Bed Rest and Big Bathroom Ambitions

If you haven’t heard, I’m pregnant (as revealed here). Very, very, very pregnant.  Like, the most pregnant I’ve ever been, because my body has officially surpassed the largest sizes of my previous pregnancies and I still have 6 weeks left to go.

Two weekends ago, I got food poisoning and was up all night tossing my cookies.  This left me super dehydrated. And apparently being dehydrated makes your body increase oxytocin levels, which leads to labor. I was 33 weeks and started having consistent contractions, 3-5 min apart, steadily. I had to go into the birthing center and get an IV to replace fluids to try to stop the contractions. It helped, but not entirely. I continued to have contractions with a bit too much consistency, so I wound up being put on bed rest.   Continue reading

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Paper Mâché Rose Crafts! 4th of July activity!

Just in time for a fun 4th of July activity, we present to you our Paper Mâché Rose craft tutorial!  We would like to introduce you to Bobbidee Evans! She is a dear friend of ours and is an amazing artist.  She is also a mom to 7 beautiful children and teaches art lessons out of her home.  She has fostered some fabulous artistic talent in her students.  You can view some of her art and art from her students on her blog. Be on the lookout for more artistic tutorials from her on our blog in the future!

Paper Mâché Rose Wreath Tutorial Supplies:LM Blog Paper Mache Roses

•Base on which you will attach your roses

•Acrylic paint and paint brush (you could also use spray paint)

•Ink pad for distressing (if you want antique look)

•Bowl (or something to outline a circle for wreath shape)

•Pencil

•Crepe paper in desired color(s)

•Tacky Glue

•Optional – Prismacolor pencil (If you’d like to write something on board. Less harsh than permanent marker.)

Watch the tutorial and share your comments with us! If you make one, we’d love to see pics!