ~ Creatively Living ~ Club Chica Circle ~ A Night Owl Blog ~ Setting for Four

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Hi I’m Katie from Creatively Living,

You all have have stepped it up a notch with your projects! There were so many good ones linked up last week. It made choosing features tough!

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I couldn’t choose between featuring all the delicious fall food recipes, and all the incredible DIY projects, so I featured my top 5 of each.
Enjoy!
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Halloween party ideas {Duck tape pumpkins}


No carve pumpkins are my favorite! (I used thumb tacks and Sharpies last year.) Not only is no carve easier, but the pumpkins last way longer! Or you can even use fake ones, which last forever. As for Halloween party ideas, these pumpkins could be used tons of ways: As outside or inside decor, centerpieces, or you could have a no carve pumpkin decorating contest and the let everyone make their own! It’s a BYOP kind of party, P= pumpkin! You could supply the decorating supplies and let everyone go to town!

No carve pumpkin ideas

And just for fun, can you guess which one of these pumpkins is real and which one is fake? (The orange one is real and the white one is fake!) And would you have guessed that the fun faces are made out of tape? Duck Tape to be exact! I’m just full of exciting surprises today! Oh and did I mention this project takes all of 10 minutes with your Cricut Explore machine?! I kind of love it.

What you need:

  • Duck Tape Sheets<– Get them on Amazon for $4.09 a sheet or use a 40% off coupon on one sheet at Hobby Lobby!
  • Cricut Explore machine
  • Any kind of pumpkin
  • Pumpkin face templates

As for pumpkin face templates, I just googled “free pumpkin face templates” and picked the 2 you see above! Then, I used this tutorial to upload the pumpkin face and skull images to my Cricut Explore. Once the image is uploaded, you can make it as big or small as you need to based on the size of your pumpkin. Also, not to waste your Duck Tape sheets, if you click the complete image, adn then hit the “contours” button in the layers screen. You can separate each of the pieces so that you can print them closer together! The purple shapes with the terquoise lines around it will be hidden, allowing you to freely move the one large eye around. Does that make sense?!

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Once your image(s) are all set, just press the green “C” and this pops up. Here’s what you need to do now:

1. Change the “Select a material” to Duck Tape in the pull down menu

2. Change the dial on your machine to “Custom”

3. Put your sheet of Duck Tape on the sticky Cricut mat.

 

No carve pumpkin ideas

 

And then your machine magically cutes perfect pumpkin faces! I kind of love it, y’all! And you seriously just use your fingers to stick the faces on your pumpkins. Easiest pumpkin face ever!

No carve pumpkin ideas

 

Look how fun these guys are on my front porch! And since it’s just tape, I think I’m going to make another set of faces for the back of the pumpkins that way  I have 4 pumpkin face options!

No carve pumpkin ideas

For more Halloween party ideas check out these 34 fun Halloween party food ideas and Happy OWL-loween party ideas!

Are you planning on throwing a Halloween party this year? Any good tips? Did you guess the fake versus real pumpkin correctly? Are you a good pumpkin carver or would you rather do the no carve thing too? I’d love to hear…