Subway Nursery Art {baby birth information}

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Graphic Design, Kids & Family Life

I recently made this for one of my friends for her new sweet baby boy.  It makes and adorable piece of art and will add a personalized touch to any nursery or bedroom.  I can customize this for you with your baby's birth information and with your specific nursery colors.  I can create it any size and style that you prefer.  The cost for this is $25 (digital file only).  Email me with any questions or orders at elliebeandesigncompany@gmail.com.

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Letters To My Lovelies…

Written by Lyndi. Posted in About Me, Free Printables, Graphic Design, Kids & Family Life, Parenting Tips

I have kept a notebook in my drawer that I named "Funny Things My Kids Say".  My girls have their fair share of funny sayings, but this book is mostly full of Max"isms".  He started talking full sentences at 12 months and since then all he talks about are body parts, swear words, telling jokes or asking questions that are so funny, but very inappropriate.  I have absolutely loved looking back at this notebook because I forget so easily all the sweet and funny things that my kids say.

One of my favorite quotes was when Max was barely three, a kid asked him "Why are you black, Max?", and he said without hesitation, "I'm not black, I am brown...why don't you know your colors yet?" He is so clever and witty and he keeps me laughing my ass off! I know that when my kids are all grown up this will be a precious book to look and laugh at.  

Last week I was asked to write a letter to my 12 year old daughter by her church leaders.  I was supposed to write about what my hope was for her future.  I wrote this letter and it made me cry.  It made me realize that I need to put these words down on paper A LOT more.  I've always been encouraged to write in my journal but at this stage in my life I think it is even more important to write to my kids so they can remember their childhood.  Also, if something were to happen to me I would want my kids to have letters from me, to remember how I felt about them, the love I had for them, my words of encouragement and my hope for their lives.  

With some hesitation, I decided to attach a copy of the letter that I wrote to Madison.  I hope it will inspire you to write something like it for your sweet ones.  I know these letters will one day be cherished, so I decided that every Sunday I would write one letter to one of my kids or to another loved one...i will put it in a file box so it will be kept safe, or if they are old enough I will give it to them.

I'm very excited to do this and I hope you will join me in this endeavor!  I have created several labels in a variety of colors to customize a notebook or file box for your specific situation.

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I got this great patterned file box, binder and notebooks all from Target...all you need to do is print out your label of choice (5x7 or 4x6), cut it out and put it on.  It it easy, cheap and cute!!

To save the label of your choice,  just right click on the image and hit "save as" and save it to your computer.
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Max’s Adoption Story…

Written by Lyndi. Posted in About Me, Kids & Family Life

I believe that adoption is the most amazing of miracles.  I know that Heavenly Father has a specific plan for each one of us.  There is always a reason why things happen exactly how they do.  In my case, I know that I couldn't get pregnant for so long because I was supposed to adopt Max and he was meant to be my son.   I realize now that he needed to come through someone else for certain reasons too.

Three years after my husband and I were married, we had our first baby girl Madison.  I got pregnant easily with her and although I gained fifty pounds, had toxemia and the labor was 18 hours of pure torturous hell,  I still felt so lucky and happy to be a mommy.   When we started trying for a second baby it wasn't as easy...after three years of tests, meds and doctors I said,"why the hell am I doing this?" and I knew that adoption was the answer.  I was so excited for this process, it just felt right.  We didn't know what to expect...most adoption agencies said the average wait time was between 3-36 months.  The unknown was the hardest thing to deal with for me...I like to be prepared and I couldn't prepare for this.  Once we got our paperwork into the agency, they called us 3 days later and said our baby will be here in 2 weeks!  I couldn't believe it...they told us it would be one of three babies, so we weren't sure if it was a boy or a girl.  This process was sooo fast and two days after we got that call from the agency, I had an intense spiritual experience and I knew that this baby was meant to be mine and I knew he was coming very soon.  The following day we got a call and they told us that our baby was born (10 days early) and we needed to drive to Salt Lake City right away!  We grabbed some clothes, took Madison to grandmas house and went on our way.  

When we arrived to the hospital I wasn't really sure what to expect.  We had never talked to Max's birth mom before and I was very nervous for this meeting...I just didn't know what to say.   What do you say to someone in this situation?  She had made a completely selfless choice on choosing adoption over abortion or keeping the baby.  She was in a position where she couldn't take care of another baby, but her choice to place Max up for adoption was very difficult for her.  I felt pure joy in my heart for this special moment of meeting our sweet boy for the first time, but I also felt incredible sadness for Max's birth mom.  We met and she was very sweet.  She was the first person to hold Max and feed him his first bottle.  I tried my best to tell her how grateful we were for her choice and how much we will love and adore this precious gift that she had given us.   We still communicate, but on a rare occasion...I look forward to the day that we will see her again.  

When Max was nine months old, I found out I was pregnant...I was in utter shock.  The doctors had told me the chances were very slim to ever get pregnant again...but I was!  Millie Kate was born and we called her our miracle baby, but then when she was nine months old I got pregnant AGAIN!  Lucy was born in September of 2010...at that point, I had 3 kids 3 years old and under.  It was a huge adjustment and we only had one goal and that was survival :) .  We did survive and feel so blessed to have these precious little spirits to raise and take care of.  

