Category Archives: Affordable

Mud Room Art Area

Big Brother N could spend hours coloring, cutting, gluing, threading or doing some other type of art activity. Believe me, I’m a huge supporter of this, especially in the winter when his other favorite activity to request is TV. Over the years, we have received hand-me-down supplies from friends and my mom who was a preschool teacher for years as well as new materials as gifts. Our collection was really getting out of hand. Continue reading

Mother’s Day Fingerprint Ring Tray

Happy Mother’s Day (a few days early) to all of you amazing moms who are part of our Jelly Bean Journals community. No one knows how much you give, how deep you love, or the things that fill your brain space more than another mom. And we are in your boat, on your team, supporting you and cheering you on as loud as we can.  We hope your upcoming Mother’s Day is a time for you to pause, relax and be spoiled by the little ones in your life  who are so grateful for you but really have no idea that you are far more grateful for them. Continue reading

Sign of Hope: DIY Decorative Paper Mâché Initials or Wall Sign

Friends, I am always one to keep it real. Typically, when I post a DIY, it’s because I was able to get in, get it accomplished, and move on with my life. These are the types of projects I live for…and this project Continue reading

Holiday Snowflake Fingerprint Ornaments

With the Thanksgiving holiday wrapping up, we are plummeting directly toward Christmas. As I’ve mentioned probably a thousand times a year, I love this time of year. But, man is it a busy time. It seems like there are a thousand things to do to keep traditions alive and prepare for the holiday and our impending travel. Each year I like to make sure, in addition to purchased presents, our families receive a special gift from our kiddos. Life with a newborn and four-year-old is still as busy as can be, so this year especially, I needed something super easy and time friendly. This project Continue reading

Russian Sage Bundle for Rustic Fall or Winter Decorating

Each autumn we trim our Russian Sage, or Perovskia Atriplicifolia, nearly to the ground. We do this to keep our plants healthy and thriving. Let me tell you, it works like a charm and these beauties bloom a gorgeous purple all through the following summer. Their aroma reminds me of hearty sage and they are loved by bumble bees. On hot afternoons our fence sounds like a buzzing electric line because of the busy pollinators working from one tiny flower to the next. Continue reading

Be Brave Little One Baby Boy Sprinkle

I have been crazy, stupid excited over the arrival of Little Brother N. Now that he’s here safe and sound, I’m thrilled to share the way we celebrated him, and honored Kerstin’s second pregnancy, over the summer.

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The Easiest Kids New Years Eve Craft Ever!

I am so excited for New Year’s Eve this year. Along with several of our family friends, we have rented rooms at a local hotel that has a great pool for the kids. Between the five families, there will be at least 9 kiddos! For me, New Year’s Eve represents a time to reflect on the last year while looking toward the year ahead. So, I hate the idea of leaving N on a night that holds this meaning for me. But, I also love ringing in the New Year with friends. This year, Continue reading

Christmas Eve Box: Share the Magic & Start a Tradition

December has arrived and we invite you to join us in starting a new Christmas tradition! Give a Christmas Eve Box as a magical gift to open. It contains the fun needed to keep little minds and hands busy before resting their heads to dream of sugarplum fairies. A Christmas Eve Box can contain anything your heart desires from personalized ornaments to favorite toys or treats. This special gift gives children the chance to open a present in anticipation of Christmas day and provides a family activity that can make a wonderful annual tradition.

We have created a few different and adorable Christmas Eve Boxes to save you time during this busy holiday season! Some of our favorite things have been included such as best loved stories, a letter from Santa, hot cocoa and popcorn. Check out our offers below and order your box by December 16th, 2015. Continue reading

DIY String Art Project & Tutorial

Have you seen string art on Pinterest, yet? Every now and then, I see an adorable string art image pop up and I find myself pinning it almost every time. Here’s what I love about string art:

  1. The colors and color schemes you can incorporate.
  2. How the imperfection of it is perfect.
  3. You seriously can’t mess this up! (I love being crafty, but I often struggle transitioning the idea in my head to real life and that frustrates me!)

I’m starting to think about ways to make N’s room more “toddlerish” and less “babyish” Continue reading