Easy Ways To Refresh Your Living Room

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I don't know about you, but I always have this urge to change something in my house once the holidays end. Maybe it's the feeling of something missing after the decorations go away, or maybe it's the mindset of a new year and a fresh start. Whatever it is, I got the itch to give our living room a  little refresher, and with spring around the corner it felt like the perfect time to add the finishing touches.

We recently decided to put up a wood wall in our living room and mounted our tv on it. It was one of those things that after we put it up we questioned ourselves why in the world we didn't do this sooner. Have you ever had one of those moments?

After the wood wall went in, it basically inspired me to do a refresh to the whole room. I knew I didn't want to spend a lot of money on it, and instead of just going out and purchasing everything in one trip, I shopped around.

We also rearranged some of our furniture in the room which helped with the flow and gave it a more open feel.

Some of my favorite easy and cost effective ways to refresh a space is changing out the throw pillows and blankets. I've mentioned here before that I can never get enough of curling up with a blanket regardless of what the weather is like.

I have a confession to make, this is the first time I bought pillow covers instead of just grabbing completely new pillows. That was another, why in the world did I wait so long moments, because you guys, I am hooked. I feel like I have so many random pillows that I get board with and now this a new found lifesaver for me. These decorative pillow covers were only $5.99 and just as good as quality as other covers I've seen for way more. I think that was always my hesitation, I couldn't justify getting pillow covers that cost more than just buying new pillows.

We also switched out our area rug and I love how it tones down the darker color of the wood floor and ties in more of the neutral tones from the couch and the walls. Plus the dog and boys love playing on it so it only made sense for Eric and I to join them.

Another simple way to refresh your room is with switching up the decor or changing up your lamp shades. My mom built us the fixture above our couch from a piece of re-purposed wood from our attic. She gave it to us as Christmas present and not only was it super thoughtful but I love the way it came out.

We have these built-ins next to our tv that I also love. If there's one thing I've noticed, it's that I don't really have a set style that I gravitate towards. I'm more of a whatever catches my eye kind of girl, but keeping color palettes in mind and making sure it isn't something too over the top that it looks out of place. Simple changes like adding in some flowers, vases, playing with textures and patterns, and  displaying our antique bottles that we found at an estate sale, all made each of these shelves feel complete.  

Family Room Decor
After we put up the wood wall, the wall next to it just looked too bare and like it needed something. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do here at first so I sat on it for a little while. I've learned to not make hasty purchases that I just end up returning. I know some people have to have everything put together right away in a room, but I'm ok with sitting on it and getting a feel for the space and having an idea of what will work best. I randomly found these white carved wood pieces and the frame at three different stores. They all seemed to tie in so well together that I really love how it came together. I also realized I tend to lean towards more of a less is more approach when it comes to my decor. I love open wall space and not feeling like every inch needs to be covered.

Simple Living Room Decor
Our living room is one of our most used rooms in the house and a common place for everyone to get together. Now when we sit in here as a family I can't help but look around and know this is a space where many memories will be made. All you really need are a few tickles, laughter, a few messes (because those are inevitable with kids), some fun pieces that add satisfaction to your style, and all the family time to complete it. 


Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone had a great week. This one seemed to go by extremely fast for me and the phrase, they're aren't enough hours in a day, could not be more true. I'm trying my best to balance it all, but I won't say it's all easy. Baby steps, right? I'm just thankful we have some extra daylight when I get home from work but I will be one happy girl when all of this snow melts away. Speaking of snow, we got some more this week. Fun times. 

Here's a look at some of my favorites from the week...

1. Fun mail: I can't say enough about the good things this blogging community brings. If you are more of a silent reader and don't engage with other bloggers, I would encourage you to try and step outside of your comfort zone and connect with others because you could really be missing out. I was so happy to receive this awesome fun mail From Rebecca Jo. I commented on one of her pics that I saw on instagram, and told her how I sing that song to A every night before bed (any White Christmas watchers over here?). She was so kind to send the picture to me and surprised me with this beautiful drawing of my blog name. A has his sheep picture propped up in the bottom of his bedroom mirror, and now he enjoys saying good night to them. 

