Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Traditional Meets Coastal Living Room

rug | lamp | art | bench 

A while back, I shared our inspiration board for our family room, a few changes have been made, but we are waiting to put in hardwood flooring before doing anything else.  And the same goes with our living room.  

However, I think it was around the holidays we moved all the toys up to the spare bedroom to become the new official Toyland and aside from a few games, blocks, and puzzles, the living room is finally toy free.  Of course, it's still fairly bare aside from our Pottery Barn Cameron Sofa, Rhys Coffee Table, and craigslist score piano and bench.  A few chairs, area rug, and art will definitely pull the room together as a finished space.  Until then, I'll make imaginary design boards ;)

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

[Bookworm] Companion Stories to Popular Children's Books

If your house is anything like ours, despite having a large and constantly growing library of children's books, it seems it's always the same ones we read night after night.  Of course there are those we grit our teeth and try to sneak skipping few pages through and then those we might actually enjoy as much as the intended audience.

I've started taking mental note of the authors we love for when we visit the library or bookstore. I also noticed a handful of our favorite stories are having 'sequels' of sorts published with the same beloved characters. Knowing so many other bloggers raced for The Day The Crayons Came Back, after loving The Day The Crayons Quit, I found some more sister stories to change up the bedtime routine. A few of the titles haven't been released, but are available for pre-order.  If you pre-order with Amazon now, they will charge you the lowest price offered when the book finally ships.

Ball & Treat :  Mary Sullivan  
Wolfie the Bunny & Horrible Bear :  Ame Dyckman
Dream Animals & Day Dreamers : Emily Winfield Martin

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Sugar Rush Recap

We had a great little 3 day weekend.  We finished the board and batten project in the mudroom (three years later), the older kids in our neighborhood put on an egg hunt for the younger kids, and the Easter Bunny left some eggs and baskets for the girls to find on Sunday morning.

 The girls were so excited to get their chocolate bunnies, peeps, and Cadburry creme egg.  Ashlynn was especially thrilled that the Easter Bunny left her some jellybeans, you know, since mommy ate a whole secret stash in the sewing room. The Frozen Fever dolls are a huge hit, the singing Elsa has been requested a lot lately, so Ashlynn was psyched to open it.  Daddy not so much as we've heard "Making Today a Perfect Day"probably 500x in the last 24 hours.

After some playtime, lunch, and refusals to nap, we cleaned up and headed over to my inlaws for Easter Dinner.

(the best we could manage)

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Frozen Fever Frenzy

all pins found @ Frozen Fever Pinboard

I am in the midst of planning and prepping for Ashlynn's Frozen Fever 4th birthday bash.  When she originally told me she wanted a Frozen party - naturally, I decided to slightly nudge her into a Frozen Fever party instead, since Frozen Fever is all about Anna's birthday. I've gathered a ton of pinspiration and since we are trying to keep the party to a small amount of friends Ashlynn's age, it's time the party focused more on the kids than the grown-ups. Meaning, putting out some food and letting the kids run crazy isn't really the same as when they are one and two.  

To put some order, focus, and fun into the party I decided to follow the theme of the movie short, well more like Follow the String!  The plan is to have the kids follow a literal string, like Anna, from station to station, each based on the gifts Anna receives.  

Starting with a bracelet making station, a musical chairs inspired cuckoo clock timed game, hoagies for lunch, Frozen family portrait photo booth with character props, sunflower stockings to cover the eyes for pin the nose on the Olaf, and some more fun surprises to follow along the birthday girl's journey.  I'll definitely try to share more as I go, like this birdhouse doubling as the Olaf cuckoo clock.

I see lots of sunflowers and snowgies in my future!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Spring, Sun, and Swimsuits

Happy first day of spring, friends!  We are actually forecasted to get some snow over night, and I'm hoping it's nothing since I can't imagine it'd amount to anything after the month we've been having.  The rest of the week is looking like a picture perfect spring, so I'll deal.  We aren't going on spring break or even a worthy vacation until summer, but the sunshine has definitely gotten me thinking about being "beach ready".  I'd love to get time at the gym, but that's likely not going to get consistent until my shadow is in school.  So I think I'll be attempting some playground style HIIT workouts, we'll see how that goes.

