Monday, January 26, 2015

Playing catch up.

I am so far behind in blogging, but still want to share all our fun and milestones with everyone.  So be prepared!  Lots of posts are in the works and headed your way!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Zoey’s Room

For the past few months (really almost a year now if you count when I first mentioned to B that I wanted to take the side off Zoey’s crib), I have been talking about and working on Zoey’s new room.  Her “big” girl room.  Late this summer I finally got going. We cleaned out the spare bedroom and got it painted. 

After getting the walls painted, I decided I did not like the original bedding I had ordered from Pottery Barn Kids.  It just didn’t go with the light purple Zoey and I picked out for her room.  Back to square one.  I finally decided on white and grey for the bedding.  I already had a white duvet cover and a down duvet, so I got a grey bedspread and pillow shams to go with it. 

We were lucky enough to have a bedroom suite of B’s great grandmother’s given to us for Zoey.  It was in need of a some work.  I decided to paint it white and distress it.  I was a littler nervous about the process; it would be my first BIG painting project.  I am now taking a break from painting furniture; I’m worn out. I am very pleased with the end result and she can grow with it for years to go.  Sure she doesn’t need the vanity now, but she will love it when she gets older.  I loved mine when I was younger.

We have been keeping it a surprise for her.  Zoey knows about her new room and that it will be purple, but I wanted to wait until it was completed before showing her.  This past weekend, she went to my parents and we got it ready!  I am so happy with it and would love to spend all my time in there.  I hope she loves it!

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We saw the lights in a movie over a little girl’s bed and thought it was a nice touch.  Also Zoey has mentioned lately she is scared of the dark, so we thought this might be a pretty way to do a night light for her.

Bedding: White duvet; one I already had.  Grey quilt and shams; Kohl’s.
Throw pillow: Kohl’s
Rug: Pottery Barn Kids
Curtains: Pottery Barn Kids
Furniture: B’s great grandmother Murff’s.  Painted white with Annie Sloan Pure White chalk paint, clear wax, lightly distressed.

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View from the corner.  (Now on that wall is the three fairy godmothers picture that is was in her nursery.)  The purple pieces on the vanity are pieces of purple Fenton Glass I had when I was younger.  I completely forgot about these pieces until I was going through the box of birthday dolls to get the 2 out.  It was perfect touch; even if B did make fun of the fact I had them to match.

Rug: Pottery Barn Kids
Curtains: Pottery Barn Kids
Furniture: B’s great grandmother Murff’s.  Painted white with Annie Sloan Pure White chalk paint, clear wax, lightly distressed.

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This room is a tad bigger than her nursery. I was happy to see that the house bookshelf would fit between the closets.  I still have to paint the pink part grey.  I did not do that due to I was not a 100% sure if I would be putting this piece back in her room.  You cannot see well, but on the nightstand there is a purple mason jar with flowers and a few other pieces of purple Fenton Glass.

Bookshelf: Given to me by my sister.  It was my youngest nieces. 
Mirrored picture frame on wall: TJ Maxx
Nightstand: repurposed one we had.

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When I made the bed up Saturday, I wanted to climb in and take a nap.  It’s so cozy looking!  I made the ribbon mobile to hang over the bed.  I won’t mind so much now when Zoey wants me to lay down with her.  This will beat laying in the floor next to the crib!

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The chest of drawers.  Currently on top is her birthday dolls, passed down from me, a piece of Fenton glass, a picture of B and Krista when they were younger, and the monitor.  I have one of me and my sister coming to put on there as well. I’m not quite ready to give up the monitor yet.  It comes in handy with her being upstairs while we are downstairs.

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Another view of the bed.  At the foot of her bed is the toy chest her great uncle Steve made for her when she was born.  I finally got around to finishing it as well. Hopefully she will keep her toys in it and her closets!  I did not realize how much more room the closets in this room had. 

Tonight when she comes home she will see it for the first time.  I cannot wait to see her reaction to it! I hope she loves it as much as I do!

Thursday, September 11, 2014


Zoey has started taking gymnastics once a week.  It’s a child/parent class.  I am there to help her do the activities when she needs it.  Today will be her fourth class.  She is really starting to enjoy it!  The first two weeks were good, but she was still a little unsure. She does really well during the stretches; still needs to calm down a bit; she gets so excited.  Last week was an improvement; she walked across the high beam instead of walking on the mats under it. 

It is fun to see her improve each week.  She is getting better about waiting her turn at each station and trying it.  There are a few she still won’t really do yet, but hey, it’s only been three weeks.  It’s hard to get pictures while she is doing the stations since it’s just me with her.  Hopefully one week I can (if she will let him) get Brian to come with us to take some pictures of her. 

Best picture I could get.  She wouldn’t look up at me.

Doing our stretches.

