Friday, June 26, 2020

Top Ten Target Summer Favorites

Women's Rolled Short Sleeve Boxy Cropped T-Shirt

Buttery yellow with a modern cut? Absolutely. 

Super cute!! I also love these little bright satchel bags from Target.  I use them everyday and get tons of compliments on them all the time.  It is such a perfect color combo too. 

Women's Two-Tone Slip Dress - CUSHNIE for Target 

I have a ton of these dresses.  I basically loved and bought every Cushnie dress I saw on Target. I adore her designs and was so excited to be able to actually own them!!

I love this cut.  I really feel like a dancer in this.

I used to buy a ton of these at J. Crew and Boden for like four times the price.  They are so practical.  I love that you can dress them up or wear them with jeans or shorts.  Plus, my arms have been getting fried! Especially when just out driving.  I really suck at wearing sunscreen so I majorly prefer to just wear a long sleeve shirt.  

And, of course, it's even better because I have a sale for you!! 

This stuff is the absolute best.  I have tried so many different things over the years.  

I read all the blogs.  I tried the "all natural baking soda" method for a while. 
 I had so much build up.  My hair was gross. 

I was determined to not let the same thing happen to my daughter.  She has super curly hair.  I really didn't know what to do for her.  Oil, sure.  But I wanted her to have some way to manage it.  I tried to cut out Sulfates and Silicone.  That was hard, it's in everything.  

Then I found this brand and have loved it for years.  I use it on both of us now and I love it.  Her curls get definition and shine and my stick straight hair can actually make ringlets now.  Plus, it is a Black-owned company so it is pretty much the best stuff ever. 

This is really my favorite baby cream. It's in a tub, so it's not diluted with water like regular lotion.  It has really helped my baby stave off any signs of excema.  I still get excema flare ups from time to time, as do my older kids.  I am so glad I started using this on him when he was young, because it has really helped keep his skin healthy from the very beginning.  He is 15 months now and still has buttery soft skin. 

Get a free $20 gift card when you spend $100 on baby care essentials with same-day order services. Valid 06/28 - 07/04.

Kids Cloud Bookcase

This bookcase is basically the cutest thing ever.  It comes in four colors and I kind of want them all.  I bought six bookshelves at the start of quarantine.  Now I want to return them all and buy this instead.  I mean, it's like Pottery Barn or Land of Nod quality and design for Target prices.  

Plus, there is a deal on it too..

Speaking of cute kid stuff.  Hearth and Home Toys are like my favorite thing.  I was so excited when I saw their big Toy Doll Farmhouse on major sale!  It even comes with furniture!  My kids got this for Christmas and they play with it so so much.  
I guess that doesn't make it exactly summery, but where we live, any toy that keeps them playing when it is too hot to go outside is a win in my book. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

December Daily | Day 17 the Best Time of the Year

Today is the story a Monday around the house and running errands.  We took the kids to school and Ryan to work. We stopped by Lakshman's school for  a bit.  I have tons more teacher gifts to prepare and I am still working on it.  14 more!

While I work on my December Daily and Cocoa Daisy projects at home, Lakshman putters around the room with his toys.  And I find my daily story. 
I have this bright and colored numbered tree advent calendar which you fill yourself.  It is turning into a family tradition at this point and the kids eagerly awaited it again this year.  I fill it with sweets or little toys, erasers or marbles. Anything small enough to be a choking hazard next year basically. 

I slightly enlarged the canvas of this close up toy shot to include space for my journaling.  I printed the picture slightly smaller than 6x8 so I could back the page with patterned paper.  This paper is from the Cocoa Daisy kit, Pen and Ink. 

I also included some older number and star stickers.  

Lakshman posed for a picture with his animals and I had to include that too.  I actually made a pretty neat slide out photo.  You simply grasp the tab and pull.  I lined the area under the larger photo with a glassine bag so the photo could glide easily. 

I still ended up with part of the photo sticking out from underneath even when it was pushed all the way in so I put a strip of gold washi along the edge. 
A quick video of my photo slide in action. I love the real pop up book feel of this.  It makes me want to try some real pop up stuff next.  

Have you ever tried something like that in your December Daily? 

