Spiderman Donuts & Birth Announcements

Oh, have I got a birth announcement for you! (if you have a spare three minutes)

I think I always meant to tell you that. In case you didn’t already know from Facebook and/or Instagram, Scarlet Bella turned eight over the weekend. Whoa, what a day. It had highs and lows and creamy ice cream middles. The thing is, the day was BEAUTIFUL with her. Then when night fell, my sunniness evaporated and gave way to doubts and swirling thoughts.

I lost the sunniness the day had given, but it can’t go away too far with Scarlet Bella on the move.

The thing is, she held my hand before she fell asleep and she wouldn’t let go.

Then everything crept, and then zoomed, forward. From back of mind to front of mind. Tears for fears. Doubt. It’s those rough moments in which I worry my mama’s heart is too raw and exposed, and it will never survive, even though the alternative of having a rough and hidden heart is far worse. The thing is, sometimes I look at old photos of my father and I worry that he died of anxiety and heartache. That his heart beat too fast and too painfully. Not for any reason, other than sometimes the world is too big to bear, too wide to wrap your heart around, and too fixated on time for anyone to not feel the rippling effects of its passage. I know that he died of undiagnosed heart disease and not of the blanks I’ve had to fill.

And as much as I live and love and make my heart beat too fast, too much, too hurt, too everything, it won’t kill me. Our hearts hold up the world, because that’s what they’re meant to do, despite our efforts to topple down beneath the rubble.

And I’m banking on that, as well as her supreme smile, the way she cleaned her room in exchange for me reading with her for an hour last night (which I would have done for free), and how she went up to another little girl at camp this morning who was crying and scared and introduced herself because they have the same time. She’s a sparkly girl; makes me proud.


Now can we PLEASE talk about doughnuts?? These are such fun and the movie is now out!

Are you a MARVEL fan? These Spiderman Donuts are easy to make, and super fun to decorate. If you're planning a party, you need this Spiderman Donuts #recipe


1 box of cake mix (we used Funfetti Aqua Blue Cake Mix)
2 Eggs
2/3 Cup of Water
1/3 Cup of Vegetable Oil
Red Wilton Candy Melts
Black Icing Gel
Wilton Donut Pan


Mix cake mix, water, vegetable oil and eggs according to the cake mix box.

Spray donut pan with cooking spray.

Pour donut mix into a measuring cup for easy pouring. Pour the donut mix into the donut pan, making sure not to fill all the way to the top.

Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Let cool for 5 minutes.

Melt red candy melts in microwave or with this Wilton Melting Pot

Dip the top of each donut into the red candy melts. Let harden for 5 minutes. You can also put into the fridge for it to harden.

Use the black icing gel to create a spider web by drawing 2 circles on top and then about 8 lines across the circles.


7 Tips on Decorating the Bedroom of Your Child’s Dreams

*This post is brought to you by Mouse + Magpie and The Motherhood. All opinions are 100% my own.

Looking to decorate, renovate, upgrade, or move your kid's bedroom? Here are 7 tips for creating/decorating the bedroom of their dreams. #ad #mouseandmagpie

As you know, we take great pleasure in creating, decorating, renovating & any other home decor-related “ing” around here!

It all started over three years ago when we finally bought Scarlet her big girl bed. We had converted her gorgeous crib into a day bed, and that was a beautiful arrangement for awhile. Then, baby Des outgrew his bassinet in spectacular growth spurt fashion, and we needed to convert the crib-turned-bed, back into a crib! There were a few days/weeks of Scarlet sleeping on an air mattress on the floor, until we figured out our next move. She’s always been excellent at rolling with the punches.

Des has too!

It doesn’t have to be so complicated, though. We have had a much easier time figuring out our plans this time around – specifically this summer! You see, we’re renovating our master suite upstairs, and giving the kids their own rooms downstairs. As we know from previous experience, sometimes hopes, dreams, and desires can get lost in the shuffle. In our great excitement for the upstairs renovations (jacuzzi tub! walk-in closet!), I’ve been careful to spend time listening to both kids and making sure their concerns are heard. They deserve home decorating excitement too! Des will be moving into our previous guest room – called “The Story Room” – and we will use the extra bedroom space to give Scarlet her dream “secret library” and to build upon a theme of her choosing. Do you want to know the theme she chose? It’s “Magical Unicorn Ride.”

I can’t wait to choose a collection for Des, because Mouse + Magpie has grabbed our hearts.

Why do we love Mouse + Magpie so much? It was created specifically with children in mind – little people with BIG imaginations. We’ve always been a family of dreamers. You can see it in the way we imagine and envision. You can see it in the way we travel and make Halloween costumes. It’s in the way we draw out plans for chicken coops, bedroom renovations, and dream trips to Orlando. And, you can (finally) even see it in the way we execute these wildest dreams. I’m thankful for this chance to glimpse the way a child dreamer dreams, and to know I’m always here to help them along their journeys.

Mouse + Magpie is a child inspired, adult curated collection of delightfully designed products and furnishings created specifically for little people with big imaginations. They partner with international artists and illustrators from around the world to exclusively design one-of-a-kind products – with an emphasis on quality and creativity. They’re helping to design bedrooms, playrooms, and nurseries that foster imagination. Soon, Mouse + Magpie will expand into bathrooms, and beyond.

We know we will be along for the ride. What I especially love is that this is one-of-a-kind decor. This is special. This helps us create magical kids’ rooms, because if you couldn’t already tell, that’s what we’re about! I love that Mouse + Magpie gives children a variety of canvases for expressing their creative visions. The collections are child-inspired, adult-curated, and feature framed art, lamps, throw pillows, Sherpa blankets, and clocks. The products are exclusively designed by artists and since that artist community is actively growing, you can always check back! The international artists and illustrators are intent on putting imagination into the hearts of children, and easy-to-implement designs into the hands of adults.

Are you looking to start a new room design, or select just the right piece(s) to breathe life into an existing space? Mouse + Magpie offers you a unique opportunity to choose a complete collection of artwork and products, or go by piece. Collections conveniently include 1 framed art, 1 lamp, 1 clock, 1 pillow, and 1 Sherpa blanket. Here’s our tips:

1 – Pick a theme and find special touches. With a collection, framed and canvas prints set the stage for imaginations to run wild with big, bold colors and textures that establish the room’s story and theme. Pillows provide comfort and support with loveable patterns and playful designs that help tie the whole room together. Mouse + Magpie lamps illuminate the spaces where stories come to life. Sherpa blankets can be worn as capes, or used as wells for secret forts. They’re also perfect for cuddling and warmth. Creatively crafted clocks will remind parents and kids that it’s the perfect time for storytelling.

2 – Play on your child’s interests and build around it. For us, it’s all about having a reading nook for Scarlet.

3 – Never underestimate the power of good and cozy lighting.

4 – Make the bed a place of comfort, safety and dreams.

5 – Give your child an appreciation for art through canvas and art prints, picked out with care.

6 – Pick items that promote learning life skills – like clocks!

7 – Have fun with color. Mouse + Magpie collections will see to it that you have consistency throughout your room.

Don’t forget to head to Mouse + Magpie to view their artist collections! Each one is the stuff of childhood (& adult) dreams. I have many favorites! And catch up with Mouse + Magpie on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter!

Which collection is your favorite?