Introducing Snuggle Up Buttercups

Introducing Snuggle Up Buttercups | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Guys, I’m so excited to be sharing this today.  There have been big things going on behind the scenes here.  And they involved stacks of cuddly fabric, lots of hours behind the sewing machine, and one tiny product tester getting a whole lot of snuggles.

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I temporarily closed my Etsy shop before little man was born.  I was still selling wine decor and signs, which had started to feel very much like something from my past.  There was no passion left in it for me.  And with a second baby on the way, I decided to take a break.  For months, I didn’t have the time, the energy or the desire to create.

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And then, one day, this second time mama discovered a problem.  And no amount of googling produced an answer or a product that could fix it.  So I decided to create one myself.

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Snuggle Up Buttercups was born.  It’s an innovative line of new blankets that are perfectly sized, simply designed, totally snuggly, mom-made and kiddo-approved.  Super soft and cozy blankets in patterns that moms love, that actually fit on carseats and in strollers without falling onto dirty floors, security blankets in darling patterns without random animal heads, and toddler blankets in chic prints that fit their laps in the stroller.

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We just opened and new items are being added regularly!  You can follow along on our Facebook and Instagram accounts for more fun.  Or shop today with code OPENED for free shipping this week only!

Holiday Card Booklet | Easy, Free DIY

Holiday Card Booklet | Easy, Free DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites Well we’re back to the routine folks, and I’m not going to lie, in some ways it’s a total bummer.  I may or may not still be quietly listening to Christmas music in my car to get me through the post-holiday hangover.  But in other ways it’s kind of nice to see the friends who have been busy or out of town, get back to activities and feel productive again.  It’s been chilly and rainy here in So Cal, which doesn’t help the fact that I’d really rather still be sitting in my jammies under the tree with a fire roaring.

On the last day before Hubby went back to work, we took down the tree, packed up the decorations, and took down the holiday cards that were hanging from our kitchen cabinets.  They were just sitting on my counter in a sad little stack while I decided whether I would tuck them in a box or toss them completely.

Holiday Card Booklet | Easy, Free DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I’ve always wanted to do something to organize my cards but I’ve also always been too lazy after the holiday season comes around.  Usually the stack gets thrown in a box or drawer to be discovered years later in a spring cleaning spree and tossed or re-tucked somewhere else.  But this time I decided to do something with them and I’m so glad that I did.  It literally took me five minutes and cost me absolutely nothing.  I put our holiday card on top and can put my fun little book away to look back on and compare in the future.  Now I just have to find the stacks from previous years and do the same to declutter and cherish forever.

I’m calling this a tutorial but let’s be honest folks, this was a pretty easy one.  Enjoy!

Supplies
Holiday cards
Hole puncher
Ribbon

How To…
1) Gather cards and organize them in the format that you’d like them in the booklet
2) Punch one hole in the top corner of each card
3) Run the ribbon through the hole and tie a double knot, leaving some extra room to allow you to flip through the cards in the future.

Photo Numbers | Easy, Cheap DIY

Photo Numbers | Easy, Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

So there’s this person that I know.  She’s my BFF.  She’s my support system.  She’s my role model.  She’s my babysitter {and my kids’ favorite person}.  She’s my mama {hi mom!}.

She had a big birthday this year {I’m sorry in advance for splashing your age all over the internet, Mom} and my equally awesome and thoughtful Daddy decided it we had to plan a big surprise party to celebrate her in a big way.  So he turned to his former-event-planner and professional-pinterest-er daughter {moi} to help with some of the details.

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And while I quickly threw together some fun place cards and matching paper goods, and found some gorgeous flowers from Trader Joe’s to arrange in some easy glass vases {I want to be a florist when I grow up…and I apologize that those pics make up most of this post….but, flowers.}, I had the most fun making these fabulous oversized photo numbers for our guest book and gift table out of old photos that my Dad smuggled to me.  It was a blast for me and also a fun surprise for my mom and our guests, most of whom hadn’t seen photos from her childhood.

The best part is that they were quick, easy and put together from things I already had on hand!  So free.  Because free is good.

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Another fun last minute idea?  Throw these together for your NYE party this week, featuring photos of your guests from the last year!

 

Supplies
Old photos or photo copies of them
Glue stick
Poster board
Pen
Scissors

How To…
1) Use the pen to draw out the number(s) on the poster board
2) Cut the numbers out using scissors
3) Lay out the photos on top of the numbers so that they fit
4) If necessary, cut down the poster board slightly to coordinate with the size of the photos
5) Use the glue stick to stick them on

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See?  Easy peasey.  Enjoy!

