{diy} baby memory box

I’ve been attempting to de-clutter lately. Honestly it feels like I’ve been de-cluttering for the past year of my life lol. Dan blames it on the fact that when I drop off my bags at Goodwill, I park the car and walk in to see if I can find any new gems. (He may have a point!) But my excuse is that my style changes and I’m getting rid of things I don’t love, for things I do love. Total first world problems over here.

In the process of de-cluttering I had this pile of “baby things” from each child, that wouldn’t quite fit in their baby books so I didn’t know what to do with it all. It got shuffled from drawer to drawer, changed rooms a couple times and finally I had enough and came up with a little aesthetically pleasing solution for each of the girls things.

I’ve been reading Simple Matters by Erin Boyle (which you can grab HERE) and she talks about simplifying and only owning things that serve a purpose and are nice to look at. So when her childs’ toys are strewn across the living room floor, they still look beautiful and not like complete chaos. My house is currently a disaster as I type these words, so clearly a work in P R O G R E S S.

So you came here for a DIY – let’s get going! You can use any size/style box you want – and you can decide how/if you want to attach their name to it! I decided to wood burn, because I had bought a wood burner months ago and never got around to using it. IF you want to try wood burning see my suggested supplies below, if not – you can pass by this part and go straight to my list of I D E A S on what to fill it with! <3

S U P P L I E S:

  • Wood burner, duh
  • Wooden box
  • (^^You can stop here if you plan on doing some free hand business – I am not so talented and wanted to use a stencil. So if you’re like me, keep going!)
  • Transfer paper
  • Stylus
  • Stencil

Wood Burning SuppliesD I R E C T I O N S:

Put the transfer paper dark side down on the wooden box

Set the stencil on top of the transfer paper (you can tape it down if you’d like, I just held it in place)

Outline the stencil with the stylus

**ta-da**Stencil outline of nameNow get your wood burner and start burning. I am NOT a pro wood burner, which you can see below. I managed to somewhat stay in the lines and I was happy enough with that. It’s definitely an art and maybe one day I’ll be better at it ๐Ÿ˜‰ For now, you can tell what it says and that’s what matters! Wood Burning Baby Memory Box^^I switched to Eleanor’s box for these pictures because I have prettier memory items for hers LOL – poor Adele!^^3

I D E A S (of what to keep inside):

  • Pictures (maternity, birth, newborn, family etc.) My photographer Violet Light Photography gave me my maternity pictures wrapped so pretty and they fit in the box perfectly!
  • Hospital arm bands
  • Bassinet birth announcement (my second baby didn’t even go into the hospital bassinet because we were in and out of the hospital within hours – but they made me a card anyway ;))
  • Notes/cards from family and friends
  • Pacifier
  • Small toy
  • Babies first shoes (Shoes are from my small shop Adelisa & Co. )
  • First spoon
  • An article of clothing (Bonnet is from Connexion)

15diy baby memory boxPaired with our favorite baby memory book Baby’s First Year which you can find HERE <3 7ย  diybabymemoryboxWhat are some special things you would add to your box ? <3

xX, Rachel











corn, bean & avacado – summer salad/dip

My friend brought this to the beach a couple weeks ago and I had a few bites and was HOOKED! I honestly only like avacados in guacamole, and am not a fan of black beans, onions or cherry tomatoes, but this salad/chip dip was amazing. The original recipe is from the blog Produce on Parade {check her out – she has great recipes!}

I was too hungry to be patient (story of my life!), so I didn’t cool down my corn before adding it to the salad, which resulted in my avacado basically melting haha – but it still tasted great!1Ingredients:


  • 1 3/4 cup sweet corn (I used frozen)
  • 1 package cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped


  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 limes, juiced (I used 4 Tbsp of bottled lime juice)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper


  1. Cook the corn (then let cool, I didn’t do this and it resulted in melted avacado – which tasted fine, but didn’t look quite as nice as it should have)
  2. Slice the tomatoes, avocados, onions & cilantro
  3. Rinse the beans
  4. Add all of the above to a large serving bowl.
  5. Toss well to combine.
  6. In a small bowl add the dressing ingredients & mix.
  7. Pour over veggies & toss gently to coat evenly and let rest about 10 minutes.

