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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

the train table

We have a kiddo with a mild {read: not mild at all} obsession with Thomas the Train. I don't even know where it came from since we'd never watched Thomas.
None the less, Jake is completely smitten. Thomas is in the car, in the bed, in the bath, on the television... you get it. 

So what kind of mom would I be if my little man didn't have a train table?

I thought about buying one secondhand and giving it a make over. But then I realized just how much space a typical train table takes up {a lot}. So I started looking for something a little smaller. I mentioned my search over a family dinner with my father-in-law one evening and he immediately volunteered to make Jake a custom table. Hurray!!

I asked for a 2ft by 3ft table that measured around 18-20 inches high. Other than the dimensions, my only request was that it be built in a way that I could take it apart to store it somehow. When Jake tires of it, I want to be able to tuck it away for future kids or even move it when necessary. My father-in-law graciously built a wooden table with detachable legs to my exact size request. It will fit perfectly under Jake's crib if I needed to store it. 

He used 2x2's for the legs and some 1x6's for the edges. The top of the table is a nice cabinet grade plywood. It was carefully sanded and the nail holes were covered with wood filler.

Once I had the table in hand, I just had to decide how to paint it. I started with a crisp coat of white to match the furniture in his room.

Then I taped off the top in a subway-ish pattern.
The pale green also matches the walls in his room. 

Once the paint was dry, I added a gloss protective coat on top.

We decided to get Jake the Thomas the Train Motorized train set.
{I scored a fabulous deal at a children's consignment sale for most of the set}

Best toy ever.  Jake completely flipped when he saw it. He loves to move the trains around and watch them circle the track. He takes the whole track apart almost every day. He's had it for several weeks now, but will still spend hours every day at this table.

I do see why the train tables are typically larger than we made ours. We couldn't fit a large amount of track on this one. But its plenty of space for Jake to play with and the table fits really nicely in the alcove in his room. 

Thanks to my handy father-in-law, my total amount spent was only $8 on paint/gloss and $25 on a second hand train set. 
I'm sure we'll be adding a few new engines for Jake come Christmas time, but he has more than he can even imagine at the moment.

All in all, a hugely successful DIY project.

For more on Jake's nursery, see the room tour { h e r e }.

Monday, October 28, 2013

sweet nutella dip {recipe}

Yummy yum yum!!

This dip is delicious and crazy simple. Only three ingredients!

: :  Ingredients  : :

 - 4 oz of cream cheese {softened}
 - 1 cup of Cool Whip
 - 8 oz of Nutella

Just mix your three ingredients well.
Then chill before serving. 

I like the idea of serving this with a variety of options.
This time it was marshmallows, strawberries and graham crackers. 


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

autumn giveaway

***  This giveaway is now closed. Check back in January for the winter giveaway! ****

Here's a sweet little fall collection that you just might love!
{I know I do!}

2. a sweet assortment of hair ties {aka simple bracelets in my world}

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Comment below to tell me what your favorite fall activity is. Jumping in leaf piles? Carving pumpkins? Haybale rides? Can't wait to hear about it!

Giveaway closes on November 7th!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

toddler art tuesday {#2}

More fun toddler art coming at you today. 

I taped off a piece of card stock with washi tape. 
Then I let him have at it with some finger paint. 

Once the paint was dry, I peeled off the tape.
And had a great new piece to hang!

One of my favorite things that Jake has done is this next one. It was simple and oh so cute!

I started by giving Jake a plain paper plate and letting him finger paint the heck out of it.
After the plate dried, I cut it into the pieces for the body parts. Like this:

 I glued the parts together and added a little face.  Jake absolutely loves this "dino-nor".

This has quickly become one of the most fun things that Jake and I do together. He loves his paints and crayons and chalk. And I love that he has a sweet creative side to him!

Hope you guys are having as much fun as we are!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

diy iphone cover {tutorial}

I'm guilty of having way too many phone cases. Super guilty!
And those suckers can be expensive. Which is why I love this project.

This is a $2 project. Yup. $2.

I grabbed a clear phone case from Hobby Lobby. Yes! Hobby Lobby, who knew? It was near the jewelry. {Really, who knew?} 
They had one for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 5. Even better, they were only $2!

I started by tracing my phone on card stock to create a pattern.

Then I traced the card stock on a few of my favorite patterns of scrapbook paper. 

Next, put the paper in your phone case. 
Trace the circle where the camera is and cut it out with an exacto knife.

Then put it all together for a fabulous new case. Change the design out any time you want!

Hey, you know what else works great?!


I'm loving this!! When you get tired of one design, swap it out for another.
Enjoy customizing your cover!

Monday, October 14, 2013

the perfect fall weekend

It was a gorgeous weekend here in Alabama. 

We spent most of Saturday at Gullion Farms. It's a beautiful, country place near my old high school. And Jake had an amazing time with all of the fun fall activities they had. 

Like pumpkin patches and corn pits...

... hay bale mazes and giant slides...

... hay rides and tractors...

... petting zoos and pony rides...

This fella' had a wonderful day. 

Oh, who am I kidding, we all had a fabulous time!

{and if you're local, be sure to check out Gullion Farms this fall!}