Just another Birthday

I wanted to share a quick post about some fun Birthday celebrating we did for me yesterday. Yes it was another wonderful 25th (hehe) birthday. I wanted to try to make a super cute cake for myself… I did actually think about ordering one but decided I liked the challenge. I combined a couple different ideas from pinterest to make the cake itself. I was soooo proud of how well it turned out. I thought I would share what I found and made for anyone thinking of taking on a baking challenge themselves. Really it wasn’t to hard to make… just a bit challenging with all my “helpers”.20180118_184341I wanted to decorate it in a pink (my favorite color) and snowflakes (I love snow) theme for my birthday cake. I found this Cookies and Cream cake on Pinterest and used the cake part and Oreo butter cream part. I skipped the chocolate ganache. I actually doubled the amount of Oreos in the cake and halved the amount of buttercream icing they made. I didn’t want a ton of icing on the cake since I wanted to make a strawberry ganache drizzle. The cake was not had to make at all. I used this recipe I found on pinterest as well for the Strawberry Ganache. I added a little bit of hot pink food coloring to boost the pink color since everyone needs more pink in their life. 🙂 I also got a little excited and drizzled a bit much of the strawberry ganache but it still looked pretty and tasted fantastic! I finally added a rose because its pretty, my sugar snowflakes, some whip cream “snow”, and a couple extra strawberries. TAA DAA!20180118_18434420180118_18435520180118_190149

My birthday wish helpers. ❤

Last week we all got the flu… booooo… so we were also very happy to get outside and play in the snow too. I was so excited that Liam finally decided he likes playing in the snow… the best birthday present! All my snow babies! ❤ 20180112_09464020180112_09552320180115_12565620180115_125231

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my cake making… although it is not quite as fun as the cake eating. That was very yummy! Here’s how I finished out the evening…20180118_210935Happy Birthday Cheers to another blessed year!

Until next week…XOXO

Toy Storage Bench

Just a super quick post this week…

A few weeks ago I painted a couple storage bins for the boys’ playroom and decided when I got done that the middle two needed to be painted too. Here is the original post incase you did not see it and here is the post from when my hubby and I built the Toy Storage Bench a few years ago. Here are a few pics of the final project. Looks pretty cute for the wild men adventure playroom (still a bit of a work in progress). IMG_9428IMG_9430IMG_9434One of my personal resolutions is to make more time for my own art projects because I really enjoy them. I want to finally get working on a few paintings again as well as refocusing my blog into more of an art based life-style blog which is what it has evolved into. I just really enjoy sharing photography and craft projects but have much less time for my own artwork now a days. I just hope to inspire a few other mom’s out there while creating a fun way to look back at family memories.

I cannot wait to see what 2018 will bring. Thank you for all your comments and words of encouragement as well as reading my blog.

Until next week, XOXO.

Toy Storage Bins

This week I did a quick little project for our playroom. I looked for some bins that were the right size and had a design that would match the playroom theme but I came up empty handed. That was when I decided to order just plain ones and paint my own. I needed the smaller size to fit in the storage bench my hubby and I made a couple years ago. Here is the post on the Toy Bench we made. The toy bins were just getting old and it was time for an easy update. These plain colored Foldable Storage Bins were a perfect blank canvas. Easy to find on amazon of course! I just used Acrylic paints (black and white to make shades of grey) and some clear acrylic mixed with glitter to paint the design. I knew I wanted the mountains so I just drew the design with chalk and then painted the color on. Super easy!

 

IMG_9084After I finished and put them together in the Storage bench, I changed my original idea. I started thinking that it would look really cool to have the middle two painted as well, continuing the mountain range across the whole front. I consulted a panel of experts 😉 for their opinions on the mountain range idea and everyone agreed. So next week I will get the middle two painted. Bad news about that is I cleaned up the the grey paint I had mixed, so the real challenge will be to match the mountain greys! Of course stay tuned for the final finished project hopefully soon.

Here are a couple more pics of the bins with my ever helpful models testing it out!IMG_9071IMG_9081

We have been busy with Christmas decorating and have alot of fun Christmas activities and adventures in store for the next few weeks. I cannot wait to share with you all!

Until next week, XOXO.

Thanksgiving…Thankful and Blessed

This Thanksgiving I feel so thankful for all the wonderful family and friends in my life. I am thankful to be close to most of them now and in a wonderful area to raise my boys. It has been a year of change (although isn’t every year?) and I will be missing my Grandfather this Holiday season, but I am thankful he is no longer in pain and depressed but up in heaven. I am blessed everyday with my wonderful boys and hubby. Sometimes I wonder when I am going to wake up from the dream because I certainly do not deserve them. I am thankful to be able to host a big family Thanksgiving this year. I love to host parties and I am just beyond excited. I have the decorations set, menu planned and boys outfits picked out 😉 … always important to me. I hope everyone is as excited as me to get all together. Family is everything.

