Mom Care

Mom Care

Mom Care

 

 

Dear Moms,

 

Mom care is important! This is why you haven’t heard from me in a while…

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Chicken Artichoke Pizza

Chicken Artichoke Pizza

chicken artichoke pizza

Chicken Artichoke Pizza

Anyone else have “Pizza Friday” at their house? We sure do! Our family loves pizza. Going out for pizza or ordering delivery can take a toll on the budget, so I wanted to try to recreate one of our favorites at home.

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DIY Patriotic Wreath

DIY Patriotic Wreath!

DIY Patriotic Wreath

DIY Patriotic Wreath 

Wreath making is fun for every holiday. There’s nothing like hanging up a new wreath that you created. You can use your imagination and inspiration from magazines or craft stores, and get the look you desire. I started making burlap wreaths a couple of years ago for our wedding. It was a rustic feel, so burlap was perfect. You can use ribbon or bandanas like I used for this particular one. I actually wanted to have bandanas going all the way around, but these 4 were all that was left at the store. I decided to work with it, and what I had at home! This wreath is what I came up with. Our front door is 4th of July ready!

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Avoid Mommy Burn Out

Avoid Mommy Burn Out

Avoid Mommy Burn Out

 

 

About 6 months ago I sent my husband the text. I was home with the kids all week while he was working his tail off for us about 300 miles away. Being at home with the kids is such a blessing because I know that they are well taken care of, and my husband doesn’t have to worry about the kids at all while he’s working. I understand this. I try to stay grateful that I have this opportunity, but after 75 diaper changes, 15 episodes of Paw Patrol, and two toddler meltdowns over the course of 5 days, it is hard.

 

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Tassels and Tunics

Tassels and Tunics: A Time Saving Summer Fashion Guide for Moms

Tassels & Tunics

 

Do you want to be fashionable like those “put together” moms that you see at the beach or park during summer, but you don’t think that you have the time? (I wrote “put together” in quotes because c’mon… who really has it all together?) It is easier than you might think! I am here to help. Being an independent stylist for Stella & Dot has its perks. I learn about trends and looks that coordinate with our pieces, and I can’t wait to share everything with you!

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Chicken Pesto Bake

Chicken Pesto Bake

 

Chicken Pesto Bake

 

 

Greetings!

This chicken pesto is one of my favorite dishes because it is so simple, and it satisfies without being heavy. The tomato and pesto make it a great summertime dinner, as long as you don’t mind using your oven. When I am in a crunch, this is my go to meal. It only has 4 ingredients! It is probably the easiest thing I make.

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DIY Baby Mobile

DIY Baby Mobile 

DIY Baby Mobile

DIY Baby Mobile

 

Creating this DIY baby mobile for our daughter’s room was one of the most enjoyable crafts that I’ve done. I didn’t even have one for my son’s room when he was a baby because we were on a very tight budget… Think family of 3 living on about $23k a year kind of budget, but that’s a topic for another post… And a crib mobile isn’t exactly a necessity. Knowing this, and knowing how fast the baby stages go, I did not want to spend a lot of money on something that doesn’t get that much use. Sure they are cute, and they entertain your bundle when they wake up before you in the morning… (because they will pretty much ALWAYS wake up before you do, or is that just me? Haha) but let’s be practical here. I’m not dropping $50 and up on a crib mobile.

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Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

EASY Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

 

Easy Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

 

 

EASY Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

 

We eat a lot of chicken around here. These crockpot chicken fajitas have to be my favorite. They are colorful, flavorful, and scrumptious. Something just makes me feel like a better mom when I serve a colorful dinner. Anyone else feel this way?

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DIY NFL Themed Corkboard

DIY NFL Themed Corkboard 

DIY NFL Themed Corkboard

DIY NFL Themed Corkboard

 

In the spirit of the NFL Draft, I decided to post about the Seahawks inspired “art gallery” that I made for my son’s room. For him, this is a place to hang up his artwork, or whatever special thing he wants to put up there (like his birthday decorations that he just couldn’t part with right away). This is perfect for a toddler or an elementary school student that has a lot of projects that they want to put on display, so that you don’t have to cover every square inch of your fridge. You could also make modifications to the border to make it appropriate for an older child’s room to pin reminders or pictures on (I’m sure a teenager would be embarrassed to have the alphabet around the edge). This is a very simple project, and you feel good about making something customized for your kiddo’s room.

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DIY NFL Themed Cork-board

  1. Find a corkboard (you can get one here) or even a baking pan if you want to do a magnetic board instead of one with pushpins. I thought of that after getting the supplies for this. A magnetic board would allow my toddler to change out his artwork on his own. With this corkboard, I have to pin everything up. I don’t mind doing this. We make it a big deal when we showcase his new masterpieces anyway. Another option would be to use a foam type board with batting and fabric over it. I have seen some really cute Seahawks fabric that would be perfect. I just wanted to do something that I could put together in a jiffy.
  2. Pick out the décor that your child would like to be the border. My son is obsessed with the Seahawks, and his whole room is pretty much blue and green. I found those cute wooden letters, and thought they were perfect. I could paint them to match, and I could use the display to help teach him the alphabet. I ended up having extra letters, so I put the vowels on the side with a different color scheme to set them apart to avoid confusion (hopefully). The Seahawk in the upper left hand corner is actually a coaster (find one for your team here) that I found, so don’t be afraid to use something random like that to glue on there.
  3. Take your prepped goodies (if you had to do any painting and such) and team decor, and play with the placement to make sure it looks good before you start gluing. I did a couple of different designs, and then decided to put the coaster in the top left corner, with the alphabet on the top and bottom only, with the vowels going in a zig zag pattern down from the Seahawk. This is the only way I could get the spacing to look right for my “vision.” Then I just used a hot glue gun to glue everything on, and I didn’t even burn myself this time 😉

 

 

Here is the final product with my son’s display at the moment:

Seahawks Decor

 

So go on now, and get crafty with your creative self!

 

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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My Etsy Shop and Stella & Dot Online Boutique

Hi!

I am working on some digital invitation templates for any occasion or party… think weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, graduation parties, oh my! They will be available to purchase from my Etsy Shop sometime over the summer, and I am super excited! I love design, and after creating templates for friends and family, I realized it was something I really enjoy doing.

 

But for now….

You can shop the amazing jewels, bags, scarves, and all the other beautiful accessories that Stella & Dot has to offer through my online boutique at Stelladot.com/Stapleton. Check out my post on Mother’s day gift ideas here.

 

Thank you for choosing me to be your Stella & Dot Independent Stylist. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, or if you need help placing an order. I can also do online trunk shows through Facebook, and you get hostess rewards including FREE and 1/2 off items! Email me at Sahvana@livingthatmomlife.com.

I look forward to hearing from all of my fashionistas out there 🙂 (and all you dudes looking for gifts of course)

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

 

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