Marley’s Newborn Announcements & Baby Journal

Marley Marie is three and a half months old and I have almost finished sending out her newborn announcements.

Marley's Birth Announcement & Tiny Prints | PepperDesignBlog.com

Marley's Birth Announcement & Tiny Prints | PepperDesignBlog.com

I love how they turned out. She’s added a few belly and thigh rolls since the three-week-old photo on the front and the six-week-old sister photo (photo credit to Katie Beverley) on the back, but other than that those piercing eyes and that sweet little nose has not changed much in the last two months. I adore the way that she still stares intently and how gracious she is with her giggles and coos! She’s on to full conversations these days.

That picture on the back is one of my favorites. I will probably blow it up and hang it somewhere in our soon-to-be-finished bedroom as a reminder of my sweet girls. Three little peas in a pod, but so different, yes? So many families that we know have either identical (as in you can really tell that all siblings are siblings) or completely opposite (one looks just like mom, one looks like dad, one looks like great aunt Sally…) children. Each of our girls are so unique and so different from one another that I can’t wait to watch them grow up just to see what familial features and personality traits they take on.

Our family is finally beginning to find the rhythm of three children. We actually all make it out the door for errands a couple of times a week (that seemed impossible four weeks ago) and I’m happy to report that life is starting to adjust back to normal. A busy, hectic normal, but normal (and that feels so good).

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I’ve kept a journal (to capture major milestones, funny things they’ve said and done, cute moments…) and a memory box for each of the girls as they’ve grown up and was heartbroken to learn that Paper Coterie – who I had purchased both of those mementos through – had gone out of business. Shutterfly came through though with the perfect lined journal substitute for Marley and I cannot wait to start recording.

I added one of my favorite photos of Marley to the front and then the sisters image in black and white to the back, as well as an inscription on the purpose of the notebook.

Marley's Newborn Announcements & Journal | PepperDesignBlog.comMarley's Newborn Announcements & Journal | PepperDesignBlog.com

Time to share a hand written birth story with her! I can’t wait to give these journals to the girls when they’re grown up, they are my modern baby book. I’m still searching out for a photo box substitute (which is the perfect compliment to the journal since it holds treasures like hospital bracelets, baptismal candles, 1st birthday cards and the like). I’m curious to learn what other mommas are doing for baby books for their little ones – there are so many unique ways to document these days!

This post is sponsored by Tiny Prints and Shutterfly (who gifted Marley’s announcement and journal). The template I used can be found here. I have partnered with this awesome company for YEARS and am grateful for their continued support of this blog. I love their products.

PS Liv’s newborn announcements and Taylor’s newborn announcements, just for fun!

Happy Mother’s Day + Simple Stencil DIY

Mother's Day Stenciled 'MOM' | PepperDesignBlog.com

I’m in Boston with only one day left to explore this beautiful city until Marley and I fly home to rejoin the rest of our family for Mother’s Day weekend (get to spend it with both my mom and mother-in-law, a tradition we started two years ago and that I love!).

I could write an essay on motherhood… what it means to me, both being a mom and loving my mom(s), but it would not do justice to what moms are in our lives. I HOPE that I can be as solid, sensible and happy as my mom (love you, mom), I hope that my girls grow up snuggling, admiring and leaning on me with a sense of confidence that I’ll always be there – for any and every reason.

Whether you are celebrating with breakfast in bed, a bouquet of flowers, handmade cards or (stenciled) brownies, have a wonderful weekend spending time with or thinking about the special women in your life! Happy Mother’s Day.

PS the above photo was so simple to create, we had chipboard letters on hand and so I pepped up a dessert with a little customization. Could be replicated on blueberry pancakes for brunch or over almost any sort of delicious dessert.

Kid-Friendly Handmade Drawer Sachets

Lavender Drawer Sachet, Helps with Mothballs | Kid-Friendly Project | PepperDesignBlog.com

Liv’s new favorite activity is to go for scavenger hunts around our neighborhood. My neighbor invites her on early evening walks when she takes her own dog for a walk, and Liv comes back with a bag full of flowers from around the block (I know, not totally kosher, I try to encourage just picking leaves and such by sometimes sending her with a list that includes ‘find something green’ and ‘find the prettiest twig’).

One of her recent hunts resulted in LOTS of lavender from our own yard, so I suggested to Liv that we dry it all out and use it for a project.

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Lavender, rosemary, nasturtium, bougainvillea…

I also had a handful of muslin bags on hand from another craft, so one of the ideas that came to mind was to create little drawer satchels for Mother’s Day.

Once the flowers were completely dried out, we blended them with epsom salt, baking powder and drops of lavender essential oil.

Lavender Drawer Satchel, Helps with Mothballs | Kid-Friendly Project | PepperDesignBlog.com

Here Taylor is pretending to mix around the powdered result. PS this mixture is perfect for sachets, not so great for a bath (I tried, the amazing-smelling powder left the green lavender residue all over the tub, whoops!).

Lavender Drawer Satchel, Helps with Mothballs | Kid-Friendly Project | PepperDesignBlog.com

I mixed the powder with whole grains of rice, 2 parts lavender powder to 1 part rice.

We turned the muslin bags inside out and Liv drew whatever she wanted on the bag in a colored pencil. She decided on flowers which was perfect for this project.

Lavender Drawer Satchel, Helps with Mothballs | Kid-Friendly Project | PepperDesignBlog.com

Then I slipped a thin piece of cardboard/cardstock into the bag (so that I wouldn’t sew through the bag) and began to outline the design in embroidery thread (the below is an example that I started on first to test out my idea, not Liv’s flower). She was able to help me out a little bit by pulling the needle taut as I sewed. The goal was to create a close version of her drawing rather than perfectly spaced embroidery stitches (as an adult may be tempted to do).

Here’s a source for muslin bags and here’s the hoarder amount of embroidery thread that I now own.

Lavender Drawer Satchel, Helps with Mothballs | Kid-Friendly Project | PepperDesignBlog.com

Back to the flower… our design once we turned the bag inside out and filled up the little bag with our lavender mixture:

Lavender Drawer Satchel, Helps with Mothballs | Kid-Friendly Project | PepperDesignBlog.com

I tied the tops very tight (non-spilling or leaking tight). They smell so lovely and will be great little presents. A bonus is that lavender is a mothball deterrent, these are perfect for hanging in a closet or tucking into a dresser drawer.

It’s almost Mother’s Day! I’m in Boston this week and so finished most of our Mother’s Day cards/gifts before we left (which is wayyyy before that usually happens). Happy mid week!

PS One of my favorite Mother’s Day gifts and all Mother’s Day ideas from this blog. 

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