Small Shop Favorite :: The Humble Soles

We finally had a day without rain (yay!) so we took the boys for a stroll around the Charleston waterfront in the hopes of cooling off by the Pineapple Fountain. Though our toddler was uncooperative on so many levels, the heat was even worse.

Summer is here, my friends, and its not letting up anytime soon. Woof.

I've been attempting to dress my kids in whatever keeps them cool in these hot temps, but until recently I've had to assure Rowan he does not want to wear his rain boots in 90+ degree weather.

So when he finally switched gears and now repeatedly asks to wear his new Humble Soles Mateo sandals, I consider that a major mom win.

If you've been around here often, you know I don't take on a lot of sponsored posts and when I do, its only for brands that I truly love and shop at on my own dime (or not sponsored at all like this post).

So when I stumbled upon the Humble Soles a few months ago and saw the cutest eyelet sandals, handmade by artisans in Nicaragua, I immediately sent the link to my friend Jill who has two girls. I knew she'd love the style, but even more I knew she'd love the brand like I do.

Ten percent of your Humble Soles purchase goes toward children in Nicaragua - when you buy you get to choose whether it goes toward feeding a child, their home, or their education.

They are light weight and the soft leather seems to be getting more comfortable with every wear, which I think is why Rowan loves them so much.

And though my toddler is completely unaware of this, the details are so beautiful! Look at that stitching! I just can't believe these are handmade.

Some of my other favorite fair trade items sold by the Humble Soles are Nikko sandals for mama, this precious dress (seriously girl moms- someone get this since I can't!!), lovies, and this gorgeous macrame swing gives me all the heart eyes!

Read more about the story behind the Humble Soles brand here and check their Instagram for sales and new product info!

Thank you to the Humble Soles for graciously providing a pair of sandals for this review. 
All thoughts and opinions are my own, in fact I already placed my order for little brother sandals!

Big Boy Bedroom Reveal

This post has been such a long time coming! The irony is not lost on me that I am finally sharing it after my toddler suddenly decided sleeping by himself isn't his thing anymore but that's a different story for a different day.

Truthfully I got stuck on this room when it came to drapes. Despite sharing my inspiration way back when (PS somehow I almost forgot about the horrendous paint this room had in the before photo!), drapes were what tripped me up. Who knew? Thankfully Carousel Designs came to the rescue and this space is DONE!

Anyways, you guys I think I really hit the nail on the head with this room for Rowan.

He may not like sleeping in there by himself, but he does LOVE this room before 8 PM. I managed to avoid any major themes and colors that hurt my eyes, while giving him all the big boy bedroom things. There are blue walls, animals, shapes, sports, and books... so many books. They are crammed into every nook and cranny of this room.

Also bear with me on these photos... It was so overcast that day but as busy toddler mamas know, there is a very small window of time bedrooms stay this clean, so you do what you gotta do!

The wall color in Rowan's room is called Silver Half Dollar by Benjamin Moore and its such a chameleon color depending on the day in this space. The room has only one small window in it, so unless I photograph it on mid-day with the sun out, its super difficult for me even as a photographer to get a true color off of these walls... it reads somewhere between a steel blue grey and light blue in person.

I love all of the little details of this space - the black and white seersucker duvet, the DIY throw pillow, wire wall baskets. Even the banner, which is something we have said to Rowan every night at bedtime, has so much meaning to it I just had to include it.

On the side closest to his window we have his bookshelf that houses so. many. books. The drawers are full of them!

I had so much fun styling these bookshelves, which is typically not my strong suit. Target dollar section baskets, a random bag of baseballs I found in our garage, and Disney Baby books circa 1987 for the win.

I don't know what we'd do without those custom blackout curtains c/o Carousel Designs! They are so beautifully made and I was able to easily customize them with the exact colors, size and style I wanted for the room.

For the top half I chose antique white and bottom half is a basic black. The curtains have weights in them at the bottom which is genius and tabs in the back for hanging. You can choose the length and width of your curtains so I went a little long with ours so they would pool at the bottom.