Friday, August 29, 2014

A new journey

OI have started a new journey…Essential oils. I have been reading up and researching them for a few months now. Last month I finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase the starter kit.  I decided to go with Young Living oils for the reason of they are 100% therapeutic grade oils and their premium starter kit is awesome.  I personally think there is a place for both medical healing and holistic healing. I will always go to the doctor or seek medical help when needed, but if I can avoid taking so many drugs and other items to help heal myself, I’ll all for it. 

The premium starter kit; comes with the home diffuser; everyday oils (11 oils), 10 samples of 4 oils, and product guide

The  home diffuser in action.  It typically lives  on my nightstand, but I do move it around the house when needed.

In the short month I have been using them, I can already see changes.  We use them EVERY night for sleep; we diffuse the oil as we sleep. I have already ran out of lavender and Peace & Calming (one of my favorites) since this is what we sleep to.  I have had better sleep and more restful sleep since using them.  Brian has even stated his sleep is better; he is a bad sleeper.  Peace & Calming is known to help with teeth grinding at night, which I do, but since using it (other than the past week since we ran out) I no longer do that at night.  I can tell that I do not clinch my jaw during the day near as much either. 

I am slowly learning when and what to use them for; it’s a lot to learn and remember!  I am trying to use peppermint and basil for my migraines instead of always taking a pill for it. My migraine medicine works, but it makes me feel so "heavy” and tired afterwards.  I mixed up a roller ball bottle for easier application for the migraines.  I also made bug spray; AWESOME.  No longer are we putting chemicals on our skins, but using natural oils to prevent bug bites.  I was skeptical of it working but it does.  Plus Zoey no longer runs from me when I try to spray her; she actually giggles when I spray her now.  Win!

I am looking forward to using the oils during the winter months instead of congestion medicine when we get sick. I am very hopeful of their results!

I’m sure all of you think I’m crazy, but I have read good things about oils.  On top of this, I am doing a cleaning sweep of all our cleaning products and laundry products.  I have already been making homemade laundry detergent, which I LOVE, but now I’m taking the plunge to make all our cleaning supplies.  Crazy, right. Well it’s not as hard or time consuming to do as I thought.  It’s super easy and the stuff works great plus smells AMAZING!.  I can put different essentials oils in as well to add for anti-bacterial cleaning.  While I’ll never claim to be a crunchy person, I do love more natural products.  I am curious to see how well the dishwashing detergent I plan on making this weekend works! We shall see. 

Now if I could only make myself go this clean with my eating! 

Monday, August 04, 2014

A Laundry Room

I haven’t posted much on the house lately.  We were doing so well with painting and updating it; just need to get it going again.  The downstairs is almost done; minus our room and bathroom. 

I forgot to take a before shot of the laundry room, but just imagine a burnt orange color.   This really is one of my favorite rooms.  Although I say that about each room after I finish it, but I really do like my “new” laundry room. 

I always dreamed of a HUGE laundry room, but I guess I’m not meant to have one.  I have made my little space functional and warm.

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This room will always stick in my mind due to the day Brian and his dad painted it was the day the tornado hit Tupelo.

Since it is a small space and the entry we come into the house everyday, I wanted a light welcoming blue.  Brian wasn’t too thrill about it when I picked it out, but once it was all completed he was surprised.  This is also my pantry too, there are cabinets on either side of the wall.  The far right, you see in the picture, is harder to get to so it houses cleaning supplies, vases, random item not used.  I would use it more, but Sunni’s litter box is over there too so one of the doors is hard to open without moving it. 

I made a simple shelf to go on top of the washer and dryer.  I had a piece of plywood cut, then I sanded and stained it.  It was harder than I expected to get these suckers leveled!  I do love how it looks with the wood against the blue wall and the white.  I added in hot pink as an accent color.  I made a simple curtain for window.  This was my first sewing project all on my own in quiet sometime.  Laundry Room After5It was enjoyable and quick. 

On the opposite wall I found a wall organizer for us to hang our many bags and coats!  I have a bag problem! But then again B doesn’t like using the same bag as me so we always have at least two diaper bags.  I then have my purse and another bag or two I carry to work.  I need to start using it for the function of holding mail and other things. This wall also has the door to the garage; which will remain unseen due to it’s an ugly door.  Add it to the never ending list of things we need to replace.  

One new fun thing I have started doing since re-doing the laundry room is, wait for it, making my own detergent.  Yes, I know!  I have toyed with the idea for awhile, but was always thought it was so hard to do, wrong!  I am obsessed now!  I was amazed at either how much detergent we were using or how much “grime” is left on the clothes.  Our towels have never felt cleaner until now; they no longer smell either.  Not only did I switched to handmade detergent, I got rid of our fabric softener and dryer sheets.  We now use this lovely little felt balls. They are wonderful!  I keep them stored in the little tin bucket you see sitting here.  The other jar is oxi-clean for an added boost when needed.
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The iron you see is from Brian’s great grandmother’s house.  We were going through it getting things we wanted and we came across this.  I knew it was perfect for the laundry room.  I made a little clothes pin from in the hot pink to add a touch more

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