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Thanks for stopping by to check out bebe a la mode designs' blog! I'm excited to share with you things that I'm working on. I enjoy blogging about parties, kids, crafts, recipes and the everyday shenanigans of a mama of 3.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

DIY Dreaming

I've been craving a crafty DIY project, but with long summer days and all the kids at home, my quiet/crafting time is limited.

And that's okay.

I enjoy spending time with my kiddos and doing projects together. Checking off our summer list. Going to the pool. Making messes in the kitchen.

And once school starts (and the dishes and the laundry is magically done and put away), I will have a little more time for fun projects.

So until then, I will dream about the projects I will make (and maybe finish up the ones I have already started).

How cute are these letters? I love the colors together!

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Mirror Make-over. I even have a mirror sitting in our closet. Perfect!

DIY West Elm-Inspired Herringbone Mirror
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Adding planking to an alcove...yes! We have the perfect little space for that!

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I've wanted to make one of these for a long time. I should probably do it soon...before the kids grow up too much!

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Paper birds on painted canvas. So cute and simple!

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Monogram Wreath

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Glitter + Pallet = awesome

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Cute and easy pinecone garland...maybe spray paint instead of gold leaf?

DIY gold leaf pine cone garland from The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Alice G Patterson
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You can find more ideas on my DIY Pinterest board

What are some DIY projects on your to-do list?

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer at it's finest

We've been enjoying our summer. How about you? Here's what we've been up to...

Two weeks ago we took a little road trip to San Jose, CA to see some family. In-n-Out Burger is always a stopping place.


We also took the kids to Great America and they had a blast!

This was Sweet Pea's first roller coaster ride ever! She giggled the entire time!


This girl and her map.


And these boys were thrill seekers and arcade kings!


She wasn't so sure of the carousel.


While we were in California, Sweet Pea lost her very first tooth. She was pretty excited!


Another stop at In-n-Out...all smiles around


Side note: Baby girl LOVES this dress and would wear it everyday if she could.

And yes, The Boy is holding a jawbreaker the size of a baseball.

We got back from California the day before my birthday.

A birthday fairy left these on our porch. So thoughtful!


I still don't know who dropped them off, but I love Sunflowers and are enjoying them still!

My mom baked a beautiful cake. We met my parents at the park to watch the hubby play softball and have cake and ice cream :)


Notice Baby girl is wearing that dress again. HA!

The day after my birthday, my hubby took us out for my favorite pizza place and topped it off with some ice cream!



We were all happy campers!


I got to spend the next day with these silly girls at Fun in the Park, a fun event with lots of booths that feature different community businesses and organizations.





The next night, we celebrated marriages with our awesome small group. The couple on our right was celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary, so what did we do? We crashed it.


We shared our engagement stories, parenting and everyday stuff. We love these people!

I shared on my Facebook page that my mom had given me a bushel of apples from her garden and I was looking for a good applesauce recipe.


I ended up using this one from The Pioneer Woman. It turned out so yummy!

I had a cute little helper too.


One of the items on our summer list was to do a craft. The kids and I made these little robots from a kit and they had a great time racing them. You can find the kit here.


So there you have it...are a few of our summer highlights so far. What are some fun things you have done this summer?

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Guest Room Progress

 Well, it's not finished, but here are a few photos of the guest room (as promised)...



I'm still looking for the right duvet cover. And I'm not loving the large, dark gray pillows, but it's what we have for now.

There is a trundle under the bed that pops up to make a king bed.

The room has high ceilings so finding curtains to fit (that were reasonably priced) was difficult. I ended up making these and it changed the room dramatically.

I used random things that we had laying around the house...baskets, clock and an old card holder.



My $3.50 lamp

More baskets that we had and little jars that I found at Goodwill and Value Village.


I filled the large jar with travel size toiletries for our guests. The small jar has some handmade felt ball ornaments.


Flowers are always in style and are a great filler of space. And you can't go wrong with Sunflowers. They are just happy!



So there it is. Unfinished, but functional. Hoping to finish before school starts.

Happy Thursday!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Double Chocolate Cookies

Happy Friday, friends! I don't know about you, but some days I just need a cookie. Today is one of those days. It's just a cookie kind of day.


This recipe is the reverse version of my Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe

I sometimes call them "Inside Out" Cookies.


These brownie-like cookies are chewy and chocolatey. SO good!


INGREDIENTS:
2 c. all-purpose flour
2/3 c. unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1 c. (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 (12 oz.) pkg. white chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In an electric mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, mix butter and sugars until smooth.
Add egg and vanilla and beat until batter is well mixed.
Add dry ingredients and beat until cookie dough is well mixed with no lumps.
Remove paddle attachment and mix in chocolate chips by hand.
Spoon 1"-2" cookie dough rounds onto cookie sheet.
Bake for 10-12 minutes.


Enjoy and have a happy weekend!


Saturday, July 12, 2014

No Bake Cheesecake with Fresh Blueberry Sauce

I'm over at 30 Days today sharing a dangerously yummy NO BAKE Cheesecake with the BEST Fresh Blueberry Sauce.

Click here for the recipe. You're gonna want to make this.



Friday, July 11, 2014

Guest Room Elements

I didn't mean to be gone for so long, but I've been busy working on our guest room. Since we moved in (almost a year and a half ago), it has been a catch-all.

With friends coming to stay in a few weeks and the kids at camp this week, it was the perfect opportunity to make our guest room a pretty and functional space.

I didn't really have a plan going into this, but I started with curtains...


Then I painted some existing tables we already had...




made some pillows...



and spray painted some thrift store lamps.


I scored these lamps for $3.50 a piece!

Hoping to share some more photos of the whole room next week. 

I was really inspired by Lysa TerKeurst's series on Turning a House into a Home on a Thrift-Store Budget and it came at the perfect time. 

What are some money-saving decorating tips?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

My Favorite 4th of July Recipes

Happy July all!!

We are just 3 days away from Independence Day! Every year we go to my parents' house for a potluck and LOTS of fireworks.

I always bring the lemonade (flag) cake


And usually THIS



I could eat this by the spoonful! It's so good!!

A few of my other favorites include...

7 Layered Salad


My good friend, Kaitlin has brought these S'mores Bars to the potluck in the past. They are to die for!

Warm Toasted Marshmallow S'mores Bars...these are the bomb!

My sister-in-law makes a killer hot artichoke dip


And my mom makes this most amazing and easy berry pie


What are your tried and true favorites?

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