I guess it’s like the Friday 5 that lots of bloggers do, only I’m doing it a day late and added one on. I’m currently rocking Molly to sleep at 8:45am… She’s just off, not sure what’s wrong. But I usually can’t ever rock her at all! So the fact that she’s falling asleep in my arms definitely shows that something is up.
Here we go, 6 things I’m loving at the moment:
1. Audible. I pay $15/month and get to listen to books on an app in my car. I’ve listened to 4 books now and I love it. I think the only thing that would make this better is to be able to come in the house and be able to read where I left off… And WhisperSync for the kindle app allows it. Boo ya! Love it.
2. Amazon Prime. Love it. 20% off diapers and they arrive on my doorstep. And free shipping on most items. Is there anything better? Ok maybe there is… But this is a good one for a house that has 2 in diapers!
3. Rotisserie Chicken. It’s an easy, affordable, and healthy go to dinner in our house. All 4 of us can eat it (tho it’s debatable if the boy toddler will always choose to eat it…), and I love mixing it with a bag ceasar salad. YUM!!
4. BlogLovin. It’s the app I use to read all my blogs! And I’m embarrassed and will not admit how many there are on the list…🙂
5. FitBit Flex. I got it for my birthday last weekend and I’m loving it! I love having an attainable goal of 5,000 steps to reach every day. I am still testing it out to see what my normal is and I think I’m going to start increasing a little every few days. I haven’t tried the silent alarm yet but I’m excited to try that out too!
6. GOMI. Omg I kind of love this site. It basically makes fun of bloggers. It’s hilarious. I really hate admitting to this one but it’s a guilty pleasure. People are HILARIOUS. And definitely a little mean… I would never contribute but I do find some humor in their posts. People get upset over the silliest things!!
Ok that’s it. Do you have a fav 5? Fab 5? Something like that that you wrote yesterday? Post a link in the comments so I can read it!🙂
I’ve pretty much dropped off the blogging planet. No good reason except I’ve just been busy. I was sick with strep and bronchitis the week of Thanksgiving, my beautiful little girl turned one, and just the regular busies of working full time 45 minutes away from the house with two little ones.
So instead of continuing the hiatus, even though I have no real projects to update you on, I figured I would link up to a bunch of blog posts I’ve been enjoying lately.
A cute gift guide
An easy way to sew a zipper without a special foot
Making holiday pillows on the cheap
An amaaaaazing ottoman makeover. Seriously. AmaZing!
And here are two recipes that I fixed last night for dinner. I don’t fix meals like this often during the week (not enough time when you get home around 5 and kids are asleep by 6:45-7:00!), but we had a snow day yesterday (and today! Woot!) so I felt like I should do something nice. So here’s an updated chicken cordon bleu – I used salty country ham instead of prosciutto, no basil this time (tho I usually use basil from our garden), and I did huge chicken breasts pounded out. And here’s a yummy scalloped potatoes au gratin. I would cook it longer and without foil on the top at the end so it gets a little crunchy. Yummmmy! And I just steamed a bag of beans for our veggie.
So what’s been keeping you busy these days? The regular hustle bustle of the holidays? I’m about done with shopping (I literally buy everything online!)? Hope you all are well! Got any good blog reads or recipes you want to share?
I finished a project, people! I finished my Christmas wreath last night. Here was my inspiration:
I’ve never done any felt flowers but before deciding to take on this project I googled a few tutorials. A friend on Facebook said it was easy, I hoped she was write! She was! I followed the tutorial here and really was surprised at how easy it was! I couldn’t find any chevron burlap, and decided just to get a basic red and white stripe… Here’s how it turned out…
It probably won’t stay on the door. Chris likes having a live wreath from Home Depot because of the smell. I can’t argue with that… Walking in the door, first thing you smell? Yeah, I don’t mind that. So I’m probably going to put this one on our mirror in the living room, hung with some white grosgrain ribbon. That’s my plan right now at least!
What are you going to do for your holiday wreath? I’m not jumping the gun am I? I’m just excited about Christmas!!🙂
I have a lot of projects that I’m in the middle of right now. Had to write up a list to keep it all straight the other day, and figure out my priority (which started with a project that began almost a year ago…). So I’m not here to show you nice, clean, edited, finished projects but just a few iphone photos of what I’ve been up to this week!
Last week I showed you Molly’s nursery and the unfinished letter O kinda stuck out like a sore thumb. So here it is finished (drying)!!
I like it a lot. And I totally forgot to mention where I got her name ideas from. Here is the link – from Project Nursery. I of course had to change it up a little bit for a little girl!🙂
This is where I ended up with the skeleton keys from Nana.
I just got a shadow box, some burlap, and sewed the keys in place with some black thread! Not sure where I’ll put it, but for now, it’s sitting on the dresser I got from her house.
