Mini Notebooks - August

Month 8 of the year of mini notebooks project. August. In honor of summer.

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mini Notebooks - August
You will need:


Tie a small star fish onto the mini notebook using bakers twine.

Happy August!

To see the rest of the mini notebooks in this collection, click here.

Why hello there! What a week (or three!) it has been. Planning and purging and organizing and packing…I’m beat! I sat down a few days ago to write about lessons learned during this move and realized that I could never cover it all in one post. So it looks like a new series is headed this way. Is there anything specific that you would like to know about? Some of the most common questions I get are regarding logistics of actually moving abroad and our housing overseas, so there will be plenty on that. But if there is anything else, please let me know in the comments and I will be sure to cover it!

Now before I get back to packing, a few links I thought you’d enjoy:

How do you feel about selfies?

Such a lovely DIY tent.

New research on how babies learn to talk.

The cutest (and tiniest) little succulent.

Long forgotten portraits of mothers.

How to avoid the comparison game.

Do you sleep 8 hours a night?

Now THIS is how breastfeeding mothers should be treated.

Would you rather your children be successful or be kind?

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Mini Notebooks - July

Month 7 of the year of mini notebooks project. July. In honor of the good old U.S. of A.

America…it is the only place where miracles not only happen, but where they happen all the time.
Thomas Wolfe

Mini Notebooks - July

You will need:

  • a plain mini notebook
  • silver tinsel garland
  • wood skewers or toothpicks
  • red, white and blue bakers twine


  1. Follow these directions to make the mini sparklers.
  2. Tie the onto the mini notebook using red, white and blue bakers twine.

Happy July!

To see the rest of the mini notebooks in this collection, click here.

DIY 4th of July Sparklers - great as cupcake toppers, drink stirrers, or even fruit skewers

I love love love summer. Hot days, bare feet, beaches, BBQs… I love it all.

We have been in the midst of foggy June Gloom around here, and all I can dream about is summer. But in the last few days, the fog has lifted, the sun is shining, and it has started to finally feel like summer! Perfect timing for the 4th of July!

DIY 4th of July Sparklers

Since summer has finally arrived, I was inspired to make a little something for the 4th. (But nothing too big or involved, because we are moving any day now.)

These little DIY sparklers only take a few minutes, cost next to nothing, and make a fun (and sparkly) addition to anything you are planning to serve this 4th of July.

DIY 4th of July Sparklers

You will need:

  • wooden skewers or toothpicks
  • silver tinsel garland (easy to find on ebay for under a dollar)
  • hot glue
  • scissors

DIY 4th of July Sparklers


  1. Cut off a 2 inch section of the tinsel garland.
  2. Tightly wrap the garland around your finger. Carefully remove your finger.
  3. Put a dab of hot glue on the end of your wooden skewer or toothpick.
  4. push the glue-covered end of the toothpick into the center of the rolled garland.
  5. Press all of the tinsel upward and hold until the glue dries.
  6. Fluff the tinsel out into the shape of a sparkler.

DIY 4th of July Sparklers

You can use the longer sparklers as drink stirrers or fruit skewers, and the smaller ones as cupcake toppers, or stick them into just about anything you’d like.

DIY 4th of July Sparklers

Check back later this week for a simple dessert that goes perfectly with these little sparklers!

DIY 4th of July Sparklers - great as cupcake toppers, drink stirrers, or even skewers

Happy 4th of July!

DIY Calming Lavender Playdough

Avery is a really calm, laid back kid. But even she gets a little stir crazy and wild if she is cooped up in the house for too long. When we need a little calming effect, this naturally calming lavender playdough does the trick.

It’s easy to make and keeps her entertained (and calm!) for hours. Plus it makes the house smell delightful. Want to make some? I’m sharing the recipe and all the details over on Modern Parents Messy Kids today.

Calming Lavender Playdough
Lavender Playdough