Monday, April 14, 2014

sisters shared room tour

We have officially lived in our house for two years. Wow. That's crazy. It feels like we just moved it. But at the same time it feels like we've lived here a long time. The accumulation of stuff would lead you to believe we've lived here for ten years!! We are S-L-O-W-L-Y working on getting rid of "stuff"...paring down, de-cluttering, call it what you will. We really know what needs to be done but finding the time to get it done has proven harder than we thought. Life just keeps going. No stopping to spend a day de-cluttering...or deep cleaning...yeah, don't check my ceiling fans...just saying. 

About two weeks ago I took the Monday morning that Greg was home and spent time cleaning up Micah's room. I put toys back in their proper place, got rid of trash, put clothes away, etc. My kids don't really play with things in their intended purpose, which is fine, I like that they are using their imaginations. It just means that things end up all over the place. So every once in a while it's really necessary for a good deep clean and organize to happen. This weekend it was time for the big girls room to get cleaned. We've picked up their room and organized before (last summer when they spent a week with gma and gpa I cleaned) but it hasn't been THIS clean in a LOOOOONG time. 

When we moved into this house we had a very different room arrangement than we have now. Kids have moved around a bit but we're pretty settled on the placement of kids for now. We do hope to have a triple bunk bed built soon for the girls to all share but for now the big girls share a room and Micah and Abi have their own rooms. The big girls are not very clean/organized/neat individuals. We're working on it. So it is very necessary for us to come in and get things cleaned up from time to time. I've been hoping/meaning to get to the girls room for a long time. Friday night I finally sat down and sewed the N-A-O-M-I letters onto the embroidery hoops and I think that it was started the determination to make the room cleaning happen. Saturday morning while Greg was at a meeting I started the two plus hour project. With only a few interruptions we were able to get the room completely clean and organized before Greg got home! What a fun surprise for him. We didn't focus on de-cluttering but we were able to part with a few things off the bat. Our main objective was to get everything back into its place...because believe it or not everything did have a place. Naomi helped me the whole time and was in there "working" with me. Hannah helped a little bit and Micah just roamed in from time to time to see what was going on. Abi wanted to be right in on the action and spent most of the time climbing over the piles of clutter to sit on my lap. Fun times!

Once everything was put back we dusted and vacuumed and called it a day. I figured it may never be this clean again so I decided to document this moment and take time to share their room with you here. I am no room stagger. I'm not a professional interior decorator. I know what I like and I try to make it work within my budget. I love to create things for my kids rooms and I want the things on their walls to be meaningful and cute! 

I didn't really get a good BEFORE photo but I did snap this one on my phone right after I hung up Naomi's name above her bed. So you can see a little bit how there's stuff all over...under the beds, dresser, on top of the dresser and the corner of the room by the girls shelf was a MESS!!! so, here's BEFORE...with cute little Abi!!

Ahhh, that's MUCH better!!

Someday I will get that painting finished!!

Looks like I should get around to putting Hannahs baby photos in the frame too!!

Here are the two boxes of stuff we moved out of the room. The big box is things to donate and the smaller box is things that were in the girls room but really didn't belong there!!

It feels so good to have this room cleaned up. I hope the girls can keep it clean at least for a little while. We do plan on going through and de-cluttering and getting rid of more stuff but it had to be cleaned before I could do that. I hope to share some of the other room updates we've been up to lately soon also!! Think wall paper removal and PAINT!! yay!!

