Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Micah's Nursery Tour!

Micah's nursery has to be my most favorite room in our home.  My husband and I had so much fun decorating his nursery while awaiting his arrival.  We have many wonderful memories that I hope to share with him one day.  In the meantime, I get to share my love for decorating with all of you and that includes his nursery.  

If you didn't see my previous post where I talked about his first nursery, then you can real all about it here.  We still have the same furniture but it's a different layout, and due to the fact that we own our home, we were able to paint the walls in his room to personalize it a bit more.  Overall, I am very happy with the way everything turned out.  This is the one room in our home that will be constantly changing and that makes me happy and sad all at the same time.

What is your favorite room in your house, the one you are most proud of?  

Thank you for reading!


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Makeup Organization on a Budget!

During the past year and a half I have been graciously embracing the "minimalism" mind set.  I've never been one to shop in excess but even for someone like myself, I slowly began to notice how we were accumulating items we no longer loved only to keep them just in case we changed our minds later.  Has this happened to you?  This idea was carried onto my makeup collection, especially after making many hasty purchases based on Youtube video reviews, blog recommendations, and the likes. After all was said and done, I ended up with a stash of makeup that was no longer used (some never worn) and simply taking up precious space in our home.  A few days ago I decided it was time to reclaim some of our space and clear that clutter! 

After downsizing my makeup to only what I truly love and use on a regular basis, I reorganized my makeup in a way that makes getting ready in the morning a breeze.  The second best part about the whole process is having an organization system that was literally cents on the dollar.  I purchased a white piece of foam board from The Dollar Store for $0.69 and made my own drawer dividers.  It was so easy to put this system together.  All I did was measure, cut, and hot glue the pieces together. I can't wait to implement this system in other areas of our home.  I seriously love having a decluttered and organized home.

Do you have any tips for keeping your home free of clutter?  

Thank you for reading!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Micah's First Easter Basket!

In just a few days Micah will experience his first egg hunt and open his very own (and first) Easter basket! Get out of here, how did that happen?!  I know, I've been asking myself that same question! Time sure it ticking by at the speed of light or so it seems.  His first birthday is just around the corner, but let's not get ahead of ourselves and focus on Easter first, I can only take so much.  

I really had a great time selecting the items in his basket.  What made it more exciting for me was making it fun for him all the while keeping it budget friendly for us.  Most of the items you see here are from The Dollar Store or Target's dollar spot, score!

Since Micah is not able to understand the meaning of Easter or the idea behind an Easter basket, I decided to keep it simple this year.  However, I wanted the items to be fun, educational, and useful.

* Book, "Prayers to Share" - Target's Dollar Spot
* Blue ball - (This ball has blue and red lights inside that light up when contact is made with the ground). - The Dollar Store
* Book, "Safari Splash!" - The Dollar Store
* Bubble Fun (set of three) - The Dollar Store

* Annie's Cheddar Bunnies - Target
* Happy Tot - Target

* Quack Ducks - HomeGoods

* White pants - H&M
I had no idea H&M had such cute clothes for kids.
Yellow Easter basket $1 - Target

These are all the items that made it into Micah's first basket.  I can't hardly wait to see his reaction and expression as he digs in.  I'll be sure to have that camera handy.  Let's see what next year has in store for us.  For now I leave you with my video in case you want to see a more in-depth description of each item.  

As always, thank you so much for stoping by!

Wishing everyone a happy and blessed Easter. :)


Friday, March 20, 2015

Easy & Inexpensive Bookcase Makeover!

Happy first day of spring!

I finally got around to giving our bookcase a makeover, and I am so pleased with the results!  We purchased this bookcase from Target a few years ago.  At the time, we were searching for a smaller bookcase that would accommodate our smaller den, and I insisted that this was "the one".  My husband agreed to the purchase.  Unfortunately, a few months after the purchase I began to question my decision.  I felt the espresso color was too dark for our home and wished I had chosen a lighter color.  I hinted at painting it several times but was too afraid to ruin the piece so I just let it be.  I tried styling it differently over and over and it never seemed right.  Have you encountered something similar?  That moment when you move too quickly on a purchase and later regret it?

Everything changed when I decided to use my leftover Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to give this piece a little makeover.  I was determined to end my love/hate relationship with this bookcase once and for all.  There were some issues that came up during the process (such as not enough paint) but this setback quickly turned into an even better makeover than I had originally anticipated.  

Here is a before look.

Here is the bookcase mid-makeover.  Here I used Annie Sloan ChalkPaint in Old White.

I wasn't pleased with the result, so I used some leftover paint we had in our garage from when we had our cabinets painted white.  Still, I wasn't happy with the look of the bookcase and knew it needed a little something.  I contemplated using wallpaper or wrapping paper to cover the back, but that was until I saw Megan Brown's picture of her beautiful hutch on my Instagram feed.  She has awesome home decor style and her projects are simply amazing, check out her account!   I immediately reached out to her and asked her what type of wood she used.  She kindly answered my question within a few minutes and told me it was inexpensive shims from Home Depot, score!  

Work in progress...

Here she is in all her new found glory....

Isn't awesome what a little paint and some inexpensive cedar shims can do to a piece of furniture?  I can't wait to see what my next project is going to be!  Thanks to Megan for the inspiration!

Check out my video below to see the process.  This project was so easy and very inexpensive.  I ended up using two of the three blocks of shims and have plenty wood glue left for other projects.  If you are looking to spruce up a piece of furniture, I highly recommend that you give this project a try. You will love the end result!  Also, this project doesn't require any previous wood work experience so it is perfect for a novice like myself.  :) 

Happy first day of spring.  I hope everyone has a blessed weekend!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Furniture Makeover Using Annie Sloan Chalkpaint!

I finally painted my very first piece of furniture (or two!) and love the results!  My husband surprised me a few weeks ago with a gift certificate valid for one quart of Annie Sloan Chalkpaint, and I just about jumped out of my skin from pure joy when I saw the gift certificate!  Okay, maybe I didn't jump out of my skin, but I did do the happy dance I tend to do when I get super excited about something.  :)

And of course I had to document the exciting moment and share it with all of you.  I did a decent amount of research on the different colors, techniques, and finishes before purchasing my first quart of paint. After much thought, I decided to go with Old White as my paint color for the nightstands in our bedroom.  I didn't realize it at the time but a little does go along way.  After painting both nightstands I realized I had enough paint to give our large bedroom mirror a makeover.  All three pieces turned out amazing!  The entire process was incredibly easy and I didn't ruin the furniture, that is a win-win for me.   The paint may be expensive, but I like the fact that there is very little prep work and the results were incredible.  I can't thank my husband enough for such a thoughtful gift. :)

If you would like to see what my first experience was like using Annie Sloan Chalkpaint then check out my video below!  I totally see myself painting a few more pieces in the future. :)

I hope everyone has a wonderful and blessed weekend!