Sunday, April 19, 2015

Like a Good Neighbor…

But it isn’t State Farm at the door. It’s the unofficial welcoming committee {aka The Langham Family}.

It seems that our neighborhood has been welcoming in families around every corner lately. As of now, there are three {possibly four} houses for sale in our little area, which I claim to be Briarcliff Road, Douglas Lane, and Terry Drive. I love that new families are moving in with little children running around. That means there are that many more children for Landry to grow up playing with. We have been so blessed that all of the families moving in are wonderful people with the same values we uphold and want our children to grow up around and be influenced by.

Most recently, a sweet family bought the house that I cheated on my house with that one time. They have two boys, and I couldn’t wait to get over there to introduce ourselves and welcome them to the neighborhood.

It made us feel great when our neighbors across the street brought us brownies when we first moved in. Since then, we have developed a terrific relationship with them and are so grateful for their kindness.

In an effort to extend the graciousness that was once extended to us, I created this little welcoming gift and brought it over to them yesterday. It turned out so cute that I couldn’t wait to share it!

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In the cute lemonade dispenser, I included some lemonade mix along with a few lemons and some flour sack dishtowels. It’s not much, but it’s enough to make a person feel welcome.

Hanging from the dispenser handle, I added a printable gift tag from ThirtyHandmadeDays.

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On the back of the tag, I added our names {including Landry’s} as well as our phone numbers in case they ever need to contact us for anything.

Let’s hope they enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it for them! Three cheers to being the welcome wagon!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Perks of White

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Many people see white couches and walls and anything else as trouble. If you come in my house though, you will see lots of white in various places. Some might call me crazy to have so many white things and surfaces.

I will tell you though that it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The best thing about white is that you can just about do anything to it to keep it clean. Maybe white is not for you if you don’t like to keep things clean, but I can tell you that white is my best friend.

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Got fingerprints on the white wall? Magic eraser! It doesn’t even mess the paint up {usually} like it would a colored wall. I personally don’t have white walls, but I do have white trim and wainscoting. It’s so easy to just take that magic eraser and wipe it write off. Plus, nothing looks fresher than the brightest, whitest white you can put on some trim. {Mine is White Diamond by Benjamin Moore.}

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Do you think white sheets are for crazy people? Why do you think hotels use them instead of colored sheets? They are WAY easier to keep clean. Throw them in the washer with some bleach, and you have yourself the cleanest, freshest smelling sheets you could ever ask for. I just traded in Landry’s cute crib sheets for some plain white ones. Want to guess which ones have been less of a headache?

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Did you see I got a white comforter for the big boy room? I got it for the same reason I use white sheets. I can almost get everything clean with some bleach, a bleach pen, etc. Can you honestly say it’s that easy to get stains out of colored or printed fabrics?

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And my goodness….people will really give you the look like you need to be institutionalized if you were to buy a white couch. Your guests will hardly sit on the couch because they are afraid of getting it dirty. What people don’t realize is that you can get stains out of your white couch just like you can your sheets. No worries about little toddler fingers putting chocolate fingerprints on your couch. All washable!

Now, I would recommend buying a slipcovered couch, so you can wash your covers. I wish every day that I had bought a white couch instead of what we have. Don’t get me wrong. I love our couch, but it can be such a pain to make sure I wash it and not discolor it. Throwing it in the wash with some bleach would be so much easier.

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Plus, let’s think about how much use a couch gets. If your couch can’t be washed, imagine how nasty it might be. I find such relief in knowing that my couch is clean {at least cleaner than most people’s}.

It took me a while to realize these facts, but my life is much easier since I learned to embrace and love the color white. There is nothing cleaner and lovelier than the freshness that all things white make me feel.

Now I can clean it all with a Magic Eraser or some bleach….my two new best friends.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Transformation Tuesday

Remember that big boy room that I blogged about a good bit in January? Well….we finally put the plans into place and have made good progress in that room. It’s still a good way from complete, but it is definitely getting to that point.

Right now it is to the point where I can walk by the room and not cringe when I get a glimpse of it.

This is where the room started. It’s really quite embarrassing. It was the room that caught all the junk that didn’t have a place or needed to be hid from the public when there wasn’t enough time to figure out a proper place for it. It had no style. It was simply the room that had parts of other rooms pieced together to get it out of the way.

A sad sight to see…

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And this is a long cry from where we began when we first bought the house…Hello blue carpet!!!

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I had put together this inspiration board to piece together some ideas of the direction I wanted the room to go in.

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So far, I have gotten everything in the inspiration board except for the headboard.

My original inspiration came from the blog Dixie Delights and her little boy’s big boy room.

