Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! To all the mothers who are currently in the thick of it, with little people they’re trying to mold into good human beings and productive adults. To all the mothers who know that being strict with their kids will make them better people, but in the moment all you want to do is give in to their screaming. To all the mothers who are pulling their hair out, but all the stress melts away with each “I love you, Mommy”. To all the mothers that feel like it will never end, but look down at their child and think “When did you get big enough to do that?!”

We are all heroes, heroes to those little people that need us so much and love us so unconditionally. Don’t forget that! We are amazing, no matter how not-amazing we feel at the moment. Motherhood sometimes makes us feel like we could be doing better, that we're not doing enough, that we're failing in some way. But if you're feeling that way, it's probably because you care so much about being a good mother. Which, in turn, means you're probably doing a great job. At least this is how I feel about, and hope I'm doing, motherhood.

I never appreciated my mother more than when I realized how much she had sacrificed for me and my sisters. It takes being a mother to realize all of the time, energy, and emotion that goes into motherhood (and tears, both happy and sad). I don’t know how my mother raised 4 girls and is even remotely sane today.

For my sixth Mother’s Day (I can't believe it's been that many already), all I want is to paint the accent wall in my bedroom and fix the drapes that are currently hanging to the wall by a thread because my girls insist on twirling in them. No fancy brunch, no mimosa (well, maybe after taping off the wall and laying the drop cloth)… It’s amazing how my Mother’s Day expectations have changed in the last six years!

This past Easter, I had grand plans to take pictures of my mom, me and my girls that I could frame and give to her on Mother’s Day. Ya, they didn’t turn out so well…

And to my own mother, who I love to the moon and back and couldn’t live without. I love you mom!

To DIY or Not to DIY

Ever since I started the blog I've discovered that I love making things, all sorts of things, all by myself. But every once in a while I wonder if its more expensive doing it myself, or would I end up saving money just buying something already-done. 

For today's project, a Paint-Dipped Cutting Board and Spoon, it is definitely cheaper to Do-It-Yourself. Not only did it cost me less than $8 to finish one cutting board and spoon, but I saw an almost identical set (including a wooden fork) on Etsy for $40. Wait, what?!! There wasn't a question, I had to try this one out myself.

The project ended up being so easy. Here's what to do:

  1. Pick up an Ikea Proppmaatt cutting board ($2.99) and Rort wooden spoon ($1.79)
  2. Tape off the handles of both the cutting board and spoon with painters tape (I already had a ton of this at home)
  3. Paint 2-3 coats on the handles with acrylic paint from the craft store in a variety of colors (I used Martha Stewart Crafts Acrylic paint $2.49 each). The Pearl and Satin finishes needed 3 coats while the High Gloss only needed two. 
  4. Wait for the paint to dry, peel off the painters tape and enjoy!

Really, it was that easy! The hardest part of the whole project was removing the label from the spoons before I even got started.

These are so happy, I just love them! They'd also make great gifts, now that its the holiday season.

I hope you try out this super easy DIY. Have fun!

It's September? What?!

When did September creep up on me? I thought I had a blog post or two left before the school year started, but August decided to disappear before I was ready.

Seeing as summer ended without me, I've got a quick round-up of what we were up to during the month of August, both personally and design-wise.

August was supposed to be our calm, stay-at-home month to catch up on things after a crazy beginning of summer. That didn't happen. We ended up not having a single weekend free all month! Between helping my oldest friend move, visiting family and having my mom visit, that was just the beginning!

We spent a weekend visiting my amazing cousin in Napa. A few years ago, on another trip up there, I found the best book for the girls, "Maggie and Maddy: Adventures in Napa Valley." Ever since, we try to do a few of the things the girls do in the story on each of our trips. So of course, we had to go to Butter Cream Bakery for their crazy good pink donuts, some music in Downtown by the river, lunch at Oxbow Market and a trip wouldn't be complete without a quick stop to Domaine Chandon and a walk through Yountville. Trips are decidedly different now that they're kid-centered, so we had to play at the park instead of jumping on the Wine Train. 

The following weekend I had my first trip away from the girls (don't say it, I know it's taken way too long for me to do this). My best friend from college got married in Andrews, North Carolina, at Hawkesdene. It was a beautiful, love-filled weekend, and ridiculously relaxing. It was the perfect way to disconnect and enjoy being with friends that I hadn't seen in way too long. A country wedding doesn't get any better than this.

That left the last weekend before school and I decided I needed to paint three of the walls in the girls' room. I think I'm turning into my mom, I just can't sit still anymore! So the Frozen In Time color from my Stripes, Stripes, Stripes (Part 2) post now covers the bottom third of each of the other three walls. I love it! Now the white crib and bed pop. Simple, but makes the room feel more cozy. And getting a 3 year old's stamp of approval is all I need!

Wish me luck getting my blog-act together for the month of September!

2015 Design Trends

Now that 2015 is here and 2014 is "so last year", what new and exciting things do we have to look forward to?

I've searched high and low to come up with my top 5 best new trends for 2015 so that your designing is fresh and of the moment.

1.) Color, color, color!
Despite the Pantone Color of the Year 2015 being Marsala, I'm seeing some great blues that I'd chose over Marsala any day (not that it's a bad color!).
Vibrant blues are all over the place. Whether its Mediterranean blue, cerulean blue, blues with a glossy finish, to mixing blue with green (ranging from lime to olive greens), this color is where its at in my book! 

2.) The new "It" plant
The Fiddle Head Fern has a new rival - the Pencil Cactus. Gardenista put together a very convincing argument as to why it's so great (despite being mildly poisonous). Having a very different look than the Fiddle Head Fern, the Pencil Cactus doesn't have the same broad leaves, rather it has small almost-spines. A great change for a new year.

Gardenista's "It" plant for 2015

Gardenista's "It" plant for 2015

3.) The 2015 Neutrals
One of my favorite blogs to follow, Poppytalk, has a beautiful run-down of some fabulously inspiring neutral rooms. Rather than using white, use grays, creams, and pastels to create absolute serenity.

4.) Pattern and textures
From fabrics to wall paper, high impact patterns and textures are all over the place; natural woven fabrics that feel very bohemian, wild patterns on the walls. Keep it exciting by layering your space.

5.) Soaking tubs!
To round it all out, I thought I'd throw in a bathroom update. If you love taking a bath, then you are in luck because it has never been trendier to bathe, so live it up this year! Make sure its a free standing tub to really be on-trend.

What are you loving for 2015? I'd love to hear your thoughts!