Valentine's Day Gifts & Crafts

My little dude is almost two and is really into painting right now. For Valentine's Day, we whipped up this easy craft project. It took about an hour for him to paint and he was thoroughly entertained the whole time!

First, I gave him a set palette in festive colors and then I just let him go to town on a big piece of paper.

Tools: 
Paint brushes
Large paint pad
A variety of pink & white paints (from this set)





After he was done painting, I let the paint dry and cut little hearts out. I wrote his name on the back and we filled envelopes with them and sent them off to our loved ones!



In keeping with this Valentine's Day theme, I put together a few fun little gift ideas for littles.

A hand-stamped goody bag with wood toys, mini jewels & a few little sweet treats.


Pastel pink & lavender blankets for indoor picnics and movie nights.





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BINK & BOO X LAND OF NOD

My pal Bianca of Bink & Boo just launched an exclusive collection for The Land of Nod. I can't even handle how cute these goodies are. This is a limited edition collection and I GUARANTEE they will sell out fast so grab them while you can!

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Photos by Shelby Clark

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NATURAL BEAUTY RESOLUTIONS FOR 2016

Every year we all get pumped on the new leaves we'll be turning over in the new year. This year, I'm focusing on taking care of myself so I've rounded up some of my list of beauty resolutions. These beauty resolutions are all focused on natural solutions for the most part. Let me know in the comments if you've got anything else to add to the list or favorite products you love that I should try! Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter to win a $50 shop credit to Gunn & Swain to pick out a few natural beauty faves or treat yo'self to some other goods!


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1. Clean your cellphone.
My aesthetician bugs me about this all the time, especially when I've got a breakout situation. It's easy to overlook but actually makes a big difference if you're on your phone a lot without headphones or bluetooth.


2. Wear your sunscreen.
The best way I've been able to incorporate this into my daily routine is to wear tinted moisturizer in place of foundation. I'm sure my make-up artist friends might cringe at that but it's the only way I can remember to put it on! Josie Maran tinted moisturizer is my fave.


3. Remember your eye cream.
This is one of those things I can get lazy about but when I'm actually on top of my game, I can tell the difference. I don't get a ton of sleep thanks to being a mom and small biz owner so eye cream is the best way for me to combat those under eye wrinkles and bags. I love this natural option from our shop.


4. Weekly (or twice a week!) face masks.
I wish I had time to get a facial once a month but I'm lucky if I can get there once a year. So instead I've tried to make it my goal to light a candle, take a bath and put on a face mask once a week. I'm OBSESSED with how this mask makes my face feel. After I take off the mask, I use this mist and I feel like a million bucks.


5. Do a hair mask.
I never do these but I should. Love your locks and lets mask our hair this year.


6. Get back on a smoothie or juice kick.
Here's one of my favorites. I actually haven't been making that bad boy for a while but now I'm motivating myself to do it! We drink a lot of Suja green juice (they sell it at Costco!) but I want to get more on top of my DIY juicing so I can sneak more good stuff into my kid's drinks!


7. Keep those pearly whites bright.
I like to do a tooth whitening treatment once a month to wash away those morning coffee stains. Once every couple of months, I use the whitening gel I get from my dentist but in between that, I use this natural tooth whitening polish.






8. Get your beauty rest.
Last but certainly not least, get more sleep! It's easier said than done but one of my resolutions this year is to at least get to bed before midnight so that when my son wakes up at the crack of dawn, it doesn't hurt quite as much. I love using this dreamweaver mist on my pillow to help me have sweet dreams.
Shown: The Thalia Gunn & Swain Blanket


Natural Beauty Resolutions

Photos 1 & 2 via Death To Stock / All other photos by Taryn Kent for Gunn & Swain / The Wayfarer Collective

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WASHI TAPE GIFT WRAP DIY

I dug this DIY up from the archives because it's still my favorite way to wrap presents! Neon washi tape over kraft paper works year-round but with a hint of metallic, it's festive enough for Christmas presents too!






MATERIALS:
(1) Unwrapped Present
(1) Roll of Kraft Paper
(Multiple) Colors of Japanese Washi Tape

















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UNIQUE CHRISTMAS DECOR IDEAS

If you like to deck the halls for the holidays, you might like some of these fun & unique ways to mix it up this Christmas. I think they're a totally different take on holiday decor and all have a little bit of a boho take. Nothing says Christmas in Southern California (or Texas!) like a cactus wreath!

My cousin has been making these rad cactus wreaths. If you're in the Houston area, you can pick one up from her or send me an email and we can arrange to ship. Or if you're handy, you could attempt a DIY too!


Last year we got the raddest wreath from Siren Floral Co. and paired it with some Gunn & Swain mukluks instead of stockings! I think we're definitely going to grab a Siren wreath at Maker's Arcade this weekend so we can do a similar set-up this year. Bianca of Bink & Boo is making us custom letters for all of our stockings like this "G" for Gram from last year.

I love the way Sarah Holstrom used a Gunn & Swain Neptune Serape Blanket as a Christmas tree skirt. We did that last year but I didn't snap a pic. On it this year!


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