Twinning With My Girl

Everly and I went out last week with Daniel and took some photos together in our matching outfits! I didn’t realize taking pictures with toddlers was so challenging but we ended up getting some cute candid shots. It was an adventure for sure being 25 weeks pregnant, chasing around an energized toddler, and trying to capture some photos together. I’ve learned to roll with it and take what you can get haha 🙂 Yesterday our girl turned 20 months old and I am now 26 weeks pregnant! Time is flying by but we’re doing our best to enjoy every moment. We have lots of fun family events coming up and I’m really looking forward to celebrating them. We have our annual Valentines Day trip to Solvang on the 14th, Daniel’s birthday on March 5th, our 15th anniversary on March 11th, my birthday on April 6th, our baby shower for baby boy, and before we know it, his arrival in May. Also, our sweet Everly Jane will be turning 2 years old in June! There’s so much to look forward to and in the mean time, we’re still enjoying our days at home together watching Everly grow into such a beautiful, smart, and sweet girl. We couldn’t be more proud of her and she continues to impress us daily with new things she’s learning and discovering. My favorite is hearing her sweet little voice talking so much. She’s so good at communicating already and she surprises us every day with saying even more and more words and phrases. I love hearing her say her name. She pronounces it “oh-wee.” We took her to our local zoo a couple days ago along with my parents and we had the sweetest morning together. We let her wander around and explore and we ended it with a lunch in the park nearby. I’m loving these precious days with my girl so much and so happy my parents get to be a part of her life and watch her grow. My pregnancy is still going smooth and our little boy is growing so big! At our last ultrasound they said he was a big boy and I’m definitely feeling it for sure. I’m feeling him move around so much lately, even as I’m writing this I feel him kicking me 🥰 Just a couple more weeks until my 3rd trimester. Here we go!

Twinning In Tie Dye – Tips for DIY tie-dying

DIY projects are my fav! I’ve been having fun with tie dye lately and making my own custom colors by combining different dyes. For this dusty rose/ mauve color I combined coral and gray together. I used the All Purpose RIT dye. Tip: make sure you look at the type of fabric you are dying. If it is more synthetic fabrics then use the synthetic RIT dye and if it’s mostly cotton then I would recommend the All Purpose one. These particular sweatsuits I dyed were 50% cotton and 50% polyester. I got both mine and Everly’s outfits at Target. My sister got a Target gift card for me for my birthday (thanks sis!) and I was stoked to find them there. They were all separate pieces that I ordered (and all on sale!👌🏼) Mine were actually the men’s Hanes brand, and Everly’s were the Cat and Jack brand. Everly’s were just a long sleeve white tee and white leggings. It was harder to find actual baby sweats in white. You can also look on Amazon (they seem to be running low on stock). And there is also Walmart too 👍🏼 There’s a lot of different ways to tie dye (just YouTube “different tie dye techniques,”) but for this project I used the “crinkle method.” I like the more marble type of tie dye look. Tip: Make sure you wash the clothes you’re dying (if they are new) before starting. Even if they are not new and you’re using an old t-shirt, make sure the thing you are dying is still wet or damp for this type of look. Most people recommend leaving the dye in for 6-12 hours, and that works, but for mine I wanted more of a muted tone so I just left mine on for about 45 minutes then immediately put them in the washing machine. My step by step process was pretty simple: Step 1- get a bowl of water ready and add the dye to it. You can also add a dash of dish soap as well. The more dye you add, the more vibrant the color. The more diluted it is, the more muted the color. Tip: if you are customizing your own color make sure you make plenty of dye. It’s better to have extra. If you run out of dye and your garment isn’t completely covered with dye , it’s hard to make the same exact tone unless you precisely measure the exact amounts you used. For me, I just started mixing the colors together until I got my desired tone. Generally, it was half coral and half gray (give or take). If you’re the type of person that prefers exact measurements then I suggest visiting the RIT fabric dye website. Or if you’re like me you can just wing it. Step 2- lay out the fabric and start crinkling it up. Get it to stay using rubber bands. Tip: The tighter the crinkle, the more white will show. The looser the crinkle, the more dyed color will show. Step 3- apply dye from a squeeze bottle making sure the fabric is generously covered. Step 4-put in a plastic bag and let it sit for 45 minutes or longer depending on desired vibrancy. Step 5- remove rubber bands and put in the washing machine on a normal/ cold cycle with detergent. Tip: If the color is a little brighter than desired, run the wash cycle again to mute the tone more. Or if you see there is more white showing then desired, simply repeat the process and add more dye. Step 5: If you want your clothes to shrink a bit put in the dryer, if not then just air dry. I liked the way mine fit when I bought them, so I decided to air dry. Like I said there are SO many different techniques out there, this is just what worked for me! Hope this helps and have fun tie- dying! ✌🏼