DIY Spotify Glass Artwork

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Not going to lie, TikTok made me do this. It’s actually a really quick project! Here’s what you’ll need:

1. A cutting machine: I use a Silhouette Cameo 3

2. Glass Frame: I just took an old frame that I had laying around

3. Permanent Vinyl: I used Cricut Permanent Premium Vinyl

4. A picture & a song

I’m trying a new thing by posting my IGTV for my tutorial. Let me know what you think and if I should continue sharing videos.

TikTok End Frame | Boost Your Followers

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Marketing is truly magical. I’m no expert at all but I do appreciate the power of good free marketing.

I don’t currently have any marketing campaigns going for any of my platfoms but when I did I noticed a huge increase with traffic/sales to my sites.

I’m currently obsessed with TikTok (one video went viral!). There I share my crafting world in 15-60 second videos. I then post a full, in-depth tutorial on Instagram (IGTV). What I noticed on TikTok is that people can be super fancy with their clips. I am not that fancy but I strive to be! A quick marketing tactic that I noticed influencers use is “end frames”, a snippet at the end of their videos asking people to follow them. I wasn’t sure how to do this but I thought of all the free creative sites I use and finally figured out how to make one! Here’s how you can make one too:

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  1. Download the Canva mobile app- it’s free!
  2. In the search bar type “TikTok end frame” – by selecting this it’ll be perfectly sized for your TikTok videos
  3. Select ‘blank’ to create your own or select a template and modify to your liking
  4. Once you’re happy with your design, download it and you now have a TikTok end frame you can add to all your videos!

Canva Mobile App Tips:

  1. Take advantage of all the free illustrations, shapes, images, and stickers that Canva offers. I typed in “blob” to get random shapes.
  2. You can also save up to 3 “brand colors” for free so you can easily change shape/font colors to match your brand.
  3. To place images in a specific shape, go to the “shapes” tab and type in “frames”. You’ll then be able to put images in circles, squares, etc.
  4. You’ll find animations (like my moving arrow) in the “stickers” tab.

By having this frame you’ll not only look professional but you’re also indirectly suggesting people to follow you. I hope by adding this to your videos you’re able to boost your following!

Silhouette Cameo | PixScan Mat Tutorial

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Are you a Silhouette user and failed time and time again when doing a print and cut? Me too! I’m here to give you an alternative method where you’ll get better results.

Watch my full video tutorial. If videos aren’t your thing, step-by-step instructions are written below.

First, the reason why your print and cut probably isn’t working is because you’re probably working with glossy materials or something with a shine. The Silhouette cannot read registration marks on materials that are glossy. I’ve tried Pinterest hacks but nothing seemed to work for me. I remembered I have a Silhouette PixScan mat tucked away somewhere so I thought I’d give it a try.

How it works:

Step 1: Print out your design – no need to print with registration marks. The PixScan mat has the registration marks built into the mat.

Step 2: Place your printed work onto the PixScan mat and take a picture of the entire mat. Send the picture to your computer.

Step 3: Open up Silhouette Studio and click on “Pix” to open the PixScan panel.

Step 4: Import your image. It’s best if you calibrate your photo source to Silhouette Studio so you can get the most accurate cut lines but you don’t have to for the PixScan mat to work.

Step 5: Trace your image. Trace whatever you’d like to have your Silhouette cut out. For me, I “trace outer edge” because I only want it to cut the border of my image.

Step 6: Send to cut! I highly recommend doing a test cut first to make sure you have the right cut settings. Older or dull blades might required more force or a completely different blade setting so thats why I suggest a test cut so you’re not wasting valuable products. I used the settings “Heat Transfer, Printable for darks fabrics” and changed my blade setting to 3 because my blade is dull

Step 7: Weed out all the excess vinyl. Peel your mat from your paper to avoid rolling or bending.

Step 8: Admire your perfect work!

If you try the PixScan mat let me know your thoughts on the process and results by leaving a comment!

Also, if you’re on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or TikTok give me a follow @mariesahminadesign

Baby Announcement!

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Baby #2 finally arrived via a scheduled inducement. In all honesty, I couldn’t take being pregnant anymore. My doctor told me that it was safe and healthy for me to be induced at 39 weeks. So I wasted no time and scheduled the inducement at 39+1.

Please no judgement! Though I was having a safe and healthy pregnancy, I was having so much pelvic pain that I just couldn’t stand the thought of staying pregnant while I waited for my little man to come out naturally.

