25/09
2014

Squeaky clean white bathrooms

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No Glitter, No Glory

Having a 3 month old baby means that a lot of stuff you used to take for granted becomes a rare luxury. Sleep, how I miss you! Another treat I’ve been missing out on? Showers. Let me first say that this doesn’t mean I never wash myself (although I do admit I sometimes skip a few days). It however does mean that long hot showers are a thing form the past, nowadays it’s more a 5 minute ‘get in, lather up and get out’ kinda setup.

And it also means our bathroom isn’t as squeaky clean as it used to be (time is another luxury item at the moment). Ah well, on the bright side this might be very beneficiary for the planet since we’re definitely saving up on water lately. Although this might be compensated by the machine loads of dirty laundry covered in baby puke.

So excuse me while I stare at these beautiful white bathrooms and try to remember what my bathroom looks like clean.

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17/09
2014

Decorating with Paper Pom Poms

This weekend was my baby girl’s “babyborrel” (which literally means “baby’s drink” in Dutch). Merel threw her first party so she could meet all mommy and daddy’s family and friends. Isn’t she a sweetie ๐Ÿ˜‰

Off course Mom was in charge of decorations so during Merel’s oh so spare nap time, I made some paper tissue pom poms from scratch. These are to be honest, ridiculously easy to do. You can find a very handy DIY video tutorial over here.

So yesterday I was wondering what I should do with the remaining pom poms. A few where already donated to eager nieces but I still had some left and I’m not the kinda gal to throw away much (a.k.a. I’m a hoarder). So since officially there Merel’s poms I decided to decorate her playpen with them. I also added some bunting to make sure we don’t forget whose crib it is ๐Ÿ˜‰

Nursery Paper Tissue Pom Poms

And off course afterwards I couldn’t resist to check Pinterest for even more nursery pom pom ideas. And I found much more inspiration if I want to take this paper pom pom idea up a notch!

Nursery Paper Tissue Pom Poms
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05/09
2014

Guest post: Dog mat DIY

I’ve got a special treat for you! I’ve received an email from Olivia. Being a mom herself she knows how hard and busy the first few months of parenthood are, so she suggested to write a blog post. An offer I gladly accepted! So enjoy this extra guest post!

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Hey everyone! I’m Olivia from DIY Mother! Today I’m going to be sharing a super easy tutorial for anyone who has a dog who is a messy eater like mine: a bone-shaped dog bowl mat.

My family recently adopted an English Bulldog and she’s adorable. Her name is Mango, she’s great with my kids and absolutely, perfectly lazy. Before we got her, I did a lot of research about English Bulldogs and it’s amazing how accurate the information was about the breed. True to the traits, she’s great with kids and loves to cuddle, but she also has skin allergies, loves to gnaw at her paws, and is a messy eater.

Since I’ve been focusing my DIY energy on dog-related projects as of late, the first one I thought of was a food station mat. Not that my kitchen is always spotless, but Mango has definitely added to the mess. Plus, after our initial trip to the pet store, I didn’t want to buy anything else. I think I spent close to $200 for all of her supplies when she moved in.

I headed to the hardware store where I knew I could find some durable material. I didn’t know where I’d find it, but I knew it was there. I ended up getting some vinyl cut for less than $3 a foot. Much cheaper than getting something at the pet store. Here’s how it went:

What I used:
4 ft. of vinyl runner ($2.67/ft. and it’s in the flooring section with the rug runners)
Scissors

The vinyl ended up working great for this project-one side is glossy, with raised stripes and the other side is rough. It can get dirty easily, but that’s the point.
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Normally when I’m doing projects like this, I use my trusty projector. In this case, I figured that the design was easy enough-how hard is it to draw a bone, anyway? I got my phone out and looked at a vector image of a bone and drew it onto the rough side with a pencil.

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Wrong! I had such a hard time getting both sides to match up, but I kept cutting and cutting until I got close enough. I was going to customize it and perhaps add her name, but I decided against it because Mango is such a messy eater that I don’t need it to look good. Commence the obligatory dog photos!

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