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My saving grace.

The kids used to have one of those prefab wood playgrounds. It was something my inlaws had gotten them one Christmas at our suggestion. It worked out well for a while, a slide, a few swings and a little “clubhouse” feel to it. This summer though, we realized it was on it’s last leg. Mike took it down towards the end of summer and we’ve been debating about what to do ever since.

A few weeks ago, after getting a little taste of fall here in Florida, I decided we needed to finally make up our minds. After school a few days, I wanted to be able to just open up the back door and have the kids play, but I knew there really wasn’t anything out there that would keep them occupied all that long.

When I asked Mike if he was ready to build something for the kids, he was game. I’m lucky he agrees to my crazy ideas so quickly. Tucker had soccer practice on Saturday morning, and then the rest of our weekend was spent building the kids a clubhouse of their dreams. I know this, because I totally would have loved a little space like this when I was their age.

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I had put on Instagram this, “So the kids just closed on a one room, with a view and a pretty fancy side door. It’s a fixer upper, needs a fresh coat of bright green paint on the inside, the front porch needs some fresh white rails and maybe a hanging basket & a potted plant. Furniture to come, too.”

We’ve got a lot left to do. Mike only did one side of the rail (you can see how the right side is just laying in place) because he ran out of the right screws. Once he’s done with what he has to do, I’m going to pain the inside of it a fun (& bright) green. I think it was called Granny Smith Green maybe. We’ll decorate the inside with a few stools from Ikea and a spool table (I’ve had these big spools in the garage for a while and haven’t done anything with them yet). The porch rails will get painted white, I’ll add a few potted plants to their porch and probably a little landscaping to hide the cinder blocks. I also need to finish the curtains, I just threw them up tonight to get an idea of what they need to look like.

Eventually it will all come together.

& to get an idea of where my idea came from (and kind of how I’d like it all to look in the end):

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Is this not the most adorable “handmade hideaway” as she calls it over at The Handmade Home!? Ours will hopefully be a close second when all is said and done. & mostly. I can’t wait for it to be my saving grace come this fall when the weather is nice and the doors are open in the afternoons after school. I’m sure I’ll have to drag the kids in each night. ::fingers crossed::

Halloween at our house & a bat diy tutorial.

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared anything around the house. It’s been a while since I’ve given any kind of tutorial about anything. It’s been awhile since I’ve wrote about anything other than what I’m wearing or how busy I am, if I’m really honest.

Monday’s are typically work-at-home days for me. I love this because I can multi-task, like throw in a load of laundry, vacuum the car, or decorate the house for Halloween in order to surprise the kids.

Can you figure out which one of those three I did today?

The kids loved that when they walked through the door our house was ready for Halloween. Lexie said, “is it a haunted house?!” and they loved even more that I had a fun after-school-snack and surprise for them. & I loved that it bought me a few more minutes to get a little work done before diving into homework help and dinner prep.

Oh…and one of my favorite parts of our Halloween decor? The bats are back! Here’s a simple tutorial. 1) Buy a piece of black poster board and cut it into like 4×4 inch squares. 2) Cut the top of the bat. 3) Cut the bottom of the bat. 4) Crease the wings & then tape ‘em up.

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& finally…here’s halloween at our house (or our little haunted house, as Lexie called it) this year:

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The girls’ new room, almost.

During spring break, I started making over the girls’ bedroom. Since they’d be starting kindergarten, I figured it would be the perfect time to give them a bigger girl bedroom, with more space for them and desks to do work on.

It’s still not finished, but we’re getting there. I feel like any project we start never really has an end point because I’m always updating and redoing things it seems.

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This is looking into their room from the door. I want to add wire baskets near the head of their beds next to the windows for books. I’d also love to get rid of those bean bags but they love them. Maybe I can find some new covers for them that would match the decor a little bit more.

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This wall is pretty much done. I need to add push pins to the pinwheels because right now they are just taped up there. There are also a few nicks in the pain on the dresser that I need to touch up and then seal off. The only other thing on this wall I want to do is paint the doors of their room (and the kid’s bathroom and Tucker’s door) black to match the rest of the doors in the house.

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The gallery walls for the girls are not done. I need to add to it, change out the bird canvas with something else. I’ve got an idea of what I want to do on that one (I made the bird one, I plan to peel off the scrapbook paper that is one it and repaint over the canvas to make a new piece of artwork).

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I also need to add the girls’ names above their beds. I haven’t quite decided how I want them to look yet, but they’ll go just above their beds and below the butterfly garlands my mom made.

I love the direction the room is headed. It feels like the room has come so far, but still has so much farther left to go. I also updated these picture on our home tour page, just in case you wanted to see the rest of the house (it hasn’t been updated in a while but there hasn’t been much change as far as house projects go lately).

In need of a little project time.

I started redoing the girls’ room during spring break. We painted, rearranged the furniture, and put out their new bedding. Since then I haven’t done much more. A few accessory pieces here or there and that is about it. There is a lot I still need to do, I just haven’t had the time toContinue Reading

Teacher Appreciation Week, continued…

For day two of Teacher Appreciation Week, the kids and I baked up some sweet treats. We used a recipe from an IG friend, the most amazing recipe ever! Honestly, every single person I gave cookies to (the kid’s teachers, my team, and a few other teachers/staff at my school that helped me out oneContinue Reading

Teacher Appreciation Week 2014

If you didn’t already know, this week is the perfect time to thank a teacher! It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week 2014, and we will surely be thanking the teachers that make a difference in our kids lives this week…I plan to do something little each day to help them feel the love. First up thisContinue Reading

Not your normal spring break.

One day, I’ll learn. Today was our first day of spring break and I chose to spend it painting the girls’ bedroom. Who does that?! Me, obviously. I saw people posting pictures of sun, sand, water. Relaxing. And I decided to wake up early, head to Home Depot for a cartload of paint & supplies,Continue Reading

Valentines Day Ideas & More.

With a couple of holidays coming up in February (I say that because Mike’s birthday is on Groundhog’s Day & he expects us to celebrate it & his birthday. He really thinks people should be putting inflatable groundhogs in their yard like they do snowmen at Christmas) I thought I’d share some fun things we’veContinue Reading

Laundry room re-do, before & after.

Before the new year even began, I had an idea of what I wanted our first project of 2014 to be. Besides the garage (Mike is horrible at keeping it clean but has vowed to try better this year, we’ll see!) the laundry/pantry is one of my least favorite parts of our house. Until nowContinue Reading

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