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

turning six - bleach t-shirt tutorial

 My little man is turning six today. How is that possible? It still doesn't seem possible that I am old enough to be married, have a home and four kids. Crazy I tell ya. But I guess it is possible since it is my reality and a reality that I don't want to change. My sweet little Micah, the little boy who stole my heart the second I laid eyes on him isn't so little anymore. I am comforted by the fact that he says he'll live next door to me when he's "old and married". This little boy is such an amazing blessing and I cannot imagine my life without him. He's an incredible big brother and a great little brother too. He's very caring, compassionate and all boy. He loves every sport and baseball is usually at the top of the list. He loves to play cars, trains, legos and dinosaurs. He is particular about his clothing and always wants to wear "comfy pants" (but so do I so who can blame him). He is hilarious and always good for a laugh. He's got this funny little southern talk thing going on from time to time that's hard to explain and his facial expressions are hilarious. He keeps us on our toes and is such a blessing to those he meets! I love this kid and his passion for many things.

Every year for the kids birthdays I make them shirts with their age on it...this year was no exception. However, this year the shirt was the easiest I've ever done. And you can do one too...even if you claim you're not crafty. ANYONE can make one of these shirts! Here's a few simple steps.

What you need:
Freezer Paper
Spray bottle

Put some cardboard into your shirt. Then lay the freezer paper on top of your shirt (shiny side down). I roughly traced the outline of the shirt so I would know where I wanted my letters to go. Draw your letters or design and then cut them out. You're basically making a stencil. Then once it's cut out iron the freezer paper to your shirt (shiny side down). You don't want to do a detailed design with this technique because it won't turn out well since the bleach tends to "bleed" a bit. Then with the bleach in your spray bottle just spray the bleach into the cut out area. Let it sit for a little bit while the bleach does its magic and then take the stencil off and spray just a few random sprays to add to the "grunge" effect. Then rinse the shirt once the bleach has done it's magic (or wash it in the machine I just didn't have time) then dry it, wrap it up and call it good!!

We are giving Micah the shirt, some printer paper, markers a new bat and some baseballs. He's taking some grain-free cake doughnuts to school for his classmates and I'm still working on his strawberry cake!
Can't wait to celebrate our special little man!!
Here's our most recent family photo from our trip to the safari park on Saturday. We had a blast there and I will share some photos of it soon!

Friday, March 21, 2014

showing our disney side - iPhone 5 case giveaway

We were so excited to be chosen to host a Disney Side at Home Celebration. We love Mickey Mouse in this house and it really has been the first show that all my kids have latched onto. Hannah still LOVES Mickey Mouse and asks to watch it daily. We were thrilled to be able to receive all these great Disney goodies and had a fun time at our party....well, it actually turned into a playdate. We had to reschedule the party two times because of illness and bad weather so when it finally came time for the party many of the people who were invited couldn't come. The morning of the party some of our friends were sick so we ended up just being two families so it was more like a play date. But it was fun and we had a great time. The kids did great with their Disney Trivia and we had fun playing and eating!! It was a fun Disney party and I hope to be able to host one again sometime....I've got lots of goodies to use thanks to the awesome people at Mom Select and BSM Media. Thanks also to HP for the printable cards and also to American Tourister for the great suitcase!!! Check out the Disney Side Celebrations website for LOTS of ideas if you're going to host your own Disney party!! Here are some photos from our fun day together!!

The kids had a great time scouring their bedrooms for anything Disney related...and they found a lot more than I thought they would!!

Mickey and his friends that are girls! Ha!

Naomi got out some of her princess barbies....she has more...but couldn't find them all ;)

Micah had fun setting up his cars and the track he made for them!

We enjoyed some wheat-free donuts, crustless quiche, tropical trail mix and regular trail mix.

Here are our friends with us enjoying the party!! Well, at least I think they enjoyed the "party" ;)

We brought out some fun finger foods for lunch...stuffed peppers, chicken salad stuffed cucumbers, deviled eggs and some fruit!

As part of hosting this party I received this lovely iPhone 5 case...however, I'm an Android I'd like to give this away to one of my readers. Just leave me a comment and you'll be entered to win. Leave your email address if it's not in your profile so I can contact you if you win. If you'd like bonus entries follow me on Google Friend Connect, Pinterest and/or Instagram. If you do any of the bonus entries please leave a separate comment for each!! Winner will be announced March 25th!!