Monday, June 15, 2015

Modern(ish) style

Now that I'm into decorating mode, we're slowly acquiring things for the house. And slowly because sheeeeesh house stuff is expensive! No wonder DIY is all the rage these days. That said, I think the style I'm going for is clean lines and simple designs, sort of like mid-century furniture but not totally that. The trick is getting Brian on board with everything. Which is why no matter what I chose, it better be comfortable.

Remember when I blogged about being indecisive? Yeah I changed my mind about the area rug for the living room again. The one I think I want (but let's face it, that could change) is out of stock so I have no idea what to do now. Hope that they restock it soon? Or figure out how to make it myself? Weaving a rug can't be too complicated right?

We already have the dark gray Karlstad sofa and loveseat that I'm going to add tapered modern legs to (similar to these). We also have a free coffee table and side table, both of which are more old fashioned in design. I'm thinking of replacing them with (or making) something similar to the IKEA ones shown below. I'm still going to keep everything else neutral. And here's hoping my snake plant lives long enough to see the day that the room will be finished. But I wouldn't bet on it.

Living Room

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Shopping for Clara

I got a text today from a friend, we'll call her Clara*. She admitted that she had only just spent a store credit gift card that she had had for at least 6 years. SIX YEARS.

If you know me at all, you know that gift cards burn holes in my pockets. When she told me it had been so long, my palms started itching and sweating like it was my own gift card that needed to be spent. It nearly drove me crazy when Brian hung on to his Home Depot gift cards for 3 years before finally spending them on a table saw. 

So she asked for help in spending her remaining gift cards. And immediately a blog post was born. If I were the one with a gift card, these are some things that I would have a hard time choosing between. But you better believe I'd have those gift cards spent before you could say "Bob's your uncle".
*Names have been changed to protect the identity of those persons involved. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mom Style: Airport

This is the first of the outfit posts I had mentioned doing. We'll see if it becomes a thing!

Airport travel is so tricky, especially with little ones. Outfits have to be chosen carefully. I'm serious! You should not wear a maxi skirt/dress unless you want to be felt up by TSA so my next best choice for comfort is leggings. Here's what I'm planning on wearing (after several days weeks of indecision)

Top: Old Navy similar // Kimono: H&M similar // Leggings: Old Navy // Sandals: Old Navy // Tote: Old Navy // Solly Baby Wrap in Castlerock

Some requirements: Shoes have to be easy to take on and off. Very light sweater for the cold plane (don't want to pack a bulky one that will never get used in Maui because it's like 80 degrees there.) Loose top that I can easily nurse Maddie in, if need be. Large purse to carry snacks, toys, etc. The Solly Wrap is going to get used as a scarf until I need to put Maddie in it.

Also I realize I'll be like a walking Old Navy ad. Seriously, where is my check from them?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

10 Travel Essentials for Moms

We leave Saturday for Maui so my brain is all packing, checklists, outfits, and dreaming of beaches. I had a post all typed up and somehow it disappeared into a black hole because Blogger didn't save it so I decided to do a new post and then maybe later the first post will come back to me (because I cannot for the life of me remember what I wrote...)

The last time we did a 5-hour flight with a baby and a newborn, I was stressing.  It ended up not being so bad because Maddie slept almost the whole time. But this time... we have 2 toddlers. Practically. Maddie will be 1 at the end of next month (!!!) and I'm pretty certain she won't sleep the entire time this flight.

These are a few essentials that I take every time we fly... whether it's a 1 hour trip to So Cal or a 5 hour trip to Maui.