My Favorite Things: Holiday Recipe Edition

Looking for a delicious dessert recipe to bring to your holiday party?  Look no further than the Little Kitchen, Big Bites holiday section for some super easy treats, and a fun craft or two!

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Baby Boy’s Nursery Reveal | Blue, Grey and White Nursery

Baby Boy's Nursery Reveal | Blue, Grey and White Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

You’ve watched it come together over the last few months, but this is it.  The official reveal of our sweet baby boy’s nursery {and two months after his birth…#newmom #lazy blogger}!  It was such a labor of love to put together this sweet little room for baby C.  As soon as we found out we were having a boy, I started thinking and planning.  I wanted it to be sweet and “baby” but still a masculine, with a touch of a beachy vibe, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.  While he’s not in his room yet, it’s still so fun to use it every day now for diaper and clothes changes, rocking and just hanging out.

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As with little S’s room, I didn’t really want a “theme” as much as a color scheme and an overall feel.  I love the way the light blue, grey and white came together…the colors and the subtle beachy-ness are so calming and I just feel relaxed every time I walk in to change him or sit down in the rocking chair.

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If you’ve been following along, you know that most of the furniture is old or garage sale refurbished pieces {see below for the list of tutorials}.  The crib is from Costco and all bedding and other linens are from Target, but we salvaged and re-did almost everything else!  It was so nice to have a backyard and a garage to do projects in this time around {we were in an apartment for most of my pregnancy with S}.

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I know I’ve said this before but I love the Target linens and I honestly wanted to take and shoot all of the different sheets on the crib because they’re so sweet.  We bought Pottery Barn for little S and I couldn’t tell the difference between the quality of those sheets and the backups we bought for her at Target, so we went Target all the way this time around {not sponsored by them…although I would love to be!  Target?  You in??}.

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Want to try one of the projects yourself?  Check out the links below to each of the tutorials.
Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update |  Blue Ombre Ikea Dresser Makeover | Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So Free Print | DIY Pallet Shelves | Free Printable Gallery Wall

Felt Christmas Tree | Easy, Cheap Toddler DIY

Felt Christmas Tree | Easy, Cheap Toddler DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Guys, I just couldn’t pass up sharing this one with you.  Even though I only have a couple lazy iPhone pictures and even though it proves that I’m slightly crazy and already putting Christmas stuff up around my house.  I mean, I started listening to Christmas music right after daylight savings time hit and I haven’t stopped since.  I just can’t help myself.  It’s my favorite time of year.  My husband was actually proud that I didn’t start listening to it in September this year.  So I guess that’s one step in the right direction.

Anyways.  This literally cost me $5 with my Joann coupons (they are not sponsoring me to say this or anything but you must get their app or at least visit the website on your phone if you’re shopping there…they always have coupons that you can layer on top of each other and it’s just silly to pay full price for anything), plus the extra $10 on ridiculous hot pink disney princess fabric that my daughter managed to find in the store.  She hugged the bolt of fabric so tightly with such a huge grin on her face that I couldn’t help myself.  So I guess if you’re a sucker like me, it’ll cost you a little more and take a little longer because you’ll also find yourself stuck speed sewing a blanket and re-teaching yourself how to make mitered corners during nap time.

Felt Christmas Tree | Easy, Cheap Toddler DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Seriously anyways.  Focus.  In addition to being cheap it was also the easiest thing I think I’ve ever done.  Grab scissors.  Cut tree.  Cut ornaments.  Move on.  Felt sticks to felt with a little press and it’s great coordination skills for your toddler.  I’ve also seen great “walls” of felt like this that aren’t Christmas trees were you can cut a bunch of shapes, colors, and even letters or numbers to work on all of those skills with them.  Sadly for my toddler, I’m a super lazy mom and she gets this.  The “shapes” that aren’t circles or stars are just the triangles that I cut from the corners that were leftover pieces of felt.  Half the time she calls it a pepperoni pizza.  I totally see it, kiddo.

But honestly she could care less that mama didn’t decorate the bulbs or do fancy shapes because she loves this thing!  Not only does she love taking off and rearranging the shapes, but she’ll also pile, count and line them up on the ground.  So she’s learning even though I’m lazy.  #supermom?!? #iwish

Felt Christmas Tree | Easy, Cheap Toddler DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Supplies
1 yard green felt
1/8 yard of 2-3 other colors of felt
Sharpie or some other pen that will write on felt
Scissors
Painters tape or some other way to secure to your wall

How To…
1) Fold green fabric in half
2) Draw half of a Christmas tree on it
3) Cut out Christmas tree
4) Tape to the wall (you can also wait to do this until the end…as you can see from the photo below, my toddler loved playing with it on the ground as I worked on the shapes too)
5) Cut other colors into 1/8 yard x 1/8 yard squares and use these squares to cut other shapes in piles of 3-4 pieces.  If you’re really creative you can cut tons of fancy shapes and even decorate the felt, but we kept it low key

Enjoy!

