May 24, 2016

Memory Keeping| Week in the Life 2016 Wednesday's Words & Photos

This Wednesday was made for errands. Working out early with friends. Getting the car serviced and shopping with my sister for new crafting goodies. It rained HARD. All day. All night. But despite the deary weather we got out and got it done and had a blessed time. 


Trying to keep these two happy while the car was being serviced was a challenge. Luckily I had an extra set of hands. I'm also thankful that the waiting area had self serve popcorn, soda, and especially COFFEE. 

Finally made it to the stores and guess who's got to potty? Yep. Always. A thousand times. 


Even tho the picture is a bit blurry. I can still make out her face. I was actually trying to snap a photo of holding her hand and then I saw her look and thought this is REAL. Dealing with an unhappy three year while in the middle of perusing the amazing stock in Target = MY LIFE.

This is how we do baths in the house. Well this is how the babies do baths, I can't fit in there. 

Dinner. Or what was left of dinner.

It never ends. 

This is how I do baths. After a long, wet, and busy Wednesday....this is how I do me. ;)

May 17, 2016

Memory Keeping| Review of Studio Calico Warehouse Box

I used to live in Nashville Tn. It's Ah-Mazing. Love it. I'm even obsessed with the show Nashville. I used to live an hour from Bowling Green Ky and at once in my life was even looking at houses there. So when my all time favorite scrapbook supplier announced they were having a sale I marked in my calendar and told my husband that we would consider the five hour trip my Mother's Day/Romantic getaway. After all I had other reasons to go; visit friends, places I liked, show him my old stomping ground. But most of all, was excited to hit up the sale!

I was so excited. But the time came and things came up and I got sick and couldn't make it. Bummer, right? I was so hurt. And seeing all the hauls and goodies from the sale was like pouring salt on wounds. Thanks Cathy V. ;)  So needless to say when Studio Calico extended the sale to us that couldn't make it I jumped at the biggest box I could get. The $100 scrapbook/documenter box. And then time stopped. Ugh. Well not literally but it sure felt that way. Two weeks went by before they shipped it and then another two days of stalking the UPS guy. But then.....

I brought the box in and IMMEDIATELY opened it. Took an overall look without taking anything out of the box. 

Inside the box was several clear bags and pouches filled with pretty things. 

MY FIRST IMPRESSION.. WOOOOHOOOO! I was so worried I wouldn't like it and at this point was pretty sure I'd love it all. 

Now the moment you've all been waiting for.... WHAT WAS IN THE BOX....








So the total according to the price tags on the items and not counting the items without prices I'm at $105.00.... so maybe the items not showing prices were $45 worth? Probably not. But all in all  I feel like this is worth the $100 plus $11 dollars for shipping that I paid for it. I love just about 80% of it and will probably try to sell the things I don't like or need on the Facebook groups. Like for instance the dies. I don't have a die cutter so I can't use them. But for a blind buy from a shop I love I'm happy! I don't think I would do it again unless some changes were addressed. For example I had a lot of things in multiples in my box. One sheet of stickers I ended up with 4 of them. But luckily it's something I don't mind having four of. My favorite things were of course the albums. Can never have enough of those and it just so happens that I got my favorite ones. I got some kits and things I didn't have and somethings that will force me out of my "comfort zone" but I think it's fun to have things in your stash that you necessarily wouldn't buy. The anticipation of this was great, unboxing was so fun, and of course I can't wait for the hours of crafty happiness it will soon bring. 
Happy Crafting and Scrapping! If you have reviews of your Studio Calico Warehouse boxes please feel free to link them up here....

May 11, 2016

Memory Keeping | Week in the Life 2016 Monday's Words & Photos

This project is one of if not my favorite memory keeping projects to do. It forces me to capture the absolute regular things. The routines. The mornings and evenings and bedtimes. I went ahead and put together my collages and photos with words and time stamps because for me that's the easier part. I probably wont embellish or put it all together until the week is done but for now Monday's photos are edited and printed and waiting for me in the album. 

I didn't take that many photos for Monday. I hit the highs and lows that would pretty much tell the story of the day. One highlight I wanted to capture was visiting the new Hobby Lobby in the neighboring town. Other than that it was a simple day at home with the family. Playing, eating, sleeping, diaper changing etc. But I love the photos I got and I'm happy with the process so far. 

I kept a few pieces of memorabila from the day. The bag from Chick-fil-A, a receipt from Hobby Lobby (maybe I shouldn't add that, spent way too much, haha), Some bits and bobs from the kids backpacks. I'm making a note to be more intentional about looking for things to keep and hold on to that will help tell the story and jog some emotion and memories about our life right now. 

It's Wednesday morning so Tuesday will be up soon. I'm such a procrastinator.. 

seeya-Steph



May 4, 2016

How to Fit Two Girls in One Bedroom and Still Have Room to Move


With five kids someone's got to share a room and we're fine with that. Truth be told we could have built a house with ten bedrooms and all my kids would sleep in the same room. I know eventually they'll get in the "I need privacy" mind set but the old saying , "You'll have your own room when you have your own house'' is something I am prepared say a hundred times during their teenage years. In fact, growing up sharing a room with my younger sister I know all to well the fight I face. I didn't like it one bit but now she's my best friend and I cherish those days oh so much. So the way I see it I'm doing them a favor by cramming them into a bedroom.

Their new room is much smaller than their one at the Dragon House (what my kids called the old house). We opted to make the bedrooms here a bit smaller to accommodate for a playroom and larger living and kitchen areas. So now my challenge is figuring out ways to fit two growing girls into a smaller room. I know it's a challenge that will continue to change over the years but for now we've made a few decisions that are working for their current age and needs.

TWO GIRLS ONE BED
Let's face it there's only like a handful of options for sleeping arrangements when it comes to shared rooms. We've done the whole bunk bed thing before and I'm just not a fan. The beds are just hard to make up and then there's the whole safety issue with little ones falling off and for me bunk beds are just so bulky and thick and tend to take up more space than not. We thought about doing two twin beds but then again they would take up the better part of the room as would a double bed. So when I came across this black iron day bed with a trundle I immediately saw a solution.


Two beds but when the trundle is put away it only takes the space of one bed. Yay! Lilli sleeps on top and Alice sleeps on the bottom. We pull the trundle out at night and then in the morning it goes back under and they have plenty of space to play. And again, if truth be told, they sleep together on the trundle most nights.

The girls love it and so do I.

When it comes to space saving we are trying a few more ideas...

 Easier said than done, right? Well the playroom helps with this a lot. We have most of their bigger toys; play kitchen, baby doll strollers, etc. in the playroom. The only toys we keep in here are there more expensive dolls and horse barn. They have plenty of space to pull that out and play!


I also wanted to address their clothes storage needs. Since there was no way the dresser would fit in here and still allow for play space I knew I had to maximize the closet. I'm still working this out but for the most part I purchased a slim and tall book shelf from IKEA and hung four rods, 2 for each girl.









As of right now they have their bed a small table and few toys, and one closet they share. No dresser, no decorations, just simple and uncluttered. And I love it! I don't want to change much or overfill the room. I want it to stay as open and clean as I can possibly keep it. There are a few things I want to work on;

some art work to the walls
a small vanity
a rug (maybe)
longer drapes
a bedskirt to hide the trundle
some bins for the closet shelves

Check out my PINTEREST BOARD FOR THE GIRLS ROOM. And don't forget to pin this for later.




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