• ROSIE’S 2ND BIRTHDAY!

    I wanted to share some photos from our baby girl’s Golden Birthday! We ended up celebrating her birthday 3 weeks after her actual birthday.. sometimes LIFE happens guys.

    I love decorating and making things pretty, so you can imagine how much I enjoy PARTIES!! I have loved parties since I was a little girl! I remember going all out decorating with streamers and balloons for my siblings and parents birthdays! It has always been so much fun for me! One time (or maybe even a few times) I made a cake for my Mom’s birthday. At the time I hadn’t quite mastered the skill of baking… I remember the poor, chocolate cake looking more like pannukakku, and tasting a little like it too. Cringe! I tried so hard, and I’m glad I didn’t give up (and that my mom allowed me to keep “wasting” ingredients so that I could learn) because today baking is one of my favorite things to do! It has improved too, so don’t be scared to come over for coffee and bakery! Haha!

    My mom always made our Birthday’s special by making us a fun birthday cake! This was back before there was Pinterest, and she had a little cake book that we could choose a cake from. I remember it was always so hard to pick! So thank you Mom for always making our Birthday’s special.. and sorry for all those terrible birthday cakes that I made for you, that you had to choke down and pretend it was delicious!!

    A little tip for any of you who may get stressed or overwhelmed easy, but you still love to throw parties: split up some of the work for the party into a couple days! This is a life saver for me! I remember Vernon’s 1st Birthday party and I spent the entire day- up until the guests arrived, preparing for this party. To be honest, I was exhausted! I had to put a smile on my face tho, and act like it was all good! I have noticed if I try to fit it all in, the day of the party.. I am a crab and a stress ball and that’s no way to be at a party! So, what works for me is- I make the cake the day before and then frost it the day of the party. That’s a huge time saver and there’s not so many dishes to wash in one day also! I try to clean the day before, so then the day of the party you can just do touch ups. The rest (decorating) I usually do the day of.

    Rosie didn’t look too thrilled when we were singing Happy Birthday to her! She wasn’t too sure about all the attention! Haha! I don’t know if all the commotion was a little too much or what, but later, after the majority of the people had left she was like an energizer bunny! Running around, laughing and having a good time! Or maybe it was the sugar?! Or maybe she takes after her Mother. I tend to start shutting down sometimes with too big of crowds of people I know. I definitely do better in smaller groups, that’s when I really come to life! Anyways, it was a fun, little party and I thoroughly enjoyed making her cake! Anything with unicorns and rainbows has to be fun, right?!

    Happy 2nd Birthday Rosie! I can’t believe that our little preemie is 2 already! Crazy to think that you were just over 2 lbs when you came into this world! I haven’t shared this part of my life with the world, but today I’m going to share a little piece of it. I can hardly see through the tears as I am typing this.. it brings back so many memories and emotions.

    I remember the first time I held you.. you were 6 days old. The nurse came in and said, do you want to kangaroo? (which means you hold your baby skin to skin on your chest). I was so surprised because I hadn’t held you yet and nobody said that it was okay for me too. I immediately said YES! My whole body started shaking and the cold sweats came on, sitting in that recliner in the NICU. You were so tiny and all hooked up to wires and cords. I was so nervous. The kind nurses told me, “Relax Mama, you won’t break her, it’s okay.” That helped a little.. but I was still very stiff and hardly moved a muscle for the whole hour that your tiny, little body laid on me, snuggled right up close to my neck. You were so tiny and I couldn’t believe this little miracle that YOU, so tiny, but such a fighter, were brought into this world and thriving, even though you arrived 3 months too early. I remember looking at your tiny little fingers.. and your little arms. Your arm was the size of my finger, wrapped around my neck. It’s really amazing to see an arm so small! I just gazed at you the entire hour and tried to soak in all of you, all snuggled up on my chest. You sure loved your Mommy. The whole time you were laying on me, you were so relaxed and snoozing away that you dropped your oxygen levels a few times; so relaxed that you kept forgetting that you still had to breathe. You thought all you had to do was snuggle! Babies know who their Mama’s are right from the beginning. That was such a special moment for me. I’m so happy that you still like to snuggle with your Mama! I love you Rosie!

    You have been sweet and spunky since day 1! I love all your chuckles and belly laughs. I hope you will always be a Mama’s girl, even tho sometimes I need a little break, I really do LOVE IT! I love that you love shoes and clothes at such a young age! I love all the words that you are learning by the day, and your little personality. I love your strawberry blonde hair and those big, beautiful, light blue eyes you have! You have forever changed our lives for the better and we could never imagine a day without our little Munchie! We love you babes!

     

  • ONE ROOM CHALLENGE- WEEK ONE: KIDS BEDROOM

    I am so excited to share some big news with you guys!! I have never done anything like this before and I’m just so giddy over here!!

