December 2, 2015

Our New DIY Mailbox

We kind of took a little break from fixing up our home for a variety of reasons. We have SO MANY projects still left to do but no time and let's be honest no money left to do them. We are STILL currently waiting for our kitchen remodel to begin. We are waiting on my husband's cousins to start building our kitchen but they've been busy busy recently and so all we can do is wait. 

Well a couple weeks ago we decided to tackle on a project to get our DIY juices flowing and to distract us from the kitchen remodel or lack of. By WE I mean my husband cause he's the builder around here and I'm just the decorator. He builds, I make stuff pretty looking. We make a good team I think. 

The mailbox was one of those things on our list and one of the least expensive ones so a new mailbox was built. Here is what our mailbox looked before...
We went on pinterest and found these two as our inspiration. The left one is from this etsy shop and the right one I couldn't find a source for. We loved this style because it matches our house number sign that my husband recently made. 
I'm not writing a tutorial from this DIY because we don't have any actual plans. My husband just looked at these inspiration photos and built it on his own. I am however sharing progress photos for those of you who want to give it a shot. I hope they will help somehow. My husband worked on this thing almost every afternoon after work. It took about two weeks because it was raining and it gets dark our early now so we raced against the sun set. 
and here is what it looked like for a few days before staining and installing the house numbers...
We stained it the same color as our house numbers sign and used the same modern numbers. I love how it came out and it matches perfectly with our house numbers. 

December 1, 2015

Our Annual Thanksgiving Photos

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Little Skye Boutique, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #embracechildhood
Every year for Thanksgiving we get together as a family and take family pictures before eating our Thanksgiving dinner. This is our third time having them professionally done since my sister is a photographer. We used to just take iphone pics but then a couple of years ago my sister decided to go all out and shoot our family pictures with a tripod. I love looking back at our photos! This is a tradition I would love to keep going.

I am the oldest of my sisters and the only one with kids. Hopefully that will change in the next couple of years! ;) My youngest sister (Wendy) is married and lives in Houston so it is nice to have her and her husband over during this time of year. My sister Kendy is the middle child and an awesome photographer! She takes all of our family photos like the most recent fall photos I shared on instagram of my three kiddos.
It's usually just our side of the family that gets together for Thanksgiving but this year we had my in-laws visiting and join us for Thanksgiving. It was perfect because my kids got to spend time with both my parents and my husband's as well. 
I am such a planner that I plan our outfits weeks before Thansgiving! I always start with my kids outfits because kids clothes are the cutest! This year Sarah got to wear a beautiful Paper Wings Clothing top from Little Skye Kids’ Boutique Clothing and she absolutely loved it! She got compliments from everyone on her super cute top. It made for the perfect Thanksgiving outfit and she was comfortable in it all afternoon. You can see the beautiful detail in her top in this photo with her Tia Wendy. She loves my little sister! :)
Little Skye Kids’ Boutique Clothing is a Kids’ boutique that sells beautiful clothing for kids of all ages. If you've got a family photo shoot coming up and have no idea what to choose for your kiddos, make sure to check them out! All Paper Wings for Little Skye and Blu Pony Vintage for Little Skye purchases through 12/15/2015 receive Free Shipping & a $25 gift card valid on future purchases for every $100 spent when you use code BLGLS2015. Now that's a good deal!

Are you having a family photoshoot this Holiday season? 
Do you plan your outfits ahead of time like me or are you a last minute person?