Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Master Bedroom Update

 Our little master bedroom redo isn't quite finished, but so many of you have been asking for links to all the new things we've changed in our room!
The DIY tutorial for the board and batten wall.
I love our Bedding. Even though it is white it has worn and lasted so well. 
Im obsessed with our new bed! It was a pretty good price and I love the lines of it! (Warning- it says you don't need a boxspring, but you do.) 
 The large white Euro pillows I found here
The mauve embroidered pillowcases and inserts here.
(I almost went with an all-white look instead with these white pom pom pillows)
And the white lumbar pillow here.  
 Hands down the hardest thing to find for this room was the nightstands
I did SO much searching and finally paid more than I wanted for these and I LOVE them!!
They're quality! They have a soft close feature and have built-in USB ports on the back!

 I LOVE the lamps I choose and they were such a steal!
This picture frame is named the "Elise Frame" so naturally I had to get it haha  
 I also love the frame I found for Scott's nightstand.  
 My favorite piece of this whole room might be the rug! It's AMAZING! So unique and SO soft!
It is from Orian Rugs and they have SO many gorgeous designs and colors. 

Well, that's it for now. Lots to do still but what we have so far I love!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Board and Batten Wall DIY

I've been wanting to add this board and batten feature wall to master bedroom ever since we moved in, but we've always had more important projects or babies to take care of.

Two weeks ago we had a free Saturday and decided to take it on! It's a relatively inexpensive project for how wonderful and high end it looks! It's also really quick if you have the right tools. 

Here's a Before of the wall

What you'll need!

2.5 inch wide MDF molding (the size of your wall will determine how many you need)
Sand Paper
Baby wipes
Paint roller
Painters Tape
Painting Tarp

Tools you'll need
Nail Gun and air compressor
(This is the one we have and it is fantastic! You'll win awesome wife points if you buy it for your hubby haha)
(this is the one my husband picked and we've been very happy with it)

How to measure the size of your squares
This is the hardest part and takes a bit of math. 
I wanted my squares to be around 20 inches in size. First, I measured the size of my wall height and width. I divided the width of the wall by 20inches and the closest whole number it came to was 8. I then took the width of the wall and divided it by 8 and that gave me something like 23 inches. I then divided the height of the wall by 23 inches and it equaled 3.7. This means that one of the squares (either top or bottom) would be shorter (and not perfect squares). I was fine with the bottom squares being slightly shorter than the rest because they'll be covered by the bed and nightstands. No one will really notice! So then I had my measurement for the square width- 23x23. But this measurement also includes the molding itself! So don't forget to minus the width of the molding (2.5 inches) to get the inside measurement between the boards! This is the number you will need the most! 

Begin by nailing the molding to the edges of the wall. We did not need to add molding to the bottom of the wall because our baseboards are already square edged. If you have rounded edge or decorative baseboards you will probably want to pull them off the wall and add the 2.5 inch MDF instead. 

Next measure, cut and nail the vertical molding pieces. 
It is important to make sure they are perfectly level before nailing them to the wall so that you will create perfect squares. The distance between the two molding pieces will be that number that we calculated before. 
Next measure, cut and nail the small horizontal pieces to create squares! Again, make sure each piece is level before nailing. To make our squares perfectly even we created a template piece of wood that we put between each square to make sure it was the exact distance apart. 

Nailing is done!

Next is the spackling! Spackle all of the holes made by the nails and let it dry. 
Once the spackling is dry sand it down so that the extra spackling is gone and the area is smooth. 

Next is Caulking! This is probably the most time-consuming part of the project. 
You want to do this before painting especially if you will be painting the wall a color other than white!
Load the caulk into the caulking gun, cut the tip and begin applying. You will want to apply the caulk everywhere the molding meets the wall and where the molding meets each other. This fills in all of the spaces and imperfections! It makes it look perfect!!

I would recommend watching this video before beginning!

Caulk dries pretty quickly so we apply a section, push the caulking into the cracks with our finger and then wipe the excess off the wall with a baby wipe. *we've tried a bunch of different techniques and this is what we've found to work best!

Once you're done caulking, you're ready to paint! 