I have always had a sweet feeling about adoption and I have seen the miracle of adoption happen in several peoples lives and I am absolutely in love with the process.  If you are contemplating adopting or placing your baby for adoption I suggest that you do it.  It won't be easy...there will be a lot of ups and downs during the process, but the end result will be worth every heart ache.  I am very open to Max about his adoption.  He understands and has a healthy attitude about it.  When he was two years old, he said "I'm chocolate cause I love to drink chocolate milk so much".  He's never has had a negative experience about being black when we are white.  It really is a non issue.  When he was first learning to understand that our skin was different, I would tell him that we are all different...just like ice cream flavors.  We call Max-chocolate,  Madison-strawberry,  Millie-chocolate chip (cause she was born with jet black hair), and Lucy-prailines and cream.  Yeah, I like Ice Cream so I can relate anything to it!! 

I love Max the same way that I love the girls I gave birth to...there is no difference in how I raise them or treat them.  I love this boy with all of my heart and soul.  He is funny, sweet, loving, patient and can brighten anyones day with his big smile.  I feel so lucky to be his mommy, to have him beg to sleep with me every night, to have him run and jump in my arms when I pick him up from school, and to have him make me laugh hysterically every single day.  I am so incredibly blessed.  5169_107571680801_7442737_nimgs67vr.ashx2740_75163440801_6242212_n5169_107571635801_2302219_n31288_422437180801_4239329_n8819_173154055801_7679309_n8819_173154040801_3830157_n33809_10150104527815802_530374_n

 

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My Mom/My Grandma…Questionnaire for kids! Free Download

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Holidays, Kids & Family Life

My life has been a tad bit busy lately, so I apologize that my postings on the blog have been scarce this week!  I will be posting a lot over the next few days...I have an amazing recipe for a Lemon Creme Cake that would be perfect to make on Mothers Day, pictures of a couple of fun design projects that I am working on, and a challenge that I am going to give to all of my readers...oh, it will be so FUN!  First, I want to post this fun questionnaire that I created for kids to answer about their moms or about their grandmas.  It makes a wonderful present for Mothers Day because all of the answers tend to be so funny!!  

Download links below...prints on an 8.5x11 sheet

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A Tub Full of Sunshine

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Kids & Family Life

It seems like tragedy is happening all around us, and recently my daughter has a friend who's dad passed away unexpectedly.  In these situations it's hard to know how to help, what to say or what you can do.  We wanted to brighten her day, so we came up with an idea to give her a Tub Full of Sunshine!

We began by going to Target and finding anything that was yellow, orange or hot pink!  We got this awesome tub there for only 7 bucks and it fit everything in it perfectly!  The key is to get big stuff for the bottom that doesn't cost a lot of money...we got a huge thing of bubbles, soda, gatorade and a big bag of chips for the filler, then we arranged all the smaller things on top and it looks like it is stuffed full of fun.  

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After we arranged everything, we wrapped cellophane around the tub and attached this tag to the top (download for free below)!

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Here is the final product...I think this would make anyone smile!

tub2This tag will print out great on a 4x6 or 8x12 sized paper

 
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My picks for the cutest swimwear of the season…for Girls!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Kids & Family Life

Anyone else ready for it to be Summer?  My kids ask me at least 5 times a day if we can go swimming...and I want to say YES!  I love summer for sooo many reasons...

  • The huge amount of time we can play outside
  • Parks & Picnics
  • Unlimited watermelon...yum
  • SWIMMING
  • Popsicles
  • My freckle faced girls
  • Hanging out with our friends 
  • BBQ's
  • Having late night parties with the kids
  • Being able to count night time swimming as the kids bath
  • Going to the beach
  • Swim Meets
  • My favorite is having NO Schedule...oh i love that (but when August comes around, I am sooo ready for that schedule again)!

So, it's clear that with this fun summer ahead my girls NEED a good assortment of some very cute swim suits!

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These are my top picks from this seasons line of swimwear for girls...almost all of these are under 30 bucks and most have free shipping! 

 

The Gap $24.50

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  Mini Boden from Nordstrom $28

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Mini Boden from Nordstrom $22

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JCrew $49.5051378_KE9856

 

JCrew $58
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Downeast Basics $27.99
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Downeast Basics $27.99
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April Fools Day Menu that Kids will LOVE!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Holidays, Kids & Family Life

I love to make April Fools Day fun for the kids...they get a kick out of the simplest things!  Of course my life revolves around food on any normal day, so it is just natural for me to make April Fools Day all about the FOOD!!  I made this menu from The Crazy Cafe and you can print this out and let your dinner guests choose what they want for their April Fools Day dinner...they will be VERY surprised when their plate arrives at the table!!  

I let my kids take turns being the "waiter".   They will take one persons order and then I let the "waiter" help me in the kitchen creating that plate.  They take turns doing this until everyone is served...they absolutely love it!   Oh, and I don't want to be held responsible for the insane sugar high that your kids might get from this!  It's only one day out of the year...right?   

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