Since this is my second child I had a pretty good idea on how my body would feel and how labor was gonna go but let me tell ya, it was a bit different! First, since I got induced the amount of fluids my body was taking in meant extremely swollen legs for over a week! I think the swelling in my feet was more painful than my postpartum recovery! Second, my contractions were surprisingly not more painful because of the pitocin which I heard would make them worst. I opted for the epidural and got that put in place before the contractions got too strong so maybe that’s why? Epidural for the win! Lastly, labor was actually shorter than my first child! My water broke naturally with my first child so I figured this labor was going to be much longer but it was actually the opposite.

All in all, my inducement was a very pleasant experience and if we decide to go for a third child I would consider another inducement if I get to the 39 week mark again!

Sunflower, Butterfly Onesie

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A little while back I shared how I edited a sunflower, butterfly design in my Silhouette Studio software. I wanted to share the finished product.

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the video, click here.

If you’re interested in purchasing this onesie for a baby in your life, head over to Mariesah Mina Design!

Isn’t this the cutest?! I just love how it turned out.

Haakaa Manual Breast Pump | Review

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So I love this thing! I didn’t think something so simple could be so powerful.

The Haakaa Breast Pump is literally this silicone suction cup that captures your milk when nursing from the opposite breast.

Let me explain a little further. No this doesn’t act like a regular breast pump. When your baby is nursing from one breast, the stimulation may make your other breast leak milk. Instead of letting your milk absorb into a nursing pad or just leak through your garments, the Haakaa applies a slight suction therefore capturing the excess milk.

How to use it:

  1. Basically your just squeeze the bottom of the Haakaa and place it onto your breast then let go and you should feel that it’s secure enough that it won’t fall off (it should be suctioned onto you pretty tight).
  2. Nurse the opposite breast and watch the magic happen. I get anywhere from 2oz-4oz in the mornings when I’m the most full. Throughout the day I’ll get 1-2oz.

It may not seem like much but it’s better than letting your milk go to waste. You could save enough over time for that girls night you’ve been wanting to have, even if it’s a Zoom-Night-Out!

Did I mention that it’s extremely affordable?! I got mine through my Amazon Baby Registry and it was only $13

So if you’re debating if the reviews actually speak for themselves… they really do. It’s amazing!

*also not posting pictures because that could get weird*

4moms® mamaRoo® 4 Classic Infant Seat | Review

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Here’s another review for all the pregnant mamas and new parents out there in search for a baby swing/rocker.

I purchased the 4moms® mamaRoo® 4 Classic Infant Seat in Black from BuyBuyBaby. Now it’s a bit on the pricey side ($219.99) which was why I didn’t purchase it with my first son, but since I had pretty much everything I needed for my second son I figure it was my one “splurge” product for this child. I’ve heard mixed reviews on this as some baby’s love it and others hate it.

I’m going my share my pros and cons list with you and let you all decide what you think is best. I’ll give my opinion at the end.

Pros:
– Easy setup
– Lightweight
– Bluetooth compatible
– Sleek and modern looking
– Various speeds/sounds/movements
– Capability to plug in your own device for different music options (adapter included)
– Easy to place child in inclined/reclined position

Cons:
– Price! It’s $219.99 at BuyBuyBaby. I felt like it was a risk purchasing this because I worried my child wouldn’t like it
– It doesn’t swing: it rocks and sways. Though I knew that when I purchased it, I still figured the “sway” would be more similar to a “swinging” motion.
– Didn’t fit my newborn properly: his head would slouch forward making it look difficult to breath. I’m not sure if he was having a hard time breathing but I wasn’t about to risk it so I waited until he was a bit older before putting him in it.
– Doesn’t lay completely flat: I was say it reclines a little lower than a carseat.

So my overall opinion:
I unfortunately regret getting this. I love the concept and I love all the features, it’s easy to move around because it’s so lightweight but MY.CHILD.HATES.IT! Within 2 minutes of having him in it he starts crying. I try leaving him in it for a few extra minutes thinking he’ll self soothe because he’s just tired but no. He literally won’t stop. He’s more of a “lay me in my bassinet and I’ll put myself to sleep” kind of baby which is great but now I’m $220 (plus tax) down the drain.