Another project this week has been my Christmas wreath… I’m almost done with it, but here’s where I am with it
I’m still adding a little more to it, but I’m closing in on the finish line!
I ordered knobs for the pie safe! I got some from Anthropologie because I was getting some Christmas presents. Here are the ones I picked!
I think… I may way to fully refinish it… We’ll see. I do feel like I have a lot on my plate right now.
I’ve wanted this piece of furniture for as long as I can remember being an adult! My mom used it as my dresser when I was a baby and I thought it would be so cool to do the same thing… But she was still using it when both kids were born so I didn’t get to. But since my mom inherited much of my grandmas dining room furniture, she had something to replace this… And I got it!
I had to do a really thorough cleaning with Nana’s other furniture I received, so I figured I would do it with this too. First I dusted, and then I sprayed it with vinegar top to bottom, everywhere.
I could still see a weird looking finish. I tried taking a picture of it, but I don’t know that it photographed well.
Then I used some wood polish we bought from Bob’s when we bought our sectional last year.
It worked well and gave it a nice smell.🙂 Here it is in the house!
It still had a little string on the drawer knobs that I remember wrapping on to keep my little brother out when he was a baby. That was baby proofing at it’s finest!
And now let’s talk about those knobs. They’ve gotta go. Here are some I’ve been looking at – all from Etsy!
Which one do you like? They’re all $4.80-$6.00/each before shipping.
Oh and I have to add this in… The door has a magnet closure. Christopher couldn’t open it so he started asking (well, demanding) for keys to open it. Chris gave them to him… And voila.
And here’s a pic of my Nana and Pawpaw on their wedding day. 1954 I believe?
A little background, we didn’t know the gender going into delivery. Molly was a big surprise (found out we were pregnant when Christopher was four months old), and I figured it’d just be fun to not know the gender. And it didn’t take too much convincing with Chris.🙂 So I had fun designing and decorating this nursery. We got the furniture from old neighbors who were going to be bunking their boys. I picked a nice gray paint, and figured teal would be the main color but I’d throw in yellows and other colors as I went. Here’s what I ended up with!
And now for where everything came from… white shelves are from Target, owl is from TJ Maxx (was originally black, I spray painted white). Dog Hooks are from Ikea, sock monkey is from Cracker Barrel (ha!), bird mobile I made using this pattern, whale canvas prints I made looking at this from another artist on etsy (I can’t find her original listing now), I made the “Man’s Best Friend” print in Photoshop and had it printed on canvas, the owl print I bought here on etsy, the bird tin artwork is from Michaels, Bike canvas print is from TJ Maxx, “Don’t Forget to Be Awesome” was purchased from this shop on etsy, and the ballerina clock I bought here.
I also bought a glider in white wood and then made a slipcover for it in the same fabric as the lampshade on the changing table… but then I moved it into Christopher’s room and got the nice one out of his room. It’s waaaay more comfortable (expensive gliders are SO worth the money!).
I had a blast decorating Molly’s room. Oh and her bedding is Pottery Barn’s Harper bedding in aqua. And yes, I have plans to add the “O” to her name. I need more materials, they were purchased this week. But I’m busy working on Nana’s furniture right now.
Today I said goodbye to my grandma’s house. It was very special to me. For the first 23 years of my life I spent every Christmas afternoon there. Family reunions were spent there, Thanksgivings, I remember seeing my first scary movie with Nana (Pet Cemetery!), I stomped on groundhog holes, climbed the brick fence, searched for the old maid’s button under the carpet, and so much more. She passed away in June and it was very very hard. Luckily I did make it to the hospital in time to say goodbye (after getting pulled over for speeding), and I’ll always be happy about that. It was hard seeing her on her death bed, waiting to die, but… I’m glad I could comfort her in those last hours. She was a very very special lady to me.
Wiping tears away and moving on…
Nana was good to us. My mom got her beautiful dining room furniture which in turn meant I got my mom’s pie safe. I also got to bring home 5 dining room chairs, a dresser, chest of drawers, rocking chair, and 2 end tables.
And here is a PSA:
If this is what smoke does to furniture, imagine what it does to your lungs:
Here’s her house… Man I sure loved it.
And here’s a drawing someone did of her house:
I thought about bringing it back with me but didn’t know where I’d put it. I did love it, and seeing it made me cry. My aunt and mom had thought it would be nice for the future homeowners to have. I agree!
I’ll take pics of the rest of the furniture… I looked up techniques of removing nicotine stains on wood. Good old baking soda. And I got a gallon of vinegar. Wish me luck!!
I also went around the house and grabbed 5-6 skeleton keys! And an old picture of my grandma and grandpa on their wedding day!
Have you ever received awesome family heirlooms or furniture? It’s such an amazing feeling to know it’s going to stay in the family. I can’t even begin to think about everything the furniture has witnessed!