merry christmas

Wednesday, December 23, 2015



"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."  (Luke 2:11)


sam's 3rd birthday interview

Friday, December 18, 2015

I wanted to get this up since Sam's birthday in November, but I haven't been able to get him to give me answers until yesterday.  The little guy already suffers from Second Child Syndrome and I don't want him thinking I don't care, so better late than never :)



1.  Favorite color? Green

2.  Favorite toy? My big train

3.  Favorite fruit?  Bananas

4.  Favorite TV show?  Masha and the Bear

5.  Favorite breakfast? Banana smoothie

6.  Favorite lunch? PB & J

7.  Favorite outfit?  small shirt and small pants (t-shirt and shorts)

8.  Favorite game? Chase (the boy loves a game of old fashioned "chase me")

9.  Favorite snack? Goldfish crackers or graham crackers

10.  Favorite animal? Black dogs

11.  Favorite song? Mickey Mouse's Hot Dog song

12.  Favorite book? Trains Go

13.  Favorite cereal? Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Mom Cereal (Special K with yogurt clusters)

14.  Favorite thing to do outside? Playhouse

15.  Favorite drink?  Milk

16.  Favorite holiday? Christmas

17.  Favorite thing to take to bed?  Snuggle Puppy (his lovie)

18.  Who is your best friend? Elise

19.  What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner? PB & J

20.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  Daddy (seriously, someone grab me a tissue)


This boy is wild.  He gives me a run for my money every single day.  But he snuggles like there is no tomorrow and gives me the best Eskimo kisses.  He hugs so tight.  He has a very caring heart and loves seeing people smile.  I am excited to see the man he becomes, but don't want him to grow too quick.  Right now I just want to enjoy him being my Sam.


christmas tour | 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

10 days until Christmas y'all!!!  Apparently three years in Texas was all it took for the "y'all" to work it's way into my language.  

So, this isn't a Home Tour because that would imply more than one room of my house is decorated, which is most definitely NOT the case.  Some years I feel like decking all the halls, some years not so much.  This was a not so much year.  But the living room got a few touches that are making me feel very merry indeed. 
  

Here's the first view of the living room you see as you walk through the entry hall.




This year I went with fresh cut cedar garland for the mantle.  Holy cow you guys, I am forever changed.  It's sooooo pretty.  The smell and the drape just can't be mimicked.  To keep it looking as fresh as possible, I spritz it with water every couple of days.  So far so good.  And it's cheap enough that I don't feel bad about doing this every year from now on.  Also keeps me from having to store the fake garland.

The striped candles are a mix of my DIY ones and some discounted Halloween candles I picked up at the end of the season.  




This wreath was a quick little DIY using a wire hanger as the base and some fresh clippings from the lawn.  It won't last through Christmas due to the type of greenery, but it will be super easy to replace a few days before.


This Christmas tree.  It almost killed me last year when it feel from a top shelf in the garage.  For reals.  That would have been the worst obituary.  Woman dies after 500 pound fake Christmas tree falls on top of her.  I swore last year was going to be it's final year since it was too large for the space and 2/3rds of the pre-strung lights stopped working.  I don't mind stringing lights on a real Christmas tree, but stringing them on a fake tree irks me to no end.  Just a couple of hours before I took these photos, more lights went out.  This tree hates me.  Just ignore the dark bald spots.

In the background, hanging on the floor mirror in the breakfast nook, you can see the advent calendar I made last year.


The ornaments are always the same, and I used the same DIY paper garland from a few years ago.  Even the metal candle holder for the tree topper made a return.  The only difference was adding the green ribbon.




That's it folks!  If you're interested in a deadly fake Christmas tree, check my curb a few days after Christmas.  This one will more than likely be there.  But if you take it, sleep with one eye open.

SOURCES:  chairs // sofa // lumbar pillow // coffee table (similar look here) // metal accordion table // rug (no longer avail - similar here and here) // bamboo blinds // white drapes // stripe throw blanket // DIY lacquer tray // 3 round mirrors (sold out - similar here) // glass candle holders (here and here) // DIY sunburst mirror // DIY striped candles

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christmas decorating

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tomorrow I'm going to be sharing my living room's Christmas decorations.  Yep, pretty sure I'm the last blogger out there to get it done.  Any who, here's a peek!


Until then, check out last year's Christmas home tour.


And also the kids' rooms from last year.


Are you guys all done decorating for Christmas yet?  I'm always bringing it in at the last minute.

See you tomorrow!

master bedroom updates

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

I made a couple of changes to our master bedroom that I'm so excited about!


Here's what the room had last looked like:


The first to change were the drapes.  I replaced the dark gray drapes with bright white.  And since I like to be completely honest with you guys, I'll tell you that when I first hung them up the drastic change in color caused me to freaked out a bit.  Like, a lot a bit.  While I love a bright white room (that was what I was going for after all), it was just WAY too white in there.  I should have taken a photo so you could have seen what I was talking about.  The white drapes on the existing silver curtain rod blended in with the walls, the walls to the slipcovered nightstand, nightstand to the bedding, and the bedding to the light colored carpet.  I thought I had made a huge mistake by going white.  I slept on it (which is always a good idea) and came up with a couple of solutions that made all the difference in the world! 


CURTAIN ROD - The silver rod I had used with the gray curtains wasn't helping things out at all.  I switched it out to a much wider black rod and the contrast really helped break things up.  

