Monday Funday #78 {Crafts}

I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday! We had a low key weekend just hanging out in Austin with friends and family. You can see some of our weekend adventures over on instagram. Speaking of instagram, did you know that you can print those suckers out and make really awesome crafts with them? Check out 23 instgram crafts here! And here’s how I display instgrams in my house! Can;t wait to see your crafts! Link ‘em up, baby and if this is your first time here, welcome to the Monday Funday Link Party!

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The Monday Funday party is hosted each week by 8 amazing blogs! You can link up your latest craft and diy projects, even recipes to be seen on all 8 blogs. What a perfect way to discover new blogs and get new followers.

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Our Monday Funday team of bloggers is…

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

You will love visiting each of their blogs….crazy talented!

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This week’s features were chosen by Trish and Bonnie from Uncommon Designs. You can follow along with these two sisters-in-law on…

Pinterest ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Facebook~ Email ~ Google +

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Hey Y’all! We are excited to show you our picks from last week’s party! We are true crafters at heart so we are happy to feature these 10 Adorable Craft Ideas for you…

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Nate Berkus Pillow Knockoff by View From The Fridge ~ Vintage Map Travel Journal by The Pin Junkie

DIY Retro Patio Lanterns by Fynes Designs ~ Tassel Tea Towel by Homey Oh My!

White and Gold Striped Napkins by Mabey She Made It ~ Dip-dyed Kool-Aid Tassels by Coco and Cocoa

Matryoshka Tote Bag by Over the Apple Tree ~ Simple Watercolor Gift Tags by Live,Laugh,Rowe

DIY Tassel Key Chain by Made in a Day ~ Fishtail Loom Bracelet and Printable by I Should Be Mopping The Floor

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Thank you to each and everyone one of you who shared your talents with us last week! If you were featured, please grab a featured button to display!

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  • Please link to a specific post on your blog. Please no Etsy shops or items, and please click through to the tutorial and pin from the original source!
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Note: Although I was not directly compensated by Cricut, this post is being considered for a prize.  This post contains affiliate links.

I did a craft, y’all! I’ve actually been doing a lot of crafts, the hard part is getting them on the ol’ blog! Baby boy only sleeps so much!

So, here’s the deal, Cricut teamed up bloggers from the Cricut Explore launch event and gave us a challenge. I’m always up for a challenge!  I’m part of team 5 and this is the paper craft round! Oh and our theme is 5, thus my high 5 notecards! Y’all this craft so stinkin’ easy. I made 40 notecards in an hour! They make really cute 1st day of school teacher gifts if you wrap up 10 or so with envelopes and a cute ribbon! Teachers can use them to send home to kids or parents or even give to other teachers!

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I uploaded the hand image (tutorial here) and cut out 40 of them on hot pink card stock. I did this with Maxwell sleeping in his rocker right next to me. True! The Cricut Explore is quiet! I used a paper cutter to cut sheets of card stock in half and folded each one. Then, I glued my hand on the front of the card! So stinkin’ easy. I used a sharpie to make the conversation bubble and write “high five!”


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Here are the high five notecards in all of their glory!

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After you get the cards made, wrap them up with a ribbon and a little to/from card. I also made that on the Cricut Explore. Again super simple! I used the “boys will be boys” block font and the same little hand image from the card! After it was cut, I glued it to a piece of black card stock!

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Teachers, likey? Useful gifts are the best in my opinion! Here’s another fun 1st day of school gift… and ironically enough, I used Max on this gift over a year ago! Do you bring teacher gifts to the first day of school? I’d love to hear…

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Be sure and check out my team members Cricut posts: DIY clip boards by Jill, napkin rings by Skip to my Lou, fridge photo frames by Jen, and a vinyl frame collage by Jonie! And if you’d like more info about the Cricut Blogger program, here are the deets!

