Back to school. Say what!? My word. This summer went by so quickly for us, and it was a great one. We were poolside almost every day, out having fun, being lazy, and just doing whatever we felt like. We are headed to the beach for family time and relaxing (read: hoping Edie doesn’t eat too much sand), then the kiddos start pre-school and 1st grade shortly after we get back home. The beginning and ending of school has been a big adjustment period for me since the dawn of time. Different routines, different schedules, adjusting to those, and then adjusting back. I am at my best when I’m on a schedule and a routine of some sort, whether it be my own or the kids’ schedules for school, give me all the routines.
Lillian has got her first loose tooth, so we had to make this adorable tooth fairy pillow for one of our nap time craft sessions, and it turned out ridiculously cute!
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I am happy to say, it’s finally spring here! It was so gorgeous this weekend, we spent the whole darn thing outside, getting the herb, flower, and veggie gardens ready for planting. These kiddos love digging in the earth, rolling around in the grass, and tending to their gardens, so when I partnered up with the Gro-ables Project with Miracle-gro, we were super excited – I love to share in my kid’s joy of growing veggies and herbs, and giving them hands-on learning experiences. If you’re a frequent reader here, you know we love to pick our own fruits and veggies at local farms, and we love to grow our own herbs, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, spinach, peas, green beans, pumpkins and watermelons. Things just taste better knowing we grew it in the back yard.
The best part, is having 3 little farmers getting every day hands-on learning experiences, just by growing a few simple veggies and herbs. Y’all, there are so many lessons kiddos learn while in the garden – patience, nurturing, responsibility, consistency, science, social studies, cooking, math… you don’t need a giant garden, farm, or even a yard. All you need is a container, potting mix, plant food, water, sun, and Gro-ables.
We decided to start some herb seeds in a container for our picnic table in the back yard. It’ll double as an adorable center piece, and it’ll give me easy access for when I need a few of my favorite herb varieties – basil, cilantro, and thyme. I already had thyme growing inside for a while in my window, I thought he would do well outside now, along with some basil and cilantro herb Gro-ables.
If you’ve ever started herbs or veggies from seeds, you’ve got experience with rogue seeds, improper hole depth; add 20 little fingers clamoring over them, and you’ve got yourself a potential mess. Gro-able seed pods are great for kid-sized hands (who am I kidding, they’re great for grown ups too!) and are frustration free.
How to use Gro-ables in your easy container herb garden
If your container doesn’t have holes already in it, go ahead and drill or nail some in. If you can’t put holes in the container, add a layer of rocks to help the water drain properly. Once you’ve got holes or rocks, fill up your container with good potting mix.
Loosen the potting mix…
Peel the paper top off…
Push the pod down into the dirt. You know it’s the perfect level once the top lip of the Gro-able is even with the surface of the potting mix.
Water the pod and the surrounding potting mix and sit the herb container in the sun. In about 2 weeks, you’ll get some sprouting. Once the herb seedlings are a few inches tall, you’ll want to thin the sprouts out so there is just one seedling, to ensure they have room to grow.
These pods are awesome, and great for anyone really, but they make a wonderful stress-free kid-friendly project you can do together. The simplicity of these are just awesome – they certainly take the guess work out of starting seeds, and we cannot wait to plant the other varieties of Gro-ables in the bigger veggie garden!
As these cuties sprout, I will do another post on how they make out!! Learn more about the Gro-ables Project, and I would love for y’all to share your kiddos gardening projects and kid gardening tips with us all on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and right here in the comments!
Fairy garden photos on Pinterest have me obsessed, but intimidated. Lilly saw them over my shoulder. “Mom, I want to make one!” Of course you do. I went into mild panic-mode when I thought about making one. The gorgeous ones on Pinterest are so elaborate, and of course, those are the ones I covet. “Oh my goodness, this will be so perfect and mini and adorable and mossy and woodsy and whimsical!” After I thought about it, I got a little stressed out. Which is ridiculous, we’re talking about a teeny tiny garden, that isn’t even mine.
What plants do I get? Let me find that pin real fast.
What container do I use? Where are those broken tea cups!?
