DIY: Painted mirror for above our fireplace

We decided on a subtle soft grey and white for our walls and we have dark chocolate hardwood floors. To add the cheerfulness we wanted in our family room, we settled on an accent color palette of teal, blue and yellow.

I have been looking for a mirror to go above our fireplace for a while. After finding our rug, I came across the perfect mirror at Home Goods for $29.99 but it was black. I wanted it to match our teal West Elm lacquer tray I got as a chipped floor model, so hit up Lowes. A tiny portion of a $4 can of Valspar spray paint later and we had the perfect mirror for all of $30.24.

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the rug blues

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We are decorating our new home in phases and we know it will take a while before it all feels complete. Right now, we’re working hard to finish up the family room and the kitchen. They are connected as one large great room. My challenge: Finding the perfect soft, cozy rug that is beautiful and flexible (goes with everything) and affordable. Not an easy task. Add to that the fact that we have two cats with claws and a baby.

I never realized how expensive rugs are. We need an 8×10 at the smallest and would prefer a 9×12. We’re talking $800 to $3000 people! That’s crazy. The odds of any rug surviving many years in our home are not great. So, this rug needs to be padded and comfy but also needs to be able to handle cats who’s sole mission in life is to destroy it. Help!

After searching for literally months, we found the right graphic moroccan pattern with the pop of color we had in mind. We finally settled on this blue and white rug from mostly because of the price and the look. It’s fairly soft, but not as plush as we would’ve preferred. To give Bodhi a softer landing pad, we opted for a more expensive thick rug pad for underneath. Because it’s not $800, we won’t feel as guilty if the little one or cats ruin it.

If you’re in the market for something similar and have more cash to burn, check out this option from Shades of Light! It comes in navy and rust. I love both.


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quick and easy poker party

{photo credit --- Jessica Flannigan, ltfl}

One week after moving into our new home, with many boxes still in need of our attention, I hosted a poker party for my husband’s birthday. Yes, this is pure craziness! I know! I thought it would be fine only because it was guys and they wouldn’t notice the little messes everywhere, but it was still an intense few hours preparing for a party in a house that is not settled with an almost 1-year-old by my side. And, I can’t throw a party without a few fun details, but definitely didn’t have the time to throw my heart into this one. Trader Joe’s provided all of the food.

The cupcakes were TJ’s Chocolate peanut butter cupcakes with chocolate ganache frosting. Amazing and pretty gourmet if you ask me! I added cute mini cards as cupcake toppers. Simple and relevant.

{photo credit --- Jessica Flannigan, ltfl}

I grabbed some Trader Joe’s fancy cheeses and fig butter for a delicious appetizer. Yes, I left the fig butter in the jar. I ran out of time and figured the guys would want to know what it is.

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I added mini cards as party favors in a fun old box we had around that looked pretty manly to me. Many of the guys have little ones, so most of the decks of cards were gone. Needless to say, the guys didn’t notice the details or the lack of more details. They had a great time with some good cocktails, simple but tasty food, music and poker! Lesson learned: It’s ok to wing it sometimes.

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baby-proof cake stand for Bodhi’s 1st birthday

{photo credit --- A Fabulouse Fete on etsy}

After searching high and low for the perfect option, I finally settled on this wooden cake stand for Bodhi’s first birthday party. He will enjoy his first sugar experience right off of this beauty.

I think this is such a great option for little ones. It’ made of wood so it will not break like all of the adorable glass cake stands out there! And I know it will get a lot of use in the future too. We plan to have Bodhi eat his “smash cake” on the floor with everyone else sitting on the floor around him instead of confined to his high chair. This mama knows she is in for a mess, but I think it’ll be worth the experience. Check out A Fabulous Fete on Etsy for other cake stand options.

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moving update and kid party favors

{photo credit --- my little otter on etsy}

We’re in! And we have a yellow door. I’ll share that with you soon. After a week off from work and everything else really, we are officially moved into our new home but not completely settled. We have way too much unpacking to do and a lot of decorating needed. We’ll take it slow since we also have a little someone’s birthday bash to focus on. Continue reading

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{baby & tot} — sanity-saving products, part I of many

{This little guy is on the move and he's practicing his throwing skills

I recently found a few things that I wish I knew about months ago. I thought I would share these lifesavers with you over the next few weeks! Today’s featured item is something we plan to order again soon.

Booginhead Sippigrip


This product, the Booginhead Sippigrip, is so simple and yet so effective! It’s a strap to hold your child’s sippy cup to a surface. We use it to hold Bodhi’s bottle, sippy cup or teething toys to the high chair, carseat or stroller. Available on for $5.99, this product is worth every penny.  Continue reading

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{happy home} — bidding farewell to our first home together

Bodhi's paper lantern mobile is definitely coming with us! 🙂

I’ve hesitated to share much about our plans for the new house, in part because it felt like we’d never actually move. But, we’re two weeks out from closing and it appears things are happening! Not that I doubted it, but it just seems surreal.

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And I’m feeling a bit nostalgic about our current house. It’s a 1950s rambler with some great character, plenty of space and most importantly, it’s the house where we lived when we were engaged, got married and brought home our first baby. Continue reading


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