April 30, 2014

Bathroom Remodel Update

I shared our lighting, tile and paint choices for our bathroom remodel last week. My husband gutted the bathroom all by himself a couple weeks ago and this is what our bathroom currently looks like. My husband is an electrician so he is installing all of our new lighting. He wired everything and got it all ready for our new pendant lighting...
He is also installing recessed lighting for our shower. We will have two new recessed lights and a shower in between...
As I mentioned in my previous post, we won't be installing a tub but instead make our shower bigger which means there will be a gap at the end. That little gap will become a small vanity for me. A place where I can do my make up and such. This is that little corner...
The remodeling process is LONG but I am sure it will all be worth it once it's all done. Our next step is building a half wall for the shower then plumbing, tile, glass, paint and so on. There's so much to be done! I am hoping we have our new bathroom ready by the end of the month of the beginning of June.

April 28, 2014

Trendy Tots #3 - Loved by Hanna & Eli

Yay it's finally the last Tuesday of the month! So excited to be featuring Loved by Hannah and Eli today. This baby bear onesie is perfect for Levi, he's my baby bear. I love everything about this onesie. It's so soft and it's black, I mean you can never go wrong with black! As soon as it arrived I knew it would be perfect with his little jean suspender shorts. The weather here in TX has been crazy as usual. We had been having such nice weather, sunny and in the high 70's - low 80's and then all of a sudden we got this cold front and rain. Cloudy days make for good photos though so we took advantage of a cloudy day and went out to our front yard to shoot Levi in his cute new onesie. 
Onesie: Loved by Hannah and Eli  |  Cardigan: H&M  |  Suspender Shorts: H&M  |  Moccs: Freshly Picked

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April 24, 2014

Bathroom Inspiration + Choices

As I shared with you all last week we are remodeling our bathroom. It's exciting but it also makes me so impatient because of course a bathroom remodel won't be done in a day, not even a week for that matter. Just last week we my husband began to tear down the shower and bathtub. I will post pictures of what it looks like soon but today I'd like to share some of the plans we have for this bathroom. We found this photo on the Home Depot website while browsing through tile....
...and we fell in love! Well I did, my husband wouldn't use those words but he really liked it.
 So here is what we decided on....



We plan on leaving the rest of our tile bathroom flooring in tact since we don't want to spend more money tearing it up and replacing it. Plus it's not ugly and it should tie in nicely with the rest of the bathroom.

For the wall color we are going with Silver Drop by BEHR which is what we have on Sarah + Levi's room. I love it! It's the perfect shade of gray. 

We plan on painting our cabinets white and framing our mirrors with reclaimed wood we have. As far as lighting I found this on Pinterest and loved it! Showed it to the hubby and he loved it too so for our vanity we are going with pendant lights like these here...
We already removed our old tub and instead of replacing it we plan on making our shower bigger and adding a bench seat to it. There will be some space left next to it which I plan on using as a vanity. A place to do my make up and get ready. 

I seriously can't wait! I am so ready to see it all done and share the pictures with you all. Our next step is plumbing and electrical. Thankfully my husband is an electrician and will do all of the re-wiring and installing our next lighting. We also have a friend who is a plumber who will be helping us as well. I will posts photos of the bathroom gutted soon!

April 22, 2014


I just realized I never shared these on my blog. Little miss Sarah turned FIVE on the 13th and I asked my sister to take a couple photos of her in a nearby bluebonnet field. These were my faves! Since little miss Sarah turned five I'm gonna share five things that I love about her...

ONE She loves to sing.
Sarah and I sing along to the radio and just recently we sang a special together at church. I posted a picture and a little snippet of us singing on instagram. I love it when I'm playing drums at church and I turn to look at her and she's singing and clapping and praising God!

TWO She calls me her best friend.
I love it! Sure she gets mad at me and says I'm no longer her best friend on occasion but I just love the fact that she calls me her best friend. She's my little best friend too. 

THREE She's a little mommy.
She not only looks like me she tries to act like me too. She's a good big sister to Levi. She loves taking care of him and feeding him like if she's his mommy. 

