Beautiful Adventures with Shutterfly

As we head into the cozy fall months, it’s fun to remember our summer adventures. So when Shutterfly asked us to create some home decor inspired by our recent travels, I knew exactly what vacations I wanted to be reminded of daily.

We travel quite a bit as a family, but some trips definitely turn out better than others. However, we’ve never regretted a vacation — when things don’t go as planned, we simply call it an adventure! And, as it turns out, my family LOVES a good adventure.

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I just adore our new inspirational pillow and soft fleece blanket ensemble on our living room couch. This quote is exactly how I picture married life: a beautiful adventure with my best friend and our kids. It’s a fabulous daily reminder for me that, just like some trips, when things don’t go as planned, it’s simply another adventure.

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Raw, Natural Beauty

I am Brave and Beautiful — abeauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. Our blogging friend Megan Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they look like without make up, and we joined in. Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “

Megan and Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces are behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.

Bettijo and I, along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful. You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either — just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instagram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. Also, if you tag it with a second hashtag #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all.

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Craft Room Command Center with Tulip

Tutorial for Polka Dot Bulletin Boards & Apron via @PagingSupermom #tulipforyourhome

We were asked to test out the new Tulip For Your Home collection, and we decided to use the new stencils and paint to create a Craft Room Command Center.

Love this DIY Polka Dot Bulletin Board + Cute Inspiration Print #freepritnable via @PaigngSupermom #tulipforyourhome

Stenciled Canvas using #TulipForYourHome via @PagingSupermom

We were particularly excited to try the Tulip Stencil Spray Adhesive. You spray it on the back of the stencils to help seal out paint drips. The new Tulip Soft Paints are specifically designed for fabric, but we decided to test them out on a variety of surfaces.

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Make Your Own Shoe Decals

How to make custom shoe decals from @PagingSupermom #CricutExplore

We had so much fun using our Cricut Explore to create the iron-on decals for our girl’s leggings project that we couldn’t resist whipping up something for the boys too. These text decals are a subtle but totally rad way to dress up a pair of canvas shoes.

How to make custom shoe decals from @PagingSupermom #CricutExplore

You could write your child’s name, or any favorite quote or phrase. Inspired by our slightly rambunctious boys, whom we’re always chasing after, we made “Catch Me If You Can” decals.

How to make custom shoe decals from @PagingSupermom #CricutExplore

How to make custom shoe decals from @PagingSupermom #CricutExplore

We couldn’t decide whether we liked better the regular wording or the leftover strip peeled off from around the words — so we used both! We’re very curious which way you prefer, so please leave a comment below and let us know.

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DIY Knee-Patch Leggings

DIY Knee Patch Tutorial via @PagingSupermom #CricutDesignStar

My Cricut Explore has been pretty busy this week as we are preparing for my sister’s wedding Friday. (Yes things are utter chaos around here right now!) But we were invited to participate in the Cricut Design Space Star challenge, and with summer travels we missed the first round of projects. We really wanted to get into the game this month so we took a quick break from wedding stuff to bring you this fun Knee-Patch legging tutorial.

DIY Knee Patch Tutorial via @PagingSupermom #CricutDesignStar

Just in case anyone is keeping track… this month’s Design Space Star Challenge: Fashion or Gear, and our team’s theme is Black and White.

Love these Star Knee-Patch leggings from @PagingSupermom

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How to Make a Gap Ad

My GapKid

We have a soft spot for Gap — in fact when Aimée and I met we were both working side jobs for the Gap Company (I still miss my employee discount card). Fast forward ten years and, of course, when it’s time for back to school shopping we always hit up GapKids. It’s easy to order online, or have you tried the new reserve in store feature? It’s great when you’re in a rush. The staff of the Scottsdale Quarter store, that Aimée and I frequently visit, are so friendly and personable — we may or may not be on a first name basis.

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When I saw the new GapKids Class of 2014 campaign encouraging families to share photos of their kids being kids, I couldn’t resist submitting a fun shot I recently captured of Attalie on our family vacation this summer. After entering, I was surprised when I received this cool shareable video. Ready to watch Attalie’s very first Gap ad?

