Happy Holidays, from My Baby Olive Juice


What a year!

I am stunned at how quickly 2014 has passed us by. This year has been super exciting for me – Olive has quickly grown up to be a sweet, loving toddler who challenges me everyday. My Baby Olive Juice Blog and my calligraphy has also blessed me with opportunities to collaborate with likeminded mothers and creatives alike.

As 2014 comes to a close, I want to set out my intent for the new year. I wanted to find something – a motto – to live by, a phrase that I can apply to all aspects of my life.

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I hope to Be Fearless in 2015. I want to be a fearless mother – to parent in ways that are out of my comfort zone such as to give Olive a rich childhood. I want to Be Fearless in both my personal and professional creative projects, to not hesitate or doubt myself when I think I might have a good idea. I also want to Be Fearless in my marriage – to love hard, and to communicate harder.

I made these wallpapers for myself as a little reminder, and wanted to share them with you here, again, as a free digital download.

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I created two colorways this time – one with a blue, watercolor wash, and the other is a cool, black and white version of the same. There is one for your desktop, and one for your phone, too.

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To download the Watercolor Version, click here (Phone) and here (Desktop)

To download the Black and White version, click here (Phone) and here (Desktop)

I am so excited about our lineup for My Baby Olive Juice in 2015 – we have some fun things coming up, including more giveaways and a really awesome series on motherhood that is really close to my heart. I can’t wait for you to see it!

Do you have any goals for 2015? Any phrase you want to live by, this upcoming year? Do share, I’d love to hear.

This post is going to be the last for 2014 – I’m taking a little blog break to spend quality time with loved ones this season! Thank you for being here, friends, I hope you have a wonderful holiday…I’ll see you in January!

With love,

 

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The D.I.Y No Sew Tee-Pee : A How – To


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A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided that Olive needed a Tee-Pee.

“Needed” a Tee-Pee.

We searched the internet for one that we could buy, but I guess we were feeling ambitious, and decided that we wanted to make one for her, instead. We found a couple of tutorials online for No Sew Teepees (because generally, I just didn’t feel like bringing out my sewing machine) but things quickly started to go south when we attempted to follow the instructions. So, we had to improvise.

Below I’m going to go over the materials we used, what we did, and how we did it. I’m not going to lie – it was time consuming and tedious. And a lot of the time, there was no method to this madness. There were several moments during this project when I looked over at Patrick and said “We really should have just bought one online, instead.” And you know, he might have agreed. But after all is said and done…… we kind of adore what we created for her. Because I know that there is no other one like it out there.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: A ROUGH GUIDE

  1. Two people (at least for the beginning of this project)
  2. Long, Wood Pieces (We used 4 of them, about 8 ft tall ones) to create the bones of the Teepee
  3. Fabric – I went to the store and bought several yards of patterns I liked. I also used this project to purge some of my older scraps of fabric too. I say, the more patterns, the more fun!
  4. Hot Glue. A lot, a lot, a lot of hot glue.
  5. A Drill
  6. Rope
  7. Staple Gun
  8. So Much Patience
  9. A Bottle Of Wine (for yourself to drink, duh)

Step 1:

Drill a hole in the center and about 1 foot down from the top of each wooden piece. When that’s done, start to position the bones of the teepee and how large and tall you’d like the finished product to be. When you like what you see, start stringing the rope through the holes you drilled to secure their positions. Then wrap the rope multiple times around all the poles to get them to stay securely.

Step 2:

Start cutting up your strips of fabric. You will need them to be different lengths (because the base of the teepee gets larger as you work your way down) but I used all the same width (we made them all about 8 inches wide)

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Step 3:

Start wrapping! The top few fabric pieces are easy – just start wrapping your fabric around the wooden beams, leaving some of the top exposed. Use hot glue to secure the ends. When you get farther down the teepee (I’d say at about a foot down), you’re going to have to start ‘weaving’ and wrapping your fabric in and out of the poles. This also creates some tension so the legs of the teepee don’t collapse. Alternate the weaving process – if you wrapped poles 1 and 3 with this first fabric, make sure you wrap poles 2 and 4 on your next fabric. Secure all ends with lots of hot glue. Do this until you get to the bottom of your teepee.

