I have been on medical leave for a month because of my hysterectomy. I don’t want to prolong my healing, so I am working hard to not over exert myself.
One of the things I have been working on is organizing and printing photos, as well as putting together some new Project Life pages. This is a goal I had set at the beginning of the year and I haven’t made much progress. It seems like the perfect project for me right now because I can do all of it from the comfort of my bed and work at a slow pace.
Epson America, Inc. released a new Expression® Photo HD XP-15000 wide-format color printer and sent me one for review. We recently got it set up a few weekends ago and honestly, I am addicted. This Epson prints incredible, professional-quality borderless prints up to 13”x19” on all kinds of paper – from photo paper to cardstock. The first thing I printed were some new 12×12 prints for the gallery wall in our dining room. Poor Ezra wasn’t even in the frames before! Check out these prints I created.
I am truly blown away by the stunning quality and can’t believe they came from a home printer. They look like lab quality. I cannot wait to use this printer for my Project Life albums. Simply printing a few photos ignited a fire that had all but gone out in recent years.
As I have been going through my photos, I realized that, though we have a lot of photos on display in our home, they are nearly all of our immediate family. Our extended family lives out of state, and so, I have been going through files from past family gatherings to print some photos of them for display in our home.
The first frame I put together was of all the kids’ grandparents. I love how it turned out.
The Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-Format Printer ($299.99 MSRP) is available through major retail stores nationwide including Amazon.
Do you have a home photo printer? Does it motivate you to get more photos printed? If you are in the market for a large format printer, definitely check out this Epson Expression Photo HD XP-15000 Wide-Format Printer.
Thank you to Epson for sending me this printer for review.
This was a strange reading month for me because after my hysterectomy, I didn’t do any reading for two weeks. I simply was too tired and unfocused to read. You’d think that recovery would mean I would be reading more (after all, I have done very little driving or leaving of my house), but it didn’t happen that way. I wasn’t really surprised, as I didn’t read at all after my breast reduction, which was a five-week recovery. However, after two weeks, I began reading feverishly and finished three books in a week. So I am still on track for my reading goal of 60 books for the year, despite the hiatus.
I also focused on reading books from my shelves. With spending so much time in my bed, I have been staring at my very full bookshelf of books I haven’t read. I was reminded that have curated a great collection of books, as I am a stickler about buying well-reviewed, 5-star books. My collection didn’t disappoint. BONUS FOR YOU: me reading older books means they are cheaper on Amazon and easier to get at the library.
Below is what I read in May. For real time bookish talk, follow my @BookSnobbery Instagram account.
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For past months’ reads:
TOTAL READ TO DATE: 25 books
Okay friends, that Matilda Jane sale that I have been raving about ends TODAY. So if you were away for the holiday or you clicked on the sale and thought, I’ll shop later, this is it.
There are dozens and dozens of options, but I am going to share a few additional photos to give you a sense of the wide scope in this sale. It’s all gorgeous. Beautiful patterns. One of a kind, gorgeous fabrics. Lots of details that Matilda Jane is known for.
Also, know this: When you shop my party, you are supporting a mompreneur in Nashville named Lauren. Sure, I get a few free bags and clothes, but it is Lauren whose business really thrives when people shop. She and I have been been texting for the past few days and she is SO excited how many Mom Creative readers have bought something from the sale. It truly is blessing her and her family. I’m so thrilled for her, which is why I have devoted two blog posts to promoting this. Moreover, the prices are truly awesome and I know y’all love great deals!
Baby, Kids & Tween Clothes
Of course, what Matilda Jane is known for is its adorable little girls clothes. I honestly could show dozens of pictures because they have so much available in this sale. Dresses, ruffle pants, sweaters, jackets, baby rompers, tights, headbands and so much more.
Sizes include baby 3-6m to 18-24m, girls 2-14, tween 8-16. I tend to size up so that I get longer wear with the clothes for Adeline. So she is in a 6 now, so I ordered her 8s. While 6 would fit fine this summer, I like getting 2-3 seasons out of Matilda Jane clothes.
You will find that many of the tops and dresses are priced at just $15-$20 and accessories are $8-$10.
I have never owned any of Matilda Jane’s women’s clothes, but this sale has so many low prices that I bought several pieces. Sizing tends to be true to size (in most pieces I am a medium, for reference).
Matilda Jane’s tote bags are beautiful, sturdy and well-made. I have always admired them from afar, but never expected to get to own one because I expected they were way too costly. With this sale, they are all only $30-$40.
