I Made It! Monday

We had a busy weekend with a special Bible class we took. It was awesome, and a real encouragement. The baby is making her presence ever more noticeable, and I can’t believe we’re this close to having her. On my list for this week:

  • Become super familiar with my carseat - I’ve helped other people with theirs, but I want to make sure I really know what I’m doing. :)
  • Pack the Hospital Bag - I’ve got a list from our birthing classes here at the hospital. I’ve also been reading various lists around the web, trying to figure out exactly what I want/need. I know I’m going to have more than is necessary, but I don’t care. I’d rather have too much than too little when I’m welcoming this little one.
  • Stock the Freezer – Another fun project. Actually, I’m looking forward to this. I’ve been collecting recipes via Pinterest as well as bought a great looking ebook filled with crockpot freezer meals. I’m hoping to have about two months of food stocked up, so I don’t have to worry about it at all. I just want to spend some time snuggling as a new family and not worrying about what we’re going to survive on. I’ll share some reviews of the various recipes I try.

I also have a couple of sewing projects I’d like to finish up. We’ll see how many of these things actually get done. I’ve prioritized them, so if certain things don’t happen, it’s okay.

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Baby Present Bingo–Baby Shower Game

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a free printable for a baby shower game called Baby Words Mix-Up. Today I want to share another fun game we played at my baby shower.

Now, I will have to admit to you. At any baby shower, the opening of the presents is my least favorite part. Yes, everything’s adorable. Yes, I ooh and ah over the gifts. But I can only do that for so long. Then my face starts to freeze into a perma-smile as I pass around yet another little onesie or baby blanket.

At my own baby shower, it was a bit more fun, obviously. I really like to get presents. However, every little kid there designated him or herself as a helper. I could barely tear through the wrapping paper before they were trying to shove another gift at me. I felt really bad that I couldn’t spend enough time admiring the presents and commenting to the giver. Hopefully my heartfelt thank you cards made up for it.

In any case, I didn’t want it to be too boring of a process for the attendees. I created this Baby Present Bingo Card for them to fill out before the presents were opened. They were instructed to write the name of a gift they thought I might get in each box. But it couldn’t be generic, like “teether.” It needed to be a bit more specific, as in, “green teether.” First one to get a bingo won a fabulous prize.

So download your copy of the game here. (There are two gamecards to each sheet. Cut down the middle when you print it out.) And have a fun prize on hand. Maybe a foot pampering gift basket.

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365 Project

Recently I was reading another blog (I’m sorry I’ve totally forgotten which one. If it was yours, please remind me.) She said she was going to attempt a 365 photo project of her home.

I thought – that sounds interesting. But no way I’m going to be able to do that.

Then, though, I thought about it a bit more. For a couple of days I turned it around in my mind.

And I decided I could.

But not about my home. It’s boring. About family.


I want to capture images that demonstrate to me what family is and the essence of who we are. It will be the perfect topic as we get ready for the new baby coming. I think I can keep up with it too. I’m hoping to increase the number of pictures I take and maybe improve a little too.

So, follow me on Twitter and Instagram, where I’ll be sharing most of my images, though I’ll share some here as well.

Let me know if you’re doing one of these projects as well. I’d love to follow along.

DIY Ruched Shirt

So far I have managed to spend only $3 on maternity clothes. Everything else has been given me. Yay for great friends!

Those $3, though, went towards this ruched shirt:

DIY Ruched Shirt

It’s a fun and simple project that really doesn’t take too much explaining, but I’ll try my best.

First I started with a large shirt and some 1/4” elastic. I already had the elastic on hand, and I got the shirt on clearance.

DIY Ruched Shirt

I cut two pieces of elastic about 8” long. On the inside side seams, I pinned the elastic about 2” from the bottom of the shirt.

Next, stretching the elastic as much as possible, I attached it directly to the side seam. GO SLOW! It’s kinda tricky to make sure everything stays nice and straight.

DIY Ruched Shirt

Do it for both sides, and you’re done. It’s that simple. The effect takes in excess fabric and makes a boring shirt a little more interesting.

DIY Ruched Shirt

No such thing as too many stripes, right?

I Made It! Monday

Well, I’m over 29 weeks now. I can’t believe I’ll be holding the baby Olive so soon. She’s very active. My belly is constantly contorting into weird shapes as she moves around. And she just recently found my ribs. I can tell things are going to get pretty uncomfortable pretty quickly. Oh well, it’s worth it.

Here’s a favorite project from last week:

Coconut Cream Truffles


Don’t these Coconut Cream Truffles by Homespun with Love look absolutely amazing? Plus, they’re vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. Makes them seem almost healthy, right? Now I just need to find coconut butter.

Now on to this week. A few guidelines:

1. Please follow my blog. Find links for RSS and e-mail on the sidebar.

2. Keep it family-friendly. I reserve the right to delete links.

3. Have fun! Visit some of the others and comment.

4. Post a text link or my button on your blog, so others can join in on the fun!

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