FOUR She isn't afraid.
She's not afraid to try new things. Take swimming lessons for instance she was more than willing to try and not once did she complain or cry. Her brother on the other hand took a couple weeks to convince and get in the water but not Sarah. She's my little daredevil... most of the time.

FIVE She loves her big brother
There's nothing cuter that watching your kids play together. Sarah looks up to Josh and loves to play with him. Sure they have their moments where they end up fighting and there's crying involved but they mostly get along very well. I love hearing the conversations they have and I love hearing them laugh together. It's the best!


April 18, 2014

Sarah's New Necklace + a Giveaway

Frozen. Little girls + their moms all over are obsessed with this movie. I recently shared on instagram how I hadn't watched the movie yet. The week it came out I went over to a friend's house to craft. My husband was off that entire month of December and he decided to take the kids to see the movie without me. Yep, I'm still not over it till this day, I FINALLY watched it a couple weeks ago and LOVED it! The songs are so catchy! I've been singing them over and over.
We were thrilled when The Glitter Revival offered to send Sarah one of their gorgeous chunky gumball necklaces. Sarah of course picked the Frozen Anna & Elsa Inspired Necklace and then kept asking everyday if her necklace was here. Her necklace arrived earlier this week and she loves it so much she's been wearing it everyday since...
The necklace is even prettier in person! Seriously! The beads are gorgeous! Although the necklace is a bit heavy (expected with large beads) I haven't heard Sarah complain one bit. She wears it all day! 
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April 17, 2014

Our Morning Routine

This post is part of a compensated campaign in collaboration with Evenflo and Latina Bloggers Connect however all opinions are my own.
Once upon a time Joshua used to ride the bus. He started school when he was three years old and a little bus would come each morning to pick him up. He liked it and it was great because I didn't have to go anywhere. I didn't have to wake baby Sarah up. 

Well Josh started Kinder last year and we found out that the bus stop was now a block away and would no longer pick him up in front of our home. He also had to wake up even earlier and we would have to walk a block just for him to ride the bus. NO THANK YOU! That's when I decided I would drop him off and pick him up from school everyday. It was easy at first when it was just Josh and Sarah but then things got a little harder when Levi was born. I would have to wake up two kids and a newborn and put them all in car seats to drop off Josh at school. Josh is in first grade now and although it's still a bit of work getting all three kiddos up and ready I've come to get used to it. 
Our morning routine:
- Wake Josh up (he changes himself, washes his face + brushes his teeth)
- Prepare + pack his lunch
- Make him breakfast
- Get Sarah up + ready
- Get Levi up + put him in his seat
- We pray together in the car
- We sing along to the radio
- We drop Joshua off
- We come back home and I make breakfast for Sarah, Levi + I
Levi seems to enjoy his new car seat so much he sleeps the whole way there and back. Comfy, cozy! One of my favorite things about Levi's new car seat which I mentioned in my previous post are the buckle pockets. These things are AWESOME! I unbuckle Levi and place the buckles in the pockets which help SO MUCH when it's time to go pick big brother up from school. No digging for buckles here! 
What is your morning routine like?

April 15, 2014

The Next BIG Project

Guess what? We're about to start another big project! Our Master Bathroom is getting a makeover. We have been wanting to re-do this bathroom for a while now but we didn't have the budget to do it. A couple years ago we noticed something was wrong with the wall behind the shower. There was dirt/wood pieces coming out from the bottom when we showered. My husband caulked it all and we forgot about it. We started taking the baseboards off of this bathroom a couple weeks ago to put new ones when we found this...
GROSS! Just keepin' it real. There's mold and rotting going on behind that wall thanks to a leak that's been on going for quite some time. Thankfully our insurance is covering it. So there's gonna be some fixing and changes to this bathroom. I am not sure how long it will take but I will be posting updates on the blog as we go. My husband is tearing up the shower this afternoon so I will make sure to take pictures of that as well. I'm excited! I've been pinning bathrooms like crazy on Pinterest. We have a few ideas of what we would like and I will share them on here soon but for now you can look at what our bathroom currently looks like which will soon be our before pictures!
 I'm so excited! More posts to come soon!

