Monday, March 31, 2014

Motherhood Realized

(Image of Amazon's "Look Inside."
I’m on the Launch Team for this fabulous new book: Motherhood Realized.
I received an advanced copy and have been reading its pages.  It is inspiring, uplifting, and heartfelt. A beautiful pep talk for mothers. I read this book, chapter by chapter, as little bits of inspiration throughout my day.  As mothers, we all get discouraged, second guess ourselves, and deal with guilt. This book shows the beauty of motherhood, celebrating all that we do, rejoicing in the beauty of our imperfect attempts and struggles. It encourages us to let go of the guilt, stress, and frustration. It celebrates the fact that we are enough and that what we do is enough.
Get a sample chapter from the book for FREE and watch a quick video by one of the authors at
Amazon just added the "Look Inside" feature to Motherhood Realized today! So if you've been wondering what this book is all about, click this link to go straight to Amazon and see why I love it so much.
Below are a few quotes from this amazing book.  Order it here. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Baby's Room Tour

Just sharing photos today.  I love this room, love everything about it.  I will share details soon and maybe even a couple of tutorials.

Find the rest of our home tour here.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Weekly Art With Kids | Painted Pinwheel Canvas

This was such a fun project to do with the kids.  Its funny how it works, you have this idea, set it all up, and sometimes your kids go with it and sometimes they take all the supplies and make something completely different.  So, Karter did the pinwheel art and Isabelle did her own thing. 
Square Canvas
Craft Paint
Paper Plates
Paint Brushes
I just eyeballed it when I did the lines and then we just started painting.  Easy peasy.  My favorite way to do art.  Set up the supplies, have a simple idea, and play, create, and have fun.  Karter had Mr. Bear from his class home with him the day we made these.  He helped a lot. 

I tried to go with the caked on paint (for texture), gold, pinks, and blues.  It turned out interesting.  Not my favorite, but fun to do.  Just playing.

That's a wolf.  You may not want to accidentally mistake it for a cat.
Love the colors he chose.  He did a lot of mixing to create his color palate.
These are both hanging in their rooms now.  I'm trying to embrace the imperfection of my canvas and am thinking of adding it to the gallery wall I'm working on.  We shall see.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Project Life 2013 | Weeks 23-26

Here are the four pages for June 2013.  We had a couple weeks of school, followed by the first couple weeks of summer.  Lots of outdoor adventures, a birthday party, yummy fruits and veggies, and cousins over. 

Here is an insert of a photos shoot we did with the kids.  I love inserting in these traditional spreads.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Waiting For Spring

We celebrated Steve's 35th birthday this last week.  The kids made cards for him and wrote things that they loved about him.  We wrapped and gave him an assortment of gifts.  His birthday fell on a lazy, sunny Sunday afternoon and we so enjoyed spending the day together celebrating him. 

These last few weeks Steve and I have been able to go out on some dates together.  We usually don't get to go out as often, maybe once or twice a month, but these last few weeks we have been going out weekly.  One of our dates out was to the Portland City Grill, on the 30th floor of the Bancorp Tower.  Yummy food and an awesome view.  I just love spending time with my guy, for the awesome conversations and relaxed evening shared, taking time away from work and kids, chores and responsibilities.  I highly recommend it.

I'm working on a gallery wall, collecting photo frames and other items.   I started putting it up in the stairwell.  I liked how it was coming together, how the items coordinated, but it just wasn't working there.  I'm going to try to move it to the laundry room wall.  How fun to collect these items, a lot of them leftovers from other decorating adventures, and put them together to make something new.  So much of what is added are things that I really love.  It definitely reflects my evolving style. 

My baby is looking so big.  This little guy with the big eyes and the serious expression.  He keeps me on my toes.  Lately he has had all his molars coming in and has been getting over a cold.  With all this going on, he has determined that sleeping is a bit overrated and has forgotten the definition of a schedule.  Add in daylight savings time this last weekend and my little guy isn't quite sure what to do with himself.  We are refocusing on bedtime routines, full bellies, and warm, comfy blankets. 

The sun has finally come out around these parts.  I'm anxious to get out in the garden but feeling that there is always so much to get done indoors.  I've been rearranging spaces and organizing cupboards.  I'm hoping to work on the kid's toys next.  I'm scheming and planning on creating a system that will keep the toys in their proper place and off the ground.  I'm looking for the perfect containers.  If any of you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.  I do hope to get outside though.  The sun, dirt, and fresh air are calling to me.