Monday, March 26, 2018

2017: The Year of Travel | New York

I love New York. I've been to visit a few times as a teen and I've always wanted to go back. It's been at the top of my favorite places and I finally had a chance to go back with the entire family last year during our epic east coast road trip. Andrew has never been a fan of larger cities so New York never appealed to him which made it hard to convince him to take a trip there. It was never on the radar until last year when our obsession with Hamilton hit. So did we really plan an entire 10 day long trip to the east coast soley because we scored tickets to Hamilton on Broadway? Yes, yes we did. That is exactly how this crazy trip idea started.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Kalle Shirt and Shirtdress | #SewMyStyle2018

The Kalle shirt and shirtdress pattern from Closet Case Patterns wasn't exactly love at first sight for me. I've never been a huge button up wearer and it isn't really a style I would normally pick myself. Since it's the March Sew My Style challenge, I decided to go for it anyway and get some more experience under my belt. With it already being half way through the month, I've successfully completed two versions of this pattern and am really glad I pushed outside my comfort zone. Not only did I learn a few new things, I also have two pieces that look way more polished than my usual wardrobe.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

2017: The Year of Travel | Boston

Our first visit to the east coast as a family took place in a whirlwind 10 day long trip that started in Boston. We've always had illusions of doing crazy long road trips to cover as much ground as possible, but this was the first time we have ever done it to this extent. Starting in Boston and winding our way through New York, Philadelphia, and DC, this trip gave us a nice overview of Colonial America while also allowing us to take advantage of as much as we could while we were there.

Airfare isn't cheap, epecially when you have kids that aren't free anymore. Aiming to be as budget friendly as possible, it's natural for us to throw in as much as we can whenever we splurge on airfare. That being said, this was a crazy idea to start with and we were actually pretty exhausted well before we were done.

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Geeky Valentine's Day Dress

With making apparel heavily on my mind, this dress is where it all started. Isabelle picked out the two fabrics herself and insisted on having both of them in one dress. I searched online to find the perfect pattern and stumbled into a rabbit hole of independent designers and patterns, including the one I used for this dress: Clara by Violette Field Patterns. This isn't my first PDF pattern, but it definitely is what helped me fall back into the sewing world.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

2017: The Year of Travel | Universal Studios Hollywood

Our last day in the Los Angeles area was dedicated to visiting Universal Studios Hollywood. The last time I visited was when I was in grade school and Andrew and the kids had never been. I remember this park a lot better than others I visited when I was younger so I was excited to go back with the whoel family. We didn't have ton of expectations and were all there for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which proved to be just as amazing as we could've hoped for. Considering the amount of rain we had the day before, this day turned out to be absolutely perfect with clear blue skies. We specifcally picked a day to go when lines were at their shortest which also make the day a success.

Monday, March 5, 2018

DIY Quick & Simple Floor Cushions!

One day I was looking at my kids sitting on the ground in front of the TV and it occured to me how nice it would be to have some sort of seat for them. Even though we have plenty of seating options, my kids (especially Isabelle) almost always choose to sit on the ground. They took over the new mattress topper we purchased for our sofa bed, but I knew that couldn't last long. As much as I don't care how my house looks from day to day, a full size mattress in the middle of the living room just isn't practical. I kept thinking about how nice it would be to have some sort of cushion. After researching and realizing how pricey they could be, I decided to try my hand at making my own.