Traveling with a baby (via airplane)

Max has been on 3 plane trips so far (to the Dominican Republic, to Salt Lake City, and Atlanta)… for a grand total of 10 plane rides! He’s got a few more planed this summer too. I’m kind of a baby plane riding pro these days! If you are traveling by yourself, my number one tip is to wear that baby (see #7)! I hope my traveling with baby tips via plane are helpful to other new mamas!

In case you missed it, here are my tips for long road trips with babies.

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1. Dog bags: They are the perfect size for dirty clothes and diapers and whatever else the babe gets dirty! You could use zip lock bags or plastic grocery bags too, just make sure you have some kind of container with you to hold dirty stuff! You can get 270 dog bags on Amazon for 12 bucks (that’s 2 cents a bag)!

2. Nurse on take off and landing unless the babe is asleep, I don’t wake up sleeping babies for anything less than a fire, ha! Pacifier or bottle works too. I’ve heard that the sucking helps their ears with the altitude. True? Who knows? But, nursing always seems to make Max happy!

3. Bring at least 2 extra outfits for the baby: On our first plane trip, Max had an incident before we even boarded the first flight! I was so thankful I threw in 2 extra outfits! Plus the outfits are so tiny it doesn’t take up much space.

4. If you bring breast milk through security, only put 3 oz per bottle: If your bottles are over 3 oz, they have to test each bottle which wastes time at security.

5. Bring one diaper per 2 hours of travel time: Oh heck just bring like 20! I had a diaper shortage on our way home. It’s stressful, y’all. Don’t do it. And dont forget the wipes!

6. Check stroller and car seat at the gate: If at all possible, and especially if you are traveling alone with a baby, don’t bring the stroller and car seat. You can rent a car seat in a rental car! Or ask to borrow one form a friend in the city you are traveling to. But, if you must, you can check these items at the gate.

7. Wear the baby: I’ve done it both ways, and it was so much easier to wear the baby in the airport, especially if you are traveling alone. You don’t have to fold up anything or ask someone to hold baby at security. When wearing the baby back pack through security, they just test your hands for explosives. But, you do not have to take baby or backpack off. Going to the bathroom with a stroller alone is super tricky too. I use this baby backpack. Baby backpack allows you to have your hands free to hold your phone of coffee or whatever. Max loves his backpack, but only looking out, not facing inwards!

8. At check in, ask if there is a seat available with no one sitting next to you: It is greatness if you can get this! And they will happily give it to you if it is available. Whatever you do, avoid the middle seat! It’s super not fun with a baby in your lap.

9. A portable changing pad is a must (we use this one): You can use it in the airport to take baby out of the back pack and lay him on the floor. It’s also perfect for public bathrooms. Here we are stretching out on the airport floor.

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10. Freezer packs for breast milk: If possible, make sure that your freezer pack is frozen, if it is not frozen it makes it more difficult to get through security. They claim it’s liquid and then have to do test on it.

11. Wear a nursing tank, skinny pants, a scarf, and slip on shoes: Nursing tanks just make breast feeding that much easier. I did one plane trip with a nursing bra and a button down shirt and it was way more work. Cuter outfit, but way more work! And the skinny jeans or leggings (with stretch) are to ensure a cleaner bathroom trip for you, ha! That way your pant legs don’t drag on the bathroom floor. You’re welcome! The scarf is to cover the boob when breast feeding or use to wrap baby if he is cold. I did a post pre baby about what to wear on an airplane, and this outfit still works great if you switch out the cozy t-shirt for a nursing tank!

12. Fly early or late: The goal is to try and fly when your baby is sleepy. We did an 8pm flight once, and Max slept the whole 4 hours!

13. Bring a pacifier: Even if your baby is not a pacifier baby, they might be on the plane! Maxwell doesn’t take a pacifier often, but he (sometimes) loves it on the airplane and in the car!

14. Call the airline ahead of time: I recently flew with Maxwell on Air Tran (a Southwest partner) and was told I needed a copy of his birth certificate or vaccine record! I had Andy text me a picture of his passport and that worked. But, just call to be safe.

Anyone else have any other tips for traveling with baby via plane? I’d love to hear…