A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Organizing Magazine Tear Sheets

I’ve honed down my monthly magazine subscriptions to: Better Homes & Gardens and House Beautiful (for home inspiration – though I’m thinking of ending the last one), Martha Stewart (for recipes and crafty ideas), Lucky (fashion), Money (investment inspiration) and San Diego Magazine (for local stuff). I consider it to be a small number ;-), but still I have stacks and stacks waiting for me in my office because I rarely have the time to actually read them – and when I do, I rarely want to toss them!

My solution isn’t quite rock solid yet, but to keep from a true mountain of magazines I do try to dog ear pages as I go and then pull those pages to keep tear sheets of favorite ideas only. It keeps me from saving 100 pages of a magazine I love to just my top 5-10 pages. I mark the pages up with a sharpie before I store them so I know what on that page I loved. If I have time I clip around that item, too (for example, might be the dining room chairs or rug and not really the entire room).

Organizing Magazine Tear Sheets | PepperDesignBlog.com

Here’s where my plan sort of falls apart. Right now I have a wire basket at the top of of one of my bookshelves in my office that I toss all tear sheets into. Then I have sort of a two part system that includes filing a craft picture under ‘craft ideas’, or adding it to a plastic sleeve for future inclusion in some sort of inspiration binder.

That’s my system for over three years… it needs a bit of work.

On the plus I have a small(er) stack of magazines to keep around, on the negative I have an ever growing tear sheet pile (of stuff too good to toss) that needs some love! How do you sort your favorite magazines/ideas?

Liv’s 3rd ‘Camping’ Birthday

On Sunday we celebrated Liv’s 3rd birthday with a ‘camping’ themed party.

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Two of her favorite things to do these days are to go to Nana & Papa’s (now that they live in our area) and to roast marshmallows in the big outdoor fire pit that they have in their backyard. When I suggested a camping themed birthday with those two ideas in mind, Liv was over the moon. When we talked about everyone coming in their pajamas, she thought that that was just the coolest thing ever.

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday Invitation | PepperDesignBlog.com

We held the party on a Sunday afternoon so that we could catch the sunset and roast marshmallows just after it was dark. I was coming back from a week long business trip (the girls and my mom came with me) and was totally exhausted, so I’m really thrilled with what we were able to pull together the day of the party with help from our families :-). Score one for late afternoon parties.

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Since the party was going to be outdoors and since it would be chilly, we planned the evening to be around the fireplace and a movie projector for a short film.

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As we were setting up, Liv kept dancing around the different tables of food and decorations – she was so thrilled! And that made me so happy knowing that her little ‘camping & s’mores’ party vision was coming to life.

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

She reorganized fallen marshmallows, adjusted the project table to her liking, redid the chalkboard sign announcing her big day.

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

I had put a little forethought into the afternoon and had originally planned on a giant lean-to sort of sheet structure so that all of the kids could watch the outdoor show together (and keep warm), but day-of changes called for a new idea and we went with three little a-frame tents.

The tents were the easiest project! We followed this tutorial to a T and besides the trips to the fabric store (I scored all three of the below fabrics from the discount $2.98/yard table), the hardware store for wood and an oops-the-drill-ran-out-of-batteries emergency trip, it took all of 30 minutes to assemble the bunch. The building portion (no nails, screws or glue, just drilling and dowels) was Kev’s contribution to the party, my mother-in-law used a fabric adhesive (no stitches here) to ‘hem’ and attach the strips of fabric to their frames. Kev was back watching the football game (did you see that Charger’s game?) in no time.

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

The project table that I mentioned earlier was to make ‘candy’ necklaces to later nibble on while watching the show. My mom came up with the cute idea of stringing fruit loops and Liv helped sort the colored cereal into cupcake tins and little cups. We used floss as string so that the cereal could easily be bitten off, just like you would with a real candy necklace.

This would have been the perfect idea for a party of girls – and maybe required a little too much concentration for our group of mostly 3-4 year-old-boys ;-). The cereal was soon gobbled up one snack cup at at a time.

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

I didn’t get a picture of the camping-style spread that we served, but my mom was instrumental in creating a delicious dinner for all guests.

My favorite was the s’mores table! What Liv was really looking forward to was roasting marshmallows with all of her friends, so that’s exactly what we did.

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

We made s’mores take home kits as favors for all of the kids.

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

As soon as the sun set we bundled the kids up in warm blankets and tucked them all together for a short showing of ‘Bob the Builder’. In twenty minutes the laptop overheated creating a frozen screen, and then we lost audio for a good chunk – but the kids were so enamored with the giant ‘screen’ that I don’t think any of them even noticed.

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

S’mores with friends.

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

And a round of story telling fireside.

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

Then cake time! I made a small s’mores cake so that she’d have three candles to blow out.

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

(Sorry about the scary face).

Liv’s 3rd birthday camping party was a birthday success! And I’m excited about reusing those a-frame tents for playtime around the house or in the backyard :).

I call Liv my little monkey because she has so much energy and is such an incredible joy to be around – I’m so blessed to have a daughter as smart, beautiful and full of life as this one. Days like this make me happy that I get to honor and shower with love a girl so deserving of special attention and time.

She has a killer ‘cute’ face, too.

Liv's 3rd Camping Birthday | PepperDesignBlog.com

PS a link to Liv’s 2nd birthday party which was all about the pink, and here’s her first, with my favorite diy table skirt of all time.

Happy 3rd Birthday, Livy Girl

My sweet Liv is now three. It’s hard to believe that not so long ago she changed our lives in a big way on that special day when she entered our cozy two person family – and the past three years have been somewhat of a blur of excitement, joy, patience, practice and unconditional love. Now it is even harder to imagine what life was like before her arrival.

Liv's Newborn Basket Photo | PepperDesignBlog.com

Our kind, generous, spunky girl is growing up.

Family Photos | Liv | PepperDesignBlog.com

She has the most adventurous soul (even when it comes to eating!), prefers dancing to walking, has mastered the ‘furrowed brow’ when angry, loves her sister so much I worry her cuddles and hugs will leave marks.

When I wake up I am excited to meet a Livy smile and a crazy mane of bed head hair. I love her beautiful curly ringlets – especially after a bath and before I scoop them up into little piles of adorable pigtails on her head (if she lets me). Before we go to sleep each night she reads books with daddy and I tell her a story about sisters Princess Olive & Princess Teacup (she still hasn’t made the connection). Then we say our prayers and she tells me everything that she’s grateful for that day. She mentions things like ‘sunshine’ and ‘my new bed’ and ‘Bodie, our dog’.

I love that her favorite saying is ‘is that a great idea, mommy?’, as she propositions me for a fun activity or treat (I’ll admit that I give in often). I love that she scrunches her nose up when she says ‘silly goose’ (her new term for just about everything).

When she’s tired of me looking at the computer in the evening, she tells me that she has to ‘get some work done’ and turns it towards her to practice typing her name on the keyboard. One little index finger meets one key after another in a concentrated click, click, click.

I am a cuddler and I’ve done my best to raise a cuddler. I love it most when she asks if I’ll hold her and when she tells me ‘I love you, momma’ in her sweet, sincere little voice. I love when she draws circles on my arms out of habit because I’ve practiced that soothing technique for so long on her.

I have loved the journey.

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Baby girl, I didn’t know what being a mom meant until I met you – I love you so much.

Liv’s birth story & newborn photos (still makes me sniffle! The photos for one reason, the birth story for another ;-)). Liv’s first year in a series of b&w photos with her giant bear.

PS there’s a chance that this post won’t load in half of the browsers out there because I’ve packed it SO full of pictures.

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