My suggestion is maybe borrowing someone’s and seeing if you baby likes it or maybe purchase a used one off of Facebook Marketplace. That way you’re not wasting a lot of money for something your child might dislike. If you can afford the price of this product then I would say why not try it out! But for those who are being more financially conscious when it comes to swings/rockers this might not be the product for you.

Maybe as my son gets older he’ll learn to like it but currently as a 3 month old he hates it. I really want him to like it since it seems like a wonderful product but we’ll see.

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments section!

Top 20 Mom & Baby Products

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With baby #2 arriving soon I am in complete nesting mode. I’ve organized all the baby stuff and rearranged furniture twice already, all of which are “reorganized” in their original location.

While unpacking and organizing I wanted to share my personal favorite go to products that make parenting (in my opinion) a little easier.

1. OsoCozy Cloth Diapers: used as burp clothes! They’re super absorbent and you can order larger sizes since diapers come in many sizes.

2. Earth Mama Organic Nipple Cream: soothe and moisturize without having to wipe clean before breastfeeding since it’s lanolin free. Seriously a nipple saver!

3. Earth Mama Organic Perineal Balm: another Earth Mama product saving your private parts! The perfect balm for postpartum that makes me think I’m recovering faster since I’m not in as much pain.

4. Nose Frida: though the concept still grosses me out, I find relief knowing that I can help my child breath just a little bit easier when they have colds. It’s also safer because you can clean and sanitize this product.

5. WubbaNub Pacifier: my first child was a pacifier baby. The stuffy attached the pacifier makes it less likely to be lost and also kept in place. And they’re adorable!

7. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags: save all that precious milk for those “mama nights out”. I love the double zip sealer and how easy it is to pour into a bottle when it comes time to use.

8. Zip up pajamas (not buttons!): I love anything with zippers! No buttons ever in this household!

9. Zutano Baby Booties: I never have to worry about losing and finding baby socks. These are fashionable, warm, and never slip off!

10. Cotton Swaddle Blanket: I hate swaddling with any other blanket. This is the only swaddle that keeps arms from escaping (maybe I’m just a bad swaddler?). I only swaddle my baby in blankets during the day when I’m awake or someone is watching baby.

11. Halo Sleepsack Swaddles: At night I swaddle my newborn in these. I never have to worry about arms breaking free of a swaddle blanket and the blanket going over baby’s face.

12. Halo Bassinest Swivel Sleeper: I like how baby can be a little further from the bed and can be swiveled closer when I need to take baby out for feedings at night.

13. Convertible stroller: I use the Uppababy Vista stroller. It converts to a double stroller with adapters. I use the bassinet portion for the newborn and the regular seat for my toddler.

14. Comotomo Baby Bottle: I honestly don’t bottle feed often but when I do I use these bottles. I children seem to take to this bottle more than others. I think it’s because it mimics a breast best compared to other bottle nipples I’ve used.

15. NailFrida: I absolutely love the viewing window so I don’t accidentally cut the nail to short.

16. My Brest Friend Feeding Pillow: nursing is already a challenging process. This pillow makes nursing more comfortable for both mom and baby.

17. Kick n’ Play Piano Gym: great for tummy time!

18. Hatch Baby Rest: not sure if this works better on baby or mommy but I like the bluetooth connectivity, customization, and presets so you can create a routine throughout the day.

19. Boba Wrap: I use this primarily during the newborn stage. Baby feels secure and you can multitask like the boss you are. Its comfortable to wear and the material is soft and stretchy. Lots of cute patterns too!

20. Ergobaby Carrier: when baby gets bigger I like to use this carrier. Baby can face in or out once they have head control.

There you have it, my top 20 mom and baby products!

Baby Products for Baby #2 | Same Gender

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I’m currently 34 weeks pregnant with my second baby. We’re having another boy so I don’t need much since I have mostly everything from my first child.

For this post I’m leaving out diapers since those are kind of a given. I also haven’t purchased any baby clothing because I have so much baby boy clothing, both used and a lot still with tags from my first son. I also have all the major items such as a carseat, stroller, bassinet, crib, etc.

I’ll start by saying that I made a baby registry at both Amazon and BuyBuyBaby so I could receive the 15% off discount because who doesn’t like discounts?! I also had a $50 Target gift card.

