Friday, April 29, 2011

Burps and Babies

I guess it's just the stage of life we are in. There are babies being born all around us constantly. It's awesome! I love babies and would continue to have babies forever but, I wouldn't mind skipping the whole pregnancy part though, uh, and the naughty 3 year old stage as well.

Anyways...I decided to whip up some baby burp rags for all of my friends having babies. So, I went over to Jones Design Company and followed her amazing and simple tutorial. Love it! If you are going to smell like spit up you might as well be cute while sportin' it.
Caed helped mommy finish the burp rags. He loved pushing the petal for me and sitting in my lap. It reminds me of when I was little and my mom sewed. I would lay under the dining room table and play. The sound of the sewing machine brings back good memories of being little. I hope that my boys feel the same way someday.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

White is Nice

There is something fresh, clean and relaxing about white.
Over the next year I will be updating these...
With these...
  Lexus Three Piece Bath Towel Set at Remodelista
I am going to replace our old towels (which we have had for nine years!) to all white towels, washcloths and hand towels. I will also be replacing all of our queen sheets to white as well. It's simple and fresh. It is also super easy to clean - throw all the whites in together and a bit of Oxy Clean and tada - it's white again. 

So simple!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

My Organized Secret!

Today the boys and I ran to Target to pick up a few organizing essentials to finish up our crazy linen closet. We finished - yipee! It was a task trying to figure out what should go where and what it should be stored in. Here is the before...
And now...

Games and puzzles for the boys.
These are the items the boys can access at anytime - paper, coloring books, crayons,  and chalk.
These are the items the boys need permission to use - pens, stamps,  glitter glue,  pastels, and other fun stuff.
I have two tubs for medicine - one for children and the other for adults.
Two tubs for toiletry items such as sunscreen, extra shampoo,   lip gloss, etc...
The top shelf holds our yoga mats, overnight bags, and seasonal linens.
This tub on the very bottom shelf holds our queen and twin sheet sets.
Everything has it's place. It feels good to have that one done!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Dirty Little Secret

Here is my dirty little secret. We have one linen closet in our hallway. This is where we store linens, medicine, bathroom supplies and what not. Well, I am so sick of this...
So, I decided to better utilize this space and start storing all of Noah and Caed's crafts, games and puzzles in this dis-functional linen closet. First things first, I needed to clean this up. This use to be where our kitties had their litter box and food - gross, huh? I told you it was a dirty little secret!
Well, I was unable to really clean it so I decided to rip up the boards on top. Caed and Pearce loved watching mommy work so hard. Caed would come over and say, "You still haven't gotten that one up mom, it's taking forever!" Yes Caed, I know!
Now I have a fresh space to work with. Today I plan on reorganizing our medicine and the arts and crafts supplies. I will paint this space eventually but for now I just need it to function properly.We will see what I come up with!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Placemat Pillows

I love colorful and decorative pillows! I wish I could have them on every bed, every chair and the couch. Yet, the reality is that I end up picking them up off the floor about 5 times a day because I have boys and they seem to get thrown off or kicked off all types of furniture.

Despite that fact I still love them and love how they make our house feel cozy. I went to World Market and decided to take a look at napkins. You can sew two together and make the cutest pillows. Then I saw these and thought, wow, this is even easier!

I purchased two placemats at $3.99 each plus, I had a coupon.
I cut the stitching on one side about 4 inches long and started stuffing.
Close them up with a little bit of hand stitching or whip out that sewing machine. Viola! Two adorable decorative pillows for our couch that will end up on our floor.
Here are a few other options for pillows at World Market - so many fun colors and patterns to choose from. Enjoy!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter is on its way

Yesterday I headed to Walmart to pick up a broom (of all things!) While I was there I decided to pick up Noah and Caed's Easter treats. Walmart at Easter is overwhelming! Ok, Walmart all the time is overwhelming.
I know Pearce, I feel the same way about Walmart.
I decided to not purchase actual Easter baskets because we have about 6 sand buckets in our outdoor storage chest. I wanted to save a couple of dollars by just reusing our sand pails we already had. Here is a picture of what I purchased.
Sand pails that we already had. They just needed a good scrub.
Here is the final product. Totally boy Easter baskets! I know they will LOVE it. My boys are aware of what Easter is really about and we will be reading the story of Jesus' death and resurrection on Easter to them as a reminder. These monsters scare me a little.
Especially this one, look at how he is staring at my camera!

