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Crafts and Decor, DIY Projects, For the Kids

Restoring our Rainbow Playset

IMG_20170530_195728_105We are so excited to have this new addition to our house! It took a ton of sweat equity and a whole lot of love to bring this baby back to life.

We were able to purchase this used Rainbow Playset for a heck of a deal. It was however painted brick red and much of the paint was wasting away. Oh how I wish I would have saved a “before” photo so you could see how much it’s changed.

It took us about 3 days straight of stripping paint, sanding and staining but it was well worth the effort. Now when I look at this playset I can admire all our hard work. Here is how we did it . . .

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Girly Girl, Scrapbooks

Part 2 Girl Scrapbook

I’ve finally got the pictures of this scrapbook, which happens to be part 2 of my 3 series girly scrapbooks. It’s the cute girl collection by Crate Paper. If you haven’t already seen part 1 of this scrapbook you can check it out here:  Cute Girl Scrapbook. All three scrapbooks were made using the cute girl collection of paper, however I’ve also included bits and pieces from Maggie Holmes bloom collection.


When I purchased the materials, I might have overdone it a little. Ok, a lot. But when you see these pictures, you will understand my obsession with this collection of scrapbook paper. Check it out!

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Little Man, Scrapbooks

Little Man Scrapbook

I made this scrapbook for my little man Everett. It features everything that adventurous little boys love like trucks,  pirates, dinosaurs and more.  I used multiple scrapbook collections from the company Echo Park to include the Little Man collection, Dino Friends and Pirates LifeThese three scrapbook lines worked well with each other and I could use them intermittently throughout the book. 

In addition to these three scrapbook lines, I used some bits and pieces from each line as well as some plain scrapbook paper. Here is everything you need:

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DIY Projects

DIY Barn Door Headboard

IMG_20170507_211556_220A close friend of mine had an old barn that collapsed recently and she let us have some of the barn wood. We were so lucky to be given this rustic jem because it’s not easy to come by.

I decided to re-purpose the distressed wood into an amazing king size headboard that would become a statement piece for our master bedroom. I put my husband to work on this one and he taught me some of his carpentry skills. Here is how we did it:

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Custom Murals

Camping Mural

We just moved into our house a couple weeks ago and already the projects have began. I have a long list of stuff I have been itching to get my hands into and finally, I can get to work. I started with one of my favorites and I am so excited to share it with you. . .


It’s the painting I did for Everett’s camping theme bedroom. I got this scene idea from Everett’s favorite book, The Brave Little Camper that we purchased from Target. It even has a button that you can press to make sounds of the night. He just loves this book and he tries to mimic the sounds. My favorite is when he howls like the owl.

This is just the beginning, there is so much more I have in store for his bedroom. I plan to make a cute hanging arrangement  for above his dresser that will have an adventure theme. A lot of my pieces came from Hobby Lobby. They have an entire collection of wall decor that was so perfect for my adventurous little man. Check it out!

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Girly Girl, Scrapbooks

Cute Girl Scrapbook

Front Cover

When I saw this paper collection at my local craft store, my jaw nearly hit the floor. I’ve always had a soft spot for all things pink and girly. I knew right away I had to make a mini album with this one.

It’s the Cute Girl collection by Crate PaperI’ve also included bits and pieces from  Maggie Holmes Bloom collection as well. These two scrapbook lines worked well together and couldn’t just pick one.

The Cute Girl scrapbook line features everything girly and magical such as mermaids, unicorns and fairies. The front page pretty much sums it up: 


Front Cover – Bucket List
  • Swim with the Mermaids
  • Dance with Fairies
  • Play in the Stars
  • Ride a Unicorn

This scrapbook is jam packed with so many tiny details that it is hard see it all. I did my best to take good photos and I’ll include all the details on how I made this scrapbook. Check it out!

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Constructive Eating


One of my favorite parts about being a mom is thinking creatively at meal time. I have a stock pile of fun and useful items that I have been patiently waiting to try out with Everett. Although he is just one year, I think he did alright testing out one of my favorite items:

The construction plate! I found this plate at our local mall, but it can also be purchased online. It was made to help picky eaters find meal time adventurous. There is also a girly plate available with a whimsical fairy garden. Continue reading “Constructive Eating”


Young Living Collection for Kids

Young Living has an entire collection of essential oils called KidScents that were specifically designed and diluted for kids! I’m completely obsessed with each one of these oils. Each one was formulated to help with certain areas. c360_2017-01-19-11-38-32-918.jpg

SniffleEase: Helps with cough, colds, congestion, sniffles and runny noses. I love using this oil when my little guy isn’t feeling well. I’ll dab a drop on the bottom of his “feetsies” and put warm socks on him. Continue reading “Young Living Collection for Kids”

Crafts and Decor, For the Kids

Everetts Camping Bedroom

I’ve been so excited about creating this magical camping themed bedroom for my Son Everett. He is only 1 year, and I’m already collecting everything I need to complete this masterpiece.

We do a lot of camping as a family so some items were easy to come by, such as the sleeping bag and camping chair. Why not let him use these in his room. Let’s camp out!

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