Hip Baby {Cotton and Fleece Burp Cloths}

Babies, babies, everywhere!

It seems like every few months a new baby is born in my family.  At this moment I am expecting 2 nieces or nephews (or one of each!), and two cousins. A friend just delivered her new baby girl and I have friends all over Facebook and Instagram announcing their surprise pregnancies….apparently 39 is the new 29!  I’d better watch out!

Even though it’s been 12 years since I had my last baby, I can remember clearly the one item I had to have on me at ALL TIMES.  Burp cloths!  I probably went through 5 or 6 burpies everyday.  I always had one (or 4) in my diaper bag, in the carseat, in the stroller, in the bouncy, in the swing, in my purse, on the changing table, in the crib, on my shoulder, and on my nightstand.  Seriously, I had them everywhere!

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The last thing I wanted was to mop up baby puke with my tee shirt or sweater sleeve (although that did happen on more than one occasion.)

So when the second family baby boom started (the first was in the year 2000), I wanted to come up with a gift that was practical, useful, cute (and they wouldn’t outgrow in 4 weeks).

Check out my newest Cotton and Fleece Burp Cloths — for the hip baby!

burp7If you’re going to carry around a million burp cloths, why not make them cute??  These burp cloths are made from soft quilting cotton and the softest fleece.  burp2They are machine washable and they roll or fold up easily to fit anywhere.

You can choose from countless prints.  If you don’t see something you like, let me know what you are looking for. I can visit my fabric sources and find the right print for your hip baby.

Burp cloths measure approximately 8″ x 16″.

These burpies have been a hit with the new mommies in my life!  They make a great baby shower or new mommy present and I can even make other layette items to match.

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xoxo

Budget-Friendly {DIY} End of the Year Teacher’s Gift

I can’t believe that there is less than one week left until the last day of school!  This school year has been a bear, to say the least.  My poor kids had to deal with a HUGE move, new schools, new teachers, living at and commuting from their grandmother’s house for 6 months, and another big move just before the end of the school year. For the first time ever, we battled tears during morning drop-off, nervous tummies, anxiety over finals, and like my son put it this morning “way too much pressure for an elective” (referring to the final exam for his band class).

Thankfully, there are only a few more days until my kids can turn in their schoolbooks, empty their backpacks and R-E-L-A-X.  (I did have to convince my son that he was NOT going to sell his trumpet on Craigslist over the summer.)

The end of the school year is a time when we show our children’s teachers how much we appreciate them. But it’s also a time filled with expenses…donations for class parties, yearbooks, summer camp registration… In our case we just moved and had to pay all of the deposits required to set up services and utilities on top of the bills that are already beginning to trickle in.

As much as I would like to be that mom that brings everyone from the PE coach to the lunch room monitor a fabulous gift on the last day of school, it’s simply not in our budget. My middle-schooler, alone, has 6 different instructors he sees daily.

Last year I came up with a cute and inexpensive End of the Year Teacher’s Gift.  I featured this project here and pinned it to my Pinterest account.  Just in the last couple of weeks it’s been repinned over 200 times! I was going to recreate it this year, but then I saw these adorable mid-size Ball mason jars and decided to try something new.

I filled the jars with Herhey’s Kisses and designed labels that I tied on with twine.  Now their teachers can enjoy some yummy treats and have a cute container with endless uses—and I didn’t have to break the bank.

I love mason jars! I use them for everything from holding hubby’s sugar and creamer to storing tacks, paperclips, nails and more.  I have several friends who use mason jars as drinking glasses (Google: “redneck wine glass”)

The jars come in a set of 4, and together with the chocolate, each individual gift comes out to about $4. Not too bad, especially when your kids are older and have several teachers!

Happy end-of-the-school-year! xo
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