Christmas Crafts + Handmade Gifts

How To Make Colorful Bottle Brush Trees | Dip Dye Trees | Oh Lovely Day

For those of you looking for fun and fairly easy holiday crafts and DIYs, I thought I would share some of my favorites that we’ve done in our house. They are great for holiday gifting as well! From ornaments to gift wrap, decor to gifts — these will have all of your bases covered. And some are great for little helping hands as well 🙂 So check out my round up of handmade salt dough ornaments, colorful bottle brush trees, modern mason jar snow globes, creative gift wrap, and winter wreath DIYs below.

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Charlie & Calvin’s Shared Boys’ Bedroom Tour

Shared Boys' bedroom | Charlie & Calvin's room tour with The Land of Nod

I’m so excited to share photos of Charlie & Calvin’s shared bedroom that I worked on with The Land of Nod. I really love designing rooms in our home (you can see others in past room tours here) but I was a bit overwhelmed with the idea of this room. I don’t know if it is because I had a newborn with colic or because I was worried about how having the boys share a room would go, but I felt in over my head. So I enlisted the help of the Land of Nod design services team and it was a so helpful in planning the room layout and design. You can see a look at our design process here.

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Matching Christmas Pajamas + Family Holiday Traditions

Holiday Traditions: Matching Family Christmas pajamas with Hanna Andersson and Oh Lovely Day

The holiday season is my favorite time of year because it is filled with magic and family traditions. I have fond memories of some of the traditions my family had when I was growing up and I do some of them with my own children. One of my favorites is matching family Christmas jammies. As a kid we could open one gift on Christmas Eve and they were always a new pair of Christmas pjs to wear to bed that night. I’ve carried that tradition on, but I can’t wait until Christmas Eve. I put my little ones in their Hanna Andersson holiday pajamas as soon as I get them.

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My Health & Beauty Winter Essentials

Health and Beauty Essentials to Help you Survive Winter's Worst: static electricity, dry chapped skin, illnesses, and more

Cold weather season is here! And with it comes cozy sweaters, chapped skin, stuffy noses, and hot drinks. So I thought I would share my some of my winter essentials for health & beauty. If you are a newsletter subscriber, you already got this straight to your inbox, but for those of you that aren’t subscribers (yet!) I wanted to share here as well.

Beauty

For chapped lips: Zoe Organics Everything Balm

To nourish your face from dry heat: Redefine Overnight Restorative Cream

For dry or chapped skin: Zoe Organics Skin Balm

To add moisture and reduce static electricity in your hair: It’s A 10 Miracle Hair Mask

To add a little color to your skin: Foaming Sunless Tanner

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10 Tips for Planning and Styling Your Family Photos

Oh Lovely Day fall family photos | Jennifer Roper Photography

Fall family photos are my favorite and fall is the most popular time for family photoshoots, since everyone wants a current photo for those yearly holiday cards. Since we’ve had 10 family photoshoots since Charlie was born I feel like I’m becoming a bit of an expert. And while some of these tips are kiddo related, you can use a lot of these to prep for an engagement session or other shoot as well. Oh, and be sure to check my coordinating family wardrobe picks below.

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Family Fall Traditions + Wildbird Sling Giveaway

adorable baby in a pumpkin patch fall photo

Like most other mothers since the invention of motherhood, I love family traditions. Since fall is my favorite season (even with the barely there fall we get here in Los Angeles), fall also holds some of my favorite family traditions. Making pumpkin bread, coming up with unique Halloween costume ideas, taking the same photo at our local farmer’s market (you know, those put-your-face-through-the-hole board kinds), and of course, visiting the pumpkin patch. Since our fall here is minimal and I’m originally from Ohio where fall is just the most beautiful season, I like driving an hour outside of the city to Underwood Family Farms to get more of a fall experience than the city pumpkin patch in a converted parking lot (we do those too, by the way). Last year I was pregnant with Quincy so it was fun to take him with us this year to explore the pumpkins and corn maze with his brothers.

fun family fall tradition ideas and photos, plus a wild bird sling giveaway! the best for baby wearing and nursing!Read More