A New Spring Wardrobe #SpringIntoCarters

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Carter’s. I received a complimentary gift card to facilitate my review and thank me for my participation. We’re already big fans of Carters so I happily took on this opportunity! Know that I only promote items we use and enjoy! Read my disclosure policy here.

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Brielle hit the 18 month milestone in February and thus began growing out of that clothing size.

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We needed to buy 24 month toddler clothes that would last all spring and summer.  Since the warmer weather was HOPEFULLY on its way and we have a Disney World vacation planned for April, I was itching to get her in the cutest new spring styles I kept seeing at Carter’s!

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We’re big Carter’s fans in this house as there is both a regular store and outlet less than 10 minutes away.  Most of Brielle’s appearances on this blog include her in a Carter’s outfit.

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Some of my favorites have been the pink polka top that I added iron on letters to for our pregnancy announcement, the leopard print top she wore for our holiday cards, and the teal and grey polka dot romper she wore at her first birthday party. So cute!

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Carter’s clothes are not only durable and affordable, they have the cutest styles and many come in fun coordinated collections! Take this set of watermelon themed pajamas we picked up from the new spring release, for example. Not only is the print super adorable, but I love that we have options of shorts or pants. If she gets a stain on one top (which is very likely with an active toddler), we haven’t lost hope for a cute outfit for a good night’s rest!

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I’m a Carter’s Rewards member, getting both mailed catalogs/flyers and electronic emails.  All of these connections come with coupons so I’m never without a good coupon to go shopping! Sign up to receive great deals sent straight to your inbox! Or, if you prefer, follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter or Instagram to see more of their adorable collections.

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And if you don’t want to wait that long, here’s an exclusive coupon you can use on your next Carter’s shopping experience good now – April 5th:

Carters Coupon for March 25 - April 6

Use it to go shopping in their Easter shop or get some adorable swim items for the pool or the beach! All of the images seen on this post showcase Brielle in the new spring collection with the links below. Happy Shopping!

Blue Anchor Drop -Waist Dress

4 Piece Watermelon Snug Fit Cotton PJs

Carter’s Gladiator Sandals

Jersey Striped Tunic

Tropical Print Tunic

Special thanks to Carters and Influence Central for helping keep Brielle looking cute this spring!

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Kids Craft: Easter Egg Garland

Easter Egg Garland Kids Craft using crayon resist and watercolor paint technique | spotofteadesigns.com

As what seemed like a LONG winter due to all the snowstorms and being stuck in the house a few times, I got sick of looking at my cheery “hey come on and let it snow” 10 minute garland  hung on my newly made over front entrance mirror. I decided to update it for the next holiday with the help of my trusty crafting assistant, Brielle.

Father's Day Kids Craft: Sticker Resist Picture frame | spotofteadesigns.com

Brielle is no stranger to the resist projects, having already finger painted a Father’s Day frame for Derek last year and a birthday card for him in November. It was time to try out the good old crayon resist with a watercoloring technique – a new medium for her!

Easter Egg Garland Kids Craft using crayon resist and watercolor paint technique | spotofteadesigns.com

When I brought out her black smock, this girl got super happy. She must love crafting as much as her mommy! I took my white crayon and drew some decorative Easter egg shapes on paper. For paint, we used this simple dollar store watercolor set I had but upgraded to a different paintbrush for Brielle’s playtime.

Easter Egg Garland Kids Craft using crayon resist and watercolor paint technique | spotofteadesigns.com

At first, she didn’t know what to expect. I added some water to each of the colors in the set and showed her how to dip the paintbrush in the paint and add it to the paper. I’m sure she didn’t notice the crayon resist working right away on her first swipe but I was glad to see it appear! She took her time to explore the colors and see what they did on the paper.

Easter Egg Garland Kids Craft using crayon resist and watercolor paint technique | spotofteadesigns.com

When I started to see that she needed more water I dipped the brush in and added it to the paint.

Easter Egg Garland Kids Craft using crayon resist and watercolor paint technique | spotofteadesigns.com

The water cup became intriguing! Soon that was the thing she wanted to play with most!  I let her “clean” her brush several times, allowing her to add the dirty paint water to her egg followed by some extra paint from the kit – hey a wet on wet technique!

