Kitchen Helper Stool

It is so fun to have a little kitchen helper lately. I know he isn’t much of an actual helper and actually makes more work for me, but I love spending time with this wonderful little man. 2015-10-28 09.24.57

^Don’t worry! I was right there the whole time. He was not in danger of falling off the chair. ^

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I wanted to make something that my son could stand on and “help” me cook in the kitchen instead of just a chair. It is sooo much easier to have him right there playing with the measuring cups or helping stir than running around and climbing everything while I try to cook dinner. I saw some cool Ikea hacks made from the step stool. I decided to make my own. It was pretty simple to make and works great! My husband helped with the adding on to it so it is done a pretty professional, but you can make one without the fancy wood working.

First I built the basic stool from Ikea.

Next I turned it over to my hubby who added the railing on the top. Jake and Emma helped. Well, they tried at least.

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He made holes for the railing posts to go.

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Measure twice, Cuss once 😉

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After all the assembling we had to wait for the glue and wood putty to dry. Then of course some sanding. You do not want sharp corners and edge if a child is climbing on it.

Then the final step was painting. You can paint or stain any color or combo of colors you want. The nice thing about the stool is that it is unfinished wood so it is very versatile. I did a combo of two colors, River Rock and Sailor Blue, to create a cool effect. Make sure you do a top coat to seal it so you can wipe it down after using without worrying about messing up the paint.2015-11-10 15.21.372015-11-10 15.22.062015-11-10 15.21.542015-11-10 16.36.142015-11-10 16.36.27

And we tested it out by making a Pumpkin Layer Cheesecake of course!

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The Double Layer Pumpkin Cheesecake was delicious. I highly recommend it. These faces prove it was tasty…

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Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Until next week, XOXO.

Thanksgiving Inspiration

I am getting very excited for Thanksgiving next week. I have gotten the meal all planned and I think I will try brining a Turkey this year. I have read that it makes a super tender and delicious turkey, so we shall see. How to Brine a Turkey . I will also be making a pecan and pumpkin pie. Pretty traditional, but I love making pies. There are not to many excuses to make pies so I have to get my fill when the opportunity arises. (Or be like 600 lbs :-/ )

 I thought I would share a quick post about my Thanksgiving table this year. I wanted some cute place settings that were unique without buying a whole new set. So I found various mismatch salad plates to add a bit of a fall touch. It is super easy to find and to do on your own. I like that it makes the festive dinner set easy to expand if we get more people coming years down the road.

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Last year my husband helped make this centerpiece box. It is so fun to change out the box for each holiday. Here is how we did it. Thanksgiving Tablescape2015-11-19 13.47.182015-11-19 13.48.062015-11-19 13.49.392015-11-19 13.49.172015-11-19 13.48.222015-11-19 13.50.342015-11-19 13.48.382015-11-19 13.50.052015-11-19 13.48.462015-11-19 13.50.252015-11-19 13.50.582015-11-19 13.54.412015-11-19 13.54.53

Here is my little dessert table decorations. I can’t wait for the pies to be on here! YUM!2015-11-19 13.51.51

Hope you all have a very wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to be Thankful for all you have.  Until next week, XOXO.

October 2015

With only a few more weeks until Halloween, we are busy putting up Halloween decorations and figuring out our costumes. I am so excited to take Jake Trick-or-Treating for his first time ever. Such a fun time! With my very energetic toddler boy running around, I have not had much time to do many Halloween crafts this year, but I did want to share a few of my favorite Halloween toddler outfits.

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And here is the super cute Halloween wreath I made last year. It still looks just as cute on our front door this year!

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Halloween Wreath

Annnddd for the first time in October in a while, we must show off our Cubs W flag flying in Florida!

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Go Cubs Go! #FlytheW

Until Next week, XOXO

Patio Furniture Rehab

I wanted to try to fix up my patio furniture without spending a ton of money. New cushions and cushion covers cost almost as much as just buying a whole new patio set! The chairs and cushions of our sets are in good shape, just the fabric is very faded. I did some research and thought I would try this Upholstery Paint. I figured that I could not mess up the cushions much more than they already are. I was very pleased with the out come.

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The cushions do not feel course or painted on either. They feel just like they felt before the painting. I am planning on painting the other set to match this one now.

Just a little idea to help refresh your home! Until next week, XOXO.

Baby Proofing: What I’ve Learned Thus Far

While on our epically long vacation, Jake learned to crawl. Then, just this week he suddenly started walking! I had not done much baby proofing before because there wasn’t a need for it. I figured I would just do it as I see issues arise instead of going overboard and extreme baby proofing the house. I thought I’d share some of my favorites thus far.

