Monthly Onesies How-to & *Free Printables*

12 month onesies

I was invited to a friend’s baby shower this last weekend. I love baby showers! And people having babies!

I knew right away that I wanted to make her a set of 12 monthly onesies to use for pictures the first year.  I have made them baby boys before but never for girls so I knew I would have to re-design them and since it is a girl, add a tutu!

Here is how they turned out:



Aren’t they ADORABLE?!?!?  I didn’t want to leave the older sister-to-be out so I made her a shirt and tutu also:

big sister She just turned 4 so she was pretty thrilled!

My mom loved the onesies so much that she hired me to make a gift set for her to give at a baby shower she was going to in a couple weeks.  The mommy-to-be loves pink and chevron so I changed the design up a little bit:


Again, SO cute!  And really pretty easy once the iron-on transfers are designed. And since I already designed them, I am passing them on to you for free!

Tips for making the onesies:

*Buy different sizes: I usually try to buy size 0-3 months for months 1 & 2; size 3-6 months for months 3, 4 & 5; Size 6-12 months for months 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10; and size 18 months for months 11 & 12.  Remember, they can always be a little big and still be cute

* Use iron-on transfers for dark material – even though you are ironing onto white fabric, these work better.  Also, it doesn’t require you to reverse them before printing

* Wash and dry the onesies before ironing on the transfers

* Follow the directions on the package! 🙂

It’s really that simple: print , cut out, iron on.  And the best part is they are always one of the favorite gifts and make everyone “ooh and ahh!”.

Just click on the picture below and it will open the the document to print. I hope you enjoy them!

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12 month onesies





Holy Smoke! Cigar themed 40th Birthday Party

This last weekend, we celebrated my dear husbands 40th birthday with many of our closest friends.  We do a lot of parties so when I was planning this one I knew that I wanted it to be different than a normal shindig at our house and instead wanted it to be out on the town.

Mike travels a lot for work and no matter where he is (Korea, China, Italy, etc) he tends to spend  a lot of his off hours in the local Irish Pub. This is probably because they usually have his favorite beers on tap and sports on TV but I think it also feels like home in places that are often very foreign.  When we were in Italy last year, we spent most of our late evenings in the an Irish Pub watching soccer with the locals and learning the team chants. It was a ton of fun! Museums by day, Irish pubs by night!

We have a great little Irish Pub here that has Guiness on tap and serves Irish Car Bombs (Mike’s go-to party starter) and I knew that it would be the perfect place.  My biggest dilema was what to do for a theme. I knew I didn’t need a lot of decorations but I did want it to feel like his party and not just a night at the bar.  It needed to be manly but not to cliche. And not about getting old.  And not just about booze. <–  So you can see why I had a hard time.  I just knocked out all the popular and obvious themes.  When a cigar theme hit me, I knew it was PERFECT! Mike LOVES cigars.  And to me, cigars say “Classy & Sophisticated”.

Once I had the perfect theme, decorations and ideas came super easy.

Here are the invites and the Facebook graphics:

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To decorate the room, I ordered cigar boxes (10 asst boxes for $25 from Thompson Cigar) and used them as cake stands, a favor display, and just anywhere that needed some decoration.  And also used some small framed signs with these quotes.

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The cakes. Oooooh, the cakes! They created such a buzz that the staff and other pub patrons asked for a slice! They were delish (if I do say so myself!).

dessert table

Almond Joy Cake    White Chocolate Raspberry Cake 3

Almond Joy Layer Cake and White Chocolate Raspberry with a Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting

For favors, we had cigars (of course!) and Rolo cigars (rolls of Rolos wrapped in dark brown paper), and small match boxes that I wrapped in brown packing paper.

Favor Table

Here is a close up of the thank you sign on the favor table:

Thank you cigars


The night was pretty epic! And the great thing about having it at the pub was the cooked the food and cleaned up!

Game of Thrones Season 4 Premier is TODAY!

Have I mentioned how much I love Game of Thrones? Or how excited I am for it to start up again?  Those are rhetorical questions, I KNOW I have mentioned that. At least a time or two. 😉

True to our form, I have been mulling spiced wine in the crock pot all day, we are listening to the GoT soundtrack and I am working on a cake for the Name Day celebration we are having for my good friend Kelly.

