It’s amazing how differently I feel about “nursery essentials” now with baby number 3 compared to when I had my first baby. There are some things that a new mama thinks she absolutely needs in baby’s nursery the first time around, and by the time baby 2 and baby 3 come around you realize that there are only a few things that a baby truly needs in their bedroom to feel comfy. Today I wanted to share with you my 5 most favourite nursery essentials that I’ve loved having for all of my baby girls.Continue reading
Ever since I had Little C almost 6 years ago, I caught the Handmade Baby Stuff Bug. There is something beautiful and special about making things with love for your littles. Handmade baby products are more unique than mass produced ones, and they’re often higher quality so that they can be passed down as sentimental heirlooms.
If you’re not a crafty maven or don’t have the time to make things for your new little one, there are so many talented mammas and artisans that can make special things for you. And do you know what else is wonderful? If you buy handmade and locally made things, you’re supporting moms and families like yourself! I love that thought.Continue reading
We’re celebrating 5 years of The DIY Mommy this month! Have you entered my celebratory giveaway yet worth over $500? Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to share with you some of the most popular tutorials on TheDIYMommy.com over the last five years. Let’s talk about my most read tutorials for moms/women. Here are the most visited mom tutorials from 2009 to today:Continue reading
In the spring and summer, I like to wear dresses. I like to wear them A LOT. There’s something to be said about throwing on something that’s just one piece and lightweight and breezy… ahhhh. Plus, if I find just the right dress I can even wear it when I’m nursing Baby B! I made this sweet, floral shirred dress in less than 20 minutes. No joke! There’s a secret, though: I used pre-shirred fabric. It was such an incredibly fast and fulfilling project – perfect for a busy mom. Continue reading
With Baby Three coming in three weeks (or less?!), I’m in full prep mode. I still have a relatively long list of things I’d love to make for her, but I’m at least trying to get the essentials finished before she arrives. One of those essentials? Handmade, reusable nursing pads that are SUPER absorbent! I’ve used many kinds of nursing pads in the past from disposable to purchased cotton flannel ones, but I wanted to make some that were the best combination of the ones I’ve tried. I think these will definitely fit the bill!Continue reading
During my second pregnancy, I was determined to refrain from buying new maternity clothes. I thought it would be much more fun to make from scratch and repurpose old clothes into new, DIY maternity clothes (which I’d love to do for this pregnancy too)!
I love scarves; they are the epitome of fall accessories. They’re perfect for layering and transitioning lighter fall clothing into cooler weather and scarves can add a beautiful pop of colour or pattern to what might otherwise be a dull outfit.
Infinity scarves are a kind of tubular scarf that’s attached at both ends. They’re usually stretchy, and you can wrap them around your neck once, twice, or sometimes three times for different looks/warmth levels. This type of scarf is a breeze to make, and I’d love to show you how!
2 yards of very lightweight fabric (I prefer stretchy fabric like rayon/cotton/bamboo/polyester knit jersey but you could also use woven lightweights like cotton voile, cotton lawn)
Cut your fabric in half lengthwise so that you have two long strips (you can make two scarves out of two yards!). Fold the fabric in half again lengthwise with the right sides together. Pin and sew the raw edges together (I used a serger, but you could use a regular sewing machine with a 5/8 inch seam).
Pull the tube to the right side out, and then pull one end over the other so that the right sides are together again and the two raw edges meet, as pictured above.
Here’s the trickiest part (and it’s not even that tricky), but it gives the scarf a cool twist that helps it lay flat: Twist the inside layer so that its seam meets the opposite side of the outer layer’s seam, as pictured above. Basically, you’re twisting the inside layer 180 degrees. Pin the raw edges together..
Sew the raw edges together leaving a 2″ opening.
Turn the scarf right side out and hand-stitch the opening closed. Voila! Your scarf is ready to be worn & loved.
Twist it once for a drapey look.
(I like to model scarves in front of my messy bookcase and beside my full basket of laundry.)
Twist it three times for a snug cowl.
(I also like to modal scarves in front of my fridge, at night.)
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The other day I had a bad episode of pregnancy heartburn that caused a horrible sleepless night. At only 4 months pregnant, this was a hug surprise (plus, I didn’t experience much heartburn during my first pregnancy)! I sent out a desperate “cry for help” on Facebook and Twitter, and I had so many friends give me the most amazing ideas for relief. I simply had to share them, so here they are if you ever find yourself suffering from a bad case of heartburn during pregnancy! (As with taking anything during pregnancy, be sure to consult your doctor first.)
Do you have other suggestions for heartburn relief during pregnancy? Feel free to comment below! Christina Dennis is the creator and designer behind Golly Gee Baby, a collection of unique and colourful baby clothing and accessories that are ethically manufactured.