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are filled with love and magic! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here

Some of the supplies I am using:

Friday, December 21, 2018

December Daily | Day 15 Happy Merry Cheer

I included this day in my catch up page, but I had more to share about the story.  

I also have to say thank you for all the people who reached out to me after I talked about what has been going on in our lives yesterday.  Her teacher is gone and she had a sub today.  I came to class for her holiday party and oh my, what a difference a sweet, normal person can make.  I doubt the sub was aware of the issues going on, but she came up to me anyway to tell me how much she likes Nandini and told me she is like an old soul.  

Her new teacher also came to find us and welcome her.  She was Avinash's old teacher and she said she wants Lakshman to come to her class also now.  There were so many wonderful moments of kindness.  And my daughter is feeling so much better.  We are trying to focus on the good now. 

And watching all three kids in their theatre shows was a very good thing.  I had the idea of trying to do a digitial collage with a series of horizontal photos with text in between.  
I originally wanted the stamped sentiment to preceed each line of text, but my spacing was not right.  

Instead I just stamped at the end of each text box and it worked out fine.  I wasn't sure if the red ink I have would smudge on photo paper, but I know the black is fine.  

I stamped these larger sentiments in between as well.  The stamp set is paislee press.  I just love their elegant feel. 

Also from paislee press, I have these puffy lightbulb stickers.  Unsurprisingly, they match the stamping very well. 

I stitched a line down the edge of the patterned paper border I added.  I placed one large black chipboard star on top.  

I just love those stars. 

And I added one more bonus full page photo on the back.  More strips of patterned paper along the border. 

How much do I love these balloon displays around Austin? And I think they look great with my ballooning belly !!

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are filled with love and warmth! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here

Some of the supplies I am using:

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Days 13, 14, 15 and 16 | Oh what fun!

Life has been hard lately.  Like super hard.  Our health is fine, but when one of your kids is struggling at school with being harassed life gets complicated. And sad. 

I just want my children to feel safe.  I want them to be nurtured even when they have to be away from me. I think they deserve to live a childhood with some innocence.  I want them to know they are real people, equal people.  Who don't deserve to be punished for crying.  Who deserve to feel worthy of appreciation for who they are.  And not in spite of their faith or the way they look.  But with full acceptance.  Free from prejudice. 

The vast majority of people in this world agree with that.  Unfortunately there are irrational people everywhere too.  And something that should be simple becomes not so simple anymore.  So I spend my time consoling my child when she is home.  And am too emotionally drained to do much else after bed or ever. 

This went on for days and days.  And we are still working towards a resolution but the major stressor is out of the picture.  For now and hopefully for longer.  The school break could not come at a better time. 

Last night she was snuggled up between her two best friends watching a movie and I just exhaled.  I finally could. 

And that my dear friends is the completely unnecessary story of why I have made this page.  I could have easily made this page anyway.  

But there you go.  

So, I combined five days into one page.  The other reason why is I really wanted to use this piece of our wooden train advent calendar.  

It is a slim box that I cut up and kept the tabs in place. 

I took a photo of the box I was using and sized my photos to match up with the flip up tabs.  I printed it out on one sheet of paper.  Incidentally, the size was 6.65 x 5, so it was perfect for a 5x7.  All I had to do was make a canvas that size, print and then trim it after. 

I wanted to keep the embellishments pretty flat, because even just the top of the box was pretty bulky.  I stamped a small sentiment and edged the top of the flip up tab with thin washi.  

I am so thirsty for anything airmail.  I feel like I could use it on every page. 

Nandini at her sweet little violin recital.  I know it's not that easy to see here, but the look of concentration on her face was the best.  Nothing sweeter than a thoughtful-looking girl.  

And our balloon house adventure from Saturday morning.  I think I may print an enlargement of this one. 

And the picture from our otherwise super busy day that the kids were dying for me to take.  They love that I love their art.  And I really do.  They have the most amazing art teacher who never fails to send home projects that are display worthy.  If you could see that progression they have made in a few years.  Nandini went from saying she couldn't draw all summer to making real cartoon portraits or animals. 

Finally, this is what I put on the page, since the box is mounted on a clear page, I knew I need a backing.  Yes, I am going back and writing more about that Saturday.  I just haven't done it yet.  

