My Top 6 Free DIY Tutorials for Your Newborn Baby

Before Malcolm was born I had some time off work to take care of myself and to prepare for a new baby. I enjoyed preparing the practical necessities, like buying diapers and a crib mattress, but I also wanted to focus some time on crafting some special things with my hands as I thought about and anticipated this baby. Here are a few DIYs I found both easy and practical. This is a great way to have some special keepsakes for your babe to keep as they grow up.

Click the photos to follow the link to the tutorials.

1.  Footed Newborn PantsDIY Footed Newborn Pants

I found this tutorial to be fairly simple and very practical. Footed pants are the best when your kiddo is tiny and you don’t want to have to worry about keeping little socks on. These pants even worked well with Malcolm’s cloth diapers, though I might recommend adding a couple inches to the top of the pattern for a bit of extra room if you are using cloth diapers.

2. Knit Moccasin Booties
DIY Knit Moccasin BootiesAren’t these just the most adorable little booties? They are perfect for keeping little toes warm. They also make a great keepsake for your child to treasure.

3.  T-shirt OnesieDIY T-shirt OnesieThis is the perfect base for your little one’s wardrobe. Customize it with your choice of patterned knit fabric and contrast ribbing. For an upcycled option cut the pattern from an adult t-shirt.

 

4.  Nursing Pillow CoverDIY nursing pillow coverMy nursing pillow didn’t come with a removable cover, and all the cute ones I found on the internet were so expensive. I am so glad I decided to make a cover because it has had all sorts of baby fluids spilt on it. I even brought it with me to the hospital which was a great idea, but it sure needed a good clean after.

5.  Crib SheetsDIY crib sheetsCrib sheets are simple to make, help you fully customize your nursery, and may save you money. We have been using a bassinet or cradle up until now because of our small space. It’s not easy to find the right size of sheets for a reasonable price, so I ended up making some of our own. Since it’s pretty simple I didn’t use a tutorial, but if you need a bit of direction check out this one. We don’t really use flat sheets on our bed, so those extra sheets are perfect for this project, plus the crib sheets match our bedding!

6.  Newborn GownDIY Newborn GownI found we didn’t really use this gown as much as I had hoped since we swaddled Malcolm for the first few months and our apartment is too warm to layer both. Nevertheless, it’s an adorable little pyjama outfit for keeping little ones warm and makes night time diaper changes easy.

I’m hoping to make some more things for Malcolm once I get some time. I love being able to make something special, to totally customize for what we need, and to repurpose old clothing. For my next projects I’m thinking of making some drool bibs like these, these shorties, and these harem leggings.

(Photos and tutorials are not mine. Please click on the photo for a link to the tutorial.)

Summer Recipe: Matcha Lemonade

Matcha Lemonade Steeped TeaThis March I tried doing a 30 Days of Matcha Challenge. I meant to post this recipe a few weeks ago, but I’m still adjusting to mom life and juggling my time. We are just beginning to figure out nap time, and I try to get the laundry and dishes done every once in a while. Tips anyone?

The 30 Days of Matcha Challenge has made me experiment with different ways to enjoy matcha. This is a classic recipe that I have enjoyed for a while already. It makes the most delicious, energizing, and refreshing summer beverage.

Matcha Lemonade Steeped TeaHere I used the Perfect Matcha Scoop which is equivalent to about 1/2 teaspoon. This little scoop is handy to have stashed in my tea cupboard, and it makes it easy to quickly scoop the right amount of tea for my cup of matcha.

Perfect Matcha ScoopFor a pitcher of Matcha Lemonade I use a can of frozen lemonade concentrate and Lemonatcha Matcha.

I start by mixing up the lemonade in my pitcher (alternatively you can use fresh lemonade as well, but I find the concentrate tastes great mixed with tea and is a better bang for your buck!). Then I pour some lemonade into my shaker and add 6 scoops of matcha (about 3 teaspoons). I shake it well to mix and dissolve the matcha, and then I add it back to the pitcher. Finally, I give it all a quick stir, and it’s ready to serve!

