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Aden + Anais Knock-Off Swaddle Blanket

I’m a swaddling advocate. With a good blanket and a couple tight tucks you can turn your screaming newborn back into the sweet, chubby faced cherub you brought home from the hospital. Finding the right wrap technique for your baby takes practice but the blanket is something entirely different and trust me when I say it matters. You want something light weight and bigger than the average receiving blanket.

One of the best swaddling blanket on the market are those made by Aden + Anais. I have one myself and it’s awesome but it was a gift, a gift I don’t know if I’d have bought for myself, especially after I realized how easy it is to make my own knock-off version. Here’s a quick rundown of how I made my own for less than $10!

Gauze for Swaddle Blankets
Material, material, material. The key to this swaddle is the material. I bought two yards of this cotton gauze. I chose white and I actually got it while it was on sale. (JoAnn stores always have great coupons so there’s really no reason to pay full price!) I trimmed the fabric until it was a rectangle 44” wide and about 50” long. As long as you keep the width you can really chose your own length, but try to keep as square a shape as you can.

Next up I washed the fabric-because it will shrink up, used a hemmer foot to put a 1/4” hem around the edges, and finally tie-dyed it grey. That was it.

Dying Swaddle BlanketsTie Dye Results #SwaddleBlanket
I’m so happy with the results, I’ll be making more of these little beauties for myself and I think they’d make a great gift for any mother to be!

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A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, visit SouleMama.


The kids would like to introduce their new brother, Desmond Ptolemy. Des was born the night of January 16, 2014. He weighed in at 10 lbs. 6 oz. and measured 21 inches long. Much to his father’s delight he has a touch of red to his hair and a steely grey look to his eyes.

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Valentine’s Day Round-Up

#Valentine'sDay #Crafting #RoundUp @mvemother

Yes, the baby has been born, stay tuned for the official introduction Friday, until then…a host of crafty bloggy buddies shared with me their Valentine’s crafts so I could share them with you! There are a ton of great ideas I hope you find something to add to your to-do list!

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Craft Lightning: All Stitched Up Heart Pockets

#Valentine'sDay #Craft #CraftLightning

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and even with our household in full baby mode there are still parties to prepare for before the baby gets here and I’m looking for quick and easy! Of course, I turned to the kids to ask them what they wanted to make. I wish I could take credit for this craft but it was completely the brainchild of my own little girl.

  • felt
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • thread and embroidery floss
  • needle
  • candy or other treats!


To start off I cut folded a couple pieces of felt and cut out two hearts. The size is really up to you and dependent on what you are putting in your pockets. Just be sure that the two hearts are equal in size.

Make a quick snip in the middle of one of the hearts.

Sew the two hearts together with the sewing machine. I tried to use a decorative stitch but it didn’t turn out so great. When I make more I’ll stick with a simple stitch and then use the pinking shears to even everything out.

#Valentine'sDay #KidsCraft
Stuff your heart with goodies and then start sewing it up with the floss! Again, because I literally only have 15 minutes to get this project done I didn’t do as great a job as I’d want. Ideally you’d want to leave a bit of string so that you could easily untie it and get to the treats inside. Since these two are for my kids they’ll just have to break out the scissors!

  #Valentine'sDay #Hearts #Crafts
This was a super quick and easy project and we’ll probably be making more for upcoming Valentine parties! If you’re looking for more great, QUICK Valentine’s crafts be sure to visit Angie at the Country Chic Cottage or Carolina at the 30 Minute Crafts. They’re rounding up this week’s Craft Lightning projects every evening!

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DIY Baby Wipes

Nothing brings out my granola Mom tendencies like a baby in the house. I cloth diaper, breastfeed, co-sleep (which means I actually GET sleep), make my own baby food, etc. but one thing I haven’t done is used cloth baby wipes. It seems silly now, I mean, I was doing the laundry what’s a few extra wipes? So this time around one of the many projects on my to-make list was cloth baby wipes.

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Isabel sleeping amist the Christmas craziness #holiday #pets 

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A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


I may have said that things would be quiet for a bit but I never intended for two weeks to go by without a word. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s been going on these past days.

  • Ultrasound two days before Christmas estimates that Mr. Spot is already 7 1/2 lbs. and growing.
  • Directly following the appt. I lost my sense of taste on the tip and one side of my tongue. I instantly thought Bell’s Palsy (I also had some facial twitching a few days before) but instead convinced myself it must be a weird pregnancy side effect.
  • Christmas passed, everyone had a good time and couldn’t wait to get home to put together their Lego sets. I didn’t bake as much as I’d like but I did get a batch of pumpkin butter and blueberry jam made, I will be sharing more about that later.
  • That Thursday and Friday the drywall guys finished the texturing on the walls of the addition, which meant we painted over the weekend. (If only the heat/air guy would get done…we’re going on two months to install one system.)
  • Another appt. this past Monday, told the nurse practitioner about the facial symptoms. She said keep an eye on it.
  • Ironically enough my eyes did help me keep the symptoms in check because that afternoon I realized my left eye was burning, went to the bathroom and tried to bat my eyelashes…only the right ones worked.
  • Thankfully my neurologist fit me in on New Year’s Eve, confirmed Bell’s Palsy, started a steroid treatment that shouldn’t have any negative impact on Mr. Spot.
  • New Year’s Eve passed. The kids had a blast with their Papa and Nama Nancy while Nate and I did nothing but the usual, watch tv and listen to music.
  • New Year’s Day we celebrated Christmas with my Mom who’d been in Texas the week before. Everyone had a good time and couldn’t wait to get home to put together their Tenkai Knights and Monster High dolls.

Now I’m looking forward to hopefully talking to my actual Dr. about inducing, and soon, as well as getting this addition done…floors will begin this Sunday. We’re trying something very “pinteresty” I will definitely be sharing! Speaking of which, I’ll have a few new posts over the next couple weeks as I make a mad dash to get a few baby projects done in a hurry! Until then…I hope you’re having a moment worth cherishing.

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