And that's it!! We already had all of the tools and only had to buy the molding itself and the paint. It cost us total $105 for this project and we have a very large wall! Most likely this project would cost you even less! 

If you don't have the power tools, you can rent them at your local home depot! 

I LOVE the way it turned out! Now to redecorate!!


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Lila's Under the Sea Birthday Party

This past weekend we celebrated Lila's second birthday! She is obsessed with all things water (mainly whale, fish, turtles and dory) so we decided on an under the sea theme! She LOVED it and it was such a special day with family and friends! 
Almost all of the decorations are from Zurchers Party Store unless otherwise noted!
Lila loves when Crush the sea turtle says Coo Coo Ca Choo in Finding Nemo so that's where we got the idea for this wall. The 3D streamers for the backdrop come in a pack of 12 HERE and the Lila is 2 balloons you can buy HERE. I made the coo coo ca choo letters from poster board and then painted them pink and hung them with string! I made the hanging jellyfish from lanterns and streamers from Zurchers. I crunched the streamers a bit to make them look more jelly fish like :)
The hit of the party was this jaw-droppingly gorgeous cake from Sugar Rush Utah. Emerlie is incredibly talented! Not only was this the most gorgeous cake I'd ever seen, it also tasted SOOOOO good! 
Look at all those little gorgeous details on the cake!!!
Lila is OBSESSED with whales and so Emerlie added a whale tail on the top and Lila couldn't stop talking about it. 
I used streamers to make seaweed down the hallway and cut out these fish from pastel colored paper to create an underwater feel from the moment you walked into the party!
Balloon garlands are just so fun and such an affordable way to make your party look nice! I shared my tips on how to make a balloon garland on my instagram stories and saved it to my parties highlight! Make sure to buy balloon strip, a balloon hand pump and command hooks (this style and size are the best) to make the process painless!
 I also made some seashell crowns for Lila and her friends! I bought a little bag of shells at Zurchers and then some headbands from the dollar store. I just hot glued the shells onto the headbands and it worked great! 
I had fun getting creative with the food too! This is what I made and what I called it
Crabwitches - Croissant Sandwiches
Peanut Butter Jelly Fish- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches cut with a fish cookie cutter
Sea Foam- Fruit dip
Seaweed- Green Grapes on a skewer
Crab legs - baby carrots
sea cucumbers - cucumbers haha
kelp dip - Guac
Shark teeth- Tortilla chips

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

2 year old gift ideas

1. My First Trampoline- This is surprisingly affordable for the quality! We have one and both Scott and I can get in it with Lila (we don't jump, but it really is a minitrampoline)! This also works great for getting stuff done! Lila will jump in here all zipped up for a half hour or more and I can clean or cook or whatever! Such a great option! So great to get out all that 2-year-old energy! 

2. Magformers - This was the number one thing recommended to me! Magnetic blocks are great for imagination and fine motor skills! Everyone said not only do their two-year-olds love them but that they love them all the way up to age five. 

3. Little People Barn - Little people everything was recommended over and over again! This barn was recommended the most though! If your little one loves animals this is a great one! So great for imaginative play!

4. Play Kitchen - Again, this recommended over and over again! This specific play kitchen is a fantastic deal and great quality. Some play food and pots and pans are also a must to go with this gift!

5. Sorting Bears - Not only do little ones LOVE this toy, but it is SO great developmentally! You can practice colors, patterns, sorting, counting etc. in a fun way! Definitely got these for Lila and can't wait to play with them with her!

6. Wiggle Car- EVERYONE loves wiggle cars! I had no idea what they were until I saw I a million of them in my neighborhood! Kids can't seem to get enough of these! A 2-year-old can definitely get the hang of one of these quickly and will enjoy it for years to come! One of those gifts that will be used for years!

7. LeapFrog Scoop and Learn Ice Cream Cart - I've never heard or seen this toy before I asked for recommendations on my Instagram account, but this one was recommended over and over again! Every mama said their kids can't get enough of it!

8. Roll and Play Game- This is an awesome first game for kids! It's simple and easy but also fun! It's great to help kids learn rules and how to play a game!

