LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Happy 6th Birthday to Our 1st Baby

How did this happen? I can't believe we have a 6 year old. I say this most years, but 6 just seems so big.

Happy Happy birthday little guy! You are as funny as you are wild, and despite being all boy, you have a kind, tender heart. You love to learn and ask questions and you are an amazing artist and drawer. You have quickly become your brother's best friend and you are fiercely protective. We love you so so much and can't wait to watch you grow this year.

xoxo, Mom & Dad 

Easy DIY Growth Chart

This project is one that I've had pinned forever, but just never got around to doing. I'm not sure if I thought it would be too hard or take too much time but if I would have known how easy it was I would have made it sooner. 

There wasn't one particular tutorial I followed and instead I found a couple different one and took tips from each of them. Hopefully mine is pretty comprehensive and won't leave you with a bunch of questions like some of the tutorials I found.

What You Need:

-1x10x6 piece of wood (if you think your child might be taller than 6ft, you can get a 1x10x8 and keep the length or have them cut it to a 1x10x7
Note: Both Lowe's & Home Depot will cut your wood for free. 
-Wood Stain (I used Minwax in Dark Walnut #2716)
-King Size Sharpie Permanent Marker
-Small piece of chalk
-Measuring Tape
-Sandpaper
-Wide Foam Brush
-Peel off Number Stickers (I used mailbox numbers from Lowes)
Note: Make sure you get the non-relfective ones. 

What To Do:

1. Begin by lightly sanding the edges of the board until smooth. This will prevent you or your kids from getting little splinters and gives it a more finished look.
2. Paint the board in one coat of stain. Go with the the grain and wipe off quickly with a paper towel or cloth. 
3. Let the first coat dry for about an hour then apply a second coat. If your wood has little knots or imperfections the stain will soak into those areas more. I happen to love that look, but you could always try to sand those out if you don't. Don't forget to coat the sides as well. I found one coat was enough for those.

4. Let the second coat completely dry overnight. 
5. Once the board is dry (shouldn't be sticky to the touch) bust out that tape measurer. Lay the tape measurer the entire length of the board and using chalk, VERY lightly mark every inch until you've done the whole board.

6. Once I was sure the actual spacing was correct, I went through and marked how long each line would extend from the edge of the board. I did the following:
All inch marks were a 1/2 inch in length
Every 1/2 ft(6th inch) was 1 inch in length
Every foot was 2 inches in length
These lengths are what I happened to like, but you can really do whatever. 

7. Once the chalk lines were where I wanted them, it was time to trace over them with the permanent marker. I practiced on a piece of paper before I actually did it on the board. I did thinner lines for the inch marks, a little thicker for 6 inches and super thick for the ft. marks. Just know the lines won't be perfect, but it will be ok:)

8. Once all the lines are traced, stand the board up and fix/straighten out any of the lines that aren't quite right.

9. Now comes the easiest part. Place your stickers next to each foot mark. I had 5 stickers, but my board goes up to 6 ft. I bought a 6ft sticker and tried it out, but didn't like how it looked. I ended up adding a 6ft line at the very top of the board, but didn't put the number 6.

And there you have it! We're waiting to hang it until we move into the new house, but I can't wait to see how it will look! I plan to use a white/silver sharpie to mark the kids' heights. 

P.S. If you haven't been keeping up with your child's heights, you can call your pediatrician's office and get their heights from their well visits.


Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Christmas Recap: Part 2 {Christmas Day}

I realize it's almost February but this post has been in my drafts since well, Christmas, and it's now or never.

There's nothing quite like waking up on Christmas morning. Jack slept in (of course) and we managed to hold Ben off until 8am to open presents.

The pure excitement on Ben's face is priceless!

Jack was at such a fun age this year. He was able to actually open presents instead of just eating the wrapping paper.

At noon we changed out of our pjs and headed over to my parent's house for Christmas with my side of the family.

In case you didn't know, Jack is obsessed with Elf on the Shelf. My sister found this shirt and he LOVED it. Maybe a little too much because he kept crying and trying to peel the elf off the shirt.

You'll notice there were lots of outfit changes as each new pair of pjs were unwrapped.

When every present was unwrapped and every gift played with we headed home. 
Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekend Recap

When Sunday night rolled around I was so not ready for this weekend to end.

