Dining Room, Play Room and Entry, oh my!

Remember how we were working on the dining room? This is the last picture you saw:

 

 

Yeah, that’s pretty much where we are now. The hubs is all excited because I won a gift card through work that is going to pay for a miter saw that he’s been dreaming about wanting for a couple of years. Yes, you’re right. That was generous of me to use my gift card toward his saw. Full disclosure: he’ll be using it for the projects that I want done and he may have used his gift cards to buy me a the wood for my beautiful dining room table. Winking smile

But we just got the saw a couple of days ago, so we still don’t have wainscoting or chair rail up. We moved the furniture back and picked up the drop cloth, but pretty much, that’s where we’ve stopped in there.

We have a one-project-at-a-time rule that we stick to religiously, except that rules are made to be broken right? So in the meantime, we painted Jack’s new play room.

 

Overall, this was a very quick project. We painted the ceiling and walls and changed out the chandelier for a boob light that we took down out of the entry way. Now we just need to litter the floor with toys and it’ll really look the part.

After we finished the play room (we still didn’t have the saw yet), we thought, if we’re going to break our rule, then we should go all out. We wanted to paint the entry/stairway/upstairs hall the same color as the playroom and while we had the paint open, it just made sense. Right? Right. So this happened:

 

If you’re thinking, “That looks like a lot more than paint, you’d be right. In fact, there’s no paint there. That is bare walls after pulling 30 years of wallpaper. It was NOT in the plans. We were definitely going to be lazy and paint over the existing paint. So, I am downstairs painting the ceiling and John goes to fix “one little thing” on the walls. Next thing I know, I HUGE sheet of paper falls down the stairs. He says, “I mean it practically fell off.” (it didn’t) “So we shouldn’t just pull it all down. It’ll be easy” (it wasn’t).

So now we have 3 rooms in a partially finished state and a party in 3 weeks!

Hope you all have a good weekend! We’re headed to a pumpkin patch in the morning. Can’t wait to get some cute pictures of this sweet 8-month-old:

 

I’m starting a new series on Monday and I think it’ll be fun! I’m going to try to stretch myself to 2 posts a week Smile

Pinterest Monday: Week 4

Happy Monday! We had an awesome weekend. We had a dedication for Jack at our house. It was a wonderful celebration of our family and friends that celebrated the incredible blessing of Jack. I’ll share more with you later this week! I have some pictures to edit. I also really want to FINALLY post about John’s amazing dining room table. So excited to show you.

This weeks favorite pins are centered around a bunch of things I tried this weekend in preparation for the dedication, so it’s mostly cooking stuff.

FAVORITE PINS OF THE WEEK

This actually worked! It was amazed. My cupcakes were evenly baked and perfectly risen. One thing I would add though is that I cooked two trays at once and the ones on the bottom were much prettier than the ones on the top. So next time I would only bake a tray on the bottom and put a cookie sheet on top. My theory is that the sheet on top deflected some of the heat and made the ones prettier on the bottom.

 

Source: TheCookingDish.com

I used this guide this weekend and it worked! I never remember how long you are supposed to cook eggs, so this was very helpful.

FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PIN OF THE WEEK

Source; TheHungryHousewife.com

So, I made cross cookies for the dedication. This link has a recipe for the cookies and for the icing. The sugar cookie recipe on this link is AWESOME! I will always use it. The cookies were soft, chewy and just the right amount of sweet AND they kept their shape. However, I was not a fan of the icing recipe. It was like glue. I think I pulled a muscle trying to squeeze the piping bag. So I added water… and then some more water and then some more and then I started dumping water in. It was a little crazy. I’m going to have to try a different recipe for the next time.

Though as with all of my least favorite pins, more than likely it’s my fault that it didn’t work and not the fault of the source. Obviously, it works for her because her cookies are beautiful.

