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Thoughts on Motherhood After Two Years

Thoughts on MotherhoodI know Father’s Day was only a few days ago, but today is pretty special.  Today, my baby who is not such a baby anymore is turning two.  I wanted to talk about motherhood and how this 8 lb. 2 oz. human changed my life two years ago today.

I’ve come to terms, from the beginning actually, that even with all the books, methods, and mommy group conversations you just have to do the “mom thing” your way.  The key to doing it your way is to not judge others if they do something differently than you.  Basically, I’ve been following the “winging it” parenting method and it’s working out pretty well. Its so easy to be bombarded with motherhood advice, kid talk, and warnings.  I’m sure it’s just this season of life, but it’s kind of overwhelming. A few things I’ve heard or seen lately have resonated with me when it comes to raising kids and being a mom.

First, The Nester’s frequent posts on how you only have 18 summers with your kids. She emphasizes that the days are long. Especially days when two year old tantrums combine with potty training.  But the years are short.  I don’t know where the last year went.  I feel like we were just celebrating her first birthday.  What were the milestones in that time frame?  What were the memories?  18 is such a small number it scares me.

Jamie Ivey’s Happy Hour podcast recently struck a cord with me. In this episode, Jamie talked about how becoming a parent changed her more than getting married. It totally makes sense because you chose your spouse, but God blessed you with that child. The enormity of the trust he put in you to care for and raise that child is mind boggling.  We can only pray that we are doing an ok job.

Lastly, there have been a lot of things going on in the news that made me realize the world is a crazy place. Alligators are attacking kids, kids get sick, people that want babies can’t have them, parents have to bury their babies.  It’s all just crazy.  I recently watched the documentary He Named Me Malala outlining the story of 2014 Nobel Peace Price Winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban because she was speaking out for girls education.  I have a daughter and I’m so grateful that we live in a place that she can get an education.  I just wish it was that way around world.  I hope to teach my child that the best way to approach this crazy world is through God’s love. His love can conquer all.  The craziest part is that most of us are willing to be a parent more than once, and bring more children into this crazy world.

To my fiercely independent, silly, smart, always running, clumsy, curly haired blondie. Leila, I hope you know that I love you more than anything, even when you drive me so crazy I have to hide in the closet. I pray that you grow up to be the amazing person God created you to be.  Just don’t do it too fast!

Flower GirlHappy Birthday Leila!  I love you!




A Kids Valentine’s Day Craft

Good morning!  Can you believe it’s already half way through January?  I swear it was New Year’s yesterday!  Since time is flying by, we’re already talking about celebrating Valentine’s Day, and you can see how I plan to celebrate here.  Today I’m going to show you step by step directions to making a cute kids Valentine’s craft.  I found the idea for this craft on Facebook but I can’t seem to find who posted it.

A funny story about this craft was that it was made during an impromptu play date.  I had discussed doing this with some of my daughter’s play mates but never confirmed a day or time and then both of her playmates just showed up one morning to do it.  I was confused at first but was so glad to have something fun to do with my daughter and her friends.  Plus, impromptu play dates are so fun!

Here’s the completed valentine!  It’s perfect to give to friends, grandparents, or siblings.

Kids Vday CraftNow, here are all the steps to making one yourself.

All of the tools you’ll need:

  • painted handprints
  • red cardstock
  • a picture of your child
  • scissors
  • tape
  • glue
  • markers

Kids Vday Craft

Step 1: Make your child’s hand print by brushing washable paint onto their hand and pressing them onto white card stock, then once dry cut them out.

Kids Vday Craft

Kids Vday Craft

Step 2: Cut out pictures of your child and glue them onto the red card stock.

Kids Vday Craft

Step 3: Tape the cut out hand print over the picture, ensuring to tape the hand print only at the bottom.

Kids Vday Craft

*Note: Taping the hand print at the bottom allows the hand print to be folded down revealing the child’s picture.

Kids Vday Craft

Step 4: Write whatever message you’d like on your Valentine.  Have fun with this part, by personalizing the message, writing a Valentine’s poem (roses are red, violets are blue, etc.), or coming up with a corny message like those themed Valentine’s you can get at the store.

Kids Vday Craft

When your recipient gets the card they’ll have a cute message and a hand print marking how big your child is at that time, then a surprise photo when they fold down the hand print!  It’s a pretty easy craft and gets your child involved in making Valentine’s for the one’s you love.  It only took me about 10 minutes to put together six Valentine’s after the painted hand prints had dried.

