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Fabric Friday

As much as I love bright and colorful fabrics, it’s nice to get a pretty black and white one in the mix like, P&B Textiles, Modern Shadows, Sprig Dance Grey. In fact, I think I could get lost gawking at all the P&B Textiles fabrics. To enter for a chance to win one yard of… Read more »

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Friday I’m in Love: Harrow, A Hernia, and Halloween

How amazing did the Curtis family look on Halloween? I like Carleton but I LOVE Richard Harrow and I can’t get over Jaime’s Roy Lichtenstein-inspired costume. Not only is it a cool costume but she just looks gorgeous! Love it. My little “Queen of Halloween” hammed it up in her costume based on the Prudent… Read more »

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1-Yard Fleece Hooded Poncho

DIY Baby Fleece Poncho Tutorial ProjectA while back, Jaime and I appeared on PBS’s It’s Sew Easy and shared a super simple fleece hooded poncho project. Since it’s getting brisk outside I’m excited to stitch up a few more for my favorite girls and boys. The best part is all the creative fun you can have adding trim and embellishment to make each poncho an original. Watch the video, as seen on It’s Sew Easy, to see how we made the poncho and then incorporated ribbon, pom-poms, bias tape, suede fringe and embroidery accents.

Head on over to the It’s Sew Easy website for many more fabulous sewing projects and showtime information.
1 yard fleece hooded poncho tutorial

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Fabric Friday

As much as I love bright and colorful fabrics, it’s nice to get a pretty black and white one in the mix like, P&B Textiles, Modern Shadows, Sprig Dance Grey. In fact, I think I could get lost gawking at all the P&B Textiles fabrics.

To enter for a chance to win one yard of P&B Textiles, Modern Shadows, Sprig Dance Grey check out the other P&B Textiles fabrics and tell us which other fabric has caught your eye. Tweet, Stumble, or share on Facebook and leave another comment letting us know. Come back every day for new entries. We’ll randomly select a winner and announce right here next Friday.

Find out who won last week’s Fabric Friday after the jump…

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Friday I’m in Love: Harrow, A Hernia, and Halloween

Roy Lichtenstein Richard Harrow Costume

How amazing did the Curtis family look on Halloween? I like Carleton but I LOVE Richard Harrow and I can’t get over Jaime’s Roy Lichtenstein-inspired costume. Not only is it a cool costume but she just looks gorgeous! Love it.

Roy Lichtenstein costume

My little “Queen of Halloween” hammed it up in her costume based on the Prudent Baby Reversible Vest Pattern in Tula Pink NightShade.

Queen of Halloween

And I really don’t know what to say about this little garden gnome except that he delights me every minute of every day. He danced and squealed every time someone opened the door with a bowl of candy, yelling “Teet!” But mostly we were grateful to be safe at home and comfortably enjoying the holiday. To all of our friends on the East Coast affected by Sandy, we hope that life returns to some sense of normalcy soon. You are in our hearts! If you are looking for a way to help those affected by the storm, simply text Red Cross to donate $10 with your phone. You text the word redcross to 90999 then they confirm and you reply YES! So easy. You can also donate right in iTunes. We are thinking of you Mamas!

garden gnome

Over on Instagram, we loved seeing your babies all dressed up. Here is our favorite “out of this world” picture (ugh, ha!)

Want to get in on the fun? Snap a shot of your favorite bookworms and tag it with #ThisWeekOnPrudentBaby and #Storytime. Here are the girls enjoying their new copy of The Very Hungry Zombie: A Parody. So funny for the Eric Carle lover with a dark sense of humor.

 

Ready to tackle organizing the garage? Or maybe just ready to look at pictures of well organized garages? Get your fix with 25 Totally Clever Garage Organization Tips and Tricks.

And y’all, this is so funny. Jaime awoke in the middle of the night with a brilliant idea so she sent herself an email so as not to forget. The next morning she had two word in the subject line of an otherwise empty email. Albino Animals. So she did what any logical person would do and rounded up amazing photos of albino animals. Albino Animals and Other Things that Come to Me in the Night

albino dolphin

Colleen sent us a link to the beautiful work of Artist Stacey Page who embroiders on vintage found portraits. Such amazing unique artwork! It’s fun to think that someday after we are gone, someone would find a photo and create something beautiful. I guess I better actually print some photos.

Was our simple blender cleaning tip news to you or was it just the way your mama taught you? If watching that video made you long for the ultimate in blenders, be sure to enter our awesome giveaway and if you mostly just want to see unexpected crap from iphones to super glue to glow sticks blended up in a BlendTech, catch some of the hilarious and amazing “Will It Blend?” videos.

