the_giving_tree_nursery_artHow sweet is this baby boy nursery art from The Handmade Home? It helps that I have baby boys on the brain this week! Laura is due NEXT WEEK and I’m close behind.

If you’re a “yes” person or a people pleaser like I tend to be, this is a great look at why sometimes saying no is just as important as saying yes.

An interesting read about the differences between creators and consumers. Which are you?

The She Reads Truth app is here! Right now it’s only available for iPhone (and it’s FREE!), but an android version is in the works. If you download it, I highly recommend getting the current Justice study as well. I’m only a few days in, but so far it’s GOOD!

I love everything Jen Hatmaker has to say about empowering women to earn a fair wage and raise strong families, in this post, Women Hold Up Half the Sky. The best part is, you can get involved and make a difference with Noonday, either by hosting a trunk show or buying jewelery!

I’m probably late to the game with this, but I recently discovered the band NEEDTOBREATHE and am a little obsessed with their song Multiplied. If you haven’t listened to it, take 5 minutes to listen to it now. I dare you to listen to it only once!

 

DIY growth chart

DIY Growth Chart

by Andrea Cooley

 

growth chart, yardstick, cabot premium wood finish riverbendThis is not a new idea by any stretch of the imagination. If you’ve been on Pinterest in the last couple years, you’ve probably seen some version of a yard stick growth chart. This is one of those projects that’s been on my list to do for oh about 2 years. It didn’t get done before Emerson was born and it almost didn’t get done before baby #2!

That said, it’s one of the easier projects I’ve done, so who knows why it took so long! (also, this is a sneak peak of Emerson’s new room. It’s getting close! I just need to paint stripes on the curtains and hang things on the wall)

growth chart2 cabot premium wood finish riverbendWe used a 1 x 6 cherry board and Adam cut it to 5 feet. Then I sanded it and stained it with Cabot water-based Premium Wood Finish in Riverbend.

(Side note: I highly recommend this stain. I used it for some projects I produced for Do It Yourself magazine last fall and couldn’t wait to use it for a personal project. It’s super easy to work with, it’s a stain and sealer in one, clean up is a breeze, and the color options are fantastic!)

DIY growth chart yardstickOnce the board was stained, the last step was marking it. I used a White Sharpie Oil Paint Marker (also great to work with!) and stencils for the numbers. We decided we wanted the bottom of the board to be 8 inches off the ground.

I secured a tape measure to the board, grabbed a ruler, and started marking at 8 inches. If you look closely you can see that my lines aren’t exactly the same length, but I’m OK with that. I marked each foot with a number stencil and was done! It seriously took less than half an hour and dried pretty much instantly.

Adam centered two picture hooks on the back and figured out how high to hang it to make the measurements accurate. I’ll be honest, that was more math than I could easily do!

e and growth chartEmerson tested it out for us and it works! And seriously, how cute is he with his little lion and wearing nothing but a cloth diaper. I wish my thighs were that cute!

Now we just have to decide how we want to mark the kid’s heights. I’d like to document how tall they are at least once a year. Adam suggested a sticker of some kind. Any other ideas?

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