Friday, July 31, 2015

summer bucket list update

To say that I feel like I've really dropped the ball on this year's Summer bucket list is an understatement. I mean, we've made a little dent in it, but some of the things that should be a breeze to cross off are still untouched (like building a sandcastle or making s'mores). I guess it will have to be our goal this next week to cross as many things off as possible!

As you can see, we did make our annual trip to a national park already (back in the beginning of June) with a fun trip to Zion National Park.
I love this picture of my little dove and I because the last time I was here (the start of The Narrows hike) I was pregnant with this little man and didn't even know it yet!

We also finally "painted" our shirts (that's what my kids are calling the tie dye, and they had been bugging me for weeks to do it!) which might have been a little ambitious to do with so many little kids, but it was still fun. We invited a couple friends over to tie dye with us and I think everybody had a good time. All of the shirts turned out so cute, and of course I had to make a sleep gown and tiny shirt for little baby sister in mommy's tummy (as she is affectionately known around here).

To make our shirts we used the Tulip brand tie dye kit (similar to this one), and I think it really simplified the process.
My two older kids ask to wear their shirts just about everyday. :)

Lastly, I just want to remind y'all that today is July 31st, which means two things; first, today is the last day to use the code littledove20 on the Timi & Leslie website to receive 20% off your order; and second, I'm now officially on my annual Summer blog break until September! I'll be back in a month with a birth story, a giveaway, and lots of other great stuff; plus more awesome guest posts! If you don't already, be sure to follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook so you can see what exciting things we're up to during the month of August!
Have a great rest of your Summer!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

guest post// diy color block gold leaf log

This post is written by Jess, a mom to 3 kids and wife to a collegiate strength coach. She has a degree in Industrial Design and she also minored in Interior Design. Jess loves to share her eclectic sense of style with everyone on her blog, Domicile 37.

Hello All! I feel very honored to be guest blogging on Little Dove Creations today! I love reading about Justine and her sweet family and all that she can do...She is a talented lady and a great mom. With that said, I thought that I would ease her burden (as she preps for her new addition) and help her out by sharing a simple DIY that is all season appropriate and is extremely easy 
to recreate...and it only takes about 30 minutes. 

Before I get started with the DIY, I would love to give y'all the backstory to how I obtained my log. Please do note, you can purchase your log at a store, this is just a story of how I obtained mine...A couple of months ago, while driving to I do not know where, I saw a pile of logs sitting at the curb of a home in my neighborhood, I assumed they were free...well, I am pretty sure they were free because a few days after I obtained my small pile, I drove back down that street and saw a bigger pile with a sign that said free. Anyways, I threw my small pile of logs in my van and let it sit there for a few days while I tried to figure out how I was going to disinfect them of all the creatures inside of them (I live in a townhouse, so I was most certainly not bringing them in without a plan). I decided to put the logs in my oven at the lowest setting (175 degrees) and I let it bake for an hour. To my surprise, it worked. 

A log or tree stump
Modge podge (any brand will do)
Gold Leaf
2-Paint brushes (or foam brush)

*Note: If you happen to pick up a stump or log from outside to kill the critters, you can bake your logs at 175 degrees (or your lowest oven temperature setting) for an hour PRIOR to attempting this DIY. NOW, this is what worked for me but it may not work for everyone---I also checked on the logs while in the oven every 10-15 minutes to make sure everything was okay and nothing was on fire.

(As Pictured Below)

Apply modge podge to desired area on log with paint brush (or foam brush). You can choose to tape off the section if wanted. I think there is beauty in imperfection so I chose to eye ball everything. When working with modge podge, do a little section at a time. Modge podge dries fast, so you have to be quick when working with it. 

I worked in small sections (the size of a gold leaf sheet) and I applied the gold leaf on top of the modge podge and repeated these steps until I worked my way around the whole lower section of my log. After I placed the gold leaf down on the area of the log covered in modge podge, I gently pushed down on the gold leaf, securing it to the log. When doing this, try to keep the fingers you use to push the gold leaf down on clean and free of glue. You do not want the gold leaf to stick to your fingers. 

After I gently pushed the gold leaf down, I grabbed my dry paint brush and I patted the gold leaf down almost like I was doing a stipple affect with a dry paint brush. I wanted the gold leaf to really sink into the wood and to have a raw look to it. I did not want it to look perfect.

After the gold leaf settled a bit into the wood, I took my modge podge and paint brush (the one used in step one) and applied modge podge over the gold leaf to act as a sealant. 

Voila, now you have yourself a chic, on trend (not too trendy), but classic in style decor piece.

Thanks ALL for having me today! I enjoyed sharing a little part of me with you.

Thank you so much Jess, this is a gorgeous project. 
It somehow perfectly combines a simple, rustic look with chic sophistication, love it!

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Monday, July 27, 2015

what's in my diaper bag

A couple weeks ago I shared the newest love in my life... my Timi and Leslie Madison diaper bag
Today I wanted to share what's inside, because it can be a little overwhelming trying to figure out what you might possibly need for not only yourself, but a newborn and three toddlers! And keep reading to the end of the post for a discount code for your very own Timi & Leslie diaper bag!

Some of the essentials that I need with me at all times for my tiniest babes are:  
  • Aden and Anais muslin swaddle blanket. Sometimes I just keep one of these with the car seat so I don't have to keep one in the diaper bag, just kind of depends on my mood or what time of year it is.
  • Huggies diapers and wipes. I keep two in my diaper bag at all times in whatever sizes I currently need, then I keep extra in the car all the time so I don't have to carry around 10 diapers with me "just in case", but I never run out!
  • Clean onesie in a Ziploc bag in case of emergencies
  • Nursing cover
  • Sometimes a bottle (not pictured). The great thing about the Timi & Leslie bags is that they come with the insulated bottle holder, so if you have a bottle brand that fits in it then you can just clip it to the outside and it doesn't have to take up valuable space inside!

The things I need with me to stay sane with my older kids:
  • Snacks (I know this looks like a lot, but keep in mind I need to have emergency snacks on hand for three little moochers!)
  • "Busy bag" with items like small coloring books (from Target Dollar Spot) and a couple crayons, a couple lace-and-trace cards, and a small board book.
  • Water bottle (not pictured). I pretty much always have at least one kid water bottle in my diaper bag at all times. I try to make my two older kids in charge of their own, but I still schlep around the water for my 18 month old.

Believe it or not, there's still room for the things that I need for myself:
  • Planner. My planner is also my wallet... and sometimes an impromptu coloring pad for the kids.
  • Cell phone
  • Cosmetic bag. This tiny bag holds things like a travel size sunscreen, tinted lip moisturizer, gum, eye drops, and my inhaler.
  • Water bottle (not pictured). Most of the time I have a water bottle for myself, especially when I'm pregnant.
  • Hand sanitizer (not pictured, clipped onto the side)

This is the last week that you can use the code littledove20 on the Timi & Leslie website to receive 20% off your order! 
**Discount code good through July 31.

(I was not paid or compensated for this post, other than being provided with a 20% off code from the people at Timi & Leslie for all my readers. Some links do contain affiliates. All opinions are my own.)