Memory Keeping

Since having my first child five and a half years ago, I’ve been wondering just how I would store my kids important papers/documents/keepsakes. Everyone has their own method that they’re passionate about, and I listened to so many ideas, but ultimately I (finally) landed on this, my own, method. I’ve seen this same idea all over the internet, so I’m not at all claiming it as my own. I’m just super excited about it so I’m sharing it with you in case you’re on the hunt for a good storage idea too! And believe me, if I can do it, so can you. It was super simple and very satisfying.

I ordered file folder boxes and files. The boxes I ordered came in a pack of 4, so I even have one ready for my next baby! Then I ordered a pack of files for each box – the packs I ordered came with 25 (I think) and there are several extra folders in each box, should we decide we need them for something in the kids future. I put the folders in the box and labeled them (in this order):

Baby

Toddler

Preschool

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

Stats

Medical

Keepsakes

Documents

Then, with my cricut machine, I cut out their first initials in vinyl and applied them to the front and voila! Told you it was easy!

I don’t plan on keeping every single paper from school or piece of art they create (like adorable scribbles on scraps of paper, you know?) But I’m going to mindfully keep the papers that my kids worked extra hard on or are extra proud of. The papers that have a funny story behind them or are particularly adorable. The ones I think they’d be happy to see someday when they’re adults showing their own children their memories.

I have put the bracelets we wore in the hospitals for their births in the Baby folder, along with ultrasound pictures, etc. In the boys Toddler folders, I put the bag of clippings from their first haircuts. Things like that. I also knew I had to have a folder dedicated to their stats from doctors appointments. I’m obsessed with my kids stats so I wanted them readily available.

What else would you add?!

My Quick Lip

*I am in dire need of a lash fill. I’m getting one Thursday & all will look well on my eyeballs, again. So for now, just try your best to ignore the sparseness. Thanks.

I am a big fan of lipstick. I don’t wear it every single day but I love the finishing touch it can give your look, I love all the different shades and the fun it can add to your face. I’ve had a few people ask how I do my lip. I don’t do anything major, extravagant or fancy, but it works and stays on all day.

Here is my everyday quick lip tutorial:
IMG_2456Before I put on any of my make up, I exfoliate my lips. I use a lip exfoliator – this particular one is from elf – super affordable and works just as good as that expensive stuff.

IMG_2441Sometimes instead of the exfoliating stick I use an organic body scrub and lightly rub it around my lips then rinse it off. This technique is a little more rough on your skin so I wouldn’t recommend doing it daily, but it is nice for those days your lips are super dry or chapped. It smooths them out nice and fast. After exfoliating I put on either chapstick or vaseline to add some last minute moisture before I wear lipstick all day.

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Then I put my face of make up on and end with lips.

I start with this Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone. I line my lips then fill the entire lip in with this pencil. Its completely transparent, so it can seem like you’re doing absolutely nothing during this step, but it really helps your lipstick stay on, stay in place and not fall outside of the lines you’ve created for your lipstick.

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Then I choose my lip color and a liner that basically matches the shade. Today I chose a light mauve. Its more of a natural, dark pink, not so much a bright, bold color but I really like this shade on my pale skin and its a nice basic look that goes with any kind of outfit (todays outfit is baggy sweat pants and a loose t-shirt, so obvs I’m not going for anything dramatic and fancy).

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I line my lips slightly outside of my natural lip line to make my lips just a little bit fuller, then I fill in the middles of both my top and bottom lip.

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Then its lipstick time! I spend a few minutes making sure I’ve covered my entire lip, get straight lines and cover all the liner and coat it a couple times just to make sure its on there good. You can never be too sure 😉

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Ta-da! All done!

See? I told you it was easy.

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ceeceesparkles

“In dreams you will lose your heartache. Whatever you wish for you keep.” -Cinderella

Let the Fall Crafting Begin!!

I love to craft. I especially love to craft with the woman who helped spark my love of crafting – my momma. First of all, she is the cutest lady, ever. Second of all, she is a killer-crafter and everything she touches turns to gold. She’s so creative and a great ally to have when trying to ensure your crafts turn out even half as cute as hers.

Once fall {best season, ever} comes around, I get a mega itch to craft and cook. Cooking kind of won’t be as fun in Halloween since I can’t have sugar {thanks, gestational diabetes}, so I’ve really had to immerse myself in the wonderful world of CRAFTS. A few weeks ago my mom and I were looking on Pinterest to find some inspiration for our next craft. As Pinterest typically does, it filled us with ideas – and also made me completely overwhelmed. But we found one particular craft that was going to be quick, easy and so cute and tonight we finally made it. We found this idea off of our friend, Landee’s Pinterest. She created this, so unfortunately I cannot take any credit for the creative brain that dreamt this creation up. (if you want to see some of her stuff, check her blog out here)

I love how this turned out. It was really easy, fairly quick and an inexpensive craft all in all.

Here’s how we made it.

First we bought frames. Ikea is my place of choice for frames because they’re cute and also crazy affordable and I am all about saving money wherever I can. Then we bought several sheets of various autumnal colors and some teeny little clothes pins.

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Then we found a cute leaf template and used the Silhouette to cut the shapes into the paper. Eventually, we ended up with a big, happy pile of leaves.

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Next we got our frames, took out the glass, grabbed some jute and blue tape (i don’t know if thats what its really called, but thats what we call it) and began taping the jute to the back of the frame in a bunch of different angles.

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Then we sanded the edges of the leaves we were going to use. It gave them a little more worn look that I really liked and thought made the whole project come together even better than if we hadn’t.

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After the leaves were distressed, we started clothes pinning the leaves onto the jute.

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It took me a little while to figure out how I wanted all my leaves placed, but finally, I finished and am really pleased with how it turned out!!

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I highly recommend this craft if you’re into DIY stuff and are looking for a pretty quick one to whip out. All you need is a frame, a sturdy tape, jute, colored paper, sand paper (if desired) and tiny clothes pins.If you do make it, tag me somewhere and let me see how yours turned out!!

Happy Crafting!

xoxo

ceeceesparkles

“If you can dream it, you can do it” – Walt Disney