September 30, 2014

Getting Back To Blogging + Fall Photos

Hello! Remember me? Still following me? I haven't blogged in forever it seems! I have been busy but not only that I think I forgot how to blog. Seriously! Like what do I even write about? I have so much going on right now that I don't even know where to start. I am thinking I should write up a post to let you all know about our bathroom renovation process which I will do so soon because I'm sure you've been wondering. 

But today I just want to share these photos of my cuties! My sister took these last week and I love them! We actually took them on the first day of Fall and guess what? The weather was awesome that day! It's like a switch flipped and suddenly the intense heat was gone... for a couple days at least. Texas weather is unpredictable but we have been enjoying the cooler temps. We took the kids to a nearby park and got some good shots. 
Levi was not interested in photos and ran all around the park exploring. Thankfully though we were able to capture a few photos with him in them like this one...
So school is back in session. Both Josh and Sarah are in school and I am just enjoying my time with Levi here at home. He keeps me plenty busy and I have actually been working with a few customers on design work which has kept me busy as well. I don't promise I will blog daily or even weekly at that but I promise to try harder. I do miss blogging I just don't miss the time it takes to do it. If you are still following me... thank you! I have been mini blogging on instagram though so if you aren't already following me you can do it  here
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September 4, 2014

DIY Framed Art + Free Printable


I've been on a bloggy break and it's been good but I missed blogging. I missed being creative and sharing it with you all. Did you miss me? I hope so! I've got a couple things I would like to blog about but today I want to share a super simple DIY that I did a couple weeks ago for Levi + Sarah's room. I asked a couple weeks ago on instagram + facebook for your help in choosing a new print...
...most of you chose three so I went with the majority. I actually liked number one the best but I'm glad you all chose three because it came out quite nice. For this DIY you will need just three items...
1. The printable below (just click + save) 2. A frame with matting (I like IKEA RIBBA) 3. Sharpie gold pens
All I did was freehand some polka dots on the matting...
and voila! Here is the new art hanging in the room...
You can also download the alphabet art printable pictured above for FREE on my blog HERE
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August 26, 2014

The Importance of Praying with Your Kids Every Morning

Kids everywhere have either returned to school or are going to start soon. Weeks before we begin making preparations. From buying school supplies to picking out clothes. The night before we start packing lunches and make sure everything is ready to go. I prepared, I bought the supplies, I picked out the clothes, I packed their lunches but there is something I forgot to do the morning before I took them to school. With the rush of taking pictures and getting the kids to school on time I did not pray. I didn't even realize it until this morning (the second day of school). Although I prayed for them the night before, I didn't pray with them. There is a difference.

Why does it matter you ask? We've all seen crazy things happening in schools recently, from shootings to sexual assaults. It is scary stuff! You would think by taking them to school they would be safe but we live in a messed up world. A world so torn by sin that you can see the consequences everywhere you go. So why would schools be any different? Instead of being paranoid and keeping my kids home all day everyday I choose to trust, trust in God. I may not be with them but God is. It is important that I not only pray for them but that I pray with them. I want to teach them to learn to love God and trust in Him and by having them pray with me they can begin to form that love and trust. 

Growing up my mom would pray with us each morning before school started. It kind of became a routine for me and although sometimes I wasn't in "the mood" to pray, there my mom would pray and I would just sit and listen. A seed was planted. I can see now how God protected my sisters and I from many things. A couple years ago I learned that the bus driver that drove my sister and I to high school had molested a young girl for four years. I was shocked! This man seemed like such a nice man, my mom would give him bagels and such. I couldn't believe it and although I felt extremely sad for the girl it made me realize something. This man who was capable of molesting kids drove me to and from school for four years and never laid a hand on me. I know now that God protected me. Would my mom had known this man was capable of such things she would have never let me ride the bus but her trust was not in that man, not even in the men and women who taught me. Her trust was in God. The seed she planted is growing. It drives me to pray with my kids every morning knowing full well my trust lies in Him and Him only.

"I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go,"
Genesis 28:15A

You see you may not be with your kiddos 24/7 but there is someone who is. God watches over our children but we must pray. We must pray for their teachers, for their classmates, for their school but most importantly we must pray with them. Pray with our kids so that they may learn to love God. So that they may learn to trust in Him. Let us plant a seed. 