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Step 4: To create a “door” for your teepee, just measure the how long you want the door to be against the leg of the teepee,  and cut that length DIAGONALLY in your fabric (so you end up with a triangle of fabric). The length you measured gets staple gunned on the inside of the wooden beam. Repeat for other side of the door.

Step 5: To add a little more decoration, I tied more rope on the top of the teepee.

Step 6: Drink your wine, go to sleep….you’re done!
Teepee1Some Tips: While you’re wrapping this teepee, don’t worry if it’s not perfect. It’s not supposed to be – it’s supposed to be rustic and original. Also, you can go back with the hot glue gun and glue fabric together if things aren’t as taught as you like them. We preferred the loose look for a more relaxed, bohemian looking teepee.

In total, this took us about 5hours and 30 minutes in total with two adults and a bottle of wine. Of course, you can spread this project out over the weekend, but if you have a small space like we do, it’s best to just get it over with at one go, and clean up too, so the baby doesn’t get into the glue!

Do you think you’ll give this a go?

 

 

 

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Oh Pixar, I Love You.


Just watched the funniest trailer from Pixar for an animated film called Inside Out, expected to hit theaters in 2015 – it looks hilarious. I mean, I really can’t wait to watch it. It’s about parenting, adolescence, marriage and the lot….take a look, here:

 
I really can’t wait, and this movie has some of my female comedy favorites doing voices! (Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler!). Do you think you’ll be watching this, too? Happy Friday!

 

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Flying (Internationally) with a Toddler


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Are you guys going anywhere for the holidays? We are planning to be away for a short while, and we are going to be taking Olive on an international flight. Ohmygod, you guys, I am petrified. She’s been on the plane before, but I’m really nervous about this one because of the length of time we’re going to be on the plane.

To prep her for the trip, I’m reading her lots of books about being on an airplane, and what it’s like to fly,  where we’re going, and why we are going. She really has taken to these books :

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My First Trip on an Airplane (Growing Up).

Now, every time she sees an airplane in the sky, she tells me about the airport, and about visiting Grandma. It’s been really awesome to see her make these connections, and to get excited about it!

Things To Do on the Plane:

1. I bought her the Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids  to use along with her iPad (which we are loading full of toddler apps and movies.) I’ve heard from a lot of people that kids need a bit of time to get used to the concept of headphones, so you need to ease them into using them. It makes sense:  because of how loud the plane engines are, they kind of need the headphones to hear their games and movies. We’ve been giving Olive her headphones to use for a few minutes everyday – it seems to be working so far!

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2. Nabi Junior Tablet:

This was given to Olive from her uncle on her birthday, and she’s been loving it so far! Make sure that if you get a toddler tablet like this, open it and charge it and use it before the flight. Also, load it full of apps and games that they will like. There is nothing worse than lugging something bulky like this and finding out that they like nothing on it at all.

I heard someone say that to keep a kid occupied, try and open a new, unseen present for them every few hours on the flight. While this might seem like a lot, I did purchase a few lighter, compact items that I hope will keep her distracted:

3. Melissa & Doug Temporary Jewelry Tattoos

4. Melissa & Doug Water Wow Coloring Book – Animals

(This is a coloring book that colors with water, and when the water evaporates, the book is clean once again to color!)

5. Play Doh Classic Grab ‘N Go Classic- 6 Fun Colors

6. DUPLO LEGO Ville 10522 Farm Animals

7. Melissa & Doug Play House! Reusable Sticker Pad

Have you guys traveled internationally with your toddler? Any advice? Any must-dos?

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Pretty Techy


Some of you might know that I’ve been dabbling in Calligraphy and Brush Lettering lately – and over the weekend, I created my very first digital wallpaper for my phone and computer from one of my pieces, and it was so much fun! I’ve put them here for you to download and use for free. I hope you enjoy them!

