Austin City Little

I'm Cody, a working mama living in Austin, Texas with my sweet husband, daughter and hound dog. On my blog, I share my musings about life, parenting, creative entertaining, DIY projects, shopping and more.

Cody is a winner of Top 25 Creative Moms - 2013

Where do you discover new kid-friendly crafts?

Pinterest is my #1 spot for great projects to do with and for my daughter. Whether I follow the steps of a DIY exploit I find there from start to finish, or find inspiration to create my own thing, it's a bustling marketplace of ideas just waiting for me to give them a try. I love chipping away at my DIY board and sharing the results with my readers!

What's one creative product you would recommend to all moms?

Mod Podge. It can be used for pretty much any project, and has a way of making things extra awesome in a snap. One of my favorite uses for this handy stuff is as a collage sealer. My go-to project: take some pretty paper or newspaper clippings and use Mod Podge to glue and seal them to a plain wooden picture frame. It's a quick and easy way to dress up and personalize your family photos.

How do you encourage your child to explore their creativity?

My daughter is barely 1-year-old, so at this point in her development I'm all about introducing her to new things to try. Whether it's using finger paint, playing in the dirt, or having a tea party, we've been working together to explore her budding imagination. I can't wait to watch her creativity continue to take shape!

What are you most looking forward to as a mom in 2013? Please include a link to a picture if it's relevant.


My daughter will turn 1 early this year, and I can't wait to embark on toddlerhood with her! She's this close to walking and talking up a storm, and with these new developments will come a whole new world of mommyhood. 2012 was all about my sweet baby girl, and it will be so fun to watch her grow into a legit toddler in 2013. I vow to savor every day because I know this time will go by way too fast!
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What helps you stay organized? Whether it's a special coupon binder, calendar app or color-coded closet, we want to know all the little tricks and products that help keep your life organized. Please share a photo if you have one.


I absolutely LOVE the Daily System products from Pottery Barn! I have a setup in my kitchen that is my lifesaver when it comes to organizing mail, keeping track of appointments and even making sure our keys are always in the same place. Best. product. ever.
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