Wednesday, February 15, 2017

DIY Alphabet Nursery Decor

This DIY Alphabet Nursery Decor craft is simple to make and perfect for a baby's nursery or small child's bedroom.

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Baby C is almost 3 months old and I finally finished the wall decor in his nursery last week. When it comes to DIY decor, I'm far from crafty. Thankfully this turned out to be a very simple and inexpensive project that required only a few materials and a short amount of time.


Before C was born, I searched for alphabet wall decor and didn't find much except for expensive canvas hangings and wall stickers. When I found a set of alphabet Eric Carle Flashcards I thought they would be perfect to hang on the wall. The flashcards come in a pack of three, with the alphabet, numbers and math. I'll save the extra flashcards for future use.


In addition to these alphabet flashcards, you will need:

1) Twine {I used Rope King Twine}


2) Mini clothespins {I used Wooden Pins for Scrapbooking}


3) Push-pins or nails {I used Wooden Globe Thumb Push Pins similar to this set. I found mine at Target.}


To start this project, I cut the twine into three strands - two at 60 inches long and one at 75 inches. I made a small knotted loop at each end of the twine strands, approximately 1 inch in diameter.


I laid the strands on a flat surface {this is the rug in his nursery} and clipped on the alphabet cards using the mini clothespins. I left approximately 3 1/2 inches between each card, and 3 1/2 inches from the end loop.


I also trimmed the twine where needed to avoid twine pieces ending up all over the floor. This is the finished product, before hanging it on the wall:


One thing to note is the mini clothespins I used fall apart easily. I broke a few while making this wall hanging. If you want a more permanent piece of decor, I recommend gluing each alphabet card to the clothespin to avoid any issues.


To hang the alphabet strands, I hammered the push pins into the wall. I decided to hang my alphabet strands 6 inches apart. I didn't hang them in a straight line because I like the angled look better.


I love Eric Carle's books and the flashcards are so cute! Here is the before and after in baby C's room:


This project took me 2 hours to finish. Here are the materials I used:



Thursday, February 9, 2017

15 Skinny Chocolate Recipes

This roundup of 15 skinny chocolate recipes is full of desserts you can feel good about for Valentine's Day or any time you're craving a sweet snack.


As soon as January rolls in, I'm ready for Valentine's Day. Even though it's a cheesy "Hallmark holiday" {there, I said it} I still want to throw pink sprinkles on everything and get immediately pulled into the holiday themed end caps at Target. I want it all. I usually resist buying {another} sparkly coffee mug with hearts on it, but I can't stop myself from enjoying a little extra chocolate to celebrate the holiday. Growing up, my parents gave me a Valentine every year and it always included chocolate. This is a tradition that lives on - when I left for college and then moved to Illinois for law school, my mom never forgot to mail me a delicious box of treats and heart-shaped cookies. This year I received a box of individually wrapped mini Swiss chocolates that I plan to enjoy slowly, if I can keep myself out of the cupboard long enough.

Because I love chocolate so much, I'm always looking for a healthier way to eat it. Today's post includes 15 skinny chocolate recipes from a few of my favorite bloggers. You will find a variety of healthier dessert ideas on this list, some of which are vegan, gluten free, and/or dairy-free. Check out these wonderful food blogs by clicking on the chocolate recipe links below or the direct link to each site. 

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse
from Trial and Eater


Vegan Samoa Cookie Smoothie
from Chicago Jogger


Chocolate & Orange Glazed Bundt Cake
from sweet sensitive free


Peanut Butter-Chocolate Quinoa Hearts
from Make the Best of Everything


30 Minute Clean Eating Chocolate Bark
from The DIY Foodie


Superfood Vegan Chocolate Pudding
from Chicago Jogger


Fudgy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
from A Virtual Vegan


Double Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Muffins
from Apples for CJ


Avocado Chocolate Mousse Bowl with Roasted Cherries
from Kitchen Sanctuary


German Chocolate Cake Smoothie
from Make the Best of Everything


Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowl with Coconut and Blueberries
from savory tooth


Cranberry and Date Chocolate Truffles
from Nourish Everyday


Tahini Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
from Veggie Inspired


Chocolate Covered Nut Butter Cups
from Delicious Obsessions


Paleo Caramel Ice Cream Bon Bons
from Forest and Fauna


Looking for even MORE chocolate recipes? Check out a few of mine: