Update | Do-It-Yourself | Baby Girl Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Remember that baby girl onesie “Bows and Big Brows” that I made for my niece? If not, check out my post here for a step-by-step guide on how to create this onesie yourself with a cutting machine.

Well my niece arrived about a month ago and look who finally fits into it! Isn’t she precious?!

This is the first onesie I’ve made with a baby actually wearing it. It definitely looks more adorable when there’s an adorable baby wearing it!

Do-It-Yourself | “New to the Crew” Baby Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

Here’s another diy for your shelter-in-place entertainment.

Again, using my Silhouette Cameo 3, I designed this using my favorite script font and some random “free design” accents that I downloaded for commercial use on the Silhouette Store. I placed them randomly to frame my design.

I sent my design to my cutting machine on “Heat Transfer: Smooth and changed it to setting 3 instead of 2 because my blade is getting dull.

Weed and place on a onesie and iron on! I still use a regular iron which is why I feel like my application isn’t the smoothest. I want to invest in the Cricut Easy Press 2 but that’ll have to wait. For now an iron will do.

I love that this can be personalized with baby’s last name to make it more personable.

Enjoy!

P.S. I swear that isn’t a Nike check. It was part of the free design on the Silhouette design store.

If you love this design but not up to making it yourself, you can head over to B&C Company and purchase a onesie for the little one in your life.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

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These are seriously the best chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever tasted! My husband is lactose intolerant so whenever I get cravings for baked goods I look for vegan options.

I didn’t have vegan chocolate chips so regular semi sweet chocolate chips were used.

I got this recipe from Baker by Nature and I’m so glad I stumbled upon it. It’s made with coconut oil, coconut milk, and applesauce! So for those who aren’t lactose intolerant and just looking for a healthier alternative these are perfect for you!

Now real bakers I’m sure mix the wet ingredients and then add the dry ingredients but I’m lazy and I just toss everything into my mixer.

Ingredients
Ingredients

Once all the ingredients are mixed, I put parchment paper onto a cookie sheet and scoop about 1 tablespoon of dough roughly 1/2-1 inch apart. These cookies mostly rise so it’s okay to have them a little closer together.

Place in the oven at 375 for 9-10 minutes and then place on a cooling rack.

Then there you have it! Healthy (mostly) vegan chocolate chip cookies! Hope you enjoy them as much as my family did!

Do-It-Yourself | Baby Boy Onesie

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

With shelter in place put in effect, I’m trying to keep busy (and sane) and decided to make a baby boy onesie for my new arrival coming June 2020.

I had a minor messed up with the peeling process after ironing on the design but since it’s for my own child I don’t mind the mess up. If it were a gift I would’ve made another one.

“Hi I’m Caleb” for our new little boy was made using the following:

1. Silhouette Cameo 3

2. Cricut Iron-on vinyl in black

3. Iron

Carter’s baby onesie in white

Just choose your favorite font and center the design so it’s even.

Flip your design so it’s reverse. This is for the cutting machine. Don’t forget to do this or it won’t iron on properly to the material.

Cut the design and iron on! That’s it! Super easy 5-10 minute craft and a personalized baby onesie for your little one.

Side Note: there was a minor issue with the “A” in Caleb because I tried peeling the clear plastic off of the vinyl when it was too hot. So please make sure to let it cool before trying to peel.

If you love this design but not up to making it yourself, you can head over to Mariesah Mina Design and purchase a onesie for the little one in your life. You can also shop my Instagram @mariesahminadesign

Stay healthy and safe during this time of coronavirus, COVID-19!

Mother & Son Halloween Costume

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For my sons first Halloween his father was out of town for a business trip so I wanted to do a mother & son costume but I wasn’t entirely sure what to do. My mother-in-law purchased a lion costume for my son at Marshall’s just because she thought it was cute. I wasn’t sure if I was actually going to dress him up as a lion but then I had the idea of being a lion tamer.

So off to my local thrift shop! I went to find a top hat and some sort of red blazer. I found the red blazer at the thrift shop but couldn’t find a top hat. I decided to stop by Walmart and luckily they had a few left. I spent less than $10 for both items. I then found a pair of mustard pants that I already owned, brown boots, and a white shirt. And ta-da! Costume complete!

I attempted to put black whiskers on my son with eyeliner but he wasn’t having it. Hope you enjoy and this brings some Halloween inspiration to you and your little one!

Do-It-Yourself | Newborn Photoshoot

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

When I was pregnant with my first son I started researching newborn photographers in my local area and it was decided very early on that we would not be getting professional photos taken simply due to the cost. It wasn’t an expense that my husband and I were willing to pay. So I decided to do my own. When my son was 10 days old, in the morning I made some props with his boppy and a few blankets my mom had crocheted and took a gazillion photos. Here are some of the results:

Though they are not nearly as cute as a professional with all the extra props and wraps but I was able to get a few photos that I was happy to print and put in his nursery.

For those who don’t want to spend a mini fortune on professional photos, all you need is a few simple items:

  1. Boppy or baby lounger
  2. Different colored textured blankets
  3. Camera – I used my Sony mirrorless camera but I’m sure a phone camera like an iphone will do
  4. Natural sunlight!