    Sooooo… I will be participating in the Fall 2018 One Room Challenge as a guest participant!! This challenge starts TODAY for all guest participants! “The ORC is not a competition, but rather a celebration of creativity, inspiration and original ideas!” -ORC website. It’s a fun little challenge to encourage you to finish up ONE room in your home! This is so great because if you’re anything like me, you jump from room to room instead of getting ONE room fully finished! ORC puts this fun, little challenge on twice a year, every Spring and Fall! I hope you will follow along for the next 6 weeks to watch this room makeover! Check back each Thursday right here on my blog and my Instagram page for an update! Check out all of the other Guest Participants here. The 20 Featured Designers will post every Wednesday, so go check them out too! Also, head over to the ORC website to get more info and check out a bunch of rooms that have been transformed in the previous seasons! Check out their Instagram page here for some more inspiration!

    So, I am going to makeover my kids bedroom! I have a 4 year old boy (Vernon) and a 2 year old girl (Rosie) who share a room. A while ago I had painted their walls a nice bright white- (they used to be cantaloupe orange…) and that’s as far as I got! So, it’s kind of a blank canvas for me and I love that!

    Today I am going to show you some before pictures and then next week I’ll share some progress!

    I will be keeping the white walls, the wooden armoire for the kids clothes, the chartreuse area rug, the green bookshelf and Rosie’s crib. I will be getting rid of the blanket and pillowcase that we’ve been using as curtains, the light bulb will be changed to a fixture and I’ll be getting some new bedding. I will be adding fun decor and art, curtains, possibly some wallpaper, shelving, a new door, lighting and a bed frame for Vernon.

    The first thing I always do when designing a room is think about how I want the space to feel! This bedroom is for my kiddos so I want it to feel fun, happy, calm and clean! I think kids NEED color, so I will be using a lot of color in this room! The white walls act as a blank canvas and make the room feel fresh and clean! I will be sure to use some muted colors and touches of black for a resting place for the eyes. The wood tones of the armoire and touches of copper will help to warm up the space! I will be using lots of patterns; it makes it feel fun and I’m such a pattern girl, so I guess my kids are too! Haha!

    So here’s my starting point! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

     

    And here’s my main inspiration picture! I love the fun vibe this room gives off!

    Four Cheeky Monkeys

    Check back next week to see some progress!!

    Thanks for following along!

    xoxo,

    Hannah

     

  • FAMILY WEEKEND IN LOWER MICHIGAN

    We traveled to lower Michigan last week/weekend for a family wedding. I wanted to share a few pics from our time there!

    The drive down was VERY pretty! The leaves have started changing colors and all the red, orange and yellow trees make me so happy! (I was the driver at this point in the trip so sadly I didn’t get any pics). We also seen rainbows 4 different times with the off and on rain and sunshine!

    We got in late Wednesday night- and the bed at the hotel felt pretty amazing after 9 hours in the car with a 2 and 4 year old. The kids usually both travel really well in the car.. but the day before we left I brought Rosie in to the docs because she was having trouble breathing due to a cold. We found out she had a little bit of pneumonia in one of her lungs. They put her on antibiotics and a steroid and we gave her nebulizer treatments every 4 hours. The steroid always makes her crabby.. so she wasn’t the happiest in the car.

    The next day we ate breakfast at the hotel. We stayed at a Hampton Inn- it’s pretty much my favorite hotel for many reasons. They wash their duvet covers, they have the best breakfast and all the ones I have stayed at have been clean and updated! #notsponsored. After that I ran into Marshall’s quick while my husband waited in the van with the kids.. and I came out empty handed. It’s so hard to shop under pressure! Later my husband had an appointment and then we hung out at our hotel.

    On friday we visited a Cider Mill with cousins! If you’ve never been to a Michigan Cider Mill in the Fall.. you are missing out!! They have the best apple cider and homemade cinnamon and sugar donuts! I may or may not have polished off 3 donuts in one sitting.. the one we went to had farm animals, a big outdoor play area, hayrides, apple picking, etc. It’s the perfect place to go for a Fall outing with the fam!

    Saturday was wedding day but we didn’t have to be at the church til 3 PM. I ran into Homegoods quick and found a few things for an upcoming project that I will share with you very soon! One of the challenging parts about traveling to the city (when you’re from a small town)… is you have to try to fit in all your shopping while you’re there! The closest TJ Maxx and Target are 2 hours from where I live.. soooooo, when you’re a shopper, you gotta hit at least a few stores!

    Anyways, it was an absolute perfect day for a wedding! The wedding was beautiful and we enjoyed seeing our out of town family and friends! We had a late night visiting with cousins and the following morning we got on the road by 8 AM to make the long trip home.

    I always love to travel, but it always feels so good to be home! Also, I love my own bed and my own bathroom! TMI??! I don’t care, it’s true!!

  • WHY DO WE DO THIS?

    There’s this thing that I want to talk to you guys about… It’s something that we all do, me included. This thing isn’t healthy to do on the daily, it doesn’t help us to achieve our goals, it wastes time, it makes us feel like crap, highly unmotivated, frustrated and crabby. But we all. do. it!!! WHY???

    This BIG thing that I’m talking about is… NUMBING.

    We all do it. Yes YOU, even if YOU don’t think this pertains to YOU, it DOES! Trust me! We are EXPERTS at numbing!

