Little Dove Creations

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

diy "baby's first Christmas" ornaments

I hadn't planned to share this until after Thanksgiving, but I decided that this holiday weekend I'd focus a little more on my family and a little less on my blog and social media.  So I'm going to share this with you now. :) 
Today I’ve got two cute DIY ornaments to share with you, perfect to make if you’re celebrating baby’s first Christmas!

This first ornament is one that anyone can do because it doesn’t take any special equipment or skills. All you need is a clear glass ornament (the empty ones you can find at any craft store this time of year, I really like the extra-large ones) and your child’s birth announcement.  Ideally you would also have a paper trimmer (but if you don't have one you could use scissors) and a pencil or pen.
Just cut the birth announcement into strips and wrap each strip tightly around a pencil. Then stuff each curled paper through the opening of the ornament. Super simple, but a sweet, sentimental ornament and a conversation piece!

This next one requires access to an electronic cutting machine (such as a Silhouette Cameo) that can cut vinyl. You can also contact me for a special order and I can design and cut it for you!
Just cut out your baby's birth stats and adhere to the front of a clear glass ornament (I like the flattened round ornament discs for this one). You could finish it off with a baby picture inside of the ornament or leave as is.
If you are interested in ordering the vinyl from me, send an email with the baby name and birth stats to littledovecreations@gmail with "Baby's First Christmas Ornament Order" in the subject line. The price is only $2 plus shipping and turn around time will be one week. After ordering you will be able to securely check out online at my Square store. :)

This Saturday, November 28, is Small Business Saturday and I'm getting in on the fun by offering a discount in my online store. Use the code SHOPSMALL28 to receive 28% off your total purchase. Discount code is good from November 27 - November 28 and is not valid on custom orders.

Monday, November 23, 2015

toddler gift guide

Christmas day is exactly one month from Wednesday and I am very happy to say that I am almost done with all my Christmas shopping! Whoohoo!
Even though we keep things fairly simple and only buy each of the kids one type of "toy" present (in total we buy them something needful, something joyful, and something meaningful), it's still almost always a a tough decision of what toy to get them. The struggle between getting them something fun, something that they'll get a lot of use out of, hopefully something that will last through multiple kids...
So I'm pretty pleased with what we've picked out for their "joyful" gifts this year and I wanted to share them with you.

//5 year old son//
This might seem like and odd gift to give for his "joyful" gift, but he has one of these in his Kindergarten classroom and he is obsessed! I know he will be super excited to open it Christmas morning and I love that it's an educational toy, winning! Plus, I'm hoping he'll play it with his little sister too.

//3 year old daughter//
Our daughter loves to dress up (she's a girl, so that's probably a given) and in an effort to keep her from ruining her church clothes, I thought it'd be a good idea to get her some actual dress-up clothes. Bonus, I got these when they were on sale last week AND the day there was a 50% off coupon on the Cartwheel app!

//21 month old daughter//
I saw this at Lakeshore and I thought it would be perfect since this little girl loves puzzles, but tends to walk off with pieces to everything... typical of a toddler, right? I think this will be fun for her and I like that I won't end up with pieces all over the place!

//4 month old daughter//
Obviously, babies don't need much, and they don't even know what's going on anyway so here's where I share one of my tricks with you, a.k.a., I'm about to admit how cheap frugal I am... this cute little stacking toy was something that I got for my youngest's baby shower. Since she wasn't old enough to use it yet anyway, and Mike and I try to limit the amount of toys in our house, I figured I'd keep it for her Christmas present. I've actually done this before with some of my other kids, and sometimes when I buy clothes on clearance in bigger sizes. #livingonabudget

I also thought I'd share a list of toddler and child toys I've compiled from the 2015 Amazon Holiday Toy List. These are toys that have make their list of top picks for this holiday season plus they're ones that we either have, or I think my own kids would love!

For the rest of your holiday shopping, check out my thoughts on simple but thoughtful gift giving in //this// post!

How's your shopping going? What toys are your giving this year?

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Friday, November 20, 2015

baby grass and a yard update

I figured it was about time to give you a little update on our yard. We laid sod in the front part of the yard earlier this year, and if you’ve never laid sod then you just can’t fully realize what a difference some sod and a couple hours can make. It really made our place look like a completely different house!
Well, with the size of our lot we didn’t have the money to lay sod everywhere at once, so we figured we would seed the bigger of our two side yards this Fall.

One week
Mike prepped the whole area by leveling out the existing dirt, ordering top soil, and spreading the seed starter. Once all the prep work was done he spread the grass seed and covered it with some peat moss (which helps the seeds stay moist) and then all that's left is for us to keep the soil damp and watch and wait.
That happened about a month ago, and then unfortunately the weather turned and the poor little baby grass has been struggling to thrive in the chilly weather ever since.

Four weeks
If we had been able to seed just two weeks earlier I think the pictures would show a much bigger difference, but it's still pretty exciting to see the baby grass poking through the soil a little more everyday.
I walked out to rake the front lawn a couple days ago and the bright green baby grass spreading over the side yard caught me a little by surprise. I can't wait to see what it looks like in the spring!

As people that have experience both with laying sod and spreading grass seed, the jury is still out on which is better. Obviously laying sod is more expensive, but when you spread grass seed you don't get the same instant gratification, and does the price difference really make it worth it? Both methods take about the same amount of work, just the prep is different.

Have you laid sod or planted grass seed? Which do you think is better?