Included in the sale are the up and away weekender, the winter fawn duffle bag, the tote-ally perfect tote (not pictured), the carry it off messenger bag and the over the moon baby bag.
Also, if you spend $175 in the sale, you can add on the Going Somewhere tote for $25. This is the tote I am holding in the picture above. It is so big, sturdy and pretty.
The sale also includes lots of home goods items, with everything from quilts, throw pillows and sleeping bags to Christmas decor like tree skirts and stockings. I bought a sleeping bag for Adeline for her birthday, the reversible tree skirt and a table runner.
The kids last day of school was Thursday, so I thought I would do a little update post on them right now. They are growing so fast and I have been weepy about it lately (especially after reading this Jen Hatmaker post about her graduating daughter). We are writing our summer bucket list today and are looking forward to making a lot of memories together. I’ve included some Amazon afiliate links in case your kids are the same ages and might have the same favorites.
Age: Almost 10 (birthday in July/ planned party theme: Dude Perfect)
Favorite school subject: Math
Favorite books: Magic Treehouse series, Story Treehouse series, Dogman series, Captain Underpants
Favorite things to do: Soccer, playing chess, Pokemon cards
Favorite thing to wear: Messi jersey
Favorite toy: Beyblade
Favorite show: Dude Perfect
Favorite movie: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Most looking forward to this summer: Having sleepovers, a visit from his cousin Christian and going to camp
Age: Almost 7 (birthday in June/ planned party theme: Unicorn Spa Sleepover)
Favorite school subject: Art
Favorite books: When God Made You, Sweet Valley Kids (she has a set from my childhood), Clementine series
Favorite things to do: Color with mommy, sing, soccer, doing crafts and kiwi crates
Favorite thing to wear: Twirly sundresses
Favorite toy: Shopkins, LOL Surprise Dolls and anything American Girl
Favorite show: Teen Titans Go
Favorite movie: The Greatest Showman
Most looking forward to this summer: The pool, sleepovers and going to the beach
Favorite books: Dr. Seuss, Elmo Search and Find, anything Star Wars
Favorite things to do: Play with cars, play with Star Wars toys, say the word poop and shake his butt
Favorite thing to wear: Character shirts especially Mickey and Star Wars
Favorite toy: Darth Vader and Storm Trooper
Favorite show: Masha and Bear (on Netflix)
Most looking forward to this summer: Hanging with his brother and sister (he thinks he is a big kid!)
If you haven’t documented your kids lately, take a minute to write their favorites. You will look back and be so glad you did.
Y’all, if you love Matilda Jane, you might just freak out over their Good Luck Trunk Sale that is going on through Tuesday, May 29.
Matilda Jane makes literally some of the cutest clothes ever for girls. They also have a women’s line, accessories and home goods. Their prices are normally pretty pricey, but will accessories starting at $8 and dresses starting at $15, you will never, ever find them cheaper. (If you watch Fixer Upper, Joanna’s girls wear Matilda Jane all the time.)
Another great thing about Matilda Jane – you can almost always resell them for close to retail, so you will likely make your money back after your child grows out of her clothes. (And honestly, at these prices, you might make more than what you pay!)
Sizes and quantities are super limited, so go shop through my party link right away and get some amazing clothes. Be sure when you check out you see my name Jessica Turner as your “jane”.
Here is a sampling of the dresses that I bought for Adeline, so you can get a sense of what they have. They also have tons of cute shirts, jackets, sweaters, pants (with ruffles!), leggings, hair accessories and more.
Sizes include baby 3-6m to 18-24m, girls 2-14, tween 8-16, women’s xs-xxl. I tend to size up so that I get longer wear with the clothes for Adeline. So she is in a 6 now, so I ordered her 8s. While 6 would likely fit fine this summer, I like getting 2-3 seasons out of Matilda Jane clothes.
They have SOOOOO much cute stuff. They even have bedding, which I totally love! I decided to order Adeline a sleeping bag for her birthday in June. (You can see it in the FB Live below. It is like a heavy comforter and really long and well made. You can’t beat the $36 price either.)
You can see Adeline and I show a bunch of the stuff in the sale in this Facebook Live video, which yes, I totally did in my pajamas and with no makeup on because my hysterectomy recovery isn’t going to keep me from showing you awesome stuff. 🙂
Go shop this sale now before it ends. I know you will absolutely love everything you get. Adeline in Matilda Jane is pretty much my favorite thing ever and I am so delighted to host this online party for you.