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Playful Playroom Storage

Okay – I hope you are ready for a long post because I LOVE PLAYROOM STORAGE IDEAS! Having a toddler who now has an entire room for just her toys – I am ALWAYS on the look out for ideas on how to store her stuff!

Check out what I found:

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I love the height because too much higher for little kids isn’t great and they are on the floor playing anyways. I also like that you can see most of the toys but because there are a few buckets to hide the loose crazy stuff it does look really organized.

via NikJDesigns on Etsy (click picture to see the shop!)

These buckets are GORGEOUS and they look like they would hold a good amount. This would be perfect for those larger awkward toys or maybe Emma’s pile of stuffed animals ;)

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Labeled buckets? YES PLEASE! I think this would be perfect for our outdoor toys since it doesn’t really need to look great, the buckets need to be kinda heavy duty, and it looks so great!

via GooseyGirlDesigns on Etsy (click the picture to see the shop!)

I love these mini crates! I can imagine Emma stacking her entire car collection in these and it’s perfect for smaller (but not too small) toys! You could stack these on top of a shelf or even on the side table because they could work as home decor as well!

via IHeartOrganizing.blogspot.com

This comes from one of my FAVORITE BLOGS and when she did her playroom makeover my jaw just dropped. I love that they are all along the floor so easy height and that they are sturdy but easy to get in and out. I also love that she stuck with one color bucket so it looks gorgeous and like it’s part of the room decor.

via bubblesandbobbins.com

Here are some of the same buckets (I think these are from Target? correct me if I’m wrong!) but I LOVE the little sign on the outside. Since Emma Beans can’t read yet this would be a perfect idea for us!

Ahh my love for organization, toys, and bright colors has been fixed for the day ;)

Making Lemon Leaves from Lemon Seeds

Hey everyone! I saw this cool tutorial on Pinterest and thought I’d give it a shot. Today I am going to show you how I took Lemon seeds and made it into Lemon leaves!

Maybe I'll try growing these in the Spring...Instructions : 1-remove outer shell of lemon seed. 2-remove inner protective layer of lemon seed 3-sprout seeds (I like to put them in a damp paper towel, sealed in a zip lock bag,and left in a warm area) 4-once sprouted, plant and enjoy.

I got out my lemons and started chopping them up to find the seeds!

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Now you know me – the instructions said to boil and peel of a layer and blah blah blah – I’m lazy and thought, maybe just maybe if I just plant them it’ll work ;)

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So I pulled them out and planted those suckers!

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I spaced them out just so and covered them with more soil.

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Water and wait!!

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It didn’t take long for little sprouts to show up! So if you are wanting to do a quick project with kids to explain how seeds grow into plants – lemon seeds are great!

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This is two weeks into it and they are growing like weeds!! I water them a little every few days and each day we wake up, Emma screams that they are growing and growing so big!!

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For not being able to keep many plants alive – I am one proud Mommy I could teach Emma how to grow something! <3

DIY Paper Chandelier

While making decorations for Emma’s birthday I decided to a chandelier instead of centerpiece and I am SO happy with how it came out I wanted to share how I made it with all of you.
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First I needed to figure out how I was going to make the frame. I took four rods and hot glued the ends together (in the long run it would have been smart to do a criss-cross in the center as well to stabilize it)
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Then you’ll need paper and scissors! I folded the paper hot dog style twice to make four defined lines. Then I cut it into strips, glued the ends together and hot glued them to each other.IMG_4879
Then when they are a lined up I glued them to the frames!
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What do you think?

 

Zulily Goodies!

If you’ve never heard of Zulily, you like home decor, fashion accessories, clothes, kids items, and more – you are about to get your mind blown! This online store is making it hard for me to not become addicted to shopping online. With all the great deals I just want to snatch everything up!

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Not sure how this works?

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Zulily posts items from vendors (name brand stores as well as new never been heard of stores!) that are currently on sale with them. Once the date of the sale expires they ship out all the goodies to all those who purchased. You know how I get doubly excited when I buy something (first the excitement of purchasing it online – then the excitement when it shows up)? Yeah this is what happens.

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They’ve got a great category list which makes it easy to search for things.

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Or you can get specific with items and sizes! Better yet – just use the search bar at the top to find what you are looking for!

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My favorite section is to peek at what’s coming up next! Do I think I’m going to get a better deal by seeing it first .. no – but then I won’t miss out on any deals since some of these deals sell out fast!

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They even have a back to school section!! AHH I am in love with those smart planet boxes & tumblers. Brian could use some new goodies to take to work – not to mention the prices are AMAAAAZING!

If you haven’t already scooted your butt over there check out the link on our sidebar –>

This post is sponsorship with Zulily

Extra Step Space

Hey everyone! I’m starting to plan out what I want to do with the extra space in the basement while Emma isn’t down there wanting to play! While we were painting the basement I thought it would be really cool to build her a playhouse in the extra space!

Of course that led me to checking out a bunch of places online to get ideas ;)

I can’t even begin to explain how excited these pictures get me!! My imagination is going crazy with ideas :D I’m going to need to budget myself ;)

This would be her entry way with a cute door and sign above the door.

Here’s the side where I want to cut a window box open and put a little bar coming out the outside with barstools for her to serve her friends food and drinks!

This back corner I’m thinking about doing wall to wall shelves for her toys and things.

Then there’s this little angled area I think I’ll fill with blankets and pillows!

What would you do with your extra stair space?

Love Always,

Jennifer

A Sneak Peak :)

Photo: My little helper :)

Someone is helping me shop for the next few weeks posts <3 and a few other fun things!