I promise I’ll post again this week with either the dedication pictures or the picture of the table. It really depends on if I get the table set for fall and then get to take pictures of it Smile

Pinterest Mondays: Week 3

So my link on Thursday to Living Savvy was definitely not working. Sorry about that. If you want to see my guest post, CLICK HERE! You should also check out her site. She’s got a great series going this month on decorating for fall. There’s been tons of great inspiration!

On to Pinterest Monday! Here’s my favorite three links this week:

Gooey Monster Cookies

Source: LilLuna.com

How adorable are these cookies? I really hope that I can get Jack into Monster’s Inc. I really want to throw a Monster party at some point. I have a ton of fun pins on my Time To Party! board.

20 Ways to Celebrate your Child’s Birthday

Source: The House of Hendrix

I thought this was the coolest post. There are some great ideas for really making your child feel special and loved on his/her big day! Can you tell I have Jack’s first birthday on my mind? My favorite ideas from this post were to countdown to your child’s birthday, have everyone say something that they love about the birthday girl/boy, and retelling their birth story/stories from babyhood.

Advent/Christmas Bible Verses

I’d love to start this tradition this year! Each night when we do the bible story we’re going to read one of these bible verses during the month of December. Such a simple way to keep the child focused on the meaning of the season.

Pinterest Fail!

Here’s my least favorite of the week:

Cupcakes in Ice Cream Cones

Source; Sweetharts Cakes and Bakes

This one has been going around for a while and I tried it once and it did not work. They looked cute, but the cones got really soft and and I didn’t like it at all. Granted, there could be some user error (usually is) but still…

Pinterest Monday: Week 2

It’s Monday again! The days go by so fast right now. John and I have been hard at work in the entry/hallway/dining room, but the good news is we’ve made tons of progress. Now we only have to straighten up but all the big projects that we wanted to do before the party are done. I’ll have an update on both rooms later this weekend.

Favorite Pins from this Week

 

Via: Key Ingredient

Pasta and Soup – Two of my favorite things. I definitely want to try this. Soon!

Via: Yellow Bliss Road

I love the look of mixing and matching fonts, but I never get it just right. This link does it all for you! How great is that?

Via: Elegant Wreath Etsy Shop

Love this wreath and a lot of others that are on her shop. But if you don’t want to pay $80 for this wreath, you could easily do it yourself. Get a grapevine wreath and buy some bright orange faux berries. Work your way around and secure the berries using floral wire. Add a white monogram and voila! This is definitely on my To do list so I’ll definitely up a tutorial when I do it. If you beat me to it, let me know and I’ll link to yours!

Finally, I didn’t have a bad pin this week, so… here’s a bonus for you. ONLINE THRIFTING!!! Amazing.

Via: Thred Up

Pinterest Monday: Week 1

I know, whatever could my new series be about? I really should come up with some super clever series name, but we all know I’m a lazy blogger, so I’m not going to worry about it. Feel free to throw some out there Smile
So, each Monday (or most Mondays Smile), I’m going to pick my three favorite pins of the week and my 1 least favorite pin. I was always told to say 3 nice things to every 1 not-so-nice thing. I’ve always wondered… why say that 1 not-so-nice thing? Can’t we just say 3 nice things? Anyway, my least favorite pin is probably going to be something that doesn’t work as advertised.

Favorite Pins of the Week:
Via: The Rainbow Room Handmade by Clara Luna

Wouldn’t this be the cutest favor at a birthday party? They are melted crayons in silicone letters. My question is how many crayons does it take and how long do they take to dry? Because you’re going to need to use each mold more than once, ya know.

