DIY LINEN GIFT WRAP TUTORIAL

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On June 7th, Adam and I celebrated our fourth anniversary. FOUR! To no surprise, it only took me four years & two kids later to finally get our wedding album printed - because LIFE. We've used Artifact Uprising in the past for printing photos through Instagram, so using them for our wedding album was a legit no brainer. With just the right amount of minimalism, their high quality products are unmatched in the industry and are guaranteed to last.

For our album, I chose their standard hard cover photo book in size 10 x 10 - in my opinion, the perfect size for a display, or for laying on a coffee table. (To avoid any abuse from tiny hands, she'll be sitting pretty on our high built-ins until the girls get old enough for coffee table books to be an actual thing in our home.) If you're looking for a higher investment piece, check out their layflat albums, where the pages literally lay out flat on a table and one photo can seamlessly cover two pages, making a panoramic impact. The organizing and design process was straight forward and super user-friendly, and I loved the variety of different layout options that were available.

BUT THE BEST NEWS OF ALL... I'm giving away a hardcover album of choice to one of my readers! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post. You may also use code AK10 to receive 10% off your next order, good through 7/26.

If you follow the American anniversary gift tradition, the four year gift should include linen or silk. Goodbye paper wrapping, hello linen wrapping! On our wedding day we included a sentimental prayer in our vows, so I knew it would be perfect to hand letter on the fabric, bringing back oh so sweet memories.

DIY HAND LETTERED LINEN GIFT WRAP TUTORIAL

Here's the simple do-it-yourself for creating your very own unique hand lettered fabric gift wrap!

SUPPLIES NEEDED//

-Linen or other light colored fabric (JOANN Fabric has a great selection)

-Fabric marker (alcohol based)

-Scissors

-Fray check to seal edges (optional)

-Paper bags

-Iron for setting ink

-Ribbon or twine for wrapping

DIY HAND LETTERED LINEN GIFT WRAP TUTORIAL

STEP ONE //

Cut your fabric as you would paper, to appropriate size of the gift you will be wrapping.

STEP TWO //

Lay your fabric overtop of paper bags to prevent any bleeding. Use the fabric marker to draw out your design. Whether it is a special quote, note, or saying, hand letter your tender heart out on the fabric. Patience is key when working with a fabric medium, as the marker can snag if you work too fast.

STEP THREE //

Iron the final design after completely dry. Depending on how you use the gift wrap later, you may want to fray check the edges to prevent fraying. I left my edges raw for a more organic look.

STEP FOUR //

Flip the fabric over so the lettering is on the reverse side and place gift in the center of the fabric. Wrap as you would with regular wrapping paper, and fold down all four sides. Secure with ribbon or twine. I used a jute material and wrapped it around a couple of times, then added ties of silk and a touch of eucalyptus.

DIY HAND LETTERED LINEN GIFT WRAP TUTORIAL

STEP FIVE //

Now you're ready to give! There's nothing sweeter than wrapping a special gift with a personal touch. Perfect for anniversaries, obviously, as well as birthdays, housewarming gifts, or any other occasion.

DIY HAND LETTERED LINEN GIFT WRAP TUTORIAL

GIVEAWAY WITH ARTIFACT UPRISING //

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This post was shared in partnership with Artifact Uprising.
As always, all content and opinions are my own.

WHAT WE'RE LOVING WITH OUR SECOND BABY

SECOND BABY FAVORITES

Finally sharing what we've been loving since Wynne was born! I have a handful of favorited items that are used daily, and have been such a huge help in adjusting to our new normal. From a non-diaper bag that easily carries *gasp!* you guessed it, diapers, to my favorite ways to carry and bounce baby.

These are the top things I'm loving this fourth trimester with baby #2:

1 | Baby Bjorn BouncerThis bouncer was something new that we purchased with Wynne, and honestly I would have likely overlooked it again had I not scored it on major sale at buy buy Baby for 30 BUCKS because the box had been previously opened. (You can scour BBB's clearance section to get some awesome deals!) After the past 10 weeks, I can say it's well worth an investment, as it has been our most-used baby gear item. It's lightweight, allowing us to easily move it from room-to-room throughout the day, so I can cook, take the occasional shower, drink my morning coffee, etc. It's truly been a lifesaver.