Store in the fridge and serve with chips! (Or alone – but who doesn’t want chips?)CornbeanavocadosummersaladThis is an easy dish to take to any of your summer BBQ’s/picnics etc <3

xX, Rachel





canada day weekend

happy post-canada day weekend celebrations! it was such a weird weather day here on Friday – dark grey clouds looming over us, a chilly breeze and then the clouds would pass, the sun would shine and it was scorching. sweaters went on and off numerous times and regrets for wearing jeans happened more than once!Canada Day in Petrolia1Adele is in a “purposely don’t look at mom when she has a camera stage”… not likely to pass anytime soon.Canada Day in Petrolia2Petrolia had a fun filled day planned. The kids got to play a few games, pick out a new book and ate some delicious food truck fries. Then we walked home, did nap time and hung around the house for the evening doing work (fixing cars, sewing, etc… lol hardly typical long weekend festivities – but had to get done!) p.s these adorable leather bows are from Macey & Co.Canada Day in Petrolia3Canada Day in Petrolia4^^How she really felt about all these pictures of her^^

Then Saturday happened. Quite possibly the best sleep since Adele was so young she still slept in ๐Ÿ˜‰ My subconscious must have known I didn’t have to wake up with her because Dan was going to take her into town with him to do an errand. She was up at 6:30 and I didn’t hear them wake up, get ready, leave or anything. I woke up and checked my phone – it was 9:45!!! I hopped in the shower and woke E up at 10:30! Then we had breakfast, sewed some more and went to the store to grab stuff for lunch. Don’t worry, that isn’t reality and I’m back to my typical 6am wake ups ๐Ÿ™

After lunch and nap time we went to the beach to meet our friends. We rented some paddle boards from Beach Bumz in Bright’s Grove and took turns watching the kids and going out on the boards. Seriously go get your hands on some boards and try it out. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the water on a board without having to store one/transport it around with you. They also provide life jackets with the rental.Paddleboardingoh lake huron & your blue aruba like water <3 Paddleboarding2then I told dan to take some pictures and it seems he really likes seagulls… ๐Ÿ˜›Paddleboarding4Paddleboarding5 Paddleboarding6I asked Adele a hundred times to go out with one of us, but she wanted nothing to do with it. Hoping to get her out by the end of the summer!7Check out the tan line on that leg^^^ and that is using 60spf! It faded though, or bloomers would have looked pretty funny all summer ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, that was our weekend!

xo, Rachel












valentine’s day inspired {diy}


ValentineDayInspiredDIYI love holidays, and love adding a little decor to celebrate them.

I just wanted to share a few EASY DIY ideas to add some pink, red & hearts to your home ๐Ÿ™‚SuppliesHeart String Art


  • 1 piece of wood (barn board, drift wood, any wood you want!)
  • Heart template (I just googled “heart shape”)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Small nails
  • Hammer (missing from picture)
  • Needle nose pliers (missing from picture)
  • Pencil (missing from picture)


  • Hold template on wood wherever you want and draw on the PAPER on the outline (you want the heart indent in the wood)
  • Hold one of the nails in the tip of the pliers and nail it down
  • Then go around the heart and put a nail in every 1cm or 3/4″
  • Tie the embroidery in a knot around one of the nails
  • Go around the heart with the thread and then back and forth to different nails (this part is going to be different for every one – you totally customize this to make it look however “organized” or “sporadic” you want! mine is totally random!)
  • When you get the heart looking how you want it, tie a knot around another nail (a couple times so it doesn’t come loose!) and then cut with scissors!
  • Done and done:)1

Heart Garland


  • Twine or string of some sort
  • Felt hearts (you can make your own or you can buy them at the dollar store like I did! A pack of 12 was only $2)


  • If you made your own hearts, either use a hole punch to make holes in the top two corners OR use scissors and make little x’s to be able to get your string through
  • Put your string through the top corners of each heart, looping through in and out… (I should probably figure out how to explain things better before writing DIY posts hahah!)
  • Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!Adele^^This girl was watching me take my pictures and was all “take my picture mama!” but wouldn’t look at me, and would only sit still for 3 seconds.^^ValentineInspiredDIYHope you enjoy these little projects. If you have any questions please comment! <3

And stay tuned for a YUMMY valentine’s day treat!

xo, Rachel




philippians four

I opened up one of my older Bibles to study this week and almost the entire chapter 4 was underlined in various colored inks. That is because this chapter is FULL of good verses, with great teaching and powerful instructions.