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  1. Safety 1st Multi-purpose Appliance Lock 2. Dreambaby Outlet Plugs 3. Baby Gate with Pet Door 4. Safety 1st Secure Close Handle Lock 5. Edge and Corner Protector

These products have worked really great for us, but with our little man, we have found some unique issues. The first was simply him tearing up pages in books. I did not think of that when I was arranging his bookcase. I know, rookie mistake! I simply moved the books with tearable pages to the top of the bookcase and board books to the bottom. Now he can take as many books off the shelf and read and I don’t have to worry about a bunch of books getting ruined.

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Another unique issue was our wine rack. I love it, but the bottles are too close to the ground… right in Jake’s view. For some reason this has been our worst problem. He goes right for the wine about 75% of the time.

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So I thought I would get the hubby to help make a wine insert for our kitchen cabinet. (With Jake, my helping is more like telling him what I want to do and he does it.)

Here is our before coffee station…

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And transformed into a wine rack. (After a few set backs… my hubby’s wood working motto is “measure once, cuss twice”)

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And it holds alot of wine!! Bonus!

Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Until next week, XOXO.

Ikea Hack: Blue Ray/DVD Cabinet

I thought I would share a pretty cool Ikea hack my hubby and I did a few months ago for our living room. I wanted something to store all our Blue Rays and DVDs in without taking up a ton of room or looking tacky. After looking online at a ton of places and finding nothing I liked, we decided to get crafty and see what we could come up with ourselves. We started out with the plain Malm Ikea dresser and took the top 2 drawers out. We had to add a bit of wood but found a nice piece in the “as is” section that would work for what we wanted. I did end up painting a bit of the inside of the new shelf.

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Malm Dresser.

Here is our finished product. I think it looks pretty awesome myself and is perfect for what we needed it for.

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Until next week, XOXO.

Office Preview/ Hand Painted Vase

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Over the past few weeks, my hubby has moved his office out of our shared office/studio space to our guest house/shop building. He’s working more from home. Taking conference calls with a very noisy 10 month old doesn’t seem to work out well. Even if Jake is in another room, it is still too loud. He is just a loud and happy boy! Lucky for me, I now have my own studio/office space. I cannot wait to share all my girly pink decorating when it gets completed. In the meantime, I hand painted a black and gold vase for my desk. It turned out pretty cute. I am going to have to revitalize some more of my old boring vases now.

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I taped off the blank spaces with painter’s tape.

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Painted on the black paint and let it dry.

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Added the gold details and here we go…

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It’s not perfect but with practice I’ll have some new amazing looking vases!

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Another vase I painted free hand to have a gold dipped effect. It is pretty cute too.

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Until next week, XOXO.

Teacup Succulents

The past few weeks, I have been slowly working on getting my gardening and plants back to looking nice. I had to take a small break while Jake was small. He now can sit in the wagon and drive around with me for a bit. Usually just a half an hour but enough to get a little done each day. I saw some cool succulent mini gardens on pinterest and wanted to make something cute for my kitchen. I took a vintage tea cup and planted some in it. It looks so cute! I am hoping to find some more vintage teacups and plant some more for my kitchen window.

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^Jake’s favorite bath toys wanted to be in the picture^

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^My little gardener helper.^

Until next week, XOXO.

Paper Flowers On Canvas

I finally got around to working on some more art projects this week. I have had this one in my mind for a long time now. I plan on playing with these paper flowers and making a few different pieces with this medium. It is super simple to create on your own if you would like to try yourself.

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I just glued these cute paper hearts onto a canvas that I had already texturized with Gesso.

I had several “helpers” today… but they all behaved pretty well. (All three mostly napped which is the only time I get to work on my art for now)

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And here is my finished piece. I think it will look super cute in the guest bedroom! I cannot decide which orientation I like best before signing it. Let me know what you think!

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Super cute 3D paper flowers on canvas!

Until next week, XOXO…

Easter/Spring Decorating

The first of March requires some Spring cheer! Many of my friends and family are up North where the weather is still cold and snowy, so here is some fun Spring decorating and wreath crafting for today’s post to help beat those winter blues.

It was Jake man’s nap time… let the crafting begin!

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I always love to make a festive tablescape so here is what I created for this Easter season. I used my rustic box my husband and I made a few posts ago. Rustic Box DIY

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^Jake man’s Easter basket (at least the beginning). We will need to get some candy for mom and dad to eat.^

And of course, my wreath for the front door. I wanted something Springy, so I can have it up longer than just until Easter.

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Just for some extra Friday cuteness, one of my favorite pictures from Jake man’s 5 month pictures I took. I think its time to do some camera research because I am starting to really enjoy some Photography, especially with such cute models!

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Until next week, XOXO.