Matcha Lemonade Steeped Tea

This recipe is simple and would be great to try with different flavours. I’m thinking Sweet Strawberry Matcha lemonade would be delicious. You could also switch out the lemonade for limeade.

You can find several different flavours of matcha on my website. What is your favourite way to enjoy matcha?

Welcome Baby Malcolm

Welcome Malcolm Terence Bennett

Last week we welcomed our little Beanie into the world. Malcolm Terence Bennett was born at 4:11pm on January 27th at St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver. He weighed a surprising 9 lbs 4 oz and measured 21″. We have been getting to know him this week and have fallen very deeply in love with him.

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We’ve made it one week as parents! We are trying to savour these precious moments with a newborn in between some small chunks of sleep. I never imagined I would function this well on so little sleep. After one week together, I feel like we are starting to get the hang of things and get into somewhat of a schedule… for now.

We’ve been blessed by the generosity of family and friends, and we have been able to thrive as a new family because of their help. Thank you to all who have brought us meals, washed our dishes, and picked up miscellaneous items for us. We really appreciate the support of our community, and we can’t imagine doing this without it.

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If you are interested in reading about my pregnancy with Malcolm you can click the links here for Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. I’m hoping to write out his birth story before I forget all the little details and share it with you here.

Baby Malcolm Terence Bennett

What a cutie! Am I right?!

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark Recipe

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark

This Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark is delicious you guys. I concocted the recipe for a craft show I attended in November. This was definitely my top-seller, and after I had sold out my sister snatched up the rest of the samples as payment for manning my booth while I shopped. I meant to share this recipe a while back, but unfortunately I missed the window before Christmas. Either way it’s a tasty treat anytime of the year and makes a great little gift. You can omit the candy cane sprinkles and it is still beautiful and delicious.

If you don’t know much about matcha, it’s a delicious superfood that has become trendy in the last few years. Matcha is high quality green tea that is ground into a powder. It is typically mixed with hot (but not boiling) water and the whole of the leaf is consumed. This is what makes it a superfood! All the antioxidants found in green tea are concentrated in a matcha beverage as you drink the whole leaf rather than just steeping it. For this recipe I’m using Steeped Tea Peppermint Matcha and stirring it into the melted chocolate. This matcha already comes blended with natural peppermint flavour. You could almost consider this healthy… almost.

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Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark Recipe
  • 6 cups dark chocolate wafers
  • 2 cups white chocolate wafers
  • 1 1/2 tsp Peppermint Matcha
  • Crushed candy cane sprinkles (optional)
  1. Start by lining a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. This will make your bark easier to break up once it’s hardened. With this amount of chocolate I used 2 or 3 baking sheets.
  2. Melt your dark chocolate and white chocolate in separate bowls over steaming water. Alternatively, you can microwave your chocolate in small increments and stir in between. Be careful not to burn or overcook your chocolate which could make it dry out and affect the texture.
  3. Whisk the matcha into the white chocolate using a sifter to remove any clumps.
  4. Pour a thin layer of dark chocolate into the baking sheet, spreading to the edges.
  5. Drizzle the peppermint matcha white chocolate over the dark chocolate in thin strips. Make sure to get as close to the edges as possible.
  6. Use a knife to draw the white chocolate into the dark chocolate. I made a chevron pattern by drawing a straight line length-wise and then drawing the next line about an inch apart in the opposite direction.
  7. Add the candy cane sprinkles now if desired.
  8. Wait overnight until the chocolate is set or place in the fridge for an hour to speed up the process. Break it into pieces using your hands or a sharp knife. The lines will also help your bark to break in straighter pieces.

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Matcha Bark

If you like this recipe or call yourself a matcha addict, stay tuned; I plan to do a 30 day matcha challenge in March. I’ll be sharing more recipes and tips along the way. Shop here to grab your own matcha and join me this March!