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Shortcut Glitter Dot Hair Clip

How to make this EASY Gold Dot Hair Clip at PagingSupermom.com #modpodgerocks #gold #hair

Our friend Amy over at Mod Podge Rocks recently launched a line of super-handy Peel & Stick stencils. Stencils are nice, especially when crafting with kids, but it’s hard to get ordinary ones to stay put and bleeding underneath is always an issue. These new stencils have an adhesive back that seals the stencil in place. Check out this adorable glitter and felt hair clip we made in about 5 minutes!

Shortcut for making this adorable Gold Polka Dot Hair Clip at PagingSupermom.com #hair #gold

Tutorial for EASY Gold Dot Hair Clip at PagingSupermom.com #modpodgerocks

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Baby Boy Star Gazer Nursery Reveal

Star & Space Themed Baby Boy Nursery at PagingSupermom.com

I am so over the moon about Rockwell’s Star-Gazer Nursery — it was so fun to plan and create. We love to throw parties, and designing a room is so similar to designing a party, only you get to enjoy your creation for a lot longer. Since we already had a complete nursery setup from baby Modette, the objective here was to transform the space into something fitting of a boy with as little hassle and expense as possible. I fell in love with a bunch of awesome things from The Land of Nod and everything came together just as I envisioned. I have been dying to show the room to you; so let’s get this tour started…

Star Gazing Themed Baby Boy Nursery at PagingSupermom.com

When you walk into Rockwell’s room, the first thing that catches your eye is this incredible Star Sign night light.

The Coolest Star Nightlight at PagingSupermom.com

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A Star-Gazer Nursery for Baby Boy

Baby Boy's Star Gazer Nursery Inspiration Board at PagingSupermom.com

Girl Literary Nursery at PagingSupermom.com

So I swear it seems like I just finished Modette’s nursery, and now it’s time for her to move into a big girl room and convert the nursery into something fitting of a baby boy. So I’m facing that dilemma that many Supermoms before me have had: how to transform a nursery from girl to boy (or vice versa) without starting completely over!

Color Palette that goes from Girl Nursery into a Boy Nursery at PagingSupermom.com

Gratefully I chose good neutrals when I was creating Modette’s nursery, and by switching out just a few accessories I’m well on my way to a nursery for our baby boy. The foundation of Modette’s room were gray walls (remember that cool faux trim paint job) and white furniture, both of which will be right at home in a boy’s room. The gray was complimented by a pretty chartreuse green and aqua color combo. For the boy’s room, the aqua gets to stay put (since I’m lazy and really don’t want to repaint the rocking horse or bins on the bookshelf), and I’m swapping the chartreuse for a truer yellow. The accent color in Modette’s room was magenta, which will be replaced by red in the boy’s palette.

Modette’s nursery had a literary theme and as much as I love the book-page mobile that Aimee made, it will be replaced by a a large format chalkboard print of the constellations for the star-gazing theme in the boy’s nursery. Several of the little accessories — like the vintage globe that is the perfect shade of aqua blue — will carry over nicely into the boy’s room.

Baby Boy's Star Gazer Nursery Inspiration Board at PagingSupermom.com

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Pretty Functional

The Prettiest Humidifer & Important Cleaning and use Facts at PagingSupermom.com #humidifiers #babynursery #tutorials

As I’ve mentioned before, this year’s cold and flu season really took a toll on both Aimée and my families. I felt especially bad for little Modette while she had her cold — such a big cough for such a little body. Since there are really no safe over-the-counter cough medicines for children under two, sadly there is not much parents can do to help when baby has a cold. It is hard not to do *something* though and most pediatricians recommend putting a humidifier in baby’s room.

The Prettiest Humidifers & Learn How to Clean a Humidifier at PagingSupermom.com #humidifiers #babynursery #colds

If you’ve ever purchased a humidifier you know there are loads of options. The biggest consideration is whether to buy a Vaporizer -vs- Humidifier.

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