Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Ways to keep your Cat on the nice list.

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diy-cat-gear

If your cats are anything like mine they are amazing to have around, but those times when they are naughty your furniture has fallen victim to their outbursts. We once took a hack saw to our couch legs because our cat kept hiding under the couch to lick her stitches. Same cat would attack our shower curtains. We figured this cat was just bored so not only did we get her a partner in crime we found different ways to occupy her.  I have three DIY projects to help these naughty cats become nice again this Holiday season. I love my cat's and I really want the treat them to a Merry Christmas by providing them little gifts to keep them happy, healthy, and on the nice list.

They love treats, what cat doesn't? We keep a stash handy for those moments of reward. Mars Pet and Walmart invite shoppers to share their pets personality and reward them with special offer. If they're nice they should get a treat, if their naughty maybe they just need a little treat.  I like to make them work for their treats. So we like to hide a few in some home made toys. These felt fish keep them busy. A busy cat is a nice cat. When they get bored that's when they get naughty

Felt Mouse Treat Toy (perfect for stocking stuffers!)

Supplies:

  • Felt
  • Temptations® Classics Tantalizing Turkey Flavor Cat Care & Treats, 6.3 oz
  • Temptations® Classics Tempting Tuna Flavor Mega Pack Treats for Cats, 6.3 oz
  • Scissors
  • Thread
diy cat toy


First your going to print and cut out this fish template.

diy cat toy template


Cut out the fish from the template

diy cat toy


Staple or pin template to felt.

Cut out pieces

Now you going to blanket stitch the pieces together.

Leave a little hole to stuff treats into.

diy cat toy


Sew up that hole and watch your cats chase this fish around all day long!

If you are not into sewing the Temptations® Snacky Mouse is a great alternative. We gave one to Trinity last year and she still loves it! It makes a cute  present as well as a sticking stuffer for you sweet little cats!

diy cat toy

 If your cats do get bored while you are away have no fear I have a second DIY to help aid in the protection of furniture, curtains, bedding etc. This cat deterrent spray is super easy, and will take less than a few minutes to make.

DIY Cat Deterrent Spray:

Supplies:
  • Clean Spray Bottle
  • Clear Dish Liquid
  • Lemon Essential Oil
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • Water
  • *Do not use any form of peppermint oil..cats love peppermint oil it will do the opposite of deterring them*
diy cat deterrent spray


Fill the spray bottle up with water. (3/4 the way)


I usually add about 3 tablespoons of dish liquid. Make sure it is clear. You will be spraying your furniture and drapes, maybe even carpet with this spray. You don't want to discolor anything.

Add about 15 drops of lemon oil. Citrus smells are suppose to repulse cats.

Add the same amount of Eucalyptus Oil and shake the bottle well.

Spray areas that your cat loves the take aggression out on.

This makes a great gift for the other cat lovers in your life!

diy cat deterrent spray


Last of all, a well rested cat is less cranky and less likely to do naughty things. Cat's love sleeping inside of things. Mine love to burrow under our sheets. We decided to make a fun cat tepee. It is so simple and so adorable to style around your house. Makes for a silent night!

DIY Cat Teepee

Supplies:
  • 4 ft x 6 ft Blanket
  • Five Wooden Dowels ( 36 x .625 in)
  • A few safety pins ( about 5 )
  • 2 ft. of twine
diy cat teepee


Stretch the twin on the ground. Your going to lay two dowels down together side by side. You are going to lay a single dowel over the top like the picture below.


Using a figure 8 knot tighten and secure the dowels.

diy cat teepee


Now stand up the dowels and spread them out in a tent like position.

diy cat teepee


Place other two dowels up and secure them with the remaining twine.

diy cat teepee

Fold the blanket in half length wise and wrap it around the tent dowels. Tuck the remainder inside the tent.

Safety pin the fabric around the  top or sew it if you desire.


Now you have a spoiled cat.

diy cat teepee

diy cat teepee

The tepee also make a cute photo op for those fur baby Christmas Cards!