Happy Easter to you and your family. He has risen, risen indeed!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Peter Cottontail

I love this super cute Easter basket by Jones Design Company - she handmade the little booklets. So cute and simple! Just my style.

I am excited to do something simple and fun for my boys. We will see what I come up with. Keep ya posted...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

On the Hunt...

                                             for new kitchen canisters!
I need larger kitchen canisters. I am constantly baking and cooking and I need a place to store my flour, sugar and especially my beloved coffee (with three boys you need a lot of it!) So, I am on the hunt. Here is what I have presently...
Not too exciting, eh? Plus they are super old and don't latch properly.

Here is what I would like...
Flour and Sugar Baker's Canisters
November Sound on Etsy
She will even put labels on them for you - so cute and reasonable.
Anchor Hocking Cracker Jar with Lid
Walmart has these set of three.

Anchor Hocking 85725 Cracker Jar (Pack of 4)

Amazon has a set of four
I would love for my flour canister to hold 2 galloons of flour. I would also like 4 canisters to hold flour, white sugar, brown sugar and coffee. Such a decision! The hunt will continue until I find the right fit for my kitchen. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lived In

Yesterday morning over at The Nester she was discussing how lived in houses are chic. She linked this book and it was such a great reminder for me.

Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of A Misspent Life: How to live creatively with collections, clutter, work, kids, pets, art, etc... and stop worrying about everything being perfectly in its place.

Sometimes blogs give you this idea that their house, lives, children, pets, jobs and what not are all perfect but I am daily reminded (by looking at my own house, kiddos, naughty cats, and my hubby's busy job) that nothing in this world is perfect.

One of my favorite mommy books is called A Mother's Heart. Here is a section from it that hit me recently as I learn to balance our home life with three little boys.

1. A mother's world must not revolve only around her children. Children are not more important than God or our husbands.
For their own well-being and the well-being of your marriage, children must understand that they come after your spouse. They need to know they fit into a secure place within an established set of relationship. This will help them develop a Christian concept of marriage.

2. Children are more important than housework, but parents must still do their work.
While we want our children to know that they are more important than the house, we also want them to learn that everyone has work to do. We want them to remember a diligent, hard-working mother who enjoyed her responsibilities. She didn't always drop what she was doing to play. Children must also learn how to wait patiently.

3. Mother is a person too. 
Children need to know that our strength and endurance are not limitless. Mothers do not exist solely for their children's benefit. They need and deserve time for themselves.

Well said!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Seabrook Decor

Every time I go to Seabrook I see another fun and creative decorating idea. Here are a few things that I really enjoyed in the house we stayed in. Enjoy!
So easy to make. An old bi-fold door turned magazine rack. I can't wait to try this one.

Cute lamp - you could fill this with all sorts of fun stuff.
Open kitchen, dining and family area. I adore the round table  and chairs.
The kitchen/dining room is a great place for a chalkboard!
This is a tin perpetual calendar. 
This is a great item to hang and fill in a blank space between two windows.
Tile in the bathrooms.
I hope to have something similar in our downstairs bathroom someday.
Cute hooks and chalkboard by the back door.
They painted a vinyl splat mat for under their dining room table. Great idea!
They added more seating to the family room with these old theatre chairs. Clever!
Rustic wood floors.

This is just one of many adorable houses at Seabrook. Check out their web site to book your next trip to the ocean.
Just click here: Seabrook Vacation