Easter Egg Garland Kids Craft using crayon resist and watercolor paint technique | spotofteadesigns.com

After some playtime she had covered most of the egg shapes so we set them down the dry. This was when she realized how messy she got which had her frozen while I got the wet wipes!

Easter Egg Garland Kids Craft using crayon resist and watercolor paint technique | spotofteadesigns.com

After some thorough drying time, I cut around all the shapes, punched a hole up top and strung each egg on baker’s twine.

Easter Egg Garland Kids Craft using crayon resist and watercolor paint technique | spotofteadesigns.com

These watercolored eggs now don our front entrance, welcoming guests to a future Easter season instead of encouraging these relentless snowstorms!

Easter Egg Garland Kids Craft using crayon resist and watercolor paint technique | spotofteadesigns.com

Here, little miss was proud to stand by her newest creations displayed in our home! Find many of our other toddler and baby activities here!

 

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Top 10 Favorite Toddler Items (12 to 18 Months)

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Top 10 Favorite Toddler Items for 12 - 18 months | spotofteadesigns.com

Welcome to my third installment on this series! Now that Brielle is over 18 months, I wanted to showcase some items she grew to love the last six months! Before going any further, make sure to check out my Top 10 Favorite Baby Items for birth to Four Months and my second installment of  Five Months to a Year!

Once again I’m cheating (in your favor) and giving you top 10 categories full of products we love!

Top 10 Products for Toddlers 12-18 months: Snack Cups and Munchkin Sippy Cups   | spotofteadesigns.com

  • Food and Drink
    • Let’s start with the most important, the things that hold the things they eat and drink! Brielle loves these Munchkin Snack Catchers which I often fill with Happy Family Puffs or Yogis. She can put her hand in and get some out but if it accidently tips, the whole thing doesn’t spill.
    • Once she learned how to master the straw (which we succeeded in doing by practicing with mommy’s straw and a very full cup) she was happy to suck down her whole milk in a Munchkin Click Lock Straw Cup. We tried A LOT of different brands and styles and this one with the click lock lid really was the one that leaked the least.
  • Early Learning – I hope Brielle’s love of books will continue throughout her life! At a younger age she was really into books with scensory panels, Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings being her absolute FAVORITE. As she got older we started to get more into interactive books, especially lift-the-flap styles, like Where’s Spot? and Fisher-Price Little People Farm  (the latter being a more durable series).

Top 10 Products for Toddlers 12-18 months: Fisher Price Little People house   | spotofteadesigns.com

  • Playing House – It’s so fun to watch your little one play “house” and put on pretend conversations with their characters when they themselves can’t really talk yet! Brielle received the Fisher-Price Little People Happy Sounds Home for her first birthday and would happily sit and play with it alone or with us. We put it under the console table so it was slightly raised for her to sit and play.

Top 10 Products for Toddlers 12-18 months: Fisher Price Learning Purse   | spotofteadesigns.com

Top 10 Products for Toddlers 12-18 months: Sandbox and Water Table   | spotofteadesigns.com

  • Outdoor Scensory Play
    • All summer and fall we tried to get outside at least once a day to do different things. While we have a few playgrounds in walking distance, it’s also important for her to explore new senses in her own backyard. She loved to stand at her Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table and splash around under a shaded space.
    • When it was a bath night, I let her explore the sandy mess that lived inside her Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox. A neighbor was throwing it out (since their kids outgrew it) and I luckily picked it up for our yard. Tip: if you have any neighborhood animals or live in a buggy area, make sure you get a sandbox with a lid to keep both those critters out of your fresh sand!

Top 10 Products for Toddlers 12-18 months: Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike   | spotofteadesigns.com

  • Outdoor and On the Move! – Brielle was walking at 9 months but she certainly can’t do laps around the neighborhood! Instead she strolled around the block in the Radio Flyer 4-in-1 Trike we got her for her first birthday or the Step2 Wagon grandpa bought her. The wagon can fit 2 so it will be good when she hosts her cousins or her new sibling!
  • Music Makers – Brielle and I have now done three Music Together sessions, starting when she was 9 months, and I can’t recommend them enough. It was great for mommy to have a scheduled day to get out every week but it was even more fun to watch Brielle grow MUSICALLY as she got older. She now uses the remote to put on the cds at home and knows which dance moves or actions are meant for which songs. The class uses all sorts of musical instruments, but these Nino Percussion Plastic Egg Shakers were such a hit that we got a set to shake around at home.

