From nursery to “big girl room”

Our youngest daughter turned two in November. While I was in no hurry to take down the crib and transform her nursery to a toddler room, we couldn’t deny that the baby room just didn’t work for her anymore. Plus, she was climbing in and out of the crib and I was worried she’d get hurt.

Her nursery was plenty cute and most of the furnishings would still work. Let’s take a look at what her nursery used to look like:

The furniture was mostly still useful. My dad built both girls matching headboards before he died, so we definitely wanted to use those. We also changed up her artwork a bit, hung some new shelves, and got two new pieces of furniture. I chalk painted a nightstand from Christmas Tree Shops and changed the hardware, and painted a shelf from my childhood bedroom.

Here’s a look at Aubrey’s new digs:

The monogram is papier mache from Hobby Lobby.

Here’s the redone nightstand. The drawer pulls are from Hobby Lobby. The rug, frame and lamp are from her nursery.

The baskets are left over from her nursery and the shelves were on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics.

These are IKEA Bekvam spice racks. I painted them white.

I repainted her small frames and purchased a new piece of art from Hobby Lobby to tie the room together.

We are just waiting on some baskets I ordered for her shelves. They’re on back order and we will use them to store toys.

A sweet room for a sweet and sassy little lady. What room refreshers have you done lately?

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From nursery to toddler room: transitioning my baby to a big girl room

My youngest daughter will be turning 2 in just a few months. While she is still small, she is getting older and growing everyday, and her needs are changing as well. My goal for her toddler room is to simply upgrade her nursery a tiny bit to make it reflect her changing needs, but without making a lot of changes or spending a lot.

Here is what her room currently looks like:



My dad built matching headboards for both my girls before he got sick. This is one of them:


I am hoping to keep the shabby chic feel of the room but make it a little less “baby.”

I love this bedding at Target:

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I’d leave the same rug and curtain, but I think instead of the chair and end table, I might create a teepee. What little girl wouldn’t love a teepee?

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I also think I’d like to get a small bookcase and paint the back of it light pink. I might use the shelf as a nightstand and use a few baskets to hold her small toys and books.

 

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I also want to do a more updated gallery wall than what she currently has. I love this one!!

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          I am slowly but surely working on her room. I cannot wait to show you the results!

 

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Make Something Monday: Closet Bins From Diaper Boxes

You may recall that my oldest daughter’s closet contains bins that I DIY’ed from diaper boxes. 

My youngest daughter is quickly nearing age two, but when she was born, her closet looked like this:

She’s getting older now and her needs are changing. I wanted her closet to accommodate that, so I made her some closet bins of her own. 

First, I spent a few weeks collecting diaper boxes. Then, I cut the flaps off the top.

Then, lay out your fabric, place the box on top and cut it to size. 

After you cut your fabric, spray your box with spray adhesive, and glue the fabric onto the box. It’s just like wrapping a present.

Then, use a colorful ribbon to hide the ugly edges. You can also use a pillowcase to line your bin.

I have not yet lined the boxes nor added my labels. My baby girl’s closet currently looks like this:

There are toy bins and a donate hamper (for outgrown clothes) to the right of the vertical shelf. A Rubbermaid tote stows her out of season clothes and her suitcase is to the left of the shelf.

Various other clothing items are stored high and out of reach on the top shelf. 

Our girl’s new closet reflects her changing needs as she grows. Have a wonderful week. 

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Baby hacks made with things you already have!


There are so many things you need to raise babies and small children. Each of those things come with a container and some of them are useful for creating other things.

Diaper boxes can be covered with fabric or rope to make bins or baskets for closet storage.


Baby wipes containers and boxes make great drawer dividers.


But then there are everyday household objects you can use to make your home safer for baby.


Don’t want to install cabinet locks? Just use a hair tie on your double door cabinets.
Keep those bath toys from growing mold by hanging them up with a mesh laundry bag and some suction hooks.

What baby hacks have you tried and enjoyed?

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Re-purpose Round-up: New uses for old Gerber Puffs containers


I’ve repurposed a ton of baby food jars and plastic baby food containers in my time. What I haven’t repurposed a lot of are Gerber puffs containers.
I have found a few ideas on Pinterest for repurposing Gerber puffs containers.


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How cute would this duct tape vase be in a playroom??


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I really like these snowmen, and they’d be super easy to make.


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How about a super cute bowling set?


Or some sensory toys for baby?


Or some organizers?

The possibilities are endless!! Check back next week to see what we’ve done with our puffs containers.

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21-day challenge: purse and diaper bag 

It hasn’t been that long since my purse got a good organizing.



I gave it a quick refresher course and dumped everything out of it.


I put the loose items back into their respective pouches and threw away the trash. Way better.

Our diaper bag needed way more TLC.


