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Monday, January 25
Saturday, November 28
I finished my master bathroom just in time for Thanksgiving. We had the whole fam over our new place for turkey day and it was just the push I needed to get some things accomplished- with a little time to spare before baby #4 makes her arrival. :)
Thursday, November 19
Okay, so the dining room was the easiest room in the house, because not much needed to be done in there. (You may remember that my Mamaw asked me to re-do this one room for her 4 years ago when she lived here- I posted about it here: http://thelyricalsoul.blogspot.com/2011/12/mawmaws-dining-room-makeover.html
All it needed was a little tweaking to fit my personal style a little more. Here is the BEFORE :
I really should have closed those blinds (sorry!) but if you view my post from 4 years ago- you will see what the table looked like a little better.
She left this in the house for us when they moved since it wouldn't fit in her new place and we had gotten rid of ours. The color of the wood was just not me- a little "orangey" is how I described it. So I did the Pinterest thing and stuck some wood on the top toake my own DIY farmhouse table:
The bottom of the table and chairs got painted white. We realized this table was badly bowed after we started using it, so that was another benefit of this project: I was able to give it a level surface by adding the wood on top. (It was so bowed that I had to cut some mdf for the center to support the wood. It all got attached with liquid nails and screws.)
This table project cost me about $80 total. Certainly cheaper than buying a new table!
Oh- and I built this bench for the kids:
I'm super proud of this bench :) I'd never built something people could sit on before, lol. I viewed a lot of easy DIY bench tutorials online and kinda winged it from there using some leftover fencing materials we had from our rent house. Meaning: this project was FREE! That is probably what brings me the most satisfaction about it. ;)
My dad had some cedar logs that he sliced up for us to use in my sister's wedding decor last year. (They actually came from my great grandparent's property in MS, which was very special.) We still have a bunch of this wood sitting around, so I decided to chop one in half to make little shelves for some plants. That cedar smells AMAZING when you walk by!! (Thanks to HGTV's Fixer Upper, I'm suddenly obsessed with hanging flowers and plants on the wall in unique ways...:)
Well that's about it for this room. I'll share pics of another space soon!
Tuesday, November 10
My boy's room is FINALLY *officially* finished! It's really been done for awhile (before we moved in I was working on it) but I had to save my pennies for the perfect light fixture to complete the space. (Which came from Lowes btw :)
Here are the BEFORE pictures:
Sort of typical 90's decor. Don't you love how I'm too lazy to get my kid out of the picture?
...And there he is again. Must have been super satisfied playing with that blanket, and hey- why mess up a good thing, right?
Okay, so here is the BIG reveal!! Benjamin told me he wanted an "outer space" room. He is super into Star Wars right now (um, who isn't?) but this momma does not do "themey", and I wanted something that would also appeal to the boys for quite awhile as they get older. I am SO happy with the results!
So I added a casing trim about 8" down from the ceiling which helped make that starry sky seem bigger and heightened our 8' ceilings.
Choosing the right colors was key in not making the room too dark. I ended up with Behr's Pixel White on the walls (really more gray) and Cosmic Blue on the ceiling.
The bedding is from Target and I made the star pillows (copying something I saw on Etsy.) The exposed seams fitting right in with the style of the room made that a super easy and cheap project!
There's my Pinterest rain gutter bookshelves and DIY roman shades over mini blinds projects :)
I'm in love with this little rocking hair I bought on Craigslist and that is Nick's old toy chest in the window on left. It houses all the dress up stuff :) (My kids are costume fanatics!)
I just had to use this scripture in the room- so perfect! (Frame: IKEA)
Aaand... Yay for toy storage!
(Large gray tubs and outer space rug: Target, small blue tubs: Dollar Tree)
Well that about about wraps it up! My boys think their room is AWESOME, it has all the functions I was hoping, and I smile when I walk into it, so I think: mission accomplished! :)
Tuesday, November 3
Happy November! I can't believe it's only a few weeks until Thanksgiving!! And 5 wks until baby arrives!! SO much to do! We have been in our new house about 3 wks now and have been cleaning, painting, and unpacking every day it seems. Its SO exciting to be in our own place again!!!