Do I make a teeny tiny swing from a recycled bottle cap, dental floss, and twigs?! Woah, let’s not get too crazy now.
I’m a decent gardener, this should be easy. But no, I had instant stress over what plants to pick out, what house to go for, the perfect enchanting container. Have you ever looked around on Pinterest an just found yourself staring at total perfection, wondering how you were going to make exactly that because you loved it so much? That was me. We went to the garden center, and we were talking about what she wanted the fairy garden to look like, and she said, “Maybe some moss for grass, and lots of flowers, like big tall ones that can look like trees. And a walkway, I want it to have a walkway so they can get to their house.” She didn’t care what plants it had. So why did I?
And that, my friends, was the end of the stress. She wandered around choosing plants for full sun, and things that get different heights (to create some interest, rather than having the fairies living in an abandoned home with no curb appeal). With those general guidelines, she picked out some English Ivy, Scottish Moss, Rosemary, Snapdragon, Violets, that big fluffy white flower in the back which I cannot for the life of me remember, and some Marigolds.
We also went to pick out a house and fairy, and ended up with the castle, fairy, a gnome, mushroom, and a surf wagon too. I’m not even kidding, they had a surf wagon. I looked around for a cute container pot, but I ultimately decided to repurpose the strawberry bucket, since we’re transplanting them into some hanging rain gutters soon. The bucket is giant, so I thought it’d have a lot of room for this new gaggle of garden accessories.
What you need for a stress free fairy garden
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Make a Plan
You need to decide based on the container you pick, where this homestead is going. If it’s a small enough container you can move around, you can choose a mix of sun/shade plants. If your container is going to be stationary, you’ll want to choose plants based on that location and their full height/width. We have full sun, so I chose things that do well in dry, hot, sunny conditions.
Grading and Landscaping
She put the flowers all around where she wanted them, and the accessories to see where they’d fit – the only piece I was really purposefully planning around, was the house. Once you have the general idea where you want things to go, start planting your flowers, moss, shrubs, tiny trees, making sure to give the roots a little bit of love if they’re root bound by loosening them up. Tuck them in, and work your way around the container.
Move In Day
It’s time to move in, so gather your fairy belongings and tuck them in. Lilly nestled the castle back in the white flowers, which will get bushy and fluffy. Marigolds get enormous, but I plan on just pruning them back a bit as they grow. Snapdragons get tall and the greens are pretty, with flowers at the tops of the stalks, and the other things we’ve planted stay low to the ground, or will trail over the sides. She wanted to have a meandering walkway with the pebbles, so the taller things we kept toward the back and edges, and lower fluffier things like the Scottish Moss, Creeping Phlox, and Violas, stay along the sides and on the ‘lawn’ area of their house.
When you’re all done, you can use some plant food like Miracle-Gro granules in a watering can, to give them a good start and keep them healthy, and make sure to water regularly!
This was such an adorable project, and I must say, now that we’ve done one, I want to have some smaller containers on our deck with a swing, windmill, and chairs in them, and maybe another few animals hanging out! I can’t wait to show you how this grows as the season progresses, it’s going to be so adorable! The kids love it, and they like moving the fairies around the homestead, so this project was perfect!!
Have you made a fairy garden? If so, you need to come over to my FB page, and show it off and inspire other people – I’d love to see it!! If you like this one, please pin your hearts out!
So, we now have three kids. Lilly is 5, AJ is 2, and Edie is 8 months. Wait, what?
Who let us have three kids. Three human beings to take care of. THREE KIDS.
My mom always told me to pick the biggies. People told me to let go. Did I listen? Naaaaah.
Our 1 year old boy makes me insane. I N S A N E. Crazy. Nuts. Stressed out. Lunatic. The kind of insane when you can’t remember the last time you got dressed, did your hair (possibly showered) and looked presentable enough to speak with other human beings, brand of insane. I’m not sure what I expected when we had our son, Andrew (AJ, Hammy), but I’m pretty sure it was the exact opposite of what it’s turned out to be.