I got everything I needed for these projects at Walmart.
No idea what to put in your pets stocking this year? Check out THESE ideas.
For more gift ideas check out these pawsome projects HERE.
And if you are just in need of some yummy treats for your little furry friend check out these delicious options and more HERE.


Monday, December 5, 2016

Mommy Style Monday: Favorite Books

Hey Babes,

Books have always been in my life. My mom always instilled in us at a young age to love books. She would always read to us, take us to the library, let us listen to books on tape as we fell asleep. I am so lucky she gave my siblings that amazing gift.

I now must pass that on to Aria. Brandon's mom is always giving us books for Aria. Aria had a huge collection of books before she was even born. We make it part of your bedtime routine to read books. As of recently she has grabbed a book and started to "read" back to us. Of course she can't actually read but she remembers the voices we make and she knows what the story is about. For example we have been reading "Little Bunny Foo Foo" lately she will make the actions of the bunny hopping through the Forrest, scooping up the field mice and she will bop herself on the head.

Reading to kids not only is a bonding moment it helps their attention span. They can sit and focus on your voice, your rhythm. It teaches them to love books at a young age. It teaches them vocabulary, to discover and research. Read to your kids! It is beneficial to you both.


reading to your kids




Here are some of our favorite reads.

Where the Wild Things Are:

This book is such an amazing book about imagination. I read this when I was little. I am so happy to relive this with Aria. The pictures are so cute and so perfect from a child's perspective.

Where the wild things are

Where the wild things are

Where the wild things are


This is another book I read as a child. This was one of the very first books I read to Aria. Kids love the colors, that they can put their fingers through the little holes in the fruit. It teaches them colors, and food. Two things kids pick up fairly quickly. 

The Very Hungry Caterpiller

The Very Hungry Caterpiller


This was one of the first books I fell in love with as a kid. I loved this pictures and all the images my imagination conjured up. The original book was a big paper back, so when I found it as a board book I had to grab it for Aria. We love reading this together. She loves pointing to the different foods, liking her lips and saying "mmm tasty!"

cloudy with a chance of meatballs

cloudy with a chance of meatballs

cloudy with a chance of meatballs


This book is not only adorable, and has amazing colors, but it teaches a really important lesson. It's ok to be different, but be yourself. Never try to put yourself somewhere you can't be completely yourself. Aria loves all the colors and the dots. She thinks he is a cat, so she is always calling him by her cats name. 
put me in the zoo

put me in the zoo


This book is a fun morbid little spin off a classic book. Aria loves when he sneezes. She has to rein-act the sneezing every time. This book is a book that gets "misplaced" often. We do need a break from it every once in a while. 

the true story of the 3 little pigs




This book has amazing pictures. We read the book but a lot of times Aria will make up the story in her language. It is so fun because the book has two stories going on. There is the main page with the story and on the side there is a secondary story going on at the same time. It's a giant board book so its very toddler friendly.

the three snow bears

the three snow bears

the three snow bears



If you want to more amazing childhood book ideas check out the blogs below! If you want to sign up for Mommy Style Monday check out Kiana here or Madeline here.

Kiana at Glitter & Donuts
Madeline at CaseyLand
Monica at It's All About
Rachel at Tutus and Heels
Chelsea at Tessa Marie


Friday, December 2, 2016

Pink for Elsie

Hey Babes,

Today I am going pink in memory of an adorable little three year old. Last week Elsie was playing with a friend and got caught up in blind cords and was hung. The family has been such an example of love and kindness. Elsie is not too much older than my sweet little girl. I cannot fathom the idea of losing a child to such an accident.

Elsie will be saving 5-8 other lives this Christmas with the gift of organ donation. That little girl is going to be giving so many others a gift you cannot buy. Her family is giving other families hope and life. I cannot praise this family enough. All their messages on Facebook and on tv have been so positive and loving. The mom is a true example of a woman of strength. I do not know how she does it, she must be super woman.

