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DIY Nursery Wall Art

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DIY Nursery Wall Art

One of my favorite things about Charlotte’s nursery is the wall art I made for her.  This is something I wanted to do as soon as I found out I was having a girl!  I was researching DIY nursery projects, and I found some wall art ideas that seemed perfect.


3af95-img_1923Button Initial – I decided to do this with Charlotte’s first initial.  I added a lot of my great-grandmother’s buttons from her collection in this project! She saved many buttons in her time, and I inherited one of her boxes of buttons many years ago.  So, personalizing this craft for my daughter with buttons from her great-great grandmother means a lot to me.  You can see the different specks of color and can even make a game to search for different shaped buttons…there is a button in the shape of a teddy bear, can you see it?

Supplies:

  • wooden letter(s)
  • sand paper
  • white acrylic paint
  • medium paint brush
  • buttons, your choice of size and color
  • tacky glue
  • wall art hanger

Instructions:

  1.  Sand down the wooden letter’s edges with sand paper until smooth.
  2.  Paint letter white, and let it completely dry.
  3.  Lay all the buttons out on the table and tacky glue them on the wooden letter one by one. Tip: trace the wooden letter on a piece of paper and pre-lay the buttons how you’d like to glue them on the letter.
  4. Lay a heavy book over the buttons once they are glued to the letter and let dry for 30-60 minutes, until the glue is completely dry.
  5. Secure a wall hanger on the back of the letter.

af4dd-img_1925Fabric Wall Art – I really liked the idea of using different fabric patterns and colors for wall art.  I painted the nursery walls gray and decided on white furniture, so pops of color are necessary!  There are so many fabrics to choose from…I wanted the colors to go well together and patterns that complemented each other, so I stayed with pastel girl colors and animal prints.

Supplies:

  • 6 fabric squares
  • 6 embroidery hoops ranging in size from 7 inches to 12 inches
  • white acrylic paint
  • tacky glue

Instructions:

  1. Paint embroidery hoops white and let them completely dry.
  2. Cut the fabric into circles a little larger than the hoop size and iron any wrinkles out.
  3. Secure fabric in the hoop and tighten the clasp at the top of the hoop.
  4. Glue down the excess fabric in the back of the hoop with tacky glue.
  5. Put something heavy over the hoop to help weigh it down while drying. Let dry 30-60 minutes or until glue is dry.
  6. Use clasp at the top of the hoop to hang it on the wall.

Combining the projects together, I had nursery wall art that was personalized for my baby girl!  I hung it securely above where her crib was going to go.  I was able to stand in front of it when I took pregnancy belly pics because we didn’t get her crib until later.

I love that it was an easy DIY project and it didn’t break the budget for nursery decorations!


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2016 Top Blog Posts

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2016 is the year I became a mommy blogger! I’ve had lots of positive experiences along the way, so it was a lot of fun to take a look at my stats and see what the TOP POSTS were this year. I enjoy the blogging challenge, and have big dreams for 2017. Thank you for following along and supporting me!


Top Viewed:

2016 Top Blog Posts

Why are parents saying sorry all the time? These are the 7 things parents shouldn’t feel the need to apologize for…ever! …read more HERE


Top Recipe:

2016 Top Blog Posts

You can use shredded chicken in almost any dinner recipe. I share a whole week of shredded chicken recipes, including my favorite BLT Chicken Salad Sandwich…read more HERE


Top Article:

Originally published on Her View From Home.

2016 Top Blog Posts

I didn’t have to explain why my day did not go as planned, or what I wasn’t able to get done…all I had to say was, “I’m not OK today.” …read more HERE


Top DIY:

2016 Top Blog Posts

This is a low-cost and easy DIY Halloween Costume. It’s a Pokeball (Pokemon Ball) girl tutu costume that is adorable for any age! …read more HERE


Top Blogging Tips:

2016 Top Blog Posts

Updating some of your blog post images can help bring more traffic to your blog! Check out the blog post image tips that have worked well for me…read more HERE


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I’m Not OK Today

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Originally published on Her View From Home.

I'm Not OK Today

After a long day at work, my husband bursts through the front door loudly singing an upbeat song which I’m sure he heard on the radio during his drive home. Heck, I heard him singing all the way up the front steps, he doesn’t even need to announce, “Honey, I’m home!”

He is the perfect picture of a happy guy coming home to his girls.

I, on the other hand, had on my grungy clothes, messy hair pulled back, no makeup, fussy baby on my hip (who didn’t take an afternoon nap), a barking dog, two cats howling at me for dinner, and the tune of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse going through my mind over and over and over again.

I think this is the perfect picture of a SAHM.

I quickly hand over the baby and corral the animals to their feeding places so a little peace and quiet can be enjoyed…except that my husband keeps loudly singing.  I give him a glance, so he asks, “Are you OK?”

I wish I could go through the list of everything I didn’t get done around the house today, I still need to fold laundry, cook dinner, feed the baby, take a shower, and enjoy just a little peace and quiet.  Even though I haven’t talked full sentences all day, my mind is mush, so all I can mutter is, “I’m not OK today.”

My vision for the day did not go as planned.  The unexpected happened, and it continued throughout the day.  I was lucky enough to stay in a state of mind to not beat myself up about it, but now that my husband is home I start to feel unaccomplished, messy, and I mentally start to beat myself up.  How do I explain this to him?

