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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

the home office makeover

We decided a few months ago to give our home office a makeover. Technically we would be combining the office and our guest room into one joint area.  And today, I'm finally sharing the space with you! It's light and comfy and has quickly become my favorite place to relax. So come on in!

Sidebar: One of my best kept little secrets are the baskets all over my house. That's my solution to living with a toddler and also keeping a picked up home. Just know that those baskets are always filled with Mickey Mouse, Thomas the Train, and Car toys. And often times, they are dumped everywhere before I swoop in and do a ten second clean up. Such an easy way to tidy a room!

Back to this room...
Since we also want this space to convert into a guest room, we needed a sleeping area. But I didn't want a bed hanging around in here. So I elected to include a sleeper sofa in the room to have the maximize the usable space. Originally I ordered a sofa from WayFair. But by chance, I found a smaller 6 foot piece locally for a tiny fraction of the price. Luckily for me, WayFair has an awesome return policy so that sofa never even made it out of the box. It all worked out incredibly well since we realized later that a full size sofa would have been way too large for the room anyway. This smaller piece fits perfectly!

Above the couch is a little gallery wall of rustic frames and decor.

This ottoman was also a craigslist snag that I got for a steal! I love it!
{retails for jaw dropping $400!}

The other major part of the room is a space to work. I bought this roll top desk in pretty rough condition.

Using a chalk paint treatment, I brought it back to life in a pale blue that I really love!
The awesome thing about chalk paint is that you can paint any surface without sanding or priming. It basically just adheres to anything.
The popular brand out there right now are the Annie Sloan Paints, which I've heard nothing but great things about. But for me, those paints and waxes were just a little pricey. 
I followed one of the many Pinterest tutorials to create my own chalk paint using regular wall paint, plaster of paris and smidge of water. It was simple and super inexpensive. To protect the desk against scratches and chips, I bought my wax from Lowe's for under $15 to buff the piece after painting.

I thought the DIY method was super simple and definitely cost effective. In under
$40 for supplies and just $40 for the desk, I think this piece is an awesome addition to the room!

And that's our newest comfy space!
Thanks for stopping by!


entertainment buffet: TJ Maxx
potted boxwoods: HomeGoods
wire baskets: HomeGoods
two large wall distressed wall frames: Target
ottoman: craigslist find
side table: HomeGoods
side table frames: Target
lamp: Target
sofa: craigslist find
pillows: Ikea and Target
wall shelves: HomeGoods
rustic wood frames: Hobby Lobby
desk: craigslist find
stool: Target
desk lamp: Target
sailor's mirror: HomeGoods


Don't forget to check out the spring giveaway! It's a pretty awesome little package that could be yours. Check it out below!


{click on image to enter. giveaway open thru 4/30}
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Friday, April 18, 2014

spring giveaway!

I love giveaway time!!
And mint green and gold apparently. 

Check out this awesome bunch of goodies! 

{from left to right}
 mint green seersucker camera strap from Mako Haus
gold dot stationary from Kate Spade
"good as gold" polish from Essie
"hors d'oeuvres" polish from Essie
gold journal from Typo
Classic Comple-mint necklace from Modcloth
mint bakers twine

I love every inch of this giveaway! Why oh why didn't I get a duplicate of everything??

Want to win this awesome package?

step one: Follow the blog via email. There's a great tab on the right hand side of the page where you can enter your email address to have the posts sent directly to your inbox. No spam, no gimmicks.  Just crafts, decor, recipes and general crazy mom banter from yours truly.

step two: Comment below and tell me your favorite thing about spring!
Flowers blooming? Sports? Sunshine? Pollen? {ok, just kidding about that last one}
Share with me for a chance to win!

So simple! 
Get on it. Giveaway ends 4/30!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

our easter eggs

I love all the new things I can do with Jake now that he's getting older. And yesterday was our first time to dye Easter eggs! 

