April 24, 2016

Five Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day

Mother's day is coming up and you might or might not already have that weekend planned out. If you don't have plans or you want to try something different this year, let me help ya out a little with some ideas. Here are five different ways you can celebrate Mother's Day this year:

All you outdoor lovers, this is for you. We all know parks get super packed on holidays so why not set up the backyard for a day of fun? For food you can either pack sandwiches and snacks or order pizza and eat it outside. The best part is the clean up is easier because you don't have to wash any dishes if you use disposables! Set up a tent and read together, sing, play board games, look through old baby pictures, or simply talk! You can plan fun outdoor games, maybe have a nerf gun war, or plan a scavenger hunt. You can also plant some flowers together, start that garden you've been wanting to do, and maybe even have a water balloon fight afterwards. There really is no limit to what you can do outdoors. 

Again restaurants are FULL this time of year so you can eat a fancy dinner at home without cooking. How? You can get a dinner catered and delivered to your home. Have everyone dress up, set a beautiful table, and then dance with each of your kiddos. 

This one could either be fun or torture depending on if your kids cooperate or not. You can schedule a photoshoot on Mother's Day. Again you can get everyone dressed up and have a family session. Photoshoots with the family can be exhausting, trying to get everyone to smile, but they are very worth it when you see those beautiful photos of your family. 

Maybe you work all week long and all you want is a day at home to relax and do nothing. Have a lazy day. Let the husband and kids pamper you by cooking all the meals and cleaning up afterwards. You can set up the living room to eat and watch a movie together. Take a nap! I know all mamas want that. Have your husband take the kids outside to play while you nap. 

Just the other day we were in Austin and we had so much fun going through the city sightseeing and taking pictures in Austin landmarks. Plan a day to visit a nearby town or city and play tourist all day! 

I am still not sure what we will end up doing for Mother's Day but I'm sure it will be a little bit of #1 and #4 since I will still be recovering from surgery. One thing is for sure, I love having my kids all dressed up and matching. Gymboree has got the cutest clothes! I am able to have my big boy match with my little man. They get so many compliments walking around matching. So no matter what you decide to do, check out Gymboree for your kiddos! Also make sure to follow me on instagram as I will be giving away a $50 Giftcard to Gymboree
This is a sponsored post in partnership with Gymboree. All ideas and opinions are my own.

April 18, 2016

Life Lately

Things have been quiet around the blog for months now. Home projects have come to a halt for a number of reasons but the main one being I'm about to get my umbilical hernia repaired and so projects are not on our priority list right now. I will be in recovery between 4-6wks and I want to write a post on my experience because I did research and found very few posts on people's experiences so I want to share mine. I am not sure I will share photos but I will be coming back to a post and documenting my experience and hitting that publish button once it's complete. 

Once I recover I've got a few projects in mind but mostly just finishing up our kitchen remodel. We are about 90% finished. We just need our island vent hood installed. It is too long and so we have to find a way to install it so we are looking for someone who can help us with that. Other than that we just need a few paint touch ups and we are DONE! Can't wait to show you what it looks like now.

I also want to get a regular blog schedule going as I used to. I at least want to post once or twice a week. I do miss blogging but ever since we moved it's just been hard getting back to it! There's just always something to do around here! 


April 7, 2016

Our Dining Room - Currently

Here is a room in our home that I haven't shared completely. It isn't 100% finished but it's come a long way from where we started. Here's what our dining room currently looks like...

and to refresh your memory here is a photo I shared the day we purchased our fixer upper...
and the glorious listing photo...
Our dining room has come a long way but it's still not where I want it to be. For starters I am not in love with the lighting. It's not ugly but I feel it is too small for this space. I chose it at Ikea kind of as a meanwhile fixture. I would love something like THIS from West Elm.
I'd also love a rug and some colorful curtains to take away from all of the brown in this room. I also plan to do a small gallery wall on the wall where I've got two frames right now. 
Our mid century dining set was a craigslist find. I had been searching for one like this for weeks and then this beauty and the perfect price appeared and my husband brought it home after work. The previous owner re-covered the chairs. Love our dining set! 
The centerpiece is one my husband built for our Thanksgiving table and I added some candles and Ikea pots and it is now our dining room centerpiece. Even though this room is not yet where I want it to be, I am thankful and proud of where it is now. We have done a lot in just the first year we've lived here. I plan to share more photos soon as our home evolves because it's an ever changing process.