Happy Valentine’s Day + DIY Heart Pillow

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Sorry, I’ve been MIA lately. I’ve been spending a lot of time on my food blog Delectable Darlings. <~~~~~ Check it out and spread the love! I’m trying to find more time to spend here too! A lot has been going on so I just haven’t been able to devote much time to more things but I’m working on it.

In the meantime, enjoy this quick little DIY , a heart shaped pillow. It took me about 15 minutes. It’s fuzzy and the girls love rubbing their faces on it. It’s pretty cute.

DIY Heart Shaped Pillow

Materials:

- 1/4 – 1/2yd of fuzzy fabric (this will depend on the size you make your pillow. Mine is small so it only took about 1/4yd)

- sewing machine

- polyester stuffing

- cardstock for pattern

1. Draw a half-heart onto your cardstock to use as a pattern Make it about 1/2″ bigger all around then you want your pillow. Or you could draw the shape and then draw a separate line 1/2″ out from the original line. Cut it out.

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2. Fold fabric in half and place your pattern on top lining up straight edge of pattern on fold. Trace pattern onto fabric (my fabric was too fuzzy to draw on so I just cut along the pattern). Repeat so you have 2 heart shaped pieces.

3. Place right sides together and sew along edges to create a 1/2″ seam, leaving about 2-3 inches open.

4. Turn right side out through area left open. Fill with desired stuffing and sew opening closed. The fabric is fuzzy to don’t get too serious with this last step. The fuzz will cover up the imperfectness. 

Heart Shaped Pillow

Heart Pillow

And because I’m not that into actual store-bought cards I posted this to my husbands Facebook wall. 

Valentine's card

 

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This years Santa picture!

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Win! B climbed right onto his lap. I thought S would be okay but once she got on his lap she started freaking out. She did make sure to say “Bye Santa” before we left like nothing ever happened.

I also got this cute one of B’s conversation with Santa.

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dresses : old navy | tights : target | shoes : toms | bows : diy

Missed Moments

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So the girls got into the flour while I thought I could take a shower this morning. Instead of cleaning it up right away (like my husband did last weekend when S got into the cocoa) I thought I would capture the moment first.

I was recently contacted about DropCam’s “Life’s Mysteries” campaign in which you post about a “missed moment” in your life. If you follow me on Instagram you probably already know that I miss a lot of moments and since I miss them I like to document the aftermath. Here are some of my faves.

The time S got into the shower fully clothed while I was waiting for the water to get warm.

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Oh and then B did it a week later.

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The time I found S on the couch eating a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup.

The time I found B in the bathroom after unrolling the TP.

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I think she learned it from S.

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The first time I lost a kid and realized she was hiding in the toy oven.

IMG_1516 (808 x 1077)The time all my tupperware was all over the kitchen

IMG_1299 (808 x 1077)The time B crawled into the dish towel drawer and made herself at home.

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 A lot of things happen when my back is turned but if I capture the aftermath I feel like I didn’t miss it at all. Kids do naughty things but if we take the time to capture the moment, we all can share some laughs later in life.

 

Bumble Bees!

This is the first Halloween that I dressed the girls up for. They were too young in the past to go trick-or-treating so I just didn’t bother with it. They are still a little young this year to understand the concept but I just had to dress them up. Check out these cute little bumble bees!

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Auntie Lolo got them these adorable striped leotards from American Apparel and that’s what gave me the costume idea. I just put together some tutu’s and made their headbands and it was done! The antennaes on the headbands are made from paper straws (available at any craft or party store) and pompoms I made from two shades of yellow yarn. I also reused their Easter buckets for candy buckets.

For the wings, I cut out raindrop shapes from cardboard, stuck some yellow tulle on with spray adhesive then glued them together. I hot-glued elastic to the back for their arms to go through and a little black bow.

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Pumpkin Patch & first official photo of the 3 of us!

I’ll start with the picture of us 3. No one has ever taken a picture of me and the girls. I have 1 “selfie” cell phone pic but that’s it. Now I have 1 official non self-portrait picture (It took 27 takes to get it. Best outtake at end of post.)! Woohoo. Here it is people…

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Yes, this is the best we could do.  The girls just wanted to run around like they were hopped up on Mountain Dew. The pumpkin patch at Irvine Regional Park is kind of awesome. There are about a million pumpkins and lots of areas kids can run around. 

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In case you are wondering, those adorable floral pants are from H&M.

And now the best picture of them all….drum roll please……IMG_16070

 

Pinned it…Tried it…IT WORKED!

***I posted this process again and with a little more detail on my other blog here.

I’m always looking for remedies on Pinterest for issues I have at home. Like, what to use when you run out of dishwashing soap, how to get rid of flies, those sorts of things. I came across this one recently and I had to try it. I should point out that I do wash my towels regularly but after a while they seem to develop a rather funky smell. I switched detergents with more powerful scents but that didn’t work. I read somewhere that after a while soap and fabric softener build up and your towels need to be stripped to get rid of it all. So I tried this and it worked perfectly! No more funk.

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I searched this pin and could only find a picture with no link to a website source. So, whoever made this, big thanks to you!

UPDATE 1/30/14: I’ve had a lot of questions about this so I thought I would highlight some more information here. 

- I have a front load washer. I’ve tossed the vinegar straight onto the towels and I’ve also poured it into the detergent tray. Seems to work both ways. I ALWAYS toss the baking soda onto the towels, never load into detergent tray.

- This process is safe for colored towels as well as white.

- I’ve also done this with some eternally stinky work clothes and it worked like magic.