Monday, April 21, 2014

Celebrating with Candy and Cousins.

The older I get, the more I come to appreciate Easter.  The celebration itself holds so much greatness for me, and I love that it's a little less pressure (preparation-wise) than Christmas. When the weather is as nice as it was here yesterday, that's just the cherry on top.

I sang in church Easter morning, so we were a bit rushed in the basket perusing and candy-eating (7:30am is a totally appropriate time for chocolate, right?), but the kids were excited and I was glad Xander asked for some practical things: new pajamas, some slippers and a clock for his room.

After church we headed to my parents for brunch and an egg hunt.  The kids received the usual royal treatment.  

She likes to eat as she goes.  

It makes for pretty crazy holidays, but we're really blessed to have both of our families about 10 minutes away from us.  After a nap at home, we headed to my in-laws.  

I don't think I've ever gotten a great picture of all of the cousins (and we're even missing the littlest here), but I'll keep trying, and laughing, until then.  

At just 2 days apart, it's already been so fun to see these girls grow together.  

I pray you had as blessed of a day as I did.  Did you spend Easter party hopping, or get a chance to relax for a day?  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stickers for Your Walls + Mother's Day Ideas

It's a given that kids love stickers.  There's something about putting them all over everything, leaving your mark, that just makes little ones happy.  I'll even admit, my favorite part of putting toys together is putting the stickers on them.

When I found these picture decals, I knew I had to give them a try.  They are really affordable, customizable, and reusable.

While taking pictures is one of my favorite things to do, I am not always the best at printing them out.  Along with printing you need a frame, usually a mat - it can get expensive, and then deciding where to put a hole in the wall can sometimes feel a bit nerve-racking too.  I love that I can move these throughout the house with nothing left behind.

And Xander is obsessed.

Pinhole Press also has magnets, perfect for your instagram photos.

And the quality of everything is top notch.  I've been ordering calendars from them for Christmas gifts for several years now and also these magnetic notepads

If I must go to the grocery store, at least I'll have something pretty to reference while I'm there.

With Mother's Day right around the corner, I went ahead and ordered a few extra sets of magnets (spoiler alert Mom and Vicki) for the mother's in our lives.  I've always thought mom's were the most difficult to buy for - they usually have everything or want for nothing - but I've discovered that you can never go wrong with items that celebrate their grandchildren.  Have a beautiful weekend!

*This is not a sponsored post, but Pinhole Press gifted me the items.  All opinions are my own, and I can' t say enough good things about their products! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Project Pandemonium

I've never been great at staying on task.  When I clean or organize, I tend to flitter around from one thing to the next - halfway finishing something and then being distracted by another, then eventually returning to the first after I've stopped a few other places in between.  These last few months have been pretty crazy.  We decided to take on our master bed and bath, along with some smaller projects in preparation for something happening the end of this month, and that felt like a good amount of work.  But then I was selected as a contestant for Creating with the Stars, throwing a big but beautiful wrench into the works.  Now that the contest is over for me (probably a blessing in disguise) I'm racing against the clock to finish the projects I had originally planned to complete this month.

The biggest project left, at this point, is tiling the bathroom floor.  I knew I was getting myself into something time consuming, but I didn't realize how much time that actually was.  At the rate I'm working right now, I'm looking at about 40 hours of hand buttering hex tiles and slapping them on the floor.  Help.

But I know it's going to be everything I'd hoped, so I feel motivated to do it.  I'm already about 15 hours in, and Spotify is getting me through it.

I found a really beautiful dresser at Red Racks a while back for $30.  It's solid wood and has some wonderful details, but it was in pretty rough shape.  I'm blessed to have a woodworking father who loves to help his daughter out, so my dad replaced a leg and took some warping out of the top for me (I have no idea how, but patience was definitely involved).  The dresser was painted a creamy white, but once we got some of it sanded off, I fell in love with the wood.  I need to get the paint out of all the nooks and crannies and get her stained.  She's going to be lovely.

I'm a huge fan of painting old things to give them new life (within reason - there is way too much painted furniture out there right now, and sometimes I want to cry for the gorgeous wood that has been covered up) but I've never bought something new with the intention of painting it.  Our bedroom is coming along, but I needed new lighting for the bed, and I also wanted to add a bit of color.  I searched high and low for some great swing arm lamps that didn't break the bank, and while I didn't find any in a color I liked, these lamps were a nice shape and a great price.  I've been really into powder blue lately, it feels fresh but still calm - important for me in our bedroom, so I grabbed a few cans and mustered up some patience.  Trying to get even coverage with all of the moving parts wasn't easy, but I did my best to spray very thin coats and give lots of drying time in-between.  I'm letting them cure for a few days before I try and move them, just to be safe.

While I won't be able to show you most of my current projects until May, I am excited to be able to share the tutorials from my Creating with the Stars rounds with you in the following weeks.

I painted this wall in our living room and sadly painted back over it a few days later, so I'm hoping someone else will give it a try in an area where it can last a bit longer.

Do you complete one project at a time, or flitter around from one thing to another?  Are you working on any projects at the moment?  I'd love to know I'm not alone in the depths of DIY.