Friday, July 19, 2013

currently loving...more like obsessing

Check these chairs out I found on craigslist for $85 a piece, I want SO bad. 

How amazing would those look paired with an old rustic dining table or a saarinen table? Reupholstered with this fabric:
faux ostrich leather

 or this one 
fun floral

 or even this one? 

schumacher chaing mai dragon

Are you salivating like me yet?
I want. No. I need these in my life, they are so cool! 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Everett's Joke of the Day

Everett: Mommy I have a joke for you.
Me: Ok, sweetie what is it?
Everett: Why do animals sit on the toilet?
Me: I don't know, why do animals sit on the toilet?
Everett: (In a a very enthusiastic voice) Becaaauuuse, they don't have a potty chair to go on!

Cue loads of laughter from both of us, because he's three and potty talk is hilarious -- mommy laughter because it's the cutest darn thing to witness my three year old telling jokes!

These little moments are what make mommy-hood SO worth it.

Monday, June 17, 2013

just trying to keep this in my head

Who ever said my house with small children was going to be clean? Who? And why did I believe it? I probably told myself this lie, when I didn't have children and couldn't imagine that two little people could run such a muck. Life is messy, sometimes in the most literal sense. Thank you, Mary Randolph Carter, who ever you are for uttering these words. It keeps me going in this season of my life. 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Readers are Leaders

My sister in-law always says 'Readers are Leaders" and it's true. Although, I wouldn't call myself much of a leader. I am a reader, I have loved books for as long as I can remember. Picture it, a girl under the blankets with a flashlight because she just had to finish that last chapter. Yup, that was me. Nerdy advanced reading classes. Yup, me again. Devouring 400 hundred page chapter books in fourth grade, guilty. Books transport you to other worlds and lives. That's probably the main reason why I loved books as a kid, it helped me forget the world I was forced to live in at the time and focus on grand adventures and amazing places.
Naturally when I had children, reading was and is important to me. I started reading to Everett when he was 6 weeks old, it was part of our bedtime routine. Did he understand a word of it, no. But experts say it helps language development and form a love of reading. It is true, he does love reading, at least being read to. Hopefully that transfers over to wanting to read when he gets older. When Zooey came along, it was harder to read to her. Second kid syndrome, poor thing. But I had two kids under the age of two, it was tough goings at first. Slowly things got easier as they both got older and she actually brings me books to read to her now and she really has started to love books. Which makes me feel less like a failure that I didn't read to her as much when she was a baby.

When we go shopping and the children want toys I always try and offer books, I will buy books over toys any day. We also go to the library more often now that the kiddos are older, it's gotten a lot easier to manage them. It's fun they have a new rotation of books coming in and its WAY cheaper then buying books all the time. I also buy books at Goodwill they are usually cheap like 99 cents or a couple dollars which is cheaper then buying new, especially when they can be a little rough on books anyways. Readers may not always make leaders (in my case) but it is a whole lot of fun if you let it. There are so many amazing stories that people can come up with, it reminds me that imagination does not die when you become a grown-up. Opening a book or going to an art gallery is proof of that.
Now go get a book, would ya!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Shattered Dreams

Ok, that title is a little dramatic, ok, really dramatic. You may remember I wanted to make a chalkboard out of this mirror.

But, it was sitting up against a wall by the slider in our home and I shut the door too hard and it toppled over shattering into a million pieces. Hence, the title. It was a big bummer moment for sure, but now it means I have one less thing on my giant to-do list. Except, for the fact that I know have a giant pretty wooden frame with nothing in it. Hmmm. Maybe I will figure out something to do with it, ohh there goes that list not getting shorter again.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

oh, yeah. Remember how I was re-upholstering a chair?

Um, so yeah it may be almost a year since I decided to re-upholster my first chair. Let me tell ya, it's been difficult. Not because of the project itself, over all I'd say it's been pretty darn easy. Finding the TIME has been another thing. My husband took a job last year that required him to be gone 5 1/2 days a week, so mommy free time was very few and far between! And then winter came and we have no garage so I didn't feel like painting an old chair in 40 degree weather. If you'd like to catch up on the sloooowwww progress check it out here and here. If you can't recall what this chair looked liked before here you go:

And here is what it looks like now:

The somewhat finished product.  There are a few more things that need finished: the cording, the seat cushion cover sewed on, the bottom screwed back on, and the felt covering up the underside of the seat. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A mother's day wish list

 I have wanted this book for SO long I would love to finally have it my home!

Chambray TOMS? You had me at Chambray.

Somedays you've just got to feel like a 'BOSS' even when it's just taking care of little kiddos. 

Leopard TOMS, yes please! I love me some leopard.


I'm currently obsessed with rifle paper co. Anna Bond is Ah-mah-zing! So a rifle iphone case? No brainer. Now if I could only convince the hubby that I need an iphone to go along with one of these cases...

So dearest honey of mine here is my mother's day wish list, hopefully you take a gander at it. I promise to act surprised. ;)

Monday, April 29, 2013

The new do'

The messy curly mop is gone, for now. I love it both ways, but at some point it gets a little too long and it's time to change things up. He now has a nice short hair cut just in time for summer.
*I can't get a smile out of him, this is what he gives me every time. Oh, well. He's still cute, I'll let it slide.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Currently Loving

Confession: I'm pretty much obsessed with home decor, if you haven't already figured that out by now. Here are a few things I'm digging right now and can only dream at the moment of getting for my home. 

 This sofa from Andella Home
This rug from RugsUSA

This mirror from Etsy

Got anything you're currently loving?

Monday, April 15, 2013

my house has a case of the mondays

Do you ever look at something and finally it's like the blinders are off? Fresh eyes I think they call it. Well that happened to me the other day while looking around my house. EVERYTHING is BEIGE! Ok, not everything but too much stuff is all in the same color family. The walls are beige, the rug is beige, the lamp shades are beige, the curtains are beige, the chair is beige...etc, etc. You get the point. It's time for a change. I live in Oregon more specifically the pacific northwest. It rains or  is cloudy easily nine months out of the year. While outside might be cold and dreary, my house I feel, needs to be happy and colorful. The beige will be sloooowly filtering out and being replaced with more bright and white and colors. I will be sure to show you the eventual changes down the road, of course.

See what I mine?!? The beige has got to go.

Monday, March 11, 2013

The little tale of the polka dot vase

This little polka dot vase has a story, sometimes things or decor in your home do and sometimes they don't; this one does. We and when I say "we" I mean Bryan and I have had this little vase since we were probably seniors in high school ala 2003 or 2004ish. It was the very first thing we bought together as a couple. A pretty BOLD step for a couple of seventeen year olds, especially since we had no idea where life would take us after high school, but something deep down told us that where ever it took us it would be together. We would take turns keeping it in our rooms over the years, it was our love fern, apparently. Until finally we got married and made a home of our own, it doesn't have a lot of monetary value but it sure does have a WHOLE lot of sentimental value. When I look at it, it reminds me that I let my guard down and wore my heart on my sleeve just once and let love creep in and I'm SO SO happy I did!

Do you have any items in your home that have a story?

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

currently loving

This perfectly lovely candle by DayNa Decker has made it's home on one of my side tables in the living room. I love lighting it after the kiddies go to bed and just sit, relax, and inhale it's sweet and musky scent. Delish. Anything you're currently loving?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Vampire babies

Want to know what happens when your eldest child wins a pair of vampire teeth from a machine at a pizza parlor? You get vampire babies, of course.


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