If you don’t have any pictures printed of your child, because it’s 2016 and every picture is on your phone, then try the option below.

Kids Vday craft

Just glue the hand print to the red card stock and add a little paper heart to the palm of the hand print.  I had to do this for two Valentine’s because I only had 4 recent photos of my daughter printed out.  Then add your message as discussed previously.

Kids Vday Craft

I hope you give this hand made Valentine craft a try and I’d love to see how creative you get with it.  There are a ton of variations you could use; patterned paper, fun messages, different sizes and shapes of the Valentine, you’re only limited by your creativity.  A hand made valentine is a great way to surprise someone you care about.



New Year’s Eve with Kids

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a great Christmas and spent too much time in your pajamas, ate too much, and celebrated with friends and family.  Now it’s on to biggest celebration of the year!  New Year’s!

You can definitely still celebrate New Year’s Eve after having kids, but your evening is probably going to look a little different that it did before kids.  You may not be going out and partying until the wee hours of the night, but you can party with your wee ones.  There are a lot of great ideas to include the kids in your festivities below.  Do one of them or any combination of them.

5 Fun Ideas For New Year’s Eve with Kids

1. Noon Day Party- Host a party for all of your play date friends and have a countdown at noon!  Have a balloon countdown by filling each balloon with confetti and marking each hour on the outside of the balloon with a marker or sharpie. Then pop the balloons  with a pin or needle every hour leading up to your countdown.  If you don’t feel like cleaning up confetti afterwards, try making a balloon drop.  There’s a great DIY on “Been There, Pinned That” showing you how to afix the balloons to your ceiling in order to pull a string at noon and watch the balloons drop.


Balloon Drop


Balloon Countdown

Balloon Countdown

2. Ring in the new year with fireworks!  Some areas offer places to go watch professional fireworks, but if there aren’t any in your area make your own with sparklers.  I’d recommend doing this for the older kids as it might be a little dangerous with young ones.  You can buy sparklers online here, even though they are typically used for weddings.  Be sure to not use them in dry areas in case of catching anything on fire and/or have a bucket of water to put the sparklers out in once they’ve stopped sparkling.  You can also use this plastic cup method to protect little hands from any hot sparks.

Sparkler Hand Protector

Sparkler Hand Protector


3. Have a bubble machine dance party, much like those night club foam parties for adults, the kids will love the bubbles.  Be sure to use the machine where the floor won’t get too slippery and crank the music for a little dance party.  Find a bubble machine here plus it has pretty decent reviews and over 1,500 reviews.

Bubble Machine

Bubble Machine

4. Host a family/friend sleep over.  Maybe even make it a PJ party?  Ensure you have adult and kid friendly food and drinks, play a few games including the kids, and have a countdown before bed.  Set up air mattresses, pack n plays, or sleeping bags to accommodate everyone.  Once the kiddos are all tucked in, then you can enjoy adult only time with your friends and family until midnight.  This is a great option if you can’t find a baby sitter, or don’t want to chop off your arm or a leg to pay for one.

5. Another option is to look into church or community center family parties. Some include food, games, movies, dance parties, and of course a countdown.

What are your plans for New Year’s?  If you have kids how do you plan to incorporate them into your celebration?  More than likely, we’ll all be asleep by 9:00 p.m. in The Daily Hostess house!



How To: Make a Fake Chalkboard

Pinterest Graphic-Fake Chalkboard

DSC_0492Don’t you just love fall?  Yes, I’m one of those silly people that loves when the air starts to get a little crisp, but the days are warm, pumpkin flavor/smells, the changing of leaves, and the coziness of the season.  Fall is my favorite season, unfortunately living in southern California we don’t get the full affect of the season, but it’s still nice when the weather starts to cool off a bit.  This summer has been unusually hot, so I’m welcoming cooler temps with open arms.

Because it’s been so hot lately, I haven’t been motivated to decorate for fall, but this past weekend it wasn’t 90 degrees so I made myself get out the pine cones and pumpkins.  I wanted to change out some of our dining room art by putting up something more fall themed, so I made a “fake” chalkboard.  It’s really easy to do and it’s so versatile.

DSC_0490The biggest trick to faking a chalkboard is to use either a piece of black poster board or black foam board.  I always stock up on poster board and foam board at my local dollar store because it’s usually a dollar or less.  The only other things you’ll need to fake a chalkboard is a pencil and some chalk.