Felt Christmas Tree | Easy, Cheap Toddler DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Cowgirl Second Birthday Party

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Secondary title:
That Time I Posted About My Daughter’s Cowgirl Birthday Party Months After It Happened

So remember when I was posting about all of those fun projects that I was doing for my toddler’s birthday party?  You know, back in June?  You don’t remember?  Yea it’s cool, I don’t blame you.

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I had such good intentions to write this fabulous post about her fabulous party and how much I love her and how I can’t believe that my sweet tiny baby girl is now two.  Which is all true.  The party was held at a local farm and was totally incredible and we all had the best time.  It was pink and cowgirl themed…and had cupcakes and ponies and that’s all she really cared about.

And now she’s two.  Perfectly, and sometimes terribly, two.  And even on our rough days I wouldn’t trade being her full time mama for the world.  Her smile lights up my life and walking into her bedroom to be greeted with a “good morning Mama!” each day is just everything to me.  She’s my little best friend and I love her to pieces.

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But back to the party.  It was awesome.  And I came back with 2,340,309 photos to look through and edit and put together for this post.  Which was overwhelming.  So I just didn’t.  But eventually I got my butt in gear and got through them all.  So here ya go!

The party was in the morning because most of our kids still get good afternoon naps in, so we did a very simple and casual brunch menu.  I started with a whole bunch of ideas for some fancy pants parfait bar before realizing that everyone would just want to grab and go enjoy the farm and then come back for dessert at the end.  And most of the dessert was from boxed mixes or the recipes on the back of the package.  Because, pregnant and lazy.  And it was just perfect.  Other than the fact that we had way too much food.  But that’s the usual for me.

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Interested in hosting a similar party?  Here are the details:

DIY Projects
Rope Letter Name Pallet Sign
Rustic Mason Jar Vases
Polaroid Toddler Photo Booth
Western Themed Toddler Photo Booth
Giant Chalkboard
Horse Head on a Stick Favors
Yarn Wrapped Monogram
Most printables were from this free suite from The Little Umbrella

Cowgirl Second Birthday Party | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Menu
Brunch
Assorted Muffins
Assorted Bagels and Cream Cheese
Watermelon Slices
Chex Mix “Chicken Feed”
Basket of Whole “Fresh Picked Fruit”
Veggie Platter of “Fresh Picked Veggies”

Dessert 
S’mores Pops
“Cowgirl” Cupcakes
Rice Crispy Treat “Hay Bales”
Brownie “Cow Pies” {yes, we went there}
Licorice “Lasso Ropes”

At “The Watering Hole” we just had a simple assortment of waters and sodas.

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Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables

Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

Our little guy’s nursery just wouldn’t be complete without some cute prints for the gallery wall.  I’ve mentioned before that I’m a bit of a print-a-holic, and I’m especially partial to the free printables that pop up on Pinterest {follow me here}.  Because, free.  How often does free home decor happen?  Not very often, people.

At first I pinned around casually and then scoured the internet until I found the perfect additions to our baby boy’s grey and blue room.  I wanted them to be sweet, but also a little masculine and boyish.  There was only one that I felt the need to make myself, and I’m pretty stoked with how that one turned out too.

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I spray painted these frames white because I had the paint and Target only had one of the white ones after I checked a million times.  I love the look of non-uniform frames in most of my other rooms, but for some reason the vision I had for this room was more clean and I wanted everything to match.  And once I get something weird like that in my head, there’s no turning back.

The letters came from Jo Ann back in the summer when they had all of the nautical stuff, but I’m sure you could replicate something similar with some unfinished wood letters and a nice stain.

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Links to download each of the free prints are below, and I pinned a bunch more on my baby boy Pinterest board if you need others too!

I’ll Eat You Up I Love You So
Initial Print {customizable!}
Be Brave Little One
I’ll Love You Forever
Feathers
ABC’s Eye Love You
Let Him Sleep
Little Love
Baby Boy Nursery Gallery Wall | Free Printables | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

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Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY

Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

There isn’t much to this tutorial, but I threw this together the other day and just had to share!  As I’ve mentioned, we’re rearranging the whole house in anticipation of baby #2.  So when the office/craft room became the guest room/office, we had furniture and shelving that had to be moved.