If we can keep our spirits up, I just might. 

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are filled with love and warmth! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here

Some of the supplies I am using:

Monday, December 17, 2018

December Daily | Day 12 Trail of Lights

After a truly horrible no good very bad day at school, sometimes things have a way of turning around at home.  Wednesday was that kind of day, but a spontaneous trip to see the Austin Trail of Lights after school and randomly running into a best friend there really helped.  

I used a big picture of Lakshman to back to the photo enlargement on day 11.   Embellished with a simple cork word and a few copper stars.  It definitely adds a lot of bulk to the album, but it is outside a page protector so that should help a little. 

I had lots and lots of pictures, so I had to add one more page to hold them.  I used this transparency sheet in between to hold the date. 

It is a large white chipboard number from the kit. The back is raw chipboard, so I backed it with a journaling card. 

The journaling card that I put on the back was cut down to the size of the number to seem more like a tag.  I also rounded some of the edges and adhered it right to the edge of the page.  
This is one of the old tricks to get these add ons to look more cohesive and finished. 

Typed journaling.  I just edged it in ribbon and added a tab sticker and a little heart. 

I used a whole bunch of stars from one pack because I love the ombre color scheme.  I also adhered a rubber charm to the photo of Ryan and Avi.  

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are filled with love and special memories! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here

Some of the supplies I am using:

Saturday, December 15, 2018

December Daily | Day 10 Library

Welcome to my December Daily album, day 10.   On Monday and Wednesday we went to the Austin Central Public Library after school.  It is one of our favorite places.  I kind of wrote about our activities on both of those days here. 

 I took pictures of them in the big circle windows. Nandini even took my picture.

I used my big circle punch to cut holes in a plain piece of paper and layered the photos underneath it.  I used the gold foil letter stickers from the new Cocoa Daisy kit to add a title.  I love these stickers and I don't have to skimp because there are so many letters in the package! 

I stamped a sentiment on a piece of chipboard to echo the circle theme once again.  That is also why I chose that transparent page divider to hold the date. 

On the back of the date I added this gold foiled sentiment from an older Dec Daily kit. 

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are filled with love and special memories! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December Daily | Day 11 Anthropologie Advent Calendar

Welcome to my Day 11! We had a pretty quiet day here of school and home and errands. I used this day to include my Anthropologie advent calendar instead. My kids always have a chocolate advent and we have started adding on toys and legos and tsum taums. This year, it was my turn to get one too. 

I love it so much!! I can’t tell you how fun it is to open a new box every day and get a little treasure out. 

I printed out a picture of my advent calendar on a wide white background. I added a strip of patterned paper from the main kit. I love red peppermint stripe in my DD and can use it almost everydat. 

I also added a title on the front with gold foil letter stickers. This tab serves as an invitation to open the photo up and see what is inside. I wanted to capture some of the fun of opening my calendar everyday. 

The page flips open to show the inside of my advent calendar. I added a picture of some of my items so far on the inside cover. I typed my journaling directly on the photo. 

I added a piece of chipboard on the inside to hold my date. I love these letter and number stickers so much! I did flip over one of the die cuts in the main kit because I wanted to use the plain side. 

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are filled with love and special memories! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here

Some of the supplies I am using:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December Daily | Day 9 Wildflower Center

Magic? Oh yes.  Another day and another fun outing.  This time, the Wildflower Center Illuminations night.  After three days of rain, it finally let up for the last night of this. 

We got there at sunset, and I love these pictures at twilight.  I enlarged one of my favorites on Nandini in front of the new fort exhibit.  

I embellished it very simply, two strips of patterned paper, a translucent plastic word from the main DD kit. 

I used one of the new 3x8 page protectors with two pockets.  You could always cut a regular 3x4 page in half too, which is what I used to do. 

A little chipboard and a tab sticker stapled in place. 

I printed out my journaling on a 4x6 print again.  I layered a journaling card on top with a wood veneer and gold number. I adhered that part outside of the page protector. 

A few more pictures on the back.  

Some of the supplies I am using:
6-Hole Paper Punch
DD Main Kit

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are filled with love and special memories! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here

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