Austria Invites You

Well, it’s official. We’re moving…again. And this time it’s to Vienna, Austria!

3 whole years in Europe! I have to pinch myself now and then to really believe it.

We’ve actually known about this move for quite some time. But with the unpredictability of the Foreign Service I was reluctant to make any big announcements before now.

Well the countdown is on, our San Francisco days are numbered, and I am about to go into full-blown moving mode.

Which also translates to: I can’t sleep because I am making mile long to-do lists and I still have so much I want to do before we leave San Francisco and the house is about to become a disaster while I purge anything and everything before the movers come.

Ahhh…the joys of moving!

But before the madness starts, let’s talk Austria. I’ve never been, but have heard nothing but amazing things about it. Any recommendations for us? Please share!

  • Alli - Oh my gosh, I am so jealous! Vienna is AMAZING! Exactly where I’d pick to live if I were going overseas. Congrats, and I’ll be living vicariously through you!ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Thanks Alli! So glad to hear you love it there. :)ReplyCancel

  • ashley - I am green with envy! Austria is amazing. We loved Salzburg so much we cancelled other parts of our trip to stay longer. Plus, you will be a short train ride or flight away to the rest of Europe.ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Ash – you guys should come visit us! :)ReplyCancel

  • Florence - Salzburg is a really beautiful town in Austria, it´s the Sound of Music town !
    I also visit a salt mine around there, it was very fun and especially with kids I think. And in Vienna, don’t miss the Manner shops and it´s delicious specialities.ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Thanks for the suggestions, Florence! We will definitely add those places to our must do list.ReplyCancel

  • DIY Gift Card Holder - […] I have been spending every spare moment researching anything and everything having to do with Austria, I have been racking up the points like […]ReplyCancel

  • Savannah - I lived in Vienna in college for a year- it’s perfection. It’s only a few hours from a million places and it’s full of wonderful itself. I loved catching $3 operas and the kunsthistorisches has Caravaggio’s David and Goliath which is fantastic. There are wonderful parks. Minoritenkirche is the most peaceful refuge in the middle of the city, and it has a fascinating history with Napoleon. The absolute best part of Vienna however is the Christmas markets. THE BEST PART. It’s the happiest this to ever happen!! You are going to have the best time ever.ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Thanks so much for the suggestions, Savannah! I can’t wait to check them all out. And yes, I have heard the Christmas Markets are pure magic.ReplyCancel


My sweet girls.


Because being their mom is the best thing that has ever happened to me.


Obsessed with the new Mother Magazine.
Turn Mother’s Day into a week long celebration by mail.
would make an impressive Mother’s Day brunch.
And you could print a few of these to make it even more festive.
Or send your mom breakfast in a box instead.
Skip the store bought card and print one of these instead.
And skip the store bought gift bag and wrap your present in this instead.

Wishing you all the happiest of Mother’s Days!

DIY Mustache Tea Towel
My little brother sports the most fantastic 70’s style mustache ever. Well, at least my daughter thinks it’s fantastic. She wants to be just like her uncle, which has caused a bit of a mustache obsession. So when it came time to think of a gift for him, of course she insisted on something with mustaches on it.

This little mustache tea towel was so quick and easy to make, and makes a perfect gift for your favorite ‘stache sporting friends.

DIY Mustache Tea Towel

You will need:

DIY Mustache Kitchen Towel


  1. Draw your design on freezer paper with the sharpie.
  2. Cut out your design using the x-acto knife to make a stencil.
  3. Iron the piece of freezer paper to the towel, smooth side down, using a hot iron without steam.
  4. Using the foam paint brush, dab the fabric paint onto the towel. Do a few coats to make sure it is fully covered. Let the paint completely dry, following the instructions on your fabric paint, then carefully peel off the freezer paper stencil.

For more details and photos on using freezer paper stencils, check out my little heart onesie tutorial.

DIY Mustache Kitchen Towel

Her mustache is from Land of Nod, and gets played with on a daily basis…usually with a princess dress, of course.

DIY Mustache Kitchen Towel

The fabric paint that we used has the best texture once it is steamed, it almost looks like a real mustache!

DIY Mustache Kitchen Towel


  • courtney - Great towel and perfect for your brother! Definitely think you need to include a picture of him with this post!ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Good idea! I may have to update this with a photo of his crazy ‘stache.ReplyCancel


These letters.


Because they are a good reminder. Especially during the hard days. They sit on top of the door frame at the end of the hallway, so I can see them every time I walk down the hall.

Everything is going to be ok.

And on those days when too many things are getting me down, I’ve been trying to keep in mind the 5 year rule. Will this matter in 5 years? Will I even remember it? If not, why stress over it?

It has really helped me put things into perspective. The next time you are feeling stressed, give it a try.


Scary fact.
Advice for my girls
I can’t get enough of this scent!
I always love a good photo project.
I’m pretty sure I need this. With a baby seat on it, of course.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. And remember, everything is going to be ok!



Last summer, we signed Avery up for a “Big Sister Class” at the hospital. During the class, they took all of the kids on a tour of the hospital, explained where the babies would be born, and showed them the rooms where the moms and dads would sleep.

After we got home, Avery told me that we needed to make decorations for the hospital room because her baby sister needed beautiful things to look at when she got here. I asked what she had in mind, and she told me we needed pictures on the wall and a garland like the one she has above her bed.

I had this bright and cheerful birthday card from Rifle Paper Co., which we decided would be perfect to welcome baby girl to the world. So we chose some embroidery floss to match the candles in the birthday card and made mini tassels for a garland for brighten up our room.

These, along with the special pictures that she drew for the baby, really did add a lot to our otherwise sterile and boring hospital room!

This would work equally well to send to a friend to brighten up their special day!

Mini Tassel Garland

You will need:

  • A skein of embroidery floss for each mini tassel you want to make. I like the DMC floss that you can pick up for less than 50 cents at any craft store. I tried to show the color code for each color that I used, in case you are trying to find similar colors.
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue (optional)

DIY Mini Tassel Garland


1. Start with a standard skein of embroidery floss.

2. Cut off about 10 inches of floss and set aside.

3. Fold the skein in half. The folded edge should be on top.

4. Wrap the 10 inch piece of floss around the folded skein about a half inch from the top.

5. Tie in a double knot and trim the tails. You can use a drop of hot glue on top of the knot to secure it if you want.

6. Cut through the loop at the bottom.

7. You have a perfect little mini tassel ready for any garland or other embellishment you want!

8. To string it into a garland, simply thread a piece of twine through the loop at the top.

how to make mini tassels with a skein of embroidery floss

DIY Mini Tassel Garland

DIY Mini Tassel Garland