A whole lot of this

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Lots of snuggles with this little guy has been happening the past two weeks. I kind of like it a whole lot. I am usually in my bedroom with Haakon sprawled across my chest or lengthwise across my stomach and while he eats I get to stare at him and smell his perfect baby smell and rub my cheek on his soft head while sometimes reading a blog or even writing an email if I’m having a “productive” day.
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Meanwhile Marshal is feeding the boys, cleaning up messes, managing meltdowns and toddler fights and possibly dismantling nuclear weapons (I haven’t asked). I love my quiet time with Haakon but when the quiet time adds up to several hours spread throughout the day I start to feel anxious about how to handle three kids and a business and maintain my own sanity. Plus, right now is the “easy” part because Marshal is home. I’m used to seeing moms walk around the store, or community center or park with one or two kids holding her hand or pushing strollers while having her little one strapped to her chest in a back back while at the same time breastfeeding. Is that real life?!! How does that happen. I am really trying to get this whole parenthood and adulthood thing down. For a minute I thought I had it figured out with two kids. But, no, not so much. Probably you never really figure it all out and probably that is okay.
Also, this happened for lunch today:
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I am more than okay with it. Now marshal will know why there is peanut butter all over the keyboard. He really likes when I do stuff like that.

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Sailor Girl–Pink and Navy Edition

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Why do boys get to have all the nautical fun? Some pink and yellow with just a bit of navy is all we needed to add a modern girly spin to this classic nursery theme. Look for furniture with clean straight lines and fabrics, prints and textiles that incorporate contemporary patterns (ikat, chevron, stripes, etc.) to achieve a modern look. Blending colors such as golden yellow and navy adds to the classic nautical look and an unexpected colors like pink, orange or green adds some original flair.

1. nautical prints: https://www.etsy.com/listing/189286754/nursery-wall-art-nautical-floral-pink?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_medium=PageTools&utm_campaign=Share
2. pink and white curtains: http://m.landofnod.com/wide-ruled-curtain-panels-pink/f11997
3. 3D Circle Mobile: https://www.etsy.com/listing/196962281/baby-mobile-baby-crib-mobile-nursery?ref=shop_home_active_2
4.chevron lamp: http://www.rosenberryrooms.com/455-mary-kate-table-lamp.html
5. Sheet set: https://www.etsy.com/listing/186756137/custom-crib-bedding-pink-and-navy
6. yellow crib: http://retrorenovation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/moda-crib.jpg
7. yellow rug: http://www.dotandbo.com/collections/designing-with-emerald/handwoven-flatweave-yellow-rug?source=Pinterest&medium=strlk&campaign=pinid_00303&lb=force
8. custom nursery art name print: https://www.etsy.com/shop/merakiandco?section_id=15429834
9. armchair: http://www.rosenberryrooms.com/642-button-armchair-in-white.html
10. pink ombre dresser: http://m.landofnod.com/chromatic-3-drawer-dresser-pink/f13806

life, this week..

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we like summer. a whole lot. summer is always good to us but this past week has been extra wonderful. marshal being home, fresh fruit from the backyard, tapas and lots of swimming may have something to do with that. oh, and we’re expecting the arrival of a new member of the team any day.

Kid/Toddler Friendly Fourth of July Breakfast

Full disclosure: This post is pretty much a tribute to sugar disguised as breakfast foods. We have two crazy toddler boys and common sense dictates that you don’t feed toddlers sugar for breakfast, so why did I just track down an entire collage of breakfast foods featuring frosting and sugar and other yummy ingredients. Maybe rules don’t apply on holidays and eating Funfetti cupcakes for breakfast is okay, especially if they go by the alias of Funfetti muffins. I’m positive muffins are a breakfast food. Keep in mind that a lot of the ingredients can be substituted with healthier options. Instead of whipped cream or frosting you could use greek yogurt and instead of sprinkles you could opt for red and blue berries. Sprinkles are prettier, though. I know Marshal will read this and shake his head while wondering why won’t I learn. For his sake I threw in a yogurt and berry option. It looks pretty but it’s definitely too healthy to make an appearance on the fourth.
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Patriotic Donuts: http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2012/06/vanilla-bean-doughnuts-and-scoop-two-way-brewer.html

Firecracker pancakes: http://bakedbree.com/something-for-the-4th-of-july#_a5y_p=676916

Red, white and blue muffins: http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/recipe-fourth-of-july-vegan-cupcakes/

Breakfast Shortcake Muffic: http://www.cookingwithmykid.com/breakfast/4th-of-july-breakfast-shortcake/

Fourth of July Breakfast Parfait: http://www.mrbreakfast.com/superdisplay.asp?recipeid=3192

Sprinkled red white and blue cinnamon rolls: http://www.thetomkatstudio.com/real-parties-patriotic-4th-of-july-breakfast/

Another DIY–Stars and Moon Nursery Mobile

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I kind of have a lot of fun with moveable paper art, specifically mobiles and garlands. They can be an easy way to add a special touch and personality to a nursery, playroom, or even birthday party, shower, wedding, photo shoots, etc. For Stellan’s “Sleep Under the Stars” birthday party coming up I’m working on a bunch of simple decorations to bring some whimsy and magic to his third birthday. I was able to make this DIY mobile one afternoon with Stellan’s help and I thought if I can do this in an hour with the help of my very busy little monkey then it just might be a DIY worthy tutorial.
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Materials: Cardstock, circle craft punch, star craft punch, sewing machine, circular base (quilters loop works well) and fishing line.
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1. Cut out shapes using the star and circle paper punch. Obviously the stars are pretty straightforward. Cut and set aside. For the moons you begin using a circle punch (any size) and cut roughly 30 circles.
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2. After the circles have been cut place each circle back into the paper punch so that it is about halfway inserted. Cut circle in half, which results in a crescent shape.
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3. Feed shapes through sewing machine. Each strand has 8-9 shapes. I like to use varying lengths for visual interest but you can make them as long or as short as you’d like. I used a total of 12 strings for a 12 inch round base.
4. Tie strings onto mobile’s base and cut any loose thread.
5. Tie four pieces of fishing line, thread, or twine on the base of the base of the mobile to create an anchor for hanging from the ceiling.
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The calm before the storm

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Pretty sure things are about to get crazy. We have exactly one week until Haakon is born (I have a C-section scheduled if he doesn’t arrive on his own) so we took the boys to the beach for the day one last time before the baby comes. Perfect temperature with no wind!