Once we popped the shelves up above the desk {which will remain unpictured because it’s ridiculously messy and I wasn’t motivated enough to clean it for photos…or to take photos that were well lit enough…#sorryimnotsorry #lazyandpregnant}, there was just a weird gap in between that I knew I had to fill in somehow.

Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

And somehow for me always ends up being photos because how can you not love them?  Photos are everything to me…I try to take at least one photo a day of my munchkin on my phone {have you heard of the Collect app? It organizes them all for you…I’ve been doing it every day since she was born!}, and as long as I get Hubby on board, I take professional photos whenever I can.  It might be because I don’t have the most spectacular memory, but I feel like photos are the best way to capture life and hold on to it forever.

Anyway.  Back to the mini project.  I realized I had jute left over from making my rustic mason jars and some fun mini clothespins from the holidays {I’m pretty sure they sell them at Target, Joann and Michaels} and all I needed was some push pins and a few of my favorite photos.

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I did some online research and found out that Walgreens will print Instagram photos for you for 39 cents each {and they often run coupon codes for cheaper}.  You can pick them up in the store for free!  You have to trim them when you get them, but it was worth it for this whole project costing about $3.50.  And now that I know, I can switch them out whenever I feel like it without breaking the bank.

So overall it was a cheap and easy project that puts a smile on my face every time I walk into the room.  Total win.

Hanging Insta-Banner | Quick & Cheap DIY | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

PS No sponsored content in this post!  Just sharing the love and the ideas! 

Quick Pillow Covers | Beginner Sewing Tutorial

Quick Pillow Cases | Easy Sewing Tutorial

When we moved into the house we were expecting baby #1.  Naturally, one room became her nursery, one became a never-really-perfected guest bedroom and the last became a craft room and office.  I’m not going to lie, baby #2 was always in the back of my brain, and for that reason, I never really put too much time into the other rooms.  I hoped that the day would come when everything was going to have to change, and now that day is here.

So we’re in the crazy process of re-doing rooms and re-shuffling furniture {I am nesting on twelve right now, my friends}.  The guest room is becoming baby boy’s nursery and the craft room slash office is becoming a guest room slash office.

Quick Pillow Cases | Easy Sewing Tutorial

Let’s take a moment of silence for my craft room, craft bench and craft supplies.  Tear.  Everything has been reorganized into delightful bins, which is totally my jam, but I have a feeling I’m not going to have quite as much time for crafting in the upcoming months.  Or {fingers crossed knock on wood} this kid will be an awesome sleeper like his sister and I’ll continue to use my dining room table as a craft space.

So back to the rooms.  I had some old pillows that my mom had given to us when we moved in that I threw on the trundle bed with an old quilt and called it a day.  Not my best work.  Now that we’re re-doing the room, I’m putting a little more time and energy into making it more “me” as baby #3 is a concept that will probably only live in my daydreams and Hubby’s nightmares {maybe not that extreme but you get the picture}.

Quick Pillow Cases | Easy Sewing Tutorial

I started by picking up this bedding on sale at Target at an unbelievably cheap price and immediately realized that the brown toned pillows weren’t going to cut it.  A quick trip to JoAnn and a quick nap time sewing project later, the pillows have a whole new life, as does the bed.  I still think it needs a little something, but that’ll be another project for another day.

Fear not sewing rookies.  This is an easy one.  And it’s in total lay terms so don’t judge me experts.  This is for me and my fellow newbies.

Supplies
Old pillows to cover
Fabric {I used a yard of the grey for the smaller pillows and 1.5 yards of the yellow for the bigger pillows}
Coordinating thread
Sewing machine

How To…
{photos below}

  1. Lay out the pillow on top of the fabric and cut a piece so that there’s about 3-4″ on either side and enough fabric to fold over the whole pillow top to bottom.  Iron all of the fabric and iron the bottom edge up so you have about a 1/2 inch seam.
  2. Sew along the seam to keep it down
  3. Lay the fabric down so the good side {the pattern side} is up.  Center your pillow on it.  Fold up the seamed side first, and then the raw side on top of it {when you flip it inside out you want the seam to be on top so that’s what you see}.
  4. Pinch the fabric so that you can see how much you need based on the puffiness of the pillows.  Then place a pin in each corner and where the fabric comes together in the middle, giving yourself about an inch of extra room.  Carefully slip the pillow out and adjust your pins as needed.
  5. Sew a straight line down each side, using your pins as a guide.
  6. Turn your new pillow case inside out, poke out the corners with your finger or a knitting needle, and voila!  A pillow case, ready to stuff!

Quick Pillow Cases | Easy Sewing Tutorial

 

 

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