June 20, 2014

Happy 4th of July! {Repost}

My birthday is the 4th of July - yes, as most people respond 'YOU ARE A FIRECRACKER!' I have to share my birthday with a national holiday and it took me quite a few years to realize the fireworks were not just for me, good play parents ;)

Free Printables - July 4th

 Here is the 4th of July printable... Happy Independence Day all! I hope you enjoy friends, family, watermelon, fireworks and more!

As usual, cut it out to fit an 8x10 frame. Easy peasy!

You can download the PDF file here from Google Docs

Thanks for visiting :)

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June 18, 2014

The (kind of) NEW Kitchen

I have learned getting projects done with a baby in tow is a little bit harder than it used to be. However, we still have projects that we want to get done. We are planning quite a few updates in the kitchen and I am excited to share what will be coming to the blog soon!


Affordable Kitchen Updates

Countertops
Our kitchen counters have already been DIYed more than once. First I tried plain countertop paint, it was too flat (ha, but seriously, no dimension to the color made it bland), then we tried a sponge paint concoction, which gave depth, but it scratched easily. THEN, we found our favorite - ENCORE Concrete Countertops. We are using the ENCORE Countertop Solution again - this time in a much lighter color. You can purchase the solution for under $200 on their website or Amazon. 

Faucet
A faucet is an easy way to change the entire look of your countertop space. They can be modern, traditional, short, tall, etc. We were looking for something shorter than what we had. Faucets can be as cheap as $60-70 and go all the way up to $500-$600. Of course, I would recommend something in your range of affordability. We are excited to be updating our faucet to something more traditional in style. 

Cabinets
This one is still up in the air - I am thinking painting. But not sure on the color. We are receiving swatches in the mail today, so hopefully I can find something I like. I was especially excited to find this easy to use solution from Nuvo Cabinet Paint, and will be using it if we indeed decide to paint. You can purchase Nuvo paint from their website for $69.95 for the entire kit. 

Knobs and Pulls
We already changed these out last time, it completely changes the look of the room - and it keeps grimy hands off of the cabinets to save the finish. I am thinking of changing them again this time - if we do, I will definitely be headed to D Lawless hardware. They have so many options for knobs and pulls, and great pricing!

So keep watching for the updates - we are so excited for some modern changes in the kitchen!

June 16, 2014

Our Baby Travel Must-Haves

As you may (or may not) know - we traveled to the other side of the world (almost) to bring home our son through an international adoption. We were in his home country for three weeks while we waited for the adoption to finalize, and needed to find ways to make being first time parents (in a hotel) easier.... 


Our Baby Travel Must-Haves

Here is what we used to get through the first few weeks with our little guy:

1. Buttons Diapers
Yes, we were bold and cloth diapered for our trip. It was messy, but we found it easy to do when you have the time to change the diaper and immediately rinse and wash it out, hang outside in the sun for some drying and bleaching - done! We especially liked the buttons diapers because we could get away with only washing inserts and reusing the covers. We had three covers and 6 inserts - which got us through one day, and then we would use a disposable at night and start over in the morning with cloth. 

2. Swaddlelite Swaddle Blankets
Our little man loves to be swaddled. Even now (at 5 1/2 months) he sleeps so much deeper with his swaddle and paci. When we were in a hot climate (and now in a hot, humid midwest June), swaddling can get a bit warm. However, we use Swaddle Lite blankets from Swaddle Designs and love them. They are made from a very light, breathable fabric. They also come in handy for spit up clean up and sun covers. 

3. Tommee Tippee Pacifiers
True story: we walked out of court, a baby now our son. He hadn't napped all day (he must have known what excitement was going on), we put a pacifier in his mouth and he dropped to sleep, for an hour! Much longer than he usually napped! Now he sleeps with a pacifier, and can sleep for hours. He has only accepted Tommee Tippee pacifiers, and we hold these very close to us at all times. Tommee Tippee is more like mommy, so it promotes better latch on in bottles and pacifiers. 

4. Playtex VentAire Bottles
I am not going to go into the science of how the Playtex Ventaire bottles help vent and reduce colic and gas, I am sure it is all very useful. However, the reason we loved these bottles was that you can take the bottom off - it makes it so much easier to clean the WHOLE thing without a bottle brush and without a dishwasher. All the pieces are taken a part, cleaned, and put back together. We wanted something easy to clean, and that didnt take up a lot of space - these fit the bill perfectly. 

5. Infantino MeiTai Carrier
I knew I wanted to use a carrier, but I also wanted my husband to be able use it (he didn't end up using it, but still, I liked the idea of him using it, I can dream). I wanted something that didn't have straps that needed adjusting when one of us used it after the other had adjusted it to just the right spot. I also wanted to avoid something that wasn't a lot of fabric that needed wrapping (and made me too hot). This MeiTai carrier from Infantino completely fit the bill. It is easy to use, and adjust, and is safe for baby. 


What do you HAVE to bring along for traveling with baby?

June 13, 2014

Free Bible Verse Printable - Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. -Proverbs 3:5

Free Bible Verse Printable - Trust



I know, I said I would stick with the top 100 searched verses from BibleGateway - and I am - just more slowly than planned! 

Sometimes we all need a reminder to trust God. In our journey to pick up our son - there were MANY "opportunities" for me to lean on God, because there was nothing else I could do. I needed HIM to get me through each step of the way. 

You can download the Proverbs 3:5 printable here - cut off the white to make it fit in your 8 x 10 frame. 

Thanks for visiting - a vote below would be so appreciated!

This printable is provided free of charge and intended to print for in home, private use.Under no circumstances may you this image and/or document for any type of mass production. You must give credit and link to DelightCreativeHome.com anywhere this image and/or document is posted online. You may not resell any printables found on this site as they are or altered in any way. You may not use this image and/or document to raise funds, make profit, or otherwise receive money from the use of this image. If you would like to use the image for anything outside of these terms, please feel free to contact me at naomi@delightcreativehome.com.

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June 9, 2014

Father's Day from Fiverr

Our little family is celebrating my husband this weekend for his FIRST Father's Day! My husband and I are so grateful to have our son home with us, and giving new meaning to Mother's Day and Father's Day. Let's take some time to stop and think about how much the Dad's in our lives do for us - and how we might be able to help them out a bit.

I was pumped to partner with Fiverr to bring you ideas for a creative Mother's Day gift - taking the work out of being creative - you can pay someone $5 to make, do or help you out in just about any way. Now - we are back for Father's Day!

Fiverr has lots of options for just about any Dad on your list - weather he is a seasoned father or a new dad, an all-business dad or a stay-at-home dad.



The All-Business Dad might be grateful for some custom letterhead or maybe a virtual assistant (seriously, I might need to hire a VA for myself)


The Coach Dad would probably find a Personal Fitness Plan or his own Caricature as Pro-Football Player more his style.

The New Dad (although my hubby is way more put together than this!) might appreciate some Solid Parenting Advice (yeah right) or Original Music composed for your little one(s).


The Stay-At-Home Dad might just want a chance to sit and relax, but you could also give him a Custom Bedtime Story to read to your kiddos or someone can teach him how to make Natural Baby Food.


The Teacher Dad might appreciate a lesson on French or someone to help him with Web Research.

With tons of ideas at Fiverr, you are sure to find something for whatever man is on your list. But, no matter what you decide to get him, make sure to thank the Dad's and Father figures in your life for all they do!