New Shelving

06/01/2016

Jason and I had been talking for some time about a bigger shelving unit or built-in shelving in our living room to make better use of the large wall space. (Tons of ideas on his Shelving Units Pinterest board here.) After looking at a lot of pre-made and vintage options, as well as contacting a subcontractor, Jason ultimately decided to tackle this project himself. In one of my nesting moods, I started emptying everything off of the bookshelf (it’s from IKEA, many years ago, called ENETRI) and made room for it in the den/playroom. I was craving more storage for toys in the play area.

Before:

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After:

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I’m really happy with how it turned out. We still need to do some arranging on the living room shelves and we need a boat load of bookends so all our books aren’t stacked horizontally.

People often ask us how we keep our living room so clean. Here’s the answer: the toys all stay in the playroom and in the kids’ rooms. Organization is my jam. Every bin in the playroom has a specific purpose and I purge and rotate toys fairly often. We use the living room for sitting, resting, reading and occasionally watching TV. It’s mostly an adult room. I spend the most time here in the morning for an hour before the kids wake up for my quiet time and during their afternoon naps when I need to put my feet up for a few minutes.

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Hair Accessory Hanger for Nursery

05/30/2016

I saw this idea on Pinterest a while ago and thought it looked pretty simple. Like most Pinterest projects, it took a lot more effort than I expected. I’m happy with the outcome though.

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Steps: I bought a frame from Goodwill for about $1 and threw away the glass. I sanded it a bit to take off the coating over the wood stain, and then painted it with three coats of craft paint. I cut some strips of ribbon and hot-glued them inside the back of the frame where the glass had been sitting. I pre-drilled all the holes for the tiny cup hooks along the bottom and hammered a sawtooth picture hanger onto the back.

Full tour of our Double Nursery for Almost Irish Twins.

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90-Day To Do List

08/06/2013

Buzz returned home to his mom on a 90-day trial basis. I really believe that he’ll be able to stay with her and everything will work out but just in case (and because it’s good excuse for a break), we’re not planning on taking any new placements for 3 months. That means lots of time to get stuff done: rest, regroup, reorganize, rearrange, restock, etc.

Here are my goals for the next 3 months:

• Take Ali to visit our friends in Cincinnati

• Visit our previous hometown Erie, PA and introduce Ali to her only great grandparent – Jason’s grandma who she was named after (and other friends and family, too!)

• Clean out and organize the garage. More. Again.

• Clean, rearrange the kids room

• Organize and store extra kids clothing in the closet for easier access

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• Reorganize the playroom (pack up or give away toys that Ali has outgrown)

• Stock the freezer with meals again

• Celebrate the 1 year anniversary of Ali’s adoption day

• Transition Ali into a big girl bed (AKA take the side off of her crib)

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Note: On both Saturday and Sunday I was blessed by a little girl falling asleep in her car seat and transferring easily into her bed. Night time has had a few bumps but overall she’s doing really, really well. I’ll write more about the transition from crib to bed if anyone wants to hear about it.

• Potty train Ali

• Clean out the van

• Clean and store spare car seats

• Sell the Mercedes and get another van (we love our van so much that we want a second one!)

• Take Ali to Dollywood while Jason’s playing there

• provide respite for another foster family

• decide what I want to do with the rest of my life

 

3 trips, lots of cleaning and organizing, lots of time spent with our little girl