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We Made It!: Triple Pedestal Farmhouse Table

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When I married my husband 8 years ago, I had no idea this kind of talent was hiding out in there.

Really. He’s never built a bookshelf, a picture frame, anything. One day he decided that he would build us a new dining room table instead of buying one, so we searched for plans and came up with this one from Ana White’s DIY site. He bought all the tools (my garage is crazy now), and…well, built a table! And a bench!

You can find the tutorial {here}, and here are some snapshots of us along the way!

Legs built and runner installed. We put some boards along the top just to see what it would look like in the end!

Assembling the framed tabletop. This was, by far, the most difficult part. We learned a lot during this step, and the next table will be even better!

Tabletop and legs complete!

Once everything was stained and poly'd, we moved it inside to attach the legs to the tabletop.

Once everything was stained and poly’d, we moved it inside to attach the legs to the tabletop.

Finished! It was a lot of work, especially for a first project, but I am so proud that he got it done!

I think the legs are super cool, and the runner through them really makes it unique. The bench is just a mini-model of the table, minus the framed top. We just went for the plank look on that.

We used (and LOVED!) Rusteloum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut. I purchased the chairs off of Overstock and the pendant light from Lowe’s. We are actually building another table right now in a different style to see which one we like better, lol! And now that I know what Greg his capable of, my honey-do list just got a whole lot longer!



New Home Project: The Little Ladies

Photo credit: Daffodil Design via Pinterest

A few weeks ago, I found the perfect room for my Littles. Like, I fell in love the second I saw it kind of perfect.

Luckily for me, Daffodil Design was crazy awesome and wrote a post on her lovely little room that contained a source list so my less than creative self could just copy it as much as I could.

Why do I love this room so much? First, I love how simple it is, yet charming. The girls’ room in the new house is almost exactly the same size as this room, so seeing it cemented in my brain that putting the girls in two twin beds would be perfect despite the small space and more ideal than bunk beds. I am in love with the color scheme and will copy it exactly (she even gave the paint color she used!), and lucky enough for me, most of what she used came from Ikea or Etsy! Woo hoo!

I ran into my first obstacle a few days ago. These absolutely charming beds are from Restoration Hardware. Even IF I could convince myself to unload that amount of change for beds, I couldn’t; they’ve discontinued these. Sad face (husband says happy face). So, I did the next best thing without having to break the bank:

Adorable, right?! This is the MINNEN children’s bed from IKEA. I love how I was able to find something that had the basic shape of the iron bed from RH. This bed is about the size of a twin (about 3 inches shorter, 3 inches narrower) so the girls will be able to use them for quite awhile. Best part? $149. So we snagged two of them up. I grabbed two white duvet covers as well that have a bit of texture to them; not the same as Daffodil’s but similar; I wanted to stick with white so that the duvet isn’t what draws attention to the room. I already have some of the white ledges for bookshelves, I just need to pick up a few more. I also already have a white bedside table from Crate and Barrel that will fit perfectly between the two beds. So, the only thing left I have to do is recover some pillows (I already have them, I just need to pick out the accent fabric I want), make some tissue balls for above the beds (I’m also going to add paper garland), grab a few white frames and the wall mounted lights from Ikea, and of course, paint…which funnily enough won’t be until last!

Love it? I do.

Speaking of the new house, they started working this week! 


If only February would come a teensy bit sooner! 🙂 However, I am super thankful for the timetable in that it gives me plenty of time to plan, prepare, craft and save for all my new projects! That house you see almost completed behind it is a spec home and has almost exactly what we picked to go inside our home, so I can’t wait to tour through it and see what it will look like (that house is not our model…ours is a bit bigger). Such fun stuff!!!

Our Intentional Summer

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Pinterest has changed my life. Really.

So many people refuse to sign up, claiming its a time waster. True…it can be. But can I tell you the thousands of ideas that have made their way across my page? Literally…thousands. I’m a better teacher because of it. I’m a better organizer. I really think that I’m a better mom because of it (at least, when I’m not ignoring their demands as I’m perusing Pinterest).

This is the product of one of the incredible ideas that I came upon recently:

Our Intentional Summer Plan! Rather than just coast through our summer, I wanted to make sure that we were grabbing up moments and turning them into memories. So, for the next nine weeks, we have:
Make It Monday:  Do a craft or science experiment. This was easy to plan! We have all kinds of fun things lined up, like Fly Swatter Painting, Elephant Toothpaste, and Cat in the Hat Jello!

Tell a Story Tuesday: read a book and retell it (have to sneak learning in somewhere, right?). Some weeks have themes; for example, the week of 4th of July we will read books about…well, the 4th of July!

In the Word Wednesday: Family Worship. We have an awesome book we use titled Training Hearts, Teaching Minds.

Thoughtful Thursday: Service Day! We are doing things like bringing donuts to our church staff, muffins to our librarians, and crayons and coloring books to the Children’s hospital.