Via: Pepper Deisgn Blog

This could be the most brilliant thing I’ve ever seen. I’ve always thought about how long it must take to get those logs in the fireplace just perfectly, but this would save time each year. So smart!
Via; Buzz Feed
This is right up there on my “why didn’t I think of that?” list. She planted plastic plants and it makes for super simple switcheroos on her seasonal plants! In the fall, she can pop in her Mums, Pansies for the winter and flowers for the spring/summer. Amazing! Oh and you should click on the source link, that article was fascinating! It had a bunch of interesting tips like this.
Least favorite pin of the week:
Via: Wedding Gawker
I know, it looks adorable to turn the envelope on it’s side to address it. BUT my cousin just did this for her son’s birthday party. Addressed all the invitations, took them to the post office and learned that they treat this as an “oversize letter” and postage is $0.90 minimum! Not cool.
Be sure to follow me on Pinterest! and let me know if you have any fun names for the series!

Living Room to Dining Room

2 years ago at almost exactly this time, I was updating my Dining Room. It turned out pretty great:

 

I loved it… for a little while. Until I realized that I can not comfortably fit more than 6 people in that room. I definitely intend on hosting more than 6 people. Plus, it’s pretty dark with that one window. So for the past 2 years, I’ve been brainstorming and figuring out what it would take to make our living room our dining room.

Our living room is the first room you see when you walk in the house and since we’ve moved in, it’s been the spare furniture room. I plan to install wall panels from IPSL on this room, check out this IPSL discount codes I found. Furnished with our leftovers that we didn’t know what to do with. The room is 19×13, so it’s huge and can seat way more than 6 people. Negatives: it doesn’t have an overhead light, it has carpet (so does the dining room) and it’s not right next to the kitchen. The kitchen is on the other side of that right wall. But it’s very close and accessible from both doors to the room, which helps with flow.

So here’s the BIG to do list:

  1. Scrap ceilings – CHECK! John and I have tackled that this week.
  2. Install light fixture. My Dad and John are wiring it up this week.
  3. Paint ceilings, walls and molding.
  4. Make dining room table. – CHECK! John made me my dining room table for my birthday and it’s AMAZING. It’s so beautiful. I can’t wait to show you. I was supposed to show you that today but right now it is sitting in the dining room, covered with a drop cloth and then about 10 pounds of ceiling popcorn on top.
  5. Purchase Buffet. – CHECK! I bought a beautiful, antique buffet from Craigslist for $100. Score!
  6. Purchase dining room chairs.  and probably refinish because the budget does not allow for new dining room chairs.

I have a party at my house on October 26th, so that all needs to be done before then. Plus we’re converting the current dining room back into a regular room. For the time being, we’re going to use it as a playroom for Jack. So I need to paint in there as well.

I actually really like that we have a deadline. I mean, because we’ve been so reliable lately about getting things done…

Gender Neutral Nursery Reveal

Jack was 7 months old yesterday. Crazy! Even crazier is that I’m just now posting his nursery reveal. You know what’s harder than blogging as a new Mom… blogging about a nursery reveal as a new Mom. Here’s the rub: when I have time to take pictures of the nursery was when Jack is taking a nap… but guess where I can’t go when Jack is taking a nap??? The nursery. So to all you preggo Mommy bloggers (ahem, Erin), take the pictures of your nursery before your sweet one arrives.

Now on to the main event…

Ta da!

Have you ever searched for gender neutral nurseries on Pinterest? No? Well let me tell you, there’s not much there. Beige, beige and more beige. Now I don’t have anything against beige (ok, yes I do), but I didn’t want a tan, cream, white or grey nursery. I wanted color. I wanted sweet baby colors. I did this room backwards. Normally, I start with a fabric and pull the colors from it. This time I started with the colors that I loved and found a fabric to match (the Lord was smiling on me). I wanted the theme to be: soft, calming, vintage-y (yes that’s a word).  I went with pale green walls and a watery blue ceiling. Neither of those colors are exclusively boy or girl. Also, I knew that it would be easy to add pink or darker blue accents after the baby arrived.

I fell in love with the tree wall decal and absolutely drove the girl from Modern Wall Decals on Etsy crazy in customizing it (give her some love). She made it bigger, gave me 2 owls, and added a new branch that she didn’t even sell before. I’m not getting anything for mentioning her, she was just really great.

