We're back!

Well, a lot has been going on here in Sprinkles Land, with L in school and me launching the All The Sprinkles Shop, but now that summer has arrived and we have extra time to hang out and write about our adventures, we plan to be here more. L is especially excited to do some blogging of her own, so look forward to content from the both of us!

We have plans to spiffy up this space, and keep it up! Wish us luck! 

30 Days of Gratitude

We're all about being grateful here. In addition to our thankful tree, I also do my own 30 Days of Gratitude every November. I post a photo about something I'm grateful for each day on Facebook and Instagram. To switch it up this year, instead of posting about whatever comes to my mind in any given day, I decided to participate in the 30-day gratitude photo challenge from Positively Present. I thought it would be fun (and challenging- haha!) to follow specific prompts this year.

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1. Home. 

Home is wherever these two are.

Home is wherever these two are.

2. Inspiration. 

I have always loved making things with my hands. For this reason, I have always been inspired by artistic and crafty people who are able to create using their hands.

I have always loved making things with my hands. For this reason, I have always been inspired by artistic and crafty people who are able to create using their hands.

3. Love.  

These two. My love for them, their love for each other. Photo taken of them all dressed up to attend last year's Father-Daughter dance. Love, love, love.

These two. My love for them, their love for each other. Photo taken of them all dressed up to attend last year's Father-Daughter dance. Love, love, love.

4. Color.  

Art supplies. Always and forever.  

Art supplies. Always and forever.  

5. Happiness.

Moments like this with my girl, and being her mama. Spontaneous "I love you"s and hugs in the kitchen. This is my happiness.

Moments like this with my girl, and being her mama. Spontaneous "I love you"s and hugs in the kitchen. This is my happiness.

6. Words.  

There are so many serious, inspiring, and uplifting quotes I considered using today, but then I decided to go with pure, simple truth.

There are so many serious, inspiring, and uplifting quotes I considered using today, but then I decided to go with pure, simple truth.

7. Keepsake.  

I have a very distinct memory of my grandpa taking me to the bank to open my own savings account when I was around 10 years old. They gave away gifts for doing such things at the time, and I got this watch. It had a black croc-embossed type wristband and I thought it was super fancy. I wore that watch for years. It just occurred to me that I should have it repaired and maybe start wearing it again. I'm grateful for the memory of that day and of my grandpa.

I have a very distinct memory of my grandpa taking me to the bank to open my own savings account when I was around 10 years old. They gave away gifts for doing such things at the time, and I got this watch. It had a black croc-embossed type wristband and I thought it was super fancy. I wore that watch for years. It just occurred to me that I should have it repaired and maybe start wearing it again. I'm grateful for the memory of that day and of my grandpa.

A week of gratitude. 

A week of gratitude. 

So very grateful.  

Thankful Tree

It's November, the month of Thanksgiving- one of my favorite holidays! I love everything about it- being with family, eating yummy food, and reflecting on what I'm thankful for. But why should we only reserve that for one day a year?

I started a 30 Days of Gratitude tradition a couple years ago. Each day, we talk about what we are thankful for as a family and L writes down something she is thankful for. I think it's important that we always take time to reflect on being grateful, and it's important to me to instill this in L while she is still little.

Our first thankful tree was little, but it had little lights on it, which was a big hit with little4 year-old L. I cut freehand leaf shapes out of cardstock and each night L would write down something she was thankful for. Then we would put it on the tree, and we would light it up.

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Last year, 5 year-old L was in kindergarten and working on her printing, so I decided to swap out the tree for poster board that she could have a lot of space on which to write her list. And, um, embellish. Because, kindergarten!

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This year, I wanted to bring back the tree idea, but knew we would need a bigger tree. I would have loved to have used real tree branches, but  I couldn't find the right ones. As an alternative, I decided to use several decorative branches from the craft store, along with one of my glass vases, and some rice from the pantry to anchor the branches. Instead of cutting out leaf shapes, I opted for very simple strips of cardstock. Every day, L thinks of something she feels thankful for, writes it down, and we attach it to a branch. I'm loving how our makeshift 'tree' looks after just one week!

