Are you a lover of all things wine? Do you find yourself excited by the idea of theme related nooks within your home? Do encouraging quotes inspire you? Are eclectic and farmhouse inspired vibes your go-to decorating style? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you are not only my kind of person, but you may also be intrigued by my wine themed nook nestled within my dining area!
The truth is, we can try to do it all. We can try to be that mythical "super mom" until we reach that final straw and we burn out. And as ironic as it may be, it is usually the smallest thing that puts us over the edge. I once had a complete meltdown because the tab on the diaper I was changing broke. Of course it had nothing to do with the tab, but I had reached my boiling point. And once we do burn out and hit that metaphorical boiling point, even the "best" moms become useless to their children.
Having dedicated our oldest daughter just two years prior, we knew that our minister would deliver a heartfelt and personalized dedication speech in honor of our daughter. Afterwards, all of our loved ones would reconvene at our house for a celebratory lunch and party. As wonderful as this day was the first time around, if I could have changed one factor, it would have been allowing our closest loved ones in attendance to have had a larger role in blessing our baby girl. This was when a "balloon prayer party" came to mind!
Every year some of my closest friends and I get together around the holiday season and share laughs, food and gifts along the way. I needed to find the PERFECT DIY gift. This was when I decided to make state specific personalized pillows!
As soon as the sonographer told us we were expecting our second baby girl (or third if you throw our canine daughter into the equation), I immediately began thinking about her nursery! Okay, maybe not "immediately", as I was first and foremost overcome with excitement and joy to think of getting to be a mommy to yet another precious baby girl (I LOVE raising little ladies, a.k.a. "best friends"). With that said, I would be lying if I said I wasn't pinning ideas into my baby girl's nursery board by the end of that very same evening!
There it was... that big, open, underwhelming wall space staring back at me every time I entered and exited my home. I knew I wanted some form of a farmhouse inspired sign to accompany my previous wall decor (specifically the "Heaven" sign that has been in my family for years). However, I also knew I wanted the sign to be both simplistic and unique, but also to tie in elements of my pre-existing stain and woodwork. After many failed attempts to find what I was looking for, I finally decided to make my own and couldn't be more happy that I did!
When my oldest daughter was around six months old, she began to sit independently. As wonderful as it was to witness her meeting a new milestone, I very quickly learned that this new skill came with its own set of obstacles. No longer was my little lady content to play with her infant toys.
I love to not only simplify everyday life, but also to personalize whenever possible. This is why when it came time to decorate our bar area... I knew I wanted to create a personalized menu! This look allowed me to stick to my rustic theme, while also incorporating practicality into my overall design.
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, I have compiled a list of what I've found to be 35 of the most creative and FREE kid-friendly valentines! Whether you are looking for a valentine card that includes a fun candy substitute, are all about including the sugary sweets, or want a fun and unique twist on a classic valentine... here you will find them all!
More times than not, moving is an emotional time. You are leaving behind a home that often times has many memories tied to physical objects. Within those walls you may have brought your child home from the hospital. On that staircase, your teenager may have posed for their high school dance portraits. In that backyard you may have celebrated your retirement party. Whatever the association, the physical appearance of the front of that home may forever hold a special place in your heart. Or at least I knew this was the case for my family...