So, I’ve been a little busy with this little hambone. We’d like you to meet Andrew John! Arriving on the scene June 18th, an enormous 9 pounds, 11 ounces and 22 inches long.
I’ve been away from the universe since May 18th so I could deal with moving into our new house and get settled before the baby came, all in the same 2 weeks. Crazy. So now that the dust has settled, I am so excited to get back to this blog and all the crafts and projects I’ve hoarded in the basement. I’ve got a whole house full of tutorials and projects I can’t wait to share, Lilly’s birthday party planning, this little guy’s birth story, a thousand photos, a house tour, and Etsy updates! Exciting!!
I put together a little pacifier clip tutorial for you guys. I made the first mustache pacifier clip for a friend who just had a little boy, which you can read about in my New Mom Comfort Gift Bag post. When I had Lilly, I had this super cute owl clip I purchased from someone on Etsy, and since I’m due again, I figured I’d just make a pair, since we don’t know the sex again. A lot of you mentioned that I should add these to my Etsy shop, so I’m going to do that too!
This time around, I’m doing just that. These cute clips just loop through to attach the pacifier to the clip, and it’ll fit most brands as long as there’s a spot to loop the ribbon through. Let’s make a few, shall we?
- hot glue
- mustache and/or lip shapes
- clips (I used ID badge clips, but you can use suspender clips too)
To start, you’ll want to cut out the shape of lips & mustache you like. I went with a pretty standard looking mustache, and pouty lips. Cut 2 from your felt, to give it some body. Unless you have stiffer felt, then you can go with just one.
Glue these 2 layers together with some hot glue, and set aside.
Cut your ribbon into a 10″ strip. The ribbon itself will end up being about 8″ to 8 1/2″ long when finished. To keep your ribbon from fraying, take a lighter or match and gently singe the ends to bind them off.
Loop the ribbon through the clip about 1″ and pin. At the bottom of the ribbon, make another loop, about 1 1/2″ – 2″ and pin. If you want a bigger loop on the end and a smaller on the metal clip, you can adjust.
Secure the ends by adding a little bead of hot glue and press tightly. Now that your ribbon is attached to the clip, you’ll add some hot glue to the top of the metal clip, and attach your felt cuteness!
The things I found I needed and used the most were some lip balm, lanolin, dry shampoo and pain relievers.
What are some of your favorite things to add to a gift bag? I would love more suggestions since I’m due with our second in June… I’ll toss them in my own bag!!
It’s official!! Spring. It’s here. I have one crocus that’s bloomed in our front yard, and our tulips, daffodils, mums, orchids and tiger lilies are sprouting. Even the rose bush has new growth. I can’t wait for some less-crisp air, though Lillian and I have been spending our afternoons lately in the back yard where there’s full sun for the better part of the day. Patiently waiting for those mid-50’s!
With the arrival of spring, I’ve made a boatload of things…
The fabric that started the monster was this polka dot cotton on sale. I had intentions of using it to make Lil’s Easter dress, but I changed my mind when I found a dress from Old Navy on sale, that has coral pink and gold flowers on it. Couldn’t help it. Mostly because there are gold shoes to match. And a cardigan. What.
So this modern looking polka dot cotton served a sundress purpose as this criss-cross back ruffle dress number and some bubble capri pants…
Lil loves both, and I just can’t get over the dress with the cardigan and that flower. Which is actually a hair clip just clipped on the sweater instead of her hair.
Speaking of hair clips, I whipped up a handful of these cuties! I love them, and need to make more…
The TOMs-ish girl shoes are one of my favorites from the past week – I love the fabric I picked out, and I think they just turned out perfect!
Since I am expecting a new baby in June (which I keep having to remind myself this is actually happening and I should probably pull it together relatively soon), I figured I’d start a few swaddle blankets! We’ve got pearl grey and sunshine yellow to start with…
We’re not finding out the sex of the baby (we didn’t find out with Lillian either, and I loved it), so I’ve picked out six colors to make a whole set that’ll cover my bases for an Eleanor or Andrew. I love they all coordinate. I have a coordinating problem.
What projects are you guys making for spring for your little ones? Share with me!! As if I need more ideas 🙂