10 Travel Essentials for Moms

  1. Aden + Anais Swaddle Blanket Even though the girls are way past the swaddling stage, these blankets are perfect for snuggling during a nap (if it happens) or keeping little legs warm on a cold plane. Plus they're lightweight and thin, so, easy to pack.
  2. Aden + Anais Burp Cloth  Although I always take a brand new pack of wipes, this is handy for cleaning any drink mishap or snotty nose plus it doubles as a bib so that pack of Go-go fruit squeeze that your 11 month is going to enjoy mid-flight won't end up on her darling travel outfit.
  3. Solly Baby Wrap  I have always taken a carrier (the Ergo) when I fly with the girls but this will be my first time taking the Solly. I've heard rumors that you don't have to take the baby out for walking through security and it's a lightweight fabric that breathes (these are the only 2 downfalls of the Ergo, which I'm packing in our suitcase in case we decide to do a hike and need to carry both babes. HAHAHAHAHA... Us hiking. On vacation. Oh I make myself laugh...)
  4. Skip Hop Backpack  Between the 4 of us, we have a TON of stuff to bring on the plane. Obviously. An easy solution is have Allie carry all her activities and snacks in her own backpack. She's actually pretty excited whenever she gets to use it because I hide it at home so it seems like a new toy. Plus she gets to wear a backpack "just like Dad's."
  5. OXO Tot Sippy Cup The airline usually provides a cup with a lid and a straw for Allie but having a sippy cup for Maddie is a necessity since she's getting to the point that a nursing cover is just something to swat at/pull away.
  6. OXO Tot Snack Cup Food in any shape/size/form is a necessity for a long trip, not just for the babes. The great thing about snack cups is that you can give Cheerios to a baby without worrying that the majority will end up on the floor.
  7. Melissa & Doug Lace Cards This is representative of all the activities I bring for the girls. I'd rather they not spend the entire time watching a movie on the iPad and I'm actually fairly certain that wouldn't even hold their attention for 5 hours. I usually hit up the $1 bin at Target for small coloring books, toys, stickers, window clings, whatever is small enough to keep them occupied. The iPad has been loaded with a few movies and apps in case we hit panic mode in Hour 4.
  8. Baby Jogger City Select Stroller I briefly considered getting a lightweight stroller to make travel easier but since they're so expensive, I decided against it. If I were flying alone, I would probably buy a lightweight stroller but since Brian will be with me, it's not too big of a hassle to break it down at the gate. So it depends on you. If you're the type to be easily stressed out, then spring for the lightweight stroller. But for a straight flight (no layovers/connecting flights), having a stroller that both babes can sit in makes life so much easier.
  9. Brica Car Seat Bag We have this car seat bag for Allie's toddler seat. True a strap has already broken and the bottom tore, but we duct-taped it and it works just fine. I also like that it has a zippered pocket for extra diapers, blankets, sweaters: basically bulky stuff that won't fit in the suitcase.
  10. JL Childress Stroller Bag We have this stroller bag to hold the stroller and pieces when we check it at the gate. It's survived a few flights already and still holding up pretty well. We have to remove one wheel to get everything to fit, but once we do it all packs up quite nicely. Again, if we had a lightweight stroller, I probably wouldn't need a bag but because ours has the second seat and we bring the car seat adapter, we need a bag to keep everything together. 
So there you have it. Now I have to get back to packing, checklists, outfits, and beach dreaming. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Floors and Star Wars

Guys. The floor is done. No more concrete. It took us (yes, I totally helped) working 11 hours on Saturday to finish but we did it. I don't have pictures for you (shocker) but follow me on Instagram and they'll pop up soon enough. I think. 

We're nowhere near finished. There are a ton of little things that still need to be done and a whole bathroom that still needs to be gutted and remodeled but having the floor done gives us a whole new zeal for it. I finally feel like I can decorate and "move in" to our house. I also feel like I have to constantly be sweeping our new floors. Don't worry I'm sure that will wear off soon enough. 

I keep having these random things pop up in my head and think "that would make a good blog post" but by the time I actually have time to sit down and blog, my brain is empty and all I can think about is my ever growing to do list. So instead of wracking my brain for more blog content, I think I'll watch Star Wars (in honor of May the 4th be with you Day or something like that), eat some ice cream, and call it a night. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Furniture and stuff

Distressed furniture.

I don't get it.

We have a coffee table that was painted black and thanks to 5 years of actually being used, it's naturally distressed and I really don't like the way it looks. I have plans to sand it down to the wood and seal it like I did with the matching side table. Because both were free, I have no qualms about spending a little time and money to bring it back to its former glory.

But purposefully distressing furniture. it's all over Pinterest. I see it all the time. WHY? You just spent hours sanding and priming and painting and now you're going to go at it with sandpaper? Seriously, are you nuts?

I mean, I can understand that it is a fad right now. But it's definitely not one I want to be a part of. Once I finished painting Allie's bookshelf cubby thing, I didn't want her to go near it because she's a toddler and naturally destructive. Eventually she had to and turns out it has stood up to her abuse quite well but still. ALL THAT HARD WORK TO MAKE IT LOOK NICE. And then you go and ruin it. RUIN.

Okay fine, maybe I'm biased and this is only my opinion.

My next rant: chalkboard paint.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Trends then and now

I don't know what my style is called... Trendy, comfortable, mom? Is "mom" a style? Anyway, I was at Target the other day and walking past the junior section, I was pretty surprised at what was going on. What's the trend these days? Well, just about everything. Hippie lace vests and floral bell-bottoms from the 70's, crop tops and acid wash from the 90s, mod psychedelic dresses from the 60's.

I never though acid wash jeans would come back into style. I should've kept my faded floral cotton dresses that were so popular in junior high. That is, when I was in junior high. I also should've told my mom to keep all the stuff she wore in high school because I swear I saw the exact same floral, poufy sleeved dresses.

And Birkenstocks. Nothing could've shocked me more to see these come back into style. Now I'll admit that they do look adorable on some people but I just don't get it. I even tried some on at Target to give them a second chance. Nope. I felt like I should've been wearing knee length cargo shorts, a khaki canvas polo and carrying a butterfly net with some sort of safari hat. They just didn't look good on me and I'm perfectly okay with that. I've got my eye on another set of sandals anyway.

All that to say, I really like embracing my own style. Sure I can pick and choose from what is "in" but it really comes down to what I'm comfortable in and expressing myself in my own way. And having a few classic, timeless pieces in your closet goes a long way, I think. That is what I find so appealing about fashion.

I'm just really bummed that I got rid of my overalls.