Friday, December 19, 2014


Pasta boy. / Exploring. / Hiking with dad.
Horsey ride. / Santa, we know him! / First time snowboarding.
Having fun with cousins. / One man band. / Special birthday lunch for H.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Quick & Easy Christmas Craft For Kids

If you follow me over on Instagram, you probably saw this easy craft that I shared.

First I googled "Christmas tree outline printable" and picked out one I liked the best. Here is the one I liked. Print it out.

Next, have your little one put a bunch of washi tape (or in my case, cheap Target color tape) on the BACK of the picture.

Flip it over and have them cut out the Christmas tree. Super easy, right?

I love all the bright colors. Happy crafting!

Monday, December 8, 2014

First Year Must Haves: 9-12 months

This is my last installment of our first year must haves. It's been so much fun sharing things we really do use and like. It's kind of crazy all the things you need to help you survive the first year with a new baby.

1. Skip Hop Click Clack Hedgehog: Well this little guy is just too cute. It makes a great teething and sensory toy.

2. Nuby No-Spill Super Spout 2 Handle Cup: I like these cups and pretty much just use them for water. They don't leak and they're pretty inexpensive. I know they're are nicer sippy cups out there but these tend to get thrown around by little hands and nothing happens to them.

3. Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder: I've used these with all 3 boys and have loved them. I have put ice in them for teething on a hot day along with fresh and frozen fruit. It's great when introducing new foods but don't want them to choke.

4. Baby's First Toothbrush: Besides being cute, Gavin will chew on this toothbrush after I brush his little teeth. He finds it so funny and ticklish.

5. Outlet Covers: Once baby is on the go, these are a must.

6. Munchkin Click Lock Deluxe Snack Catcher: We use this at home or when we are out and about. The bottom piece comes off and attaches to the top as a lid so it won't spill or go stale.

7. Carter's 1-Piece Snug Fit Cotton Pajamas: When it comes to pajamas, Carter's is it for me. They fit great, have cute designs and I like that they have the no slip feet on them which is important for babies learning to walk.

8. Little Tikes Activity Garden: We wanted a fun toy to put in the basement that was on the bigger side but not too big (if that makes sense) for Gavin to crawl around and play on. He loves this thing and there is a lot to do on it.

9. Diono Radian RXT Convertible Car Seat: This car seat is a bit on the pricier side but we have loved it and will have for for a few more years. It's really well made and I can tell that the baby is comfortable in it.

What were your favorite things that helped during 9-12 months?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Our Christmas Mantle {& review}

I love decorating for each holiday and one of my favorite places to decorate is our mantle because it's in the room we spend the most time in as a family. It's so much fun to open a box fun of decorations after they've been put away for almost a year. All the oohs and ahhs from the kids make me smile because although the decorations aren't new, they represent a fun time of the year.

When we moved to Colorado we unfortunately had to leave a lot of things behind. When I was deciding what to keep I thought about what really meant the most to me and I could only fill a small box.

So here's my mantle this year. Our first Christmas in Colorado.

Each piece means something special to me.

My favorite Christmas is tradition is pictures with Santa. We do it every year so each year I get to add a new frame to my collection. I will never forget last year when we were standing in line and the lady in front of us told us her kids' gift to her every year for the past 41 years was a picture of them with Santa. I hope I can convince my kids to do this special picture for me for that many years.

I also love stockings and I always knew I wanted matching ones so I went with these from Stuck On You. I loved being part of the process from choosing the design of the stocking to picking out the color and font I wanted their names done with. When I got them in the mail the first thing I noticed was the quality of work that went into them. I will definitely cherish these stockings for years to come!

I made the garland and the wreath myself. The time in effort I put into them alone was why I kept them. The two Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer decorations were given to us by my best friend and the big wooden reindeer was made for us by a family member. The noel sign was one of the first Christmas decorations I bought when we moved into to the first home my husband and I bought together.

Christmas time means different things to many people. One of my favorite things during the holidays is sticking with the traditions we have made as a family. I love that I have these decorations to put up with my family as just one of our yearly traditions.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?

The stockings were sent to me care of Stuck On You in exchange for an honest review. All pictures and opinions are 100% mine.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

No-Sew Holiday Garland

I originally shared this tutorial here on The Paper Mama's blog two years ago and I thought I would share it here this year. It's super easy and looks great. If you don't have a mantle, you could easily make it smaller to hang on a mirror or longer to go on a stair case.