Products for Baby

  1. Zutano Cozie Fleece Baby Booties: These are seriously a lifesaver when it comes to the sock battle! No more losing socks in the washer or slipping off your baby’s feet. I seriously love these booties! My sister let me borrow a pair from her children when I had my first child so I had to buy a new pair for my second child. I purchased these from Amazon (color black, size 3 months). Total $21.00 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  2. Puracy Baby Shampoo & Natural Body Wash: I used this product for my first son. I love the smell! That’s mostly the reason why I’m purchasing it again but it’s also perfect for sensitive skin and tear free. This comes in a 2-pack both 16oz bottles. Purchased on Amazon. Total $20.99 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  3. UPPAbaby VISTA Lower & Upper Stroller Adapters: I registered for the 2018 UPPAbaby VISTA stroller for my first child with the thought that it converts into a double stroller for future children. To convert to a double stroller using the toddler seat and bassinet (will buy the rumble seat at a later time when baby #2 is old enough) you need the upper and lower stroller adapters. Both items were purchased on Amazon. Upper adapters total $19.99 before 15% off baby registry discount. Lower adapters total $24.99 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  4. Aden by Aden + Anais Denim Wash Cotton Muslim Blanket: I got my first son one of these blankets for his stroller and I just love how soft it is. I also love the material and thickness of it. So I figured I’d get baby #2 one as well so they both have their own blanket. Total $34.99 before 15% off baby registry discount at BuyBuyBaby.
  5. 4moms mamaRoo 4 Classic Infant Seat: This was my big splurge for baby #2 since I didn’t need much this time. Ive heard mixed reviews on this swing but I wanted to try it. We plan on having a third child so I don’t feel like its going to go to waste. Total $219.99 before20% off BuyBuyBaby coupon.
  6. WubbaNub Giraffe Pacifier: I use pacifiers because it reduces the risk of SIDS but I don’t introduce a pacifier until I’ve established a good breastfeeding routine. I like the WubbaNub because I’m less likely to lose it (haha!). Total $13.99. Purchased with Target gift card.

For Mom | Pregnancy & Postpartum

  1. Earth Mama Organic Nipple Butter: I love this stuff because it’s lanolin free. No need to wipe/clean your breast/nipples before breastfeeding. It’s safe for baby and it works wonders in soothing and healing your nipples. Purchased on Amazon, total $11.42 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  2. Haakaa Manual Breast Pump: I didn’t have this with my first child but I’ve heard so many wonderful things that I wanted to give it a try this go around. Purchased on Amazon, total $12.94 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  3. Annyison Women Panties 5pk: Though not the most attractive, these are seriously the most comfortable things I’ve worn in a while. They’re high wasted so perfect if you are having a c-section. They’re meant for postpartum but I wear them during pregnancy as well. Purchased on Amazon, total $24.99 before $15% off baby registry discount.
  4. 3-1 Postpartum Support-Recovery Belt: I didn’t wear a support/recovery belt after my first pregnancy but my sister said that this really helped her so I figured I’d give it a try. Purchased on Amazon, total $22.95 before 15% off baby registry discount.
  5. Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads 100ct.: It never hurts to have these on hand! $13.95 before tax. Used Target gift card for purchase.
  6. Lansinoh Milk Storage Bags 100ct.: I love these bags because of the easy pour, lay flat freeze, and double seal to prevent leaks. I pumped a lot at the beginning to help relieve engorgement.
  7. Pregnancy Clothing: Before COVID-19, I went to my local mall and purchased some maternity/nursing clothing from Motherhood at a 70% off discount because of the store closing. I just purchased basic items, plain shirts, leggings, jeans to get me through this pregnancy. I also received two 4 piece pajama sets from Costco. One set to use during this pregnancy and one set to use during my hospital stay.

I have been nesting like crazy this week but I feel like I have everything I need which is a total shock. Maybe this COVID-19 shelter-in-place is actually a blessing because I’m extremely organized and already packed for the hospital!

I hope all the parents are doing well during this crazy time!

Editing Design in Silhouette Studio

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I started making a whole bunch of baby onesies for my niece and my little boy that’s due in June 2020 and I decided to share a video of how I edit a design in Silhouette Studio, the software I use to create my baby onesies.

For this particular design I purchased it from the Silhouette Design Store. It’s a sunflower and butterfly combination which I think is adorable for a little girl. To me, it represents your little sunflower growing up and turning into a beautiful butterfly.

Checkout my Instagram, @mariesahminadesign for the time lapse video!