Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DIY Produce Play Stand

Today I am sharing the produce stand that I created for my Daughter's birthday


I have gotten so many compliments on our play stand, that my Husband and I have decided to create and sell them in our Etsy shop!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER

We have made these available to ship, so you will be able to order from all over the US! With the holiday season fast approaching, our play stands make the perfect gift for the child in your life with themes such as a lemonade stand, ice cream shop, cupcake shop, tool shop, produce stand, carnival stand, surf shop, etc... Each stand is personalized using any theme and colors of your choice along with your child's name!






Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Why I don't blog for profit...


 If you have been following my blog for any amount of time, you will notice that I tend to go through periods where I will do a few posts a month and other times will go a whole month without blogging at all. You see, I (like many of you) browse Pinterest for hours. I go on a pinning rampage and see all of these "perfect" homes all done "on a budget". I dream of my home looking like one of those photographs, yet after looking further into these posts, I notice just how much their "budget" is by no means a budget on my level! Many of these bloggers get paid for blogging. They have sponsors, get paid by advertisers, they receive free products to try, they are given free (or discounted) decor for their home to blog about to reach the general public. Those are all wonderful opportunities & I admire the bloggers who are able to make it a successful career.

  For me, I choose not to blog for an income. There was once a time where my blog was generating a good amount of income. After a long wait period I was approved to be apart of the BlogHer team. I love BlogHer and it was a great opportunity, but it just wasn't realistic for me to be able to post once a week & continue to be apart of their program. I became stressed, trying to just be a Mom, keeping up with running my business, constantly creating new DIY projects and blogging about them along with all other daily tasks, there just wasn't enough time in a day. I noticed that I was neglecting what mattered most to me in life. Therefore I had to give it up. Who knows, maybe someday I will be able to get back to the level I was at, but for now I am content being a non-profit blogger.


  I am a MOM first and foremost. Not saying that other bloggers aren't, I only have ONE child and barely have enough time to get the laundry done! Not to mention cleaning, making play dates, grocery shopping, running a business from home & making time in there for my Husband and friends. Blogging is on the last of my priority list. Those bloggers that can perfectly stage their home and create a blog post (or more) a week, build projects, take step by step photos, have immaculate organized pantries AND have multiple kids I greatly bow down! I really have no clue how you do it! (please tell me your secrets)

  I am trying to be real and honest with you all. I may not be consistent with my blogging & my posts may be published with grammatical errors galore, but I am OK with that. I am by no means perfect, my home (to me) will never be perfect & is always ever changing. I blog because I want to share my ideas with you all. I blog because I hope to inspire one of you. I blog to share my life, my feelings, my thoughts and hopefully relate to my readers. 

  My blog will always be apart of me, but has currently taken more of a backseat in my life. I am thankful for the opportunities it has given me and the wonderful ladies/ friends that I have met through blogging. This post was in no way meant to discredit other bloggers, after all, bloggers are the ones who have inspired us all to better ourselves, our children, our homes & our life, plus if it wasn't for bloggers Pinterest would never exist! (we all wouldn't be able to live without that!) 

  This blog is my 1st "baby", I have given it many hours and late nights of love & labor. I thank each and every one of you who will read this. You are the reason that I blog.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Miss. M turns 2 - Nicole Guilck Photography

It's hard to believe that it was already time to have our baby girl's TWO year photos done!
Time, please just slow down a bit...
There was no doubt in my mind who I wanted to do these photos for us 
& it was no other than the amazingly talented NICOLE GULICK PHOTOGRAPHY
The location couldn't have been more perfect, in an orange grove in Orange County, CA.
These were taken just before our move to Georgia & I am so grateful that we will have these to look back on and remember California, where our baby was born.


















Friday, January 31, 2014

Sweet Tea & Georgia Peaches

The time has come for a new chapter in our lives... About 2 months ago we received the news that my Husband was cleared for recruiting duty, something that we have been waiting for quite some time now. Yes, we have gotten an earful of the good as well as much of the bad that recruiting duty entails, but overall we are excited for this new journey to begin. It will be a significant change, as we will be far away from any military base & will be all on our own in the "civilian world". Recruiting duty comes with its own set of challenges, just as any job in the military, but we are ready & can't wait to move to the SOUTH!

Yes, you heard right, in just about a month,


We could not be more thrilled!

The little town of Brunswick, Georgia will be our new home for the next 3 years.
Located on the southern coast of Georgia, this quaint town has everything I could ever hope for & is less than an hour outside of Savannah. I have a feeling many antique shopping weekend trips will be made!

 This next month will be full of packing many boxes & 
counting down each day until we begin our new life in the land of sweet tea & Georgia peaches
Keep checking back & follow us along the way


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Indroducing: A Monthly Craft Swap


After spending the weekend crafting a sipping tea with some very talented ladies at CREATIVE TEA TIME, an idea struck me to create a monthly craft swap! We all have so many creative talents, why not share them just for fun?! Plus, who doesn't love receiving "happy mail"?


Our monthly craft swap will work a little something like this; on the 1st of each month you will receive an email from me with information on the next month's swap theme along with details on who you will be sending your swap box to. Your swap box should include at least 3 handmade crafts (a $25 value or less) that correlate with the theme specified (vintage items & store bought gifts are also acceptable) each month you will receive a swap box surprise from a new fellow craft-a-holic. Please be sure to send out your swap box NO LATER than the 20th of EACH MONTH. Remember, this is supposed to be fun! Be CREATIVE! If you are a crafty business owner, feel free to share your work with others. Let's share our talents & get our creative juices flowing!

Below, is a photo of some ideas of next month's theme: 
MARCH“Lucky Gold”


Keeping with the St. Patty’s day theme, we decided to glam it up this month with everything GOLD! Plus, who doesn’t love a little touch of gold in their life?! A few simple ideas for crafts include: a hand lettered print, gold painted & glittered mason jar, yarn poms, glittered clothespins & hand stamped/ embellished gift tags (set of 5). Create whatever your heart desires, as long as it is GOLDEN!

The swap will run a month ahead, that way it gives you time to work on your projects. For example: You will receive an email on February 1st with details for March's theme. You will send your box out by the 20th so that the recipient will be able to enjoy it by March 1st.

The schedule will look a little something like this:
FEBRUARY 1st: MARCH's box
MARCH 1st: APRIL's box
APRIL 1st: MAY's box
(and so on...)

If you are interested in signing up, please email me
jennifermciani@gmail.com 
What I need from you is:
YOUR NAME:
YOUR ADDRESS:
(please email me before February 1st to participate in March's swap)

Looking for more craft swap ideas? 
Take a look at my Pinterest CRAFT SWAP IDEA BOARD


If you are worried about not being able to participate every month, no need to worry! When I send out emails at the beginning of each month I will ask for you to reply. I will only match up everyone who I receive a response from.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me any time
Happy Crafting!