boob-aid {free printable and giveaway}

boob aid kit_jsorelle

We are talking boobs today ladies and gents. Yes, you heard us right…boobs! Get excited. And for all you soon to be mama’s and new mama’s, you have an opportunity to win some great goodies. Make sure to read below.

If you follow us, you know we have almost 7 children between us. What you may or may not know is that all 3 of us chose to breastfeed our babies, experiencing the gamut of emotions – from joy to pain.  We wrote a humorous poem about our breastfeeding experience, which you can see here.  Here’s what we know to be true about breastfeeding…Some love it, others don’t, and some can’t do it {and its all ok}. It’s a personal decision and a really hot topic! It’s a lot of work {and can be quite painful}. It’s an amazing bonding time only you and your baby can share. And, it’s an unbelievable power that women possess.

To celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, and mothers everywhere, we created the perfect gift to give to a new mom – to save her, and her boobies as they adjust to breastfeeding. Welcome, Boob-Aid. A ‘kit’ that includes all the necessities – soothies gel, nipple butter, nursing pads, a water bottle and our funny poem. You can download the free Boob-Aid label here, and the poem here.

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boob aid_jsorelle

boob aid_jsorelle

boob aid_jsorelle

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week,  Nesting Days Newborn carriers are hosting an incredible giveaway with top brands and bloggers. One lucky winner will take it all! The prize is valued at over $300! Enter for yourself or for a friend and share the giveaway with all of the amazing mamas in your life!

Giveaway is open to US residents only and will end on August 10th at 12am.

One winner will receive :
(1) Nesting Days carrier in her choice of size and color
(1) Undercover Mama shirt in her choice of color
(1) Multi pack of Bamboobies nursing pads
(1) Teething Necklace from GumiGem
(1) Infinity Nursing Scarf from Abbie Grace Designs
(1) Bottle of Nipple Cream from MotherLove
(1) Hands Free Pumping/Nursing Bra from The Dairy Fairy (1) Sleep Nursing Bra from The Dairy Fairy

Estimated retail value : $330

world breastfeeding week giveaway

Enter the giveaway below and then click through to read stories, see photos, and enjoy other fun goodies from all of our partnering bloggers!

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{Boob Aid images via j. sorelle}


coaster obsessed

DIY coasters

I think I am slightly obsessed with coasters! I want to make them for everyone. So, when I received DIY coasters from Kimi as a hostess gift, and she revealed how she and her mom {love you Barb} made them {the secret ingredient was napkins}, I knew I had to make some. They looked so good, I couldn’t believe it. Maybe I’m late in the game to discover this and this is so 90s or maybe they were on to something BIG…either way, I love it. I have so many fun napkins, always in need of a great gift…and who doesn’t need something to prevent a water ring from their cocktail?

DIY Napkin and Tile Coasters
{thanks Kimi and Barb}

You’ll Need:
Cute Napkins {mine were from Curly Girl}
4 white 4×4 tiles from Home Depot
Modge Podge {the regular kind you use with a brush, and also the spray…I used the spray this time to prevent streaks, and it worked, but you can definitely still use the regular kind}
Cork Board from Michaels

How To:
Peel all the layers of the napkin away from the top layer and cut it along its creases. With the Curly Girl napkins I used, 1 napkin gave me 4 perfect squares for 4 tiles.
Add about 1 tablespoon of Modge Podge to the tile and spread out with a foam brush.
Place the napkin on the tile and press down the sides along the sides of the tile. Careful not to pull as the napkin is thin and can tear.
Make sure all sides, corners and bubbles are pressed down.
Let dry for about an hour to two.
Gently tear the sides of the napkin ‘left over’ to the edge of the tile. It should tear easily. I didn’t need a scissors.
Spray the tiles with the Modge Podge and let dry for 20 minutes. Repeat the spray steps 2 more times. Don’t forget to spray the sides and corners. If you apply Modge Podge with a brush, I would apply at least 2 to 3 layers.
Cut the cork board into squares slightly smaller than 4×4.
Apply Gorilla Glue to the cork board and press down on tile. I applied a smaller square on the cork, as Gorilla Glue spreads 3-4 times as it adheres. If you over-apply, it will leak through the sides and will be really difficult to remove.
Place a heavy book on top of the cork board and tile, and in the morning {or 2 hours}, you will have a lovely set of coasters.

DIY napkin coasters

DIY coasters

DIY tile coasters

{images via j. sorelle}

how do you leave a little sparkle?

DIY cosmetic bag

How do you leave a little sparkle?

Maybe its your personality? Smile? Random, simple acts of kindness? A charming accent? Whatever it is, find it and do it because I love people who enter a room and own it, and leave me with a good feeling, or a memory when they walk out the door. I’m talking about the people I don’t forget, and leave a trace of their optimism behind with me. I have friends like this, who are special and simply amazing, and I believe they “leave a little sparkle wherever they go.” So, for a recent Bachelorette celebration for one of my bestie’s, I made cosmetic bags with this quote to go along with our Sparkle theme for the weekend. More photos of that extravaganza to come, but for now, a DIY.