If you can spare the expense, I’m sure getting newborn photos taken is a fun experience but for those who either don’t want to spend the money or for those who just want to take photos of your newborn baby, I had a lot of fun interacting with my newborn during our photoshoot so this is a good experience to bond with that precious newborn of yours.

Capsule Wardrobe | Classy Yet Trendy

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Back in 2018, my sister, mother, and I came across this concept of a capsule wardrobe. After some research, we discovered that it’s minimalism within your closet. Since we found ourselves always wearing the same clothes all the time we figured we’d give it a try. We purchased the Simplified Style Year-Round Capsule Wardrobe e-book by Leanne Blackmon, the creator of Classy Yet Trendy.

This is a capsule outfit. White tee, black jeans, and sperry type shoes. Suppose to be paired with a jean jacket but it was way too warm. See… simplified and never out of style! This is a more simplified outfit; other outfits seem more dressy.

This book is great because it gives you a detail layout of what to wear during each season. This capsule sticks to clothing that never goes out of style so this truly is something I’ll stick with forever. Leanne first tells you which pieces you’ll need so if you don’t already have them you can thrift the items like we did. Since the items are simplified style you’ll probably find that you already own a majority of the pieces. For example, a jean jacket, pencil skirt, black dress. Other things were investment pieces like a trench coat. I didn’t own one until this capsule, but I purchased mine from Old Navy for around $50 (on sale) so it wasn’t too expensive. Then she lays out the actual outfit for you. Leanne sets a calendar with outfit numbers and you can wear that outfit based on which capsule you decide to purchase. Or you can just choose your own outfit. Up to you!

For items that weren’t found in the capsule, I ended up donating. There were the exception pieces though. There were certain shirts and shoes I wear constantly so I wasn’t quite ready to part with those items immediately. But after throwing what seemed like the majority of my closet I seriously felt like a weight came off my chest. I also felt great donating my items to those who needed it more than me.

Now that I have my capsule complete it seriously saves me so much time. With having a 16 month old and not a sense of fashion, getting ready in the morning takes less than 10 minutes (makeup and all). Since I’m a flight attendant and required to wear a uniform to work, having a capsule wardrobe just makes more sense in the form of packing for trips. Every 4th month I’m on reserve and I never know where I’ll be going, so packing can be difficult. Will it be hot? Cold? Long layover or short? The capsule makes packing easy. More to come on how I pack for work/travel.

So if you’re like me and have a hard time with fashion or find yourself wearing the same thing over and over, then I recommend considering a capsule wardrobe! I love my year-round capsule because it’s one book but Leanne creates new e-books for every new season so you could start off with that in case you’re unsure of committing to the year-round capsule.

I hope you all find this helpful. The part I love most is that it makes packing for work/travel way easier. Good luck to you all venturing into this wonderful world of Capsuling!

Baby’s 1st Birthday

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One year came and went with the birth of our first baby. Our son has been the biggest delight of our lives. We thought we had everything until we added this little nugget to the family. Even though he’s nearly 1.5 years old now I’m just getting around posting about his first birthday party. So here we go!

Let me first start off by saying that first birthday parties should really be for the parents. I mean, we raised a happy child for 365 days! We’re the ones to be celebrated. Am I right parents?!

Anyways, so we decided on a “Wild One” theme. I knew I did not want a jungle or Where The Wild Things Are vibe so I kind of just diy’d things and hoped they would all come together. I guess if there was a vibe it was sort of an adventure theme.

Food: Because of the adventure vibe we had a bake potato bar. My husband side of the family is Filipino so his family members brought a bunch of Filipino food as well. I know, doesn’t exactly go with the theme but food makes people happy so who’s gonna complain?

Dessert: My aunt in-law does an amazing job at cookies so she provided the cutest cookies. Not only are they cute but they taste amazing. Weird analogy but they’re like Doritos. You can never just eat one.

Smash Cake: I opted out of buying a fancy cake and I just made a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. I figured he was just going to smash it so what’s the point in spending a lot of money. I did try to spruce it up by making my own cake topper which for the amateur crafter I am I think came out pretty good.

My parents purchased the adult cake. They chose a chocolate ganache cake with powdered chocolate and chocolate shavings as it best represents a log. My parents also provided the redwood log rounds that the desserts sat on. They live on 30 acres in the redwood mountains. I felt like they really made the whole table come together.

Activities: there was a swimming pool for kids to enjoy, card games for those who just wanted to sit and relax, then someone had the great idea of starting beer pong (good job husband) at a first birthday party but people wanted to play so why not. We didn’t offer too much entertainment since mostly everyone just wanted to sit and chat.

DIY Items: all diy’d items were made with my Silhouette Cameo 3.

I created arrows, feathers, and teepees for cupcake toppers. I hot glued them to toothpicks and stuck them in store bought cupcakes. Added a little extra to some Safeway cupcakes.

