Archives for November 2012

Borealis Holiday Guest Post: Christmas is not for wimps

We are so excited to share this guest post by our awesome friend Kristen Neurer. She is so much fun in real life and now on her new blog, Snapshot. We can’t wait to read more from her!  I used to work with all women. There were several decades between us, some had kids and some didn’t, […]

How to make soup mix in a jar

I mentioned last post that Noah is not a project or craft kind of guy, so when it came time for him to work on his Christmas gifts, our options were limited. Fortunately, soup mix in a jar is a very popular gift and recipes abound for them. I was suspicious, though, as I read […]

How to dye chair cushions using iDye

Will dying my chair cushions leave me gloating with success or shame-faced with failure? Read on to learn more how about the dye chair cushions using iDye. I don’t even want to tell you how many hours I spent thinking about what kind of chair to get for the nursery.  Rockers, gliders, new, used, ugly, […]

How to make spice mixes for gifts

Every year my boys and I make gifts to give their teachers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. I’m determined that they learn the joy of being thoughtful gift-givers, and they are required to participate in the gift creation process. Owen has always been a project and craft guy, so it was easier with him. We made […]

How to make a modern nursery mobile

I never made a mobile for Beatrice — it was one of those things like eating organic that I assumed of course I’d do before I got pregnant that I never got around to once I was actually pregnant. So Baby #2, you are winning in the mobile department! Take that, second child syndrome. I […]

How to make homemade marshmallows and hot cocoa

Last year for Christmas Jen and I made the exact same gift for friends and family — homemade marshmallows and hot cocoa mix. Around the same time I proposed starting Borealis together, and it seemed like kismet — although we are very different people in many ways, we still think eerily alike. In time for […]

The littlest blessing

This photo is sweet, peaceful, and beautiful. It is my favorite photo of my son Owen while in the NICU, because he looks like a baby, not a baby bird. He isn’t in pain, or hungry, or lonely. He’s sleeping, like a newborn should. But the photo is misleading, too. You can’t tell how small he […]

How to make an advent calendar

I think I’ve said a few times here that I love creating traditions for my family and my kids. The Christmas season is like the candy store of kid traditions, the ultimate celebration of expectation and surprise. Kids need order and stability in their lives, which is probably why they love traditions so much.  My younger son, especially, […]