2 | Goumikids Sleepers - The coziest, softest organic sleepers with an easy, no fuss concept. Their wearable pieces come with integrated mitts to prevent face scratching while also stimulating baby brain & eye development with high contrast patterns. We're huge fans of their jamms gowns and easy to slip on booties. And the bundle packs come with a convenient laundry bag to protect during washing. Bonus, the brand gives 10% of their total profits back to the global community through various charities, so that's something worth standing behind & supporting.

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3 | Max + Moose Blankets - Like your favorite worn-in tee shirt, these are the softest baby blankets I have ever seen. Perfect for snuggling baby, but allowing breathability so baby doesn't get too hot.

4 | Snuggle Me Organic - We love this organic lounger due to its "hugging sensation" for baby. Literally, it's like a cloud that calms baby and safely wedges them into place. We use it for co-sleeping and lounging, and won't ever travel without it. The cover is super easy to remove for washing, and the protective puddle pad saves you from any accidents.

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5 | Hatch Baby Rest - This innovative nightlight and sound machine combo has been used daily in our bedroom, where baby currently sleeps. It comes with a variety of different calming light and sound options and best of all, can be completely controlled by your phone through their app. Also, the light has a time-to-rise feature, which is great for toddlers going through a crib-to-bed transition. (we plan to add a second one for Faire's room soon!)

6 | Tummy Rub - One of my favorite brands for natural skincare products (I shared my love for them during pregnancy here). Their tummy rub is packed full of only the good stuff, with essential oils that naturally calm & soothe baby after feedings. Wynne was recently diagnosed with silent reflux, and although we have had to prescribe her medication to help it, I've loved having a natural product to help comfort her, too.

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7 | Haakaa Breast Pump This silicone gadget has been a serious milk saver for me and I've been recommending it to all of my pregnant and new mama friends. It simply attaches to the opposite side that baby feeds and collects the milk by suction - no pumping required. Such a genius design, and I've already got a full stash of frozen milk going because of it. Make sure to buy the one with the suction base to prevent any accidental spillage!

8 | Carseat & Nursing Cover - Now with two kiddos, we find ourselves out and about much more often. From preschool drop-offs and pick-ups, to doctor appointments and grocery store runs, I'm always toting baby in and out of the car. With the weather still cool and flu season still going strong, I always try and keep the carseat covered protecting baby. And nursing in public has never been easier or more discreet. Covered Goods is still my go-to brand for price point and color options.

9 | Solly Baby Wrap - My favorite go-to wrap for the fourth trimester. I'd be lying if I said most of Wynne's day naps don't happen when I'm holding her, so thankfully she is a huge fan of babywearing. Having both hands free has been crucial in allowing me to still interact/play with Faire and get the never-ending laundry taken care of.

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10 | Baggu Backpack - I'm loving these simple, lightweight backpacks that are machine-washable and don't have fussy zippers. I find myself overpacking too much stuff with my larger diaper bags, which added weight and extra time when trying to find things. Now, I only carry around the necessities - diapers, a small pack of wipes, wallet, a few snacks for Faire, and the pockets on the sides fit a water cup & my phone perfectly. And they're less than 50 bucks!

Friends, would love to hear your favorite fourth trimester faves or what you loved with your second baby!

AND THEN THERE WERE 4

NEWBORN-SHOOT

So excited to finally share our first photos as a family of 4! Hard to believe Wynne was only 6 weeks old when we shot these, and now we're coming up on her THREE MONTHS since birth. It's so true what they say, the time just flies with your second baby. Although January feels like forever ago and it seems Wynne has been here all along. Our sweet little Georgia peach. She's much rounder, blonder, and eyes bluer than Faire, and is so loved by us all. Especially her big sister.

My friend and new mama Morgan Blake (our babies are a week apart!) came over to to our home to capture these little moments together. My baby girls are growing like weeds and it fills my heart to have these memories that will last forever. Also, I'm wearing the caftan by Storq - the perfect transitional dress from maternity to postpartum, with buttons that make nursing a breeze - and stay tuned for a full nursery reveal post coming soon!

SOURCES//

Bed + Crib Bedding / Parachute
Crib / Babyletto
Baby Blankets / WillabyMax + Moose
Wynne's Outfit / Zara Kids
Faire's Outfit / Gap Kids (on sale!)
Girls' Bows: Wunderkin