Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Because it WILL be Crazy

So this year all 3 of my kids start school the SAME day. This has yet to happen since my oldest stated HS so I would have a few minutes for me to torment  photograph them before they head out.

I thought why not just do it early that way they wouldn't have to pose the day off and I wouldn't get that "smile" 

So with that.... OH MY GOSH & Look at my Babies.... Time is SO Flying...

Of course me having these will still not stop me from snapping tomorrow but still at least it wouldn't be as many (don't ask me how many pictures I took either hehehe)

So what about you? Do you take 1st day of school pictures? 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Just Like That

How could it be that she's already 14 months old? I keep looking at her in awe. How fraglie and tiny she was.We are SO,SO blessed.

I remember each nervous night having to leave and go home w/out her. How I would be calling every 2-3 hours to speak to someone so they could give me an update even though they would say she was fine I just needed to hear it.

Those moments being able to hold her even if she was all hooked up,then slowly seeing the wires become none. To finally being able to bring her home and see her grow along w/her sibling. God is SO Good. We are so blessed.

Grow Isy Grow. On to many more adventures my sweet girl. We love you so much.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

School Adventures

This school year is going to be a bit different as each year it seems we are always running around like crazy and feels as we never have enough time. I thought this year being a biggie around here we would try something and so I'll be sharing some things we will be doing this school that maybe will inspire you to try it as well and maybe make it a bit easier for you as well.

I'll be sharing things I'm doing,things that works,things that didn't things I want to try and reviews (and giveaways of course)

First off my list was to make a black board where EVERYONE could see it.  Even though each of my kids (well not the baby...yet) has a blackboard they haven't been using it for anything but doodles so now have one that will be at the center of where we all end up...The kitchen!

This was right after I painted it as you need to let dry 24 hours. It it right by our kitchen table where the kids eat their meals so anything important is going to go on here. So looking forward to seeing it be used not just by me but by the kids (and hubby too ha).

I also then printed out these to take our yearly school pictures. For the first time all 3 kids start the same day. SO I don't want to be rushing to try to capture those pictures so since 2 out of my 3 wear uniforms well I can take their pictures before they start. Although my "Junior" is still working on his first outfit but that's OK hopefully he'll give me 10 minutes and humor his mom.

If your interested in these printables just go follow my Pinterest Board for this and other fun back to school things I am loving.

So how is back to school coming along for you? Have your kids started or are they starting next week like mine.

One more thing.. is it me or did Summer just SUPER fly by?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Stamps Up For Grabs- Updated

(Revised with what is still available)

Hey all! So here I am with a super duper quick sale! I'd love for these to get a good home as each month I get them and I ohh and ahh at them but they don't get used so all these stamps are brand new from Studio Calico kits I've gotten over the months.

Each one is
$7 bucks w/ $1 for shipping.  Sorry no international that way I can keep shipping to a super min.Taking paypal only for payment.  UP FOR GRABS NOW for $5!!!! ( $1 shipping)

If interested just shoot me an email to ellie dot augustin at hotmail dot com & I'll send you a bill!

(Yes I'll combine stamps together I think I have a few larger white envelopes I could squeeze them into!)

HAPPY Monday Everyone!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Squeezing every Little Bit of Summer

As I sit here and think WOWERS there I go again forgetting about my sweet little blog...then I think but wait WHY am I worrying? It only means I'm enjoying every drop of sun!

Can't believe how it's already August 1st and in a month it will be time for once again time to rush the kids off on the school bus & out the door to get to class..sigh.. I must say we have been trying to squeeze as much as possible because well this is really a make up Summer as well as this year's  Summer since last Summer was spent going to see our sweet baby girl in the NICU

Time is FLYING by.. Where is that slow down button when you need it.

We still need to cross off going to the beach hopefully next week we can cross that off. I also want to take the Littles into the city again for one more adventure OK 2 more if I can squeeze it in.

This is a peek at just our last 2 weeks. Lets just say when I print I'm pretty sure I'll be close to at least 500 pictures!

I can't wait because we have to remember that if you just snap a picture but don't print them what's the point.

So what has your Summer looked like so far?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AHHHH Summer we Love you

Loving each and every minute because before we know it we will be setting alarms for school instead of adventures!

What have you been up so far this Summer?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Pinterest for the WIN

Hello awesome peeps!

Today I thought I'd share a little adventure I had been working on for a while. Which ended last Sunday as we celebrated my baby's 1st birthday.

Everything started with this below. I decided to make a private board to help me with Isy's birthday. OH the fear of the dreaded #PinterestFail to tell the truth I was scared BEYOND my mind. 

The thought of  actually sitting down and putting it all together was in my mind but could I bring it to life? 
To be honest this would be the most handmade party for any of my children I would be contributing to. I usually make a scrapbook album and a book for people to leave messages and everything else has been store bought.

The first thing I knew I had to take care of was the cake. I knew right away who was going to make our cake as she is BEYOND amazing and not just because she is a family friend but she truly is talented. 

So I asked Desiree if she could create Isy's cake and smash cake and WOWERS did she come through.

Then it was time to think what kind of party it would be and it ended up being a gold,pink,white party.

I started by working on her birthday crown because I had looked at esty and all I found were crowns that were way over my budget and so I headed to the fabric store and got some fabric and got to work....with my glue gun, needle and thread. 

Next I looked into a Styrofoam numbers which I found nobody locally carried and the shipping wasn't worth it so off I went to the craft store thinking hmmm I can get me a Styrofoam board and make a number 1 can't I...I think..So off I went...

Got home and thought how am I going to do this trick that I remembered was DO NOT outline what you want to cut out on the styrofoam but on the plastic itself. Good thing I did that because by the end I had a few different outlines made but then I held my breath and started to cut.

I did end up cutting the bottom of the one after I took the picture as I noticed one side was longer but over all I was so excited. Next was how would I design the room? 

I decided that hand sewing two color crepe paper would be a good idea....yeah remind me of this next time..TOTAL madness OK worth it but still I am nuts.

This is the idea I got in my head...

I used this as a base to how I wanted to decorate the room. 

This is what my 1 ended up after sewing little rosettes and hot gluing them down. It was worth the work and I was so happy how it ended up.

The crown ended up looking like this :

This crown at first started out CRAZY as I had wanted to make the base of the crown from the satin fabric as I got the tutorial as to how to make it  HERE and then quickly learned I needed another material which YAY I did and it helped me get this one together.

So the awesome celebration weekend arrived and this is from Saturday Smash cake day :

As you can see Isy's smash cake was AMAZING!!! Desiree did amazing but little did I know what she would have for her actually birthday.

Here is the whole thing put together the next day : 

Over all it was a magical weekend. Lots of hard work but so SO worth it. I want to thank my awesome SIL Stephanie and BIL Mike for allowing us to host the weekend at their home and Desiree for making such wonderful cakes. 

What I learned ... Pinterest can be conquered you just need to really go slow and do a pre-run before tackling what you would like to do. I started planning 6 months in advance and had many trial and error and was happy with what I accomplished....

Next Pinterest challenge will be a "Frozen 8th Birthday party" at least I have until January! 

Have you tried anything lately and also had a Pinterest win? I'd love to hear about it.