So mamas I have some news! We have decided that we are finished having babies so I’m having my umbilical hernia repaired. No more weird outie which is totally cute when you are pregnant but really, really, not cute now. Down side? A long road with a week or two of recovery and 6 weeks of no lifting. My mama is here to help and Jaime is coming next week so I’m in good hands. I’m guessing there will lots of mindless TV watching and internet surfing. Any recommendations? Pinterest users to follow? What’s your @pinterest? Leave it in the comments so we can follow you.

Did y’all catch Dancing with the Stars this week and see Jaime’s debut as a guest host of the DWTS afterparty show on ABC.com? She was awesome of course!

Dancing with the Stars

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More Prudent Advice

My Prudent Advice: Be where you are.

Write your own Prudent Advice in my new book, My Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Daughter. This keepsake journal prompts mothers to record their own personal advice (“The best medicine for a broken heart is:” and “A woman is most beautiful when:”) alongside inspiring quotes and thoroughly modern yet time-honored counsel on all aspects of life, from love and friendship to education, travel, and fashion. With brightly colored interiors and a ribbon marker, this treasure helps mothers create the gift of a lifetime.

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Moonrise Kingdom Date Night: What Kind of Bird Are You?


Image via Indiewire

Remember on Friday I’m in Love when I told you all about my boyfriend and I trying out themed date nights? Well, the first one was Moonrise Kingdom and it was a hit, a disaster, and then a hit again….


We kicked off the night with a delicious meal he made and quickly got to decorating. Since we didn’t have the vinyls used in the movie, we rocked out to a little Bob Dylan and Velvet Underground. I live in a loft which is not always the easiest when trying to make a tent, so I made a mock one out of blankets. Then, we made a giant comfy bed on the floor filled with blankets and pillows. We filled a picnic basket with tasty S’mores and hot chocolate for dessert. The finishing touch was our homemade chalkboard “I (heart) You” sign with origami heart.

What is the disaster you ask? After all the preparation, we plopped down on the floor, turned on the iTunes rental we downloaded and…surprise! It didn’t work. To be continued…


Night #2: We finally got it to work and watched Moonrise Kingdom not only once, but three times through! To top off the Moonrise Kingdom Date Night I made a Suzy Bishop (as the raven) costume for Halloween. He was not so much into shaving off his beard to be a 12-year-old khaki scout for a night.


Our couples costume theme was “dark-winged creatures of the night.”

Any suggestions for the next themed date night we should do?

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DIY Spin Drum


I’ve always had a weakness for acquiring music instruments and will jump at any opportunity to make or buy one. Yvette from Abernathy Crafts came up with this adorable DIY Spin Drum tutorial using balloons and jar lids. Brilliant! I’ll definitely be adding this to the collection. This is a great project to do with the kids when you’re all getting a little stir crazy indoors.

She has also come up with DIY Seed Packets that would make great gift toppers, along with a stylish TOMS-Inspired Tote and the super silent Tooth-Fairy Tin.

What do you say? Let’s make some noise with a DIY Spin Drum…

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Prudent Tip: The Trick to Cleaning A Blender + BLENDTEC Giveaway!

In this video I reveal the secret trick to cleaning your blender in under a minute. Or maybe this isn’t a secret to you, but when my new Blendtec Blender arrived with this tip in the instructions, I freaked out with excitement. Had to share the knowledge with y’all. Oh, and also, I’d like to share a blender!

how to clean a blender

That’s right, we are giving away a Blendtec Total Blender Classic WildSide! Blendtec blenders are amazing, you are going to fall in love with yours. They’re like the cadillac of blenders.

So, to enter, head on over to our YouTube Channel at youtube.com/prudentbaby. Subscribe to the channel, and leave a comment on this video, “How to Clean Your Blender.” Go ahead and share your favorite kitchen tip in your comment, or tell us something you’d like us to show you in video. Follow blendtec on facebook or twitter, Tweet, share on fb, or pin the giveaway and leave another comment each time for additional entries.

Happy blending!

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More Prudent Advice

My Prudent Advice: When given the opportunity, wear a costume.

Write your own Prudent Advice in my new book, My Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Daughter. This keepsake journal prompts mothers to record their own personal advice (“The best medicine for a broken heart is:” and “A woman is most beautiful when:”) alongside inspiring quotes and thoroughly modern yet time-honored counsel on all aspects of life, from love and friendship to education, travel, and fashion. With brightly colored interiors and a ribbon marker, this treasure helps mothers create the gift of a lifetime.

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