A portrait of Harlow London each week of 2014.

How do we have a preschooler already?  How!?

Harlow has been begging to go to school for a while now, and we really hadn’t planned on doing 3 year old preschool, but decided to apply last minute and see if a spot opened up.  We found out 4 days before her first day that she got in.  

She wakes up every morning asking if the day is a “stool” day.  

She. Is. In. Heaven.  


I knew I wanted to document her first day, but honestly the perfectionist in me was freaking out about where we’d snap a few photos.  As you can see, the front of our home is in less than perfect condition, as we are still dealing with the clean-up from the accident that occurred back at the end of June.  

I never really wrote about it here, so in a nutshell: 3am drunk driver we are in Chicago house is fine so thankful we weren’t home thankful it is nothing structural and insurance has been wonderful…it’s just a long process.

But I decided that this is reality of what our front door and steps look like during the start of this school year, so that is what our backdrop will be!  (I was testing out a new paint color for the door a week before this happened…. hence the multi-colored door.  Y’all, the front of our home is such an eyesore — I’m so thankful for wonderful neighbors!)


showing us how old she is

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so proud of her “bat-pat!”  My parents got this one for her during their time in Vietnam — she loves it!

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and just in case you were curious as to how boring life is with this precious gift….

fun with daddy

or how she really feels about my kisses, apparently. ;)

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Harlow London, 

We are so proud to be your parents — and also humbled and terrified by the responsibility each and every day.  We are so excited to see you grow and be challenged this year as you experience your first year at school.  Your compassion and love for others shines so brightly, and your joy is infectious.

Our prayer for you this year is that you would continue to love others well.  That you would love the child sitting alone and bring unity to your classroom and friends.  You already do that, Harlow.  You have this incredible ability to just see right past appearances and love the hearts of everyone you meet.  

Don’t stop loving others the way you do, sweet girl.  Find beauty in the world, amidst the crud, and then make it more beautiful. 

We love you!



I totally photoshopped the chalkboard text…I might be artistic, but painting my nails and writing pretty with chalk are two things I will never put on my resume.  Nope, not good at them at all!

Happy Friday loves — enjoy the long weekend!




I was so excited to test the new Iron-On Transfer Material available from Brother for your ScanNCut Machine!  There are a variety of thicknesses and textures — from a thin film to a thick flock and glitter and hologram in between.  

The film is my favorite — it’s actually what I used to make Harlow’s Big Sis shirt and her Wild and Three shirt!  

When thinking of ideas for a project to share with you all, I wanted to incorporate all of the textures and varieties available!  I also wanted to show you just how easy it is to create layered and multi-color designs using these Iron-On Transfers!  

There are two things I love most about the Iron-On Transfers: ease of cutting and the built in transfer sheet.  You don’t need to buy additional products to create something with a professional and clean result!

Let’s go ahead and get started!




1|| Begin by designing your tote bag.  This step can be accomplished in ScanNCut Canvas or directly on your ScanNCut Machine.  Or you can simply download the patterns I’ve created for you! 

Little Fish Download

Ice Cream Download

*the donut design was done completely on the ScanNCut Machine.  I’ll show you that later on in this post!



2|| This step is optional, but I like to verify that my design is how I want it arranged and sized correctly.  Using a piece of cardstock or printer paper and the Pen Holder and pen, draw the full design on the paper.  



3|| Resize or correct your design as needed.  I like to then cut out sections of my design from this paper template.  You can cut out every piece, or cut out enough to mark placement on your bag.  

I always make sure that I have a few of each color cut out — since each color will stay together on its own transfer paper, we just need to line up a few specific key points to ensure correct placement.  



4|| Using an iron-away fabric pen (like my favorites!) trace from your pattern a few lines and marks to align your Iron-On Transfer material when it’s time to complete your tote!



5|| Set aside your tote bag as we cut out all the pieces from the Iron-On Transfer materials.  

At the end of this post, you will see each section of the design available for download.  If you want to change the way the colors are grouped, you can use the full design and save your own objects together to be cut from the same color of Iron-On Transfer. 

Begin by testing your Iron-On Transfer materials.  I have found the following settings to be pretty full-proof on my ScanNCut Machine:

  • Iron-On Transfer Film Sheets: Pressure 0, Speed 1, Blade 1-1.5
  • Iron-On Transfer Hologram Sheets: Pressure 0, Speed 1, Blade 1-1.5
  • Iron-On Transfer Glitter Sheets: Pressure 0, Speed 1, Blade 3-3.5
  • Iron-On Transfer Flock Sheets: Pressure 0, Speed 1, Blade 3.5-4

Using your ScanNCut Machine, cut out each section of the design in the color and material type of your choosing.

Don’t forget to double-check that you’ve mirrored your images prior to cutting!



6|| After all Iron-On Transfer materials have been cut, trim around all the pieces — you want to keep them attached to the plastic release so the arrangement and placement stays consistent!  

Weed away all the negative space material, so you are left with your design pieces on the plastic release. 




7|| Arrange all pattern pieces on your tote and iron on each color in the correct place.  Your iron will probably remove some of your placement marks, so just use your template to make a few more marks as you go!

*Use a hard/flat surface to iron your Transfer Materials to your tote bag.  An ironing board isn’t ideal if it has a lot of padding on it.  I use my wooden sewing table — sometimes I lay a towel down on it to protect it from the heat.*



Continue for additional designs or tote bags!  Try changing out colors and material types as well!  If you’re wondering what I used for the fish bag, the text is in the Flock material, the fish is made from the Glitter and Hologram, the bubbles are Glitter and the fish eye is Film. 

If you’d like to see the step-by-step process in video, you can watch it here!


And here are a few other designs as well!


The donut design – my favorite of the three…pregnancy cravings much!? – was designed completely on my ScanNCut Machine

  1. The donut is available in the built in patterns on your machine.  I resized and cut the donut from Glitter and the frosting from Flock. 
  2. I created sprinkles using a basic oval-type shape also built into your machine.  I resized super tiny and cut them out of Glitter. 
  3. I used the sans serif bold font in all caps for my text.  I create 2 text objects — ALWAYS and YES.  I wanted them to be the same width, not necessarily the same size font, so I resized until they were both the same width.  I then removed the aspect ratio and shortened the height of “YES.” just a bit.  


And that’s that!  The options are truly endless — from onesies to shirts to placemats to blankets to whatever you can iron the Heat Applied Materials to!  Just have fun!

Let me know if you have any questions!



Psst! I also made a shortened version of the video – tutorial in under 2 minutes.  Here you go!


I was sent a ScanNCut machine for this sponsored tutorial.  All ideas and opinions are my own.   



buy: Fruit Fly Traps

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Yup, buy.   I’m shocked I don’t have a recipe for fruit fly traps that I have found to truly work — I even posted an SOS to my facebook page begging for ideas a few months back!  Andy just shakes his head as I crazily swat a dishrag around the kitchen trying to kill those […]

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maternity fashion: a fun summer dress

August 26, 2014

Summer + pregnancy = dresses.  So many dresses.  As you probably know by now, I’m a huge fan of maternity pieces that can be repurposed or worn post-bump as well.  This dress was cute on the hanger, but then screamed my name when I tried it on.  It is incredibly comfortable, super flattering and can definitely be […]

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showers, sugar, surprise & silliness

August 25, 2014
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SHOWERS This past weekend, we spent about 24 hours in Maryland to pamper and love on Andy’s sister, Karen, her husband, Brian, and their baby boy, Theodore.  Super fun and crazy: Karen is due roughly 10 days before I am!  It’s so weird to think about the fact that these boys could be born the […]

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