April 10, 2014

Levi's New Big Boy Car Seat - Evenflo Symphony DLX

I received the Evenflo Symphony DLX Convertible Car Seat for review purposes but all opinions are my own. This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with Evenflo and Latina Bloggers Connect.

Mr. Levi's got a new big boy car seat. A spiffy one I might add. The infant car seat he was in before was just a tad bit small for him and we were thinking about buying him a new one when we received this one to review. Talk about perfect timing! My first impression when I opened the box and saw the seat was "VERY NICE!" it looks so comfy and the fabric looks very high end. 

Evenflo is taking safety and comfort to the next level with the launch of Platinum Protection Series car seats which feature NASA-developed Outlast™ Performance Fabrics. Fancy! Evenflo believes a peaceful ride is a safe ride. Their new Innovative features are based on consumer insight – meeting the real safety, comfort and convenience needs of it's customers.

Evenflo's New Platinum Protection Series include:
-Evenflo Symphony LX All-in-one Car Seat
-Evenflo SecureKid™ DLX Harness Booster seat
-Evenflo Triumph™ LX Convertible Car Seat
Levi has been riding in his new seat for a week now and he's been so comfy in it. Let's break it down shall we? Let's go over the PROS + CONS of this car seat so that it helps those of you who are in the market for this type of car seat. 

PROS (my favorite features)

The fabric not only looks nice + modern it has a purpose! The Temperature regulating fabric in the padding of the seats are designed to keep babies and toddlers comfortable during hot or cold weather. That is perfect for us Texas folks! There's nothing worse than getting into your car and sitting on a hot seat. This fabric balances a child’s body temperature by actively absorbing and storing hot and cold temperatures and releasing as needed. It also reduces perspiration so the child stays drier and more comfortable, and mom can focus her attention on the road instead of an upset baby. 

These seats also feature innovative Buckle Pockets as another safety and convenience benefit. The buckle pockets allows moms to tuck the buckle tongues away which protects kids from hot buckle burns and also makes it easier and safer to get a child in and out of the seats. Another awesome feature for those of us Texans. Nobody wants burns from hot belt buckles! Especially not your littles. 

Advanced LATCH technology makes it easy for a secure installation:  Just Click, Click, Push for super-fast, super-snug installation in less than 60 seconds (Symphony DLX and SecureKid DLX). 


This is a rather large seat. I wouldn't have a problem with this except we have three kiddos so we have three car seats side by side. They all fit together in the back seat but a bit snug. The car seat is quite bulky and makes it hard when installing next to other car seats only because of it's size. It's not a problem for those who don't have multiple car seats. That is my ONLY complaint.
Overall we are VERY happy with our new seat! Levi falls asleep in it (as you can see) and seems so comfy. The Evenflo Symphony DLX Convertible Car Seat is Available online at Babies “R” Us beginning in March; and at stores nationwide starting in April. I will be sharing another post with more info on this car seat and maybe a video (if Levi is in the mood) for those of you who would like more info about this specific car seat. So make sure to check that out! 

April 9, 2014

Mother's Day Gifts - PlanetJill

Mother's Day is just around the corner! If you are a planner like me then you are already thinking about what to get your mom. I've got the perfect gifts for the moms in your life! Whether it's your own mom, your sister or your bff these beautiful photo necklaces and bracelets are sure to be winners. 

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April 4, 2014

Freebie Friday - Good In Everyday

Happy Friday! It's time for another Freebie Friday. This month I'm sharing a positive message printable. We have all had those days where it seems everything is going wrong. I know I have! I found this quote when I was having one of those days and I'm so glad I did because it reminded me to stay positive, to be thankful for everything because even in those bad days I can find something good. 

I haven't printed this one because I ran out of colored ink but as soon as I can I will be printing it along with other positive messages that I plan to hang on my wall. You can download this 5x7 print by clicking on it and saving it to your desktop. 
Have a wonderful weekend friends!