Friday, January 19, 2018

Snoooooooow Day

Raleigh had a fairly decent snow this week - about five or so inches.  And, of course with snow means no school.  And no gym open. And no children's activities open.  My husband has been in Boston so I've been flying solo with the kids this week. 

My husband travels for work all week every week so being home with the kids on my own is no biggie but we are extremely active most of the time.  Usually the only time we are at home is in the early afternoon at what used to be nap time.  Now only one kid naps and I make the other one have quiet time so I can have a few minutes to myself.  But the snow has had us entirely housebound.  And I am proud to say that not only did we survive, I think we had a pretty good time! 

Day one: a civilized breakfast followed by Gray's usual routine of dismantling all of the spices in my pantry on the racks she can reach.  Yesterday was so funny because after the fifth time or so that she did it, I heard Forrest say, "Gray, clean this mess up.  You are driving me crazy!"  Hmmm, I wonder where he got that from...

My friend Reeves gave the kids the Snowman movie for Christmas and they loved it.  I could hardly believe they both sat still to watch it!!

We did lots of arts and crafts.  Stringing fruit loops onto pipe cleaners was a big hit with Forrest (baby Gray ate all hers after dumping them all over the floor).

We even managed to start a little Valentine's project.

By late afternoon we were getting hard up for activities (clearly):

So, we spent an extra long time in the bath to kill some time that evening...

And then on day two, the snow stopped dumping down and we got to head outside!  Both of my kids have seen snow but I think this is the first time they were old enough to really "get it".   Like everything else in this world, most of the snow ended up in baby Gray's mouth.

And just to keep things real, there was an epic meltdown by baby Gray when she was forced to quit eating said snow and come inside.

The snow tired everybody out and we all took a little nap that afternoon.  Even this guy!

Thankfully after a little nap, she was back to her old self again.

And they could go back to destroying my house again...

My snow days sure have changed over the years.  My friends know that I used to wish harder than anyone for a snow day.  And then after kids, snow was a whole different ball game.  Snow days no longer mean binge watching tv and day drinking by a fire.  It now means entertaining cooped up kiddos and everyone going stir crazy while you try to hold on to a shred of your sanity.  It means hearing people scream mommy every 25 seconds for no reason.   And lots of whining and crying.  But there was also a ton of giggling, dancing, jumping and wiggling happening over here. And I wouldn't change any of it for the world.  I know years from now when my kids are grown up, I will yearn for the time I got to spend with them.  So, despite this crazy, cooped up, exhausting time, I am focused on loving every minute of it. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Black in the Bath

This Oklahoma home was featured recently in Domino.  It caught my attention immediately because the article was about how the home blended old and new - something anyone who knows me knows I'm passionate about.  Yes, it was beautifully done and well styled but the thing that stuck out to me the most was the bathroom.  It's ALL BLACK tile.  And I cannot get over how contemporary it looked even with such traditional and classic tile.

via Domino

For a long time now, I've dreamed of painting a room black but hadn't thought about all black tile in a bathroom.  Sure, you see lots of black and white mixed but think about it: it won't show dirt like lighter tile and grout!  And so sleek looking.  Here are  a few other {mostly} black tile bathrooms that I rounded up.  Definitely filing this idea away for when I get to redo a bathroom...

 via Abigail Ahern

via Apartment Therapy 

via Apartment Therapy 

 via DigsDigs

 via feedly

via ideas for bathroom 

via Kohler

Do any of you have all black tile in your bathroom?  Would love to know if it is as easy to maintain as I am imagining it is!  

#blackbathrooms #blacktile  #blackbathroomtile

Monday, January 15, 2018

A Little Etsy Pillow Round Up

My husband told me the other day that I have a problem with pillows.  And (I don't say this often), he's right.  I just think that pillows can inexpensively, yet dramatically, change a space.  I'm in the market for new ones for my living room to keep it from feeling too matchy-matchy and traditional.  I have to wait for my husband to finish processing our new rug before I pull the trigger on another purchase.  :)  In the meantime, I've rounded up a few pillows I'm loving lately from Etsy.  In no particular order, here are a few of my picks:

Pink and pom poms.  Perfect for a little girl's space, a feminine living room or a calming bedroom.  I can't help it, I still love a pom pom.  

If pillows are a problem, then animal print is my downfall.  I cannot.get.enough.  But I loved this spin on the antelope pillow - denim!  

I'm back in the South now.  Seersucker and a monogram!  But seriously, this would be super fun to spruce up a room for the warmer months.

These bunnies are so great.  Modern and traditional together.  And they don't feel kidsy at all.  If pink isn't your thing, I also saw orange and navy ones.  Adore these.

Is there such thing as modern country?  If so, this pillow is it.  I'm into larger scale, modern buffalo checks these days.

This pillow would be a great one to pair with some other colorful ones to pare down the mix.  And at the $14 price point, it is definitely a winner!

Vintage kilim.  Beautiful, old, colorful and has such a unique story to tell.  I love the shape of this one too!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Living Room Mood Board

Still thinking a lot about this large scale Palmetto print from Serena and Lily so I played around with a little living room mood board today.  Happy Friday!  xo

blue living room

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Hamilton Bowes Simplistic Hardware

I am loving the simplicity of these Hamilton Bowes drawer and cabinet pulls and knobs.  They would be beautiful in a kitchen or bath redesign.  Definitely keeping these in mind for the future!

They'd be so elegant on white cabinets but can you imagine how they would pop on a slate gray or black or navy?! 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tuesday Tip: Bacon on Parchment Paper

My aunt came to visit a few weeks ago and taught me about parchment paper.  I can honestly say I had never used it before and told her so.  Her response: "Every good southerner should know about parchment paper."  And yes, now I only cook my bacon on it but also used it for all of my holiday cookie baking and it worked like a charm...and clean up was a cinch! 

I'm sure you all know about baking your bacon in the oven which is now my preferred method of choice.  No grease splattering all over the stove top and it turns out perfectly every time (as long as I don't forget about it and set the fire alarm off!!).  My children love bacon so I cook it frequently since, let's be honest, there isn't a lot that they will eat in the way of meat (or anything for that matter).  Before, I was pouring the grease out into a jar.  Now, when I cook it on parchment paper, the grease stays on the paper and I can simply toss it out.  Voila!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Rugs USA Does it Again!

You may remember a while ago, I shared with you my favorite bargain site for great rugs, RugsUSA.  Well, my husband not only gave me permission but downright insisted that I get a new living room rug.  I've wanted one for quite some time but like everything in my own home, I have problems pulling the trigger.  I was perusing the RugsUSA site and came across this awesome new feature they have: upload a picture of your room and then insert the rug you are interested in to see what it will look like in your space.  This must be like what online shopping in the future is going to be like!!  It's sort of like when you are designing a photo Christmas card and you can upload your photo to see what it will look like only this time, you can do it for a room in your house!  And it was SO helpful.  I had about 6 rugs in my cart and when I placed them in my virtual room, it because abundantly clear that 4 out of the 6 were totally wrong for the space.  Needless to say, that helped a ton in my decision making process!  I certainly hope other retailers will follow suit down the road - it really enhanced my shopping experience.  And no, RugsUSA did not ask me to promote their site...I just love it! 

If you haven't already signed up for their email list, I highly recommend it.  I just got my rug for 50% off with their New Year's sale!  They frequently have promotions if you keep an eye out.

Here's a preview of my new rug (fingers crossed my husband will like it since I purchased it without running it past him first!):

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