Our Nursery

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Just in time, here’s a look at our updated nursery.


I can’t wait to have some adorable pictures of our new baby girl to put in all the frames.  Until then, her big sister and Chester can watch over her.  Rocking ChairDSC_6305

Some of my favorite children’s book are ready and waiting to be read.Changing TableWe’re waiting on these white lower case letters from Pottery Barn to come in.  They’ll spell out the new baby’s name above the changing table/dresser.


New artwork and a hair bow holder finish off the room.
Here's "Poppy's" hair bow and headband holder.  Andy made the white frame from scrape wood.  I added the gingham ribbon and fabric flowers.  The "Poppy" banner hanging underneath was made by my sweet friend, Pam, and was a decoration at my "Sprinkle."

Here’s “Poppy’s” hair bow and headband holder. Andy made the white frame from scrape wood. I added the gingham ribbon and fabric flowers. The “Poppy” banner hanging underneath was made by my sweet friend, Pam, and was a decoration at my “Sprinkle.”

The hair bow holder and three pieces of butterfly artwork are new (and inexpensive) additions we picked up over the past few months.  The only thing we wanted to add but were not able to find was a small area rug.

Much of the nursery is the same as it was when Lauren was born.  Andy added the crown molding, chair rail and wainscoting in August.
Nursery Re-do
I LOVE the way it came out, and ‘m so thankful to have such a handy husband.  Here’s some info on where the items in our nursery came from:

Crib, changing table/dress, book shelf, and rocking chair: Stickley

The crib is no longer available, but the other items are.  The finish is “Onondaga.”

Bedding: Carousel Designs

The crib skirt and bumper pad (which obviously we’ll remove) were custom made by Carousel Designs before Lauren was born.  They are absolutely great to work with and have a HUGE selection of designer fabrics to choose from.  We loved that they are based in Georgia and everything is made in the USA! We ordered extra fabric by the yard which I used to sew the blanket and pillow (on rocking chair) and the window valance.  I cannot say enough good things about this company, and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for something higher-end that not ever other mom and baby will have.

White Frames, Baskets & Liners, Lamp & Shade, and Book Rack : Pottery Barn Kids

Butterfly Artwork: HomeGoods

{Wreath of the Month:} October

Posted in: Crafting, Homekeeping

Introducing my new and improved October Wreath of the Month:

Halloween DecoMesh WreathFor the past couple of years I’ve been wanting to improve upon my original October WOTM.  Well, after purchasing the supplies back in August I’m happy to say I FINALLY did it!  I love how my new mesh wreath turned out!

Here’s a peak at some of the rest of our Halloween decor: Read more

School Organization Binder

Posted in: Family, Homekeeping

It’s no secret I like to stay organized.  When Lauren started school this year I had a new opportunity to do just that.  For the first time in my life, I was the parent on the receiving end of all those papers and handouts that come home from school.  When I was teaching I had my various systems for keeping everything in order, but I’d never thought of how parents kept track of everything at home.

School HandoutsLauren’s school is GREAT about communication.  Seriously, this is what was sent home over the course of registration last winter/spring, summer orientation and in the first week.  (Yes, they were already preparing us for Halloween the first week of school.  See? Great communication!)

Organizational Binders

my desk area at home

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Lauren’s “Big Girl” Room

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It’s taken me far too long to share Lauren’s “big girl” room.  She’s been happily sleeping in it for almost a year already! She loves it so much that when Andy travels I can hardly get her to come “have a sleepover” with me in our room to keep me company.  I know that’s a good thing though.

Anyhow, if you want the background story on us moving her from the nursery, or if you want to see pictures of the room as a work-in-progress you should check out this post or this post.

Sorry the pictures are a little dark. I’m by no means a professional photographer.  Without further delay…

Thankful we can keep all Lauren’s toys in our basement playroom.  Her bedroom only houses a few special books and  favorite stuffed animals.  It’s just enough to keep her entertained and not enough to make a big mess.

I love this Japanese orange blossom watercolor.  It was painted by my great-uncle.  I’ve had it since I was a little girl and it’s finally found the perfect home in our home.

We all absolutely love the way her room turned out.  It may be my favorite room in our house.  I love that she can continue to grow into it as well since we purchased full-sized furniture and keep the style very classic.

Here’s a list specific sources (with links if applicable) in case you’re interested:

Wall Color: Duration “Enchant” Paint from Sherwin Williams

Trim Color: Navaho White from Benjamin Moore

Fillmore Bed, Night Stand & Dresser from Pottery Barn Kids

Cameron 4-Shelf Bookcase from Pottery Barn Kids

Audrey Chenille Dot Curtains from Pottery Barn Kids

*We bought an extra panel of curtains that I used to make the two smaller throw pillows on the bed.

Ornament Finial Rod & Hardware from Pottery Barn Kids
Eleanor Frameless Mirror from Pottery Barn
Bedding: Sky Pintuck Quilt, Euro Shams, & Sateen Sheets from Bloomingdales
Artwork (above bed), Bedside Lamp, Silver Frames, Pink & White Storage Baskets HomeGoods

{Menu Monday:} Week of August 19, 2013 & Weekend Peak

Posted in: Eats, Family, Homekeeping

Here’s peak at the weekend that was…

During the week last week Andy finished up the nursery “embellishments.”