You’ll Need
$3 cosmetic bags from Target {in the travel cosmetics section}
Chacopaper from Michaels
A printed quote
pen
Krylon Gold Leaf Pen from Michaels

DIY cosmetic bag

How To
Use Microsoft Word to create your quote in a favorite font.
Print your quote on a regular piece of printer paper.
Cut the quote and a piece of the Chacopaper the same size as the quote.
Layer the paper, bottom-up, starting with the ‘chalky side’ face down on the cosmetic bag {you can feel the ‘chalky’ side}, your quote and then top it off with the ‘tracing’ paper.
DIY cosmetic bag party favor
Use a black pen to firmly {without tearing} trace the quote on the tracing paper.
Once finished {or you can even get a sneak peek to see if its working if you can lift the edge without moving the paper} lift the 3 sheets of paper from your cosmetic bag and you will see a traced image of your quote. I used the white Chacopaper, so it appeared white like the photo below.
Use the Gold Leaf pen to carefully trace your ‘image’
Voila.
DIY cosmetic bag party favor

DIY cosmetic bag party favor{images via j. sorelle}

lovely lavender

thank you for helping me grow teacher gift

I’ve been loving lavender lately. Can’t seem to get enough, so it was my inspiration for the kids teachers, ‘end-of-year, thank you for everything’ gift. This week the kids happily handed their teachers a lavender plant with its roots planted in a DIY decorated terra-cotta pot with the phrase, ‘thank you for helping me grow,’ along with homemade lavender body butter. Teachers need to relax, so hopefully lavender body butter in a mason jar {who doesn’t love a Mason jar} they can rub on their hands at feet at the end of a long day does the trick.

For the Lavender Plant
You’ll Need

terra-cotta pot
Sharpie oil-based paint markers from Home Depot
lavender plant
dirt

How To
Find a free printable or ‘art’ inspiration for your quote. I used this as an inspiration from Somewhat Simple.
Free hand your art on the terra-cotta pot or you can cut shapes and trace {you can lightly use a pencil or chalk first, and then trace with the Sharpie markers, which I loved}.
I re-traced the words and shapes 2-3 times so the Sharpie colors were darker/brighter…just wait until the first coat dries, which is about 15 minutes or less.
Have your child sign his/her name in the back of the pot.
Then, plant the lavender plant.

DIY teacher gift

DIY teacher gift

DIY teacher gift

DIY teacher gift

For the Body Butter
You’ll Need
mason jar with a wide lid
1/2 cup shea butter, raw and organic {from Amazon}
1/2 cocoa butter, raw and organic from Amazon}
1/2 cup olive oil, organic
1/2 cup coconut oil, organic and unprocessed
40 drops lavender essential oil {doTERRA brand} or whatever combination of oils you enjoy

How To
Add the oil ingredients into a double broiler, or add a glass bowl onto a pot with boiling water in it.
Mix with a whisk until completely melted.
Remove the bowl from the pan, remove whisk and let cool for a couple of minutes, then place in the refrigerator until it is chilled {hard on top}, which took 1.5-2 hours.
Remove from the refrigerator and begin to blend with a hand mixer for a whipped texture. Add your essential oils. Whip until you have a nice texture and then place in mason jars.

note: I am not a body butter expert, but I read that the butter can lose its whipped texture and harden slightly, but it’s still good. And, it will last for several months. It will likely melt in hot temps above 70, so keep it around room temperature. I’m only a week into trying it and I think its lovely. I use coconut oil daily as a lotion, so I’m use to the oil texture on my body, but your dry skin will thank you.

steps to homemade body butter

homemade body butter

homemade body butter

DIY lavender teacher gifts

{images via j. sorelle}

fun travel essentials

I am terrified to fly. I hate everything about it. And, since I’ve had kids, it’s gotten worse. I love to see the world and am grateful for all the amazing places I’ve traveled to, most of which wouldn’t have been possible without an airplane. But, even if I book a flight months in advance, I find myself daydreaming about being on the flight and I am filled with anxiety – it’s like I can feel the turbulence without even being in the air. It’s the loss of control {yes, I’m a control freak}. It’s the thought that a gigantic piece of metal with an engine is in the air with a lot of people and bags. It’s the thought of it crashing. All of it scares me. So, for some upcoming trips, the bar and some serious lavender may be my best friend…or maybe I should give up my ‘homeopathic only’ for the day and go straight to the Xanex.

I ran across these cute and fun travel accessories from Flight 001 – love that shop – you must check it out. At least if I have to travel, I may as well put some humor, organization and pretty accessories into it.

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1. Flyin’ Drunk Luggage Tag

2. Evian Facial Spray

3. To Go Bottle Set

4. Mini Emergency For Her Kit

5. Heavily Medicated Pouch

{images via Flight 001}