2. More snow: I mentioned we got some more on top of the 26 inches we previously had. Thankfully it wasn't too much and enough to make everything look like a winter wonderland again. The boys enjoyed making multiple snowmen with daddy, and Coaty only decided to help out with one of them leaving some bright yellow snow at the bottom.

3. Science Fair: the boys had their science fair last night and they were so proud of their project boxes. They painted them all by themselves and helped glue all the pieces together. Of course we had to help with some of the cutting and things, but I love how they wanted to be involved. 

4. St. Patrick's Day: with St. Patrick's Day being tomorrow we couldn't help but make our no food coloring green pancakes again. I love that my boys enjoy these and that they are a healthier alternative to food dyes. This is about as festive as we'll get aside from sending the boys in green shirts to school today, but we had fun with this. Who knows, maybe we'll go out and grab some Irish food tomorrow.

5. Easter baskets: it's hard to believe Easter is around the corner, specially with it not really feeling like spring. We had our Girl Chat link up yesterday and shared what we're putting in our Easter baskets. We're planning on going to a few egg hunts with the boys as long as the snow melts and seeing that silly bunny. Our main goal is always to teach the boys about the true meaning of Easter and why we celebrate it. I love that A is at an age where he asks a ton of questions, especially about Jesus, and it's so cute to have our little nightly talks before bed.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Here's where you can find me linking for all of the link up fun.

Kids Easter Basket Ideas-Girl Chat Link Up

Easter Basket Ideas
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It's hard to believe we're talking about Easter again. It feels like just a few months ago I was sharing the boys Easter baskets and planning out an egg hunt for our backyard. 

It looks like this year will be a bit tricky because we are still covered in snow over here and I'm not sure how much it will actually warm up. I know we'll make it all work, but I do miss Easter being later on in the month.

Looking back at my previous posts (here, here, and here) and sharing the boys baskets, I've noticed a pattern. I think I've unintentionally started some basket traditions aside from our regular Easter traditions as a family. It looks like what I put in them has been consistent year after year with a few changes here and there as they get older.

Being the brave soul that I am, I ventured to HomeGoods over the weekend with the boys while Eric was working on a paper for his Masters class. I have to say, they were very well behaved and we walked out doing a happy dance because no one broke anything. My favorite part of the trip was when they spotted the dog aisle and asked if they could get a few things for Coaty and make him a basket. How could I say no to that? The answer is, you don't. Our dog will also be getting a basket this year with some new toys and treats and the boys have already put it together and stashed it away in a special hiding place.

Easter Basket
Most of the items for their baskets I picked up from Target's dollar spot, I mean, can anyone walk past that section and not think about picking something up? I'd like to know who you are and if you're some magical creature with the strongest will power, ever. I also picked up a few things for them during Old Navy's sale because we typically start to get things ready for our family trip. You guys, I am so excited to announce soon where we will be traveling this year. It's not where we originally intended but I am over the moon and ready to leave like now. Anyway, that's another post so stayed tuned.

Here's a look at what's in their baskets...

Bug Catcher
Rubber Finger Shooters
Dot-to-Dot Activity Books
Color Me Canvas Bags
Sidewalk Chalk 
Band Aids
Fruit Snacks 
Lunch Box Snacks

Now it's your turn to join in on the fun and share more about what you put in your baskets. 

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All The Fun With Green Pancakes

Well it looks like I'm on a roll over here with doing a yearly recipe post because the last one I did was this time last year. And, I'm not even sure this one technically counts because it's the same recipe. My days now are more about throwing something together and making meal time easier. And don't get me started on trying to take food pics around kids, because that's a task in itself.

Last year I was able to sneak in some picture taking because little nugget was, well, still little. This year, I had two sous chefs in the kitchen that added to all of the messy fun because what good is letting kids cook without enjoying all of the messes.

These no food coloring green pancakes are still a big hit around here and I love them because they are a healthier alternative to using food dye. This recipe is really easy and what I like is, depending on the flavor you prefer you can add in a little more of something or hold back. We are big peanut butter lovers over here so adding in some extra to ours just makes sense.

