Monday, June 29, 2015

Stitched Ampersand Box

I bought this fun little kit from Target, so excited to find something like this in Target, on clearance no less.  I decided to stitch the ampersand.  Super cute, super simple.  The brand is Hand Made Modern for all you crafters or want to be crafters.  I highly recommend, so much adorable crafting goodness.  You can find it online here. 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

He Turns 12!

We celebrated this kid turning 12 this last week.  As his mama, I wonder how this is possible?  He amazes me daily and is such a rock.  He gets things done and is just one of the funnest kids I know.  Love you Jakob.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Report || June 2015

This was such a fun read, combining yummy recipes and a murder mystery.  A perfect summer read.

Columbine by Dave Cullen
This was an intense read and I was nervous to pick it up, but I had a long drive alone in the car and decided to take a chance and downloaded the audiobook.  It was an engaging read and told the story of Columbine very differently then I expected.

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
I've been so excited to share this book with my kiddos and it did not disappoint.  A perfect read aloud book, easy to read and completely engaging for both parent and child.  I read the whole series in third grade (same grade my daughter just finished) and completely adored them.  I remember her being a bit naughty but adorable.  As an adult I am completely enjoying them and seeing Ramona in a whole new light.  She is not a naughty, mischievous girl, but passionate and precocious, and completely misunderstood by the adults all around her. Beverly Clearly (who is a native to Oregon) knows children well.

Finishing up The Green Ember and Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince with the kids.  Also started the book Adventure According to Humphrey when Karter introduced us to this fun story.  I'm plugging along with Don Quixote and Outlander and also reading Unbroken and Scarlet.

Find my other book reports here.

If you interested you can find a post on my bookshelves here.

Find my series on Fairy Tales here.

You can also find my 2015 book list here.  

Saturday, June 13, 2015

This and That

Lots of busy work lately.  Changes and decisions being made around these parts, lots of paperwork and emails back and forth.  Nothing to announce and report here yet, but I'm hoping things will solidify here soon and I can share more on the blog.

We had a crazy rain storm the other day.  The sun was out and we were all playing when the rain started pouring down.  The kind of rain with the big droplets pummeling all around, the kind the kids love to run and play in.  We were on our way to piano lessons and I had to gather my crew in the car when all they wanted to do was play.

Beckett has become such a little helper lately and I'm working to give him lots of opportunities to help and do around the house.  We are trying to work together throughout the day to pick up our little messes as we make them.  I'm also finding ways to have him help me with my everyday tasks.  There are usually quite a few little ways he can help me with if I take the time to slow down and work with him.  He pushes the buttons to start the washer and dryer, puts away the silverware, sweeps, washes counters, put his toys away while we sing the clean up song, and carries and put things away from room to room.  Such a good little helper.  It takes a little extra time but it is so worth.

So excited for summer to officially start, which for us is when the kids finish school.  Do you have any fun summer plans?  I'm looking forward to all those simple, fun summer activities.  Slow mornings and quiet summer afternoons.  Ice cream and summer reading.  Evening trips to the pool.  We also have a good amount of busy and crazy worked into it but I definitely like the slow pace of quiet days best.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Painted White Cabinet Redo

I found this lovely red cabinet at the Goodwill a few years ago and snatched it up right away.  I absolutely adored the color and it fit perfectly in our home.  I tucked it away downstairs where it house the kids craft supplies.  Now a few years later I have been loving neutrals and decided it was time to paint this cabinet.  White is my the color of chose.  It always amazes me what a little paint can do.  

I keep my process of painting very simple.  I lay out a tarp, have my handy husband help me move the piece of furniture, remove the hardwood, I wipe it down with soapy water, let it dry for a few minutes, and then I spray paint.  I shake up the cans of paint quite a bit to be sure the paint is mixed and ready.  I use a back and forth motion to cover evenly.  I'll spray on a first coat, let it dry for 1/2 an hour, and spray on second coat, then I will just walk around and look at the furniture, spraying more on spots that need more coverage.  Thats it.  I keep it super simple and I get it done.  I'll leave it out to dry and bring it inside in the evening.  I'll wait at least 24 hours before I put the hardware back on.  

I wanted it to sit in our entryway, but when we placed it there is was way too wide.  I moved the yellow table to the entry and placed the white cabinet in our living room.  It now is filled with our extra blankets.  I love the solid white cabinet, it fits perfectly in this room.  Never doubt what a few cans of spray paint can do.

You can find my painted yellow table here, my painted desk here, our painted red dresser lives in the boy's room, and the painted white dresser lives in my baby's room.