What you need:
-fabric in whatever holiday scheme you like
-rotary cutter or scissors
-string or yarn
-cutting mat or something to protect your table surface
-ribbon (not pictured)

-Cut your fabric into 1×14 inch strips. Tip: A rotary cutter makes this go really fast but if you don’t have one, scissors will work.

Once you cut a bunch of fabric strips, cut your string to the desired length.  Basically I measured the area where I wanted to hang it and added about a foot.

Now it’s time to tie your fabric onto the string by following the pictures below.  Do the same with each piece of fabric...

Keep adding on your fabric strips in whatever pattern you like.  Make sure to keep at least 6 inches of string at the ends so you can tie your garland to something.

When I was done I felt like it needed a little more so I added some sheer ribbon to it.  I tied the ribbon the same way as the fabric strips. Voila!  You’re done and I hung mine on our mantle.
 Have you ever made one of these? 
In the spirit of giving, make an extra one for a friend and surprise her with it!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Winter Essentials for your little ones (& review)

We are adjusting pretty nicely to this cold weather here in Colorado. I personally love wearing jeans and sweaters so I don't think I complain to much about the cold (unless it's like 3 degrees then I do).

When we moved here I really didn't know what it took to keep my family happy and healthy. We run the heater all day and all night which really makes the already dry air, well, dryer. I talked to a few moms that I see at the boys' school to get some good ideas what I needed and bought the items. Thank goodness for their help because with the things I got, we in turn, are getting a good nights sleep.

The things I'm sharing are actual items we use inside our home and I recommend them highly!

1. Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier: This is pretty much a must. Like I said, with the dry air, the boys end up coughing all night. This has helped to stop that. I also like the cool humidifiers vs. the warm becasue I've heard the warm ones promote the growth of bacteria.

2. Honest Face & Body Lotion: With the dryness comes dry skin. I've been a customer of Honest for a while now and just love their products. I lotion the boys up after bath time or when I feel they need it. This lotion is safe enough to also use on their sweet faces and I never have to worry about harsh chemicals.

3. Flannel Sheets: We never had to use these in California but here we do. The boys call them their cozy sheets. I love that they add an extra level of warmth.

4. Honest Organic Breathe Easy Rub: If and when the boys wake up in the middle of the night with a cough, I rub this on their chest and I will also rub some on the bottoms of their feet and put socks on. It takes about 10 minutes but it does the trick!

5. Boogie Wipes: My best friend recommended this product so I decided to try it and love it! I was wiping the baby's nose so much that it was cracking and bleeding. Since using these he doesn't fight me when I need to get those boogies!

6. Merino Kids Sleep Sack: This has been one of my favorite things for the baby to use and we use it every single night. With regular blankets, I was always worried about them falling off so he would become cold or that they might cover his face making it hard for him to breathe. This helps me get a better nights sleep because I know he's safe and that he's warm without getting too overheated. It can zip open for an easy diaper change and it has a hole so he can wear it in the stroller or car seat if needed. It's also super soft so he's extra huggable in it.
Right now you can get $20 off their Merino Kids Dots Baby Sleep Sack or their Merino Kids Dots Toddler Sleep Sack with the code: DOTS20 (until December 31, 2014). You can also get a free beanie and bootie set with purchases over $100.

What are some of your favorite winter essentials for your kids?

The baby sleep sack was sent to me care of Merino Kids in exchange for an honest review. Bottom two pictures and opinions are 100% mine.

Friday, November 28, 2014


It's been a while since I've shared some Instagram pictures with you so this is kind of a catch up from the last month.

Baby food pouch goodness. / 12 month well check. / Target fun.
Baby snuggles. / Brushing teefs. / Parker's art gallery.
Aquarium fun. / Denver Zoo. / Time out turned play time.

November has been crazy but also a lot of fun. Gavin, our youngest, turned 1 and he is now walking! We've had friends in town with trips to the local aquarium and zoo. We've gotten some serious snow fall and it's all melted away now. We've taken family pictures, played sports, seen lots of wildlife, danced to music, cooked new recipes and have had lots of family time. I'm am really thankful.

Are you on Instagram? Come find me @summercrosbie.