Lil j’s adoption

10/16/2012

We had the honor of celebrating our friends’ adoption earlier this month. It was in the same courtroom we were in for Ali’s adoption two month prior. Here are a few of my favorite pictures from the happy day, all taken by Beth Rose Photography.

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Modern Round Metal Patio Chairs

10/15/2012

I was browsing around Old Time Pottery the other day with my mom, after buying a twin flat sheet for a playhouse I’m making Ali. (More on that later…) I came across these metal patio chairs, with a rounded mid-century inspired, eames-ish shape and knew I had to send Jason a picture text. We both loved the shape and color but they weren’t exactly cheap at $50 a piece.

They were pretty scratched up but the colors were still lovely. Because they were damaged, and obviously summer merchandise, I decided to ask the manager for a discount. Score! 15% off. I love a bargain! I got these two orange ones:

We think they’ll look wonderful in our new courtyard.


Phone Photo Friday

10/12/2012

We have a bunch of huge wild turkeys that live in our neighborhood (and the huge city park nearby, I assume). I decided to chase these ones down for a close up.

Most of my Phone Photo Friday pictures are from my Instagram feed. Follow me @mahlbrandt if you’d like!


New Home Update

10/10/2012

Over the weekend, Jason and I took our loose ideas about paint colors for our new house and nailed them down. Sherwin Williams has my favorite selections of colors. We have quite a few favorites of theirs through the years. We used Quietude in the living room at our last house for many years and loved it. When we were ready for a change, we painted over it with Greek Villa, a new favorite. We really liked the color of the nursery/kids room at our last house, Ellie Gray.

There are a few other reasons I love Sherwin Williams: 1. Color palettes for Photoshop that I use to mock up rooms and make inspiration boards and 2. they have a plethora of cool web tools to help with color selection including ChipIt! (where you choose a photo you like that’s online and it creates a palette for you), Color Visualizer (where you can try on different colors on a house or room that’s similar to your own) and ColorSnap (an app where you can take a photo of a color you like and it matches it to one of their formulas). This is not a paid endorsement for SW—however, if anyone at corporate is reading this, let’s talk!—I’m just a fan of their colors and their color selection products.

Blah, blah, blah. You’re probably just wondering what we picked for our house, right?

For Jason’s studio: Rushing River

For my office/laundry room: Melangé Green (see below…same as one wall in the kids room)

For an accent wall in the living room: Drizzle

For the hall bathroom: Window Pane

Sidenote: I’ve been wanting to use Window Pane for over 4 YEARS! I have had this file saved on my computer that long and I have no idea where it was from:

For an accent wall in the den: chalkboard (I don’t know if SW makes one, but that’s our plan)

For an accent wall in Ali’s room: Rosebay (and curtains, from her nursery plan)

For an accent wall in future kids room: Melangé Green (according to kids room plan, plus a random duvet cover we might use one day

And for the exterior, after much deliberation and 12 photoshop mock-ups that I emailed to Jason while he was in Oklahoma and Arkansas over the weekend (yes, we made all these decisions long-distance…) we have chosen:

Main siding color: Cast Iron

Accent color/doors: Restful


It’s Tea Time!

10/10/2012

If you know me in “real life,” you know I’m a tea drinker. (Hot black tea—not herbal, not green—with a little sugar, to be exact. Republic of Tea Mango Ceylon is my all-time favorite and I’m currently out in case anyone is interested.) So naturally, I must teach my daughter all about tea. With a gift card from her adoption day, I decided to order this Green Toys Tea Set.

I was not familiar with Green Toys prior to this Amazon order but I’m very impressed. They’re made from recycled milk jugs, BPA, phthalates and lead-paint free—believe it or not they’re made right here in the USA. And they’re inexpensive. I think this set was a great value. For $19.99 we got a tea pot with lid, sugar bowl with lid (same as teapot’s), creamer, four saucers, four tea cups and four spoons. My favorite thing about it is probably the mix of colors: pink, purple, blue, green and yellow. It’s like Fiestware for toddlers!

I opened the package one evening after Ali had gone to bed and I was so excited that I set it all up…

and, ahem, had a tea party with Lucy…did I just admit that?

Thankfully, Ali redeemed my craziness the next day and indulged me in several tea parties. She seriously played with these toys for hours. She’s not totally getting the tea concept yet but she loves to bite the saucers and take the lids off the tea pot and sugar bowl.

The tea set was such a big hit with Ali that I sent her cousin Iris a set for her birthday. I hope she enjoys it too, and they’ll be ready to have a tea party next time they’re together.


Happy 1st Birthday, Iris!

10/09/2012

Today is my niece Iris’ first birthday. I’m bummed that we were not able to celebrate with our Pennsylvania family. Sounds like the party on Sunday was fun and the pictures and videos through text message will have to suffice for this aunt. I’m thinking I should whip up some cupcakes in her honor!