The definitive words in verses 3-6 are really challenging.

— Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS

— Let your reasonableness be known to EVERYONE

— Do not be anxious about ANYTHING

— In EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your requests known to God

Always. Everyone. Anything. Everything.

Paul is pretty clear that the Christian life is an all day, every day, purposefully lived kind of life. There is no room for our excuses. It isn’t a sometimes, only to people we like, some things, or even most things kind of living. He tells us to be all in. Take it seriously and be intentional about it. Those things will not come naturally. Paul knew that, which is why he is telling us to do it. If it was natural and easy these verses wouldn’t exist.

  • What do you struggle most with from that list? Rejoicing, being reasonable, anxiety?
  • What causes you to struggle with these things?
  • How can you stop/reduce the struggle?

There are a lot of people out there who deal with anxiety and God knew it was an issue. This is why He gave us clear instructions on what to do when we are feeling anxious: “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” And what does God promise in return? “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.”

God wants us to take everything to Him in prayer. If you are worried, unsettled, stressed etc, PRAY about it.

If you have ever had that peace described in verse 7, you know it is a something without explanation, something you can’t describe or even understand, oh that peace is amazing. The anxiety of our minds and hearts can be guarded in Christ Jesus. Who else is able to guard our anxiety and give us peace? So why don’t we go to Him more often?

v8 is definitely the verse that challenges me the most. Your thought life is hidden from everyone, so it is easy to keep those evil, judgmental, negative thoughts “under cover.” But God knows them.

“Search me oh God and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts.” – Psalm 139:23.

Paul doesn’t leave anything out. He even tells them what to THINK about!

Whatever is:

— true

— honorable

— just

— pure

— lovely

— commendable

— excellent

— worthy of praise

Think on these things!

  • Write out these words and then beside each one write a thought that would fit under that category. {This was way harder than I thought it would be! Please share your ideas!}

Memorize these words and when those negative thoughts start creeping in, hopefully this list comes to mind and you can exchange the thoughts for something true, or lovely, etc.

Paul goes on to tell us that he has learned to be content in any situation he is in. Sign me up please! Social Media is such a contentment thief! I used to struggle a lot with this. I could be totally content and then 15 minutes of Pinterest later, doomed. All I could think about is having a nice, finished, photo worthy home with pretty outfits etc etc. I have trained myself (somewhat!) to look at those things and just enjoy the pretty picture and move on. I tell myself that a new sink isn’t going to change my life, and that a gorgeous laundry room isn’t going to make laundry any more fun, and that nice clothes aren’t going to make me any happier!

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (v13)

Thank you Paul for that verse^^^

Whenever things are tough, remember those words. 10 of the most encouraging words, and an extremely easy verse to memorize!

v14-19 – Paul thanks the Philippians for their generosity, thanking them for partnering with Him in the gospel work.ย  He calls thisย a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.

  • This is a personal reflection question for sure and one that I have to ask myself over and over. Am I giving enough? Could I be giving more? Where does God want me to give? Is my giving acceptable and pleasing to God?

Paul encourages them by telling them that “my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Amazing when you think of it, everything we have, God gave us. So why not give it away? Knowing that God will be faithful and supply every need of ours, like He did the first time.

I hope you enjoyed this study as much as I did!

Don’t forget to post a picture on Instagram of your study/Bible/notebook/coffee (lol) using #minimamastudies to receive the 8×10 print below! ๐Ÿ™‚

Next week I’ll be starting 1 John 1 <3 Phil413Framexo, Rachel