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This one, the first one she wrote this year, might be my favorite. :)

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I love this tradition and plan to continue it every year, in some shape or another. My own mom was a big believer in gratitude and taught me that even in the worst of times or circumstances, there is always something to be grateful for. Sadly, she is no longer with us, and although L never had the opportunity to know her, I am happy to pass down this lesson on to her, and hope she will carry it with her throughout her life.

I can't wait to see these branches filled with gratitude at the end of the month!

Just treats

We had a blast on Halloween, as usual. For the past five years, we've celebrated with our friends with a potluck dinner and trick-or-treating.  

For our contribution this year, we brought mac and cheese for the kiddos and these fun spider cupcakes. 

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L announced around this time last year what she intended to be for Halloween this year. Inspired by her live of ballet and the production of Swan Lake that we saw last Fall, she wanted to be Princess Odette, also known as the white swan.  

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Interestingly enough, I didn't like Halloween as a kid. I was terribly shy, plus I thought it was weird to knock on people's doors and ask for food. Ha! As adult, however, I couldn't live it more. We always have so much fun, especially since being a mom. Already looking forward to next year! 

Wishes for a daughter

Today I came across a note I wrote three years ago today. It was a list of wishes I have for L as she grows up. I could add more, because there are sooo many things I wish for her, but these still hold true.

  • be happy.
  • be strong.
  • know yourself. be confident in who you are.
  • have convictions. stand by them.
  • let your voice be heard.
  • don't be afraid to love.
  • don't be afraid to have your heart broken. it will mend.
  • know that you are special. and worthy. and loved.
  • don't let anyone make you feel less than who you are. those people don't know you.
  • remember that everything happens for a reason. if something doesn't work out, that means it wasn't meant to be. something better will come along. i promise.
  • don't settle.
  • be grateful. even in the worst of times. there is always something to be thankful for.
  • focus on the positive.
  • tell the people who you love and appreciate that you love and appreciate them.
  • be a good friend.
  • be your best self.
  • be kind.
  • dream.

 

Bringing Maker Monday Back

After getting our crafting on throughout the summer, we have been doing noticeably less of it since school started. First grade Common Core math homework, while admittedly a bit tricksy for this old mama, is no excuse for a decline in crafting. After all, crafting doesn't have to be elaborate or time-consuming. With just a little bit of effort, a lot of fun can be had. Time to step up my game and get back into the crafty swing of things!

I got the idea for today's project from a recent post about tissue paper lanterns at The Artful Parent. A beautifully simple idea with a big pay off. This is a really easy project anyone can do, with materials you likely have on hand.

I decided we ought to start small (literally), by opting to cover a tiny glass votive, as opposed to larger jars or vases. We started by cutting a piece of tissue paper (the kind you would use to stuff into gift boxes) large enough to cover the votive. L drew a simple Halloween motif of a jack-o-lantern and bats with sharpies, and then I helped to tape the paper around the outside of the votive and trimmed the excess paper off the top. We admired its cuteness as-is, then waited for it to get dark so that we could see what it looked like when illuminated.

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We love the effect! And I think they would also look great with even more doodles. Thankfully, we have more votives to and no shortage of tissue paper (haha!) for more decorating. L was feeling a little tired this afternoon, so we just made the one, but we plan to make more before the end of the month!

It's October!

Wow, I didn't realize it until now, but judging from how long it's been since I last posted, it seems as though I really needed to take a little break after having posted for over 100 days in a row.

Well, it's nice to be back! In the last almost month, we we've been busy at school, B and I celebrated our anniversary, and we even got in a visit to Disneyland!

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I'm excited to share with you that in addition to my random musings here, I will also be guest blogging from time to time at my friend Leslie Newton's company blog. You may know Leslie as the founder of the popular diaper bag company timi & leslie. And if you loved timi & leslie bags (how could you not?) you will swoon over her new bags! Her Newlie bags are exquisitely beautiful and stylish, while being extremely practical at the same time. Leslie thinks of everything! 

So, question: would it be wrong to carry a diaper bag if I no longer carry diapers? Because I can't lie- I'm kind of dying over the pewter Lily Tote and Margie clutch!