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Handmade Pinafore Birthday Dresses

My youngest daughter, Kari, turned 2 years old last week. And in honor of her growth, I made her a new dress – A Handmade Pinafore Birthday Dress! And I’m gonna tell you all about it, but first… I’m in awe at how quickly the years pass by when we welcome a new baby. It’s like time speeds up while I’m trying my best to slow it down to savor every little moment. I clearly remember bringing Kari home & I knew it then that time was going to pass by quickly & here we are, 2 years later, and it has definitely passed by waaaay too fast! We JUST celebrated her 1st birthday and now she’s turning TWO?… Why is she growing so fast? And why is it all happening so quickly? Am I having too much fun? Probably! But, I sure do wish she’d stay a baby just a little while longer… If you’re curious to see what we did for Kari’s 1st birthday, I shared about it HERE. This year, I continued the tradition I started 5 years…

Trust your instincts!

I wanted to write a quick post to remind you about the importance of trusting your instincts and your intuition… I didn’t plan on writing a faith post today, but I went through a situation recently that I felt extremely uneasy about. My instincts were telling me to keep my guard up so I kept asking God for clarity as to why. I had no clear reason to feel the way I was feeling – none of it made any sense! It’s like what was before me seemed perfectly fine, but whatever was hidden from my view wasn’t. And I hadn’t the slightest clue as to what it was that I wasn’t aware of. Have you ever felt like that? Suddenly, God reminded me of a dream a close friend of mine had shared with me years ago (concerning my life…) and that dream was exactly what I was going through then & somehow it was also extravagantly relevant to what I was experiencing all these years later.  My jaw dropped when I recalled her telling me about the dream. The words she used were applicable for my…

How to Make Flan with Only 5 Ingredients

Do you like flan?… I absolutely love it! It’s been my favorite dessert since childhood and I’ve always been so curious about how it’s made. If you don’t know what FLAN is, it’s a sweet & creamy custard that’s made with eggs & milk… and it. is. divine.  I stumbled on this delicious recipe last November when one of my aunts shared it on Facebook. It caught my attention because I was pondering what desserts to make for Thanksgiving… and when I saw this flan, it just made perfect sense! I had never attempted to make flan before so it was long overdue – especially since I’m on a mission to fill my life with all the things I love; and learning how to make it myself is a part of the process that helps me enjoy life even more. The recipe seemed easy enough so I tested it out on Thanksgiving Day and the flan came out PERFECTLY. It was, honestly, the best flan I had ever tasted! You know how some flans are thick and heavy? Or when you’re…

A Complete DIY 1st Birthday & Cake Smash

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since we pulled off this DIY 1st Birthday photoshoot and Cake Smash for our littlest princess! For months I planned and prepared for this.  And I, of course, made sure to have as many handmade touches as possible… I designed & sewed the dress, made the flower crown, baked and decorated the birthday cake, made the cake-topper… and envisioned a scene perfect for the littlest princess in our family.  She is, after all, our rainbow baby, and true-life dream come true, but that’s a story for another day. I’ve done a few cake smashes in the past, but none compared to this one!  This was my 1st cake smash as a mom since I never had one for my 2 older kids… AND I planned on photographing it.  The whole process wasn’t easy, and I knew it wasn’t going to be, but I think that’s what made it all the more pleasurable when everything started coming together. Preparation – The Night Before I stayed up most of the night before the actual cake…