I took an inventory of the girls' spring/summer clothes and tried to fill in where some gaps were with last week's Friends and Family Sale at Gap.  Ashlynn got a few pairs of shoes, shorts, and new swimsuit.  You can actually get 40% Off and free 2-day shipping today with code FASTBUNNY.

There are so many adorable little girls swimsuits out right now!

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Also, if anyone is interested in this new with tags Baby Gap swimsuit - 12-18m, please email me!  Asking $15 shipped.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

[Bookworm] Books to Bring Home

Yesterday, I had some time to myself while the girls played at the grandparents.  I hit up Barnes & Noble because it has been ages since I've browsed a real (non-amazon) book store.  I walked out empty handed, but have a nice collection of new books to add to the wishlist.

The girls' wishlist. 

Anyone else get time for themselves and spend it doing things for the kiddos??

Lily the Unicorn | Bloom - (loved the illustrations!) | If I Had a Gryphon

PS -Finding Winnie is the true story of Winnie the Pooh, which I can't wait to pick up, who knew Christopher Robin was a real boy and Winnie was a real bear!  And it's currently almost 50% Off ;)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Spring Break

Hello!  I guess I'll start the second half of this month with my second post.  It's hard to blog when it feels like homework.  Also with the early spring weather and nighttime Mad Men binges (6 episodes left) not much to report.   I feel like this is a repeat post from earlier in the month, but here we go!

- I made another dress, this one for Kenley.  I love the flutter sleeves, notched neckline and pom trim bodice.  I also used the buttons from a favorite J.Crew cardigan from years ago that got a hole in the elbow.  Before I ditched the sweater, I cut off all the buttons because I loved them.  So glad I did, and need to remember to do that to all my future discards.

The Easter Bunny is ready to doorbell ditch, with a few classic candies (jelly beans, peeps, cadbury eggs, and chocolate bunnies), some dollar spot finds, and a Frozen Fever Elsa and Anna dolls to prep the girls for the Frozen Fever birthday party.  

See, told you it was the same post.   Everyone better get their green out, tomorrow is St.Patrick's Day! 

Monday, March 7, 2016

All The Things

A little unintentional blog break over here.  I've become buds with my sewing machine again and we are into Season 6 of Mad Men and just pushing through so the laptop just hasn't been in the lap much.

Things of note.

After making two easy flutter sleeve tanks for the girls, I decided to tackle a real pattern.  I purchased the popular Geranium Dress pattern from Made By Rae.  It's perfect because there are so many variations (different necklines, sleeves, dress vs tunic, and pleats vs gathers) that you could make it over and over again and not look like the same shirt or dress.  It was my first time lining a dress, finishing my edges, and making button holes.

I have such a insane stash of fabric from my Mallow and Graeme days, and most of it is quite enough to clothing out of, so I'm trying to work my way through some of it.  However I did order some yardage to make some pretty spring/summer clothes for the girls. Ashlynn was pretty excited that the dress had I been working on fit her perfectly.  

I've also been working on a quilt with a lot of the fabric scraps I can't throw out, but am not sure what else to do with.  It's pretty hodgepodge, but it'll be perfect for picnics, sitting on the sidelines at soccer games, or building a fort. 

In other news around the house, we finally swapped our foyer light fixture.  I'm not sure why it wasn't the first thing we did, but the existing one was hideous.  Since we don't have an open entryway and the stairs are so close, we had to stick with a flush or semi flush mount fixture that didn't have too low a drop.  After searching through so many styles, we picked a classic school house style that was a total steal from Amazon. 



In holiday related news, I have not put up a single thing for St.Patrick's Day.  This is totally unlike me, as I have St. Pat's collection that rivals our Christmas.  Now being 10 days out, I might just move over to Easter instead, especially since Ashlynn has been talking about the Easter Bunny a lot lately.  She saw my discarded bag of hidden starbust jelly beans and now asks every day if the Easter Bunny will bring her jelly beans.  "Of course, he will sweetheart. (As long as mommy doesn't eat them all first).  I picked up most of the goodies already, we don't do anything big.  Some candy, dollar spot junk, and each girl is a getting a Frozen Fever doll. However, I think this might have to sneak in my little bunnies basket too.  

bunny apron (free shipping, too!)

That's pretty much it around these parts.  Getting excited that the weather is turning into Spring and we are getting some more time outside, because fresh air > that Daniel Tiger (aka the only Kenley wants all the time).