I did a little mini trial of my place settings to make sure my chalkboard placemat craft looked as cute as the idea in my mind. I can’t wait to see it all together now. I thought I’d share some of the pics and a few other Thanksgiving ideas that I love. (I did forget to put silverware in my mini trial but you guys get the idea)IMG_8948I used these placemats I found on amazon and these chalkboard markers also from amazon to design the placemat boarder. IMG_8950IMG_8953IMG_8957Simple, easy and cute!

Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving ideas I have seen that I maybe planning on doing as well.

This Thankful Tree decoration.5213117410_789aba8b48_o

This incredible looking appetizer tray.1448293915-cdc346866f73dbc781c27cf0933cabae

and this boy’s Thanksgiving tee.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and a chance to reflect on all we have to be thankful for. Until next week, XOXO.

Mother’s Day Craft Idea

Last week we had a couple little craft days. I let the boys get super messy with some finger painting. Since they love getting dirty outside, I thought they would love being covered in paint too. And of course they did! I found the clay pots and thought it would be cool to have the boys paint them for their Grandmas this Mother’s Day. I wanted to include some flowers but I did not think they would ship well. I really love having the boys create gifts for all those special people in their lives. I am a big fan of homemade gifts. I think it makes everything so much more special even if its not picture perfect and it is so much fun to do together too. Here are a few snaps from the painting day. I had taken more (some cute ones when Liam was putting the paint bowl on his head) but realized halfway through I had forgotten to put a memory card in! But I still got a few pics of the painting.

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Then it was time to do some painting. It was so exciting to see Jake concentrating so hard on his painting. He was working quite hard on making his pots pretty. IMG_8380IMG_8381IMG_8382

Liam needed a bit more help to keep the paint out of his mouth.IMG_8385IMG_8386IMG_8387IMG_8388

After the initial finger paintings had dried, I went back over the kid scribbles and added a little bit of painting details to make more recognizable pictures.IMG_8389IMG_8392IMG_8393IMG_8395

I thought the finished product was pretty cool. I hope all you mothers out there get to enjoy a nice Mother’s Day weekend with your families. Personally I am hoping Liam finally starts sleeping all night again regularly for me. I think we are stuck in a bad habit and I haven’t done a good enough job sleep training him. #momfail right?! Until next week, XOXO.

Dinosaur Planter

I wanted to put some sort of planters in the kids bathroom that I am working on redoing, and was looking for something cute but fits the kid theme. I decided to plant some air plants in a plastic dinosaur to make a kid bathroom planter. I found and ordered these plastic dinosaurs online. I originally was going to make several of the dinosaurs from the set into planters but they quickly became a favorite toy. IMG_8305

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I cut a hole in the back of the dinosaur with a knife that would fit the plants I wanted to plant. IMG_8299IMG_8301The little dinosaur in the picture became Liam’s new favorite teething toy. HAHA

Next I took the dino outside to paint it with spray paint. I wanted to do it in a bright orange color to accent the colors I already have in mind for the rest of the bathroom. For a whimsical children’s look, I think primary colors work well for a nice kid vibe in a children’s space.20170430_11115720170430_11105020170430_11110720170430_111039

After thorough drying, it’s time to fill it with dirt and a plant! I used a couple small air plants in the back of my brontosaurus. IMG_8361IMG_8366IMG_8367IMG_8368IMG_8371IMG_8373IMG_8364IMG_8374IMG_8375Such a happy Dino face 🙂 .

I am planning on making a planter out of a shark as well for the bathroom. I think I will paint it blue or purple. Small ferns and succulents would also look cute in the figurine planters if you wanted to use other kind of plants. Pretty simple yet very modern cute!

Until next week, XOXO! ❤

Bathroom Prints

I have recently been working on redecorating and redoing hardware in a few of the rooms in our house. One of my bathroom redo project was taking and putting some bath time pictures of the boys in their bathroom. I edited them in black and white and added a black matte with a white frame. I love how it looks. Such a cute idea for the bathroom.IMG_8260IMG_8278

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I have been decorating with other cute ideas as well. I am working on these shark paintings.2017-03-30 13.43.38Working with illustration and paint pens for this project. I am using watercolor paper medium as well. I am planning on doing some sort of matte and frame with them but I have to finish the paintings before I can figure out what will look the best with each one.

