Author: Natalie Love

Outdoor Tour & What We’ve Been Up To.

Outdoor Tour & What We’ve Been Up To.

Watch the video below to see what we’ve been up to! We’ve accomplished so much this year already. Because of the business and the tiring first trimester I’ve had I’ve been a little MIA on the blog. So watch the video to get a little…

A Year In 12 Photos

A Year In 12 Photos

January February March April May June July August September October November December We were so blessed this year. Again, like always, the Lord was so good to us! We made it through another year healthy (Thank you, Lord!) and accomplished a lot. This year I…

Toilet Paper Roll Snowflakes

Toilet Paper Roll Snowflakes

This is a great indoor craft to do with your kids! Kids will definitely need an adult’s help with this. It’s super fun though, so be willing to help them and go all- out on this! We even did glitter!! That’s a nasty word when toddlers are involved if you ask me! haha 😬

My girls were still in their pj’s when we did this so you’ll have to excuse their appearance! Ha! Also, the fire went out at the house the night before so the house was a whopping 55 degrees so we all were wearing layers of clothes (Matching or not) while I was trying to get the fire going again! Ha!

Things you’ll need:

○ Toilet paper rolls (or paper towel rolls)

○Ruler

○Pen

○Scissors

○Glue Gun

○Paint and paint brushes (optional)

○Glitter, ribbon, or other accessories. (optional)

Start by measuring each TP roll into 1/2″ sections. Cut along lines. That’s about all the prep work that is involed with this. You can literally glue them together any way you want! Each one we made was different. 6 pieces glued together made a nice even looking snowflake.

Just a little reality picture. (You’re welcome!) They’re not really paying much attention at this point. Charity was no longer interested in doing her own thing either so she was on the table…..and quiet! (as opposed to yelling on the floor because she can’t see whats going on! Ha!)

I let the girls paint them. I thought the white paint would make them look more like snowflakes. The “undone” look about them turned out really cute and rustic in my opinion. The girls did such a good job with this. This was their favorite part by far!

We also dabbed some glue on then dipped this in glitter. I’m sorry, but I didn’t photograph this part. Glitter is a bit hands-on! lol Then I glued a little flower embellishment I had from some scrap booking supplies. I also made some little bows I glued on 2 of them. Just little things to spruce them up a bit!

Sorry about the terrible shadows!!

I put some fishing string on these and hung them going up along my banister. I think they turned out beautiful and the girls are super proud of them! 🙂

Take a moment to pin this! 👇🏻

Wild Blackberry Harvest

Wild Blackberry Harvest

This was only the second, full year we’ve lived in this house and I got to take advantage of the wild blackberry bushes this year! We literally have wild blackberry bushes littered ALL over our property. I in no way could pick them all myself.…

$5 Easter Basket!

$5 Easter Basket!

I have never done an Easter basket for my children yet and really I never received an Easter basket. We always had a big Easter egg hunt with all the cousins (and believe me, that was plenty! We didn’t miss an Easter basket.) This year…

Baby and Toddler Amazon Gift Guide!

Baby and Toddler Amazon Gift Guide!

I have little toddlers, and after a few Christmases and birthdays, buying the toys gets old…not to mention can cause a lot of clutter! People have gotten us some pretty thoughtful gifts too, as well as toys, but I thought I’d put together a little list of some gifts that would be useful as well as enjoyable! Not just for the baby/toddler, but the parents as well!

Oftentimes little babies that are 1 and sometimes even 2, don’t really understand what’s going on when it comes to special occasions to notice the difference between getting toys or another gift that will be useful! Kind of like getting a box of diapers from someone for your baby’s special occasion! Parents are grateful! haha It’s something they can use and saves them money because the baby needs them, and the parents would be buying them anyway!

So here we go…

  1. Color or Paint Kid’s Playhouse.

I guess you could technically classify this as a toy, but this is something they’ll have a blast coloring and using, then once it’s beaten and battered from use it can be thrown away. It’s creative and out of the norm! I know my girls would LOVE something like this. Considering it’s something they can actually get inside!

2. First Toothbrush.

This is such a good gift, because, as a mom, I didn’t even think about having to brush my kids’ teeth until they started to grow in! haha Usually kids think brushing their teeth is fun (at least mine do!) so they’ll love it. And it’s a very practical and useful gift!

