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!

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!

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Happy Halloween + October Recap

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I was kind of hoping to come on here today and share some fantastic last minute Halloween party recipe.  And while my favorite semi-homemade ghost brownie recipe from last year still a great option for those of you looking for a tasty treat to bring along to your parties Saturday night, this year I just didn’t have the time to put anything new together. Except for some rad mandarin oranges that I drew jack o lantern faces on and posted on facebook.  Does that count?  At least you got my semi-homemade post-Halloween easy leftover candy brownie recipe earlier this week.  #lazynewmom

I have, however, been raising two darling little munchkins since the beginning of the month, which I count as an accomplishment in itself.  We’re slowly getting into a groove and trying to keep up with as many of big sister’s activities as we can to keep life normal for her.  The little guy has been so sweet and easy (knock on wood) and is mostly just along for the ride.  He’s been to about a billion pumpkin patches in his first month of life.  Sorry kiddo.

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I have to admit that most of the time that I would have normally spent cooking, editing, and writing has been taken up by baby snuggles, and I don’t feel bad about it at all.  I forgot what it was like to have a baby that’s so little and smooshy, and I really know now that it doesn’t last long so I’m soaking it up while I can.  This is probably our second and last baby so I gotta take advantage of all of this lovieness.

So in lieu of a recipe post, I will simply wish you all a very happy and safe Halloween celebration and share some of my favorite photos from this first month as a mama of two, and one of my favorite months of the year.  It’s been pretty incredible.

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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

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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
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He’s Here!

I’m so excited to announce that our baby boy has arrived and he’s oh so sweet and smooshy!!  We’re all in love, including his big sister who likes to rock him and give him kisses on the head.

I was lucky enough to have an easy labor and delivery (especially compared to big sister’s two plus hours of pushing) and everyone is happy, healthy and spending time together as a family.  It’s still crazy to me how tiny he is and how big the toddler seems in comparison now.  She looked exactly like him as an infant, so sometimes when I look at him it’s like looking back in time at a littler her.

While we’re settling into our new life as a family of four, I have some scheduled posts ready to continue the fun here.  And keep an eye on Instagram and Facebook for more little tidbits and baby love.

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DIY Pallet Shelves | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial

DIY Pallet Shelves | Baby Boy Nursery Tutorial | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I’m done with the furniture refinishing, but I wanted to share these fabulous shelves today that Hubby and I put together for baby boy’s nursery.  I’m totally stoked with how they turned out from an old pallet that we had lying around the garage and a few little pieces of wood.  I’m using a lot of soft colors, and feel like they give the room a little bit more of a masculine feel.

Shout out to Hubby for doing the majority of the heavy lifting on this one.  As much as I’m up for the down and dirty projects, I just don’t feel like using some power tools when I’m this pregnant is the best idea.  Or using some power tools ever.  Let’s be honest, I’m kind of a klutz and I feel like I’m most handy when I have all ten fingers at my disposal.

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Supplies
Wood pallet
Circular saw to cut pallet
1″x3″ pieces to form the bottom of the shelves
Kreg Jig for pocket hole screws to insert bottom shelves
2″ pocket hole screws to insert bottom shelves
Spray paint
Drywall anchors to fasten to the wall

How To…

  1. Make cuts in the pallet with the circular saw for the number of shelves that you need
  2. Purchase cut pieces or cut pieces of  1″ x 3″ wood to fit into the bottom of the pallet
  3. Use a Kreg Jig and 2″ pocket hole screws to fasten the wood pieces in the bottom of each shelf
  4. Spray paint shelves, using at least two coats and letting it dry entirely in between each coat
  5. Fasten into the wall using drywall anchors
  6. Opt: Depending on what you’re putting in them, you may want to pad the inside with some extra fabric or even tissue paper so that everything sits at the right height

Love this?  Check out more work on our nursery:
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

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No Sand Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery

Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

When I bought the cheap dresser from the last post, the lady messaged me at the last minute to ask if I wanted a couple of nightstands too.  You know, for $5 each.  Like I can refuse that kind of a deal.

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At first I thought that this one was going to end up in our new spare bedroom slash office.  But half way in, I realized how cute it would be with the remaining light blue paint on the top, so I went with it.  And then it totally belonged with the other pieces in the nursery, so it has now become the “rocking chair table” where the nursing supplies, books, etc. will live.

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Nightstand Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

I think this is the last of the refinish jobs for a while, although I still have a couple of nursery projects to share.  I’m so stoked with how they all turned out and now in love with Zinsser Primer Spray Paint and ready to refinish pretty much everything else that I own.  Because the real reason I’ve hesitated in the past is because sanding is just the worst, and now that it’s not an issue, I’m all in.

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This was a simple job…no tutorial required.  Just spray with the primer and dry, coat with white spray paint on the bottom half and dry, brush on the blue on top and use a tiny brush to brush the blue knob.  Donezo.  After the other dressers, this was a walk in the park.

Love this?  Check out more work on our nursery: 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

Distressed “Blue Wash” Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery

Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

This poor little boy.  The last piece of furniture that I told you about was a free curb dresser, and this one was a $40 broken down old dresser I bought off some random on Facebook and roped my younger brother into going to pick up in a neighboring town {the before picture is off of the manufacturer’s website…so imagine it with a wood piece missing, dirty brassy knobs and tons of dings}.  Hubby fixed it, I refinished it, we moved it into his room, and I decided I didn’t really like how it turned out so I redid it again.  Now, I’m actually quite pleased with it.  So I guess it’s not so bad for this kid after all.

Distressed "Blue Wash" Dresser Refinish | Baby Boy Nursery | Little Kitchen, Big Bites

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I started by removing the hardware, sanding the whole thing {this was before I learned of the magical Zinsser Primer Spray Paint which would have made the whole process a zillion times easier}, then spray painted it all white and spray painted the hardware silver {I used this one, saving me about $75 on new hardware that I wasn’t crazy about anyway}, and distressed it all over again to give it the rustic look that I’m going for.

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Then, after painting my ombre dresser, I had some of the light blue paint left and I had a lightbulb moment.  I was going to paint the drawers again, this time in blue.  insert hubby shaking his head at me here.  And not only paint, but I was going to *bluewash* it, if you will.  I so loved the whitewash technique that I used for our headboard that I figured, hey, why not try it out with a color?  Worst comes to worst, I would just re-spray paint it white.

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So I took the blue paint in my pan, thinned it out with some water, and brushed it onto the drawers.  Before it could dry completely, I took a paper towel and lightly wiped some of the paint off with the grain of the wood.  And, guys, I’m so stoked about how it turned out.  It’s totally beachy and exactly what I was going for.  And with the contrast of the rest of the newly white, distressed dresser and silver hardware, it’s just perfect in his room.

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Moral of the story?  When you decide to *blue wash* a piece of furniture to re-re-do it and your hubby shakes his head and calls you crazy, ignore him and go for it.  It’ll be totally worth it.

PS Love the print from Where the Wild Things Are?  Download it for free here.

And check out more work on our nursery: Grey Graphic Rocking Chair Update |  Blue Ombre Ikea Dresser Makeover

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