Happy Birthday, Iris! You got through your first year of babyhood; now onto toddlerhood! Aunt Martina loves you and can’t wait to see you at Thanksgiving!!

(Picture above is my brother Aaron with his son Eli and my sister Jessica with Iris…snagged from a text message. I don’t even know who to credit for this photo!)


Strong Foundations: Bible Verses for a New House

10/08/2012

Strong Foundations: Bible Verses for Each Room of the House from myMCMlife.com

[Check out the 2018 Update: Bible Verses for Blessing Your Home]

Before the drywall was installed in our new home, I decided to mark several of the studs throughout the house with certain Bible verses. Some of these verses have to do with the room and the purpose it will serve and some are more personal. I thought I’d share which verses I used in case anyone else out there is looking for ideas like I was…and also for my own reference since these are all sealed up beneath insulation and drywall now.

Entry Doors:

Deuteronomy 28:6
You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

Strong Foundations: Bible Verses for Each Room of the House from myMCMlife.com

Strong Foundations: Bible Verses for Each Room of the House from myMCMlife.com

Strong Foundations: Bible Verses for Each Room of the House from myMCMlife.com

Strong Foundations: Bible Verses for Each Room of the House from myMCMlife.com

Heart of the Home:

Joshua 24:15
… But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

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Kitchen:

Proverbs 30:8-9
Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches— Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the LORD?” Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.

Dining Room:

Colossians 2:6-7
As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Strong Foundations: Bible Verses for Each Room of the House from myMCMlife.com

Living Room:

Psalm 133:1
A song of ascents. Of David. How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

(I forgot to take a picture of the living room wall.)

Master Bedroom:

1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

(I forgot to take a picture of the master bedroom wall.)

Master Closet:

Colossians 3:14
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

Strong Foundations: Bible Verses for Each Room of the House from myMCMlife.com

Bedroom for future foster kids:

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Strong Foundations: Bible Verses for Each Room of the House from myMCMlife.com

Alianna’s room:

Romans 8:15
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Playroom (Den, Spare Bedroom):

Isaiah 43:19
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Strong Foundations: Bible Verses for Each Room of the House from myMCMlife.com

Bathrooms:

Psalm 51:7
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

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Office:

Isaiah 40:30-31
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Strong Foundations: Bible Verses for Each Room of the House from myMCMlife.com

Music Room:

Psalm 98:4
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn— shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

Strong Foundations: Bible Verses for Each Room of the House from myMCMlife.com

[Check out the 2018 Update: Bible Verses for Blessing Your Home]


Phone Photo Friday

10/05/2012

Most of my Phone Photo Friday pictures are from my Instagram feed. Follow me @mahlbrandt if you’d like!


Hailey Salvage

10/04/2012

A few weeks ago Jason, Ali and I went exploring at Hailey Salvage, a graveyard for all kinds of semi-organized junk here in Nashville. We got the front door for our last house at Hailey and we went looking for doors, but ended up having to leave before we got to them (to meet our electrician) and then changed our minds about a vintage door all together. There is lots of cool stuff to explore here:

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Doors…

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Windows…

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There are so many buildings to explore. We always run out of time.

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Ali and Dora were not very excited about all the junk

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All kinds of odds and ends

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Fireplace mantles, bikes, carpet, a bassinet, appliances…

Art, more mantles…

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Hailey Salvage, Nashville, TN - myMCMlife.com

The ground glistens…because it’s a mix of dirt and broken glass. Definitely not a flip flop friendly place.

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This is the only place I’ve ever seen decorative concrete block for sale. I need to come up with a use for these.

Second hand toilet, anyone?

Where else could you find a blue toilet? Or a yellow, peach or green one?

We did buy anything that time but it’s a good place to go for project inspiration.


Ready for Winter!

10/03/2012

Ok, so we’re two full months away from winter coat weather here in Nashville, but I decided to try on Ali’s winter coat from last year. But not the one I wrote about here. At the end of January last year I bought a London Fog 2T gender neutral olive green (so it can be passed on) winter coat for Ali. It was huge on her but it was really intended for this coming winter. When my mom, who loves to keep her babies toasty warm, found out how cheap I got it for, she ordered Ali a 12 month size girls’ version in lime green. Turns out the 12 month size is a perfect fit right now.

I don’t have the link from last year’s coat, but this one is a similar style: London Fog “Glitterstar” Insulated Jacket (Sizes 12M – 24M) – periwinkle, 18 months

Here’s a picture of her wearing it at the end of last winter, at about 7 months old. It made propping her up in a shopping cart easier!

Grandma K (Jason’s mom) made Ali this adorable owl hat for this winter. It MELTS me!

Owlie Ali.

I’m not sure if it was on purpose or coincidence, but it’s purple and green so it matches either coat. Yay!