We LOVE the way the crown molding, chair rail and wainscoting came out!  Once again, I’m so thankful to have such a talented guy! Thank you! Poppy’s one lucky baby.  I’ll reveal the complete nursery soon.  (And I promise I haven’t forgotten about sharing Lauren’s “big girl room.”  Check back tomorrow to see how it turned out!)

Anyway…since the nursery project is finished we decided to go ahead and add some “embellishments” to our dining and family rooms.

Dinning Room “BEFORE”

Family Room BEFORE

Our builder put in some nice trimwork when we bought the house, but we wanted to add a little more detail.

Dinning Room “DURING”

This weekend, Andy begin installing picture frame molding below the chair rail in the dinning room

Family Room “DURING”

and some 5-inch crown molding in the family room.

The main floor of our house in slight disarray right now.  He’ll finish priming and painting this week (such a busy guy) and I’ll have some major cleaning to do.  I’ll share the finished product soon.

Lauren and I ran LOTS of errands while Andy worked.  We also found time to try a new activity:

I saw this pin for Rainbow Soap Foam Bubbles last Friday and couldn’t wait to try them out with Lauren.  She LOVES playing with soap bubbles in the kitchen sink, and I couldn’t resist the beautiful colors. (Although I think I have some room for improvement color wise… My lavender looks a little gray.)

I’d never used my Kitchen-AId for anything like this before…

Combine 1/4 cup water, 2 Tablespoons liquid dish soap, and food coloring and mix for 1-2 minutes to form stiff foam.

Totally easy to make and a big hit.  We highly recommend, and we’ll definitely be making more soon!

And here’s our menu for this week:

Monday: Beef Fajitas

Tuesday: (leftover fajitas become) Quesadillas

Wednesday: Barbecue-Ranch Chicken Salad 

This is a Cheesecake Factory knockoff recipe we like to make at home-salad topped with barbecued chicken, grilled corn, black beans, red peppers, cucumber, Mexican cheese, and avocados. Yum!

Thursday: Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Oven Roasted Potatoes (with Bacon, Garlic, & Parmesan) and Lemon-Dill Green Beans

I’m going to go back to trying to put at least one “new” meal a week on our menu.  I found all three of the dishes listed above on Pinterest (click the name for a link) and this week will be our first time trying them.  I’m especially excited because I’ve never made a pork tenderloin before, and it’s a crockpot recipe.  I had it “pinned” three separate times so I figured it was time I finally got around to trying it. I’ll share our results later in the week!

Friday: Hot Tuna Sandwiches with Fruit Salad



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Sadly, the deer in our neighborhood developed a taste for my zinnias this year.  It’s especially weird because last year they didn’t touch them.  In any case, we decided to go ahead and pull them out because they were looking pretty rough… I saved many of the flowers to use for seed next spring and we’re enjoying the pretty blooms that were left  inside the house this week.

If anyone has any good natural or at home tips for keeping deer away from flower beds PLEASE share!


Autumn Decor

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Inspired by Pinterest and other blogs, I’ve been making a real effort to decorate a little more for holidays.  We go all out at Christmas, but other than that it’s usually nothing more than my “wreath of the month” on the front door.

Of course, you know me, I can’t just go out and buy decorations all willy-nilly.  I had to make a plan.  I decided the best areas to decorate were 1.) our mantle,

2.) our entry way, specifically the entry table,

and 3.) our dinning room table.

It sounds silly, but choosing areas to focus on really helped me.  Here are my results: Read more

Surprise “Big Girl Room” Decorating!

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Last week Andy decided it was time for us to make Lauren a “big girl room.”  (No, no news of baby number 2. I PROMISE!) She’s had a toddler bed for over a year now, but we both agree she needs a bigger bed she can sleep in for the next few years….

In any case, I hate the idea of her growing up and I started to get a little stressed because, on top of that, I had NO IDEA what I wanted to do decor wise for her next bedroom.  I have no Pinterest board for this! I think I’m in denial and have been majorly slacking off! (I do consider it a HUGE blessing that decorating Lauren’s room is the biggest problem in my life.)







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Mason Jar Herb Garden Update

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Remember my Mason Jar Herb Garden (it was a gift from my little sister)?  Well, I though I’d give you a little update on it’s progress! All three herbs are still alive and growing!!! YAY!!!

I’m not a gardener AT ALL, so I feel really proud of myself.  I have my fingers crossed they’ll survive while we’re away on vacation.  I’m looking forward to a caprese salad with some Jersey tomatoes and my own fresh basil!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Packing Check List

Posted in: Fun, Homekeeping

I think I’ve mentioned a time or two before that I LOVE making lists.  It’s just something I do.  It helps me feel in control which is kind of an issue for me…

Anyhow, we’re getting ready for our big summer vacation and I happened to come across this awesome packing check list on Pinterest.

I’m seriously in love!  I really wish I could take credit for creating this masterpiece, but I can’t.  That honor goes to Brian Sibley via flickr and the original can be found here. Just click the link at the top of the page to download your own PDF copy.  I can’t wait to start packing!