Sam's 4th + Izzy's 8th birthday interviews

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Mom Fail.  It has been over four months since Sam turned four, well over one month since Izzy turned eight, and I never posted their yearly interviews.  Get it together woman!!!  I love looking back as past interviews of the kids.  It always brings a smile to my face and I love seeing what stays constant over the years and what changes.  If you have littles in your life, I definitely suggest this.  They love being "interviewed" and looking back on them as well.

My boy.

1.  Favorite color? Green

2.  Favorite toy? Trains

3.  Favorite fruit?  Strawberries and blueberries

4.  Favorite TV show?  Peppa Pig

5.  Favorite breakfast? Waffles

6.  Favorite lunch? PB & Chocolate (Nutella)

7.  Favorite outfit?  T-shirt and shorts

8.  Favorite game? Jumping Jack

9.  Favorite snack? Goldfish crackers

10.  Favorite animal? Elephants (this is news to me)

11.  Favorite song? Choo-Shoo Soul

12.  Favorite book? Work Trucks

13.  Favorite cereal? Mom Cereal (Special K with yogurt clusters)

14.  Favorite thing to do outside? Playhouse

15.  Favorite drink?  Chocolate milk

16.  Favorite holiday? Things that you love, kissing (Valentine's Day)

17.  Favorite thing to take to bed?  Snuggle Puppy and Little White Tiger

18.  Who is your best friend? Elise

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

20.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  Engineer

You can check out Sam's three year old interview here.

My girl.

1.  Favorite color? Bluish Green

2.  Favorite toy? Giraffe

3.  Favorite fruit?  Blueberries

4.  Favorite TV show?  Teen Titans Go

5.  Favorite breakfast? Pancakes

6.  Favorite lunch? Sonic

7.  Favorite outfit?  Leggings, t-shirt, and pink Nikes

8.  Favorite game? Star Wars Legos

9.  Favorite snack? Goldfish crackers

10.  Favorite animal? Bunnies and Giraffes

11.  Favorite song? Me Too by Megan Trainor

12.  Favorite book? Diary of a Whimpy Kid

13.  Favorite cereal? Lucky Charms

14.  Favorite thing to do outside? Jump rope

15.  Favorite drink?  Dr. Pepper and Root Beer

16.  Favorite holiday? Easter

17.  Favorite thing to take to bed?  Giraffe

18.  Who is your best friend? Reagan and Emery

19.  What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner? R2-D2 strawberry birthday cake

20.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  Veterinarian

You can check Izzy's past interviews below:

7th birthday

Girl's bedroom makeover

Monday, March 27, 2017

Izzy's room had never felt finished to me.  I wasn't sure what it was, but it drove me nuts.  Actually, what drove me nuts was all the kid clutter that had found its way onto every flat surface.  Every single knick-knack (including anything plastic or stuffed with an emoji on it) was declared to be her most prized possessions.  There was very little she was willing to part with.  I think we threw out some lolly pop wrappers.

Tired of not being able to see the top of her dresser or nightstand, I decided to build her a bookcase to corral everything.  A few updates spun off of that and now Izzy's room is in a state she and I are both loving.  It's kind of the perfect time to share now that Spring is here because this mini-makeover is pink, girly, and full of bunny rabbits :)  I'll post a full source list a the end of the post.

But first, let remind you where we started.


The book ledges were a perfect book solution when she was younger.  Being able to see her large picture books in a shopable way was perfect until just recently.  Now at eight years of age, the books have vastly multiplied, crowded each other, and left no room for her new smaller chapter books which were clustered on the ground.

In the photo below, you can see the previous bedding and DIY wall decals we put up not long after moving in this house.  Izzy decided she was over the decals, so down they came.

And, now for the afters!  You'll see that not too much has changed, but what has feels much better.


Switched out the plain white duvet for one with more texture.  Polka dot euros swapped for crisp white.  I added a faux fur pillow for more texture and a pretty hmong pillow I picked up from Danielle Oakey when she was a Silobration in Waco.  Side note: Danielle is such a sweetheart.  It's so fun to meet the makers behind the items you love.  I also pulled back out the vintage pink coverlet I purchased for Izzy's first big girl room five years ago.  It might be my favorite part.

Her desk area has stayed the same.  We just added the tissue paper flowers I made for her Star Wars Spa Party.  She loves having a desk in her room, and the DIY pin board is still going strong.  I think this ghost chair is so perfect here since it doesn't take up visual space.

So, the bookcase that started all of this is a DIY off of a design I fell for in this room.  I loved everything about it.  The shelf itself and of course the styling.  I knew I had to have it!  I'll share a tutorial with you guys of how I built it soon.  Little pieces of kid clutter no longer stand a chance.

Her seashells and pretty rocks can now be purposefully displayed with room to grow.  All of her random plastic bits and pieces and fast food toys are out of sight in the white vase under the fake flowers.  

Her larger picture books have a home in the baskets on the bottom shelf, and her chapter books are now properly arranged on the middle two shelves.  You can't tell from this angle, but the shelves facing the corner of the room contain a snow globe collection and other figurines that once crowded her dresser top.

I failed to get photos of the other side of the room, but nothing has changed.  Well, the top of the dresser now stays this clean so trust me, THAT is a huge change!

