Our youngest two, Camille + Leo, started preschool today and I had some fun with their first day of preschool pictures!Read More
Decorating for fall… my house is so summery with all the blue and shiplap, I feel like it’s a must to bring in some fall tones this time of year! I am rounding up a handful of my favorite fall things you can bring into your home to feel all those fall vibes.Read More
Drop zones or mudrooms can be simple or elaborate- but they all have two must haves: hooks and a bench. Our previous home was built in the 1970s and we had 1 dark, cramped closet that served as a drop zone for the 6 of us. Because of that I made sure to put a window in this room! I kept the design fairly simple though; my priority was on creating as much space as possible. I did give each child a few cubbies and put in a small mail zone for us by the garage door!Read More
After living in our home for 9 months with an empty dining room, we are ready to tackle Project Dining Room!
The project goes like this: I talk to my husband about the pros and cons of a million different ways I could style the room, show him pictures of various ideas and ask questions without waiting for his answer. He says things like "hmmm" over and over and stares at his phone. Once I make up my mind, I tell him the price of everything, wait a few days for him to absorb the shock, and then he says Ok babe, just do it already.Read More
This is a total mom thing to say, but I think our family's traditions will be the secret sauce that keeps our family ties strong over time!
Whew. Ok, I said it. I'll just be over here putting on my mom jeans and my old Reeboks now.
Today I'm talking about real life ideas for little traditions that you can easily put into action with your own crew. Sometimes the kids will whine or it won't go as planned, and that's ok, your tradition is not ruined. It is not about everything-was-perfect-with-magical-matching-outfits-and-instagram-worthy-pictures (although I do love those so much!!). It's about simply repeating something - together with your people - in a positive way, just like you did last year and the year before, and building on those memories.Read More
Annnnd I have a new favorite room in my house! Too bad it's not my own room... and too bad the 4 year old owner of the room just smiled and shrugged when he saw the transformation. But, Leo has been pretty vocal about his indifference the whole time. Boys... what can you do?Read More
A few weeks ago I wrote a post listing the most stylish backpacks for elementary aged kids... but mini backpacks might be even cuter! Because everything smaller is more fun, right? They are more affordable because of their size... and that is a way I tell my husband I saved us money! 😆 All of these are under $60, but most fall far under that cut off.Read More
When we built our home, we squeezed our guest bath just a little bit smaller than we originally planned so that we could put more room in the pantry. As a mom, I wanted that pantry to have SPACE. I knew in order to keep my sanity I needed room for food (lets be honest, snacks) on hand at all times. There is nothing worse than 4 hangry kids and you haven't gone to the store in a week so all you have to offer is stale crackers and a can of beans! Not that I would know anything about that! 😉Read More
Every year since my oldest went off to first grade, I've thrown a back to school party the night before! This year we have a 5th grader, a 1st grader, and 2 preschoolers.Read More
We are putting the finishing touches on our 4 year old Leo's bedroom! My goal is to get some color in his room but at the same time keeping the room light and bright (always), and I did not want the room feeling cluttered. Below is some of what I have been creating + dreaming up!Read More
What’s it like having 4 kids you ask?
- Loud. You stop finishing sentences permanently.Read More
I recently tried something new.
If you are local to Durham, you may be interested. I decided to call up Nailz, a local nail salon that is by appointment only, located here. I have passed by it so many times and always wondered what that kind of service would be like. Well, I'm hooked! My 7 year old daughter Sofia came with me and also tried something new- her first manicure!Read More
Ever since my son's last day of school when he raced down the steps and into my car, he has been telling us, "Don't say the S word!". Now it's late July and I can't WAIT to say the S word. School, school, school, school, SCHOOL! I can see it coming!
Here are 20 affordable + stylish backpacks for kids to take into the school year.... as you happily wave goodbye and turn up all the hip hop in your minivan.Read More
We have a set of tall builtins in this little nook in our hall. They sit at the top of the stairs, and across from another set of stairs leading up to our playroom. Guests can catch a glimpse of the shelves if they look up from our entry, and I can even see them laying down from my bedroom.Read More
Y'all, its 2018 and I'm just going to put this out there about myself: cooking dinner is annoying. I hate planning it, all the chopping is annoying, I'm constantly leaving out ingredients, I don't like to be precise (in everything in life) so its always too much of this or that.Read More
I turned 36 this week and I didn't know how I would feel about it until the actual day. This sounds pretty corny but it is true: I am just happy to be alive. I was thinking about how lucky I am to just even reach this age, much less I get to be surrounded by my people! I mean, yes, I would love to look like I am 25 and that will never change, but aside from that, I am truly enjoying my 30s. I am not going to use the word blessed because that word is so overused, but I feel quite lucky.Read More
We love to make our kids a smoothie for breakfast, because in our minds it makes up for all the other crap they stuff themselves with the rest of the day! This one is my favorite because the oats give a breakfast taste to it, and it fills them up!Read More