I traveled early Friday morning to see a client and I got to witness this beautiful sunrise. Something about a sunrise instantly puts me in a better mood.

We spent a good chunk of Saturday cleaning and organizing the house and it felt amazing. As a reward for our hard work we treated ourselves to Smoothie King which just opened in our town. I didn't realize most of their smoothies are meant to be meal replacements which means a lot of them have a lot of calories. We all ordered the kid sizes which are 12oz and only 100-150 calories instead of the regular shakes which go up to 32oz and 500+ calories. The flavor we got was ok, but I think I like Orange Julius better.

Saturday night J and I watched two movies! American Snipper and The Imitation Game. They were two totally different movies but we really liked them both. The Imitation Game was a lot more interesting than I thought it was going to be. 

Sunday morning I made a toffee recipe that I've had pinned forever. For some reason I thought it would be so hard and complicated to make, but I followed this recipe and it was easy and delicious!

It finally rained and I got to wear my new Hunter boots for the first time. 

The rest of Sunday was spent cuddling, playing Wii, and snuggling on the couch. 

J had a meeting with a client so he picked up sushi for me for dinner and I ate while watching the SAG awards. Anyone else underwhelemd by it? 

I'm hoping this week flies by since Ben turns 6 on Thursday! 


Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
Friday, January 23, 2015

5 on Friday

One.
I'm DYING to go on a trip somewhere. Especially overseas :) Since we're moving and buying a new house in just a few months this trip won't be happening anytime soon but J and I are going on a little overnight date to St. Louis in February to see Hozier. Although it's just one night, it'll be nice to get away just the two of us.

Two.
Forever 21 has been killing it with their jewelry lately. Most of their necklaces are around $5 and pretty good quality for cheap costume jewelry. 

Three. 
I love me some Veggie Straws but I think I love Veggie Chips even more. Have you all tried these things? They are so addicting. I tell myself the calories don't count since it's like eating a bag of vegetables. Yeah...

Four. 
I made 3 different DIY projects last weekend and all week I've been thinking about what I can make next. It feels good to actually complete some of the things I've had pinned forever.

Five.



Linking up with ChristinaAmanda, & Karli.
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Buy this Bootie {Look-A-Like TOMS Wedges}

You guys. I have been obsessed with these Tom's wedges for several months now. At $88, they're not that expensive, but for something pretty trendy I didn't want to spend quite that much. 



Imagine my excitement when I saw my friend Alissa in an almost identical pair and she told me they were from...

KMART!! Can you believe it? KMart has really stepped up their game. 

I promptly ordered the nude pair before Christmas and they happened to be on sale so with tax and shipping it came to $18. Here's a picture of my actual pair.

Not only are these booties cute, but they are SO comfortable! I'm going to be ordering the black ones asap as my other pair of black booties hurt my feet after 5 minutes.

Do you shop at KMart? If so, what other great deals am I missing out on?


Linking up with Annie.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekend Recap

Happy MLK Jr. Day! Although I'm recapping our weekend, it isn't technically over since the boys and I have today off for the holiday. 

My Christmas present from J finally arrived (again) after they sent us the wrong size the first time. 

Friday night we went to our favorite pizza place. The boys love watching them make the pizza and playing with the dough.  

Saturday morning the boys and I headed to a new donut place that just opened. We got there at 8:00am and they were already sold out of several kinds. The boys waited very patiently while the staff busily made fresh ones and Jack stared intensely at those around him who were already eating.

Saturday afternoon J took Ben to see Paddington Bear and since Jack had refused to nap earlier in the day, he passed out on me at 5:30pm. I didn't mind the cuddles though. 

Saturday night I made these bracelets that Lisa posted about last week and I'm in LOVE with them! This might be my favorite DIY ever.

Sunday morning we made another trip to the new donut place, but this time we got there earlier and they had just about every flavor including the coveted maple bacon and red velvet.

After donuts Ben went to a friend's birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Jack is in the same class at school as the boy's sister so he got to tag along too. 

More cuddles until J made me share.

Sunday night I put the finishing touches on this DIY Valentine's wreath which I'll post about soon. 

I hope you all had a great weekend!



Linking up with Biana for Weekending.