 

 

I don’t know why the owl in the middle looks like the wall is a different color. It’s not. The pale green is the right color.

I love my bumper and crib set. It’s from Pottery Barn. It’s classic and simple and just exactly what I wanted. The mobile is a vintage mobile of the nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle” that my Mom found on ebay. She also found this sweet little lamp and the little duck that I use to coral things on the changing table:

The lamp was a little prophetic since it’s Jack and Jill. Smile How cool is it that the well is a nightlight?

I love this bookshelf. There’s an awkward space in this room between the door and the closest. This is not a big room and I didn’t want to loose the space. I found these corner shelves at Home Depot (here). Stacked together, they make a perfect bookshelf.

Don’t you love that I don’t have a picture in that frame? See, the blog is not the only thing that I’ve neglected over the past 7 months.

That’s it! I love they way the nursery turned out. It’s peaceful and so babyish. They only get to have a nursery once, so why not make it completely baby specific? Plus this way, I can put the next little one in here and move Jack to a big boy’s room at the right time.

What do you think?

So… I’m back? Maybe…

I can honestly tell you that I didn’t think I would ever write another blog post… and I was fine with it. For 5 of the past 6 months, I didn’t miss it. I was burnt out. But many times, I’ve found myself wondering if y’all were still out there. I wondered what y’all were doing and about your projects and who’s preggo and who’s getting married. I didn’t miss my blog as much, but I missed yours. Then, in the past two weeks, I’ve found myself subconsciously writing blog posts in my head and wanting to show you what we’re working on. So I’m back, sorta kinda…

At the moment, it feels easier to tell you about the things that I don’t know, like…

  • I don’t know how often I’ll post. My goal is once a week, but definitely not as often as I was before. Hopefully, limiting the posts will allow me to keep this as a fun hobby and keep quality posts. I do not have enough time or material to do quality posts three times a week.
  • I don’t know what I’ll write about. It could be the same or Life on Mars with recipes, projects, room reveals and DIY. But buyer beware, it could also be a lot of ADORABLE baby pics and all that comes with it (diapers, baby food, the color of his last spitup… it’s all fair game).

See? I just can’t help myself.

  • I don’t know what the future of this blog looks like in the immediate or long-term. I’m not putting pressure on myself with any expectations.
  • and I usually don’t know what day of the week it is.

Here’s what I do know…

  • I know my priorities. I am a full-time wife and mother, part-time, at-home employee and sometime blogger. I intend to remember that this time around. I got things a little backwards before.
  • I know I am doing what I have always been called to do. Being a mother just fits. I’ve never been happier, more content and more at peace with my day-to-day life.

So, that’s basically where we are and what’s up. Here’s what I know is coming up on the blog in the next few weeks… The nursery reveal! How many times have I promised that? Well, it’s actually finished and that only happened last week even though Jack is almost 6 months old. I am going to be 31 in a couple of weeks and I’m not overly excited about it. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve come to terms with being 30, so 31 is a real wake-up call. But with birthdays comes presents and I’m pumped about two of my presents. I’ll tell you more soon.

I hope you’re still out there. What’s new? What have I missed in your life? Fill me in…

Best. Reveal. Ever.

Sorry for the long vacation. We had a pretty major change of plans and our little bundle of joy made his (yes, I was right all along and we had a perfect little boy) appearance 3 weeks early. So I’ve been very happily distracted from anything non-baby related this week with this adorable little face:

Jack Kilgo
January 28, 2013 at 2:30pm
5 lbs, 13 oz
19.5 inches long
He’s named after his father, grandfather and great grandfather, but we’re calling him Jack. I have lots more pictures, but I have to get up the willpower to tear myself away from the real thing long enough to edit and post them. So for now, this will have to do.
Praise the Lord for this perfect and precious gift that He’s chosen to give to John and I. My prayer now is that we will be parents that are worthy of this incredible child.
“For this child I have prayed and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.” 1 Samuel 1:27
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