DSC_0484I always use Pinterest to get some chalkboard and lettering inspiration.  If you’re not following me on Pinterest, be sure to check out all of my boards.  Once I have a general plan of what I want to do, I mimic the design using a pencil, that way if you need to redo it you can always erase it and try again.  One tip I would offer is that if you are using a foam board be sure not to press too hard with the pencil.  Doing so will leave an indent that will be hard to get rid of if you mess up.  And if you push too hard the chalk won’t fill in the indention very well, which you’ll be able to see in some of the photos below.

DSC_0468Once you’ve got your design penciled in, just trace over it with chalk.  Be sure to try different techniques; you can make a shaded look by rubbing the chalk on it’s side.  More defined lines can be done by using the tip of the chalk.  If you want to try different kinds of chalk check out this post by Emily at Jones Design Company.



DSC_0475Like I said, I made some fairly deep indentions with my pencil so the chalk doesn’t fill them in very well.  The good thing is that once I hung it on the wall you could barely tell, thank goodness.  Hanging it on the wall is super easy too, since it’s really light you could just tape it up or use some Command strips.

DSC_0482These “fake” chalkboards are great for so many different things.  Seasonal decor, signs, banners, menus, the list goes on and on.  The best part is that they are so easy to make you can make one for every occasion.

What would you use them for?  Are you glad cooler temps are here?  I’m looking forward to enjoying some fall festivities this weekend with a little apple picking, unfortunately it’s supposed to be in the 90’s again this weekend.  I guess fall is just taking it’s sweet time to show up this year.  Have a great weekend!



Tablescape Tuesday: Pink and Gold 1st Birthday Celebration

In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table. I think putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’ experience so much better. Hopefully every Tuesday you’ll be inspired by simple ways to make your tables beautiful.

For this week’s installment, I’ll be talking about my daughter’s first birthday food and favors table. There wasn’t a specific theme to her party but I knew that I wanted it to have a gold, pink, and coral color scheme with some crowns thrown in for good measure.

Pinterest Graphic-Pink and Gold BirthdayThere’s also a bonus at the end of the post!  I’m over at my friend Tiffany’s facebook blog The Club Mom talking fun Tuesday tips involving a baby item and champagne glasses.  Hmmmmm, wonder what it could be?!  Be sure to check out her blog and like her page for awesome funnies, fails and super deals! Follow Tiffany’s family’s obsession with shopping club warehouses for products and deals they create a need for!  Plus, Tiffany is so funny so you’ll definitely get a giggle anytime you read one of her posts. 

DSC_0439The food and cake table area resembled the theme the most so I made a large backdrop to define that area as the focal point.

For the base of the food and cake table scape I used a gold colored cloth tablecloth from Party City. They have these great tablecloths that are a really good quality, they are pretty much the same quality as renting from a party rental company, and you get to keep them afterwards. I just wish they were long enough to go all the way to the floor, but I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it to #seewhatididthere. To ump the gold sequined factor I layered a gold door way curtain on top of the table cloth.

To make the backdrop I bought really inexpensive crepe paper streamers in coordinating colors from Paper Mart online. I just taped them to the top of the pergola behind the food table.   The wide crepe paper streamers are so versatile! You could make really awesome fringed garlands with this tutorial from Oh Happy Day.

DSC_0436On the table, I made sure to use different levels to display things like plates, napkins, and the cake. To add some height I just wrapped some empty boxes with color coordinating wrapping paper. I set plates and napkins on different height cake stands, and put silver ware in color coordinating lanterns I found at Target’s dollar spot. I love the dollar spot, you can find some awesome party décor there that’s super cheap.

There are so many ways to add height to a table; empty boxes, stacked books, tiered serving trays, or crates. Get creative and look around your house for things you never would have thought could work for a party, but I bet they will.

DSC_0441 2For the favor table I used some leftover coral colored fabric I had on hand that I had previously used for my daughter’s crib skirt. Then I put the yummy mini lemon cake favors on some gold chargers that I got at Wal-Mart forever ago to corral them and wrapped them up in some cellophane bags with pink ribbon. I also used a gold picture frame to add a sign to the table welcoming guests and reminding them to take their favors with them. To go along with the crown theme, I made some lace crowns using this tutorial from girl. Inspired. It was kind of a long process to get the lace to stiffen, but they turned out so cute, and our kiddie guests loved them!

And I couldn’t resist showing you all a picture of the birthday girl loving her birthday cake!

DSC_0482What do you think of the gold and pink tablescapes? How do you add height to your tablescapes?

Don’t forget to click here to check out a fun tip using a baby item and champagne glasses over on my friend Tiffany’s facebook page.  It’s sure to help you clean up from your next celebration!




Celebrating everyday!