• 13 clever picture books you won’t get tired of reading to your kids
  • navajo tribal knit cardigan {julia cardigan sewing pattern review}
  • how to sew sweater knits {tips & tricks} + a giveaway!
  • glazed lemon cookies {easy cake mix hack recipe}
  • fix that photo: how to boost & brighten a dull photo

13 clever picture books you won’t get tired of reading to your kids

great list of the best funny, clever, and cute children's picture books - you won't get tired of reading these to your kids!

I have a confession to make. Although I love to read and I love the snuggly-ness of reading books to my little kids, I don’t always love the actual reading out loud part, especially when the same book is demanded four or five times in a row. It’s even worse when I’m asked to read a book […]

navajo tribal knit cardigan {julia cardigan sewing pattern review}

how to make a pretty navajo tribal knit cardigan using the Julia Cardigan sewing pattern

I’ve been wanting a tribal knit cardigan for a while now. The only problem is that I never go clothes shopping. Except at the thrift store, and you don’t see many trendy tribal knits hanging out at the thrift store. So I was pretty excited to see this gorgeous navajo sweater knit fabric at Girl Charlee […]

how to sew sweater knits {tips & tricks} + a giveaway!

how to sew with sweater knits - lots of great tips and tricks for sewing with sweater fabric

Once upon a time, if you wanted to make yourself a sweater, you needed to learn how to knit. These days, sweater knit fabrics are readily available both online and in local fabric stores, giving you the option to sew sweaters, as well as skirts, dresses, and more. Because most sweater knits are soft and very stretchy, […]

glazed lemon cookies {easy cake mix hack recipe}

these crazy delicious lemon cookies only take a few minutes to make since they start with a cake mix

Around here springtime means one thing: lemon cookies. Ok, not really, because we’d never had lemon cookies until a few days ago. But springtime (or almost spring) is as good a time as any for pretty yellow cookies that mix up in mere minutes thanks to the not-so-secret ingredient: a boxed lemon cake mix. We’ve […]

fix that photo: how to boost & brighten a dull photo

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Sometimes a little bit of editing can turn a good photo into a great one. In the next few weeks, I’m going to share a variety of simple photo edits that will help you make the most of the photographs you take. Today’s easy edit focuses on how to brighten and color boost a dull photo. […]

free t-shirt sewing patterns

great collection of free t-shirt sewing patterns. for women, men, and kids, in lots of sizes and styles. looks like I'll be making some tees in the near future!

You guys know I like to wing it when it comes to sewing projects. Not because my sewing skillz are too cool for patterns, just because I’m usually too lazy for them. I have this idea that it will be easier to just cut and sew instead of taking the time to find a pattern online, print […]

how to make rolls in advance & bake later {fridge & freezer methods}

did you know you can make roll dough ahead and refrigerate or freeze it, then bake later? perfect for busy days and holiday dinners!

One of the questions I get all the time on my roll recipes is “can you make the dough in advance and bake it later?” It’s a great question, because rolls definitely taste the best fresh out of the oven, but it can be hard to find time to make the dough, let it rise, shape, rise […]

why it’s so hard to get good photos of your own kids…

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My mother in law asked me for new photos of my kids to update her wall last week. I was able to get individual shots of each child without too much trouble, although my 4-year-old made me work for it (I AM looking at you mom! she says with her eyes darting everywhere in the […]