Best of September

Wowzers! September just flew by! With the distraction of a new baby, I didn’t get as many posts up as I would have liked but I’m hoping the heavy dose of cuteness makes up for it.

However, the time I have had for crafting and DIY has been focused on the upcoming holidays. I can’t wait to share with you all the spooktacular projects we’ve come up with Halloween! In the meantime, check out the posts you may have missed.

Already hungry for some Halloween-themed projects?
Head over the archives to get some inspiration!

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Best. Baby. Tip. Ever.
Stay ahead of the organization game by making these baby storage bins.

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Save your sanity while moving by using these simple tricks to stay organized and efficient. Who says moving has to be stressful?

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Baby Lawrence is here!
Read about the turn my pregnancy took at the end and our full birth story.

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Cross stitch patterns galore! I’ve been hard at work creating fun beginner cross stitch patterns. New patterns are being added to the shop all the time so check back often!

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Thank you for reading and sharing this journey with me!

xoxo, Jen

Baby Storage Bins

During my pregnancy, I received a lot of advice about everything under the sun from taking care of the baby to keeping my sanity. Some of the best tips I received were related to the latter, including how a little forethought with organization can go a long way.

One particularly organized friend gave me this tip, and I already know I’ll be eternally grateful.

To reduce clutter and keep your wits about you, buy storage containers for items baby will outgrow… now.

Knowing we plan to have a second baby, we planned to keep as much of baby’s stuff as reasonable, but it didn’t really occur to me to have bins ready to go before baby even arrived.

Here’s the dose of the reality my friend gave me.

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7 Sanity-Saving Moving Tips

Moving can be both exciting and incredibly stressful at the same time. I love that moving forces me to reevaluate all of my belongs and provides the perfect opportunity to purge. However, even with as organized as I am, I still stress over getting everything safely into boxes. Do I have enough boxes? Will this stuff break? How will I find everything when I get there?

Over the years, I’ve moved a lot and have collected some best practices along the way. Our most recent move was the least stressful I’ve ever had and it was thanks to a little planning and organization.

Here are my best tips for saving your sanity while moving.

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Best of August

Can anyone else believe it is already the end of August?! I’m sure for parents this glorious month and the return to school could not have come fast enough! We’ve been in high-gear preparing for Baby Lawrence, and I’m doing my best to put relaxing comfort first. All the same, there was plenty to share this month. Take a look at what you might have missed!

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After putting the finishing touches on the nursery, we quickly realized it was our favorite room in the house. Check out why by diving into our Disney Ocean themed nursery tour.

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No one likes a hectic morning – especially me. Here are seven of my favorite tricks for keeping mornings calm and stress-free.

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Thanks to a brilliant photographer, we somehow managed to look cute during our maternity photo shoot in 116* weather. See how the images turned out!

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I’ve been busy creating tons of new cross stitch patterns for my Etsy shop. Have you seen them? Recently, a handful of beachy friends have made their way into the pattern collection… but keep an eye out… spooky Halloween additions are just around the corner.

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Thank you for reading and sharing this journey with me!

xoxo, Jen

7 Tips for Stress-Free Mornings

Fun Fact: I hate to be rushed. Loathe it. If I feel crunched for time, I am the most irritable person in the world, and it takes a while for me to come down from the unwanted, unnecessary stress.

For this reason, I spend quite a bit of time investing in my morning routine. Starting my day off right truly does set the tone for the rest of the day and I’m sure you feel me on this. How many times have you had a hectic morning and felt frazzled the rest of the day? I’m sure it’s more than you could count!

Over the years, I’ve implemented different morning routines to adapt to my changing lifestyle. From being a full-time student working two jobs to working full-time from home, the techniques used to set the proper stage for my day have been all over the place. Here are my seven favorite tactics to ensure I start the day stress-free.

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