bybmg: July 2013
Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.

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The hubby got a new lens on his camera, so I have a few beautiful pics this week! I need to make just a few more minutes in our day so that he can take better pictures of what I wear.

Wednesday -It's funny that I selected this outfit because Lindsay posted a VERY similar one last week and I looked at it after I already had this on! P.S. Don't ya just love three-year-olds?!

Top - Old Navy
Shorts - Old Navy
Boy- crazy & adorable

Thursday - We were out and about to a splash pad and farmer's market. I tried something new with my hair. It held up well all day. Now I just need to be able to recreate it during the school year.

Top - Thrifted
Skirt - H & M
Necklace - gift from the hubby

Sunday - church

Tank - Gap
Cardigan - Old Navy (new!)
Mint Skinnies - Gap
Sandals - AE
Necklace - Kohls 

Tuesday -  shopped at Goodwill (new Thirfty Finds post coming soon!) and went out to dinner

Skinnies - Gap (They're coral with polka dots, but they look more hot pink in this pic.)
Shoes - Toms

I've added a couple new things to the shop and brought back some oldies!

Remember that yellow chevron fabric I used in Wesley's nursery? I still have more, so I made up a couple cute cases! It's constructed for an iPad Mini, but I'm sure it would work for other tablets, too.

Toms Mittens are back!

You heard it right! These are made from a Toms flag. Check them out in the shop to see the cuteness on their palms!

This, I admit, was a trial piece. I made an iPad Mini cover for myself and this was the first attempt. It is just a SMIDGE too small, but if you have a different tablet, yours might fit. 

I also have some new Toms bags, and some that have been hanging out there for a while!! Just for my blog readers, use the code BYBMGBLOG for 10% off! The code expires August 31, 2013.

Two weeks...not even two weeks... That's how much summer I have left before school starts up again. I am trying to soak up every minute! This summer has been extra wonderful because I got to begin it 7 weeks early thanks to Wesley's arrival. I have to admit, I'm ready for a little more of a routine, though, so going back to school will be ok.


We grew carrots for the first time. I really had no ideas how to thin them out, how much to thin them out, but we got some. Hooray!

We took a family trip to The Science Center of Iowa. Here's Russ and Henry in front of the green screen they have there. Sometimes the local weather people forecast from there.

Waffles - cake waffles. another Pinterest find. Not really worthy of a Pinteresting post because they're so. easy. Make a cake mix, pour it in. Yummy and much easier to eat than cake.

Living the every day... lots of Mr. Potatohead, Transformers, and Lego building time

Hanging outside - Look at those cheeks!

Going on a boat! - My dad took us our on his family heirloom boat. Henry had a blast. Wesley stayed back with Grammy.  

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Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.

A lazy summer day... What I feel like I've been wearing most days.

Tanks - Old Navy
Skirt - Old Navy

Top - Old Navy
Pink Skinnies - Target

Church - After I got this on I thought I probably should have gone with a different color pant, but it was about 30 second before we had to leave, so I just left it.

Top - Forever 21 (new $7.99!)
Skinnies - Yellow with polka dots (new - free with Gap card rewards!)

Necklace - Lia Sophia (new! I can't wait to wear this with my navy-colored tops. P.S., I'm having a Lia Sophia party in November!)

Earrings - Lia Sophia (new!)

Flats - Gap (new $13) 
Finally found a replacement for the ones I was complaining about way back when.

And this is what I changed into promptly after church...the first rainy day we'd had in a while. These sweats are Nike - thrifted from Goodwill. Whoever donated them...thank you! They are like brand new and so comfy. 

Living up another day of summer - not many left!
Dress - Ross - I'm pretty sure it's meant to be a swim cover-up, but it's nursing friendly, so I wore it. 

Shoes - Old Navy
Bracelet - Groop Dealz

So my motto for my Etsy shop is "Made with love, not a pattern." Seriously I don't like patterns. They are complicated and I just don't have much patience for them. I figure it out as I go, tear it out if I mess up, and just try not to make many complicated things!

Today was an fine example of me living that motto. Russ wanted a very specific zipper pouch for his new GoPro video camera. I'd made a pouch previously for some other audio visual gear he needs to have organized for his business. He wanted his pouch with divided, top and bottom, and a side pouch. I really hadn't done anything like it before...and just formed a picture in my head. I really couldn't tell you how I did it, but it worked!

So, if ya need a strangely shaped or specific-pocketed zipper pouch, I might be your gal!

I've heard, though Henry isn't old enough for tooth loss yet, that the whole tooth and money exchange can be tricky to do when little ones are sleeping. I found a customer through Facebook who wanted tooth fairy pillows for her twin girls. She picked the fabric from my stash, and I came up with the design. They were so fun to make! I'd love to make you one if you're interested. The tooth is a pocket to tuck in the tooth and money.

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.

Wednesday - Henry was a daycare. I ran some errands for the weekend and had lunch with a friend. Wesley was a great tag-along, as always!

Top - hand me down - Izod
Shorts - thrifted - Sonoma

Wesley was styling! His onsie is from Gap and the shorts are from Target!

Thursday - my hair was not having it plus I decided to take the pic while all three of my boys were napping. 

Tank - Hello Apparel
Skirt - Old Navy

Friday - Happy Birthday to my hubby! We went out to breakfast as his favorite spot. Yes, it has a gravel parking lot! For those of you local readers, if you haven't been to Waveland West in Booneville, get there!

P.S. Isn't my hair getting LONG?! I still haven't done anything to it. I think I'm going to just let it grown and see what happens once I actually have to get up and get going in the morning when school starts. Then, I may chop it off, or just be lazy and wear it up every day. ;)

Top - Gap
Necklace - gift from my hubby
Skirt - H & M 
Sandals - Zulily

Bangles - NY & Co 
I picked these up while in Omaha last weekend - $2.99 for a whole set (these plus some gold ones)! Bangles make me claustrophobic because I'm always afraid I won't be able to get them off. I have larger than average hands. I decided for $3, I could give these a try, and I survived! I may wear them again.

Wesley was baptized Sunday. We had tons of family in town, and it was a blast!

Russ's grandfather passed away in February, and Grandpa Bill was known for his crepe recipe. Russ has carried on the crepe tradition, so crepes were the main menu item for the brunch we hosted after church.

Russ came up with four different suggestions for crepe filling combos including frozen chocolate covered bananas. "The Becky" is in tribute to my love of Hawiian pizza. 

I made cupcakes, of course, and make a cross cupcake cake. Russ got me chevron cupcake liners for Mother's Day, and so I matched the teal on some of them with the frosting.

My mom made Wesley's outfit. I love the little vest on it! I made the little chevron shoes.

All four of Wesley's Great Grandmas were able to be there. What a blessed day it was!

When I saw this pin, I thought that it would be an easy thing for Henry and I do make together this summer.

It truly was SUPER easy.

I got a 2 liter of orange soda and a 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk.

I have the ice cream maker attachment for our KitchenAid mixer. It's a big bowl that is kept in the freezer and a special mixing blade attachment. I don't use it often enough, but I just keep it in the bottom of our deep freeze and dig it out when needed.

It's kind of small, so I only put in one liter of soda and 7 oz of sweetened condensed milk.

Then, I turned it on stir, and let it go for 30 minutes. Henry kept coming back to check on it.

After 30 minutes, it looked icy!

It was icy/soupy, but what homemade ice cream isn't? I dished it up.

Henry loved it and asked for seconds and thirds. After a bowl for Russ and me, too, I still had a few cups worth left that I put in the freezer. I'd love to try this with rootbeer!

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