We doubled the recipe this time around because little nugget, no joke, can eat six pancakes on his own. We also made extra and have been enjoying heating them up throughout the week. This weekend is St. Patrick's day after all and if there's one thing this blogging and instagram world as taught me, it's that playing with your food is totally acceptable.

I couldn't help but share several outtake pics of our pancake eyes because I was cracking up and could feel and hear little nugget doing silly things right next to me. I had no clue how these were going to turn out or what he was actually doing. You all know I love the behind the scenes pics and usually enjoy them so much more than the "good" ones. You also have to love their pj choices. I think A was wearing little nuggets pants and little nugget couldn't decide on a shirt or pattern, so he just wore it all.

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! It has been some kind of week over here. It has been uneventful for the most part and then at the same time very eventful with all the snow we got. You've probably heard by now that the north east got hit with two nor'easter storms in a week. Remind me again why I live here? And, if you watch my instastories then you saw some of our snow fun. I'm just hoping it quickly melts so we can get back to thinking about spring and enjoying some warmer days.

Here's a look at some of my favorites from the week...

1. All the snow: well I know it's nothing monumental because people all over the world get snow, but this was the most we have seen in awhile. In fact, we ended up with the most snow in our state for this particular storm. I'm talking over 26 inches. Yup, 26. We basically had to dig to get out of our backdoor and I was nervous I was going to lose little nugget in all the white stuff for a minute. Coaty was living his best life running all around and jumping through the snow. Can we talk about those snowballs stuck in his fur for a minute. That was a good time trying to get them out.

2. Science projects: since the boys had two days home from daycare this week we got started on their science fair projects. Little nugget's theme is dinosaurs and A's is sea creatures. He was assigned a dolphin for his project and of course that's the one sea friend we don't seem to have. What's a mom to do? Jump on Pinterest, of course. I found a cute felt project for the dolphin that we did and I think their boxes are going to come out really good.

3. Indoor activities: speaking of spending days home, keeping the boys occupied is not always easy. My blogging friend Hannah from Lovely Little Lives shared some great ideas for indoor activities and some of our favorites liking making blanket tents. I also love how she does a beauty parlor with her girls. Now if only A and little nugget would let me paint their toes ;)

4. Spring table setting: with all the time we spent indoors this week I did get some things done around the house that I'm really excited about. I mentioned before that we wanted to give our living room a little overhaul after we put the wood wall in. I'm happy to say the room is almost complete. I'll be sharing more as soon as my pillow covers come in. I also have a fun collaboration coming up and will be completely revamping my master closet. It's pretty much the one and only closet I will not complain about in this house, and that's because Eric built it for me.

Aside from all of that, I did get a chance to get my dining room table going for Easter. I don't really decorate for a lot of holidays other than Thanksgiving and Christmas. I had two cute bunnies last year that reminded me of A and little nugget but of course one of them broke. I came across these little wooden guys at Hobby Lobby and figured they would do for now. When I set them out, A actually asked me about the glass bunnies from last year. When I told him one of them broke he was so quick to say, oh well that was the little nugget bunny. Such brotherly love. Eric picked up these ceramic plates for me at a random sale at our local grocery store and they were only 25 cents each. They were too good to pass up and I kind of think they look perfect on the table here. I decided not to put out any utensils and I'm still debating on leaving the plates out because I could see them quickly turning into some sort of shield or God only knows what with my crew.

5. Girls night: before all of this snow and craziness hit, I got to have a girls nights at my sister's new house with a bunch of our close friends. It's so nice being able to just sit around and catch up about things and share some good laughs. These girls are so important to me and it just stinks that we live so far away. I also got to meet up with one of my other really good friends and her adorable family. It's times like that that make me wish we lived closer to everyone.

Speaking of girls night, one of the great things about this blogging community has been connecting with so many other positive and supportive women. It almost feels like many of you are friends from a distance. We'll be having our monthly girl chat on Thursday where we'll be sharing about our Easter baskets and would love for you to link up and join!

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Here's where you can find me linking for all of the link up fun.
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