On the opposite side of the room is the dresser and a little gallery wall with my favorite print, Whale Series One c/o Minted as the focal point. The colors of this print are so perfect for this space - watercolors with blue, grey and black hues, plus a modern black metal frame.

The love the train blueprint printable and scooped up the triangle shelf without realizing how much R would talk about having triangles in his room. Mom win! The rest I pulled from Rowan's original nursery so this part of the room came together really easily.

We try to get as much playtime in this space as we can because we love it so much, and hello... washable rug! And honestly after we added a bumper, I think it ended up being the coziest spot in the house!

Also for the record, I absolutely know someday this room will be filled with all of the superhero things and colors that make my eyes hurt, but its perfect for him to grow into and who knows, maybe we'll be crazy and add Finn in there eventually!

Thank you so much to Carousel Designs and Minted for partnering with me on this space! And thank you, my readers, for supporting the brands that keep this blog going all of these years!


Custom Blackout Drapes by Carousel Designs | Whale Series One Print with Matte Black metal frame by Minted | Dresser (Similar) | Bookshelf | Nightstand | Lorena Canals rug | My Green MattressDIY Seersucker Side Tie PillowMetal Bed | Soccer Ball Pillow | Wire Wall Baskets | Personalized Name Blocks | Alphabet Bookends | Train Blueprint Printable | Seersucker Duvet Set | White Coverlet Set | Dog Sheets | Zinc Letter (Similar) | Wooden Triangle Shelf (Hobby Lobby) | Sound Machine

Easy DIY Side Tie Pillow

Hi friends! I posted a photo of this easy DIY pillow with side ties on Instagram and had so many requests for a tutorial, so I'm excited to finally share it with you today!

Its been way too long since I last had time to share a DIY project, which was always one of my favorite posts here on the blog, so its fun to finally get back to it! Bear with my meager Photoshop skills though because I didn't take photos of each step since I wasn't sure if I'd be able to pull it off!

All you need is a sewing machine and basic knowledge of how to use it, a pillow case (preferably that has an envelope closure), and about 30 minutes to spare.

This black seersucker pillowcase was a standard size pillowcase that came with a twin duvet set I ordered for Rowan's big boy room. I was lucky that it already had a flap to hide the pillow on the open end, which is basically an envelope closure, so I didn't have to add it myself.

If you can't find a pillowcase like this, its not totally necessary because you'll still be tying it closed, but I personally like having the extra fabric there to hide the pillow insert completely.

What you need:
- (1) Standard size pillowcase (preferably with an envelope closure)
- Sewing machine (You can also use hem tape for a no-sew version, but the ties probably won't hold up as well if the pillow takes some abuse)
- Scissors or rotary fabric cutter
- Ruler or measuring tape

First lay your pillow case out and measure the short side. Mine was about 19.5" which was perfect to make a 20" square pillow.

Measure the same distance along the long side, in the opposite direction of the opening. So basically you want to leave the opening the way it is and create another opening on the other side (we will sew this end shut though, so stay with me). In my case it was 19.5" + an inch for seam allowance, so mine was 21.5" in length.

Cut and then put the larger section aside.

This is by far the most time consuming part of this project - making the ties.

Take the smaller section of fabric you have left, turn it inside out, and measure roughly 4 inches across. Make two vertical cuts as shown below, then one horizontal cut.

This will give you 8 pieces of fabric, but you only need 6 for the ties.

Fold one piece in half lengthwise and sew along three sides. After folding and sewing, your finished tie will be roughly 1.5" wide depending on how much seam allowance you gave yourself.

Once you've sewn three sides of each strip and flipped them right-side out, its time to attach them to the original opening of the pillow case.

I wasn't very analytical about attaching them to the pillow case because I knew my littlest was about to wake up. So I just stitched each of them on after carefully measuring and pinning them in place so they don't move.

Finally, sew the pillow case closed where you made the initial cut.

And you're done!

I promise its not complicated, the ties just take a few minutes and you can watch Netflix while you flip them right side out!

Let me know if anyone has questions, hopefully this was helpful!

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