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To Download ‘Hakuna Matata’ Desktop Wallpaper, click here

To Download ‘Hakuna Matata’ IPhone Wallpaper, click here

Hope you’re having a great Monday so far!

 

 

 

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Holiday Gift Guide for Mamas & Papas


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It’s that time of year that leaves me completely stressed out.

What is it about giving gifts to other people that just leaves me stumped? Probably because I always want to find that perfect one – the one that they will love and use forever. But how often does that really happen?

Anyway, in my search for the perfect presents, I’ve curated some beautiful things that I think fellow Mamas and Papas will appreciate – some of my favorites in this list include the Rodin Creme (that smell is divine) and the gold initial necklace. For the dudes, I’m loving the matching “Pop” and “Tot” sweaters from Tosan; how incredibly cute is that?

Happy Shopping, everyone – do you have anything special on your list this year?

Shop the above, here:  01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10

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Creating A Beautiful Workspace


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As a blogger, I get the luxury of working from home, which is both a blessing and a curse. In the beginning, I found that I was easily distracted by other things around me because I didn’t have a comfortable, designated workspace.

Creating my own workspace in my home is really important for me to be able to focus. I prefer my space to be clutter free – I feel like a clear desk is a clear mind! Put your papers and odds & ends away in containers and paper organizers. This doesn’t mean that I like it to be too stark though – if you know anything about me by now, is that I’m enamored with the pretty. Decorate sparingly and with purpose, using things like patterned mousepads and textured desk accessories. I personally love fresh blooms on my desk!

Even if you don’t work from home – take some time to spruce up your desk at the office. You spend so much of your life there, I promise it’ll brighten up your day ever so slightly to start a day with a beautiful, efficient space.

Shop the above, here:

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The inspiring inset image is found here.

This post was originally seen on the Beth Helmstetter Blog

 

 

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Two


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Oh my word, we’re two.

This past weekend we had a little Fiesta themed birthday party for Olive’s 2nd birthday. We invited lots of family and a few of our close friends; rented a bouncy castle, a taco truck, and partied the day away.

We had a blast. Most importantly though, Olive had a blast. While her first birthday party was mostly symbolic for me, (I mean, surviving the first year of motherhood deserves to be celebrated, people!) this year she truly understood that this event was just for her. She knew everyone we invited, and was excited to see each and every one of them. And when we sang happy birthday? Oh man, She was so happy, and was singing right along with us.

Thinking back on this 2nd year of motherhood, I can say that I am definitely more comfortable with parenting and its many, many challenges. I am more aware that each bad ‘phase’ has an end, which allows me to not get overwhelmed with stress because we had a bad week. With that said, though, I’ve noticed that each bad phase needs to be met with patience and a plan, because this is the age where they can really fall into some bad habits if you let them. This past year has also been a lot more fun for me – now that she’s having full blown conversations with us, (in 10 word sentences, sometimes!) it’s been so awesome to see how her little mind works.

I am so grateful to be her mama, and I’m so grateful for her health and her amazing personality.

Wow. She’s two.

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone – and thank you for being witnesses to my journey through motherhood. I appreciate it more than you know. I’ll be back next week!

(Photo Credit: My almost-sister-in-law, Lisa!)

 

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Just One Of The Boys


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I recently went shopping for some warmer clothes for Olive, and was in the mood for something more neutral colored. Something sans sparkles. Something, you know, that I would want to wear.

The trouble is, when you shop in the girls section, it’s usually overwhelmingly…pink. And while that’s totally fine, I just really wasn’t in the mood to buy more of the same.

Patrick suggested that I check out the boys section instead, and he was right – amidst the superhero tees and mini sports stuff was a selection of gender neutral, really cool things that I would totally dress Olive in.

Moral of the Story: Shop ALL THE SECTIONS. (more shopping, yay!)

Here are some of my faves, above:

Nubby Cardigan | Onesie | Hoodie | Shoes

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