9. Little People Castle- Again everyone loves the little people and if you've got a little girl the castle is where it's at!

10. Play Guitar- This is an amazing gift! Kids LOVE it and play with it for hours! My little brother had one and we played with it for years!

11. Play Cube- THIS IS MY NUMBER 1 TOY!!!! If you follow me on Instagram you know I've talked about this toy a million times. My mom got this for Lila when she was 6 months old and she has literally played with it every day since. It's so great for so many developmental ages. It is still Lila's favorite. 

12. Cozy Coupe Car-  This one is a no-brainer! Such a classic for so long! Kids love it for years!

13. Stick Horse-  This was a great idea recommended by quite a few moms! Great for imaginative play and active play too! Lila is obsessed with horses so this might be a must buy for us!

14. Vtech Desk - We don't have this one but lots of Lila's friends do and it's always a hit! Such a great toy for learning and development. It's also great that you can buy add-on packs to always keep it new!

15. Easel - This is such a great idea! This particular easel is the top rated. It has a whiteboard, is magnetic, has a paper roll, chalkboard and is height adjustable!

16. Doctors Kit - Perfect for imaginative play! Such a classic as well!

17. Trike - I totally thought Lila was to young for a trike but we had this one in the basement and I brought it upstairs for her to just push around but to my surprise so totally mastered it! This one is the perfect size for 2-year-olds. They can reach the pedals easily. Lila also loves the little hatch in the back to put stuff in to tow around. We also bought a kids basket and hooked it to the front. Such a great one!

18. Toddler Scooters- These were recommended over and over again! We don't have one but might have to try it out. 

19. Rody Horse- This was another toy I hadn't heard of but was recommended many times. Your kids love it and bounce on it all day long!

20. Basket Ball Hoop- Can never go wrong with this one! Hours of entertainment and fun! Great for practicing coordination too!

21. Little People House - Lila plays with this at her Mimi and Papa's house and LOVES it! 

22. Sit n spin - One I wouldn't have thought of but would definitely provide hours of entertainment!

23. Bath Toys - New bath toys are always a great gift idea! I found these nemo ones that Lila would go crazy over! 

24. Toddler Coaster- Lila's friend got one of these for his 2nd birthday and its so fun! A little mini roller coaster they can go on over and over. Quite safe too!

25. Cuttable Play Food - So many of you recommended this play food that you velcro together and then cut apart. All the mamas said their kids play with it for hours!

26. Peppa Castle - I don't know much about Pepa the pig but this was recommended so much I had to include it in the list!

27. Mega Blocks - Definitely in the top 5. Such a great gift for a 2 year old! 

28. Dress up Chest - Right at this age is when kids start loving to dress up so this is a great gift idea! Another cute option would be a rack of dress up clothes! 

29. Play Vacuum - I really need to buy this because so many of you recommend it over and over again! Plus it teaches kids cleaning is fun? Win Win!

30.  Doll Stroller - This provides HOURS of entertainment. I got one for Lila for Christmas and it was a hit! However, I bought a cheap $15 one and it broke pretty quickly. This one is known for its sturdiness! Reviews say that kids push each other around in it no problem and that's definitely what you want to look for when buying one!

31. Animal Figurines - This is one of the best gifts! They love making the sounds of the animals and using them for imaginative play! A basic toy every kid needs!

32. Shopping Cart - One of the most recommended toys! The kids love it for so many reasons!

33. Car Track- Kids LOVE putting the cars down the track over and over again! I love this option because it has two levels. Kids can stand up and run cars down or adjust it and sit to play with the cars. Just lots of fun options for a good price. 

34. Balance Bike- Again, I've never had one but so many of you recommended it, I had to put it on the list!

35. Bubble Mower - Endless hours of fun!

Other Ideas
  • Membership to a local Zoo or Kids Museum
  • Putting money is a savings account for them
  • Books (Always a must!)
  • Stuffed Animals 

Monday, July 23, 2018

In home Photos with my Girls!

I am finally sharing my amazing in-home newborn session with Cecilia Harvard Photography. I love these photos SO SO much!