Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hope you had a great weekend!

We have spent the week and weekend recovering from vacations and illnesses in our house. This has given me time to pursue a few things around the web...

Ever thought about the difference between a "dream house" and a "dream home"?

I'm currently reading Fortune's Children: The Fall of the House of Vanderbilt and Thrive by the President/Editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post. Also, this new release has caught my eye. 


I've heard these underwear are virtually seemless under everything. This promise got me to venture into JC Penney for the first time in at least a decade. 

Are you pro or anti-grains? Apparently the great grain debate has been settled

And for the record, here is a photo your toddler might take if you let her use your iphone in the car:



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Friday, July 31, 2015

Simple. Affordable. Natural. Homemade Bronzer

I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I made homemade makeup bronzer…and I love it.


Here's the simple recipe:

1/4 tsp corn starch
3/8 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp cocoa powder

Blend in coffee grinder till smooth. Store in airtight container. Use like a mineral bronzer. To customize your color, experiment with varying proportions of the 3 ingredients. 

The smell is get. Is all natural. And you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen. Simple. Easy. Affordable. 

*Note: Since going on bed rest while pregnant with my first child 2 years ago I have been making a lot of changes in effort to simplify our household and find easier and more affordable options to daily living. I'm going to start sharing some of them here on the blog…so get excited for more Simple. Affordable. Natural. posts!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Little Lady: 21 months old

Memories from 21 months:

Wiping, creaming, and diapering baby dolls.


The concept of "other".
Sleeping with 5+ stuffed animals, 2-3 blankets, and 5+ books each and every night.
Counting to 10.
Hearing "mommy! mommy! mommy!" in the morning. Of course when I go in the room she just says "hi mommy!"
Cotton ball explosion.



When asking her if she wants to get in the pool float she responds, "no that's for baby".
Super hero week at school, she was the "super helper".



Continues to refer to herself by the nickname she chose, even though she could say her name.
Long enough hair to pull back in pig tails and pony tails.
1-2-3 JUMP!
Sorting and organizing tissue paper.
Playing kitchen.
Loving spending time with any of her grandparents and cousins.

    

Running through sprinklers.
"Penny coming?"


Pushing the baby stroller.
Pushing her full-sized stroller.
Nicknaming her new baby cousin.
Going through videos and photos on mommy's iPhone.
"H-I-H-K-LMNO-P"
Shopping with mommy.

     

Chasing butterflies with her cousin.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

DIY Recliner Chair Drop Cloth Recover

After the success of my DIY Drop Cloth Sofa Recover post, I was inspired to attempt to recover an old family recliner for the nursery of my newest niece. 

Here is the before: 


Yeah…that color is indescribable. But the chair is SO comfortable that it was worth a shot.

Here is the after: 


And I managed to recover this recliner chair in under 5 hours. 

I followed the same technique that you can find in my DIY Drop Cloth Sofa Recover tutorial: canvas drop cloth, staple gun, upholstery pins, and some trial-and-error. 

Ask any questions in the comments!