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.

(This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a commission if you make a purchase using one of these links. This is at no extra cost to you. It helps with the cost of running this site, and keeps the content free.)

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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5 Mother’s Day Gifts That She Will LOVE!

Mother's Day Gifts from Stella & Dot
Mother’s Day Gifts from Stella & Dot

5 Mother’s Day Gifts That She Will LOVE!

  1. Signature Engravable Bar Necklace $59 – This beauty comes in sterling silver or gold-plated brass. It can be customized with initials, dates, or simply “Mom” at no extra cost. It comes with a cute pouch for safe keeping. This delicate necklace will make her Mother’s Day special.
    Engravable Bar Necklace from Stella & Dot $59
    Engravable Bar Necklace from Stella & Dot $59

     

  2. City Slim Clutch $59 – Wow her with this trendy best seller. The black and cream is sure to go with just about anything in her wardrobe. You can add the Versatile Chain to create a strap if that is more her style. Perfect for lunch in the park or a fancy dinner party.
    City Slim Clutch $59
    City Slim Clutch $59

     

  3. Eva Ear Jacket $49 – Looking for a versatile gift? Look no further than these gorgeous earrings! This feminine and sparkly set can be worn 4 different ways, and are sure to be her new favorite accessory.
    Eva Ear Jacket Earrings $49
    Eva Ear Jacket Earrings $49

     

  4. Chevron Aviator Sunglasses $98 – These come in white or gold. You can’t go wrong with the classic aviator. They come with a very stylish case to keep them like new for years to come. They also provide 100% UVA/UVB protection. Summer is around the corner!
    Aviator Sunglasses $98
    Aviator Sunglasses $98

     

  5. Believe Bracelet $39 – Chevron and mint is a match made in heaven. The adjustable leather band fits small to large wrists. This can be paired with other bracelets for a stackable look if you have siblings that may want to go in on the gift together… wink, wink 😉

    Believe Bracelet $39
    Believe Bracelet $39

 

All Stella & Dot items come in pretty packaging so wrapping is not needed!

Gift Ready Packaging
Gift Ready Packaging

Your purchase is worry free with our product guarantee. If she doesn’t absolutely love it, you can return it within 30 days. Order by May 2nd to get it time for Mother’s Day!

 

All the jewelry is hypoallergenic. This is extremely important to me because I have such sensitive skin, and a lot of jewelry irritates it. I haven’t had any issues whatsoever with wearing anything from Stella & Dot.

 

I really appreciate you checking out my online boutique. Please comment if you have any questions, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I know your mom will love these accessories as much as I do!

 

Ready, set, shop at stelladot.com/stapleton

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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Sometimes a Mom just needs to do a Little Something for Herself… So I became a Stylist!

Stella & Dot Independent Stylist

 

Hello There Beautiful Moms!

 

I am now an Independent Stylist for Stella & Dot! Parenting is the best job ever… if you want to call it that. Parenting is so rewarding, and such a beautiful part of life. It is also a lot of work. Hard work, but I don’t really like calling it a job per se. I yearned for something more, something to call my own, and a way to feel like I was contributing (financially) to the family unit.

Stella & Dot Mom + Me style
Stella & Dot Mom + Me style (Get it here)

I was also looking for a way to add a style section into my blog. Fashion was my first love, but after completing a year of design school I realized that pattern making, draping, and sewing were not my forte. I am passionate about accessories because I have battled with gaining and losing weight in recent years, and you know what??? My accessories always fit me right!

 

Sophisticated summer style by Stella & Dot
Sophisticated Summer Style by Stella & Dot (Get it here)

Me + Stella & Dot is a match made in Heaven. I get to have girls’ nights, and become a stylist! Helping other women (especially moms) pick accessories to change up their wardrobe is very rewarding. Moms usually: 1. Don’t have a lot of time for style and 2. Tend to put their entire family’s needs in front of their own, so I like to give them the opportunity to spoil themselves every once in a while. Besides the style side and helping moms, I get to earn commission and free jewels! Say what!? Everything I was looking for was right in front of me, so I took the leap to become a Stella & Dot Independent Stylist.

 

Stella & Dot Arm Candy

 

Look for more posts (many more posts) about Stella & Dot in the future, and me totally gushing over their beautiful accessories.

Stylist

Check out my website boutique and let me know if you have any questions. I would love to help!

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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Coffee Bar

Make your own coffee bar

Make Your Own Coffee Bar

Coffee Bar Ideas

Hey Mamas!

