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The Start of Baby Boy’s Nursery!

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Good Morning! We hope you had a fantastic Easter weekend. Ours was truly lovely, with the girlies ever more getting into the holidays and festivities, it’s just adding to the fun. It’s so nice to spend special days with lots of family, but we always miss those who don’t live near.

Ah Good times!

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On to the nursery…

I’ve been really excited to get going on baby boy’s room for a while now, but with so much fantastic design inspiration out there (thank you Pinterest!) I had a hard time narrowing down what style I really wanted to go with.

As with the girls’ nursery, I knew I wanted to stay pretty neutral, (it brings out my much needed calm side), and to add a little blue since it’s been my favorite “real” color since childhood.

My thought was traditional elements with a modern feel. When talking it through with Em, she suggested I just get started and put a design board together…so here we are, and I’m pretty please with how it’s all looking.

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We’re reusing one of the girls cribs which we LOVED, and decided to stay with the same dresser as the girls, just the smaller version. I like to have small elements of consistency throughout the house to keep things looking coherent.

The blue is calming and so ‘baby boy”, while little black accents like the cameras and nobs on dresser with add just a spark of contrast. I’m not in love with the mirror for the space, I’m hoping I can find one at Home Goods, but I love how wood always adds warm and the cozy natural elements, I’ll be doing some wooded frames or shelfs too. The lighting is all pretty modern. The shapes are bold and clean.

Do you guys have a hard time choosing between styles too?

I’m really at my core modern, but always love the warmth of traditional…or maybe it’s the other way around. Either way, I’m pretty pleased with how this is all flowing together so well, at least on paper! Now time to get ordering and seeing it in person.

To see Baby Ben’s Nursery from last year click HERE. My twin girls’ nursery HERE, and Lady Jane’s HERE.

With our fourth nursery in 4 years, I love how they are all so unique, so see!

Sarah x

A Fresh Kitchen Update, Just in time for Spring!

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

We were meeting new neighbours a few weeks ago, when I told them we’d been in the neighbourhood 11 years this Fall.

Wow! Really? Yes!

These were the days before Pinterest, or Instagram, when my inspiration came from great magazines and movies (remember that?)! I copied, as best I could within our budget, the glorious kitchen from a favorite movie, “Something’s Gotta Give,” and I’m happy to say, 11 years later, I still love my kitchen.

Having said that, there are always things I’d like to change. The appliances were the only stainless steel option to choose from, and that curve on the stove and microwave has always bugged me. We never upgraded our faucet, and I wish we’d taken off the granite lip when installing the backsplash, BUT we finally ticked one thing off the list this month when we got new pendants above the island! Yayyy!

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I’ve had my eye on these for a while, and while I was debating size and thinking of another 1000 changes I want to make around the house, they had a flash sale, and I was sold!

(West Elm link HERE)

What I love about adding new light fixtures is that it doesn’t have to cost a lot to really update a room, and that’s exactly what I think happened here. A softer yet bolder look. I’m happy!

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Another trend that is super popular right now is the farmhouse look. To add more warmth to the dining room, I brought down a cabinet that was part of a bedroom set we were no longer using, except for extra storage.

It’s lovely that this adds height and more texture to the space, and gives me needed storage downstairs for the girls’ art supplies and placemats, etc., that until now have been cluttering up the pantry.

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With just a few updates, and spruces in styling, my kitchen feels fresh for Spring.

Now I need to get deep into the cleaning (think inside that oven, yikes!)

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We have several friends working on their kitchens at the moment, and I’ll share the advice we gave them…

When designing or purchasing a kitchen, really try and channel your core taste. Trends will come and go, but for the most part you know what you love; go with that for your big ticket items. You can always bring in the “trendy” styles with less permanent items like lighting or accessories or even furniture.

Now on to the next room to freshen up!

Sarah x

To see more about my kitchen see HERE , HERE and HERE!

Sick Baby Survival Guide

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Our household has been stricken with the worst colds since Christmas! Nothing worse that sick babies and mummy too and being housebound.

I have been trying to keep my sanity with drive-thru chic-fil-a, and trying to count my blessings. We’re so fortunate to have a clean, warm home, access to health care etc.