CARPET - The next thing I added was the gray rug under the bed.  What a difference that made!  It grounded the bed and made everything come together.  Funny story - I totally used a car jack to get the rug under the bed all by myself because I was too excited to see what it would look like :D



I want to tell you more about the drapes.  I went with the Easy Pinch Pleat Drapes in Lexi White from Blinds.com.  The same company I purchased all of my bamboo blinds from.  They are AMAZING quality.  They were made with a light filtering white liner which not only gives them a nice heavy weight to them, but also keeps them from getting lost in the sunlight.  I added two panels instead of one to the outside ends of the window for added fullness, and holy smokes, love the look.  It really makes the window look wider and fills in that awkward space on either side.  

Now this is going to sound funny, but they make me feel like I'm a grown up.  I felt the same way when I switched out all my hangers to matching ones, lol!  Having children?  Kinda-sorta.  Matching hangers in the closet and real drapes?  Totally.

(The rod and my ceiling are actually straight, the camera just gives things this weird curve)


Would you check out the pleats on these puppies?!


Here's a close up of the Lexi White fabric.  It's ridiculously soft and has a very faint texture to it.


I was also really impressed with the packaging so I wanted to share it with you.  The pleats were all perfectly folded in place and then the entire drape was folded over thick cardboard to keep it from shifting to the bottom ends of the box.  I feel like everything that comes to our front door from a parcels service ends up a hot mess, so I was beyond thrilled with how well they packaged these.  It's the little things. 


I'm ecstatic with the changes in here!!!  I feel like your eyes flow through the space much more easily now without getting caught up on the dark drapes.  Perfectly bright and airy without being stark.  Just what I was hoping for!



I know I'm not the only one that freaks out when changing things up.  I want to hear about your decor meltdowns!


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Disclosure:  I was provided with the drapes used in this post but was not otherwise compensated.  All opinions are my own.

master bath updates

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Back in July (holy cow) I mentioned I was wanting to make some small changes to our master bath.  Add shades and drapes behind the tub and replace the ugly towel bar with some art.  Well, it's now December and I've finally gotten to it!


The changes weren't major, but they made a HUGE difference.  Here's what it looked like before.  Plain window and the dreaded towel bar.  I don't know why those bars drive me so bonkers, but they do.



WINDOWS - I added the same bamboo roman shade from Blinds.com that I have throughout the rest of the house.  I really do love these shades, and the natural color does so much to warm up the space.  I think bamboo shades are a lot like a nude pump.  They go with EVERYTHING.

  • Deal Alert -  Blinds.com is offering 25% off everything through Dec. 2nd with code SAVEONEVERYTHING


I decided to hang it several inches above so the window would look larger, and so that I wouldn't loose any of the natural light that's so great for putting on my makeup.  The curtains were hung on a DIY curtain rod I made out of electrical conduit.  Again, hung high to make the window appear larger.



ART - In place of the towel bar I hung a large print of the California coast I took while Mike and I were vacationing a few years back.  I think this is near Carmel.  I had it printed off through SnapBox on their paper prints and it turned out gorgeous!  I always worry about having a photo blown up to a large scale, thinking it will look distorted, but it couldn't have more pleased.  The colors are amazing and everything is so crisp.  Printing off one of your own images is so much cheaper than purchasing art prints, and it's personal.

  • Deal Alert - SnapBox is offering 25% off and FREE shipping through Dec. 29th



So... do you guys still think I'm crazy for adding curtains behind the tub or are you now converted??  And who else is ditching their towel bars?


I rest my case ;)

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For more info on the bathroom, check out these past posts: 




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Disclosure - I was provided the print from Snapbox and blind from Blinds.com, but all opinions are my own.





samuel's 3rd birthday party

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We just celebrated Sam's 3rd birthday this past weekend.  


The whole three thing really snuck up on me.  I know mom's say it all the time, but I really can't believe it.  I feel like this should be his second birthday, not his third.  I told him he was my big boy now, no longer a baby.  He said, "Mom, I'm notta big boy.  I just Sam!"  That works for me kid :)




This year he had a Party Animal theme.  The plastic animal bins at the craft stores are his happy place.  Park the cart next to those and he is one happy camper!  I let him pick some out for his party and hot glued on tiny party hats made out of craft paper, pom poms, and silver pipe cleaners.  He played "zoo" with them non-stop the week before his party.




The streamers were a $2 DIY I'll share in a follow up post (click here for tutorial).


To make things easy on myself, I purchased the digital download Draw Together Birthday Set from the Caravan Shoppe.  It is AWESOME.  Well, everything from them is!  If you haven't checked them out before, you absolutely must.  The files for the background 3 poster, the Pin the Bow Tie on the Bear game, and Happy Birthday banner that you see below were just part of what was included.  Super easy!


The last half of the party we had a couple of ponies show up for the kids to ride.  I mean what kid doesn't like a pony?!!  Sam.  That's who.  He went for about one ride and was over it :D But, the other kids had a blast and took turns riding Outlaw and Jack Jack over and over.  



 At the end kids got to pick out their favorite animal jar to take home, filled with animal crackers.  These were an easy DIY I'll share in a follow up post along with the thank you tag.  Click here for the tutorial.



These super cute thank you cards were more printables and FREE (minus paper and ink)!!!  What, what?!!!  The cards are a FREE download from the Caravan Shoppe, and the envelopes are a FREE download from Jones Design Company from her valentines set.  For the envelopes, I printed them out at 110% so they would be large enough to accommodate the cards.  Toss in some leftover confetti so that all of your friends will hate you when their kids open the cards ;D


Confetti for everyone!!!


// SOURCES // number poster . pin the bow tie on the bear . happy birthday banner . letter balloons . confetti . stripe table fabric . plastic animals on table (Michaels) or this set . cake stand (Homegoods) . name candles (Party City) . thank you cards . envelopes . DIY mason jar favors . DIY ruffled streamers



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