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Hello hello! As you may have guessed, Baby Countdown 2K15 has been taking over all aspects of our life these past few weeks as we hit the final stretch. Not only does the apartment look like the Tasmanian Devil blew through it, but there’s a giant desk hanging out in the middle of our living room, waiting to be sold on Craigslist. Let’s just call it a statement piece, shall we?

We’ve been busy relaxing, making a dent in our restaurants-to-check-out list, and hanging out with friends as much as possible before we inevitably fall into a baby vortex, so blogging has sadly gone to the wayside. I’ve missed this space though and look forward to catching up on what you guys have been up to!

In the meantime, I couldn’t resist putting together a tongue-in-cheek set of icons of current blogger obsessions. It seems like I can’t pull up Instagram or Pinterest without at least few of these popping up in my feed at any given time. I myself just bought the cutest pineapple vase the other day, so resistance is futile, people!

Download the free icon set (PSD) here!

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printable beer bottle gift tags

Happy Father’s Day weekend to all the papas out there! We’re squeezing Toby into his Speedo and heading out to the beach with family. It’ll be a bit overcast, but I’m looking forward to catching up on some reading (NOS4A2 has been keeping me on the edge of my seat!) and grabbing an ice cream cone or two, hehe.

printable beer bottle gift tags

And in case you want to give your Father’s Day present a little extra oomph, I’ve created some cute beer bottle gift tags for you to use! Just print, cut, hole punch, and you’re TOTALLY IN as #1 favorite child :-) Enjoy!

Download the large beer bottle gift tags here!

Download the small beer bottle gift tags here!

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DIY house doormat

We bought a striped coir doormat from Target about two years ago that looked great but shed horribly because it wasn’t lined. Our hallway was constantly filled with bits of tan fibers and dust that never fully disappeared no matter how much it was vacuumed! It drove us bananas but I couldn’t find any other doormat I liked for under $50, which is an exorbitant amount for something you use to wipe your shoes on, in my cheapskate opinion. So when I spotted this cute and simple house shaped doormat, I knew I just had to recreate it for our home! I bought a simple vinyl-backed (this is KEY to no shedding!) mat, and 10 minutes later, our front doorstep was looking extra welcoming. Hooray for easy-as-pie DIYs!

DIY house doormat

What you’ll need:

  1. Flip over your doormat so the vinyl-backed side is visible
  2. Mark the sides of your house in chalk. The lines can be easily erased with a damp paper towel, so take some time to figure out what looks good to you!
  3. Once you’re happy with your drawing, cut along the chalk lines using a ruler and a sharp utility knife
  4. Explain to your dog what a doormat is and get very confused head tilts (optional)
  5. All done and ready for your front door!
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DIY fruit notebooks

Thanks to an unexpected warm front this week that screams summer much more than spring, I stocked up the fridge with watermelon, strawberries, apples, oranges, AND blueberries. Does anyone else uncontrollably binge shop fruit when the weather turns warm? This obsession seems to have spilled over into my creative mind because I’ve got a fun DIY for some fruitastic mini notebooks for you today! They’re inspired by this whimsical line of Juicy notebooks and super easy to make, so check it out down below!

DIY fruit notebooks

What you’ll need:

  • 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of colored card stock, including green
  • 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of plain white paper
  • bone folder (optional, but SO great for crisp folded edges!)
  • X-acto knife
  • ruler
  • assorted markers
  • small binder clips or paper clips
  • rubber eraser
  • stapler that unhinges open
  1. Fold a sheet of card stock in half and cut it using a ruler and an X-acto knife (scissors will do just fine too) to produce two rectangles
  2. Fold one of these rectangles in half, and decorate it with a fruity pattern. This will be your book cover!
  3. Repeat step #1 and the first part of step #2 with 5 or 6 sheets of plain white paper to create the inner pages
  4. Unfold all the paper pieces and stack the cover on top of the inner pages. You may want to clip it in place with a couple of paper clips or binder clips to keep any pages from shifting
  5. Place the rubber eraser underneath the crease of the notebook and use it as a surface to staple into, about 1.5″ from the top edge
  6. Flip the notebook over, and dislodge the eraser from the staple. Fold the edges of the staple down to secure (I used the edge of the ruler)
  7. Repeat the previous two steps, but staple 1.5″ from the bottom edge
  8. Fold the booklet, and trim any pages that may be sticking out with the X-acto knife for a nice clean edge
  9. For the bookmark, take the green card stock and tuck it into your notebook, lining up the bottom edges
  10. Draw some leaves at the top in pencil, then connect the ends to the bottom of the page in two straight lines. Cut it out, and stick between the pages.
  11. Write down your summer to-do list in your new mini notebook!

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DIY quirky sitting flower pot

I brought home this leafy Golden pothos plant on a whim around Thanksgiving last year, never fully expecting that it would live to see Christmas under my black thumb. And yet, here it is almost 5 months later!! What a resilient little sucker. One of my bucket list items is to “Keep a plant alive for at least a year” (seriously), so I’m hoping I’ll get to cross that one off the list in a few months :-) To reward my new friend for its impressive survival skills, I decided to upgrade it to a happy new home for spring!

DIY quirky sitting flower pot steps

What you’ll need:

  • a terra cotta planter
  • white oven bake clay
  • hot glue/super glue
  • white gloss spray paint
  1. Take a look at your planter and decide out how large you would like the legs to be
  2. Start sculpting! I found it easier to make things even by rolling out a “snake” for the legs, along with two balls for the feet
  3. Cut the “snake” in half to get two equally sized legs. Flatten the balls with your thumb and shape them into little rounded out rectangles
  4. Make sure your planter is sitting on a flat surface, and gently squish the legs into position. When you’re happy with the length and thickness of the legs, go ahead and attach the feet!
  5. Then create some pieces for the face – I went with two simple dots for the eyes and a teeny cone for the nose
  6. Bake your clay pieces according to the directions on the package (I removed the eyes and nose early since they’re so much smaller in size)
  7. Once they’re done, let them cool and glue them into place
  8. Spray the entire planter with two coats of spray paint
  9. When the paint has fully dried, transfer your green friend to his new whimsical home!

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measuring cup planter

Use them as mini planters :-) My cousin gave me a set of these whale measuring cups for Christmas, and they were WAY too cute to just toss in the kitchen drawer, so I’ve been trying to figure out alternative ways to use them around the house.

This teeny succulent was perfect for the 1/2 cup size! Just re-pot (this post was a helpful guide) and top off the soil with a handful of brightly colored pebbles. I used fish tank gravel from the pet store, which was cheap and came in lots of different happy hues!

measuring cup planter

I just love the extra pop of color this little whale is bringing to the house! Now what to do with his 3 other friends…

Be sure to stop by on Monday for a super duper exciting giveaway – happy Friday!

measuring cup planter

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