Kid Made Birthday Card featuring Finger paint tape resist technique. #Kidscraft | spotofteadesigns.com

  • Arts and Crafts – While most of the arts and crafts materials are aged for children much older than her, Brielle has been enjoying finger paint activities with me since she as 6 months. We use the Crayola Washable Fingerpaints and have made plenty of beautiful creations for holidays and special occasions. Just make sure you watch them as they tend to want to put their hands in their mouths!
  • Build, Stack and Sort – I’ve already mentioned our love of the Fisher-Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks for Brielle at a younger age, but now that she’s older she has a refreshed interest as she’s now working to recognize shapes, colors and put puzzles together.  I also highly recommend Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag as she can easily stack the pieces together to build a castle or separate them without help. At 16 months I brought out these Melissa & Doug Deluxe 10-Piece Alphabet Nesting and Stacking Blocks which she received her first Christmas and she’s been LOVING them the past few months. Sometimes we’d just sit there and watch her nest the set back up, taking out the wrong sizes to make sure the right ones go inside. It’s amazing to watch her problem solve with this set!

Tips to setting up your nursery to make it safer for baby and more functional for parents. Humidifer near baby. #baby #nursery #parenting | spotofteadesigns.com

  • Cold and Cough – Here’s a downer but necessary part of the baby raising process! It’s inevitable that your child is going to get sick and once they’re a squirmy toddler that bulb nose sucker they give you at the hospital is no longer affective. When Brielle has a cold (which she unfortunately has gotten often from daycare) we use three things: Simply Saline Sterile Saline Nasal Mist, Baby, NoseFrida The Snotsucker Nasal Aspirator, and her Safety 1st Ultrasonic 360 Humidifier. Like most First Time Moms, reading about the NoseFrida totally sounds like the grosses thing. And to be honest, I personally don’t use it! BUT my husband does and it works like a charm! The nasal mist is used before it and we put the humidifier in her room as she sleeps.

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Picture Frame Makeover with Krylon Spray Paint

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Picture frame #Makeover with before and after photos | spotofteadesigns.com

A while back, Derek’s Gramma was in the process of trying to sell her house to officially become a full time snowbird in Florida. Upon cleaning out her place, she was eager to share stories about all the items inside including this framed image of the town in Germany where her father was from. He came to America and became a barber because… that’s what his mom told him to do. I love black and white photos and family history so when she asked if we wanted it, I said YES!

Easy Picture Frame Makeover: Taking an old gold frame and making it crisp modern white! | spotofteadesigns.com

We took the frame and all. While the gold color of the frame itself doesn’t really go with our décor, I loved the beaded detail around the outside. It just needed a face lift! That’s when my collection of Krylon spray paints came into play.

Krylon Spray Paints used for first birthday party decor | spotofteadesigns.com

I had received this set of spray paints a while back and already used the shimmer metallic pink one to create the monthly photo frames for Brielle’s Pinwheel first birthday.

Easy Picture Frame Makeover: Taking an old gold frame and making it crisp modern white! | spotofteadesigns.com

I’ve been waiting for the right project to come along to use that beautiful Krylon Colormaster white and this was it!

Easy Picture Frame Makeover: Taking an old gold frame and making it crisp modern white! | spotofteadesigns.com

On a fall day (yes I’ve been holding onto this post for a while huh) my lovely hubby assistant helped me out to complete the makeover. Once again I caught Derek reading the directions on the can before using it. Good boy!

Easy Picture Frame Makeover: Taking an old gold frame and making it crisp modern white! | spotofteadesigns.com

Here he’s giving it a light spray. Make that SEVERAL light sprays. We learned our lesson on our first spray paint project and worked with lots of light layers instead of fewer thicker ones.

Picture frame #Makeover with before and after photos | spotofteadesigns.com

After drying overnight (not needed according to the directions, but just how our timing worked out), I popped the glass back in front, replaced the yellowed matt with a new crisp double matt and laid in my newly printed photo with better contrast.