I was originally inspired for my boy’s bathroom concept by this Shark Bathroom Rug from Pottery Barn Kids. It was on back order for quite a while and I just got it today and it is just too cute!! I can’t wait to get the walls and decor complete and finally see my boys bathroom vision come to life.

All projects are slowly coming together. Until next week, XOXO

Super Bowl Sunday!

It’s my favorite non official holiday… THE SUPER BOWL! Although I am forever an Indianapolis Colts fan, I will be cheering for the Patriots this year. I am hoping for and predicting a good close game but I don’t think Matty Ice and the Falcons can take down the Patriots. Although Matty Ice is quite good, Bill Belichick has a pretty darn good defense and will have a good plan to stop the Falcons. On the other side of things, Tom Brady is already quite an extremely attractive man but since I have started following his facebook and instagram accounts, he seems like such a good daddy and hubby, which makes him even more attractive. So I am rooting for another Super Bowl ring for him to bring home to his cute little family. Also, in my many NFL fantasy’s, one includes a playdate with the Bradys (I think it would be so fun!) and another is playbook analysis with Bill Belichick. So I respect the Patriots quite alot.

PATRIOTS: 31       ATLANTA: 27

I thought I would share some Super Bowl Sunday party decor that I did last year. It was cute and fun. img_3655img_3657img_3659img_3661img_3662img_3663img_3664This year I am setting up the same table decor but doubling the attendance at my party. Last year the hubby was away on business and Liam wasn’t born. On the menu I have bacon wrapped smokiesbaked raviolis , taco dip and a CHEESECAKE because I love football!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Happy Super Bowl and GOOOO COLTS! 🙂

Until next week, XOXO.

Toddler Play Table : Part 2

A few weeks ago, I posted about how I made a couple unique toddler play tables from an Ikea table. Toddler Play Table: Ikea Hack.  I wanted to share some photos of the table I made for my son. It is different than the first table. I also wanted to show how I added a roll of drawing paper to the tables. It is great for many hours of toddler drawing creativity. (Even if it is just stacking the chair on top of the table while mom is trying to take some pictures.)

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I wanted to do a fun boy Superhero/Villain theme. I used this Heroes and Villains paper for the top of the table. It has all types of characters on it!

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Then for the chair cushions, I used this Star Wars fabric. I liked how both the fabric and paper had a squares theme to compliment each other without being the exact same design.

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I got a Mala paper roll and a Mala tabletop paper holder which I attached the the side of the table with regular screws. I wanted the top of the table to have the maximum space for activities. I stained the tabletop paper holder at the same time I stained the rest of the table pieces to make sure they came out the same color.

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Jake loves the table, although I have decided he needs to be a bit older to use the paper roll. He would just unroll it all and waste it right now.

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Toddler Play Table: Ikea Hack to see how I constructed the table itself!

Thanks for checking out my craft idea today!

 Have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! I know I am looking forward to some ever needed appreciation! Until next week, XOXO.

Toddler Play Table: Ikea Hack

Before Christmas I got a couple Latt Ikea Children’s Tables and decided to add some cool finishes to them for my son and nephew. I made two one of a kind children’s tables pretty easily with a little time from these super affordable Children’s Tables from Ikea. I got a few supplies to go with it.

I will show you what I did for my nephew’s table and then get some more pictures of my son’s table in action in a couple weeks!

 

First I cut the railroad map to the size of the table top.

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And then cut the foam to just a bit smaller than the chair bottoms.

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Using just regular Elmer’s Glue, I glued the foam to the chair and gave it plenty of time to fully dry.
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Next, I cut the fabric just enough to cover the cushion and chair bottom. Using the fabric Mod Podge, I attached the fabric to the chair and gave it plenty of time to dry.

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For the table top, I used a glossy mod podge and followed the directions. I ended up doing quite a few coats on the top. This took several days to complete since I had to wait inbetween coats and between naptimes and bedtimes.IMG_3173IMG_3175IMG_3176

Over the next several days, I stained the rest of the pieces of the table and chairs. I wanted a very dark color so I had to complete a bunch of coats to get it even and the perfect color. And again I had to work around Jakes busy schedule.

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We assembled the children’s table and chairs. Jake man is totally into tools, so he was super excited to help me put them together.

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The finished children’s chairs!!

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And the finished Children’s table!!IMG_3186

It was a big hit on Christmas morning. I love going over to visit my nephew and seeing his drawings on the paper from the table.IMG_3564IMG_3565IMG_3569

Jake’s table is another unique one of a kind table. I will share pictures of his table soon and how I attached a roll of drawing paper to the table. It is always good to have plenty of inspiration for your own projects! Until next week, XOXO!