DIY timline for baby's first year.

there is something about a baby's first birthdays that gets moms all pinterest-crazy.  boards are created, ideas are texted to sisters and mom friends, cake recipes are tested, wayyyyy too many trips to michael's are had with a baby late on his nap.  and so birthday parties for one-year-olds end up being a zillion times more elaborate than any other birthday the kid will actually remember, or an adult for that matter.  like many other things involved with parenting, how much you DIY for your baby's birthday ends up being a bizarre competition.

i tried to avoid the trap.  i am not a crafty person, i reminded myself over and over after each pinterest frenzy and brainstorming session with my sister.  i can not do cool things.  and with family flying in from both coasts, i didn't want to spend hours making stuff.  i bought streamers and balloons and pom-poms that just needed to be taped.  it was easy.  but since i had been taking julian's monthly photos on the 25th of every month without fail, i knew i wanted to do something special to display the pictures.

i'll admit -- it got a little crazy.  but in the end, it was perhaps my favorite project i've worked on [out of, you know, ONE, since i am not crafty] and the easiest.   as i mentioned earlier, today i'm going to share how i made them.  you've been sitting on the edge of your seat, i know.

what you'll need:
one roll of craft paper [the rolls of 30 feet are perfect]
black permanent marker [plus other colored markers, pencils, etc if desired]
washi tape
12-15 photos for each month of your baby's first year
stickers or other embellishments desired

what you'll want to do:
cut the craft paper into twelve even square of 2.5 feet each, which will come out just right with a 30 foot roll.   each piece of paper will be for each month of your baby's first year.  using the washi tape, decorate each square with photos and any embellishments you desire.  use the permanent marker to add captions, notes, jokes, or little doodles wherever you see fit.  i kept mine very casual and simple.  don't try to make it perfect -- imperfections and deviations made it endearing and it looking more authentic.

that's it.  square can then be nailed to fences outside or taped up inside on walls for display.  we allowed guests to take down any photos they'd like to keep of julian at the end of the party -- the washi tape didn't tear the paper or the photos at all.  we kept the large photos denoting each month for his scrapbook, but the rest were up for grabs.

anywhere from 12-15 photos fit easily on each square.

we hung them up in order so guests could see him grow as they walked down the yard.

i added notes with permanent markers and emphasized my favorite photos.

there was not really any rhyme or reason to it -- i just wrote. it was so easy. 

they turned out pretty great -- and probably the easiest DIY project i've ever done.

diy lemon sugar scrub.

you guys know that i'm not really a diy kind of girl.  i don't have a plethora of informative, crafy posts.  however.  i am really into all-natural beauty products.  the stuff that can be found in your makeup, face lotions and scrubs... ugh.  it's terrible.

so when i ran out of toner a few months ago, i made this lemon and mint toner.  and let me just say, i loved it.  the lemon has done wonders for my skin - really evened out my face tone.  since it's the summer time, i've been searching for just the right scrub to use on my body.  between the beach, the pool, and just walking around outside in the sun, scrubs are the best thing you can do for your body post-sun. 

and then, the answer just came to me.  alaina, just make some yourself! 

i already had almost all of the ingredients i needed at home, and one quick trip to the market gave me everything i needed. 

lemon sugar scrub
what you'll need:
1 1/2 c sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 lemon
1/2 tsp lemongrass essential oil [i picked mine up for less than $5 at whole foods]

heat up the coconut oil in a small container.  not too hot - you don't want to melt the sugar.  mine was already kind of soft, so 30 seconds was perfect for me.  pour the sugar into a medium sized bowl and top with the coconut oil.  mix it in with a rubber spatula to blend.  cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the bowl.  then pour in the essential oil.  i used lemongrass, but you could really use whatever oil you think would go well with the lemon and coconut. 

mix it all up real good, put it in a pretty jar, and keep it in your shower. 

mine turned out so delightfully lemony and oily - i didn't even need to put on lotion after my shower.

if your shower gets cold,the oil can harden a little and float to the top.  just mix it around with your fingers and it's good to go again. 

try not to lick your fingers. 

pinspiration #8: ribbon bobby pins

i am always running out of ideas of what to do with my hair.  i see so many cute ideas on pinterest - but some are nearly impossible for me, because i have pretty low skills when it comes to styling my hair.

when i came across this pin, it looked so easy i just had to try it.

not only was the hairstyle super easy and cute - but mine came out just like the picture.  except for that little ribboned bobby pin.

so i got out my trusty glue gun [MAN does that thing come in handy!], some ribbon, and went to town.

i threaded the ribbon through the pin, tied it in a bow, and then dotted the hot glue over the knot to make sure it stuck.

i even went out and bought some big, pretty ribbon to make a few additional pins.  but the ribbons were so pretty i couldn't bear to glue them to anything.  i'll just leave them alone so i can wrap them around a ponytail or sock bun any old day. 

pretty much the easiest thing i have ever found on pinterest ever.