I know it isn't much but I hear pink was on of Elsie's favorite color. In memory of her I will be sharing all pink outfits. The family has set up a Facebook page if you want to learn more HERE. Thank you Elsie for not only educating more families on the danger of blind cords but encouraging everyone to check yes on organ donation. She will live on through all the lives she will save.



Original Post and Outfit Details HERE.


Original Post and Outfit Details HERE.


Original Post and Outfit Details HERE.


Original Post and Outfit Details HERE.




Thursday, December 1, 2016

Arias New Room

Hey Babes,

I am loving our new home. Having a place for everything is such an amazing concept. There is so much room and so many walls to decorate.

Aria's room was the first to get decorated. I was going to do a whole new theme for her and redecorate. That was getting to expensive so I just stuck with her old stuff, I will be adding to her room as we go, but for now this works so well.

mermaid room

This is one of my favorite parts of Aria's room. This cute little window next to her closet has such a cute view. Her room has fantastic lighting. I wanted her to have an area to set her favorite little stuffed animals. Of course in sticking to the little mermaid theme I hung the "dinglehopper" in this corner. This boat shelf was a fun DIY project. We found this boat at Hobby Lobby for $20. I repainted it in Aria's colors. I then filled it with little trinkets and mementos. The cute little nightlight below helps Aria sleep at night, but it also is light activated. So if there is light it shuts off, when it is dark it turns on. 


little mermaid room


These cubes will eventually be replaced with a dresser. She originally had a gorgeous vintage buffet dresser in her room but we relocated it to a different room. I am on the hunt for another one. For now this will suffice. I have all her diapers and baby gear in these cubes. 
In the right corner we are building a reading nook. I cannot wait to get that going. She loves to read. 

mermaid room

little mermaid room

little mermaid room

little mermaid room


This cute sign is not only adorable but it has a lot of meaning behind it. The amazing woman that bought this for Aria was a close friend to us that passed away tragically. Looking at it makes me think of her and it feel likes she is in a way watching over Aria. It is such a sentimental piece. I love it. 

little mermaid room


Aria has to have a few things to fall asleep at night. The music of this seahorse, the white noise of the lamb, the wubbanubs, and her mermaid. She sings to the sea horses music until she falls asleep. It is the cutest thing to watch. 

little mermaid room

I wanted to hang these inexpensive shelves to display her seashells and photos. She was so cranky for her cake smash pictures. We got like to shots of her happy or smiling. Just crying and eating cake. They are adorable, but so unlike her. Go figure. 

little mermaid room

I know this has nothing to do with under the sea or mermaids, but I made this for her birthday party and I fell in love with it. The colors work, but kinda off themed.  It's hanging in her entry way and I love it. 

little mermaid room

My little princess deserves a cute little princess bed set up. I created a faux canopy. These seashell curtain hooks work perfectly to hold her canopy. The thing at the top is actually a shelf we made into the canopy crown. We hung two shelves to the left to hold her shells, and her monitor. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DIY Felt Blueberries


diy felt blueberries

Hey Babes,

We are getting a kitchen for Aria for Christmas, so I have been working my butt off to make felt food for her to play with. While searching online, and pinterest I have found people charge a ridiculous amount for templates, and the felt food. I got fed up with it and just decided to make my own. Being the kind human being I am I will share this knowledge for free with you. It is so easy anyone can do it.

Here are some delicious blueberries. You can make a bunch with just one sheet of felt and a little thread and stuffing. This was so inexpensive and I cannot wait to make a cute little basket to put these in for Aria.

First use your thing of thread as a template to draw a circle.

diy felt blueberry


Then cut the circle out. It's ok if it isn't perfect, you will be sewing it up.

Use a gathering stitch around the circle.

diy felt blueberry

diy felt blueberry


Roll up a piece of stuffing and stick it in the middle.

diy felt blueberry


Grab both ends and pull the blueberry together

diy felt blueberry


Sew the blueberry shut

diy felt blueberries


Make as much as you want. I made a couple sheets worth so Aria could make blueberry pie if she wanted. You really will get addicted to making these cute felt food items. I have made her eggs, apples, carrots, tomatoes, pears, and I will be making so much more.


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