I took everything out of the bag and made two piles: things we still need and use and things we don’t. Then, I grouped them into like piles.


I used ziplock bags because people other than us occasionally watch our child and need to be able to find things in our diaper bag. The clear bags help with that.


Now our diaper bag is less of a jumbled mess and more functional and organized.

Here’s what’s coming up next on the 21-day organizing challenge:

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Happy birthday, Aubrey!

One year ago today we were blessed to finally meet this tiny little girl.

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She was four weeks early, but took all day to come into the world. Aubrey Reed Boone was born about 25 hours after we were admitted to the hospital. She did things her way on her time, and she’s been marching to the beat of her own drum ever since.

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Aubrey is so full of personality and sweetness.

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We are beyond blessed to have this sweet baby girl in our lives. Happy first birthday, sweet Aubrey. I can’t wait to see who you will become.

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Approaching Toddler Town: My Favorite Products for My Almost Toddler 

My baby is almost not a baby anymore.  Boy, did it hurt to write that.  At ten months (almost eleven months)  she is a tiny,  giggly bundle of personality,  energy and sass.

As we are getting closer to having a one year old,  here are some things we could not live without for our tiny girl.

1.5 ounce Nuk Learner Cup 

Little Miss is picky about her sippy cups.  We have just started offering her a cup and we went through about six different kinds before we found one she’d take. These have a soft spout like a bottle,  are easy to clean and they are cute. 

2. Surprise by Stride Rite

Earlier this year,  Target began selling a line of shoes created by Stride Ride.  They are moderately priced,  which I think is important,  since they seem to outgrow shoes so quickly.  The shoes are well made and cute, and sturdy enough for when she decides to walk independently. 

3. Oxo Roll up Bib

This thing is awesome!!  It protects baby’s clothes by catching spills and dribbles,  and it wipes clean.  If you buy nothing else on this list,  buy this Bib.

4. Britax Marathon convertible seat 

My oldest daughter used this car seat from eighteen months until she turned five.  It’s not the cheapest seat on the market but it’s well worth the money. We’re buying another for Aubrey. 

I hope this list is helpful.  As always,  please feel free to comment and add anything I may have left out. 

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Surviving a weekend with sick children: products you need to make it happen 

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It all started on Thursday when my baby developed a really high fever. I saw that 103.8 and immediately called the on-call pediatrician, who worked her in the schedule for the following morning. We promptly canceled our travel plans and made plans to stay right here.It turned out to be just a yucky virus, which she was over by Saturday….which is when my oldest daughter came down with the range virus. Ugh.

That being said, there are several products this mama can’t do without when our kiddos are sick. Most of these are probably things you already use, but I thought I’d share them in case someone out there might be new to motherhood and wondering where to begin.

1. Summer Infant 3-in-one Thermometer

This thing is so awesome. We got this as a shower gift when our five year old was born. It has an attachment for a rectal thermometer, an oral thermometer and an underarm thermometer. The display glows red when your child has a fever and it also has a memory where you can store temperature readings.

2. Children’s ibuprofen and acetaminophen dosage charts

I also received one of these once as a shower gift and it’s been one of my most used gifts by far. You can find tons of these charts online, but your local pharmacy has them as well. Our local Walgreens has them. When looking at the doses, make sure you go by your child’s weight rather than age. For example, my oldest is tiny for her age,  so the dosage for a five year old is too much for her. As always, consult with your pediatrician to verify correct dosage.

3. Johnsons Vapor Bath 

 

You can’t use Baby Rub or Vick’s on your baby, but you can use this awesome vapor bath to help clear those stuffy noses

4. Boogie Wipes

And speaking of stuffy noses, Boogie Wipes are the best thing ever. I even use these on my five year old and myself. They smell good and they don’t shred the skin on your nose like tissues.

5. Boo boo Bunnies

If your kids are like mine, good luck getting them to keep that cold washcloth or cold pack on their foreheads. This cute and fairly easy DIY bunny cold pack usually helps. My kiddo is more likely to hold this on her forehead than a regular cold pack or cool rag.
6. Fever reducing medications

And of course, don’t forget your fever reducers.

I hope these suggestions help. If you have any ideas that would be great additions to this list, feel free to comment below. Thank you so much!!

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Week in review Wednesday 

Hi everyone! Boy have we been busy around here. Summer is coming to a close and we are preparing to go back to school. This week, we bought school supplies.

Our week started off poorly with both girls not feeling well.

But both girls began to feel better fairly quickly.

Then we went to West Virginia for the weekend to see my grandparents.

The weather is so much nicer up there than around here. We actually got to spend some time outside.

Then we went to visit my aunt and uncle and took a really nice walk with some beautiful views.


We had so much fun! Hope you are having a great week!

Check back tomorrow for some back porch updates.

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