Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cocoa Daisy Scrapbook Kits | October Kit Reveal

Hello! I am back again sharing my projects from the October Cocoa Daisy Kit, City Park! 

It is a gorgeous kit full of rich saturated colors of fall. 

Plum Class // I used this cut file to make a unique background for my page.  I backed the paper with white cardstock and watercolored in the triangles.

The yummy transparent balloons and compass are from the Shimelle die cut pack.  Love it. I also used the big sticker book from Shimelle a lot.  Check out the BYOAO shop for all the extra goodies!

Hello Autumn // I used a cut file and made it big!  I love Disney World's Halloween decorations and wanted a special page to show them off.

I used the cut files again to make the title.  I love the big bold brush stroke! The wood veneers are from the main scrapbooking kit.

Play // I used this awesome patterned paper from the main kit to start my page here. I cut out a few extra city building shapes and popped them up on the page for a little added dimension.  I used the
I punched stars from a different patterned paper to create my own little set of embellishments for the page. I used the extra ruler to hold my title.  I love using something, like a tag or journaling spot to frame my title on a page.  This time a wooden ruler was a welcome novelty!

Hello! Adventure // One of my favorite pages this month.  I hand cut a wavy background to go with the pool pictures I wanted to scrap.  They were taken at the first birthday party in her class, so I told the story to her first few weeks at school and how she is doing at making friends.  This was a big worry of mine so I am so pleased with how things have turned out for her!  She is happy at school and doing so well! 

You can scope out my favorite cards from the DITL kit here.  So much fall yumminess! 

And last but not least, we are so excited to share the new size options for Daisy Dori's!  Dori notebooks are awesome because they can be anything you want them to be - planners, lists, notebooks, journals, even photo books.  

I hope you liked the reveal of City Park this month!  Go to the Cocoa Daisy page to shop for the full kit and see the rest of the designs. 

You can follow along with reveal with the hashtag #cocoadaisyOctober2016reveal on Instagram and Facebook this month as well.

Around here // September 2016

Nandini of course is only friends with one or two kids in her new class and basically refuses to talk to anyone else because it is just too scary to try.

So of course it was big news when she talked to another girl at school.  "Mommy! I talked to someone at school today. Landry! She got the same unicorn book as me from the library last week that I got this week.  It's actually a Harry Potter book."

When we got home Avinash couldn't wait to see this new Harry Potter book.  "Hey! This is not a Harry Potter book!"

Very quick, "Yes it is! Look at the last page!"  And, wouldn't you know the second to last page has a picture from the Sorcerer's Stone.

Score one for Nandini.

Lakshman still loves all things Pokemon.  We use the show as his reward in therapy, so basically all his meals.

He plays with the toys all the time too.

"Pikachu, go in your pokeball cause you scared.  Pikachu scared a yoda." Then he gives a very significant glance toward the hall closet where our robot Yoda is hidden away.

I guess he hasn't forgotten.

Avinash is doing drama this year.  He practiced his Spanish over and over because he really wanted to get the part of the pea green crayon, aka Esteban the magnificent! 

He got off to a slow start really reading his lines and practicing, but he and Ryan ended up bonding over it and worked hard together.  This is Avi's first year in drama and he is among the youngest kids in the club so we thought he probably had a better chance at something easier.

A few days after the auditions a friend texted me telling me her son had got a part.  We both started frantically checking our email.  Then we finally noticed a new voicemail on Ryan's phone.  He got the part! It was so cute to get an old-fashioned message like that, ha! We all freaked out together in the car.

I made the decision to cut back on chess and ballet for him this year so I could focus on Lakshman and spend a little less time just driving back and forth.  I'm glad that drama is working out really well in place of all that.

 I am getting back into my groove again at home.  I think it literally took four weeks to finish unpacking.  I'm just on top of things like that. 

My hair started falling out in clumps for a while so it's possible I was a bit stressed...

Since I did finally manage to lose a little baby weight, I decided it was time to get a few new things.  Every day I seemed to wear nothing but yoga pants and old ill-fitting t shirts.  They don't even pass for work out clothes since most people have fancy leggings and matching tops these days. 

I placed a nice order on J. Crew online and was presently surprised when everything fit or was a bit loose.  I've been getting into J. Crew since I got a bunch of Crew Cuts stuff for the kids at the outlet store.  Their headbands are such good quality and so cute. 

Ryan and I celebrated our 11th Anniversary.  We took a little day trip to a Spa Resort which was pretty much Ryan's best idea ever.  

How perfect is this wall for us?!!

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