Friday, July 21, 2017

Paris Scrapbook Pages

So, in 2014 we went to London and Paris. And for the past three years, my scrapbook album from that trip has been unfinished. There were always just other pictures to scrap and other things (a baby) to prepare for. London got done, but I hadn't even printed out the Paris pictures!

I made the decision the other week to just GET. IT. DONE. I printed off the pictures I needed and got to work.

Here are two of the pages I've been working on. I am not spending a lot of time on them, partly because I just need to get the pictures on pages and partly because Paris was not our favorite.

On the above layout, which I realized doesn't really have a title, you'll see pictures of me and the Louvre. We didn't go inside on this trip. I had done it before, and my husband didn't really have an interest in going inside, so we just walked by. The exterior is more interesting anyway.

This page I had put together in advance using Basic Grey Mon Ami scraps back when I was actively working on this vacation album, so all I had to do was put the pictures on the page.

And then "Paradise Found" was literally put together in about five minutes. The floral paper is Crate Paper, and the rest of the papers are scraps from the same Crate Paper collection. Some of the embellishments are Basic Grey Mon Ami, and the title sticker comes from a travel collection someone gave me a long time ago.

Ah, the gardens of Paris. The only part I liked.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Merry Christmas, Baby! Scrapbook Page

I decided to make Christmas scrapbook pages for my own scrapbook album and for the baby's. (Once I get past her 1-year pictures, I am going to consolidate and go back to just one family scrapbook album.) This is a two-pager that I made for myself.

I had the patterned papers in my stash, and I scraplifted a layout from my Scrapbook/Cards Pinterest board. There's even ribbon on this layout! But I had to go out and buy letters and embellishments. I found some sparkly American Crafts Thickers at Michael's and a cute holiday-themed sticker pack from Me & My Big Ideas.

Instead of journaling on this layout (because I'm sure I will remember what these pictures were), I just used the embellishments to tell the story.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Meal Plan Monday - July 17

Now that my toddler is eating table foods, I'm trying to think of dinners that all three of us can enjoy! With the exception of Sunday night's Blue Apron meal (a little too spicy for a beginner eater, maybe) and Monday night's salmon (it was on sale!), everything else this week should satisfy my new eater. I mean, homemade spaghetti and meatballs has to be better than Chef Boyardee, and she ate almost a whole can of that stuff!

Sunday: Spicy Beef and Lamb with Noodles

Monday: ginger salmon with smashed potatoes

Tuesday: out

Wednesday: spaghetti and meatballs

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: chicken quesadillas

Saturday: on our own

Friday, July 14, 2017

Play Scrapbook Page

What is it about babies and laundry baskets? I found this old picture of me sitting in my parents' laundry basket back in 1984 and decided to do a side-by-side scrapbook page with a picture of Daphne sitting in our laundry basket last year.

The big "play" title has been something in my stash for a long time. I'm so glad I finally got to use it on something! And the rest of this layout is ALL stash! I got some ribbon and washi tape out for this one, along with using up some patterned papers from an old 8x8 paper pad.

It's so much fun to look down memory lane, both from when I was a kid and from just a few months ago with the baby!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Deery Me Scrapbook Page

How about some Christmas in July? I have so many Christmas pictures to scrap, and some of them are on layouts but I need to get some Christmas embellishments for the finishing touches!

This is a page about our family tradition of wearing holiday hats. Daphne got to be part of it last Christmas! For this page, I used up some Christmas papers from a big paper pad in my stash. And I also used up stickers and embellishments that were not specifically Christmas-themed from my stash.

Even though my mom is no longer with us, I am still going to continue this tradition because I think it's silly and she would really want us to.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Meal Plan Monday - July 10

Things have been a little off-schedule the past month, but we are finally settling back into a groove and getting on with things. This week's meal plan will primarily be brought to you by Blue Apron. A co-worker gave me a free box, so I decided to check it out and see what the fuss was all about. I think that at least one of the three meals will NOT be gluten-free, so we will have to substitute our own gluten-free noodles, but as long as everything comes packaged individually, I think that will be okay. Wish us luck!

Sunday: roast chicken, mashed potatoes, and corn

Monday: salmon patties and potatoes

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: spicy lamb and beef noodles

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: seared chicken with tomatillo salsa

Saturday: chile butter steaks

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Baby by KIDBOX Review

My kid has better clothes than I do, and that's not going to change, especially when we've got KIDBOX.

You've probably heard of Stitch Fix, an online clothing company that sends you a certain number of clothes in the mail based on your personal style preferences, and you can keep all of the items or only keep a few. Well, that's what KIDBOX is but for kids!

And they've just added baby clothes to the mix! The new extension Baby by KIDBOX has clothing in sizes newborn to 24 months.

My 1-year-old opening up her KIDBOX.

The beauty of KIDBOX and Baby by KIDBOX is that you don't have to take your kid to the store to try on clothes. The clothes are delivered to you, and you can have your child try them on in the comfort of your own home. If something doesn't fit, you can exchange it for a different size. If your child doesn't like something, just return it. It's so easy!

What's also cool about Baby by KIDBOX is that you're getting name brand clothing at a discounted price, even if you only choose to keep one or two items. But if you keep the whole box, which usually comes with four to five outfits, then it's only $58 total! AND, for each KIDBOX you keep, the company donates a brand new outfit to a child in need.

Excited to wear her 1-year-old sticker from the KIDBOX!
I was given the chance to check out a free Baby by KIDBOX box for my daughter. Our box included four two-piece outfits and a six-piece set of towel and washcloths. (If you watched my Instagram story from awhile ago, you saw us unbox the clothing.) Here's what we got:

1. Dress and Short Set by Babygear - SO CUTE! Perfect for summertime. She can wear it to play in at home and at daycare.

2. Top and Short Set by Jessica Simpson - I love the colors on this. The top looks more like a dress on her with little matching shorts. This is also a perfect summer outfit!

3. Tee and Short Set by DKNY - Who knew that DKNY made baby clothes? We didn't try this one on before deciding to keep the whole box because my kid had an ear infection, and I didn't feel like forcing her in and out of clothes. The shirt on this was difficult to get over her head, but with some stretching out, it ended up being a good fit.

4. Top and Short Set by Lucky - Again, another brand that I had no idea made kids' clothes! I love this shirt and short set. The colors on this will be perfect for wearing on the 4th of July and all summer long!

5. 6pc Bath Set by Babygear - You can never have too many hooded towels and washcloths, am I right?

I was really impressed with the quality and brands of clothing that we received in our KIDBOX, and I think the whole idea of clothing delivered to you is just genius. Who wants to spend an afternoon in a dressing room with a whiny kid?

Plus, it's always fun to get something in the mail! And double plus, there's the charitable component, a great way for you to start a conversation with your kids about giving back!

I think she likes it!
What do you guys think of the KIDBOX concept? Check out KIDBOX and Baby by KIDBOX here!