Archive for January, 2015

The Twin’s Valentines Nursery

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The girls nursery is one of my favorite rooms in our home (see more HERE). We purposely planned a neutral grey background so we could switch out a “pop” colour depending on our mood or girls preference when they get older.

To spruce it up for valentines, I’m simply pulled out their books with red, pink or purple covers and all their white and pink soft toys. By grouping like items together, you can create a display without having to go out and buy festive items. Putting existing things to use is always a good thing because it feels and looks and IS effortless!

boxwood clippings_twin nursery

boxwood clippings_haba heart toy

boxwood clippings_twin nursery

 

My mum bought our little valentine babies these adorable Haba heart toys (click HERE) when they were born. For the longest time they were hanging from their stroller basinets, but this valentine’s they’re all grown up and using them as a teething toy.

Do you or your kids have a birthday near a holiday? I only think it adds to the festivities and so far we’re loving it!

Target Tuesday

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

We are big into pink right now with Valentine’s Day just around the corner.

As always, trusty Target has all of our needs and wants covered!

boxwood clippings target tuesday january 20151|2|3|4|5|6

1| We will never tire of pretty white dishes. THIS etched bowl is adorable.

2| We are huge fans of Orla Kiely, and now we really want to get our booties in gear with THIS cute exercise mat.

3 | Couldn’t resist THIS ribbon-detailed pillow for Jane’s nursery.

4 | Also couldn’t resist THIS tote. Perfect for little ones to grab and pull toys out without getting hurt like with plastic or baskets.

5 | A new pretty water bottle every once in a while gives us an extra little incentive to stay hydrated.

6| Cream + knit = always a winning combo.

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 6.02.59 PM

Janey is sure loving the nursery spruce up, but not as much as her momma ;)

DIY Peg Coat Rack

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The twins turn one next month. Gone are the babes swaddled safely in my arms, here are independant little explorers roaming free and keeping me on my toes!

Baby proofing has gone beyond safety gates, as we realize a safe home is a relaxed home. At this stage everything is going in their mouths so it’s essential things are out of reach, but still totally accessible to Brock and me.

This past weekend, Brock whipped up this new peg coat rack. Not only does it look totes adorbs (he he) but it holds much more than coats. We’ve been hanging everything in sight, from shoes to recycling to mail and keys. It’s so handy and looks great! We’re wondering why we didn’t think of doing it before, and it only cost about $11 to make!

boxwood clippings_diy peg coat rack

I had every intention to shoot the process, but my hands were full with the ladies, so I’ll just have to explain it!

You Will Need:

1 plank of wood, 3.5″ width (primed, cut to desired length)

1 or 2 dowels, 1″ diameter (number of dowels depends on desired length)

Saw

Drill and 1″ drill bit (same size as dowels)

Wood glue

Sand paper

Paint

Wood screws (for mounting to the wall)

.

How To:

Measure out your space and decide the length of the peg rack and the distance you want between each peg. The Shakers did their pegs 6″ apart, so we went with their school of thought, along an 8-foot rack (16 pegs). Measure out the distance between each peg along the wood plank, making sure to measure from the middle of the plank (so you don’t end up with a peg only one inch from one end and 6 inches from the other end).

Mark the center point where each peg should go, making sure to keep all pegs along the centerline of the plank. Brock made a template out of an old scrap of wood the same width as the plank to make sure the distance between pegs and distance from the edge was uniform.

Next, drill 1″ holes for each peg, making sure not to angle the drill (if you know someone with a drill press, this would be the best way to do it; otherwise, just use a steady hand). Brock drilled all the way through each hole, but if you’re using a drill press, it would be best to drill only 3/4 the distance through the plank to allow more surface area for the wood glue to bond. Whichever way you do it, it needs to be uniform to make sure the peg lengths are the same across the plank.

Cut the dowels to your desired peg lengths (ours were 5″). Dry-fit the pegs in the holes to make sure they fit snuggly. If they are loose, don’t worry; you can use a household caulk to fill in the extra space prior to painting. Glue one end of each peg into place using a very strong wood glue and leave for 24 hours to fully cure.

Sand any sharp or splintered edges as needed, making sure to remove any excess glue, then paint (and caulk if needed). Once the paint has dried, you are ready to mount your new peg coat rack! To do this, use a stud-finder to find the studs behind the wall, then simply drill small holes into the plank for your screws. Use a level to make sure your new rack is positioned correctly, and then screw it to the wall. Lastly, use some caulk to hide the screws, and the re-paint over the screw holes, and you’re done!

boxwood clippings_diy peg coat rack

 Ours is placed between our garage door and kitchen. Even in narrow hallways it works great and helps maximize the space.

boxwood clippings_diy peg coat rack

 Here’s how the hallway looked before. Functional and tidy, but not baby friendly.

boxwood clippings

Has January been an organizing month for you, too? We love a fresh space for a fresh year!

Simple Tomato Soup

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Soups are one of the easiest things you can make, and we loveee this one because it has to be

THE EASIEST!

boxwood clippings_simple tomato soup

 

You Will Need:

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

4 Cloves of garlic

Pinch of red pepper flakes

1 28oz can of whole peeled tomatoes, chopped and juice

3 cups of water

salt, pepper, cheese and fresh basil to taste.

.

How To:

Over medium heat cook oil, garlic and pepper flakes until garlic begins to turn golden. (About 5 minutes.) Add tomatoes and water and bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper and let simmer until dinner.

Garnish with cheese (mozzarella is perfect), and basil.

This goes perfect matched with this Easy No-Knead Bread, or a simple grilled cheese sandwich,

YUM!

5 Mommy Time-Savers!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 3.36.14 PM

There are never enough hours in the day, right? This year I am working on maximizing time doing things I love and becoming more efficient at the things I don’t love (cooking, cleaning etc). Here are a few things that have been helping…

boxwood clippings_5 mommy time-savers1|2|3|4|5

No.1 Clorox Detergent

There is nothing I hate more than stained clothing. Ugh! THIS detergent is amazing! No more spraying everything before it goes in, soaking or re-washing. Time saver! This is on coupon at Costco right now so I make sure to stock up!

No.2 Dry Shampoo

There have been a few times since having Jane, I am simply too exhausted to get in the shower to wash, dry and style my hair. THIS product that Melanie at My Sweet Savannah recommended buys me one more day. Works wonders and is so inexpensive.

No.3 Gel Nails

Having a lick of nail polish on my fingers helps me feel a little more put together when I am covered in drool. I am loving the 2-step gel polish from Sally Hansen which I can do at home. So much quicker, cheaper and easier to maintain than going to the salon. It lasts about a week and comes off with regular acetone! ‘Blacky‘ and ‘Birthday Suit‘ are my current faves.

No.4 Double and Freeze

Cooking healthy, fast, thrifty and delicious meals is something I am working on this year. Lately I’ve been doubling whatever I’m making and throw half in the freezer. Nothing beats zapping a meal in the microwave and having dinner on the table in 5 minutes flat. Freezer bags are essential to keeping food at its prime. Ziplocks are also on coupon at Costco right now.

No.5 Quick Cleaning Sessions

Cleaning the house is the never-ending job right? Rather than getting overwhelmed I’ve been trying to do 30 mins a day and make sure to pick up and do the dishes before bed each night. Two separate 15 minute sessions are working pretty good. I set the timer on my phone and see how much I can get done. Lovely Mrs Meyer’s products really help me enjoy cleaning. THIS lavender all-purpose spray is my favorite.

Do you have any great time-saving tips? Please share!