Having a sick baby is so stressful and worrying, but having a few things on hand has really helped me survive.
Here are the few things I always like to in stock for when the sickies strikes.

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Utah the winter is so incredibly dry so having humidifiers really helps the whole family sleep better, especially when the little ones are congested. Jane also has bad eczema and her dermatologist recommends a humidifier year round. Humidifiers can be so ugly, and drive me nuts to have out in the bedrooms all year. Luckily they’ve started to make cute ones, like THIS elephant one.

My favorite tissues are Puffs Plus Lotion. Soft and durable is a winning combo on the tissue front. I always try to have a stockpile in the basement!

Thank goodness for easy themomoters these days, am I right? The number one thing I need when my babies are sick to monitor fevers. I bought THIS Exergen one when Jane was a baby. It’s so easy to use.

Even when my kids just have colds it seems like their appetites are off. Isn’t it unnerving when your baby won’t eat? If your baby is old enough for solids I love having THESE GoGo Squeez organic applesauces on hand. It’s all about keeping them hydrated and these do that and give them a few calories and nutrients too. Pouches are so nice for zero clean up and the variety of flavors is good. Seriously sometimes the only thing I can get the babies to eat when they are super sick.

Babies hate having their noses wipes and isn’t it horrible when they’re chapped and red. Boogie Wipes are a Godsend.

I usually try to use natural cleaners for my ordinary cleaning but not when we are sick! I know Clorox wipes HERE will kill those cold and flu viruses and I can stop them spreading around our house.

Jane has had a really deep, chesty cough. THIS Zarbee’s natural cough syrup has really helped her sleep. I really like that it is all natural, especially when she’s had lots of fever reducing meds. This product is recommended for babies 12 months and older.

I have mixed reviews about Emergen-C. I feel sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s still worth it to me to give it a try HERE when I’m starting to feel sick. I keep it stocked in my kitchen and mix with a water bottle whenever I feel I’m coming down with something.

The days and nights are both so long with sick babies, you have to give yourself a break from your normal routine and diet. I promise DIET COKE and M&M’S (the bigger bag the better) make our home a happier one when we are sick. If mama ain’t happy, ain’t anyone nobody happy.

I know sickness will show up at my door again at the most inconvenient time, so I’m already stocking up!
Do you have any to add to my list?

-Emily x

We’re back…and with a little surprise!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

We are really excited to now share that I’m pregnant with a baby boy!

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When we wrote our Christmas post, we really didn’t think it’d be this long of a blog break! But life has a way of throwing you unexpected surprises.

For those who’ve done IVF (or know those who have) you know it’s no walk in the park, and even the smoothest of cycles is so consuming, time wise, physically, financially and mentally. This has been our 2nd fresh cycle, and we’re beyond grateful that they were both successful.

We feel VERY lucky.

The news of the success however was put on hold while the beginning of pregnancy was quite bumpy to say the least. Pretty much all of January was ‘hit or miss’, and I’m just starting to feel as confident as the Dr’s do and get excited that a baby boy is joining our family in August!!!

We love you guys and this little blog of ours, we’re excited that another boy is joining our little group.

Finally, here’s to the new year…and all the exciting things in the works!

Sarah. x

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Sarah’s Winter Bedroom

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

For many it may not be worth while to decorate their bedroom for the holidays, but my bedroom is a central part of the house; lots of TV watching, book reading and laundry folding going on here. The light is so great that it’s often my favorite room to spend time in, and definitely my go-to heaven while the girls take their nap.

Our bed is from Pottery Barn, and I often switch out having the top bars on or not. It’s much cozier with them on, so for winter it’s perfect and a great frame for adding a lit garland.

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These oversized pinecones help make the corners pop. Topped off with a bit of white paint to mimic snow, and a few sprigs and ribbons from Hobby Lobby.

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This ‘Merry Christmas’ garland was one of my first decorations I purchased after we were married 11 years ago. It looks great where ever I hang it, I only wish the colors hadn’t faded with time.

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A seasonal accent pillow and winter greenery are always nice.

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My winter retreat is my favorite place on earth!

Hope you enjoyed visiting, I’m off to bed!

Good night. Sarah x