    Here are some examples of my numbing tactics:

    • scrolling my phone/laptop for hours
    • avoiding doing dishes, laundry, dinner
    • keeping myself busy with useless stuff, just to be busy
    • driving all over so I don’t have to sit at home and look at/deal with the mess
    • spending money, shopping, retail therapy, whatever you want to call it
    • getting caught up in gossip which I absolutely loathe!!! It’s one of the things that I can actually say that I HATE, and hate is a strong word.
    • wanting to get away, go on a vacation!
    • over eating
    • making other people’s problems my own so I can focus on helping them, instead of focusing on what I’m avoiding

    Can you relate to these? Everyone numbs a little differently. Some may binge watch shows, exercise constantly, focus too much on their diet to the point of being unhealthy, work excessively, constantly be racing from one place to the next, become addicted to smoking, drinking or drugs. Or maybe you’re on the other end of the spectrum and you never say no and are always helping everyone else out, never taking time for yourself. You give all your energy to others and keep yourself so busy so you don’t have to think about what you actually need deep down. You worry about everyone else’s problems, illnesses and hardships. I don’t mean that you shouldn’t care for others, of course you should! But.. you don’t have to take on EVERYONE’S stuff ALL. THE. TIME.

    So why do we do this?

    The simple answer is this: because we don’t want to feel.

    We want to push feelings and fears away. We want to live on top our whole lives, we don’t want to be down in the dumps. Who wants to feel like crap and feel those hard emotions? We think if we cover them up with something we won’t have to bother with them… WRONG. They don’t leave, and they will continue to RUN. YOUR. LIFE. until you decide that you are READY- to just SIT and FEEL, and ask yourself what it is that you’re trying to avoid/feel. Then ask yourself what you need in order to get through this thing that is bothering you, and then GO and DO that thing!

    I want to give you a few quick examples of reasons why I numb. I numb because of bills, because of life situations, because I’m not achieving my goals as fast as I would like, because being a Mom is always a challenge and because there are projects that I want to be done but they won’t finish themselves.

    You know something tho… the best way to get through something is THROUGH it, not around it! So face those fears head on- stop numbing them out! FEEL all those FEELINGS that you have built up inside. Let them out! Cry, laugh, jump around, write things down, whatever you gotta do! You will feel more content and happy when you start doing this. It won’t be easy, but it WILL be worth it!!

    xoxo,

    Hannah

  • DOWNSTAIRS BATHROOM REVEAL

    Hello everyone!! I have finally decided to share my downstairs bathroom! I didn’t want to before, because I felt like it wasn’t quite ready yet… but if you read my last post, I decided it’s time to dive in whether it’s perfect or not! So here goes!

    When my husband (Tyler) first bought the house we live in, (we were dating at the time, so I didn’t live there yet) there was only one small and VERY narrow bathroom in the entire house. It was located on the main floor, kind of right in the middle of the house. When you first walked in the bathroom there was a pedestal sink right in front of you, to your right a stand-up shower and to your left a toilet. That was it folks! Sooooo.. Tyler decided, for some ODD reason, that they needed a bit of a bigger space than that for a bathroom!

    Our kitchen is toward the back of our house, and right off the kitchen was this little room that was mostly empty, except for a few makeshift shelves. We found out that the older man who lived there (along with 10 other people I believe..) before us used it as his radio room. He really enjoyed listening to HAM radio- so he had his own little, separate room just for that! I don’t know much about it, but we definitely didn’t need a “radio room” in our (I mean Tyler’s) house! So, he made that little room into a bathroom! I was living away at the time so I didn’t get a say in any of the pieces, or layout, that went in there- DARN! Only a guy would put a vanity under a window…

    After painting the walls about 3 times, I finally got it right! Third time’s a charm! The vanity started out as just a builder-grade vanity (brand new) but totally not cute! So I started out by painting it taupe, but eventually painted it black- and now I LOVE it! I spray painted the knobs that it came with, gold. It had an ugly, cream-color vanity top with the little seashell indent to hold a bar of soap.. never loved that. I went to Habitat for Humanity and found a white vanity top for $10! It’s not perfect but I love it way more than the previous one! Tyler built that shelf for me and I gave it a couple coats of coral paint. The shade is a DIY- just a cheap roller shade covered in fabric. The marbled succulent pots are also DIY- I used nail polish in a bunch of fun colors to marble the little white pots. Also, it took me for-ever to find a shower curtain.. I purchased WAY too many when I was trying to style this bathroom! When I found the flamingo curtain- I just KNEW that it would be perfect!

    I love how this bathroom turned out because it’s fun and whimsical, yet still feels glam! I’ll try to link all the pieces below! Hope this inspires you to just, GO FOR IT! and use some color in your home!!

     

    flamingo shower curtain

    soap dispenser

    gold mirror- thrifted

    light pink vase (similar)

    wooden elephant- thrifted

    glass soap jar (lid painted gold)

    Q-tip & cotton pad jars (lids painted gold)- similar

    white bath rug

    baskets- TJ Maxx & Homegoods

    ombre macrame wall hanging- TJ Maxx

    dalmatian print fabric

     

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