Monday, September 1, 2014

2014 Project List Update

It’s been a really busy year so far in 2014.  I had a lot of projects on my list.  I was reading through my list and realized I have completed a lot of them, so I wanted to update the list and share some photos.  Here is my original list with the projects I’ve completed so far.

-Organize master closet
-Sell items in guest room or find storage space for keepers
-Organize garage (create spaces in garage dedicated to needed storage/uses) -Organize files in filing cabinet
-Put manuals/warranties in organized binder
-Buy buffet table for dining room and utilize more storage (hoping the hubby agrees)
-Organize DVD’s into sleeves for more storage space in entertainment center
-Clear out guest closest -Clear out/organize dressers in room -Take old TV out of master bedroom and put in new TV
-Make photo books (Beckham 1 & 2 years, Honeymoon, Pregnancy #1)
-Organize Beckham’s closet/clothes (put in garage once there is space) -Put a new storage shelf (IKEA) and tall armoire in playroom for toy storage
-Hang wreath (sounds easy, but I had to create a hanger for it since it didn’t have one
-Refinish/stain front door
-Buy outdoor furniture for backyard and set up patio (possibly a fire pit)

Additional Projects:
-Master Bedroom – New bedding, replace recliner with bench, change out some décor
-Fire place – New décor above mantle
-Dining Room – We added a buffet table and now I need to add some décor and possibly a rug
-Turn B’s nursery into a big boy room (in the process)
-Spray paint owls and jewelry box white
-Decorate the wall above our big couch in living room (I’m taking the art that’s currently there and putting it in our bedroom, so I will need to replace it)
-Replace dining room chandelier

Big projects I’d like done, but we will have to really plan for financially are:
-Add an awning to our backyard patio
-Paint trim/baseboards in our house
-Paint kitchen cabinets white (this will also take convincing of my husband as he doesn’t like white and I on the other hand HATE light or medium wood color, which it currently is).  The wood is chipping and something should be done, so I figure let’s go ahead and paint.

MASTER CLOSET: I organized our closet and got rid of a TON of Ryan’s shirts.  It doesn’t look like it made a dent, but knowing shirts that were not being worn are out of the closet feels good!  My hubby does not get rid of anything so this was huge!  I need to purge again (I usually do this twice a year) and will probably do this in a couple months when my stomach is getting back to normal.  I don’t have a picture of the after, but here is how I like to organize my shoes…in clear bins…I labeled them for the after.

SELL ITEMS IN GUEST ROOM: We made about $500 selling all the items in the guest room to make room for the nursery.  It was great because we used some of that to buy furniture for that room.  Look at this before and after.  You can read about the nursery HERE.
Guest Room before and after

ORGANIZE GARAGE:  We did this a while back, but I don’t have a picture for it.  We only focused on the back wall since that is where all the storage was.  We have 3 cars so we have to fit at least 2 of them in there, so we really have to make sure it’s organized well in there.

BUFFET TABLE IN DINING ROOM: Yay!  We bought a buffet table and put it in our dining room.  I MUCH prefer a buffet table to a china hutch in the dining room, but the Mr. and I had to compromise since he still wanted the hutch in there…even though it holds only 6 dish sets that are not even china…ahem!  I have a completely different desire for this room, but I will have to wait to get an actual office until we move or the boys share a room.  All I need to do now is decorate the top of the table with a few things.

ORGANIZE DVD’S:  You can read about that HERE.  I’m really glad we did this.  Condensed this space to about a fourth the original space it took up. 
Organized dvd's

CLEAR OUT GUEST CLOSET: Of course when transforming the guest room into the nursery, I cleared out all the junk that was in there and filled it with baby items.

CLEAR OUT/ORGNAIZE DRESSERS IN MASTER ROOM:  I love purging and that’s exactly what Ryan and I did with our drawers.  His clothes don’t even fit in the 6 drawers he has, so that was a challenge to get rid of things, but now they fit, but he can’t buy anything new :)  Here is how I like to organize my tanks! I can see what I have and it takes up less space.  It’s time we do it again though, as well as our closet.

REPLACE OLD TV WITH NEW IN MASTER ROOM:  I so wish I had a picture of the old TV.  Y’all it was so old…I’m pretty sure it was from the early 90’s.  It was so big and heavy that’s what was keeping us from doing it.  Finally, my dad and brother came over and helped us move it.  It’s so much simpler and nicer. 

CLEAN OUT BECKHAM’S CLOSET:  Cleaned it out and put away old clothes, got out new ones.  It’s probably time for another purge once we enter Fall.  He can pretty much fit in the same pants (2T) but needs new shirts.  This was perfect because I took most of the stuff and transferred it to Maddox’s closet.  Total bonus of having the same gender!

I love doing projects around the house and making our house a home!  Ryan and I have very different styles so it makes it tough to decorate, but for the most part he let’s me do my thing.  I find it important to take care of your house…this is where you will create so many memories with your kids, your spouse, friends, and family.  Next on our list is the master bedroom updates…I’ll share them when we finish!

I'm linking up today with Andrea at Momfessionals

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Favorites – Fall Edition

I’ve been on Pinterest a lot lately (thank you to feeding a newborn) and have been gearing up for Fall.  My absolute favorite season of the year.  The perfect weather with tons of yummy food.  Everything is beautiful in the Fall.  Here are some of my favorite things I will be doing or making this Fall!

These little pumpkin pies are so cute!

I love these Fall décor ideas for a mantle.  Found HERE and HERE

I love this look for our dining room table!

And I plan on making these yummy dinners this week! Click on picture for recipe.