Let us pray with our kids. For there is power in prayer. 
The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth." 
Psalm 145:18
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July 22, 2014

Our New Dining Room

Those of you who have been following me on Instagram for some time now know my husband had the whole month of December (2013) off so I made a list of DIY projects for him to do and guess what? He did two of them! They are both in our dinning room. I posted our DIY Chalkboard Planked Wall earlier this year and today I'm sharing the rest of the dining room including the gorgeous farmhouse table he built us. I was having a hard time picking out the perfect dining chairs so I had you guys help me here. I finally decided on the IKEA INGOLF chairs but we didn't purchase them until just last month. I am loving our new dining room! Especially because of the table my husband built! Isn't it GORGEOUS?

This is what our dining room looked like last year...
I love looking back and seeing all of the progress we've been making to our little home. We still have TONS left to do but little by little we have been making it our own. 
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July 19, 2014

I'm a Contributor + A Giveaway

Hello Friends! Like I mentioned in previous posts I've been MIA from the blog and will continue to be for another month or so until my kiddos go back to school and we get a routine going again but I have some amazing news!! I am now a contributor on one of my favorite blogs: Little Inspiration

I found Angie on Instagram and she quickly became one of my favorites. I am so excited to be a contributor on her awesome blog!! So today Angie + some of her contributors have an AMAZING giveaway in celebration of Kids Fashion and Playtime. There will be five winners, one winner for each prize. You can enter below. FashionPlayGiveaway The following giveaway prizes will include:
This giveaway will also be hosted via @blogali Instagram account. To enter to win and gain more entries on this amazing giveaway, follow instructions on the rafflecopter form below. Giveway ends on August 7th at 12:01am. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks so much for entering and for being patient with me and the lack of posts this Summer. I promise to make it up to you all with before and afters of our Master Bathroom and some DIY's I have planned. As always you can follow me on Instagram to see what we've been up to this Summer.
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July 7, 2014

My Brother In Law's Wedding + Updates

First of all I'm sorry I've been MIA lately. Summer has been crazy but very fun!

My Bother in Law got married yesterday and I wanted to share a couple of photos with you all and also give you a couple updates on what's been up here in The Medrano residence. The wedding was beautiful! It was a small backyard wedding but it was perfect as you can see from the pictures I snapped from my phone. Wish I could have gotten more!

On to the Updates
Our bathroom remodel is still in progress. There's still tons to be done but we lack the time and the money too so it's been a slow process but I'm hoping it will be completely done within the next month or two and I will share the before and afters with you all here. Meanwhile you can catch little sneak peeks here and there on Instagram

So you might or might not have noticed that we didn't have a Trendy Tots linky party last month. Emily and I have decided not to continue with it for a variety of reasons. I loved it but it actually was a lot of work even though it was just a monthly thing. Thank you SO MUCH to those of you who participated and linked up to our parties. You guys ROCK! <3

Things will be very quiet around my blog until the kids start school again. I just can't seem to find time to blog and I don't really want to try to find time because I'd rather spend it with the kiddos so if you miss me and you want to see what we are up to follow us on IG. Because you know I can't quit that! I love taking photos and sharing them! <3

Hope your Summer is going well! 
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June 26, 2014

Why I'm a Breeze Believer + A Giveaway


There's so many baby things that Levi has that I wish I had back when Josh was born. For example this 4moms Breeze Playard. It's simply the BEST! It's made my life WAY easier. I remember getting a pack and play when I was pregnant with Joshua and how hard it was to get it all set up and ready for his arrival. It was almost like assembling Ikea furniture, not even kidding. Not only that but getting it all packed to move to another room or to take on a trip was a real chore. 

Well let me tell you that the 4moms Breeze has changed my negative thoughts about pack and plays and playards! This thing is the BOMB! (do people still say that?.. I do!) It's the lightest, MOST easiest to set up and pack playard I've ever seen and owned and I've owned quite a few. We use it EVERY SINGLE day. It's my lifesaver! I have yet to buy a gate to keep Levi in one room and out of trouble when I'm working and cleaning so I am very thankful for our Breeze. I just put him in his Breeze with a couple toys and he's perfectly safe and content. When it's time to cook dinner I put his favorite Curious George movie on and he will stay there while mama gets dinner ready. 
I most definitely am a Breeze Believer! You could be one too! I've partnered up with 4moms on their Breeze blog tour this month to give one away to one of my lucky readers. Not only that but 4moms is giving away one daily on their Facebook Page so make sure you follow them there for even more chances to win and own the very best playard. If you haven't already GO check out their website to see the Breeze in action. It really is THAT EASY! Now on for the fun stuff... enter below! Good Luck!
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