None of my room makeovers are quite ready for pictures, so I thought I would share a little helpful tip with you today that my mom passed on to me.
It's about your MASCARA!! (Don't you just love that stuff?!) My personal fav is Mary Kay's Ultimate Mascara. SO good... I also love Younique's fiber lash stuff on top of the MK, but only if I'm wanting to glam it up a bit... But, I digress. :)
So, you know how you are supposed to switch out your mascara like, every 6 months? Something about bacteria and mites... (Um, EWWW!!!!) Well my mom shared a little tip with me to make sure your mascara is germ free and lasts longer instead of getting clumpy.
It's... (drumroll please)... Lavender Oil!!
Oils have SO many different uses, but this is one is actually one I'd never heard. So basically you just put 2-3 drops into your mascara and mix it by inserting and removing your wand a few times. Lavender has anti-bacterial properties that will kill germs, keep the bugs away, and keep it fresh for longer. (And it smells pretty nice too :)
I tried this out on a 6+ month tube of mascara that was getting close to me chunking it, and it was like new mascara again! If you are like me and don't run out of product before the "icky" arrives, this tip can save you some moolah!
Hope you enjoyed- have a fabulous week!
Tuesday, July 21
Hello all, I'm back!! Some of you know I was sick for several months recently with baby #4. It got pretty severe this time. We're talking losing 12% of my body weight, multiple trips to the hospital, 3 months on the couch, couldn't keep water down.... Yeah. It was rough.
They call it hyperemesis gravidarum, and it is no joke! Doing some research made me realize just how bad some people can get- even needing hospitalization their entire pregnancy and/or losing their baby! Thank the Lord I didn't get that bad!!
I'm about 20 wks now and just have "normal" mild morning sickness lingering. But I am finally living again!! I can't say "thank you" enough to those of you who prayed, sent me a "get well" text, cooked us a meal, offered to keep my kids... You just have no idea how much it was needed and how much it meant! I am forever indebted to you guys! ❤️
I am SO excited to resume working on the house and I can't wait to show you all the transformations that are taking place in each room of this beautiful country home we are buying from my grandparents! (Move in should be happening in a few weeks... !!!!!)
So without further adieu...
Here is Adalynn's room:
Wall Stencil- Michael's
Owl lamp base- Walmart
"A"- Hobby Lobby (painted and glued onto a frame purchased elsewhere)
Paint- Sherwin Williams
SW6597 Hopeful (darker pink)
SW6595 Armour Pink (lighter pink)
Closet Hardware Knobs- Home Depot
Chandelier- Reused from her old room (originally purchased at Home Depot, spray painted white)
KidKraft kitchen- purchased online
Kid table and chairs- purchased on Craigslist and painted white
Annabel duvet cover- Serena & Lily
Window Sheers- eBay
Wednesday, November 19
Recently, we decided to go outside and discover fall. The children took buckets and gathered all sorts of things from the yard. They found some interesting things... Not everything they found was allowed to come inside... (They happened upon the bone of a deer leg that the dogs had carried out of the woods, lol. But we had a short deer anatomy lesson ;) )
As they were searching, I instructed them to keep an eye out for pretty leaves.
When they came inside we made several crafts with the leaves including our friends above. They quickly learned the names of the trees in our yard by being introduced to "Mr. Dogwood, Mr. Red Oak, Mr. White Oak and Mr. Gum".
And to be honest, I know more about our trees now too! :)
They discovered an abundance of pretty acorns, so we decided to watch a YouTube video of an acorn taking root and growing into a plant- which later becomes a tree. Seeing that process in fast forward is incredible!
Next on our agenda- cutting open these pumpkins:
We buy some every year at the pumpkin patch and use them for fall decor- then once it's time to decorate for Christmas, we cut them open, and learn how pumpkins grow... How to put up fresh pumpkin... How to make a pumpkin recipe... And how to roast the seeds. Yum!
How are you making fall part of your homeschooling subjects? I'd love for you to share! :)