Picture frame #Makeover with before and after photos | spotofteadesigns.com

My picture frame makeover was done! Doesn’t it look great? I’m so happy with how it came out. It now sits in our newly redone office (future blog post alert) which is a great loop showing how far Derek’s family have come!

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Use Your Stash Challenge: Party Hats

 Use your stash challenge: Add party hat stickers to any character stickers to turn them into #handmade #birthday #cards. | spotofteadesigns.com

Does anyone remember the OLD line from YEARS ago – Jolee’s By You? It was a line that came out before I worked there so at least 2003 or earlier. It was an assortment of paper crafted embellishments, much like their well known Jolee’s Boutique stickers but they didn’t have adhesive on them. So you can’t really call them “stickers” as much as embellishments.

Use your stash challenge: Add party hat stickers to any character stickers to turn them into #handmade #birthday #cards. | spotofteadesigns.com

Anyway I had a bunch of the party hat themed ones from a warehouse sale that were in need of being used in a cute way! I dug through my collection of licensed character stickers and pulled out this foursome from the Peanuts comic strip. Together they made four new birthday cards for my really low stash of birthday cards. Yay stash blasters!

Supplies: patterned paper: October afternoon | embellishment: Jolee’s by You | Stamps: EK Success | Misc: Eyelets

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St. Patrick’s Day Toddler Fingerpaint Craft

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This winter, just like Brielle’s first, was full of TOO MUCH SNOW! We were stuck in the house a lot! It was up to this creative mommy to come up with a few entertaining ideas. Just like my 10 Ideas to Entertain A Toddler in Winter post said, arts and crafts are a popular activity in our home! It was time for a St. Patrick’s Day themed fingerpaint activity!

St. Patrick's Day Toddler Fingerpaint Craft - #KidsCraft #StPatricksDay | spotofteadesigns.com

We grabbed our favorite Crayola Washable Fingerpaints, some paper, a green pipe cleaner (not shown above) and our beloved roll of Con-Tact Brand Clear Covering Self-Adhesive Liner and got to work.

St. Patrick's Day Toddler Fingerpaint Craft - #KidsCraft #StPatricksDay | spotofteadesigns.com

Miss Brielle donned her favorite black t-shirt turned smock, rocked two baby buns and got to work spreading that paint with her favorite two finger method.

St. Patrick's Day Toddler Fingerpaint Craft - #KidsCraft #StPatricksDay | spotofteadesigns.com

It was a beautiful array of greens and oranges and she loved every minute of it. After letting her four paintings dry, I cut into a heart shape and arranged them like a four leaf clover on a sticky sheet of the Con-Tact paper. I added the pipe cleaner then peeled and applied a second layer on top. A quick little scissor trick turned this fingerpaint exercise into a fun shamrock to hang in our home.

St. Patrick's Day Toddler Fingerpaint Craft - #KidsCraft #StPatricksDay | spotofteadesigns.com

Brielle found the perfect spot for it hanging it on the handles in our foyer closet. It’s such a random location but whatever, she could reach there!

St. Patrick's Day Toddler Fingerpaint Craft - #KidsCraft #StPatricksDay | spotofteadesigns.com

The next day we broke out our green, orange and gold pom poms for some hands on activities including putting them in and out of a wipe container and muffin tin cups. That entertained her for quite some time while mommy put away the dishes!

 
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Garage Cabinet Makeover with Deco Art

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Garage Cabinet Makeover with @DecoArt_Inc Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

Derek’s been working on a big project the last few years: making over and organizing our garage!

Garage Makeover Part 1: turning a dingy garage into a clean, white space! | spotofteadesigns.com

I’ve already shared part I in which we turned our dingy, cold and dirty garage into a bright, clean space when he added sheetrock and painted the floor. Since then he’s been putting together organization systems and shelves to make it a more functional space.

I hope to share the completed garage makeover this spring once the overflow of the winter storage and our car is no longer in there. Here’s a sneak peek on the theme that’s currently going on in there:

Garage Makeover Sneak Peek - full reveal this spring on spotofteadesigns.com

Everything in the garage is black and grey metal. Everything except this one cabinet we had.

Garage Cabinet Makeover with @DecoArt_Inc Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

It was a matching piece to our kitchen that was mounted in our garage when we first moved in. It’s great for extra storage but didn’t match the current design. (You can see it hung up in the original Part 1 before/after image above.)

