Happy Monday my friends!  Just popping in to show you a few new fun designs from my Etsy shop, Banana Bean Design.  I started a fun new series of playful little hashtag signs to add to a shelf or gallery wall!  I would love feedback from all of my lovely readers…what should come next?  What’s your favorite hashtag to instagram or tweet?

Hashtag Signs | Banana Bean Design #love | Banana Bean Design #friends | Banana Bean Design #blessed | Banana Bean Design #Family | Banana Bean Design

Signs can be found here:

Extreme Home Makeover, DIY Edition

Hi everyone!  It’s been a while, but hopefully this post will excuse my lack of posting since…geeze, last year.  We had a busy, fun holiday season, did a little bit of traveling, settled back into the routine, and the little one promptly caught a cold that’s lasted for a month and a half.  On top of that, the start of the year seemed like a perfect time to finally decorate our house, which we’ve lived in for two years now.  #homeowner fail


Entryway Makeover | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

The first project was our entryway.  As it was, it consisted of a hand-me-down glass topped table (very not baby proofed) and a light wood mirror with hanging hooks.  It needed a makeover, and it needed it before the kid figured out that the piece of glass comes off the top.  We switched out the table for a lovely bench from Target (which she now loves to sit on to put her shoes on), painted the mirror white, and grabbed some fun little baskets and a galvanized mailbox for the stuff that always collected on the table.  I found some wood that I hadn’t used in the garage and painted a lovely welcome sign that really brought it all together, that you can now find in the shop!


Gallery Wall Signs | Banana Bean Design Gallery Wall | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Then I moved onto a gallery wall around a very lonely little mirror that was dwarfed by a huge wall space.  It was one of those I’ll-do-this-later-once-the-baby-comes things when we moved in.  Clearly, that didn’t happen.  But I finally rallied, searched the closet for extra frames, scoured the internet for printables, and designed and painted a few wooden signs to bring it all together (many of them are now available in the shop!).


Bedroom Makeover | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Next up was the bedroom.  We got a new, king size bed last year and had to put our old bed frame into storage.  We purchased a simple, white ruffle comforter set at the time that included a couple of shams but was just kind of blah.  To my delight, Hubby has picked up woodworking lately and he’s incredibly good at it.  He used this tutorial as a guide and created the most beautiful (cheap!) barn door headboard, which I fancied up with a whitewash treatment, cheap garage door hinges, and threw together some burlap and gold polka dot pillows to bring the whole thing together.


Oversized Ruler Growth Chart | Banana Bean Design

I had this oversized ruler height chart on my to do list since I was pregnant with my one and a half year old.  #procrastinationforthewin  I didn’t love any of the online tutorials that I found, so I just kind of made up my own, using the same whitewash treatment that I used for the headboard.  I’m absolutely in love with the results, and my little one thinks it’s so fun too!  This one will be coming to the shop soon!


Puff Quilt | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I’ve also been having fun doing some crafty soul searching and trying out things that I haven’t done in a while.  My smooshy got a tent for Christmas that was just screaming for a cozy quilt to snuggle up in.  This was one of my first sewing projects in years, and it turned out spectacular in very little time thanks to an amazing, ridiculously detailed tutorial from Honeybear Lane.  If you’re interested in trying a puff quilt but are a novice with the sewing machine, I highly recommend it.  And the kiddo is obsessed.

So I know that this doesn’t completely excuse me for my blog hiatus, but what can ya do?  If you want to see more of me, follow along on Facebook, or on the shop’s new Instagram @bananabeandesign!

PS links are not affiliates…just wanted to share the love if you see something you like!

Sweet & Salty Oreo Christmas Bark

Sweet & Salty Oreo Holiday Bark | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

We went to Disneyland on Wednesday, and when Santa passed in the parade, he said "Only eight more days until Christmas!"  And I said "huh?!" and I actually wanted to take out my phone and check the date.  Even though we're going through all of the motions and the holiday parties and the … [Continue reading]

DIY Glitter NOEL Christmas Decor


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas....or at least around my house it is!  I put the holiday music on at the end of October, start thinking about my decorations in November, and rejoice the day after Thanksgiving when we can put up our tree.  The stockings are hung by our chimney with care … [Continue reading]

Baked Turkey & Vegetable Meatballs {Healthy & Toddler Friendly!}

Baked Turkey & Vegetable Meatballs {Healthy & Toddler Friendly!} | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I know what you're thinking. "Girl, it's the week of Thanksgiving...where's my stuffing recipe??" First of all, I use the boxed stuffing from Trader Joe's and it is incredible.  Second of all, I have a hungry toddler to feed for the next three days before turkey day.  And these are turkey … [Continue reading]

Simple Green Smoothie

Simple Green Smoothie | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Can you believe Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away???  Me neither.  Time is flying by and they're starting to play Christmas song on the local radio stations and I'm feeling al warm and fuzzy inside.  It's almost the holidays...time to eat, drink and be merry!  Time for festive foods, … [Continue reading]

Easy Ghost Brownies

Easy Ghost Brownies | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Hello lovelies!  It's been a while, but as soon as I finished these little goodies, I knew I had to share! Today is the day before Halloween, right?  You signed up to bring dessert to school tomorrow, or to the family potluck, or to your friend's party.  And you really don't feel like doing it. … [Continue reading]

Easy DIY Menu & Schedule Board

Easy DIY Menu & Schedule Board | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Recipes...right?  Yea, no.  I made this last week, except I just kind of threw all the ingredients in the crock pot and let it cook and then blended it with an immersion blender at the end and threw some cheese in.  It was totally delish but I forgot to take pictures.  We also made quesadillas.  And … [Continue reading]

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs

Slow Cooker Sweet & Spicy Sesame Meatballs | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I know I keep saying I'm going to post some healthy recipes to go along with my fun, active lifestyle/new awesome "job."  I feel the need to put it in quotes because it totally doesn't feel like a job for me.  It's so much fun to plan workouts for these amazing mamas and watch them improve and enjoy … [Continue reading]

Quick & Easy DIY Crib Rail Covers

Quick & Easy Crib Rail Covers | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Oh heeeyyyy so I don't have a recipe for you today.  Because I made versions of this and this and this and they were all amazing but I was too lazy to take pictures so I could blog them.  I know, I know, come on girl you've got to get it together.  But life and weddings and workouts and vacations … [Continue reading]