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And for the reveal as it is now…

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The to-do list always continues, but here are the major things that definitely need to be done:

  • Get headboard
  • New light fixture
  • Have Euro pillows made
  • Move dresser to the room or get a different one
  • Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize!!!

I think once Landry moves into this room the little signs of life will make this room look much more complete. Until then, I’m just looking for little treasures to accessorize it and for a few more things to hang on the wall. At least it is an improvement from where it first began.

Sources:

Duvet cover and shams- IKEA {I had the shams reduced to standard size instead of king size}

White quilt- Overstock

Bedskirt- Overstock

Down Comforter- Overstock

Baskets- World Market

Bookcases- Target

Curtains- Fabric from IKEA

Curtain rods and rings- Target

Crab art- Etsy by SheilaSmithDesigns

Lamps- T.J. Maxx

Throw pillows- Dirt Cheap {originally from Target}

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Plant Therapy

I probably am the worst person to love flowers because I tend to forget that they need this little thing called water. Unfortunately for the flowers, I still buy them and fill my planters every year.

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I had been wanting some tall urns to put by the front door, but that just wasn’t in the budget this month. Instead, I decided to reuse the planters I already had and spruce them up with some new flowers.

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This year I decided to go simple and stick with some bright red geraniums with asparagus fern tucked in around all sides. If you’re wanting to get the same look, Lowe’s had the big pots of geraniums for $12 {I think} and the asparagus fern was 5 for $5. You can’t beat that.

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Basically, each pot cost me roughly $16 each plus tax. Not too shabby for pots that will hopefully bring me joy all summer long….if I don’t forget to water them.

Fingers crossed!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Spring Breakin’ It

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I have been unable to contain my excitement about spring break throughout all of March. I am sad to report that today is our last day before we return back to school to finish out the final two months of school.

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I love my school babies, but I love being at home with my baby. We have been basically inseparable aside from a trip to the grocery store and a short shopping trip while he stayed with a babysitter.

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We’ve slept in {until 8} every morning. There’s nothing like laying in the bed with your baby and watching or sleeping cartoons while he sips on his chocolate milk.

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We’ve went on Easter egg hunts and hid eggs in the neighbors’ yards.

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We’ve planted flowers and mowed grass and pulled weeds.

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We’ve DIYed projects and scored some deals shopping.

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We’ve even gone fishing and been visited by the Easter bunny.

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It’s been a fun-filled spring break, and I can’t wait for the summer to come. It’s going to be a great time!

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38 days not including weekends and holidays, teacher friends! Summer will be here before we know it! Until then, enjoy all the sunlight we now have during each day and the lovely weekends!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Paint Tip

 

I’m the world’s worst painter. That’s not really good for someone who LOVES painting furniture and changing wall colors every other week.

When my husband painted the big boy bedroom for me, he left me to do the trim. It was looking dingy and gross, so I knew I had to do something about it. Free handing it was not an option.

That’s where the packing tape, Frog painting tape, an angled brush, white paint, and a paint scraper came in.

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Here’s what to do…

  1. Trim the top part of the trim with the green Frog painting tape. You can use the blue, but after lots of experiences I have found that the Frog tape is THE BEST!
  2. Then, use the cheap packing tape {like the $1 kind} to put as close as possible to the edge of the wall on the carpet.
  3. Use the paint scraper to tuck in the tape tightly to the edge of the wall.
  4. Then, paint without having to worry about getting paint on the carpet or on the fresh paint job.

When the paint is dry, just remove the tape, and you have nicely, trimmed out baseboards and door frames.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Coming Out of Hibernation

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When Spring starts to appear, I start thinking of all the things I want to do. You see….I like to say that I hibernate in the winter. You know the kind. As soon as it is dark, I am done for the day. The pajamas are on. The blankets are out, and I basically shut down the house and think about all the things I can’t wait to do when it is warmer.

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But then Spring arrives! And it is finally warmer! And I can’t seem to decide what I want to do first.

I have a to-do list a mile long, but then I can’t wait to be able to finally go outside my house and soak up the sunshine and play in the yard with my sweet boy. He would rather be outside than anywhere, and I can’t half blame him.

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The weather has been gorgeous for nearly two weeks. In those two weeks, we have been to the farm to relax and ride the mule {not the animal} and just enjoy the little moments in life that God blesses us with and we often take for granted.

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I am thankful for these little moments because I know one day {that will come too soon} those moments will disappear, and I will be wishing I had them back.

So, I take too many pictures and videos. I put projects on the back burner, and I spend time with my little family.

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It’s the simple life, folks. Take a step back and take a deep breath.

Enjoy every moment.