How Do You Find the Time?

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I often get asked how I find the time to do everything that I do. And to be quite honest, I always feel a little uncomfortable when approached with this question because I don’t see anything that I do as out of the ordinary. Just recently I was at my Grandparents 50th wedding anniversary party and saw a lot of family members that I haven’t seen for a very long time and they met our children in person for the very first time. We pretty much just keep up with each other on Facebook, as I’m sure a lot of you do with your family, but it was so lovely to get to actually see them and give hugs. Well during the party I think I had at least four people say ‘wow, how do you find the time to do everything? Four young children, a business, a blog, a book’. I never know how to respond to that question because it’s not that I ‘find’ the time. We are all given the same amount of time during the day. So the question shouldn’t be how do I find the time, but rather ‘how do you find the energy and motivation’, don’t you think? We all find ‘time’ for the things we are motivated and excited to do. 

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Bunny Plush Toy Tutorial

Bunny Plush Toy Tutorial by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama.

My children love stuffed animals and I wanted to make a sweet little bunny plush toy for our new baby girl, Josephine Mae. If you own a copy of my 'Woodland Hand Applique Set' you can simply use the large bunny applique to create this adorable toy. This bunny rabbit takes no time at all to sew, so if you're looking for something to make for your little one, give this a try! … continue reading

The New Cottage Home ~ Renovations Begin

The New Cottage Home Renovations.

So I've been a little MIA here on the blog lately because we have just had so much going on! We closed on a new house this past Friday and it all seems sort of surreal. We had been looking for a new home for months and nothing seemed right. Either the house was just right, but the lot backed up to too many neighbors (we like our privacy).......the lot and location were fantastic, but the house wasn't what we wanted (too cookie cutter, too outdated, etc). We were starting to wonder if we would ever find 'the house'. … continue reading

Knit Leggings and Dress for Josie

Knit Leggings and Dress from The Cottage Mama.

Today marks my spot on the Riley Blake Designs Knit Love Blog Tour! I love sewing with all of Riley Blake Design's many of them are perfect for children's clothing. They have a beautiful line of knit fabric that is such great quality (and if you've tried sewing with poor quality knit, you know that this is huge). The stretch is fantastic for things like leggings, yet it's soft and sweet and perfect for babies. I decide it was time for my little Josie Mae to get her first official Cottage Mama outfit, so I made her a pair of knit leggings and … continue reading

Garlicky Ham & Cheese Party Sandwiches

Garlicky Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches. Recipe from The Cottage Mama.

Several months ago my mom had told me about these yummy party sandwiches that she had made and how I should really give them a try. I made up a batch to bring over to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law after they recently had their first baby, along with some other goodies. The sandwiches were delicious! I made these again a few weeks ago and changed up the recipe a bit to suit my husband and my tastes a bit more. So today I'm going to share my recipe for these Garlicky Ham and Cheese Party Sandwiches with you. These are perfect for entertaining a crowd and can … continue reading

Unicorn Birthday Dress & Matching Doll Dress

Unicorn Birthday Dress and Matching Doll Dress from The Cottage Mama.

Today I wanted to share the Unicorn Birthday Dress and Matching Doll Dress that I made for Savannah's 7th birthday. We had agreed that we wouldn't do many presents on her actual birthday since we were going to have tea at the American Girl Store (in lieu of a party with friends) and she was going to get to pick out some presents at the store. However, I wanted to surprise my little birthday girl with something for her to wear on her trip to downtown Chicago. … continue reading

Happy 7th Birthday, Savannah Rose!

Savannah Rose turns 7 years old.

Dear Savannah Rose, Happy Birthday! I can't believe my oldest baby is 7 years old. How can that be? I say that as each of my kids gets older, I know.......but where does the time go? I can still remember your birth (all 17 hours of labor) like it was yesterday. I find it so hard to see these years just flying by. It seems like you were just a baby and now you're turning into such a beautiful girl. Today, on your 7th birthday, here are a few things I would like to remember about you and that you might like to know about what you were like when you turned 7 years … continue reading

Crockpot Potato and Corn Chowder

Crockpot Potato and Corn Chowder by Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Mama.

It's been mighty cold around Chicagoland lately, which means it's perfect soup weather! I've been using my crockpot a ton over the last several months since we added baby #4, Josephine Mae, in October. I created this Crockpot Potato and Corn Chowder to have on a cold winter night and it turned out so wonderfully. I have a tendency to just 'wing-it' when I cook, but I actually wrote down all the ingredients this time so I could share this recipe with you all. And since it's Lent (which means no meat on Friday for our family), this recipe falls into the vegetarian … continue reading