Quick and Easy Halloween Bark

Today, over on Every Day Cheer, I'm sharing a quick and easy idea for Halloween candy. Bag this sweet treat and call it a day! … [Continue Reading]

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Freshly Picked Review + Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to review a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins. Let me back up by saying, I saw the story of this company on Shark Tank … [Continue Reading]

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Judson is 6 months old!

Jud Bud- 6 months? Already?! You're basically the cutest little baby we've ever seen (tied with your sister, of course). You melt us with that big … [Continue Reading]

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Create Your Own Bag Toppers using PicMonkey

Halloween is approaching fast and it hit me during dance class on Tuesday night that I needed a quick treat for the Halloween party. Usually when I … [Continue Reading]

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DIY calendar

For the past few weeks, we've spent most of our free time (which less face it, it's pretty much nonexistent) putting the finishing touches on my … [Continue Reading]

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Quick and Easy Halloween Bark

Today, over on Every Day Cheer, I’m sharing a quick and easy idea for Halloween candy. Bag this sweet treat and call it a day!

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Freshly Picked Review + Giveaway

I recently had the opportunity to review a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins. Let me back up by saying, I saw the story of this company on Shark Tank (we’re huge Shark Tank fans!) and I loved the back story. You can see a great video here. I have a heart for mothers who work hard with passion and creativity and achieve amazing things and realize big dreams. She’s grown her moccasin-making business from the ground-up and amassed quite the collection of fans who adore the product. The quality and craftsmanship are enough to keep anyone coming back for more.

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I was over the moon to work with Freshly Picked and bring you a review of their moccasins. Obviously, I felt like I loved this product before it ever reached my door step. But once these shoes were in my hands and on Jud’s feet, I loved them a million times more.

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The quality is exceptional and they stay on his feet so well. I’m not a huge fan of baby shoes, I think they tend to be constricting. And if they aren’t constricting, they fall of their little feet. The design of this moccasin makes that a thing of the past. The elastic around the top of the shoes, allows them to go on easy and stay put. The soft sole if perfect for tiny feet.

Freshly Picked moccasins come in a wide variety of assorted colors and patterns. Each pattern and color handpicked and tailored to be on trend for the season. We tried the Denim on Denim (suede leather), I feel like denim is a great neutral and they go with just about every tiny piece of clothing in his closet. He’s getting a ton of wear out of them and compliments and questions about them everywhere we go.

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I’m also giving one lucky Instagram user a pair of moccasins in their choice of color. Just head over to my Instagram account (@jenniferggreen) for more info on how to win your own pair!

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Judson is 6 months old!

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6 months? Already?! You’re basically the cutest little baby we’ve ever seen (tied with your sister, of course). You melt us with that big smile that squishes your eyes shut. We adore you, sweet boy. I just told your daddy the other day that my favorite things has to be watching you and your sister play. You love each other so much and it makes me smile so big my face hurts. Seriously. I could watch the two of you for hours, if you ever played for hours. Obviously, neither of you have that kind of attention span. This was right around the time I went back to work with your sister and I am thankful that I won’t have to do that with you. We’re loving our days at home and you’re on such a great schedule, I actually get a load of laundry done some days.


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At six months:
  • Eating- you eat every 3 hours during the day.
  • You’re on a fantastic schedule during the day- a long nap in the morning and early afternoon and one cat nap before bed. We’ve tried cutting that out, but it doesn’t help you sleep through the night anyway, so we just roll with that evening nap when you want it. You wake up at least twice during the night. Mama is tired!
  • You put yourself to sleep at night and sleep until about 1:00, then your up again about 3 hours later, and for good at 7:30.IMG_1667
  • You’re rolling and scooting (on your tummy) everywhere, and sitting up unassisted.
  • You still love bath time.
  • You still love being outside, moving, the exersaucer, chewing on toys, blowing raspberries, Sophie, soft blankets, and the mamaroo. You go to sleep in your stroller so easily, especially when we go on long walks.

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  • You babble and “talk” all of the time. We hear “mama” ALL of the time when your mad and fussy. And I think it totally counts!
  • You want to chew or suck on everything, including your fists and feet.
  • You’re still exclusively nursing.
  • You’ll take your paci if you’re really tired.
  • You still love to be talked to, you’re content to sit and coo and make noises at anyone who stops and says “hi” to you. It’s not hard to get you to smile or laugh.
  • You’re the most ticklish baby I’ve ever met!
  • You weigh around 17 pounds.
  • You wear a size 3 diaper (but not for long) and 9 or 12 month clothes.
  • You’re so long (around 28 inches)!
  • We started Baby Led Weaning a little over a week ago and you’re eating anything you can get your hands on. Squash. avocado, zucchini, bell peppers, cantaloupe, apple slices, cucumbers, bananas, and pancakes have all been hits with you!