Moms are pretty much fueled by coffee, right? I can’t be the only one. Maybe it is because I am a Washingtonian though. I heart coffee, but only the flavored foo foo kind. We all know that those barista made lattes are absolutely delicious, but the prices seem to keep going up. This is no bueno for my checking account. I didn’t want to feel like I was depriving myself of something that I enjoy. We all know that can lead to over indulging, and well… it just makes me grumpy. We just happen to have a little nook in our kitchen that was probably for a TV, but I turned it into my own little latte haven.

Creating my own coffee bar was enjoyable, and I can make barista inspired drinks at home. I don’t have anything fancy, nor would I even know how to use it if I did. Ha! Some Washingtonian I am. But I save so much money, and enjoy the drinks I make myself just the same. I still visit my local coffee stand on occasion for a treat because let’s face it, anything you don’t have to make yourself tastes way better. Unless, of course, you are a barista. Here are some of the things I used to decorate and supply my coffee bar.

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Coffee Bar Keurig

 

A Keurig: This is a single serve brewing system. I picked this one because I am the only one in my household that drinks coffee, so a whole pot would end up going to waste. I usually have a supply of pods, but for the most part I use a refillable one.

 

Canisters: I have a set of 3 canisters that I use for ground coffee, sugar, and hot cocoa mix. I will use the Keurig to make hot water and make hot chocolate sometimes. The kiddo loves it.

 

Creamer Dish: I didn’t know what else to call it. We got this with a set of dishes, so I figured I should use it for something. This is where I keep the non-dairy powder creamer, so that it is handy (especially when you have guests over.)

 

K-Cup Carousel: I love this thing. It just looks cool, and hey, its fun to spin around. It is a very visually appealing way to display your coffee choices. If you don’t have space for this, there is a K-cup storage drawer that the smaller Keurigs (like mine) can sit on top of.

 

Flavored Syrups: I only have one flavor in the pictures, but I usually keep at least three. I used an olive oil dispenser, and used a chalk label instead of putting the actual bottles out. The bottles are a lot bigger, so this saves me room so I can have my sweet carousel.

 

Cookie Jar: Now this is completely optional, of course. My mom got it for me, and yes, she checks for cookies every time she comes over. She is always disappointed because the cookies in there are usually forgotten about, rock hard, and no one really knows their date of origin. Haha. Sorry, not sorry, mom. It is filled with either hockey puck cookies or vanilla protein shake, which is what it is in there at the moment.

 

The Décor: So this is where your personal touch comes in. I found those two little teacups at a local thrift store, and had to make them mine. The wire cup hanger was a gift from a friend that always reminds me of her when I see it. The wooden utensils were also a gift from my sister in law. As you can see, I did not go out and purchase a whole slew of trendy things for this. I found some treasures, and had some things at home already that I put together to create a decorative piece for my coffee bar.

 

If you really don’t have anything you can use already then I highly recommend taking a trip to some local thrift stores. You can pick up some really cute dishes, coffee mugs, spoons for really cheap. You might even want to check out the dollar store. One of my favorite mugs is from a dollar store. Check it out, and have fun.

 

I hope this post helps you create a space that makes you feel good about your home. Having your own coffee bar can even help over spending on your morning lattes because you will want to make your drink without even leaving your kitchen. Enjoy your new space and your coffee!

 

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

 

 

 

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Curtain Tie Back

DIY Curtain Tie Back

DIY Curtain Tie Back 

Curtain Tie Back

 

Hello!

I created this easy to Pin set of instructions for a very simple update I did to add a feminine touch to our daughter’s nursery. It was super duper easy! I will also let you in on a little secret. I didn’t even glue the flowers down like I instructed. Do as I say, not as I do right? Haha. The flowers I picked out had very bendy stems that actually stayed put pretty well after I arranged them. I also figured that if they aren’t glued or taped down then I can take them off if needed in the future.

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If you are looking for an easy way to add a little something extra to a room then try this out! You don’t have to use flowers if that is to girly for your taste. You could take these plain old things and wrap them in twine for a rustic look, or glue on rhinestones. (If you need plain curtain tie backs to customize you can get them here.) I hope this post just gets your creative ideas flowing. It is always fun to make subtle changes here and there to freshen up a room. One of the best things about this is that it is very cheap to do.

I couldn’t be happier with how these DIY curtain tie backs turned out. My projects don’t always come out this nice… I’ve had a few “pinterest fails” if you know what I mean. Besides this project and the mini gallery wall, I have a whimsical mobile that I am pretty excited about coming soon. Check back often because I will be adding more decorating details for a girl’s nursery!

With Love,

 

Sahvana Stapleton

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