3. Potty Trainer Bracelet.

I wish I would’ve had one of these when I was potty training Hannah! She would have LOVED it. Let’s face it…anything to help potty trainging go easier, what mom wouldn’t love it! It’s out of the norm, and maybe even something the parents (or you) have never heard of. So no need to worry about gift repeating! Go check out the link below! These things are neat!

On the same line…I won’t number this one because it goes so well with this. Buy Pull-Ups for the toddler! Who says you have to stop at just diapers for the babies!?

4. Kid’s Dishware.

This is something I never went out and bought on my own for some reason. Other than baby spoons I use to feed my babies, we don’t own any children’s silverware. My kids have always learned to use full-size silverware! haha BUT…when I had Charity, Caleb’s Aunt bought the older girls some plates. I USE THEM DAILY! I still don’t want the extra baby silverware, but having those little plates that have dividers are so convenient for little eaters! Munchkin brand usually has really good quality things (at least everything I’ve owned so far) that last through many washes and of course, wear and tear of kids using them! So, I linked a set below that would be perfect!

4. NEW Sippy Cup.

I don’t know why, but my girls have an infatuation with everyone ELSE’S cups! It can be a little frustrating, especially when you JUST bought a $7 sippy cup they’re tired of already! haha My point is…The child will love this. Especially if they already know how to drink from cups other than a bottle. Hannah got a new cup for Christmas and it was literally one of her favorite gifts. She kept showing everyone. This makes a great gift because, not only will the child like it, the parent will also find it useful! And honestly, some sippy cups can get expensive, so when they’re received as a gift…win win!! These cups are so cool! One is perfect for around the house and the other for on the go! I’ve not seen either of these in stores before and definitely not this many options! Check it out!

6.  Kid’s Quote Book.

Hannah is our only fluent talker at the moment and she says some pretty hilarious things sometimes! (as most kids usually do!) And I can’t tell you how many times we’ve been advised to write them down to keep forever! I love the idea and started keeping them in my phone, but I’m not the type of person that keeps my life in my phone so I wanted to get a special book! My niece, River, just turned 1 and I got her one for her birthday and got one for myself! Parents will love this gift and might not think to buy one for themselves before their kid starts spouting out random hilarious things! So they’ll really come to appreciate this! It’s a huge win in my book! This one is super nice, check it out!

7. Children’s Devotional Book/First Bible.
This book I found on Amazon is so neat. I am definitely going to purchase this exact one. It’s a KJV topical Bible for kids. It would be SO easy to sit down and use as a devotional for you to do with your kids. Parents (Moms in particular I think) will love this. I’ve been searching around for something like this to start doing with my girls and this is perfect! It would make a wonderful gift!! Check it out!

Hope this gave you some inspiration for some gifts for that baby or toddler in your life that isn’t just another toy!

Maybe you have some other great ideas! Tell us in the comments!

My Birth Story…and a huge disappointment!

My Birth Story…and a huge disappointment!

It’s hard to believe a whole month has passed since Charity was born!! She is such a good baby! From day one she hasn’t given us a problem! She only fusses for the usual reasons new babies do. (and if anyone knows our Leah, you know…

Organize With Me!

Organize With Me!

  Ok, so I’m pretty sure I’m in full-blown nesting mode these days. I don’t remember feeling this way with my other two girls, but this time I feel like I have to do ALL. THE. THINGS. Now!! On top of that, my pregnant-brain is…

Baby Love Gender Reveal!

Baby Love Gender Reveal!

 

 

I’ve never done a gender reveal before…not that this one was crazy special! haha It was fun though! Next time we do it I think we will make it a surprise for Caleb and I too! We both knew what we were having, but wanted to surprise our families! Everyone but a few were thinking we were having a boy! (I did too)

Anyway, We just let some balloons go up on the hill above our house…and let everyone see what color they were:)

It was fun!

So, we are gonna be an -girl family for a while!

DIY Melissa and Doug Set!

DIY Melissa and Doug Set!

I love Mellissa and Doug toys, but some can be pretty expensive! (Some!) Their Cleaning Play Set is something I was seeing and really liked! It retails for $19.99 though! Hannah loves to try and clean with me when I’m sweeping the kitchen or especially…