Family Fun Friday: Greg’s schedule allows us to have the mornings to play! So, we have fun things like a breakfast picnic in the park (that way its cool enough to play!), the Children’s Museum, and the pool all lined up!

I’m so excited to start this next week! What are your plans for the summer?

A lot of great ideas came from My Mix of Six and What a Ride!, especially the service ones. The original idea came from ThePoeFam, and I highly recommend you stop by her blog! She seems like my kind of gal!

The Holy Week

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What a week! When you believe that Jesus Christ is the living Son of God, and want to impress these truths upon your children, the week before Easter is a busy one. Praise the Lord above that their salvation is not based up my works, but on His grace, but the thought of eternity for your children is a heavy yoke to bear. My constant prayers and never-ending character building means nothing if I don’t take the time to teach. To impress the truth on their hearts. I can not wait for a youth pastor in 10 years to do it, or a Sunday school teacher once a week to do it; it all begins at home, and it all begins now. Yesterday, actually. Or really, 6 years ago when my first child entered this fallen world.

So, what did we do?

I found an amazing, interactive Holy Week calendar on Pinterest a few months ago that a Christian homeschooling Mama called The Domestic Notebook had posted. I pinned it, and luckily had come across it again a few weeks ago. I got everything together, which took about an hour on my part, and had everything ready to go starting the Sunday before Easter, otherwise known as Palm Sunday.

The kids LOVED it! Most of the symbols I made ahead of time, and then they glued them onto our calendar after we studied the scripture and talked about the story. Some of the crafts they made themselves, like the palm leaves, their “watchful eyes” faces, and their praying hands. You will have to forgive my artwork, lol! This was an amazing way to make the events that happened almost 2,000 years ago come alive and real for my children. Jackson asked to do it again next year, so I am going to work on a more permanent version that we can use again and again.

I am also going to change some things up on our permanent calendar, and add newer songs and maybe symbolic snacks to go along with our stories. Thank goodness I have a whole year to work on it!  For the complete list of symbols, scripture, and the original post of this great idea, check out the Domestic Notebook. She no longer blogs anymore, but she has some terrific things in her archives!

Making Life Easier, Part II

I saw this on Pinterest a few weeks ago, and decided that I HAD to do it.

I’ve been planning our menu by the month for a long time now. I find it easier to do; that way I know we aren’t having the same thing every week, and I also can shop sales easier because I can see what I’m going to need in the next few weeks.

But this takes it to a whole new level.

This binder is a meal planner for the YEAR. Now, before you tune out, listen: you don’t have to plan your whole year in advance. It just has it available to you so you can easily sit down once a month, gather all your recipes and write down what you are planning on for that month.

Behind each month are weekly shopping lists, and then behind that are recipe cards for the dishes you are making. Once a month you gather everything, put it in your binder and that’s it! You don’t have to put the recipes in there that you have in books; just the ones you find online or have floating around on a card, that way its all in one place come dinner time.

Best yet? BOLD Turquoise (what an awesome blog name is that?) has this all as a FREE download. To read how to put your binder together and download her template, visit her blog!

Chalkboard Paint: Nothing is Safe!

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I’m about to tell you a secret that may shock you.

I am absolutely, over the top, anal, OCDish about my toy bins.

That feels so good to get off my chest.

When I revamped my playroom/schoolroom last August, we purchased this shelf/bin system from IKEA. I loved it from the beginning, as before all the toys were shoved into two huge buckets that made me twitch every time I walked in the room.

The only problem was that I was the only one in the world who knew what toy went into what bucket. My children and my husband, bless their souls, would just throw toys in the buckets. When we’d have friends over to play, their well intentioned little hands and mothers would try so hard to clean up the category 4 hurricane that had hit the playroom as I tried to manage the ticks and twitches of a maniacal, organizational beast who just

Enter into my life: chalkboard paint.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I tried going  a different route with a labeling system before I busted out the permanent fixture of paint. I saw this adorably clever system on Pinterest using paint chips as labels. Cute as it was, Brooklyn could not keep her paws off the shiny, colorful labels and made it her


to peel every single label off. Every single day. *twitch

Dear Brooklyn,
I love you. But you will never, ever beat Mama. Like, ever.
Love, Me.

Here is a toot on my horn: This was brilliant! I was a little afraid that the kids would get all eraser happy and continually rub off the chalk, but nope. It has stayed this way all day! Plus, this beats out the label idea I was using because I can easily change what is in a bucket, which I have a tendency to do after an influx of new toys come in for birthdays or Christmas.

But I couldn’t stop there. Oh no. Chalkboard paint+brush+me=nothing is safe.

Next came the kids table.

Formerly just a white laminate tabletop from IKEA, this table has been transformed to a chalkboard surface for my children to scrawl to their hearts content on. I love that there is now a piece of furniture in my house that I’m begging the children to draw on!

If I didn’t have textured walls, I’d do a whole wall in the stuff! I’m going to head out to Goodwill and find a huge, hideous glass frame that I can transform into an amazingly awesome chalkboard for my kitchen.

Seriously, I may need an intervention soon.