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The Twins Nursery, ready for both Toddlers and Christmas!

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The girls’ nursery has always been a magical place for me.

After trying to conceive for so many years, it finally became a place where dreams came true when I got to design a nursery for my two baby girls (see HERE).

In the blink of an eye my babies are becoming quite the sassy, beautiful, crazy little girls. Life has been an adjustment, and therefore so has their room!

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We would have loved to have kept them in their cribs until they reached three, but Hannah had other ideas. We were able to keep her restrained (happily) in sleep sacks (like THIS) for a year or so, but finally she was too tall for even the XL so it was time to start thinking beds.

We juggled with either building toddler beds or going straight to twin, but since they still seems so little, we liked this idea of keeping them on the floor so they wouldn’t be falling out. Plus we could customize the size and keep the scale quite small.

Brock whipped up these beds with some ideas we found on Pinterest. We made them to fit Ikea Toddler mattress although we are still using their crib ones for now since I like the sheets a whole lot better! We just fill in the extra space at the top with pillows. (Thinking about a whole post on this, comment if you’d like to hear more!)

The price tag was amazing at about $25 a bed, but more time consuming than what we thought. But we’re very happy with the results, as are the girlies!

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I’m always craving hooks on all my doors, but in the past we’ve had them fall off since our doors are hollow. Finally I realized why not use command hooks? Not nearly as cute but still get the job done of displaying cute things on an otherwise blank door!


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Em got these tooth fairies for the girls for their second birthday (HERE). They hang on the tip of their beds looking over them while they dream!

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This is Elizabeth’s bed, although the girls match a lot they usually have their own color and things slightly different. It’s been interesting to see which items they are attached to. Since very early on, they’ve each had their Little Giraffe blankets (HERE) and Jellycat bunnies (HERE), E is attached to her blanket, and H her bunny.

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Both girls love their Corolle dolls they got their very first Christmas (similar HERE, crib HERE). We keep toys to a minimum in their room for less distraction and hopefully a little more calmness but these dolls are the perfect companion at nighttime.


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We hung simple snowflakes throughout the room to help bring in some Christmas magic!


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This is Hannah’s bed. This bed has a temporary extra bar to help keep her in. She’s such a wiggly one and needs boundaries! We never got around to painting it white, opps! Did I mention we’ve been a bit sleep deprived since adjusting to new territories?!

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A home made pom-pom garland has really cozied things up for winter (tutorial to come).

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We have all their winter-themed books out on shelves. Below are framed pictures from one of my favorite Children’s author and illustrator Helen Oxenbury, ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ (HERE). I found this book at a thrift shop with the cover torn. The pictures were still in great condition, so I put them to use!

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Like I mentioned before we try to keep most of their toys in their playroom, but THIS kitchen has always looked so amazing in their bedroom and added that pop of pink it needed to feel just a little more ‘girly’. Sometimes the pots and pans get confiscated if it’s 10pm and we still hear footsteps but for the most part it has been working great!

We hoped you enjoyed this little tour of such a fun room in our house.

Fingers crossed we’ll be getting to decorate another nursery soon, as I’m doing another round of IVF this week! Eeeek!!!

Sarah. x

Holler Dollar: Christmas Activity Books for Toddlers

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

One of the easiest ways to get our little girls ready for upcoming holidays is coloring books and stickers that we keep in our diaper bags. They’re perfect for those times we’re sitting in a restaurant and want ten more minutes to chat and the girls are getting restless!

We found the most adorable Christmas activity books at the Dollar Tree. They’re perfect for preschoolers but even our two year are enjoying the coloring and stickers.

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Such a cute gift for $1 too!

If you have little kids in your life, do yourself a favor and pick a few up. Next time you’re sitting in a restaurant and want one more diet coke refill, you’ll thank us!

-Sarah and Em x

Target Tuesday

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Our favorite time of year always starts with a Target trip!

A healthy dose of inspiration and a few purchases to spruce our old decor gets our adrenaline pumping to start trimming our homes for Christmas.

Here’s what made our list this year!

november-target-tuesday-20161 | Would it really be Christmas without some faux fur? Of course it would, but we sure love this new staple for the season and this extra fluffy pillow HERE.

2 | We are really liking this perfect blend of greens in THIS cute wreath.

3 | Gold and white twine on a wooden spool anyone? HERE

4 | Ahh…a good old monogram, but with modern clean lines! You could hang these on your tree for family members’ initials, doll up stockings or make amazing gift wrap. $4 each, in store only.

5 | We love THESE wooden white ornaments from Sugar Paper. Cute enough for the tree (you’ll find them on Sarah’s this year) or the most perfect gift embellishment ever. Only $3 for the pair!

6 | These porcelain stars are new for the season but will be finding a home on my coffee table all year long! Large HERE, small HERE.

7 |  THESE bottle brush trees are perfect to mix with your old decorations to give them a more updated look.

8 | Three words: pom pom garland. Pure love! HERE.

9 | Every home needs THESE golden bells. Are you more modern or traditional? These work for both!

White Bean Soup

Friday, November 11th, 2016

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For Halloween this year we headed to our sister’s house for trick or treating. We started the night with bobbing for apples and soups for dinner. I had been wanting to try THIS recipe and it turned out so good and all the family loved it. It’s so easy and delicious I wanted to share it with you too!

I’ll definitely be adding it to the meal plan for an easy dinner in these winter months.

If you’re looking for some great food inspiration be sure to follow Sara on instagram HERE . She makes me want to cook lovely, delicious meals for my family every day and that in itself speaks volumes!

Emily x

A Little Box Advent Calendar

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

One of our favorite things about Christmas is…the countdown! We loved having advent calendars growing up and can’t wait to share the excitement with our girls this year.

We came up with this super easy and cute advent calendar perfect to personalize for your own family.

This would be such a fun activity thanksgiving weekend to make with the kids and get them excited for the best month of the year!

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Boxwood clippings | diy advent calendar

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SUPPLIES
set of 25 candy boxes HERE
bulk hershey’s kisses HERE
baker’s twine HERE

First we numbered and decorated the boxes, we kept it super simple but imagine the fun you could have with this! Then we placed one candy per family member in each box. Lastly we tied up with string, hopefully this will keep little hands from digging into the chocolate early!

That’s it. The easiest advent ever! We will be displaying ours on a cake stand for the dining table and plan to open them after dinner each night in December.

We think this would make a super cute family gift too!

It’s the little things that makes the Christmas season a little brighter don’t you agree?!

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