Rachel’s DIY Storybook Baby Shower

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This past Saturday, Crystal and I had the pleasure of hosting a baby shower for our good friend, Rachel. She is the first one in our little group to get pregnant and we are all so incredibly excited to welcome him into the world. On Tuesday, Crystal showed you how to make a Very Hungry Caterpillar from pom poms. Today, I’ll show you how it all came together as we celebrated Rachel and Baby Richard!

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DIY Hungry Caterpillar

Under the Oaks blog : DIY Hungry Caterpillar

 This past weekend Annie and I co-hosted a Book-themed baby shower for a very dear friend (and avid reader) of ours. It was a lot of fun to plan, but boy was I happy to have a partner in crime! We pinned all sorts of ideas via Pinterest from decor to menu ideas, games, and more.

On Thursday Annie will show off more of our work and photos from the festivities. Today I am focusing on one of the DIY decor items … A Very Hungry Caterpillar! We had pinned a project that was very similar, but did not include any sort of tutorial. So if a tutorial is what you are seeking, you are in luck! Continue reading

Have a frugal week.

Under the Oaks blog: Have a frugal week. #savingmoney

This summer has been pretty busy for two people who said there would be no traveling this year after our honeymoon! We’ve been to Nashville, the beach a few times, NY a few times, and Canada so far. We are heading up to the lake this Friday for Labor day then back to the beach a few weeks later. Hoping for at least one more beach trip and who knows where we will be for our anniversary! All the travel costs have been worth it, I think, but my wallet / bank account / husband may disagree. Aside from travel, life happens and that can add up too. Date nights, coffee dates, and happy hours are something that we’ve tried to reign in but it doesn’t seem to be working. Why? Because we love our friends so much, duh! Just kidding. Even though that is true, I think it mostly has to do with how in shambles our house is right now. We could be saving so much if we just had people over instead of going out to meet them all the time but unfortunately, our house is not guest-friendly right now. Which brings me to why we must get better about being frugal. As I’ve said in this post, we are working to pay off debt so we can get the house renovated so to keep me on track, I made this list to remind myself that less can be more and motivate me to keep adding things each week!

My Frugal List :: Things that I’ve learned to live without / live with less of:

  • Coffee shops – I’m usually at one on a Friday afternoon and consider it Under the Oaks office hours but I’ve learned that a 15” laptop screen is only good for streaming Mad Men while working on the 30” screen you hooked up next to it.

  • Busy weekend-night restaurants – a 2-hour wait at 8p for a restaurant not on the “places to be seen” list is not worth it. Cashed in for a better dinner and bottle of wine in yoga pants, on the couch with my husband and pets, catching up on the DVR. I do realize how old that makes me sound…

  • Traditional home goods – Thanks to Pinterest and my love of canning jars, I’ve come to realize how unnecessary it is to buy products specifically made for something. For example, I use canning jars to organize my craft / baking / office supplies, keep perishable foods longer, as water bottles, salad keepers, rocks glasses, wine glasses, martini glasses, as oil lanterns, vases, etc., etc. I’m sure I’ve saved money somewhere from this.

  • Reading material – My library (read: three bookcases) are full. No more room, not if I want to stay sane. In the past maybe six months, I’ve purchased three books. Usually, I purchase 4-5 a month. I miss it. Along the same lines, magazines. I have about a year worth of back issues that I have yet to go through, though I’m not sure what to do with the clippings now that Pinterest exists…

  • Pedicures – This year I haven’t gotten a single one. I’ve learned how to do them at home and have gotten pretty decent at it but since I don’t get massages on a regular basis, I would try to justify pedicures as a less expensive treats and a chance to get some “me time” but I always felt guilty for paying $25 for someone to basically paint my nails.

So this week, I challenge you to make your own “frugal” list. What can you live without or with less of?

– A