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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Happy second birthday, Aubrey!

Today, this beautiful, wild but exuberant little cherub turns two.


Two years and nine months ago, we were excited and nervous to learn we were expecting again after a heartbreaking loss. I knew she was a girl before the ultrasound revealed her gender. 


Her playful spirit and her contagious laughter keep us entertained. 


She’s stubborn but sweet, cute but wild and she never stops talking. She loves baby dolls, Veggie Tales, animals and dancing.


She also loves her sister, even though she has a funny way of showing it sometimes. 


Happy birthday, sweet girl. 


We are so thankful God chose us to be your family. 

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Dance recital/gymnastics meet survival kit

This past weekend, our little gymnast had a recital at her dance and gymnastics academy.


She did a magnificent job and we couldn’t be more proud.

Today, I thought I’d share our backstage survival kit we created for her recital.


In Emorie’s bag, we included the following:

Clothing:

Your dancer/gymnast’s recital attire

Hair accessories or head pieces

A jacket or warm ups in case it’s cold

Hair:

Detangling spray

Hairspray

A hairbrush or comb

Hair ties

Bobby pins

Make up and skin care:

Optional: lotion

Lipstick and eye makeup. Stage lights can drown out your child’s facial features. We just used mascara, lipstick and neutral eye shadow.

Miscellaneous: (and not pictured)

Snacks

A water bottle

A small first aid kit

Safety pins

And lastly, don’t forget it’s customary to give flowers to your tiny performer.


I hope you have a wonderful Thursday.

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21-day challenge: a simplified pantry



Christmas is hard on our house. Add traveling  and a four day hospital stay to the mix, and things really get crazy…and not in a good way. 

I started by putting away some of the coats that were in here. While there are still a few too many, at least we have room. 


Then, I straightened up the cans. What I found was before, when we had all of the cans just jumbled up, I bought lots of duplicates because I didn’t know what we had.



I also emptied all the baskets and made sure things were in the proper places.


Speaking of baskets, I also downloaded these handy dandy printable labels from Wordlabel. Then, I printed them, laminated them, and I labeled away. 

I addressed the missing label problem and I made my space more beautiful. Win, win.


I also pared down our pastas and baked goods to things we regularly use. It felt wonderful and it made more room.

Let’s look at the before and after again:


Not too shabby, huh?

Here’s a look at what’s coming up next: 


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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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Hair accessory organization 

I am the mother of two beautiful little girls, and I’m convinced hair bows are taking over my house. They’re everywhere! Even Aubrey has a ton of the things and she doesn’t have much hair. 

Emorie has an Ikea Hemnes dresser. It has two little drawers at the top.

The top drawer on the left used to house her swimsuits and the one on the right housed her headbands.

Neither was a good solution. The swimsuits were always bunching up and hiding one another, and the headbands were always sliding around or getting squashed.

I relocated the swimsuits to one of the fabric bins in her closet and weeded out the hairbows that were looking worse for wear. I hung the ones she still wears on a long ribbon behind her door.

Then I sectioned off the drawers with some trusty basket drawer organizers from Wally World. These are super cheap and they are so useful.

Her headbands and hairbows are sorted and stored by color. There was also room in the drawers for her sunglasses and costume jewelry as well.

I used two divider baskets to store hair ties and clips in her vanity table drawer.

All the materials used to organize these accessories sets were already in our home. This organizational project didn’t cost me a dime.

I’m really happy with how this turned out. I hope it’s going to Save us a lot of time searching for headbands.

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A birthday, a milestone, and a meltdown

Today, my sweet firstborn turns five. FIVE. No longer a toddler or preschooler. Indeed, she’ll be going to school in two months. She is so excited and I am so sad. *tear*

Five years ago, this little miracle came into the world three weeks early.

She was tough and spirited from the beginning, but sweet and loving, too. Those character traits have remained with her.

Looking at all these sweet pictures, I can’t imagine how five years might have passed so quickly.

*sniffle*

*boo hoo*

*cry*

*snort*

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Happy birthday, Sunshine. Mama and Daddy are so proud of you and we can’t wait to see what God has planned for your life. We love you to the moon and back!

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Week in Review Wednesday

What an extremely busy weekend and week!

This weekend, we went swimming at my husband’s grandmother’s house. Aubrey went swimming for the first time and loved it! Emorie, as usual, didn’t want to get out.

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On Sunday, we went to the church where I grew up and haven’t been in probably 10 years. We went there to watch my cousin participate in the graduate recognition service. I was a little nervous about both my littles being out in “big church,” but both did great.

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On Monday, my precious girl had swim class, and she is doing so well. See this video of her jumping in:

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My sweet Aubrey has started to crawl a little and she has really been practicing her new skill. I have a feeling this kid is going to be everywhere shortly. Time to buy some baby gates!

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On Tuesday, my eighth graders had their transition ceremony and school let out for students. My cousin also graduated high school Tuesday night.

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What a blessed, wonderful week it’s been. School will be out for teachers on Thursday. We have so many exciting things planned and I cannot wait!

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Newly-improved school supply storage

We have been searching for a more efficient way to store my oldest girl’s homework and school supplies. She will begin kindergarten this fall, but we work with her a lot during the evenings and we “homeschool” in the summer. Because we need two incomes, we cannot afford to homeschool during the school year, but we certainly can in the summer.

We had been storing her homeschool supplies in an Olaf tote bag:

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I think you can probably see why it wasn’t working.

I loved the look of these homework stations, but I needed something that would be out of reach of her little sister.

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I had seen a few homework caddies, so I decided to repurpose a plastic caddy I already had. It wasn’t working well for holding my cleaning supplies. I liked that it is plastic and will wipe off easily.

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I selected a few items we need most often and popped them into the caddy.

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All other school stuff was placed into a fabric bin and sat on her playroom shelf. We can just go to the bin and get what we need.

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This is working so much better! We can find everything we need and we can put the caddy on top of the shelf, out of sister’s reach. We can also pick it up and carry it where ever we happen to be working.

How do you store your homework/school supplies?

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Week in pictures

We had a wonderful weekend at the Boone house. Here are some sweet moments we managed to capture this weekend:

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“Hi, I’m Aubrey. I don’t like tummy time, but I like Mommy and Daddy’s bed.”

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I probably have hundreds of pictures of them cuddling and sleeping beside one another. It’s just too cute not to photograph.

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Our pasture and some beautiful sunny weather.

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I plan on dressing them alike until they tell me to stop. I don’t do it all the time.

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Her shirt says “I am a child of God” and is from Blogthreads.com, run by Layla Palmer of The Lettered Cottage. Proceeds benefit adoption from Three Angels Orphanage in Haiti.

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Emorie was playing with Aubrey and she put her headband on her head.

Have a great week! We’ll post more sweet shots next week.

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