Garage Cabinet Makeover with @DecoArt_Inc Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

In comes Deco Art Chalky Finish Paint. You’ve already seen me show off my Entry Way Mirror and DIY Tray using this fun paint line so now we found a use for it in the garage!

Garage Cabinet Makeover with @DecoArt_Inc Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

First Derek removed the doors and painted everything Carbon black.

Garage Cabinet Makeover with @DecoArt_Inc Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

Next he painted the doors in Relic grey, painting over the black layer he just applied. (Looking now a the color guide, I kinda wish I picked the Yesteryear grey as it would’ve been a better contrast but I’m ok with this choice too!)

Garage Cabinet Makeover with @DecoArt_Inc Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

After that thoroughly dried, he broke out the fine sandpaper and got to work on the fun (yet somewhat messy) distressing technique. He rubbed the sandpaper along the edges and in nooks and crannies of the doors to allow for the black to come through. This gave off a distressed look so it didn’t seem to flat and boring.

Garage Cabinet Makeover with @DecoArt_Inc Chalky Finish Paint | spotofteadesigns.com

Once we were satisfied on how that looked, he gave it a good cleaning with a dry cloth and applied a layer of the glaze to seal it all in.

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After drying and reconnecting the cabinet doors, here’s what our cabinet looks like now! So happy that is no longer that light wood and matches our garage space a little more.

Look for part II of our garage reveal this spring, complete with this cabinet piece hung in place!

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List of Birthday Freebies I Received

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List of Birthday Freebies I received through email lists, store loyalty cards, rewards programs and credit cards | spotofteadesigns.com

Two weeks ago today I celebrated my 33rd birthday. (Can’t believe it’s already been three years since my 30 Before Thirty!) As you know, I’m a big fan of rewards programs where you get benefits for following a certain brand/company or entering codes from products you already purchase. Below is a list of freebies I received on or around my birthday due to being part of rewards programs, store loyalty cards, credit cards and email newsletters. I can’t guarantee you’ll get the same freebies, of course, but it’s worth checking out if you have an interest with these companies/brands!

Auntie Anne’s – I was emailed a Free Pretzel Product with the purchase of a pretzel product coupon that expired the first of the month after my birthday since I’m on their email list!

DSW – I’m a member of their DSW Rewards program. On the 1st of the month I received a $5 off coupon to be used any time during my birthday month off my next purchase at their store.

Kellogg’s Family Rewards – I’ve been racking up these points from our cereal/frozen waffle purchases and the freebie points given out all the time but I have yet to really cash any of my points in! I love the perks that continue to come all year long, including my birthday! They emailed me a special 100 points bonus code plus $20 to spend at Shutterfly (which you know is a favorite place of mine for photos and photo gifts!) The best part about the code was that it expires January of NEXT YEAR! Woo hoo! Credits for Christmas gifts!

Kohls – I’m both a Kohls credit card member and Yes2You Rewards member. I believe as the Kohls credit card member, I was mailed a postcard with a $10 coupon to be used any way I wish in their store for the month of my birthday. But in addition, I received a $10 credit to use as I wish as a Yes2You Rewards member!

Loft - I’m a Loft credit card holder as I love their outlet store near me! I received another $15 coupon on a postcard to be used in store for the full month of my birthday!

Moe’s Southwest Grill – I signed up on their email list and received a free entrée with a purchase of a soda coupon the week before my birthday! This is one we cashed in and I got some yummy quesadillas!

Old Navy - As part of their email list, I received a 10% off no exclusions coupon which expired 14 days from the date of the email (which was sent on my birthday)

Red Lobster – Because I’m part of their email list, I received a coupon for $5 off any 2 adult entrees.

Ruby Tuesdays – Again being part of the email list has its perks! They sent me a free birthday burger about a week before the big day!

Sephora – As a Sephora Beauty Insider card holder (rewards program) I received an email telling me how to get a free gift from Nars upon checkout during my birthday month. Those sneaky Sephora marketers… having me make a purchase to get my freebie!

Unos Pizzeria & Grill – As I’m part of Uno’s Insider’s Club (email newsletter) I received a coupon for $10 off any $25 order which was good for the week before until two weeks AFTER my birthday! Finally one that didn’t need to be used on the day of!

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