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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Playroom Update


A few weeks ago I found a suuuuper smushed cereal bar in the shag rug I had in here for the boys' playroom. Like, had to cut it out of the rug bad. And then a few days after that, the boys started using their train table as a ramp. Not for their trains or cars, for themselves.
That's all I needed to see to know it was time for a change in here.

So, first order of business was maximize their space for how they actual use it. 

 Since the train table was no longer serving it's purpose, it got put into storage and opened up a ton more room for rearranging. I moved their coloring table to a more accessible spot and put up a cork board for them to proudly display their work.

We also put in a reading corner. 
And my husband whipped up this cute little bench for the boys to sit on. 


I also found this vintage phone for $5 and knew the boys would get a kick out of it.

The conversations I overhear on this phone are hilarious. 

We made some more room for make believe and for decorations that remind us 
of our first home in Virigina. 
 

 But honestly the highlight of our playroom upgrade is this Lorena Canals machine washable rug.
You read that correctly, MACHINE WASHABLE! This rug will fit in a standard washer and dryer. If that is not life-changing for a kids' space, I don't know what is. It is so liberating to just throw this sucker in the washing machine and not lug out the vacuum.

Also high on style and so on trend with those cute braided tassels.
An added bonus because this is a room I share with the boys. 
My office area is the other half of this room (maybe one day I'll show you when it's not a wreck), so it's a win-win in our shared space!
Handmade and with all natural dyes, we opted for the coordinating pom-pom throw as well with all the same great easy washing qualities. It's already been through the ringer on fort-building night.

I've been super happy with how well it's withstood my boys' most highly trafficked area. 
 Because let's be honest, this room mostly looks like this everyday.






































And like this - with someone's bum in time-out. ;)

We're finding our way in this shared space and I'm so happy to say I won't be cutting cereal bar out of any rugs any time soon! 


For more info on Lorena Canals products, visit their site. 
Disclaimer: I received Lorena Canals products for review purposes but all opinions are my own.





Friday, June 16, 2017

Best Clean-Out-the-Fridge Recipes

Near the end of the week, I'm always ready to get rid of the little bits and pieces and leftovers that are sitting around my fridge. You know, the 3 pieces of bacon, the handful of almost-bad spinach, the sprinkling of cheese, the half of tomato, the quarter of an onion. Yeah, all those. As someone who hates to waste food, I've perfected a few go-to clean-out-the-fridge recipes. I thought you guys might like them too, in case you find yourself in one of those moments. And the reason I love these recipes so much is because, really anything goes. You can pretty much make almost anything sitting in your fridge work with a little creativity!



Grilled Naan Bread Pizzas
I love to buy the naan bread from Aldi and keep it in my freezer for these very moments.
They're perfect for making creative pizzas. And you guys know about pizza, you can make almost anything go. Don't have pizza sauce, spice up your tomato/spaghetti sauce. Don't have any sauce? Make a white pizza with garlic and olive oil. I almost always have everything I need to make these happen. I just top them with whatever I have in my fridge, put them on some tin foil and pop them on the grill for a bit. Don't feel like grilling? Just bake them until cheese is melted.

Seen here from top to bottom:
- Cherry tomato, basil, mozzarella, feta with olive oil and garlic and a balsamic glaze
- Mozzarella, wilted spinach, olive oil and garlic topped with bacon
- Goat cheese, caramelized onion, chicken and bbq sauce


Quiche or Frittata
Depending on what I'm wanting to get rid of I usually waffle between classic quiche, crustless quiche or frittata. If I have a lot of potatoes I want to get rid of, I opt for the making the frittata.
You can seriously throw almost any meat or veggie combo in these and the more the merrier is usually my rule of thumb. My favorite is classic quiche because who doesn't love pie crust but if I don't have pie crust or am cutting back on carbs, crustless quiche is the best way to go.

Seen here: spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, goat cheese, onion and eggs


Sausage Hash
This recipe is another good one if you want to use up potatoes before they start sprouting a million eyes. Sautéed sausage and potato is my usually base and then I throw in whatever else is hanging out in my fridge. Usually adding in some combo of, green beans, brussel sprouts, apples, onions, and almost always topped with a fried egg!


Hoped this helped give you a few ideas for when you're ready to clean out your fridge!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Currently Wearing Vol. II

As spring weather gives way to warm here in the Midwest, I get excited to break out the clothes I haven't seen in awhile.


Currently wearing:

End of Season Sales
I like to buy things on major clearance at the end of a season even if I know I'll have to wait awhile to actually wear it. Like this Anthropologie lace up, ruffle top. I had to tuck it away for awhile but I knew my future self would thank me for it. 


Instagram Closet Sales
I bought these Madewell skinnies from a friend's Instagram closet sale.
But I also have several accounts I like to keep an eye on like @pennythrift and @co_reclaimed 

I'm also shedding a single tear for the end of peony season right now. Until next year, favorite flower.


Summer slides
All I wanted this summer was some cute sandals to slide on as I'm running out the door that go with everything. These Blowfish Ginah slides in linen were just the ticket.




I mean, when the baby is ready for a bike ready, you gotta be ready to go slide something on and go. :)



Sunday Best
I was raised that you get dressed up for church and I just can't shake it. I love
getting out skirts and dresses for me and button downs and suspenders for my boys.


This Noonday Collection necklace makes me feel fancy no matter what 
I'm wearing. And I love the mission behind this company. 
Check it out if you haven't heard of it yet!


What's a favorite item you're pulling out of your closet these days?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

The gift of pictures

The one gift I always know I'm getting on Mother's Day is the gift of pictures.
My husband carves out some time and gets behind our nice camera to take
some non-iPhone pictures of me and the boys. It's such a treasure to me to have these pictures and see us grow and change together every year. 









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Me and my babies on Mother's Day 2017

















To me, the gift of pictures is a priceless one.