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Emma’s Sunshine Room

15 May

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

The Second Messy House Tour

8 May

Here we go with the upstairs!! It’s equivalent in space to the downstairs except it doesn’t include the nook:

Let’s take you right up the steps! I love the landing up here and I’m thinking of ways to add a little something to it!

 

Here is the hallway at the top of the steps! It’s really wide (when there isn’t stacks of furniture in the way ;) haha) which I love. I can just imagine the house being full but not feeling crowded at all!

Okay! So starting at the first door on the left!

Welcome to the Master Bedroom! Which we don’t have enough furniture to fill at the moment … looks like we have some shopping to do! Brian and I have already bought a new bedspread and are chatting about headboard ideas :)

The master bath – sorry this picture is a little fuzzy, I had a little helper at my feet. It is the biggest most spacious bathroom I have EVER HAD! Did I mention this bedroom has a his and her’s closet AS WELL as a linen closet in here? That seems a bit crazy but I’ll take whatever storage I can get!

Here is where most people ooh and ahhh and I kind of shrug my shoulders. Don’t get me wrong! I love baths – but in order to fill up this tub to have a bath – there’s never any hot water left and you are sitting in a luke warm space. I’ve checked out some ideas to repurpose this space since I probably won’t be using it (I’ll be using Emma’s tub instead).

Back out in the hallway the second door on your left.

The guest bathroom (Emma’s bathroom). It may seem small because I’m standing in the doorway but it’s NOT! After giving Emma a bath in here I realized how nice and spacious this space really is! We’ll be doing some updating in this space as well :)

Back out in the hallway – last door on your left.

This is GOING to be Emma’s room. We are in the process of painting and setting up this room for her so this one is a project in the works. Temporarily she is staying in the guest room.

So back out in the hallway – last door on your right (right across from Emma’s soon to be room)

Is her temporary room / the guest room. This will be rearranged differently once we move her into her room.

Back into the hallway – passed the linen closet (another linen closet!!!) is the first door on your right.

Which looks like a big heap of MESS. This is my to be craft room!!!! This is where I will be spending nap times and weekends. Making things happen! Of course it’s going to take some time to get this room up and ready to go ;)

So that’s the upstairs tour! Friday I’ll be showing you what we are working on down the basement and the outdoor tour of our house & community!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

Jennifer

It’s Move In Week!!

29 Apr

It’s OFFICIALLY move in week!

Photo: OUR NEW HOUSE!!!!!

I’ll be spending every morning packing up the car

heading to the house

unpacking things

Shopping Shopping Shopping

and finding great local places to eat :)

Stay tuned for pictures and great finds <3

Love Always,

Jennifer

Moving Tips!

17 Apr

Now that I have been packing the house for DAYS and listened to some seriously helpful tips on here I’ve decided to share my process of moving with you all in hopes that it helps someone else stay organized!

First things first – I made a list! I I planned out my weeks on which days I was going to pack what and in what order. I decided to pack items from least used to most used. So items in the storage, closet, and pushed back in cabinets that we weren’t touching were packed or given to the thrift store.

After going through the whole house and getting that out of the way I decided to pack room by room of all the things that we wont’ be using except for the next two weeks we are here. That means all of my clothes – minus two weeks. All my books except for the one I’m ready, all my desk things except the stuff I’ll be using for packing and last minute things.

Having an organized list and timeline has made this process so much easier! The best part is I’ve left myself two days off each week to do other things like errands or just plain relax after packing for days!

Next I got colored labels! This was my favorite idea. I bought rolls of colored labels and each color represents which area it goes in. Yellow for the kitchen, Orange for the craft room, Green for the storage and so on! Now I don’t have to waste time labeling boxes for which room it goes in and just quick write plates, paint, or xmas things! Saves me time and headaches. Another reason I decided to do this was because we are having a lot of extra hands help us move. I plan on printing out which color label goes where with little signs around the house so no one will have to ask where things go – they’ll follow the color like candy land! <3

Another useful tip I got from friends and family was to not spend money on boxes. Local ABC stores, grocery stores, and retail stores will gladly give you their boxes if you just call and ask to come pick them up! I’ve avoided spending any money buying boxes and the best part is 99% of them are very heavy duty boxes which is great for moving! (Don’t forget to purchase packing tape – that YOU WILL NEED!)

