easy-to-make fall garland

fall garland DIY maggie whitley

We are weeks away from the Fall season here in Los Angeles, but I just had to make something seasonal for our home. (I am so jealous of all you Fall-ers, with your flannel shirts and warm drinks!) Something I’m constantly reminded of is how often I need to be creating (and reading, can’t forget about reading).

Creating is an instant mood-lifter for me, especially when it’s something I can easily work on with Max & Nat around. I begin with just 20 minutes, my secret trick to accomplishing anything, and just like always, a little extra time is usually gifted to me. And look what I created the other day:

fall garland DIY maggie whitley

…a new fall garland for our home in the most earthy, delicious green color! I used a heavy weight wool-blend yarn (see it here), and it knitted up super well. I wrote a full tutorial with lots of photos here, if you’re wanting to make one for your home :) But warning, they are a little addictive.

QUICK TIP: as I am knitting, I keep the my fingers spaced out a bit, keep the yarn at my middle knuckle, and then give the yarn “tail” a gentle but firm pull every couple of minutes. This helps form the garland’s shape, and makes it easy to remove each loom from your fingers.

A few Christmases ago I made two really long garlands for our tree, one in a gold shimmer and one in red. I’ve used thin yarns, regular weighted yarns, and bulky yarns (above), and I definitely prefer using a bulky yarn.

I think I’ll hang my newest garland above our TV, which has a bit of mustard yellow in the art pieces we have hanging on the wall. And maybe hanging this up will make the temperature cool down a bit? That would be amazing.

Do you know how to finger knit? Have you ever tried? I think for our next book club meet-up (early October) I’ll teach the girls how to finger knit ;)

PS. check out my past craft projects!

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Pumpkin carving and waiting.

Last night we went to a pumpkin carving party at Zack’s work. It was so great to meet everyone and snack on yummy pumpkin treats (a pregnant woman’s dream, haha). And I’ve very decided every day that passes where I don’t go into labor is like an extra treat for our family.

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It can be so hard to wait but I definitely know the beauty that come with waiting… so I will :) These last days as a family of three are so precious to me. I know once our baby is placed in my arms will be a precious moment too, and it’ll begin a new and wonderful season for us.

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So week 40, day 2 — we welcome you :)

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An adventure to the pumpkin patch!

pumpkin patch west hollywood

I love when our weekends are filled with so much HAPPY! It all starts on Friday — there’s usually tons of anticipation over Zack wrapping up his work/heading home. We usually stay up a bit too late on Fridays, which means the morning always comes too soon ;) You can usually find us in our jammies as we talk about our day while playing with Maxwell and Bauer. We have wooden cars and puzzles surrounding us, the books are scattered and we slowly sip our coffee (which Max calls “hot”). Suddenly it’s lunch time and sometimes we haven’t even left the apartment yet. Oops! This past weekend we knew we wanted to finish up some things around our home and after naptime on Saturday we wanted to visit a local pumpkin patch.

pumpkin patch west hollywood

In Los Angeles it’s not uncommon for a seasonal site, like pumpkin patches or Christmas tree farms or ice-skating rinks, to rent out a lot in the middle of a neighborhood. We’ve done all three now that we’ve been here for two years, and it’s kinda fun to see palm trees amongst pine trees or bales of hay ;) Besides, it’s a huge time saver having these seasonal sites set up in a neighborhood. Driving to the other side of the mountains, where there’s more space/nature, is definitely fun but it can take foreverrrrrrrrrr with traffic.

This was Maxwell’s first visit to the pumpkin patch but I think I had just as much fun as him. We love “stepping back” a bit and watching him take it all in. Seeing what he takes interest in (pony rides! face painting! bounce house!) and watching him pick up pumpkins — it’s adorable.

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We found a neighborhood pumpkin patch in West Hollywood to visit on Saturday afternoon. There was a small per-person admission but the total cost went towards any pumpkin purchase. We picked out a super cute lil punkin’ and two smaller gourds for our living room, and I love how vibrant the orange and yellow colors look against our brown accent wall. Kinda makes me want to make some sort of fall garland to really cozy things up ;)

pumpkin patch west hollywood

pumpkin patch west hollywood

pumpkin patch west hollywood

Speaking of adventures, Zack begins a new chapter today in his film/commercial/visual effects career and I’m so excited for him. This is a huge blessing/answered prayer for our family and I’m super grateful. And pinch me, but word around the water cooler is he’ll be home at dinner time, regularly. Yes!

I think we’ll all be reminiscing about all the family time we had this past weekend as today carries on… mixed with anticipation on when exactly Baby #2 will be making his or her debut into our family. WE ARE READY FOR YOU, BABY! ♥

We had such a lovely weekend and I hope you did, too. And if you live in a city where the leaves change colors then I’m a little envious of you!

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Introducing our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

Well hello, October! I’m so happy it’s the first of the month. The weather is finally cooling off a bit here in Los Angeles and the holiday-themed family/kiddo activity emails are appearing in my personal inbox. It’s so exciting :) And not to mention, October is the month our second baby is due!!! We’ll see though when baby actually makes his or her debut…

Our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide launches today and runs through December 15th. I’m really excited to share with you the 17 shops that are participating this year as they feature some really fun items! Most of them are offering a unique discount code to the MWD community, which is so generous of them! I wanted to give you a tease of what’s inside our Holiday Gift Guide so below are photos of my favorite items with a direct link to each shop.

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Baby Bjorn:

A Swedish family-owned business started in 1961. Our concept is to make day-to-day life easier for parents of small children by developing safe & innovative products of the highest quality for children up to three years old.


Baby Mama Sew Shop:

Purses, bags, clutches and zipper pouches, as well as clothing items such as skirts and aprons for women and kids.


Delva B. Tree:

Stylish and fun handmade baby bibs, burp cloths, blankets, children’s crayon wallets and other accessories.


Drawstring Studio:

Modern home decor items to fit everyone’s needs and budget.


Fountain Top Creations:

A shop full of cozy crocheted and knitted hats, scarves, cowls, ear-warmers, and more!

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An illustrative paper goods and homeware store filled with prints, pillows, tea towels, cards, tote bags, and more.


LilyAlyssa Boutique:

Sweet women’s accessories crocheted and sewn: headbands, scarves, hats, ear warmers, etc.


 Love Forward:

Handmade accessories, home goods, and gifts; inspired by love.


Oh So Antsy:

Hand cut custom state and country shaped jewelry.


Paper + Spark:

Fresh, fun, and functional everyday essentials for your desktop, workspace, and home.

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Pink Poppy Party Shoppe:

An array of handcrafted personalized party decorations.


Purpose Jewelry:

Handcrafted jewelry made by survivors of sexual slavery. 100% of the proceeds go to International Sanctuary, a non-profit that provides holistic care, and empowers rescued women & girls to obtain true freedom.


Saffron and Nutmeg:

Hand knit and sewn items made for mamas and kiddos.


Shared Joy:

Boutique quality headbands for the fashionable joys in your life!


 Silly Mama Quilts:

Fresh and fun handmade gift and home décor items. Original designed pieces make some of the best gifts for a wedding, new baby, holiday or treat for yourself.


Simple and Trendy:

Modern style with classical appeal. Mason jar tumblers, monogrammed wine glasses, iPhone charger decals and stickers.


The Vintage Honey Shop:

Specializing in handmade necklaces that mamas wear, but is safe for babies to chomp on while teething!

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We’re so excited about this years Holiday Gift Guide and for all of the participating shops! Offering a unique discount code to our community so we can start our holiday shopping is incredibly generous of them, so thank you sponsors!

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