What you can look forward to this week:

- Easy DIY Home Decor Ideas

- An Update on what we got done over the weekend at the house!

- And an Organizing tip for the Kitchen!

This is going to be fun!

Love Always,

Jennifer

Shopping: Planning Emma’s Room!

This weekend we went to Target to shop for ideas for Emma’s room as well as some sheets since her new twin bed didn’t have any!

Emma’s room could use a little accessorizing and a punch of frame color would be fun!

This child needs storage any way you can get it! I thought this would be adorable for all her stuffed animals and could double as a bench for a reading nook!

Brian would tease me constantly for buying a clock like this because I am AWFUL at telling time (yes I go digital on everything) but it’s SOO cute I think I might just get one!

Not only would this go with her room but it’s pretty true as well ;)

Here is another storage idea – it wouldn’t fit all of her stuffed animals but I thought it might be cute as a little desk chair! I wish it was gray instead of yellow though..

A big girl lamp! We are phasing her out of all her Winnie The Pooh accessories (except for a few AMAZING ones I’ll show you later) and this would be adorable on her side table.

This is the bed spread we chose! It’s cute and it completely matches the yellow in her room but gives me great color choices to spot color with!

What do you think?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Emma’s Sunshine Room

Moving into new house joys: not having your child in her room because you are painting it!! <3

Temporarily she has been sleeping in the guest room while we try and get this done! She picked out this little blue room but said she wanted it to be orange. Mom voted no. Then she said she wanted it yellow like the sun! Mom said yes :D

So we got set up and primed!

Note to self – it may be a small room but when you have to prime twice you use an ENTIRE GALLON! Which is my little way of saying – always buy extra primer ;)

And we picked out an agreeable color. I wanted something more like Lemon Pound Cake – Brian said it should be brighter like the sun and have a hint of  orange in it just for Emma. Brian won.

Test swatch and WOW! That is sun  yellow. I even say that’s close to School Bus Yellow! But we go with it – it is Emma’s room after all ;)

I do have to admit it’s pretty darn cute with white doors :D

My proud man! This is one heck of a kids room!

I’m so excited to show you the rest :D More coming soon!

Love Always,

Jennifer

Blacklisted from PTA

You read it right! Look what I’m reading next :D for all of you book fans out there waiting for my next book review since Mindy Kaling’s – I’m sure you’ll be excited to hear I am still reading funny things ;)

My sister gave me Blacklisted from PTA after she got a chance to read it and thought it would be the perfect book for me to read next. She knows that as a mom, I hardly get the chance to read so if she’s going to give me a books it’s one I am going to fall in love with or one that is easy to read. This one – is an easy to read one! It is written in short chapters so you can pick up and put down without feeling lost.

Here is Barnes & Nobles Overview:

Blacklisted by the PTA is an irreverent look at motherhood and the modern family. From the high chair to a vinyl restaurant booth on date night, Lela Davidson has captured life on the cul-de-sac with a husband, two kids, and the occasional pet. Whether failing at cloth diaper origami or smug in knowledge that her children have never consumed a PopTart, Lela assures parents they are not alone, and that it’s okay to laugh-at yourself, and at your kids. These are the stories of every parent–even if we don’t always tell them out loud. Each of these 62 essays can be read in under five minutes for a quick laugh-either with or at the author.

As a CPA on the mommy track, all Lela wanted to do was sit on the driveway and drink wine out of a box with the neighbors. Luckily, she started writing down her stories instead. Whether tackling PTA meetings, neighborhood politics, or inflation-by-Tooth Fairy, Lela exposes the humor in every awkward moment and maternal meltdown. From a trendy Seattle condo, to a tidy Arkansas subdivision, Lela shares the comic side of family life. She takes you to Mexican bars, the hockey rinks of St. Louis, ski slopes near Santa Fe, shopping in Dallas, and even introduces you to a few strippers–the novices on the playgrounds of New York City, and the pros in Vegas. Lela says what the rest of us are thinking. Her hilarious observations and subtle satire are always spot on. She’s not afraid to reveal her screw-ups, along with fleeting delusional moments of wherein she honestly believes she is the best mom ever.

Want to get to know Lela Davidson? Check out her website here:

I am so excited to be reading this next – I could use a few more laughs in my daily life ;)

What are you reading?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Desk Makeover

As I promised here is a project that I did last year that was a thrift store purchase and I used items around the house to upgrade it into something new!

I got out all the supplies and set up camp in the backyard to work on this itty bitty desk I found while thrift to shopping!

Here’s the gorgeous little chair I started with!

I sanded it down real quick with just a light touch to get the shiny cover off of it so it would hold the paint.

I did one coat of white paint which was not enough! I let it dry for about 20 minutes and did another layer.

And TADA! Here is the finished second coat of white just sitting out to dry :D

I cut out batting and fabric to cover the seat and make it padded. My favorite part about staple gunning fabric to a seat is the fact that you can just rip it out later and change the fabric to fit the style you want it to be!

Here is a close up of the seat! The secret to keeping the shape of the heart while padding it was to pull the fabric tight in the middle of the top of the heart and stapling it there first. Then spread out the fabric and pull around the rest of it. Next part is painting the top of the desk with chalkboard paint!

I am so excited with the new desk :D  Emma is a too small for it right now so the next step is deciding if we are going to keep it or not… it’s such a tough decision!


Maybe just maybe if I can find a cute spot to put it in without it being in the way ;)

Just so all of you know – Emma uses this on a daily basis now and we did keep it! <3

This project cost me all of $8. I think it was a win! What do you think?

Love Always,

Jennifer