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Create Your Own Bag Toppers using PicMonkey

Halloween is approaching fast and it hit me during dance class on Tuesday night that I needed a quick treat for the Halloween party. Usually when I post these tutorials, I get a lot who has time for that? I’m here to tell you, this is super quick and easy. Best of all? It’s free! That’s right, you don’t need fancy software, you can use the PicMonkey website and create your own personalized treat bag labels.

Start by heading over to PicMonkey. Once you get there, click on the collage icon at the top of the screen. It might ask you to pick an image from your computer to proceed, just go ahead and do this, to get the collage open. Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 10.11.24 AM

It will open up a collage like the one you see on the screen shot below. Click the “x” in the upper right hand corner of the longer photo box to take it out of the collage.

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Your workspace should look the screen shot below and you’re ready to begin creating your bag toppers.

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Fill the photo spots with a background. Just click on the image in the toolbar for swatches and chose a ready made design, create your own background, or upload one from your computer. The upload option is great if you’ve downloaded a free background and want to use it for your bag toppers. For mine, I just chose one of the swatches that came up in the menu.

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Once you’ve decided on your background, click on the edit option above the collage. The menu to the left of your work space will change and should look like the one below. Here is where the real fun begins. You can add text, overlays, graphics, edit your image, and so much more. I like to play around with this menu if I don’t have something specific in mind. The site is always updating their options based on holidays and seasons.

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Here’s what I did to create the label you’ll see in the photo at the bottom:

I started by adding a label (click on the butterfly icon, then scroll down to find the labels header). I wanted a nice big space to add text for the bag toppers, so I picked a fun label to serve as a background for my text.

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Next, I personalized the label with a cute Halloween saying and name.

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That’s it! The topper is complete! Finally, I saved the label to my computer and opened the image in Microsoft word. I changed my paper orientation to landscape to fit more on the page and printed the toppers from the Word document.

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For the final product, I used Wilton clear plastic bags (from the cake decorating aisle at Wal-Mart), cut in half. I cut the toppers out, folded them in half, and stapled them to the top. The final product was cute, simple, and cheap!

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DIY calendar

For the past few weeks, we’ve spent most of our free time (which less face it, it’s pretty much nonexistent) putting the finishing touches on my office work space downstairs. I don’t actually know whether to call it an office or a craft room. It’s really a little of both. As we finish projects, I’ll be sharing some of my favorites on the blog, and I’ll be sharing the whole space, too!

One thing I knew I wanted was an editorial calendar to keep track of blog posts for both my personal blog and Every Day Cheer. I know Google has a fantastic calendar that syncs with my phone and can be accessed anywhere, but I’m a paper and pencil girl. I like to look at it and be able to put my hands on it. I also know that blog content tends to get moved around depending on when sponsored posts come back to me from editors, and when I need to stick a review or giveaway in the mix.

I did a good bit of brainstorming before coming up with the final product, but I must say that it turned out exactly as I had envisioned. It’s also fully functional and on the wall right beside my desk, so I can look over at it while I’m working and see my schedule at a quick glance.

The calendar is good for five weeks, at the end of each week, I just pull those stickies off and move everything up. I mark the actual date on the sticky note, it’s easy to mark through if things change, and I don’t have to worry about rewriting the dates on the actual white board.

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Here’s the thing, you can use this same calendar template for so many other things in your home. You could color coordinate the sticky notes for different members of your family, or whatever your personal schedule lends itself to.

The process is quick and easy, here’s how the wall calendar came to life.

I started with white board we already had and removed the trim for the actual calendar. You can have Lowe’s or Home Depot cut a piece of shower board for you for a fraction of the cost of a white board. If you want it to be magnetic, I would just go with a white board from an office supply store. You can choose your size and remove the frame for this project, it’s an easy step and pops right off without much force. For reference we used a 35″x23″ white board for the project.

Start by measuring your grid lines for the calendar. I just created a calendar grid to one side, and used the extra space for ideas, you could even use it as a notes section. I knew that each of my squares needed to accommodate a standard sized Post-It! note, so I used that as a guide for creating the grid. I used washi tape to create the grid lines.

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Once your grid is complete, use your board to mark the trim and cut the pieces to size to ensure an accurate fit.

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Hold the dry erase board in place and trace around the entire board, giving yourself a guide for attaching the trim pieces. Attach all four sides and corner pieces to the wall using finishing nails.

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Using adhesive caulk, glue the dry erase board in place. Fill in nail holes and joints with caulk and paint to finish the board. I used the Silhouette to cut out the words for the calendar.

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Once the board has dried and the final coat of paint has been applied, you’re ready to start planning!

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