Speaking of the dresser, we're still loving the papered drawers.  You can read more about those here.

Like I said, not a huge amount of changes, but it's so much more pulled together and useful.  I'm just thrilled with it and I know she loves it too because I find her spending more time in her room now.  She's also keeping it clean.  That must be love :D

I'll be back with a tutorial on the bookcase so stay tuned!

SOURCES:  DIY tufted headboard // duvet cover // pink throw - vintage (similar here and here) // faux fur pillow - Homegoods // hmong pillow // giraffe sheets // wall sconces // round nightstand - TJ Maxx (similar here) // bunny vase - Target no longer avail. (similar here) // giraffe art prints // DIY pin board // desk - thrifted, painted Annie Sloan Pure White (similar here)// ghost chair // DIY pom pom drapes (no tutorial, but used my super secret drape source) // hanging flower art // baskets - Homegoods // dresser - antique market, painted Annie Sloan Pure White (similar here) // DIY inlay mirror // bunny lamp // DIY bookcase (based off this) // silver bunny bank // vases - Homegoods // glass beads - Round Top (similar here) // picture frame - Homegoods // hanging stars - DIY (similar here)


bathroom hooks and stools

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I got a question from a very important reader, my mom, about my post, How to Fix a Boring Builder Grade Bath.  One of the updates I mentioned was to take down your towel bar and replace it with hooks.  She had the guest bath towel bar down within minutes!  

Here was the question she had.  There are a ton of hooks out there, what hooks should she use?  I came up with some options and sent them over.  I wanted to share my suggestions and a few more in case you find yourself looking for some good bathroom hooks.  We have No. 6 in our master just outside the shower, it's huge.  I think the bunny hook would be great in a kid's bath.

She had another question.  My mom also removed the towel bar over her master tub, and as I did, she's wanting to replace it with art and use a stool next to the tub to hold the towel and other items.  The question was, what type of stool should she be looking for?  

I love the look of a stool next to the tub.  It adds another layer to the bathroom and makes it much more interesting.  I also pull ours up to the vanity so I can sit while putting on my makeup.  You can find a ton of photos with this look in bathrooms with stand alone tubs.   

But, I wanted to show you a couple of examples of tubs other than stand alone.  Proof that it also looks great with other tubs styles as well.

| maryn |

You definitely need to consider your bathroom size when looking for a stool.  I love the look of a wooden stool in a mostly white bathroom.  The contrast is so pretty and really warms it up.  If you already have a lot going in your bathroom, maybe a white glazed garden stool would blend a little better.  Here are some I've rounded up, including the small side table (No. 1) that I use in my bathroom.
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And to finish off the rest of your space, here are some accessories that would look great in any bathroom.  Water scenes are right at home in a bathroom.  For those of us who have black thumbs, here are some pretty faux plant options.  And, you can never go wrong with beautiful towels!

Beautiful bathrooms for everyone!

Disclaimer - This post does contain affiliate links.  

home tour page updated

Friday, March 10, 2017

I was looking through my Home Tour page for our current house and realized some of the photos were now outdated as I've since switched things up.  Well, it's now updated with some new photos!  If you haven't yet checked out the Home Tour, I'd love to have you over :)

The old entry shot used to look like this:

And the updated shot:

I know, you're looking at the two with a weird face asking yourself what in the world is different :D In the new shot of the entry the old chandelier has been swapped out for the new one that I battled with.  I also added some new lamps to our entry table after one of them fell and broke several months back.  I couldn't replace the broken one since they were no longer available, but I'm seeing that as a blessing in disguise because I'm completely in love with these affordable glass and brass lamps I found instead.  As I'm writing this post, the lamp bases are on sale for $36!

On top of my stack of DIY wrapped books I added in these amazing wooden prayer beads that I WON on an Instagram giveaway from Sugar boo & Co.  I was bouncing up and down when it arrived.  It's just the most beautiful thing ever!

The living room tour is also updated.  Here's an older shot into the room from the entry:

Updated photos include the new pillows, table lamp, different rug, swapped ceiling fan, and the metal chairs in the kitchen nook that have been changed for quite some time now.

I also included some photos of the opposite side of the room so you can get a better feel for the room's layout.

I hope to be adding even more photos to the Home Tour page in the next week or two once I get Izzy's little bedroom refresh completed.  Should have that done after Spring Break.  Ugh.  Spring Break.  I almost forgot about it this year.  I have zero plans for how to entertain the kids during the break.  It's been so rainy and gloomy here in Houston lately.  I'm praying for some sun next week so at the very least I can get the kids outside.  Do you guys have any fun plans?  I'd love to hear them so I can live vicariously through you :)

ENTRY INFO: barn light // DIY bench (similar here) // rug - Homegoods (similar here) // hooks - Rub n' Buffed in gold (similar here) // decorative prayer beads // lamps // DIY paper wrapped books // buffet table - family piece


LIVING ROOM INFO: chairs // sofa // coffee table  // accordion table // rug // bamboo blinds // white drapes // DIY mud cloth pillows on gray chairs // indigo pillow // indigo lumbar // DIY lacquer tray // DIY sunburst mirror // 3 round mirrors - Pier 1, no longer avail (similar here) // ceiling fan // metal kitchen chairs




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