S'more Magic Bars 2
How to make a rainbow tye-die double layer cake {Sawdust and Embryos}

The sibling connection

Having twins, we had a unique parenting perspective of having siblings from the very beginning. Sibling love is probably one of the cutest things everrrr.

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But throwing a new baby in the mix is always a big question mark. Will they love her? Will there be jealousy issues? Will 3 be a crowd?

Well, we have the next 17.5 years  to figure all that out. But I’m happy to report that… so far so good.

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Since Cypress was born in February, I’ve learned a lot about each of the twins and their very different personalities. Paisley loves her new sister, but she spends her days taking care of HER baby. She swaddles, she feeds, she changes diapers. She’s a busy mama.


While Paisley is lost in her imaginary world, Dell is very HANDS ON with her approach of loving Cypress

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I mean, she loves her SO MUCH… sometimes aggressively. She wants to be with Cypress every waking moment of the day. Loving her, snuggling her, holding her, feeding her. ALL THE THINGS.

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It’s precious, I’m telling you. This might be one of my favorite pictures of all times.

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I might intervene with her aggressive approach more often if it wasn’t so obvious that Cypress loves her just as much.

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It’s not that Paisley isn’t completely smitten with her baby sister. It just manifests differently with her, and brings out her own little maternal instincts with her dollies. She definitely prefers imaginary play over real life. For example, if I’m in the kitchen making cookies, Dell is right  by my side helping measure, dump, mix… while Paisley is at her play kitchen whipping up a batch of HER OWN cookies. It’s amazing how two littles that are the same age (and have had the same exact upbringing) can be so different!

It will be interesting to see how the friendship between the 3 girls grows and develops over the years. I’m sure there will be highs and lows between each of them. But in the end, I’m confident they’ll all be best of friends!

How did your older children take to a new baby sibling?


Custom Playhouse / Playground {Part 1}


Nick and I have always planned to build the girls a their own custom playground area. But when we found this plastic Little Tykes thingamajig a few years ago on our local ‘for sale’ page, it seemed like a good thing to tide the girls over until we had the time and funds to ‘do it right’. They’ve gotten sooooo much use out of that thing. But these precious toddler days are OVER (collective tearful gasp) We tossed around a few ideas for where the ideal spot on our acreage would be for this … [Read More...]

S’mores Magic Bars

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Its Meghan from Cupcakes with Sprinkles! Have you every made magic bars? They have lots of layers and they all melt together into one delicious magic bar. One of my favorite flavor combinations is a S’more. These bars are a sweet, gooey, combination of a s’more but tweaked with the an extra layer of sugar cookie goodness! These are the next thing you have to make so let’s get our ingredients and bake! Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 cake pan with non-stick spray. In a small … [Read More...]

Dahlia Stained Artwork on Dining Table


Doing wood stain art is soooo addicting for me. I wouldn’t call it ‘instant’ gratification, but the transformation happens over the course of a couple hours... and it’s so fun to watch it unfold! If you missed my last Stained Art Table time-lapse video, click here! Shortly after posting that video, I was already having the itch to stain again, and Nick and I fell upon this dining table at a yard sale for $10 buckaroos! I know it appears to be raw wood, but it’s actually a pale … [Read More...]

Husbands and Hobbies


Top of the mornin’! How was your weekend?! The girls and I had so much fun making Nick feel special and loved this Father’s Day weekend. He loves that the girls share an interest in his model airplane hobby, and took ALL 3 GIRLS to the local air field. When I was a kid, they made bouncy seats for babies that had little canopies for shade... but I can’t find them anywhere these days! I always bring an umbrella outside with me to keep the sun off Cypress... and then I found this … [Read More...]

Rainbow Tie-Dye Layer Cake

How to make a rainbow tye-die double layer cake {Sawdust and Embryos}

A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of Nick’s Birthday cake to Instagram. The girls are old enough to want to get involved in things like birthdays, so when they proclaimed that they wanted to make their daddy a rainbow cake, I was happy to oblige. And he was just grateful to have cake. Since posting that pic, several of you have begged me to post a tutorial. And since I don’t think to photograph every little thing ‘just in case’, I begrudgingly HAD to make another rainbow cake to document … [Read More...]

Being Present in my own Life


People are always telling me they can’t believe how productive I am, and all that I get done with 3 kids (3 and under). Well I could write a whole post about not watching TV, and enjoying my projects, etc. Blah blah blah...But the truth is, I find myself looking at my phone A LOT. I’ve been feeling really convicted about this lately... especially when my girls are around wishing I was paying attention to THEM instead of whatever I’m looking at on Facebook or Pinterest. For the most part, … [Read More...]

How to Stencil your Backsplash


Well it’s been a week, and I STILL LOVE my chartreuse kitchen cabinets! It was fun to watch the wide array of comments flow in. I think it’s fair to say... you either loved it or ya hated it. And that’s ok! A lot of my design choices are off the wall... it’s just my style. And you still read my blog, sooooo... I love to mix different design genre’s to create my own personal style. If having white walls, white cabinets, and white counters are what it takes to have a magazine-worthy … [Read More...]

Extending Kitchen Cabinets up to the Ceiling

Extend cabinets up to the ceiling and paint a fun color! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Oh man... I’m SO excited to write this post right now! Let’s talk about my kitchen! Recall for a moment what our kitchen looked like just a couple weeks ago. We loved that dark teal with the glossy swirls for a handful of years, but it was just time for a change. I laid out some more details about why we painted the walls white in this post, and it really brightened up the room sooooo much. To be honest, when I painted the walls white, I wasn’t sure what the *#^& I was … [Read More...]

Cutout Silhouette Plaques out of Wood!


If you’ve been around our little blog for a few moons, you might remember that we made wall plaques with the girls’ silhouettes when they were babes. We used slabs of oak and vinyl as a stencil to paint over. (Full Tutorial HERE) I’m in the middle of making one for Cypress, and let’s just say her profile looks a LOT different with all that hair. How did we have bald babies (for the first two years of their life) and then have a little sis pop out with this mop of … [Read More...]