So far I’ve gotten half of the house packed up. One more weeks and we’ll be living in a house full of boxes – two more weeks and we’ll be moving!!

I think the hardest part I’ve noticed so far is getting it through to Emma that we are moving. She’s walked through the house during our inspection, seen pictures online a thousand times, she watches me pack things and asks if they are going to the new house and if we are going too – but I don’t think she’s quite gotten it yet. I’m wondering how she is going to take it!

Have you moved with young kids before? Any tips for me?

Pinteresting Sunny Finds

12 Apr

The warm weather is here and it’s my favorite time of year! <3 I’m a sunshine type of girl so as you can probably guess – I’m all about finding fun things to do in the sunshine. Check out my latest finds on Pinterest for those warm weather days :)

 

Over sized bags for keeping all the necessities in ;) Towel, water, book, sunscreen, sunglasses, wallet, snacks, you name it – I’ve got it in my bag!

A change up in recipes! No more weigh me down food and more light and fun food!

A warm weather reading list! I love basking in the sun with a good book!

Fun flirty dresses! Now I’m not stuck in layers of clothing anymore – I can breath!!

Yummy sangria! Nothing like a refreshing glass to keep you cool on a nice warm day :)

Exploring new places! Getting outside and having an adventure!

Flippy Floppies!!!!!!!!!!!! I love sandals and flip flops!

Frozen Treats – Especially the home made ones!

Warm weather arts & crafts! Not to mention all the DIY projects that we’ve been waiting to do ;)

and don’t forget the seriously awesome amount of sunglasses to choose from!

What are you favorite things about warm weather?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Pack Pack Pack it up!

10 Apr

This girl is packing up!

But don’t worry we’ll still be here posting ;) I just wanted to share the good news with you! We bought a house! We are moving at the end of this month so things you have to look forward to coming May – new home updates, new home projects, home decor projects, shopping trips, budgeting, and probably a ton of ridiculous photo’s of me trying to do more than I can handle ;)

Although you might be a little disappointed because all of this:

Will now be packed up in boxes – which makes doing DIY projects a little hard. So until then I’ll be  keeping you posted with things that I can do while I’m in the middle of boxes ;) I’ll be focusing on organizing, spring cleaning, and time management – because we all know I’ll need all of those things in order to get through this move! Haha!

And because I’m just so darn excited about it – check out the new place:

I am so excited I can hardly contain myself! Here are a few projects Brian and I have already decided on doing when we move in:

~ Painting painting painting!

~ Crown molding

~ Buying some new furniture!!

~ Setting up my new craft room & light room for pictures

~ Staining the cabinets (if Brian lets me)

~ Painting my desk

~ A little yard work

What are you excited about seeing?

I’m also excited about the thrift & consignment stores this place has! I’ll be taking pictures so you can check it out with me but I have a feeling just stepping foot in those stores is going to make my project list triple! Luckily this house is really move in ready. There isn’t much to fix but cosmetic things so what you’ll be seeing are finishing touches to make it our own but knowing how I am – I can easily find projects to do ;)

I think I’m especially going to go project crazy since all of my things are going to be in boxes for the next three weeks! Is it just me or is it impossible to not be crafty for that long!? I don’t know what I’m going to do but I have a feeling my pinterest board is going to fill up quickly!

 

Do you have any packing tips to share with me? I’d love to hear them!

Love Always,

Jennifer

Goodbye Easter!

3 Apr

It’s detoxing time in our house. We are FINALLY packing up the Easter eggs and getting rid of all the candy in the house. There comes a time after every holiday where I can’t take the sugar rushes or the temporary holiday decor and it gladly disappears! Here are some cute Easter things I found that I might have a harder time letting go if they were at my place ;)

 

Are you ready to get rid of your Easter things or you are you hanging on to something you aren’t ready to let go of yet?