As I’m fumbling through the kitchen to put something together for dinner, he sets the baby up in her highchair and feeds her dinner.  OK, that’s one thing that’s no longer on my to-do list.  After we eat, he helps me fold the laundry and put the clothes away, so another thing I no longer need to do.  He then offers to put the baby to bed so I can take a shower. I sigh…there’s my peace and quiet!

At the end of the night, he was the one who stepped up and helped me get past my difficult day. He didn’t come home expecting a clean house, he came home to be with his girls.  I wish I could go back to his arrival home and jump into his arms, give him a big kiss and start singing with him!  It’s a great reminder: some days he will need me to be the loud singer to lift his spirits.

The perfect picture of a SAHM includes someone special to be there and understand when your day doesn’t go OK.  I didn’t have to explain why my day did not go as planned, or what I wasn’t able to get done…all I had to say was, “I’m not OK today.”


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Holiday Chex Mix aka Snack

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This is a family must-have every holiday season! Whether it’s a small house party or formal family dinner, it’s great to have a snacking option for people to enjoy, like chex mix.

My family’s recipe is called “snack.” I grew up eating my mom’s original version of snack, my grandma’s version (with cheerios), and many other family versions…and they are all delicious with their variations!

I’ve made my version a few times already this year, and with Thanksgiving a few days away I will be making a double batch soon! See below for the ingredients and directions for Snack and Snack the original.

Chex Mix

Snack

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 cup cheddar Cheez its
  • 1 cup mozzarella Cheez its
  • 2 cups pretzel O’s
  • 1 cup corn Chex cereal
  • 1 cup rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 250 degrees.
  2. Melt butter, add Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, and garlic salt.
  3. Pour butter mixture over other ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix.
  4. Spread onto large baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. Let cool and enjoy!

Snack the original

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 2 cup cheddar Cheez its
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 1 cup corn Chex cereal
  • 1 cup rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup wheat Chex cereal
  • 1 cup mixed nuts
  • 1 cup cashews

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 250 degrees.
  2. Melt butter, add Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, and garlic salt.
  3. Pour butter mixture over other ingredients in a large bowl and gently mix.
  4. Spread onto large baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.Let cool and enjoy!

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Give Your Blog Post a Picture Lift

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Blog Post Picture Updates

Updating some of your blog post images can help bring more traffic to your blog! I have been focusing on Pinterest lately, and I can say if you don’t use Pinterest in combination with your blog, you should rethink and start using Pinterest! It is a search engine (just like Google) where people go to look for things: recipes, DIY projects, gift guides, articles, almost anything…you name it! Bloggers who use Pinterest (including me) usually see majority of their blog traffic from Pinterest.

Have I convinced you yet? Either way, I came up with some tips to improve blog pictures. You could focus on the image dimensions for other social media platforms as well. I’ll cover ideas for Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.


I use Canva because it’s free and easy to navigate. It’s available as a phone app, but I prefer to use my laptop because there are more tools and options to work with. You start by picking a dimension under Canva‘s Create a Design:

  1. Facebook –>
    1. Social Media Posts: Facebook App (810px x 450px)
  2. Instagram –>
    1. Social Media Posts: Instagram Post (1080px x 1080px)
  3. Pinterest –>
    1. Social Media Posts: Pinterest Graphic (735px x 1102px)
    2. Blogging & eBooks: Infographic (800px x 2000px)

Blog Post Picture Update

I like using the Facebook App image at the top of my blog post because it makes a great header, and when you share to Facebook it will usually pull this picture.

I may include the Instagram Post image somewhere in my blog post, but sometimes I only post it on Instagram. It depends on how many other pictures I have. For example, I took more than enough pictures for the Cilantro Lime Chicken & Rice Burrito recipe I did not need to include the Instagram Post image within the post.

I have been moving towards only using Infographic dimensions for pinnable images because I like the height and they do well getting re-pinned. However, I need at least two high quality photos for this dimension to look good, so if I only have one good photo I will still use the Pinterest Graphic. I have a mix of Infographic and Pinterest Graphic dimensions for recent updates I’ve done on my pinnable images:

Blog Post Picture Update

Another thing you may notice in my image updates is I use consistent fonts and colors. When I first downloaded Canva, I was happy-go-lucky with making pins and didn’t focus on using the same fonts or colors. There are SO many of them, it was hard to keep track! Now that I’ve used Canva for a few months, I am more familiar with what fonts I like and use colors that look good with my blog. Most importantly, I stick to them! I would suggest:

  • Narrow down 5 fonts you like
  • Make sure font options are a mix of skinny, fat, cursive, upper-case, etc
  • Never use more than 2 or 3 fonts per image
  • Keep background and font colors consistent (at least within the same blog post)

I also upped my photo quality with better lighting by using a Photo Light BoxI didn’t realize how dark and shadowy my still-image photos were turning out until I compared before and after images side-by-side. This is was a big turning point!

Blog Post Picture Update


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Another image trick I’ve been using lately is hiding the pinnable image in the post. This way it doesn’t show on the post, but if someone shares the post to Pinterest the pinnable image will be an option. I take pride in my pinnable images, so I like to include them in my posts. However, there are instances where I have multiple pinnable images for a post and hide all but one, or I create a new pin image and “keep” the old pin image hidden. I followed these easy hiding image directions: How to Hide an Image in a WordPress Post.

There are many other ways to update your blog post images, but what I shared has worked very well for me recently. My pins are being re-pinned 3x more and my blog traffic has increased 3x!

Blog Post Picture Update

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