But while I wait for the cake to come out of the oven, I thought I would share some family sigils that I created last year for us and a few friends using the Join the Realm Sigil Creator from HBO and picture from our Name Day celebration last year.

For each sigil, I looked up the family crest and if available used the family motto.  If not available, I just used one that I liked. 😉  Ours (Chesney) and my brother, also my maiden name (Knisley) are actual historical mottos. How cool is that?!

Chesney_sigil Behrens_sigil

knisley_sigil   Flenniken_sigil


I also made a facebook cover photo for my personal page!




Last years Name Day celebration for my husband and Kelly (who both have April birthdays) was a lot of fun!

I made a Weirwood cake topper from a incense burner I found at Walmart (then painted of course) and made the cake red velvet (seemed fitting) with cream cheese frosting and pirouette cookies around the edge.


I printed Winterfell beer labels from here and made spiced wine (of course!).


And then printed a few small decorations like these cards from Hero Square .


It was just the four of us so I wanted to keep it festive but still simple!


So what are you doing for the premier of Game of Thrones tonight?  Only 2 more hours!!!


5 thoughtful and inexpensive anniversary gift ideas

Mike and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary yesterday!  As we were eating dinner last night he said, “It seems like we have always been married but also that we were dating just a year or two ago”.  Isn’t it funny how your brain does that?  I think it’s because when you are super close to someone you feel them in every part of your life but time in general just goes so fast and the years can easily fly by. Especially when you are having fun!

One of my favorite quotes for Mike and I is from Game of Thrones (shocker, right? ha ha).  It isn’t sappy or super deep but it is simple and true. Ygritte says to Jon Snow: “You’re mine and I’m yours. And if we die, we die, but first we’ll live.”  It reminds that life is ultimately short and unpredictable and so we need to really live. We need to have fun, go on adventures, spend quality time together, talk to each other, and laugh.

I was thinking of all our “living” we have done over the past 8 years and decided to make him this fun video using flipagram showing some of our best moments. I used the song “Love Don’t Die” by The Fray which I am totally in love with right now and I think has great words.

He loved it! He watched about 10 times last night! And so did I. 🙂  And the greatest thing was that it was free! The other cool thing is that although we are not too big about sappy Facebook love professions, we were able to share it with our family and friends. Many of them have been part of our journey and many were in the video.

5 anniversary gifts

Which led me to think of some other inexpensive but thoughtful gifts that would be great for an anniversary.  Here are my top 5:

1. Flipagram video – make a video of your wedding pictures, of all your adventures, of your favorite moments as a couple, or all of those things combined! Pick the perfect song (you can pick from theirs or use one of your own), customize it, and combine it all together. Then you can share it with your partner publicly or privately.

2. Make a mixed tape – well, maybe not a mixed tape but it is the same idea.  Make a playlist or a CD that they can play in their car, at the office, or whenever they like and think of you. You could include favorite songs from when you were dating, or songs that you feel describes your relationship, or songs from all the concerts you’ve been to. There are a ton of possibilities and all are thoughtful and romantic.

3. Love Quotes – find a quote that you love for your relationship or that you feels describes your partner.  It can be from a book, a song, a movie, the bible, or a historical quote. It can be long and sappy or short and sweet. Use PicMonkey, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher or any other program you like to design a print (or search google images for the quote you like and you can almost always find a pre-made printable). Then print it on your printer or at your favorite print shop and put it in a frame.  One of the great things is that you can make it the perfect size for a special a spot on your wall, their office, night stand, etc. And since it is so in expensive you don’t mind switching it out when a new quote speaks to your soul.

Here are a few quote prints I have in our bedroom (f you click the picture, it will take you to a pdf of these four quotes that you can print out).

Bedroom pic collage

A few of my favorite quotes, besides the ones pictured above are:

“A thousand years go by but love don’t die” – The Fray

“No matter where we go
Or even if we don’t
And even if they try
They’ll never take my body from your side” – The Fray

“I have found the one whom my soul loveth” – Song of Solomon 3:4

“You’re pretty much my most favorite of all time in the history of ever”

“When I saw you I fell in love and you smiled because you knew”  – William Shakespeare

Click here for a Pinterest Search that brings up lots of great love quotes.  Many of them already designed and ready to print off.

