Real Life

Babysitting Swap

Design + Build

Crafty Projects

Business + Life


The Weekender Series

As Seen on TV

Room Makeovers

All DIY Projects


blog Categories

hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

learn more about ME + MY BIZ

Let’s be honest. We’re in the life stage where dates don’t happen very often. But, we’re making an effort to change that…before we go crazy! My hubs and I are lucky enough to have my sister and her family live only 10 minutes away. They’re in the same stage we are (except they have 3 kids three and under!), so we’re giving the babysitting swap thing a try. Basically, one weekend we’ll watch their kids and the next, they will watch ours. It’s a wonderful thing that you could totally do with friends or neighbors or whatever. Last weekend, my sister, her husband and their kids came over while we went out, and I decided to make their “night in” watching our kids a little bit more fun. I mean, come on, they’re giving up their precious time to help us get out, so they should be rewarded, right?

In the name of keeping things real, I just made them a dessert out of a box…
(Confession: I am not much of a dessert girl, but I will never turn down a brownie!)
…bought a bottle of Moscato, set out two wine glasses, left a couple of bags of popcorn and a little handwritten note. Nothing fancy or difficult, but they were excited when they discovered it!
I wish I had thought to make a cute printable card for them, but it was such a spur-of-the-moment idea, that I didn’t. But I did for you! Just right-click on the image and save to your computer. When you’re ready, print it out on cardstock and you’ll be all set.
Now, a night babysitting will be something to look forward to!
How do you make time for dates?
Have you ever tried a babysitting swap?

The comments +

  1. Christina says:

    super cute, Jess!! I bet your sister loved it 🙂 I love the idea of babysitting swaps! Awesome that your husband and you are working on dating eachother too 🙂

  2. It wasn’t a bad babysitting gig :).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Make a Kid's Mud Kitchen and Produce Stand


Work From Home Corner Office Makeover


Yard Game Ideas ASO Live! with Kelly + Ryan


Today Show Nursery Makeover


Outdoor Living Space Makeover : Home Becomes


Must Reads

Get updated on what we're working on

Follow along!