Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone had a good week. It was some kind of week over here with the weather. I think spring missed the memo this year for most of us because it felt like the farthest thing from it. We've had our 4th nor'easter in the last few weeks. What can you do? If there's one thing we can't control, it's the weather. 

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

1. Easter eggs: the tricky part with Easter being so early this year, is that it doesn't really feel like the Easter season. If that makes any sense. I guess because I relate it to nicer weather, the flowers blooming, birds chirping, you know, spring. Aside from it still being snow covered, the boys had some fun decorating eggs and doing a few little Easter projects. I've been doing eggs this way ever since A was born. I can't stand the smell of vinegar and all the mess of dropping eggs into that colored water. We keep it simple and let the boys go to town with some paint markers. I know, I know, it's not the most creative thing out there, but it works.

2. St. Patrick's Day: we weren't sure if we were going to take the boys out on St. Patrick's day because of all the craziness that's associated with the day. A restaurant near us was more family friendly so we decided to go. I was glad we ended up going out because the food was really good and the atmosphere was fun.

3. Snow: I wouldn't say this was really a favorite of mine, but it happened, so let's embrace it. And, the boys had one heck of a time out there playing in it. They got the grand idea to go and dig for burred treasure. I felt bad that they didn't find any, but they did hit some nice ice blocks that they had fun digging up. And Coaty found a nice big stick. It's all about the sticks with my boys.

4. Living room refresh: I am overwhelmed and so appreciative of all the comments and love my easy ways to refresh your living room post got. I always enjoy getting style tips and ideas from others so I was happy to share mine with you all. I really love how everything came together for this room and has me even more excited to share my master closet soon. If you caught my instastories this week, you might have seen that we are doing a little demo and adding in some much needed shelving. I'm kind of in love with the decor and how it's transforming. Next I'll be tackling getting everything organized, so stay tuned.

5. Spring cleaning: it's officially spring now and this time of year always has me thinking of changing something or taking on a new mindset. This year I'm getting the boys more involved with things and shared how I'm having them spring clean more than just their toys. We're still working on staying consistent with that because we still get the excuses that their legs don't work or picking up their toys makes them dizzy. Yup, dizzy.

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

7 Ways To Get Your Kids Involved With Spring Cleaning

Happy first day of spring, everyone! This time of year always gets me so excited because I live for nice days and warmer weather. Although, spring is playing some nasty tricks on us this year because they're calling for another nor'easter around here. Like seriously, get it together. The weather has to get nicer at some point, right? 

It's no surprise over here that I am not the most tidy or organized person out there. I am making some great progress though and it's amazing how implementing some small changes can really make a big difference. 

When I think of spring cleaning, I don't always jump to the typical mindset of cleaning every nook and cranny. I've shared before about 5 ways to spring clean your blog and 5 ways to spring clean more than just your home. This year, I decided to break away from sharing five things and got ambitious with sharing seven (I'm such a rebel) ways to get your kids involved with spring cleaning more than just their toys. 

1. ORGANIZATION: decorative storage bins have been so helpful for us, especially in their play room. Even with all of our bins around, I still get asked at least once a day where one of their toys are. Somehow Moms are just supposed to magically know where everything is, right? After A had a meltdown because he couldn't find one of his beloved Paw Patrol toys, we deiced to have a designated bin for all of those specific toys so he can keep better track of them. We've also done this now with their stuffy friends and superheroes.

2. SETTING GOALS: setting goals has been a big thing in our house. We utilize an app or start charts that the boys can works towards earning things so it was the perfect time to put some goals in place for the spring.

3. MAKE CLEANING FUN: what I've learned with kids is if you make something fun or turn it into a game you are more likely to capture their attention and have them participate. They enjoy seeing who can match the most socks, using the garbage bin as a bucket and throwing things in there like a basket ball.

4. ADDING IN AN INCENTIVE: who doesn't love a little incentive for doing some extra help. My boys have really been into finding change lately so this has been a motivator for them to want pick things up. You know, in case they find some extra "monies". We may or may not leave a few coins laying around so they really think they are finding things.

5. OUTSIDE ORGANIZATION: our back door is right off of our kitchen and where majority of their outdoor toys are. Just like how they ask me where something is in the house, they'll ask about their things outside too. We use an old wash tub for them to put majority of their things in but being organized outside can also be as important as being organized inside.

6. BEING KIND: we also talked to the boys about ways they can be kind to others at school or when we are out at places. We asked them what they thought they could do and A said, he could play with someone new and share his toys, and little nugget wants me to pack extra smoothies and stickers for his best friends everyday. We're still working on him coming up with some other ideas.

7. GIVING COMPLIMENTS: The boys new thing has been coming to Eric and I and saying that one of them is lying about something or being mean to each other. Instead of allowing them to continue complaining about things (of course we also hear their thoughts and let them work it out) but we also follow up with having them give each other a compliment or say something nice about each other.

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 is 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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