4. Personalized Card – I am not a huge card person.  They seem like a lot of money, usually with a cheesy message, for something that will get thrown away. One exception to that though, is a card that is very personal.  One of my favorites I’ve seen is a card that says, “I have loved you for ____ days”. Isn’t that sweet? Write a a sweet note inside such as, “and each day I love you more”.  The card alone is enough but it would be extra sweet on a mixed CD. 😉

To make a card like this, go here and enter the important dates and it will calculate how many days that is. Pretty cool right?  I didn’t use our anniversary date, I used the date I knew I loved him and made this cute card using PicMonkey:

loved you for days


5. Personalized Coupon Book – no matter how thoughtful we are, it is really hard to keep up with the special extras. A coupon book offering there favorite “extras” is a great present.  You can print a free book from I Heart Nap Time here with super cute coupons for all the standard items like breakfast in bed or a back massage. And while those are great and appreciated, I think it would be more special and fun to make ones that unique to you and your partner.

It’s funny how life and your priorities change because the things that would be special extras to me now are much different than what I would have liked 5 years ago.  Some of the coupons I would love to get are:

For a night off from cooking dinner (and I don’t mean dominos)

Free from handling bath time – so I can just sit down on the couch and relax and watch whatever I want while some else takes care of getting two adorable little boys, who hate to have their hair washed,  squeaky clean.

One morning where the house is quiet and I can sleep in – without feeling guilty. Of course the guilt part is on me. 😉

One free day, kid free to do anything that I want and come home to a clean house <— oooh, that sounds awesome!

What is it that your partner would enjoy the most? Would he love a day of watching football with no nagging? Would he love to have a guys night? Is there a special meal that he loves and you hate to cook? Whatever it is, make a coupon for that and make him feel loved and special.

Here is a free template (just click on the picture below). I would recommend printing it on cardstock to make them more durable. Then cut them out, write on your coupons and tie a ribbon around them to make a super special, super cheap gift!

Free Printable Anniversary Coupons

All Original Parts Sign – Free Printable!


About a year ago, I had a friend ask me if I could give her some decoration ideas for a 60th birthday party for her father-in-law.  I, of course, happily obliged! I mean, what do I like more than party planning? Besides coffee, probably nothing! The fun thing about this party for me was 1) I knew the honoree (he used to be my boss at my first real job out of college) and 2) I wasn’t actually doing any of the work.  I was just giving her ideas and helping her get the right “feel”.  She was either going to do the work or hire other people to do the work.

To make it a little easier to convey my ideas, I started a Pinterest board (you can see my other ideas here). She used a lot of my ideas and the party turned out great! The two things that she asked me to do were the invitations and the “Made in 1951” sign (except as 1953).


Since then, the “Made in 1951” sign has continued to be popular on Pinterest.  It is one of my pins that gets re-pinned the most! Not a surprise really, it is really cool. 😉  The only super duper bummer is that the link that I pinned it from is gone – it’s completely vanished! I have searched for it, I’ve had Google search it but no luck. 🙁

Since I’ve had so many people asking me for it, I thought I would post the sign that I made.  It isn’t identical but VERY close to the one I originally pinned. Here it is in lots of different years. Just click the one you want and it will open up in a new window without the watermark. If you need it for a year that isn’t below, please let me know in the comments section and I will make it for you. I am also working on one that is editable. My only issue is keeping the font correct, so if you have any ideas on the best way to do that, please let me know.

I hope you enjoy!

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FMN: Avengers

In this house full of boys we LOVE super hero movies – especially Marvel comic ones.  Who am I kidding? Vaeh and I love them too!  So I knew that when Avengers came out on DVD I wanted it to be as epic as possible!

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My niece and nephew used to come over for movies nights often but now that my nephew is 14 and my niece is 12 and they play numerous sports, it doesn’t happen as often.  I was able to lure them over this time though – I just had to use the word “epic” with my niece and the word “food” with my nephew. 😉

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