DIY Garden Markers

With the completion of a recent craft project, I had some extra wooden shims lying around. You can find these at your local home improvement store (in the wood section) for less than $5 for about 40 shims.

Before heading out to the garden to plant my vegetables, I grabbed the shims and some colorful permanent markers. At the sight of momma’s markers my oldest excitedly announced she would also love to help.  As I wrote the name of each item to be planted in the garden, she also did some scribbles on the shims which seemed to appease her. I’ve learned that if there is even a minute, boring task she could do (with none-to-little assistance) with one of my projects or even with daddy’s “projects” (helping air up mom’s car tires or change the self-propel chain on the lawn mower), she will jump at the opportunity.

 

Garden Markers

My garden marker shims have been outside for two months now and seem to be holding up just fine. I have not had to adjust them and while the lighter markers have lightened even more in the sun, you can still decipher what is written.

Garden Markers 2

Garden Markers 3

Turns out it was an easy project with some simple, cheap, leftovers found around the house. Yay for spunking up my garden a little bit! Now c’mon, veggies…grow, grow, GROW!

How have you labeled plants in your garden? I have seen so many creative ideas on Pinterest!

Packing kids for a trip

Months ago, we asked my mom to watch our two girls for 9 days while my husband and I take a trip to Maui in May. We knew it wouldn’t be a cake walk for her – even though she raised four kids. Getting the girls out of bed each morning, fed, dressed, and to daycare by 7am is a tall order. My husband and I rarely do this by ourselves, having each other for great support and assistance in our chaos, and I knew mom would be doing it mostly sans help (my dad leaves early in the morning and is home late during the week).

It was crucial that I pack my girls as simply as possible so Mom would not have to fumble through a mound of clothes trying to come up with an outfit for each girl.

My solution was Ziplock bags. I had an outfit for each day of school (shorts, shirt, socks) and packed it in a Ziploc bag that read:

child’s name

type of shirt and shorts  (I only did this because we were still having a couple cold spells mixed with super warm days)

daycare outfit

packing kids 1

I packed a total of 7 of these bags for each child – for the 7 days of school they would be attending while we were out.

Next I packed a bag full of enough undies for the time they were to be at Grandma’s and extra socks for my oldest. Labeled: “Eva underwear and extra socks”

For the weekend I packed one bag that included 4 shirts and a couple shorts (noting to mom that she would need to wash some shorts that were used during the school week) for my oldest and a bag of 3 or 4 outfits for the one-year old.

I packed one “church clothes for girls” bag including a dress and shoes for each girl.

Lastly, were the jammies. Our girls wear their pajamas for two nights in a row (barring they weren’t drenched with morning cereal milk). So I packed a bag for each girl including four pairs of PJs that were to be worn over the eight nights they’d be at Grandma’s.

Luckily Grandma’s house is stocked with baby wash, towels, baby and toddler friendly utensils, toys, books, so none of those items needed to be packed. I had a small bag with food and medicine that Grandma had not purchased in preparation for the trip (which was great of her). We did include their favorite nighttime items. In the end, we brought a carry-one and one small paper shopping bag for their stay at Grandma’s. Easy. Low-maintenance. And I assured mom I did not need all the clothes back in the baggies…I would be glad to sort everything out when we returned.

Packing Kids 2

There were a total of about 20 baggies with clothes. It proved to be a successful way for Grandma to easily grab a separate bag each morning to get the girls ready for the day. While I have not had to use this method for a trip we have all taken together, I think it will definitely be something I do in the future to ensure a neat suitcase and quick recognition and resolution of the everyday problem, “What do I put on the girls today?”

Something else that was imperative for their stay at Grandma’s was an outline of our daily routine, eating habits, nighttime schedule and other miscellaneous important information.

Mom had important information already documented and in her phone: Daycare number, pediatrician number. We also left a very informal, signed, note giving her permission to take our children to a hospital for assessment and treatment, if needed. I’m not sure if this really mattered under the circumstances but it was something simple we did, just in case.

Have you found a simple way to pack your kids for long trips?

Summer Tweed

I instantly fell in love with this tweed skirt last summer when I spotted it at my local J. Crew Factory. It was a great skirt to wear to summer parties and showers. I was excited to bring it out again this spring and summer. I love that while the tweed is a thicker material, often associated with the winter months, the bright colors make it so fun and appropriate for the warmer weather.

peach top and tweed skirt

 

Initial Necklace: Etsy; Chevron Necklace: Forever 21, old (similarsimilar)

Top: Forever 21 (exact, although looks much lighter in person)

Skirt: J. Crew Factory, old (similar)

Shoes: Gap Outlet, old (similar)

Cobalt Blue with Aztec Print Skirt

So this picture depicts the wonderfulness that is unpacking from a nine day Hawaii trip. I have no shame and I know we all have moments when our room looks like all forces of nature ran through it. Don’t worry, it just took us a week to completely unpack.

Cobalt Blue and Aztec Print SkirtInitial Necklace: Etsy; Chevron Necklace: Forever 21, old (similar, similar)

Shirt: H&M, old (similar)

Belt: Thrifted (similar)

Skirt: Target, old (similar)

Shoes: Target, old (exact in brown)

To create this look I decided to pull this skirt I purchased from Target a couple years ago. I probably have not worn it in over a year. I wasn’t sure what top to pair it with – black would be too safe and monochromatic, I didn’t want another print to compete with the skirt, then I pulled out this recently purchased blue shirt from H&M. Oh wow! It looked good…now for a belt to brighten things up. I snagged this yellow belt from Plato’s Closet last month. I’m loving what little pops of color from surprisingly under-stated accessories can do for an outfit. I wanted a necklace but kept it matchy-matchy with the shirt as opposed to adding an additional color. I pulled on these black glitter sandals for Target. I was actually pretty excited with this pulled together look that gave this easy skirt a second chance.

Do you have a piece of clothing you ‘rejected’ for a long time but suddenly pulled it out again and were able to make a great outfit?