baby must haves // leg warmers

baby must haves -- leg warmersWith the arrival of No. 2 I’ve been thinking a lot about what my baby must haves are. (I have also been asked quite a bit by my first time mama to-be friends so I thought I would take this opportunity to write a few posts!) In no particular order lets start .

I love baby leg warmers! I think they are adorable for both boys and girls but my favorite thing about them is they make diaper changing a breeze. Especially in the early months when it feels like all you’re doing is changing diapers they make it so much easier. No need to squeeze a giant diaper butt into tinsy little pants. Because Evie was a summer baby she lived in them. A sweater and leg warmers in on cool mornings and evenings and just a onesie during the day.Ev leg warmersMy favorite brand so far has been Baby Legs – you can usually find them for a pretty good price on baby sale sites (infact I was already doing this post today and what do you know, they’re on sale over here!) They stay up but don’t leave marks, they come in great colors and patterns for both boys and girls and they ware really well (I’ve picked a bunch up at consignment stores and they still look great).Leg warmersSo there you have it, the first on my baby must haves list. Great for your little one or to give as a gift.

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in honor of cyber monday (even though I think all this is madness)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend with your loved ones. I can honestly say, best Thanksgiving ever!

In honor of Cyber Monday I have a new product up in my shop!I am extra excited about this one because it was a collaboration with my very talented brother. We love being creative together and have always wanted to do something like this. This is only the beginning of the prints that we plan to have up and this particular one is pretty special. He and my sister-in-law printed this design on a few onesies for Everly right before they left for Panama (those are their hands). While they were away it was such a sweet reminder of how much they love and missed her. And now we have chosen to share it with you!This would make a great shower or Christmas gift for the little ones in your life. In light of Cyber Monday I am offering my readers 10% off this and all of the products in my shop for the rest of the day. Just use discount code CYBERMONDAY10 at check out. Happy Monday!

it’s finally here!

It has been a long time coming and many of you have been very patient. I am happy to announce the shop is finally open! Take a look!There are more things to come {including things for baby girls} so keep checking back to make sure you don’t miss out. AND in honor of my grand opening I am hosting another giveaway!

There are two ways to enter {which means if you do both you get two entires!}

1. Visit my shop and leave a comment here telling me who would be the lucky recipient of your prize. {Now would also be a good time to become a follower of the blog if you aren’t already}

2. Visit my shop, choose one social media option listed below and leave a comment here telling me which you did.
like my shop on facebook
tweet about my shop on twitter
pin one of my products on pinterest
add a link to my shop on your blog

Important! For each entry to be counted you must leave a SEPARATE comment.

 You do not need to complete these steps in order. This giveaway will close Monday November 19 at 11:59 pm and a winner will be announced Tuesday November 20th. U.S. entries only please.

Yes, they are all baby products but don’t let that stop you from entering. They make great shower, birthday, Christmas or ‘just because you’re the cutest baby I know’ gifts.

Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to enter.

burp cloth tutorial

burp cloths

When I was pregnant I started seeing these burp cloths everywhere. People were selling them in stores and online but I could never find ones that quite fit my box of ‘girly without being obviously girly’. So I decided to make my own. They quickly became my favorite gift to give. So simple, so inexpensive and so easy to personalize the fabric choices for whoever you’re giving them to.

I would not recommend making these while wearing dark colors. Whether you’re using an old towel or this chenille, this is a very messy project.

supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

:: scissors
:: sewing pins
:: thread & sewing machine
:: iron
:: fabric of your choice
:: chenille or an old towel

(The first time I did this project I used a towel and prefer the way they turn out with the chenille but it will work with either.) I would also recommend keeping a lint roller handy – the chenille gets everywhere when you cut it!

1. cut both your fabric and chenille to the same size – I use 10″ x 16″ but you can make them whatever size you like

2. pin the fabric and chenille right sides together indicate with two parallel pins where you will begin and end sewing, leaving about a 2 1/2″ opening

3. change your stitch length to the longest setting (the fabric shifts too much if you skip this part) and begin stitching, back stitch at both the beginning and end. after you have sewn the two sides together change the stitch length back to a medium length.

cut, pin, stitch

4. trim corners and edges to about 1/4″ (I often forget this part but it really does make the finished project look much better)

5. turn cloth right-side-out

trim and turn

6. iron cloth folding the opening in to match the rest

7. top stitch around entire cloth – this will stitch your opening closed – because its hard to make your initial stitch perfectly straight I line the foot of my sewing machine up to the outside of the cloth and follow it around the perimeter. (rather than trying to sew a perfectly straight line on a not perfectly straight cloth)

top stitch and top stitch again

8. top stitch one more line – I make this stitch in between my last stitch and the outside edge and use my first line as a guide (I find that if I have two crooked lines that match each other they appear much straighter than they are)

9. iron the final product and you’re done

A stack of three or four makes a wonderful gift for an expecting mother. But if you have a little one at home you might want to make extras, sometimes they are hard to part with!

finished burp cloth