Jake had a great time coloring the eggs with his crayons. I didn't let him handle the dye {that's obvious right?} but he got to pick all of his own colors as I handled the egg in the tinted dye.

A little helpful hint is to skip the tiny plastic egg holder that comes with the dye kit. Use a whisk! It secures the egg much better.  Just remember to rinse it off between colors.

Since I had quite a few eggs ready to go {and my two year old has the attention span of a goldfish} I was left with a few eggs of my own to decorate. 

By lowering only a portion of the egg into the dye, I made some simple dipped eggs. Then I traced the dividing line with a gold paint pen.
Love these spring time colors!

What about you? Do you and your little ones dye eggs?
There's still tons of time for this fun activity!

And here are a few more of my favorite egg unconventional decorating ideas:

 Gold foil eggs {via}

water color eggs {via}

silhouette eggs {via}

washi tape eggs {via}

sticker stencil eggs{via}

paint pen eggs {via}

Have fun being creative with your Easter eggs!
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Friday, April 11, 2014

coffee table styling

What's on your coffee table?

It seems like such a simple question. And I'm sure the answers range from Spiderman action figures to remote controls to plants and fancy books.
When Jake is playing in the living room, our coffee table invariable looks something like this...

{Thomas the train. Always Thomas the train.}

When its picked up, our coffee table looks something like this...

And I'll be honest with you, I'm over it. Other than the faux fireplace installation, our living room really hasn't changed much in the three years we've lived here. And while I love our little space, I'm also ready for a little freshening up. 

At our house, you walk directly into the living room from the front entrance. It's also the hub of our home often times. So I figure the coffee table is a great place to do a little sprucing without spending much money.

Here's a bit of the inspiration I found:







So many of these are absolutely beautiful! I'd love to have each of them in my home. But lets be honest about two important things:

 1. I actually live here. That means I need to be able to clear the space quickly, prop my feet up, eat a meal, or find a television remote quickly. While a huge vase of lilies would look amazing, I'd probably have a hard time watching Criminal Minds through them... 
2. I have a two year old. Jake is actually amazingly good with all my decorative things. He seems to know what's his and what isn't. But I'm not sure I'll be pushing the envelope any time soon with items that are in such close proximity to his play area.

While it would have to be limited in size {because hello! the beloved television, people!} I do like the idea of a small plant. Maybe some books. And I need to figure out the whole remote control situation. They are so unattractive, but necessary!

So I'm off today to the plant shop and hopefully to find some new nick knacks to garnish my beloved living room. 

Happy Friday friends!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

strawberry crunch cake {recipe}

Yum! This is a great fruity spring treat!

: :  Ingredients  : :

 - a box of crunchy granola bars 
 - 6 tbsp of melted butter
 - 1/3 cup of brown sugar
 - 1/2 cup of flour
 - 2 egg whites
 - 1/2 cup of sugar
 - 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
 - 4 oz of cream cheese
 - 1 1/2 cups of sliced strawberries. 

The ingredient list seems a little daunting, but after a better look at it, you'll notice that you probably keep a lot of these items around your kitchen already. 

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. 

Toss your granola bars into a food processor until you achieve a crumb type consistency.

Add brown sugar, flour, and melted butter.

Cover an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and fill. Then bake for 20 minutes. 

In the mean time, combine egg whites, sugar and heavy cream. Mix on high for at least 5 minutes. 
Then add the cream cheese. Mix until well blended.

Add in your strawberries. 

Hopefully at this point your granola crust is nearly done in the oven. Take out crust and parchment paper. Make sure your 8x8 pan is sufficiently greased.
Divide the granola mixture in half and press  onto the base of the dish. 

Pour your strawberry/cream cheese mix on next. Then top with the remaining granola.

Cover and place the dish in the freezer for at least three hours. Some like this dish completely frozen, but I prefer it a bit softened so I recommend move it to the refrigerator an hour or so before eating. 

I also like pretending that because this dessert has fruit and granola that its super good for you! Seems legit, right??
Enjoy, friends!

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