Finally, my favorite Fall signs available in the SHOP!  I have a few more in the making.
ETSY Lisiting

ETSY Listing 1

Etsy Listing

ETSY Listing

Etsy Listing

I'm linking up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci for Friday Favorites!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

#oliviaeveryday2014 Week 34

 This was our last full week of summer...B starts his two-day week preschool next week!  Mama is excited to go back to one kiddo for a few hours!

Day 232
Day 232: An evening walk!  Maddox hasn’t been digging these lately.  And our walk ended like this…


Day 233
Day 233: We stopped by a fountain and he threw some pennies inside.  I told him to wish for something and he wished for “ice cream.”  And about 30 minutes later, this happened…

Ice cream cone! #spoiled

Day 234
Day 234: Girl’s Night Out. My friends, Kristen and Jennie, and I went out for sushi and drinks and had actual conversations!  So much fun!

Day 235
Day 235: Good morning peeps!  Totally keeping this for the rehearsal dinner!

Day 236
Day 236: Maddox loves church!  Just hanging in the family room, trying to keep him happy!  HIs hanging toy did the trick.

Day 237
Day 237: A perfect morning…bacon sizzling, coffee brewing, and baby napping!  With a toddler and a newborn, a hot breakfast is far and few between, so this morning was great. 

Day 238
Day 238: “Sometimes being a brother is better than being a superhero!”  My heart is so happy these two boys will grow up best friends!  I look forward to watching them grow up together! 

Also this week…

My view majority of my days!  Such sweetness!

Tired eyes, but the show must go on!

I was doing my devotional and came across this verse.  It reminded me of the hundreds of Scripture I had to memorize in school (I went to a Christian school). 

My brother and sister in law had their gender reveal on Saturday!  There is their little girl and they’re having a….. BOY!  So excited for them!

This is what Maddox thought of his vaccines!  He took them like a champ, but kept frowning like he was about to cry afterwards.  Broke my heart!

Maddox turned 2 months on the 25th.  I’ll post his 2 month update soon!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

#oliviaeveryday2014 Week 33

Day 225
Day 225: The only thing I want to do lately!  Sleep deprivation never sounded like a real form of torture until I experienced a little taste of it. 

Day 226
Day 226: My little burrito!  He sleeps so great swaddled…I’m nervous when we have to break him of it.  B never was swaddled.

Day 227
Day 227: We survived our first dining out experience.  We went to a local café for breakfast because they are really quick with service. B might have eaten jelly straight out of the container!

Day 228
Day 228: Oh the life.  He’s becoming more content with not being held all the time.

Day 229
Day 229: The men in my life!  I don’t deserve them!  This day was so wonderful.  We went to my parents after church and swam and hung out in the back.  Majority of their backyard is shaded so it’s actually kind of nice in the late afternoon.  Maddox LOVED it as he laid there and didn’t whimper once.

Day 230
Day 230: This pretty much sums up our days…Maddox eating and Beckham in time out.  My friend informed me it looked like I was breastfeeding.  FYI, I was not nursing him…he takes a bottle.  Not that I can’t post that, but that would be kind of awkward (for me at least…I’m not a public breastfeeding person).

Day 231
Day 231: We hung out with our sweet friends on Tuesday!  Beckham really loves Faith..and they fed him lunch too!

“Playing” games at Gattitown…he just sits at the games and presses buttons.  Don’t know how much longer we can get away with that.

On our way home Ryan asked B if he wanted to go to the park in the rain and he said yes.  So I dropped them off and went home with M.  They had so much fun and the park to themselves.

No words…

Chillin by the pool

Grocery shopping is a bit harder with a car seat taking up the basket.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Friday Favorites–Random Things

I’m linking up with Andrea, Erika, and Narci to showcase my favorite things lately!  These are really random!


I cannot believe I have never tried dry shampoo until I was 29 years old.  Here’s the thing, I can go a week without washing my hair before it starts to look dirty.  I have thick hair and a lot of it!  Even though I can go a long time without washing my hair, it still needs that dry look after a couple of days.  I have been meaning to get some dry shampoo for about 2 years now…yep 2 years.  I just never did because I wanted to find the perfect one.  Well, the other day I was in Walmart and just grabbed the first dry shampoo that was inexpensive.  This happened to be it and I LOVE it.  With a newborn I definitely have a harder time finding the time to do my hair, so this is extra helpful now and I won’t have to look so bad on Day 4.  It takes me hours to do my hair so I really have to plan it out.  I have no shame in admitting I don’t wash my hair everyday…I’d ruin the heck out of it if I did.

I was in Kroger the other day and forgot my chapstick!  I can’t live without it!  I couldn’t find the chapstick brand so I grabbed the closest thing to it that was cheap.  This happened to be it.  It had color which I don’t really like, but I was desperate.  I grabbed the pink one (2nd from left) and I love these things.  It tastes yummy and makes my lips a light pink color.  Doesn’t stay on long, but it’s fun.  It was like $3.

I usually get pretty healthy bread, but I had this at my mom and dad’s house the other day and it was so good! 

And speaking of, there is that bread…I actually finished this lunch without any interruptions.  It might have been at 2:00, but it was nice!

This guy…he just makes me laugh!  My favorite!

Hmm, wonder who it will be?  But I actually LOVE that I got to paint my nails this week!  It was a dark purple, but looks black.  I haven’t painted them since before the baby.  There’s just something about painted nails.

And one more favorite!  B doesn’t cuddle me much anymore, but he crawled up on me at my desk and just laid his head down.  I died…and of course took a pic!