Besides cookies and a cake topper I was determined to have a balloon arch. Again, wasn’t willing to spend a fortune so I made one myself. I purchased this balloon tape from amazon and these green balloons (I couldn’t find darker balloons on amazon for some reason). It made the balloon arch so easy! The hardest part was blowing up the balloons. I recommend not using a hand pump as there were over 100 balloons. My arms were sore the next day. I used command hooks to hold the balloons in place on the wall. For a budget it came out decent.

For the presents area I made 1-12 monthly banner and attached the monthly photo via a clothes pin and some double sided tape. I had my Silhouette draw out the numbers and I had my husband fill them in with a black marker.

For the birth stats and welcome sign my sister made them since I was extremely overwhelmed with trying to finalize everything. So props to Auntie coming in with the final touches!

I was inspired to make at least one table look Pinterest worthy. The room we rented was so large that I realized I was only able to decorate one area/table. I feel pretty accomplished for having done all this while dealing with a one year old.

Congratulations to all the parents who are celebrating their little ones first birthday! Enjoy the moments for what they are because one day we’re going to miss them when they’re this little.

Do-It-Yourself | Baby Girl Onsie

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My sister is expecting baby #3 and she recently found out the gender. After having two boys she was convinced that she was having another boy. She felt like she was “born to be a boy mom” and “the universe wants her to have boys”. Well we’re so happy to find out that she’s having a girl!

So naturally, I started thinking of all the cute Silhouette Cameo projects I could make for this little princess. Typically I don’t feel like I’m super creative to come up with my own designs when it comes to adding cute characters or symbols (I’m only creative with fonts/words) but I felt like this design was worth sharing.

First, I’m using my Silhouette Studio to create this design and my Silhouette Cameo 3 to cut out my finished work.

Step-By-Step

  1. Create your design. Since this little girl is going to have two big brothers I wanted to do something incorporating bows and brothers, so I decided on “Bows and Big Bros” using font Astereiska.
    NOTE: this font is extremely thin which will make weeding the vinyl very difficult. To make the font thicker I create a slight offset (0.03). Once you’ve applied the offset, click and drag out the original font and now you have a thicker version of your original font.
  2. Format the words in a way that pleases you.
  3. Now that the Bows and Big Bros was been created it’s time to girly it up. I decided to put a bow and some stars/shapes. Because it’s too hard to explain in writing, I found this awesome video on youtube by The Rhinestone World that illustrates how to layer two different colored vinyls without the vinyls overlapping. Follow this method to layer a bow of your choice over the letter B.
  4. Then take some stars and varying shapes and place them around your design until you’re happy with the design.
  5. Once you’re design is complete, flip the design so it looks backwards.
  6. Send to cut and let your machine do the work. Once complete, weed the excess vinyl, place design on your onsie and iron. Than your work is complete!

I can’t wait to see my sweet little niece in this onsie!

Reserve & Mom Life

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Being a reserve flight attendant means that I can be called at anytime and need to report to the airport within 3 hours. I bet a lot of you are wondering how that works with having a 16 month old son. Well it’s not easy but thankfully I have a lot of family support! Here’s how I plan to survive my September reserve month:

Schedule: this month I’m available to the company every Friday-Monday which means I have every Tuesday-Thursday off. I bid for this schedule intentionally so I could minimize number of days we’d need a babysitter. More weekdays off; prioritize weekend flying.

Bidding for specific assignments: so this one is most important because the day prior I have the choice to input bids for specific trips I want based on what’s available. These trips are usually open due to someone calling in sick, being removed from the trip for any number of reasons, or maybe there was a flight crew legality or weather which made the original crew be reassigned. I prioritize this because 1. I feel like I have a little bit more control over my schedule. 2. I know what my next day trip will be because I chose to work it. 3. It eliminates scheduling calling me in the middle of the night. These trips are given to FA’s in seniority order so I may not get the specific trip but I always try this option first.

Standby duty: if I can’t get a specific trip than I bid for airport standby as my secondary option. This is where I show up at the airport and hangout for 6 hours. During that time if there is any crew issues and someone isn’t able to make the flight than I’d be used to replace that FA. You’re usually assigned a flight within 30 minutes to departure time. So standbys are used as a very last resort. I chose this because it’s less likely to actually get assigned a trip. Again, I bid for this option the day prior to a reserve day so I know what I’m doing. This way I can figure out and make arrangements for babysitting.

Remain on call: this is my last option (hopefully option 1 and 2 work so I never have to use this) but this is basically where I’m at home going about my day and scheduling can call me for a trip within 3 hours once I’m notified. I hate this option because I never know when I’m going to get a call. I could be grocery shopping and I’d need to stop and head to the airport. This option is especially hard with babysitting. Family members babysit when my husband and I can’t be home so I always feel bad asking them to stop their plans to help watch the baby. Its like they’re on reserve too! On days where I’m just waiting around I usually go to a family members house so it’s easier on them. No driving necessary for them. I try to make it as easy and convenient as possible (even if that means it’s more inconvenient for me).

That’s my intended plan on sieving this months reserve. If all goes right I’m hoping we won’t have to rely on babysitters. Stay tuned for updates as to how my plan is working out!