So here is a little short dress that I have had for quite awhile. Super short. I tried wearing it with skinny jeans and leggings and it just didn't look right so I decided to make it a shirt. Here is my little adventure.
The last month me and my little bug have had alot of fun outdoors. I've been able to take some great pictures of her and wanted to share them!
All over pinterest the latest fad I would say is block letters. People use them for their initials, kids' name, decor in the kitchen, living room, bathroom, dining room.....you get the idea. When Sophia was just born we did the traditional spelling out her name with wood letters I painted and hung on the wall above her crib with ribbon. Since she is getting a little older I wanted to do something more little girly and cute. I found a couple pictures on pinterest with people using buttons, fabric, fabric flowers etc. I found this and it gave me an idea! I wanted to take one of the huge cardboard letters I found at JoAnn Fabrics and fill it with flowers to make her initial, an S! Here is what I did and how it turned out!
Summertime is here! Because it is so hot in Florida making dinner (using the stove or oven) takes a back seat. I don't have a huge appetite either. I have come to love making crisp fresh salads! It is now a staple in our weekly eating and I try to make salads without any meat.(again do not like using the stove) This means a quick, easy and deliciously satisfying meal. What's your favorite salad to eat?
My sister bought this dress for me at H&M last year. It's so cute and I love how it fits, but I wanted to add something to it as the front didn't have any embellishments.
I am a stay at home Mom. I am not a Supermom. We all know what THAT kind of mom is like. It has gotten me thinking about all those said and unsaid "Mommy Standards" that distinguish a "Mom" from a "Supermom". We all feel the pressure to meet those standards by having a spotless house (I mean I do stay home all day right?),cooking amazing meals (of course never out of a box AND it needs to be organic), raising smart kids(learning games, flashcards, no tv or wait, can't tv help them learn?), playing outside (this means you are with them at all times and playing with them-no you may not sit down or get your phone out to answer texts or FB posts), making crafts (this could really be a learning situation as well, make crafts to LEARN and TEACH them something)! Totally achievable, right? Of course there are things throughout the day that must also be done correctly- some things I've recently seen or read are How to calm a toddler in 10 easy steps, How to raise happy healthy kids, How to NOT say NO, How to be a better parent....everything seems to be telling us what to do and if we do it correctly we'll be happy and our kids will be happy! Wow so let me just take all this lovely advice and give myself about two weeks of uninterrupted me time to figure all this out and-TA DA! My kids will not throw tantrums, I'll make myself happy by not telling my kids no and I will become a better parent just by doing everything correctly. Who knew it was all so simple? I only have one daughter who is two, so I'm still working things out as they come, but as she grows the pressure to reach those Supermommy standards seems to be only increasing. Oh no! I haven't done flash cards and she can't say the alphabet so she's going to be behind when she gets in kindergarten and then it means she'll be the old one in class and kids will make fun of her because she can't read like them because their moms did the flash cards! I have started trying to look at myself through my daughters eyes. Does she see me talk to others about those supermoms that have it all together and how I don't? What does this say to her? With so many outside pressures to insure that we raise our kids perfectly we forget that actually, we can never be perfect. Comparing ourselves to those "Perfect" moms and ignoring their struggles just puts even more pressure on ourselves to achieve the unachievable. I have bad days as a mom. I yell, I lose my patience, I have to sit my kid in front of the tv at times, I get hamburger helper on some days. I don't feel like playing with my child sometimes. I make mistakes, and I acknowledge them. I want my daughter to know that I'm not perfect and that I don't expect her to be either. I am not a Supermom. I am a Super Mom because I embrace both my strengths and weaknesses. Besides, I truly believe there is nothing better for a child then snuggles and I Love You's throughout the day. And on those days where even that's a stretch, at the end of the day go and look at your sleeping baby and know that that little piece of you thinks of you as their Super Mom not because of the things that you did right that day, but because when they wake up in the morning, you will be there.
Found this little pink shirt at the thrift store! Its a LOFT shirt and only $4 and I loved how the shirt was shaped. The sleeves were a different story. Way too long and large. Here's my sewing adventure....
So here is my little fashionista with a scarflette I just refashioned from an old sweater that I don't wear anymore! The sweater has been in my closet for quite some time ( like last winter because it shrank in the wash) and I couldn't get rid of it because I love the color and how soft it is. I finally realized, with the help of a little cold front in Florida, that a little scarflette would be perfect for her. I only used one sleeve of the sweater to make it and I LOVE how it turned out! (I think she loved it too) It's super easy and a sewing machine is not needed! Since its steaming hot here in FL she'll be rocking this in the fall/wintertime. I can't wait for her to wear it out and about!
So here's the sweater. I laid it out and found the seam around the arm hole.
I used a seam ripper to remove the sleeve.
Once I had the sleeve off it looked like this.
I then took my seam ripper down the middle of the sleeve.
When I was done it looked like this.
I crossed the smaller end (where the armpit hole was) over the larger end (the old wrist hole) and sewed a button on through both layers.To make sure it wasn't hanging on by one button, I stitched at the top and bottom where the underside layer and top layer met. I just used a needle and thread and had to only do a couple stitches.
The little scarf finished!
And here is the fashion model wearing her mommies design! She picked out the sunglasses herself!
My hubby started a square foot garden and planted basil. I LOVE fresh basil! Whenever I get it from the store it goes bad so fast, which is why we are growing it now! I made caprese and bruschetta for dinner the other night and it was amazing! Just look at the pics! Everything was ripe and crisp and delish! Easy to make and easy to eat!
Everything was eaten in five minutes, even my bug ate it! Everything was fresh and amazing! Simple meal or appetizer for you or your family!
For Sophia's second birthday we were in Washington with my family! I decided to do a little fairy garden party. Since we were in the Pacific Northwest I didn't know if it would rain or be sunny so it was a bit hard to plan. It ended up being rainy so we had her party indoors! It turned out great and everyone said they enjoyed it! Here are some pictures of Sophia's day!
Time just keeps flying by! It was so nice to be able to be in Washington with my family and friends to celebrate my little bugs birthday! It was a great success and I'm so glad to be this little girls' mama!
Hi I'm Ruth!
Wife to Manny and Mama to two little spunky girls, Amelia and Sophia. This is my little corner on the internet where I share my style and everyday life as a stay at home Mama.
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