Monday, October 30, 2017


The fact that it's Monday is made tolerable because tomorrow I am taking the day off work! This weekend was a very cold and rainy one in Northeast Ohio, but we still made the most of it. 

I started planning a ladies craft night to make this wreath:
 On Saturday, we went to a local church's Halloween event:
 They had a little petting zoo and the kids got to pet a kangaroo!
 On Sunday, we headed to my parent's house in the evening. Someone fell asleep on the way:
Jon broke in our new pressure cooker (our old one that he had used religiously for a few years died a few weeks back):
 Sunday night I crafted!
My mom is letting me borrow her old Cricut so I also perused the internet for all the projects. I am so excited to play around with it!

Friday, October 27, 2017

friday favorites

{1} Baby's first top knot. Jon sent me this picture of Edith's hair the other day and I swooned so hard.

{2} Are you sick of hearing me talk about Swap yet? I cannot get enough. I got my all-time favorite Swap find to date in the mail this week and it is definitely my new favorite piece of clothing! The Market & Spruce Chaplin Lined Hooded Anorak Jacket is $94 new from Stitch Fix, and I got a like new one for $20 on Swap!

 {3} We got this face paint kit the other night and it is a hit! So far Edith has had crowns, rainbows and spiders and Elden has consistently requested a black eye, blood and scars. It's so easy to use, not messy at all, washes off well, and makes the kids very happy.

{4} I continue to truck along in the bathroom. I think we decided to keep the counter the same color as the rest of the vanity now that we've seen it. Which leads us to..

{5} The finishing touches for the bathroom are coming together! Faucet | Rug | Light Bulb Cage | Pendant Light Cord Kit | Shower Curtain

Linking up with KatieAprilAndreaNarci and Erika!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

bathroom update progress

So you know that episode of Boy Meets World where Cory paints his and Topanga's apartment yellow because he got a great deal on the paint?
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... I'm getting ahead of myself.

As of last update, we had painted part of the vanity and the counter. We ended up disliking the white on the counter next to the sink bowl because they were different shades. Since then, we decided to try the light gray we had originally intended for the walls on the counter. And I loved it!

 So on Tuesday night I decided to go ahead and paint the walls while Jon worked more on the vanity doors. Remembering we had bought a can of white oops paint for the kitchen back when we thought we were going to move (but we ended up not liking the white on the walls down there and painted them the same blue as the living room... and also not moving) I was like BAM. I am a money-saving genius.

I got to it and it didn't take me long to realize that the white oops paint was actually more of a gray oops paint.

A gray that happened to match the gray I had just painted the counter with.
Too stubborn to go back (a counter takes a lot less time to repaint than a room), I sent an SOS out to a few girlfriends and finished painting the walls. One of them suggested the following furniture-inspired look for the counters:
And I gotta say, I like where her head is at! We are going to try to paint the counter the same color as the vanity and see how we like it. Worst case scenario, we choose a different color for the case scenario, I don't have to pay more money for more paint and I retain my money-saving genius title.

I still need to paint the trim/doors, figure out if I am going to try to repaint or replace the linen closet and entry door knobs, replace the light fixture (I have a DIY pendant light game plan that I hope isn't a disaster), replace the faucet, hang the mirror and frame it out (or perhaps try to thrift a new mirror), and I'd really like to re-tile the floor (but I need to convince Jon first). I also have grandiose plans of building these shelves over the toilet but that is super low on my priority list right now.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

what's up wednesday

Linking up with MelSheaffer, and Shay!

What we're eating this week:
Sunday: Leftover pizza / hamburgers

We also decided to try this vegan coconut milk yogurt recipe and started it earlier this week!

Monday: Copycat PF Chang's tofu lettuce wraps

Tuesday: Chickpea gyros

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Kale and white cheddar quesadillas (for me) and black bean tacos (for Jon)

Friday: Homemade pizza

Saturday: Leftovers

What I'm reminiscing about:
How little my babies used to be :-(

(and Etta was still in my stomach this time last year)

What I'm loving:
This song - 

What we've been up to:
Edith's birthday celebration, including trying our hand at this princess cake.

Lots of fun fall parties and dinners.

What I'm dreading:
Winter. When I first checked my weather app on Monday morning there was a little snowflake icon in the 10-day forecast. Thankfully that has since changed to a rain icon, but...
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What I'm working on:
I've been happily pinning away DIY Christmas gift ideas for the ladies in our small group. I have a few ideas but it's so hard thinking of something that everyone would use. If you have any ideas drop them in the comments!

What I'm excited about:
Halloween! This weekend we are going to a trick or treat event at a local church that will feature a petting zoo with cool is that?! Then for trick or treat, our neighborhood is seriously the best. Some of our neighbors hand out full sized candy bars to our kids. Our families and a few friends usually join us. This year I'm taking Halloween off work for Elden's school parade. It's going to be a lot of fun!

What I'm watching/reading:
Modern Family, The Mindy Project, The Goldbergs, and Superstore.

Still not reading anything...

What I'm listening to:

What I'm wearing:

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I am obsessed with all things Swap. I recently got these Zara jeggings and this Market & Spruce jacket for less than $30:
One thing I really love about Swap is that you can set alerts for specific brands. Since I loved the way the Stitch Fix clothes I was sent fit me but couldn't justify the price tags, I set alerts on Swap for some of the brands - that's how I found the jacket basically as soon as it was posted. Since the clothes are about 1/4 the price of the brand new Stitch Fix ones, I've been able to find clothes that fit me well but are affordable!

What I'm doing:
Christmas shopping! We are almost entirely done shopping for the kids and we've started on our family's gifts. 

What I'm looking forward to next month:
November is full of fun things! In November, we will celebrate Jon's 30th birthday, Etta's 1st birthday and Thanksgiving. I have a really fun night planned for Jon's 30th that I can't wait for.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

edith's 3rd birthday recap | day of

Saturday was Edith's actual birthday. We had this waiting for her when she woke up, along with helium balloons from Dollar Tree:
When the kids came downstairs, it was time for presents. This year, we got Edith this and this. She absolutely loved both gifts!
 After presents, we all got ready and headed to Dunkin for breakfast.
Following breakfast, Edith requested we head back to the orchard to feed the chickens and visit Joel. Easiest $1 entertainment ever.
After the orchard we ran home to change Edith for dance class. Elden actually requested to join her class and much to my surprise he cheerfully went in with her (I sit in the hall during the class) and chatted up the teacher the entire time. The school is checking with the owner if he can join full-time since he's technically a year too old for her class, but this was a huge change for our normally very introverted guy. 

After dance class, the kids ate lunch and did nap/quiet time while Jon and I party prepped. We took a very laid back approach for Edith's family party--Costco pizzas, pasta salad, and ice cream (at the request of Edith). My mom bought these princess photo props for pictures. I got a grand total of zero pictures from her family party, so all of these are stolen from family!
The theme of her gifts was definitely dress-up! She got a lot of dress-up clothes, purses, make-up, jewelry, and her first jewelry box with a dancing ballerina. That night, Elden told me for his next birthday he also wants a jewelry box but instead of a ballerina he wants it to have a Transformer in it. So, if you know where I might be able to find something like this please let me know.

It was such a great day and Edith felt so loved. She definitely thrives in the limelight so this was right up her alley. She was sad her birthday was over, but I think it left her looking forward to next year!