 

 

Love Always,

Jennifer

Pinteresting Home Decor Ideas!

27 Mar

Here are some fun finds I found on pinterest for your home!  I’m always on the look out for cute things I can easily do in my own home, most of these are pretty simple:

A little ribbon, scrap fabric, and fun scrapbooking extras and you can spice up any wall!

I love the idea of making light switches and outlets a little more fun!

Styrofoam balls, scrap fabric, and some glue! You can change up the colors for the season or theme you are going for!

Saving the best for last! An old window put to good use! not only is it pretty to look at but it’s extra storage!

What’s your favorite thing to do to change up a space in your home?

Love Always,

Jennifer

Desk Makeover

13 Mar

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

Being Thrifty!

11 Mar

If there is something that I love – it’s being thrifty. To me, being thrifty means that I’m making the best out of what I have, turning something old into something new, and if I am spending money – doing it in a smart way so that I’m spending as little as possible.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been like this. Sometimes more so than others, for example, I do remember a few times in college ignoring my thriftiness and living it up at Walmart late at night blowing through my spending money.

Part of it is the way I was raised. My mother grew up in a large family with a little bit of money and it was the same with my dad. As my sister and I were growing up we were reminded that we had enough money to make ends meet and a little extra but that didn’t mean that we went out and blew money on things that weren’t worth keeping. Sure we had special occasions, nights out, and the occasional fancy dinner at a restaurant, but when it came to spending money on things for “fun” – we did it in moderation.

The memories I love the most about being thrifty are going out with my sister.  She was in high school and I thought she ruled the world! She spent most of her time hanging out with her friends or her boyfriend but on Saturday mornings she would take me out to the thrift stores so we could hunt down some great things with our allowance money. I’d have to say that I learned most of what I know about thrift store shopping from her and it’s been something that I have enjoyed doing since then!

That part of me is another reason I wanted to start a blog in the beginning. I wanted to share my love of making things, finding great deals, and restoring old items with others like my family did with me. When I quit my job to become a stay at home mom, being thrifty got even more real for me! I was figuring out how to live off of one income in a place where most people live of two HUGE incomes. I tried so many ways of  pinching pennies and found a few that came in handy.

In order to save money on food, my husband and I decided we were going to eat out less and he was going to pack lunches for work. What we didn’t think about was how much we’d then be spending on groceries! We got to the point where we realized we were spending more than we were going out to eat and were seriously confused on how this was supposed to save us money! It was the perishable items that were killing us the most. We’d buy a whole head of lettuce and eat less than half and it would go bad.

I then decided to start couponing. This was BIG! I got so excited about it and clipped as many coupons as I could find. Then I realized I was still not saving anything because I was spending money to use the coupons on food that we didn’t eat. I sat down and made a list of the foods we liked to eat on a bi-weekly basis. I came up with 7 breakfast ideas, 10 lunch ideas, and 13 dinner ideas. I only cut coupons that fit those bi-weekly meals. I cut my grocery spending in half, I save about 15-20 dollars every trip to the grocery store, and the food isn’t going bad before we eat it anymore. When we get sick of a meal – I switch it out for a new one, stop buying the old meal items and start buying the ones.

I had never felt so successful before that I decided to apply this method of madness to other parts of our lives. In order to save money on clothes I would go through what we already had, take it to a consignment shop and then credit it to my account or get cash back for it. Then I would go shopping for new things for Brian, Emma, and I so that we were hardly spending anything. This way we got “new” clothes for nothing and decluttering our closets at the same time.

My in-laws gave Brian and I a set of side tables for our bed but they weren’t my favorite color. I grabbed some sand paper and some house paint laying around and made it brand new to me. There is a completely free project and now these side tables are a part of our bedroom set that I don’t plan on ever getting rid of!!

Being thrifty has given me a new perspective on money. In this economy we have to make it work on what little we have and I can’t even start to explain to you on what a difference it’s made in my life. So I’m hoping in the next few weeks to show you what being thrifty is all about to me!

I’d love to hear if you have any thrifty tips!!

Love Always,

Jennifer


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