Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Five


1 .  A few weeks back, I was lucky enough to win a giveaway on Instagram hosted by Poppy Lane & Co.  It was my favorite kind of giveaway, no reposting images or looping through twenty some accounts, just a tag a friend or twenty for entry, so I tagged a few girl moms to share this gem of shop, and some how luckily won the prize of  the entire Spring collection!

I was able to get each each bracelet in my size of choice, so I choose three for myself and had the rest sized to fit the girls.  I decided to get theirs all in the 18m-5years size so they could share and spend more time wearing them, rather than getting one for Kenley now.  I think I might even save them to give to them at special occasions to mark a memory, perhaps special mommy/daughter dates.


I chose the pearl, seafoam, and salmon for myself and the rest of the Spring collection - cotton candy, chrome, seafoam/seaweed, sunshine, aqua, teal, hot pink, and clementine.  Definitely a "nice" piece of costume jewelry for the girls to wear on holidays and special occasions.  And you know me with gifts, since they sell baby sizes, it'd be a great gift for Godmother to a Goddaughter or from the family to the Godmother to match the baby.  Simple, sweet, and starting at $15 totally affordable.  Such a special keepsake.  I'm not being perked extra to say any of this, I'm just really stoked over winning and love these bracelets.  



2.  We've been talking about Ashlynn's new room to her a lot lately.  I asked her if she'd like to switch rooms and move to the current guest room; it's a smidge bigger, has a better closet, and is closer to Kenley/further from us.  We always assumed those rooms would be the kids' room.  She seems to be excited about it, saying she's taking Mimi's room.  I think we'll still leave her converted toddler bed in her current room for a bit in case she has trouble sleeping in a new space.  

However, I'm hoping the new scenery and bed improve our current bedtime battles.  I think it's time we give up the nap for good.  While, she'll still sleep 1-2hours when forced to nap - on my bed with me (I don't hate it), it really seems the days she does she really is a pain those nights with crying and asking for everything under the sun.  I used to make threats, "I'll take a friend (stuffed animal) from your bed each time you make me come back in here!", "no fruit snacks in your lunch tomorrow!", "I'm taking back the blue Elsa I gave you for going to bed like a big girl!", clearly negative reinforcement wasn't working, which I should have known since I've a gazillion things about not doing negative reinforcement.  It's just that I wanted her to know I meant business, and the games were acceptable.  So the other night, she asked to see her Penny bank,  naturally, she asked for money so I told her for every night she goes to bed without making trouble, she can put a coin in the morning.  Yes, we are literally paying her to sleep.  But if that means she can buy herself an ice cream cone once a year for going to bed and not being a pain, I'm totally down.  Plus, am I not teaching her about money, saving, and hard work?




3.  Some of her bedding arrived yesterday, and I've already started picking up and picking out some items for her room.    Thank goodness for timely Easter decor!



4.  I finally took some pictures of our bedroom and bathroom.  Neither are "finished", but realistically, it could be a long time before they are.  They are functional, and mostly pretty, of course I'd love a shelf here, hang the mirror on the floor there, and find the perfect towel ladder, but you know, nothing wrong with a real life progress shot.  Because who really lives in Better Homes & Gardens?  I'll get them up next week!


5.  White and gold, completely.   Which just confirms my eyesight is totally shot.


22 comments:

  1. Totally agree! White and gold, absolutely! :)

    Can't wait to see the bedroom pics! Love all the bunny themed things for Ashlynn's big girl room too!

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  2. seriously, like I don't see black at all. I see how someone could see blue when they adjust the white balance, although to me it just looks like bad lighting on a white dress.

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  3. White and gold...that means your eyesight is shot? I don't even wear glasses, and I totally don't get this whole thing! I can't wait to see Ashlynn's room - I love that print so much!

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  4. Nah, not shot, but when they get all technical that say it's how your retinas receive the colors. Retinas have cones and rods, rods taking in shades (white/grey/black - giving itmes we see depth) and cones give the colors, something like that, so seeing the white or not seeing the black, i forget means your retina's rods are taking in the color properly or something. Doesn't really mean you have bad eyesight (I don't think),I just do. The dress is truly blue and black, so I see it incorrectly.

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  5. If you wanted to stop doing the money, you could switch to a rock jar. Worked well for us and our 3yo for different listening behaviors... http://pieceofourlife.blogspot.com/2014/09/project-listening-jar.html which I got from Julia http://julia-transition.blogspot.com/2013/06/me-my-boy-city-bus.html

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  6. I actually thought of Julia's good behavior jars when I was telling A the plan!! I thought maybe I should switch, but she want's coins for her piggy bank and seriously, a penny (or even a nickel or dime) a night really isn't hurting our account. And to her, a penny or a pebble or basically the same thing, an object. Which she'll now start to learn, once she gets a bunch they'll have value, whether it be an ice cream cone, a sticker book, or raiding the dollar spot it's not much different than the special date that Julia does. When she first asked for money to put in the jar, we told her she could 'earn' some buy doing chores, like helping mommy with the wash and feeding the dogs. Just like daddy goes to work and earns money so we can buy food and princess dolls, lol!

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  7. Love the picture of your room! It looks great!! :)

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  8. If it works, it works! Now I want ice cream :)
    We filled up our first jar but haven't had a chance for a 'date'.

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  9. Eeek I am so excited for your room "reveals" next week! are you also going to include your closet in one of those posts????


    Those bracelets are so sweet and I love your idea of keeping them for gifts for special occasions like mama daughter dates (how brilliant are you?!!!) Ellie is totally into bracelets these days and will put anything that remotely resembles a bracelet on her arms and run to show us and make a big deal about it. Just so so cute!!


    Of course I am loving your design board for A's room and know that it will be amazing when you complete it (if a room is ever complete!). and I think that giving her a coin to put into her bank in the morning for going to sleep is a great way to accomplish your goals and it does teach her some form of hard work - or something. Because we all know that we have had jobs that we didn't like but got paid for it!

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  10. Ellie does chores - feeding the dogs - too. Probably pretty soon we will need to incorporate some form of "payment".....

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  11. this blows my mind. maybe i should look with my glasses off. all i see is blue!

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  12. Nothing better than winning a giveaway! Especially when it has super easy entry! Those bracelets are gorgeous. So super nice.

    I love your decor style. Everything you choose is always so beautiful!

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  13. White and gold all the way! I've loved the small peeks of your master. I can't wait to see all of the pics next week.

    Our Little Miracles

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  14. I saw a bunny print on brickyardbuffalo and almost tagged you on IG, A's room is going to be adorable, love what you've put together. Yes, great shot of your room!! Excited to see more. TGIF!! :)

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  15. The purple bunny print above IS the one from brickyard buffalo! ;) I scooped that up immediately.

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  16. I'l try to include my closet, but it's been so hard to photograph. I should probably take the door off, but that's a lot of work haha. And I don't see the blue and black at all. I didn't understand when I first saw, since it was so 'clearly' white and gold to me.

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  17. What a great win!
    Your last one made me laugh. Totally black and blue and the rest of you are crazy! Haha! (Just kidding!)

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  18. Haha. I like that you referenced "the dress". I see white and gold too so my eye sight must be shot as well. But of course, I already knew that.
    LOVE the progress you've made so far on all the rooms and can't wait to see more!

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  19. Yeah I had to read an article about it and now I can't see te white/gold combo anymore!!

    Any type of photo I would love to see the closet!!

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  20. Can you tell me where that purple painting is from? I'm looking for something just like it for my daughter's room but in a different color scheme. I'd love to know the artist!

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  21. The purple abstract is by Michelle Armas, you can find some of her work on One Kings Lane.

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